Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reorganizing the blog


 I will be reorganizing the blog to make it easier for you to find old posts. Say if you see a fall craft and you don't get to do it and next year you want to look it up it will be easier to find. I will be making holiday pages. Each will have recipes, crafts, teacher helps, decoration ideas, and party ideas. there will also be a birthday party and baby shower page with ideas. This will take awhile so please bear with me. As fall is just around the corner i will be working on that page first. I will be moving all fall things over to the autumn pages.
    There will be no Halloween page. I do not support it. It goes against everything God tells us to do in the Bible. Unfortunately my daughter did go Trick-or-treating but that was before I did some in-debth studying on it. I don't condemn you or look down on you if you participate in it. This is my conviction. I have to do what I feel is right. I will have links to Harvest party ideas, recipes, crafts and teacher helps. It will take me a little while but they are coming.
Thanks for visiting, I want to make this a useful blog to you. if you have any ideas or if there is a certain recipe you would like to have let me know and I will try to find it. If there is other content you want to see on this page, please send me a message and let me know. Also you can subscribe to this blog via e-mail. you will get an e-mail with a list of any new post. I will do this per page that way if you are only interested in the fall page you won't get posts from all the other pages. Well I guess that about covers it for know, Bear with the changes, I promise it will be worth it.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tired of the same old decorated pumpkin? Here are some alternatives.

Who doesn't have an old flannel shirt lying around? It is a staple here in Kentucky. This is just too cute. Go over and see Vivienne over on her page...  The V spot

She gives you all the how-to's here.

She also has the instructions for the Elegant pumpkins pictured below.

For the instructions for the elegant pumpkins go here.

You can also like her facebook page.

Granny's Old fashioned Southern Fried Corn

Granny's southern fried corn

4 ears of corn
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter

1.   Cut corn off all the ears into the frying pan
(if you have never cut corn off the cob before, below is a neat video to show you how)

2.   Don't forget to take a butter knife and scrape the milf and the rest of the kernels off the cob

3.  Add in all the ingredients, saving the butter.

4.   Cook over med. heat till it gets good and hot, then kick it down to low heat.

5.   Be sure to stir it often to prevent it from sticking.

6.    Add the butter and cook till melted.

Serve for some lip smacking good eating!

Fall dip...Yum

Fall dip

{Cool Whip, vanilla pudding mix, and a can of pumpkin}

 You use 16 oz of cool whip, 3 small boxes instant vanilla pudding *** dry mix only*** DON'T make the pudding*** , one small can of pumpkin. Mix everything together and then add some pumpkin pie spice. Serve with graham crackers. SOOO soooo good!!! 

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Chocolate pudding dump cake

Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake 

1 chocolate boxed cake mix
1 small package chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups (large handful) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the pudding with the milk according to package directions. Add the cake mix and stir well to combine (batter will be thick). 
Smooth batter into a greased 8-inch pan. Scatter chocolate chips on top. 
Bake for 30 minutes, or until edges pull away from sides.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to buy bell peppers-ripe or not?

I love to use peppers when cooking. They add such color to dishes. especially fall dishes.
They are also great sources of vitamins A & C.
one cup of chopped, raw red pepper contains more Vitamin C than one cup of orange juice. 

Did you know...red peppers and green peppers are the same? Red peppers are mature green peppers. Who knew!  Aging makes red peppers sweeter and more mellow than sharper, grassy-tasting green The yellow and orange peppers are different, sweeter varieties. 

Buying g tips:

1. You want to look for the darker color, whether green, red or yellow. Look at all the reds, is there one a shade brighter than the others?  

2.  You want a thick, plump, firm pepper. No wrinkling of the skin.

3. You want to look for blemishes, or dark spots. 

4.  You want it to be glossy

5.  If you are buying a single pepper not packaged, feel for a soft spot. These could be signs that the pepper is over ripe. 

6. Bell Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating, whereas peppers with 4 bumps are firmer and better for cooking.

7.   Red, yellow and orange peppers are sweeter than the green ones,


Keep peppers in the fridge in your crisper compartment or they will dry out. They will be good for over a week. You will know when they start to go bad as they will start to get soft.


Wash good and dry. Cut around and remove stem. Slice in half and remove seeds. Cut down the ribs making 3-4 pieces. For easier chopping keep the shiny outer side down so it won't be a slippery to chop
Watch your eyes, pepper seeds can burn and also the white lining on the inside of the pepper,if you forget and rub your eyes. Best to wear rubber gloves.

Here is a tutorial on cutting a pepper.

Use it up!

Our motto around here.

Candy Corn Cake in a Jar

Don't you like to bring the holiday theme into everything, including desserts? I just love too. These would be so neat and also cute to take over if a friend invites you to dinner. They would also be great for a harvest themed party.

Go over to Babble.com for the instructions.

A little about the author....
Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef and is the author of the popular cookbook The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Daily Life (Running Press, 2012). She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, andMartha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Gooseberry Patch sneak peak-Aunt B's Sloppy Joes, Hobo Dinner

Here is a sneak peak at their wonderful cookbook....Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook

Ooh does it ever sound good!

Rainbow Party Bundt Cake Recipe-great for a harvest party

This would be so much fun for the kids! Arlene AKA "Sugar" over at Cooking with sugar has this great fun recipe for us. I can just see the kids faces when you cut them a slice. Go on over to Cooking with Sugar for the recipe and step by step instructions. And give Sugar a big hello while you are there!
The instructions and recipes can be found here.

DIY Fall Topiaries

What a way to make your house have the "fall" atmosphere. And they seem so easy to make.
Emily over at Decorchick has took the time to show us step by step how to do it. The instructions are here.
And while you are there drop Emily a message to thank her for sharing her idea.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Make your house smell like fall

Here are several recipes to make your house smell so good.
First, the photo above is from Tattered Sisters Primitives,

They also have another one:

No we go over to....http://www.homestoriesatoz.com

For their great how-to to make these beautiful cinnamon stick candles. Tutorial can be found here.

for 5 simmer pot recipes.They are very easy and your house will smell so good.
Recipes can be found here.

Neat, no sew pillows to get your house in the fall spirit

Look what I ran across over at http://refreshrestyle.com.
And the best part, it is no sew! It looks like it would be simple to make. Wouldn't it look great on a front porch. Go here for step by step instructions.

Fall candle ideas

Photo ~ Pottery Barn

Photo from http://thriftyparsonageliving.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-decor.html


Free desktop wallpaper from Gooseberry Patch

Too cute.
Here is the download link.

Tip of the week from the Gooseberry Patch

Microwave raw onions on high in a covered container for one to 2 minutes before using. They'll be easier to peel and will also lose some of the "hot" taste...helpful to know if you're serving them uncooked in salads or on hamburgers and sandwiches. 
Enjoy this FREE tip from our One-Pot Meals Cookbook . You can get a sneak peek inside this book by clicking on the cookbook image to the right. Our cookbook collection is filled with lots more handy tips and tried & true, delicious recipes. You'll want to collect them all!

Recipe of the week- Busy-Day Lasagna


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