Archive for August 2015

Pond Fishing 8/1/15

Met up with my buddy Jeff Gibson to hit a few farm ponds that was over in Putnam County today. The first two ponds turned out to be good as we both landed 4 nice bass each, that ranged from 15 to 17 inches long and weighed between 1.5 and 2 lbs. The last pond we stopped by turned out to be even better as I landed 7 nice bass and Jeff got 1 and had another one that snapped his line. Once the bite turned off and the heat started to get unbearable we called it quits for the day. It was just nice to get out and fish with a old friend and shoot the breeze and catch up.

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Strawberry-Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie



6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar, divided
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
7 graham crackers, divided
2 cups frozen whole strawberries, slightly thawed

Blend cream cheese, milk, 3 Tbsp. sugar, vanilla and 6 crackers in blender until smooth.
Pour all but about 1/2 cup of the cream cheese mixture into liquid measuring cup.
Reserve for later use.
Add strawberries and remaining sugar to remaining cream cheese mixture in blender; blend until smooth.
Pour into 4 glasses.
Pour reserved cream cheese mixture gently over strawberry mixture in glasses.
Crumble remaining cracker; sprinkle over smoothies.
Serve immediately.

Apple Blueberry Crisp


1 cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup flour, divided
½ cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
¼ cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 bag (12 to 16 ounces) frozen blueberries
4 cups peeled and cubed apples or pears

Preheat oven to 375°F
Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish
To prepare the topping:
in a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, ¼ cup of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar and the cinnamon
Add butter
Between fingers rub butter with dry ingredients to form coarse crumbs, stir in pecans
In a large bowl, toss blueberries and apples with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup flour
Pour blueberry-apple mixture into prepared baking dish
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit
Bake until apples are tender and topping is golden, about 50 minutes
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired

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