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Joshua Tree Adventuring…

What a thrill to finally be here. Joshua Tree has been on my bucket list for far too long.

This was our first stop, I suppose you can tell I’m very excited.

Oh my Joshua Tree, a fine specimen indeed.

A pano here for your enjoyment. Folks, if you ever get a chance to visit this gorgeous National Park, don’t pass it up. It is truly worth the stop. Of course the weather must always be taken into account and one must plan well.

Amazing rock formations, molten lava that rose long ago.

The beauty is endless…

A walk and wine session is a must.

Here’s a quick link to this amazing National Park, by now I’m thinking 🤔 you’re thinking… you must go some time in your life.

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

Research research research, I can’t express enough folks do your research on what to bring, when to go, etc… the desert can be brutal, you must take care and be prepared.

Our little Airbnb the ‘Sunrise Cove’ was just perfect.

Steak Or Bust

A culinary how to…

Who amongst us (except for the non vegan types) does not love a good steak!

I pride my myself on knowing how to cook a good one up. I was schooled on the process in culinary school years back.

I thought I’d share some good info on how to

with you…

How to Make Steak Just Like a Steakhouse – Food Network

Bon appetit! g.

*stock photo (for now)

Pictured here, a new york steak, currently my fav. cut.

I will post my own photo as soon as I can wait long enough after cooking one up before digging in to take get a shot.

A Fine Hot Chocolate Is Life

Recently I have been obsessed with serving up a fine hot chocolate and with a giant marshmallow or two to boot! To be honest this obsession started a few weeks ago, I was watching yet another Hallmark movie (can’t seem to stop from watching these feel good, happy happy gems), in the movie there are a few quite warm and fuzzy scenes in which the featured stars are seen drinking some of the most delectably looking mugs of hot chocolate ever.

After conducting some research on the finest of hot chocolates, I came up with this simple but divine goodness.

Here’s all you need. Now I am no Chocolatier, but that bar of chocolate up there, sure helped to create some mighty fine goodness. By the way, by all means use whole milk if that’s what you have on hand.

Serves 3/4

Ingredients

  • Milk (2 cups)
  • 1 4oz chocolate bar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Your favorite huge marshmallows

Process…

  1. In a medium pot heat 2 cups milk to warm
  2. Add in a half bar of good chocolate (2 oz.) (break the bar up a bit for quicker melting) the type I used here worked out great. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough! Mix until the chocolate melts into the milk
  3. Add in a 1/4 tsp of vanilla, combine well
  4. Ladle the warm hot chocolate into a mug
  5. Top with a giant marshmallow or two
  6. Grate some bar chocolate onto the cocoa, a microplane grater works very well for this
  7. Repeat, or after cooled, refrigerate and save the rest of the hot chocolate for later consumption and enjoyment

*recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, etc… to your specific goodness needs

Lots of glorious shaved cocoa topping for moi, yum!

Enjoy! g.

The King’s Supreme Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe could not be easier. I took an already great recipe I found on the web and tweaked it to my liking while considering what I had on hand in my kitchen, Peanut Butter Banana Bread it is! I am playfully calling it the King’s (as in Elvis) because from what I understand he loved the combo… bananas and peanut butter, yum!

I must say this bread is delicious, it is deliciously decadent , but not too sweet and I mean that in a good way. The peanuts and peanut butter give it a great depth of flavor.

Had to give you an inside look, plus… I had to have a test 😉 slice. Oh so good.

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanut
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Butter a glass loaf pan
  3. In a mixing bowl mash the bananas until smooth
  4. Add in the melted butter, combine it with the mashed bananas
  5. Add in all other ingredients
  6. Mix well
  7. Place the batter into your pan
  8. Even out the top with a spatula or back of a spoon
  9. Cover loosely with foil and bake for approximately 50 minutes, make sure to check for doneness with a toothpick
  10. Serve warm, sliced, with butter
  11. Now, be prepared to be tantalized with the King’s Supreme Peanut Butter Banana Bread!

Ok so, the jury has spoken…

Almost half eaten already! It’s a keeper, delicious and husband approved.

Grandma Jean’s Milk Gravy

Want a yummy and comforting food treat for breakfast? Try my mother in laws Milk Gravy the next time you are craving biscuits and gravy. It is so delicious! I never knew milk gravy existed during my pre-mom-in-law days long ago. Boy, was I missing out on a whole lot of yummy goodness

Nothing wrong with a food treat, cheat meal, right? All in moderation, that’s key.

Here’s just about all you need, but don’t forget the pepper.

Start your roux (roux = a fancy culinary term for your thickening agent here)

Cook your bacon and set aside the fat (drippings). I made 6 thick cut slices and it rendered about 1/2 cup fat.

After adding in the milk bring the mixture to a soft boil

All thickened up

I made it easy on myself, store bought definitely works.

I used the same cookie sheet that I cooked the bacon on (after the bacon fat is drained off) to cook the biscuits. This gives the biscuits a slight and oh so nice bacon flavor.

Top your biscuits with this goodness, the bacon I mean.

Serves 3/4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Process

  1. In a sauce pan heat bacon fat
  2. Add in the flour
  3. Whisk the roux until smooth, cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or so. Make sure not to brown this, it should stay a nice light color/white
  4. Over medium heat slowly add in the milk
  5. Add in the salt and pepper
  6. Whisk the mixture
  7. Heat gravy to a soft boil and continue whisking until it has thickened
  8. Lower heat, keep warm until service

This gravy will thicken even more when left standing, but on the reheat you could add a bit more milk. Not too much though, you don’t want to lose any good flavor.

To Serve… place a warm biscuit or two on a plate, top the biscuit(s) with a bit of warm gravy. I used about a 1/4 cup of gravy per my biscuit. Now, you are ready to top this goodness with crisp cooked bacon.

Enjoy!

You can certainly make homemade biscuits here. For me, this time, it was all about the good gravy.

g.