Posted by: shopannies | June 16, 2010

BackYard Pictures

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Posted by: shopannies | June 16, 2010

Stop the Iced Tea Dribble


Here is a quick tip to stop iced tea dribbles. Ice tea dribbles on your tablecloth (THE FIX): Smear a dab of unsalted butter on the inside and outside edges of the pitcher’s spout. Since fat repels water, this will stop drops of liquid just as they are about to take the plunge…

Posted by: shopannies | June 16, 2010

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad


3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
12 oz fusilli pasta (or your favorite short pasta)
1 cup basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Put first 8 ingredients in a bowl, toss. Let stand at room temp 30 min. or until tomatoes release their juices, tossing occasionally.
*Cook pasta as package directs. Drain and add to bowl with tomatoes, lightly toss. Let come to room temp. Add basil, toss, then serve.

Posted by: shopannies | June 16, 2010

Perfect Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole
Pile 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 to 3 chopped serrano Chiles, 3/4 cup torn
cilantro and a big pinch of kosher salt on a cutting board. Chop, then mash
into a paste with the flat side of a large knife. Transfer to a bowl, add 3
diced avocados and mash with a wooden spoon until combined but still chunky.
Stir in 1 medium diced tomato and season with salt. Top with more tomato,
cilantro and onion.
* Use Haas avocados — the brown wrinkly kind — for guacamole. They’re
especially rich and creamy.
* Buy avocados that are slightly soft but not squishy.
* Ripen in a paper bag with an apple or a banana at room temperature.
* Store ripe whole avocados in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.

Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine

Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

Pink Lemonade Pie

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Pink Lemonade Pie

1 (14 oz) sweet condensed milk

1 (6 0z.) can frozen pink lemonade

1 (8 oz.) carton cool whip

pastry shell

Mix first three ingredients and pour into baked pie shell Chill Serve.

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Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

Flag Day Cupcakes

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Yesterday was Flag Day and while that holiday has came and went away til next year there are many other great patriotic holidays that you may want to create one of these great cupcakes or one of your own with a patriotic feel. 

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Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

My Two Girls

This is a picture of my two youngest girls that still live at home. Here they are hanging out in the R.V. doing what sisters do when they are not pestering each other.

Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

Creamy Citrus Kisssed Cakes


1 box French vanilla cake mix
1 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup melted salted butter
2.4 oz box instant strawberry or vanilla mousse mix
1/4 cup strawberry preserves, melted, or toasted coconut flakes

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting butter for oil and adding zest. Divide batter among cupcake liners placed in two 12 well cupcake pans. Bake 18 min. or until done. Let cool completely.  Prepare mousse mix according to package directions. Spoon mousse into pastry bag fitted with large star tip, pipe onto top of each cupcake. Drizzle preserves or sprinkle coconut over cupcakes. Chill until ready to serve.

Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

Cheese Cracker Buttons


1 tbs water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 cups flour
8 oz finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter

Combine cheese and butter in food processor, pulse until blended. Add flour, sugar, salt and cayenne, pulse until mixed. Add water, pulse until mixture forms a dough.  Turn dough out onto a surface and knead until smooth. Form into a ball, divide in half, and shape each half into an 8″ log. Wrap each in plastic wrap, refrigerate 2 hours.  Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Remove dough logs from refrigerator, slice into 1/4″ disks and place on baking sheets. Prick top of crackers to look like button holes. Bake 14 min. or until golden on edge, then serve.

Posted by: shopannies | June 15, 2010

List of toxic or slightly toxic plants

Summer is here and many of us will be outside taking care of plants. While we love the way they look little hands may want to see the way they taste as well. Here is a list of toxi or slightly toxic plants to keep you alert to the dangers of certian plants

Toxic or Slightly Toxic Plants
Clinical Signs
Apricot Stem, bark, seed pits  
Azalea (Rhododendron spp.) All parts, mostly leaves Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, some death.
Bird of Paradise Fruit, seeds  
Boston Ivy All parts  
Caladium All parts  
Creeping Charlie (Glecoma hederacea L.) All parts Sweating, drooling, usually not fatal.
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) All part but mostly seeds, if chewed Nausea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, tenesmus, dehydration, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, weakness, muscle twitching, convulsions, coma.
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) Leaves, seed pits, stems, bark  
Daffodil (Narcissus spp.) Bulbs  
Daphne Berries, bark, leaves  
English Ivy (Hedera helix L.) Leaves, berries Stomach irritation, diarrhea, troubled breathing, coma, death.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea L.) Leaves, seeds, flowers  
Glacier Ivy Leaves, berries  
Heartleaf All parts  
Hemlock, Water (Cicuta maculata L.) All parts, root and root stalk Dilated pupils, frothing at the mouth, spasms muscles spasms, restlessness, convulsions, and death (within 15 min to 2 hours)
Hyacinth (Hyacinth orientalis) Bulbs, leaves, flowers Colic, vomiting and diarrhea, usually not fatal.
Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.) Leaves, buds Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, diarrhea, bloody stool.
Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum L.) All parts, unripe fruit  
Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) Leaves and stems, especially young plants. Breathing problems, severe anxiety, convulsions, coma, death. Intravenous antidote exsist.
Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium L.) All parts Rapid pulse, rapid breathing, dilated pupils, restlessness, nervousness, twitching, frequent urination, diarrhea, depression, weight loss, weak pulse, convulsions, coma, death.
Jonquil Bulbs  
Lantana (Lantana camara L.) Leaves and berries Sluggishness, weakness, bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, death may occur in 2 to 4 days.
Lily-of-the- Valley (Convallaria majalis) All parts  
Mandrake Roots, foliage, unripe fruit  
Mistletoe Berries  
Morning Glory Seeds  
Marble Queen All parts  
Nightshade (Solanum spp.) All parts Hallucinations, severe intestinal disturbances, diarrhea, drowsiness, numbness, dilated pupils, trembling, labored breathing, nasal discharge, rapid heartbeat, weak pulse, incoordination, paralysis or severe shaking of the rear legs, rapid heart rate, bloat, can be fatal.
Nephthytis, Arrowhead Vine All parts  
Oats, (Avena sativa) All parts Breathing difficulty, skin irritation, paralysis, convulsions, death (rare).
Pigweed, Redroot (Amaranthus retroflexus) Leaves, stems, roots. Troubled breathing, trembling, weakness, coma, death.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) Leaves, flowers Not lethal, but can cause skin, mouth, eye, and stomach irritation.
Pokeweed, Inkberry All parts Colic, diarrhea, blood in stool, rare cases anemia, and possible death.
Parlor Ivy All parts  
Red Sage Green berries  
Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum) Leaves Staggering, trembling, breathing difficulties, weakness, diarrhea, increased drinking and urinating, death.
Red Princess All parts  
Saddleleaf All parts  
Tulip (Tulipa spp.) Bulbs  
Umbrella Plant All parts  
Yew, English (Taxus baccata) and Japanese (Taxus cuspidata Sieb. & Zucc.) n/a Breathing problems, trembling, weakness, heart problems, stomach upset, very sudden death.

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