Hey, Friends! Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. My sister and some friends went on vacation for a few days and I had been making big plans for some house cleaning while they were gone! Before they left, though, I did make some goodies for their road trip to Tampa.
These are some cheese balls I made, and some of them have olives, which is an idea I got from my friend, Gail. This was the first time I made them and I probably overworked the dough a little bit in the food processor, so that's something to correct next time. That can make your dough dry. They were still pretty tasty, and everyone liked them! You can click on the picture above of the pretty cheeseballs and thrift store platter for a recipe that I copied.
The girls embarked on a cruise to Mexico and Grand Cayman, and I knew they would be indulging in lots of wonderful food! I sent some apples their way as a healthy option, some citrus to cut through all that rich, indulgent food they were going to have. I'm saying that with a big grin!
I didn't make the Apple Festival in Ellijay this year, but my friend, Jimmye, and I rode to Blue Ridge and Ellijay last week. The picture above is of Mercier Farms and you can pick your own apples there. It's really pretty in the Northwest Georgia mountains. The leaves on the trees should be turning colors in a couple of weeks so I hope we make another trip to see the beautiful Fall colors! I did pick up quite a bit of apples and I have great plans for them. I will post those projects on here, you know I will. The deep red Arkansas Black apples are for my friend, Howard, because he likes them and he introduced me to them last year. The Granny Smith and Gala apples are for...well, it'll be a surprise. Plus, I keep changing my mind!
These were easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal drop cookies! A favorite! I do have friends that do not like chocolate or peanut butter, and I overlook that. You can make these without peanut butter if you want to and they're still delicious! Click on the picture for the easy recipe!
This is a delicious pork roast I copied from my friend, Patricia. (I did tell you that I've only been cooking for a little over two years, didn't I? We didn't learn country cooking in culinary school.) GMC, a little store in town that has the BEST meat, had their pork butts on sale for $1.29 a lb. so here it is! My favorite part is the roasted vegetables.
To make this simple and delicious pot roast, I actually used a ShurFine pot roast seasoning packet and a baking bag. You mix the seasoning packet in a cup of water, pour it over the roast in the baking bag and add all the chopped carrots, celery, potatoes and onions. Before I added the veggies I let the roast marinate 30 minutes on each side before finishing it. Tie the bag at the end but make sure you make about three little 1/4 inch slits in the bag. Bake at 350 degrees for about two and a half to three hours for a four lb. roast. Pork should be cooked to 165 degrees, make sure you do that!
And now for the best part of Sis's vacation...my souvenirs from Mexico!!!
JJ picked up these things in Cozamel. The pottery was actually made in Mexico City. She knew I would love the bright yellow, and the staircase reminds me of a beautiful staircase in Savannah, Georgia, another one of my favorite places. The pottery is on the baker's rack in the dining area so I can stare at it while I'm in the kitchen. The bracelet is Mexican silver and it's gorgeous. It also goes with most everything I own because most of my clothes are black. And then to round everything out, Pure Vanilla from Mexico, a Jalapeno Salsa she got with the purchase of the pottery and vanilla, and a key chain with my name and ocean waves on it! We're hopefully going back in the Spring, with me! I really wanted her to bring home a Mexican chef, and she did meet one but had to leave him there.
I have to show you the latest pictures of beautiful Sawyer. Here are the first family pictures of Sawyer, Lindsay and Ghee. The top middle picture is Sawyer's five months picture. Lindsay and I have been friends for many years and even worked and lived together for a while. But really, we're family, and I'm so proud of all of them. Ghee and Lindsay are the sweetest, most hard working people, and Sawyer is a fighter, a real fighter, and at just a few months old. They are beautiful, and I love them!
Until next Friends, Denise! Dished With Love!
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