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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Salt Lick Potato Salad

August is traditionally the month for picnics, get togethers, family reunions and so many other places to share good food and eat as well. This is a recipe for potato salad that I borrowed from a fellow blogger I hope you enjoy  

  • 2 white onions
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 15 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • 1/2 cup vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup Salt Lick BBQ sauce
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

  1. Chop the onions and add to a bowl. Pour in the pickle juice so that it covers the chopped onion. Marinate in the fridge overnight.

  2. Wash the potatoes and peel. Cut into one inch cubes. Boil in salted water until tender to the fork, about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Drain the water and place the potatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with celery seed, salt and pepper. Place in the fridge until cooled and ready to serve.

  4. Mix together the vinaigrette and BBQ sauce. Drain the pickled onions. Add both to the potatoes. Toss until everything is incorporated. Taste test and serve.

IS It TIme TO See The Eye Doctor

For our family back to school always meant it was time for our annual eye exam. We would all load in the car and drive to the local eye doctor, only an hour away and see if we needed glasses. The answer for me was yes I would have them just like my dad. But what if you do not have a plan for an annual eye exam??? Well there are a few different ways you will know that you have to go to the eye doctor:

  • if you find that your eyes are red, dry, itchy or you are seeing spots, flashes of light or floaters it is time to go to the eye doctor
  •  If you have diabetes or othr health conditions that can affect your eyes or you have a family member that has a history of a condition like diabetes or glaucoma you should go to the eye doctor
  • If the last time you saw an eye doctor to have an eye exam has been longer than a year or if you can not recall when it was you last went you should see an eye doctor. 
  • IF you have eye strain, headaches, and / or blurred vision you should see the eye doctor. 
  • if you find it hard to following a moveing target or you get motionsickness or dizzy when doing so you should see an eye doctor. 
  • If to read you find yourself holding books further away and squint or close one eye to read then you should see and eye doctor. 

Don't wait until you experience any of these 8 things before you schedule an eye exam. When was  your last visit to the eye doctor. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Elvis Loved To Perform and Eat .... Try this Recipe and Eat Like a King


It would nearly be un-American to have never hard of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. With song hits like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog" the sweet sounds coming thru the radio made many swoon. The boy from Tupelo Mississippi known as Elis Presly not ony loved singing and performing his music he also had a great appetite for southern food. Perhaps the one item that he is best known for was the Peanut Butter and Banana fried sandwich. 

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  • 2 cups sliced pickles, drained
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 11/2 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Peanut or vegetable oil
Spread the pickle slices over paper towels to pat completely dry. Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil to 375 F. While the oil is heating, whisk together the flour and spices. Dip the pickles in the buttermilk, then transfer to the flour mix and toss to coat. Fry them a few at a time, to avoid crowding the pan or lowering the oil temperature too much. Cook until golden brown, should take about 1 to 2 minutes. They often will flip themselves over, but you may need to help them along. Remove to fresh paper towels to drain while cooking the remaining pickles.

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Native American Influenced Soup Recipe

When Christopher Columbus Arrived in the new land there were all ready individua ls living there. These natives had lived on the land since around 1200 B.C. Becaus he thought he had reached the East Indies he named the citizens indians. Since that time many 
Native Americans have influenced the way in which America has developed. 

States such as Arizona, Kentucky, and Missouri all have names that have been derived from the language of Native Americans. Other common words such as chili, chocolate, tomato and potato are all from the Native American language. 

Recipes such as this Hamburger Soup may have been clos eto what the Native Americans may have dined on. 

  •  pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen

Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Story of An American Artist --- Andy Warhola


One of my favorite American Artist is Andrew Warhola. Not only an American artist but also a film director and producer. Warhola was born August 6, 1928 and would become a leader among American pop artist. WIth influences in artistic expression, advertising and celebrity culture his art work would be in demand by the 1960s. With his painting, silkscreening, photography, film and sculptures Warhola was in demand to be an influence in the art world. Perhaps you have admired some of his art work such as the Campbell's Soup Cans in 1962 and others. 

Andy was born and raised in Pittsburg where he first attempted work as a commercial illustrator. The talent in his work led to much recognition in the 1950s. It was not only his talent but his controersial attitude towards art that drew attention. Much of his work was completed at his studio he called The Factory. At his studio much work of others was completed as well. From drag queens to playwrights many would work from the studio known as the Factory. Much of the days taboos were accepted by the owner and occured at the studio. Eventually the lifestyle would end though as Warhol would pass at a young age in his 50s. 

After his passing Andy Warhol and his strong following moved on. IN the form of exhibitions, books and documentries. In his birth city of Pittsburgh ther is now the Andy Warhol Musum HIs art work has captured large amounts of money with the most money for a single print bringing $105 million dollars. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Southern Illinois Peach Season Makes for Delicious Recipes

  • 2/3 – 1 c. sugar
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, optional
  • 1 c. water
  • Ashley’s amazing biscuit dough, using 2 T. sugar
  • 3 heaping cups ripe peaches, peeled or not, cut into bite-sized pieces, including any juice that accumulates when cutting them.
  • Coarse sugar (sometimes labeled Sugar in the Raw or Demarara) for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400°.

To peel peaches easily, cut an X into the blossom end (opposite the stem) and drop into boiling water for 30 seconds. Plunge into ice water, and peel as soon as they’re cool enough to handle.
Prepare the biscuit dough up to before forming into biscuits, and set aside.

Mix the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon, if using, in a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil in a microwave, then whisk it into the sugar mixture until smooth. Return to a boil on the stove over medium high heat, then stir in the cut peaches.

Pour the hot peach mixture into an approximately 10-inch x 6-inch baking dish, then, using the drop method, place 6 equal dollops of biscuit dough evenly over the peaches. Brush the biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle them with coarse sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on top and cooked through, and the peaches are bubbling. Serve warm, either as is, drizzled with a little heavy cream, or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

No Bake Chocolate Chip Lasagna

August 4th is national chocolate chip cookie day. While I love to celebrate with a cookie I thought I might off a different spin on things. WIth August being so super hot and many of us desiring not to bake I thought I would show the chocolate chip in a different spot light. This dessert allows the baker to not heat the kitchen up and still enjoy and share a delicious dessert

For the crust

  • 34 crunchy chocolate chip cookies (like Chips Ahoy)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter

pulse cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Or use a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin! Add melted butter to the cookie crumbs and pour into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a cup, firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of the dish. Set aside.

For the first layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Fold Cool Whip in cream cheese mixture until blended. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Pour over crust. Using an offset spatula, spread the mixture evenly over the crust layer.

For the second layer

  • 2 boxes (small box size) Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk (I used skim milk)

In a large bowl add two packages of INSTANT chocolate pudding mix. Make sure you purchase the instant variety or this won't set up properly.
Whisk in milk. You'll use less milk than the box says because you want this layer extra thick and fudgy.
Once the pudding mix is well blended, spread the pudding over cheesecake layer.

For the topping

  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Add remaining Cool Whip to the top of the chocolate lasagna. Sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Slice and serve. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days. ENJOY.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Watermellon Day

As you drove down highway 1 in Southern Illinois in years past you would have seen the large watermellon stands. My daddy took a job down here in the early '80s and while it had no reasoning on taking the job my daddy also loved watermellon. We would visit the stands nearly weekly and enjoy a nice slice of watermellon. Perhaps you are aware that today August 3rd is National Watermellon Day. 

Many family picnics and cookouts would not have been the same without a slice of watermellon. While watermellons are 90% water they also have a delicous flesh to enjoy on a hot summer day. A grand variety of watermellons are common in the United States and Mexico. Watermellons with flesh colors of reed, pink, white and yellow in a varity of sizes and shapes. The largest mellon in the guiness book of world records tipped the scales at 350.5 lbs. 

Did you know that pioneers would use the watermellon as sort of a canteen?? You can find facts like this and more at In fact did you know that you can eat every inch of the watermellon including the green rind?? Here are a few ways to do just that:

  • Because the cucumber rind is a bit like that of a cucumber many will use the rind to make up watermellon rind pickles
  • This next way may surprise you a bit as you can make juice from the rind of a watermellon. 
  • You can even make a watermellon rind be part of the supper by stir frying it. 

 4 qts prepared watermelon rind
3 Tbsps Mrs. Wages® Pickling Lime
2 qts water
8 cups granulated sugar
1 qt Mrs. Wages® Pickling & Canning Vinegar (5% acidity)
1 qt water
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 Tbsps whole cloves
3 sticks cinnamon (3-inch pieces)
2 pieces ginger root (1-inch long)

To prepare watermelon rind, trim dark skin and pink flesh from thick watermelon rind. Wash and cut in 1-inch pieces or as desired. Dissolve lime in 2 quarts water in a food grade storage container. Pour over rind. If needed, add more water to cover rind. Let stand for 2 hours at room temperature.
Drain and rinse several times to remove all lime. Put rind in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to boil. Simmer just until tender and drain.
Prepare home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions. Keep jars hot. Tie cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in cheesecloth bag. In a large saucepan, combine spices with sugar, vinegar, the remaining 1 quart water, and lemon. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add watermelon rind and simmer until rind is clear. Add boiling water if syrup becomes too thick before rind is clear. Remove spice bag.
Pack rind into hot jars, leaving 1⁄2-in headspace. Add syrup leaving 1⁄2-in headspace. Remove air bubbles and wipe rims. Adjust lids and process for 10 minutes, using boiling water bath method.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

National Immunization Month have You been Vaccinated

August for many means back to school. Back to school month also means a time to ensure that our childrens health is current. National Immunization Awareness Month occurs each year in August. It is not just a time for our children to ensure their vaccination is up to date but that individuals of all ages are up to date on immunizations. Heath care professionals, parents, and patients are all responsible for ensuring that immunizations are completed so all stay healthy

For many parents the decsion to vaccine their child or not can be a hard one. While most parents follow the recomended vacine schedule others may have a bit of doubt. There is a lot of information out there and some of it is incorrect information so what is one to do?? One of the most important things to do is to talk to your childs doctor about any concerns you may have. 

The job of vaccines is to prevent diseases.  Diseases that can be prevented by vacines can be dangerous and at times deadly Measles, mumps, pertussis or any of the diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Some may say that vaccines are no longer needed as the number has decreased, however no parent wants to take a risk with their child's health or life. Perhaps you are one of the parents that do all they can to protect their child but has second thoughts when it comes to vaccines, why should you when you do all you can to prevent other types of accidents why not prevent un-needed health issues as well. 

Just so you can stay up to date here is a list of important immunizations

Vaccines go through extensive lab testing before they become available to the public. This helps to ensure that it is safe and effective for use. They may take as many as several years to be sure that they are ready to use Even after they are allowed to use a vaccine the FDA, CDC, and other agencies help to monitor that they are safe to use. 

What is your stance on immunizations?? 

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Take TIme To Care For Your Dog

July is a great time to get all the work outside done. This should include the animal care that needs to be done in the warm weather as well. July is National Dog House Repair month and that is just what it should be. A doghouse for an outside dog should be able to offer a dog a place to retreat from the very hot summer weather as well as a place that offers protection from the rain and icy cold weather conditions

IF you are a dog owner and have an outside doghouse for your dog then its time to get out and inspect it and make sure it is in good shape. If repair is needed take a note of whatever needs fixed and put it on your to do list. Make sure the doghouse is waterproof as well as insulated. Wood portions that have been chewed or wore down should be replaced. Make sure not to use pressure treated wood as it may contain arsenic that can make your dog sick if they lick or chew on it.

Second, check for nails and screws that are sticking out that may cause injury. Ensure that the roof is in good repair as well. Portable doghouses should be moved to shady spot in the hot summer months. In the winter dog houses should be acing to the sun but not the "wind and weather"

Dog houses should be cleaned with nontoxic soap and rinsed well. Remove any waste, dead leaves and branches that can attract other pest as well. Comfy bedding seems like a good idea but it can also cause fleas, ticks, and other pests. So rather than the fluffy bedding try using a mat or small carpet. Other accessories that your pet may like are a sand box to bury toys as well as a wading pool to cool off in hot summer days

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Chili Dog Day

STOP!!! Don't let the day go yet... today is the last Thursday of July and that means that it is National Chili Dog Day.  One of my favorite all time family pleasing meals is chili dogs. Why you may ask because no longer is the choice between what to eat occuring. You have 2 great dishes that of hotdogs or chili or both together. Perhaps you understand where I am coming from.

Say it ain't so.... you have no idea what a chili dog is??? Well let me try to fix that issue for you. A chili dog is a hot dog that is served in a bun and topped with a meat sauce commonly known as chili. At times the sandwich may be topped with other ingredients like cheese, onions and mustard depending on where it is that enjoying that chili dog. 

  • A "Texas Dog" or "Texas Chili Dog" is a bit deceiing as it does not come from Texas but rather is popular up around New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Prior to 1920 the Texas hot dog became popular because of the chili sauce that it was topped with. 
  • Another sytle of hotdog that became a bit lost in location is the Coney Island dog. Invented in Southeastern Michigan 

1 pound lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can chili beans
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
4 hot dogs cut into small bites
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
1 (32oz) package tater tots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish, set aside.
CHILI: Brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain completely. Add in chili beans, tomato sauce, hot dogs and seasonings. Stir to combine.
ASSEMBLY: Spoon chili into prepared dish. Sprinkle chopped onions on top then sprinkle 2 cups cheddar on top. Arrange tater tots on top of the cheddar (the whole package may not be used). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes just to melt the cheese.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Yes Garfield Did Love Lasagna You May as Well

Garfield is one of the most famous cats in America cartoons. Nearly everyone that knows Garfield also knows that his favorite food is lasagna. The reason may deceive many others but for those true fans they will know that Garfield began life as the pet of an owner of the Mamma Leoni's restraunt. However, when Garfield was a little older the owner had to sell him to pet shop to save the restraunt. 

O.K so I will get to the point July 29th is National Lasagna day and I feel that it is a great recipe to share with you here on Annies Home blog. Lasagna can be made large enough to feed a crowd or adapted down to be a single serving. Some recipes can be complex and others easy to make. Become creative in your cooking skills and make up your own variety of lasagna from veggie to cheese. to meats. Perhaps you are one that loves to cook once and eat a second time as well Lasagna is perfect for doing that. 

  • 1/2 package lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage (sweet or spicy, depending on your preference)
  • 2 jars marinara sauce (you may only need 1 jar depending on how much sauce you use)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 pinch salt and pepper
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (you will need between 24 cups, depending on how cheesy you like your lasagna!)
  1. Preheat oven to 375ยบ F.
  2. If using traditional lasagna noodles, follow directions for boiling the noodles as indicated on the package. If using oven-ready, no-boil lasagna noodles, move on to next step.
  3. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat pan over medium heat on the stove (which would be 5 on a dial scaled 1-10) for a few minutes. Add the sausage and cook until the meat is no longer pink, stirring regularly and breaking up the sausage into crumbled pieces. Remove from heat.
  4. In a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish, spread a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  5. Place one layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, then spread a few spoonfuls of ricotta cheese on top of the noodles. Sprinkle the ricotta cheese evenly with salt and pepper, then spread a handful or two of shredded mozzarella cheese over the ricotta. Add a layer of the crumbled, cooked sausage, using up half of the sausage. Drizzle several generous spoonfuls of sauce over everything. Add another layer of noodles and repeat the layers of this step (ricotta cheese, salt and pepper, mozzarella and sausage). Drizzle again with marinara sauce then add one more layer of noodles.
  6. Top the final layer of noodles with more marinara sauce and finish with shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Carefully remove foil then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to brown cheese slightly.
  8. Remove lasagna from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.


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Monday, July 27, 2020

Skunked at the New Home

Recently our family moved to a rural sort of town. There are many changes that we are all getting used to and I guess our dog learned one big one today as well. While investigating his sorroundings he got a scent that I think he should of avoided (it was a stinky sort of scent) He continued on and well earned a good spray by a scent for his troubles. Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is get the tomato juice.... 

However,,, I did a quick search and found a treatment that will help remove the terrible scent. One of the most important parts is to check their eyes for red or irritation. If they are then they must be at once flushed with cool water. 

Mix together:

  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide 
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Using the mixture and wearing gloves you should wash your dog. Be careful not to get the mix into their eyes. So you say you don't have the ingredients that make up the mix on hand??? Then use vinegar that has been diluted with water. 

You will want to know 

  • If using peroxide you will want to rinse quickly as peroxide can dye the          fur of your pet.                                                                                          
  • This mixture needs to made at the time it is needed otherwise it could             be  an issue to explode in bottle
Now the hard part should be over and you can relax and give your dog a normal bath. Be sure to towel dry your dog to make sure he is good and dry. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cowboy Beans with Hotdogs

1 pkg Hot Dogs, sliced (12 to 16 oz) I use all beef
1 lb Hamburger
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3 tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 cup molasses or maple syrup
55 ounce baked beans, Bush's Original
3 cans pinto beans (15 ounce)
3 cans white beans (great northern)

In skillet  Saute onion & ground beef  When Hamburger about half way done add in sliced hot dogs. If using skillet transfer to crock pot after meat is done cooking.
To crock pot add beans. Then add brown sugar, ketchup, mustard & molasses. Stir. Put on Lid and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 

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