Monday, August 25, 2014

Blueberry Raspberry Lemon Cobbler

I just may try this one again.  Very, very easy and yum in my tum!
You see my portion control below, tiny ramikins.  Not the hubby, I came back in the kitchen and half the cobbler was gone!

Pinterest inspired.

One box lemon cake
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 bag frozen raspberries
one stick butter melted
chopped pecans

In a 9 x 13 pan
Layer fruit and stir together
(next time I would add pecans to this layer as not to brown during baking)
top with dry cake mix
sprinkle with melted butter
Bake 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chicken Roll Ups

Pinterest inspired, easy and yum.

Five ingredients.  I used...

Grands large crescent rolls - 1 tube
Chicken breast strips - already cut and seasoned - almost used the whole bag
low sodium cream of chicken soup
Mexican style shredded cheese
2% milk

Below stuffed, rolled, covered in sauce and ready to bake.

Baked, puffed, browned and delicious.

Recipe found here.  I topped mine with pepper and Tony's creole seasoning before popping it in the oven.  I also did not spray my pan with that spray stuff and they did just fine.  The layer of sauce underneath helps them to not stick.  

  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

Mix together milk, soup and cheese - set aside. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Top the large part of the crescent triangle with the chopped chicken. Top each crescent roll with 1 tsp of soup mixture. Roll crescent rolls up. Spread approximately 1/3 cup of soup mixture in bottom of 9x13 dish. Place crescent rolls in dish. Pour remaining soup mixture over crescent rolls.

Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lunch with my little ladies

Sometimes you just need to put lunch on the calendar and enjoy an afternoon with just the girls. 
The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas was just the perfect spot.
Constructed in 1908 just north of downtown Dallas.  This is the original front entrance of the house, they only added the awning cover.

A family home turned into a gorgeous restaurant and a hotel addition.

I reserved a table for the four of us on the glassed in veranda. A private room would have been nice too.  Their signature tortilla soup was a great first course. 

They let us wander around the house after brunch.  You can see across the upstairs hallway is the elevator and private room that was created for a stay by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.

FDR's room view and balcony, now a private dining room for up to 20 guests.

The original owner was a history buff and had these stained glass windows created for the library with the family coats of arms of the barons that witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta.

The ultra new and modern lobby of the hotel greets guest with a table full of beautiful orchids. 

bits of history of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Cotton Mogul Sheppard W. King and wife Bertha Wilcox begin to build the original estate.

Fire destroys the the King's first home

10,000 square foot Sheppard King Estate is completed

King Family lose their fortune and sells to Freeman Burford and wife Carolyn Skelly.

Home sold to Toddie Lee Wynne and his American Liberty Oil Company to be used as the company headquarters.

Caroline Rose Hunt purchases and transforms the estate in a world -class restaurant

Nine story hotel opens with 143 guest rooms

Mansion awarded Five Stars

Mansion award Five Diamonds - only one in Texas

Mansion undergoes multimillion-dollar redesign

Friday, August 1, 2014

Minasoda or Minnesaota

However you say it, we had a fabulous time "up north".  

We had a cousin get together in Minnesota. My cousin Sue and her husband Paul offered their cabin on a lake for us all to gather. 

There were ALL kinds of toys!

Carey took my brother Chris for a ride in the kayak.  Sue did all the work and Chris is hanging on for dear life.  

My cousin Mike brought his boat and toys over from his cabin forty minutes away.  There was room for all 20 of us, between the two boats, to stay on the water all the time.

My favorite Aunt and Uncle supervised all of us "kids".

Sue and Paul were the best at keeping us all organized over the visit. 

Some of our gang, just a floatin....

A quick trip to downtown for ice cream and shopping.

I spy a photo bomber!

 The weather was wonderful. We didn't miss the 100 degree Texas summer days one bit. 

My brother Chris' smile says it all.  There was lots of laughs and love shared the entire time. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lauria Anna's and first Monday

A long holiday weekend + all my kids out of town = a trip for me to Canton

And of course Laurie Anna's Vintage Home is always my first stop on Highway 19!
I will let you know my favorite thing from each photograph and if you make it to the end I will let you know my two disappointments.  Neither has anything to do with Laurie Anna's of course.  

Headboard ~ footboard.  Love the light wood and super tall headboard!  This is what greets you as you walk in the front door.  

Look closely.... the cake plates with the colored base!

Absoulutely the round mirrors in whites and aqua!  

Bird cage please, I just do not want a messy bird.  I could easily fill one with loverlies from Laurie Anna's collection.

Holy Toledo! The staircase to nowhere!  I don't think it is for sale though.  But still my favorite part of this showcase area.  Holy Toledo... I crack myself up sometimes. 

Tiny glass covered butter dishes.  Can you find one?

Best thing about this shot, the anticipation of more and more rooms around the corner! Oh, and I always love a 50% of sign too.

The three heads.  

The linen napkin hanging from the table, no... the lanterns... no the aqua bottles.

Yep, it was a good day!  So, what came home with me?

 This ruler planter.  Half price tag, YAY!

This lacy tank and this large rectangular serving platter.  Which a very nice sales person emptied the items on top of the platter, right onto the display counter, so that I could buy it.  I got the last one, sorry.  But, believe me they have tons that are similiar!  

Now for my two things that I did not like on my trip to Canton.  The antique mall next door was charging for parking. I don't remember them doing that.  So, I turned around and went across the street to another store that I like.

They have expanded and you would think great, even more great stuff.  Nope, I was a bit sad.  Just seemed like lots of empty space and not as many cute display areas.  But, I did find a great deals for ribbon on clearance.  So, it was worth the stop.  

I also found this small domed server.  The tomatoe from our farmer's market shows you just how small it is.  

Next First Monday Trade Days... Laurie Anna's will be waiting.
July 31 - August 3rd.
Go to their site here. You can shop online too.
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