A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Aug 26, 2014

Zucchini Recipes - Casserole and Cookies...

In this season of zucchini overload - allow me to share two recipes with you.
 First up - a main dish that I often make using broccoli.  
But the recipe actually calls for zucchini.  We love it!
 (No oven required.)


Sausage Supper
 
1 lb. bulk sausage
1 c. chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I make my own - gluten free)
1 c. chicken broth
1 t. garlic salt 
 4-5 c. sliced or cubed zucchini
3 c. cooked rice
1-2 c. grated cheese

Brown sausage w/ onion.  Drain fat.  Stir in soup, broth, salt, & zucchini.  
Cover & simmer approx. 10 min. till vegetables tender.  
Gently stir in rice and top w/ rice.  
Cover and cook on low till rice hot and cheese melted.
 
Next - how about some cookies?  With lemon and zucchini?...



Lemon Zucchini Drops
 
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. shredded zucchini
1 t. grated lemon peel
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (opt.)
 
Lemon Glaze 
(combine till thin and spreadable)
2 c. conf. sugar
2-3 T. lemon juice
 
Cream butter, sugar till fluffy. Add egg, zucchini & lemon peel.
Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  Stir in raisins and walnuts.
Drop by spoonfuls on lightly greased (opt.) baking sheet.
Bake 350 degrees 8-10 min.
When cool - drizzle w/ lemon glaze.
 
 
Hope you enjoy them!  Let me know...

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Aug 24, 2014

Local Garden and Produce Sightings...

 I took a cycle ride (motorcycle) with My Love today.   
We meandered local back country roads.
I'm sharing just a few shots from our quick journey.

At one point we drove near my brother's house... so we stopped in. 
Yep - they live in a genuine restored log cabin...


My sister-in-law has quite the green thumb and
 always has beautiful garden scapes...

She puts me to shame!


We also passed this cute farm stand that I never knew was there...

Their prices were right - I may revisit them on occasion!
 

They even have their own honey...
We weren't able to get pictures - but this farm actually raises deer.  
Check out all their fawn and deer pictures here.

So not a lot to offer today - 
just some local sites that were part of my afternoon.







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Aug 18, 2014

Art Show, Window Boxes, Moss, and Lost Photos...

It's a sad day when you lose all the photos off your camera - 
and that's exactly what happened to me.  
My techy hubby was able to recover a few - but a very few.  
So without further adieu - let me show you a glimpse from my 
weekend when we attended an Art Show in Mt. Gretna, PA.


This sweet gal's booth, who paints everything you see here, 
 gets the 'best of show' vote in my opinion...

And this dear lady had the best looking patchwork tote bag.  
I asked the couple to pose for me - and they did!  
But sadly - that picture is one of the 'lost'.

Mt. Gretna, PA - as I've often mentioned before,
is home to many, many old summer cottages from around 1900.  
This cottage owner knows how to do a window box... or 2 or 3...

Yep - a dorky shot of us.  We do NOT know how to do selfies!

This lovely moss wall was behind one of the cottages. 


Moss abounds in Mt. Gretna due to all the tree cover...

And this guy gave quite a show to the passers by...
And that is extent of the photos that were saved.
  Most of these would not have made it to a post, 
but since so few were rescued - I had to include every one.
  
Have you ever lost your camera pictures?



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Aug 15, 2014

Fall Vignettes At the Thrift Shop...

  These were some of my displays from this week at the thrift shop.  
I'm trying to work with Fall colors at this point.

We get jars with dried beans donated fairly regularly.  
I guess people are 'over' them in their home decor.
They seem to look good in vignettes whether 'current' or not.  
Tip: add vintage items and a grouping will always be 'in style'.


To soften vignettes so they don't look like a bunch of plopped objects - 
I like to use fabric or flowers.  In these first 2 groupings - I
 incorporated some ladies' scarves in fall coloring.
(Yes - that tangled mess of threads above is actually a scarf.)

While sifting through the 'book room' in my search for inspiration, 
I came upon this vintage children's book.  
I thought the colors and art on the
 cover were perfectly 'fall' - so I went with it.


A Fall necktie helps ground this attempt at a manly vignette.  
The dog was the right color so even though he may
 have 'child appeal' - I used him.  Man's best friend right?

I must say - I'm not quite in the mood for Fall yet.  
Life goes way too fast!






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Aug 14, 2014

Porches and Preaching - In the Middle of the Week!...

 This morning I joined a friend at a local campmeeting.  
What is campmeeting you ask?  Little 'camps' founded and built in the 
late 1800's where dedicated Christians gathered for a week or two 
for life-changing Bible-centered preaching and teaching and family time. 
There are old fashioned dining halls, a big open air tabernacle and cottages...


Oh the cottages... rows and rows of them in pristine white!

And streets where children can play safely without fear or concern...

I meandered up and down just taking it all in.

To my delight - 
this little cottage was all dolled up in shabby vintage charm.
 Love!!!!

I'm thinking the whole grove would want to stop by
 this porch for a drink and a chat...

More on my tour... I found old white door charm...


... and new white door charm.
  
This cottage was just rebuilt after being damaged by a fallen tree in a storm.

 Front porch flowers & plantings were plentiful...

...and creative...

Camp groves need to have a creek for the kiddos to
 splash in - it's required. (or should be.)
 
And sure enough - there it was...

 What fun!  And the 10 AM service was just what I needed.  
I tucked away a few notes right in my bible to help me remember.

Pretty porches, vintage charm and inspiring preaching - yes please!
  
Now have I convinced you?  Head to Campmeeting!

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