Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Maukie the virtual cat ( my new toy )

  This is a picture of my daughters cat. But I couldn't find the right picture and it wouldn't let me copy the picture of the widget. The widget I am talking about is the cat on the left column. If you run your mouse around him he will follow it. I have played with it every time I get on my blog.  I am guilty of getting on just to play with him. Hey, what can I say I am a kid at heart. It never hurts to feel young again. Thanks to Kathy I learned he purrs when you rub his belly with the mouse. SO CUTE! I just found out that if you run the mouse slowly between his eyes he MEOWS. Who knows what I will find next?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Best Turkey I have ever had!

 Went to my friend Heidi"s house for Thanksgiving. She found a brine recipe for turkey. That is out of this world. It had so much favor and so, so moist.. She did make a few changes to the recipe, that put it over the top. I am stealing that recipe. She posted it to her blog.  But here is her secret Yes Heidi giving it away..( for the good of mankind and it's stomach..) Add twice the amount of brown sugar that you add of salt. So if the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of salt, you add 1 cup of brown sugar..  She made 3 turkeys. All a little different ,but all every good.  Every thing was great I think I gained 10 pounds in one night, but it was so worth it!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. My girls don't like raisins  so I had to come up with something different to add to it. The chips work so well that we make these a lot more often then we use to.

1 stick of butter softened, 3/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 3 cup oats.1 bag of Hershey Cinnamon Chips

Heat oven to 350 In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars together till creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Add the oats and mix. Add the chips but mix with a spoon as not to break up the chips. Cook on ungreased cookie sheet till done. 8 to 10 min. You want then lightly golden brown. Cool for one minute.  You want them lightly golden brown. they will still cook a little as they cool.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reeses Peanut Butter Cake

 Now that it's cooler I am in a baking mood. With the holidays around the corner,I thought I would try new things. This not only looks good,but people will think you got it from a fancy bakery. The great thing is it's fast and easy. My favorite way to cook


One chocolate cake mix.
One package of chocolate pudding.
One jar of vanilla frosting
Three and a half tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
A bag of mini Reese's  Peanut Butter Cups. chopped up

Add the pudding and cake mix together. Follow the directions on the box to cook it.Let the cake cool. Mix the vanilla frosting with the peanut butter. Frost the cake. Then sprinkle the chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on top . If you want it to look fancier. Instead of chopping the peanut butter cup up arrange them on top.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

mashed sweet potatos

This is a family recipe. We always had these at Thanksgiving, when I was growing up .I still make them today
3 large cans of sweet potato (drained)
1 package of cream cheese ( room temp
1 can crushed pineapple.( drained and juice squeezed out)
Put all the ingredients in to a mixing bowl and whip up together
Put the sweet potatoes in a baking pan and cook at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes till hot.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies


With Christmas on it way I thought now would be a good time to repost this. It was first posted about a year ago when I had only 45 followers. So hopefully this will be new to some of you.

                             Cranbeery choclate chip cookie gift jar


  • 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cranberry White chocolate cookies 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.

 I found this recipe on all recipe .com  I love it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Disappearing Chicken.

 Had a lovely evening at my friend Heidi's house. Around 10 pm I went home and had to put the chickens up. Because of the wild life around I always count them. I know I only have 5, but this night I had 4.  I check around the hen house since their fenced in.  Nope. I called Heidi for help. So here we were with flash lights walking the neighborhood looking for a black chicken  Of cause we were calling it. Like it was just going to walk right up to us, because it heard us. Right! After about a half an hour we gave up and Heidi went home. I decided to do one last check around the hen house. Only to get the crap scared out of me. Something lightly touched my head.Okay yes it sent me running. ( I am only human.) After I was done freaking out. I looked to see what had touched me. There she was, my chicken up in the tree. Do you think it might be time to clip her wings again?

I am learning new things all the time. Like when to cut their wings. I am new to raising chicken,hence the reason for only 5. I stated when our friends Mirian and Jim were building a new hen house and asked if we would like the old one and some hens. I have wanted chickens for a while so a cause I said yes. My husband was a little surprise to come home to a hen house and hens in a make shift fence. But he grow to love them and build them a great area. But we will see how long it last if, they keep disappearing.