With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 7/17/11 - 7/24/11

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Cambrie

A new baby will be joining Cambrie, Caleb, Silas, Noah and Keri in February!
Maybe a leap year baby
 If it's a baby girl there will be an even 3 girls and 3 boys for them
5 granddaughters and 5 grandsons for us.
Don't know yet but it's gonna be fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homely Baby Bird

 A baby wren has hatched from the nest built in my porch hanging basket.  I guess it will take a some time for this little fellow to develop into a handsome mature bird like his parents.
For now he sits with his mouth wide opened waiting for his mama to fill it up and for his feathers to fill in.

Oh, if you're a bird, be an early bird
And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
               If you're a bird, be an early early bird -
 But if you're a worm, sleep late.

by Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The scent and the flavor of fresh basil shouts summer to me.
These little bites pack a lot for flavor and are easy and quick to make.
Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used less)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped. (used more)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 baguette French bread or similar Italian bread
olive oil for drizzling on bread slices
Feta cheese
Preheat oven to 450°F .

Finely dice the tomatoes. Put tomatoes, garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and vinegar in a bowl and toss. Add the chopped basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices and place on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on each slice. Toast on the top rack in your oven for a few minutes until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.

Spoon some tomato mixture on each slice; top with crumbled Feta cheese. Return to oven and bake just to heat through and to a nice toasted color.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hidden Valley Ranch Sausage Stars

I have been wanting to share this appetizer recipe since Christmas.
It wouldn't be Christmas Eve dinner without Sausage Stars at our house.
But now we are in the middle of summer and these delicious appetizers are just as popular.


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