TWA…Legacy Airline. Those who know me…..know I love many things…sports and aviation are among my passions. Of course, it goes without saying that the Captain is one of my aviation related passions! I worked in Aviation for many years, and […]
World Series…Best of Seven! I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the scoop on what is happening with my beloved Royals Baseball team in this World Series! I am sure many of you are already aware of the […]
One of those days…we have all had them. When “my dancing friend across the pond” visited me a few weeks ago….she mentioned that things just seem to be going great with my postings on my Blog…. But she hinted that […]
Pumpkin Granola! I have to admit that granola is growing on me….well, not actually growing on me personally in the literal sense, but I am liking granola more and more these days. I made the Pumpkin Sheet Cake earlier in the week […]
Halloween Dinner For Two…. I love to decorate the house for the Halloween/Autumn/Fall season…pumpkins everywhere…strings of maple leaves…, black crows and bats! And I especially love to make food that looks…well, lets just say unappetizing…but still retains that good flavor and […]
Those who know me…..know I love many things…sports and aviation are among my passions.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Captain is one of my aviation related passions!
I worked in Aviation for many years, and during that time…. the Boeing office supported many airlines.
TWA Airlines….and then American Airlines were the primary.
TWA flew the Skies for over 75 years….I was fortunate to have been there for their 75th year celebration.
Our Boeing office, particularly my desk, became the daily destination of many of the TWA engineers.
I would take pictures and post them on my bulletin board as you can see behind Jim R. one of the engineers.
We not only supported the Airline with the many issues of repairs, etc….I was also the sounding block for girl friend, baby, and life in general issues.
The engineers brought new wives and babies to meet me and I was invited to weddings and special occasions.
I will always cherish each and every one of them.
Eventually, Boeing closed down our office and transferred me to Seattle….I still have many friends from that time period and certainly many memories.
So I explain all of that, to tell you about this wonderful museum of TWA history.
It is located in Kansas City near the Downtown Airport.
Below are a few of the pictures from the museum.
If you live in and around the Kansas City area, I hope you have taken the time to visit the TWA Museum.
I have been there many times and it has evolved into a wonderful piece of history….and you will want to go back again and again….as new exhibits are added.
TWA’s history is amazing!
OR, if you are traveling through Kansas City, please stop by the Downtown Airport and visit the museum for yourself.
….and if you live close, volunteer to help with tours, etc.
Of course, donations are always appreciated and welcomed, or if you have memorabilia from the TWA era, please contact the Director, Pamela R. Blaschum, at the address or telephone number listed.
Thank you for allowing me to go down memory lane today…and I want to say a special “hello” to all my TWA/AA friends!
You all “ROCK” !!!!!!!!!!!!
Please check out my “Featured Video” (upper right corner of my Blog) for a video tour of the museum. It is well worth your time.
The Kansas City Royals won the 6th game of the World Series last night (10-0) ! One more game tonight and we will know who the World Series Champions are.
World Series…Best of Seven!
I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the scoop on what is happening with my beloved Royals Baseball team in this World Series!
I am sure many of you are already aware of the World Series as game 6 starts tonight.
There are 7 games played and the team winning the most games of the 7 win the World Series.
The first two games were played in Kansas City and the Royals won 1 game and the Giants won one game.
So it was tied 1-1.
Then there was a day of flying as the teams went to San Francisco to play 3 more games. The Royals won one game and the Giants won 2 games.
Now, the standings are Royals, 2 games and Giants 3 games.
Again there was a flying day on Monday and tonite…Tuesday, game 6 will be played and IF the Royals win, they will also play game 7 on Wednesday.
However, if the Giants win tonight…the World Series is all over for 2014 as they will have won 4 games…no need to play the other game.
But I have faith in this young baseball team and I am hoping history will repeat itself.
In 1985…the Royals were in the same situation with two games left to play and they were down by 1 game (3-2) with the same stats as this night.
But the Royals did the unthinkable and won the last two games….winning the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fajitas in a Crock Pot….actually, fajitas are fairly easy and quick to make on top of the stove and I usually make my chicken or beef fajitas just that way.
But if you have a busy day or are at work….it is easy to throw everything in the crock pot to be ready for your return to the kitchen.
You will have to shred lettuce, cheese (or buy it already shredded) and slice the bell peppers and onions….but that doesn’t take long.
You then put the peppers and onions in a crock pot, place the chicken on top of the peppers and onions and set it and forget it.
It is that simple!
And if you really want to add flavor to your fajitas, add a little Home Made Crema (recipe found in the post New Mexico Chicken Enchiladas Verde…..sooooo good!
You can also substitute beef (flank steak would be a good cut) for the chicken.
The rest of the directions are the same.
The printable recipe is below!
Enjoy all that extra time you will have….:)
- 4 chicken breasts (or you can use beef...a flank steak is a good choice)
- 3 medium sized bell peppers, sliced (I used red, orange and yellow)
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 package of Taco Seasoning (I used taco bell brand)
- Flour tortillas, heated
- 1 cup shredded Mexican blend of cheeses (or you can use cheddar)
- Finely chopped lettuce
- Sour cream
- Salsa or pica de gallo
- Place the sliced peppers and onions in the bottom of the crock pot.
- Add the chicken breasts (or dark meat, your choice) on the top
- Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken
- Place the lid on the crock pot and cook for about 6 hours on low
- If you need it cooked sooner, put the crock pot on high for about 3 hours
- At the end of your chosen cooking time....pull apart (or shred) the chicken.
- Add the chicken and onions and peppers to a medium sized bowl and serve with the
- desired toppings
- I like to serve on hot metal steak or fajita plates, placed on small boards...but you can use whatever you have on hand for serving
- Keep the tortillas warm in tortilla bowl or wrap in paper towels.
I have been making this recipe for guacamole for many many years.
I have modified it a bit from time to time…but the basics remain the same.
Many times, I cut the recipe down as I make only enough for the Captain and Me!
I use a molcajete…(Pronounced mole-ca-het-ti) that is made from lava rock, with a pestle of the same stone.
I bought it in Mexico when I lived in New Mexico (almost 20 years ago) and where I learned a lot of Mexican recipes handed down from generation to generation.
However, you can use something as simple as a fork and a bowl….or a pestle and mortar…anything to mash the avocados and blend the spices.
I also top my guacamole with thin slices of scallions and seeded tomato….and serve with plenty of home made tortilla chips.
So simple to do….dip cut-up corn or flour (I prefer flour) tortillas in hot oil til crisp, then drain on paper towels.
Do you have a favorite guacamole recipe?
Please feel free to print the recipe below…just hit print.
- 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- To a large bowl, add the avocado along with the lime juice.
- Use a fork or pestle to mash the avocado.
- Add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash.
- Gently stir in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.
- Add a little more of the juice to keep the avocado from turning brown..
- Let sit at room temperature for about an hour and serve
- I use a molcajete....similar to a mortar and pestle...only it is a big piece of lava rock. You can use a bowl with a simple fork.
Pico de Gallo….such a simple combination of flavors of items you most likely have in your pantry.
If I am having any kind of Mexican food….you can be sure there will be pico de gallo sitting on the side to add to any dish.
I love it sprinkled on the top of enchiladas, tamales, chimachangas, burritos, tacos, nachos…I could go on and on but you get the idea.
This little condiment consisting of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, garlic and fresh cilantro…..is amazing!
I am sure you have heard of the trinity in Cajun cooking, which consists of chopped onion, chopped celery and chopped bell peppers.
Well, Pico de Gallo is the equivalent in Mexican cooking.
The Captain likes to use it as a salsa…and uses it as a chip dip.
And it is like a salsa except there are no tomato sauces or juices in Pico de Gallo.
In fact, I don’t want any extra juices so I seed my tomatoes, which is really very simple to do.
Just take a spoon or knife and “scoop” out the insides of a tomato, leaving nothing but the wonderful flavor of the tomato.
I like to use Roma tomatoes, because they are a firmer tomato which makes for easier dicing.
I do scoop out the insides of a fresh jalapeno, leaving a few to add the hotness that the Captain and I really crave.
Always wash your hands really well after handling jalapenos…and most importantly, do not touch your face, eyes or other important parts of your body, or you will have the most unpleasant burning sensations, that take forever to go away. There is a reason I tell you this…and do I have a story to tell from many years ago…but that is another post!
The next time you make Mexican food….be sure to mix up a little pico de gallo.
The printable recipe is below.
You will be glad you did!
Have a great day!
- 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced very small (seeded, preferred)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped (red or Spanish)
- 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (add the whole jalapeno if they are small)
- 2 stems of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional, as it draws out the juices of the tomatoes and makes it runny)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, garlic and green onion.
- Salt and Pepper is optional, depending on your preference.
- Stir until evenly distributed.
- Place covered ... in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- If you don't have fresh garlic and would like to use garlic powder,use about 1/2 teaspoon
One of those days…we have all had them.
When “my dancing friend across the pond” visited me a few weeks ago….she mentioned that things just seem to be going great with my postings on my Blog….
But she hinted that she hadn’t seen any of my vulnerability.
I have tried to look at the glass as half full, but yes, there are times when everyone has a little of the glass half empty.
I always have camera in hand and I take way, way too many pictures of each and everything happening in and around me…..many times I don’t use that topic or subject, so the pics remain hidden in the recesses of my DropBox!
Plus, considering that I only use perhaps 5 or 6 photos out of 40 or more pics on any given subject, cataloging is very important to be able to have photos ready for my posts.
I remembered the day…back in the Spring that I was refreshing the hanging baskets on the Pergola in the Secret Garden…as well as adding four new hanging baskets.
I would like to share these photos with you as I prepared and planted the baskets.
Call it “One of those days”….;)
I started with four empty baskets and I covered them with a matting of straw and moss. (You can buy the baskets at any of the big box stores and the matting is usually in the same area)
I then added a small amount of potting mix to the bottom in preparation for the new plants that I had purchased.
I found pink geraniums, pathos, a little ivy and some beautiful blue daze (similar to a plumbago) and positioned them in my work area.
I took the little plants in their peat pots and placed them on top of the potting mix. (don’t you love my hot pink work gloves?)
The plants were in no particular order…I just plopped them in and added additional potting mix around each plant in the basket…and watered them well…adding a little more soil as needed.
I then positioned this very heavy basket on an existing pulley rope affixed to the pergola and it promptly fell to the ground spilling the plants and soil all over the pavers.
Lots of potting soil…..and a few broken plants.
I looked at it for a few seconds and decided to take a rest from my planting, so I took off my gloves and sat in one of the garden chairs.
I then decided this was a perfect time to grab a cup of hot tea and rethink the hanging of the other 3 baskets.
With renewed energy….that hot tea does wonders doesn’t it?….I revised my baskets by placing the heavier ones I had just planted… to existing large plant hooks already on the pergola and I relegated the other baskets that I was refurbishing to the 4 pulley ropes.
It worked just fine and after I scooped up all the plants and soil on the pavers…I replanted the spilled basket that had once been so prettily planted, and hung it on a large plant hook too.
Not a major catastrophe…but a little glitch in the plans.
And you know what? I like the revised hanging arrangement much better!
I think there is a moral here…..:)
Have a great week!
I have to admit that granola is growing on me….well, not actually growing on me personally in the literal sense, but I am liking granola more and more these days.
I made the Pumpkin Sheet Cake earlier in the week and I had a small amount of pumpkin left over and decided to make granola.
I have been eating granola for breakfast along with Almond Milk…I hardly ever drink milk, but I really like the original Almond Milk.
So, I started grabbing ingredients out of my pantry….dried cranberries, slivered almonds, oats and mixed them with the left over canned pumpkin and for grins and giggles, I added my home made Autumn Spice (Pumpkin) !!!!
(If you missed the Pumpkin Sheet Cake recipe and the Autumn Spice recipe…just click on the links above)
Can I tell you that my house had the most wonderful smells of Autumn/Fall!!!
Wow! The Autumn Spice really brought the granola together….and the aroma made me want to go outside and build a bon-fire and roast marshmallows.
Of course, that would be frowned upon in this city….although the Captain and I do enjoy our outdoor fireplace and last evening we roasted marshmallows in the Secret Garden.
It was a cool evening as we sat around the fire….(of course, the Royals Baseball Game hadn’t started yet…8 p.m. our time)…! (We may of lost last night, but we will make it up tonight…I hope!
We have the most magical laser lights in our Secret Garden…they look like little twinkling stars as they “sway” with the movement of palm fronds etc.
Don’t ya just love the crispness in the air these days?
I am so in the mood for baking and making home made stews…. that this Pumpkin Granola recipe is going to stay in my recipe box!
I have been working on ways to incorporate this granola into other recipes…..hmmmm…Cookies? Brownies? Muffins? Maybe a breakfast dish?
More to come….:)
Below is the handy dandy printable recipe which makes about 15 servings…depending on your serving size!
Have a great Sunday!
- 3 tablespoons Canola Oil
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/3 cup canned Pumpkin
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 cup dried Cranberries
- 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 1 cup sliced Almonds
- 2 & 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Salt to taste (Optional)
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet and heat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Mix the Canola Oil, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Brown Sugar, Vanilla and Almond Extracts in a medium sized bowl.
- Add the sliced Almonds,Oats and Cranberries until evenly combined.
- Spread the granola mixture onto the parchment paper and bake for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow for even heat distribution (you want the oats to dry out on all sides).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
- This granola will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container....but I guarantee it won't last that long once you taste the blended flavors.
- This recipe can be doubled or tripled.....and is easily modified to your liking.