Sunday, February 28, 2010


Crazy Dave's Discount Center's Auction and Dutch Oven Event appeared to be a huge success. The parking lot across the street was nearly full, which goes to show that even in a small town, where there is food, live music, and neat stuff to bid on; Mini-Cassia area residents are all over it!
The first thing one does is follow their nose, past the steady stream of the auctioneer's voice, through the warehouse, to where the Dutch Oven chefs were working their magic. There, I found River-Rose contributor, "Tex-Mex", who is the genius behind the aromatic blend of his creation, "It’s Just Ducky In a Dutch Oven", featuring a tenderly cooked duck breast and grape reduction.

The bread....oh, the bread... resisting the urge to grab it like an NFL receiver; clutch it for dear life, and run! Opting instead for waiting in line- all the while trying to hide the intense anticipation of having a steaming slice of "Spicy Bread Delight"placed on my plate. Hot, soft, tender, and perfect partner in the marriage of dipping into luxuriously intense flavors and sauces.

It's standing room only, so grab your plate, lean up against a counter and listen to local band, South Hill's Station. The great food and music gives "Knock, Knock, Knock'n on Heaven's Door" whole new meaning!

Looking snazzy, standing guard over bread, and serving up a tasty spread is "Grandpa's Outlaws"!

Intense and a chocolate lover's indulgence is the "Chocolate Bananas Foster Cake" made by Tex Mex. Velvety, dark, and dense; a melt in your mouth masterpiece! Oooo-La La!

This cake, by team "Diane", was light, airy, and just dreamy. The perfect ending to an awesome day!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dutch Oven Competitors Hold A Practice Run!

"Tex Mex", Dutch Oven Master and contributor to River-Rose, will be competing in the International Dutch Oven Society's 2010 World Championship Cook-Off in Salt Lake City, Utah, this March. He will be making spectacular Dutch Oven dishes that are sure to make one's mouth water and perhaps, once again, earn his team the title. Four of the local teams that are competing at this event will be holding a practice run at Crazy Dave's Discount Center. It will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010, and is open to the public. The serving will be held between 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., the cost will be $10 to sample all of their masterful creations. Don't miss this one!

Crazy Daves Discount Center
811 Albion
Burley, Idaho

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Snippets from magazines that fell into an Asian theme. I have no idea what language the writing is, but with the onset of Chinese New Year this month, perhaps it's good timing. The 2010 Chinese New Year is the year of the Tiger and it is said that within the year, recent obstacles can be overcome, and it is reasonable to look ahead to a year that will shine!
Foods associated with good luck in the Chinese New Year can be chicken, although the chicken must be presented whole including the head, tail, and feet, as to preserve good fortune. This may be a problem locating at the local Walmart! Tangerines may be more easily obtainable and it's a good thing, as they also represent good luck!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Funny Thing About Age...

I won't mention your name, but I will mention that you are turning 60! Happy Birthday to "You Know Who You Are"!


10.) You’ll never have to endure those harrowing visits to the dentist again.

9.) You’ll save a fortune on shampoo.

8.) You have survived the humiliation of middle age.

7.) You’ll no longer have to suffer the disappointment of thwarted ambitions – you no longer have any.

6.) You can finally sell those dreadful diet and exercise books that have sat unopened on the bookshelf for years.

5.) You’ll be the champ at history questions in the pub quiz.

4.) You can embarrass your family by entering glamorous granny or good-looking grandfather competitions.

3.) Baby-Boomers are hot!

2.) You’ll be able to talk incessantly about the good old days.

1.) Senior Discounts!!!!


Congrats and lots of love! River-Rose

Jokes from Anonymous at

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Balsamic Pork Chops and Mushrooms!

Simply juicy and flavorful!
4 Thick Cut Pork Chops
1 Package Sliced Mushrooms
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 Stick Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
Place a large pan with Olive Oil upon your stove top, set on high heat. Sprinkle both sides of your chops with Salt and Pepper. Place the chops onto the hot pan. Allow to cook on each side for 6-8 minutes. Remove chops and place to the side. Reduce heat to medium and add Mushrooms. Gently saute the Mushrooms until they become tender. Place chops back into the pan and drizzle Balsamic Vinegar. Add the unsalted Butter and allow to simmer, uncovered, for an additional 4 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and place chops onto a bed of Rice or Couscous. Pour remainder of sauce and Mushrooms over the top. Garnish with chopped Parsley.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Snippets from old magazines turned into cards to have on hand!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."
-Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Goodwill Hunting "Interlude"

I have long enjoyed thrift store shopping. It is something that has been passed down from my mother. Sometimes it has been out of necessity, sometimes as a pastime. When visiting towns and places, going to local antique and thrift shops is a good way to get a feel for the lifestyle of those who live in the town, and possibly learn a bit of history. Who knows what treasures are to be found?

Yesterday, while walking through the aisle of our local thrift store a glimmer caught the corner of my eye. It came from the silverware bin. I usually never rummage through the silverware, but I was drawn to the glimmer of these spoons that seemed to shine differently than the rest.

They had a pretty rose design at the tips and for 50 cents a piece, I took them home. If I squinted and looked very closely at the back, I could see that the manufacturer was International Silverplate. I am clueless when it comes to Silver or collectors items; so, I looked it up on the computer and found a wonderful website, Silver Table Ware, which has nearly every vintage silverware pattern imaginable. I discovered that the spoon's pattern is called "Interlude" by International Silver, 1971. Maybe I'll learn more on what to keep my eyes open for!

Monday, February 15, 2010

RAMBLIN ROSE- Burley Flea Market, Idaho

What a better way to spend Valentine's weekend but to browse all the little treasures at the Burley Flea Market? I love looking through the old stuff and can stare at all the baubles for days! It takes me back to when one could just peruse through bins of vintage jewelry at the local five and dime; although at the time the items weren't yet vintage.

There was other stuff to see- bits of this and that. Handmade doll clothes and Western magazines from the sixties. Blue, brown, and green bottles, and a wooden box filled with Onyx marbles.


and this broach, that, for a dollar, I took back to River-Rose.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine My Sweet!

I made these just for you and I hope you like them!
As for myself, I will have to pass. It is not yet noon and I've already indulged in a mushroom omelet, sausage links, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, a half a bar of dark chocolate with almonds topped off with a cup of Joe.
I can tell it's going to be a nice day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010



You know how sometimes the library will put out stacks of old magazines to be given away? Instead of the usual stack of Popular Mechanics or Chihuahua Today (don't get me wrong- I have both a Chihuahua and a car; it's just not my reading preference), they had a stack of this fabulous magazine called Somerset Studio, The Art of Paper and Mixed Media. It's visually a joy look at and there are interesting profiles of artists which inspired me to utilize a bit of creativity and make homemade Valentine's cards this year. I do hope my friends will enjoy their little parcels!

Friday, February 12, 2010

30 Years Is Nothing To Sneeze At

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Congratulations to contributor and dear loved one "Sire H", for reaching 30 years of service in his job! River-Rose

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You Go, Girl! Rock Port Cafe

The picture above was part of a food review of the Trail's End Restaurant, Missouri, back in June, 2009. Since then, I have been notified that Brandy Buttercase, the waitress featured in the center of the photo, has gone on to open her own restaurant, The Rock Port Cafe! You go, girl!
Rock Port Cafe
401 South Main Street
Rock Port, MO 64482
Brandy's place is smack dab in downtown Rock Port, Missouri. The menu features "Noon Specials" and has a great Tenderloin that everyone enjoys at $5.29, a two piece Roasted Chicken that is $6.25. On Tuesdays, it's Taco Tuesdays and Wednesday is the Pan Fried Chicken. Friday night is a Fish Fry- all you can eat Polluck, Catfish Dinner, and Roasted Chicken.

Hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday nights 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Congratulations Brandy, I can't wait to get out there and try the Fish Fry and based on your wonderful customer service, I know it will be a great time! River-Rose

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sweet Hearts!




Cards crafted and submitted by Sunshine!
Thank You for spreading the love!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Farewell My Friend!

Whenever I visit Sacramento, California, friends know that the first place I want to visit is Amarin's downtown. The Barbecue Chicken, so wonderful along with a heavy dose of Shrimp Pad Thai; this establishment has always been one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food was like a long lost friend. It is the type of place that caused me to order way too much food, on purpose, all for the deliberate act of enjoying it for breakfast, lunch and possibly dinner. In fact, the food was so good, I had no problem eating it for at least two days in a row, with naps in between. Which sometimes got on the nerves of those I was visiting! Sadly, due to recent state cutbacks and work furlough programs for state employees, Amarin's closed their doors, after 27 years of being in business. Once I heard the news, it was hard for me to believe and it still is. Farewell my dear friend. Hopefully, we will meet again.

Original Post- Sunday, June 14, 2009:

Amarin Thai Cuisine
900 12th Street
Sacramento, CA(916) 447-9063

Renown for their delicious Thai food and extensive menu, locals know to head to Amarin's early to beat the weekend rush. The Barbecue Chicken is a beautifully roasted Garlic infused Chicken, with a fantastic Barbecue sauce that is served on the side. The serving is a whole chicken cut into sections and perfect for sharing with your table. The Barbecue sauce is not what one would think of as a traditional sauce and it almost appears as a gel. But once it is spread onto the tender Chicken it adds a smokey flavor that is hard to beat. Paired with the Shrimp Pad Thai, it is just out of this world! The Shrimp are plump and burst in your mouth while the Pad Thai is perfectly cooked and served with several condiments, such as chopped peanuts or red chili upon request.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Playing Around

I was going through a stack of old magazines that were going to be disposed of and decided to take the scissors to them instead!

Playing around with snippets of images...


and textures.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weather Report- Hurricane Who Dat? Submitted by "Tex Mex"

Based on what I've seen, looks like the weather reports are finally accurate!
Hurricane Who Dat is predicted to make landfall on the Florida coast in the
vicinity of Miami on 7 Feb 2010 at approximately 2200Z (5:00 PM EST). This
extremely powerful hurricane is expected to produce damaging Shockey waves
and a Category 5 Brees. Reports from shipping indicate that this unstoppable
storm has blown a huge flock of Cardinals all the way to Arizona, and that
it has sunk a replica Viking longboat, the Brettigfă╗vren. Livestock, in
particular, young horses, or Colts, will be in severe danger of being decimated.
Predictive damage estimates are unavailable at this time, but they are
expected to be significant.
All interests in and near the Miami area are advised to prepare for a storm
surge of catastrophic proportions as Hurricane Who Dat begins to arrive in
approximately 10 days.
Thanks Tex Mex for your post! It was an awesome Super Bowl to watch!

Super Bowl Sunday!

This really happened:
My mother went to church this morning and after the service she went to shake the priest's hand. While shaking his hand she asked him, "So, Father, who are you rooting for today?" and he replied, "The Saints!".

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Future

"The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."
Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Italian Chicken Breast!

Flavorful and Tender Italian Chicken Breast!



2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

1 Large Can Crushed Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Water

1 Small Yellow Onion

2 Cloves Garlic

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Fresh Basil

Parmesan Cheese




Slice your Onion thinly. Set your stove top to medium and drizzle olive oil into a pan. Place Onion into pan and allow the Onions to simmer, stirring occasionally, until they become translucent. Remove Onion from pan and turn up the heat to medium/high. Season your Chicken with Salt, Pepper and a drizzle of Olive Oil. Place Chicken into pan and turn over after 6 minutes. While that is simmering, crush and slice thinly your Garlic. After the Chicken is turned, add the Onions back into the pan along with the Garlic, Stewed Tomatoes and Water. Let it come to a simmer and reduce heat to medium/low. Leave on the stove for 20-30 minutes. Remove and garnish with chopped, fresh Basil and shaved Parmesan Cheese. Serve with Pasta, Rice, or Polenta.


Monday, February 1, 2010

"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. " George Washington Carver