Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Daughter In Law

Erick and Vanessa
St. Patrick's Day 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Colors of Spring

The Colors of Spring appear in so many ways
Like having more hours of light in our days 
Yellow jonquils pop up through the earth
Green blades of grass signal a new birth
White fluffy clouds float on a gentle breeze
Red breasted robins sing from the trees

Blue skies high above so fresh and bright
Orange sunsets glow before the fall of night
Black caps and robes march with great pride
Pink bunnies with baskets of colored eggs to hide
Brown dirt is being plowed to plant garden seed
Silver raindrops will fall for the moisture they need
Gray geese will be seen flying formation north bound
Purple like buds opening on trees all over town
The Colors of Spring feel so fresh and new
Like the diamond sparkles of the morning dew
poem and photos by

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Money Saving Easter Baskets

My Mom has a Easter Egg hunt for all the Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, friends and neighbors. She has a huge front yard that the children have a blast running and searching for the eggs. This is a photo of her front yard I took last fall. The toddlers get to hunt on the space between the house and the rock wall of the flower bed. The older ones search up on the top part of the yard. The teens get to hide the eggs for the younger ones and everyone has a great time.
Since my Great Granddaughter and my son's three stepchildren (add to my three grandsons and it brings me to a total of six grandsons and one granddaughter)  will be there for the hunt this year I decided to make personalized Easter Baskets for them. That many could get expensive, so I went to the local thrift store and picked up eight bucket/baskets and three bags of green Easter grass for $4.93! Having their names on the bucket/baskets will save any confusion over eggs or baskets. Instead of lots of candy that they don't really need Mom stuffs some of  the eggs with quarters or dollars and the children just love it.
Check out Miss Lizzie Tu...she wants in every photo of everything!
These are the bucket/baskets I picked up.
I will wash and spray with bleach to make sure they are clean before adding the names.
I also will add some extra color to the purple bunny bucket.
I will color with permanent marker to highlight the carrot, eyes, etc.
Callie Ann sees that Lizzie Tu is getting in the photo...
These darn cats are just like kids...monkey see monkey do.
Some days they even fight like my girls did when they were younger.

Remember to shop the after EASTER sales! Look for Easter basket grass that is in neutral colors...clear sparkle, yellow, white, etc.... that can be used in gift baskets all year long. Look for Easter baskets that do not really look like a Easter Egg Hunt baskets to also use for wedding, baby shower, house warming, birthday, etc. gift baskets. Look for bows, solid color cups, plates, napkins, tablecloths for other parties during the year.

Everyone knows a year in advance when they will be doing birthday parties and it is less expensive to have the "basics" on hand and then just add "theme" items at the last minute. Example: yellow and red table cloths go with nearly every "boy" action figure type theme. Buy them for half price or less and add the theme with other decor.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Deviled Eggs

As I was looking through one of my many cookbooks, this old yellow newspaper clipping fell out. I thought how funny is that, because I was planning on doing a blog about DEVILED EGGS. We got into a discussion at work about how they like their DEVILED EGGS. This recipe from a 1950 4-H Club cookbook, on this newspaper clipping, is exactly how I make my DEVILED EGGS. My sister and my niece like their DEVILED EGGS with these same basic ingredients except they add sweet pickle relish to their recipe. So when I started looking at my cookbooks, and searching for DEVILED EGG recipes, I was quite amazed at the variety. I have only included a few of the recipes in this post. 

Bacon Deviled Eggs
12 eggs
6 slices bacon
1/4 cup ranch dressing
Place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Drain.
Cool the eggs under cold running water. Peel once cold.
Halve the eggs lengthwise and scoop the yolks into a bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork.
Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
Drain on a paper towel-lined plate; chop once cool.
Add to the egg yolks with the ranch dressing.
Spoon the mixture into the egg white halves.
Arrange on a tray and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
12 hard-cooked eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon honey mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Slice eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks and set whites aside.
In a small bowl, mash yolks.
Stir in the mayonnaise, bacon, cheese, mustard and pepper.
Stuff into egg whites. Refrigerate until serving.

Horseradish Deviled Eggs
6 hard-cooked eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1 dash paprika
Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside.
In a bowl, mash the yolks. add mayonnaise, horseradish, dill, mustard, salt and pepper; mix well.
Pipe or spoon into egg whites.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Refrigerate until serving.

Cajun Deviled Eggs
12 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Snipped cilantro (optional)
Shell cooked eggs. Cut eggs lengthwise into halves. Slip out yolks and mash them with a fork.
Stir in mayonnaise and next five ingredients. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture, heaping lightly.
Sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
Makes 2 dozen

Sriracha Cilantro Scallion Deviled Eggs
* 6 eggs, hard-boiled
* 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
* 1 Tbsp Sriracha (more or less)
* 1 tsp mustard
* 1 Tbsp sweet relish
* 3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
* Fresh cilantro, washed and finely chopped (2 Tbsp chopped)
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Cut the eggs in half the long way, scoop out the yolks and place them in a small-medium sized bowl. Set the whites aside.
2. Add the mayo, mustard, Sriracha, relish, cilantro and scallions to the bowl and mash well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Mound the filling back into the egg whites and serve!
You can garnish with left over cilantro or scallion or another little dash of Sriracha on top.
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Neelys Fried Deviled Eggs
1 dozen eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Dash hot sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup panko crumbs
Parsley, for garnish
Peanut oil, for frying

Add the eggs to a large saucepan filled with cold water.
Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit in the water for 14 minutes.
Peel the eggs and slice lengthwise. Remove the yolks to a bowl.
Add the mayonnaise, Dijon, lemon zest, chives, hot sauce and salt and pepper.
Mash the yolks together with a wooden spoon.
Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
Fill the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of flour and season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, beat the eggs, in a third bowl, add 1 cup of panko.
Dip the eggs into the flour, then the egg and finally into the panko.
Gently put the eggs into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown.
Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray.
Season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.
Check out the other foodnetwork stars Deviled Egg Recipes too!

I also saw a recipe that used those tiny cooked canned shrimp chopped up in the DEVILED EGGS...I would certainly love those too.   Just never knew there were so many ways to make DEVILED EGGS! Guess I should have looked up WHY they are called DEVILED EGGS?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cupcake Bunny

Easter is just around the cute is this cupcake bunny I saw on Facebook!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year!



We are expecting a new granddaughter in April, so I looked up the Chinese astrology information about those born in the year of the horse. 

Astrology About The Horse

Chinese New Year 2014 - Year of the Horse


Those Born in the Year of the Horse 

Horses are popular, quick-witted, charming, cheerful, and talented.

People born in the Year of the Horse are popular.

They are cheerful, skilful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much.

They are wise, talented, good with their hands, and sometimes have a weakness for members of the opposite sex.
They are impatient and hot-blooded about everything except their daily work.

They like entertainment and large crowds.

They are very independent and rarely listen to advice.

They are most compatible with Tigers, Dogs, and Sheep.

Astrologically, the horse is placed directly opposite the rat. The rat is the creator and the horse is the "consumer."

Therefore a horse year may be marked by an increase in business and commercial activity, particularly those involved with non-essentials like luxury cars, high fashion, alcoholic beverages, athletics, and anything "male" oriented.

Unfortunately, it is often a year of waste. A household should be careful to make sure they don't overspend their budgets during a horse year.
(I can so see my son over spending with his new daughter!)

Here is some Chinese Calendar information about the animals:

The Chinese New Year Calendar - With Its Associated 12 Animals

The lunar Chinese New Year (CNY) calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are!  Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born.  Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. (If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year).


60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar

Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals.  Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.
   Rat    Ox   Tiger  Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster  Dog   Pig 2008 2009  2010  2011  2012   2013  2014   2015   2016     2017   2018 2007
Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.
If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.
If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.
If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood. If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.
If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.
If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.
If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.
If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I saw this recipe on Facebook and want to share it with you. It sounds so good and we love to make different kinds of bread that you just mix and bake.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

No kneading, you just mix it up and bake it.
1 cup butter softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs.
Add milk, flour, and baking soda.
Put 1/2 of batter into greased loaf pans.
Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 cups sugar and cinnamon.
Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan.
Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.
Swirl with a knife.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. or until toothpick tester come clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Peppermint Popcorn Valentine Treat

Peppermint Popcorn
Use those left over Christmas Candy Canes to make a sweet treat to send for the kids Valentine Party at school or a Valentine for the teacher or others on your Valentine's list.


* ½ cups Unpopped Popcorn (approximately 16 Cups Popped)
* ½ cups Crushed Peppermint Candy Cane
* 2 cups White Chocolate Chips
* 1 dash Salt

Preparation Instructions
1. Pop 1/2 cup popcorn. I use an air popper. Yield is about 16 cups popped.
2. Finely crush peppermint sticks (I place them in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin).
3. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, stir every 30 seconds. (It takes about 1 1/2 minutes to melt.)
4. Place popcorn in an extra large bowl by handfuls to remove the unpopped kernels.
5. Working quickly before the chocolate sets, drizzle white chocolate over the popcorn, sprinkle the peppermint candy and a dash of salt.
6. Stir vigorously to coat the popcorn.
7. Spread the popcorn in a thin layer onto waxed paper.
8. When popcorn is cool and dry, break into small pieces and serve.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Adult Be My Valentine Peppermint Hot Chocolate

As you and your valentine snuggle up by the fire on Valentine's Day you might want to try this yummy treat.

Adult Peppermint Hot Chocolate

8 ounces boiling water
1/4 cup cocoa mix
1 shot of 100 Proof Peppermint Schnapps
(might not want a full shot of Schnapps in your drink)
Handful of Peppermint Marshmallows
Mix cocoa mix into boiling water. Stir until mixed. Pour into a cup.
Add the shot of Schnapps and handful of marshmallows.
My daughter poured this in a clear glass so she could send me the photo.
She promises this will warm you up on a cold winter night!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls for Valentines

These would be a sweet treat to give your Valentine!
You could even cover a foam egg carton with Valentine decorations
and put a dozen of these in the carton.
Maybe a cute card attached that says "I am eggcited you are my valentine"
or "I am eggcited to have you for my teacher" or what ever you need.

2 cups peanut butter, chunky or smooth
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
Mix with spoon then add
3 cups crisp rice cereal
Mix with your hands it is messy, but easier this way mixture is stiff
Roll into one inch balls
Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet
Put in the fridge for 20 minutes
In a double boiler melt
1/3 bar paraffin wax
3 cups chocolate chips
With a slotted spoon dip balls in chocolate until covered
Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet and chill until set

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sweet Valentine Roses

It is time to start thinking about Valentines Day All Free Holiday Crafts featured this neat craft project by Craft Test Dummies and if you are not signed up on both of these sites I would recommend them.

Supply List:
  • Red Tissue Paper, cut in squares. You need 2 squares per rose.
  • Wire floral stems (green)
  • Wired Leaves (2 per flower)
  • Glue Dots
  • Floral tape
  • 2 chocolate kisses per flower
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Start off by taking one of the floral wires and roughly bending it in half over the bottom of a candy kiss. Hold the wires in your fingers and twist the ends loosely. Put a glue dot over the wire.
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Place another candy, bottom side down, on the glue dot.
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Take your tissue paper squares and center them over the pointy end of the candy. Pull the sides of the tissue out straight and crease.
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Wrap tissue clockwise around candy, forming petals. Keep twisting all the way to the base of the candies. Secure with a bit of tape if needed.
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Holding one end of the floral tape against the bottom third of the candy portion, start pulling the tape gently and wrapping it around to form a stem. (Pulling the tape activates a mild wax that will make the tape stick to itself.)
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Once you get past the bulky portion at the end of the tissue paper, add two leaves and continue wrapping down the wire to the end. Just rip off the tape and smooth it down to finish.
Sweet Treats You Craft Yourself!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3 Ingredient Splenda Cake

3 Ingredient Splenda Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Butter 8 inch round (or square) baking dish
Mix together until just combined:

1 cup self rising flour

1 cup Splenda

1 can fruit cocktail with juice

Pour into buttered baking dish
Bake 45 minutes until top is golden
Can be served warm with whipped cream


Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Foto

I love coffee cups. I love giving people coffee cups as gifts. I have my coffee cup I drink out of on weekday mornings. I have a coffee cup that sits on the warmer at my desk, at the office. I have my coffee cup I drink out of on weekends. Years ago I had an entire wall of coffee cups hanging on one wall of my kitchen. I still have a couple of boxes of coffee cups packed up in the garage. Most of all I love personalized coffee cups with photos of those I love on the cup.
These four coffee cups belong to my husband. I gave them to him as gifts, and he loves each one of them. I have noticed that he alternates drinking out of them.
Next time you need an inexpensive gift (under $20 with shipping) give a personalized coffee cup. I order my photo coffee cups from Walgreens and have them shipped directly to the person who is receiving the gift. These can be used for birthdays, thank you gifts, or any type of occasion where you want to let someone know they are special.

My favorites are the two above on the left where I put a collage of photos on one cup. With the Walgreens website all you do is set up an account and download your photos. Then you pick the type and size of cup, the background color and add your photos. You can also add a message to the cup, but I would rather have the room for the photos.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spice Cake Mix Cookies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water.
Beat until well blended.
Stir in nuts.
Drop by teaspoon full about one inch apart onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
Makes about 4 dozen.
These were so easy and good to eat!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
10 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
(number depends on amount you are making this batch was two pans)
4 Medium Chopped Onions
1 Cup Chopped Jalapeno Peppers - optional
2 Large Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
16 Ounces of Sour Cream
2 Packages of Small Flour Tortillas
Monterrey Jack Cheese
Mexican Blend or Cheddar Cheese
At least 6 cups of Cheese
Butter or Margarine
Accent (my daughter uses this on everything!)
Lemon Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chop the onions and jalapeno peppers.
Saute Chicken Breasts, Onions and Peppers in Butter add Accent,
Lemon Pepper, Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
(they cooked two pans of chicken)
Stir together Cream of Chicken Soup and Sour Cream heat until warm.
Shred cooked chicken.
Spray the bottom of 9 x 13 pans with Pam.
Spread soup and sour cream mixture on bottom of pan.
Spread soup and sour cream mixture on flour tortilla.
Put Monterrey Cheese and Chicken on tortilla.
Roll up tortilla and place in baking pan.
Tiffiany and Kennda assembly line!
When the baking pan is full of filled and rolled flour tortillas, spread on a layer of the soup and sour cream mixture, then top with any extra chicken you might have left.
Add a layer of Mexican Blend or Cheddar Cheese to cover top of entire pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
Tiffiany and Kennda got together and made these for us and they are just the best tasting enchiladas I have ever had. I even think they are better heated up as leftovers the next day. As you can see from the photos, they allowed Pop to chop the onions!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One Dish Stove Top/Chicken Casserole

One Dish Stove Top and Chicken Bake
I had forgotten about this dish.
I was flipping through my favorite recipes and there it was!
It is quick and easy to prepare.
I made changes to make it with the chicken I had on hand.

preheat oven at 375 degrees

1 package Stove Top Stuffing Mix
(I used a generic brand)
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
(I used frozen boneless chicken tenders)
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup sour cream
(I used 2/3 cup sour cream)

Put the stuffing mix in a bowl with 1 2/3 cup of water and set aside.
Put the chicken in a 13 X 9 baking dish.
Mix soup and sour cream and pour over the chicken.
Spoon stuffing over the top.

Bake until chicken is cooked. Approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Jeanie's Sausage Casserole

Winter is my favorite time of the year to make casseroles and this is one of my favorite!
Thanks to my sister-in-law Jeanie for this easy recipe.

preheat oven 350 degrees
2 eggs
1 pound sausage
1 can creamed style corn
1 medium onion chopped
3/4 cup Shawnee cornbread mix
Beat eggs, add chopped onions, cornbread mix, sausage and corn. Mix well.
Pour into 9 x 13 greased glass pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until top is browned just a little.
My husband added jalapeno peppers on top for decoration.
This is such a easy dish to make and it is really good!
My favorite way to eat this is with jellied cranberry sauce, and of course it goes well with our favorite sweet potatoes! It reheats wonderfully to take for lunch the next day too.