Saturday, December 12, 2009
To help prepare for this show I was sent a bag of the delicious apple crackle. I loved it dry but I loved it even more mixed with yogurt and ice cream. My teens thought it was best mixed with something as well. The thing I loved best about the apple crackle was that it was a healthy snack we could all agree on.
In addition to the apple crackle snack the Apple Farms sells baking mixes which include apple walnut pancake mix and apple crisp mix. dry roasted cider granola, syrups, and apple of course. Delicious!!!! I can remember traveling to the orchard and we would have apples at our house from the beginning of apple season through the winter. They were what my family gave as trick or treat time, what we shared at snack time and what my mother used in the kitchen in several recipes. Perhaps that is why I love the delicious apple crackle so well but I have a feeling if you try it you may like it as much as we did.
Buy: the Apple Farms products are all priced great and are available directly off their website at http://appleacresfarm.com
6 bacon slices
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (32-ounce) package frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded Classic Melts Four Cheese blend, divided
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed 30% reduced-sodium, 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, and crumble. Discard drippings in pan. Add 1 cup onion and garlic to pan; cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the potatoes; cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine crumbled bacon, 1/4 cup cheese, green onions, sour cream, salt, pepper, and soup in a large bowl. Add potato mixture; toss gently to combine. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Bake casserole, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and cheese begins to brown
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 large eggs
1 cup water
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups dry breadcrumbs
1 cup ground walnuts
3/4 cup whole pitted dates, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large egg whites
To prepare glaze, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in liqueur. Cool. Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare cake, combine 1 cup sugar and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until thick and pale. Beat in 1 cup water, rind, juice, and oil. Stir in breadcrumbs, walnuts, dates, and salt; let stand 3 minutes. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form using clean, dry beaters. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into batter. Gently fold remaining egg white mixture into batter. Gently spoon mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Pierce top of cake with a wooden pick. Brush glaze over warm cake. Cool on a wire rack 2 hours.
Mocha Spiced Coffee
1/2 cup ground coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 cups water
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup light chocolate syrup (such as Hershey's Lite Syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional)
Place first 3 ingredients in a coffee filter or filter basket of a coffeemaker. Add 5 cups water to coffeemaker; brew according to manufacturer's instructions. Combine milk, sugar, and syrup in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Stir in brewed coffee and vanilla. Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wrap one end of twine around the base of a large pine cone. Tie securely, leaving about 10 -inches free to tie to tree branch.
Spread about 1/2 cup Skippy® peanut butter onto the pine cone.
Place the birdseed on a piece of newspaper. Roll coated pine cone into the birdseed.
Hang from a tree branch for birds to snack on.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
I bleieve that prayer is the same as having a conversation with the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for a spirit of peace during this wonderful White Christmas.
2. One place where all know they can come with their problems looking for help is my home.
3. Sleigh bells ring are you listening...
4. Christmas is a wonderful time from the big people to the little.
5. Once more I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Seasons Givings.
6. Will the drama in my life ever end?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a christian Christmas concert, tomorrow my plans include going to see santa with my nephews and niece and Sunday, I want to go to church and attend a Christmas concert
So my question for you is do you stay busy at Christmas? What sort of things are you doing? Do you like being busy or would you rather have some peace and quiet?
I can't say that I have
2.When did you last experience diner’s remorse?
not for a while cook most my own meals
3.When did you last experience movie-goer’s remorse?
dont go to the movies either
4.When did you last experience caring friend’s remorse?
this I have before it is normally when I try to reach out to those I love and it is rejected happens quite often as some members of my family struggle with emotions
5.When did you last experience lover’s remorse?
only had one lover and been married to him for over 20+ years so if I feel remorse or he does we can always make up later
play along here
My grandbaby Princess does not take the bottle anymore but rather she has picked up another habit that I thought was gone. She has become a pacifer sucker. She continues to cut teeth so I hope that the pacifier will help her with this as well.
This week has been a happy/sad moment on one of the shows that I always watch. The Good Morning America bunch is losing one of their friends Diane Sawyer. I have been a GMA fan for several years and will miss Diane being on that show.
I was able to go to the lights parade in a near by town with my brothers family. Loved to watch the little ones reactions to the lights, bears and santa of course. Fun was had by all. What a great night to be together.
what did you do? Want to share?
1 sm. onion
1/2 c. pancake mix
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sour cream
1/2 tsp. pepper
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Delicious truffles takes the FairyTale Brownies to a new high.
Fairytale Brownies new Candy Cane Truffles come in a box of nine and they will make the perfect gift for that chocolate lover that you know. As described by Fairy Tale Brownies Website the Candy Cane Truffles are bite sized dark chocolate peppermint brownie bites that are enrobed in 60% Callebaut dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies on top.You can purchase the delicious brownies or truffles from FairyTale Brownies directly off their website.
Trendy Tadpole is one of my favorite places to get Princess super cute tees. I am a fan of the tees that share messages and Trendy Tadpole has a great assortment. They carry tees, lap tees, and long sleeve tees all of which share fun little messages. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for an infant or toddler or maybe you are looking for a gift for a baby shower Trendy Tadpole has the perfect gift for any little one in your life.
King of the Playground
Oh Snap! (one of my favorites)
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2. Burger King and Ronald McDonald met Colonel Sanders in a dark alley. They beat him down for just serving chicken and not sharing his "11 herbs & spices". The Colonel goes down. Begs for his life. Where do they go to eat afterwards?
4. You are a rockstar, but you need a cool rocker name. What is it and how did you decide on that name?
5. Have you ever gotten naked at a family function?
6. If purple ate yellow, what color would come out?
7. The closest paper and pen to you right now. What color are they?
8. Corn chips or potato chips?
9. You are forced to swallow either a diamond or a piece of coal. Don't ask. Just do it. Which do you choose?
10. If your mouse decided to attack your keyboard, who would win?
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Guinness
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 3/4 cups stale breadcrumbs
1 large cooking apple, (about 8 ounces) peeled, cored, and finely chopped
6 ounces shredded suet
1/2 cup finely chopped whole almonds
1 cup golden raisins
1 3/4 cups currants
2 cups raisins
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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I found this on the blog Attention Target Shoppers
this is a beautiful set and one that I would love to win. Giveaway ends December 11, 2009
- We help serve at the food kitchen at least 3 times a month. It is a community kitchen so many volunteers are needed.
- We help at the clothing closet that is located at our church 3 times a month. We get the biggest joy by helping those that visit find a great out fit or two or perhaps something for their house
- We help create food baskets at christmas time. Our church works together to share with families offering them food that will last for a week allowing the families to save money for christmas gifts that may not have otherwise been purchased.
- We help to weatherize homes for the winter for people who would otherwise not be able to do it for themselves
- We helped to roof a house of a church member this year. Both her and her husband are elderly and did not have the extra money
- We have helped out in food drives which are common in schools, scouts and churches
Do you have any ideas that you could do to help another? Do you do something special to help others?
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Rice Krispies Treats Cookbook
Blue plastic mixing bowl
Two Rice Krispies branded mugs
Box of Rice Krispies
Box of Cocoa Krispies
Rice Krispies prepared treats
Bag of marshmallows
Beautiful Flower arrangements such as this are awaiting you.
Make super cute novelty flower arrangements like pictured above. They are sure to be the fun of the party.The Flower Party In a Box includes
- The How To DVD that will teach you and your friends to create your own European Wrap Bouquet
- Three flower recipe for each design on the DVD (9 recipes in all)
- Each guest will receive a set of floral cutters and a To Go vase (host choose colors to match party)
I adore the AhGoo plush pad because it is the only portable station that is as comfortable as the changing stations in the nursery. The AhGoo plush pad is a soothing memory foam cushion that allows the baby to relax while being changed. Forget about having problems changing little ones with the AhGoo Baby Plush Pad will be much easier. Taking care of the AhGoo Plush Pad is easy as well. The pad is washable and water repellent and can be cleaned simply by removing the memory foam and washing the cover just like a pillow slip. The AhGoo Baby plush pad fits easily into the diaper bag or suitcase for easy storage and transportation.
This is one of those casseroles that is oh so good and easy to make. Some would call it comfort food.
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 cups cooked rotini pasta
1 pkg. (1 lb.) frozen Italian-style vegetable combination, thawed, drained
1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained 3/4 lb. (12 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
HEAT oven to 400ºF. COMBINE ingredients in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover.
BAKE 40 min. Let stand 5 min.; stir until sauce is well blended.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
22 NILLA Wafers, crushed
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 of 8-oz. tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
3 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
LINE 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Beat butter and peanut butter with mixer until blended. Mix in wafer crumbs. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition. Press onto bottom of pan.
MICROWAVE COOL WHIP and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 15 to 30 sec. or until chocolate is melted; stir until blended. Spread over peanut butter layer.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked regular oats
2 cups (12 ounces) white chocolate morsels
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
1 cup multigrain cluster cereal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1 cup jumbo red raisins
My mind is wandering on this Tuesday morning to all those that go without. With all the hustling and bustling we do this holiday season are there those that get overlooked? I know that our family helps with food baskets, serves food to the needy and other wise help all that we can. I never let an outfit that my children outgrow go to waste as we live down the road from families that are on fixed incomes. If we see someone in the need then we try to help all that we can. My sister has a mental disorder and we try to share the spirit with her friends as well. It is very hard when we see those we love go through hard times but perhaps if we share just a bit of the joy we have then maybe they will be a bit happier as well.
Life is getting a bit easier in some aspects for me and yet in others stays rough. While my nephews that are staying with us have started to love the structure of a schedule it is still a strugle at times. When my nephew went and grabbed is blanket without being told to and lay on the couch to take a nap I must say it did my heart good. Do any of you feel happy inside when the little ones you take care of do as expected?
I went with my sister in law and brother to watch the Lights parade on Saturday night. I missed last years parade but this year was so super fun. The little ones all enjoyed it and we did as well. While it was a bit chilly I am glad that we went and watched the parade. This Thursday night is the Lights parade here in the town where I live and I know it will be so cold and possibly rainy. I hope that my teens all dress warm enough to stay warm.
Princess has been officially broke from the bottle. She is 15 months old and is done with the bottle. Any tips here would be great. She did pick up her paci which she had not used for some time. My daughter called the other night and was afraid that she was not eating and drinking as much as she should be.
These are the top thoughts on my mind at this time what are yours? Share them in the meme on the Un Mom Blog
You can bake all of the following nuts at 375°F for 4-6 minutes, you can tell that they are done when:
Pecans - Toasted color will be slightly darker than raw color
Walnuts - Toasted color wil be pale brown and a definate stronger aroma
Macadamia Nuts - Toasted color will be golden brown
Hazlenuts - Toasted color will be darker than the raw nut and the skins may begin to crack
Almonds - Toasted color will be a light golden brown
Today is a rainy sort of day and I just have this feeling that the men that were to be here to work on the house will not be. This is both good and bad because while I know the job in the basement needs done I also know that this will allow me time to get done what I need to do. So on today's list if the guys do not show up is:
- my bedroom straightned out
- living room straightned up
- bathroom cleaned
- bedrooms all straight
- kitchen organized
- laundry as usual
- also work about 2 hours at church
If the guys do come I will go and shop. What are you doing? Head over to the blog Crazy Adventures in Parenting
Monday, December 7, 2009
The weather in my neck of the woods:
cool getting ready for winter we had a large frost this morning
One of my simple pleasures:
a good cup of hot chocolate with marshmallow cream
On my bedside table:
piled down with lots of things I need to get done
On my TV:
The find my family show
On the menu for tonight:
we had grilled cheese, fries and lil debbie cakes
On my To Do List:
laundry, laundry, help at church tommorow
New Recipe I tried last week:
Chocolate Peppermint candy Cane Cookies
In the craft basket:
ornaments we are creating out of beads and pipe cleaners
Looking forward to:
lights parade and seeing santa Saturday
Homemaking Tip for this week:
in order to make windows look great use newspaper. I have been putting up window clings and the windows look great
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
walk by the lake hand in hand
Favorite photo from last week:
Lesson learned the past few days:
I learned recently that the open door to family even though they don't always use it is one that is valuable for one day they will walk in
On my Prayer List:
Family and Friends
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV)
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg taco seasonings
1 pkg dry Ranch seasonings
2 large cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can whole kernel corn
Brown meat and onion. Drain. Add seasonings. Drain beans and corn. Add to meat along with tomatoes. Simmer until well blended and hot. Eat and enjoy.
Add a bit of grated cheese or sour cream and this simple soup is perfect for cold nights.