Monday, July 16, 2018

New Addition to the She Shed

I ordered a cute vintage looking postal box for the she shed.  David 
hung it for me.  I love this shed and garden.  I want to be out here all
of the time, but honestly, it is so very hot that being out here for more
than a few minutes to water is just unbearable.  The birds love this
area because I have four feeders and try to keep them full.  When I 
come out to fill them, the birds sit up in the trees and watch me.

Today is David's birthday.  It's Monday,  not many restaurants are 
open, so we are eating at home.  We are having filet mignon, stuffed
baked potatoes and a salad.  No veggies because he's not wild about
them, so I don't want to make him eat something he doesn't like on his
big day. 

Other than that, I am just trying to stay cool.  It is so very miserable
outside.  Hope it's better weather where you live.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Project For Our Cocktail Bar

Here is the bar in our kitchen butler's pantry area.  When friends stop by,
they know where to go to pour themselves a cocktail.  I try to keep it
fully stocked for them, and for ourselves.  My hubby and I enjoy a
cocktail, sometimes it's wine for me, while I am cooking dinner, and
we discuss our day.  

There is something new here ....

I ordered this vintage sherry decanter from Nancy's wonderful
transferware shop.  If you have never been there, and you love
transfer ware as much as I do, it's a place you need to visit.
Here is the link.

My plan is to make a lamp using this decanter.  I am ordering the 
parts, and when it's finished, I will show it to you.

That's it for now.  Our AC guy was here this morning because the
unit that runs the master wing was out last night.  He will be back
later to fix it.  Thankfully, we have a three part system, so if the
air breaks down in one part of the house, it's surely on somewhere 
else.  Trust me, in this heat, we really need the AC to be working
day and night for months.  On Friday, the plumber is coming again.
The washing machine is backing up into the guest room bath tub.
Yuck!  Thankfully, there are different clean outs and I am 
guessing some tree roots are the culprit once again.  The plumbers
know this house so well and have been here many times since
we have lived here, and while the previous owners were here.
Such is life in a 70 year old house.  

Have a great day!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Retro Summer Cucumber Salad Recipe

One of my readers asked me if I had a cucumber salad recipe,  
Well, yes I do, and this time it's a bit of a twist on my Mama's old

I can remember lots of dinners on the screened porch in the summer.
One that was served quite frequently was marinated and grilled Teriyaki
flank steak, fresh corn on the cob and cucumber salad.  Cucumbers are
so abundant and so refreshing in the summer, and I sure did love this 

My Mama's cucumber salad was very straight forward.  Thinly sliced
and peeled cucumber, thinly sliced onion, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper,
and a touch of sugar.  Mine is much the same with a couple of

In Mama's original recipe, she used either a white wine vinegar, or 
perhaps an apple cider one.  That was prior to her discovery of 
rice vinegar.  The rice vinegar is slightly sweeter and light, not at
all overpowering.  I also add a bit of dill weed which I think really
compliments the flavor of the cucumbers.

Don't forget a pinch of sugar!

Whisk it all together in a cute bowl, and ....

serve!  This salad is a great accompaniment to any grilled meat or
chicken, or just on it's own.  

Who wants to see my Teriyaki Flank Steak recipe???

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, July 6, 2018

It's My Mama's Three Bean Salad Recipe

I miss my Mama and Daddy every day.  One of the ways I bring them
closer is to do things, and cook things from my childhood.  One of 
those dishes is Mama's Three Bean Salad.  She loved it, in fact, she
loved to marinate cooked veggies of all kinds.  While this particular
salad is old fashioned, and I would probably put a new twist on it,
I am sticking to her style today.  It could not be any easier!

1 can Wax Beans, drained
1 can Green Beans, drained
1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 thinly sliced sweet onion
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
pinch of sugar
Salt to taste

Mama was not a big fan of pepper, so she rarely used it.
Toss all the ingredients together in a pyrex or stainless bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours.

I transferred the salad to one of Mama's crystal bowls.  Toss the
salad before serving, and plate on some pretty salad dishes.
I feel closer to Mama already!

What favorite salads do you remember from your childhood?

I have a new post up on my dollhouse miniatures blog today.
I have not posted there for ages, but for those of you who
love minis, you can visit it here.  Happy Friday everyone!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bentley's 4th of July Pool Party Cancelled

I had planned a little backyard pool party for Bentley, but it looks like
rain, and we can hear thunder.  No worries, we will reschedule for 
another day.  In the meantime, here are some blast from the past
4th of July day pics.

Wishing y'all a safe and happy 4th!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 2, 2018

Super Simple Side Dish Recipe

During the oppressive summer heat of South Texas, we don't want 
heavy meals.  I try to keep things light and simple, but I still try to
keep things full of flavor.  When I find something that will appeal to
David's taste, and my own, I am thrilled.  

Here is a quick and easy side dish that will work well with grilled
chicken, beef, or fish.  It's base is one of David's favorites .... corn.  
Remember, this recipe is for two of us, but you can easily double up
the ingredients to serve more.  Here we go ....

1 & 1/2 cups of frozen corn
1 scallion, sliced
5 cherry tomatoes, sliced
3 fresh basil leaves, rolled up, then sliced
olive oil to taste
red wine vinegar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
crumbled feta cheese

I just rinse the frozen corn under some hot water and drain well.  I want
crisp, not mushy corn.  Place in serving dish, add tomatoes, scallions,
basil, oil and vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well, and
place in fridge until dinner time.  Toss well and add the feta cheese,
toss again and serve.

It's both pretty and full of flavor.  David will pick out the tomatoes,
but that's okay because there will be more for me!  Later this week, I will
be sharing a jazzed up three bean salad.  Stay tuned.

We are also planning a little pool party for Bentley on the 4th.  Every
year we go to Barton Creek Resort in Austin for the 4th, but they are
in major remodel mode until November, so we won't be up there 
until the remodel is complete.  I have promised Bentley his own 
pool day, so y'all are invited!

Big Texas Hugs and Stay Cool,
Susan and Bentley


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