Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spiced Pecans

I was looking for something to snack on besides chips during the Ole Miss game Thursday night.  And found this pecan recipe from Southern Living.

Spiced Pecans

1 1/2 c. apple juice
1 1/2 c. pecan halves
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. apple pie spice
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp ground red pepper.

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.  Pour 1 1/2 cups apple juice eover 1 1/2 cups pecan halves in a small bowl.  Let stand 15 minutes; drain.  Stir together sugar, apple pie spice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; add pecans, tossing to coat.  Spread in a single layer in a lightly greased, aluminum foil lined 15x10 inch pan.  Bake 15 minutes or until lightly toasted stirring once.  Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; separate pecans with a fork.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


It's game day!!  It took way to long for football season to get here.

I can't wait to see this site.

But that will have to wait a couple weeks.  Tonight I will be curled up on the couch with a glass of whiskey watching my Rebels play Boise State in the Georgia Dome.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No cook Peach Ice Cream

I was wondering the Farmer's Market Saturday morning and the peaches really caught my attention.  So I bought some and came home to find a recipe to put them to use.  I found this no cook ice cream recipe from Southern Living.

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/4 c milk
4 peeled peaches 
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. peach nectar

Process the peaches, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Stir into milk mixture along with 3/4 c. peach nectar.  
Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.

I couldn't find any peach nectar so I substituted in some peach schnapps.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Graceland Too

In Holly Springs there is a place called Greaceland Too.  It was run by a man, Paul Macleod, who was obsessed with all things Elvis.  Paul died in July at the age of 70.   Paul kept anything he found with Elvis on it and opened his home up to tours 24 hours a day.  It was a favorite destination for Ole Miss students in the middle of the night.  S went so many times she earned her lifetime membership card and didn't have to pay to tour anymore.  Two weeks ago they opened the home up to tours during a memorial weekend so we all went down which was only my second visit.  

Here is a little taste of what you might see when Paul was still alive.

Paul always took a group picture of his visitors and the first time I went he was able to find one of S's last ones. 

The boys were full of energy.

While we waited the boys played with my camera.

The record room.  

The boys watching a video of Paul giving a tour.  H declared that he didn't like the show.

I am not sure which of the boys took this picture of S and I.

Another tradition was to take a picture in a leather jacket.

I didn't realize until we were inside for the tour that there was no air conditioning.  So putting on the jacket made me sweat even more.

** video from Youtube

Motivation Monday

I would love this shirt.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fresh Corn Cakes with Cilantro Cream

I was looking for a new side dish to try.  I found this one from Diabetic Living summer issue.

Fresh Corn Cakes with Cilantro Cream

1/2 c. whole wheat panko
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. fat free milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg white, lightly beaten
2 c. fresh corn kernels (4 ears)
1/2 c. grated carrot (1 medium)
1/2 c. finely chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tsp. olive oil

In a large bowl stir to ether panko, cornmeal and salt.  Whisky in milk, eggs, and egg whites until combined.  Stir in corn, carrot and sweet pepper.
Coat a very large nonstick skillet with cooing spray; brush with 1 tsp. of the oil.  Heat over medium-high heat.  Using a 1/3 c. measure, add six portions of the corn mixture to the hot skillet, spacing evenly.  Cook about 6 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.  Transfer cooked corn cakes to a warm serving plate.  Repeat with the remaining 1 tsp. oil and the remaining corn mixture.  
Serve with Cilantro cream

Cilantro Cream

3/4 c. finely snipped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tbsp. thinly sliced green onion
4 tsp lime juice
2 tsp. fat free milk
1 (6 oz) carton plain low fat Greek yogurt

In a small bowl whisk together cilantro, green onion, lime juice and milk.  Whisky in Greek yogurt.
makes 1 cup.

The second batch got a little brown and didn't stay together very well either.   These turned out okay.  I think they need some spice added to them.  And the cilantro cream was not good at all.  
Sadly this is the part I dread finding out that the recipe is not good warmed back up.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Old Kentucky Bourbon Marinade

I found this recipe in an issue of Southern Living in the last year.  I had been trying to find some reason to use it and found it this week.  Instead of using it as a marinade I added to my crock pot with a pork tenderloin.

Old Kentucky Bourbon Marinade

3/4 c soy sauce
1/2 c. Bourbon
1/3 c. canola or corn oil
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. orotund white pepper
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Whisky together all ingredients and 1/3 c. water in a bowl.  

Makes about 2 cups.

I will admit I didn't realize how little bourbon I had in the house and only had half of what the recipe calls for and substituted the remaining with whiskey.  I also didn't realize I didn't have ginger either but it still tasted good.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Motivation Monday

This is really going to be my motto this month.  It is time to quit slacking and making excuses for driving by the gym most days of the week.

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Goals

I did better at hitting my goals in July.  I only missed hitting the whole 30 day ab challenge.  I feel good about coming that close because I have not the previous two months.  It is a step back in the right direction.  Now to keep up all the good work.  

August Goals

**  Hit the gym 3 days a week.

** 3 videos a week.

** 3 morning workouts a week.

** Try one healthy recipe.

**  One nice thing for myself a week.

What goals do y'all have for the month?