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Chris, Cruella Deville and Sun Basket To The Rescue.

Summer time is not a good time for me to sew or do any crafting.  It is my fun time and although I do love sewing and crafting this is getting outside, cutting grass, going on mini trips, going places I do not go to during the winter.

Yes we have to eat so I still have to cook.  I have been posting about Sun Basket because one I am a dummy when it comes to cooking. My cooking is pitiful. Two the food you get from them to prepare is wonderful. I can follow it down the list of instructions checking off one by one and have a meal that is awesome.

Tonight we ate Moroccan. I forgot to tell Alexa to play some Moroccan music. That was all that was missing.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as my husband Little Precious and I enjoyed the food. He did state “I believe this has been the best yet.”  I have enough left for tomorrow night.

If you decide to purchase any meals you are under no obligation. You can join one week get the $35.00 off with my coupon and quit the next week like I did.  THEN I stressed about what I was going to cook and after one week of no Sun Basket I was back on two meals a week. This fall and winter I am going to three meals. That will cover six nights for us and we can eat out one day each week. I am a VERY happy customer. My ONLY regret is I did not find out about Sun Basket sooner.

If they offer stock better buy some I am in for the long haul.

I had been gone to the other side of the world today so I did not have time to change in to my cooking down.

My favorite shirt. I wish I had three or four.

I did not have a clue what this was going to be or taste like. Some of the items never heard of them.

This is what it looked like in the recipes book.

Wanted to me crush up the walnuts. I did not want to get the crusher thing out have to put it together, clean it and get all the nuts out of the spoke things whatever you call them so I found this pounder thing and it worked like a charm. Put the whole bag between parchment papers and took out my frustrations.  It worked perfect.

I check off as I go. I never heard of Baharat. But it was GOOD.

These were so good. Washed them really good sliced them up and ate a few before I cooked them.. Tasty and fresh.

Toasted the nuts with oil and some of the Baharat.

Turn your head sideways.  My DNA hates fresh cilantro. So I am giving this to my neighbor. It has nothing to do with Sun Basket. It does not matter who or where I can’t tolerate fresh cilantro.

I tolerate Penzeys Spices Cilantro.  It is not as soapy as fresh.

Mixed carrots and  Baharat spice with salt, pepper, oil and cooked for about 10 minutes turning. The house smelled wonderful and these taste wonderful.

Ok I am going to spill a secret to you. I HATE TOUCHING MEAT AND I HATE TOUCHING POTATOES. There was no potatoes in this recipe I just threw that in for information. I keep boxes of latex gloves on hand for that.

Lamb is one of my favorite meats. Did you notice no antibiotics, no added growth hormones?

We eat meat but not what you call a lot of meat so I made two serving in to four.

Yes you see Cilantro.

I never in my soon to be 64 years took the insides out of the lemon and chopped up the peel to eat. I dont know what it was preserved in.. But it was good. I ate the pulp by itself. It was great.

Arugula, already chopped up.

Add lemon peel.

Add golden raisins.

Until tonight never heard of it.

Mixed everything up and it was so good. Not one crumb left.

Reason there is four forks. Precious took ours out on the sunporch then I took two. So naturally we ate with one and I put the other also in the dishwasher.


KEY LIME PIE.. My jeans better zip this week when I have to weedeat. Hey it is summer. FUN TIME.  Just do not go overboard.

I am going to try to get some sewing projects going this weekend and week to come. Until then I’ll be cutting grass, weeding and two days a week cooking from Sun Basket.



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Sun Basket To The Rescue Short But Sweet!

If there is anything we know in the the South it is barbecue. We are like Forrest and Bubba,”‘Forrest, we can have barbecue sandwiches, barbeque pulled pork, barbeque beans, barbeque bread, barbecue pork chops.” You get the message. This is Alabama, we have a barbeque joint on every corner of everywhere.

I have never eaten anything but Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee barbeque. Tonight we ate North Carolina sliders.  Oh my  they got 10 stars.

Surprise when I opened the lid.

I was so happy to see this box on the front porch this morning. I got up early watching for Fedex. The box is even happy and you can recycle it.

In our North Carolina Sliders bag there was an organic ear of corn. I shucked it got it in boiling water for five minutes. I thought “FIVE MINUTES??”  In our lifetime of cooking people from the South are famous for cooking things to death as we say. The corn was wonderful at only five minutes in the boiling water. Took it out and put it on a bowl with the organic butter let it cool for a few minutes.

I was happy I found a whole new jar of Grape Seed oil in the pantry.

I heated up the pork then added the proper amount of the sauce with a sprinkle of pepper flakes.

Cabbage and carrots mixed together with salt and pepper and 1/3rd of the barbeque sauce.

I only used three sliders.  We got one and a half each.  We have three left for tomorrow night.

From start to finish and that includes clean up less than one hour. If I had not stopped for a minute to go see something on TV it would have been about 45 minutes total.

We both really liked this choice.  I did however today buy one more ear of corn for tomorrow night. It was not organic and believe me I can tell a difference. Today all ingredients that came in the order were organic.  SO GOOD.. I love Sun Basket.

If you decide you want to try it click on the link order and you get $35.00 off your first order. This is a wonderful company.

Thursday we are having something I am looking foward to.  Stay tuned!


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Today Was A Full Day! Garage Cleaning and Sun Basket Cooking!

Today started out early this morning I decided to go out and clean out the garage where we park our lawnmowers. Precious ( Gary) back has been hurting and we are trying to get it well so he did help some but I would not let him do the real heavy work. I was worn out. He did help me a lot.


Tonights dinner. I see a pair of lips in the wrinkles above the word Sun Basket. When we get a shipment in the sun really shines! Great food. Organic food.IMG_9099

I was like WTH?  What is that thing on the left side of my pictures? A hand ? A heart? Fennel.  Never heard of it. I eat with my eyes. Not literally but I am like a real picky kid. If it looks weird or something I dont think I will like I dont eat it.  So far I have eaten everything we have received. I am trying to get out of the box and try new things.IMG_9100

Salmon thawing in the sink.IMG_9101IMG_9102IMG_9104

I usually use my Biltmore knife but I decided to use the ones I bought at Costco two years ago! YES TWO YEARS AGO.IMG_9108

Ok fresh Cilantro came with the meal. I can not tolerate anything but Penzeys Cilantro. I am sorry it has nothing to do with any company or any restaurant. It has to do with my DNA.  Seriously that is one thing I found out when I took a 23 and Me DNA test  along with a DNA from Ancestry.I just knew they mixed up my results with someone else so I took two. Nope got it right first time.  One of the things I learned is my DNA does not like Cilantro.IMG_9109

Hallellujah, I LOVE LIMES!IMG_9113

I had to zest one and juice both. So far no zesting knuckles. Granny is smiling down at me. Her baby is using her juicer. I love you Sadie Mae and miss you. I dont want to see you for at least 60 more years!IMG_9116

Never heard of Chimichurri. I was ok let me do the little finger test. You know where you dampen your little finger put it in the spice and taste. Ok I liked it.IMG_9120

I ran out of Grape Seed Oil from Whole Foods, so I brought out the Avocado Oil. It is good.IMG_9121

Mix resting quite nicely.  I think I may put a tiny bit too much lime juice in it but it did taste good.


My beautiful neighbor Ali who loves to eat and does not gain an ounce told me about this salt and pepper shaker and I bought it .. I am sure glad. She was with me the day we picked it out. It really works wonderful. Thank you sweetie.


She is a beautiful, smart, sweet young lady. I just adore her! Her mother and I share custody!!  Her brother Luke is my helper around the house. I was so glad to see him this week working around the pond. Very good young people. She is beautiful inside and out and very talented. She paints my Apple Watch bands. I have one of a kind. I have about 20 more to give her!!!  Don’t fuss. You know I love ya little girl. IMG_9130

Clean up a breeze.IMG_9146

Prec overseeing everything I chopped up.IMG_9150IMG_9134

Fennel and squash.IMG_9140

Ok you can’t cut yourself with these gloves.The are to use with my mandolin. (Slicer) which I never have used but I have it if I need it.  After fighting yesterday with the weedeater and the weedeater won I decided not to hurt my sewing hands. Which I do not get much sewing done in the summer. Between yard work, cleaning out things that need to be cleaned and now cooking I am one busy chick!


I used some of my Oregano oil mixed with coconut oil. The Oregano oil was from Young Living. Today my leg already looks better. I will put some more on before I go to bed.  It is really some good stuff.


My Precious just woke up from a tiny nap. Note the hair style. He has on my favorite T-shirt. We got it in Key West years ago. I think it was at the Conch Restaurant. I wonder if that place is still there. Precious and I have been married 30 years this past June.

2 months married

I dont have a clue why we are sideways.  Just turn your head. We had been married two months. My gosh what time does to you!!!!  Dang it I hate it I can not figure out how to flip!



I could not get everything in one pan.


Luckily I had another one.

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My mother in laws plates. We ate off them at her home all the time. I got them when she went to Heaven.  I have a yard full of Zinnia’s and until tonight I did not realize the plates were Zinnia pattern.

I am not a fan of salmon. I will eat it but I am a fan of Precious. He loves it. It was really good.


The squash smelled so good.

IMG_9174It looked really pretty on the plate. It was easy to fix and fast.

We have enough for tomorrow night.  I will just warm up the Salmon that is left which is one whole piece and cook the veggies. It won’t take 10 minutes total and dinner will be ready. Then our next shipment will be next Tuesday. It can’t come fast enough.

Use the  special link below and you get $35.00 off your first order. Also you can quit anytime which I doubt you will and if anything is wrong you can let the company know and they will fix it. The food is organic and so very good. I am a dummy on cooking.  I would wake up in the morning and before my eyes opened I started stressing what I am going to cook that evening.  Well I dont have to worry about that but for three days. I got a system worked out.  One of those days eat out, then hamburger on the grill and some type of sandwich unless I can figure out two nights eating out.. However I will say it is less expensive to just order one more meal from Sunbasket. I am getting two now and that is 4 meals.  There is so much with one meal you can make it last two nights.  This winter when we hate to get outside in the cold I think I will go to three.

We will order this again but first we are going to eat our way through everything Sun Basket has to offer so that will take a long time!  I’ll keep you posted. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be back sewing and using my Brother Dream Machine.  I am going to be at a Blount County Quilters Quild Show in October. I have to get busy!



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I Think There Is Hope For Me Now!


Dumped out the sack and it was full of good items.IMG_8965

First time I needed something I did not have. I needed a fine mesh strainer. I have a regular strainer so It was a job getting the quinoa to stay in the strainer and not down the drainer!IMG_8966

Ingredients came in this sack or poke as we say in the South.  I am using it for my garbage can. If you look to the right you can see my helpers head. I gave him a break. I let him watch NYPD as I cooked. Truth be known he is napping like he is now!!!IMG_8967

This pan looks horrible. Yes it is clean, yes it is old. It is older than me!!!  It was my Granny’s biscuit pan. I am sixty three and I remember seeing her use the pan when I was a small child. It is not dirty it is just worn. I could not part with it. Well make an offer!IMG_8968

To all who know me I bet you are surprised I have parchment paper and USE IT.IMG_8969


I am sucking on photo’s today.


Quinoa on the stove. It matches our granite. Our stove is four years old and so clean. I love a clean stove.  Sometimes I turn all the eyes on when I am cooking for just a minute and I rotate which eye I use when I only have one pot. In Feng Shui that signifies prosperity burning all the gas eyes for a minute. I want to do all I can to stay in line with my Feng Shui. On some areas I slipped some but I am trying to get back on track.IMG_8972

So pretty.IMG_8974

Hazelnuts about to bake on the parchment paper.IMG_8975 IMG_8977

Nuts cooking for ten minutes.IMG_8978

I better use my favorite pot holder to keep from getting burned. Auburn Tigers. I hope they have a better year this year!IMG_8979

I have two timers going. Nuts for ten minutes and veggie mix for twenty five minutes. I hope I do not get these mixed up. Burn up the nuts and the veggies raw.IMG_8980

I love summer squash.IMG_8981

I am learning to chop without losing a finger.IMG_8983

I better check again. ( I just wanted to show the pot holder)IMG_8985

Looks beautiful and still matches the granite.IMG_8987

Smells good taste good.IMG_8988

Lord please do not let me find a worm. I remember sitting on my Granny’s front porch shucking corn scared to no end there was going to be a worm when I pulled back the silk. There was not one this time thank goodness.IMG_8989

SunBasket even gave instructions on how to cut corn off the cob. I was thinking about saving the cob for a pipe and then I remember after my 30 plus years of genealogy research one of my grandmothers lived to be over 100. She would have lived a lot longer but she bent over to light her corn cob pipe and fell in the fire to her death!! I kid you not.  She was on the Fitzpatrick side if I am not mistaken. I think her name was Sarah Perry. I am just calling that from memory but I have her story. Her husband was Abner Perry.IMG_8991

Grape seed oil in the pan.IMG_8995

Cooled nuts in the chopper. IMG_8999

I love our clean pretty kitchen. By accident I found out how to keep your stainless steel looking good. I do not have the kind that does not show fingerprints. I have the kind of stainless steel that shows everything. I was wiping off the counters and faucets with my Clorox wipes and I saw something on the refrigerator. I swiped over it and it looked so good I cleaned everything with the wipes. The dishwasher looks wonderful. No finger prints no water stains.. CLOROX WIPES my new stainless cleaner. It is amazing how by accident you find something that works. I have been up early in the morning can not sleep cleaning it with mineral oil. Now the wipes are my best friend.IMG_9001 IMG_9003

The veggies looked beautiful.IMG_9004

I have never been what you call anything but a cornbread, greens, potato, beans type of cook. I do however love gadgets. I would see something and buy it and say “I’ll need it one day.” Well you know this day has finally come.  I am using tools I have had for years.  I am glad I got it so I’ll have it when I need it!IMG_9006

Here we go again. I am getting to give Granny’s juicer a workout.IMG_9007

I dont know why this is sideways. But if I had paid attention to the last paragraph last week I would have not had the Hazelnuts all over the floor like eyeballs rolling at a Halloween party.IMG_9008

Coming together nicely.IMG_9009

I love lemon zest and lime zest. It always scares me that I am going to zest my knuckles but so far so good.IMG_9010

You tube taught me how to get every drop of the juice out of the lemon.IMG_9011

Clean up is a breeze.IMG_9012 IMG_9013

No other spice makes me happier than mint. I love the smell, I love the taste and I could go for a glass of mint iced tea about right now.IMG_9026

It all looks so pretty and smells go good.


This cheese is good. I do not ever remember eating any until today.IMG_9028

Just the right amount of honey I am about to drizzle. Even if the writing is upside down. IMG_9031

My plate.IMG_9034

The picture that came with the cook book. I think I chopped the nuts too finely but it worked for us.IMG_9035

My plate.IMG_9036

Precious plate.  We had enough to have again tomorrow night and I am looking forward to Thursday night for the second selection we received! Stay tuned!


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