Saturday, April 19, 2014

Munch For Lunch Pinto Beans and Cornbread


My Munch for lunch today is:
If your a southern girl like me then a simple bowl of pinto beans and cornbread is just perfect for a rainy day. Add a glass of cold  milk,  a shot or two of hot sauce, a wedge of salted down onion and you have a true meal to satisfy any southern girls belly.
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It rained all night long last night and the rain is set in to rain all day long today. Once I knew the raindrops were going to pore off the roof of the house in buckets and make ting-tang sounds on the old fashion metal rain covers above my windows, I knew I had to pull out the big simmer pot and bag of dry beans. 

Today I made my pinto beans like this:

You know the way to do it. Pick the bad beans out then wash your beans. Follow the directions on the bag for boiling. Today I added 1 can of beef stock, 1 large diced onion and 1 can of corned beef hash. (yes it's true- I love a can of corned beef hash in my pinto beans.) Try it I think you will like it. If you don't you can substitute with ham hock or sausage. Then add salt and pepper to taste. But all I did was cook on medium heat for 1 hour then simmer for 2 hours or until done. I enjoy thick gravy so I let it simmer a bit longer to start the beans to break down and make a medium thick sauce. If I'm in the mood for a thin sauce.... so  I can crumble cornbread up into it....  and stir it all together, then I make a thinner sauce.

Today I made my cornbread like this:

Well this is going to be hard to tell you how much of what I use because you see I make my cornbread by sight. That's how my Mother taught me to do it. I'm going to guess it's about a cup of cornmeal and I'm going to guess it's around 2 or 3 tablespoons of flour. 1 egg is nice if I want it soft. But if I want it crumbly I don't use a egg and I use water for my liquid instead of buttermilk. But for today I used buttermilk. I just pored it in so it was a bit thinner than what pancake batter looks like. Add salt, pepper and a bit of dry onions. Stir, pore in a pre-heated cast iron skillet and bake at 400 for 30 minutes, depending on your oven.

It's seemed so damp in the house so while my beans and cornbread were cooking I built a fire in the fireplace and sit myself down in a old southern rocker with my laptop in hand and typed you this very "Much for Lunch" your reading now. Once I finished I could smell the beans and I knew they were ready to eat. I bowled myself up the very bowl of beans you see in the photo and I carried my creation for one to the fireplace where I ate it on the hearth while watching the flames of the fire.

Today I am truly thankful for a rainy day.
by: Pamela Svoboda
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April 19, 2014 Holidays and Events for the day

Happy Holidays and Happy Easter Eve everyone!
My research found these holidays to celebrate for.... 
April 19, 2014


Primrose Day (United Kingdom) is the anniversary of the death of British statesman and prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, on 19 April 1881. The primrose was his favourite flower and Queen Victoria would often send him bunches of them from Windsor and Osborne House. She sent a wreath of primroses to his funeral.

Bicycle Day The events of the first LSD trip, now known as “Bicycle Day”, after the bicycle ride home, proved to Hofmann that he had indeed made a significant discovery: a psychoactive substance with extraordinary potency, capable of causing significant shifts of consciousness in incredibly low doses. Hofmann foresaw the drug as a powerful psychiatric tool; because of its intense and introspective nature, he couldn’t imagine anyone using it recreationally. Bicycle Day is increasingly observed in psychedelic communities as a day to celebrate the discovery of LSD.

Dutch-American Friendship Day (United States) April 19 is Dutch-American Friendship Day, which remembers the day in 1782 when John Adams, later to become the second president of the United States, was received by the States General in The Hague and recognized as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. It was also the day that the house he had purchased at Fluwelen Burgwal 18 in The Hague was to become the first American Embassy in the world.

Patriots' Day (officially Patriots' Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot's Day in Maine) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Florida law also encourages people to celebrate it, though it is not treated as a public holiday. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6:00 am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.

  • Beginning of the Independence Movement (Venezuela)
  • Earliest day on which First Day of Summer or Sumardagurinn fyrsti can fall, while April 25 is the latest; celebrated on the first Thursday after April 18. (Iceland)
  • King Mswati III's birthday (Swaziland)
  • Landing of the 33 (Uruguay)
  • National Health Day (Kiribati)
  • National Garlic Day
  • National Amaretto Day
  • Easter Even (movable, date changes)
  • Record Store Day. 7th annual. See www.recordstoreday.com
  • John Parker Day
  • National Auctioneers Day
  • National Hanging Out Day
  • Patriots’ Day in Florida.
  • Sierra Leone: National Holiday

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Laugh when you can...✿ Apologize when you should...✿ And let go of what you can't change...✿ Love deeply &  forgive quickly...✿ Give your everything ...✿  Love what you have... and  "Live Everyday like a Holiday"

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 - Holidays and Events for the day

  • Good Friday - (Movable Holiday- the date changes) Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter weekBased on the details of the Canonical gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (the day before the Sabbath) (John 19:42).


    • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Zimbabwe from United Kingdom in 1980. - A fight for independence took place in the 1970s. An independent constitution was written for Zimbabwe in London in 1979.Independence followed on April 18, 1980. The white minority finally consented to multiracial elections in 1980, which Robert Mugabe won in a landslide. Independence Day is celebrated in every city and district of the nation with political rallies, parades, traditional dances, singing, and fireworks.


    • International Day For Monuments and Sites (International) - The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.


    • Invention Day (Japan)
    • International Amateur Radio Day
    • National Adult Autism Awareness Day
    • Pet Owners Independence Day
    • National Animal Crackers Day (birthday of Animal Crackers)


    • England: British and World Marbles Championship, Greyhound Public House, Tinsley Green, West Sussex.
    • England: Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (Apr 18-21). 66th year. See www.dwrace.org.uk
    • The “Midnight Ride” of Paul Revere took place in 1775.
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    Live Everyday like a Holiday!  Pam

    The smell of fresh baked cake woke me up


    But it wasn't what I thought

    I stayed up late last night drinking coffee and doing research for my website. I finally went to bed about 2:00am. Around 4:00am the smell of fresh baked cake woke me up and it smelled soooo good. I thought..... why is my hubby baking in the middle of the night. So I crawled out of bed to go to the kitchen and have a bite of whatever he had made. To my surprise as I walked around the bed in the dark, I ran into my hubbies foot hanging off the bed. "So he's not baking afterall." He was fast asleep.

    While making my way to the kitchen to investigate..... I flip on the light. The smell in the kitchen was beautifully mouthwatering. I smelled chocolate and I smelled caramel. Yummm! As I rub the sleepies from my eyes, I look on the table and "there's nothing there". I walk over to the stove, opened the door and peeped inside, searching for what fresh baked good I could take a bite of- there's nothing there either. I even feel the top of the stove to see if it's hot. "No it's cold." ??? Confused I start to look around.

    And then I saw it!

    I forgot and left the coffee pot on. Beside the coffee pot was a pedestal cake stand with what was left of a huge stack of cookies I made 3 days before. It seems my cats had a bit of a wrassle and knocked over the cookies. They landed on top of the heating element of the coffee pot. I was so tired I left out my caramel flavored coffee creamer and they knocked that over as well and it pored onto the cookies. To my disappointment - there was no cake baking - instead I had a simmering mess that smelt like heaven. I sadly cut off the coffee pot and cleaned up the mess. I then went back to bed to dream of cake.

    On the positive side
    I KNOW I'm adding that caramel coffee creamer to my next batch of chocolate cookies! 
    by: Pamela Svoboda
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    Photo at the top:
    Did you guys like my picture at the top? I took this picture around dark30 from my patio. It was so beautiful I just had to capture the moment while I could. I have more I'll post later that show the colors changing. Pam

    Laugh when you can..✿. Apologize when you should..✿. And let go of what you can't change..✿. Love deeply & forgive quickly..✿ . Take chances & give your everything ..✿. Love what you have... and always remember.. that life goes on..  "Live Everyday like a Holiday' 

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    How to color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

    I found this really cool chart on "How to color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes" and thought I would pass it on. Found it just in time for Easter.


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