Miss Calamity has turned 13. With this milestone, we decided that she needed a new name - one that did not allude to great catastrophe. And so, Miss Calamity has become Miss Serenity.
As is our custom, Sir Knight took Miss Serenity on a "Daddy Date" to celebrate her birthday. They dressed up (in their best cowboy and cowgirl duds) and spent an evening enjoying each others company. First, they went to Big R (a local feed store) to get some new Wranglers and have a look around, then, they made their way to the Outback Steakhouse for a steak dinner. They talked and laughed and talked some more, enjoying just being together. As they finished their meal, Sir Knight presented Miss Serenity with a ring - a ring that would knit their hearts together, only to be replaced when Miss Serenity's heart is knitted with her future husband and his ring replaces her fathers.
As Miss Serenity and Sir Knight spent an evening out, the rest of the family spent an evening in. Since we didn't have a whole family to cook for, Maid Elizabeth and I made a treat that we rarely indulge in - Potato Skins!
First, we baked a number of potatoes (with the skins on, in the wood cookstove) until they were tender. Then, we cut the potatoes in half and scooped out the flesh. We melted butter in a saucepan and dipped each "potato boat" in the butter and placed it on a cookie sheet. After each potato skin was well buttered, we filled them with grated cheddar cheese, bacon bits and chives (we prefer fresh, but had to settle for dried). We put the potato skins in the oven just until the cheese melted (and started to turn slightly brown) and the skins crunched up. Ummm! What a wonderful, tasty treat! No one complained at all that we didn't have anything but potato skins for dinner (although Master Calvin did say "Is that all we are having?") and they were all gone by the time Sir Knight and Miss Serenity strolled through the door at the end of their evening.
|Dipped in butter|
|Adding Cheddar Cheese|
|How could you go wrong with Cheese and Bacon?|
|Ready for the oven|
|Need I say anything?|