Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Quotes.... Sun.. 65*/80's

We are so thankful for friends, many of whom we've never met, but who share with us as if we'd seen each others' smiles. We've come to know each other online, and words from this community help us through each day.

"For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young friends coming on as fast as radishes.
For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils, and hold us despite our blights, wilts, and withering's."
~ Max Coots

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Layered Lemon Bars ... Sunny..dry air .... cooler... 80's

1 box Lemon cake mix

1 3 oz. box instant lemon pudding

3 egg whites

1/3 cup melted butter

Beat egg whites till foamy, add rest of ingredients, stir together till all moistened, with dampened fingers press into a well greased 9 x 9 inch pan.

8 oz. softened neuftachel cheese

1 T. lemon juice

1/3 cup powdered sugar

Combine all in a bowl and with hand held mixer beat until light and fluffy, spoon on top of crust and gently spread to cover stopping about 1/2 an inch from edges.

2 cups lemon curd (see our homemade recipe HERE )

Spread lemon curd on top of cream cheese mixture and bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday quotes... Hot & Sunny

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life---this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.  
Charles Dudley Warner

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Refreshing Lemon Sorbet...Sun...HOT 96*

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2- 2 cups sugar * See Notes
2 cups Lemon juice (fresh or Real Lemon)
1 cup Lemon Curd (homemade recipe HERE or use store bought)

Combine sugar and water in small sauce pan, heat, stirring, till sugar dissolves. Place in bowl in fridge or freezer till very cold .
When cold stir in lemon juice and whisk in lemon curd till smooth, pour into a ice cream freezer and process according to your machines instructions ( I process 30 minutes then freeze for 4-5 hours)

**NOTES: This is softer set than homemade ice cream, and I find it needs more freezer time.

** Adjust sugar to your taste we use the 1 1/2 cups of sugar, but we like things tart, you may prefer to use the 2 cups if you like it sweeter!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happy As Kings.... Sunny & Hot

The world is so full
of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be
as happy as kings
                                                                Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lemon Pie... Humid and Hot

A Summer favorite around here, if you like lemon you can't go wrong with this refreshing pie, make it this morning and come in out of the heat to a refreshing ready made dessert tonight!

Refreshing Lemon Ice Pie

1 large can( 12 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 cup sugar
graham cracker crust

Place milk (Undiluted) in a large bowl and place in the freezer till just beginning to freeze around edges.
Beat with a stand or hand mixer until foamy, add sugar, continue to beat until soft peaks form, add lemon juice and extract, beat just to incorporated and spoon into a prepared graham cracker crust(will be quite high, just pile it in.)
Place immediately into the freezer and freeze for four hours or overnight.
Can be cut and eaten straight from the freezer for a refreshing summer treat!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Farm Life... Sunny & HOT!

Mrs. Hopeful's babies are 3 weeks old today, only 3 weeks until you could adopt one of these sweeties! (if you missed their story you can read it HERE

What a difference a few day makes!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bed in Summer... sunny and hot

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
   Robert Louis Stevenson

This poem is from "A Child's Garden of Verses" , one of my daughters favorites when she was a little girl (30+ years ago) you can see from the  .49c price tag it's been around awhile, it survived many readings with my daughter and then my Grandchildren.
Some of our favorites from it are "the swing", "Autumn Fires", "The Cow", and "My Shadow"....................
Did you have a favorite poem from this book?????

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blackberry Cheesecake Ice cream... sunny & HOT

Summer started off cool and rainy for us here in the Ozarks, but now that July is in full force so is Summer heat, this is one of our favorite quick refreshing summer desserts. Use it with blackberries now or adapt it so... Use any fruit you may have on hand, works great with peaches, strawberries, etc.......or leave the fruit out substitute French vanilla pudding for the cheesecake pudding, vanilla extract for the almond extract, and have wonderful homemade vanilla ice cream!

2 cups half and half
2 cups whole milk (2% can be used instead to make  it lighter)
1 box (3.9 oz) instant cheesecake pudding
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups blackberries
1 tsp. Almond extract (optional)

Place blackberries in blender and puree till liquefied, pour through a sieve and press to remove juice and some pulp, discard seeds, to this add 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, & Almond extract if using, stir well and place in the fridge.
Combine the rest of the sweetened condensed milk, half & half, milk and pudding mix, whisk till smooth, immediately pour into ice cream maker and process according to instructions for your machine. When ice cream is done remove from ice cream maker and gently swirl in the blackberry mixture---you don't want it all stirred in just swirl randomly leaving plenty of white showing too.
Place in freezer for 3-4 hours depending on whether you prefer soft-serve or harder ice cream.......

You can find this and many more of our recipes in our Everything Season
Cookbook download here:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Quotes....sunny.... warm.... humid

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Chigger Cobbler...rain overnight..humid and warm

July is the season of  'everything Blackberries' here,
when you've just come in from the patch and need to throw together a quick dessert this is the recipe to use! (if your wondering about the name see HERE )

Chigger Cobbler

1 quart blackberries
1/2-1 cup sugar (adjust to the sweetness of your berries)
1 T. lemon juice
1 rounded tablespoon cornstarch
1 tsp. almond flavoring (optional)
1/2 box yellow cake mix, dry
1/4 cup melted butter

 In medium pan, crush half of blackberries, add lemon juice and sugar, remove 1/4 cup juice, and stir in cornstarch till smooth, heat berries, add cornstarch mixture, bring to a boil and cook one minute, pour into 2 quart baking dish, sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter, bake at 350* for 25 minutes or till top is lightly browned and bubbly................Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


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