One year with my airfryer!

I got my air fryer last January…. and have never regreted it since. I use it all the time for everything!

So fast, so easy , so many ways to cook the food, baking, as well. I made mini scones yesterday, hamburgers are a breeze, roast, french fries, potatoe chips, wings, corn on the cob, squash… all of it and then some. Over the last year, I have had no problem with the airfryer… learned to adjust my recipes… and have some recipes that I want to try still. I love it so much I got my daughter one for Christmas this year. I can make a little or a lot if needed…. I can make mine with my seasoning, and add more for Thomas’s food. Most of the food I make is gluten free as well…

Clean up is a breeze… I love it!

Goals for 2021

2020 was crazy… strange … unusual … and depressing. So for 2021, I am going to set some goals and make all positive. Positive thoughts, positive outlook and try as hard as I can to see the positive side of everything.

So positive events in 2020. We adopted 2 beautiful cats…. check!

I read 111 books, more than the year before so that is one new goal… going to shoot for 112 books.

Going to go out and take photos…. I did not do hardly any last year, no demos, no nothing… This year I will do more.

That being said…. sharing some photos from the years past… and you can see more at JoHawk’s photography through facebook.

I use a walker now… no biggy, it has a seat on it and underneath the seat is a large basket, that my cameras fit in, so I can use it to get somewhere, sit and take photos…. win win. What adventures will happen this year…. guess you are going to have to follow this blog to find out….. Positive thoughts this year…. Negativity out!! Welcome 2021!

New additons to the Hawkins Household

In August we adopted through 10 Lives rescues 2 brothers,4 years old and renamed them Fergus and Mac.

They were two scared cats ….. and hid, Mac for a lot longer than Fergus … upstairs. Fergus takes care of his brother, who might be a little slower but hold his own. Fergus took about 1 month and he was seen downstairs more and more and more. He does not like to be held, but you could pet him all day. One thing that is different with him, is, he loves paper… the brown paper that comes in boxes sometimes, or paper bags… if it is out there he is on it. Hides his toys underneath the paper and drags his “paper” on his bed we have downstairs to sleep on .

He still runs upstairs when “Dad” goes to bed. The last 2 weeks he is starting to sleep downstairs on his paper bed inside a pet bed. Neither cat like canned food, milk, cheese…. just dry food. They are both so well behaved… I am surprised.

Mac has taken a lot longer to come downstairs and stay….

Mac will sleep with Fergus in the Paper nest bed as I call it, and will stay downstairs unless spooked, then will run upstairs. He does sleep with is dad or in his room every night, like a few treats, and will steal his brothers toys when he can and hid them or take them upstairs , he also loves to be petted and might come and bump you leg for some more pets They both love the laser light,.. and laser light ball I got them for Christmas. They both love to watch CatTV that has birds, squirrels, chipmonks and mice on them, and will sit and watch that each day, looks for it each morning, when I sit in the living room with my morning coffee.

They both have gotten their photos on the Cat Family Wall now… so are offically part of the family.

Then you know sometimes things happen that you do not plan, or expect ….

So….. last weekend…… I got a call, and this happened…..

A little 7 month old kitten. We named him Simon Fraser….. (all animals are named after a book Thomas and I like) Simon Fraser was also known as the old fox. What a lovebug!! He has big paws to fill, and yes he looks like Frazer and is just as loving, loves to be held, wants to be with you at all times and sleeps with me. He will eat whatever is in his bowl, but seems to like you to stand or sit by him or he does not eat much at all. Looks like he will sneak out if he gets a chance so he is getting a collar and tags, even though he has a mircochip.

He would love to play with the other boys, but they are not real sure of him yet. He will work his way into their hearts I am sure… It is funny , that the older boys have taken most of their toys upstairs. He is a talker…. He will call you if you are not in the same room…. will chatter away to himself…. and thinks he is the … man. Simon will great anyone that comes in the house and love up on them, jump on their shoulders or lap…. No fly gets by him… off he will go to chase them. He has his picture ordered to be added to the Cat Family Wall.

Rosebud though all of this is miffed of course…..

She rules … or so she thinks, over all of them…. She is getting older as well… 20 years old this year. Stays on the couch usually all day, and night. I keep her dry food there as well. She has a step stool to help her up and off the couch. Comes off he couch to use her litter box and drink water Then she does what I call patrol duty and walks slowly all around the house, back into the living room, around the coffee table a few times and back on the couch again to “watch” the boys. Not impressed at all. Too funny to watch her. The boys Fergus and Mac, will freeze in their spots when she is on the floor… like freeze tag. Sometimes there is growling and hissing .. but over all they put up with her and she with them.

So changes this year for sure…. more love and photos will be taken and shared.

Welcome to the family Fergus, Mac and Simon!

Frazer

My Sweet boy passed away on December 20, 2020. Frazer was 18 years old, deaf, and I have never seen another cat as laid back as he was. He had slowly gone downhill this last year… getting where he did not jump up on the couch or my bed with out the assistance of a step stool, was eating meat baby food as he did not have many teeth, but was still such a love bug, always at my side, slept with me up to the end.

He will be so missed. The pain will slowly turn to happy memories, the tears to smiles but such a hole is left behind.

I created a memory wall for him, next to his raised bed with steps where he laid…

I incuded on this wall a picture our grand daughter drew for me after he died… to let me know he will always be remembered..

And he will be remembered… by a lot of people who also loved and enjoyed him when they came over. May he hear all the birds he watched from the porch and windows now, be dashing around the rainbow bridge with all the pets that left before him and crunching all the snacks he can.

I will always love you Frazer. You were one of a kind indeed.

Cooking with …. my airfryer!

I have for some reason just not wanted to do a meatloaf in the airfryer.  I don’t know why, I like meatloaf… just had something holding me back.

Well the husband took out the ground meat and requested meatloaf….. so I did it. Why did I not do it sooner!

to 1 pound ground meat, you add breadcrumbs, seasons of your choice ( I did oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, black pepper) a little onion, one egg, mixed together well, and then shape the loaf.  I used the precut paper for the basket (the one with the holes in it) and added a little bar b que sauce to the top.  Air fryed at 390 for 22 mintues and it came out perfect.

For a side dish, I had a bag of baby carrots in the refrigerator that I tossed with olive oil and airfryer at 400 for 10 minutes, pulled the air fryer basket out, spritzed the carrots with a little more olive oil and shook on some brown suger and air fryed for 10 more minutes.

Under 30 minutes, a great meal for 2, and a cool kitchen.  What’s not to like!  Now that I see how easy it was and tasty, I am already wanting to do another one… and have ideas on different seasonings I can use.  My husband likes things spicey and since I now have two airfryers I can do that without having to wait until one is done..  So next time I am planning to half the ground meat and doing his with hot peppers and spices he likes and mine.  I will cut the cooking time in half to start off with and see how that goes… or maybe just make to 1 lb meatloafs and we can have left overs for sandwhiches…. mmmmm

Oh my goodness

I am sooooo in love with my Airfryer.  I kept reading how easy it was to make corn on the cob in a air fryer and just kept holding off… I don’t know why.

So today I got 4 ears of fresh corn from our local farmer’s market.  Then came home and read 6 different recipes, that were basically the same so I did what they said.  I did try to cut the ends off this time before husking them and that was super easy to husk.  just kindof rolled off the husk and most of the silks came off as well.  Then I rinsed them since I had been handling them and well just because.

Then I preheated the air fryter to 400 degrees.

Sprayed the corn with a butter spray and placed inside the basket.  Most of the recipes called for 10 minutes ( flipping half way through)  After 10 minutes, they just did not look quiet done, and the basket was really full so, added 2 more minutes and they were perfect!

The most tender corn on the cob I have had in a long time and clean up was so easy!

My husband did sauage on the grill, got done about the same time.  A quick easy meal and very tasty.  I will be doing these again!

Love my 2 Air fryers

I fell in love with my air fryer…. so much so I now have 2 air fryers.  Why you ask?  Well

One for me, and the herbs I like, and one for my husband and his spicey food.  Now I can cook both at the same time… or I can cook one doing the meat, and one for the side dish, or biscuits or scones or desserts … I love it!!

I am alos learning to tweak my recipes to both air fryer and gluten free.  Making some mistakes along the way, but that is fun too.  Now I am sharing the recipes on a air fryer recipe facebook page, and with my friends as well.  I even got one of my friends to get a air fryer and she loves it as well!

Enjoying the air fryer daily …. for all, even eggs!  Follow me and I will share more!

Oh my, I am in Love … Gluten free and Air frying

On January 24th I decided after much review and research to order a Airfyer.   Since then I have tried a few things…. the more I try in the airfyer, the more I like it…. a lot!

The best Gluten free flour I have found is King Author… they rule.  Not only do they have the best flour around, they have gluten free recipes that have been tried in their kitchens, and will chat with you when you have problems.  They are great.  For those that do not know, it is not always cup to cup ratio from regular flour to gluten free flour measurements, You have to add some other ingredents and they are wtih you each step of the way.  I share my results with them and they are so encouraging and recommend ideas to make my own recipes better.

So started with biscuits in my Air fryer and burnt the first batch… rule number one to remember… It takes less time to cook, fry, bake in a airfryer. I read that, and every reciepe I found said that, but it did not click somehow….. Ok, lesson learned.  Next batch or biscuits came out perfect!  My next try was scones.  they came out good, but I wanted to tweak the recipe a little more to get more of the fruit flavor to come through, and that has been mastered now too.  Hamburgers, onion rings, bar b qued ribs, chicken wings,  pork ribs, steak all soon followed, with wonderful results.   Tried bacon…. that one I have to work on as it depends on the thickness of the bacon, mine all came out really, really done, but dang, just got to keep trying and eating the mistakes… right?   Little pizza doughs then toppings added came next…. Wow.  The gluten free recipe for pizza dough for small pizza, I now convert to a large pizza dough use to make a big pizza for a group in the oven, but I am really prefer my airfryer for all.  I can even reheat food in the airfryer and it comes out fresh, crispy, not soggy and soo much better than microwaved.

I do not know what I like more … the ease of cleaning the airfryer, or how much faster it cooks food.  Easy to make a double batch, while you are eating one, the second batch cooks and is ready when you are….Even store bought pizza logs, and fries come out great.  a little or a lot, works well.  The unit is light enough, that we are going to use it when we travel and stay in one spot for a while.  What a great way to reheat or cook food while we enjoy the area we are at.  I enjoy eating out, but enjoy just hanging out on the beach or in the woods enjoying nature too.

Small pies, cookies and cake or brownies are my next adventure I going to attempt.  Oh the joys of Gluten free and a air fryer are wonderful.  Easy, small batches, getting braver converting my old recipes to gluten free and love finding new recipes…. Still have not found a bread recipe I like, but still have more to try..

 

Happy One year to us!  April 11 2019 we got the keys to our house.  What an adventure it has been…. Screened in the side porch right away, for the cats and me.  Have been enjoying the porch and yard so much.  We love the gardens that we can plant and they grows… some on the porch, some in the yard.  Peppers growing in the raised beds along with the herbs in another raised bed.  Some flowers and looking forward to planning and working on more beds of flowers.

We got the bookcases more or less organized and full of books, one in the Library ( we got a room we can call a library now!), one in the kitchen for cook books, that we need to thin out some of them for sure, one in the dinning room, that we are using for some dishes, 2 small ones in the Living room and more upstairs.

We have the Living room set up and can enjoy it.  With our TV and furniture and my little area with my computer that has a basket on it for my Frazer.  We get to watch the birds at the bird feeders from the window, entertain family and friends in here.

We got a bar b que grill and Thomas has been making some awesome food on it during the warm months, and I got a air fryer and have been having a great time trying recipes out … we have the room to cook now, having a large kitchen, with 6 outlets, we do not have to move anything to plug something else in.

Our dining room now houses ( and used) the family table that we are the 4th or 5th generation to use it.  It has three leafs and can sit 12 easily, more if we sit closer.  Has the large claw like feet and is perfect.  It was used for Thanksgiing and Christmas for the family dinners … how exciting to be able to have them here, have the room and enjoy the family!

We had our first Christmas tree in the house,  Our neighbor had a old artifical tree that was awesome ( thank you Joe and Joni Krzes) and we had lights and got some orniments from Thomas parents, plus what we had and I think it was a perfect tree.  We put the grandkids gifts under the tree, and the cats loved sleeping under it.  What fun it was to have the family over and have Christmas here at the house.  Thomas’s mom has done the family gatherings for years, and I am glad to be able to take over and give her a break.  She still cooks some foods for the meals, but now does not have the burden or the meals and house to get ready each time.

Now we are starting to decorate and I am turning some of my photos into canvas art for the walls.  So many ideas we want to do and just have to pick one or two to do at a time.  We are looking forward to having family and friends stop by more often, and doing fun things here at the house.

What gardens can we plan this year?  What are we going to add to the yard, or change? How can we arrange the back rooms to make them more easy to get to items?  How shall we do the upstairs guest room?  Should we redo the front porch?  All the questions that homeowners have and now we do too!

I can say that we have settled in nicely with our furry and feathered friends ( Frazer, Rosebud and Akela) Have great neighbors that are so helpful and friendly.  Folks that walk their animals up and down our street and wave or stop to talk as they go by.

HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US!!  LOVE BEING HOME OWNERS!!

Crazy times

After 3 plus weeks of staying home due to the coronavirus lockdown, I decided to document the adventures so far.

I go to the store once a week, picking up just what I need and not over stocking on items.  During this time I have had the time to try new recipies in my air fryer, some our wonderful, some … well…. I will work on or just not use again.  I have tried some of my gluten free recipes for bread and pizza dough.  Wow, guess I have to work on the pizza dough… to runny, but tasted ok, the breads… guess I just have to work on them.  I like the biscuits better, so maybe will stick to that.

I have read some books, ok, a lot of books, but that is  my thing anyhow.  I got into a series I like and have the whole series almost read… all 20 of them. Then have a few other books in my chache to read.

I have started going through my photographs and trying to put them into folders to make them easier to find… and edit them.

I have unpacked a few boxes from when we moved…. and cleaned the house some…

I have cleaned out the bird feeders, moved where I had them, braced the sheperd hooks they hang from.  refilled them and placed them back out, much to the birds delight.  Wow, I have all kinds of birds showing up.  English starlings, Golden finches, house wrens, sparrows, black capped chick a dees, cardinals, Bluejays, mourning doves, Crows, dark eyed junos, and a few other little fast birds that zoom in and out before I can id them… for now.

I have watched a few shows through Amazon, some great archoelogy shows, walking around Europe, Mystery shows… but can not watch many at one time.  I have crafts I can be doing, but just have not gotten then desire long enough to do them yet.

My husband has worked 6 days a week delivery mail…. it is like Christmas for him with all the packages that are being sent and ordered. I have called and checked on friends to make sure they are ok, and sent a few cards out to cheer them.

Of course I have my bird Akela to sing to me and be silly to bring a smile to our face.  My two cats who are both seniors… Frazer who is 18 years old, stays near me at all time, no matter what room I am in, and Rosebud who is almost 20 to talk, ok, sometimes yell at me, to keep me motivated!

Check on neighbors and friends during this time… by phone calls or notes.  We all have the ability to check up and bring cheer to folks.   By being careful We can get through all of this.