Thursday, July 7, 2016

Our 4th of July and Some Recipes

The night before the 4th of July, Hayley was invited to a party at her friend's house. A great group of kids she's met here and she's been to a party there earlier in the year.  I did her eye makeup for her to add a little festive touch :-)

After we dropped Hayley off we took Kathleen to see Finding Dory! She was all dressed in an outfit she picked specifically to see the movie.

    Even had her Dory necklace on and her special hair bow ;-) It was a cute movie! Hayley wasn't too happy we went without her, lol. She's been waiting for it to be released for years. Finding Nemo was always one of her favorites.

Afterwards we took her to one of her favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel for dinner. We had a great evening out!

4th of July brought some clouds and a little sun trying to peek out later in the day, but humidity was high!

Hayley had one of her friends that went to the party come back and spend the night, so we took her home in the morning and passed by this really nice lake, so on the way back we stopped to check it out. Not too far from our house at all.

We saw a blue heron there just hanging out... wonder if it's the same one that likes to stop by our pond? ;-)

The deck/pier area was really nice and it is easy to get a wheelchair down to it, so when my mom visits we are planning to take her there. That was she can fish and enjoy being right on the water. They ran sidewalks all the way down too which you don't see often at lakes so we were happy to find it.

                                 Captured a little dragonfly hanging out in the wildflowers.

          It also has a really nice playground. Jerry was having just as much fun as the girls! LOL!

When we got home we knew the dogs would be feeling the heat, so we got their doggie pool ready!

                   This is Patches, his philosophy is I'll stay hot, not a fan of the water! LOL

Skippy loves the water and jumps right in, he also loves to run through the edges of our pond. We keep him on a long leash because there is snapping turtles etc in there! Plus he loves to run so we don't want to lose him.

                                   Bella enjoys it as well, all her fur she gets quite hot!

                                  And little Owen needs some coaxing but enjoys it too. ;-)

Elvis and Mirabelle enjoy hanging out in the window and watching everyone from the air conditioned house, lol. You can tell they have it really rough, lol. So spoiled!

For our dinner I made:

Fried chicken thighs
Crab pasta salad
Corn on the cob
Red velvet cupcakes with a special icing

Below are the recipes :-)

Fried chicken thighs:

Buttermilk fried chicken

3lb chicken thighs, I used boneless, skinless
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons seasoned salt (I used Lawry's)
5 cups cornflake cereal
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

In bowl combine buttermilk, mustard, and season salt. Add chicken and chill for an hour at least.

Heat over to 350 degrees. line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack coated with cooking spray on top. In a food processor pulse cornflakes, baking mix, thyme, and poultry seasoning until fine crumbs form. Place on a sheet of wax paper that is laid out on the countertop.

Drain chicken and discard rest of the marinade. place the chicken on the crumbs and pull the paper up to coat chicken, pat to adhere. Place chicken on rack with cooking spray and bake for about an hour. Let sit 10  minutes and enjoy!

Crab pasta salad

1 lb medium pasta shells (I like using the small shells)
1 package imitation crab meat cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium red pepper
3 stalks of celery diced
1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt (NOT GREEK)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup Italian Vinaigrette salad dressing

Cook pasta, drain & rinse with cold water.
In large bowl mix pasta, crab, red pepper, celery.
In small bowl whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, Old bay, celery salt, yellow mustard, soy sauce and salad dressing.
Pour over the pasta and veggies and stir well to combine. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Red velvet cupcakes

1 package red velvet cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
2 (4 oz) bars white chocolate chopped
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups mixed berries

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with enough for 24 cupcakes.
Prepare mix substituting buttermilk for water. Bake until done about 15-20 minutes.
Place white chocolate in glass bowl and melt in 30 second intervals until it begins to melt. Let sit 1 minute, stir till smooth and let it cool to room temperature.
Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla till smooth. Add white chocolate and beat until light in color and fluffy. Ice the cupcakes and enjoy! :-)

I also made a graham cracker treat, We used a chocolate graham cracker but you can use a cinnamon one as well. Spread icing on the cracker, separate red twizzlers to create a flag and add blueberries, super easy and delicious :-)

Lovely sunset to end our great day spending time as a family. These pictures don't do it justice......
So thankful for all we've been blessed with and the freedom we so enjoy!!!

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves"   Abraham Lincoln

"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth"    Abraham Lincoln

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts"   Abraham Lincoln



Hena Tayeb said...

Looks like a great weekend..
Great job on the eye make up!
Love Cracker Barrel.. but we have none close to where we live :(

mamasmercantile said...

We always eat at least one meal at the Cracker Barrel when we visit USA we are great fans of all the vintage artefacts. Looks like a great weekend.

Patti said...

Hayley's patriotic eyes look fantastic! And, wow, does she look like you. As I was scrolling down the page, the photo of her is right next to the one of your profile photo. Seeing the photos side by side like that, I can really see the mother/daughter resemblance.

I love Cracker Barrel, especially their breakfast. Their hashbrown casserole is amazing! We went there after church about a month ago.

That lake is like a sheet of glass---so still and perfect.

I'm so glad you all are enjoying your new home.


Billie Jo said...

What a lovely celebration, Jill!
You live in a beautiful area.
And thanks for the recipies! : )