Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teaching Someone to Sew Book

When my girls were younger and I taught them to sew, this little book was real handy.  This week I am teaching someone else to sew and I got this book out again. Even though all my girls are way past this stage, this is one book that I have kept because it's just so good for teaching someone. It explains all the parts to a sewing machine and how they work and the best part I like, is that there is papers you can run off with mazes on them, that they sew. You take the thread out and let them sew the papers with different designs on them. Each design is the same thing they'll be doing on fabric, like pivoting, curves, stopping and turning at points. This just makes so much sense. When I learned to sew I would get the fabric bogged down and it was aggravating. These papers that you sew,  teaches them to operate the sewing machine before they get the fabric under there. It also has some little things in there for them to make with the patterns included.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clean, Christian Movie Site

There is not much that is good on TV any more, that is, if you are a follower of Christ. Crude humor, bad scenes and cussing is all part of just about every thing on there, and if it's not in the show, it's in the commercials. I heard a preacher recently, who said so many Christians say it doesn't really bother them and how sad that is. We have gotten used to the filth that we don't see it as so any more. He said, "What if we took every single cuss word, every crude remark and bad scene from all the shows that every family watched for one week, and then showed it at church on Sunday." I'm sure we can all agree, that it would not be good. He said, "That is what  you are filling your heart with, every single day." Even though its spread out over all the shows and commercials all week long, it's getting in our heart and it IS effecting us. We don't have a TV in our home, but we do like to watch an occasional movie, but it's hard to find one that you can feel good about.  One of my daughters found  this site. You can buy them or rent them and watch on Amazon as instant play.  They are Christian movies that you can have a good conscience toward God for watching.
Mark 7:20-23 says     And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Whatever we watch, goes in our hearts and what is in our hearts, comes out of us in conversation, attitudes and actions.  If you take notice of the things you watch, see if any of these things are in it and make the choice to glorify God in what you are putting in your heart and the hearts of your family. Just like we can't eat junk food every day and have a healthy body, we can't fill our hearts with  the dirty things of this world, and expect that we can be filled with God's spirit so that he can use us for his glory.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mississippi Mud Pie

This is one of our favorite  summer desserts. It's cool,  easy to put together and it tastes SO good.


2  small packages instant chocolate pudding
9 inch pan of baked brownies
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz cool whip

1st Layer:
Mix together the first package of pudding.  Crumble the brownies up and add most of it to the pudding, reserving some for the topping.  Spread this in a 9x13 pan.
2nd Layer
Mix together the cream cheese,  sugar and 8 oz of cool whip. Spread over pudding mixture.
3rd Layer
Mix the remaining box of pudding with the remaining 4 oz of cool whip. Spread over top. Sprinkle remaining brownie pieces over top and refrigerate for one hour.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Homemade Brown/Chicken Gravy Mix

Instead of buying those instant gravy packs, mix this up and save money. It also tastes better than those packs.
I have been making this for quite a few years now. It tastes better than those packs you buy, it's just as easy to make, and it's cheaper!! I bought these little jars from Wal-Matt and made some labels to go on them. On the front I put the picture of what kind it is, as you see on the left and on the back, I put the directions.

Mix together:
1 jar of beef or chicken bouillon granules
2-1/2 cups plain flour

When you need gravy, just mix:
1/4 cup of mix
1-1/2 cups water
Mix over medium  heat  until thickened, just like you do the packages you buy.
This makes 1-1/2  cups of gravy.
Today I am linking up with Strangers & Pilgrams. To read more homemaking tips and ideas, just head over to her blog.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FINALLY, A Good Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

Vicki's Hush Puppies Recipe
I LOVE hush puppies, but I have never been able to make them as good as the ones at the seafood restaurants. Today we were going to have fish for supper, so I went online to find ANOTHER recipe to try.  I read a lot of reviews and decided to try this one.  It was SO good. I did make some changes, after reading the reviews and they were PERFECT.
2 eggs
1/2 cups  sugar
3/4  cup onion, diced
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup self rising cornmeal
1 tsp. each salt, pepper and onion powder
1/4 cup buttermilk

In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and onion. Stir in the flour, cornmeal and seasonings.
Mix in the buttermilk and drop by teaspoonful's into hot oil and fry until golden brown.


       

Monday, March 24, 2014

The BEST Caramel Cake

I had bought a book called, Southern Cakes a couple of years ago. I LOVE cookbooks!! Last week I got this one out and looked through it and saw this cake. I have been trying to find a good caramel cake for a couple of years. This one is IT!!  The cake will now be my go to recipe for a yellow cake. It's so moist and light and it isn't crumbly like a lot of homemade cakes.  The icing is so easy to make and it's so good!! 
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Caramel Icing
4  cups brown sugar
3/4  cup butter
10 TBS evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 and grease and flour 2 nine inch pans.
Put the butter and milk in a small pan and heat until melted. Set aside.
Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In another bowl, put the eggs and sugar and beat on high  until thick and light yellow in color. Stir in the flour mixture until the flour disappears. Add vanilla to the milk and butter mixture and then pour into cake batter. Mix well. Pour into the cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. (Trust me to take the 15 minutes or it WILL stick to the pans!) Remove from pans to wire rack.
When completely cool, make icing and spread quickly.

 To make icing:
Put the sugar, butter, vanilla and evaporated milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and adjust the heat so that the frosting boils gently. Let it cook for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it set 10 minutes. Take a wooden spoon and beat it for 2-3 minutes. Ice the cake. If it begins to get  hard and  you can't spread it easily, add a little more evaporate milk over a very low heat.  Stir to soften.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Funglish - Another Fun Family Game

One of my daughters was introduced to this game a couple of weeks ago and she loved it, so we bought it. It is SO much fun. You have  to pick a card with some words on it and you have 3 minutes to see if you can get your team mates to guess what you are describing, by  putting words on the board. The top section is for words that are" Definitely" describing it, the second section is for 'Kind Of"' and the last section is for 'Not".  You have all kinds of little cards with describing words and you can't say a word while you are putting them on there, you just keep adding words until they guess it.  Like one I had was 'shark', so I put the color words for gray, then human on the not section and so on. Your team mates ask questions and guess while you are putting the words on there, so as you nod your head one way or the other, they figure it out.  It's sort of like the game Taboo, but instead of describing it by speaking, you are adding descriptive words to the board and not talking at all. This is definitely a fun family game!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Herb Corn



My oldest daughter tried this while out in OK a few months ago and she loved it, so she made it for us.  We really liked it. It's a new but simple twist on corn.
16 oz can kernel corn
2 TBS butter
1 TBS  parsley
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. dried dill weed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Drain the water from the can of corn.
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan and add all ingredients. Heat through and serve.
SO easy!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Very Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are literally THE best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. I found the recipe on Pinterest and she gives all the tips for making these perfect, every time. They are soft and chewy, even the next day. You have to plan ahead though, because they have to be refrigerated for 2 hours before baking them. You don't even need a mixer! I just melt the butter in a large enough pan and mix it all up in there. I don't premix my flour, baking soda and salt either. I just put it in the pan all at once and stir. Make sure to melt the butter. My daughter made them with just softened butter and it makes them more cakey, than chewy.  And here is where the original recipe is posted, where you can read all the extra tips that make these, the perfect cookie.

  • 2- 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour, measured correctly
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup  light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup  chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
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    Toss together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
    In a medium size bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to have them evenly dispersed among the dough. Cover the dough and chill for 2 hours, or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.
    Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
    Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
    Roll the dough into balls, about 3 Tablespoons of dough each. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will allow the balls to stay intact. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide, to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick. See this post for more clarity and a photo. Put 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips/chunks on top of the dough balls for looks, if desired. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Cookies stay soft and fresh for 7 whole days at room temperature. Cookies may be frozen up to 3 months. Rolled cookie dough may be frozen up to three months and baked in their frozen state for 12 minutes.

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    THE Best Garlic Bread

    A woman invited us over for a cookout a couple of years ago and made this garlic bread. She was worried that it was too much garlic, but it was just right!  I've been making it just this way ever since. It really is the BEST garlic bread I've ever eaten.

    1 loaf of French bread
    2 sticks softened butter
    1 rounded tsp. garlic salt ( Lawry's  is the BEST kind)
    1 rounded tsp. garlic powder
    1 rounded tsp. minced garlic
    1 rounded tsp. Chives
    Put the butter in a bowl and add spices. Mix together.
    Cut the French loaf into one inch slices, but not cutting all the way through. Put it on a baking sheet and spread some butter on each side. Bake at 450 for about 7-10 minutes, depending on your oven.
     
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