Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What the Beck???

As of today I have posted 837 times. WOW!
I had no idea that I was even in the 800's.
To all of my followers:  thank you!

Best of 2017

Background:  I was reading The Kentucky Standard, our local newspaper, and they had a section called The Best of Nelson County 2017. This section listed 100 categories for the Readers' Choice Awards. This is the tenth installation of my visits to these winning business locations.

#5    Best Mexican Food:  
The winner was Cinco de Mayo Mexican Bar and Grill

Cinco de Mayo is located at:
225 Parkway Drive, Bardstown, KY
502 – 350 – 1145

      I absolutely loved this restaurant. I have been craving taco salad for weeks. I was thrilled to discover that a Mexican Restaurant was on the Best of 2017 list. The service was excellent, and the food great. I will definitely be visiting this restaurant again in the near future.

 Cinco de Mayo

 While you wait for your meal, 
they serve you chips and salsa.

 The decor is quite average, but
the food is worth the trip.

My taco salad was fantastic. 

#33  Best Pawn Shop
The winner was: Kwik Kash Pawn & Gun 

1426 E. John Rowen Blvd. Bardstown KY
Hrs. 8:30 - 6:00

 I have never been to a pawn shop in my life.
My only exposure was in the movies where 
they are found in the inner cities. They were
seedy and had questionable customers selling
stolen goods. I was pleasantly surprised with
Kwik Kash. It was just like a normal resale shop.

In the parking lot they had everything from 
ladders to a western saddle. 

The first glass case I encountered had rings. 
The top two had appraisal declarations on the diamonds. 
I guess you take a chance when you purchase one with no documentation.

 The word gun was in the name, so I wasn't surprised 
to see an amazing amount of different kind of guns.  This 
case had many different types and brands of handguns.

This one was my favorite. Of course, that is because it 
was pink.  It looked like a toy until he handed it to me. 
It was very heavy, and I felt powerful, but knew that I
would probably blow off my own foot if it were loaded. 

 Then, there were the racks of shotguns and rifles of every type. 

I continued to walk around and found speakers and 
large gas heaters. The heaters reminded me of the one we 
had in St. Charles that heated our screened in 
porch in the winter months. 

I really liked this Craftsman tool box. My tools are 
everywhere in the garage. I think I want this.
My van was full of lighting for the remodel, so 
I will have to think about this for a later purchase 
if it is still in there when I return. 

OOPS!  Sideways photo.
It was on sale for $99.00 but he told me he would 
sell it to me for $75.00. It was in great shape.
I will go online and find out how much
it would be to purchase it new first.

There were a lot of musical instruments such as these guitars. 

 Another area had computers.

There were a lot more guitars for sale here. 

 Power tools covered several shelves.

   These sets of tools were in glass cases.

     I was happy that I visited this store. It was clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I am glad that I changed my

generalization of what a pawn shop is like. I think I may actually visit the rest of the ones in town to see if they are all this nice.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

What the Beck???

Herb-Roasted Prime Rib

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location: Herb-Roasted Prime Rib
Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog

Calories vary depending on serving size.

   This rub was absolutely fabulous. I bought the boneless rib roast at the local butcher called Boone’s Butcher Shop. I didn’t buy the most expensive cut, but selected the prime cut which was still expensive.  I bought an 8.27 lb. roast and it cost me $79.31. It seems like a lot, but I got 13 dinner servings out of it. That means each serving was about $6.00, and that is pretty good for a filling dinner portion.

 I began by going to the grocery store to buy the rosemary, 
sage, and thyme. I chopped them up to go into the rub.

  In a blender I add the herbs, spices, and some olive oil. 
Then, I added in salt,

 pepper, and

 and garlic.

 This is what the rub looks like after blending.

 I coated both sides of the roast and put it in the oven.
I had to flip the roast over after I took this photo,
because it should be put in the pan with the fat side up.

 I cooked it pretty rare, because I was freezing the 
portions. If I cook it this rare, it turns out medium 
rare after microwaving it.

 I have already eaten some of this roast and it was 
marvelous. I find that eating beef for dinner fills me 
up for the entire evening.

Here are the portions ready to go into
the freezer for another day. I can't wait
to chow down on this wonderful meat.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What the Beck???

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location: No-Churn Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog

I figured out that there are 748 calories, if 6 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

   I followed the recipe, but my ice cream turned out more like caramel. I hate it when I follow the recipe and it doesn’t turn out right at all. My brilliant neighbor, Denise, thought it might be good on ice cream as a topping. She had her family try a spoonful of it, and they liked the taste. It did taste good, but I was looking for ice cream. The photo in the recipe looks just like ice cream. Where did I go wrong???
I would definitely try making this again.

In a pot, I mixed the cream, sugar,

peanut butter,


and kosher salt. I cooked it until
the sugar had melted.

I added the jar mixture into the sauce pan,

and stirred until it was totally blended.

I used a mason jar to mix together the
coconut milk and corn starch. I just
shook the jar until it was combined.

I added the cornstarch mixture into the sauce pan.

I transferred the mixture into a bowl to cool.
Once it cooled, I added in the chocolate chips and froze
 the entire thing in an ice cream container.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What the Beck???

I am so grateful for all of my new Kentucky friends as well as those in Illinois.
I am grateful for my wonderful family 
who I truly miss so much.

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location: Orange Bars
Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog

I figured out that there are 207 calories, if 16 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

     If you love lemon bars, then this may be something you might want to try. Orange bars, like lemon, are refreshing and a sweet surprise. I thought these bars were great. I took some to Barnetts, and the others went to the library for the knitting group as well as the library staff. I had a very positive response for these bars. Way to go, Ree!

I began making these bars by adding flour, 


and kosher salt to a bowl.

The final ingredient in the crust is to add
in the butter cubes, and then use a pastry
cutter until the crust looks like crumbs.

I was almost ready to put it in a pan.

I used my fingers to press the crust into the pan, 
and then bake it until golden.

To make the filling you need to add sugar,

and flour into a bowl.

I added in the eggs and used my whisk to stir it together.

I took the zest and juice from the oranges
and added it into filling bowl.

After I stirred the filling mixture together, I
poured it over the crust and baked it.

This is the final product. I did sift powdered
sugar over the bars prior to serving.
Mmmmmmm Good!