Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crafts at QMCC 2015


Coming up with crafts for a week at QMCC isn't hard, but finding some new unique ones is sometimes a challenge.  And then sometimes I provide the supplies and the campers come up with something totally unplanned! That's GREAT!
My husband's workplace had chopped down some trees.  No one realized that the insides of the trees were rotting until they came down, so a really strong wind could have toppled the trees at any moment, but much of the tree was cut into logs and for firewood and other projects. I decided to have some small logs cut into chunks to be used at craft time.  One of the campers took the inside of the log out, leaving these bark "frames".  Soon that idea caught on and others did the same! So unique!!
I also went to Lowe's and had planks of wood cut so that campers could do string art. C.J. spent several days working on his craft and will enter it in the fair!
I loved the Oklahoma that Emma and another young girls did! We made a template of the state, she nailed around the outline, and used string to fill it in. It was so cute!
Others did initials, words, shapes...anything they could think of.
Another craft project with string was using buttons and making bracelets. This one turned out really cute! The hemp string is just woven through buttons.  The anchor button is actually on top of another button.  Such a simple, but very cute and easy, project!  
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Pie


This pie was great!!  The crust was a different recipe than I usually use, and I cooked it on the wrong temperature so it was too tough, BUT my son made this crust a few weeks ago and it really is a good recipe. It was just my mistake :).

To me this is an "easy" strawberry pie to make because of the addition of the Jello.  I'll take easy when it's good! 

Strawberry Pie

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1 cup boiling water
 teaspoon strawberry extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3-ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin (perhaps you could use sugar free)
2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, whisking well. Add 1 cup boiling water and extracts. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking often.  Remove from heat. Add gelatin, stirring until smooth. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange strawberries in baked pie crust.  Pour cooled filling over strawberries coating completely.  Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can serve with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip, if desired.  

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Crockpot Mexican Chicken


This may not look appealing in the photo, but EVERYONE in the family really liked this! Usually one of us isn't too crazy about something...especially when it has cream cheese, but they non-cream-cheese-likers didn't mind it one bit!

We used corn tortillas and chips as a base for our Mexican Chicken. You could also use flour tortillas.
If you can't find a frozen Mexican corn blend, then you can add a can of black beans (drained) and a can of green chilies or even chopped bell peppers.

10 chicken breast tenderloins (some were thawed, some frozen. It worked fine, but to insure that it's not too wet, thawed would be best choice) 
2 pkgs frozen corn medley
1 can Rotel
2 tablespoons ranch dip mix
1 tablespoon taco seasoning 
1 pkg cream cheese

Place ingredients into slow cooker and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Mine cooked five. Stir to shred chicken. Serve over chips or in tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and other toppings, as desired.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies are one of my children's favorite cookies, so when we had several of their cousins over Friday night for a husband's side of the family, "Cousin's Camp", we made Monster Cookies.  And the kids were monsters, because there weren't many cookies left!  (We didn't let them over due, but there were just 11 kids here!)

Monster Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup plus, 2 tablespoons, firmly packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 1/2  cups regular oats, uncooked (I used quick oats)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 - 6 ounce package milk chocolate chips
1 cup plain M & M's

Cream butter. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, peanut butter, vanilla, and corn syrup.  Beat well. Add oats, baking soda, and salt stirring well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, about 4 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets or on parchment lined sheets.  Bake at 350 for 12 - 15 minutes.  Centers of cookies will be slightly soft.  Cool slightly on cookie sheets.  Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 2 1/2 dozen.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

M & M Cookies

(So sorry I haven't been blogging much. We've been gone a lot on trips and school activities, but also I've had horrible computer problems for about six weeks! It's almost taken care of, after backing up files for 9 days so far! It's been CRAZY!)

Last night my oldest son made these cookies.  I just had one, but they were really good! In fact, the youngest son wanted to eat one for breakfast. I said no, since they didn't have any oatmeal or nuts in them :).  Ha! At least that would have been some protein and fiber!

Well, it's a good thing he didn't eat one, anyway, because the middle son got a text from a classmate saying he was supposed to bring food for his whole class today....1st hour!  He's been gone and had to take a test during that hour yesterday so had no idea!  How many did he need to take? 16.  How many cookies were left? 16!  Woohoo!! Saved by the M & M Cookie maker! Poor young son will be expecting one after school, too! I'd better make him something, huh?

M & M COOKIES

1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Plain M & M's

To prepare cookies; In large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; blend into creamed mixture.  Stir in M & M's. Wrap and refrigerate dough for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cute Things for Kids

Click HERE for this and other cute food crafts for kids.

When I see cute kid's foods, it sure makes me miss mine being little!  I LOVED making them cute food snacks and meals!  They would think I was crazy if I tried serving them all of these now, so I'll have to wait to make them for my grandchildren when they come to visit in the future!
And then look at this adorable quilt made by Daphne Scott using some of her granddaughter's first year clothes!  I am glad I kept a box for each child!  With those and using their old blankets as edging, it will make very sweet blankets for them to pass down to their own children.  I love this idea!  Of course, someone else will have to sew and quilt it for me, but I still will get it done some day :).


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mmmmmm.....Brownies

My son found this brownie recipe and I made them a few weeks ago for a school event.  The three sons really liked them and for one of them, he said it's his favorite brownie after boxed! Ha ha!  My husband likes boxed, too. I guess because I never had boxed until I married (and still don't like them), that is strange to me!

Anyway, this recipe is from allrecipes.com. I'm not sure who to give credit to, but I'm sure you can find out on the website if you wish.  It's not a rich brownie, but good.
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