Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday's In My City...

It's time for sunday's in my city! As always, it's hosted by the lovely Unknown Mami. Head on over and take a trip across the globe as you peak into everyone's sunday. Today I am coming to you from "Is it ever going to stop raining because Im about to build an Ark,The Netherlands". Yesterday was beautiful and today was not. However we jumped in the car and hoped to beat some of the rain. The above picture was taken in a town called Hengelo.
  While driving along the back roads, the rain stopped and the sun came out. We quickly pulled over and I snapped away.
   It didn't last to long. The skies started turning black once again.
    I sometimes think we won't get a summer at all.
   I'm dreaming of white sandy beaches and tropical drinks.
  This cute little guy landed on us. I love caterpillars!
     Someday I will have sunny photos to take for you. Until then,enjoy a sunny day for me. See you next week!
      
Unknown Mami
                                                                                                            

Thursday, May 27, 2010

BBQ Meatballs

Sometimes I don't feel like making dinner. As much as I love to cook and bake,I need a break once and awhile. I've learned that to make sure my family doesn't fill up on fast food or a bunch or pre packaged items I need to have my version of fast food ready to go.

Enter meatballs. Seriously these are easy to make,even easier to freeze, and they can be used in several meals such as; Subs,soups,stews,spaghetti,and as a main dish. You can serve them over rice,mashed potatoes, or just eat them as is. I always have frozen meatballs in the freezer and use them on the days when I am pressed for time or just don't feel like cooking. Like tonight. I took Pioneer Womans recipe for her BBQ sauce that she uses on her meatballs and used them on my meatball recipe. It was a real winner. You can use her meatball recipe or mine wich can be found here. It makes alot but you can freeze them for later use.


BBQ Meatball Sauce.
1 cup Ketchup
2 TBL Sugar
3 TBL Vinegar
2TBL Worcestershire Sauce
4-6 TBL Finely Chopped Onion; I used dried
1 Dash Tobasco..I left out


Mix all ingredients together. Pour oven meatballs and bake in 350 or 180 celcius oven until warmed through or cooked through. 


If you use my meatball recipe you can bake them on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes on 400 degrees or 200 celcius. Pour them into a casserole dish,top with bbq sauce and bake them in a 350 degree or 180 c oven for another 15 minutes or until cooked through.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Homemade Pizza

Making homemade pizza has been on my To Do list for a very long time. For Mother's Day I purchased 500 Pizzas&Flatbreads cookbook so that I could finally mark another item off the list. I know it's very easy to get recipes off the internet when it comes to pizza making, but I really love having a cookbook handy. I go through it over and over again until I finally pick the one to try. I went ahead with the basic pan pizza crust recipe because it allows you to either stretch it out into a jelly roll pan, or make two 9 inch round crusts. So with that sorted out I needed to tackle the yeast packets.

The recipe calls for "Traditional active dry yeast". I am used to the rapid rise yeast from back home. However they don't sell that here. You can use the rapid rise yeast in place with no problems but luckily I figured out that the yeast sold over here is the active dry yeast it called for. I'm telling you,sometimes I need to figure out several different things before making one item:) So anyway for my dutch and german peeps,the yeast packets we have here are A-ok to use. I was super skeptical because of the small amount of yeast that it called for. I thought for sure that it was going to fail and not beable to stretch out to fit the jelly roll pan. Like always, I was wrong:) The crust was perfect. I was really happy with the way it turned out and we all loved it. It's not the same as say eating a Pizza Hut pizza crust but it is a decent crust.
 I look forward to trying many more recipes in this book. So far it's been a real winner!

Basic Pizza Crust
1 cup Bread Flour
1-1/3 cups Flour
3/4 cup plus 1 TBS Warm Water
1 tsp. Traditional Active Dry Yeast..can use one packet of the rapid rise yeast in place.
1/2 tsp. Honey
1-1/2 tsp. Olive Oil
3/4 tsp. Salt

To make the dough,combine the flour. Place warm water, yeast,honey,and olive oil in bowl of standing mixer. Add 1/3 cup flour and mix on low speed or whisk by hand until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap or clean paper towel and let sit for 20 minutes,until mixture is foamy top. Add remaining flour and salt and mix with dough hook for 4 minutes,or knead by hand for 10 minutes,until the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for 1-1/2 hours, or until dough has almost doubled in size. If using rapid rise yeast I imagine it will only take 1 hour until it's doubled in size.

If making one pizza, lightly oil a jelly roll pan. Place dough in pan, and punch down once in center. Using your hands, stretch out the dough from the center to the sides,taking care to distribute it evenly around the pan. Using toothpicks or small lightweight containers as supports in each corner,tent the dough with paper towel and return to warm spot for another 45 mins. **I actually didn't bother with the toothpicks and tenting. I let me dough rise in a warm oven and the dough never shrank.
 If making 2 pizzas,lightly oil two 9 -inch round cake pans. Using your hands or a rolling pin,stretch out each ball to form a 9 inch disc. With fingers,work a little dough around edges to form crust. Place dough in pans,cover with clean towel, and return to warm spot for 45 minutes.

Place oven rack on the bottom rack of oven. Preheat to 550 or 300 celcius. Spread pizza sauce over crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge. Bake in oven for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and spread on shredded mozzarella cheese and choice of toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 5-6 minutes,until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice into squares.
   For my Dutch friends..when using the yeast packets here it says that you do not need to let it sit in warm water but instead can be mixed in right away. Thats what I always do and never have problems. Simply add and mix everything all at once and then move on to the kneading part.                                           

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I'm soooo happy! I have been making homemade ice cream for almost a year now. I've been trying all kinds of recipes with some turning out pretty good, and other's not really worthy of a repeat. I am here to say that this one is a total keeper! Wow was I impressed! It's the first time that my 3 guys and I agreed that if someone served this to us we would of thought it came from the store. Before there has always been slight difference both in the texture and the taste that let us know it wasn't all the way there yet. Well it's all the way there and them some :)
 I do need some advice though for mint ice cream makers. I went ahead and used peppermint in this recipe because all the recipes call for this(if u want a true mint flavor I guess using peppermint is more acurate to the mint taste and it was spot on with the flavor). They don't sell peppermint over here and I'm out. I used the full 1-1/2 tsp. of peppermint and it was slighty to much. All I have left now is Mint and I'm hoping someone can tell me if it's worth trying to use it or should I beg someone back home to send me a few more bottles of the peppermint? I know you can also make it from steeping fresh mint leaves but I would need to hunt for those aswell. So any advice at all would be very helpful:) Mint ice cream is my favorite so if by using mint is going to change the flavor to much then I would like to know that aswell. Thank you so much Kitchen Addiction for the BEST mint ice cream recipe. I will be making this again with chopped up mint pieces and maybe some crushed oreo's aswell!

Mint Ice Cream..1 Gallon
2 cups Heavy Cream
1-1/2 cups Whole Milk..I used 2%
3/4 cup Sugar
4 Egg Yolks
1 tsp. Vanilla
1-1/2 tsp. Mint Extract (I switched over to peppermint but I think I should of only added in maybe a teaspoons worth)
Few drops of green food coloring; Optional
3 ounces good quality Bittersweet Chocolate: Finley chopped or shaved.

Bring Cream and milk to a simmer in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally, and do not allow to boil. Meanwhile, use a hand mixer to beat the sugar and egg yolks until thick,and lightens in color.

While the mixer is still on,add 1 cup of the hot milk and cream to the eggs to temper them. Add it in slowly so you don't end up with a scrambled egg mixture. Once you have mixed it all in,add the egg mixture back into the saucepan, and continue to cook until thickened and the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the extracts and food coloring. Transfer to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Be sure to press the plastic wrap down the surface of the custard to prevent a skin on top. Refrigerate over night or atleast until the mixture is chilled.

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufactorer's instructions. In the last few minutes of processing the ice cream, add in the finely chopped chocolate to the ice cream. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until firm.   

On a side not if you are worried about egg pieces being in the cream mixture, you can use a fine mesh strainer and pour the  cream through that and into a bowl after you have cooked it the 2nd time. I almost always do that incase I have missed something.                      

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sundays In My City....

Welcome to sunny and warm Holland! yep it's that time again..thanks to Unknown Mami we can travel around the world every sunday. Please head over there and check out what everyone else is up to. I'm so happy to report that we have beautiful sunny weather! Today will be about 74 and we're going to BBQ later on! This morning we went to feed the Geese..seriously why is it that the most simple things in life bring the most joy? I even loved it when they hissed at me to get my attention.




Ha Ha..I love the one on the left. He wants in the pic too!
    
  
   I hope wherever you are today, that you are able to get outside and enjoy it. See you next sunday!    
      
Unknown Mami
       

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's Friday!!!

I'm so happy for friday's now. Since my husband took another promotion at work, he works a regular work week now and has the weekends off. It's also a 3 day weekend and we plan on having a BBQ on sunday:) I was contacted several days ago by HGTV's House Hunters International. They wanted to know if I owned my own house and would be interested in interviewing me for the show. I was sorry to say that I did not own my own place here. It would of been alot of fun, since they would of flown me back to the U.S. to do a backstory before coming back here to film.
The sun is fully out now and my plants are growing. These little green gems will turn into flowers..but I have no clue as to what kind. I dumped a packet of seeds in there not really expecting them to grow so I never paid attention as to what kinds of seeds there were!
When I see my neighbors laundry hanging out to dry,I know summer is almost here!
My Butterfly tree is sprouting up. You are supposed to cut it back around April and every year I think it won't grow tall enough in time. However it always does and soon enough it will be taller than my husband, who is 6'4," and it will be bursting with beautiful purple blossoms.
My Hydrangea plant is coming along nicely aswell. I can't wait to see it bloom!
I love how even on the ground, you can find beautiful life growing happily. Happy Friday Everyone!                                                                                                                            

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are soooooo moist and delicious! I no longer need to scout out anymore chocolate cupcake recipes. I have found the one. I needed to make cupcakes for my son to take to his class for his birthday. I looked back on my recipes and noticed I still hadn't found the one recipe that beat all others for me. I went hunting and found this recipe over at The Farm Chicks. At first glance it looks like the Hershey's recipe..but the difference here is that this recipe doesn't use 2 cups of white sugar, but one cup white and one cup brown sugar.


I don't know if the brown sugar helps with the fact that they come out pillow soft and moist, but whatever it is, I'm hooked. I also used dutch cocoa wich I have to tell you, is the best out there. I never realised how amazing dutch cocoa is until I moved here. It blows everything else away. I can buy it really cheap here to wich is nice and my baked items come out way more chocolate intense than the Hershey's brand. If you can find it where you live, I encourage you to buy it. The dutch cocoa always needs to be made with recipes that include the baking powder aswell and soda.
It can also be made into a cake and it's just as good. 
  It was crazy moist and dense. I used a frosting that always reminds me of a cream filling. You can find the recipe Here. I still prefer the cupcakes over the cake when it comes to this recipe but either way it's a winner.

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes..30 cupcakes
1 cup sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar..not packed!
1-3/4 cups Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa
1-1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1-1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup Boiling Water
Preheat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Sift all dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Add egss,milk,oil, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer for about 2 mins,scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add boiling water, and beat just until blended...make sure the mixer isn't on high when you add the water or it will fly everywhere. The batter will be very watery but that's ok!

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. You really need to watch this because these suckers really grow in the oven. Mine actually over flowed but amazingly sprang back up during the baking and didn't make a mess. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or untiul toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool and Frost.

To make the cake you can use 2 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. Grease and flour pans. If using the 8 inch like I did you might want to use a little less to make sure it doesn't spill over. You could infact use 3 8 inch cake pans if you wanted. Bake 35-40 minutes until done. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Celebrating 3 years of living in Tulip Land

Yesterday my son turned 12. It also happens to be the day we landed in The Netherlands. We arrived here 3 years ago with our life crammed into 3 large suitcases. I was scared beyond belief. Here I was,stepping foot inside a country I didn't know one thing about, and wondering how in the world I was going to build a life up here..

I'm a small town girl from Oregon. I've lived in towns so small that they only required one set of traffic lights. I've lived out in the middle of nowhere and my neighbors were the local deer,raccoon,elk, and coyote. I never went to college. I became a mother at the age of 23 and had my second by 25. I worked both from home and in various other places. All I wanted was a home of my own on land that would support my constant need to fill it with every type of animal I could get my hands on. I still want that house on land.

Looking back on my 3 years here,it's hard to say if it's for the better or not. I have no illusions that we will be going home. I often think of my time here as a marriage of convenience. You continue your life as best and you can but you always keep your eye out for the time when you can break free and move on to something else. I'm forever stuck. I have lost touch with everything and everyone back home. It's no one's fault. I'm between 7-9 hours ahead of everyone and they can no more relate to me anymore than I can to them. I try my hardest to share what I see and do over here..but I know things are tough back home and everyone is struggeling to keep one foot infront of the other...but still..I feel left out.

Life as an Expat is a tricky one. Everyone moves to different countries for various reasons. It might be for work or school..but eventually they go home. For those of us who move here for love and starting over is very different. I'm not going home..not anytime soon. Thats not to say that at some point we couldn't go home, but in the larger picture, we are 100% better off here. When it comes to raising my two sons and giving them a secure future.. hands down, The Netherlands provides that. So I keep those things in mind as time goes by. 

My first two years were pretty bad ones. The boys and I suffered from cultural shock and it was hard to come to grips with. Everything was the same but very different. The culture is different. The way people deal with you over here is not the same. I find myself being judged before anyone has ever met me. They say to me "You're an American" with distain in their voice. Everyone has an opinion on us and they can't wait to share it. At first I was really happy to meet people but have since then shrank back alot...not everyone is like that of course but even my husband agrees that in the larger picture, Americans are by far the most friendly when it comes to general contact. We smile,we chat,we laugh,we help,we're curious.

So 3 years on and I still do not have friends here...but I don't actively search them out either..lol It's selfish to say but I really don't feel like peeling the layers away for someone to think about giving me a shot. I'm not, nor will I ever be, ashamed to be an American, and I'm not changing my life and outlook to suit anyone other than myself.

So here is what I do know..I'm stronger than I ever thought possible. I'm more openminded than I ever thought I would be. I now think of what it must me like for an immigrant moving to the U.S. because we aren't always nice to those who are different..and I get that same exact treatment here. I get those impatient stares,the rolling of the eyes,the general disregard for being an educated person who comes from a fully functioning country. I'm happier than I was 3 years ago and I'm positive I will be even happier one year from today. I'm starting to love my life. I love going on long drives and seeing new things. My relationship with my husband and two sons are rock solid. I still miss home. I'm always going to miss home and I hope I reach that point where this move won't be a marriage of convenience, but something I want to stay in for the rest of my life.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homemade Soft Pretzels

I made soft pretzels!!! everybody do a little jig for me in your seat..come on just do it! :) I was soooooo ecstatic when these turned out. I haven't had a soft pretzels for the longest time. It's so odd because now that I live overseas, I find myself craving for things I didn't normally eat when I was home. I've always loved soft pretzels..espically the mall pretzels. The one I went to was called Aunt Anne's Pretzels. I would order one without salt and get the yumie cheese sauce to go along with it:) that was sooo good. Years would go by though without ever having one. I guess you take alot of things for granted because once you don't have access to them..you suddenly crave for it.

So thats what happend. I've had soft pretzels on the brain for weeks now. I went hunting online for a recipe I thought I would tackle. I found this recipe over at allrecipes and seriously, if you haven't ever taken the time to look over there..you need to. They have tons and tons of awesome recipes. The site comes with comments from other's who have made the same recipe and alot of the time they leave valuable comments. Thats what happended with recipe. I read through and wrote down what I learned. So here is what I learned..WICH by the way goes along with Communal Globals Tuesday's Around The World. They want to know what you've learned. So ok, I don't have words of wisdom of things that I have learned..but I have soft pretzel wisdom to share.

1. Do NOT stress over making pretzels. If you worry about it up front, you are doomed for failure.
2. Seriously if I can make these, you can too.
3. Rolling the ropes out to half their length and letting them relax is a great tip. By the time you roll them all half way and go back to the first, it will have rested enough to roll further.
4. Boiling them in a baking soda bath is also a great tip. The original recipe only called for dipping it in the water..not boiling. I found the boiling method to be very easy and it held it's shape. Alot of people complained the dough fell apart when dipping.
5. Knead the dough for the full 8 minutes. If you don't knead it enough the dough is going to give you serious problems.
6. Even though the name of this recipe is Mall Pretzels..it's not. The mall ones are bigger and thicker..but it doesn't matter because these babies ARE soft and chewy and PERFECT!
 Look at that beautiful buttery skin..So are you ready to try??

Soft Pretzels..Makes 12
1 pkg. Active Dry Yeast..2-1/4 tsp.
2 TBL Brown Sugar
1-1/8 tsp. Salt
1-1/2 cups Warm Water
3 cups Flour
1 cup Bread Flour


For the soda bath
4 cups Boiling water
4 TBl Baking Soda


Topping Ideas:
Melted Butter
Coarese Kosher Salt
Melted butter with garlic or other herbs
Cinnamon and Sugar


In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar, and salt in 1-1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size..about 1 hour. I actually turn the oven on to the lowest setting and then turn it off again before I put the bowl in with the dough. It gives it a semi warm area and the yeast just loves it.


Combine the 4 cups water and baking soda in a large sauce pan. Start to boil when it's time to roll the dough out.


After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each rope(using the palms of your hands,not a rolling pin)  into a 2 foot long or under foot rope( remember you need to come back and roll it out to a 3 foot long rope..but allowing it to relax makes the job easier.) You want it to be thin..the directions say pencil thin or smaller but that just ain't happening in my opinion.
This is the dough rolled out half way. As you can tell it's not pencil thin..but that is just fine. When you have finished your last rope, go back and roll the first one all the way out to a 3 foot long rope. Do not bother using a rolling pin..the palms of your hands work perfect. Make sure to use a small amount of flour..using to much actually makes it harder to roll out..to little and it's a little sticky and wont roll properly either.
 Now for the shape..You want to make a circle with the two ends at the top. You want to twist a few times.
It should look like this. You then want to bring it back down into the proper pretzel shape.
   Go ahead and press the ends into the dough to help it stay attached better. Now comes the part where people fail. You want to pick the pretzel up as quickly as you can and drop it into the boiling soda bath water. There is no need to flip it over in the water. When you drop it in there just press it down with a fork and allow it to boil for 30 seconds or so. I used a rubber spatula to take them out again. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets and allow to rise for 15 to 20 minutes.
I would say for sure that it's easier to have someone help you. My husband and I actually switched off between the rolling and the dipping. It went much quicker that way. You can try forming all the pretzels at once and then boiling them but I havnet tried that myself so I don't know if that works well or not.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees or 225 celcius. Bake pretzels for 8-10 minutes,or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter,sprinkle with salt,garlic salt, or cinnamon and sugar. Keep a close eye out on the pretzels..mine were done by 8 minutes. They brown really fast.  So there you have it...soft yummie pretzels that when you serve to your kids they will look at you as if you were Super Woman:)

Link up and let us know What you have learned!                                                          

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hawaiian Meatballs

I've been on a sweet and sour kick lately. I go through periods where I crave that flavor combo and then I'm good for awhile. I found this recipe over at allrecipes. I had alot of ground beef and was getting tired of the usual recipes. This was sooooo fantastic! the meatballs alone are worthy of making again without the sauce. The recipe is called sweet and sour meatballs but in truth it was less sweet and sour than we had expected. Thats ok though because the sauce was really great!

The reviews said the sauce wasn't enough to cover all the meatballs..and there is ALOT of meatballs. I lost count once I went over 50. So if you don't want left overs, I would cut the meatball recipe in half but keep the sauce amounts the same. If you make the full recipe wich by the way would be also great as an appetizer aswell as a main course, I would double certain parts of the sauce. I will list what I doubled in the recipe. If you are a vegetarian(This ones for you, Lizzy:o) you could use a meatless version of meatballs and I bet it would still taste great.

Hawaiian Meatballs..Serves atleast 8 as a main dish
Meatballs:
2 lbs Ground Beef
2 Eggs
1 cup Dried Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Finely Chopped Onion
1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1 tsp. Seasoning Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Pepper
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. Sugar

Sauce:
1 (20ounce)can Pineapple chunks,drained with juice reserved(I used a total of 2 cups of pineapple juice)
1/3 cup Water (I used 2/3 cup) 
3 TBL White Vinegar
1 TBL Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Brown Sugar Packed
3 TBL Cornstarch
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp. Seasoning Salt
1 Large Carrot,diced; Optional
1 Large Green Bell Pepper,cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup Sliced Mushrooms;Optional
Cooked Rice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees or 200 celcius. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet or shallow pan(if not using lean ground beef,make sure the pan has sides to catch the grease). In a large bowl mix the ground beef,eggs,bread crumbs, and onion. Sprinkle with giner,seasoning salt,pepper,worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Shape into 1 inch balls.

Place meatballs in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes; Set aside..I went ahead and cooked my meatballs all the way through.


To make the sauce, mix enough water with the reserved pineapple juice to make 1 cup. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the juice,1/3 cup water,vinegar,soy sauce,and brown sugar. Stir in cornstarch, ginger and seasoning salt, until smooth. Cover and cook until thickened.


Stir pineapple chunks,carrot,green bell pepper and meatballs into the sauce. Gently stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce. Simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Serve over hot rice.


After reading the reviews, I went ahead and cooked my meatballs all the way through to avoid them falling apart in the sauce. I also used a a big Wok and sauteed my bell pepper and mushrooms together. I then added the meatballs and sauce and gently cooked it for about 10 minutes.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sundays In My City....

It's another round of Sunday's In My City..wich is always hosted by the wonderful Unknown Mami. Please head over and check out what she is up to aswell as everyone else:) If you are new here..I'm an American expat living in The Netherlands. I wanted so badly to show you bright and sunny photos..but it's grey here..maybe next week. I went on a quick drive with my husband. The picture above is a country road. The roads will forever scare me here. The lanes always look like one to me but they are two..so you need to share them with everyone traveling along them.
  Here is another road pic. As you can see there isn't alot of room.
This is a typical scene you see here..Dutch parents holding on to their childs shoulder as they teach them how to bike...they start out very young here. As soon as they can walk they are on a bike! As they get older the parents take them out and teach them the biking rules when riding out in the very busy dutch world.
  They have some serious ugly places here. This always reminds me of a hotel but these are apartments.
                                                                                                            Here is another set of apartments. I'm so glad we don't live in one of those..espically with kids. You have no outside space of your own.
  A pretty lane I would love to live on.
Here we have one of my oldest sons favorite places to fish. To the left of it is the pretty lane above. Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to take care of the oldest son who has a stomach bug that doesn't want to go away. See you next sunday!  
   
Unknown Mami