The Return

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Returning to Rockport, my initial urge is to get everything perfect, so armed with cleaning stuffs I begin the process of getting all things in order.

porchCrazy as it might seem, I begin outside where winter weather takes a toll.  Tarps have to be removed from furniture and porches scrubbed clean.  

IMG_6591That done all things have to be put in their place and pots that have stayed inside all winter are reintroduced to the sun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen it’s to the inside where the first thing that catches my eye is a tabletop that I can’t bear to leave bare

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand a cabinet surface in need of a little dressing up.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few favorite things that make their own statement took care of that in a minute.

Maine houseMoving on to the living room, it took only a glance to suggest that it was time to change rich toned slipcovers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto  lighter ones more suitable for the season ahead.  That is not as easy as it sounds as it requires a lot of pulling and tugging.  On a roll now, I decided to move furniture 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand accessories around for a new look.  Talk about an easy way to redecorate!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s amazing how such simple changes can give an entirely different energy to a room.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith outside and inside in pretty good shape, bathing Miss Daisy was the next order of business.  She likes being clean, too!

Next up will be the yard, but that will have to wait for another day.  For now, I’m calling it a day and heading for bed!

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The Scoop

Porches and More

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the weather warmed and pleasant, it’s a great time to move from indoors to out.

jQLJX78nX36lWhether open to a beautiful view 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor screened to keep the bugs away

IMG_1368porches and outdoor spaces can’t be beat.

P3270133They are great for entertaining friends day

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or night,

IMG_2366and nothing beats  dining al fresco with a cool breeze blowing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile good smells from the outdoor kitchen fill the air.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems everybody likes porch time no matter how fancy or plain the space.

screen porchMe, I love it with a good book, morning coffee or maybe for a little afternoon nap when nobody’s looking.  How about you?

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King Ranch + Casserole

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Since the 1800’s the King Ranch in south Texas has been part of Texas folklore.  Spanning over 800,00 acres it is known for cattle raising, hunting leases, retail products and so much more.

 Now I can’t tell you whether or not the King Ranch casserole actually had its origins there or why this tasty dish bears its name.  What I can tell you is that if the state of Texas had an official casserole this would be it.

There are a lot of variations to this Texas favorite, but I like best what I think is the original recipe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKing Ranch Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can Rotel tomatoes 

1 cup  chicken broth (or more, to taste)

1⁄2cup  chopped onion

1⁄2cup  chopped green pepper

16 ounces  monterey jack, colby jack or cheddar cheese

3 c. chopped chicken

12 corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  In a large saucepan, cook pepper and
onion in melted margarine until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add soups,
RO*TEL and chicken, stirring until well blended.  In a 13 x 9 x 2-inch
baking pan, alternately layer tortillas, soup mixture and cheese, repeating
for three layers.  Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Serves 8.

With this as your base, you can’t go wrong preparing what is surely to be a crowd favorite.  I like having a little salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side, and you need nothing more with it but a salad and/or black beans or frijoles.   Happy eating!

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Cinco de Mayo Texas Style

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Texas we know how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  It is a day made for TexMex favorites, margaritas and fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAround here, that’s no problem.   A handwoven rug that serves as a table topper is the backdrop for colorful dishes which create the feeling but but happen not to be from Mexico. (Is that cheating?)  Rather they are Fiesta wannabes picked up at a thrift shop and fun pieces from Italy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe glasses, well, they are a purchase from a parks fundraiser oh so many years ago, but they fit right in and add their own touch of whimsey.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat is authentic is the centerpiece featuring pieces collected from various trips to Mexico.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe family of figures wear handwoven clothing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhich just might have been made by the village weaver working on a very primitive backstrap loom.  When I see how some fabrics are made, I stand in awe because my studio setup is so sophisticated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPutting this table together was so much fun because it says a lot about my interests in weaving and color and texture and whimsey.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor dinner it’s King Ranch Casserole, a real Texas favorite chock full of chicken, tortilla strips and jalapeño peppers.  It’s so good I think I’ll tempt you to come back tomorrow for the recipe.

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