Monday, November 30, 2009

Merry Christmas.....

I received this e-mail today and thought I would share:

What a clever idea!
Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early so that you can get ready to include an important address to your list.Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world..Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it.
Here's the address, just don't be rude or crude. (It's not the Christian way, you know.)
ACLU125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York , NY 10004
Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions.

So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a " Holiday Tree". . . It's always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE!And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!For those of you who aren't aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war. Help put Christ back in Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A little Thanksgiving....

Had a great Thanksgiving...
the trivia turkey place cards were a big hit...

my 21 year old daughter made her 1st peach cobbler
from scratch....everyone loved smelt so good...
but I was good and resisted the temptation....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Wishes

Happy Thanksgiving everyone....hope you are all having a wonderful day with your family and friends.....and not eating too much pie (LOL)...

I am very thankful to live in the USA and to live in Texas.....

I have been thinking alot about how our country is being ran...

and let's just say I'm not too happy about somethings....I think we

need to go back to days of old....and start putting our families....and communities back together....neighbors helping neighbors....families helping families...Church's helping....and tell the people in Washington

we can take care of our own....if your neighbor is out of work and having a tough out....get all the neighbors them get on their feet....if someone in your family is struggling...pitch in and help your your neighbors in your own community....if everyone does this...we can all ban together...and be proud Americans once again....
Start small.....but it will have a big impact....and those who need help.... will find a way to help others in need....think about this....this Christmas Season....instead of making it about gifts....material things....make it about giving the gift of yourself to your community....

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cheese Ball

2 (8oz) pkgs. cream cheese
1 sm. can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 c. finely chopped green pepper
2 tbsp. onion flakes
1 tbsp. Lowery seasoned salt
2 c. pecans, chopped

Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap....


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Turkey Trivia Place Cards....

All you need is scissors, paper and brads...
cut out the templates....

on the feathers you write Thanksgiving or family trivia

I'm going to lay mine on the plate...
you can use heavier card stock and make it stand up...

on the back you put the answers...

Click on the link below to get the template....

Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

1 qt. cooked squash
1 sm onion
3 strips bacon
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 c. grated cheese
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs

Cook squash and onion together. Mash and combind remaining ingredients (except bacon)
Pour into buttered casserol dish and crumble bacon on top. Bake at 350 until brown

Monday, November 23, 2009

Turkey Trivia.....

Turkeys originated in North and Central America.

Usually the turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas but they are capable of adapting themselves to different habitats.

Turkeys spend the night in trees.

You can easily see a turkey on a warm clear day or during light rain. Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.

Turkeys start gobbling before sunrise and generally continue through most of the morning.

The field of vision of wild turkey is so good that it is about 270 degrees. The wild turkey has excellent hearing.

A spooked turkey can run at speed up to 20 miles per hour.

A wild turkey can run at speed of up to 25 miles per hour.

A wild turkey can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Domesticated turkeys or the farm-raised turkeys cannot fly.

Turkeys were one of the first birds to be domesticated in the America. The male turkeys are called 'tom', the female turkeys are called 'hen' and the baby turkeys are called 'poult'.

The male turkeys gobble whereas female turkeys make a clicking noise. The male turkeys gobble to attract the female turkeys for mating.

The gobble is a seasonal call made during the spring and fall.

A mature turkey generally has around 3,500 feathers.

The Apache Indians considered the turkey timid and wouldn't eat it or use its feathers on their arrows.

According to an estimate, during the Thanksgiving holiday more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and around 525 million pounds of turkey is eaten.

About ninety-five percent of American families eat turkey on the Thanksgiving Day whereas fifty percent eat turkey on Christmas holiday. Almost fifty percent of Americans eat turkey at least once every 2 weeks. According to the National Turkey Federation about twenty-four percent of Americans purchase fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving and seventy percent purchase frozen turkeys.

North Carolina is the number one producer of turkeys. It produces around 61 million turkeys per year.

Minnesota and Arkansas are second and third number producers of turkey.

The part of the turkey that is used in a good luck ritual is known as the 'wishbone'.

The red fleshy growth from the base of the beak that hangs down over the beak is called 'snood'.

It is very long on male turkeys.

We have a winner

And the winner is Lori E. from

Thanks to everyone that left a comment and joined in...Lori...e-mail your address and I will get your package in the mail....



Sauerbraten (Uncle Bo)
1 (3lb) shoulder arm roast with some fat
Bay leaves
Cover roast with buttermilk. Refrigerate for 24 hours with bay leaves and pepper corns. Remove from butttermilk and sear until brown on both sides (crusty). Cook in heavy dutchoven.
Cover with buttermilk half of cooking time. Cook on low to medium, for 3 hours, depending
on size. Thicken juice with flour to make gravy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Something for breakfast...

Sausage Souffle

1 lb. bulk sausage
1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
6 slices white bread, cubed
2 c. milk

Brown sausage and drain. Mix cheddar cheese and bread cubes into sausage. Beat eggs with milk and pour into sausage mixture. Mix well. Pour into greased sheet dish or pan and refrigerate overnight. In the morning bake covered at 350 for about 45 minutes. Remove cover and reduce temp. to 325 and bake 15 minutes more....

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Three Cheese Baked Ziti....

Three cheese baked ziti

15 oz pkg cottage cheese
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
28 oz spaghetti sauce
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 (16 oz) box of ziti pasta, cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, and Parmesan cheese.
In a seperate bowl combine pasta and spaghetti sauce. Spoon 1/2 of the pasta mixture in
casserole dish. Evenly top with Pamesean cheese, remaining pasta and Mozzarella cheese.
Bake 30 minutes.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Texas Meatloaf...

Texas Meatloaf

2 lbs hamburger meat
1 c. rice
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 can whole kernal corn
1 can Ranchstyle beans
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 for 2 hours. Top with BBQ sauce and cook for another 15 minutes. We bake this covered for the first two hours.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunrise....and...Nana's Apple Pecan Cake...

Nana's Apple Pecan Cake
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 c. white sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 c. sliced / peeled apples
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. raisins
1 1/2 c. pecans
2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Cream oil, sugar and eggs. Add soda and salt; fold in vanilla, flour, apples, raisins, and pecans.
Pour mixture into a well greased and floured tube pan. Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes.
1 c. brown sugar
1 stick margarine
1/4 c. sweet milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped
Bring first 4 ingredients to a full boil and boil for 3 minutes. Add the coconut and pecans, pour
over cake while still hot. Let set for 24 hours.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A little Rosemary and Judy's Stuff recipe....

Judy's stuff
The amount of chicken and potatoes in this recipe depends on the number of servings you are trying to achieve.
Olive Oil
If you chosse to use whole chicken, boil and debone. I use boneless chicken breasts and saute in oil oil
Salt and pepper
Italian seasoning (or use your favorite seasoning)
Quarter or eighth potatoes to line the bottom of a large casserole dish, spray dish with Pam or rub on olive oil. Melt a stick of butter seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning. Coat the potaotes with this mixture
Old Bay seasoning
Parsley Flakes
Slice one onion in rounds (dip in melted butter) place on the top of potatoes. Place in preheated
375 oven, when potatoes are half done, sprinkle top with Old Bay and parsley flakes.
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of any other type of cream soup
1 can of milk per can of soup
Place pre-cooked chicken in casserole dish with cooked potatoes. Add cream of mushroom coup and one can of any other type cram soup and the milk. Pour this mixture over chicken and
potatoes, replace in oven and bake until soup mixture is hot. About 5 minutes before removing
from the oven, sprinkle with cheese.
Serve over biscuits or toast. Make a side salad and enjoy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sunset ride and Pear Cake....

Wednesday night hubby and I went for a sunset ride on the motorcycle...
the Trinity River is still way up from all the rain we was a beautiful
night...not too cold...just right.....

Pear Cake

3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
Mix above ingredients in a large bowl and add:
1 1/2 c. oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix well and add:
3 c. diced pears
1 c. pecans, chopped

Bake in well greased and floured tube pan for 1 hour at 350. May substitute appler for pears and walnuts for pecans.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two more recipes......

dandelions in the fall....

These are two recipes from my Nana:

Fruit Salad in a Jar

1 pkg vanilla pudding (must be the cook-n-serve)

1 pkg tapioca pudding

1 tall can mandarin oranges or peaches

1 (14oz) tall can chunk pineapples or tidbits

3 to 5 bananas, cut in slices (add the day you serve)

Add enough water to juices from oranges and pineapple to make 3 cups. Add vanilla and
tapioca pudding and stir. Cook until thick. (Bring to a boil, stir, and don't let it stick) mixture will
be clear. Cool. I usually put it in the freezer for a short time. Add fruits and put in a jar.
This is attractive in a Mason Jar or a pretty glass bowl. Add bananas on the day you serve.

Pink Puff

1 sm. can crushed pineapple drained
1 sm. container cottage cheese
1 sm. container Cool Whip
1 pkg. strawberry or cranberry jello
Mix incredients and refrigerate 2 hours

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Days.....

Thank you to all our veterans...
soldiers....and their families...
for keeping us safe....
Another recipe:

Honey Oatmeal Bread

1 1/2 c water 2 tsp. salt

1/2 c honey 1 pkg. yeast
1/3 c butter 2 eggs

5 1/2 - 6 1/2 c flour 1 tbs. water

1 c quick cooking oats 1 egg white

Combine water, honey and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until
liquids are warm. Place 4 cups of flour, oats, salt and yeast in bowl, mix. Add warm liquids to flour mixture, and mix, add eggs, mix. Mix and knead dough into
remaining flour. Knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rest until double in size. Punch dough down and divide into half. Shape each half into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size. Combine water, egg white, brush
tops of loaves with mixture. Sprinkle with oats. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Photos....and a recipe

would you like a piece of fruit??
Fall is here in Texas.....

the morning glories are starting to die...

we had a beautiful Monday...

Sun was shining...

clouds were puffy...

leaves are falling......
16 days until Thanksgiving.....
I am very Thankful this year......
I decided I will share a different recipe with you...
everyday until Thanksgiving....
These recipes come from our family cookbook
that is dedicated to my Ladybug...
Nana's Fried Corn
6 ears fresh sweet corn
1 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste
In a cast iron skillet, on medium heat, melt butter. Turn heat off. Clean corn, then holding
firmly on cutting board (corn is standing up) take sharp knife and slice kernels off cob (not
to close to cob, so you can have more corn milk). Put corn in a bowl and take cobs, using
a sharp knife, scrape downward to get all the juice. Put into previously heated cast iron
skillet and fry, turning often, until corn is browning. Add salt and pepper to taste.
If you decide to try it ....let me know what you think.....
Have a great Tuesday.....

Monday, November 9, 2009

My new office...and a nice in Texas...

this is a one wall and ceiling...

this is one of my windows...I have two the same size...
as some of you know we started working on this project
back in March...then got busy with work during the summer
and are now back on it...the guys are coming to start the
floor work this morning...and hopefully this time next week
I will be moving in....I office from home....
We had a beautiful weekend here in Texas...a little cloudy
in the mornings but sunshine the rest of the day...
hubby went beautiful daughter and I
went out to dinner Friday night and to see Couple's Retreat..
very cute movie...a chic flic....Saturday took FIL to do his
shopping...then picked up my Mom to go do her shopping...
Then my daughter...Mom...and I went to see the new
3D Christmas Carol at the was great...I don't
think is was good for kids under the age of 9 or 10 but
we really enjoyed it....Sunday took Mom to grocery store...
came back and cooked for the week....spent a lot of time
outside enjoying my 5 crazy dogs....and my hubby when he got home..
will be showing you photos of my office as it comes together....
Have a good Monday....

Friday, November 6, 2009

Beautiful Texas weather....

If you want good fish....try The Flying Fish...
We took my Mom there for her Birthday Wednesday Night

looks yummy doesn't was...

Fall has hit Texas...

the leaves are changing....and falling...

the bees are still here....