Category Archives: Food

Peach State says: Christmas Eve-Eve

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If you are celebrating Christmas then…you understand the inside joke of a cat in the tree! If you are a mom well…you are already tired and have a list organizing your other lists! Me…I have all the gifts wrapped and under the tree, pies are made, casseroles are prepared and ready to be baked…Oh crap! I just found my list for tomorrow. With that being said I had better get ready…feet up and time for closing my eyes for a second!

Before I leave you I have a gift from Grumpy Cat!

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“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

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Peach State says: Goodbye to Another Season

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Bring on the festivities and hang the decorations!

Goodbye to Another Season!

Wait! Why are we rushed to decorate for Christmas ( I will not say the holiday…it’s too soon!) before Thanksgiving? I want to enjoy my rustic-colored-leaves and ribbons with my non-jack-o-lantern-faced pumpkins scattered around. Mr. & Mrs. Scarecrow stand guard next to a harvested bushel of wheat and pumpkins…on my accent table. ( they are so cute and small!). The Harvest table runner, draped over the chair, is ready to occupy the dinning room table. The only red and green showing are in the apples on the counter and the green and red tones already placed on the walls.

Can’t we enjoy this time of year before jumping to the next one!

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There is a lot of preparation that still needs to be completed. After all…the Holiday Season is not complete much less in full swing until you have baked more pies, than a family could possibly eat, and have the scent-of-Turkey wafting throughout the house. “Can I get an AMEN?”

Okay…I am stepping off my soapbox! There is just an order that must be followed and the fact that decorations are already… “Oops! My bad!”

Last night we saw another type of season end…It was the last basketball game for my youngest. It was a tight game and at the buzzer the score was 49-50! There were some great shots and not so great shots…but that is what the game is all about! My 20 year old, once again, was the referee for the youngest team last night. There was one little player who began to get upset when he missed every shot. As the game was ending the young boy was suddenly swept up and held over the goal. SWOOSH! “I dunked it!” He said, with the biggest grin spread over his face. He turned around and saw my 20 year old had picked him up to score! Oh the rules that get broken when you’re little! Those kids love my 20 year old and he enjoys that age group…
Monday night we will head back to the gym/church for Awards Night!

So here I go…on to the next task at hand…getting my house ready for THANKSGIVING! Planning the meal and baking the pies…I guess I better make a list! This will be a unique Holiday Season for our little family with the absence of family members but, I will stop there before I can no longer see the keyboard to type. I will close with one more thought as I sip the last of my “morning brew”

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Oh, and welcome to November!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: No Fiber-Protein Bar Today!

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“No Fiber-Protein Bar Today!”
The two Cranberry-Walnut topped baby-sized muffins sit in wait for the main event…A disappearing act!
The caffeinated tower stands prepared to assist in the washing-down-of-the-day-old-muffin-teasers.

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“Well that didn’t take long!”

Precious Princess, laying at my feet, feel asleep waiting for a pinch or two. “Oops! My bad!”

I had a visitor this weekend and based on the sounds drifting in from the laundry room I think I know why. “Not to mention the fact that I just removed the load of shirts and pants I put on wrinkle release when I first came down this morning!” My 23 year old arrived, back at the old homestead, about 7:40PM Saturday for a visit. “Between you and me I think he came to pick up the rest of his bedroom supplies.” He has found a job [ insert cheers from a roaring crowd] and will find out his schedule in a couple of days. I have been told he will leave about lunch time today and I will not see him until Thanksgiving! (Stop your laughing…he was being serious and did not see the humor in that statement!) While we are in a humorous frame of mind…I recently spoke with my oldest and reminded him to message me his address. He asked why…”So we can send you a Christmas card!” (Okay…enough laughter!) I understand his limitations and travel is not something he can readily afford. Oh yeah, he is moving to San Diego in about two weeks! I gave the normal morsels of “Motherly Wisdom” in hopes that something would sink into that twenty-something brain of his.

Wow! My stomach is growling already! Note to self…a more filling and nutritious breakfast is best especially is you did not eat dinner the night before! “Don’t ask!” I guess I will have a “Fiber-Protein Bar” a little later this morning! I can hear the pitty-patter of raindrops splattering the scattered leaves on the ground. Now I have a chill… Do I go and cover up and take a rest or find something else to pre-occupy my time and warm up through movement? I guess I could find something else to do! Great, after a little thought I have quite a few things to do this dreary-rain-soaked Monday! What are your plans today? I hope you have more than two tiny muffins to energize you!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State says: Couldn’t Tell It Was A Monday

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The butt-crack-of-dawn rising did not cause any ripple effect today. The smarter-than-mom 13 year old didn’t even have a chance to ruin the start of my day. Everything just flowed…fell into place…(translation…) everything was accomplished. I am not that weird…Am I?

Couldn’t Tell It Was A Monday!

Dinner is ready before my youngest has even hopped off the bus…basketball practice tonight!
Typical never ending chores completed giving me time to talk with friends about stuff! (VBS planning…Don’t shake your head; I told you we were getting an early start!

What a grand feeling!

BUT…What happens in a few hours when I finally sit down and put my feet up?
“Yep…you’re right…” The same thing will happen to you! Well what do you expect? It’s Monday! I think I better grab another cup of coffee!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Seasonal Menu Changes

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Bacon and Coffee French Toast…I want some now! All I have had today is a Fiber One 90 Calorie bar.. I am soooo hungry!

Can you feel the change in the weather? Is your stomach beginning to crave some of those seasonal favorites? I have been watching my different mailboxes for new and improved menu ideas and here is a taste of two of my favorite Seasonal Menu Changes!

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This chicken looks good enough to eat! ( excuse the pun!)

Here is the recipe:

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The next one may be served this weekend…and it seems easy enough. The only problem is the fact that football season starts tomorrow and we know what that means…Chili!
Anyway, here is the next recipe:

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[Thanks goes out to a friend on Facebook and the above listed blog she frequents.]

Okay…did I peak your interest with my mention of Chili?
Here is my Chili recipe:

Brown your ground beef and toss in 1 medium onion.
“I use two pounds because we like our chili meaty plus a secret ingredient!”
Here’s where it gets difficult…hehe!
Two large cans of tomato sauce
3-4 cans of chili or pinto beans
And chili seasoning to taste.

I serve it with sour cream, cheddar cheese and finely diced onion.
Oh…are you curious about the secret ingredient? Let me know…I just don’t give out that information! A great cook has to have some secrets!

I hope something tickles your tastebuds!

“May your cup runneth over with my, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Rain, Rain Stay Away…

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The day has finally arrived…everything is packed…car is cleaned out…I am on my way…

“Well in about 25 minutes!”

Rain, Rain, Stay Away…I am going to enjoy myself today!

“I better make sure my rain gear is still in the car.”

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These photos are from Arrington Vineyard’s site…guess who will be taking pictures.

Sorry for the short-undetailed post…but I must put my face on! I wouldn’t want to scare anyone.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: All in All…Who Could Ask For Anything More?

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The continuous flow from the caffeine I-V contraption has been so needed today.

translation: I love Treat receipts from Starbucks…buy a coffee in the morning and get another one in the afternoon for $2!

Normal morning filled with the tired-achy-whiny complaints from peanut gallery.

translation: The weather is dealing my hubby’s sinuses fits and he had a headache. My 20 year old is doing a new workout…OUCH! My youngest just wanted to stay in bed and could not understand why he could smart-mouth back at me this morning…

The spaghetti-twined-route between each errand was like a tangled strand of pearls.

translation: I incorporated every back road to conserve gas…Isn’t that smart?

Watching reflections and shadows on a cement pond!

translation: Waiting in the car outside the tinted TKD studio.

I can go home in 30 minutes…and fix dinner! Then my feet can go up!

“All In All…Who Could Ask For Anything More?”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: A Day of Farewells

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Today was supposed to be a day to drive 2 hours and retrieve my 20 year old. But, like sands in the hour glass, plans change. I will be dropping off my youngest and a friend at the Back To School Bash for a day of sun and fun at the lake. I will then head over to the local watering hole and wait for about 20 minutes before heading back over toward the church to pick up a bulletin board ( secret project ) and then turn my car around and head to my very dear friend’s house.. This is a tough weekend for the mom in this family…She is saying goodbye to her college bound son!

A Day Of Farewells!

I will help her get the house ready and prepare some finger foods for a cast-off of sorts for this incredible young man. Things will be very different around their house without this young man. I have so much to do before heading out early this morning so I must go…

Coffee to drink…not to mention a shower, loading of the dishwasher and waking of the troops. What a way to start the weekend!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Have Fly Swatter will Travel!

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The continuous deluge of rainy weather have finally ceased…leaving us with a new battle of sorts!

Flies, Flies, Flies…all over the place…Did I say Flies?

Have no fear…“Have Fly Swatter Will Travel!”

My family has been smoking/ cooking out, since about Father’s Day, and the invading-swarming-trash-heaps have really interrupted our little piece of the world. The dive-bombing routines convince me that these invaders are also severely ADHD! It seems there is a correlation between “Life-span of a fly” and “ADHD”…you see they exist for such a short period of time they must find a way to see and do everything. After all it is a big world…especially to a fly! You would think that with all those eyes they could take in more of their surroundings…I would just get sick and throw up.

I have to chuckle at the amount of people who have armed themselves with the flimsy-fly-trap-device. They should be made available to visitors so they can assist homeowners in their extermination of the buzzing-pestilence. I remember my mother always had several hanging by the doors for just that reason. “I guess you could use them as a fan of sorts.”

I need to apologize for the grotesque topic…you can relax now and go back to drinking you “Heavenly Brew”. “Ahh…that is so much better!”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: So…What Did You Do Today?

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We know all to well NOT to ask it but we do. It may be out of kindness or just a plain conversation started. “Hey Honey…What Did You Do Today?

As I looked around at the chaotic-debris-field-called-home I smiled and said…

“Well I cleaned out the freezers and cooked about 13 pounds of ground beef and 10 chicken breasts. I shredded the chicken and divided it into four meals and then once the ground beef was completed and cooling I divided it into 10 meals. I cleaned up behind myself. While the chicken was cooking I was cutting out coupons and making my grocery list as I planned the menu for the next week. I let “Precious Princess” in and out at least 50 times and unloaded and loaded the dishwasher. I washed the clothes and towels and they are folded and put away. I picked up your dry cleaning and took your youngest to TKD. I then came home and cooked dinner and cleaned up from that while moving the laundry again. I carried on conversations with the children and tried to convince them that Mother does possess some knowledge. I watched the weather and investigated the worsening conditions for those driving home in the darkening-stormy skies. I straightened as best I could around the painting project filled house and…”

“OKAY!…I was just hoping you had a good day…I never thought you weren’t busy!”
“But there is more…” I said. Hubby just smiled and asked if I brought the mail in…”Nope, I delegated that to one of the boys…”

We each do more than we think everyday. When we sit down and think about it we wonder how we found time to do each and every thing. The little things get lost in the doing of major things…I know you can identify with this!

I saw this story and just had to share it…it speaks to the little-everyday-things we take for granted.

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.
In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, ****my soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you came home from work and ask me what in the world did I do today?” “Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”

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I hope you get everything accomplished and have time for you today!

Have a great day!

Peach State