Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toilets...

This week's Tuesday's Question is a question YOU all have been
secretly wishing I would ask.

You just never thought I would.

For once and for all we are finally going to settle the long standing debate
that I know has been going on in many households...

"Toilet seat up or down?"

Please let me know YOUR preference and then also let me 
know what really goes on in your bathrooms.


This is how the "men" in our household leave the toilet seat.
THE WRONG WAY...


AND this is the way the "girls" in our household leave the toilet seat.
THE PROPER WAY.
BOTH the seat and lid DOWN...



So, let me know how things are at YOUR house.

"UP or DOWN?"



And just to make you laugh a little more...



I do think this will happen to me one day...



AND finally, to prove my point, this has
been an argument between men and women 
since the beginning of toilets...




Don't worry, I'm NOT going to ask 
this question next week...






Monday, July 30, 2012

Recipes That Caught MY Attention...

What a GREAT party we had on Friday!
I hope you were able to find a few new recipes to make for your family.
I had fun viewing all the recipes 
and even finding a few new blogs to follow!  

RECIPES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION...


The first recipe was from A'Lil Country Sugar,


YES, sugar free and it looks really good!  

Next, we have Bell Pepper Scoops from 
Make the Best of Everything...


She uses peppers instead of chips for dip!
Isn't that a CLEVER idea?  

And since I shared two really healthy treats, here's one to splurge with
Mini Cannolis by The Mandatory Mooch...


Don't those look AMAZING?

I hope you'll visit these blogs and show them some 
Walking on Sunshine LOVE!

On Thursday, we had a HUGE storm pass through and it 
caused quite a bit of damage with our vegetable garden.

We lost 2 pumpkins and part of a tomato plant...


The wind blew everything around and the Colonel and I had 
quite a lot of "fun" trying to get everything back together.

But, I did manage to gather all of these green beans and a few sugar snap peas...


A quote I found on line that explains how I feel about gardening...

"God Almighty first planted a garden. 
And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures."

Enjoy Your Day!  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Don't forget to VOTE!

Thank you ALL for the delicious food you shared
with us for our Foodie Friends Linky Party!

Please go HERE to vote for your favorite three recipes!
Scroll down to see all the recipes and choose three that YOU feel are the BEST!


Come back tomorrow and I will share MY Host Favorite
Top Three Recipes!

Enjoy your Sunday! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Foodie Friends Linky Party #5...

Welcome Back!
I hope you're as excited as I am for another GREAT PARTY! 

Let's start with the Top 3 Voted Recipes 
from last week's party picked by you!


by Jamsnpans...

by Spatulas on Parade...


by Baked in the South...


AND the Top 3 with the MOST CLICKS were...


#1 with Most Clicks was Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls 
by Flour Me With Love.

THIS recipe was also one of MY Host Favorites
that I posted HERE on Monday...


#2 with Most Clicks was Chicken Katsu 
by Family Food Finds...


AND the #3 recipe with Most Clicks was Crock Pot Mexican Pork
by Diddles and Dumplings...


Congratulations to all the WINNERS!

Please head over to the Foodie Friends Friday Blog HERE
to pick up YOUR winner button to display on YOUR blog!

Now, on to THIS week's PARTY!

Our hosts this week are:



When you link your recipe up on ONE blog, it shows up on 12 blogs!
That's a ton of exposure! 

The RULES:


Step 1:  Make sure that anything you link up is:
  • A Recipe...and is made and photographed by you
  • Not part of a sponsorship/sales/giveaway or other promotions/linky parties
  • Linked to a specific page of your recipe, not your homepage
  • Please limit your link-ups to 3 per party


Step 2:

Please, please, please link your recipe back to 

Walking on Sunshine 

and/or Foodie Friends Friday.

If you want to be the very best Foodie Friend Ever...
  • Grab our button at http://foodiefriendsfriday.com and put it on your page and share Foodie Friends Friday!
  • Take some time and check out other submitted links and the blogs of all of our gracious hosts
  • Come on over and "like" us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest


***Please note that by linking up you are transferring rights to Foodie Friends Friday and any of it's affiliated websites or publications to use photos/links/recipes for any reprint, republishing and distribution without monetary compensation to you.  If photos/recipes are used, proper credit/ linkbacks will be published with them.  We just want to share your amazing recipes and spread some foodie love!



Snicker's Popcorn...

For this week's Something Yummy for My Colonel's Tummy
I decided to share a recipe I made last year as a "treat"
to hand out to our guests on Thanksgiving Day.

It was so DELICIOUS that I believe it needs to be repeated
and made again in our household SOON!


Ingredients:

8 quarts of air popped popcorn (about 2 cups of kernels)
1 cup butter
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup salted peanuts (I didn't use these, because I forgot to buy them!)
30 "Fun Size" Snickers bars, coarsely chopped
3 oz. semi sweet chocolate, melted (optional)


Pop your popcorn...


Over medium heat, boil butter, brown sugar, salt 
and corn syrup for 5 minutes...


Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda.

You need a LARGE pan for the next step,
I used my LARGE roasting pan.
Pour this mixture over your popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
Add the salted peanuts.

Yes, the Colonel helped...


Now, return your popcorn back to a 200 degree oven
for 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir in your coarsely chopped Snickers.
Return to the oven for another 5 minutes so the Snickers can
melt into the popcorn.
The candy does not have to completely melt.

Remove from oven and drizzle with the melted chocolate.


Let cool before packaging or transferring to an air-tight container.
Or you could package the popcorn up in cellophane bags...


Now get out your card stock and ribbon and
make a pretty card to label the bags...


All ready to give to friends and family...


A delicious treat to serve to your family the next time you
watch a movie together!  

Don't forget tomorrow is our 

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!

What are YOU planning on bringing to the party?

I hope you all will join us with a GREAT recipe or 
just come and FIND a new recipe to make for your family!  



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pot Roast in the Crock Pot...

I enjoyed ALL your comments and reading about your favorite 
comfort foods on yesterday's Tuesday's Question.
You can read all the great comments HERE.

Today I am sharing MY favorite comfort food...Mom's Pot Roast,
only I make it NOW in my crock pot.
Which is wonderful because I can enjoy it on a hot summer day 
without heating up the house with the oven going all afternoon.

Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker...




I always use a RUMP ROAST.
When they go on sale at the grocery store, I try to buy a few and 
freeze for when we're in the mood for pot roast, which is quite often.


Ingredients for the Pot Roast:

1 rump roast
salt and pepper
2 Tbs. oil
2 cubes of beef bouillon
2 cups of water

Ingredients for the Gravy:

2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
2 cups of broth, from the crock pot



Start by browning your rump roast in the two tablespoons of oil in a heavy pan,
on the stove top, seasoning all sides with salt and pepper.

You want the rump roast to be browned on all sides...


Put your roast in the crock pot, along with the two beef bouillon cubes and 2 cups of water...



Put your crock pot on either LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 to 6 hours
and cook your pot roast until you can stick a knife into the center of the roast EASILY.


Remove the roast to a cutting board and cover with foil.
 STRAIN the broth, you should have about 2 cups.
We need this for our gravy.  Now on to making the GRAVY.

We will have a thick, delicious gravy, don't worry!

I always make any gravy, this way.
You will NEVER have lumps!

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter...


Once completely melted, add 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cook the flour in the butter for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
PERFECT...


Now, add 2 cups of the beautiful broth your roast was cooking in, reserving any extra...


Stirring constantly, cook until your gravy thickens...


Slice your meat...


Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable and DINNER is ready...







I love using my crock pot to make pot roast!
The meat cooks PERFECTLY and is so TENDER.

AND we can enjoy pot roast all year long!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Comfort Food...



This week's Tuesday's Question has to do with FOOD!

"What is your favorite comfort food?"
What is that ONE meal you like to prepare
when you need a little something special? 





For some people it's chicken pot pie...


Or maybe it's fried chicken...


How about steak...


Maybe something Italian like stuffed shells, lasagna or homemade ravioli...


YES, that's MY homemade ravioli!





For me, my favorite comfort food meal is 

Always has been, always will be...


Let me know what YOUR favorite 
comfort food is.


Please come back tomorrow for an updated version of my 
Mom's Pot Roast made in the crock pot...perfect for a hot summer day!  



Monday, July 23, 2012

Recipes That Caught My Attention...

I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend.
I spent a good part of my weekend visiting all the blogs
that contributed to our Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party.

Were you able to get to some of the different recipes that were shared?
I hope you found some new dishes to make for your family.

The Top Three Recipes that Caught MY Attention



Homemade Yogurt by Blondee's Diary...


I really want to try to make my own yogurt after reading how easy it is!

Chocolate Nachos by Cooking from a SAHM...


I love how easy this recipe is and how you can have
something sweet without a lot of calories.

And finally, BBQ Pulled Chicken from Mami Thyme...


What an EASY meal to put together and cook in your crock pot AND
Paula uses a homemade barbecue sauce that seems really delicious!

I hope you'll all take some time and visit each of 
My Host Favorites from our Linky Party #4 
and show them some Walking on Sunshine LOVE!


On the menu at OUR house tonight...

Chicken Cutlet Parmesan
Focaccia with tomatoes and herbs (recipe coming soon!)
Cucumber Salad with cucumbers from the garden (recipe coming soon!)

Please come back tomorrow for 
TUESDAY'S QUESTION!


I'm joining a new blog LINKY party today
over at Tammy's blog,  Country Girl at Home called
Pinned It, Made It Monday!

Head on over and check out all the different posts!