Friday, June 23, 2017

Pecan Pie Bars

Because I have some pecan pie lovers in my house, I decided to try this recipe. It comes from a Taste of Home magazine. Most that ate them, said they liked them better than pecan pie. My hubby still likes pie better, but he loved these bars, especially with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!  The recipe makes 2 large 15x10 pans. I just halved the recipe.

6 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups butter (no Substitutes)

8 eggs
3 cups sugar
3 cups corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups chopped pecans

Combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.
Press onto the bottom of two greased 15x10 inch pans. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until crust edges are beginning to brown and bottom is set.

For Filling:
Combine the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are firm and center is set.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Homemade Eggnog

 I know it's not the time of year to be posting an eggnog recipe, but I have some people in my family who love this stuff and don't like having to wait until the holidays to enjoy it.
 So, I set out to try some recipes and I think this one is a keeper.  I found it in a magazine that someone gave me. I made it to their directions, but it was not as thick as what you buy and it was a little gritty from the nutmeg. So I put it in my Vita Mixer and whipped it for a few seconds. That solved the problem. It whipped it up enough to make it thicker and creamer.

8 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 cups milk, divided
3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1 tsp. nutmeg

In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar and one cup each of milk and whipping cream.
Over a low heat, bring it up to 160 degrees.
In another bowl, put the remaining 2 cups whipping cream
Take the 2 cups of remaining milk and add nutmeg. Put in a blender and whip for about 15 seconds, to dissolve the nutmeg.
Add this to the other milk in the bowl.
When the milk and sugar mixture reaches 160, remove from heat and add tot he cold milk.
Set it in another larger bowl, with water and ice. Stir every few minutes until cool.
Put it all in a blender and whip for about 20 seconds.
Put in a picture and refrigerate 3 hours.

*It's harder to get the nutmeg dissolved if you mix the entire thing together. You can do it, but then the whipping cream will be too thick.
*You can also add 2 cups of strong coffee to this mixture, for a variation.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Best Relatinoship Book

I have read a lot of books on relationships, but this one if by far, the best!  It doesn't matter if it's a spouse, child, family member, co-worker, friend or whoever, there will be issues as your relationship grows. God did not create us to be cookie cutters. We are different.  A lot of people have issues from growing up in abusive homes or negligent parents or a host of other things. Most of us don't know how to deal with it, so we develop pet peeves or withdraw, become angry or  controlling over people or situations. A lot of times, we don't even realize what we are doing.  If you are putting up with people treating you badly, read this book. There is a reason why you tolerate it.  Leslie shows you how to break the cycle and heal. If you have trouble with  anger or depression, read this book.   When your eyes are opened to the truth and  the hard choices are made, you will have better relationships with others and be set free from all the chains that are holding you back from being who God made you to be.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Excellent Daily Devotional

I first came across these devotionals while working in another office for a few days. The ladies desk I was working at  had one, so I read it every day and was surprised at how good it was. So I went to Amazon and bought 2. They have been a real blessing to me.
There are a LOT of daily devotionals that you can read. I like to read devotionals from people that you can tell have a personal walk with Christ.  This devotional is just that. They are short but powerful devotionals.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Homemade Ice Packs

I wished I would have known about making your own ice packs when all my kids were little. I could have made each one of them, one in their favorite color!  I LOVE these ice packs. The ones you buy are so hard and don't fit over the whole area you need it to and if you use ice, it gets wet when it starts to melt.
These ice packs are perfect. They never get hard, but they are SUPER cold!!  Since they are soft, you can wrap them around an arm or ankle or knee and they get the whole area.  When you are done, just pop them back in the freezer.

To make an ice pack:
Put 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.  If you want color, add some food coloring. Put this inside a gallon freezer bag. Squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag. Put this inside a second gallon bag. Put in the freezer and use when needed.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

We have another chocolate chip muffin recipe, but I decided to give this one a try. It is so good and moist. I got the recipe from here and this is her picture as well.  The only changes I made,  is that I added 1 tsp. of cinnamon and instead of mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl and then adding,  I just dump them on top of the batter and stir in. I always do this when baking. It  just saves an extra bowl to clean.  These are now our  favorite chocolate chip muffin.

Preheat oven to 425. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with papers.

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 TBS vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
2-1/2 cups plain flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and cinnamon.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Dump the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt on top of the batter and gently fold in, just until incorporated.
Divide batter in the muffin cups.
Bake for 5 minutes and turn oven down to 375. Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sobering Thought

Monday, February 6, 2017

Thankful for Marriage

This weekend I was going through all my files and organizing them. I found this one file that had a bunch of miscellaneous stuff in it. One paper was about how parents get so mad or aggravated at the things their kids do. Spilling milk, making lots of noise when you are on the phone, fighting with each other while company is there. The list goes on and you can add to it with whatever thing it is that your children do/did that aggravated you.  It said parents will say, "When are you going to grow up?" or "Why don't you act your age?" then it said, 'Don't worry,  one day they will be grown up and they will act their age, and then you will have the nice, clean home and there will be no noise when you are on the phone, and no more embarrassing moments with company, because they will be gone.
I love being a mom and noise never bothered me. I love hearing people laugh and have a good time and what were wash rags and cleaners made for? For cleaning up messes. Brooms and vacuums were created to clean floors. That to me, is small stuff. All those things kids do are just training moments. Don't get mad at them, teach them how to be more careful next time and let them help you clean it up and teach them to be quiet when you are on the phone and not to fight, but to love each other and how to work out their differences.  It's part of being a parent.
I heard a woman complaining about her husband this weekend. This is a common thing for her. She puts down the little things he does with their kids and is always correcting him.  I thought about this paper I had found. We all have faults. We all do things that are annoying at times. My husband is no different than anyone else. He has his flaws, as do I. But I love that man and I love being married and taking care of him. One day he or I will pass from this life and all those nagging little things, that don't matter, will not be an issue any more.  One of us will be alone. I know God could take us at the same time, but most of the time one spouse goes before the other. I thought about this woman and how she is going to feel, if she is the one left behind and how she would be glad to put up with all his little flaws, in her eyes, if he was just by her side again.
It is Satan's job to  ruin relationships and many times, it is done by the continual, chronic complaints of little things that don't really matter. When you are tempted to complain to your spouse or others about him, or your children, remember, you will not always have them.  Be thankful for the noise, the messes, the inconveniences and that aggravation.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Pie

This is a really good dish for breakfast!! The blend is perfect and I changed nothing about the recipe at all. Served with eggs, it makes the perfect breakfast. Well, my family thinks the addition of biscuits makes it perfect! This is also just as good reheated. I got the recipe from here.

4 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 cup onion, diced
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups frozen hash browns, thawed
1-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375.
In a 9 inch cast iron skillet, cook the bacon until crisp.
Remove from pan and add onion. Cook until clear.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
Stir in the hash browns, cheese, bacon and onion.
Make sure the cast iron pan is well greased.
Dump the mixture into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake until edges are crispy, about 30-35 minutes.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

I had bought a lot of Taste of  Home's magazines at a yard sale and found this recipe in one of them.  This recipe now replaces my other spaghetti sauce recipe, as we all agreed this one is much better.  It says to put Italian sausage in it, along with the meatballs, but both grocery stores were out of Italian sausage and I didn't feel like looking further for it. So, I put hamburger meat in the sauce instead. I am going to leave the recipe just like this, as it was so good and having to buy Italian sausage is just another ingredient. Here is the original recipe. Below is how I cooked it for our family.

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup crushed saltines or Ritz crackers                                               
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon  parsley
1 pound ground beef
Mix together and roll into one inch balls. Cook in a sauce pan. Remove from pan and set aside.
1 pound ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup  green pepper, chopped
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 tsp. beef bullion                                               
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
In the same pan as you cooked the meatballs, cook the hamburger, bell pepper and onion until tender. Drain meat and return to pan.  Add the remaining ingredients and then the meatballs. Bring to a gentle boil and them turn down. Let simmer 2-3 hours.
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