Friday, December 11, 2009
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. milk
1 (2 1/2 oz) jar dried beef, cut in pieces
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. butter
11 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 small onion chopped
Oven toast pecans in butter and salt. Mix cheese, milk, beef, green pepper, onion. Fold in sour cream and half the nuts. Place in baking dish and sprinkle the remaining nuts on top. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Serve hot with crackers or bread.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I love crock pot recipes. Makes it so nice to have it ready when you walk in the door, or have a busy day at home.
2 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1 package dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup ketchup
Reserve 2 tablespoons ketchup. Combine all other ingredients and place in crock pot. Spread remaning ketchup on top. Place in crock pot, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours.
Note: I have also mixed this up and placed in freezer. It freezes well!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Also, prayers being sent to families who have lost loved ones this year. To my friend Sara, who lost her dad two weeks ago, my heart goes out to you. Also, to families that have members serving our country, who are not able to be home for the Holiday's. Thank you for your sacrifice of being away from your family to keep mine safe.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well this is exactly how I feel today. Every time I turn around to do something...I see something else that needs to be done, and I'm not getting a lot accomplished. It's all good though, I'll get there.
I have so many things to be thankful for!! It's going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and I'm looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with my family.
Open house this week at the shop where my craft booth is located. I'm still working on some things to get there, and I keep telling myself after this is done I'll concentrate on the house, or baking some goodies, or washing clothes, or shopping, or decorating, or, or this, or, or that. My list just keeps getting longer.
Friday, November 20, 2009
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 stick butter
2 small packages instant butterscotch pudding
1 cup cool whip (I usually buy the larger one)
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
3 cups milk
Mix flour, butter, pecans and press in bottom of greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown at 375 degrees. Cool completely.
Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese & cool whip in one bowl. Mix pudding & milk in another bowl. Layer the two mixtures on cooled crust, ending with additional cool whip on top. I usually reserve some chopped nuts for garnish.
This recipe can be used with other flavors of pudding.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We have a Fall Open House at our shop next weekend, so I'm trying to get some things finished.
We've been so busy here at home....as usual!!!! We have several family members in the hospital, so please keep them in your prayers.
With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I know everyone is busy in their own little world, but I know, in my little world, my family & I need to stop and remember what the real season is all about. Everything gets so commercialized and people don't stop to give thanks on Thanksgiving, or remember that we are celebrating the Birthday of Christ....we just go along in our busy world, trying to buy this, and that. Hopefully we can take time to remember what the Holiday Season is all about.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I've been working on this little snowman. I think he turned out pretty cute. I've added him to my selling site, but not so sure I want to let him go. I think I'll make one for myself while I'm at it. It's tough getting started into crafting & sewing again, I don't have my supplies built up, so it seems I'm constantly needing to run to the craft store for materials and supplies. I think I got a pretty good deal the other day at Joanne Fabrics. I found warm & natural batting in queen size for $9.99. The sales lady told me it was much cheaper than buying it by the yard. They only had one left, so I'm lucky I got it. Have a great Tuesday!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
I've been following And Baby Makes Five Blog. Every week she has a recipe swap, and starting today it's a Holiday Recipe Swap. I enjoy getting these yummy recipes each week. Join in!!
I can tell you this recipe I got from Mommy's Kitchen is a new favorite for my family. These Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies were delicious, and so moist. You've got to try them!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 - 1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups quick or old fashioned oats (I used quick oats)
1 2/3 cups (11 oz pkg.) Nestle Butterscotch Chips
Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9 to 10 minutes from crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Well, I've been working on these cute little Reindeer Ornaments. Thought I'd share. I've added a couple to my website, and I'm putting some on my Christmas Tree in my booth. We are starting to stock for Christmas, so I hope to have some pictures to share.
I got this adorable little pattern from The Olde Country Cupboard. Simple to make...even for me. I changed it just a little by using a pip sprig for antlers instead of sticks. A BIG THANK YOU to The Olde Country Cupboard for sharing your pattern.
Can you believe October is already behind us!! I'm telling you, I just don't know where the times goes. I hope everyone had a safe Halloween.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It has been the most beautiful day here in the Mountains of Virginia. Hubby & I enjoyed a motorcycle ride today with my dad, and a few friends. We ended up going about 100 miles. It was a nice ending to the weekend. Here are some pictures.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Last weekend my daughter & I visited The Big Otter Mill. They had a little festival and are trying to raise money to restore it to working order. My great, great, great grandfather built this mill around 1920. I was just mesmerized at the workmanship of this Mill. I got to meet some extended family too. I can't wait to visit again and take the rest of my family. My father is a genealogy buff and has traced our ancestors back 100's of years. I am so glad he has taken the time and worked so hard to learn about our family. It's a great thing to pass to my children. Any other genealogy searchers out there?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thank you very much Krissy for the blog award!! I am so new to this whole blogging world, but am having a lot of fun.
I am passing along this award to 15 blog sites I LOVE to visit....in no particular order...here they are:
A Primitive Place
Palmer Falls Primitives
The Pickled Pepper Patch
The Country Girl At Home
Home is Where the Heart Is
Eat At Home
And Baby Makes Five
The Primitive Country Bug
Olde Annie Primitives
Making a House a Home
Taylor's Farmhouse Attic
Behind My Red Door
At Home with Amy
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On another note. I am waiting on my website to be set up. I ordered everything on Monday...so, stay tuned. I'm really exciting about this new adventure.
Have a wonderful weekend (what's left of it)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Okay - I feel better now!!
Have a great one,
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I should have put the Salsa in the pumpkin before I told my son what we were having for dinner. I then played taxi and dropped my daughter off, came home to this....it's all I had left.....one little bowl of salsa. Yep, he downed it.
Okay - the idea is to make the salsa and place inside a cleaned out pumpkin. We had chicken enchiladas and this YUMMY Black Bean Salsa (what was left of it). Makes for a great display if you have a Fall Party to attend.
Black Bean Salsa
1 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup red pepper diced
1 cup corn nibbletts
1/4 cup sweet onion chopped
3 tbsp. celery
2 tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper - optional
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. commercially prepared salsa
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We have just about completed our craft booth. I still haven't taken pictures....I forget to take my camera. Oh well!! next time. I've got another Fall Recipe I want to share, so I'll do that later this week.
Have a Blessed Tuesday,
Friday, October 2, 2009
Hope everyone has a wonderful upcoming weekend. Pictures coming soon on the stocking of our craft booth (Just have to go over and take some). Thought I'd share the chocolate muffin recipe I made for the church bake sale (recipe from Lynns Kitchen Adventures). Enjoy and have a wonderful Friday.
Buttermilk Chocolate Bread
1 stick butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
You can bake this in a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, but I decided to make muffins. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the buttermilk. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Stir into buttermilk mixture until moistened. Mix in 1 cup chocolate chips. If making as bread....bake 55-60 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven. If making muffins...bake 18-20 minutes. YUMMY
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Today I'll be making cookies and brownies for a church bake sale. I'll post pictures later. The bake sale is Saturday too, and hubby will drop the goodies off tomorrow morning. Also today...we will start moving into our new craft booth. My mom and dad just came from a shopping trip, so we'll have lots of new stuff. I wasn't able to go this time and I was bummed. Within the next couple weeks I hope to have a selling blog or website set up to sell our goodies.
Have a great day!!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This is what my son ask while I was fixing these. JETS!! See, I only (usually) make these once a year. Well, it was my sister in law's birthday and she loves them, so I made some for her birthday. Of course I made a double batch so my family could enjoy a little Christmas in September.
1 & 1/2 boxes powdered sugar
6 oz peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 sticks margarine
12 oz chocolate chips
1/2 block parafin wax
Mix margarine and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and peanut butter and continue mixing until dough is formed. Roll in small balls, and dip with toothpick in the melted chocolate chip and wax mixture; place on wax paper until cooled.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Good Morning........as I try to type on a key stuck key board. Don't you hate it when you tell your kids 10000 times, NOT to drink at the computer. Wonder what part of the "NOT" did she not understand? Yep, our keyboard is a sticky pepsi mess.........thanks to my 15 year old.
Oh well, could have been worse....at least it didn't fry the computer.
Thought I'd share another recipe. My family loves these garlic mashed potatoes. The best part.........to my Weight Watcher friends.............they are only 3 points per serving.
7 cups peeled baking potatoes
6 garlic cloves - peeled
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Place potatoes ad garlic in a saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes; drain. Return potatoes and garlic to pan. Add remaining ingredients; beat at medium speed until smooth. Enjoy!!
On - and don't pay much attention to the slab of butter on top of my potatoes...that doesn't count!!
Have a great Tuesday!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Woke up to a chilly morning, so I decided to make my copycat Hazelnut Mocha, my favorite from Starbucks ™. I don’t like regular coffee…never have…but add a little chocolate (or a lot), and some hazelnut cream, and syrup…and now we’re talking. This is how I make it:
Just brew regular coffee. While the coffee is brewing, add the Hershey syrup, hazelnut syrup, and hazelnut cream to your cup. I then nuk it for about 40 seconds in the microwave. I stir in the coffee, add some whipped cream on top, and waaalaaaa, a yummy beverage on a chilly morning. This is a favorite for my husband & I to take to Sunday School, or have on a cozy Saturday morning. Hope you enjoy!
Have a wonderful, blessed Monday!!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
As I was listening to our pastor this morning, he made the comment about "how little" most people pray. It really hit home with me, especially being a mom. The bible tells us to "Pray without ceasing".....I Thessalonians 5:17.....If I'm not praying for my kids and my family like I should be....WHO IS? I will certainly be more diligent with my prayer time.
Have a wonderful Day!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Well, this is one of my families favorites. Usually doesn't last but a day around here. Now, if you went to elementary school in the Mountains of Virginia (like me) you would call them Congo Bars. Sometimes I would trade everything on my plate for another Congo Bar. They are also call Blondies. Anyway, super simple and they are yummy.
Congo Bars - Blondies
1 stick butter - melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup nuts - optional
1/2 cup to 1 cup chocolate chips
(I'm the chocolate lover - 1 cup of morsels for me)
Butter 8x8 pan. Mix melted butter with brown sugar. Beat until smooth, then beat in egg, and add vanilla. Add salt and stir in flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.