Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review! This review most likely will not benefit anyone living here in Florida…but who knows? Perhaps you might travel to Leavenworth, Kansas someday. Let us hope that if and when you do travel there…you are wearing […]
Flipping Fun… This past couple of months have been really busy…..weddings, birthdays, engagements, and of course flipping houses. A few of our friends have been asking for pictures of this “Flip”, and the easiest way to get pics to them […]
Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple! Recently the Captain and I attended the wedding of our First Grandson.…yes, we are that old! ;( The wedding was held in Kansas and this time of year in Kansas, it is C-O-L-D….I mean really […]
Two Days Late…Twice As Good! What I mean to say is …this was a belated Valentine Get Together by the nicest friends in Cape Coral …and the potluck always produces great food and great fellowship! Hence, Two Days Late…Twice As […]
Wingnuts….such a name for a place that specializes in Hot Wings! But Wingnuts it is…. The Captain and I visited this establishment a while back and found hot wings that were definitely hot, which is why I like to make […]
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce…..sooooo good.
Of course my grandmother and my mother used this recipe to use up left over bread that had started to go stale…but these days, I use fresh bread because I love this bread pudding with Vanilla sauce so much.
The smell coming out of the oven is to die for…and when you top the bread pudding with the warm vanilla sauce…well, that is just perfect.
This recipe does not call for a water bath in the oven….just sit the casserole dish right on the oven shelf.
As most of you know, a water bath’s original term is Bain-Marie.
Perhaps you have wondered what a Bain-Marie is and the proper way to pronounce it and how this term came to be.
Well, perhaps you have never given it a thought….:(
But I will give you what most think the explanation is of this odd name for a water bath.
And believe it or not….it is thought to have Biblical references.
According to British Dictionary Definitions…it is pronounced ban-ma-ree, taken from the French.
When one hears an oral pronunciation….one rolls the tongue between “ma and ree” in kind of a nasal sound.
Word Origin and History for Bain-Marie
I also found that if two “water baths” are being used….the “s” is added to the word Bain…so it would be bains-marie.
This would be found if you were melting chocolate over a double boiler and making Bread Pudding in the oven. You would have Bains-Marie OR you would have a water bath in the oven and a double boiler boiling on the stove.
There you have it! Your French/English cooking term explanation.
But, the most wonderful thing about this printable recipe below is this:
No Bain-Marie is needed.
No muss, no fuss.
- 4 cups (about 8 slices) cubed white bread
- 1/2 cup raisins (golden raisins work great too)
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread and raisins in large bowl.
- Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until butter is melted (4 to 7 minutes).
- Pour milk mixture over bread; let stand 10 minutes.
- Stir in all remaining pudding ingredients.
- Pour into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in center.
- Combine all sauce ingredients except vanilla in 1-quart saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (5 to 8 minutes). Add in the vanilla.
- Bread Pudding may be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave.
Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review!
This review most likely will not benefit anyone living here in Florida…but who knows? Perhaps you might travel to Leavenworth, Kansas someday.
Let us hope that if and when you do travel there…you are wearing normal clothing and not prison orange!
Yes, there are quite a few prisons in Leavenworth…most notably Leavenworth Federal Prison.
But we are not going to talk about prisons….we are going to talk about an old Train station that has been turned into a diner.
Delicious breakfast started with numerous stripes of crisp bacon and two over-medium eggs and two pancakes. This meal is called the Casey Jones at $7.95
Yummy pancakes….so light and so tasty….they were not thin as a pancake….pun intended.
This was the Train Wreck with Chorizo, ham, 2 eggs, green peppers, potatoes, onions and toast $8.50.
And a Midwest Favorite…Biscuits and Gravy! There is 1/4 of an order at $2:50, 1/2 order at $3.50 and a full order at $4.50!
And the fact that the diner was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 makes it more interesting.
I liked the old wood and original benches. I thought it was amusing that the waiting rooms were for Men Only or Women Only.
I have to assume that the children were “waiting” with the Women.
Note the transom windows above the door….so nostalgic.
Our elementary school had transom windows that the teacher opened with a long pole…she was pretty good at “snagging” the loop with that long pole…even though she was a bit up in years. I’m not so sure I am steady enough at my age to unlock and open a transom.
If you are ever in the area, I suggest you try this Diner for breakfast.
We have eaten there numerous times and have always found it to have good service and food.
* Our meal was independently paid for by the Captain and Me!
Do you my dear readers….enjoy visiting historic places that have been made into something new and different? Or do you prefer them to remain in their original state?
This past couple of months have been really busy…..weddings, birthdays, engagements, and of course flipping houses.
A few of our friends have been asking for pictures of this “Flip”, and the easiest way to get pics to them is to post about it.
Perhaps my out-of-state readers are thinking of moving to Florida…. or perhaps having a “home” away from home.
In that case…we welcome you.
There are 2 full baths…3 bedrooms, a family room off the kitchen and a living room as you enter the double front doors.
Below are a few pics of the latest flip, starting with the pool, which seems to be the first concern of home buyers in Florida.
The lanai area is conducive to outdoor living…and includes a spa.
I am not a fan of carpeted bedrooms…though we do have 40 degree temps from time to time in Florida… and a few people have voiced a preference for carpet in the bedrooms.
How do you, my dear readers…. feel about carpet in a tropical setting?
Up north, carpet is almost a necessity….down here, not so much.
I am finding as we flip homes that there are things I favor in each and I especially like the paver driveway of this home.
I hope you enjoyed the “tour” of this home…..
Have a great day….and enjoy the rest of this week!
I will still be “flipping”…..so to speak.
Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple!
Recently the Captain and I attended the wedding of our First Grandson.…yes, we are that old! ;(
The wedding was held in Kansas and this time of year in Kansas, it is C-O-L-D….I mean really cold.
The bitter wind made the cold even colder.
Most days the wind chill was below zero!
Only Daughter had cautioned me on leaving the flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts, sleeveless blouses and capri pants in Florida and bringing heavy socks, boots, gloves, coats and ski caps.
Each time I went from car to hotel room or restaurant or family home….I looked like the Michelin Man…. AND I was still cold!
I was so happy to attend the wedding of First Grandson…..I was willing to sacrifice the warm Florida weather for the frozen tundra of Kansas in the middle of Winter.
Not that I would be an “I told you so” kind of person….or a person who constantly reminds one of the sacrifices made to attend said wedding…but I also proved my love for First Grandson by actually missing two Jayhawk Basketball games….One on Saturday, (we won)…and another game on Monday….which we lost.
Most likely we lost because I never miss a game…and I missed two in a row….Saturday, the day of the wedding and Monday, the day the Captain and I flew back to Florida
But I would never say anything…or would I?
I think I only mentioned it once or twice….or perhaps a couple more times.
My excuse for mentioning basketball was that the groom and the bride went to Kansas State …..supporting the arch rival of my team, which my followers know is Kansas University!
Yep, they went to K-State and the color purple was everywhere!
AND to show you what a great sense of humor First Grandson has….he sent me the following text, knowing we would be on a plane while KU and K-State played basketball….and sadly, that was the game we lost.
And I quote: “Now, if you did miss the game last night, aren’t you glad?”
See? He wanted to spare me the embarrassment of watching the loss….
Isn’t he the greatest grandson?
Seriously, It was a beautiful wedding.
The Bride was beautiful and the Groom was handsome….and I was dressed warmly!
However, I am picturing future wedding anniversaries, trudging through snow drifts with Rudolph red noses, for that special movie and dinner out!!
Well, they say True love is blind and apparently very warm blooded.
Do you remember the song…”I’ve got My Love To Keep You Warm”….below are a few of the lyrics.
But I can weather the storm
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
Just watch those icicles form
What do I care if icicles form
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
I need no overcoat, I’m burning with love
My heart’s on fire, the flame grows higher
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
So the happy couple are definitely warm as they enter this new journey together.
And they have the blessing of the Captain and Me.
Did any of you my dear readers, have a Winter Wedding?
The Captain and I were married in June and we only had rain to contend with!!!!!
Mayo Dinner Rolls…..
Are you in a hurry and want a sweet tasting dinner roll straight from your oven?
Try out this recipe…you can double the recipe ….or triple…or whatever you want to do but if you once try these dinner rolls….you will love them.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 Cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of mayo
- Gently combine flour, baking powder, salt, milk and mayo until well combined
- Spoon into a greased muffin pan, makes about 5 rolls., depending on the size of each.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or till done and golden brown.
Two Days Late…Twice As Good!
What I mean to say is …this was a belated Valentine Get Together by the nicest friends in Cape Coral …and the potluck always produces great food and great fellowship!
Hence, Two Days Late…Twice As Good!
Our group tries to meet at least once a month…we are a large diversified group and so there are times when a few can’t make it, but it is always a fun time.
This potluck was hosted by “Ginger” and “the Professor” (not their real names of course…you know how I give people special names)….and we started the meal off with a prayer….which is a good thing!
I tried to take pictures…but mostly I found myself eating and taking blurry pics….but I will share a few pics with you.
The potluck centered around the Valentine theme and most of us tried to “think pink” in regards to food, which isn’t always easy!
Some of the “pink” foods included the most delicious pink honey baked ham…. that “Ginger” provided with the assistance of “the Professor” .
I brought peas and red potatoes in a pink cream sauce.
You know we eat with our eyes first, and the pinkish look of the casserole was not one of my favorite looks.
I have to admit, the pink cream sauce tasted good if you closed your eyes!
There was also a delicious pink bread pudding that not only looked good, tasted good too!
And we can’t forget the pink frosting on a white cake! Yummy!!!
My dear readers, can you come up with a pink food other than what I have mentioned above?
I can say…a great time was had by all….and if my friends don’t see their picture, I apologize as a few of the pictures were blurry….(don’t ever rule out operator error)…particularly the picture of Puss-in-boots was extremely fuzzy and blurry and she sat beside me during dinner.
So sorry boys and girls… I will try to do better next time!
Thanks Ginger and Professor for opening your lovely home to us all.
Wingnuts….such a name for a place that specializes in Hot Wings!
But Wingnuts it is….
I can control the heat…not that the server didn’t warn us about the sauces, but when they offer so many sauces, it makes it difficult to choose.
At least for me.
And there is the fish tank full of nothing but yellow fish! Very pretty!
Once I have the very hot taste on my tongue….everything else tastes the same.
Weird, I know.
Actually, my Sweet Bangin sauce seemed a bit hotter than the Captain’s Hit & Run sauce and as you can see from the Mild/Hot chart…his sauce should have been hotter….but the wings tasted good either way.
Oh, Ralphie….I felt the same way you did (and probably had the same expression) when your dad opened the box containing the leg lamp in that movie!
My dear readers, do you have a favorite hot wings restaurant or do you prefer to make your own?
Below is a printable Sassy Hot Wings recipe….if you would prefer to make your own….which I usually do.
If you are local and want to visit Wingnuts…see the following information.
*This meal was independently paid for!
Happy Eating…whether you make your own or you go to your favorite Hot Wings Restaurant!
- 3 pounds chicken wings (Cut off the wing tips)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (I use Kosher)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/3 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot Original)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon sugar
- Celery sticks
- Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing for additional dipping.
- Heat your grill to medium-high (lightly grease with oil by using tongs and a rag dabbed with vegetable oil)
- Season the wings with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Saute the garlic in the butter using a small saucepan (or you can use the microwave.
- Stir the garlic (do not let it burn) for 2-3 minutes until softened.
- Stir in the hot sauce, onion powder, chili powder and sugar and set aside.
- Grill the wings, turning frequently with tongs until they are brown. Wings should be crispy and completely cooked through which should take about 15- 20 minutes.
- Sometimes wings can cause your grill to have a flare-up, I keep a spray bottle of water by the grill for these flare-ups...and I move the wings around to cooler areas of the grill and then back again. This allows for a consistent golden brown on your wings.
- Dip the cooked wings in the sauce and serve immediately.
- OR serve the wings on a platter with the hot sauce in a small bowl.
- Serve with celery sticks and your choice of dressings...or both combined...it sorta takes away the "sting" of the hot sauce. :)
- I use Frank's Red Hot Original hot sauce, but there are other great sauces at your supermarket.
- I prefer my wings "naked" as they say in some hot wing restaurants....as I like to have a choice as to how much hot sauce to use.
- The discarded wing tips go in my freezer for the next time I want to make chicken stock. Nothing is wasted. :)
- You can "grill" on top of the stove...using a cast iron skillet or indoor grill. Plenty of options.!
Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review!
The Captain and I managed to grab a movie over the week-end and we chose “Kingsmen: The Secret Service Movie”.
We liked the fast pace of this movie and yes, some of the widgets, gadgets and weapons were straight out of James Bond, but that is ok.
(I particularly liked the umbrella….let’s just say it not only protects you from rain, but it has a jillion other uses to protect from just about anything!)
Let me quote from the movie’s premise:
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
The movie stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and a relative newcomer that I am not familiar with…Taron Egerton, … who plays the street kid.
I love puzzles and “who dunnit” games. …and I think one of the greatest parts of this movie was in showing the training of the new recruit.
They started out with about 12 candidates and could only end with one “winner”.
These candidates were placed in almost impossible situations in which they had to use their wit and cunning to “escape”.
I like challenging the mind… although I would not have liked to actually be in all the testing situations myself.
But it was fun to watch the strategies of each candidate.
I have to say that later in the tongue-in-cheek storyline…there was almost a bit too much destruction…but it went along with the plot of saving the world.
And we know how stressful saving the world can be for our hero.
My dear readers, have you seen Kingsmen: The Secret Service or are you planning to see it?
Alas, my life is exciting…but not quite as exciting as this movie.
Right now the potatoes that have been boiling on the stove are ready to be mashed for dinner…and I must get the potato masher and pulverize them into submission. :)….(I don’t think the umbrella has that capability).
Yeah! That’s it! It may not be the work of a secret agent…but I can hold my own with a potato masher…!!!!!
The Little Grass Shack…or in this case…the Grass hut!
Speaking of the little grass shack…if you would like to hear that song and learn how to hula…check out the featured video on the upper right side of my home page….just sayin’
Here in Florida one sees quite a few Tiki Huts…some cover outdoor eating restaurants and some cover boat docks on the canals.
There are many of these thatched roofs which use palm fronds and I have to admit, I really like them.
“So you can imagine my curiosity when the Captain and I went for a late afternoon ice cream cone and saw one of our favorite outdoor eating places “refreshing” their Tiki roof.
First they tore off all the old palm fronds….as they were not only replacing fronds…they were adding to their outdoor eating area which called for more thatched roofing.
They had an assembly line going on….
There was one guy trimming the palm fronds, one guy pre-starting a nail or fastener of some kind in the stem end and one guy carrying the fronds over to the “roofer’s helper” …who handed the fronds one at a time up to the roofer …and then the actual roofer was perched on the top of the round poles that formed a framework for the palm fronds.
The roofer had a two sided hatchet-like hammer and as soon as his helper handed him up a palm frond, the roofer would make one swift hit of the palm frond connecting it to the round poles, using the pre-started nail or fastener.
You can see in the above picture how the palm fronds are in layers much like regular roof shingles.
No wasted energy here…:)
Perhaps they felt it was easier to just replace the whole roof, rather than piece in the sides of the existing Tiki roof.
Or is it just me?
Have a great Day…and keep your eyes opened, you never know what you might see!