Thursday, April 15, 2010

Turning my Blog into a book

Over the next week I will be working on turning my 2009 blog into a 12x12 book through a company called blurb .  So far, I completed 64 pages and I have approximately 150 more to go. This will be the test to see how good it comes out because I want to turn my Family Heritage Cook Book into a book. I chose blurb because they were the only company that offered the 12 x 12 size and allowing me to incorporate my own personal touches.

blurb has a free software program called blurb BookSmart that I down loaded onto my hard drive so I could work on my book. It has a tool that allows me to import my blog into the software. So fare I am impressed with what I could do with the pages. I am a scrapbooked and for me it is all about decorating the pages. blurb allows me to down load digital embellishments on to my pages as well as choosing my own personal digital paper for the backgrounds. They provide many different types of embellishments with their program. They have 85 backgrounds to choose from. They provide eight different picture boarders. In addition, they have about 75 different ornaments to choose from.  I should have the book completed and printed by mid next month.  I will let you know how it looks then. 


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grilled pork tenderloin with grilled pineapple.

Last night I grilled pork tenderloin and slices of pineapple, marinated in apple butter and orange juice.  The apple butter added a nice sweet flavor to the pork and a sweet spiced flavor to the pineapple.    
I purchased a large pork tenderloin and cut it into three 2 person servings. I sliced the pork tenderloin into one inch thick slices. I also sliced the pineapple into one-inch thick slices and grilled two slices which was enough for the Chief and I.  
Serves 2
Pork Tenderloin sliced into three one-inch thick slices.
2 slices of pineapple one inch thick
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of spiced apple butter
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of cloves

Mix orange juice, apple butter, cinnamon and cloves together and pour 1/2 over the pork and the other 1/2 over the pineapple. Marinade in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

Grill the pork and the pineapple on medium for 25 minutes. Approximately twelve minutes on each side. This may vary depending on the heat of your grill.  
My handy little helper. 
Pork tenderloin is a very lean meat and it has a tendency to get very dry when grilled. The Apple Butter marinade keeps the pork moist.
I'm glad the weather is nice again because we could grill out every day.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Has Sprung into Action!!!

Yesterday on the way home from picking the Cisco Kid up from School, we decided to take some pictures of the beautiful scenery that’s around our house. This time of year is so colorful.

We pulled off the side of the road and took a picture of this old rusted broken fence with these pretty wild flowers growing around it. There is nothing great about this fence but when you find one that has these really pretty wildflowers growing around it, it makes that old, rested, broken fence have a whole new friendly look.
This field captured my attention. When looking at the vast land overgrown with red wild flowers and two large trees in the center of the field, it reminded me of the song, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.   
The Cisco Kid had a big part in the next pictures.  He was determined to get a picture of this cow.   We must have circled around three times to get the right angle for this picture.   
The Cisco Kid loves horses.  These stables are just up the street from where we live and this was a great day, all the horses were out.  These horses are post card perfect. 
We have a large patch of wild purple flowers that have grown in our yard. I am resisting mowing them because they are so pretty.
Spring has sprung into action!!!


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