Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall Treat - 'Boo Mix'

 I love Pinterest.  I won't deny it.  And the other day I spotted this fun Fall Treat called 'Boo Mix'.  Right away I knew my kids would love it (ok...me, too!).  So, tonight I told the kids we'd watch 'Little House on the Prairie' and I'd make a special treat for them while we watch it.  Pretty fun, huh!?!  All you need is these 4 items:
1 Box of Goden Grahams
Mini Marshmallows
Candy Corn
Butterscotch Chips*
Dump as much of those items into a bowl as you want and mix it up.  And, ta da! You have a fun Fall Treat you're whole family will love...and devour.
 
Why is it called 'Boo Mix'??  Here's why:
Golden Grahams = Monster Scabs
Marshmallows = Ghost Poop
Candy Corn = Goblin Teeth
Butterscotch Chips = Witch Warts
Who can resist a bite of that???   Not me, that's for sure!

*the original 'recipe' calls for chocolate chips, but I can't eat chocolate (I know...sad life) because it gives me migraines and dizziness.  So, I substituted butterscotch chips. 

I found this recipe at:   http://yummyeatz.com/2013/08/18/boo-mix/

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial - Butterscotch Chip Cookies

These cookies are amazing!  I love the softness of them and the butterscotch chips are just deliciousness in my mouth!  Add a glass of cold milk and you've got yourself the perfect combination!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies:
3/4c. shortening
3/4c. butter, softened
2 1/2c. brown sugar
4Tbsp. milk
2 eggs
3c. flour
2tsp. salt
1 1/2tsp. baking soda
3/4 bag of butterscotch chips (or more if you want more!)

I make this easy on myself and just throw everything into the mixer at once.  Mix it up really well and then add the butterscotch chips and mix in with a big spoon.  Go ahead and steal a few chips just to make sure they taste good.  I did!  

Bake at 350 for about 12 min, or until slightly golden on edges/top.  Cool and devour.  YUM!

Friday, August 23, 2013

September Giveaway!! Two Fat Quarters

For the month of September I wanted to give someone these Two Fat Quarters for FREE!  They are just so cute that I know you'll want to sign your name in the 'comment' box for this post.  Also, when you sign up let us readers know what you plan to do with the Fat Quarters!  

The drawing for the Winner will be on Saturday September 21st.  Don't miss out on this giveaway!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial - English Muffin Pizzas!!

 If you want a quick and delicious meal for your family, this is it!  I remember the first time I had English Muffin pizzas:  I was in early elementary school and my family went to our friend's house for supper and she made these.  I thought they were the best things ever!  

Last night I made these up for my family.  I had English Muffins in the freezer that I pulled out in the morning to thaw for the evening meal.  Around 4:45pm I turned the oven on to 350.  I split the muffins in half, put a good spoonful of sauce on (I make my own pizza sauce; recipe below; but you can purchase yours if you want), a nice layer of cheddar cheese and a nice layer of mozzarella cheese, and then the pepperonis.  Aren't the mini pepperonis so cute???  I think so...
 Here is a before close up
 Pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is nicely melted.
Devour.  My family loves these!!  I know yours will, too.

Pizza Sauce Recipe:
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 can tomato paste
Italian seasoning (the amount you want)
dash of salt
stir to mix.
  Freeze the leftovers for a later meal.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chickens!!!

 We ordered pullets (all girls) shortly after moving to South Dakota.  I have dreamed of having chickens for quite some time.  All of us were so excited when we got the call that they had arrived (by mail!).  The kids and I went to town and picked them up.  All 27 of them were in this little box chirping away.  Too cute.
 Jason made this 'cage' for them.  Quite small to start with.
 So small they fit in our hands...
 We picked up a gallon water feeder and filled it up.  And a little grain feeder.
 Now look: our babies are growing up and we don't hold them anymore :)
These chickens are 'layers'.  Purely for laying eggs.  They'll start laying around January or so.  We are enjoying learning about chickens and I can't wait to go egg hunting!!

What about you?  Do you have chickens or any chicken stories to share?  I'd love to hear them...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Apple Pie - From Scratch

 As you know, we just moved here to SD the beginning of July.  We have heard from everyone: 'You should go to the the Turner County Fair', which is put on in Parker, SD (our town).  It's been a tradition since 1890.  So, we've been anticipating the 'Four Best Days of Summer'.  I read in our paper a few weeks ago that the fair was in need of 50 homemade pies for the Pie Tasting Contest.  I decided to enter an apple pie.  The tasting contest was yesterday.  I didn't place in it, but there was a hard competition with nearly 50 pies to compete against.  However, I do believe you'll find this apple pie recipe to be delicious!  I know it's a hit in our family and will be in yours as well.  

pictured above:  
3c. flour 
1/2tsp. salt
1/2tsp. baking powder, mixed with fork
 bring to a boil:
1/2c. water
add 1 cup oil
 pour into flour mixture
 mix until dough forms, split in half
 roll half of the dough into a circle between two sheets of wax paper.  This makes it not stick to the counter!
 spray your pie tin.  this is just a foil tin as it was for a contest and I wouldn't be getting it back, but you go ahead and grab your pretty pie plate...
 place your first crust into the pie plate.  you'll have dough hang over the circle.
 trim off the edges that are hanging over and throw those back into the other dough for the top crust.
set aside.
 For the filling:
I used 3 Granny Smith apples and 3 Gala apples. 
 Peel, core, and dice them up and toss into a big bowl.
 add about 1c. sugar
2Tbsp. flour
1tsp cinnamon
Stir to coat apples
 Nicely toss into the pie crust.  You'll need to help arrange them so they lay nice and won't poke holes in the top crust.
 'Dot' with 2Tbsp. butter
 Roll out your second crust, between the wax paper again, and place on top.  Fold edges to fit the pie and press gently to seal it with the bottom crust.
Doesn't it look good??
 Use your knife to make 4 cute slits in the top to let the steam out while baking.
 Sprinkle the top with sugar for a nice sparkly look.
 Now it's ready for the oven.
Bake at 350 for an hour, or until top is golden brown.
And...TaDa!  Your pie is baked and ready to eat with a bit of vanilla ice cream...

Pie Crust:
Mix:
3c. flour
1/2tsp. salt
1/2tsp. baking powder

Mix: 
1/2c. boiling water
1c. oil

Mix those all together.  Split dough in half and roll out between two wax pieces of paper.

Apple Pie Filling:
6 apples (3 Gala, 3 Granny Smith) peeled, cored, diced
about 1c. sugar
2Tbsp. flour
1tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter

Bake in oven at 350 for an hour, or until top crust is golden brown.
ENJOY

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I'm Back...and re-located!

 I've been absent from blogging for quite some time, but with good reason:  We moved to South Dakota!  Jason grew up in western SD and we wanted to get back to a smaller town and in the country.  We found the perfect spot in eastern SD (Parker, to be more precise).  We live outside of town about 5 miles.  7 1/2 acres to enjoy and fill with animals.  This house was built in 1910, which is another dream of mine: live in a home with antique character!  The wood work is amazing!  Our home was moved to this spot in the early 1970's.  The owners have taken such great care of it.  Wood floors, crown molding, fir columns, just to name a few of our favorite features.  So, here is a peak at our home from the outside.  Don't worry:  inside pics are coming, too.  I am anxious to get painting done and continuing to make this house our 
Home Sweet Home
 The front porch is so fun!  It is a 3 season porch and I can't wait to get it fixed up just how I want it...
 This is our back land to the west.  Gorgeous to look at, especially at sunset...
 Side view of the house.  Don't you just love the pop of color with the red chairs?? I sure do!
And, to the west again at sunset.  I don't think I'll ever get over this beautiful view each night.