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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


After going through and locking up 6 different sewing machines, I was finally able to finish the quilt I started for my granddaughter. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!

What craft/sewing projects have you been working on lately?  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

S'mores Crack Dip

My family LOVES to sit around the fire, regardless of the time of year.   The other night, Skippy  built a fire for me, then he and Kiddo roasted little weenies for dinner and then s'mores for dessert.
However, sometimes you want s'mores but don't have time to get a fire ready.  As I was looking through my pinterest boards, I realized that I had pinned this recipe for S'mores Crack Dip.  This was perfect timing since they have wanted more s'mores but we have been unable to make a fire due to the rain we have had.

As you can see from the picture, this recipe turned out yummy and ooey, gooey.....PERFECT!  
 For this recipe, you will need the following:

1 cup of milk chocolate chips
2 tbs of milk

1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
Graham crackers for dipping

In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, milk and 1 cup of your mallows. Mix continuously over medium heat until melted and smooth. Using a rubber spatula, scrape chocolate mixture into a small casserole dish. Top with remaining mallows.

Place dish under you oven broiler for approximately 60 seconds or until the top has started to brown.

Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will!"

Romans 12:2

Concentrate.  Listen for God's voice calling to you.  Ignore the worldly voices that call for your attention.  There is no need to conform.  Focus on the great I AM!  Rely on His truth.  Contemplate His words and undergo a transformation that goes beyond the cosmetic:  Let the Lord renew your mind, body and spirit!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Meatball Sub Casserole

I found this recipe on facebook and decided to make it for Skippy's birthday dinner.  He said he wanted peanut butter & jelly, but I knew better! lol  Both the men loved this recipe and told me I better make sure I keep it! 

This recipe is easy to make and really is delicious.  I had planned on taking pics as I went along but  got distracted and never got to take any more. 

For this recipe, you will need the following:

1 (16oz) loaf french bread
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 lb meatballs - homemade or frozen. If using frozen, thaw prior to using them
1 (26oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1.  Slice french bread into 1-inch slices and place in a lighly greased 9x13-inch pan.  I toasted mine before placing in pan.
2.  Mix together cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Spread over french bread.
3.  Chop meatballs and sprinkle over cream cheese mixture. (I put a 1/2 cup of cheese on top of the cheese mixture)  Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over meatballs. Top wtih mozzarellla cheese.
4.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Good Afternoon!

Good afternoon! Some of you have asked if I am closing my blog or have decided not to post any longer but keep my blog open. They answer to both is NO. Life seems to happen so quickly these days and things come up that require my attention that are far more important. This does not mean that I don't want to blog, I DO. I just need to keep my priorities in order. I know you all understand that.

Things here are busy, and I am thankful for that. Today I am working at a slow pace, catching up on housework and getting ready to make some sweet relish for My Skippy Man. I made a huge batch last year and we just finished the last jar this week.
A friend of ours gave us a bunch of cucumbers the day before yesterday so I will cut some up for salad and the rest to use in the relish.
 Our garden was doing WONDERFUL this year; beautiful plants, gorgeous fruit......and then our chickens, deer, and bear realized what was there and POOF, it was gone.  Oh, well......they need to eat too!  :D

Well, it's time to start chopping all those cucumbers.  Praying you all are having a blessed day filled with lots of LOVE! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Frozen Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

A few weeks ago it was my turn to be in the nursery at church.  When I returned to our pew after the service, I found a magazine on my purse, opened to a recipe for a delicious looking dessert.  "Hmmm.......I wonder who put that there?"  I found out shortly thereafter that My Skippy Man was the culprit.  He was reading HOMELIFE Magazine when he found this recipe.  I made serveral attempts  in making this pie, but each time I had one of the ingredients missing.

Well, I FINALLY got all the ingredients together and VOILA!

For this recipe you will need the following:

1 Box brownie mix, plus other ingredients required on the package
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Prepare the brownie batter according to the package directions.  Evenly divide the mixture between  two 8-by-8-inch baking pans, and bake for half the recommended time.  Mix together the cream cheese, peanut butter, milk, and powdered sugar.  Fold in whipped topping.  Evenly divide the mixture in half, and pour over each of the cooled pans of brownies.  Freeze until set, about four hours or overnight. 



Monday, June 24, 2013


Today was our first day of VBS.  There is a LOT of work entailed in planning and preparing for Vacation Bible School.  Many volunteers are needed for many different jobs.  Teaching and assisting in classrooms, to preparing and serving snacks, to driving the van that picks up and drops off those precious smiling faces of the most AMAZING children are just to name a few.  No job is small....all are extremely IMPORTANT!
In the past I have been a driver, but this year I am assisting my friend in doing crafts.
We have been having a great time and can't wait to see the look on the children's faces when they see what they will be making for that day. 
This is our classroom out in the Youth Building.  Plenty of room and wonderful....
This is our kindergarten class holding their Firecracker Pens. While one of the girls was making her pen she said, "I can't wait to use my pen on our country's birthday that is coming up really soon!"
Such a PATRIOTIC young lady! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Sweet Morning

Feeling so blessed I got to spend some time with my precious friend, Daisy today. I haven't seen her for quite some time so it was nice to catch up and enjoy a nice quiet lunch together on the porch. She also was able to spend some time sketching, something she loves to do.  She has sketched a covered bridge for me and it was BEAUTIFUL so I asked her if she would sketch our home for me.  Skippy absolutely LOVES it here in the peaceful serenity of the hollar so I thought that would be the perfect gift for his birthday.
 Thank you, Father, for such a beautiful morning!

                                                 I can't wait to see her finished work!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Lazy Day

 "Are cats lazy? 

Well, more power to them if they are!"
Author Unknown

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy National Donut Day / Cinnamon Roll Almond Flour Donut Recipe

Hello, everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately, but life has just been busy.  I hope you have all been doing well?

 In honor of NATIONAL DONUT DAY, I found a recipe that allows me to celebrate right along with you.  It is made out of almond flour instead of regular flour, making it healthier, much lower in carbs, and something I can actually eat.  

I LOVE baking with almond meal/flour.  I love the nutty flavor and the texture that it gives to my baked goods, however Skippy is not a fan.  He has been a good sport and tries just about everything I make, but he just doesn't care for the texture.

I had been buying it but found it was cheaper to buy raw almonds at COSTCO and grind them myself, so that is what I do. As with any recipe, you can tweak it to suit your family's taste.  Add a bit more of this or a little less of that.  Make sure if you do, you write down your changes.  I will tweak something and LOVE IT, but then when I go back to make it again I find out I have to try and figure it out all over again because I neglected to take a few seconds to mark it down.

For this recipe, you will need the following:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1.  Preheat oven to 350F
2.  Dump the almond flour, salt, and baking soda into the blender

3.  Whisk together all your wet ingredients, add to the blender.

4.  Blend until batter is very smooth. Pour into prepared donut molds. I don't have a donut mold so
I used a muffin pan

5.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE or they will be dry

I dipped two in sugar free chocolate syrup and drizzled one with sf caramel syrup, dipped two in
butter and then in a SPLENDA and cinnamon mixture, and then two more in sf chocolate syrup and then sprinkled with unsweetened coconut.

Well, I've gotta run......I hear a cup of hot green tea and a cinna-muffin calling my name! :D