Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy Birthday to Tatianna!





 Happy Birthday to my daughter Tatianna today.  She is 18!  She came into this world in a spectacular way 18 years ago and these cupcakes commemorate that special event!!  So I guess you can guess that she wasn't born in a hospital.  Yes, she was born on a lawn en route to the hospital. 
 
 
So this year her sister, Talley, made "Babies on a Lawn" cupcakes to celebrate her birthday.  Her birth announcement read "On a moonlit night, under the stars so bright, Tatianna Larsen was delivered on a lawn, Oh what a sight!"
 
 
 
Happy Birthday Tati!  Life with you has been a grand adventure!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

 
Hi, I hope your summer is going well.  Ours has been a different one for sure.  Hospitals and doctor's visits seem to take up our time.  My son was recently hospitalized again,...hopefully he is on the mend.  I hope to return to being a more regular blogger soon.  I miss all of you!  Today I bring to you a really fast and delicious potato salad recipe.  It only has four ingredients and it is super yummy.  My daughter Talley made it the first time,, and we have loved it ever since.  I think it is the dry ranch dressing which makes it so tasty, and of course the bacon.  Trust me, you won't be able to keep your hands off this salad. 


 
I am sure this recipe was not original with me, but I do not have the source.  I always like to credit where I can.
 
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
 
4 pounds red potatoes, peeled, quartered and boiled until firm, but not mushy --  other potatoes will work but, reds are the best with this.
1 package dry Ranch seasoning
1 cup good quality mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip)
12 -16 ounces bacon, cooked and then crumbled
 
 
Cook potatoes and cool,  then cut potato quarters into smaller pieces.  Place potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add Ranch seasoning, mayonnaise, and bacon and mix well.
 
 
I hope you enjoy this as much as I we do!
 


Thanks for dropping by the couch!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Kyle's Mint Mojito Slushy

 
Hot summer days call for cool summer drinks.  The other night my husband came up with this drink  It is sort of a version of a mint mojito drink, without the alcohol, and lots of crushed ice.  We all loved it, and have had it several times since.  A friend we had over for dinner said that the mint just makes it "over the top!"
 
 
Before I go any further, I want to thank you for all the good wishes for my son.  He dropped using a walker this past week -- that is progress!   He is now using crutches.  He drove for the first time in over 5 weeks for a little bit -- more progress!!  Hopefully in about 3 weeks he will be off the everyday IV antibiotics.
 
 
 
 
So my husband's recipe is very simple. 
 
Kyle's Mint Mojito Slushy
 
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade
Ice Cubes
Water
4 tablespoons sugar -- add more or less according to your taste
About 30 small mint leaves -- we used peppermint leaves
 
Add the can of frozen limeade to an Osterizer container.  Fill the container with ice.  Then fill up the spaces of the Osterizer container with water to the top of the container.  Then add sugar and peppermint leaves, starting with 10 and then tasting, adding 10 more leaves then tasting, until you reach desired flavor.  Don't even think of using dried leaves. Blend until mixture is completely incorporated and the ice has been crushed finely and mixture is smooth.    Note:  At our Sprout's market they sell Mojito Mint plants; this would also be great, but we just used the mint we had growing in a container on our deck.
 
 
 
I hope you make this!  We love it.  Enjoy your summer day.
 

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