Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This recipe comes from a TOH friend that KNOWS about pumpkins! Susie and her family have a pumpkin patch! This has gotten RAVE reviews on the TOH recipe message boards!
SPICED PUMPKIN FUDGE:
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 12oz package butterscotch morsels
7 ounces marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin, and spice; bring to boil, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 234 degrees F on candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in butterscotch morsels.
Add marshmallow creme and vanilla, mixing until well blended.
Quickly pour into greased 13x9 baking pan, spreading just until even.
Cool at room temperature; cut into squares.
Store tightly wrapped in refrigerator.
Today would have been my mother's 90th birthday. She passed away in February of 2004. My mom was the best person in the world. No, I know she wasn't perfect. None of us are but you know I only remember the good. The only complaint that I have about my mom is that she used to serve Oyster Stew on Christmas eve and I hated that! lol If that is the only thing I have to complain about I am doing pretty darn good. Mom was born in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, the youngest of 6 living children. Her oldest sibling, my Aunt Betty was 20 years older than her. Mom nearly idolized her. She and dad met at Montgomery Wards, in North Platte, where they both worked, mom in the office, dad in the shoe department. They were married in a small ceremony on Sept. 4, 1938. Mom had 3 miscarriages before she finally had my oldest brother, Mike. When World War II came along mom was very active in the North Platte War effort. She, along with good friends, Doris Kugler, Gracie Berthe and other close friends were all apart of the North Platte Canteen. I am so proud of her for that and we really knew very little about it until just before she passed away! She was a modest woman. I used to think that mom didn't have much of a sense of humor, but then she told me a story of how she made a chocolate cake for her brother and put exlax in the frosting when she was a teenager!!! My mom did THAT???? Mom loved us and her grandchildren. The second picture above is the very last picture of my mom before she passed away. She is pictured with my granddaughter who was just 2 weeks old. You lose one and you gain one. The day before mom passed away, ALL of my children were able to come up and visit her with all of the grands. After they left, I was sitting with mom. She started to tear up and say she wished she had been a better mom.... OH MY WORD!!! I shared with my mom just what a wonderful mom she had been. The memories of stirring up a cake mix in the kitchen in our Lincoln home in that old green ceramic bowl. (I thought it was so ugly then, today I wish I had it!), the time when I was in my first year of junior college and she stayed up late into the night (and she worked fulltime) to finish up my cheerleading skirt that I needed the next day for a game, the day I came in crying because I had been following a squirrel around the old oak tree in the neighbors yard and it disappeared and she had been watching from the window. Her being our Blue bird and Campfire Girls leader. As mom failed that last day in the hospital, my brothers, myself and her grandchildren came in and out of her room. I was reading her Psalm 23 and mom was reciting it right along side of me. That was such a blessing to me. At the moment that mom took her last breath, my brother was holding her left hand, I was holding her right and my two sons were at the foot of her bed each gently rubbing a foot. We were talking about her and her activeness in the North Platte Canteen when she took her last breath. She left our presence knowing she was loved. The days that followed were bitter sweet. The joy is that I will be reunited with my mother again. I love you, Mom!
I am sharing this today with Talk about Tuesday hosted by The Lazy Organizer.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Our dog is so funny. He loves our feet and our shoes. He has never chewed on our shoes. He did however "choose" us when he was a puppy and I had just put him down. The breeder called them all over to him, but our puppy turned and laid himself down over my feet. It was love at first sniff, I guess! We HAD to pick him after that! He will be three in December.
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one roll toilet paper,
one plastic bag,
on paper bag (lunch size or can cut down a large bag),
autumn florals and plant pics,
one piece of autumn colored fabric (yellow, orange, etc) cut 18" x 18" square.
The pattern on the fabric should be a very small print or solid. Experiment with different patterns, you will be amazed at how cute they can be!
Open fabric, wrong side up. Place toilet paper roll in the middle. Wrap the plastic bag around the roll. You do not have to connect it, just wrap around. Take the corners and bring up and tuck into the center of the roll. Do all 4 corners.
Take the paper bag and fold accordian style about 1 to 2 inches widthwise. Place this in the center of the roll leaving about 2 to 3 inches out of the center. This makes the stem. Take your floral pieces, it doesn't take much. Cut with wire cutters to desired length and poke around the "stem" decoratively.
And that is all there is to it. It is truly that easy! I think you could make a larger skinnier pumpkin by using a roll of paper towels. I haven't done that yet, but I would think I would increase the fabric square to 30" and go from there. This makes a nice hostess gift and are darling in clumps of 3 or more around the house for an inexpensive decoration!
Today is all about enjoying the bounty of fall. I don't have any apples, but I was given some plums. I am going to get them halved and pitted tonight and put in the freezer.
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My daughter was more on the ball than I was the other day. I was so excited to snap pictures of all of us having FUN that I forgot to take pictures of the finished projects! lol But here are some of the headbands and and bows that she finished. They really turned out wonderful! The headband is a pattern that you have to purchase but the bows can be found at hipgirlclips forums. I honestly can tell that these were very easy. My friend and mother of my daughter in law is not a crafty person and she commented on how easy it was! The headbands take a little bit more thought at first but once you get the pattern down, it really goes quickly. We were all so excited with what we had made! Don't the babies make perfect models?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday - Enchiladas (leftover meat from Saturday's Taco Salad)
Tuesday - Hamburger Tator Tot Casserole
Wednesday - BLT Sandwiches
Thursday - Stir Fry with Turkey Keilbasa
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Crockpot Chicken Stew
Sunday - Connecticut Beef Supper
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Edited to answer question about chicken stew: I just put my skinless boneless chicken in the crockpot (breasts, legs, thighs whatever you like) about 1 1/2 C chicken broth (or a little more) cut up potatoes and whatever veggies that I have on hand, onions, broccoli, carrots, corn and place in the crockpot. Season as desired; I like a touch of sage and seasoning salt. Cook all day and serve with biscuits in the evening. It is just another one of those plain jane comfort meals! :)
What a FUN day we had yesterday crafting away! I am so very blessed with my lovely family!!!! The first thing we made were woven headbands with plastic headbands and ribbon. It took us awhile but once we got the rhythm down, we took off and came up with some of the most beautiful combinations! They are darling! Then we learned to make 2 different types of ribbon barrettes that turned out fun and beautiful!! My daughter graciously opened her home to us. I also prepared the makings for Taco Salad so lunch was taken care of along with Fall Candy Corn bars for a treat! We unanimously decided to make this an annual event and are planning our next one for March or April of 2009! We didn't get out of town until after 7:30 PM which I do not like driving in the dark, so that wasn't fun. At one point on a drive that I have taken 100s of times, I must have followed the car in front of me and missed my turn to the Hood Canal Bridge.. about the time that I said to my daughter, we haven't gone over the bridge yet! - I came to the tiny town of Quilcene and realized that I had taken the wrong road and had to backtrack! lol... but got home safe and sound and exhausted but so happy! Things I would change for next year? I would definitely spend the night so that we could spend even longer time together. we started at 10 and ended about 6 pm. Then dd and I went to see my 2 sons and the kids that hadn't come to the craft day... that was too short!!!!
I think this was a wonderful idea of starting a new family tradition. I can see this one growing and becoming more fun every year!
Today's directive is to start planning your child's Halloween costume. You see, planning for Christmas means planning and organizing the time TO Christmas. It means taking care of business so that you can enjoy the holiday with family and friends in a relaxed stressfree manner!!! I am all for that!
I don't have young children but I do have grandchildren and 3 of them have birthdays in October, starting at the 7th to the 16th. (Also have other family members with birthdays!!!!) So today, I am going to get out my patterns for the gifts I am making. I believe I have yarn for one of the sweaters but not for the other two so I will be needing to make a trip to Joanns and find the yarn for the other two. (Hopefully on sale!) lol I have pink verigated for one hoodie. I would like to find a pink and brown verigated for my soon to be 12 year old granddaughter and camouflage green for my grandson! He will love that! Wish me luck!!!
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Today's focus on 100 Days to Christmas is on getting out there and enjoying fall! :) Go on a picnic, take a drive and enjoy the fall colors!
For me today is about starting a new tradition! I am SO excited. My daughters and daughter-in-laws are getting together today for a VERY special day of crafting! This is our first day to do this and we are going to make it an annual (if not semi-annual) event! I have gathered up the materials and we are going to be making ribbon barrettes and ribbon braided headbands! (With 10 granddaughters, I think we have plenty of hair for which to make them!) I have put together all the ingredients for a Taco Salad and Fall Candy Corn Bars for lunch and all the instructions and materials are packed in the car ready to head out to our get together. All the girls are excited about this too! We have talked and wanting to make this a tradition with us. Maybe every November as focus to Christmas. Today we are all going to make the same thing but in the future, it could be a different craft for each of us but we all gather together to craft and fellowship! As time goes on, it will be fun to include the older granddaughters and actually one of my daughter in laws mom will be joining us today! I will write more and post pictures later in the week! For pray for traveling mercies for my daughter, baby granddaughter and myself as we travel to start this fun new tradition!
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Today's directive is to update the addresses in your Christmas list. Very good idea and started on that. The internet is a wonderful place to get the help you need.
Click over to 100 Days of Christmas and get organized for Christmas with us. You just might win a wonderful prize!
Oh boy! What fun this week! I decluttered 3 different email accounts! My personal gmail account was the first one to tackle. Wow... over 1700 emails! Most of my craft and recipe ideas get emailed and saved in here to the folders. Took me a LONG time but I got it done! While doing that my spam went from 303 to over 400! Spam I usually delete upon going into the email. Next over to my email that we use for our Secret Sister "Swap" on TOH. It wasn't as bad but had over 300 emails. I archived and labeled what needed to be kept and it is now down to 50 emails! :) Then to our personal email with our provider. This is used mainly for family and friends. It had 12 pages of emails and mostly jokes! GGGRRRR .... so delete delete delete ...Pictures saved, and down to 1 page and going to KEEP it that way!!!! Just like household clutter, this email clutter can burden you and weigh you down! I am glad it is gone!!! Gone!!! GONE!!!!!!
Marcia is talking about decluttering electronically one The Organising Queen! Jump on over and read what wonderful ideas she has and also see what others are decluttering this week!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Check out 100 Days to Christmas for more ideas and for the site to download the Christmas Card list free. Take part in her fabulous holiday giveaway!!!
Also, Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for more websites and great ideas to get organized for Christmas!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Today is about Christmas cards. Have you ever had the good intentions to send out Cards only to run out of time? I have. So no matter if you are thinking about making your cards or purchasing now is the time to get your creative juices flowing. I organize a Christmas Card exchange for a recipe message board that I have been involved in for years! We send out cards along with a Christmas recipe that we want to share. So today I searched thru my recipes for the recipe that I want to send. I have checked thru my recipe card graphics and copied and pasted my recipe so that I am ready to print and laminate a little later in the game. :)
Click over HERE to see what all Debbie suggests today and to see what others are doing! And you leave a comment, you just MIGHT be a winner!
I guess that I am the QUEEN of procrastination! Marcia, from Organising Queen talked about decluttering our emails this week. I decided that I had better finally get that done. I had OVER 1700 emails! It is now down to under 30 but believe me it took time! Guess what now goes on a weekly to do list so that it never gets this bad again? Now I have 2 more emails to clean out. Our family one and my secret sister account! GOOD GRIEF!!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ok. I am registered to vote and I cast my vote by mail so I am taken care of. I did download the form and will do some research on some local elections. My mind is made up in the bigger issues and candidates.
Check out 100 Days To Christmas and see what other great planning ideas are available to make this Christmas a smooth and organized Christmas!
I am so fortunate to have so many internet friends that are wonderful cooks. My friend, Val in Nebraska is one of those good friends. And it doesn't hurt that she is a #1 Husker Fan. Before, I share this recipe, I have to share something that Val did for me a few years ago. I shared with her that I used to live in Lincoln and gave her the address. One day when she and her husband were in Lincoln, they drove past my old family home and sent me some pics via email! That was so very special of her and I just appreciated that so much. Not only is Val a FANTASTIC cook but she is also a fellow crafter, so we have a lot in common! One day, one day when we get to return to Nebraska to see my old (VERY OLD) stomping grounds I am going to meet this amazing friend! But for now here is her recipe!
4 bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.), 3/4-inch-thick
HEAT large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chops and vegetables; cook 2 min. or until bottoms of chops are browned. Turn chops over.
SPRINKLE with oregano; drizzle with dressing. Cover with tomatoes. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat to low; simmer 12 min. or until chops are cooked through (160ºF); stirring occasionally.
SPRINKLE with cheese.
Monday, September 22, 2008
There is no question about it. I LOVE the majority of Paula's recipes. This one promises to be a great one! YUM!!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Streusel topping, recipe follows
- 1/2 cup caramel topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.
- Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
- Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Pour over warm crust.
- In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.
- Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Yield: approximately 3 cups
Recipe courtesy of Foodnetwork.com
FIRST of all, I want to thank Jennifer of 100 Days to Christmas! I was picked as a winner for the fantastic prize giveaway this past week. I have won a year's membership to List Plan It! I am so excited to get started! Thank you, Jennifer very much!!
Todays directive is to make a memory! Go take a walk in the leaves, do something to celebrate fall! Another great directive. Actually we need this at our house. My husband is getting very bored being home. (remember he is on strike from Boeing - deep sigh ) He spent the first week getting everything spruced and ready for fall and winter. Now he is bored and getting tired of being home. First I am going to make a loaf of Apple Praline Bread and then I think a nice walk would be a great thing for us to do tonight with our dog. Help get minds off our troubles and enjoy nature that God has created for our pleasure. We aren't into beautiful leaves yet but the smells in the air are definitely fall! My friend, Val from Nebraska, shared this, Glory of Autumn, with me this morning.
Want to read more about planning for Christmas? Click here and check it out! You may want to join in! This week's giveaway is a Harvest Candle by Yankee Candle! Bet that smells heavenly!
Monday: Chili Dog Bake Tortillas
Tuesday: Crock pot Pot Roast - we didn't have last week as we needed to eat leftovers. I put my roast in the crock, pour over one can each of Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom and French Onion soups and add one can of water. Put on lid and let it cook on low all day. :) I sometimes put my potatoes and veggies on top.***
Wednesday Taco Soup
Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Breasts
Friday Chicken & Noodles
Saturday: CRAFT DAY with the girls!!!!! Taco Salad
Sunday: Chicken Stew in crockpot
My Taco Soup: Taco Soup is a fast one for me.I just dump what I have!
I brown up 1 to 1.5 lbs of ground beef with a small onion. I add one taco seasoning packet, one ranch dressing mix, about 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, about 1/2 tsp cumin, couple cans of rotels tomatoes, a package of frozen corn, one can drained hominy, couple cans of black beans or pinto beans (or one of each) drained and rinsed, a small can of diced green chilies, some chicken stock. Top the bowls with cheese, chips and sour cream.
***Cream soups were on sale this week at Albertsons 20 for $10! So I did stock up on a few but here is a recipe for your own cream soups that works very well in casseroles!
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edited to include pic of Taco Soup.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Todays direction is a good one I think! It really is not about Christmas but about NOW. So, I went out to the storage and got all my Autumn Decorations and began putting them around the house. I think this is very important. The whole idea of the this 100 Day countdown is to be organized and be able to enjoy the Christmas season when it comes up on us, not to hurry the season. One reader questioned me about this so let me try to explain.
As a Believer, I think that Christmas is a very important time. In raising my children, I have always tried to focus on Jesus being the reason for the season and not on receiving gifts but in giving. My family is large. I raised 5 children and there were always extras that found their way to our household. We also have a very large family of aunts and uncles and cousins. And now we have many grandchildren! So planning can become stressful if I waited till the last minute. I can't stand the day after Thanksgiving sales. Too many people. Too much commercialism so I have been most comfortable in giving gifts made with love from my heart. If I didn't plan in advance, I would be hard pressed to get my baking and cooking and planning and things done in a timely manner.
All that said, that is why I liked todays directive. It focuses on now. It gives a bit of a break and it reminds us to enjoy the here and now. :)
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Todays project is to start a page for each person that you are giving a gift to and have them make a wish list for you or you collaberate together.
I already know what each person is going to get as I am making each gift so I used this day to gather the patterns and make a list of the materials that I need. I will be checking what materials I have on hand and writing where they are and how much I have on hand and then I will list what I need and where I will be purchasing those products and SOON I will need to get started on them one by one! :)
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Source: FootsieBear TOH Recipe board
The aroma of this bread is to die for· Serve this bread warm. The flavor is definitely enhanced. This recipe can be made with the white, rapid
or delay bake cycles.
Line up the ingredients under the headings of Regular/Large/Extra large to work in your machine. :)
Regular Large Extra Large
3/4 cup 1 1/8 cups 1 3/8 cups
1 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp.
Garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp.
White Bread Flour
2 cups 3 cups 4 cups
1 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp.
1 tsp. 1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp.
2 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp. 1/4 cup
1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp.
1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp.
1 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp.
B lackPepper,course ground
1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. 1 tsp.
Yeast, fast rise
1 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 1/2 tsp.
Yeast, active dry
1 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp, 3 tsp.
I didn't declutter quite as much this week as in the past weeks. But this is a box of books that I decluttered from my bookshelf and sent to a blogger/crafting/recipe friend! :) I also "decluttered" my rose bush! I know it isn't the right time of year to trim it but it had to be! It has gone WILD this summer and took over the window and was branching out dangerously into the yard and against the house... so it is also a procrastination project because I have been putting it off since at least July! I can now see out my office window and Doug can mow the lawn without being attacked by thorns! lol Also have the usual paper clutter that builds and gets thrown. Although I still have more major clutter to conquer, I am very happy and comfortable with my decluttered areas! :) Makes life easier!
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Today we are setting our budget. That is fairly simple to me. With 5 children, 15 grands and one set of parents, we have a limit of $20 to $25 for the grands. My children get something homemade and it may just be goodies. One year I made up a Recipe book for them and they loved it. I printed up some family favorites 4" x 6" and put them in the Plastic Photo Albums. I have made fleece scarves and blankets as gifts for all our family. It has always been important to me to keep Christmas Christ centered. And simple although I will admit that I can and do and have stressed out many times during the holidays! I am hoping that this organization will help eliminate that! :)
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This recipe and picture comes from my TOH board friend, Carol1229. This looks so yummy!
Impossible Chicken Tamale Pie
IMPOSSIBLE CHICKEN TAMALE PIE
1 1/2 c. cut-up cooked chicken
1 c. frozen corn, thawed and drained (I used fresh cooked corn on the cob, cut off the cob)
1 (1 1/4 oz.) envelope taco seasoning mix (I used the lower sodium mix)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained
1 c. shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz.)
1 1/4 c. milk (I used fat-free)
3/4 c. Bisquick (I used the reduced fat Bisquick)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 10x1 1/2" pie plate.
Mix chicken, corn and taco seasoning mix; spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with chilies and cheese.
Beat milk, eggs and Bisquick in blender on high speed, about 15 seconds, or with a wire whisk or hand beater about 1 minute, until smooth. Pour into pie plate.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Serve with sour cream and shredded lettuce if desired. Refrigerate any remaining pie. 6-8 servings.
Her notes say that next time she will add a can of black beans and some cilantro.
The original recipe comes from a cookbooklet: "Bisquick Made Easy" :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I am SO going to double dip (NO - wait!) TRIPLE dip on this one! lol. I have been putting off my Christmas list for my grandkids. I have had in my mind what I wanted to make for them but hadn't gotten it down and organized. Earlier today I was reminded that it was 100 days to Christmas.. or there abouts.. I had just said a few weeks ago that I needed to quit procrastinating and get planning. With making homemade gifts it takes time to plan, get materials ready and make them!!! So I printed out some gift list forms and said I gotta get this done. Then I visited my friends blog. Here again, Diane reminded us that it is getting close. Ok... stress level going up. Checked out another website, 100 Days to Christmas, and decided to linkup. You know when you hear it once that is important, but when you are reminded a second time, you better sit up and pay attention! Hence, I did my Christmas list for the Grandchildren! I am getting materials collected to get a Christmas organizer going so that this year, I don't get behind with the unexpected! I am getting the patterns/instructions gathered to go in the notebook with these lists so that everything stays together and I don't have to go hunting each time I start/work on a project!
So how am I triple dipping? I did a "Tackle it Tuesday" (my first), crossed off a project from my procrastination list, and joined 100 Days to Christmas! WAHOO! Now that feels good!
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