Friday, November 27, 2009

Magic Meat Loaf - Crock Pot Recipe

Here is another favorite for my family. So easy too!!!

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

2 eggs

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

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving

Just wanted to pop in and tell everyone to have a safe, and happy Thanksgiving. We will be spending Thanksgiving with my parents and my brother's family. It is so nice to have this family time to relax, eat, and just spend time together. Everyone stays so busy all the time!! I look forward to this time of year with the Holiday's approaching. Just being together and having great fellowship means more to me than anything.

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

If you Give a Moose a Muffin Monday

I love these books, and my kids loved me to read these books to them (when they were little anyway sniff, sniff).

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

Butterscotch Delight

Here is a favorite family recipe. I will be making this for dessert to take for Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents. Hope you enjoy!!

Butterscotch Delight

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

I must be CrAzY

Tonight is the big premier of "New Moon" oh, joy, joy!!! I promised my daughter we would go, got the tickets online about a month ago. Now, I'm thinking I must have been delirious when I told her we would go. They have sold 1700 tickets at our local theater...Can you just imagine 1700 screaming teenagers seeing Edward on the big screen (give or take a few hundred crazy mom's like me)?!! Can you imagine standing in line just to get a seat? Can you imagine standing in line with 1700 people, to get a seat, in the pouring rain? Oh, oh, oh....It gets better. I have daycare kids who arrive tomorrow morning at 7:15 - 4:00 THEN my husband and I have Bingo Night, starting at 5:00 (we work bingo a couple times a year to help fund our daughter's softball team) eeeeek!!! We will probably be there until 11:00. Yes...I would say the word of the day is CrAzy!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can you tell I love Snowmen?

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 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

Our Trip to Amish Country

Oh my Goodness!!! Hubby and I just got back from a wonderful trip to The Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa. I LOVE visiting this area. Usually I go with my mom & friends, and we've been going once or twice a year for 20 years now. This time was relaxing time for hubby & I. We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in September, but were unable to do anything then....with our daughter playing softball, we were still having tournaments. So, we went this past weekend and stayed at a Bed & Breakfast and it was wonderful. Hubby about died with NO TV reception, but he survived. We also saw "The Miracle of Christmas" and words cannot describe what a wonderful show this was...just awesome. On top of the fun, I probably gained 10 pounds, the food is soooo good in this area. I did do a little shopping and have some great ideas for our booth, and website. Problem is..getting it all done. Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Look what I've been working on:

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

Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies

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

Reindeer Ornaments

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.