Monday, June 29, 2015

Black Bean And Corn Salad

This time of year i love making different kinds of salad. A good salad really hits
the spot on a hot summer day! This salad is perfect for lunch, or dinner. I think
food is beautiful, and this salad is so colorful, and delicious!! It has so many great
flavors going on.

It is fresh and delicious.

 Take it up a notch by making a wrap with flour tortillas.

The dressing is light, and oh so good!

 Fresh veggies!

I love all the colors!

Add the beans, and dressing!

Rinse, and drain the beans:))

 I used my small cast iron fry pan to brown the tortillas! It only takes a minute.


1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 avocado- peeled, pitted, and diced
2 tomatoes chopped
6 green onions, thinly sliced


1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper
in a small jar. Cover with lid, and shake until ingredients
are well mixed.

2. In a small bowl, combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper
tomatoes, and green onions.
Shake lime dressing, and pour it over salad. 
Stir to coat vegetables, and beans, with dressing, and serve.

Note... I used less olive oil, and increased the lime juice.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yard Sale Find

I love giving an old piece of furniture a fresh, new, look! I bought this cabinet
at a yard sale for $15.00. With a little time you can give an old piece of furniture
a fresh new look. I love finding a piece of furniture that i could paint. I just enjoy
painting. I knew i had a spot for this piece in the kitchen. I wanted to have a place
to display some of my ironstone. 

 Perfect for a few pieces of ironstone. I painted it cottage white. I did some glazing and sanding.
 You have a peek at the valances i just got done sewing. I love the red and white striped ticking fabric that i bought at joanns.

I also painted stripes from top to bottom.

 Each drawer had to small knobs. I filled the holes with wood filler and drilled two new holes
for the glass handles that i had.


I love all the cut-outs!
                                                         That's it!!
                                                    Have a great day.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rustic Mini Ham And Cheese Tarts

I made these cute and tasty mini tarts. I think mini everything is better, don't you think?
These are so good for a weekend breakfast! The recipe is from Home and Garden. I find lots
of good recipes on their site. I made these the night before, and in the morning i just warmed
them up. I love recipes i can prepare in advance.

Cute and tasty!!!

You make these with ready made pie dough. That's always a good thing. I don't want the crusts looking perfect. I like the rustic look.

Filled with lots of goodness!!

  • 1 15 ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2 crusts)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peppered or smoked cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion or 1-1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk
  • Fresh herb springs, such as basil, oregano or thyme (optional)

Let piecrusts stand at room temperature according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each piecrust into four equal sections (eight sections total). Press sections of piecrust onto the bottom and up the sides of eight, 4-inch fluted individual tart pans* with removable bottoms. Trim excess dough from top of pans.
Line each pastry shell with a double thickness of foil. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 7 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 2 to 3 minutes more or until pastry is set and dry. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine shredded Italian cheese blend, red sweet pepper, ham, green onion, flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Divide mixture evenly among pastry shells.
In the same bowl beat together eggs and half-and-half. Pour egg mixture over filling mixture in each pastry shell. Bake for 20 minutes or until filling is set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. If desired, top with a fresh herb sprig. Makes 8 individual servings.


  • *To make one large quiche:

    Line a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom with one piecrust (reserve remaining piecrust for another use). Line with double thickness of foil. Bake in 400 degrees F oven for 7 minutes. Remove foil; bake 8 to 9 minutes longer or until pastry is set, dry and lightly browned. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly in shell. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Bake in 325 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Pretty Flowers

My sister-in-law, and her two sisters came over for lunch, and bought me a big
bouquet of flowers!!! So, i had to make a pretty vignette.

                                                                Happy Friday!!


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