Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ponce de Leon Ride
The furthest west we have gone on a day trip!

Yesterday we rode just over 200 miles. It was, as always, a blast! We went to Ponce De Leon Florida, further west than we have ever ridden on a day trip. It's our goal to seek out local restaurants and ride to eat.

Sally's restaurant was on that list. It was worth the ride. Old fashioned diner type cooking and a local crowd.


I saw the BBQ joint on the way home so we may need to make another trip westward and check this out.

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I like riding over bridges and this ride had several. I will slaughter the name if I try and pronounce it. Choctawahatchee River.

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One of my views. It's like riding behind a storm trooper. It's a nice Nolan helmet, Doug's latest helmet in the collection.


This bridge was very cool. A train trestle was visible across the water. This doesn't do it justice!

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The sky was a gorgeous blue, great weather too. The temperatures were an amazingly comfortable 75 F. Check out the birds soaring around the trees.


As we go through many little towns we see lots of churches. Seems the smaller the town, the more churches it supports....somehow. I like the old brick structures.


Another bridge photo. This bridge was long and you could see the dam from the middle. It is an impressive structure!

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There are always lots of fields we pass and again, I can't do the raw beauty of the land justice with my puny iPhone. We love rural rides.


That was yesterday. Today we met another couple who have a trike and went to the St Mark's Wildlife Refuge. I saw an alligator! More on that trip later.

Happy riding to anyone else who enjoys!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ice Chest Pork Roast

A few months ago Doug smoked a giant pork roast on the charcoal grill. He finished the "cook time" using the Ice Chest method. Check out the specifics HERE. I had lamented that I didn't photograph the process and only had photos of the end result (which were amazingly delicious.

This last time he smoked a pork roast I documented the procedure but forgot the plated dish. Seems I can't get it together on this wonderful BBQ experience :-)

So here is the roast with the rub and the wood chips on the side. You can use cherry, apple, hickory or whichever flavor you'd like it smoked.


Using indirect heat, place the roast on the grill and cover, keeping the temperature at 300 degrees. Let it cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on the size of your roast. Don't forget the drip pan. See it, below?


Add extra charcoal as needed........


After 2 hours wrap in heavy duty foil. If you have thin foil make sure you double wrap or it will tear and you'll lose precious juices. You don't want that!

Place it back on the grill for another hour and half to two hours.


Once it's cooked more get it off the grill, wrap with a towel. This provides for insulation as well as absorbing leaks. After this step place in an ice chest (without ice). The snugger the fit of the cooler and roast the better.


Now you just go about your day and let the roast sit, unattended. It was still hot 4 hours later when Doug got it out of the cooler for shredding.

Mouth-wateringly delicious!


I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Let's Talk about Lasagna Rollups

Today I am in the land of the living, getting over a horrible cold. That sounds overly dramatic, as if I languished for days with illness. Fact is it was but one absolutely horrid day, then afew days of feeling faded. Now I'm back on the mend. It hit me like a freight train – one day I had sneezing and the next I was a mess. Slept just about all day with wakeful bouts searching for orange juice and chicken noodle soup.

A tray of lasagna rollups would be great to have in the freezer for such emergencies.


So, yeah….all better now and I would rather talk about these lasagna roll ups and the necessity of having some in the freezer for “sick days”. This recipe comes from Ree Drummond’s latest book Dinnertime. It’s such a cool book – I love all the photos of her family as well as the yummy foods. This is one of her recipes she says freezes well and is perfect for emergencies.


I did not freeze any but shared half of the spoils with the kids. They never mind a home cooked meal getting passed off to them. Who wouldn’t, right?!


This is a cookbook I may buy (only $16.99 at Costco) instead of repeatedly checking it out of the library.


Here is the recipe and a few photos of the process.

Lasagna Rollups
From Pioneer Woman

20 whole Lasagna Noodles
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 pounds Ground Beef
28 ounces, Canned Diced Tomatoes
8 ounces, Tomato Paste
1 teaspoon Salt & 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley
3 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Basil

30 ounces, Ricotta Cheese
2 whole Eggs
3/4 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Salt & 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon Parsley, Minced
1 Tablespoon Basil, Minced
1 pound Mozzarella, Grated


Boil lasagna noodles until al dente. Drain and lay flat on a sheet of foil.

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the ground beef stir it around, cooking it until totally browned. Drain excess fat, then add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Make the filling by combining ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Stir to combine.

To assemble, spoon a little sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch. Spread 2-3 tablespoons ricotta filling on each noodle, then roll them up. Lay them sideways in the pans Top with remaining sauce, plenty of grated mozzarella, and grated Parmesan.


Just roll them and place in the pan like this........


Finally you have all these fat cheesy rolls ready to be covered with sauce and cheese.


You can't add too much cheese, in my opinion.


If baking immediately, bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. If baking from a frozen state, bake, covered in foil, at 350 for 45 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes, or until lasagna is done.

It was great freshly baked and I can see where a few frozen rolls could be a life saver if you need a quick meal!

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's going on? Reading, menu planning, Netflicks and such

I'm Currently............

Reading: Between books at this moment as I await The Lake House by Kate Morton from the library. I'm number one in line so....any day now. There are so many books in my to-read list and many of them are in the house. That should be a resolution of mine for next year: Project Read What is in the Home! For 2016 I will be done with all Tana French has written and will make an effort to finish all the Peter Robinson books as well. Two of my favorite authors.


Let's see which book challenges, if any, I would like to participate in for next year. Lee Child heads my list of to-read also. But it's still Novemeber so I'll think about reading goals later on.

Watching: The series Weeds and DCI Banks season 2 through Netflicks. Awaiting some newer movies such as Strangerland (starring Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving) and Selfless with Ryan Reynolds.


We are caught up with The Walking Dead and have to wait a year before we get the season that is currently broadcasting. I have to stop a woman at work from telling me anything because I hate spoilers! She’s pretty good about it though and wants me to watch so we can talk about it. Also waiting for season 4 of Strikeback but it’s also being broadcast now.


Menu Planning: I have been going to some old favorites lately but trying out a few dishes from Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook. Also, I want to prepare Steak Diane soon as it’s my inspiration from a Tana French book, The Likeness. That will be one of the decadent meals for the week as it involves cream, filet and brandy. Oh yeaaaah.

Here is a tried and true favorite. Chicken Burritos.


Speaking of standby recipes here is one I make now and again and we like it very much. Click HERE for the full recipe but I’ll share the photo tutorial in this post.

It’s semi-heavy prep upfront but then they are combined very quickly. Here is a snap of our kitchen table with everything ready.


I fold up two tortillas at a time and put the ingredients in, saving a bit of time. Not much but still....



So, what are you reading, watching and planning?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Mad Anthony's Waterfront Grille in Panacea Florida

Yesterday it was fairly nice the morning. The afternoon had a high percentage for rain and it surely did cloud up later in the day. But the morning was great. We rode with Tristan and Angel to Panacea and ate at Mad Anthony's on the water.


I had fish tacos and it was soooo good. I would definitely get them again. I didn't get a photo because we were all talking and enjoying each other's company. But this photo below, the grilled grouper sandwich with cheese grits, is from a previous excursion. Excellent food and service there.


Here are some of the views from the restaurant.


It's a good location, great views.


Calm waters


And here come the clouds......


The kids ended up leaving their bike at our house since we have a covered area to park. Good thing since today it's pouring rain.


That's about all that is going on here at present. I am eagerly awaiting Kate Morton's latest book The Lake House. I am number one in line at the library so I haven't started anything else yet. It's a fat book and I'll only have three weeks with it. Amazon is charging $13 for the Kindle version but I am not going to pay that for a digital book, one that I won't be able to loan later.

Ok, that's a book rant for another time. Tomorrow I'll be hooking up with Mailbox Monday on the book blog and catching up on correspondence.

I hope you are having nicer weather than we are at present and all is well in your world.

♥ Silent Sunday ♥

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

A bit of Rest and Relaxation
St George Island and Panama City Beach

I love this photo. I snapped it while following Doug to St George Island. We took vacation time recently and spent 3 days at the shore. I drove the Subaru, accompanied by Aja, while Doug rode the trike. It's always nice riding near the water.

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Riding over the bridge to St. George Island

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Aja was exhausted after such a long day. It was a long ride, she didn't get to sleep, she was in a strange place and probably a bit concerned. So you can see, she cuddled up with her Daddy and tried to sleep.


We didn't want to leave Aja after such a long day so we planned ahead for dinner. We prepared scallops for dinner, stayed in the rental and tried to watch some baseball.


Walking around the next day Aja spied a sand crab scuttling about in the grass.

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No good can come of this!

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Later we walked on the beach. Not for long.


We wandered around Apalachicola for a bit. There was an entire wall covered with graffiti so I needed a photo of that.


Another day we rode to Panama City Beach and visited the Harley Davidson dealership.
I spent too much money. The good news is, everything I bought was on sale or clearance but still....I went a wee bit overboard :-)


We found a fairly inexpensive place to eat at PC Beach. Grilled fish tacos with some great black beans and rice.


This was at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. It was a bit too touristy for us, reminded me of a Gaitlinburg version along the shore. It was actually hard to find a local place to eat. So many chain restaurants. But the fish tacos were excellent.


Time to head back so we are in time for Aja's dinner. I leaned over the side to get this shot!


It's a long bridge. A shadow shot always appeals to me. I love riding on this trike, it's sooooo much fun.


Ok, she's ready to go home.


It was a nice couple of days.



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