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A-Z About Me.

I’ve see this on several other blogs and thought it would be fun to try.

A. Age: Let’s just say 30 is right around the corner.

B. Bed size: Queen.

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning out the doe house during kidding season.

D. Dogs: Weimaraners: Hunter (5 1/2 yrs old), Remy (3 1/2 yrs old). Standard Poodle: Verity (1 3/4 yrs old).

E. Essential start to your day: A glass of milk every morning.

F. Favorite color: Green.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver.

H. Height: 5’11”. Believe me, I was taller than just about every boy I knew growing up. 

I. Instruments you play: I played the flute and piccolo in marching and concert band in school.

J. Job title: I’m lucky enough to get to stay at home and take care of the animals.

K. Kids: Do goats count? I do have a couple of young cousins that we raised for the first few years of their lives that are like my own children. We really miss the boys, now.

L. Live: Alabama – “The Heart of Dixie”.

M. Make of car: Chevrolet Trailblazer.

N. Nicknames: Angel (but only Clint calls me that) and Shell are ones that I answer to now. Shelly, Shelly Bee, Beezie, and Pee Pot (don’t ask me how I got that name – much too embarrassing) were all childhood nicknames. Clint wanted me to include his nickname, too. . . Eastwood. It’s his first nickname; my mom started calling him that years ago and he still loves it. I may just have to start calling him Eastwood in this blog ; )

O. Overnight hospital stays: I had horrible inner ear infections as a child and was hospitalized often with them.

P. Pet Peeves: People with short fuses.

Q. Quote from a movie: Most of my favorites come from Steel Magnolias.
“In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight.”
“Honey, time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.”
“I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”
“There is no such thing as natural beauty.”

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: I’m an only child, but always wanted older brothers. 

T. TV Shows: Too many: The Golden Girls, CSI, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: UK, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leverage, Too Hot In Cleveland, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, The Waltons, and Ghost Adventures (that show scares me silly).

U. Underwear: You bet.

V. Vegetable you hate: None, I love veggies.

W. What makes you run late: The snooze button.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Too many: Dental x-rays, sprained ankles, sprained finger, broken feet, broken toes, broken tail bone twice, mild concussion, chest x-rays. . . Did I mention I was a klutz growing up and still am?

Y. Yummy food that you make: I’m the cook and baker of the family so I think they like pretty much anything I make.

Z. Zoo animal: All of them.

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Happy Birthday Grandma!

My grandmother turned 83 last week. My mom and I took her out to eat on Friday and did a lot of shopping (I feel like we bought the stores out. . . just kidding). All in all, we had a very nice girls’ day together.

Grandma was born the third child (and third daughter) of a pentecostal preacher (he also owned a mechanic’s shop in our small town for many years) and his wife. Over the ensuing years, my great grandparents had seven more children. She’s the oldest of their children that are still living, and even though she’s in her eighties, she still gets around fairly well. My grandmother went on to have three children (the eldest, and only son, died in his early twenties) and three grandchildren (of which I’m the youngest and the only girl).

Happy Birthday Grandma!
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Lemon Cheese Cake

Contrary to its name, there is no cheese in this old-fashioned Southern recipe. I’ve heard that the name comes from the fact that this cake resembles a big wheel of cheese. From what I know of her, my great grandmother was a wonderful cook and made the best homemade cakes (and one of those was lemon cheese cake). She passed on well before I came along, and although many of her recipes were passed down to my grandmother (and then on to me), lemon cheese cake was not of them. A few years ago, a cousin’s request for this easy, but delicious cake led me on a little search for a recipe that would taste similar and this is the result.

This isn’t necessarily the prettiest cake, mostly because the frosting is a little thinner than most. However, it’s delicious, especially if your like me and prefer sweets with a little tartness.

The Ingredients:
The Cake:
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/4 c sugar
3 1/2 c cake flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt*
1 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
6 egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
*I use kosher salt.

The Frosting:
9 egg yolks
1 1/2 c sugar
3 sticks of butter
Juice of 4-5 lemons
Zest from 2 of those lemons

1) Preheat oven to 375F.

2) In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, then set it aside. You can also sift the flour combination, too, if you want.

3) In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, then mix in the vanilla.

4) Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, mixing well after each addition.

The batter after the egg whites have been folded in.

5) Add the egg whites and fold them in.

6) Bake in three prepared 8 inch cake pans for about 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

The Frosting:

The frosting right after coming off the stove.

1) Mix all of the ingredients together and cook in a double boiler until the mixture thickens (takes about 25 minutes or slightly longer). Make sure to stir constantly. Allow the frosting to cool before frosting the cake (it will thicken even more after cooling off).

2) Once the cake and frosting have cooled, spread the frosting in between the layers and on the outside of the cake. Since the frosting is thin, you’ll most likely still be able to see the cake through it, especially on the sides.


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Balsamic Strawberries and Ice Cream

This is one of our very favorite desserts. The first time I made it, everyone was a little skeptical of vinegar and ice cream, but they love it now.

The Ingredients:
1 lb of strawberries, washed & sliced
2/3 c balsamic vinegar (you can really do as much or as little vinegar as you want, but we like a lot of it)
1/4 c granulated sugar
and last, but not least, ice cream (we love it on vanilla)

1) Wash and slice the strawberries (cut the large ones in half).

2) In a saute pan combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar over medium heat. Allow it to simmer until the mixture slightly thickens.

3) Add the strawberries and allow it to simmer another minute before you remove it from the heat.

4) Serve it warm over ice cream and enjoy!