Saturday, July 27, 2013

paint dipped pine cone garland

Isn't it pretty?
Go over to Rachel's page....Smile and wave...and she will take you step by step on how to create your own garland.

My monkey bread recipe

Hey I just couldn't resist the monkey sign!

Monkey Bread

1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or raisins if you prefer
2 cans canned biscuits (I prefer Grands)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Melt butter in saucepan and add in sugars, nuts/raisins, & cinnamon

3.  Set aside.

4.  Cut biscuits into quarters. Layer 1 can in the bottom of a bundt pan.

5.  Pour 1/2 of liquid over biscuits.

6.  Layer 2nd can of biscuits that you have quartered

7.  Pour remaining liquid over 2nd layer of biscuits

8. Bake 30 minutes.

9.  When done let cool 5 min. and then flip out onto a plate.

This is so good with vanilla ice cream on it!

Question for my readers.

I want to make this blog easy to read. I was wondering about the width of the page. I don't want to make it so wide you have to scroll left to right to see it. Do most of you hve the wider monitors?

Wendy's chili knock-off recipe-good for a cool fall day

Now I know you gotta be tasting it. Go to http://www.mamalovesfood.com/2010/11/wendys-chili-well-not-really-but-sort.html for  the recipe.

Fall leaves in a frame

Find a nice frame and place a pretty fall leaf in it. Remove the back and hang, so pretty

Mason jar candles

Hometown Pride Pumpkins

 You have to check out the hometown pride pumpkins over at Country Living magazine online, These are great. Would be a good change from the normal lighted pumpkin.

Canning jar ring pumpkin

It seems easy to make, for directions go to Yellow Bliss Road

Here is another version of it over at 7 Clown circus

Chenille pumpkins

Please visit Erin's Art & Garden this is where I found this great idea.

These wouldn't be too hard to make just wrap the pumpkin in chenille or you could just paint the pumpkin and glue on the pom poms but if you wrapped it you could reuse the chenille the next year.

An idea for a fall direction

Go to Kristen's Creations online  to see more of the beautiful fall decorations

How to start your day

Life is fragile

Romans 8:29

How to tell the freshness of your eggs

Canned homemade vegetable beef soup YUM!

1 1/2 pounds stew beef, cubed ( I used an inexpensive round steak)

4 cups beef broth (I used two pints of my home made beef stock)

1 cup onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

1 cup celery, sliced (I omitted)

2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

28 ounces canned tomatoes (I used two pints of my home canned tomatoes)

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning mix (Renee’s blend) or
1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary

1/2 teaspoon ground thyme

1/2 teaspoon ground marjoram

1 cup frozen peas, optional

Preparation: Prepare 6 - 7 pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till its time for processing. Make sure to fill your pressure canner up to the “fill” line and get the water to a simmer.

Cooking: In a stainless steel or enameled dutch oven brown meat quickly using a tiny bit of olive oil just so the meat won’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add to the pot the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium hight for 10 minutes only just to combine the broth and spices! Turn off the heat. Ladle.

Filling the jars: On a dishtowel place your hot jars in a semi circle leaving room for your pot that has your recipe. Using your slotted spoon ladle the meat and veggies into the jar filling only half way then add the soup liquid into the jars leaving 1” headspace. Start from the top of the semi circle and work your way to the end. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary. Remove your recipe and taking a clean papertowel and wipe the rims of the jars with white vinegar removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".

Processing: Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the pressure canner. Lock the lid and turn up the heat bring the canner to a boil. Vent steam for 10 minutes, then close the vent by adding the weighted gauge or pressure regulator (for dial gauge canner). Process pints for 75 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure (11 lbs for dial gauge canner) and quarts at 90 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and let pressure return to zero naturally. Wait two minutes longer and open vent. Remove canner lid. Wait 10 minutes then remove jars and place on dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.

Sealing: Some time in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal. Remove rings for storage.

Thanks to Hillbilly Recipes. for the recipe and photo

Always believe

Beef and Gravy over Rice

photo credit: cobalt123 via photopin cc

Beef and Gravy over Rice

1 pound of hamburger meat.
your choice of rice.
1 packet of sausage biscuit gravy ( Follow instructions )
Make enough rice for 4 servings.

Need to make more One packet per pound of hamburger meat..
Don't forget the cornbread.

thanks:Hillbilly Recipes.  Elizabeth V Bell-Peterson

So true, I think we all do this!

Dorito Chicken Casserole

Doritos Chicken Casserole
what a clever way to zip up the boring chicken casserole

Here is a peak at the ingredients:


                          2cups shredded cooked chicken
2cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (divided)
1(10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
½cup milk
½cup sour cream
1can Ro-tel tomatoes (drained)
½packet taco seasoning
1large bag Doritos
Shredded lettuce (optional)
diced tomato (optional)
Go to http://www.keyingredient.com for the rest of the recipe

Hand Pulled Cotton Candy Recipe

Are the kids wanting something sweet to eat? Let them help you make this all time favorite. They will get a kick out of making it themselves.

Go to http://alittlezaftig.com/?p=3439 for this great recipe.

Elephant Ears Printable Recipe

Linda over at 
has a most unusual recipe, check it out

Make a crispy, sugar-and-spice bakery classic in a snap with refrigerated pie crust.

Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Relish

2 cups chopped zucchini (about 3 medium)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper (about 1 small)
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper (about 1 small)
2 tablespoons salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 cup cider vinegar

*****I chopped zucchini, onions and peppers to a fine texture.*****

Combine zucchini, onion, green and red peppers; sprinkle with salt; cover with cold water. 
Let stand 2 hours. Drain; rinse and drain thoroughly.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil. 
Add vegetables; simmer 10 minutes. 
Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps.

Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

Makes about 4 half-pints.

PS. I made about 4-5 batches of this at one time. It is good on greens and beans both. I use it also as pickle relish in my tater salad. Gave our neighbor a jar and they use it on their hotdogs.

Thanks Wanda Adams for letting me share your recipe.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fall candy apples

Kim over at http://madeinaday.com has a wonderful candy apple recipes. Just perfect for the cool days of fall.  She has traditional candy apples, carmel candy apples, and chocolate covered candy apples. YUM! Check it out here.

Chunky, Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce ~ MAD IN CRAFTS

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Kristi over at i should be mopping the floor has a wonderful pumpkin dump cake recipe. Follow the link to see how to make it. This would be nice to take over as a gift when you get an invite to someone's house.

Glazed pumpkin muffins

Reannah from Shaped By Grace  has this wonderful recipe. So pretty for an autumn get together, hay rides, bon fires. I can't wait. My favorite time of year. If you look below the recipe she also shows you how to make the placecards.

Goosebury Patch's recipe & tip of the week....

Recipe of the week:

Fall mums in pumpkins-beautiful

Pumpkin Party Cooler

Pumpkin Party Cooler from Martha Srewart

indian corn candle holder


Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Candle

lighted pumpkins to light a sidewalk

So pretty for a party

Fall button leaves

pumpkin cake

Such a beautiful  cake! I don't know who made it but if you will contact me I will put your link up.

great & simple centerpiece for Fall

CUTE button pumpkin

decoupage leaves (or tissue paper leaves) to pumpkins |

Cute candy corn trees

Fall Leaves Candle Holder

Just love this!

Découpage Pumpkins

DIY Pumpkin Topiary

Cicada Coming Out Of Shell

I am so blessed to have been able to watch this!

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