Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scrapbook Pages

All my Scrapbook pages are made by first creating a color palette with PicMonkey, then using that color palette I again use Picmonkey to make these scrapbook pages. Right click  on each image and choose 'save image as' to save them to your computer. Then upload them to PicMonkey to size, join two or three pages together and create your own pages. Choose the PicMonkey -overlays-your own- to upload your photos onto these pages. Enjoy!

**Update** PicMonkey has started charging for some of it's features though most features are still free. I will be checking out other free sites to see what they have to offer and let you know what I find. In the mean time, a good free site is Ribbet.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Potato Casserole

I just love fall! And sweet potato dishes are just the thing to remind us that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This recipe is so easy and so good that you will want to eat it all yourself. I know I sure do! And some times I even have the left overs for breakfast! Yum yum!
Sweet potatoes are inexpensive, filling, so good for you. They have more fiber than oatmeal, rich in vitamin C, potassium, more vitamin A than carrots. And they are low calorie at about 150 each. But not in this recipe! We have it dolled up in butter and brown sugar, and topped off with marshmallows.
In the store you will see sweet potatoes and yams.  Really they are all just sweet potatoes.  The yams, usually sold as Beauregard yams, have red/orange skins have an orange flesh; are a little sweeter and softer once cooked.  True yams are not usually sold in a typical chain grocery store.  If you choose the ‘yams’ over the sweet potatoes you might want to reduce the sugar just slightly, say ¼ c.  I like to buy sweet potatoes that are rather symmetrical and all about the same size to ensure even cooking. I also like to peel them before cooking though you can cook them with the skin on.  If you do you will need to let them cool down to remove the peel.

  Sweet Potato Casserole 
               This is a slightly chunky style casserole, sweet and delicious!
Sweet potatoes, about 5-6 medium to large size.

     Peel and remove spots; Cut each sweet potato into 3-4 equal sections.  Place in a pot and cover with water, adding a couple dashes of salt to water. Bring to a boil, lower heat then simmer until fork tender, drain.

       While potatoes are cooking put the butter in a 13”x9” baking dish and put it in the oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
    Measure out the sugar and when the butter has melted remove the pan and pour sugar and cinnamon into it.  Pour pineapple with juice into the pan and stir well.

     When potatoes are drained dump them into baking dish with the other ingredients, stir chopping the potatoes at the same time; stopping when you have them as smooth as you like. 
       Pour on the marshmallows.  Bake uncovered until browned.  Dig in!

Sweet Potato Casserole 

4-4 ½ lbs sweet potatoes, about 5-6 medium to large size
1 stick of butter                                                                                       
¾ -1 cup of brown sugar
20 oz can of unsweetened crushed pineapple
1 tsp of cinnamon
10.5 oz bag of miniature marshmallows

1.       Peel and remove spots; Cut each sweet potato into 3-4 equal sections.  Place in a pot and cover with water, add a couple dashes of salt to water. Bring to a boil, lower heat then simmer until fork tender, drain.
2.        While potatoes are cooking put the stick of butter in a 13”x9” baking dish and put it in the oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees. *
3.       Measure out sugar and when the butter has melted remove the pan and pour sugar and cinnamon into it.  Pour pineapple un-drained into the pan and stir well.
4.       When potatoes are drained dump them into baking dish with the other ingredients, stir chopping the potatoes at the same time; stopping when you have them as smooth as you like.**  Smooth and level top.
5.       Pour on the marshmallows.  Bake uncovered until browned.
            12-16 servings ***

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Link Parties

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Family Harvest Day 2010

Hello all!

Thank you for coming to our Family Harvest Day and making it great! We hope you and yours enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed having you. Most of you made a scarecrow to show off in your yard and add some fun to the season. Next year we hope to make it better than ever and we would love to have input from all of you how we should do just that.
It was our desire to bring you a little of vintage nostalgia to the harvest season and keep in our memories the good things of times gone by. As most of you know, family, country, and the farm life are dear to my heart;  even if I do live in a big city! I want to share my love and experience of these things with you and your children.
My childhood was filled with family and friends sharing great food made from scratch, and maintaining and caring for a ranch life style complete with all things that go along with that.  We lived in wide open spaces and had lots of freedom to roam, explore, and learn things by experiencing them. Evenings were often spent by a fireplace with adults reminiscing about their childhoods and the good ole' days gone by.
Most children these days think that scarecrows are a part of Halloween decor.  They where used to frighten away birds (hopefully) that would eat the fields of grains that ripen in the fall. In days gone by, you planted in the spring, tended and weeded your plantings through the summer, and hopefully had a good harvest in the fall.  It was a joyful season, a good harvest meant you and yours would have enough to eat through a barren winter.

The food that was served at our Harvest Day was intended to give you a little glimpse into the good ole' days of my childhood. Foods that might have been served at a Harvest party back then or of my parents day. I have had some request for recipes and will try to post them soon for anyone who would like them. 

A big thank you to the Wilhelm's for use of their welcoming home with room enough for us all. Love to you all!
Papa John and Gramma Connie

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Warning! Junk mail can be dangerous!

I had a $10 coupon for a chain department store that came in the mail. It was about to expire so I went to the mall to shop.  Now I never shop at the mall. I really don’t like shopping all that much period. I know that those coupon’s are just a way to get you into the store. But I put my coupon in my purse and determined ahead of time that I will stick to my plan of action: buy 1 or 2 items, perhaps a blouse, maybe some socks, take a quick general look through out the store and get out of Dodge with the budget still in tact.  I don’t want a talking to from the man of the house about spending too much money again.
I arrive and begin my search starting around the perimeter of the store to my right.  About middle way some items catch my eye and I stop to browse and select a few things in my size.  Continuing on and I come to the shoe section and I skip right over the new stock of regular priced items and head for the discount shelf.  Oh the cutest little pair of sneakers, in my size too, covered in graphic art in loud colors and some bling. But I decide they are way too young for me.  Don’t want to embarrass my kids.
I find a few more things then look for a dressing room.  First thing I notice that I need my hair done.  My roots are way grown out.  It needs to be cut too, perhaps a deep conditioning; looks a little fuzzy. I try on a couple things before I find something that fits right. Darn all that left over Halloween candy anyway.  I ‘m gonna lose a few pounds this year if it kills me.  I know, I’ll see about getting a membership at that new women’s exercise place by the hair salon.  The next 3 items look great and I can’t decide which ones I like the best so I decide I’ll get all 3 because after all I have that coupon.
I start meandering towards the check out when I see another discount rack of things in my size.  Such pretty colors out this season! I don’t think I have any of those colors in my closet at all.  I pick out a few more things and head back to the dressing room.  A few more things fit so nice and it’s so hard to find things that flatter a ‘fuller’ figure.  Well I don’t shop often and these will go nicely with the 3 blouses I already have. 
I finally make it to the checkout and hand my coupon and debit card over to the sales girl who hands the coupon back to me because it expired yesterday. Arrrggg…… what to do? Well I just spent all that time finding all this stuff I can’t just walk out now can I ?  I pay for it and start digging in my purse for my phone.  I look up the hair salon number and call for an appointment. Good news! She has an opening later today.  I tell her I want the works, color, conditioning, cut….and heat up the wax.  My mustache is showing, and let’s get the eyebrows too ok? Pedicure, manicure, you have time for that today too?  Sure why not, great!  I’ll come early in case you can get me in sooner.
I drive toward the salon and stop by that new women’s gym, they have the greatest work out equipment you’ve ever seen. It’s just amazing the things they come up with these days to keep us looking good.  Membership? You bet give me the platinum package honey, I just came from shopping at the mall!
That evening I arrive home with a bag of take out for dinner because I didn’t have time to cook with shopping and all.  Honey Bears BBQ, a favorite of the man of the house.  Good thing too, because I don’t think he’ll notice my new hair do, or my fuzz free face.  He’ll pay no attention what so ever to my pink nails or smooth heels.  He will notice the shopping bags, and I’m hoping the delicious aroma from the little one will make him forget to ask me how I spent my day. :)
So you see, those coupons that come in the mail, hold them by one corner and watch it carefully as you carry it to the nearest trash receptacle.  Dispose of it quick because one trip to the mall could cost you more money in ways you can’t even see coming.

I linked this post at Grandma's Briefs.

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