Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Interesting Picture

It's time for another interesting picture from my "fun photos" collection! Although people don't seem to want to participate in commenting on these unique images, I'm not going to let that stop me from posting them anyway :o)
I love the deep color in this one, first of all. And of course, the shoes. Is this an ad for shoe sales? If so, they aren't very stylish.....or were they? This photo is dated 1942:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Love Fresh Veggies & Fruit!



Oh boy, it's Fresh Veggie Season!! For someone working hard on dropping the lbs this couldn't come at a better time. I traveled over to Bixby, OK this morning and got first pick (almost literally) of the corn being brought in from the fields- yay!! I LOVE fresh corn, especially local corn; it just tastes better to me.

Almost everything I bought today was grown there at the farm. Well, the tomatoes weren't from Oklahoma, but they sure are alot better than what's in the store!! They had dirty onions- whoo-boy do I love these! Hub likes them with cucumbers in vinegar. He calls them "C&O's" and cannot wait to dig in to some made with these fresh-picked little cucumbers and those wonderful, sweet onions.

They had some new, weird squash available. I wish I'd taken my camera; these were very colorful and pretty. Golden zucchini was one item- never heard of it. I stuck with my tried, true and loved yellow squash. Steamed with butter (fat free of course) and salt and pepper. I'm making myself hungery now. Guess I'll go cut up some "candylope" as my son calls it. He's a cantaloupe connoisseur and learned from his mamma how to pick out good ones.
Hey Bub, I'm thinkin' of ya! Love, Mom

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Birthday Dog

My dog turned 5 yrs old yesterday. Gracie was the first dog I have ever personally acquired on my own; the only other dog we ever had before was our black Lab who was found in a clothes basket on a street corner and rescued. After Sophie passed at the age of 12, hub and I said “No more dogs and especially no indoor dogs!” Yeah, well.
I’ve had quite a few cats in my life and considered myself a cat-person. My favorite cat of all was named Norman. When he died I was devastated, to be honest. That left us with one cat, Clarke who seemed very lonely.

I told my daughter about the dogs my cousin had, a breed called Shih Tzu’s. How these dogs were bred just for companionship, to be lap dogs, and tried to describe how they looked. “Here” I said, “let me show you what they look like” as I Googled “shih tzu image” on the computer. Well, this brought up pictures of adults……..and puppies. Oh no. After seeing several heart-melting ADORABLE images of pups, she agreed they were cute and left for her summer job. I sat there, surfing the web for 2 hours, unaware of the time, mesmerized. Then something came over me. I couldn’t, right? I couldn’t just sit down and order up a puppy without talking to my family, could I? Would I? I hesitantly emailed the breeder and inquired about the pups. They were located in Evening Shade, Arkansas. I mapped that- Lord it was quite a ways from Tulsa and no easy, direct way to get there, either. Then the breeder emailed me back. This little girl puppy was available- was I interested?


My heart was pounding and I took a deep breath and impulsively emailed back YES.
I had no idea how I was going to, you know – GET this puppy home, but I had several weeks to worry about it as they were only 3 weeks old and not ready to leave yet. My daughters face, the expression on her face, when I showed her the dog on the screen and then said, “I’m getting her!” was priceless. She was as overjoyed as I was! We did a little Happy Dance, and then she stopped and asked the dreaded question, “What about Dad?” Hubby had proclaimed his views on dogs very clearly and he had always stated, from the day I met him (well, almost) that growing up in the country, dogs were to stay outside. Period. End of story. So, I hit him in his Achilles heel- our daughter, whom he could never refuse anything. I told him that night at dinner. I told him I was getting a puppy, and as he rolled his eyes and began to protest, I said, “It’s for HER. SHE wants one!” at which time daughter smiled her sweet smile and nodded (just like we practiced).
It was amazing how his protest stopped mid-sentence and changed to questions like: how? when? where? which I joyfully answered. We had named her Gracie by the next day and I emailed the breeder and asked her to begin calling her that. She said she would and began sending us photos that made us fall in love even more with her.




Daughter and I went on a planned mission in early August. We drove to Nashville, visited my aunt, uncle and cousin and went to a Dave Matthews concert that I had tickets for. On the way back to Oklahoma we swung up to the north in Arkansas and picked up our new, adorable puppy. The ride home wasn’t so great. Poor little Gracie had a rough time of it. But we made it home and surprise surprise…… guess where I found our little puppy within an hour? Curled up on the bed with hub. Mr. No-Dogs-In-The-House-Ever was now smitten and has evolved into a huge dog lover. Ah, puppy love. It is magical!

And, in case you didn’t see the picture over on the right, we now have THREE of them. Puppy love is magical....... and makes you insane.
Happy Birthday Gracie Mae!

p.s. Yes, I know she is wearing a Hello Kitty hat in the top photo, just don't tell her.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sweet Potato Fries!

Just wanted to share with everyone a product I was told about lately. I finally found these sweet potato fries at the Wal Mart grocery store and boy are they good!
We had them tonight and were very impressed. I think the secret is out because there weren't very many bags left when they finally got them in at the store.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stuffed Green Peppers

Green peppers are also in season right now, did you know that? Go get some nice, big ones and stuff ‘em! I made mine in the crockpot; it was easy and goooooood! I'm only making 4 since it's just the two of us.

Here are the ingredients:


OK so I'm not the The Pioneer Woman - I forgot to show the hamburger! It's in here too with the other stuff:
I always clean my fresh fruits and veggies with this stuff- love it:


Now prepare the peppers- take out the core and the seeds:

Now they are ready to stuff with the meat mixture:


I'm embarrassed- I forgot to add the onion sour cream in the photo- sheesh!

So, mix these to together til nice and creamy:

Pour over the peppers that you have placed in your crockpot:


Voila! We love it with corn:



Stuffed Peppers
6 med. to lg. peppers
1 1/2 lb. ground chuck
1 med. onion
1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (16 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream or sour cream onion dip
Minute rice (2 servings), make according to directions on box

Clean the inside of peppers and cut off tops. Mix ground chuck, onion, whole tomatoes drained squeezed into ground chuck, pepper, and seasonings of your choice and rice (made according to the directions on the box). Put ground chuck mixture into raw peppers; now place these peppers into your crock pot. Mix the can tomato sauce and your sour cream together; now pour this mixture over the stuffed peppers. Put crock pot on high and cook for about 5 to 6 hours or on slow 8 to 9 hours.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wacky Cake!


Yep, it’s my birthday! And that means WACKY CAKE!
The Wacky Cake was introduced during WWII, a delicious example of the “make do” cakes that became popular during times of short supply. My father’s mother was a Rosie the Riveter (actually she was a supervisor over the Rosies!) and brought this recipe home from the airplane plant. It became our traditional birthday cake growing up. The icing is what sets it apart. It’s never a good idea to have me around when making the icing because I want to eat it ALL.
And yet, I think Birthday Girls should be allowed to do that though, don't you?

Wacky Cake
Into sifter measure:
1 ½ C flour
1 C sugar
1 tsp soda
¼ tsp salt
3 T (heaping) cocoa
Sift 3 times, 4th time sift into cake pan (dry). Make well in flour mixture.

Add:
6 T oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 T vinegar
1 C cool water
Mix all ingredients with fork til smooth. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

ICING:
½ C (or 1 stick) butter
3 T milk or cream
2 C powdered sugar
4 tsp vanilla
3 T (heaping) cocoa

Set on low heat and melt butter. Add milk, vanilla and cocoa.
Stir til mixed. Slowly add in powdered sugar, stirring til lumps
are gone. When cake is done, remove from oven and punch holes
in it with a fork. Pour hot icing over, gently forcing into holes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Electronic Failures Lead To Better Pastimes

I am on Day 3 without having a TV to watch. I have a DLP TV and the bulb went out Saturday night. I knew it would happen one day, but you are never prepared when it does. Just like that, you are cut off from the world! Or so it seems. I’m not a big TV watcher, so I really didn’t think it would bother me too much. I usually don’t even turn it on until maybe 10 pm, watch the news and then watch whatever shows I have recorded. Fortunately there aren’t any right now that I’m just dying to see. OK, maybe one. Or two. But I’m trying not to think about it!
So, I’ve been reading during that time and making quite a dent, I might add, in the stack o’ books that have been patiently waiting for me. I finally finished “Loving Frank”


It was OK, but not as compelling as I would have liked. It’s about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress during the early 1900’s. Sounded like it would be right up my alley, but as I said, it kind of drug on for me. I had to work at finishing it. Others I know just loved it, so “to each his own” as my Mom would say.
Now I am reading a book I picked up at the Oklahoma Historical Society’s annual meeting last May. They had various history book vendors there (man, was that worth the drive to Bartlesville!) discounted, no less! I picked up 3 and put back 3 more. I wanted ‘em all. The book I’m reading now is called “Whose Names Are Unknown” written by Sanora Babb.


The back of the book cover sums it up better than I can:
“Sanora Babb’s long-hidden novel Whose Names Are Unknown tells of the High Plains farmers who fled drought and dust storms during the Great Depression. Babb wrote this in the 1930’s while working with refugee farmers in the camps of California. Originally from the Oklahoma panhandle area herself, she submitted the manuscript for the book to Random House for consideration in 1939. Editor Bennett Cerf planned to publish this “exceptionally fine” novel but when John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath swept the nation, Cerf explained that the market could not support two books on the same subject” and thus, the book was shelved until 2005, just before Ms. Babb died at age 98. I’m finding the book captivating, but then, we all know how much I love history, especially Oklahoma history. And I believe I will finish it before the new bulb arrives for the TV.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy 2nd Re-Birth Day Belvedere

I suppose I should recognize the 2nd year anniversary of the Buried Car event. I was on the Buried Car Committee for 18 months. I lived it, breathed it, and researched it. This was perhaps the most exciting thing in my life since my marriage and my children’s births and I am forever thankful to have been a part of it all. I was also burned out when it was all over and have never really looked back on any of it. I will, though, tonight when I go see the French documentary on it at the Circle Cinema. For those of you who don't know, this car was buried 52 years ago as a publicity stunt (along with a time capsule) during the state's 50th Anniversary, to be dug up on the 100th, which it was. The brand new car was a total mess. The cement vault had failed in that time (my guess is when a main water line broke in the 1970's and flooded nearby City Hall's basement). But I have always maintained that the car did what it was supposed to do back then and again 50 yrs later and that was to draw publicity to Tulsa. The time capsule was completely sealed and it's contents in pristine condition.
Here are some photos you may or may not have seen:

The sad truth revealed:

Committee Member Jerry B. assessing the damage:

What we'd hoped it would look like inside:

Reality:


Contents of a woman's purse left in the car included tranquilizers, gum, face powder, and combs among other things. It bothered me some that the gum was in such good shape.....
The time capsule- the saving grace:


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Interesting Photo

I have a small collection of curious, interesting (and some odd) old photos that I find amusing and entertaining to look at (I know I'm wierd) The Education Director at the Tulsa Historical Society, Maggie Brown, recently held a mini-workshop for the Guardians (volunteers) in which she gave pointers on "reading" old photos. This is a swimsuit layout taken in 1932 (click on to enlarge):


I notice the one girl seemingly running up to the others and the 2 guys in swimsuits and the other man is dressed in a suit. What do you suppose is trying to be conveyed, if anything, in this photo?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bryan And Christe

This is Bryan and Christe last summer:
They are getting married in a few weeks! James, Jana and I are flying to Las Vegas to witness their vows and we cannot WAIT! I hope to have many more photos to share with everyone after we return!
LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Frozen Blueberry Margaritas!


For those of you who may not know it: it's berry season right now!! With that in mind, I just have to share this delicious cocktail that my sister contributed to my cookbook. It's wondermous!


Frozen Blueberry Margaritas

Lime (cut in to small wedges)
Salt or sugar (for rims)
3 C ice
2/3 C Tequila
2 C blueberries
1 6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
¼ C powdered sugar
¼ C orange liqueur (e.g. Blue Curacao, Triple Sec or Cointreau)

Rub rims of glasses with a lime wedge, and dip in salt or sugar to coat. Process the remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately or place the container in the freezer for 30 minutes. Serve in prepared glasses.
Makes about 5 ½ cups.

Jana & Collin's New House

Been down in Texas tagging along while the kids looked for a house- they found one!
Here is a slideshow of some of the house- it's 4 bedrooms but I only took pics of the master.
http://picasaweb.google.com/nschallner/JanaCollinSNewHouse?feat=directlink

Trip to Texas

It was fun to tag along with Jana & Collin as they searched for their perfect first house (which they did find, see link below). The road to Dallas is shorter now than it was back in the 1980's, when James and I would travel down to see a Dallas Cowboys game (he was a huge fan back then; not so much now). It took at least 5 hours. Now it is 4-lane highway the entire way, bypassing most of the little towns. Took us about 3 1/2 hours (4 with potty stops). Awesome!

It's been awhile since I looked at houses for sale. Once upon a time I was a realtor but that was a long, long time ago. We probably looked at well over 20 houses in 3 days; they start to blend together so picture and note taking are required. That's why I took my camera (although I wasn't the only one with that brilliant idea). It was great to see my girl :o)



Happy Homeowners

Hot Dog!

In the spirit of this Memorial holiday I thought I'd post how I make some of The Best hotdogs on days when it's raining or you just don't want to mess with the grill outside. These really are delish, if I do say so.

First of all, and most importantly, are the wieners. They must be all BEEF. The 2nd important ingredient is the seasoning salt. I'm a huge Head Country fan so that's what I use. Lawry's is also good, but not AS good in my opinion


Place the hot dogs on a plate and slice them lightly in a diagonal line twice, turn and do the same thing on the other side of them like this:

OK sorry, that's not a great picture. Anyway, it's not relevant to the taste of the wieners but my dad always did it, so I do too! Next sprinkle the seasoning salt on the dogs, and roll them in it, covering them evenly.

Place them in a skillet that has a lid and set the temp to the lowest setting.

Let them cook oh-so-slowly, turning them every so often so they cook evenly.

Voila! I promise these are SO good! Just add a bun, mustard and onions and you are good to go! We love to have these with baked beans and potato chips.

Baby Bird Update May 2009

BabyBird is still here- 1 week tomorrow. It's safe to say he got blown out of the nest too early. Today he was on the east side of our house and is flying higher every day. We hope he makes it to a tree limb very soon. He's beaten the odds so far what with all the cats we have around here.
Since I love photographing birds, I'll throw in some that I caught over at the cemetery yesterday.

Chillin'


Elvis

Baby Bird May 2009

It is that time of year when you look out in your yard and something catches your eye.......what the....?....is that a....?....
Why yes it is. A baby blue jay. Isn't he cute?I took this opportunity to take lots and lots of pictures, so bear with me.Of course, everyone knows that when there is a baby jay, there is a protective mom and dad bluejay nearby ready to dive-bomb you if you get too close. Thank goodness for zoom lens.I tried to catch them feeding the baby.Kind of a blurry action shots..Mom and Dad coaxed baby further away from the house
All the while keeping an eye on meOne of the parents kept squawking at my screen door; I figured the cat was looking out but I turned to look and, no......not the cat....It was Pete!