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Well, quite by accident Jack discovered there is hardwood under the kitchen linoleum. We hope it is in good shape or at least repairable. Not only would we love hardwood in the kitchen, it would save money as one less room to tile!
I brought out my two most favorite cook books and found a different muffin recipe in the Church supper one to make. Then I tossed in my few remaining frozen berries and yum!
Sewed some on The rainbow bridge until missing floss and no extras stopped me.
Got more done on the angel. I needed a landmark for working more of the beige on the moon so I am working on her head. Can you believe her hair takes five different colors and the wreath around her head takes nine? That is about to drive me crazy. My poor pea brain gets confused with all the jumping around! LOL!
For the one who asked, yes it is cross stitch but the 18 count dark fabric does seem to make it look more like needlepoint. So there ya have all the news that is fit to print. God bless and keep you until our next visit.


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Bapple Bread

This is a recipe from Mr. Food. I think it sounds so good. I plan to try it later this week or next. Just thought I would share it with my friends.

Bapple Bread

4 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with an electric mixer. Stir in sugar and let stand 15 minutes. Add applesauce and eggs and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool on a wire rack

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After reading a post from my friend Vanessa with a bread pudding recipe in it, I was hungry for bread pudding! LOL! So I decided to make one and I thought I would try the recipe she shared only I made a few minor changes!
Here is the recipe.

Brenda’s Bread Pudding

4 Cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

4 eggs

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

2 Cups sugar

12 slices of bread, torn into pieces

1/3 Cup sugar

1/2 pint Whipping Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Poar into a 2 qt (not sure about size but this sounds about right) buttered baking dish and bake at 350 F for 1 hour. Remove from oven and sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar all over the top of hot pudding and pour whipping cream over the sugar. Return to oven and bake at 425 degrees F until top becomes golden brown.

The changes I made were to add raisins and decrease the sugar to 1 cup since raisins are so sweet. And instead of whipping cream, I used evaporated skim milk because my tummy just can not handle a lot of fat. It is so yummy! Give it a try!

Well, now that all that living room carpet is up, and the furniture rearranged, we were able to bring my Dad’s antique waterfall vanity in the house. I am so glad to have it near by once again! I put Grams jewelery box and her hair brush on there. Jack’s grandmother’s rosary is there and a pretty velvet box containing my mom’s watch. Also a picture of Grams and her daughter, My Aunt Gin and Uncle Don. The bear in the red dress belongs to our neice and was given to her by her late Grandmother. With Tina in a state facility, Jack and I have most of the handmade things her grandmother here with us where they are safe.
So other than all of us trying to stay warm in the cold weather. That is what we have been up to. One last thing I would ask of you. Please pray for us as tomorrow we have a home going for a family member. His name was Lester “Babe” Bland age 93. He was a precious sweet man, always smiling despite having to go to the care home and having to start using a wheelchair. When ever we visited Grams at the care home and saw Babe, he had that smile going! I really cared for him! He has 3 children, Gaylen, Randy and Carla. His wife Minnie left us in 1994 or 1995 not for sure which so they are together again. When we went to see Babe at the funeral home, he still had that sweet, precious smile on his face. My prayer for all of you is this. Should you have a home going, may you be able to smile because you know you are going to Heaven to meet the Savior and your loved ones who are there. That is my earnest desire for you all. God bless you until next time!

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Lots of news!

Come on in out of the cold, drizzly Missouri weather. Here is a nice hot cup of chocolate for you!
Here to is the recipe for it so you don’t have to buy the packaged stuff. Great as a gift too!

Hot Chocolate

1 8 quart package powdered milk
1 16 ounce container cocoa powder
1 pound sifted powdered sugar
1 6 ounce jar non dairy creamer

Combine all ingrediants and mix throughly. Store in air tight container. Makes 15 cups of mix.
For one serving, heat 3/4 cup of water to boiling. Place 1/4 cup mix in a mug and add the water. Stir well. Top with marshmallows and cinnamon if desired.

Now for some stitchy stuff. A little project Jack just finished up.
My life’s sampler is all done. Oh boy am I happy it is finished!
Here is the progress on my Quaker style sampler. I am working on the little house on the right side at the bottom.
And now some news. We weren’t able to get financing to buy our little house. No big surprise there. But we will be doing a rent to own until we can get financing. So now we don’t have to worry about moving. What a big relief and the answer to many a prayer. So we will be putting up the Christmas decorations this weekend and going full tilt at redoing our little house. So until next time that is it from chilly Missouri!

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Red Velvet Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon vinegar

Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together and mix buttermilk with coloring. Add dry ingredients alternately with liquid ingrediants to creamed mixture. beat well. Dissolve baking soda in vinegar and fold into batter. grease and flour two 9 inch layer-cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans, cool and spread with Vanilla frosting and filling

Vanilla frosting and filling

1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup shortening
Grated coconut (optional)

In small saucepan, blend flour with milk and salt and cook over low heat, stirring, until of pudding consistency. Cool. In large bowl, cream together shortening, butter, sugar and vanilla. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until smooth. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with coconut if desired. Refrigerate cake.

Cinnamon rolls

(I put mine in the bread machine on dough setting) In mixer bowl combine 2 cups flour and 1 package active dry yeast. Heat 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon salt til warm. (115 to 120 degrees) Stir constantly and add to flour mixture: add 2 eggs. Beat at low speed of mixer for 1/2 minute. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in as much of 2 to 2 and 1/2 cups flour as you can mix in with a spoon. On a floured surface, knead in enough remaining flour as you can to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. ( 6 to 8 minutes). Shape into a ball in greased bowl, turn once. Cover, let rise until double ( about 1 hour). Punch down divide in half. Cover, let rest 10 minutes. Roll one half into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter over dough. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough. Add as many raisins or red hots as you like. Roll up jelly roll style beginning at long side. Seal. Slice into 12 rolls. Place in greased 9 x 1 and 1/2 inch round pan. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover and let rise until double about one half hour. bake in 350 degree oven 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from pans.

Michelle’s easy pancakes

Using a 4 cup measuring cup, add 1 cup milk in it. Then add 2 teaspoons baking powder to the milk. Next beat in one egg until well blended. Add 1 teaspoon salt and mix. Add a little cinnamon. Last, add in 1 and 1/2 cup of flour mixing just until blended. Lumps are okay! Make sure your griddle is hot before you make your pancakes! I use 3 large tablespoons of mix per pancake. Cook until you have bubbles, flip and cook a couple minutes more! Makes about 8 cakes! Enjoy!

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Weekly recipe

Hello! I am back on track with the recipes! This week we are doing Brownies! Yummy!

Brownie Mix

5 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
3 and 1/2 cups shortening

Stir together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening til mixture resembles evenly distributed, coarse crumbs. Store in the freezer. To measure, pack mixture into measuring cup, level with a spatula. makes about 7 and 1/2 cups packed mix.


2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup packed brownie mix
1/2 cup chopped nuts, semisweet chocolate pieces or butterscotch pieces

Grease an 8x8x2 inch baking pan. In mixing bowl beat eggs and vanilla. Add brownie mix, stir til nearly smooth. Stir in nuts or chocolate or butterscotch pieces. Spread into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees about 25 to 30 minutes or til done. Cool on a wire rack. Frost if desired. Cut into bars. makes about 16.

Peanut butter Brownies

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup packed brownie mix
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

In mixer bowl combine peanut butter, sugar and 1 egg;
beat til well mixed. Spread into ungreased 9x9x2 inch baking pan. Beat the 2 eggs and vanilla. Add brownie mix; stir until nearly smooth.
Spread over peanut butter mixture. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. bake at 350 degrees about 35 minutes or til done. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. makes about 20.

Marbled cream cheese brownies

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups packed brownie mix
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1 3 ounce package cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Grease and lightly flour a 9x9x2 inch baking dish. Beat together 2 eggs and the teaspoon vanilla. Add brownie mix stir til nearly smooth. Stir in chocolate pieces; set aside.
beat cream cheese for 30 seconds to soften. Add sugar; beat til fluffy. Beat the 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Spread half the brownie mixture in the pan. Pour cheese mixture over; spoon remaining brownie mixture on top. Swirl layers to marble. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or til done. Cool, cut into bars. makes about 16

So there ya go!

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Weekly recipe

Here is the link to the cookie mix recipe–>Mix
And here are the rest of the cookie recipes this week. next week we will do brownies! Yummy!

Chocolate Drops

2 1/2 cups cookie mix
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup nuts

In mixing bowl combine cookie mix, egg and milk; beat well. Stir in unsweetened chocolate, then chocolate pieces and chopped nuts.
Drop by teaspoonful 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until done. Remove to a wire rack and cool. makes about 30.

Peanut-Molasses Coolies

2 cups cookie mix
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons water

Beat together cookie mix, egg, peanuts, molasses and water. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until done. Cool 1 minute and remove to wire rack. Cool. Makes about 30

Orange-Coconut Drops

2 1/1 cups cookie mix
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 egg
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup coconut

In mixing bowl stir together cookie mix, orange marmalade, egg and orange juice; beat well. Stir in coconut. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until done. Remove to wire rack, cool. Makes about 30

Granola-Raisin Bars

2 cups cookie mix
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup granola
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons melted margarine

Grease a 9x9x2 inch or an 8x8x2 inch baking pan. In mixing bowl stir together cookie mix, egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in HALF the granola and raisins.
Spread batter in prepared pan. stir together remaining granola and melted margarine; sprinkle over top. Bake in 350 degree oven 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. makes about 24.

Chocolate Chip Bars

2 1/2 cups cookie mix
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 6 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces

Grease a 9x9x2 inch pan.
In small mixing bowl stir together cookie mix and brown sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in semi sweet chocolate pieces. Spread batter into pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. makes about 32.

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