Friday, November 30, 2012

Last of the Red Hot Mamas' Cookies

We just got totally carried away by the package with "MISS VICKIE'S® Jalapeno Flavored Potato Chips" on the front, with a little cameo of real jalapenos featured on the bag.

They are hotter than sin. I suspect that habeneros are used to make the jalapeno flavoring.

What do you do with a huge bag of potato chips that you can't eat? Surely not waste them in all their heated deliciousness.

4 cups MISS VICKIE'S® Jalapeno Flavored Potato Chips
Two sticks of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Flavoring
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup nuts
Crush potato chips in food processor until coarsely chopped. Remove chips and cream butter and sugar in the food processor with the vanilla. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add flour, nuts and crushed potato chips to the butter and sugar mixture.
Drop by generous teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet leaving room for expansion. Press and shape into
flattened rounds with a floured fork with all marks in one direction. (Don't make criss-crosses like for peanut butter cookies.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet with a spatula -- they are crumbly and easily broken before they cool.
Red Hot Mamas' Cookies will warm you all the way down. Best with milk. Some of the fire remains despite all that butter and sugar. Bet you can't eat just one.


MISS VICKIE'S® Jalapeno Flavored Potato Chips are a Lay's Product. I bought mine, without encouragement.

The Last of the Red Hot Mamas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Pink of November Bloom Day

Bloom Day Night Before; I almost forgot.

I thought of Bloom Day when I came from the grocery
store and noticed these in full bloom.

Belinda's Dream. If you haven't one, search for her.

Fragrant Angel's trumpets; brugmansias like cool.

Blooms are paler when nights are cooler. These smell good.
Camellia sasanqua heralds fall.
In the greenhouse, Christmas Cacti are in bud.

Happy Bloom Day. We'll be joining all the folks with November blooms at Carol's May Dreams Garden Blog. Do come show us your blossoms, too.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Purple Haze of Autumn 2012

Fall leaf color here is mostly from small trees like Sassafras, Crape Myrtle and Sumac.  Most of our oaks have two fall colors: brown or green.

Lavender lantana montevidensis enjoys cool weather. Yellow lantana
has already given up for the season. Pine straw that falls around this bed from
trees to the north is simply raked up close before the mower goes by.
Chartreuse Alternanthera, Purple Heart and Red Alternanthera.
One season's growth of Lantana planted this year.
Great groundcover to fall over stones.
I rooted some white Lantana and let the cuttings die for lack of
water in their little tray out of sight, out of mind. Do over.
Purple Datura still blooming despite cool nights.
Daturas with their black stems were
more appropriate for Halloween,
Gulf Muhly
Brugmansia suaveolens blooms. paler since nights got cooler.
A native of Brazil, they die back to roots here.
As the sun sinks lower to the south, the light changes on the garden.
Late evening sun illuminates an old Sasanqua Camellia in the back yard.

Greenhouse, seen here through camellia branches,
filling with tender plants before frost arrives and
bulbs like Amaryllis for Christmas blooms.