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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pineapple Sausages or Pineapple 'n Pork Kabob's

This recipe may be fixed two ways....I came up with this appetizer recipe when I found Pineapple & Bacon Sausage at our local meat market...It was an instant hit! Devoured immediately ......

The hint of coffee and the brown sugar takes this recipe over the top!
On a side note: I love to add a small, yellow onion to the saute' , it takes this recipe beyond
yum-i-lic-cious!  Mmmm-mmm-good!
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Date Night Cheetah Outfit...

Hadn't seen hubby for ten days while he was on a business trip....I want to dress up for our Date Night to town! This is what I choose.....
 The light weight Sweaters Tommy Bahama a silk blend, the Cheetah Skinny Jeans are from Chico's with a glittery sheen to them, the Shoes are from Chinese Laundry.
 The whole ensemble, including gold jewelry for accenting
Love this Chinese Laundry Shoes, for at a little boutique in San Luis Obispo! Very comfortable !
Love Date Nights with Ornery!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Strawberry Tortilla's

Strawberry Tortilla's.... A simplistic dessert with taste beyond words!!!
Strawberry Tortilla's
    From The CattleQueen Cooks
           
Yields Six desserts

Ingredients:


  • 6 small, Flour Tortilla's
  • Small amount of soft Butter
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar
  • 1/8 cup of loose Brown Sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon of Cinnamon, or to taste
  • 4 cups of whole fresh Strawberries, sliced
  •  Homemade Chantilly Cream (see my recipe here) Or canned Whipped Cream
Directions:

  1. Spread a small amount of butter on both sides of ther flour tortilla's, use just enough butter to lightly cover
  2. Mix the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon together
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of sugar on both sides of the butter tortilla's, save remaining sugar mixture to use on the strawberries
  4. Bake the sugared tortilla's in the oven at 350 degrees until lightly crispy, set aside till cooled
  5. Mix the sliced strawberries with the remaining sugar mixture and store in the refridgerator to chill
  6. Prepare the whip cream if homemade from the recipe above or use canned whipped cream
Assembly:
  • Place 6 Sugared Tortilla's on 6 dessert plate's
  • Equally divide the sliced, prepared strawberries onto of the Sugared Tortilla's
  • Top with Whipped Cream and serve!
Notes:

Sugar substitutes may be used

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Lemon Vodka Cake...Wedding Style...

This weekend, a family wedding was held....Our baby sister married her high school sweet heart, from 30 years ago.....She requested my Lemon Vodka Cake for her Wedding Cake.... I have never seen a wedding cake devoured quite so quickly...everyone was happy with the tasty results...Take a look at the photos & recipe below...Please read the recipe completely before starting....The original is based on 1 cake mix, the Wedding cake is based on 4 cake mixes.
Lemon Vodka Cake...Wedding Style
The original Lemon Vodka Cake
Lemon Vodka Cake Recipe, Wedding Style
My Grandma (Marge) always made me a Lemon Meringue Pie (See recipe here) for my Birthday! Later, (after Grandma wasn't able to bake due to Alzheimer's), my hubby's Mom continued the tradition by making my birthday pie.
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 I was never a huge fan of cake...until several years ago. This year I wanted a special cake with lots of lemony-pucker power!
I wanted a cake that would represent my love of Lemon Meringue Pie.
And BOY did I get it with this cake! OMG...It was an Awesome CAKE!
Everyone loved it and there was NOT a CRUMB left!
 "Lemon Vodka Cake"
**See the Wedding Cake Style Notes below
 A Semi-Homemade Cake packed with flavor & moistness.
Based on a 2 layer cake.
Recipe:
1 box of Lemon cake mix (use your box recipe as your guide)
3 eggs (as called for on the box)
1 cup of Lemon infused Vodka (the box called for water)
1/8 cup of lemon vodka reserved for infusion after baking the cake...
1/3 cup of lemon infused olive oil ( box called for baking oil)
1 lemon for juice (1 tablespoon) & zest (1/4 teaspoon)
1 small box of lemon shortbread cookies for topping 
1 can of Lemon frosting
Cake bakes aprox. for 30 minutes at 350. Use the baking directions on the box as your guide.

 Mix all cake ingredients together adding the lemon juice & zest to the batter.
Place in your baking pan, prepare pan with baking spray and dust with sugar. *Omit the sugar dusting if making the Wedding cake
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
*Reserve the small portion of the lemon vodka for infusion after baking.

 Let the cake rest for 20 minutes before turning out of the pan.
Prepare a little more lemon zest to use for the frosting, set aside.

Notes for the  "Lemon Vodka Cake, Wedding Style"
~The above recipe is based on only 1 boxed cake mix, you will need to adjust to 4 cake mixes for a Wedding Cake serving about 60-70 people. This cake is very rich, so small servings are best.
~I make the cake 3 days prior to the wedding and froze the layers. On the morning of the Wedding, I removed from the freezer and frosted the cake.
~I used 4 cake mix's for the 3 tier cake, with 2 layers on each tier. 
~Add...1 jar of Lemon curd: Glaze the top of each layer with a thin layer of Lemon Curd
~For the Lemon Frosting/Icing: 4-5 cans of prepared Lemon frosting: In a bowl , add all of the cans. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Citrus Vodka and 1/2 cup of powder sugar. Blend Well. 
~You may add the crushed Lemon cookies between each layer. But do not use on the finished top, unless desired.
~Add a frosting layer to each layer of cake, on top of the lemon curd.
~Stack the layers to form the three tiers. 
~As you apply the layers, infuse the reserved vodka (1/4 cup, total) in each layer. * You may use an infusion needle or the poking method shown below.
~Next start applying the frosting to the outside of the cake. Apply in a thin layer to create the Naked Icing look, see the photo of the Wedding Cake for example.
~Choose your flower placements and add as desired to finish.
~Faux or real flowers may be used.
 Gently poke small holes on the top of the cake, then...
 Pour the small amount of lemon vodka on top of the baked cake. 
It will soak in.....

Below are a few photos of the Cake table and the Wedding. Enjoy!








 



 
Congratulations to our baby sister....Nanny & brother-by-love, Billy!

On a side note: When I came into the family 45 years ago, Nanny was just a small girl! This is how she looked the first time I met her! Love you Nanny!
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Roasted Corn & Avocado Salad.....

This is salad is full of flavor! It was so good... we had to stop between bites & chews to tell each other how GOOD it was! You wont be dissappointed in this recipe!
Roasted Corn & Avocado Salad
  from PineCreekStyle

Yields 2 salads, meal size or 4-6 entree salads

Ingredients:


  • 2 stalks of Romanine Salad, washed & chilled
  • 1 heaping cup of Corn, fresh or frozen, roasted
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped and roasted with the corn
  • 1 tablespoon of Butter
  • 2 small or 1 large Avocado, chopped and tossed with Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of bell peppers, chopped small *Tri Colored makes a pretty presentation
  • Garlic Pepper Seasoning to taste, I recommend our "PineCreek Ranch Blend"
  • Cilantro. chopped about 1/4 heaping cup
  • Chives for garnish, *optional
  • Pepita's, roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish, *optional
  • Cilantro/Jalepeno Ranch salad dressing (store bought)  drizzled across the salad


Directions:

  1. Prepare the lettuce and chill
  2. Roast in a fry pan, the corn , bell peppers & onions in the butter, season with the Garlic Pepper Blend
  3. Prepare the  Avocado, drizzle with lime juice and chill
  4. Prepare the Cilantro
  5. Let Corn mixture, cool slightly, quickly toss the Avocado & Cilantro with the Corn mixture.
  6. Layer the mixture in the lettuce leaves
  7. Drizzle with the salad dressing
  8. Garnish the top with Pepita's &/or Chives and serve!


Note: Full of Robust flavor! The roasted Corn takes this salad over the top! Ornery gave it a high five!!!! It was THAT good!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dressing for an Afternoon Event...

Recently, Ornery & I attended a function honoring a longtime friend in the Livestock Industry. It was held in the afternoon at an old retro theater in a neighboring town....The event was part of the kick off events for the Redding Rodeo...Here is what I wore....
 

Black Tee with two hem lengths from Chico's, Jeresy , Cheveron Pantsfrom JC Penney's, Black, Born Sandals, Fresh Water Pearl Earrings bought in Hawaii, Fresh Water Pearl Ring, Hawaii & Fresh Water Pearl Pendant fro TJ Maxx.
 I love finding key jewelry pieces that belong together....I tend to not have a lot of jewelry, but classic key pieces that I wear often and for years & years!


 A simplistic outfit that generated a flood of compliments....What's in your Closet? Make a statement today!

A few photos from the event for Ellington!


Have a beautiful day.....
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