Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

March 30, 2015


Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 8:18 am
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I’ve got this good buddy in Hemphill, Tx.   His name is Grumpy.

And he does not deserve that name… all the time.  Anyway, he says

the following is tasty.   Hope you enjoy.

CHOCOLATE COBBLER – For all chocolate lovers???

2 sticks butter
1 1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 c self-rising flour
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c milk
1 C sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 C boiling water
Directions: Preheat oven to 350. In a 9×13 pan or Pyrex baking dish, melt the two sticks of butter in the oven.
Mix together in a bowl the sugar, flour, vanilla and milk.
Once the butter is melted pour the batter over the butter, “do not stir”.
In a separate bowl mix together the cocoa and remaining sugar.
Sprinkle cocoa/sugar mixture on top of batter. “Do not stir”.
Pour the 2 cups of boiling water on top of that “do not stir” and bake for 30-45 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 30 minutes though it will brown quickly. Usually takes 35 minutes…enjoy

October 23, 2012

Grilled smoked pork for the grand-kids

    These little fellows should not have stopped by our hog trap.

once cleaned, washed and seasoned

they will be cooked for grand-kids.

seasoned and wrapped in foil to be cooked

for about 12 hours.

Once cooked, the foil is removed

to smoke the meat for about one hour.

The meat is then cooled before bagging

and then to freezer.

Once frozen, the meat goes to the homes of the grand-kids.

August 24, 2012

Glenda’s Muscadine Jelly

after harvesting the muscadine grapes,

she cooks them and later will separate

the pulp from the juice.

I offered  to smash them with my feet

and collect the juice in that manner.


Once she has the juice,

the magic starts of converting

to jelly.


the finished product


yum yum on a hot buttered biscuit

July 6, 2012

Peeling a potatoe

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 6:05 am

February 13, 2012

Maggie’s Delicious Apple Recipe

  • first cut apple in half and cut out core
  • put apple in baking dish cut side up
  • sprinkle one teaspoon of stevia on apple and put three little slices of butter on each half
  • then sprinkle with pumpkin pie or apple pie spice
  • put in oven
  • let it cook 15 minutes and then turn apples to other side
  • bake another 15 minutes
  • after you take out of oven, get a toothpick and see if it is done enough.  It should not be too soft, nor too crunchy
  • put on plate and pour juices from pan over apple


– from our grand-daughter Maggie

– this should be award-winning recipe

 – good after school snack for kids

 – good snack for us old folks

– let Maggie know how you enjoyed the recipe



February 10, 2012

Day for making deer sausage

Pork mixed with venison and pork fat.

Seasoned with Brookshire Brothers sausage seasoning

and touch of black pepper, sage and crushed red pepper.


now thru the meat grinder


then thru the stuffer


fifty pound of sausage on the smoker


Once cooked, sausage will be removed, washed and into refrigerator over night.

Once cooled they’ll be cut into links.


and vaccum sealed.

And then to the grand-kids

December 19, 2011

Making Salsa (red and green)


Our garden proved plenty of

green tomatoes and ripe tomatoes for our salsa.



next step was to boil tomatoes until the skin loosened.

Japaleno peppers were boiled with the tomatoes.



Before blending, the other ingredients were added.

(cilantro, black pepper, onion powder, minced garlic and salt)


When finished, we had a nice size pot of red salsa and

even larger pot of green salsa.

It was put into small containers once it cooled

and then into the freezer.

Our baby daughter provided the recipe and supervision.

December 17, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 6:40 am
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Just before the first frost occurs,

we pick all of our green tomatoes.

Some of these will be used for sliced green tomatoes.


The tomatoes are sliced and seasoned with salt and black pepper.


They are then battered in Zatarian Fish Fry.


Once battered, they are put on cookie sheet and put in freezer.

When we want some fried green tomatoes in late winter,

we’ll pull them our of the zip lock and they ready to cook.

December 6, 2011

Chicken Spagetti Recipe by daughter – Cat

Filed under: Family,Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 6:25 am
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Some really good cooks never know the amount of each ingredient.
This is really good chicken spaghetti made by Cat, our daughter.
Boil chicken (not boneless)
Debone and set aside
Boil spaghetti noodles in broth
Mix chicken with:
Can cream of mushroom soup
Can of crushed tomatoes
Bell pepper
Garlic salt or powder
Chili powder
Parmesan cheese
Cheddar cheese
Add cooked noodles
Add a small amount of broth to make it moist
Bake (covered) at 350 until most of the juices have cooked in (or until it’s not soupy) then cook for a few minutes uncovered at the end

December 5, 2011

Ripe tomatoes for Christmas

Some of green tomatoes we picked before the first frost.

Most will be wrapped in newspaper.


The green tomatoes are wrapped individually in newspaper.

They will be kept in the cool.


In about 30 days, they will be ripe and look like these

that have just gone thru the same procedure.

So around Christmas we will have tomatoes

the a taste of vine ripen tomatoes.



Well, you learn something new everyday. Thanks for the tip. As many years as we have raised tomatoes, we never knew that would work. We always have a big batch of fried green tomatoes because we didn’t know we could do that. Those fried green ones are sure good too. Your blog made me hungry this morning. Oh, and don’t forget those good ole tomato sandwiches on whole wheat with a little Miracle Whip and salt and pepper. Yum! My husband says he thinks they are better with bacon and lettuce along side. Fried egg and tomato sandwiches are real good too. Guess I’d better stop writing and get to the kitchen.

Comment by Becky Lannon — December 5, 2011 @ 9:57 am


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