Birdeye Update

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two weeks ago Kyle had a surprise birthday party for Bettie (she and her sister Anne Levesque own the corner
house at Birdeye)...I got this shot of her daughter Heilbron making a toast to her mother...Heilbron was on a walker from
falling off of a ladder in their living room while installing drapes.  Bettie has done a ton of remodeling to the house next
door and it's coming along (paint, flooring, kitchen, roof, landscaping etc)
Maytal was doing the "ninja" with's 
I meant to post this last week but here are Wendy's precious girls when they stopped by on their way to Hot Springs Village
And as you can see, Buddy was living the dream with these two!
Girls night at Laurie's in Oklahhoma City....Leslie, Angelia, Laurie, Barbie,
Stephanie, Lori, Stephanie and me in front 
Chloe at Top Golf...swinging the driver.  She's playing on the golf team Tuesday in West Memphis
Laurie and I have animal rescue in common, here's a pony she rescued walking around the yard.  He was very tame.  They have 5 acres off 1-35 and Wilshire...all dog, goat and pony rescues

Maggie Miller and Chloe at the Junior PGA finals in Jonesboro.  You can see both scores behind them...go Chloe!
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leslie from OKC wanted to get a girls weekend together so we went and got some errands done, played some golf and Jackie was my personal Uber driver.  It was a quick weekend but had a good time.  Then as I was pulling in the driveway Sunday and Dad called to tell me that my grandmother in Weatherford broke her hip and was in the hospital in OKC.  She had surgery Monday and I talked to her last night and things went well.  Get Well Grandmother!  (I've added some photos from these last few weeks on here too)

Manicotti, Birdeye

Friday, August 19, 2016

I'm glad that Jeanie wrote in the front of the cookbook so I can remember the year and so forth
The recipe makes a generous 9X12 dish of manicotti...Anytime I make this for someone, I double it so I can put some in
the freezer for us and I also divide into small portions for less waste

This morning when I left for Neall's dad's funeral I put the dogs up and look where the 70 lb. Afghan went....
He's in a 20 lb. dog crate...he put himself in there and I'm not sure why but I got a big kick out of it....Wesson, our
new shepherd mix loves our pit mix foster Ellie Mae, they spend a lot of time together in the XL crate (which is Pharaoh's)

My manicotti recipe comes from this cookbook my mother-in-law Jeanie have me nearly
20 years ago.  It's a classic, southern cookbook

Labeling is key when you give food to someone or freeze it for later
Pharaoh was so big, his legs didn't even fit in that crate

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My dentist Neall Jackson lost his father on Tuesday from heart disease.  His sister Tara Burton and I are good buddies so after taking Neall's precious family Shipley's donuts and other food items, I decided to make Tara a meal so she could take it home to Memphis for her, John and Emmy Ruth.   Manicotti is my go to meal because it's easy to make, freezes well and can be stored in big or small portions.  I cannot believe I haven't published the recipe on here, it's fantastic.

Jeanie gave me a cookbook from Memphis back when J.Harmon and I first moved to Wynne in 1996.  That year, they offered me a job at the veterinary clinic and J.Harmon and I lived with them until the next summer.  I did most of the cooking and grocery store buying and like you can see on her cookbook comments, "the year of the bridge" is because the bridge washed out in front of their house and I had to balance groceries over a 2x4 plank over a good 6-8 foot drop off.  It was definitely a memorable time for sure!

So here's the easiest and most delicious Manicotti recipe on the planet:


1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
1/3 bell pepper, diced
salt and pepper
4-16oz. cans tomato sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
1/2 t each garlic powder, salt and oregano


12 oz. Whole milk Ricotta cheese (I use skim)
2 whole eggs
3/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
12 oz. Shredded Mozzarella cheese

1 box Manicotti noodles

Cook Manicotti noodles as the box recommends.  Drain and cool on a cookie sheet.

Brown the ground beef, onions and bell pepper over med high heat in a dutch oven.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Drain fat and return to heat and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings.  Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 2 hours over low heat and a lively boil.  Put a small amount of sauce in the bottom of a 9X12 casserole (or two smaller dishes) sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

While the sauce cooks, make the filling in a large bowl.  When the noodles are cool, fill with the filling and place in the casserole dish over the thin layer of sauce.  Then cover with remaining sauce and bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

This recipe freezes well.  Be sure it's completely thawed before cooking or allow for a lot of extra time to cook it!

Back to School 2016, Birdeye

Dang blurry camera....we took Chloe to Rogers the first week of August for the 21 Pilots concert in the Walmart AMP (that's the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion) in Rogers right off the bypass.  This is the concert, it was actually really good.  The band has only 2 members, which is crazy to me, they first came out in ski masks and by the end of the show,
the drummer only had shorts on....The crowd was all teeny boppers and a few parents (like us).  It was a good
concert I will say.  I've been to a bunch of concerts and this one is actually in the top 5. I. know.I'm.crazy.
First day of 10th grade for Chloe, left is Whit (6th), August (1st) and Stella (4th)

Our second annual photo in Midtown Birdeye at the Bradshaw's...It's fun to get all the cousins together once a year for a's Stella, Linton, August, Whit, Katie, Reece and Chloe

Ok so the real reason I haven't published a bunch of blogs this summer is because I've been pickling cucumbers.
I grew cucumbers at about a 2-3 quart pace every 5 days starting in June...then when Kara and I went to talk to our local
county judge about expanding the library and improving downtown in July, I ran into Phyllis Fleming at the farmer's market.  She grew cucumbers for me in the past called me a week later with 20 lbs. of cucumbers three times in late July.  She said "shhh...don't tell anyone because I don't want the pressure to have to grow for you next year," (lol)....but I did put up an amazing amount of dill pickles this year

And thank the Lord for Chloe who helped peel the garlic while I prepped the harvest,
dill, jars and brine.  She helped a great deal

I took this photo at a coffee shop in downtown was all photos of the people
who owned the Iron Horse Coffee Shop in downtown Rogers, very cool

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

We've had a great summer except it was over too fast for Chloe.  This summer has been filled with golf, Switzerland, gardening and Chloe trying to sleep till noon like her dad liked to back in the day.  Chloe's got a pretty intense schedule with Spanish, Pre AP Biology, Pre AP Geometry, Pre AP English, Pre AP World History, CBA (a computer class) and she's the Business Manager for the yearbook staff.  Piano is still on the radar and she has golf everyday after school through September 15.  I hope everyone has a safe and good school year!

Camry, Birdeye

This is Camry....When will it all end?  There's no shortage of stray dogs and cats....spay and neuter needs to be equally
important as a parvo or rabies vaccine.  You all know that an unspayed dog can produce over 500 offspring in one year and
over 3 million adoptable cats and kittens are euthanized each year in shelters and dog pounds in the US.
  Let's all do something about this. The $90 fee at our clinic is an investment not only in your dog's life but your community.  And you might qualify for the K9 Karnival that Chloe and EAST partner Courtney started last year for reduced or free spay/neuter services at the Cross County Veterinary Clinic

Camry is about 9m-1 year old female cattle dog, very sweet, good
with cats, dogs and children.  She's crate and house trained (that's
incredible since she's a stray off the streets).  Ready for a forever home!
Friday, August 19, 2016

Well we've added another stray to our pack....This is Camry, a 9m-1year heartworm negative cattle dog.  She's so sweet, we've had her a week and she's good with dogs, cats and kids.  So far, she's house and crate trained.  Spay/neuter people!

CSA, Cross County


Dettlebach Farms

I'm really looking forward to the fall harvest

Friday, August 19, 2016

We've signed up for our local CSA (community supported agriculture) for our first fall harvest.  I got into the summer haul a little late but I've enjoyed it a bunch.  This fall we should get (I say "should" because when you sign the contract and pay $250 for 10 weeks of fresh vegetables, it does say that you know the risks if the weather makes the farm fail) and we should get lettuce, onions, potatoes, beets, turnips and the list goes on and on.  I'm looking forward to the first pick up on Friday, Sept. 16.

Check out their Facebook page here: