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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fair Time and Funnel Cake Fries Recipe

This week, southern Illinois and even some government officials will enjoy the Duqoin state fair. Oh my what fun, good eats and great time will be had by all. I simply love the good eats and will want to take the family to enjoy all it has to have. I will also want to share some when we get back home as well. so I have found this very tasty recipe and will store it a way for a sweet treat at home.

Funnel Cake Fries

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups canola or vegetable oil
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  1. With a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until foamy and well combined. Carefully add in the flour mixture and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. Place the batter in a bag or bottle for piping.
  2. Add about 1 inch of oil to a large pot with high sides. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Pipe the batter in long straight lines into oil and fry until golden, about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove to a plate and serve with powdered sugar while still hot.
Marshmallow Fluff Dip
  1. Place marshmallow creme in a bowl for dipping and warm in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth and serve with funnel cake fries.
To Reheat: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place funnel cake fries on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 3 minutes.

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Apple Pie Scented Play Dough

As a child I can remember one of our annual end of summer trips. It was always to the apple orchard to get apples that we would dine on in one manner or another. One thing my mother did not do but I did for my children was make them scented play doughs for every season. If you would like to try to make your child some then you should try this easy recipe. Have fun

Red Apple Cider Dough Playdough Recipe

1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup of  apple cider
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
red food coloring
2 cups flour
1/2 cup of salt
4 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
To make the apple cider playdough recipe measure the dry ingredients {flour, salt, cream of tartar, and cinnamon} and dump each into a medium sized bowl. measure and mix the wet ingredients {apple sauce, cider, oil, and dye} in a medium sized pot. Then we heated the wet ingredients on medium, stirring often until it bubbled.  The house smelled so yummy during this step – it made A dance around the kitchen in excitement. {I prefer using real apples and cider to scent my dough, instead of scented oils, so the smell isn’t overpowering.}
Once it was bubbling remove the pot from the heat and add the dry ingredients. stir until the playdough begins to form, then dump mixture onto the counter to cool.  The dough will be sticky at first but, once cooled and kneaded, the stickiness disappears. The playdough recipe smelled wonderfully spicy and slightly sweet. This dough can store for several weeks in an airtight container or bag

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Friday, August 28, 2015

American chop Suey

American Chop Suey, very tasty and filling meal that will be perfect on the fall meal plan.

½ lb Elbow Macaroni
¾ cup Yellow Onion
chopped 2 cloves garlic
minced 1 Green Bell Pepper
chopped ½ cup Butter
1 cup Button Mushrooms
sliced ½ cup Flour
1 ½ TB Kosher Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1lb Ground Beef
2 cups Tomatoes

Cook macaroni until just done.
For the sauce, saute onion, garlic and green pepper in butter for about 5 minutes, until just softened.
Add flour, kosher salt and black pepper.
Continue cooking until mixture begins to brown.
Add ground beef, and cook for 10 minutes until just cooked through.
Add tomatoes and mushrooms, and cook for 10 more minutes.
Pour sauce over cooked macaroni, toss together, serve, and enjoy!

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Cherry Turnover Day

Today is national cherry turnover day. A turnover by definition is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over and sealing it shut. Turnovers can be either sweet or savory. Turnovers are very often used as a portable meal or dessert. Very much like a sandwich they can be eaten for any meal of the day.

Sweet turnovers are often made with a fruit filling and a shortcrust or puff pasty dough. savory turnovers are made with meat and/or vegetables and with any dough but often a yeast dough. Today being national cherry turnover day I thought I would share a delicious recipe for one. Enjoy!!

Cherry Turnovers

 2 8 oz. packages Crescent rolls
21 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T milk
1 tsp vanilla (or almond extract is delish too!)

Unroll the crescent rolls and divide them into the triangles.  Lay on a sheet tray and evenly divide the pie filling on the widest part of the triangle.  Fold the smaller end of the triangle over on top of the pie filling.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 17-18 minutes until puffed and golden.

Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.  Drizzle on top of the hot turnovers.  Serve immediately.

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Vegan Peach Yogurt

1 cup Non-Dairy Yogurt (I used soy and it was sweetened, see note above)
3 fresh Peaches – minced
¼ cup Walnuts
½ teaspoon Cinnamon

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl
  • Mix
  • Eat!!
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Take Sail With An After School Snack

what makes a good after school snack?? Well, a mom with a good imagination of course. I wish I could take credit for the imagination but unfortanetly this idea comes from another blog.

Your will need
Here is what you need: Eggs (obviously) :-), cheese, a bell pepper, tomato and salad (tomato and salad are not necessary, but adds the final fun touch).

Cut a couple of hard-boiled eggs into wedges Top each one off with a low-fat cheese sail, bell pepper sail or salat sail and you have your very own eggy boats. If you want to make a really fancy presentation of them, let the egg boats sail on a large salad leaf and add a tomato as a buoy -

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lunch Box Sushi

Its back to school time. Our princess takes her lunch most days. We love to offer her options. Its fun for her as well. I would love to offer you today a great choice for your child or your lunchbox as well

 2 slices Sara Lee® Fresh Ideas pre-sliced Honey Ham
2 strips Sara Lee® Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced, cut 2” x ¼”
2 slices Sara Lee® Soft and Smooth™ Made with Whole Grain White Bread
1 teaspoon ranch dressing
1 tablespoon thinly shredded carrots
2 sweet baby pickles

 Place two slices of white bread with the crusts cut off on a flat surface side-by-side. Using a rolling pin, or glass, gently flatten and fuse the bread slices together. Spread the ranch dressing over the inside middle of the flat bread slices. Place two slices of the ham on top of the ranch dressing. Place the shredded carrots and Swiss cheese on top of the ham. Place the two pickles horizontally and end-to-end at the bread edge closest to you. Starting at the bottom, roll the bread upwards to make a tight cigar-shaped roll. Using a bread knife, cut the roll into sushi-sized pieces approx one inch in length.
Option: Serve on a bed of mixed field greens with chop sticks and extra ranch dressing for dipping

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National Eye Exam Month When You Should Get Your Vision Checked

August is eye exam awareness month. Eye exams are very important for our health as they can help detect eye problems at the earliest stage. We all know that when problems are detected early that they are more readily and easily treated. Eye exams are needed at every age and stage of life. Several factors determine how frequently an eye exam is needed though. These factors include age, health, and risk of developing problems.

Pediatricians recommend that children under 3 with lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned out eyes go for an eye exam. All children should have an eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5.

Our state of Illinois requires all children going to kindergarten to have a vision checkup. After that it is recommended that children with no symptoms of eye problems or family history should get eye checkups every 2 years. If your child does have vision problems or family history should follow eye doctor recommendation of how often eyes should be checked

For adults who have healthy eyes with no symptoms of vision problems the need is less with only checkup every 5 to 10 years through their 30s. After that the need becomes more important with need of vision checked every couple of years. After the age of 65 a yearly check up is recommended.

Eye exams are needed yearly if there is vision problems or symptoms of such or if there is a greater risk such as diabetes.

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Apple Counting Time

This is a super cute fun idea. Perfect for fall and perfect for teaching our little ones how to count. The great part is that it offers counting and number recognition as well. Easy to make as well. From a piece of felt the apple, seeds and numbers are cut. You can find out all about the how to's here

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lee de Forest the Father of the Radio

Lee de Forest was born August 26, 1873. Sir named the "Father of the Radio" he developed a sound on film recording used for motion pictures. He helped provide the foundation for the development of vacuum tube technology.

Lee de Forest's life was devoted to the invention of media technology based on sound. His inventions provided the missing voice to radio and film. Educated at Yale in physics and electricity he would spend the years between 1900 and 1910 improving the wireless telegraph. 1906 he would file for a patent on the Audion, the first vacuum tube. Shortly there after he would invent an arc based radiotelephone transmitter and audion receiver and start dreaming of the possibility of sending music into homes by wireless. The years 1910 to 1920 he would work on improving his audion as a detector, an amplifier and transmitter of radio. Lee de Forest would become one of the earliest broadcaster of entertainment based audio, primarily opera music

Lee de Forest would go on to invent the talking motion picture

Catfish Po Boys with Broccoli Coleslaw

2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 pound catfish fillets, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (such as McCormick)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Dash of crushed red pepper
2 cups bagged broccoli coleslaw
4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls with sesame seeds, toasted

Combine milk and catfish in a large bowl, tossing gently to coat. Remove fish from bowl; shake off excess milk. Sprinkle fish with salt. Combine cornmeal and Cajun seasoning in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add fish to bag. Seal and shake to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

While fish cooks, combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (vinegar through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add broccoli coleslaw; toss well to coat. Spoon 1/2 cup slaw mixture onto bottom half of each roll. Arrange fish evenly over each serving, and top with top halves of rolls.

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Back To School brings About bedtime challenges and changes

back to school often means getting back to a regular bedtime. This can be very challenging here are a few tips that may help you out

1. set a routine for bedtime. Our bedtime routine includes bath time, story time and bed time
2. Stay determined, it may not come easy but it will happen. Do not allow the child to slip backwards staying up later. May be frustrating and there may be tears but in the end it will come
3. reading a story to my child always put them in the right mind to calm down and go to sleep. I believe that a quiet time prior to bed, no playing just music or reading a book

Do you have any tips for back to school bedtimes??

When school starts you will want to ensure that there are certain jobs done before your child goes to bed

homework done and in the backpack
any papers need signed by mom
water bottle filled and in the fridge
what snack if needed will be taken
showers are taken and teeth are brushed
medicine if needed are taken
clothes laid out for tomorrow

You may also have a school before bed routine as well. Certain jobs may be included
prepare non-perishables for lunch boxes and put in lunch boxes (cookies, chips, crackers , utensils)
fruit and veggies for snack or lunch are prepared and ready to go
ensuring that the before bed jobs are done for your child as well

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Happy birthday to One Great Car man

The inventor of the Rolls Royce was a lunch time deal that became famous. May 1904 Henry Royce ( a successful engineer) and Charles Rolls (owner of one of the first car dealerships) sat down to discuss cars and engineering and craftsmanship. The result would be The Silver Ghost, a legendary car that drove smooth and completed a 14,371 mile virtually non-stop run. It would be known as the best car in the world

While the Rolls Royce was created in may Charles Rolls was born in the month of August. So we celebrate one of the men behind one of the famous cars. The Rolls Royce would become known as the top of the line of cars

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Bake banana Split dessert


For the Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
For the Cream Cheese Layer:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
8 ounces COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
For the Fruit & Toppings:
3 to 4 bananas, sliced
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
16 ounces strawberries, hulled, and sliced
8 ounces COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
½ cup walnuts, chopped
Chocolate syrup
Maraschino cherries
1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, stirring until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Dump the crumbs into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate while you prepare the next layer.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the COOL WHIP until thoroughly combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the graham cracker crust.
4. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on top of the cream cheese filling, top with an even layer of the crushed pineapple, and then an even layer of the sliced strawberries.
5. Cover with the COOL WHIP, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts, then drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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Kiss and makeup day

Annies Home, tries to share lots of holidays that we find. Some of them are strange, some are odd, some are fun, some are holidays we grew up with and then there are holidays like the one that I want to share here that is so super cute.

August 25th is Kiss and Make Up Day. I am sure you have been told to kiss and make up and I know I have told my children many times to kiss and make up and until they do well then they will be in big trouble. It does not take long for them to make up quickly. Have someone that you have had a spat with in the past? Use today Kiss and Make up day to get over it and get along again.

Reeses Peanut Butter Popcorn Snack

Football season is here and there is nothing better than take a snack and share it with your best buddy. Yes, I am a football fan and a foodie and I do love popcorn and chocolate as well. The recipe was perfect for me. I hope you enjoy as well

8 cups plain popcorn (we use air-popped popcorn)
Fine salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1. Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl and salt to taste. Set aside.
2. Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla extract.
3. Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and gently stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it's all coated. Spread popcorn on a large baking sheet. Drizzle popcorn with melted chocolate and let sit until chocolate hardens. Stir in the Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
We used air-popped popcorn, but you can use microwave popcorn or stovetop popcorn. If you can't find Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you can chop up regular Peanut Butter Cups.

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How To Teach Your Child The A B C s

One important thing to teach our kids before they start school is their alphabet or A B C s. Many of us may first teach them the alphabet song that we also learned as children. There are many different ways that you could teach your child their letters but I wanted to share with you a few great ones as well.

A bowl of soup, alphabet soup to be exact, may be the best to serve for this lesson. Have your child enjoy their soup while sharing the letters that they eat. Dine on a bowl of soup with your child and search for letters as well. The best part is this is a great sharing, memory making activity as well.

Art is a great resource when teaching your child the alphabet as well. One easy art activity is stamping. You can allow your child do stamp out the A B C s and when they get to be speller have them stamp out their words and even sentences as well

Tactile Ideas from A to ZA - apple prints, aluminum foil, alphabet pasta, apple stickers or stamps, animal stickers or foam shapes
B - beans, beads, bubble wrap, buttons, foam bear stickers
C - cotton balls, corn kernels, cinnamon (ground), coffee (ground), car stickers, construction paper (torn)
D - dirt, dots (stickers or do-a-dot markers), daisy petals, foam dinosaur shapes
E - egg shells, foam egg shapes, envelope strips, eyes (wiggly), earth stickers
F - feathers, foam, puffy fingerpaint, flower petals, froot loops, flower stickers or stamps
G - glitter, grass, glue (dried out glue is raised), gems, ginger (ground)
H - hay, hair (doll hair available in craft stores), heart shaped stickers or stamps
I - ice cube prints, ivy, ice cream stickers
J - jelly beans, jewels
K - kool-aid, kleenex, old or plastic keys, kite stickers
L - leaves, lasagna noodles, lace
M - macaroni, m&m's, mini marshmallows, play money
N - noodles, netting fabric, number stickers/stamps, nickles (play money, stickers or stamps)
O - oatmeal, owl feathers (brown feathers will do) cheerios (o shape)
P - pasta, pom-pom balls, play-doh, popcorn, pipe cleaners, penguin stickers, paper (torn), pumpkin seeds, pennies (play money, stickers or stamps), paper clips, packing peanuts
Q - q-tips, quarters stamped in paint, quilted fabric
R - rainbow colored rice, ribbon
S - seeds, sand, sequins, sprinkles, stickers, stamps, shapes, snowballs (cotton), spaghetti (cooked), string, shells, sponge paint
T - tape, twigs, tissue paper
U - uniform (fabric pieces in a plaid design), umbrella stickers, unicorn stickers
V - vegetable prints, velcro, velvet, vehicle stickers
W - wagon wheel pasta, wooden sticks, watermelon seeds
X - x's from alphabet pasta, bones stamped in white paint (x-ray) dirt or tape (for x marks the spot)
Y - yellow yarn
Z - zeros (cheerios), zippers (fabric), zig zags (cut from paper)
tactile letter ideas from here

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Time Goes By So Fast

There are just so many years that we have before our children are grown. We hold them in our harms for just a while and then we let them go on their own and they stay in our hearts and memories forever. It is very important that during the years that we have them that we do all we can to create wonderful and loving memories. Here are some Ideas for making those memories awesome

I often took our children to be part of what was going on. We volunteered to help serve meals to those who needed them. We volunteered to help re-roof a home. We volunteered on the mission field at church. We collected cans for food donations. We even took trips to volunteer and have a bit of fun as well. These are just a few ideas of what our family did there are so many ways to get involved and help others

Participate in Sports
While I myself am not the most athletic  person I have volunteered to help coach more than one of my children's little league teams. I know just a bit crazy but I did do it and it was awesome. If you do not think you can coach then there are other things that you can do when your child participates. Be on the sidelines and cheer the team on, volunteer in the dugout, buy snacks, join in wherever needed.

Plant a Garden
grow your own garden, plant some flowers, or even just a few tomato plants in a pot will help make memories. Right now we have a pumpkin vine, voluntarily came up, we have been watching all summer and now have green pumpkins on it. When the kids were younger we planted tomatoes, cucumbers and a few other plants and made a salad out of what we grew. The most tasty salad and while other salads are not remembered I must say that that one was

Bake Cookies
 My mother baked cookies for me and my siblings, I baked cookies for my kids and now my daughter bakes cookies for her kids. This is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The one thing that we do is make sure that we involved our children and allow them to help when they are little. As the kids got older we then became the helpers and helped them to make their own cookies and after a while they were old enough to bake their own. Cookies are not the only thing that we baked or cooked together. my children have been involved in the kitchen and cooking since they were around 3 or 4 years old. My grandkids now help out.

Doing it together is the most important part. No matter what you do , do it as a family. Time spent together is never idol time and always makes great memories. What does your family do to make memories?

Family Meal Time: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chickent (freezer recipe)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken for the Freezer

1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 fresh pineapple, stalk, skin, and core removed and fruit cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag
  1. Label your freezer bag.
  2. To your freezer bag, add pineapple, brown sugar, soy sauce, and chicken breasts. (Add the chicken breasts to the bag last, so they’re the first ingredient poured into your slow cooker.)
  3. Remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer.


  1. The night before cooking, move frozen bag to your refrigerator to thaw.
  2. The morning of cooking, pour contents of freezer bag into your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 3-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and tender.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

On Weather Front:
cooler than it normally is this late in August and the first week of school. Not for sure what that means, long fall or early winter??

On My Bedside Table:
currently nothing, cleared it all off for now, but vacation is over so next week I am sure will not be able to say the same thing

On my T.V.
currently watching WWE wrestling, hubby loves to watch it together

News Stories That Caught my attention
 Nationally I would say the stock market, where I work at the residents keep coming out and sharing all about it, they are really worried
Locally there have been a lot of deaths in car wrecks, plane wrecks and drownings we pray for each of the families touched by loss

On the Menu This week
tonight: chicken barbq sandwiches and chips
tomorrow: beef ribs, potatoes
Wednesday: corndogs, fries
Thursday: ribs,
Friday: eat out
weekend: not decided yet

new recipe I tried or want to try: several here on our blog

to do list:
work tomorrow and next day then the weekend
chalk board paint kids table
prepare for flea market
start cleaning out storage
daily household chores
caring for grand-babies

in craft basket:
several wood working projects

looking forward to
flea market in mid September
first football game at home

planning on doing for myself this week:
is there such a thing (LOL)

Favorite Photo:

Lesson Learned the past week:
the fact that time goes by to fast hold onto every minute never know when it may be our last moment with someone

Week In Review

Last week we shared quite bit of Back to School Ideas including Lunch box Ideas
Monday was also National Thrift Store Day and my son was out at a few and said the sales were awesome note to self to take the day of August 17, 2016 off
We shared tips on how to take care of you feet on Monday as well. After the long summer months where skin tends to dry and crack or you face health issues like I do it is always better to take care of your feet.

We shared a tasty recipe for custard pie as well as showcased the artist Andy Warhol.

We again shared with you on Tuesday some tips for Back To School and how to help them make new friends our princess really has had a few issues with this not understanding yet how to make new friends and keep the old ones as well.
Tuesday, we also shared some ideas about taking a last minute family road trip before summer is over

We have always loved delicious goodies and have shared many of them on our blog here at Annies Home. This recipe for frozen mud pie is no different

Now that school is back we will be looking for those filling family recipes soon. This recipe for Taco Pie should fit the need nicely.


 Wednesday was a great day for recipes including a great way to serve up lunch box favorite peanut butter and jelly, some desserts to share, cornmeal crusted catfish, and german potato dumplings
Wednesday we also shared about an American artist who was tough by nature and created art showing ladies and girls that were as well

Thursday , August 20th was National Lemonade Day so we shared a sweet recipe for Lemonade

Thursday we also shared a great weeknight supper idea in cheesy potato soup
This was the night that we also shared a great way to work out with friends


Friday was National Spumoni Day and also my dads favorite cold treat. We shared a great recipe to make your own.
We also ended the work week with a delicious breakfast burrito recipe and also an invention that helps us add it all up.

Friday, we shared with you all about an American artist that cherished the bond between a mother and father.
One of our harvest recipes that we shared on Friday received lots of attention. That recipe, zucchini patties, is very tasty and easy and best of all  garden plentiful

Speaking of harvest time and back to school time that must also mean that it is time for football games as well. We love to gather and have fun on game nights. Friday we shared several ways to enjoy the party, the game and serve up a feast as well

Saturday we only shared one post but a great post it was. A delicious post of Peach Walnut Dump Cake

Sunday we reminded you that we are not only sending our children back to school but there are a few that are there to make school less enjoyable and shared tips to help you protect your child from bullies
When I was a kid Sundays were for picnics so on sunday we shared a pasta salad recipe perfect for picnics I also shared yet another harvest recipe this time for salsa, A treat of sorts were offered as well in a ooeey gooeey cake.
Sunday we wished happy birthday to some very talented artist. We also shared with you all about how a very debatable test was invented by an athlete.

Sunday we also shared a recipe that friends can share and a delicious treat recipe of Southern Style Strawberry Pineapple Trifle.