Sunday, January 30, 2011

Its been a busy day @ Hazel's spot.

It has been a busy day @ Hazel's house today.  I got so much accomplished and I am quite pleased with myself.  It started with breakfast and coffee, biscuits w/sausage gravy, bacon and eggs.  Our weather here today was great, it was sunny and in the mid 70's.  (Not trying to rub it in for all of you who are having cold weather)

After breakfast JP and I went out to the backyard and picked an entire laundry basket full of pink grapefruits off of our tree.  They are so sweet and juicy. 
My aunt Eloise gave me the tree probably 10 years ago and it was a lil seedling about 4 inches high in a small bowl.  She had visited FL, saved a few seeds from some grapefruits she had while in FL and carried them home to IN with her planted it...............then myself and my family went to IN to visit and she gave me the seedling I carried it home to FL and planted it in my back yard............and look at it now.

My honey got on the ladder and picked the high ones, he does'nt trust I won't fall off of the ladder :(
  It produces great grapefruits and alot of them.  This is probably the 3rd full laundry basket we have got off of it and there are probably still 2 more baskets worth on the tree.

After our fruit harvest I was able to get lots of chores done.  Nothing extraordinary, just the usual laundry, dishes, sweeping dusting etc.  I work long hours during the week and don't keep up with my chores as well as I should during the week so I was very proud of myself for getting lots and lots of things done today.  And spent some time with the furkids outside. Then created a meal that I don't really have a recipe for, but it is really yummy. ground beef
with minced garlic
1/2 green pepper finely chopped
handful of green onions chopped
brown and drain
added 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 Jar of spaghetti sauce (store bought)
and I had a jar of spaghetti sauce my lil sis's mom canned from their garden fresh tomatoes
let it simmer for a couple of hours on low low temp
then added 1 big box of penne pasta and
hubby added 2 cups of ricotta.

It was delicious!!  Had some fresh steamed broccoli and I had some cocktail pumpernickel that is not getting eaten as fast as I would like so I buttered it, added some garlic and sprinkle parmesan and toasted it in the oven for about 3 mins. 

And some yummy chewy brownies for dessert!!
Shewww, after all of that I am tired.  I think I will sit down and read my book for the rest of the day.  (guilt free)  LOL.  Hope you all had a great Sunday!!


  1. You really were a busy little bee weren't you? Tell JP he's a wise man not to let you climb that ladder. Can't have you falling and breaking your whatever. lol

    I'll send Eloise a picture of your grapefruit tree. She'll love knowing that it has grown so well for you.

    Hope you have a good week. I know it's gonna be a busy one for you.

  2. A big Canadian welcome to blogland Hazel. Found you over at Granny's are blessed to have her for a Mother... she is an awesome lady and we all love her to pieces.

    Now would you stop making me hungry... I want bacon and eggs now and here I am stuck at

    Have a great day.

    Hugs, Deb

  3. Hey there, I am your newest follower, and now I am soo hungry for gravy and biscuits, looks so yummy!

  4. The temperatures made me jealous, but I got over it, then you showed the that was not nice, LOL. I bet they are so delicious, glad that you had a productive day.

  5. Having a Grapefruit tree like that is amazing! We don't get as cold as some places, but too cold for citrus fruit trees. Your food is really making me hungry!

  6. Hazel, I found you once again...I will now add you to my list!

    I have always thought being able to pick citrus fruit in your own backyard was the height of luxury! Now, the practical side of me wants to know what do you do with all of they produce all year or just a seasonal thing?

    You cook my kind of food! It all looks delicious. The first dish is kind of like what I call goulash (cause Momma did!) only no ricotta and some chili powder.

  7. yum, biscuits and gravy. Texas was 80 last weekend and record cold this week...A grape fruit tree! cool, I have a pear, peach, pecan and fig tree! Thanks for stopping by! Lezlee

  8. Welcome to blogland Sweetie!! You've been a very busy lady and your food....yummy!!! Glad you got on here as I love seeing what all you're up to as I so enjoy keeping up with your Mom :) Hugs!!


  9. I saw your button on my blog, I'll put a link to you on mine...

    We had biscuits and gravy for supper just night before last. I was raised on that stuff.

    Like Glenda (gld), I make a dish similar to your pasta dish, but I just use tomatoes, onions, peppers, salt & pepper, elbow macaroni. We call it "slumgullion". I bet, with ricotta added, it would taste like lasagna.

    I had a sister in Florida who had a kumquat tree in her yard. Made great "lemonade".

    If you take medicine, be sure not to eat any of those grapefruit at the same time you take your meds, grapefruit magnifies the strength of some meds to dangerous dosages...

    I have to admit, though, I'm deathly afraid of the pit bull breed. I had a dear friend who was mauled by one when she was on her daily walk. She would've been killed if a man hadn't pulled his truck over and fought it off. The owner said it was a sweet dog up to then and he had never seen that behavior before. She recovered, but she was in the hospital for a long time and has a lot of scars.

  10. HI Hazel... was so nice of you to stop by my blog and your comment was sweet.... love your grapefruit trees.. I've got a few oranges and bananas, not to mention the mango tree I keep talking to, "produce, produce" I noticed your in Fl also,, I'm in Clearwater and it's chilly this afternoon with cloudy skies.. I'm so ready for the sun and summer, this has been a chilly winter!
    I'm your newest follower and hope to be back soon... thanks again

  11. Hi Hazel,
    You have been busy. Everything looks so yummy.