Thursday, December 31, 2015

Evelyn's Homemade Creamsicle Ice Cream Shake

Hello Darlings,

Yesterday, while watching the news I learned about El Niño, which was fortunate for me because I was beginning to think that I was experiencing some major hot flashes. :)  Being December here in Florida with record high temperatures of 85o degrees my northern sensibilities was finding this unusual hot weather, as the kids say today - a drag.

So after dinner to treat myself I made a delightful frosty dessert.  It is fairly easy to make and is tasty and cool on any hot day, even on days in Florida with El Niño passing through town. All you need is the following.


6-8 whole frozen Strawberries
8-12 ounces of  Breyers Strawberry Ice Cream
1/2 cup frozen Cool Whip Topping
1/2 cup of Sunny D Tangy Original Citrus Punch

  1. Add strawberries, ice cream, and cool whip in a blender.
  2. Pour in enough Sunny D Tangy Original Citrus Punch to smooth mixture when blended
  3. Blend ingredients to a thick and creamy shake.
  4. Pour shake into your favorite drinking glass or glasses and enjoy.

Wow,  what  a wonderful cooling taste. It strongly reminds me of the Creamsicle ice cream bars we use to buy from the ice cream man when we were children way back when.

Until next time,
Chow Darlings.

Monday, November 30, 2015


Hello Darlings,

This everything at Ashley Stewart is 50% off. They have some great buys on winter coats and boots.

This Belted Fur Collar Wool Coat is regular $149.50. Today's is only $74.75.

This Belted Puffer Winter Coat is regular $129.50. Today's  price  is only $64.75.

These Slim Buckle Chunky Heel Tall Boot - Wide Width Wide Calf were $79.50/ Today's  price  is only $39.75.  Remember these boot give us the extra ankle and calf room that we need. 

Get 'em while your sizes last.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Harvest Stew

Hello Darlings, 

Winter is just about upon us, and for many in the northern states the weather probably feels like Old Man Winter is already in their bones. 

At any rate, this is the time of the year when I like to cook a lot of chili, hot savory stews and homemade soups. 

Below is my very own harvest stew recipe.  It is packed with a lot of beef and veggies that is nutritionally rich, warm, and filling for combating those cold and  chilly evenings. 


My  Harvest Stew


·         1-1/2 - 2 lb boneless beef chuck, tip or round roast, or stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes
·         water, enough to cover meat
·         2 dried bay leaf
·         1 1/2 teaspoon salt  
·         1/2 teaspoon pepper
·         1/4 teaspoon summer savory
·         fennel, a pinch
·         1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
·         1/8 cup bourbon
·         2 beef bouillon cubes
·         1 can of Beef Consommé
·         1 cup baby carrots sliced into thirds
·         1 pack of mushrooms, sliced
·         12 -14  unpeeled red baby potatoes
·         1 can of diced tomatoes (if on hand, add I baggie of frozen tomatoes as well)
·         green bell pepper and seeds, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
·         1 cup frozen peas
·         1 cup frozen broccoli
·         1 cup frozen Cauliflower
·         1 1/3 fresh frozen green beans
·         1 large yellow squash and/or Zucchini, sliced1 1/2 inches and quartered
·         3-5 gloves garlic, coarsely chopped
·         2  medium stalk celery, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
·         1 onion, coarsely chopped
·         3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
·         Do Not Add Corn


  •  In 4- 5 quart Dutch oven add beef and bay leaf with enough water to cover it.
  • Cook about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove 2 cups of beefy water and set aside.
  • Add all other ingredients except flour.
  • Cover; cook of medium high heat until boiling. Stirring occasional. Then reduce heat to slimmer (about 3 on dial)
  • Cook 1 -1/2 - 2 hours or until potatoes carrots are tender. Stirring occasional.
  • During the last 30 minutes mix saved beefy water and flour well so that there are no lumps.  
  • Stir mixture into pot.  
  • Cover; cook remaining time or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove bay leaf.

Note: If feeling a little lazy, add all ingredients into the pot with the exception of the flour and cook until potatoes carrots are tender, about 2 /1/2 hours.  

Chow Darlings.