Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I am so sorry that I haven’t posted lately. But I have a very good reason!
MY FIRST BORN SON just came back to the US from his Navy tour (he is a pilot) to the Afghanistan region.
We’ve had a really wonderful time catching up and had a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday. He and his family leave on Saturday to go back to CA until early December, then they are off to Japan for 2.5 years.
See you sometime next week!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
My birthday is in a couple of days and my dear sweet husband got this for me early. Sorry for the blurry picture quality. I'm so excited that I was shaking when I tried to take pictures. She's my new best friend. I think I will name her Lola..........I'm off to make bread, cookies, cakes and whatever else I can find to make with her. Oh, well after all it is the holidays, right?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I've been wanting to participate in Trash To Treasure Tuesday over at Reinvented for quite some time now. I did this little transformation a little while back when I went hog wild with the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I've had this brass candle holder for at least 30 years and loved it. I actually found it stuck in the very back of my junk closet, hiding, and thought it would be great transformed to the more updated colors that I have in my house. Brass had it's place here at one time, but no more.......I'd love to know what you think!
I love it! Now I am on the hunt for accessories to go with it and a pretty new home for it somewhere in my house. Don't forget to stop by Reinvented and see all the great posts there, they are so fun to see.....
Monday, October 26, 2009
So here are the ingredients:
4 cups of sliced fresh peaches (you can use canned, but fresh is better)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of shortening
1/4 cup plus 1 tblsp. cold water
Okay, so I forgot to take pictures until after I had already put the peaches, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan. You will bring that to a boil over low heat until the peaches are tender and the mixture thickens. This takes a little while. Pour the peach mixture in a lightly buttered 10X6X2 inch baking pan and set aside.
Combine the flour and salt together and cut in the shortening until it resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the water evenly over the flour mixture and stir it with a fork until all the ingredients are moistened. Shape pastry into a ball. Roll out the pastry to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into 1 inch strips.
Arrange 1/2 of the strips in a lattice design over the top of the peach mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently press the baked pastry into the peach mixture. Repeat the lattice design again over the peaches with the remaining pastry strips. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 40 minutes. Yields 6 servings.
If you haven't already guessed, I love me some carbs!!!! This cobbler is so yummy for your tummy!
I'm linking this post to two of my favorite blogs this week. Check them both out for more great recipes to add to your current collection.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wow, I can't believe that I wasn't able to post any more last week after Monday. Hopefully this week will be a bit easier for me at work and I can participate in the blogging world more. Okay enough of that......
Here's what is on my menu for this week:
Monday - Oven Roasted Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Bread (Bread Machine), Death By Chocolate Cake
Tuesday - Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Tossed Salad, Homemade Bread Sticks, Left Over Cake
Wednesday - Pork Tenderloin, Glazed Carrots, Green Beans, Left Over Bread, Banana Pudding
Thursday - FFY or Left Overs
Friday - Beef Enchilada Casserole, Salad, Cornbread, Fresh Fruit and Ice Cream
Saturday - Baked Potato Soup, Sandwiches, Apple Slices
Sunday - Homemade Pizza, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
What's on your plate for the coming week? Leave me a comment!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'm excited to share with you another very special recipe that I have had for many years. This is wonderful dessert that my husband's grandmother J made for years. It is hands down his favorite dessert. Not just any chocolate pie, but grandmother's pie. I've been trying for years to make it just like grandmother and think I'm pretty close to perfection. I do hope you will take the time to jot down the recipe. It's been a family favorite for more than 50 years and still going strong.
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. milk (I used 2%)
3 Tbsp. cocoa
3 Tbsp. flour
3 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix sugar, flour and cocoa together, slowly add milk. Beat egg yolks and add to mixture. Cook in double boiler until thick, add vanilla. Pour in a 9 inch baked pie shell. Cool and add meringue and lightly brown in oven. Chill before serving.
Always Count Your Blessings,
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's time again for Menu Plan Monday over with Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie. I really appreciate having a place to share my menu plans and see the hundreds of others posted each week there. Let's face it, sometimes we just get tired of making the same thing and need new inspiration. WELL, you can certainly get it there, go check it out!
I've started a new weekly addition to my menu plan as of last week. My husband and I try weekly to have a date night. With the crazy schedules that we both have with work making sure that there is couple time is very important to us, even after ALL these years. Anyway. we always have date night but usually that meant GOING to dinner. I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit and make either Friday night or Saturday night a copycat night for some of our favorite places. This week it's Joe's Crab Shack.
Here's what I have cooking this week:
Monday - Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken, Roasted Veggies and Rice, Rolls (my husband's Grandmother's Recipe) and Grandmother's Chocolate Pie (Recipe to be shared in another post.)
Tuesday - Baked Chicken Parmesan, Tossed Salad, Leftover Rolls, Leftover Pie
Wednesday - Breakfast for Dinner - Waffles with Homemade Maple Flavored Syrup, Cut -Up Fruit, Bacon
Thursday - Beef Fajita Wraps, Mexican Rice, Black Beans, Chocolate-Carmel-Pecan-Cheesecake
Friday - Homemade Pizza Night - Grand Girls will come over and help me make it - SUCH FUN!
Saturday - Copycat Date Night Dinner - JOE'S CRAB SHACK - Coconut Shrimp, Cheesy Potatoes, Slaw, Left over Cheesecake.
Sunday - FFY or Hamburgers on the George Foreman Grill (Easy Peasy)
I hope you take the time to make a menu plan for the week!
Always Count Your Blessings,
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
3 pkgs. yeast
1/3 c. sugar
Tasty Tuesday at
Come on over and join the fun.
Always Count Your Blessings,
Can you believe it? Sorry about the picture quality. The cloudy weather is making my already bad photo taking abilities even worse. Now I'm off to spray paint anything else that I can find that isn't nailed down.....
Don't forget to check out the other great transformations at Between Naps On The Porch and A Soft Place to Land.
Always Count Your Blesssings,
Wal-Mart will price match the CVS and Walgreens ads? I admit that I am not a huge Wal-Mart fan. I do however look for good deals and if that takes me to Wally World then so be it.
I was out with one of my clients the other day and as we were looking at houses and getting to know each other, we discovered that we both love to coupon and shop the sales. I asked her if she played the CVS and Walgreens "games" and her response was no. Upon further probe I discovered that she just takes the ads to Wal-Mart and price matches. They will give you the price of the product after what you would get in bucks to use on another visit. Now I know, I know, you guys that do this rolling buck thing and do multiple transactions at a time will tell me that I am missing the point in working the system. I say, do you know how many times that I've had "bucks" that I needed to use and forgot about them or was sick or whatever and they expired, lost forever?
I really LOVE the idea that I can go to one place, get my discounted merchandise, use a coupon and be done with it until the following week AND still feel good about saving money. I'm just sayin........
So, here's what I got at Wal-Mart when price matching the weekly CVS ad:
1 4 oz. Total for .99
1 Total toothbrush for .99
2 Revlon nail colors for .99 each
Total before coupons - $3.96
After coupons - $1.96
Regular price of these products were $3.96 each, for a total of $15.84. That's a savings of $13.88 or 88% of retail.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
With Fall finally here and October now upon us, Halloween and Thanksgiving will quickly come and go. I intend to be more organized this Christmas, prepared to be much more frugal than in years past. Even if I did have the money to buy expensive gifts this year (which I don't), I feel like it would be in very poor taste given the current economic condition of our country. I really want to make this Christmas more meaningful than they have been in recent years.
Last year we had so many presents for the little ones that they were completely overwhelmed and many gifts were simply left unopened. I can't seem to get that memory out of my head. When my boys were little we made tree ornaments and family members gifts, some of which I still have or still see when I go visit relatives. Christmas certainly wasn't about how expensive the gifts were; but more about being together in celebration.
I want our family to refocus on the REAL meaning of Christmas. I am so very thankful for the birth of our precious Saviour and Lord. I want to get all of the glitz and glitter out of the way and spend time celebrating Jesus' Birthday with my family.
There is a great website called Organized Christmas. It is an amazing site with tons of free planners, checklist and so much more to make your holiday less stressful. Take a moment and go there. You will want to bookmark this site for future reference. It's a keeper.
Tell me how will you make this Christmas different than years past?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Well the weather in Texas is milder but not what you would consider fall weather yet. I'm ready to start making delicious warm comfort food but it's just too hot right now. Here's what I have planned for my menu this week:
Monday - Oven BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob (from my freezer), Black-Eyed Peas, Cornbread, Too Much Chocolate Cake
Tuesday - Chicken Fettucini Alfredo, Salad, Left Over Cake
Wednesday - Tacos, Mexican Rice, Black Beans, Vanilla Ice Cream with Fruit
Thursday - Almond Crusted Chicken with Scallion Rice, Green Beans, Homemade Bread, Coconut Cream Pie
Friday - Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Left Over Bread, Left Over Pie
Saturday - FFY or Leftovers
Sunday - Hamburgers, Chips, Apple Crumble
If you haven't made it over to Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie you have to go check out all the wonderful meal plans and links to recipes. I love it and you will too!
Always Count Your Blessings,