|Posted by Audi Lee on September 16, 2016 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
All of these recipes are simple to make, delicious to eat, and look really awesome
"Spider Web Dip"
1 8 oz. Pkg. Cream Cheese (softened)
1 8 oz. Jar Salsa
1/2 Cup Guacamole
2 Tblsp. Sour Cream
Place cream cheese & salsa in blender. Blend til smooth. Spread cream cheese on round serving dish or plate. Smooth guacamole over top, leaving a 1/2" border. Place sour cream in a small resealable bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag. Pipe sour cream in circles over guacamole, starting with a tiny one in center, then working your way out and around to the edge. Run tip of knife through sour cream to make the "spiderweb". Serve with next recipe....
"Spooky Tortilla Chips"
Shortening or Oil, Melted Hot!!!
Cookie Cutters (shaped like bats, ghosts, pumpkins, anything you have and want to use!!)
Cut out shapes on the tortillas with the cookie cutters. Deep fry til puffy and golden. Drain on paper towel. Store cooled chips in a giant ziplock bag, lined with paper towels, til ready to serve. Serve with the spiderweb dip!
*Variation... 3 pkgs. 8" flour tortillas. Preheat oven to 350. Spray baking sheet with any oil. Lightly spray the shapes, as well. Sprinkle w/ seasalt or any seasoning. Bake 5-7 minutes or til edges begin to brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely and store. Using 3" shapes, this makes around 90.
Prepare Spaghetti Noodles and Pesto sauce (recipe below). Mix and blend well. Serve hot or cold.
"Pesto Delle Streghe" (The Pesto of the Witches)
1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (almond or sunflower seeds, good substitutes)
1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Butter (room temp) *optional
3-4 Lge Cloves Garlic
1/2 Tsp. Seasalt - Pinch Cayenne
Scant 1/2 Cup E.V. Olive Oil (3/4 cup if no butter)
2 Pinches Fresh Marjoram (or 1 pinch dry)
1 Overflowing Cup of Fresh Basil Leaves (firmly packed)
Lightly dry roast the nuts in pan, til golden. Chop lightly. In bowl, hand mix nuts, cheese and butter. In blender, blend garlic, salt, cayenne, marjoram. Blend thourally. Intoduce basil, bit at a time. Blend to a smooth green aromatic paste. Pour into bowl and mix well with the nut-cheese butter mixture. toss with hot pasta.
"Spiced Pumpkin Soup in Tureen"
Cut top of pumpkin. Scoop out seeds and flesh til clean. Use as serving bowl with nice "handled" lid (top of pumpkin
2 Tblsp. Olive or Nut Oil.
1 Cup Onion (diced)
1 Leek (sliced)
1 1/2 Tsp. Curry Powder
2 - 14 1/2 oz. Cans Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
1 - 29 oz. Can Pumpkin Puree
2 Tblsp. Unsalted Butter
3/4 Cup Milk
2 Tblsp. Brown Sugar (or Maple Syrup)
Salt, Blk. Pepper and Cayenne (to taste)1/2 Cup Heavy Cream (whipped)
Chervil Leaves or Snipped Choives (garnish)
*optional... Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
In 3 qt. Saucepan, heat oil over med. heat. Add onion, leek, and curry. Cook for 10 mins, being careful not to brown. Add broth & pumpkin puree. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer 5 mins. Add pumpkin mixture and butter to blender filling to 4 cup capacity. Remove or open center of lid and begin blending at lowest speed. Blend in batches if necc. Blend til smooth. Return to saucepan. Bring just to a boil, over med. heat. Mix in milk and brn sugar. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add whipped cream. Garnish with chervils or chives and/or pumpkin seeds.
"Candied Nutty Popcorn"
12 Cups Popped Popcorn
3 Cups Variety Nuts
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Marg. or Butter
1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
Divide popcorn and nuts between 2 ungreased rect. pans (13x9x2). Cook brown sugar, marg.,syrup, and salt over med. heat, stirring ocassionally until bubbly around edges. Continue cooking 5 mins. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda til foamy. Pour over popcorn and nuts, stirring until well coated. Bake uncovered in 200 oven, stirring every 15 minutes for about 1 hr. 15 servings (1 cup each) (300 calories per serving).
"Hot Cocoa With Floating Eyeballs"
16 Lge. Marshmallow
Black Licorice Candies (Panda brand is great)
16 Lollipop Sticks
Make a slit in center of each marshmallow; insert licorice into slit. Insert lollipop stick in center of bottom of each "eye". set aside. Make hot cocoa. Place 2 "eyeballs" in each mug. Fill with cocoa. serve immediately.
I hope you and your family will enjoy making these fun recipes. My guests always love them!!! Like Ghosts....they disappear very quickly!
Have a spook-tacular Halloween!
|Posted by Audi Lee on April 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Earth Day April 22nd
10 tips to make every day Earth Day:
1. Live in walkable, transit oriented communities, whether large cities, small towns or suburbs.
2. Get a bike
3. Get in the comfort zone
4. Dress appropriately
5. Go Minimalist
6. Throw out your TV
7. Eat less red meat
8. Eat local and seasonal food
9. Plan to can
10. Practice the 7 Rs
Reuse instead of buying new every time.
Repurpose The more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects.
Rot compost everything organic.
Repair instead of replacing.
Return Only buy from companies with take-back programs.
Refill instead of buying disposable bottles and paper cups.
Refuse to buy overpackaged, disposable, single-use junk.
This article was written by and copied from: Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
1. Buy LED light bulbs
2. Adjust your TV's settings
3. Wash clothes in cold water and use the fastest spin speed available
4. Turn off the Instant-on setting on the Xbox One
5. Don't stream videos through your game console
6. Upgrade the aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sinks
7. Recycle your old consumer electronics properly
8. Turn off your furnace when the cold weather ends
9. Buy a new toilet that uses no more than 1.28 gallons per flush
This article was written by and copied from Noah Horowitz
Here's some other links for great articles:
Thank you for visiting & reading my blog today ~ Happy EARTH Day!
|Posted by Audi Lee on March 27, 2015 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
We do, we do!! As I live in Lodi, I thought it would be fun to post a blog about our wines, wineries & some history. The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is a great place to begin while you are visiting in our region.
Lodi California Wineries:
With 85+ Lodi wineries, Lodi Wine Country offers an amazing variety of tasting opportunities. Visitors will find Lodi wine tasting rooms large and small, brand new and decades old. Although variety is abundant, one constant remains: the Lodi wine experience. Visitors to Lodi wineries will often find themselves sipping Lodi wine with a fourth-or-fifth generation winemaker, who is passionate about his product.
Lodi Wine Appellation
The Central Valley is the home to many large tracts of wine grapes and many major wineries. The area produces hundreds of thousands of cases of wine annually including unbranded bulk wines.
Lodi has over 75,000 acres of vineyards and almost 60 wineries leading the state in grape production of the top five premium wine grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel. Its vineyards grow over 40% of all the California Zinfandel, including many 100 year old vines, and dwarf every other region. Its grape growing history goes back to the mid 1800’s when gold miners turned to farming and discovered the regions ability to support vineyards.
The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is a good stop for touring information and tasting area wines from small producers who do not have their own tasting room. The Center also has interactive exhibits and a good gift shop.
Seven American Viticultural Appellations (AVA) have been designated by the Alcohol Tax & Trade Bureau, representing the regions varied grape growing areas. Distinct soils and climates determine these designations and contribute to a wines sense of place.
Today Lodi is a thriving community and has become a well developed wine touring destination. Thirty-six wineries have tasting rooms offering visitors a range of wine tasting experiences.
*I can not take credit for the information shared here. These are copied from 2 various articles I found in a search. It is not my intent to infringe on any copyrights. I am simply sharing info and promoting our fine city.. "Liveable, Loveable Lodi"
Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you enjoyed it,
|Posted by Audi Lee on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Dia de los Muertos ~ Day of the Dead Ones
Are you familiar with this holiday? In Mexico and S. America, this is a wonderful, and very big celebration, meant to honor all of their deceased loved ones. I want to write some passages from a favorite book by Ray Bradbury "The Halloween Tree", about this special Day...
"Far off on that dark island, there was a prickle of guitar sound. A single candle was lit in the graveyard. Somewhere, someone blew a musical sound on a flute. another candle was lit among the tombstones. Someone sang a single word of a song. A third candle was touched to life by a flaming match. And the faster the boat moved, the more guitar notes sounded and the more candles were lit high among the mounds on the stony hills. A dozen, a hundred, a thousand candles flared until it looked as if the great Andromeda star cluster had fallen out of the sky and tilted itself to rest here in the middle of almost-midnight Mexico.....
The boys reached the low wall of the graveyard and then the huge lacework iron gates. They took hold of the iron rungs and stared in. "Why", gasped Tom. "I have never seen the like!"For now they knew why the town was empty. Because the graveyard was full. By every grave was a woman kneeling to place gardenias or azaleas or marigolds in a frame upon the stone. By every grave knelt a daughter who was lighting a new candle or lighting a candle that had just blown out. By every grave was a quiet boy with bright brown eyes, and in one hand a small papier-mache funeral parade glued to a shingle, and in the other hand a papier-mache skeleton head which rattled with rice or nuts inside......
For on every grave were plates of cookies shaped like funeral priests or skeletons or ghosts, waiting to be nibbled by - living people? Or by ghosts that might come along toward dawn, hungry and forlorn? For no one knew. No one said. And each boy inside the graveyard, next to his sister and mother, put down the miniature funeral on the grave. And they could see the tiny candy person inside the tiny wooden coffin placed before a tiny altar with tiny candles. And around the tiny coffin stood tiny altar boys with peanuts for heads and eyes painted on the peanut shells. And before the altar stood a priest with a cornnut for a head and a walnut for a stomach. And on the altar was a photograph of the person in the coffin, a real person once; remembered now. "Better, and still better" whispered Ralph. "Cuevos!" sang a far voice up the hill. Inside the graveyard, voices echoed the song. Leaning against the graveyard walls, some with guitars in their hands or bottles, were the men of the village. "Cuevos de los Muertos-" sang the faraway voice. "Cuevos de los Muertos", sang the men in the shadows inside the gate. "Skulls", translated Tom, "The skulls of the dead". "Skulls, sweet sugar skulls, sweet candy skulls, the skulls of the dead ones", sang the voice coming close now. And down the hill, treading softly in shadow, came a hunch-backed Vendor of Skulls. "No, not hunched -" said Tom, half aloud. "A whole load of skulls on his back", cried Ralph. "Sweet skulls, sweet white crystal sugar candy skulls", sang the vendor, his face hidden under a vast sombrero...."
|Posted by Audi Lee on August 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
I like this title but the guide is about making a simple
Papier Mache Doll Head for your Life-Size Doll.
Inflate a balloon and tie it.
Tape a cardboard ring around the bottom for a neck! Use masking or heavy tape. You can also make cardboard ears if you wish, and tape them on as well.
Cut or tear LOTS of strips of newspaper.
Make a paste using only flour and water, thin consistency.
Dip the strips, one at a time, into the paste and layer all over and around the balloon, cardboard neck and ears. Use many layers!
Set it aside and let it dry thourally.
Make a hole in the bottom of balloon head to place a wooden dowel or a long stick in there. You will be putting this in the shirt of the doll you previously made.
Paint the head and add facial features.
Don't forget to add a wig unless you want bald, and maybe add a hat!
Why not make 2 heads? The doll can hold one of them! I did this a couple of times. I started out with a male and female Scarecrow then on Halloween day, I removed the Male's body and had the Female holding his head. I reversed this the following year.
Hope you enjoyed this simple little guide on "how to get a head in life"!
|Posted by Audi Lee on September 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM||comments (2)|