Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas reflections and New Year's Hopes and Dreams

Christmas is a warm and wonderful gathering of hearts in praise of our Redeemer.
He came as a precious baby to the loving arms of his mother and father. He came just like us.
And, we love him so . . . and, we love each other and want to give the world to one another.
The celebration bursts forth in our giving to others . . what more can we bestow?
Jesus makes our loving and giving come to life. He is all in all.
And so the New Year is upon us. Dream big and hope against all hope. He makes all things possible. Watch him bring the promise to life in your life. I will pray for you.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cathy's Pears

2 cans of pear halves
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup craisins

1 stick of butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Place pear halves in a pan. Combine pear juice from the can with the maple syrup. Soak the craisins in the mixture. Combine butter, brown sugar, and oats. Make small balls and place on top of each pear. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream to serve. Delicious!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ruby's Coffee Cake

Ruby was a sweet breakfast cook at the Theta House at Indiana University. I loved seeing her bright smile in the morning and she loved making coffee cake for us. She was so loving to share her recipe!

Cream together well:
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 stick of butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

Mix in:
4 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 can evaporated milk ( 2 cups milk)

Mix topping separately:
1 stick butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup pecans
1 cup brown sugar

1/2 stick butter melted
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
water to blend
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Grease pan. Pour in mixture. Put topping on cake before baking. Bake at 350 until done. Drizzle frosting on the cake. Enjoy warm for breakfast! Happy Thanks to Ruby!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Apple Cake from Tasty Blog

My mother-in-law calls this a pudding, but we call it apple cake. It’s yummy and goes great after dinner, or with a cup of coffee for breakfast. Great use for apples that are close to being too ripe.

Preparation Instructions

Mix together sugar, oil and eggs.

In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients, then add to the sugar mixture. Stir in apples and nuts.

Spread in a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes.


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1-¼ cup Oil
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 cups Diced Apple
  • ½ cups Chopped Nuts


Amber is a stay at home mom who lives in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. It’s a long way from where she grew up, in Wales (yes, way over in the U.K.). The recipes in her blog Sprinkled with Flour include her original creations as well as her family recipes. Go check them out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Harvest Time

We enjoy the beauty of the harvest every time we visit our grocery stores! We are so blessed to have a substantial variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from. I was overwhelmed with gratitude today for these simple pleasures and God's provision for my family. He is good to us!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jesus loves

Did you know that Jesus loves you the way that you are today. Yes, it is true.
You are loved by God and He has a plan for you. Yes, you!

Corn Cakes

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
1 diced onion
2 eggs
2 Tblsp. melted butter

Add the ingredients and add the milk to the right consistency. Heat oil in the skillet and add one piece of bacon to flavor the oil. Portion the corn cakes to the size desired. Fry until done and crispy golden brown. Delicious!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

David's Sweet Yellow Cornbread

The pan speaks for itself - a delicious favorite for all! And, so easy to make!!!

1 cup flour
1 cup cornbread
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs

Bake in a preheated greased skillet at 350 until done - "awesome" says David

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Vegetable Soup

Herbs from the garden, veggies from the market, onions, garlic, fresh tomatoes - anything for a one pot meal for the big family!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Coleslaw


1 head of cabbage finely sliced
2 vidalia onions, diced
2 banana peppers finely chopped(or green peppers)
5 grated carrots
1 1/2 cups mayo
1 cup vinegar
2 tblsp. sugar
1 tblsp. coarse ground pepper
salt to taste

We enjoy slaw with grilled fish or barbecue!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Delicious Meatloaf

1 large roll of ground chuck
2 vidalia onions, diced
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 grated carrots
2 beaten eggs
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 bottle Kroger thick and spicy barbecue sauce
garlic powder
salt and course ground pepper

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and thoroughly mix everything together. I use my hands and really work the mixture until it is well blended. Shape the meatloaf in a pan and coat the top with Heinz ketchup. Sprinkle basil leaves over the top! Bake in the oven for 2 hours! I made this tonight and it was scrumptious!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hot Cross Buns for Easter


1 cup warmed can evaporated milk
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins
1 tsp. allspice
2 eggs
1/4 cup warm water(105-115 degrees)
1 tsp. sugar
2 pkgs. yeast
5 cups sifted flour

Mix milk, butter, sugar salt, raisins, and allspice and warm for 10 minutes.
In another bowl, mix the water, sugar and yeast and let rest for 10 minutes.
Put liquid mixture in the mixer and add eggs and slowly add flour.
Add yeast mixture slowly.
Knead on a lightly floured board until elastic.
Shape into a ball, turn in a greased bowl, cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a greased pan.
Let rise for 1/2 hour and the bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Stripe with icing to remember our dear Lord's sacrifice and resurrection!
Yay for Jesus!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Jesus came and with Him an amazing love and peace.
Be at peace with Jesus and His will for your life.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you;my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Let Jesus carry you each day! Love, Mom

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Pecan and Date Bread


1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
4 mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1 cup whole oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
8 dates, chopped

Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the eggs, bananas and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients.
Bake for 70 minutes, checking often! Yummy with cream cheese!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the ingredients in order.
Place on the pan and print the fork twice.
Sprinkle raw sugar and top each cookie with a peanut!
Great for athletes!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pumpkin Bread


1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 can mashed pumpkin (1 lb.)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 tsp. salt
2/3 tsp. cloves
2/3 tsp. nutmeg( freshly grate)
2/3 tsp. allspice
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9x5 pans.
Combine the ingredients in order and bake for an hour! Delicious!
A wonderful aroma in the home!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
3 fresh tomatoes, diced
1 pound of ground chuck, cooked
2 cans of kidney beans
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 jar Herdez salsa
2 tblsp. Masa harina
2 Tblsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
Saute the onions and garlic. Add the ground chuck and chili powder and cumin. Drain the oil before adding all the other ingredients. Simmer for the whole day!
We put a spoonful of mashed potatoes in the center on top of each chili bowl!
Yummy! Serve with crackers!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shrimp Gumbo


1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch of celery, chopped
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 chicken, de-boned and chopped
2 1/2 pounds of large shrimp
5 filets of tilapia, cut in small pieces
1 polish sausage, sliced
2 cups chicken broth
1 can Rotel tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Basil and bay leaf
1 pkg, frozen gumbo vegetables, Kroger
3 carrots, sliced

Saute the garlic and onions and celery. Add the chicken and broth and the other ingredients.
Simmer for 4 hours and serve over rice! Yum!