Recipes, Travel

Grilled Pizza

It’s grilling in full swing this time of year. What a break from burgers and hot dogs. This will only work if you can control the temperature of your grill to 400 degrees. A charcoal grill may be a challenge, have not tried that. So start with Naan from the bakery section usually. Grape seed oil or olive oil applied to Naan. We did both sides and the grill. (before it was hot) Coat Naan with thin layer to cover of marinara or choice of pizza sauce. Add pepperoni. In four minutes you have grilled pizza. Stay with it though the temperature may divert dinner. May need more Naan. Ugh. If you get it right, grilled pizza is perfect for a week night quick snack or light dinner.

Spiritual, Travel

Monteagle, Tennessee A Peaceful, not crowded Place to Visit

No Crowd Place in Central Southern Tennessee
Traveling I-24 south of Nashville, passing through Murfreesboro, there is a nice cluster of a place off the Monteagle exit 134. Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant and The Smokehouse Lodge and Cabins adapted to the new Covid procedures. They added outdoor seating complete with umbrellas for shade. From Chattanooga, its not over an hour going north. The Smokehouse is known for bbq and they recently added an outdoor service window and beer to the menu.There are several state parks with too numerous to count hiking trails close by. South Cumberland State Park has Monteagle Falls, a quiet, even romantic aura in visiting the area. It is not crowed...

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Cooking in Chincoteague

Atlantic Road to Chincoteague Island, Virginia is a 13 mile scenic backroad and a beautiful drive through cornfields and country scenery. It follows the coastline and ultimately drops you into a three way stop right in front of a NSA facility. Turning east on Chincoteague road you travel across an elevated roadway on to a long bridge. Nothing like the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge which coming north you traverse thirteen miles of a tunnel, bridge, tunnel, bridge jaunt after forking over $10 or $20 if you are pulling a boat or trailer, etc. So you get to the redlight in Chincoteague, turning right takes you along the bay and thru town. Going straight takes you to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean entering a park offering trails and scenery and of course, the beach...

Family, Pets, Travel

Chincoteague Respite

Chincoteague – a Respite
Six glorious days of respite on a wanna be boutique island off the Atlantic Ocean. Chingoteaque is most famous as the home of Misty. She is the pony which a series of childrens books by Maurgarite Henry, were written in 1947, followed by a movie in 1961. Most all of us now middle age read the series in grade school.We brought our daughter here years back to ride one of Misty’s current generation ponies. We just happened to time our visit for the week the pony colts and fillies were being auctioned for adoption. The herd is not domesticated and the mares return to the reserve where they are assured health care and protection. The pony penning is annually exercised by the local Fire Department and is a major fundraiser for supporting the ponies...

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Woman vs. Nature

Woman vs. Nature
Over the last five days, it has been some major investment of time and energy to combat the forces of forty years of weathering logs in a Lincoln log home. Lots of critters have come to call the place home, many harmless. However the most annoying and destructive is the discovery of the boring bees and the devastation they create. Learning about them and how to stop the damage they cause has been a fast track course for evacuating the pests. Even more surprising is the fact that a woodpecker comes to feed on the larvae of the bees and the holes they create in their deep drilling can be up to three or four inches of a lateral drilling session going after the delicacy they apparently crave...

Family, Pets, Travel

Country Living

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know we had to move during the lockdown, COVID 19 quarantine.See Window Sill Chicken Salad blog in recipes. So here we are situated in a rural community in South Carolina. Did you hear the one about the difference between hell and South Carolina. It’s the screen door. LOL. So we have a nice place close to a busy stream and a park with a gazebo on one side and a forest in the back. Really sureal after being in the heart of  downtown, then in a community in close quarters to the neighbors.

So there’s this little bluebird family and the daddy bluebird comes to the birdfeeder which is situated just outside the dining room window. He just gets all torn up seeing his reflection in the glass window...

Pets, Travel

Service Dog Tags Allergy Bracelets

It has happened two times in the last few weeks. Recent trips are showing dogs are on the move, really taking some miles in. There are service dogs in hotels, airports, and yes in restaurants. My Yorkie is a registered service dog, she literally goes to work with me. She is a low dander breed sometimes referred to as non-shedding. That’s not what the vacumn cleaner reports when we get Reba (that’s my hubby’s cleaning frenzy mode); We love Reba and she comes out most every Saturday if we are in town. So the non-shedding, non-allergy subject has ranges of opinions and not a lot of substance.

So you want to know what has happened twice, right? Okay we purposely go on sunday afternoons to a restaurant that has a covered porch, is pet friendly and on the lake nearby...

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Blog Overview July 2020

Spiritual Travels Overview of the Site
There may be only one story on this blog that is fiction, artistic license claimed. The stories of the Pony Lady are life experiences with my grandmother now departed. She was a legend. Her stories are gutsy in an era when women did not drive bull doziers and dually 3/4 ton trucks.

Check into the Pony Lady she is a legend with Jimmy Drew Expeditions and my sister and I grew up hauling ponies to fairs and setting up her rides. Her ponies were family, as a matter of fact my pony Judy Lynn used to come into the living room and watch cartoons with me and sometimes Gilligan’s Island, when we were not jumping ditches or pretending to be circus performers.
There are some encouraging spiritual posts, including many books and experiences that have helped me g...

Travel

Romanticizing Herbs

Romanticizing Herbs
Absolutely loving to create delicious foods, for family and friends the taste of fresh and or prepared foods changes dramatically with the addition of fresh herbs, Have always had a small collection of herbs on the porch or window sill. This year I had to branch into some new herbs and being located in the hot south, the herbs were not as happy in certain places. Now on my third dill plant and struggling with thyme, I finally am looking into soil types and companion plants.
First consideration is to decide what herbs are the family preferred herbs. We like basil, the classic herbs in herbs of provence: lavendar, rosemary, organo and thyme. Other favorites are cilantro (for salsa and ceviches). Dill we cook with squash and zucchini...