Sunday, January 31, 2010

Easy Drop Biscuits!

Steamy Hot and Buttery Biscuits!

4 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1/3 Cup Softened Butter or Margarine
1 Lightly Beaten Egg
1 Cup Milk
Grease and dust with flour a baking pan and preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine and all of the ingredients. Dollop tablespoon sized portions onto your baking pan, making a row, starting with 3 dollops and the next row with 2. Repeat until your pan is full. Place into the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Friday, January 29, 2010

"The journey is the reward." Greg Norman

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Love Stinks!

If you own a television, chances are you have seen a few Swiffer commercials, reflecting humiliated brooms, mops, and dusters vying for the attention of their owner. To no avail, as the owner is having a much better time with their new Swiffer product than they ever did with that old broom.


The commercial always causes my husband to comment on the job the old broom did the whole time, just to be thrown out when something new comes along. It makes me giggle to think a commercial can cause people to have empathetic feelings for a broom or mop! In order to keep my hubby on his toes, I usually respond, "Well, obviously the old broom wasn't getting the job done!".


Recently, I saw a new commercial where instead of the lonely broom driving by it's old residence, it takes up with a lonely bowling ball in the closet. Someones trash is always anothers treasure. But, as you can see my broom is ready to be kicked to the curb. I only wonder how I can do this without my husband noticing. Perhaps, I'll stick it in the garage where it can hook-up with the snow shovel...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

To Knead or Not To Knead...

The only thing we "need" is this No Knead Bread!

The best way to describe it is Deliriously Yummilicous!. Nice and airy in the center with a crust to be reckoned with. In the morning, it begs to be sliced and toasted with butter, yet, in the afternoon, drizzled with Olive Oil and served with a chunk of cheese!


This is a wonderful chance to bake an easy homemade bread so check out the recipe at:

and enjoy!


Photo and link submitted by "Sire H". Thank you!

"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all." -Leo Rosten

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bite Sized Goodness!

Savory little Tuna bites perfect for game day fare or a mini-meal!
1 Can of Tuna
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 Cups Unseasoned Bread Crumbs
2 Teaspoons Flour
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Egg
A Sprinkle of Salt and a Dash of Pepper
Set your oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a baking pan. Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll the mixture into individual golf ball sized portions and place each onto your baking pan. Gently push down into the center of each ball with your thumb creating a little pocket. Bake for 12-18 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Makes 8.
These are great because they can then be filled with anything, such as Guacamole or Salsa. The one pictured above has a Japanese theme and is filled with Sushi Rice, Cucumber, and Nori. Topped with a creamy Wasabi Sauce and Pickled Ginger.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington DC (Photos Submitted by Sire H)

Pizzeria Paradiso serves world renowned pizza and has two locations, each found at Georgetown and Dupont Circle within Washington DC.

No wonder this restaurant is so well loved, they use a wood-fired oven to put out delicious and tantalizing pizzeria masterpieces!

Looks to me like sweet and chunky Tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella and a drizzle of Olive Oil! I bet it was delicious!

When I get out in that direction, I will definitely check it out. Meanwhile, I will have to make do with a visit to their website located at:

Thanks to reader "Sire H" for submitting these wonderful photos!
Don't forget, anyone can submit their favorite travel or food experiences here at River-Rose!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Blind Leading The Blind

Jade is twelve years old (that's 84 in human years!) and she thinks she knows just about every move that I am about to make. She should. We have spent many years together, fly fishing, camping and raising a family. Over the years it amazes me how much I have come to rely on her. She's the one that the children used to put into a dress and she is also the reason the meter reader knocks on my door before he enters into my backyard! After all these years, whenever I work outside she always walks ahead of me, as if she knows what I am about to do.
Recently, I have discovered that she is completely blind. I took her to the local vet and he said, "Let it play out, just don't move the furniture!". So, now she is laying by my feet and boy is she stinky. I wonder, is it wrong to Febreze a dog? She snores big time. Funny thing, if I get up to get a glass of water, she gets up as well. She still thinks she knows what I am about to do and she starts off, walking ahead of me. In my opinion, it's pretty presumptuous on her part. Although, as graceful as she is in her blindness, she still hasn't mastered the stairs or occasional wall and that's just fine with me. I am learning to read a few of her moves as well!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Reader's Guess on Mystery Item!

Vintage Hair Spray Holder, Vintage Toothbrush Holder, Incense Burner, Fireplace Match Holder?

The reader's submissions on the mystery item has been so much fun! Thanks to everyone! My mother loves her present and even more of a gift is the enjoyment of trying to discover what it is.

The Grunge Queen posted the item on her blog and reader's responses have been very insightful. She writes...

"Hi River-Rose, I posted it yesterday, thanks for sending!So far we have one for an incense burner and another for a hairspray holder - I Googled the latter and they actually exist!!"

The following is a submission from "Grace"...

"My guess is that your ornate cylinder is a vintage fireplace match holder. You know those huge fireplace matches, which can run to 11" long? Have a gander at the match holder that I found on the net: Although this one is wooden, decoupaged and trimmed with bronzed metal accents, I envision yours as serving the same purpose. I hope your mom loves it, should you decide to give it to her on her birthday! Cheers, Grace"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What In The World Is It?

I found this pretty piece at the local thrift store. It seems old and I just love the Acorn insignia at the top. "From small seeds do big trees grow", came to mind and thought it would make an interesting and lovely birthday present to my mother. My only question is- what in the world is it?

It has a wonderful design and separates in the center. The lower half has 4 oval openings.

The mystery deepens as I cannot find a similar image on the Internet. I have also taken the object to my county's museum and at the time they did not have a similar item, but guessed that is was, perhaps made in the 1920's and resembled an incense burner. There are no burn marks on the interior. It was also taken to an antique shop and although the owner wasn't in at the time, a young employee guessed it is an ornate toothbrush holder. Finding this piece has been a fun experience! If anyone out there has any guesses, please let me know.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cornish Game Hens!

Start 2010 off right with delicate and tasty Cornish Game Hens! They should now be on sale at your local grocer, so grab a few and prepare for a wonderfully exquisite dinner!
2-3 Cornish Game Hens
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
2-3 Apples of your choice
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the Cornish Game Hens in your sink and pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel. Wash your apples and place an Apple into the center of each hen. Drizzle a bit of Olive Oil onto the bottom of your baking pan and hand rub your hens with the remaining Olive Oil. Sprinkle Kosher Salt and Pepper all around the birds and place into the oven, uncovered for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, to 2 hours (Note: you can tell when poultry is cooked when you slice the meat next to the thigh and juices run clear).
Serving Tip: Try serving with steamed Artichokes!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

No matter where you are, River-Rose wishes New Year's Blessings and happy wishes to all for 2010!