Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chicken Casserole

This is a very simple chicken casserole that even picky eaters will enjoy.  The only problem I had with this chicken casserole was that there were only enough leftovers for one person. 
We were all fighting over the leftovers. 
 I think if I make it again, I may double the recipe and use a 9 by 12 pan.

Start by cooking a chicken and picking the chicken from the bone.  Set aside 2 cups of this chicken that has been chopped for your chicken casserole.  Use the rest of your chicken and broth for other dishes.

Mix the 2 cups chopped chicken with
1 cup cooked rice,
1 can cream of chicken soup, and
3/4 cup mayonaise.
I also stirred in 1 teaspoon onion powder.
(If your eaters are not picky like mine, you could add some chopped and saute'd onion and celery.)

Spread this mixture in your favorite casserole dish.

Crumble 1 cup cornflakes or bread crumbs in a bowl.
I actually used "chick n biscuit" crackers.
Mix crumbs with 2 tablespoons margarine.
(Add 1/2 cup chopped almonds if that is something you like.)

Spread this crumb mixture over the top of the chicken casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mid South Land Clearing

This is the "before" photo from a patch of pines that my husband recently cleaned with his Fecon machine.
This is the "after" picture.  After seeing what this Fecon machine can do, I am still amazed by how quickly it can clear an area that is overgrown with brush.

Just like that...a tree becomes mulch...with no piles of debris left behind.  Land clearing made simple with a Fecon Bullhog machine.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cake Mix Cake with Peanut Butter Icing

 Here is an idea if you are looking for a different way to make a cake.
This recipe calls for a melted stick of unsalted butter, 1 cup water, 3 eggs, and a cake mix.
The recipe is intended for cupcakes, but we used it to make a cake.
Go to Tidy Mom's website to see more about the cake recipe:

We used a peanut butter icing recipe from Southern Plate:
This icing is very easy to just have to be fast pouring it on your cake because it sets up really fast.  You can't spread it after you pour it...just be sure to pour it evenly on the cake.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

If you live in the woods, I would highly recommend purchasing an oak leaf hydrangea bush.
We planted this one in the Big Woods over 10 years ago.  It is on the northwest corner of our house.  It has grown to be a nice size bush and is always loaded with blooms.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chicken and Dumplings

Monday, I had a craving for chicken and dumplings.  It might have had something to do with the bowl of broth and chicken that I was needing to use in my refrigerator.  I remembered seeing a contest for the best chicken and dumplings in an issue of Farm and Home magazine, so I searched for the recipe.

I was pleased to find not just the recipe, but also this video of the lady responsible for the winning dumplings showing exactly how to make them.  It is a good thing there was a video, because there are some mistakes I would have made if I had just followed the recipe.

I have to say, the dumplings I made following her directions were very good.  I will make them again one day, when I have another craving for dumplings.

  I hope you will enjoy this chicken and dumpling recipe, too.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Hamburger Steaks

There are several recipes in my collection that are my favorite.  They are the recipes that I use over and over again.  Bacon wrapped hamburger steaks are at the top of my family's favorite list.  It is a wonderful main dish to grill in the summer time.

You will need:
2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 slices bacon

Mix everything except the bacon together in a bowl.  I usually mix this with my hands.  When you have everything mixed together will form it into a long ball.

Lay out 8 strips of bacon side by side.

Place the ball of meat on top of the bacon and pull up each slice of bacon around the ball of meat.  Attach the bacon together with toothpicks.

Slice between the bacon strips...form into hamburger steak patties and place on a plate.

You should have eight fairly even hamburger steak patties when finished slicing.

Grill the hamburger steaks until done.  We always use a charcoal grill...we just like the taste better.

Be sure everyone knows to remove the toothpick from their hamburger steak before eating. 

Choose a few side dished, and you will have a delicious meal.  These bacon wrapped hamburger steaks are always a big hit with family and friends. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shade Flowers

Wow...the summer heat is upon us.  Temperatures here are in the upper 90's.  They have stayed in the upper 90's for several straight days, and there is no relief in sight.

The flowers in the Big Woods seem to be loving the hot weather.
I am trying to keep everything watered.

So... for now at least, there is lots of green and very little brown.

We even have some color in the middle of all this shade.

It is possible to grow flower gardens in the middle of the woods, even though it is not easy to find shade loving flowering plants.

Hopefully, the temperatures won't be this hot all summer.  It is typically not this hot this quick in Tennessee.  In the mean time, the flowers seem to be enjoying the early hot weather.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Baby Shower

There's a new baby coming soon to our family.
Yes, it's a boy.
My nephew and his wife are having a son...soon.

These are pictures from the baby shower.
There was a nautical theme.
Aren't the decorations creative???

Amazingly, these sailboat cookies tasted as good as they look.

  The new baby will be here soon.
We can't wait to meet you, Baby Taye.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dog Days

We spent another fun morning at the
Dog Days Flea Market in Ardmore, Tennessee, this past Memorial Day.  You may remember my post about Dog Days from Labor Day this past September.
The items in the pictures above were purchased for less than $10.00.  I was excited to get the pottery piece. I always enjoy finding pretty linen pieces...the large one is a pillow cover. 

The 2 liter handle was our family's favorite purchase. It makes the 2 liter unbelievably easy to pick up and to pour.  We purchased it as a joke for my son, but now I wish we had gotten more than one.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Peach Cobbler

I hope you can smell these peaches through your computer. There is something wonderful about fresh peaches in the hot summertime. If you are lucky enough to get some, you might like to make a fresh peach cobbler. This is a very easy and old family recipe.

You will need:
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 stick butter

2 cups fruit
3/4 cup sugar

Begin your peach cobbler by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Place a stick of butter in a large casserole dish. Set the casserole dish in the oven to melt the butter as the oven is preheating.

Blend the 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Blend in the 3/4 cup milk.

Peel and chop 2 cups of peaches and blend with the other 3/4 cup sugar.

Remove the melted butter from the oven and pour in the prepared mixture. Do not stir.

Next, pour in the prepared not stir.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until brown.

Here it is...a warm peach cobbler.

Now, I am sure you can smell it.

I actually made this peach cobbler a couple of days ago, and I am so glad there is a little left in the frig.
I think I will have some now...


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