Friday, December 5, 2014

Prim Swap Ornies

These cute bulb ornies are from Amy at Bumble Bee Lane. Thanks Amy!

This prim stocking is from The Stone House Primitives. Thank you so much!

This sweet snowman is from Jessica who blogs at Blessings in the Country. Thanks Jessica!

These are the ornaments I made for the swap.  I bought those cute paper mache boxes in a pack of 6 different shapes at Joann's last year but couldn't find any this year.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving recipes

This year for Thanksgiving I made a gluten free dressing along with regular dressing. The gluten free dressing didn't have a lot of flavor--so I think next year I'll try to find a recipe.  I made two gluten free chocolate pies with gluten free crusts. The pies were regular recipes I just subbed gf all purpose baking mix. The first one I made was from November Country Living. It had bittersweet , semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. It was a very firm pie. The second one was this one: .
 I used a gf crust and this pie was wonderful-- it shifted in transport so it looked horrible--but tasted like chocolate heaven. :-)

The following recipe my  mom always made for family get togethers and Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Just writing that made me miss my mom.  I thought maybe this was a family recipe but my aunt said it was not. I'm pretty sure my mom used -Stephenson's Apple Orchard Green Rice recipe. Her recipe is a little different, down below is the original.

Green Rice
3 cups cooked rice
1 lb Velveeta Cheese--- I using sharp cheddar next time I make it,
half an onion chopped onion
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup oil-- I use butter
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Combine rice, cheese, onion,  garlic in a 2 quart casserole. Blend rest of ingredients and mix into rice. Bake at 350ยบ for about 45 minutes to the consistency of a soft custard.
This is the original recipe from the restaurant

Green Rice (makes 10 servings)

3 c. cooked rice
1 c. chopped parsley
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
14 1/2oz. can evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 Tb. salt
1/2 tsp. EACH Seasoned salt, pepper
1/4 tsp. Ac'cent
juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
Mix first 5 ingredient in greased 2 Qt. casserole. Blend rest and mix into rice. Sprinkle w/ paprika, bake @ 350 about 45 min. until like a soft custard.
From page 43 of the Stephenson's cook book (1999 printing):

I also made her 

Apple Salad
Apples grated or chopped (with the peel still on)
mini marshmallows  (taste good without too)
pecans- the more the better
whipped cream (my mom used cool whip we use the canned spray it's best to put a little on and add the rest right before eating)

and the last recipe of my mom's is

Honey Butter
softened butter
mix together and enjoy. 
(My mom added powdered sugar)

I also make a cheesy green bean casserole --we found a recipe in an old cookbook and changed it.

Cheesey Green Bean Casserole
 3-4 cans French green beans
my uncanned condensed soup  x 2 (from the LLL cookbook)
onions chopped
4 oz. grated cheese
salt and pepper
Butter a casserole pan added beans
after making the soup stir in cheese and onions, pour over beans and bake 30-45 minutes. 

I have a dairy-free daughter and one who likes the following:

Fresh (or frozen) Garlic Green Beans
Slightly steam or stir-fry green beans  
add olive oil or butter
couple gloves of minced garlic

This is my sister-in-law making her famous turkey gravy.

What is your favorite family recipe?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving a day late!

This was my turkey cheese ball!

This turkey I found at the thrift store-- I love him.
Our computer has been acting crazy lately it's not enjoyable to blog. Hopefully soon we will replace it.

I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooktauclar PTA

We had a fun time last Saturday night. All the PTA's in the Turner School district have a booth, the rec center has an egg hunt, costume contest and a haunted hallway. Our school made cotton candy, it's fun seeing all the kids in their costumes.

I was the pink power ranger!

This is our PTA board minus two.

Amy in the costume contest.

My jack-o-lantern wall quilt--I made four of these a couple years ago, this is the one I kept.

Autumn Quotes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Harvest Gathering Swap

Amy from Bumble Bee Lane had a Harvest Gathering Swap and my partner was Cynthia from Cynzplace.  

She sent a set of three prim flowers, pumpkin, God Bless the Harvest stitchery and a black crow stuffie,

along with this scarecrow, crow and candle mat in the background. Thanks Cynthia!

My favorite month is almost over, it seems like it flew by---- we've been busy with soccer games on the weekends.  We just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary, and my husband turned a year older.   It's also the month that my mom passed away 9 years ago. Happiness and sadness during a lovely month. I hope you had a wonderful October.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello October

October Quotes

I love October and the crisp feel of fall air. I love the leaves falling down, pumpkins everywhere.

October Quotes

Fall is my favorite time of the year. What's your favorite time of the year?

My IKEA Trip


The big news in this area is the Ikea store that just opened. I finally made it there----so many great ideas for storage.I could have spent more time in there but we were getting hungry and the line for Ikea food was long. The only thing I bought was a .59 cent bag. I love the little houses in there-- showing what you can do in a small house. I plan on going back soon.

Here's a video I found of the grand opening.