Saturday, July 28, 2012

Romantic Survivalist

I recently celebrated my 43rd birthday!  Where does the time go?  Anyway, I was admiring the lovely gifts I received and noticed a common theme.  My gifts were either decidedly survival related or hopelessly romantic.  My people know me so well!

From Sir Knight - a beautiful 16" cast iron frying pan with lid!
Decidedly Survival
From my Dad & Mom - a Woodland Camo Tarp
Decidedly Survival
From Maid Elizabeth - A Carpet Bag.  From Dad & Mom - A lovely new hat.
Hopelessly Romantic
I have been busy doing things other than getting older, including baking and cooking for my family.  Today we made Greek Chicken Kabobs (perfect for warm summer weather) and for dessert, German Chocolate Cake Cookies.  Both of the recipes are wonderful - we highly recommend them.

I hope you are all having a lovely summer.  Enjoy!

Greek Chicken Kabobs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper

1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into wedges
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into cubes

In a small bow, mix together all the marinade ingredients.

In a large resealable plastic bag, place the marinade, red and green bell peppers, onion wedges and chicken.  Seal and mix to coat.  Refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.

When ready to cook, preheat grill for medium-high heat.

Discard marinade and thread the meat and vegetables onto skewers, leaving a small space between each item.

Lightly oil the grill rate.  Grill skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed or until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender.

(We doubled this recipe)

Ready to go onto the grill
Just off the barbee
Served on a bed of rice with garlic green beans - Yumm!!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Blend the butter, both sugars, vanilla and eggs.  Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Blend until combines.  Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool on a baking rack.


  1. Oh my grapes that looks wonderful! Especially the cookies...... Thanks for sharing the recipe

  2. Enola Gay,

    Happy 43rd Birthday and Best Wishes Throughout the Coming Year!
    I beleive, your family knows you very well with the wonderful survival and romantic gifts. :-)

    Thank you for sharing your special day and recipes.

  3. Happy Birthday belatedly. Judging by the pics it was just that. I was especially taken with the pedestal that the cookies were on.-Miss Georgia

  4. Happy Birthday!!!!

    What wonderful gifts. You are just a bit older than out youngest son.

    Now I feel old...

    Terry T

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  6. Happy Birthday Enola! May this new birthday year be a happy, healthy one for you. Thanks for all that you share on your blog with all of us out here.

    Blessings to you and your family

  7. Happy Birthday, Enola. By "the prepared baking sheets", do you mean greased? Thanks, Jeff

    1. Jeff;
      Thank you for your birthday greetings! Yes, prepared would be either greased or covered with parchment. I hope your cookies turn out well.

  8. Enola Gay,

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for two awards on my blog. Congratulations!

  9. Happy Birthday almost twin! I turned 48 on the 26th. Sly devil that Sir Knight is, I got a jar of pickles and a box of corn flakes.

  10. Looks wonderful! I love the pedestal that the cookies are on.

  11. A belated, Happy Birthday to my dearest friend. I hope you had a wonderful day! Love you!