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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Copycat Bells Seasoning Recipe

I was introduced to this seasoning many years ago, from someone who lived up north. I could never find it in the south, so she would send me several boxes of it at a time.  She is now passed on, but as Thanksgiving rolled around, I was trying to find out where I could buy this from, when I saw this  copy cat recipe. I made it  and was very happy to find out it tastes just like the Bells Seasoning!!  Not only can you put this in your stuffing, but just add some to the flour before frying your chicken for a good flavor.

4-1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 teaspoon dried oregano
3-3/4 teaspoon dried sage
3-1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger
3 teaspoon dried marjoram
2-3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix together and grind to fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder.

Bell's seasoning is great as a seasoning for meats and is excellent in meatloaf and burgers also, so you'll find lots of uses for this blend.

Makes about 1/2 cup

Monday, October 31, 2016

Award Medals You Design

We had our annual cookout with games, food and lots of fun!!  Each year we have contest and I was looking for some ribbons to give. Then  I found these on Amazon. Not only were they cheaper than the ribbons that just say 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, but I can personalize them!!  Whatever you want to print up, just make it the size of the circle. It pops apart very easily. The ribbons are cheap, but that is OK. It's  not like you are going to wear it every day!  After you are done with them, you can take the ribbon off and put a hook on it to make it a Christmas ornament. These would be cute just to make ornaments with any way, even if you aren't using them for awards. On the back it does say China, but it is so small and clear that  you don't even notice it. This is not the greatest picture, as they look smoky but they are clearer than the picture looks. I will definitely be using these again!

Friday, October 28, 2016

An elderly woman came into our office one day and was talking about ordering one of these gadgets for a bridal shower. She said she has used one of these for years and wouldn't want to be without it.  She has arthritis in her hands and can easily open any jar with this. She said she buys one of these for every new bride as she thinks it's very useful for anyone. I ordered me one that day and have been using it for almost 3 years and I love mine! I too think every kitchen needs one of these. They are super easy to use. Just slide any size jar lid in the opening and give a twist. You can keep it in a drawer or screw it under a kitchen cabinet. This is a Pampered Chef product that sells for $12. 25.

Monday, October 10, 2016


My husband requested this dish, but I had never cooked it before. I found a recipe that sounded similar to what he described. I had heard of goulash before but just never tried it. This is a  very good dish, like a soup almost. Simple to make and the seasoning is perfect. Hubby thinks this goes good with Mexican Cornbread.

2 lbs. hamburger

2 large onions

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

3 cups water

30 oz. tomato sauce

29 oz. diced tomatoes

3 TBS soy sauce

2 TBS Italian seasoning

3 Bay leaves

1 TBS season salt

2 cups macaroni noodles


In a large sauce pan, cook the hamburger, onion, bell pepper and garlic until done. Drain.

Return to pan and add water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, soy sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil and let simmer 15 minutes. Add noodles and bring to a boil and then turn off. Let set for 20 minutes.

Serve with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, if desired.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Peanut Butter Bars

I have been making these for a few years and my family just loves them! In fact, every where we take them people who love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter love them. This makes a large pan, so it's good to take to gatherings. One of my kids said we should name them, "Can't leave them alone bars" because they just keep cutting another little piece and another little piece.

1- 1/2 C Flour
1¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Baking Soda
¾ C Butter
¾ C Sugar
¾ C Brown Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
1- 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
2 Eggs
1 ½ C Quick Oats( I don't buy quick oats, so I use old fashioned and just put them in my Magic Bullet to grind them up)

½ C Butter (1 stick)
3 ½ C Powdered Sugar
2 T Cocoa
¼ C Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Then, stir in the oats. Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.

The frosting is a two step process. First, whip the remaning ¾ C Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.

Then, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies.
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