Archive for August, 2011

Celebrating Shawna’s 40th birthday!

Happy birthday Magonnie

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Deacon.. my sweet beggar

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Day Lily


Ms Maribella Scarecrow


My fave annual--zinnia's


Just picked -- fruits of labor

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Lessons learned

The Imp…  Oh boy! That big fat fluffy tail is too tempting.. if I can just sneak up on poor old Spencie–I’m gonna pounce right on it!

The Imp


The Scold…  Swat!!  Learn your lesson little guy?

The Scold

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Want to go down memory lane with me? Close your eyes and come with me, on a trip down memory lane to the place where red and white checked dreams come true. Many of us from the older generation can remember going to the local soda fountain for a burger and a shake or to have a burger and fries after school.

Many were decorated with red bar stools and black and white floors and if you were lucky enough those miniature juke boxes just ready for you to plunk your coins in to listen, while you waited for your orders. Two plays for a quarter no less that featured old 45’s that I know I haven’t heard in years. Our local soda fountain was in the ‘square’ of town, in a corner drugstore–Halls Drug.

Every afternoon as school let out Mr Hall readied for the slew of kids that would be pushing their way into his store just about 3 o’clock every weekday afternoon. Two of my favorite items were lime rickey’s and rootbeer floats. It’s funny the way our minds sometimes work– remembering the little things, we sometimes can recall from back in those good old days. One thing that stands out in my mind was looking down the row of spinning bar stools to see so many pairs of dangling saddle shoes and poodle skirts swirling around. You do remember saddle shoes don’t you? Nope, they weren’t specialty fit shoes for the equestrians. And also how Mr Hall would always serve your orders–first he’d re-wipe off the counter in front of your seat, and then neatly place a paper napkin followed by your order placed on top. He was such a quiet, yet sweet old gent who seldom forgot to ask ‘would you like ‘jimmies’ on top’ regardless of whether you ordered a milk shake, ice cream soda, or banana split! It was just one of his little quirks.

Many of the great recipes for our best frozen confections have been lost to us and, since I just love ice cream, and just made a new batch of coffee brandy a few weeks ago, I decided to try a new twist on an old favorite– So this is my recapture the nostalgic flavor of childhood but with a grownups-only version of the root beer float. With the heat wave we’ve all been having these  past weeks, this was a deliciously thirst quenching treat. Don’t forget to put a scoop of your fave ice cream on top before serving and cool off! Autumn’s just around the corner.

Coffee Brandy Ice Cream Float

* ¼ cup of milk
* 3 TBLS coffee brandy – recipe follows
* 1 scoop coffee ice cream
* club soda

Mix milk and coffee brandy together in a tall glass. Then pour club soda over top to fill the glass about ¾ of the glass full, and then top off with a scoop of coffee ice cream & cool off! Enjoy.

Homemade Coffee Brandy

3 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar

Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes.

1/2 cup instant coffee – I used Colombian
1/2 cup boiling water

Dissolve and add it to the above mixture.

Cool all and pour into a half gallon canning jar. Then add 2 bourbon vanilla beans split lengthwise, and 3 cups of brandy and 1/4 cup quality vodka. Cover and store in a cool cupboard 3-4 weeks.

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