Friday, October 9, 2015

butterfly beauty.....

I knew it was that time of year and I've been keeping an eye on my neighbor's butterfly bushes....finally, this morning, they showed up in numbers and they were breathtaking!!
I got a few good photos, and hope for more butterfly sightings before they make their way sounth. I would love to see the trees matted with them again like I did in 2012 {LINK}. It was an amazing sight that I will never forget!!!


Here are few links to track their journey to Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly Journey

Monarchs [Fall]

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

disney abc challenge [H]


Hollywood Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Monday, October 5, 2015

[mexican monday]

~Mexican Monday~
 Cooking for one isn't near as much fun as cooking for my family, but since this is now my new normal for half the month, I've decided to branch out from frozen pizza, salad, or cereal for dinner and plan some normal meals. I only know one way to cook....large meals, but I am learning to cut recipes down so that I can still cook some delicious dishes, yet do it on a smaller scale.
I used a few more things from my veggie supply for my meal today. I still had a few ears of corn left, so I scraped all of it off into a bowl. I was planning to do Mexican for dinner, so I looked up a few Mexican corn recipes. I chose this one but modified it.
 Mexican Corn Cakes


3 cups fresh corn (1-1/2 cups)
4 scallions (I used 1 T. yellow onion -minced)
1 jalapeno pepper (about 1/2 a pepper - minced)
2 large eggs (1 egg)
1/4 cup milk (2 T. milk)
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (1/2 cup)
1 cup self rising flour (1/2 cup reg. flour)
salt - to taste


Dice the dark green and light green parts of the scallions and put them in a large microwave safe bowl along with the corn and the minced jalapeno pepper. Microwave the mixture for 3-4 minutes. ( I just microwaved the corn, onion, and pepper for 2-3 minutes). Let the mixture cool slightly and then stir in the milk, cheese, self rising flour, salt and eggs. Mix to combine. Heat a large fry pan on the stove with oil. Drop the batter onto the hot pan. Fry until both sides are golden brown and the centers are cooked. Serve with lime wedges, salsa, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, or sour cream.

 I cut this recipe in half (amounts used noted above) and it made 5 cakes. I dipped them in salsa and sour cream - delish!!!
Jalapeno Poppers

(Recipe link HERE)

You can make as many or as few as you want with this recipe. They can also be broiled instead of grilled, which I did this time. An easy, yummy side dish on Mexican night!!

Chicken Quesadilla

I did a quick and easy quesadilla with grilled chicken, jalapeno and green pepper, onion, and Mexican blend cheese.

- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
(cut in strips, seasoned, and cooked in a little olive oil)

- green pepper and onion
(sliced thin and cooked in a little butter)

- jalapeno pepper - minced

- 2 tortillas

- Mexican blend cheese

If you don't have a quesadilla maker (which I don't) a skillet works just as well.

Lay one tortilla in skillet, top with cheese, chicken, veggies, and sprinkle with a little more cheese. Lay second tortilla on top, turn heat on low and cover. After a few minute (once cheese has begun to melt) flip and heat a few more minutes. Cut into 4 pieces with pizza cutter. Serve with your favorite sides - I had sour cream and salsa with mine.

Veggies used: jalapeno peppers in all three dishes, green pepper, and corn. I still have enough corn kernels left to make another recipe...corn chowder maybe???


october sunset

After days of rain and just plain ol' gloomy weather, I was so happy to see another beautiful sunset!! (even if the tide was still high as ever!)

[12/52] photo challenge: landscape
#sunset #landscape #52weekphotochallenge
#beauty #thatskytho #thetideishigh #TI #fall

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Simple Woman's Day Book: October 2015

For Today...10/03
Outside my window....


I am thankful....
 for 40% off everything fall at Hobby Lobby where I found this beautiful "tableware" for this year's Thanksgiving dinner!
(our new tradition at Thanksgiving is using disposable plates, etc. so we can spend more time enjoying the family instead of doing all those dishes!!) :O)
I am wearing...
jeans and a tee (and a raincoat!)
a favorite quote of the day....
Gratitude Changes Everything Free Printable Gray & Gold
In the kitchen....
homemade turkey pot pie
From the board room (Pinterest):
chunky floating shelves --
(Link HERE)

One of my favorite things....
[11/52] photo challenge: autumn
#52weekphotochallenge #autumn #caramelapple
#apples #fall #myfavoritethings

on the calendar....


 1 days - 10/04 last night at b&b (actually closed on 9/30)
 28 days - 10/31 Halloween


 54 days - 11/26 Thanksgiving


  82 days - 12/25 Christmas


 89 days - Happy New Year 2016!
133 days - 2/14 Valentine's Day
150 days - 3/2 DISNEY VACATION 2016!!

disney abc challenge [G]


Giraffe sighting at Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.