Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Historic City of Yorktown, VA.

As we come into town we see this ... I don't know whom it was dedicated to, we never walked over to it to see the writing.

Home with outbuildings.

Houses, prepared for the July 4th weekend.

Beautiful walkway along the waters edge.

Cute shops...OK let's park.

Very pretty planted pots and hanging baskets everywhere.

Walking along the bay...

Looking across to the other side.

A plaque from the 1980 Olympics.

We saw boats...

and this Ship...

Ship Ahoy!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The drive from Jamestown to Yorktown Battlefield...

We start the drive from Jamestown to Yorktown...around the curve

along the water...
farms, isn't that the prettiest barn...
through tunnels...

back along the water...

around another curve...

you arrive at the Yorktown Battlefield.

What's that over there?

Its the Americans side...

Oh No...that means we're are on the British side!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Amanda and Charles actually grew brussel sprouts in their garden and also some broccoli. So here is a recipe for them I found online from, check out the other recipes they have.

"Roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic"
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
  • 3-5 cloves garlic depending on your garlic tolerance
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Trim bottom of brussel sprouts, and slice each in half top to bottom. Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers; put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan. Put in garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Cook, undisturbed, until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about ½ hour.
3. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.
Yield: 4 servings.

Also I found some recipes to make your own homemade cheese, so simple.

There are also some other cheese recipes on "Mother Earth News" website.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Recycle Fluorescent Bulbs...

For information on using fluorescent bulbs and how to clean one up if you break one see...

Also I did research on where to take your burned out bulbs...Home Depot has started a drop off program, check with your local store for more details. In Texarkana, you can drop them off at the store on St. Michaels Drive.

Update on Homemade...

NOTE: Kenneth helped me make up the homemade Vanilla, he said if he knew it had that kind of alcohol in it he would have tried it sooner. :-)
We bought the canner from WalMart, it will also boil water bath canning or pressure canning. I haven't tried it for pressure canning yet.

the ingredients for canning tomatoes
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 t salt
  • tomatoes to fill the jar
  • Pint jars
the tomatoes we canned last night, we did 7 jars and they all sealed. The jar on the right is the one I did last week, they were cooked down then canned. The others I canned whole, just peeled and put in the jar.

"Plum" Jelly

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Homemade Vanilla:
  • 3 parts Vodka
  • 1 part dark Rum
  • Whole Vanilla Bean

Cut the Vanilla bean into 1 inch sections for smaller bottles, add about 2 or 3 pieces depending on the size of your bottle, you can add more or less. I used a recycled olive oil bottle which held 5 cups liquid, so I added 2 1/2 whole pieces of vanilla cut down the middle. Let set in dark place for at least 2 months before using, shake the bottle occasionally. You can refill your bottle with more alcohol as you use it up, the vanilla beans will last for awhile.

Dry Spicy Rub:
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder or Onion Flakes
  • 1/8 cup Ground Red Pepper or Cayenne or Chili Powder (to taste)

Thoroughly mix all ingredients and store in air tight container. Makes 1 Quart. (with pork try adding ginger, dry mustard or turmeric; with beef crank up the red pepper; with chicken add lemon-pepper or citrus zest)

I also canned up 9 jars of "Plum" Jelly the other day. This one was in the frig, that's why it's cloudy looking. I also did up 2 jars of tomatoes one night, but only one jar ended up sealing. Amanda and Charles left some tomatoes when they came so I will try to do better this time.