Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

This Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce makes a refreshing glaze for the barbecue grilling season upon us.  Chicken, steak, pork or seafood ; we have tried all of above with this glaze. Chili Lime Dipping Sauce is fantastic for dipping kabobs and makes a yummy sauce for dipping chicken wings in for a change from the traditional blue cheese dip.
Chili -Lime Glaze / Dip.
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 table spoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
*optional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes if you like a "kick"
Combine all ingredients in a pan, except lime juice, over medium heat, bring to a boil.  Stir constantly and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.  Your Chili-Lime Sauce for your Glaze / Dip is ready!
Tonight's dinner is a quick shrimp over rice with the Chili Lime Sauce as our glaze.
Start the saute pan off with thin slivers of green pepper, minced garlic and green onions.  Lightly saute until translucent.  Add shrimp and some Chili Lime Sauce, continue to cook until shrimp done.  Serve over rice.

Dinner is ready!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Well Said Abe

The approach of the birth of our country brings out my red, white and blue. I was inspired to make this subway art by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address made on November 19, 1863. The speech echoed the principles of human equality embraced by the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4th, 1776.
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Well said Abe.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Red Velvet Brownies

Some days, nothing but a brownie will do.  When that happens, I go with the feeling.  You do too?  Shortcuts are allowed and recommended when that happens I have heard : )
One box of Red Velvet Cake Mix, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup melted butter into the mixer.
Mix until ingredients are blended, don't over blend.  Into a 9x9 greased pan.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar. words needed at this moment.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Out Darn Spot

Geez, I hate laundry disasters. Without naming names, a load of new shirts was put into the washer and the dryer without checking pockets. The ink pen damage was discovered while folding this load of clothing. Out Darn Spot research commenced. Okay, make that larger than a "spot",see evidence photos.
 Enter miracle. 
 I purchased the stronger rubbing alcohol version of 91%.  Dab a cotton ball with alcohol undiluted directly on clothing item and dab ink up with paper towel. Repeat procedure as necessary. Put another paper towel behind stain to prevent bleed through of ink.
Yipee-I-Yahoo!!  Out Darn Spot success : )
 Launder as usual.
*For my experiment this worked without harming color or the clothing item.  Proceed at your own risk : )  *see disclaimer at the bottom of this blog.  I don't want to be held responsible for ruining Grandma's vintage apron or Auntie Em's favorite blouse : )  Got that Aunt Em?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rustic Herb Basket

The aroma of the mixed herb basket as it soaks up sunshine spells summer for me.  I have baskets and planters on the deck filled with various herbs, herbs in the garden and even more herbs by the front entrance to our home.  Inhale the aroma of basil basking in the warmth of the sun as you step through the door...makes me smile every time. 
Gotta love the scraps of wood, wire, hardware cloth that make all the quaint Rustic Herb Baskets. For this post, I am using Hardware Cloth, Twine, Twigs, Coconut Planter Liners and : ) Herbs. Chicken Wire makes cute baskets also.
hardware cloth, twigs and snips or scissors.  Cut off a piece of hardware cloth to make your basket.

Wear gloves to protect your hands.  Turn sharp edges over.

Cut slits in hardware cloth equal distance.  Here, I went with 20 squares over and 20 squares up in the hardware cloth for each corner.

Fold hardware cloth into shape and use twine or wire to secure each flap.

Add coconut liner and twig branches as handles.  Always put your hand under to support basket as the twig branch handles are mostly decorative.

Select herbs and plant!

Sweet little Rustic Herb Basket soaking up some summer...