Wild turkeys are only one of two domestic birds native to America, the other is a duck. My friend Frankie Lively took these pictures in a pasture near her home in the country. It is not easy to get a picture, when they see you, they walk on off. The Toms either hang out by themselves or stay with other Toms~or gobblers~ and the hens stay together in groups until mating season. The hens lay from 7 to 14 eggs and are good mothers. They feed their babies for about three days then the babies find food for themselves, but stay with the group. At times there are as many as 45 or 50 that roam around together. Another ranching friend came home last week and there were 45 turkeys under her pecan tree in the yard. Wild turkeys forage on the ground and eat nuts, acorns, seeds and berries. Unlike the domestic turkeys, they are good flyers, they will sail into a big oak tree just before dark and roost there. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the United State’s national bird, he saw all the good things about them. I would vote yes with him~
This is something you might like~ a lot! It is homemade pita bread (or pocket bread) that is stuffed with meat, seasoned with curry and mixed with crunchy vegetables, raisins, and chopped apples. The bread is tough and chewy, it holds the stuffing down to the last bite and doesn’t get soft and weepy. It is something you can eat on the run or serve to your company around the dinning table. It is delicious. Curry is one of my favorite seasonings, it has a woody taste and is different from any other spice. We always made these sandwiches down on the river in the summer time. Everyone liked them and they were good warm or cold. They were just good.
Make the bread first, and while it is rising, you can start on the stuffing, it only takes a short time from start to finish. The dough needs to rest for a little while so it will relax and you will be able to roll the circles without resistance, otherwise you will roll and it will fight with you.
I have always been amazed that flour, liquid and a rising agent can be combined to make every kind of bread you can imagine and all of them are different. Here goes~
CURRY BEEF PITA SANDWICHES
1 pkg. yeast
½ warm water
1 tsp sugar
~ let this sit for 5 minutes
1 c. warm water
3 c flour
1 ¼ tsp salt
Now beat and mix all together and let
rise for 2 hours. Divide into 6 balls
and roll into 7 in. circles on floured board.
Spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam,
lay three circles on each pan and
Let rise for 10 minutes while you preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake for about 6 minutes, until they start to turn golden,watch that they don’t burn. Cool on wire racks and then cut in halves, I use kitchen scissors.
1 lb. very lean ground meat
1 onion, chopped
Add & cook 4 or 5 minutes:
1 chopped apple
1/3 c white raisins
½ c celery chopped med. fine
2 carrots chopped med. fine
1 ¼ tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder and 2 T white wine
Stuff pockets with filling and add a dollop
of sour cream dressing.
My first miniature shoe was the ‘I Do’ shoe, a little old timey wedding slipper. Nancy gave it to me for my birthday one year. I couldn’t put it down, it was absolutely adorable.
Then on another birthday here came the Raine Runner, this was during my jogging years and is a perfect replica of a running shoe. These shoes were all made by a company called Just the Right Shoe, they came in their own fancy box with only the shoe for the right foot.
Later a friend in Canada sent me the pretty little blue mule slipper. It was encrusted in pearls and looked like blue satin leather. I just like things that are little, all the shoes remind of those special days and happy times.
I ran across a picture this week of me, Tricia and Nancy and our Uncle Calvin and Aunt Maxine. We loved them, they were fun and taught us all kinds of things. After they were older, Calvin was in the navy, (he looked wonderful in his sailor suit) and Maxine was a beautiful girl, she worked as secretary for lawyer, Robert Amacker. When Calvin was home on leave, they liked to jitter bug and they tried to teach us the steps. “kick~ kick~toe~heel~toe~stomp~slide” Now it stuck with me and that is exactly how I did it even when I was grown. (not a pretty sight) I did the steps but didn’t learn the dance. They knew all the dances from the early 1940s.
Maxine is around 90 years old now, so this was a long time ago. She is still very pretty and resembles Queen Elizabeth. Calvin lives in California with his family and is retired from Jet Propulsion Labs. He has a beautiful shock of white hair and plays tennis weekly. We were always proud of our aunts and uncles, these two were the most fun~
One morning a few years ago, I heard interesting noises from across the road, not a chain saw, a weed eater, not a mower, but something better. I knew the sound of a circular saw and it was buzzing away. This went on all day and when I went for my walk I saw what was going on with my neighbors. In an oak grove in the back there was some framing going up the biggest tree and legs down to the ground. I could see Jim was building a real tree house for their little girls. It was fun watching the progress. It took about a week and was perfect and wonderful. It had a nice sized room, a porch and real stairs with hand rails. I thought how lucky those two kids were, it is every child’s dream to have a tree house, a play house or a cave. I always look when I drive by, it is a mighty fine house and a fine daddy who built it~
Here are some Mallard duck figurines I bought after I no longer had my real ducks. They are quite beautiful and realistic. I have had a love for ducks ever since I got two babies at a garage sale thirty five years ago. Stanley and Rose Olive lived with us for almost ten years. Later the kids had ducks when they were grown and married. There was Sarah Kate, Katy Mae and Algeritta, to name a few. No one knows how smart and loving these birds can be until they have them for pets. They are unbelievably beautiful. All they wanted was a puddle of water. We always remember them at Christmas time and how much fun they were when they got their special gift~a pint of earth worms~
Sarah Kate was a beautiful male mallard, he loved the pond with the fountain. It was fun to watch the ducks go upside down in the water to eat off the bottom. We had a wonderful time with all the ducks, what special little friends~
There was an Antique Trade Show in Santa Fe in 1994, someone in my family decided to rent a booth and participate in it since they were interested in Civil War memorabilia and had some of the old Harper’s Weekly newspapers to show.
I made ZZ an old timey dress from a Laura Ashley pattern, (I made her dresses from these patterns until she was about 8 years old). Anyway, I found some suede high top shoes to go with it. At the library there was an old cookbook with recipes for simple molasses cookies, the kind that women made back in the 1800′s. I baked up several batches and took off for New Mexico.
The dress fit and ZZ looked adorable with her hair hanging in long curls, and she had a basket for the cookies. During the show, she walked around and offered cookies to people.That was such a fun time for us. The dress~I have packed away. When ZZ out grew her dresses, Hannah, her younger friend down the street inherited them, and after she out grew them, they came back to go to yet another child. The dresses got passed around.
In all of the shuffle, one shoe got lost but I have the other one on my shelf by the fireplace, it reminds me that sweet little girl and all the fun of getting her ready to help with the show.
I am re-posting my blog from last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner at the Presbyterian Church in Eldorado. I won’t be there this year, instead I will be enjoying my 80th birthday dinner with my family in Christoval. Let the fun begin!
After church service today we had our annual Thanksgiving dinner, it is always a special meal. Everyone brings their favorite dishes and we have wonderful cooks. There are about 40 members in our church, I think they were all there today and some guests too. I will show you a few pictures, it will make you hungry~
This is another one of those great snapshots. It didn’t take any cropping or enhancing, it was just what it was. I used it in a painting and added a couple of goats because it looked like what a goat would enjoy, they are playful and they are climbers. It was probably more coyote and mountain lion country. It was natures perfect scene.
This recipe for homemade corn tortillas is fast and easy. You mix the batter, pour it in a small 8″ skillet, much like making a crepe or pancake, and cook it in a minute. Repeat until you have used all the batter, It should make 12 nice size corn tortillas. You can roll up whatever you like inside, here I have grated cheese, cottage cheese, shredded lettuce,scrambled eggs and tomatoes. Everyone can build their own. When you cook a tortilla, you cook it twice, once to make it, then the second time to soft fry it in oil to cook it and make it a little crisp around the edges, it gives it a wonderful flavor. Since the batter has an egg in it, don’t heat it in the microwave or it will taste “fishy”. ( I sent this recipe to Elizabeth since she likes Mexican Food and there are no tortillas in Africa, and no masa flour to make them. They do have corn meal so she will be able to make enchiladas and tacos now).