Saturday, December 31, 2011


               A Year of Cooking                             
Bacon Wrapped Hamburger Steaks
Chicken Casserole
Chicken Salad
Fried Chicken Tenders
Loaded Potatoes in Crock Pot
Chocolate Gravy

These are a few of my family's favorite things.

Sweet Treats

A Year of Sweets
I love to bake and make sweet desserts.
This past year, I shared with you some of my very favorite recipes.

Lots and lots of chocolate...
Chocolate Fried Pies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Sheath Cake
Chocolate Doughnuts
Chocolate Chess Pie

I am very proud to have added an index to all my recipes in the right side bar. 
 I now use this index rather than pulling recipes from a cookbook.
My daughter is also able to follow the recipes without my help.

If you notice any recipes missing from the index, please let me know.
I still have lots more to share in 2012.


Year in Flowers
All of the above flowers were part of 2011.
I wish I could take credit for growing all of them, but the truth is part of the photos were taken at my Nashville brother's yard and house.
I tried to pick a favorite, but I haven't been able to pick just one.
I really enjoy the surprise lilies, because they remind me of my Grandma.

Crocheting and Knitting

        Year in Crocheting and Knitting

I really enjoy looking back through the past year's blogs to see what my family has done
during the previous year. 
Last year was not a year for crocheting and knitting.  I could only find a few posts with projects
I had finished. 
I did make lots of the cotton scrubbies. 
 I gave some away as gifts and even sold a few during a summer yard sale. 

Maybe 2012 will offer more time for crafting. 
Then again, I have one child graduating from High School and another graduating from the Eighth Grade this year, so the crafting may have to wait until another year.

Ornamental Cabbage

I think this is a sign that I am ready for Spring.
Once the Christmas decorations are taken down, the house just seems so bare.
I purchased this ornamental cabbage from Home Depot to add a little color to my screened porch.
I am really into burlap these days...
What do you think???

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Let me introduce you to the newest member
of our family.
This is Jimmy. 

 Oh Jimmy, you're so fine.
You're so fine.
You blow my mind.
Hey Jimmy....

Hey Jimmy...

Jimmy joined our family on Christmas Eve.
My daughter had seen a Halloween sock monkey in a magazine made from knee socks.

She thought it was so cute.

I don't know where you go when you see something handmade that you just have to have, but around here we go to my Sewing Sister.
Sure enough, my daughter showed the sock monkey to my Sewing Sister and not only did she get the sock monkey for Christmas, but the colors perfectly match my daughter's four color wall bedroom...turquoise, purple, gray, and lime green.

Oh are soooo fine.
You are going to fit in perfectly with our family.
Thanks Sewing Sister.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

I came across a recipe for sausage pinwheels that was very similar to the sausage cream cheese casserole that I love to make.
I tweeked the recipe to be more like my casserole recipe and discovered a new appetizer for my family.
You will need:
1 pound sausage
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 can crescent rolls

Follow the directions from this (Sausage and cream cheese breakfast casserole) to brown the sausage, melt the cream cheese in the skillet, and then stir the two together.
Open the crescent dough and spread out on a piece of plastic wrap while pinching the seams together.  Add the sausage/cream cheese mixture and then sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.

Roll up the crescent dough long ways.  It will be very sticky, so cover with the wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
Slice into 1 inch slices and place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until brown.

When I pulled these from the oven, I was afraid they looked dry.  However, the cream cheese makes them moist and delicious.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Balls

Does your family have a favorite Christmas candy you make year after year???

Even when I was a kid, we always made peanut butter balls.

My own children love peanut butter balls.
This year my daughter made these all by herself using the directions from last year's blog post:
She added a special twist to our peanut butter balls this year.
She added a Christmas m&m to the center of one of the peanut butter balls.
The person who gets this special peanut butter ball gets to open a present early on Christmas Eve.

She also chose to make this year's candy using candy bars and paraffin for the chocolate coating. (1/2 bar paraffin and 2 large 8oz. bars Hershey's chocolate) We all agree we like this method better than the candy quick we used last year.

Christmas Decorations

Beautiful Christmas decorations...

simple...yet, festive.

Pictures taken while visiting with my Lynchburg Sister.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Retirement

It's official...
My Lynchburg sister has officially retired from 35 years of teaching.
We had a great day last week at a luncheon in her honor at the school. 
They know her as the "perfect" 4th Grade Teacher.
What they don't know is that most of her time before she moved to Lynchburg was spent as the "perfect" Kindergarten teacher.

My children were never in my Sister's Kindergarten class.  I wanted her to be their aunt...not their teacher.  It made no difference.  They were still heavily touched by her Kindergarten program that was put together and used by all the K teachers at the school.

Yes I remember...
the first day of Kindergarten...
the Mother's Day Tea...
the Thanksgiving meal...
the Halloween party...
the Elegant Dance...
the book baskets...
the Star student of the week...
the angel Christmas tree ornaments...
Kindergarten graduation.

Good teacher's are sooooooo hard to find these days.  This is one that will certainly be missed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas M&M Reeses Cookies

This picture speaks of a very busy kitchen.
My daughter and I have been busy preparing cookies for a cookie swap.

These are my favorite holiday cookies to make...mostly, because they are so easy. The directions can be found here.
I did a few things different with these:
I made a few cookies using peanut m&m's rather than plain.
I did not use cupcake liners like I did before. 
(The liners are hard to peal from the cookie.)
I sprayed my mini muffin tin with Pam for baking...the cookies came out easily.

I took this plate of cookies to my teenage Sunday School class...they were devoured.
Easy...festive...and delicious.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Countdown

Our Christmas Countdown has taken on a new look this year. 
Last year's countdown was requested by my daughter to be an old fashioned countdown
 This year's countdown is really old fashioned...and features pint jars. 
 The kids will be able to see what they are getting, but it sure was easier than what I have done in the past...and it looks very festive on our entertainment center.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Decorations

The Christmas tree is up and Precious, the cat, has found her new place to sleep and relax. 
I must say I envy her for being able to curl up under the tree.  
It looks like such a warm and inviting spot. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Berries

It's funny how things you thought were so ugly when you were younger now seem to be beautiful.
We had two of these nandina bushes in front of our house when I was growing up. 
I thought they were such ugly bushes. 
I remember pulling off the berries and throwing them or using them to decorate when I made mud pies.
Now, my Sewing Sister has one of these bushes beside her house...and it is beautiful. 
Just the right thing to get a person in the Christmas spirit.


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