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Red, White & Boom!!!

Red, White & Boom!!!

July 4th is Friday….and the beginning of the Holiday week-end.

In Cape Coral, there is a huge celebration on Independence Day!

*Our local Chamber of Commerce website states:

“While not always called, Red, White & BOOM, Cape Coral has boasted one of the largest fireworks shows in Southwest Florida for over 40 years.

Held each year on July 4, Red, White & BOOM has become much more than fireworks. With live musical entertainment, food, drink, and a number of vendors, the event has taken on more of a festival feel than a typical fireworks show.

Each year, over 20,000 people make their way to the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge to enjoy the Fourth of July celebration filled with family friendly entertainment, and awe-inspiring fireworks show that lights up the evening sky.”

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Every year, Cape Coral has a 4th of July celebration that is phenomenal!

They call it Red, White & Boom!

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Cape Coral has only been in existence since the late 1950’s, but the city goes all out when it comes to Red, White & Boom!. 

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The bridge is closed at 6 am and remains closed for the remainder of the day on the 4th of July.


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There are picnics in the numerous parks as well as the downtown area.

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There are parades.

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And races…

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Young and old….all having a good time!

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There is live entertainment!

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For every genre…

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And food booths…

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Many choices!

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In the evening… people gather on the bridge and  boaters start positioning themselves to  watch the celebration!

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It is interesting to note that one year….there was a 8 1/2 minute fireworks display instead of the usual 20-30 minutes that most people are accustomed to.

Below is a narrative from the Chamber of Commerce detailing what happened:

When asked what the most memorable Red, White & Boom was for them, almost in unison, Quaintance, Mazurkiewicz, and Tabor said, “The 8 ½ minute fireworks show.”

“The 8 ½ minute fireworks show” has become a favorite story not only for those three, but for many in the city.

A few years ago, Red, White & Boom was going off without a hitch. When it came time for the fireworks show, the thousands in attendance packed Cape Coral Parkway to watch another glorious burst of fireworks, which typically lasts 20 minutes. Within minutes of the start of the fireworks, the crowd was in awe at the display they saw in the sky. Fireworks were flying through the night sky at a phenomenal pace, “It was better than the fireworks you see at Disney World,” says Tabor.

While the fireworks were impressively filling the sky, the issue that no one other than those nearby the shooter saw was that he had hit the wrong button and shot off the fireworks that were reserved for the finale of the show. The technician, who had little experience overseeing the setting off of fireworks, realized he had hit the wrong button, panicked, and began hitting the rest of the buttons, “We had a problem with the fireworks the year before. We thought they had given us extra shells this year to make up for it,” says Quaintance.

Within eight minutes, all of the fireworks were set off. As much as the crowd was in awe during the show itself, their attitude completely changed as the lingering smoke, and the deafening silence of no fireworks drifted through the air. Soon, those on the bridge where the fireworks were set off, heard the honking of boat horns and thousands of boos from the crowd expressing their disappointment, “It was a pretty cool show, but in the end it disappointed. However, it wasn’t cool standing on the bridge knowing what just happened. We knew we were in trouble,” says Mazurkiewicz.”

Pretty funny , huh?  Well maybe not for the organizers….but the crowd had to admit those 8 1/2 minutes were phenomenal! 🙂

I know, I am weird….I find humor in most everything! 😉


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And we must not forget our Military….

Our thanks and prayers to all who serve our country…and especially to their families!

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And the reason we celebrate the 4th of July…the red, white and blue!



The Captain and I will be celebrating with friends over for a bar-b-que picnic and then we will watch the fireworks displays from our home….

or we may go with friends in their boat to the bridge.

Depends on our mood at the time…..

I like spontaneity! 😉

I will post my menu tomorrow…..;)

Do you have  plans for your 4th of July celebration? 

Do you have a funny story to relate?

do tell if you do!






**Pictures are courtesy of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and Red, White & Boom website.

New Mexico Scrambled Eggs

New Mexico Scrambled Eggs are a staple when living in New Mexico.

I found that out right away when we moved to Tijeras.

I like to make the scrambled eggs  and serve them with pinto beans, warm flour tortillas and a little  salsa on the side which is always good.

AND…always on the table…the green or red chile mixture that tastes good on everything. (Recipes for both red and green chile sauces are under my category “soups and sauces” ).

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Diced fried potatoes, onions, green chiles and eggs! Perfect combo

Scrambled eggs are really yummy when spiced up with green chiles, red bell pepper, onion, chipotle powder and of course cheese.

Many times, locals take this cooked egg  scramble and wrap them in a warm flour tortilla …and then a sheet of aluminum  foil keeps them warm for eating  later on in the day.

My Father-in-law took two of these to work every single day to eat on his mid morning break. He didn’t like breakfast so early….5:00 a.m.!.

So my Mother-in-law would make and pack his lunch, making sure to add two of these scrambled egg wraps for him for his break.

There are many ways to make these scrambled eggs….add avocado slices, black beans, diced tomatoes, diced fried potatoes….endless possibilities.

Make your own version by letting your taste buds be your guide!







Recipe Card

New Mexico Scrambled Eggs
Yields 6
A delicious breakfast meal, easy to make and the New Mexican flavors are wonderful. Serve with warmed flour tortillas, chorizo sausage, and pinto beans! Add salsa on the side and this makes a wonderful brunch entree. This New Mexico Scramble is often rolled up in a flour tortilla for a breakfast on the run. Just wrap in aluminum foil and you are good to go!
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Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
5 min
  1. 2 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 small (4.5 ounces) can chopped green chiles, drained
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chipotle or chili powder
  6. 1/2 finely chopped cilantro
  7. 6 eggs, beaten, or more as needed
  8. 3/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack or Cheddar cheese
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add butter, onion, red bell pepper, cilantro and green chiles and sauteuntil onions are softened... about 2 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the chipotle powder to the eggs and beat well.
  3. Add the PepperJack (or Cheddar Cheese)
  4. Add the egg mixture to the cooked onions, chiles, and red pepper.
  5. Stir until eggs are cooked through...about 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired doneness.
  6. Garnish with cilantro
  1. These scrambled eggs are a great base for additional ingredients such as sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, or fresh cilantro. (some people do not like the strong flavor of cilantro, so use sparingly as a garnish if that is the case)
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I’ve Looked at Clouds That Way….

I’ve Looked at Clouds That Way…meaning I have seen cloud formations that resemble all kinds of things.  

I see elephants…and puppy dogs…and kitty cats…and people’s faces at different stages in their lives.

“Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way….”

Joni Mitchell, the famous singer and songwriter… wrote those lyrics to the song…Both Sides Now and I love the way she describes her viewing of clouds and their formations.


I have always loved clouds and try to take pictures of them when I think they are particularly beautiful.


Perhaps others don’t see what I see…..ok, perhaps I am an illusionist….but I believe they are beautiful…even when they are ominous


…and when the sun is involved, …They are amazing!:


Late afternoon found our little village by the Sea….with a few rain showers in the area.. The clouds changed by the seconds, giving me some great picture opportunities!


  I am going to share a few of these pictures of clouds from right here in Cape Coral….


 And as you can see…clouds change dramatically …as they nestle in and about the beaches, palm trees, docks and structures!



The sky goes from grey to a deep blue to pink!


Isn’t this just beautiful????

  As the Sun sets….there is a mere sprinkling of raindrops which makes everything smell so fresh and new!

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 There is nothing like a Marina with the sun and clouds reflecting upon the still waters.;)


 All too soon…the display is over and I am left with the sun saying …

“I will see you tomorrow… there, and I will show another amazing site”

Genesis 1:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and have a great week-end!!






Two out of Top Three Ain’t Bad….

Two out of Top Three Ain’t Bad….when it comes to the NBA drafting of college basketball players.

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And two of them were Kansas Jayhawks!

Yes, my readers…this will be about sports.

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You know how I love college basketball and when there are really good players…naturally they go on to the professional teams, where they can actually get paid for their talents!

While they are playing for the NCAA College Basketball teams…fans are able to see through watching games and tournaments just which players have the talent to go further or which players play very well…. but unfortunately they are not considered good enough for the professional teams.

That is life….some of us are able to pursue dreams through our talents or through sheer determination,  but the majority of us  just become the status quo. …and there is certainly nothing wrong with that! 😉

We do what we can with what we have got and pursue other dreams.

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The NBA draft is one of those dreams that many college basketball players dream about.

And when one is fortunate enough to be selected by a professional team through the draft…lets just say that is a good thing!

Every year there is a debate about which player will be considered the number one draft pick.

Speculation and second guessing is the norm because no one really knows until the actual “Draft” which professional team is going to select which college basketball player.

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NBA Scouts go to the different colleges throughout the year…watching first hand if a player looks to have the talent to be a professional player.

And if the coach has done his job molding and teaching raw talent….and the player has put forth much effort to become a good player…then that player can assume he will be drafted.

The first round of the NBA Draft was last evening.

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Andrew has a 7 foot wing span!

And the player considered to be the number one draft pick ….was Andrew Wiggins from Kansas Jayhawk Basketball under the skillful direction of Coach Bill Self.

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Coach Bill Self…Jayhawk Basketball

The number two draft choice went to Duke University…Jabari Parker under the tutelage of Coach K.rzyzewski (Coach K)

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Coach K…Duke Basketball


And the number 3 draft pick went back to Kansas Jayhawk Basketball again ….Joel Embiid!

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What an honor for Kansas Basketball that they would produce two out of the three top draft picks.

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Congratulations Coach Self!

Congratulations Kansas Basketball! It is indeed a proud day for Kansas Jayhawk Basketball!

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Now all we need to do is work up a new team …minus the talents that these two spectacular players provided.

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Good luck with the Cavaliers…..Andrew Wiggins !!!

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Good luck with the 76ers …Joel Embiid!

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And of course Good Luck to Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks!

Now, the Jayhawks must prepare for a new year with a new team and I will be sitting front row…popcorn in hand, cheering them on!

Well, front row of my sofa….now that we live in Florida! 🙂

Have a great day…









Jersey Boys Review…

Jersey Boys Review…
  Jersey Boys
The trailer for the movie Jersey Boys goes like this:  
“The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more”.
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The original members included Tommy Devito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Frankie Valli and the group had more names than one can remember, before settling on the name, “The Four Seasons” 
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Broadway showing of Jersey Boys

The movie is a little different in that it details each of the members of the group’s prospective on how it all began, right on through to the induction into the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I did like the movie….after all who wouldn’t with all those iconic songs that we all grew up with.
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Seeing the inside problems that destroy marriages when the bread winner is seducing fame (and other women) and ignoring family, the in-fighting among the group, the really bad business decisions with overspending and gambling… was not so good.  
The inevitable break up of the group as each became bitter and went their own way was sad for me too.  But that was the reality of the story.
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Joe Pesci, movies include Home Alone, etc

Joe Pesci, movies include Home Alone, etc

There is also mention of a name and character that is familiar to most of us….Joe Pesci, the actor, was actually a talent scout working to get the group together. (The group originally started out as a trio)

There are also mob-related scenes with implications of what could happen if one did not co-operate….(we all know how that goes down)….and in the early years, favoritism from law enforcement towards young Frankie Valli in penny-ante crime.

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While all this was probably necessary to convey the background of the group….right up to the almost heroic singular effort of Frankie Valli, ….literally singing for his supper as he paid back half a million in gambling debts and taxes that group member, Tommy Divito had accrued…. it was sad for me.

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I suppose I would choose the last scene as the best part of the movie, because it re-capped all the songs….showing performances much like the Broadway Musical upon which the movie was based. There was energy and excitement and joy as the group interacted with one another, singing their parts and adding the choreography that we used to see them do when performing.
A really “up” side to all the dissension and sadness that apparently comes with the forming of  a group…at least this group.  
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The wonderful songs written and performed by the 4 Seasons bring up only happy feelings.  The yesteryear of my youth….the songs that make you smile as you joyously sing along to the car radio or if you are like me…you have these songs on a play list.

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One interesting note:  The Four Seasons were the only American group to survive the “British Invasion” (The Beatles) on the pop charts in the mid 1960’s.

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Frankie Valli (78) and Bob Gaurdio

Currently, they do concert tours (Frankie Valli being the only original group member singing) and their songs have become pop standards which continue to attract enthusiastic audiences, not only longtime fans, but also younger fans, thanks to the “oldies” Radio Stations.

Read more:

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Do you remember these 45s?

Do you have a favorite “Four Seasons” Song?  I love them all, but I really like one of the later ones….

“you’re just to good to be true…can’t take my eyes off of you…you’d be like heaven to touch…I want to hold you so much”

Wouldn’t you know if would be a romantic song for me?

What is your favorite?

Have a great day…I will be singing along to my play list for the rest of the day.





Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers!

I like to mix-it-up and Black Bean Burgers are definitely a mix-it-up for this “ground beef patties” on the grill, girl.

Years ago, I was of the mind …if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

And I certainly love grilling burgers any time of the year, but especially during the Summer grilling months. 

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A perfect way to start a grill….it beats adding the unwanted flavor of charcoal starter.

There is something about going outside and smelling that wonderful aroma of grilling, coming from your neighbor’s yard, that makes you want to grab some ground beef or ground chuck …shape them into patties and throw them on your own grill. 

I know you know that delicious smell of something grilling wafting across your yard and to your sense of smell and taste!  Yummy!

And if you are going to start up your charcoal grill, there is one piece of equipment that I find is a necessity and that is a charcoal starter.

I have the instructions for using it at the bottom of the Black Bean Burger recipe.

We have a gas grill in our outdoor kitchen on the lanai….but the old fashioned charcoal grill in the Secret Garden is sometimes the way to go. 

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Soooooooo when years ago, my friend Cheryl from New Mexico, told me about this Black Bean Burger recipe…I sort of balked.  

Beans replacing ground beef?  No way.

However, being the trooper that I am….I took her suggestion of mashing up black beans and bread crumbs, added a few of my own spices to add to the flavor and I have come up with what I believe is one great black bean burger!  

Does it replace a ground beef burger? No….

Is it completely vegan?  No…

But it is a bit healthier and a refreshing change of pace for burgers.

I like to freeze the pre-made burgers on wax paper and wrap individually for that time when the Captain is flying and I just want a quick and easy burger.

I also like to add a slice of cheese…or red onion….or tomato….or green chiles…or salsa…or, well…you get the picture!

I hope you enjoy these Black Bean Burgers!

Have a great and blessed day!






Black Bean Burgers
Yields 6
These burgers are great when looking for an exception to ground beef. I like turkey burgers as well but this is a good addition to anyone's recipe file. It is not completely vegan because of the egg and cheese...but is is one of those "sort of" like a veggie burger.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  2. 1/2 green bell pepper (rough chop)
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper (rough chop)
  4. 1/2 onion, chopped (rough chop)
  5. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  6. 2 well beaten eggs
  7. 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  10. 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  11. 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  12. 1 to 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  13. 6 slices of cheese (optional)
  14. Hamburger buns toasted (optional)
  15. olive oil
  1. It is very important to pat the beans dry with a paper towel before mashing.
  2. Mash with a fork or use your hands to give them a thick consistency.
  3. Using your food processor, finely chop bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Remove any liquid formed by using paper towels.Too much moisture will allow your burgers to fall apart while cooking. (sometimes I put the whole mixture, beans included, into the processor...your choice)
  4. In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (eggs, chipotle powder, cumin, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce) and add them to the bean/veggie mixture.
  5. Add the bread crumbs (the mixture will be a bit sticky, but should hold together as you shape your 6 patties, add more bread crumbs as needed)
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Grill or bake on oiled aluminum foil 8-10 minutes per side.
  1. I find freezing the burgers for several hours allows them to "hold together" much better while cooking or grilling
  2. If grilling, place patties on aluminum foil that has been lightly rubbed with olive oil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side.
  3. If baking, preheat oven to 375 and place patties on oiled baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
  4. Add cheese while still on the grill if desired (the cheese also keeps burgers from falling apart if there is too much moisture in the patties
  5. I have been a bit lazy and put all the ingredients together in a food processor, but it is a little difficult to remove any excess moisture and to judge how many bread crumbs, but I eyeball it all and these patties definitely go into the freezer to firm up while allowing the bread crumbs to soak up excess moisture.
  6. I have added slices of avocado, or tomato, salsa, green chiles or red onion to these burgers after grilling and they are simply delicious.
Hints for the grill
  1. Using a chimney starter, loosely pack newspaper in bottom (underneath metal bottom)
  2. Fill charcoal up to within1 inch of the top.
  3. Using a long lighter, ignite the newspaper using all the little holes around the bottom of chimney starter.
  4. When the charcoal has started turning white (ash)...about 15-20 minutes, you know your grill will be hot enough for your burgers
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Collard Greens N’ Smoked Turkey

Collard Greens N’ Smoked Turkey! 

If you are from the south…you know and love collard greens!  


And even if you were raised in the Midwest, chances are you know collard greens mixed with smoked turkey!

I grew up knowing about collard greens and mustard greens and dandelion greens!

My Father enjoyed all types of greens, including canned spinach.

I don’t care for canned spinach to this day…although I love fresh spinach!

Sometimes Mother would cook the collard greens with a bit of bacon or salt pork…it depended on what she had on hand.

But when she made collard greens with smoked turkey, it was exceptionally good.



you can chop the turkey into pieces or leave whole in the pot.

Mother made lots of greens for our family…although my other two siblings disliked any type of greens. 

I especially like collard greens with barbecued ribs,  potato salad and corn bread. yummy!

Below is a recipe that might change the mind of any of you readers that are not sure about collard greens.






Collard Greens N' Smoked Turkey
A wonderful collard green dish flavored with smoked turkey and chili powder! Delish!
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  1. 2 smoked turkey wings or 1 turkey leg
  2. 3 bunches collards
  3. 1 sweet Vidalia onion, diced (or any sweet onion)
  4. 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  5. 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  6. salt and pepper
  1. Make sure the greens are thoroughly washed and "picked"....if you buy in package just be sure to wash well.
  2. Chop the leaves removing the long stem down the center.
  3. Place the smoked turkey in a large pot, covering with water.
  4. Cover and gently boil for about 1 hour.
  5. Cool and remove the meat off the bones and chop in a dice
  6. Return the turkey to the pot and add the collards, onion, sugar and chili powder
  7. Simmer the collards N' turkey for about 1 1/2 hours, adding water if needed.
  8. Serve with corn bread if desired. I like to sop of the "pot likker" with my corn bread.
  1. If using fresh picked collards, (hopefully after the first frost) should check for caterpillars which like to hide in the leaves....then take each leaf and hit it against the palm of your hand (over the sink of course) to remove any dirt. Then soak the collard greens in cold water changing the water frequently. Finally, tear down each leaf along the stem and discard the woody stem. You can then roll and chop the collards or simply tear into bite sized pieces. Yummy good eatin'
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Lights! Cameras! Action!

Lights! Cameras! Action!

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There is a lot of excitement around the Villa de la Luna today!


Side cameras

The Captain decided we needed security cameras positioned around the outside of our home!

It probably had to do with a rash of home invasions around the area although nothing close to our home.


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The Captain said he would feel better when he is out flying if there were cameras on the perimeter.



One of the things we loved about our home was the privacy it afforded by having a 10 foot adobe wall around the front of the house … which in turn could also be a cause of concern, because

anyone can be at the front door outside the courtyard and there is no peephole or anyway to see who is behind door number 1 !! 😉

The inner glass doors

The inner glass doors

Door number 2 is inside the courtyard, attached to the main living area, and sports glass double doors…. but in order for me to go to the door when visitors arrive….

I have to go through the inside doors and walk through the courtyard to the outside doors.

Am I confusing you??


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We have seen some homes that have an iron gate at the front two doors….which I considered for about two seconds!

But, only for two seconds ….because the pool and spa are in the front courtyard and if I am in the pool, I don’t want anyone  walking up to my front door seeing my cellulite, lumps and bumps  😉 

I know it is silly! 


So the next best thing is security cameras, which I can access from inside the house and see activity outside the courtyard.


And with the wonder of IPhones…..I can check my security system….on anything and anybody….. from the privacy of my Iphone, key fob,…OR my old IPhone, which just sits in a drawer.

Now it can be useful! 😉


testing the waters…..

This also happened to be the day that the Pool Boy (with his manager) decided to do his all around annual check of the pool and equipment etc.


I got off the pink floater in the pool before everyone arrived….forgot to take out the floater out of the pool! 🙁

 There were so many guys walking around in yellow shirts and blue shirts that I just had to take a few pictures. 


Examining the Spa



The Doctors are in the house! 😉



As if that wasn’t enough activity around this place…..The Captain decides to replace the two existing ceiling fans on the lanai they were starting to squeak and slow down (we leave them running all year around)  and my honey also decided to add a third ceiling fan.  


The new ceiling fan…..

Which meant running more electrical wire, cutting a hole and linking the ceiling fan to an existing off and on switch.


The Captain is working around the other workers. Whew!


Attic stairs….I won’t go up there…..;)

So there were ladders everywhere and guys in two closets, the utility room, the garage and the attic…literally coming out of the woodwork. 😉

Ladders in the utility room

Ladders in the utility room


Ladders in the closet in the office

Ladders in the closet in the office


The Security Command Station

The Security Command Station


More paperwork and equipment

More paperwork and equipment



Two in the Laundry room!

When all is said and done….I will be able to check all around the outside of the house from the convenience of my bed!

Raise and lower my garage door from my IPhone and take pictures of any suspicious activity.


You never know when a raccoon might like to take a dip in the Secret Garden’s fountain! 

Oh, and the pool got a clean bill of health…without costing any additional money…which is always a nice surprise AND the Captain put up all three ceiling fans. 

I’ve had a very busy day….it takes energy to take photos and post them. 

I need to take a nap! 🙂

Have a great week and smile ….you never know when you might be on camera!






The Best Sloppy Joes and Delaware Punch

The first time I ever had a type of sloppy joe was at my friend Joyce’s slumber party during my Seventh grade of school.

Yep!  That has been a long, long time ago.

Only it was called a Chili Burger.

And I loved it. 

Joyce lived in the country, as did all of us at the slumber party.  The party consisted of 7th and 8th grade girls because in our small school, grades were combined in one class room.

We were not a one room school…although I did go to one of those for my second grade.  Some day I will post about that experience. (Channeling Little House on the Prairie…..) 🙂

Our school combined 1st and 2nd grades in one room…3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th…..and the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors were on the floor above the elementary grades.  Pretty small school!

The majority of students in this small, small town lived in the country.  

As the saying goes….we were country, when country wasn’t cool…. but we didn’t care, because we all were in the same boat.

For the slumber party, Joyce’s parents had made up this wonderful spread of eating goodness, which consisted of the Chili Burgers in a huge stock pot, Potato Chips, Deviled Eggs,

And….. a galvanized wash tub full of ice with the bottles of coke, pepsi, 7 -Up,  Dr. Pepper, Nesbeth Orange and Delaware Punch’s frosty, long necks popping up through the ice!  

Yes, I said bottles, not cans! 😉

Wow! the Delaware Punch is really going to date me!

I really loved the sweet/sour taste of grapes and sugar (not carbonated) of that bottle of goodness. Do any of you remember Delaware Punch?

According to Wikipedia…”Delaware Punch was created by Thomas E. Lyons in 1913. The brand is currently owned by The Coca-Cola Company“.  

However, Delaware Punch is not bottled commercially anywhere in the world now.


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When I got home from the slumber party….I made chili burgers for my family and they loved them too!

Since Mother worked, I was already doing a lot of the cooking and I loved watching and learning my Mother’s cooking methods.

The first thing my mother taught me to make by myself was vanilla sugar cookies and I still have that recipe in her handwriting.  I was about 8 years old.

Yep!  I have been cooking a long time and I still enjoy every bit of it!


I have modified the sloppy joes recipe over the years, along with Mother’s assistance.

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The recipe below is a good….though very old recipe….and can be modified to suit your taste!

You can use ground turkey mixed with the ground beef….which adds flavor and fewer calories…red onions or Spanish onions.

My twins do not care for onions, but once this is in the crock pot…you can’t really tell the onions are there, so they love these sloppy joes!

I sometimes add a bit of cayenne pepper…depends on my mood for the day…and I usually am in a spicy mood! 😉 

If you are in a rush for the joes to be on the table, you can eliminate the crock pot…however, I must tell you…the longer these flavors meld…the better your joes will be.

I wish I had a Delaware Punch to drink with my sloppy joes….oh well! A large glass of refreshing iced tea with mint leaves will have to suffice.

Plus, I certainly don’t need a sugary drink!

Do I? ;(





The Best Sloppy Joes
Yields 4
We have been using this recipe for over 50 years and we still love it. It is easy and quick to make as well as easy to keep warm in a crock pot for tailgating or picnics. The sweet and sour flavors make this a winner and a recipe you will want to put in your card file!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 1/4 cup chopped celery
  4. 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  5. 1 clove garlic minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 cup ketchup
  7. 1/2 cup chili sauce* or barbecue Sauce
  8. 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon vinegar (or pickle juice)
  11. 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  12. dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  13. 4 hamburger buns
  1. Brown ground beef, onion, bell peppers, garlic, celery for about 6 minutes or until the pink is gone. ( Use a wooden spoon to crumble the meat as it cooks).
  2. Add ketchup, chile sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, cayenne pepper and mustard to the cooked ground beef
  3. Put the sloppy joe mixture into a crockpot and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
  4. If you are needing an immediate meal...just cook the sloppy joe mixture in the skillet for about 15-20 minutes until flavors meld and ground beef is hot.
  5. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.**
  1. *I like Heinz Chili Sauce and always have a jar on hand. It spices up many dishes.
  2. Recipe can be doubled or tripled for more sloppy joes!
  3. ** I have used hot dog buns in place of hamburger buns and found it is a little less messy to eat. But what is the fun of having sloppy joes and not have them sloppy? 😉
  4. Just sayin'
  5. Me
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Refreshing Raspberry Sorbet

Refreshing Raspberry Sorbet!

When we visited the Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah, GA a few weeks ago….we tasted the most delicious desserts and one of the most refreshing desserts has always been a sorbet.  I love ice cream and I especially love home made ice cream but it does have a lot of calories.  (Not that calorie content has ever stopped me from having any desserts) 

But if you are wanting an easy-taste-good-almost-like-ice-cream-dessert…this should fill the bill.

I did modify the recipe a bit, but the strong foundation was already in place by the one and only Paula Deen.

I hope you like this sorbet….






Raspberry Sorbet
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Fresh as a Spring or Summer Day...this refreshing sorbet hits the spot.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr
  1. 2 cup water
  2. 2 cup sugar
  3. 2 quart raspberries, hulled and sliced
  4. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  5. 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  1. Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Place the raspberries and lime juice in a food processor and puree. Press the raspberry puree through a strainer to remove the seeds. When the sugar syrup has cooled completely, combine with the raspberry puree. Add the corn syrup and stir well.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Sorbet is particularly soft after churning but firms up after freezing.
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