Friday, March 28, 2014

This N’ That – March 2014

Time for another compilation of miscellaneous photos…appropriately…actual bits and pieces or vignettes of what’s we’ve been doing and what we’ve been seeing around us when we’re laid back and just hanging around the home and the immediate area…

One morning, I made up this nice combo over easy fried egg and breaded pork tenderloin breakfast… Add a bit of Tabasco and I was ready to start my day!

It was lunch time and I couldn’t figure out what to eat… Then I remembered that we had some packaged flatbread that we’d bought at Costco and I started imagining what I could do with it.  The result was these 2 flatbread ‘pizzas’.  It couldn’t have been simpler…
·        Put flat bread on paper plate
·        Sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese all over the flatbread
·        Sprinkle packaged bacon bits (real bacon) over the cheese
·        Add a little shredded asiago cheese on top
·        Put in the microwave on high for one (1) minute
·        Eat!

Surprisingly, the flatbread held up well.  I was afraid that it would get soggy but the cheese actually helps to hold everything together and the flatbread was still fairly crisp…

As spring approached, we had plenty of deer sightings in our neighborhood!  This pair was crossing our road just as Laurie was taking the mail out to the mailbox.  As you can see, they weren’t exactly frightened off…

Laurie took this close-up of our cat J.D.  He was sitting in her lap at the time.  J.D. continues to rule the house…and he runs a tight ship too!  He has a place on the bed where he expects to be ‘severely petted’ every morning, he has a special watering ‘hole’ in the laundry room and he won’t drink water anywhere else…and he tells us when it’s time to go to bed at night!

These are J.D.’s favorite toys...or items.  There's a pair of Laurie’s flip flops he rubs on, a sock monkey he likes to cuddle while being massaged at bedtime and his mice… Did I mention that he has his own room with a big cat tree, a couple of cat beds to sleep on, food, water, (which he doesn’t drink…only the water in the Laundry room is acceptable), etc.  In the winter, he also has a heating pad for one of his beds and an electric heater for the coldest nights.  I want to come back as J.D. in my next life!

This was another flatbread pizza I created.  This was Laurie’s first taste of one of these luncheon snacks.  This one was made with a mix of shredded pizza cheese, hot pepper and pieces of leftover bacon.  She gave it 2 thumbs up!

My flatbread pizza was almost the same as Laurie’s… The only difference was that I used a combination of shredded sharp cheddar and the shredded pizza cheese.  Then of course…following this photo…I added tabasco.  Yum!

Laurie captured this brilliant sunset one evening as the weather began to warm up.  Spring was right around the corner!

You might be asking why this photo of Laurie's feet?  You might notice that the one on the right is a bit black, blue and swollen!  She helps a neighbor with her horses.  This is what happens when a horse is startled and steps on your foot!! Ouch!!  It's much better now... No broken bones and yes, she did have her cowgirl boots on.

We both loved this photo of these miniature horses that don’t live too far from our home here in East Tennessee… They are tiny and they are really cute!

We were out for a drive in an area close to our home and we came across these very formal hunt club riders along the east side of Tellico Lake at Morganton.  We believe that this group was from of the Tennessee Valley Hunt, which is based in Greenville, TN. ( There must have been 25 – 30 horse trailers parked at this trail head and boat launch site.

That’s about it for now.  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave  


  1. This post could be titled living well and having fun. Love all of the flatbreads. I suspect we've had a lot of deer too. They like to eat our azaleas and we usually see them in the yard until the last leaf is gone.

  2. Hi there, We are back from ANOTHER trip. This time we were in Georgia checking out yet another waterfall... Check my blog today when you get a chance.

    Yipes... Hope Laurie's foot is better... That had to have hurt!!!!!

    Your flat bread pizzas look delicious...AND--that sunset is beautiful. Raining here today, but they say that warm weather is on the way! YEAH!

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Good eating here! Everything's better with an egg on it! It sounds like your cat rules the house, just as our 2 do! They know exactly when it's time for us to eat or go to bed and then get up. At least I don't have to walk them on a leash in the snow during winter! No deer spotted here for a while, but 3 ducks were in our yard this morning. And I see those riders frequently in Barrington!

  4. Dear Dave, My son is the same way, he loves to add his hot sauce to everything, especially his eggs. I'm glad to hear that Laurie did not hurt herself too bad and that she is doing better. Blessings to you both, Catherine