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Granny Smith Green
Trenton, IL
Interests: reading, writing, painting, cooking, good music, pets, home canning, gardening
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(all of these photos are courtesy of Hubby) If you remember from before, we recently took a trip out west in our renovated 1955 Silver Streak camper. It took us about 36 hours to drive from our hometown in Southern Illinois to Glacier National Park, since we stopped at a rest area and slept a little while and also drove through The Badlands... Stopped by Mount Rushmore... And Devil's Tower. I love Devil's Tower. It reminds me of watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind with my dad when I was little. I really wanted some mashed potatoes while we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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Something else I brought to Aunt Di's cookout was cornbread salad. There are lots of ways to make it - you can personalize it to suit your tastes. But the most important part is the cornbread. And today I'm going to share my dad's cornbread recipe with you! Aren't you lucky?!? Yup, you sure are! This cornbread recipe is a fantastic, savory, crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-and-crumbly-on-the-inside. Some people like a soft, sweet, cake-like cornbread. This is not one of those recipes. But it is the best type of cornbread to make cornbread salad with (or to serve alongside a bowl of beans... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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Aunt Di had the family over to celebrate the 4th with some good food and swimming. I brought fireworks cookies. I used my great-grandma's sour cream sugar cookie recipe for the dough and followed the directions for the icing from Martha Stewart Living. They look complicated, but they're super easy and gorgeous! Aunt Di made a couple of pies... They were strawberry jello pies and I don't have her recipe, but if you'd like it, leave me a comment and I'll be sure and get it for you! (3 swimming cousins) (this photo courtesy of Hubby) (this one, too) Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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here's a photo Hubby took at a night launch back in 2008 When we first staked out our space on the side of the road where we would watch the launch, the sky was clear...of course a few hours later it wasn't. But I think this shot turned out pretty cool anyway! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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I am finally picking up this blog again, dusting it off after many months of neglect, and committing to having a new post each day for one month. (at that point I may re-evaluate and post Monday through Friday). oh and...uh...pretend this post was on July 1st and not after midnight the following day. (you know me, I'm a procrastinator.) If you've read an earlier post, then you know my dad passed away after complications from heart bypass surgery last October and I really haven't kept up with the blog since then. He was the one person in my life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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OK folks, if your idea of spicing things up a bit south of the border is some mild jarred salsa, then this recipe probably isn't for you. Your head might spontaneously combust. If you want a great mix of spice and layers of flavor that would outnumber an onion's skin, then this is it. A couple weeks ago, I talked my wife (granny smith green herself) into letting me get a little crazy once a week with some "gourmet" tacos of my own frankenstein creation. Predominantly soft tacos, just to clear that up, but there's no reason you couldn't use... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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We have had Whiskey for 5 1/2 years. We adopted him through a rescue when we lived in Myrtle Beach. He was about a year and half old when we got him. Apparently, his previous owners took him to a Kennel, went on vacation, and never came back. I don't understand stupid people. One Saturday we went to the pet store to get cat food (we only had 8 cats back then. Yes, ONLY 8). As we parked the car we saw that they were having a pet adoption in front of the store. I told Hubby, "We are not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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Last weekend was great! My best friend Peggy came for a visit. She and I have been friends since 1995. We met at Victoria's Secret. I was working there and she put in an application for a part-time job around the holidays. We planned a girls' night out after work one night and it turned out that Peggy and I were the only ones who went. We told each other our life stories and have been best friends ever since. We've been there for each other through lots of stuff: break-ups with boyfriends, job layoffs, moves, graduations, new jobs, getting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
My Dad didn't survive his heart bypass surgery. He spent a week in ICU and then had a massive stroke and we took him off of life support. He passed away on October 21, 2010. Watching what he went through and now missing him so much is the hardest thing I've ever gone through in my life. He was my best friend my whole life. The slideshow below includes pictures that were shown at his memorial service, but I've (mostly) put them in date order, added a few captions and added music. If you're watching this because you knew my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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Something terrible has happened in my life, but I know I need to keep blogging because it's one of the joys I have found in life. I will tell about the terrible thing tomorrow. For now, here is a photo I just took of a design I made in freshly fallen snow - a message from me to hubby. I don't know how I would survive all of this without him. Song of the Day: a cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" by Dawn Landes Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Granny Smith Green
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I arrived at my dad and Steve's house last night. Dad is having quadruple heart bypass surgery tomorrow. We're hanging out at the house enjoying a gorgeous day. This is the view from the front porch. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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1. The warm, golden, morning light that streams into our living room 2. Reading in bed next to Hubby before we go to sleep 3. Having running water in our house (check back later to read about Matt's cabin where we stayed 2 nights in Homer, Alaska) 4. Sitting on my dad and Steve's big front porch and watching the donkeys and horses and hummingbirds 5. Sunny weather (we're getting into fall and it won't be long before it's winter, which means gray, gray, and more gray around here - so I'm going to appreciate each sunny day up until... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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Last winter we bought a "meat bundle" from our little grocery store in town. For around $100 we got an assortment of beef, pork and chicken at really good prices. One of the beef cuts was an arm roast and I had never cooked that cut before, so I found this recipe online. Turned out good! (I actually made this almost 6 months ago and just stumbled across the photo this morning) Now that fall is here you owe it to yourself to make a hearty, hot meal tonight! 5 lbs arm roast (excess fat removed) 24 ounces chili sauce... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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After our first night at camp, we got up and had breakfast: Camp Toast (it's easy to burn toasting it in a skillet on the camp stove) and Cream of Wheat for me and Oatmeal for Hubby He got us these great collapsible bowls we boiled water in one of our tiny camp pots over the camp stove I hadn't eaten Cream of Wheat in at least 15 years. I remember my Grandma making it for me through the years when I was growing up. After we ate, we loaded up our rented pick-up truck and took off for Seward.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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Hubby's sister Julie came out from Boston to visit with us for a few days before we left for Alaska and then petsit for us and explore St. Louis. She had never been to the arch, so of course we had to go. (this one is my favorite) Julie, being a yankee (and I mean a person from the north, not someone from the team Boston loves to hate) never ate fried green tomatoes. So of course I had to make some for her! Here's my recipe: gather up your green, unripe tomatoes and slice them set up your dredging... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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Our Great Alaskan Adventure (or how I spent my summer vacation) We left St. Louis the morning of Saturday June 26th to fly to Seattle and then on to Anchorage. I didn't sleep a wink the night before because I was so excited. And also because I was nervous about flying. I've been flying all my life - since I was 4 years old and my parents divorced, living in different states. But about 5 or 6 years ago, I was on a really, really bad flight coming home to South Carolina from San Diego and I've been a nervous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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The Cardinals game! Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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and that's why I haven't blogged in a really long time. But I found a song that has pointed out what I need to remember every day. Song of the Day: Beautiful World by Dierks Bentley (featuring Patty Griffin): 07 Beautiful World (feat. Patty Grif The lyrics are really great:All the noise and the voices are screamin' What they have to say And the headlines and sound bytes are givin' me Demons to hate And the man on TV He tells me it's ugly But if you ask me It's a beautiful world It's a beautiful world There's tears and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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Isn't it pretty? I spent a lot of time in the last few days getting a nice picnic ready for us to have at our booth this weekend. The sandwiches are thick-sliced whole grain white bread from St. Louis Bread Company, spread with homemade pesto, and layered with a thick slice of an enormous heirloom tomato with a little salt and pepper. The corn salad has diced red bell pepper, scallions, and a dressing made with fresh lime juice, olive oil, and fresh cilantro, topped with diced avocado. YUM! Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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I'm in love. With a deep fried Snickers. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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It was hard not being able to have any contact with him for 4 days. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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We also watched a woman cleaning halibut. Homer is known as the halibut capital of the world. There are lots of t-shirts that say "I love sweet cheeks and big butts." (People eat halibut cheeks and there can be halibut weighing up to 300 pounds) Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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We watched a fisherman clean the octopus he had just caught. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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We took a trip on this boat from Homer (my new favorite place on Earth) to Seldovia (it's across the Kachemak Bay). On the way there we saw tufted puffins (will post a pic of them when we get home), cormorants, sea otters (one with it's pup - very cute!). Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Granny Smith Green
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What a day I've had today! After a few hours of instruction last night, Larry (co-owner of Red's, along with Linda) turned the smoker over to me. I'm not sure how many pounds of pork butt I smoked today, but it was a lot. And there truly is an art to keeping the wood burning at just the right temperature for optimum smoking. It has to be monitored pretty regularly for the entire 6 hours it takes to slow cook that meat into tasty tender morsels. My day started at 7am and ended at 7pm. I haven't had a job... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at Granny Smith Green