Sunday, July 27, 2014

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll recipe ...

Another really, really good recipe
and I can't believe it but I failed to take pictures as I made this
a friend of mine gave me this recipe but it originally
came from someone named Diana Rattray
I don't know you Diana but I LOVE your recipe so thanks!!

Johnny loves when I make this. It's the kind of recipe
that is great for leftovers so we both enjoy taking this to
work for our lunch


1 1/2 to 2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
 2 - 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce (also good if you use spaghetti sauce)
1 - 8 oz can of water
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is  no longer pink and onon is tender. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.

Johnny and I actually think this is even better the next day!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Taco seasoning recipe ...

here's the taco seasoning recipe
I wish I knew who to give credit to for this but I was given
this recipe by a friend who also doesn't know where it came from

I make this and store in a mason jar along with my other spices
and let me just tell you......once you use this, you'll never buy
the packaged taco seasoning again!
this is just so yummy!!

Loco Taco Seasoning

1/4 cup Chili Powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Use 2 tablespoons of this mix for every 1 lb of ground meat
for some Loco-Good Tacos!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A wedding .....

Johnny and I along with Jacquelyn and Bucky went to
a wedding in May.
A little bit of a bittersweet wedding as it was our son's
ex-girlfriends wedding. I know that may sound weird to some but
Jake and Kayla were together about 4 years so naturally we became
very close to Kayla. Johnny and I always thought she would
eventually become our daughter-in-law!! But as high school
sweethearts usually end up, they both changed. They grew and matured
and their interest became different. And I'm so happy to say that they
have remained friends.
We felt very honored that Kayla and Aaron would invite us to
their special day. It was a little cool that day, especially for the
middle of May but what a wonderful time. The entire wedding, ceremony, dinner and dancing was all outside right along the James River.
here we are enjoying the evening..........

We wish Kayla and Aaron all of the best
and Kayla will always be an unofficial member of our family!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 4th ... more pictures

Just a few more pictures from the bay
Hurricane Arthur came up the east coast while we were down there
but swerved out to sea as it left North Carolina so we
were lucky to only get a little rain on Friday morning
and then the rest of the weekend was beautiful
here's the view at their pool
and this is the view from the porch.....I never get tired of
photographing this view here. The picture below was taken with
my iPhone......the pink hue was so beautiful

here's Johnny and I out in the kayaks

this was taken the morning we had rain......and it was a little
chilly!! Here we are with our morning cocktails......Joanne and
Lois with their Mimosas and me with a Bloody Mary...yum!