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Month: August 2015

Metro Detroit and Beyond


orange building



Last week Mr. Gadget and I flew into the Detroit area. It was a lovely visit although the traffic was more than I am used to. I am especially glad I did not have to drive but was given the driving tour from my our son.  We began dinner at the Hungarian Rhapsody. I ordered the  Hungarian Goulash Served in Kettle with Palacsinta for Dessert. It was an outstanding dinner.

The next day we ventured north to Frankenmuth. Lumbering and agriculture are still major sources of income for this area but this is also a thriving vacation haven with shopping, dining and many festivals year round.  Of course, a German meal was a necessary adventure. We ate at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant were they also serve the  Frankenmuth® Chicken plus many other German dishes.


They next day we toured closer to Detroit by going to Dearborn. We had a fun-filled day touring the Greenfield Village. This had an amazing display of homes of many famous people from Ford family home,  Robert Frost Home to George Washington Carver. There was also many other interesting styles of home in the village. It was also interesting to view the Edison’s Menlo Park and the Wright Cycle shop plus all the farm equipment.  After all the walking we stopped at the Michigan Café for a bite to eat.  We then viewed the Henry Ford Museum with all the interesting trains, cars and other very interesting exhibits.



Keeping Cool with Summer Recipes and Summer Events



I have been still trying to catch up on the weeding. It seems when I have a day to week it rains. Someday I might be able to catch up. At least to plant the fall garden. My normal summer garden has been mostly a bust do to the heavy spring rains and the sudden change to very hot summer weather.

I had the farrier come out to do Carmel and Coco. I was surprised when Coco acted perfect while Carmel blew up. She ended up only getting the front hoof done. Yesterday, I took a rubber pail to and did some nipping and filing myself. She was great. . We must remember that donkeys and mules are not being stubborn when refusing but  worry about their welfare. Give them time!

Still working with Carmel. I am working on trying to stop her from trying to escape when she sees the halter. It will take some time. Notice the darker summer color after looking that winter coat.




We are having a real problem with horse flies this year so I made a trap that someone as already messed up. I suspect it was Coco playing with the ball in the center. I am hoping to fix it tonight and move it somewhere she can’t reach touch it. Today I am canning some pinto and black beans for quick and easy meals at other times. I really like to have the beans ready to prepare chili and other dishes year round.  I hung up a tarp to make this run in dark so they can get away from them during the day.





When you have bee hives you need to do check regularly. So today I did a basic check on hive health. They really seem to be doing extremely well and are both strong hives. They did not like me messing with the hive, especially Iris. I got stung a few time on the hands even with gloves on. I got another pair of gloves and they worked better since they could not sting me. What they really did not like was that I tried to get 1/2 cup of bees to do a sugar test. They make it seems so easy. I will try this mans method next time. It is not and the bees became very, very angry.


I am sorry about the photos. I am at a learning curve with my new camera.  I with have to figure out how I will be able to take decent pictures with it. These are new recipes I have tried and made adjustments for ingredients available and personal preference. I am also beginning to add a zip file for Recipes Now You’re Cooking Recipe Software. It should work with Meal Master too.



I was really surprised that these were so good. I was afraid that the dish would be too sweet but it was not. I changed the recipe from the original by adding soy sauce instead of ginger.  I did not use the toothpicks but placed each roll with the folded end at the bottom. It worked great. 

Hawaiian Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Hawaiian, chicken

2/3 cup hot water
2 tablespoon margarine
2 cup chicken flavor stuffing mix
1 can crushed pineapple in syrup
4 chicken breast halves
1 green pepper,med,chopped
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce

4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded 1/4″ thick

1. Heat oven to 400’F.

2. Mix hot water and margarine in bowl. Stir in stuffing mix, pepper, half the pineapple and syrup.

3. Spoon stuffing evenly over chicken; roll tightly. Secure with toothpicks. Place in 9″ square pan with any remaining stuffing in center.

4. Mix remaining pineapple and syrup, sugar, vinegar and ginger. Spoon over chicken. Bake 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

Yield: 4 servings


Dutch Hussar’s Salad-Dutch


This is a dutch salad that is very tasty and easy to prepare. I like to use leftover meat to prepare this salad but was without any when I made this the other night so I used spam. 





Very easy, fast and delicious recipes. If you can’t find  andouille then use any type of sausage. 

Sausage And Chicken Jambalaya

Cooked rice

4 chicken breasts
1 cup rice
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 cans beef broth
1 lb  andouille or hot sausage
2 tablespoon butter

Saute sliced pepper, onion and hot sausage in butter for 5 min.

In 9 x13-inch pan, mix broth and rice. Add sausage mixture. Place chicken
breasts on top and cover with foil. Bake at 350 F. for 1 hr., uncover and
bake  30 min longer.

Yield: 4 servings


Yield: 4 servings
** Exported from Now You’re Cooking! v5.93 **






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