Tag Archive | Home

Cookies and “KABOOM”!

Yesterday… I baked cookies

“Simply”… as always… because that’s the “word” I picked to follow throughout the year 2013… SIMPLE…

Just a word… but, has made my life a lot “simpler”…

I don’t know if I can find a better word for 2014… but, if not… I’ll stick to this one…

Because it worked!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Found Halloween Sugar Cookie Mix for 50% OFF…

It’s still Fall… so the Fall colored sprinkles in this
“Funfetti” Mix of orange and brown (Chocolate) is just fine…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just an egg and 1 stick of soft margarine mixed together with mix

Roll into balls and press down slightly…

I added additional “Autumn” Sprinkles I had bought for 50% too…

Orange, yellow, brown and green…

Baked for 10 minutes… and we have some sweet cookies to eat and maybe share…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then today… since I kind of goofed off yesterday… was cleaning day…

and “KABOOM” came to my rescue!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It sprays out in a foam that doesn’t drip all over… and is blue…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My bathroom sink…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the foam is slowly turning white…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

when it has turned all of the way white..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the dirt has melted and it’s ready to wipe away

just a little water and down the drain it goes…

leaving my sink sparkling clean…

As I said, “I love these “simple” things I have discovered and used this year!

Advertisements

Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes

A fellow blogger was talking about how a song or a piece of music made her think of certain people

It happens to me when I’m cooking sometimes…

like today…

I cooked green cabbage and baked Idaho potatoesk14778718

Cabbage just cut in wedges… boiled with a little water… salt/pepper… a little sugar and butter184732

I cook until tender not stirring much… because I like the wedges of the cabbage to remain whole

Baked potatoes with salt/pepper and I admit a lot of butter!…

k1629215

Nothing else… it was the midday meal… and I couldn’t have eaten anything that tasted better…

Every time I start to cook cabbage a memory of a friend’s Mother comes to the surface…

I would be visiting and that simmering cabbage and big bowl of homemade mashed potatoes k4508598would be set on the table… sometimes cornbread baked in an iron skillet… k5650848

We dipped right out of the pan that the cabbage had been cooked in… 178320

I never tasted anything as good!k15802113

and didn’t realize that’s probably all there was to eat…

Maybe that’s why… what I cooked today… tasted so wonderful…

It wasn’t the food… it was the good memory… k11242244

Sunday Grateful- November 3, 2013 : My Husband’s Family

I see people on FACEBOOK k11381665 writing a “Grateful” k7231294 every day for November…

k7677808

Since I’ve been writing my “Sunday Gratefuls” for awhile… I will continue with that…

I went to the grocery today sfo0444… Besides everyday food and supplies… I bought a few extras for making my Christmas Cookies…  Christmas-Cookies-Cutters

vanilla-sugar-cookie-mixgetthumb

That’s my gift to my husband’s family in Georgia3cae153d-f926-4da4-9cfd-e99305cdf697

Whether they like them or not… ( They say they love them! ) … k14825741

I totally enjoy making them…

As I bakeI think of all of them…  k14529108

Only three sisters, their children and a few cousins of my husband are left from what once was a huge family when we married k8660880… which will be 45 years in February …

To have been introduced to this lovely family that came as a bonus with my husband… has been a blessingk0982803

I am so grateful for the lovek12161300 they have shown me…

and in my humble way k11789234… that I’m able to show them I love them back at this time of year!

Happy Birthday Son

My oldest son turned 42 years old yesterday…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Doug … had the prettiest curly hair…

with brother and our special puppy, Sugar…

We had celebrated with our little family on Sunday evening…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blowing out his ONE BIG CANDLE… beat putting 42 on the cake!

His Dad… me, his Mom… his brother… sister-in-law and his two nieces and nephew…

This is all he wants!

We are his world!

We make him happy!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

walking in park with nephew…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

so proud of niece graduating from High School…

His Dad has become his best friendOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They kid a lot… telling corny jokes k13041725… play scratch tickets together… go to the River Boat Casino every now and then…

If his Dad needs a hand around the house … he is right therewith lots of advice!

but, he does know how to do so many things… has that knack of fixing thingsredoing things…

He buys and sells on Ebay3625v1-max-150x150 for extra money(he’s on disability) and does well at it…

He loves to collect items and knows what it’s worth by his investigating on the computer…

Yes, he is smart!… he is loving… he is a good son!…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Doug on right…

with Uncle visiting from Georgia… Rebellious years for sure!

I’m his partner in shopping at thrift stores… peddler’s malls…yard sales…

We have a common bond in loving older things… music… collectibles… movies…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He seems to have lots of confidence in me… although I’ve had to be the “mean” one at times… in discipline… pushing him forward… making him do for himself!

The neighbor lady calls him the “supervisor”… because he loves telling others how to do things… and has great confidence in his opinions…

Most people who know him… love him…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

with cousin at her son’s wedding…

He has a natural ease in talking to all kinds of people…

especially people he feels has had a tough life

I imagine he can relate!

You would never guess… he suffers from bi-polar disorderP_culture_svg

He shys away from certain people at times due to their scrutinizing him …

He doesn’t go to some placestoo crowded… suffocates him and gives him anxiety…

Has a little paranoia… in what others think of him… what others may do… safety issues and doing right all of the time…

He would fight for those he loves with all of his might!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Family is what’s important to him!

He is concerned of his looks and has recently lost around 40+ pounds… Looking good!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Last Birthday…                                    3 months later at Christmas…

He is more content around me and his Dad…

He has become a wonderful person

He loves his nieces and nephew above all things…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

with Kennedy, Carson and Taylor…

Wants to do for them and wants them to succeed…

He’s achieved so much in his 42 years… more than he realizes… but, being his Mom I see the accomplishments

Happy Birthday to my first-born… my Doug!

Another Redo!

My Mom had a small table in our dining room for many years…

It was just Dad and her living together now…

and to heat the big oven was not necessary…cof0842

She had purchased what we always called an “ovenette”…

Small Ovenapl0053

Today we call them Toaster Ovens

She placed it on this small table my dad had painted a pale green… and used it for many years…

Placing her biscuits, toast or small casserole in it to bake…u15588133k6874967

The grandkids to this day remember it…

My brother had obtained it in her move from the home place…

He painted it a bright green to match the decor in his little country home he had obtained in Bethlehem, Indiana by the Ohio River

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They brought it back to Louisville when they moved back… and had it in their kitchen

area …u11297102

My brother has since passed and my sister-in-law was doing some changes…

I obtained the table…

Not worth anything but, memories… but, special to me…u15284580

I knew immediately I would repaint it to match my computer room…kch0046

Gray and red…

As I looked at it… I could tell the top was warped from heat probably… remembering it’s

use by my Mom… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and it was covered in Veneer…

It peeled off easily due to age , the heat, and dryness of the wood…

Underneath I found it to have been burnt from years of the little oven sitting on it…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thank goodness… no fire had ever been started…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After sanding… the top was replaced…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My husband and I replaced the veneer with a thin board… Painted it gray and red…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and it is now going to be used in my computer room for papers, magazines, etc. …u20509602

It kind of makes me feel happy having it there…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Reminding me of my Mom, Dad… and brother…

I believe they all would be pleased to see it still in the family and updated for the times…

Now to straighten up my computer room and get everything organized!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A good morning begins with me looklng out of my kitchen window…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every morning I’m greeted by this cute face… wanting me to play with her and her string… A “good” way to start each morning!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When Grandkids are over…they think a “good” morning starts early with pancakes…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but, my coffee pot is what makes my morning a “Good Morning”!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Simple… Blueberry Jam!

It’s a good thing I live with the man I do…

He pretty much wakes up and just waits to see what I’m going to do

If I decide to cleanOK with him!…k14386366

If I decide to playOK with himsdu0040

If I decide not to cook breakfast OK with him…

and then there may be a feast waiting

OK with him!u26664217

Today after breakfast I started making Blueberry Jam

I’m addicted to this freezer jam recipe

I had made Strawberry about a month ago… Have

two jars left…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So easy! … and for some reason… The jam made at home tastes so good!…

Even if it is a simple recipe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fresh Blueberries… about 2 to 2-1/2 pints

Washed …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5 to 5-1/2 cups Sugar and I packet of Sure-Jell

Add sugar to berries… stir till to sugar is dissolved…

Boil packet of pectin with 3/4 cup water for 1 minute…

add to berries and stir for 3 minutes…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Put in clean jars… I had saved these… why buy… when you already have these cute jars from other items…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This recipe made 5 jars exactly… just enough to get out of freezer and enjoy!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are so prettydark purple/blue in color…

Can’t wait to taste!

Have to let sit for 24 hours before refrigerating (Will last a couple of weeks)… or freeze for up to a year!

My word for the year is “Simple”… chosen on January 1, 2013…

I loved the idea of just choosing a word to get you through the year!…

and this recipe fits in perfectly!