Baby Boomer Babbling-er-Musings

I'm from the baby boomer generation. I have a mop of white hair, courtesy of my gene pool. And a botox-free face that sports frown lines in the forehead and around the eyes. Love handles instead of a waistline. Can't say I'm exactly crazy about any of these old age indicators but I accept them with grace. And now I've lived long enough now that I ponder on a lot of things, new and old.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Monty & Pat : 2013 A Year in Review

Monty & Pat would like to wish all their family and friends a very happy and Merry Christmas!

To see what we were up to this past year, play the slideshow to see a photographic review of 2013.




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Happy New Year to everyone!




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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reindeer Noses


Preheat oven to 300°F.


Yogurt covered or plain mini pretzels

Rolo candies
Red M&Ms



1.  Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
     I used non-stick foil.

2.  Place yogurt covered pretzels on the pan in rows.

3.  Place a rolo candy in the center of each pretzel.

4.  Place in a 300°F oven for 3-4 minutes.

5.  Take out of oven immediately and press a red M&M on top 
      of each rolo and press down.

6.  Cool completely and then store in air tight container or bag.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

VINTAGE CAMPER CHRISTMAS DECOR

While roaming through the Home Depot this week, I came across a lil' 2-foot aluminum Christmas tree for only $9.98!  I knew immediately it would be adorable sitting on the table by the window of my canned ham, the 1954 Aljoa Sportsman.

Tiny Retro Aluminum Tree

I found a few loose Christmas items to surround the tree. The little vintage TV is one I found last year, but didn't get it packed away.  The musical/moving carousel was a bargain find recently at Goodwill.  Santa in his airplane sings "Let's Fly Away" as the propeller turns and flashes several Christmas messages.  The red and white blocks are reminding me to get it in gear, as there are only 31 more days of Christmas joy!

Next mission, should I decide to accept (and I will!), is to find itty bitty retro Christmas ornaments for the little aluminum tree!


Merry Christmas to all 
the Happy Campers!




Friday, November 22, 2013

FRIENDSHIP ♥

I am thankful for the joy of friendship. I am joyfully blessed to have BEST friendships with special people in my life with whom I share annual friendship anniversaries that are in the double digits - the constant, loyal, true, lifelong friends. You know who you are and that I cherish and love you!
  

I have friends who were in my life for a season, but I still remember them and the blessings they brought to my life for that time. We drifted apart for reasons ranging from geography to simply moving in different life directions. I still cherish those old friends, all whom I could talk to today and we would happily chat as though no time had passed. 

I have dear friends that I would have lost touch with entirely had it not been for Facebook. Other wonderful friends I have met through photography and other social media communities. They have all have my heart and I cherish each one!

Sadly I have had friends in the past that seemed to suck the joy out of the air and others that were never really my friends at all. If you have had such a friend, then I hope that you realize the blessing that came from that relationship – the discernment to know, as I do, how to appreciate all the more the real treasure of true friendship.

 I have newer friends today and even though I don’t know if they will be my friends for a season or a lifetime, I just pray that I can be blessing to them for the time we do have together.


Despite the ups and down, I truly hope I never stop making friends!





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crockpot Cola 'n BBQ

I saw this easy and delicious recipe awhile back because I follow "FrugalGirls" on my Pinterest page.  I have served it several times but my cooking method is slightly different.  The Frugal Girls recipe saves the sauce for the last 30 minutes of cook time whereas I prefer my meat to simmer in the sauce while it's cooking.



This has become one of my favorite go-to recipes.  It's easy.  It's quick.  Best of all, it's delicious, too!

My Recipe Version

1. Sweet Baby Ray's Cola-Q Barbecue Sauce
2. 6 oz or 1/2 can any cola
3. Chicken, Pork, Ribs - You choose!

Pour the barbeque sauce into the crockpot.  
Add 1/2 can cola (6 oz)
Stir well.  
Go ahead and put the crockpot on low.
Now pan sear the meat with a little cooking oil, 5 mins on each side.
Add meat to crock pot and spoon bbq sauce to cover.
Don't forget the lid!
Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Be sure to squeeze out all the sauce into crockpot!  Turn the bottle upside down and let it sit for a couple of minutes and then squeeze again.  Repeat at least one or more times until you have all the sauce out of the bottle and into the crock pot. 


Let upside bottle stand for a
few minutes to get all the sauce
from the bottle.
Measure or "guess-timate" half a can of cola.  I had a can of Pepsi on hand, but you can use Coca-Cola or generic cola.

Did you notice my cool vintage
Tupperware wet/dry flip measuring cup?
Pour the cola into the crockpot and stir the cola and Baby Ray's sauce until well mixed. 

I like to go ahead and turn the crockpot on low so the sauce will be heating up. 

Pour the cola and mix well with the BBQ Sauce!
Over medium-low heat, pan sear the chicken or pork for about 5 minutes on each side (10 minutes total).
Pan sear the chicken (or pork).
Add the chicken (or pork) to the crock pot and spoon sauce over the meat until it is coated.

Put the lid on the crockpot and simmer for 3-4 hours on low.


Chicken simmering in the crockpot.
Don't forget to put on the lid!
The pot is crocking along while I enjoy
the other half of the can of Pepsi with
my mid-afternoon snack!



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

School Lunchroom Brownies Bring Back Memories

While looking for a dessert recipe, I found one that my late friend, Debby Brown, shared with me about a year ago.  Her mother, Mae, worked in the school lunchroom at the high school we both attended together.  Her mother baked the best brownies ever!  

Debby lamented to me a couple of years ago that she did not have her mother's exact brownie recipe but an online search produced a recipe that she said looked and tasted very much like what her Mom used to make.  It was a brownie recipe that she shared with me.

One of my fond memories is when the high school lunch hour was almost over, Debby and I would sneak back to the lunchroom window and sweet Mae would pass us extra brownies if any were left over.  

Mae has been gone awhile and then Debby passed away suddenly last year.  I still miss her and think of her often.  While making brownies, my afternoon was filled with sweet memories of our teenage escapades yet also filled with a deep sadness that such a bright light is gone from our world.


Fudge-y brownie with chocolate/nut icing
If you try this recipe, I promise you won't be disappointed!  
So fabulously delicious!!

School Lunchroom Brownies
(like Mae used to make!)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cup sugar
3-4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cream softened butter with the sugar.  I used my mixer to make the job easier but you could do it by hand.

Add eggs, one at a time and beating after each.  I wanted fudge-like brownies so I only used 3 eggs.

Mix the flour and cocoa together with 1/2 tsp salt.

Add that to the butter/sugar mixture and only mix until combined well.

Add vanilla and chopped nuts and stir well.

Pour into a 9x13 pan.  I lined my pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

Bake 20-25 minutes in 350F oven.  Check at 20 minutes.

For the fudge-y brownies, I removed it from the oven at 23 minutes and the middle was a little jiggly.  It fell lower than the outside crust as it cooled down.  No worries!


The middle is lower than the crust as it cools to have that fudge-like texture.
The brownie bandit sampled the corner while it was still hot.

***Icing***

1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 can evaporated milk (I used regular milk)
1/4 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
Dash salt
Chopped nuts are optional (I put mine in the icing rather than the batter.  You could do one or the other or BOTH!)

Mix all together and frost as desired.


Nothing better than brownies and a glass of ice-cold milk!
Debby, my friend, I'm wishing you were still here to share it with me.






Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Whole Tree Architecture 'n More

When I saw this photo on Facebook recently, I knew that this log cabin entryway certainly had the WOW factor!  


Photo Credit:  Pioneer Log Homes of BC
After searching on the internet for the original photo, I came across other similar images.  Since I am a huge fan of log cabins, thought I would share a few of my favorite examples of "Whole Tree Architecture".

Photo Credit: Standout Cabin Designs
Photo Credit: Inspiration Green
Whole Tree Building in Minneapolis. 
Interior design by Gabberts Design Studio, architect not stated.

Also seen on www.houzz.com
Mountain Cabin Getaway
Photo Credit: ArchitecturalDesigns.com















A SIDE NOTE:



Vintage Double Decker Mobile Home




L'escargot CamperTM
A unique home-built camping trailer 
with a slide-out entry



CROCHET
A unique poncho



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Camper Tree House



Grain Bin She ShedFound at Bottled Up Designs Blog




Wire Spool, Satellite Dish Table
Found at Bottled Up Designs Blog