So many squash so little time

8a075e50-ec1c-430f-9116-983ed0dd1edaI love summer and all the fresh foods that it brings: tomatoes, zucchini, ocra, corn, herbs, and SQUASH! Lots and lots and lots of squash.

I love to cook-it-down in bacon grease in an iron skillet or slice it, toss in corn meal and fried it along side onion rings in hot grease.  I’m drooling as I type!

However, sometimes there is just SO MUCH SQUASH with only a limited number of ways that my family will not only EAT but ENJOY!

A few years ago I found a great recipe that my whole family loves and, admittedly have tweaked it a little. It is easy and, strangely enough for our clan, HEALTHY–of course, anything is healthier  than all my bacon grease and canola oil…

Go ahead, print this one out now.  I tried to make it the right size to fold and put in your recipe box but who knows what the In-ternets will do to it!
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IMG_1141FullSizeRender-1I also love growing and cooking with herbs.  So, I was able to jump off my porch and harvest (fancy word for pinch off) some basil and thyme.  And yes, I washed it first.

Most of the other ingredients came from the local grocery store, but our squash, zucchini and tomato plants are growing as fast as they can so it won’t be long before I have fresh ingredients for my kitchen.

I also took the above photo of the veggies on a cutting board that my son made with his own two hands. So proud!

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Oh, well. That’s it!  Please let me know if you make this recipe–or even if you print it out.  Heck, let me know if you even read this.  What joy it would bring to my beatin’ heart!

Hugs! Summertime, summertime, I do so love summertime!

 

 

 

 

TIE-DYE CAKE, SIL!

My sister-n-law (SIL, as we both sign our emails) is like the ultimate hostess.  She is always timely with her invitations into her always crisp, clean, smelling-good home and serving menus that are always perfect and varied.

She has always made it easy on my husband (her brother) and me as we buzzed in and out of town for family functions.  But, since we have moved to Atlanta, I feel like it’s time that I ante up—maybe put forth, at least, a little effort—maybe make a cake!  Yup, that’s what I’ll do, I’ll bake a cake.

And today, during her birthday lunch, I told her just that.  It went something like this:

SIL:  Hey, I want everyone to come over my house for Easter lunch.

Me: I’ll only come if I can bring something.

SIL: (spoken in an authentic and sincere southern drawl) Noooooo….don’t be ridiculous….

Me: Nope, I’m putting my foot down.  If I can’t bring something, I won’t come. (I felt so tough.)

SIL: Of course you’re not bringing anything. (She waved me away with her lily white southern hand.) Just come.

Me:  Ya’ll are gonna believe me when I don’t show up!!  Cause if I can’t bring anything, I’m not coming.

SIL: OK, bring the pound cakeMy pound cake never turns out. (Not true.)

NOTE, that it is not a pound cake but, the pound cake.  The Dilbeck’s have their own pound cake recipe that, early on, I figured out how to master. (Yes, I said ‘master.’  Little old ladies have asked me what my secret is.)  I even have the rest of the women in the family snookered into believing that I can make it better than them.  I have cosmic brainwashing powers that obviously work.  But I digress…

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Me: (SMH) Nope, no pound cake.  Have you ever seen a tie dye cake? (Not waiting for answer) I’ll bring a tie dye cake…IT IS WONDERFUL!!

I went into a detailed description of how to make one, but no one really cared at that point.  After all, there was real-time food right in front of us. So, I’ve decided to share this wonderful recipe with my 12 subscribers.

DSC_0003Tie Dye Cake

2 boxes of Duncan Hines WHITE cake mix

4-pk food coloring (I like the neon’s the best)

2 containers WHITE frosting (you know, the lazy kind in the paper cans)

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Directions:

  • Grease and flour four round cake pans
  • Prepare cake mixes according to cake mix directions.  (Oh, you may need eggs…)
  • Separate prepared mix into four medium sized bowls.
  • Add ½ bottle (give or take) of each dye into one of the four bowls of the divided mix.DSC_0008
  • Alternately spoon colored mixes into the prepared pans (note photos)
  • Slip knife through mix in circles or zig zag motion.  Don’t over do this part.
  • Bake according to instructions on box (either of the two boxes instructions will do…)
  • Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.
  • Cool till cool.  Soon it’ll be even cooler.  Get it??
  • Frost with white frosting. Colored sprinkles permissible. (This DSC_0010adds to the anticipation of the presentation!)
  • Take to your sister-in-law’s house for Easter!

PS Happy “and holding”

 Birthday, Susan! 

You’re the best!

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