Thursday, December 22

Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy

I was trying to make classic food for a friend from New Zealand, It turned out pretty good, but I thought it could be better, thus was born ......
Which I believe was a miracle of breakfast.


Super easy adaptation, super tasty too!

Sunday, November 27

Cinnamon Pumpkin Trifle

Trifles are really easy to make

This twist on the traditional pumpkin pie is perfect for the holidays...

Cinnamon Pumpkin Trifle


Ingredients 
Pumpkin Cake!
  1. Mix 1 box yellow cake mix to directions, but substitute pumpkin puree for the oil. (Delicious and low fat!)
  2. Divide mixture evenly between 3 round cake pans.
  3. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes.
Pumpkin Flavored Jello Pudding (mix with extra half cup milk, it makes it easier to spread)

Cheesecake Cool Whip

 Mix 8oz. Cool Whip with 
  • 1 block softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon baking chips (I like Hershey's)

Directions

Step 1. Layer prepared ingredients in given order, using 1/3 of pudding and cool whip for each layer, and go easy on the cinnamon chips (no more than 1/3 cup per layer!).

Step 2.  Get praised from people who don't know how easy this is to make!

What to Do With the Leftovers

I started making this recipe a few years ago, because I cannot help myself but throw random stuff into pizza dough, I have in this, however, found a rare gem:

The Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza!
With the addition of  sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and caramelized onions, this pizza is a little sweeter than most, so don't expect any problems getting to kids to eat it.


Dough:
  • 1 Cup Cooked Sweet Potatoes (sweet potato casserole works great)
  • 2 Packets Dry Yeast 
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 + Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt

  1. Add yeast to water in electric mixer bowl, and let stand until yeast foams.
  2. Add remaining ingredients together into yeast mixture.
  3. Mix on low setting, 
  4. Add as much additional flour as necessary (amounts can vary greatly as some sweet potato casseroles are quite moist)
  5. Let stand for 15 minutes before rolling out onto pan
Toppings
  • 1-2 Cups Turkey (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Cup Pre-made spaghetti sauce (we prefer Prego)
  • 1/2 Cup Cranberry Sauce (jellied or whole berry)
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped and caramelized (sauteed in butter until tender and mixed with 1 big Tbsp brown sugar)
  • 12oz. Shredded Mozzarella
  • Anything else you would like
  1.  Mix Spaghetti sauce with cranberry sauce and spread evenly on top of  rolled out dough. 
  2. Sprinkle Turkey and Caramelized Onions on sauce evenly
  3. Sprinkle Cheese and any other toppings.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Tuesday, November 22

Shredded Sweet Potato Casserole

I've gotten at least 3 requests for this recipe this week, so Aunt Paula, for you I will post it to the world, (but all secret-like on this blog that nobody looks at)



Shredded Sweet Potato Casserole

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 stick butter (I leave this out, you really don't miss it)
3/4 c. buttermilk (I usually use a little more milk, if I leave out the butter)
1/8 tsp. baking soda
3 c. grated raw sweet potatoes (but if you grate too much, throw it in, I've never added too much)

Mix sugar and milk in large bowl; add potatoes. Beat eggs separately and add butter(if you absolutely have to use it). Combine 2 mixtures. Add other ingredients and mix. Pour into 2-quart casserole and bake for 1 hour at 450 degrees.

Monday, November 21

Words to live by

Just some thoughts I put down today

Monday, November 14

Perfect Cranberry Punch

Well, you know what they say, you cant have just one... here's another recipe I came up with for the holidays


Simply melt a can of cranberry sauce (but not in the can) and mix with a prepared can of limeade and a bottle of 7up.
Simple and delicious!

Saturday, November 12

Make My Recipies!


So, I never post anything anymore, but I had a recipe that is too good not to share on pinterset, here it is

Adapted English Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe
FOR BREAKFAST!

    Prep time: 35 minutes
    Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. cinnamon
    Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
    3 eggs, beaten
1  cup milk
    ½ cup maple syrup
    2 granny smith apples peeled and chopped to ½ inch pieces
    1 lb. of breakfast sausage links

Method

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour with the salt, cinnamon and pinch of pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour in the eggs, milk, and syrup into the well and whisk into the flour until smooth. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.

2. Coat the bottom and sides of an 8x12 or 9x9 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray (floured is best). Place a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Put the empty dish on the rack. Preheat the oven with the dish in it to 425°F.

3 While the oven is coming to temperature, brown sausages in a skillet on medium high. Add apples and cook until tender.
4 When the apples are tender and the dish in the oven hot, pull the oven rack out a bit, put the sausages and apples in the casserole dish, and pour the batter over them.
5 Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the batter is risen and golden.

Serve with additional syrup.

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Thursday, August 4

10,000 Views

In less than 5 months
(Including one with only 2 posts, sorry)
Today at The Thrift Store has had 10,000 visitors 
(so you can't all be family)
I'm as happy as a kitten in roller skates
 But the real thanks goes out to you
dear readers, 
-especially the ones who comment-
you
are


 So I'm going to take all of you to HAWAII!

Be sure to watch out for the ash.

Tuesday, July 12

A Horse of a Different Color








 Like many people I  suffer from Equinophobia, not in a debilitating way, pictures don't bother me at all, way over there in that field, behind the fence, fine, but get me close enough to touch a horse, and I'm a sissy little girl., (Except sissy little girls LOVE horses, so like a sissy little girl in a cage with a snarling rabid dog.)


 In the past week I've had two big things come up in my life which have a lot to do with horses 


1. My wife introduced my son to Rainbow Brite, now he is now in love with that show

He keeps asking for the horsey show, and sequels when he sees Starlight

 2. I've finally reconnected with a family I used to know back in Virgina who raise and train horses

Sit! 

Pretty good eh?

This is not them, ...



which is good, because if I was stuck with those horses, I would probably die or worse, since the dad in the family is a therapist for people with irrational fears, he might foolishly claim I have an irrational fear and try to treat that, while I die (because the horse would eat me, duh).

Friday, July 1

Jumping For Joy


 Have you bought Fireworks yet?


Well, hop to it!

Thursday, June 30

Cowboy Culture


What's more American than cowboys?


sitting around the campfire


Singing about how great a country we have


 How our carousel horses go right to left, 

not just any clown can be a cowboy


it takes a special kind to do it

Tuesday, June 28

A-Bear-icana



The 4th of July is coming up,  you know what that means...

that's right!

Patriotic Teddy bears!


what better way to show your love for a country than by making a teddy bear out of it's flag!


Show that proud to be an American spirit!


I love America too, little bear!  



 no greater sign of love than a patriotic lady liberty display


Now that's what I'm talking about!

Monday, June 27

So Clean You Could Eat Off It










Man, they really do make commemorative plates for everything.




Friday, June 24

These Were a Few of Her Favorite Things...




 I have 3 sisters, one that is about a decade older, one about a decade younger and one that is only 2 years older, 

The perfect age for both common ground and rivalry, 

anyway since she was older she had to be cooler, right?

I thought so, at least usually...I mean, she was still a girl after all

Moving on...

 One of my earliest memories of her being cool was when she memorized Dr Seuss, probably for school


She Knew the Sneetches by heart

and there was that time when she was in high school  before I was and had to get up earlier and discovered the awesomeness of ...
 I really liked that she wasn't too cool to like kid stuff

Ohh, ok, this one I just couldn't  get into, no matter how hard I tried,


Pure pre-teen girl drivel, especially the TV show, (and I could even sit through Charles in Charge)

and lastly I have here one of her all time favorite movies, she would watch it nearly every week
after years of looking, I finally found her a copy on DVD, I got it for her birthday last year,  these memories are what she gets this year

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thursday, June 23

Children of the Corn Husks


Meet Malicaiah and her sisters


they want to take you to a "special" part of the cornfeild

Wednesday, June 22

Seat of Honor











Thank you to everyone who decided to be understandng about me being buisy lately, and forever perhaps,

You Get To Sit in the "Special Chair!"


I only let people really like sit here.

sorry, it looks like I'm Bear-ly trying again but please take a Brief paws to Bear in mind my Grizzly situation

*still willing to accept assitance with the blog

Tuesday, June 21

You're Late...




Sorry the post was late, there are new life chalanges that are probably going to make me need to post less often, if anyone wants to join me as a poster, that would be great!

let me know

Monday, June 20

Kitchen Wars










Name 2 things that cant (or shouldn't) be meshed, 

lets try 

Star Wars and Cooking

OK, first of all, you have no imagination 
 it would be awesome, 

and secondly it has been done (awesomely I might add)  by highbrow company William Sonnoma  

check out their whole line here

Here are some things I've come across with varying degrees of awesomeness 


 A plastic bust of Darth Vader

  actually not a bad replica (if not that kitchen-y)

but wait, there's more....


not particularly useful, but better than a cardboard box

 it's also a storage container for cereal



Here we have the absolute best slurpee cup ever, 

Ever!
  
now I just need to re-design the cup holders
 Finally, the most awe inspiring, beautiful, breathtaking, impressive, magnificent, majestic, mind blowing, perfect, wonderful (ran out of synonyms) cookbook in the universe:

 

Featuring such favorites as Han-Burgers, Hoth Chocolate, and Boba Fett-uccine 

What unlikely blends have you come across,

please tell me in the comments

Sunday, June 19

For All The Dad's Out There











Anyone who's looking knows, it's a woman's world, 

Let's raise a glass to Dad, 


 You deserve a rest from all the man bashing

and food induced coma's

 Enjoy a nice dinner

Finally plates without flowers

 You are the..


Dedicated to my father, 

Happy Fathers Day!
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