Easy Cheesy Spread and a Glass of Red




The Dog Days of Summer are upon us.  Hot and humid days that leave you listless and unmotivated. I always want something flavorful and kind of salty on days like this. This cheese spread fills the bill.  Actually, it’s great any time of the year.  It is also great for parties and get togethers.






I had a glass of 2013 Limited Release Apothic Rose with my snack.  A semi-dry rose with just a hint of sweetness.  That little bit of sweetness plays well with spicy salami and salty cheeses. Perfect for Summer snacks on the veranda. Serve chilled. I purchased it for under $10.




Easy Cheesy Spread

1/2 cup mayonnaise

4 ounces very soft cream cheese

3/4 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup finely shredded Swiss cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons finely chopped roasted red pepper or pimientos

2 green onions finely chopped and include the green tops

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed

In a medium mixing bowl hand mix all ingredients using a spatula. Makes about 2 cups of cheese spread. It is good to go but is really much better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Keeps for about a week in the fridge. Spreads easily when it sits out a bit at room temperature. Serve with your favorite crackers, pita, tortillas, bread sticks, or even veggies.


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Kentucky Derby………Bourbon Cake, anyone?

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby. My neighbor down the street is hosting the party. To celebrate, we are having Kentucky Brown open faced sandwiches, a terrific salad, and assorted snacks and libations. Dessert is this cake. My contribution to the soiree.

Normally, I don’t do a “first timer” recipe for friends or family, but this recipe read very similar to other liquor infused cakes I have made. How bad could it be?  Butter, sugar, whiskey.  I did make a slight change. I used an Irish Whiskey rather than the traditional American Bourbon.  I prefer Irish Whiskey and those of you who know me, know “the cook don’t cook what the cook don’t like”. The batter was divine. The glaze was even more divine. The cake was life changing! Yes, I tasted the batter.  I taste EVERYTHING I make during the process. It has saved me so many times.

I found the recipe in Vintage Cakes cookbook and online in a few places. It got rave reviews wherever this recipe showed up. That, right there, is a testament to a good recipe. The directions were straightforward and not complicated. I am not going to repeat the recipe but I will share where it can be found. Just click on the links I provided. So, without further ado…..

20140502-170552.jpg Kentucky Bourbon Cake

The recipe can be found in the cookbook Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson and also at the following blog sites: Hummingbird High, Bake it With Booze (has great photos of every step), Brown Eyed Baker, KCRW Good Food.

Many thanks to all for sharing this terrific recipe. I am so happy I stumbled across it.

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Spring Break Field Trip to Moon Marble


I went on a field trip with three of my favorite girls. The daughter and the two granddaughters. When the four of us are together we always have a great time no matter what we are doing or where we are going.

We went to Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas.  Who knew such a great place existed in our little part of the Midwest? It is a little nondescript building sitting right next to the railroad tracks. There was a good rumble every time a train went by. The pictures I took cannot begin to do them justice. Check out their website or, better yet, give them a visit.


We watched a demonstration by one of the resident glass artists, Ernie. I always wondered how the perfectly round spheres of colored glass were formed. He was making a multicolored “marble”.  Not a marble to play with, but a marble to use as a paper weight or as a piece of art to display on a table, shelf, or maybe on your desk.

Beautiful eye candy. There were glass cases displaying his and the other artist’s work in the store. No two pieces were alike. By the way, they have tons of marbles to play with. They all have great names, like Mummy, Blueberry, Mars, and Snake. A wall of marble bins, each with a name. The girls got the plastic jar which they filled up with a plethora of colored marbles. I think it was about $6 for the jar and marbles. They had $20 worth of fun just picking out the marbles!

The rest of the store was filled to the rafters (literally) with toys. Toys and games and puzzles and erasers and cars and ant farms and spiro graphs and many of the toys a generation or two ago grew up with. There were gag gifts and funny things. The list is endless because I am sure I missed a few hundred things! I am going there to do Christmas shopping this year.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, enjoy the next few thousand words of amazement and fun.

















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