Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.


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Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

April 25, 2011

Easter Pie

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, and we had rain most of the day. This year, Easter was particularly said and sentimental for my mother and I, so instead of church we took a long ride. Like Thanksgiving, we ate huge cod fish sandwiches and leftovers.

Saturday night, I made a Kool-Aid Pie (yes, there's such a thing; both to my horror and delight). It's really a delightful pie. Here's my simple recipe:

1 Graham cracker pie crust (I used deep dish)
1 tub Cool Whip
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. (unsweetened) Kool-Aid (any flavor)
Mix well - Making sure there are NO lumps and the condensed milk is blended into the Cool Whip.
Mix WELL, and pour into crust; cover & chill over night - Fabulous! - What made mine fabulous was the pint of fresh strawberries (halved) that I added to the mix (used strawberry Kool-Aid).

Half a Pie Gone ... Hmm

April 15, 2011

How To Make Grilled Honey Rosemary Lamb Chops With Mustard Potatoes Recipe (Lamb)

How To Make Grilled Honey Rosemary Lamb Chops With Mustard Potatoes

Grilled Honey Lamb Chops with Mustard Potatoes Recipe. Lamb chops served full of flavour from their honey and herb glaze, perfectly complemented with a mustard potato salad. Taste our Grilled Honey Lamb Chops with Mustard Potatoes Recipe.

Step 1: You will need Units: Metric US Imperial UK Imperial

•8 lamb chops
•4 tbsp honey
•2 cloves of garlic, minced
•1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
•1 tbsp sherry vinegar
•1 tbsp water
•2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
•17 fl oz vegetable oil
•1 tbsp whole grain mustard
•1 tsp mayonnaise
•1 tbsp parsley, chopped

•1 small saucepan
•1 large saucepan
•1 slotted spoon
•1 brush
•1 tray
•1 pair of tongs
•1 bowl
•1 spoon
•paper towel
•1 barbecue
•1 bottle of water to douse any flames

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Step 2: Prepare the barbecue

If you have a charcoal BBQ light it 30-45 minutes before you plan to cook. It is ready to cook on when there are no more flames and the charcoal has turned white.

If you are using a gas BBQ, light it up and turn it to the highest setting. Leave it for 15-20 minutes to heat up.

Step 3: Make the honey rosemary glaze

Place the honey, garlic, rosemary, sherry and water Into a small saucepan. Heat gently, mixing well and as soon as it comes to a simmer, remove from the heat.

Step 4: Fry the potatoes

Heat the oil in the large saucepan on moderate heat. When just hot, place the diced potatoes into the pan in batches and let them cook for 7 to 10 minutes until they brown.

Remove them from the pan with the slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

Step 5: Make the potato mix

Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the mustard, mayonnaise, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and then mix well.

Step 6: Grill the lamb chops

Season the lamb with salt and then brush with the honey glaze on both sides.

Place the lamb on the grill and grill for 2 minutes on each side. Brush the glaze over the chops every time you turn them.

Turn them 2 more times, brushing with glaze every time, for a total cooking time of about 6-8 minutes. Dowse the flames with water if necessary to prevent the meat from burning.

Step 7: Plate

Place some potatoes on each plate and top with a few chops.

Step 8: Serve

You can serve the chops by themselves as a starter or with the potato as main course.

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The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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