Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ranch Grill

We long for warmer days here, as temperatures here still continue to dip below freezing here at night.  We have tomatoes, beans and other garden delectables ready to be transplanted, yet I fear they will freeze.  Some of the tomatoes that I am trying to season are not liking the cooler temperatures the evenings are still offering us.  Yet, I’m positive that before the summer is over I will once again long for cooler weather. haha (Seems to be a vicious cycle) 

However, the days are tempting us with the prospect of warmer weather coming.  And as we creep into summer, I’m tempted to start planning for one of our many barbecues.

Here’s a great way to kick start summer


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Today instead of the same ol’ dinner.  I thought a change would be nice, so I went through my recipe books.  Some are ancient and very brittle, so this turned out to be a very time consuming task.  But none the less, my task yielded us some great results.

In my quest for something different, I came across a recipe that I thought everyone might like to have.

Let’s get cookin


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Bisquick Recipe

Now who wouldn’t want to know this recipe?  It’s quick, it’s simple and it stores well. 

And if ever you’ve been camping, you know the value of pre-planning.  Not to mention, the advantages of dry goods (with multiple uses) that store well in the chuck wagon or chuck box.

Bisquick recipe


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Earth Day

In keeping it GREEN, we are doing our annual planting of the family garden and taking in all the great things Mother Nature has to offer.  Recently it was Earth Day (April 23, 2011), but for us it has been a month (if not decades) of Earth Day.

In addition to the many DIY garden projects and home-school science projects we have going, Earth ‘month’ has pulled it all together into one nice neat little package.

More on Earth Day


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Prickly Pear Jelly

OK, Trivia Tuesday, so I have to ask!  DID YOU KNOW, that jams, jellies and marmalade arrived in Europe, right around the middle ages?  No?  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either.  Check this out… then let’s get on to the recipe!

There is some controversy as to where it actually originated, but it is thought to be from the Middle Eastern Countries. Being introduced to Europe upon the Crusaders return from there. 

The first book of recipes, Of Culinary Matters, was written by a Roman Gastronome by the name of Marcus Gavius Apicius. This book of recipes includes recipes for fruit preserves!

Marmalade is thought to have been created in 1561 by the attending doctor to Mary, Queen of Scots.  He mixed orange and crushed sugar to keep her seasickness at bay.  It is plausible, that the word marmalade derives from the words “Marie est malade” meaning Mary is sick. 

Now being the good Scotswoman / Irishwoman that I am (just to name a couple), and being a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots, I would like to believe we have this delectable treat because of one of my ancestors. 😛

But it is much more likely that the word marmalade comes from the word marmelo.  Being of Portuguese decent, meaning quince (fruit).

NOW, you know… 😀

Prickly Pear Jelly


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