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My Favorite Mixed Drink – The Fuzzy Navel or Hairy Navel

Fuzzy Navel Mixed DrinkI am not a big drinker but every once in a while I like to relax with my favorite drink, a Fuzzy Navel.

What is a Fuzzy Navel?

It is a drink created by blending Peach Schnapps with Orange Juice. The fuzzy part of the name refers to the fuzzy skin on a peach.

What is a Hairy Navel?

To give a Fuzzy Navel a little more of a kick just add Vodka.

Ingredients:

2 ounces of Peach Schnapps
4 ounces of Orange Juice
(Optional: 1 ounce of vodka for a Hairy Navel)
Fruit slice of choice (usually an orange slice)

Instructions:

Pour the schnapps and orange juice in a chilled highball glass with ice. Garnish with a fruit slice.

Variations:

Alternate Fuzzy Navel: 1/3 Peach Schnapps, 1/3 Orange Juice, and 1/3 Lemonade
NASA Truth Serum: Equal portions of Peach Schnapps and Malibu Rum over ice, fill with Orange Juice and top off with a splash of Vodka
Woo Woo: Substitute the Orange Juice with Cranberry Juice
Sex on the Beach: Add Vodka to a Woo Woo

I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I do. Cheers!

1 comment December 15th, 2008

Wiener Schnitzel

This is my husband’s favorite meal. His mother used to make it for him and now he makes it for us. Here’s their family recipe from Croatia.Schnitzel with White Rice and Green Peas

Ingredients:

1 lb. Chicken or Turkey cutlets

1/2 cup flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup Italian style bread crumbs

Vegetable Oil

Directions:
Pound the cutlets to make them very thin. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 individual shallow dishes. Dredge the cutlets in flour, shake off excess, dredge through egg, and last in bread crumbs.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer. Add 1 schnitzel at a time, leave in until edges start to brown and then turn over for a couple minutes. The schnitzel should look golden brown. Transfer schnitzel to plate lined with paper towels. Then, repeat with the rest of the cutlets.

This recipe serves 4 to 6 people.

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

A nice compliment to the schnitzel would be rice and peas or German potato salad. And my husband claims that schnitzel tastes even better the next day as left overs (if you have any).

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1 comment August 8th, 2008

Baka’s Recipe for Green Beans and Tomatoes

My mother-in-law makes the best green beans for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.  I would have never thought of this combination, but it is absolutely delicious.  As you can see from the photo, the colors in this dish add a festive touch.  Here’s her recipe.

Ingredients:Green beans and tomatoes

1 lb. fresh greenbeans

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup onions, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 

2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

5 firm ripe tomatoes

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Saute the onion in hot oil until it becomes clear, but does not brown.  Add the garlic, parsley, and green beans.  Stir well.  Cover and allow to simmer over moderate heat until the green beans are halfway done.  Slice the tomatoes.  Add the sliced tomatoes and bread crumbs to the green beans.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cover and allow to simmer over moderate heat until the green beans are tender.  Add water as required.  Serves about 8 people.

I would not recommend using canned green beans for this recipe.  If necessary, you can substitute canned tomatoes for fresh tomatoes. 

In my book, this dish beats green bean casserole hands down.  It not only tastes better, but it also presents better.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

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2 comments November 20th, 2007

Publix Pigrim Salt and Pepper Shaker Update

publix pilgrim salt and pepper shakers

UPDATED: November 14th 

Good News!  While I was in Publix the other day, the staff informed me that they have some Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers left over from last year.  To make things even better, these shakers are on sale, 2 for $4.99.  So, if you missed out last year, here’s your chance to pick up these cute shakers at a great price. 

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

 

I was in another Publix (in Pembroke Pines) and noticed that they have some of the Snowfolks too, for the same deal of 2 for $4.99. (11/12)

Today at the Publix in West Miramar, they had some of the Lilgrims.  They are also on sale. 

9 comments November 9th, 2007

Crock Pot Recipe for Easy Brunswick Stew

brunswick stewWhen my husband and I lived in Georgia, he got turned on to Brunswick Stew. Since we’ve been back in South Florida, he has not found a restaurant that makes good Brunswick Stew. Then, a few months ago I came across a Southern Living Magazine recipe for Easy Brunswick Stew using your crock pot. It takes about 12 hours to make, but it was definitely worth it. My husband loved it. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt)

3 medium-size new potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

1 (14-ounce) can of chicken broth

1 (9-ounce) package frozen lima beans, thawed

1 (9-ounce) package frozen corn, thawed

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Trim roast and cut into 2-inch pieces. Stir together all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove pork with a slotted spoon, and shred. Return shredded pork to slow cooker, and stir well. Ladle stew into bowls.

This recipe makes 8 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 12 hours

Cooking on LOW heat for a long time makes the meat extremely tender, so it shreds easily; HIGH heat yields a less tender product. I cooked my stew on LOW 10 hours. And next time I make it, I’m going to ask the butcher to cut the roast into 2 inch pieces for me.

To compliment the meal, I also served garlic bread and sweet tea. My husband can’t wait for me to make it again.

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2 comments September 26th, 2007

Crock Pot Recipe for Loaded Potato Soup

In an old edition of Southern Living Magazine, I found this recipe for Loaded Potato Soup using your crock pot. I tried it out and my family loved it. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

4 pounds new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 -inch thick slicespotato soup 2

1 small onion, chopped

2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 pint half-and-half

Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onion slices

Directions:

Layer sliced potatoes in a lightly greased 6-quart slow cooker; top with chopped onion.

Stir together chicken broth, salt, and pepper; pour over potatoes and onion. (Broth will not completely cover potatoes and onion.) Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 5 hours or until potatoes are tender. Mash mixture with a potato masher; stir in half-and-half. Cover and cook on HIGH 20 more minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Ladle into bowls, and serve with desired toppings.

This recipe makes 8 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes

I cooked my soup on HIGH 4 hours, plus the 20 minutes at the end. I bought the green onion pre-sliced in the produce section of my grocery store. For the crumbled bacon, I bought a package of bacon. Then, just a couple of minutes before serving the soup, I microwaved the bacon and chopped it up. I think the fresh bacon made a big difference. I placed the toppings in small bowls on the table, so everyone could personalize their own bowl of soup. I also served a loaf of fresh crusty french bread for dipping. All said and done, dinner was great and I had leftovers for one more meal.

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7 comments August 23rd, 2007

A tip on keeping frogs out of your yard

no toadAbout a week ago, my husband installed chicken wire around the bottom of the entire fence. We did this to keep our little dogs from running around the neighborhood. Well, since then, we have noticed that the chicken wire not only keeps the dogs in the yard, but it also keeps the frogs/toads out of the yard.

hardware clothYou can find the chicken wire (AKA Galvanized Hardware Cloth) for around $20 at your local hardware store. We got ours from Home Depot in the building materials department. It’s also available at Lowe’s in the outdoor garden department. We used the 1/2″ Galvanized Hardware Cloth in the 2′ x 25′ roll. This cloth can be purchased in varying heights and widths.

So, if you have a similar situation, this solution may work for you. If your situation is a little bit different, you may want to check out eHow.com or tree frog hotels for other ideas.

22 comments August 6th, 2007

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