Thursday, January 13, 2022
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Last weekend I had a big event at our local church for the women of the congregation. If you've been here over the years, you know that I often lead our Women's Ministries in our local churches. However, I only was in charge of this event this time. I've done a similar one before. We had several demonstrations along with other samples of ideas for the holidays. Some were for entertaining, gift giving and others were decor. I wanted to share this particular one with you today.
I made three different compound butter recipes. These would be perfect as gifts or when you have company. Each lady got to taste them and took home the recipes. I brought the leftovers home and popped them in the freezer for future use. Cutting them up into smaller pieces means I don't have to waste any. Tonight we grilled smoked pork chops with roasted asparagus and new potatoes. I thawed out the Lemon and Dill butter and it was very delicious with this meal. Perfect for the asparagus and potatoes. My husband also ate it on a baguette.
The three flavors are Lemon Dill, Cranberry Walnut Orange and Café de Paris. I've linked the recipes so you can find them easily and try them out. I think the Cranberry, Walnut, Orange would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Doesn't that sound good? There are many similar recipes on Pinterest or just a google search. Check these out, it is an easy way to enhance your holiday meals.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
We left Hermann, MO and drove backroads down to the Lake of the Ozarks and specifically to Camdenton, Missouri. I had seen pictures of a castle ruins that are now in a state park. The park is called Ha Ha Tonka State Park which means "laughing waters". There are a lot of interesting and beautiful natural features in the park and many trails to hike. There is a short half mile up-hill trail to the castle from the parking lot. The Castle was built in the early 1900's by a wealthy Kansas City businessman. Unfortunately, he was killed the year after construction began in one of the first automobile accidents in Missouri. His sons finished building it in 1922, however it wasn't as elaborate. Eventually the property was leased for a hotel and in 1942 sparks from a chimney ignited the roof. The fire gutted the castle and the carriage house. In 1976 vandals burned the water tower. The ruins are massive and give an idea of how lavish the house was originally. It has a stunning view from the top of a bluff over the Lake of the Ozarks.