Friday, December 28, 2007

Stuffed Dog Massacre

I hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas! This was the hilarious chain of events that happened at our house Christmas Eve night. I purchased this sweet $10 stuffed dog toy that sang and danced. I thought at the time I purchased it that it would at least last 2 days. WRONG! As you can see from the photos Odee was waiting patiently to see what Santa brought him; Daisy on the other hand not so patient. Daisy went straight for the jugular and fiberfill burst out everywhere. Odee finished him off scattering fiberfill everywhere. All that is left of the stuffed dog is a empty decapitated body. The other gift was obliterated so fast I couldn't even take a photo. The treats in their stocking is all that remains of Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Favorite Side Dish

The hubby and I have a busy schedule for Christmas. We will be going to my mom and dad's tomorrow night to exchange gifts with my family. Then Christmas Day back to Mom and Dad's for Christmas dinner. Then to my MIL and FIL's to exchange gifts. And somewhere we will squeeze in opening the few gifts we got for each other and of coarse Daisy and Odee's gifts. We didn't spend much on each other this year because when finally purchased a big screen hd tv and that was our gift to each other! So I wanted to share with you guys my favorite side dish that I will be bringing to Christmas Dinner. Mashed potatoes is right in behind this dish! I love good mashed potatoes and try adding a dollop of sour cream when mashing them. I saw Paula Deen do it and trust me it's divine. Any ways here is the recipe!

1 pkg. JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix
1/2 c. melted butter or margarine
1 8 0z. can of whole kernel corn; drained
1 8 0z. can cream style corn
1 c. sour cream
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 375; grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Pour margarine and corn into prepared dish. Blend in sour cream. Beat eggs and stir into casserole dish along with corn muffin mix. Blend thoroughly. Bake about 35-40 min or until center if firm. Enjoy!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Appetizer Recipes

These recipes are sooooooo yummy and crowd pleasers. So yummy in fact I had none left from our holiday church party to photograph. But trust me they are simple and delish.

Lil' Smokie Bites

2 pkgs of little smokies

2 pkgs bacon (thin sliced works best)

2 c. brown sugar

Note this is the original recipe doubled so if you don't need this many half it.

Begin by cutting your bacon into thirds. I cut the whole package at one time. You should end up with three piles of short pieces of bacon. Wrap a piece of bacon around each lil smokie and place a toothpick through it. It's best to use a deep cookie sheet or jelly roll pan to bake these in. Now take your brown sugar and sprinkle it all over the lil smokies. Bake about 1 hour at 350 or until the bacon is done. Serve warm or reheat for a few minutes in the oven. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Bacon Roll Ups

2 cans of crescent rolls

1 t. seasoning salt

8-10 slices of bacon

1 pkg. cream cheese softened

Begin by frying your bacon until its nice and crispy; chop it and add to your softened cream cheese. Add the t. of seasoning salt and set aside. To prepare your crescent rolls. Open one can pressing all the seams together. Ending up with a long rectangle. Spread half of cream cheese mixture all over the dough. Roll up jelly roll style and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for about 10 min. Repeat with other can of rolls. Remove from fridge; using a serrated knife slice dough about 3/4" thick and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 min or until they are golden brown. These are good served warm or room temp. Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Ebay Offerings

I will be listing these items on eBay tonight! The box with the beeswax hearts is perfect for year round but especially for Valentines Day.

Reese Cup Delight

Don't you just want to dive in this folks??? I sure do. I made this yummy dessert for Thanksgiving this year and just had to share the recipe with you guys. I made it tonight for our Christmas party at church. This recipe came from a Taste of Home magazine; however I tweaked it a little bit. And I added way more Reese cups than called for. If you like peanut butter and chocolate or Reese cups you will LOVE this. I sure am a faithful Reese cup fan; sometimes I go out on a limb and eat a white chocolate Reese cup or a 5th Avenue but I always come back to the traditional Reese cup!


1/2 c. butter softened

3/4 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/4 c. sugar

Line a 13 x 9 x 2 in. baking pan with foil; grease the foil. In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, flour, cracker crumbs and sugar; press into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. or until set. Cool.

Chocolate Layer:

3/4 c. butter cubed

4 squares (1 ounce each)unsweetened chocolate chopped

4 eggs

2 c. sugar

2 t. vanilla

1 c. all purpose flour

In microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour. Spread over crust. Bake for 30 to 40 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

Peanut Butter Mouse Topping

1 c. creamy JIF peanut butter

1 12 oz container of COOL WHIP

16 single Reese cups chopped

For topping, warm peanut butter for 30 seconds in microwave. Fold into whipped topping; spread over chocolate layer. Sprinkle with Reese cups and refrigerate over night. When ready to serve lift out of the pan with the foil. Cut into squares and remove foil. Enjoy!

I will be adding more recipes tomorrow! Lot's of yummy savory appetizers for your holiday parties. Bless you All!

Monday, December 17, 2007

My All Time Favorite Cookie

These are my all time favorite cookies ever......period. They are SNICKERDOODLES; I love the texture of these soft buttery cookies. There is a trick however to baking them. You have to remove them from the oven just as the top turns a little brown or the bottoms will burn and they will be dry. This recipe makes approx. 3 dozen. Better make a double batch of these little sinful babies.


1 c. butter

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 c. flour

2 t. cream of tartar

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

sugar and cinnamon combined

Cream sugar and butter together. Add one egg at the time. Stir dry ingredients together; gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll into small balls and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake 8-10 min. at 350 degrees. They flatten and should be lightly baked. After cooled I added some powdered sugar for a snowy effect. They are no measurements for the cinnamon and sugar mixture. However I used approx. 1 cup of sugar and about a tablespoon of cinnamon.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Weather Outside is Frightful but Electric Furnace is so Delightful! LET It SNOW! LET it SNOW!

I must admit I am LOVING this weather! It gives me a good exuse to stay inside warm and toasty in my pjs watching food network and movies. And this is what I did all day yesterday! Today I have a big pot of chicken soup on and I will be doing some ebay listing. I almost have all my orders done and I am so thankful to all of you that ordered from me this year! A special thanks to Andi, I got several pet doll orders from her blog!
I snapped a few photos of my tree inside which I finally got the ornaments on. I wanted to do a garland of some sorts but didn't get around to it. I took a picture of my favorite ornament; a glass pickle! I just adore it, for those of you whom don't know the story it goes like this. German's would hide a pickle deep in the boughs of their christmas trees and whoever found it would have good luck all the next year. Only I don't hide mine it's too pretty. I took the easy route this year and did ALL my shopping online. And boy was it every a big stress reliever. Our family did a elephant christmas this year. So I had to purchase a girl gift and a boy gift to bring. And everyone buys from mom and dad and the kids. I am excited to see what everyone will get and you can trade if someone is willing to trade with you. Hope you are all snug and warm and safe this Sunday! Blessings,

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Open House

Saturday was my sister's open house at her shop. I sell my wares at her shop with her. We had a nice turn out with lots of yummy snacks and fresh popped popcorn along with lots of home made candy. I ate way too many of my mom's chocolate coconut bon bons. Above it Brook my niece enjoying a slice of pizza. Thanks to everyone who came to support us and visit with us at our open house.