Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gerome Bars

 We always made Gerome Bars at Christmas time when I was growing up.
I have never eaten one of these bars any where else.
I am not even sure why they are called "Gerome" bars, but that is what we always called them.
This is the first time I have made them in several years, but it probably won't be the last.
My family really liked them.
 You will need:
1 box whole graham crackers
1 1/2 sticks margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1 cup coconut
1 box powder sugar
1 stick margarine melted
3 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
First, line a 9x13 pan with whole graham crackers.

Melt 1 1/2 stick margarine in a saucepan.
Add the 1 cup sugar.

In a separate bowl beat the egg and add the 1 1/2 cups milk. Mix well.

Add this mixture to the butter and sugar.
Bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add the graham crackers...

the chopped pecans...

and the coconut.
Stir well.

Immediately pour this mixture over the graham crackers and spread evenly.

Place another layer of whole graham crackers over the filling.
Now it is time to prepare the icing.
Add the powdered sugar to the melted margarine, alternately with the milk and vanilla.

 I usually mix this icing with a wire whisk.  It will be very thin.
Pour the icing over the top layer of graham crackers.
Smooth the icing over the crackers.
Sprinkle coconut over the icing.

Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Cut into bars to serve.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve

Thank you Trisha Yearwood, the Pioneer Woman, and my husband for my early Christmas present.
A candy thermometer, a cake icing spatula, and a very nice set of measuring cups that I desperately needed.  A special thank you to my husband who was listening as I was wishfully thinking out loud while watching my favorite shows last Saturday morning.  Thanks also to my daughter for hinting about the measuring cups, and to my son for making the trip with my husband to the Williams-Sonoma store.  I can't wait to get started on the Christmas baking!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Trash

Christmas is coming; Christmas trash has been made.  This year we used the following ingredients:
Frosted Cheerios
Rice Chex
Pretzel Sticks
Dry Roasted Peanuts
White candy quick
Trash is made with whatever ingredients you have that sound good.  Just mix everything together and cover with melted candy quick.  Spread on a sheet of wax paper to cool.  Then, store in a covered container. 
This makes great Christmas gifts.  It usually does not stay around our house long enough to give away.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


 After a day of Black Friday shopping, it becomes time to decorate for Christmas.
We spent all day Friday cleaning and getting our home ready for Christmas.
 I took several pictures, but these are the only ones that came out good enough to post. 
My daughter loves decorating for the holidays.
Our home takes on a completely different "feel" once we finish our decorating.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Country Living

There is a special feeling that you get when you go to the country in Tennessee.

It is a feeling that you just can't get in the city.

 Scenes that depict a life that is lived slowly and simply.
 You will never see anything like this in the city.
Honestly, if you don't know what poke berries are really missing out.

 These images bring back memories of a time that was simple...
 Can't you just imagine going in and out of this gate???
 Or how about this one???

You don't have to look far to get the feeling of family.
That is what the country is family.

And there are more generations still to enjoy it!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Land Clearing

 My husband's business has been very busy this fall.
We went out a couple of weekends ago to take these pictures of a farm that he cleared.

 It still amazes me what his land clearing machine can do.  This was previously an area that a human could barely walk through.

It looked something like this....

 ...and this.
 And now, it looks like this.
 I especially like how the machine is small enough to fit around trees, so that some can be left.
It looks like a park.
See the deer watching us in the background.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


All is right in the Big Woods.
My blogging has taken a huge slow down as of late.
First it was problems with my disk full of pictures; then it was problems with my internet.
I have many things to share.
For example...
I just love this picture.
My Lynchburg sister's home is always decorated for the seasons. 
She gives me lots of blogging material.



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