Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Chatter

I lost 1 lb. when I weighed in last night. So....I have finally reached my 10% weight loss and I am only .6 lbs. away from the goal that I set for myself for the first of the year. I have lost a total of 16.6 lbs. all together. Go me!! Although my weight is now within my weight range I think I want to loose 3 more lbs. at least before I start my maintaining. I want to try and get to the next clothes size.

We have a progressive dinner for our Ladies meeting this evening. I will be going to 3 different homes. All I can say is Lord help me!!! I will need it because the homes we are going to I know will have great food. Great I tell ya!!

Have a great day!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Chatter

The older I get the less time I have. Once I get home from work the hands on the clock just seem to race each other for the hours to disappear. That is how I feel anyway. I have so much I want to blog about but can't seem to find time to just do it. Even though I am off work today doesn't mean that I will be laying around. I have lot and lots to do!

First of all, I have finally got my christmas tree up. This is the first year ever that I have put my Christmas tree up by myself. So sad! Needless to say, it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r!! Sissy has always, always helped me. Not this year. Just because she was working was just no excuse! Just kidding. It was more enjoyable when both kids were home to help and keep the excitment going in the house though. But, all good things must come to an end.

Next, of course there is always, always housework to do. At least my kitchen sink is not full of dirty dishes as it was the other day.

Next, I have joined a website to help in baking cookies for our soldiers. Will post pictures and share more infomation on this in a later post.

Then tomorrow night is our ladies fellowship night at church. I am really looking forward to it. We will be having a progressive dinner then revealing who our Secret Sister has been all year and draw for a new one for the coming year. I hate to give up whoever has been my Secret Sister. She has sure been a great one!

Then, being Monday, that means weight in night at WW. My goal was to loose 1.6 lbs. That would put me at my first goal weight. Not sure what my next goal weight will be. Wish me luck!

Last but not least, here are a few pictures of hubby and I along with Riley on a walk through the woods behind my parents house.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Brownie Cupcake Bites

This is a recipe from Weight Watchers that I fixed at a recent get together. They are 3 pts. per cupcake bite and pretty darn good!

21 oz. regular brownies, dry mix
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 1/2 c. lite cool whip
1 1/4 oz. candy corn, about 24 pieces (or sprinkles)

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 24 mini muffin tin holes with mini cupcake wrappers.

In a large mxing bowl, combine brownie mix, water, applesauce & egg whites. Mix 50 times with a wooden spoon; do not under mix. Pour brownie mixture into prepared muffin tins.

Bake cupcakes until a tester inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven & cool completely; remove cupcakes from pan. Before serving, decorate each cooled cupcake with a tablespoon dollop of cool whip and 1 piece of candy corn.

Yields: 1 cupcake per serving

Weigh In

Well, last night was my weigh in. I lost 2.4 more pounds for a total of 15.6 lbs.!! Go me!!

I had to have blood work done this morning to check the synthroid levels in my blood today. I think maybe my thryoid levels have changed from the way I am feeling. If so, then my medicine will be adjusted to a lower dose and my weight will not come off so easy I am afraid. Waiting for the doctor to call and give me the results.....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ranch Spinach Dip

Sadly this is not "diet" friendly. It is 4 WW points for 1/4 c. I could eat that in one bite!! Not really but almost. This is my favorite, favorite dip. Once I start on this stuff I cannot put it down! I know,I know, you could use fat free sour cream but have you ever tasted that stuff??? Yuck!! I give this a 5+ out of 5! I like to serve this with French Bread slices. You can also hollow out a round loaf of French bread and fill with this dip or serve it with fresh vegetables. Enjoy!

1 pkg. (1 oz.) Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing or Dips Mix
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 box (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed from it
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped

Mix together, chill and serve. Makes 2 cups.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hot Fiesta Dip

I got this recipe from my Weight Watchers magazine. Of course, you could use regular cheese if you are not wanting to make it low fat. I ate this with Baked Tortilla chips and it was yum-my!!

Serving Size: 1/4 c. (10 servings)
1 pt. per serving

1-10 oz. pkg. of frozen whole-kernel corn
1 1/2 c. salsa
3/4 c. (3 oz.) Weight Watcher's Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
2 T. chopped green onions

Microwave frozen corn according to package directions. Drain.

Combine corn and salsa in a microwave-safe 9 inch pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until bubbly.

Sprinkle cheese over corn mixture; cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with chopped onions.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Here I Go Again!

Due to a death in the family I must take a few days off from blogging.

I have more new recipes to post so I promise to be back soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chili Cheese Ball

All my friends and family that have tried this seemed to really like this cheese ball. It is not that I don't like it, I just wasn't that crazy about it. But that is just me. Hope you enjoy it as much as the others did.

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. Salsa
1 (1.25) oz. packet Taco seasoning mix
1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Combine cream cheese, salsa, taco seasoning and cheddar cheese in a medium bowl. Shape into a ball; coat with pecans.

Serves 8

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tangy Broccoli Salad

I made this for a get together I had Saturday evening and everyone loved it including myself. I will definitely be making this again!

Recipe from www.kraftfoods.com.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 20 min.
Servings: 12 servings, 1/2 c. each

What You Need!
3/4 c. Miracle Whip Light Dressing
2 T. sugar
2 T. white vinegar
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (about 6 cups)
6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
1 small red onion, chopped
4 c. loosely packed torn lettuce or spinach leaves

Mix dressing, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl.

Add broccoli, bacon and onion. Mix lightly.

Add lettuce just before serving. Mix well.

Cook's Note:
I used Fat Free Hellmans Mayo. and Splenda. If you are doing Weight Watchers like myself, this salad is only 1 pt. per serving.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hello to all!

It has been so long since I have posted. My life has been so busy, hectic, and crazy. To be such an organized person I have found myself lately to be so unorganized and in much need to more time to my day. Since that doesn't seem to be happening I guess I better learn how to manage my time better. Much better.

Anyway, starting tomorrow morning I will be posting new recipes again. Hope to see you all again real soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Day

In my Bible reading this morning I read the following verse.

Colossians 3:13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, .......

I need to keep repeating these verses to myself today. Yeah, it's one of those days.

I know I am unable to post much lately but I just do not have any time to spare anymore it seems like. I have a great sounding chocolate pie recipe that I have been trying to make for 3 weeks. Maybe one of these days I will be able to and share it with all of you.

Still waiting for the adjuster to come and look at sissy's car. I made a few phone calls this morning to try and get this thing rolling here. I seem to have an adjuster who lies a lot. (Hmm...another reason I need to keep repeating the Bible verses huh?)

Not sure what I am going to fix for supper tonight. I had planned on a Soup Bean Casserole (I can hear my sister licking her lips now!! Hee! Hee!) but since it is a little on the spicy side my husband asked me to fix something else (which he rarely does) since he has had heartburn for the past 3 days. The only other thing on my menu this week was for a Taco Salad and I don't think that will work either. I already have hamburger thawing in my fridge so now to rack my brain here. I don't have much time when I get in from work before I have to come back so this is going to be tricky. I can always fix a hamburger but I am just not in a hamburger mood today. Any suggestions out there?

Have a great day!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

This recipe is courtesy of The Neelys from Food Network. I gave this a 10 out of 10.

1/2 c. oil
6 (4 oz. each) cube steaks
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. milk
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

Heat a medium-high skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil.

Pound out the cube steaks with a meat mallet until they are 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick. Salt and pepper both sides. Mix the flour, cayenne and paprika together in a bowl. Beat the eggs in another bowl. Dredge the steaks in the flour,

then in the egg mixture,

then in the flour again.

Place the steak carefully into the skillet. Cook until golden brown, about 4 to 6 minues on each side. When finished, place on a sheet tray lined with paper towels, hold in a warm oven and repeat the procedure with the other pieces of steak.

When all steaks have been cooked off, pour off all but 2 T. of the oil and lower heat. Add 3 T. of the leftover flour mixture to the oil and whisk to create a paste. Cook until golden, about 1 minute. Gradually add the milk to the flour and oil mixture while whisking together.

Season the gravy with salt and pepper to taste. Let cook until thickened; about 10 minutes.

Pour gravy over the steak to finish and garnish with parsley if desired.

Ta dah!! Yum, Yum good!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Thanking the Lord!

So thankful Sissy was not hurt at all. Wish I could say that about the car. Those dog gone deer!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Still Around

I have become really, really bad at posting here the last few months. I have just been so busy that by the time I get home from work I am just to tired to think about posting anything.

I have several new recipes that I want to try this next week so I will get back with you and share.

Talk to you all soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oven Fried Chicken

I saw this recipe on Food Network on the show "Sandra's Money Saving Meals".

Good things about this recipe - quick, easy, very moist.

Not so good things - there wasn't much flavor to the coating mix. If I made this again I would add some herbs and spices or more hot sauce one.

(I had to turn my oven up (I was in a hurry) because after 30 minutes at 350 my chicken was not done.)

1 chicken cut up
1 c. buttermilk
1 T. hot sauce
Panko crumbs

Mix buttermilk and hot sauce together (the 1 T. of hot sauce does not make it hot so if you like more kick to it you may want to add more.) Dip chicken pieces into the buttermilk mixture and then into the panko crumbs. Place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I Have a Winner!!

First of all, I would like to thank each of you (all 3 of you lol) for entering to win my book. I appreciate you taking the time to enter.

Using random.org, the winner is, drum roll please.........Nettie!!!!

Congratulations Nettie! If you will email me your full name and address I will get this book out to you in the mail first thing in the morning.

Give Away

I mistakenly put 11:00 PM instead of 11:00 AM. The drawing will be at 11:00 today. Good luck girls!!

Pork and Cabbage Dinner

This was really, really good. I will be making it again!

2 lbs. pork steaks, chops or shoulder
3/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley or 2 T. dried parsley
4 c. shredded cabbage
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. beef broth

Place pork in slow cooker. Layer onions, parsley and cabbage over pork.

Sprinkle salt and pepper over cabbage. Pour broth over cabbage.

Cover. Cook in crock pot on low for 5-6 hours.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

No Electric!

That's right. No electricty. I am at work posting this.

I came to work without a bath and dirty hair. Yuck!! I washed off with baby wipes this morning. Better than nothing huh? We had some pretty rough storms in our area last night but my family and I are very thankful to the Lord that besides yards full of leaves, limbs and trees we were not hurt and we still have our homes.

My dad called the electric company and they have around 800 without electric as of this morning and do not know when we will get service again. So....going after work today to get ice for coolers and lots of garbage bags and clean out my fridge. (I just can't stand the thought of throwing away food!!) Hopefully with the generator that my father has borrowed, we will be able to keep all of our garden stuff in our deep freezers.

Not sure when I will be able to talk to you again. Have a great week!

Monday, August 3, 2009

My First Giveaway!

I am going to give the above book that is picture away. All you have to do is post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to mine and then leave me a comment with your name and what your favorite thing is to crochet. If you do not have a blog you can still leave me a comment or feel free to send me an email and you can still be entered to win. This is for anyone not just the US.

Now for a little information about the book. This book is by House of White Birches. It has 20 patterns to crochet for style, 14 patterns for fun, and 18 patterns for the home with a total of 176 pages in all. This book is like new since I bought it and never used it. If you would like to recieve this book, please follow the directions above and I will be glad to send it to the lucky winner! (Since this is my first giveaway, if anyone has the name of the website to use to pick names I would appreciate it otherwise, your name will be put in a hat and drawn.)

This giveaway will expire on August 10th at 11:00 PM eastern time.

Friday, July 31, 2009

I Received an Award!

I am so excited! This is my first award and I couldn't have received it from anyone any nicer than Doreen. I always enjoy reading her blog. She is such a talented lady. Thank you Doreen for thinking of me.

I am to pass this award on to other blogging friends so here goes.

Small Farm Girl.

Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Happy In The Lord.

Whisperwind Farm Homestead.

A Farmstead Pilgrimage.

If you accept this award, please pass it on and then let your chosen blogging friends know they have been awarded this by sending them a comment on their blog or by emailing them.

My Day

I am really slipping up on posting on my blog. I just haven't been in much of a blogging mood this week. I do not know why but that is just how it is.

I have three new recipes I want to try next week. I will let you know what happens with them.

I also have a hard back crocheting pattern book that I will be giving away. As soon as I can get pictures taken and posted I will be doing a post for the give away.

Talk to you soon.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great Saturday

Well, my vacation is coming to a close but it has sure been a great one. All good things must come to an end right?

My mom and I went to Mighty Dollar in Somerset today. I love this store. They have lots of neat stuff plus loads of great scrapbooking items. Everything is just $1 each so that helps me love it more. Below is just some of the things I bought today.

First off, I will start with the scrapbooking items. Remember, $1.00 each!

Next, how do ya like my little silverware dish drainer. Isn't it just the cutest thing?

And of course I can't go anywhere unless I buy paper and/or pencil. So, I bought some book markers for the girls in Sunday School class, some post-it tags, and some colored index cards.

We then went to visit my bnl at the Lake Cumberland Flea Market. He makes one great glass of lemonade if your ever over that way. As you can see, I drank all of mine.

The fresh pork rinds were very good and fresh also. (No carbs!)

Going to the Flea Market was so much more fun having the great escort that we had. This is my new niece. (I need to come up with a nick name for her. She calls my husband Goofy Goober. lol) She is so sweet and loves to give everyone hugs.

Back at home, I have finished the baby afghan. It will going to it's new home this afternoon to a beautiful baby girl.

I have started on something for me now. A crocheted bag to keep my projects in that I am working on so I can either take them with me or take it from room to room. I got this pattern from attic24.

I am also trying my hand at making bracelets. These are my first ones but the black one I am not satisfied with so I will be redoing it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Vacation!

Yep, that's us. We are on vacation this week. What have we been up to you say? Well, let's see. I am still trying to get over this bronchitis, this stuff is never gonna leave! Since Saturday I have pretty much just been putting garden stuff up.

I failed to get a picture of the head of cabbage that I made my sauerkraut with. This is another head from my dad's garden. The one I made sauerkraut with weighed 8 lb. It was a big sucker!

The head of cabbage turned into this! Sauerkraut.

I have been putting corn in the freezer also. I have cut some off and put some in the freezer on the cob.

And canned green beans. This is only a few of the jars. Ok hubby, they are ready to be carried out!

And what has hubby been doing during this time?

Just painting, and painting, and painting. He did such a great job!

I think I am done with corn and beans until next year. Today is a day of rest. Me, my mom and sissy are going to go shopping and eat out. We deserve a break for all this hard work!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Day!

Me, hubby, kids and dl was supposed to go on a day trip to TN today. Well.....this trip was just not meant to be. My car has been not running good for a while now and Friday it just was awful! My pastor worked on it for me Friday and had it running better so hubby was going to finish it when he got in from work on Friday afternoon.
It wouldn't have taken him very long to finish it but since he had to unexpectly work 19 1/2 hours Friday, yes you heard me right, getting home at 3:30 in the morning didn't exactly give him any time to get this done.

Anyway, sissy said she would drive me since I wasn't feeling well in her car so we could still go.

I woke up early this morning to get myself ready. The longer I was up the worse I felt so I just went and told sissy I just didn't think I could do it. Sissy said that was fine because after waking up she realized that she had an eye infection anyway. Could anything else have gone wrong?

I just went and laid on the couch so I wouldn't bother hubby and just dozed on and off. I haven't even been to the grocery store yet and that is just not me! Surely to goodness I will be feeling better by tomorrow!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sick Today

Edited: I have a viral bronchitis. How lovely.

I have been sick since Wednesday, and since my vacation starts tomorrow, and since I woke up this morning feeling much worse, I guess I had better break down and go to the doctor. I sure do not want to be sick on vacation! I was blessed to get an appointment early this morning so off I go.

Talk to you all soon!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Our First Cake!

In case you haven't heard, my sister and I are taking cake decorating classes together. This is something I have always wanted to do so I have been excited.

Below is a picture of my first cake that I decorated. Now, although I know this will never be shown on Cake Boss, I am proud of both of our cakes. Just having these shown on my blog is good enough for me.

Our first cake to decorate was the Rainbow Cake. Not bad for first timers huh?

This is my sisters cake. Pretty good huh?

I would have had more pictures but the room we are taking this class in has standing room only. Someone has to move just so you can get out of your chair.

Next week is the clown cake. I don't know about this. Looks very hard!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back to Work!

Not much time to post here lately nor try new recipes. I have been canning beans this past weekend and sauerkraut. I have more beans to do today. I love stringing and breaking the beans I just don't like the canning part but oh well. lol

I go for my second cake decorating class tonight. I am really excited but this has run into more expense than I had origanlly thought it would. My cake is baked so as soon as sissy wakes up I will fix my icing so I can get it on my cake and then make extra to take tonight for the decorating part. I am a little nervous since I had such a horrible dream about this class the other night. (lol) I sure hope this dream doesn't come true! lol

Gotta go get dressed and get my day started. Hope everyone has a great one!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Busy, Busy

For some reason lately I cannot even get time to post on my own blog much less read other peoples blogs, which I love to do. Someone is sneaking in my home and stealing my time!!!

I have made the Easy Sunday Chicken Supper several times and we love it. Just fix a salad or cole slaw and some bread and you have your meal. I hope you enjoy it.

I have to book it this morning. I need to get my jars washed before I go to work since I will have a bushel of green beans waiting on me when I get home from work to string, break and can. I LOVE stringing and breaking beans. The canning part I could do without. lol

Have a great day!

Easy Sunday Chicken Supper

4 servings

4 medium carrots, cut into 2-in. pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, cut into 2-in. pieces
2 c. fresh green beans, (broken into 2-in. pieces)
5 small red potatoes, quartered
1 (3-3 1/2 lb.) chicken, cut up
1 1/2 c. hot water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Pinch black pepper

In a crock pot, layer the first 6 ingredients in order listed.

In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over the top. Do not stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender and chicken juices run clear.

Remove chicken and vegetables. Thicken juices for gravy if desired.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Pizza Meatballs

My son loved these. These are a great appeitzer!

2 lbs. hamburger
1 c. milk
2 tsp. garlic salt
2 c. bread crumbs, seasoned
1/4 c. dried minced onion
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In a bowl, combine the above ingredients just until mixed. Shape into 48 meatballs.

8 oz. block mozzarella cheese
1/3 c. all-purpose flour

Cut the cheese into 48 cubes, 1/2 inch each; push a cube into the center of each meatball, covering the cheese completely with meat. Roll lightly in flour.

1/4 c. oil
2 jars (28 oz.) pizza sauce

In a large skillet, cook meatballs in oil until browned; drain. Add pizza sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Serve over pasta or rice, in buns or as an appetizer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hump Day Chatter

Yes, it is not only hump day but church night also which means it will be a busy day! For some reason last night, I still had lots of energy (this never happens) and was not sleepy at bedtime. I sure didn't feel that way this morning though when my hubby woke me up to tell me it was time to get up. lol

So, since I do not have much to blog about today I decided to do something different. I have saw different versions on other ladies blogs so I will do something similar just to have something to post. Sad isn't it?

What am I looking forward to today?
Church service tonight. I am going to be teaching the girls in Gem club since their regular teacher will be out of town.

What book am I reading?
The Bible. I have been reading the Foxfire series.

On the menu for tonight?
Sissy has asked for me to fix vegetable soup so, vegetable soup it is.

In the craft basket?
A baby afghan for a friend at church and...

A dog afghan. I had nothing to crochet one day and wanted to crochet something using my leftover yarn.

Crafts I have procrastinated on:

The above apron which I started several weeks ago but have not had the time to work on it anymore. With my mother's help, maybe I can learn to sew!!

I am determined to work on this cardmaker kit this weekend!

My goal for this week:

To begin my exercises again and stick with it this time!

Lesson Learned This Week:

To talk less and listen more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Basic Meat Loaf

This is another Paul Deen recipe. I made this for supper last night and it was yummy!

Serves 4

1 lb. hamburger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
8 oz. diced tomatoes, with juice
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c. quick-cooking oats (I usually add more)

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients well.

Place in a baking dish and add topping.


1/3 c. ketchup
1 T. yellow mustard
2 T. brown mustard
Mix well and spread on meatloaf.

Bake for 1 hour.

Friday, June 26, 2009

What a Beautiful Morning!

This morning as I was waking up to the sound of my irratating alarm clock, I thought to myself that If I look hard enough I might just find in my Bible reading this morning where it is a sin to wake up on a rainy and stormy morning. The thunder was rumbling and the rain hitting my tin roof was just calling for me to stay in bed. I do my best sleeping when I hear the rain and thunder. But, sad to say that I did not find a scripture to excuse me this morning from getting up so, here I am.

I go to look out my back door and everything just seems so green and perky this morning. I find myself just standing there enjoying all the beauty the Lord has blessed me with. Like all the green trees and bright sky.

Then as I am looking around I notice two different white patches in my back yard. Well, despite the rain my camera is calling. Never mind I am still in my pajamas, I grab my camera and my umbrella and head out. Ya know, I can honestly say I have never been tempted to go outside in the rain to take pictures but, here I go and, this is what I find. A big white mushroom.

And right beside it, these strange looking mushrooms.

Ok, my back is getting wet. Holding an umbrella and taking pictures at the same time is more than my two hands can handle so I get myself back to the house. But wait, how can I resist these beautiful flowers by my steps. Aren't these so pretty with the rain drops on them?

Then, I can't forget my chives that seem to be doing so well this year. Yum! I just love fresh chives. As a matter of fact, they tasted real well with my egg omelet this morning.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This and That

I am moving slow this morning. We are having VBS at church this week and after working all day and then working VBS at night, my health really gets me down fast. Faster than I would like.

I sure wish I had a stronger heart so I wouldn't tire so darn easy! It is just so frustrating!! My heart rate is not very good this morning, despite already having my medication, my chest feels like a concrete truck is sitting on it and I just can't seem to get enough oxygen in this morning. With the Lord's help though I will make it through I am sure. Ok, time to quit whinning and move on.

This is a Lily plant that my son and his wife gave me for mother's day. Isn't it just beautiful? I love the deep red.

I just love this rose bush in my front yard. My husband has wanted to cut it down several times but I have talked him out of it everytime. (One day my luck will run out I am sure!) How could you cut something down that has such beautiful blooms? Just because the thorns stick him everytime he mowes around it just doesn't seem like a good excuse to me!! lol Besides, my mnl always loved this rose bush and I just can't get rid of it. Everytime I look at the beautiful blooms I think of her and how she always committed on the beautiful dark pink blooms. She has gone to heaven now and we all miss her very much!!

I guess I need to get off,cook my breakfast and start my day. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Strawberry and Cream Pie

This is a Paula Deen recipe and I goofed it up big time. I guess I didn't beat my butter, sugar and eggs long enough because when I cut into my pie it was watery. It still tasted good though. So, make sure you beat it until fluffy.

1 stick butter
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8 in.) graham cracker crust

1 c. whipped cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. sliced and sweetened strawberries, drained
Whole strawberries, for garnish
Mint leaves, for garnish

With an electric mixer, cream together butter, and powdered sugar, add eggs. Beat ingredients until fluffy. Spread over crust. Chill.

Meanwhile, mix whipped cream with 1/4 c. sugar. Toss strawberries with 1/4 c. sugar. Spread half the whipped cream over pie, then add the strawberries. Top with remaining whipped cream. Chill for at least 8 hours. Garnish with whole berries and mint leaves.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Apple Fried Pies

Yum! This is a Paula Deen recipe and boy was it good! My hubby liked it and just as I was taking these out of the fryer my snl came by and ate one also. She loved it to, so I would say this recipe is a keeper!

2 T. butter
4 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 (8 piece) container refrigerated flaky biscuit dough

For the filling: add the butter to a large saute pan and melt. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

When the filling is cool, roll the biscuits out on a lightly floured surface so that each biscuit forms a 7 to 8-inch circle. Place 2 to 3 T. of the filling on 1/2 of each circle.

Brush the edges of the circle with water. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork.

Heat a deep fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 350.

Carefully add the pies to the oil, 1 at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as necessary for even browning, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar immediately.