Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Looking forward to sharing more wonderful recipes in 2012

I hope you enjoy the new look.
I've also added a few of our favorite websites.

Praying everyone reading this is blessed with a wonderful new year.
Carla <><

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from our family

Between the flu bug and our first trip to the Emergency Room.
Christmas Parties and delivering goodies to neighbors, friends, and family.
I can't believe Christmas is just a few days away.
I've always said my family comes before this blog and that's why I've not posted much lately.

Lord willing after the first of the year I'll be back with some wonderful recipes.
Thank you all so much for reading and commenting. You are very dear to my heart.

Carla <><

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Praline Bark

{Praline Bark}

I love making goodies at Christmas time.
This recipe is so simple...and so good.
I suggest making a double batch...because it doesn't last long.
Hope you are enjoying this special time of year.
Carla <><

Lay out graham crackers and spread with chopped pecans
Next melt butter and brown sugar until bubbly. Add Vanilla
(sorry I forgot to snap a picture)

Pour over graham's and bake 350' 8-10 min

Melt milk and white chocolate and swirl over top
Cool. Enjoy.

Praline Bark:

24 Graham Crackers
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Pecans. chopped

Heat oven to 350'
Lay crackers down on baking sheet. Cover with pecans
Heat butter and brown sugar til bubbly. add vanilla
Pour mixture over graham crackers and pecans
Bake 350' 8-10 min

Cover with melted chocolate and cool.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reindeer Nosies

{Reindeer Nosies}

This is an easy, quick, and yummy snack the kids and I made today.
It keep them very busy unwrapping the chocolates. :)
Hope you enjoy!
Carla <><

Round Pretzels, Chocolate Kisses, Milk Chocolate Candies

Ready for the chocolate

Place chocolate onto pretzels
Place in 225' oven until soft

Top with candies

You can wrap them in baggies with red ribbons as gifts.

Reindeer Nosies:

Round Pretzels
2 Bags Chocolate Kisses
1 Bag Milk Chocolate Candies


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cheesy Potatoes

{Cheesy Potatoes}

I have never had a cheesy potato recipe I didn't enjoy.
We all have our tried and true...This is mine.
This recipe makes a bunch. So, I freeze half or take it to a new mommy.
I love to serve this with my Parmesan ChickenGreen Beans and Dinner Rolls.
I made this for a dear friend when she gave birth to her third precious baby ;)
This meal is a favorite in our home. I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Carla <><

Hash Browns, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Cream of Chicken, 1/2 Stick Butter,
Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Milk

Crumble the Hash Browns

Add Cream of Chicken, Sour Cream, Melted Butter, Garlic/Onion Powder.
Cheese, and Milk

Mix Well
Place into a 9 x 13 Greased Dish
I used two smaller disposable pans I purchase from Sam's Club

Cover. Ready for Oven or Freezer

This is the finished meal.
These potatoes are perfect for family gatherings.

Cheesy Potatoes:

2 LB Hash Browns
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (16oz) Sour Cream
1/2 Stick Melted Butter
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (or a little more)
3/4 Cup Milk

*note to my family* yes, this recipe is a little different.
I started omitting the onions due to nursing mommas. I added the spices for flavor and milk for creaminess.
In case you wondered ;)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Candied Pecans

{Candied Pecans}

I LOVE roasted pecans and almonds.
These candied pecans are similar to the ones they roast at the mall.
You know the amazing aroma we smell as we shop.
Truth is we only get to the mall a few times a year.  But we always buy some of these.
Now you can create them at home. Filling our homes with that wonderful aroma.

Pecans (or almonds) Sugar, Egg White, Salt, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Water

Place the pecans in a bowl.  Coat with egg white. Cover with Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Spice, Water

Mix till well coated

Place on baking sheet and Bake 250'
30-35 min  Stir every 10 min

Candied Pecans:

1/2 LB Pecan Halves
1 Egg White
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 TB Water
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Another great idea:

Grab some Planters Winter Spiced Nuts at the store

Roast in the oven at 250'  5-10 min

Cool. Serve .Enjoy!

As we enter into the Christmas Holiday season my prayer is you slow down.
Bless!  Don't Impress!
Enjoy the beautiful glow of a candle.  Turn off the television. Curl up with a good book.
Enjoy the warmth and joy of the season!
Carla <><

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Our Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving weekend
We made WAY to much food.  Everything tasted wonderful.

Here is our menu:

Roasted Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Chicken and Noodles
Green Beans
Deviled Eggs
Mac & Cheese
Cranberry Salad
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Pie

Wonderful Memories

We always try to get a picture when family is around

Then home to deck the halls.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Carla <><

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give Thanks

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so very blessed to live in America.
The poor in our county are the richest in the rest of the world.

A few things I am thankful for:

My Saviour. Thank you, Jesus. for paying for my sin.

God's Word. The Bible

My Husband- He is wonderful!

 wonderful Children.



Our Home

The freedom to Home School


Great Books

Good Food

Thank you Father God, for all my blessings!
Take time to give thanks this weekend.

"O' Give Thanks Unto the Lord for His is good"   Psalm 118:1

Carla <><

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Five Minute Pie Crust

 Five Minute Pie Crust:
(Butter cubed, Ice Water, Flour, Sugar, Salt)

I love Thanksgiving!
It's the way the holiday's should be.
Getting together with family and enjoying good food, fellowship, and fun.
Giving Thanks to the Lord for all the blessings He has given us!
No stress over spending money on gifts!!
Yes, Thanksgiving is wonderful.

Before you run out and get that store bought pie crust, give this one a try.
It is so simple. I promise :)
Then fill. Bake and enjoy!

First I cube my butter and stick it in the freezer while I get my other ingredients around.
COLD the secret to a GREAT pie crust.
Grab the food processer. Place flour, butter, sugar, salt, and water(4TB) into processor.

It will start to look like this
add another 2 TB Ice Water
Pluse. Now it looks like this
Keep pulsing until you get this
It was easy, huh?
Dump the dough unto some plastic wrap
Wrap it up quick. Don't touch it to much.
You don't want to melt the butter.
Now, place this in the fridge for a few hours.
Or a few days.  Then roll it out fill.

Perfect Pie Crust:
(9 inch pie plate)

1 1/3 Cup Flour
1 Stick Butter- cubed (very cold)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Sugar

Double Crust:

2 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Sticks Butter- cubed (very cold)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
6-8 TB Ice Water

Carla <><

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