Before I talk weekly menu I want to tell you about a fabulous and FUN party being planned! My friend Catherine at The Shiny Pebble is having a "PARTY" party! This fashionable soiree will begin on Wednesday June 16th. It is to celebrate the finale of the Interior Design Challenge. The fun starts at 12:01 (Central Time) sharp!
All are welcome! You are to post about anything party. What you would wear, what you would eat or drink, or anything party related!
Catherine, our hostess extraordinare, will explain it all. Go visit her and get in the know about this very interesting, upscale and brilliant party. Click HERE to get all the info.
Now I know for a fact that fasionista and spectacular friendSplenderosa will be there along with a FABULOUS story about Mom-Mom Chanterel and Chelsea~ these wonderfully eccentric (and fictional) characters. It is worth participating just to read the story!!!!! Click HERE to visit Splenderosa and see her delicious take on the fun!
Please join in! It should be the fashion event of the blogging year... and you won't believe what I am wearing!
Now to something much less spectacular, but very yummy...
This week I must tend to my house. It is VERY angry at me! Every room has a problem!
My laundry room is sick... it keep throwing up the clothes I have not folded and put away all week. I hate clothes vomit!
My kitchen has a mental disorder... multiple personalities. It thinks it's my office, and is trying to come up with a new filing system for all the bills, papers, magazines, instructions, gift wrap, books and all the what-not notes lying all over my island!
My bedroom is totally fed up and running away from home. It is packing the suitcase that has been lying on the floor half unpacked since my last overnight away. And it is trying to use the unmade bedsheets as a ladder to escape out of the second story window!
My bathroom has given in to being the most juvenile of delinquents! There is no more toilet paper in it and the kleenex is running low. It has been out late each night toilet papering the neighborhood trees!
My most trusted confidant, the office, has a huge eating disorder. I can see the tell-tale signs... crumbs on the desk, popcorn kernels on the floor and a two weight watcher fudge bar boxes in the trash can.
Thank goodness my living room and dinning room seem to be holding it together. But things could get ugly very soon. They have created an alliance and are threatning to kidnap the front stairs in an act of defiance if things don't change. I heard them whispering about writing the ransom note in the dust on the dinning room table!
And you thought you had housekeeping problems!
So this week I am signing a peace accord with my house! I promised it that I would spend 6 hours a day- a part time job of a day- nursing it back to physical and mental health! And that within 10 days (not counting the days I am away... sorry house!) it would be organized, clean and calm.
My house agreed to this arangement but is skeptical. For it's part in this peace accord it will continue give sanctuary and love to all who enter... and it will forgive me! No wonder I love my house.
Now I hear rumors of the garage staging a lock-out in protest. Both of the garage doors don't seem to be opening!
Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops with White Gravy
Roasted Broccoli with Grated Cheddar Cheese
Recipe: Northern Girl With A Southern Daddy's Pan Fried Bonless Pork Chops With White Gravy
4 boneless pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
Beat eggs in wide shallow bowl. Mix 1/2 cup flour, breadcrumbs, paprika, a little salt and pepper inn a wide shallow bowl. Dip pork chops, one at a time, in egg and dredge in flour mixture.
Heat oil in large pan over medium high heat. Put pork chops in pan and pan fry until browned, about 5-6 minutes. Turn over and cook on other side until done through, about 5-6 minutes more. Remove pork chops to platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Add butter to pan and melt. Add flour to pan and cook for 3 minutes. Stir so it does not stick or burn. Add milk and stir up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Simmer until thick gravy. Plate each pork chop and pour white gravy over it. Very Yummy!
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Day Beef Barbeque on Buns Oven fries Homemade Coslaw
Recipe Beef Barbeque:
I posted this recipe and got so much positive feedback. I hope you will try this delicious, souppy, tasty barbeque! Click HERE and look for Monday's menu. You will find it there.
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs Ceaser Salad
Recipe: Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
I love italian food! I am using my tried and true recipe, but using turkey instead of other meats to make the meatballs. Click HERE and look for it on Monday's menu.
Thursday: StoneGable Crab Cakes (Do over from last week~ we went out) Sauteed Rice Roasted Carrot Sticks
Recipe: StoneGable Crab Cakes
If you make these please use lump crabmeat. It makes all the difference. I know it is expensive, so wait and get it on sale. These are one of my most requested dishes. Click HERE and look for Monday's Menu.
Friday ~ Monday Bobby and Scamp home!Out of Town...AGAIN!
Bobby there is food in the freezer... no takeout!
Have a wonderful week! Please be thinking of me as I strive to be back on civil terms with my house!
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
Isaiah 51:3 (God's prophesy concerning Israel in the last days)
To be a StoneGable WOW Factor Dessert a sweet treat must be delicious, easy and adaptable. And this scrumptious strawberry creation meets all the criteria and then some.
It is a formula dessert. That is, if you follow the formula it can be adapted and transformed into so many different kinds of desserts! This kind of dessert is my favorite. I can let my imagination run wild to make new creations. And I can use what I have on hand if I need a last minute dessert!
1 puffed pastry shells (I use pepperidge farm) + jam in the bottom + filling + fruit + topping + fruit.
The Recipe: StoneGable Strawberry Festival Dessert
1 pkg (8 count) puffed pastry shells
8 TBS strawberry jam (StoneGable Strawberry Jam tutorial post on Saturday)
1 cup lemon pudding (Jello pudding cups)
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
Fresh whipped cream (I just used cool whip with a touch of added vanilla)
8 beautiful strawberries sliced to be fanned on top
mint to garnish
Make the puffed pastry cups according to directions and cool. Removes tops and insides. The shell is what you want to fill.
Build your dessert by filling the bottom of the shell with 1 TBS strawberry jam. Top the strawberry jam with 2 TBS lemon pudding. Top with 2 TBS chopped fresh strawberries. Add whipped cream (not from a can, it gets too runny) and a beautifully fanned strawberry on the top. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
Now let your imagination go on a sugar high and make a dessert all your own!
Here's some ideas to get you started!
*Raspberry jam, nutella or chocolate pudding, fresh raspberries, whipped cream , raspberries and shaved chocolate.
*Lemon curd, vanilla pudding, blueberries, whipped cream with grated lemon peel, blueberries with a thin lemon slice.
*Orange marmalade (use sparingly), mascapone mixed with confectioner's sugar and orange grated orange peel, mandrian oranges , whipped cream with grand marnier, orange slice
Now it's your turn to make a signature dessert!
I am joining Designs By Gollum for Foodie Friday.
I am joining my friend Holly from 504 Main for Tickled Pink Friday- Show Me What You've Got. So very fun and creative... join in!
I am linking up with a new friend, Sam at The White Blue Sky for Culinary Evolution- There are some wonderful recipes and cooking blogs there!
A big heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who participated in StoneGable's very first giveaway. I read and cherished each and every comment!!!! I was stunned and thrilled and a little bit teary (happy tears) over the generousity and encouragement of all of you!
And a thank you to April Cornell for the great merchandise, kind words and support!
There were 444 entries. Using True Random Number Generator ( I could not figure how to get the little picture of the number chosen to my blog~ techie dinosaur!), the winning number is 224!
Glenda at D. Jean Quarles, A Write Life.
Please e-mail me your address so I can get your April Cornell and more winnings out to you.
And thank you again, EVERYONE, for making this a successful giveaway!
Strawberry Festival Tablescape
It's Strawberry time, and in this part of the country the strawberries are lucious this year! This beautiful red jewel of a fruit has inspired this week's table!
What could be more fun that having a Strawberry Festival Luncheon with a few good girlfriends?
When I found these fine china dishes at HomeGoods this winter, I tucked them away just for this day! I just knew that the strawberry inspired "Berry Fields" dishes from Creative Tops would be a great inspiration and become a favorite.
I paired them up with my favorite and leaf and berry chargers (HG), red chargers and lovely creamy white wedgewood salad plates.
A white tablecloth makes a clean crisp background. And each placesetting is anchored by a bright spring green and white embroidered placemat. The material reminds me of sundress material from summers gone by!
Red casual flatware with silver toned accents add a punch of color against the placemats.
The double napkins are gathered together with a green straw napkin ring. The under napkin is a textured red and the top napkin is red with a white woven repeated design. I often use two napkins for a fuller look.
Red and green is not just for Christmas! It can look very fresh summery too!
I love to welcome each guest to my table with a little take-home gift! StoneGable Strawberry Jam in jars dressed up with pretty paper lids and matching bows are a cheery hello!
Check back on Saturday a "how to make homemade jam" tutorial and SG's recipe. Yummy!
Red fluted glasses with a small stem will hold homemade ice tea or water.
A creamer and sugar bowl in the Berry Fields design add to the festive feel of the table.
The centerpiece is a simple white ironstone pitcher filled with red sweetheart roses and pink and white astilbies.
A white berry bowl full of sweet red strawberries and freshly picked mint is ready for the girls to help themselves. The bowl is designed like a collander~ just wash the berries, slide the bowl on the plate and take it to the table. We eat lots of berries at StoneGable and this is a well used bowl in my kitchen!
My table promotes "Eat dessert first"! Identical pedestal cake stands flank the pitcher of roses.
One cake stand is filled with an elegent and very easy strawberry dessert. Delicious! Come back for the recipe and more yummy pictures to be posted Thursday evening.
The other cake stand holds dessert plates in the Berry Field's pattern and a silver dessert server.
All is ready for an afternoon of girlfriends and fun!
STONEGABLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL MENU
Field Greens with Strawberries, Candied Pecan and Bleu in a Champagne Viniagrette
Lobster Salad on Toast Points
Strawberry Festival Dessert in Puffed Pastry Cups
I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday. To see creative and inspiring tablescapes visit Between Naps On The Porch! Thanks Susan for hosting this highlight of the week!