Friday, March 6, 2015

Laundry Ideas

I love finding laundry room ideas for families! This one is really neat to me, and if all four children were still at home, I would do this and have a basket for each of their clean clothes instead of using the for sorting baskets.

When our children were young, I didn't have room for anything like this, but now I do. Being organized within the home makes everything run so much smoother. The young child years are hectic anyway, so a little bit of organization goes s long way in reducing stressful situations!

Maybe this idea will help some of you young moms! 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Cookies


These are my husband's favorite cookie, and sadly, I rarely make them for him.  I was sure I had posted them before, but couldn't find them.  They are too chocolatey for me, so I don't often think of them to bake.  And neither of us need more cookies, anyway, so we are on the continual battle of staying away from sweets.  BUT, on this past snowy weekend, our oldest son asked to make these cookies I had planned to make. My husband was excited! It's his mother's recipe and one he remembers her making.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Cream together shortening and sugar in large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, vanilla, and milk. Mix well.   Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing well.  Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  Dip moistened end of flat glass into sugar and press down to coat cookies with sugar.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.  Cookies will be done when set to light touch.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Fried Cabbage

Do you like cabbage?  I sure do! However, no one in my family does, so I rarely make it.

Here's a delicious recipe for Fried Cabbage that I've heard is great and want to try soon.  It's flavored must wonderful!  With bacon, of course it is!

1 pound bacon, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds cabbage, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Fry bacon until crisp and well browned. Drain and set aside. Add chopped onion to the bacon grease and stir until translucent. Add cabbage, pepper flakes, salt and pepper, stirring until all cabbage is coated. Add the crumbled bacon bits and cover. Cook over low heat until cabbage is tender.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Jamie's Many-Layered Coconut Cake

I had a piece of this cake for the very first time last week, and it quickly rose to the top of one of my all-time-favorite cakes!  It's delicious!!  And the person who made it is not only a great baker, but makes everything she bakes, beautiful!  I knew who made it just by looking at it, then later asked her for the recipe.

It's a Paula Deene recipe, so that says a lot right there, doesn't it?!  It was her son, Jamie's favorite cake.  I would call it a coconut lemon cake, if I were naming it...just to give a clue about the lemon.  The combinations of the two flavors is delicious!  The many layers make it extra-special. I look forward to making it!  And the cake, itself?  Well, it's just really good! I think it would be great, even by itself.

MANY-LAYERED COCONUT (LEMON) CAKE

1 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
2 (10 oz.) jars lemon curd
Coconut Cream Frosting (recipe follows)
Garnish: sweetened flaked coconut, lemon slices, lemon zest

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.

2) In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coconut extract.

3) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; sift twice.  Gradually add to butter mixture alternately with coconut milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until dry ingredients are combined after each addition.
4) In a medium bowl, beat egg whites at high speed with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Soon batter into prepared pans; bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

5) Cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread lemon curd evenly between cake layers.

6) Spread Coconut Cream Frosting on top and sides of cake. Garnish with coconut, lemon slices, and lemon zest, if desired.

COCONUT CREAM FROSTING
Makes about 3 cups

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon coconut extract
5 1/2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar

1) In a large bowl, beat butte,r coconut milk, cream, and coconut extract at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chili Con Queso

My oldest son, Zachary, made this recipe this past weekend, for he and his brothers.  They said it was great!  He found it on all recipes.com, making only a few slight changes in it from its original.  The name on allrecipes is "Jeff's Chili Con Queso" if you would like to see the original recipe without the changes.

1 (16 ounce) package processed American cheese, cubed
1 (8 ounce) package mild Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 (7 ounce) can mild, chunky salsa
3/4 (15 ounce) can chili without beans
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 teaspoon chili powder

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the processed American cheese and Cheddar cheese. When cheeses are melted and thoroughly blended, mix in salsa, chili, sour cream, and chili powder. Cook and stir 10 to 15 minutes before serving warm.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tipton Children's Home

Helping spread the word...
(Visit tiptonchildrenshome.com)
Tipton Children's Home will soon be recognizing 91 years of child care.  TCH exists to help those who are in need. It is a residential care facility for abused/neglected children ages 5-18 located in Tipton, Oklahoma. The children are in cottages....homes....each home with a mom and dad who serve as houseparents.

Children at TCH often come from referrals from people such as YOU.  There are current openings available for those in need.  Do TCH a favor, won't you?  Please help share the news about TCH.  So many of those who need our help get caught up in the system and fall through the cracks never knowing of the services TCH can provide. If TCH can help you or anyone you know in any way, please call or have them call the office at 580-667-5221.  And, if you're on social media, please share this post or one of the pictures. Thank you.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Southwest Hamburger Soup

Yesterday we had lots of ballgames and practice going on, plus I had just returned home after being gone for six days.  I didn't have time to make a huge meal, but since it was cold, decided to make a type of soup....although I'm not sure it's really a soup.  I thought about calling it slop, but that doesn't sound very appetizing, does it??? :)

Anyway, I love creating new things by just dumping ingredients into a bowl! That's so much fun! It's even better when it tastes good!  You know I've told you that the ones that don't taste good, you never read about.  My poor family is just the guniea pigs :).

*I ended up not adding the rice to the soup. If you wanted to add the rice to the soup, then I would do 3 big cans of enchilada sauce instead of just two. I made the rice and served it on the side.


Southwest Hamburger Soup

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies...I used mild, but you may prefer hot)
1 can Ranch Style Beans
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 - 19 oz. cans Old El Paso enchilada sauce (I used mild.  You may prefer hot and may prefer a different brand.)

Extras:
*Lipton Spanish Rice & Sauce
*Tortilla Chips
*Cheddar Cheese

Brown hamburger meat, along with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in large pot.  Drain grease.  Add remaining ingredients and heat thoroughly.  Serve over broken tortilla chips and rice, if desired. Top with cheddar cheese.

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