Monday, April 27, 2015

It's the Little Things

I truly believe the key to peace and happiness is to focus on the wonderful, little things all around you and not the overwhelming, negative things.

Here are a few things that have made me happy recently. 


A beautiful little plant that we had totally ignored until it bloomed these beautiful bleeding hearts!


A beautiful blue sky and trees budding out green leaves! 


Watching the trailer for the newest Star Wars movie coming out in December!  


A cute little gift from a thoughtful friend who supports this crazy idea of starting a blog!

Find your Happy Camper Life!
Michele

Sunday, April 26, 2015

From the Field to the Table

This weekend has been busy but rewarding.  I picked up litter in our town for Earth Day Saturday and that evening we took our son and his girlfriend out to eat.  Sunday my hubby got to go turkey hunting in the first time in years.

I do enjoy watching my feathered friends strutting around my house but they are very plentiful.  So hubby went out with a friend (no not in our back yard lol!) and he got a fine one!  There's something about your man being able to hunt for your dinner!

As soon as I got this picture from him (those are decoys in the background), I started Googling fried turkey breast recipes.  I found one that was unique.  I found in on myrecipes.com.  I had to tweak a little since I didn't have some of the specific ingredients.  It came out very good!


Hubby cut the breast into strips and then into chunks.  


When he was cutting up the meat, I made the marinade - 1/4 cup honey....


Here was drew me to the recipe lol!  It called for Wild Turkey Bourbon.  I didn't have any Wild Turkey but I did have some Crown - a little Crown makes everything better!  In this case, 1/2 cup....


The recipe called for spicy brown mustard which I didn't have so I substituted sweet mustard.  The end result was perhaps just a touch too sweet, I would substitute just regular mustard in the future.


Add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and put the marinade in a bag or container with the turkey.  Marinade for 4 hours.


When it's time to fry, combine flour and the seasonings (see recipe)....


Take your turkey out of the marinade, put in flour, and drop pieces into hot oil.


Fry until golden brown, sprinkle with more salt - eat until your swollen!


Deep Fried Wild Turkey Breast
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1/2 cup Wild Turkey bourbon (or some other alcohol)
  • 2 tablespoons spicy deli mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 whole wild turkey breast skinned

Preparation

  1. Remove the skin from the wild turkey breast. Slice the meat crosswise into strips. Wash the meat and pat dry. 

  2. Place the honey in a medium micro-safe bowl and heat on High for 1 minute. Whisk in the bourbon, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Pour this marinade into a large freezer ziptop bag. Add the turkey breast strips. Toss to completely coat the meat and refrigerate for 4 hours.

  3. Whisk together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, thyme, basil, onion powder, and garlic powder in bowl.  

  4. Remove turkey breast strips from the marinade and shake off excess liquid. Place the strips into the bowl with the seasoned flour. Toss to coat strips.

  5. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a heavy skillet. Fry turkey strips until golden. Do this in batches in order not to crowd the pan. Drain on paper towels.
Find your Happy Camper Life!
Michele

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Date Night

I firmly believe you cannot have a happy life without having a happy marriage.  Having a happy marriage takes work - sometime it takes a willingness to get off the couch and out of the house and do something different!  Hubby and I did just that the other night - we got dressed up and went to the big city of Springfield, MO - ate out and went to the Pat Benatar concert!


We tried out Big Whiskey's downtown.  It had a cool downtown vibe to it.  My chicken parmesan was very good!


We had time to kill before the concert started and I didn't want to stand around in my heels lol so we ordered dessert - fried cheesecake!  It was cheesecake wrapped up in a flour tortilla, deep fried and served with ice cream and caramel sauce.  It was delicious!


The concert was held at the Gillioz Theater.  The Gillioz is a beautiful theater built in the 20's with lots of charm.  I really enjoy going to concerts there - it is smaller and more intimate.  You feel like you're right there with the musicians.  


Even though we got dessert, we were still pretty early for the concert - we were so excited!


Pat Benatar and her husband of 33 years Neil Giraldo put on an amazing concert!  When she came out and started to sing Shadows of the Night, I thought she was lip syncing because she sounded just like her records!  Some musicians don't sound as good in person.  Not Pat!  She has one of the most powerful voices I've ever heard!


I actually teared up when she sang Love is a Battlefield!  I was 16 years old when that song came out.  You always remember those songs when you were a teenager!


Hubby and I were all smiles throughout the evening!  We had a great time and made some great memories.

What are you waiting for?!  Get out there - do something different - spend some time with your spouse.

Find your Happy Camper Life!
Michele

Monday, April 13, 2015

St. Louis Zoo

Saturday it was just too beautiful to stay inside and scrape the popcorn off the ceiling! Instead I loaded my mom and brother up and drove a few hours east to St. Louis. 

We met my sister and brother-in-law who live in Paducah, KY.  They picked up my 92-year-old grandma, who lives in St. Louis and we all met for lunch.  




We were going to eat at Crown Candy Kitchen - a St. Louis icon - but we didn't feel like waiting so I used my Trip Advisor app and found the #12 restaurant - The Fountain on Locust - was about 9 minutes away and on the way to the zoo!  

It was awesome!


Me and my baby sister!

 My grandma and I both had a cup of their secret recipe Dill Pickle Soup - it was so good!  Really!!  Like eating those dill pickle chips - in a creamy soup form!


They are also known for their homemade ice cream and their incredible sundaes!  I just had to try the Almond Joy!

 The interior has this cool 1920's art deco vibe!


After lunch we all headed to the zoo - BTW - the St. Louis is FREE!!!  That's right - FREE!!  If you park along the road, you won't even have to pay to park.




Yes they have live animals too!!


They have this cool sea lion exhibit where you can walk under them as they swim all around you!


It was a perfect day!!

































After the zoo closed, we headed over to the Grand Plaza in front of the Art Museum.  It was a beautiful evening!!


















In the end, I was really glad I took a day to be with my family and enjoy a beautiful day!

Find your Happy Camper Life!
Michele

Friday, April 3, 2015

Family Traditions



You're probably thinking during this Easter holiday I'm going to share about yummy dinners or going to church or egg hunts.  

You are soooo wrong!!  Don't get me wrong, as a family we also have amazing Easter dinners, we always go to church and we always hunt eggs (usually finding some later with the mower or weed eater!).  

No the family tradition I'm talking about is watching the newest Fast and Furious movie!  

When you live with two males, it's hard sometimes to find things all three of us enjoy. The first Fast and Furious movie came out in 2001 when our son was just 8, and all three of were hooked!  



Now here we are 14 years later and we are continuing the tradition by watching Furious 7 together. 



I'm happy to say our little family of three has expanded to include a girlfriend!  



Hope Hannah likes Fast and Furious movies as much as we do!  What's your quirky family traditions?  Don't have one?  Create one!  It can be as simple as watching a series of movies together!