Tomatoes come in so many varieties there has to be at least one you would like.  These are a few we grew this year and I couldn’t resist making fried green tomatoes too. Sorry, Ashley, you know who you are I will have to make some for you when you’re not working.


This recipe is a quick simple one with an awesome sauce for dipping.



  • 3 to 4 medium to large green tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon salt, Pepper divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Place tomato slices on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Turn tomatoes, and sprinkle opposite side with salt & pepper. Let stand for at least 10 minutes or up to 2 hours. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a shallow dish, place 1/2 cup flour. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together buttermilk and egg. In a third shallow dish, combine cornmeal, remaining salt, pepper, garlic, onion, cayenne and remaining 1 cup flour.
  3. Dredge tomatoes in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in buttermilk mixture to coat. Dredge tomatoes in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.
  4. In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil to a depth of 1/8 inch; heat oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes, in batches, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup spicy ketchup
  • dash of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper
  • mix well if you can’t find or don’t have spicy ketchup use regular with a dash of hot sauce.

Serve while hot as an appetizer or side dish and these are great on sandwiches.





Key Lime Pie & Three Sisters

Three sisters and some Real Key Lime Pie. On my birthday no less.  I was surprised by my youngest who order me two Key lime pie from the bakery. And it was a good thing he ordered two because we had a house full.

Growing up in Florida you would have thought  Key Lime pie would be an everyday treat.  But it wasn’t the few times I remember having it I loved it!  And it’s definitely my favorite pie! But it has to be made with Real Key Lime juice to get that distinct taste or it’s just lime pie.  The fresh Key Limes are available in most areas as whole lime sold in 1 pound bags but you can only find them when in season. Lucky for all of us you can find Joe and Nell’s Key Lime Juice in most areas of the country or just order it online. So we can enjoy anytime we want!

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1 Graham cracker crust regular or gluten-free works great

1 can Sweeten condensed milk

3 whole eggs

2/3 cup Key Lime juice

2 cup heavy whipping cream or can of whipped cream

Let’s get to work:

Preheat the oven to 325°F

In the bowl of a stand mixer add the eggs. Using the whisk attachment whip the eggs for 3 to 4 minutes they will become light a fluffy and a pale yellow. Add the sweetened condensed milk and whip until well mixed a minute should do it. Add the Key Lime juice with the mixer on low mix the juice a bit. Now turn up the speed to medium for another minute stopping to scraping down the sides of the bowl as need.

Pour the filling into the prepared Graham cracker crust. Place in the 350°f preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes.  The pie will look set but not completely firm. Place it on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Place the pie pan and on a plate a chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. If you’re in a hurry place the pie in the freezer for 1 hour.

When your ready to serve whip up the cream and top each slice with a generous dollop of cream and a bit of lime zest if you want to be fancy.

And serve

Helpful tip: Chilling the bowl of a mixer and put your cream in the freezer while the pie bakes.

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There are three sisters in the Graham family. Sis 1 is Belinda, Sis 2 that’s me (Lury) and Sis 3 is Rita Jane.  We haven’t been able to get together for many years. Somehow the stars aligned and we were able to spend 5 whole days hanging out and just visit.  All three sisters have sons. With everyone living in different states Texas, Florida, and Kentucky there’s a lot of distance between us. But earlier in the year Belinda and her family had the chance to move to Texas. Sooo goodbye Florida and hello Texas for the Deaver Family. Now that just left Rita in KY but a lot of planning and a plane ride. And we were all in the same location for the first time in about 13 years.

The visit was also great for our sons who have always stayed close even with the distance in miles and ages.  You can only imagine what tall tails they had to tell and lots of wrestling, bomb fires with s’mores, and video gaming. Cousins are so much fun!

The shirts say it all...
While walking around San Antonio River Walk Sis 2 and Sis 3 were repeatedly asked, were is Sis one. Sis one wasn’t able to make that part of the trip but she had to have a shirt too. I’m sure she will join us next time.


These babies are all grown up crazy how time flies.
These babies are all grown up, crazy how time flies.


Dinner table for six, but we fit TEN! LOL
Gotta love the dirty dishes and all…
No matter how old they get they still love s'mores.
No matter how old they get they still love s’mores.

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Pioneer Flour Mills CH Guenther Hause Restaurant
No visit to San Antonio is complete without a breakfast visit to Guenther Hause. If you’ve ever bought those little packets of gravy, pancakes or biscuits and enjoy them this is a do not miss

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Everything is named for Rita on the river walk. A Couple of Love Birds…


Sister love…    Not sure what he’s howling at but he seems to be having a good time.


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Family can be a real treasure, enjoy the time you have with them and be sure to include food.