Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds: It’s Tomato Time!!!

Welcome back to another fabulous edition of Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds. Tomatoes are finally in season and turning up in droves at my local produce market. I’m so happy! There is nothing I love more than fresh tomatoes!! So in honor of this coveted time of year, it only made sense to dedicate a favorite find to some delicious recipe ideas for my favorite vegetable…. fruit…. both! I hope you enjoy. Also check out the Pinterest board for more of my favorite finds!

First up: Panzanella Caprese with Garlicky Croutons from The Kitchen Sanctuary. A traditional Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes. Nicky uses garlic bread for the croutons and the dressing is rendered from the tomatoes themselves! Genius! This sounds divine on a hot day! Click on the pick to go to the link!

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Rustic Tomato Zucchini Tart from Walking on Sunshine. I’m going to try making a single serving of this for lunch soon since it’s just me most days. But Wow! What a delicious way to use up all those tomatoes and fresh zucchini, am I right?? Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Burrata Salad on Grilled Garlic Toast from How Sweet It Is. I made this one the other day and it was AMAZING!!! The picture alone sold me instantly. Even better, you make it on the grill so no running the hot oven in the summer! The avocado and tart green tomatoes take this dish to a whole new level. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Gazpacho from The Domestic Man. Russ is your go to guy for all things gluten-free and paleo. His recipes are genius as well as tasty. Although I don’t have many diet restrictions, I’m a fan of fresh/paleo foods. If you’ve never had gazpacho, you are missing out, tomato lover. This cold soup is such a blessing on a very hot day. Click on the pick to go to the link!

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How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes from Big Bear’s Wife. Don’t these look like perfection?? I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time a few years ago and was blown away. This summer I’m having a green tomato infatuation… I fear for my tomato plants! I’m trying really hard just to buy them from the local market in order to allow mine to ripen but they’re just so easy to pick and so delicious to eat!! Click on the pick to go to the link!

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Thanks for joining me for another edition of favorite finds!

Which one is your favorite??

The Great Redneck Scavenger Hunt. Part 2: On the Road Again

Jeff Foxworthy…. That is where this idea began. For over 30 years he has been listing the indicators that will gauge whether you are indeed a redneck. When I first heard some of these, long before I moved to a small town, I thought they were funny but not as common as he made them out to be. Boy, was I wrong, many of his statements are now found in my own home! As I looked around I found more and more!! Then it occurred to me, how much fun would it be to turn this into a game! A scavenger hunt!

Mr. Foxworthy’s definition of redneck is “A glorious absence of sophistication” Oh yes, it is glorious! Truly. I love the comfort and ease that comes with living in a redneck town. You don’t have to put on airs for anything you don’t want to. As my Mountain Man would say, “It’s just how we do.”

He also states that you can’t make fun of redneck unless you are one. I know Mountain Man “are” one. I’m trying really hard to be one too! It’s tough! Often rational thought beats it out of me so often. That is why I consider myself still an aspiring small town girl. As the years roll by, little things do change. I’ve traded my jackets for hoodies and sneakers for cowboy boots. I listen to country music… and enjoy it enthusiastically which I never thought would happen. I’ve heard myself say words like “reckon” “yonder” and “darn right.” Sometimes it even startles me when I hear myself. So I’m getting there.

As I looked around my town, I find many redneck indicators that Jeff had not mentioned before. I felt it was only acceptable to create my own as well as use his when they crossed my path. I hope you enjoy my new favorite game. Here we go:

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Redencks love to show off their money…. that’s why everything is proudly displayed in our front yard.

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And this is ours. As you can see Mountain Man got a new truck recently. It’s great, all the bells and whistles plus it tows a lot better than the old one which is ready to be put out to pasture. For only two people living in a small house, he we sure do have a lot of vehicles. I remember my mother reprimanding me early on in moving to a small town about this. She said: “You need to move or get rid of some of those trucks out front before the neighbors start complaining!” After doing a quick assessment of the neighbors parking areas and their own front yard collections, I replied “Well gee Mom, we’re just tying to fit in!!”

If fewer than half your cars run… you might be a redneck.

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Oh did you think those were our only trucks? That’s sweet. No no, there are two Toyotas in the back. Now here is where MM and I differ in opinions: He would state that these two run, which is true, I suppose. You can turn a key and something will happen. But they obviously aren’t going anywhere now are they?  So let’s do a quick tally: 2 in front that work, 2 in back that don’t…. so I guess we’re breaking even right?

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Wrong! Here’s the other one in the garage that doubles as a storage/ dumping ground. So in essence, we do fit into this category for the moment, but just barely. #whatcarbonfootprint? Upon showing you this window of our life, I can only hope you won’t judge us too harshly. I know it’s not a very conventional lifestyle and this is where rational thought beats out the redneck in me. But I love my man and he wouldn’t be him if it weren’t for his hobbies and love for all things with motors. Let’s be real, we all have those things that drive each other crazy, and I’m far from perfect as I’m sure he’d tell you if he were a blogger, lol. So I shrug my shoulders and try to adjust to living in a world of motor oil and grease.

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If you’ve ever been in a traffic jam involving cattle… you might be a redneck

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Yes this happens to me….often. It’s the only traffic jam I don’t mind. Most times I can’t help but laugh. When you live in a small town, chances are there will be cattle farmers, and chances are they will have to herd the cattle from one side of the road to the other. Mooooooooove!

If you consider driving a quad a valid and legal mode of transportation… you might be a redneck.

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MM has told me tales of small towns where driving quads on the road is legal…. this just recently passed in our small town and is not an uncommon sight. When I saw this coming down the highway I had to be that little busy body spy who rolled down her window and sneakily snapped this pic as he drove by…. on the highway… going 40 mph. What I didn’t notice until I got home and looked at the picture was the child scrunched up in the back! OMG! I was shocked and in my shock showed MM expecting a reaction. What I got was a shrug of the shoulders and this response “Well they’re wearing helmets aren’t they?” …. Ugh! Rednecks!

Thanks for joining me for another edition of The Great Redneck Scavenger Hunt! I hope you’ve enjoyed. If you have any redneck-ism about being on the road feel free to share in the comments!!

 

Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds

Welcome back to another fabulous edition of Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds. I hope your week is going well! Here’s a little blog love for some of my absolute favorite posts from last week. I hope you enjoy. Also check out the Pinterest board for more of my favorite finds!

Up first: Greek Chicken Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking. I’m trying this out later this week for dinner. I love all things greek! Opa! I make a similar greek salad as a side dish but I love the addition of a delicious marinated grilled chicken over a bed of arugula. Yes Please! Can’t wait to make this one, Gaby! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Baked Caprese Eggs with Pesto from For the Love of Cooking. I had a baked egg breakfast just last week in Portland for the first time! It was incredible. While sitting there devouring breakfast, I thought, a caprese version would be incredible! A couple of days later I found this!  I love when fellow bloggers read my mind! If I had my way, a butler, a personal chef, and a maid, I would have these for breakfast every morning. In the meantime while I’m waiting for my money to come in, ha ha ha, I’ll just have to try making this myself. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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The tomatoes are coming in and canning is imminent so finding some good recipes is a must! With a title like: Simply the Best Tomato Sauce by The Happy Idiot, how could I not share! Besides the obvious, there is also herbs, onions, celery, and carrots in the mix which, I’m certain, makes this recipe far superior to plain Jane tomato sauce. I will definitely be making a batch of this deliciousness. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Free Organic Fish Fertilizer for the Garden from Idlewild Alaska. Ok so maybe this one is just for me since I fish and garden but I had to share. Besides the fact that I am THRILLED to have found a blogger with such specific similar interests, this is something Mountain Man and I have been talking about doing for a long time. I was reserved about trying it because  meat tends to bring on the bugs and stink but this method seems sound. What a great post! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Garlic Scapes Pesto from A Dish of Daily Life. You may already know that I discovered garlic scapes this year and LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!! So all things garlic scapes make me pretty happy these days. They must be out of this world in a pesto! Yowza! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Last but not least: Peach Moscato Smoothie from Cooking with Curls. I’ve been following Lisa for about a year now. Her cooking is phenomenal but her drinks and photography of said drinks are out of this world! I love them all always look forward to the next post. She should open a cocktail lounge! This is one of her most recent examples of cold beverage awesomeness that I can’t wait to make. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Thanks for joining me for another edition of favorite finds!

Which one is your favorite?

Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds

Welcome back to another fabulous edition of Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds. I hope your week is going well! Here’s a little blog love for some of my absolute favorite posts from last week. I hope you enjoy. Also check out the Pinterest board for more fabulous finds!

First up: Brown Sugar and Bacon Baked Beans from The Chunky Chef. I love this girl and all her recipes! She’s a great cook and an inspiration. Her new recipe for baked beans is no exception! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Basil Margarita from Foolproof Living. I just love Ayşegül and reading about her life in the Virgin Islands. She is an amazing photographer and cook. I often find funny little correlations between her island life and my small town life, although I think she wins in the weather and beach department! Doesn’t this picture look like you could grab the glass right out of her hand. I wish I could! But I’ll settle for making on in the meantime! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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32 Wonderful Uses for an Old Iron Rake from Crafts a la Mode. I love rusty, campy, outdoor decor. This post makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of rakes, lay them out in the rain, just to make them into stuff! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs from The Kitchen is My Playground. My cucumbers are carefully making their way up the trellis as I write this. I can’t wait to try this with fresh, ripe cucs!! This is going to the top of my list of things to turn them in to! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Last but not least, How to Make Grilled Pizza from Gimmie Some Oven. I’ve always wanted to make these but have been a bit trepidatious about trying it. I knew there had to be tips, tricks, and secrets to making these rock, I just didn’t know them. Ali does a fantastic job of laying out all the subtle nuances  that will significantly up your pizza grilling game! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Thanks for stopping by for another installment of favorite finds!

Which find is your favorite? 

Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds: The Summer Garden Edition

Welcome back to another edition of Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds. This one is all about gardening. It’s summer and for all of us gardeners, life is good. The plants are exploding, dinner is fresher, and the flowers are glorious! Naturally there are some outstanding posts happening right now on this subject! Let’s take a look 🙂 Also check out Pinterest board for more fabulous finds!

Lasagna Zucchini Boats from Cooking Classy. Any minute now, my zucchini plants are going to explode. This sounds like a super fun and tasty way to put my summer squash to work! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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30 Delicious Recipes for Zucchini Lovers by This Gal Cooks. Like I said; the zucchini explosion is imminent!! New ideas are always welcome for this beloved squash that grows out of control!! If you grow zucchini, you understand just how valuable a post this one is. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Herb Series: Rosemary from Rattlebridge Farm. I adore this post! Poetic and informative at the same time. With Shakespearean quotes, cultural history, and a plethora of recipes, well, I’m in love. I can’t wait for the next of this series! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Paint a Stepping Stone Flower by Flower Patch Farm House. I see myself recreating my dahlias in this form. Couldn’t you see it? A row of brightly colored dahlia stepping stones leading to my dahlia garden. That would be so cool! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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10 Things Your Non-Homesteading Friends Just Don’t Understand. When I read this, it all came into focus. If you homestead at any capacity, chances are you have several friends and family that just don’t get it. This is for them. It’s so spot on. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Seed Saving 101: An Encyclopedia of Seed Saving from The 104 Homestead. I don’t know how long it took Jessica of The 104 Homestead to put this together and I’m not sure I want to know. However I would like to say THANK YOU!! This is such a great resource. I always think about saving my seeds but never really know where to start. Now I have a place! I can’t get over how jam packed this post is. Love love love it!! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Thanks for stopping by for another edition of favorite finds!

Which on is your favorite? 

Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds: 4th of July Edition

Just in time for the 4th of July! Here’s some fantastic ideas for your holiday weekend! Check out Pinterest board for more fabulous finds!

Red White and Blue Finger Jello from the Brown Eyed Baker. I don’t know what it is about finger Jello but I love it! For me, it’s synonymous with the 80’s and my childhood. Ah nostalgia. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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I always to my nails up for the holidays and I have quite a few lady friends who do as well. We just got to get our nails did! These Patriotic 4th of July Nail Ideas from Crafty Morning are perfect!! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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4th of July Dipped Pretzels from The 36th Avenue. White chocolate with pretzels? Yes please!! I adore sweet and salty treats. This one will wow your guests! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Proud Pallet: Rustic Americana Flag from Plan it DIY. I really want to make one of these. If I wasn’t packing for our fishing trip, I would be out getting the supplies today! One of our neighbors has one that they leave up year round. It looks stunning on their porch! This is a must make in my book! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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4th of July Angel Cake and Berry Trifle Recipe by Munchkin Time. A refreshing desert for you 4th cookout. This simple fruity treat will blow your guests away! Click on the pic to go to the link!

4th of July Fireworks Cake Roll from Big Bear’s Wife. I love how cute this came out. Angie’s instructions are easy detailed and easy to follow with lots of pretty pictures. My kind of girl! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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4th of July Tin Can Windsocks from Random Thoughts of a Supermom. I love this kid friendly craft. Usually kid friendly to me means, “Gee that’s cute dear.” Then go hide it somewhere no one will ever see the abomination lol. Kelli takes you step by step through how to make these and make them look good! I seriously love/want some!

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Oh my goodness, stop the presses!! I found this just after I posted! I had to run back and add this one. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a festive and refreshing cocktail! Sparkling Red, White, and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven is sure to please!! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this special edition of Favorite Finds!

Did you find something new for your holiday weekend? Which one’s your favorite?

Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds

Welcome back to another edition of Small Town Girl’s Favorite Finds. I hope your week is going well! Here’s a little blog love for some of my absolute favorite posts from last week. I hope you enjoy. Also check out Pinterest board for more fabulous finds!

First up, a fantastic and beautiful desert for a crowd that you can make in a couple of minutes! I love this!! Angel food cake with a variety of berries! Check out the Berry {Quick & Easy} Layered Cake from Home is Where the Boat is. Click on the pic to go to the link!

Next, one of my favorite bloggers, Heidy from The Mccallum’s Shamrock Patch. I love her posts. The recipes are stellar and always full of flavor! I did not know that there was such a feud of barbecue sauces, did you? I was surprised to learn there were different non tomato based sauces! Mind Blown! Check out the full story of the Kansas City Meets Carolina BBQ Sauce. Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Mountain Man and I are fiends for all things chocolate and peanut butter, so it’s no surprise this one caught my eye. I’m thinking MM will get this for his upcoming b-day dessert!! Don’t you want a swimming pool full of this Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle from Three Kids and a Fish?? I know I do! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Last but not least, Candied Bacon BBQ Ribs from Life with the Crust Cut Off. Caramelized sugary bacon in barbecue sauce?? Yes please! This has got to be a flavor explosion of epic proportions. Can’t wait to throw this on the grill!! Click on the pic to go to the link!

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Thanks for joining me for another installment of favorite finds!

Which one is your favorite?