Friday, June 17, 2016

Chilled Watermelon Soup for a Hot Summer Day

It's that time of year when watermelons are ripe and the temperature outside is crazy hot.  What is more refreshing than chilled watermelon soup?  It's easy to make and a great way to use all that extra melon.  By the way, the watermelons this year have been phenomenal!

Here's the recipe:
Chilled Watermelon Soup (from Southern Living July 2003)
Yield:  3 - 4 cups soup

  • 4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.

Stay cool and enjoy!  Hope to see you here at the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast soon.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Easter Walk Through Oak Grove Cemetery

I saw this gorgeous tree from the road and decided I had to stop and take a quick look.  It looked like a huge wisteria tree.
The scent of wisteria was so strong that it took my breath away.
As I strolled along, I noticed the blooming dogwood trees.
There was this one lone lily growing through the grass.
These white iris were covered with insects of some kind.
I'm not sure what these are, but, they were everywhere.
These were, too.
The yoshino cherries were in bloom.
And, there were still quite a few camellias.
This one had an insect visitor.
This camellia was full of ants.
These have been blooming for months and are just about done for the season.
This camellia was particularly beautiful.
Another blooming dogwood tree.
I love these little white flowers.
And, as I left, I had one more opportunity to enjoy the wisteria.

Thank you for joining me on my Easter Sunday walk.  Hope you'll come visit us and we can take a walk together, in person!
Happy Easter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gluten Free Low Carb Savory Almond Flour Muffins

I had a special request for low carb muffins for a prediabetic guest who had been told by her doctor to avoid "bread", but, she didn't want to miss out on my baking.  Since we had one morning of her visit that there were no other guests, I decided to try a new recipe just for her (and her hubby).  My absolute favorite gluten free muffin with rice flour is a cheese muffin.  So, I decided to try a savory option with almond flour to keep the carbs to a minimum.

It is a very simple recipe that comes together quickly.  Just put all the ingredients together in one bowl, stir, scoop into a muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.  The result is a muffin reminscent of a whole wheat muffin with only 3 grams of carbs per muffin!  The recipe makes 8 muffins.  Kim's suggestion to maximize enjoyment is to place the muffins back in the oven for a couple of minutes right before you eat them - the crust crisps up and makes them extra tasty.   If you look closely, you can see the bits of sun-dried tomato, oregano, basil and parsley.

So, give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

Gluten Free Almond Flour Cheese Muffins
Yield: 8 muffins - 3 grams of carbs per muffin

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup almond flour
2  large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup  heavy cream
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
oregano, to taste
basil, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
parsley, to taste
sun-dried tomato, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8 muffin cups with PAM.  (Fill remaining muffin cups 1/2 way with water to avoid hot spots.)
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Evenly divide batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Willet Way Wonderland 2015 or Christmas Lights of Americus

It's that time of year - time for the lights of Willet Way Wonderland to be ignited.  About a mile from our home, this winter wonderland is an annual tradition here in Americus.  Although Santa wasn't around in person when we drove through, his schedule was posted for those seeking a photo op with Santa.  Please click on the first photo and just enjoy the slide show.  No further comments from me are necessary.  Hope this brings a smile to your day.

Wishing all a safe and happy holiday season. 
Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas.