Saturday, August 30, 2014

Apple Dessert

When my husband and I were dating,
(more than 30 years ago)
there was always someone stopping by his house to visit with his parents.
I remember that as soon as a visitor came in the door, my husband's mother would disappear in the kitchen.  The next thing you know, the visitors would be sitting at the table eating this wonderfully hot dessert and drinking coffee. 
I later learned how simple it is to make, so she always kept the ingredients on hand just in case.
 You will need:
1 can apple pie filling
1 stick margarine melted
1/2 box yellow cake mix
optional:  cinnamon
optional:  pecans
 Spray a casserole dish with Pam.
A square cake pan is recommended, but I like to use this speckled enamel pan.
Spread the pie filling over the bottom of the pan.
Sprinkle the half box of cake mix over the pie filling.
Then pour the melted stick of butter over the top.

I decided to add some cinnamon.
Next time, I will add the cinnamon to the pie filling.
Can you smell it???

I also decided to add some chopped pecans to the top of the dessert.
Pecans are completely optional.

Bake at 350 degrees until brown.
I baked this one for about 35 minutes.
If you want your dessert to be pretty, be sure all the cake mix is covered with butter before baking.
This dessert is easy to make and can be served any time of year.  It can even be served with breakfast foods.  I have also made it with cherry pie filling.
Try it warm with ice cream!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


 I love Shasta Daisies!
I use to grow them in my garden, but since we have been living in the Big Woods, there is no sun for growing daisies.
My Practical Sister had these growing in her garden, so I begged for a few to brighten my screen porch.
 Precious Kitty immediately was curious.
 She spent some time just checking them out.
She stayed just long enough for me to snap these pictures and then scurried away. 
I guess she does not share my love of the daisy.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


 It is summertime!!!
Every summer, my Sewing Sister makes a trip to visit her children who live in another state.
In exchange for watering her flowers while she is gone, I get to pick her gladiolas.

They are just beautiful and last for several days.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies and Bacon Wrapped Hamburger Steaks

 Looking for something different to cook for the 4th of July holiday...
try these two great recipes.
The link below will lead you to my no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe. 
All you need to do to make the peanut butter version is leave out the chocolate.
My son really likes these cookies.

Another great recipe if you are grilling on the 4th of July is bacon wrapped hamburger steaks.
This is one of my family's favorite things.
They are super easy to make, super good, and something a little different from the usual grilled hamburgers.

 You can follow the link below to find this recipe:

Just be sure to watch for the toothpicks when you are eating these.
Happy 4th!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Old Fashioned Banana Bread

What to do when you have overripe bananas???
Make Banana Bread...of course.
I found this recipe in a file of older recipes from a lady I dearly admired growing up.
I decided to try it, and I have concluded that I will indeed use it again.
You will need:
3 cups sugar
1/2 pound butter or margarine
4 eggs
8 Tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons soda
4 cups plain flour
6 or 7 ripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Begin by creaming together the sugar, butter, and eggs.

Then, alternately add the buttermilk and flour/soda.
Mix well after each addition.
I usually do not keep buttermilk; I make my own using whole milk and a splash (1/2 teaspoon) of vinegar.

 Mash the overripe bananas with a fork.
I only had 4 bananas, so that is how many I used.

 Add the bananas to the batter and mix well.
Prepare the pan for baking.
You can use a tube pan or two loaf pans.
I like to use Pam for Baking to prepare my pan.
 Pour the batter into the pan.
This batter looks yummy.
 The directions say to bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
I will shorten this baking time the next time I use this recipe by at least 20 minutes. 
You can tell from the picture the cake is very brown.  It was not burnt, and definitely tasted delicious.
I think it would be even better, if I shorten the baking time.
The recipe did not call for nuts, and I did not add them.  If you really like nuts in your banana bread, then by all means add some. 

 I did add a little sprinkling of powdered sugar just for fun.

Of course, this banana bread also freezes well.

Friday, June 6, 2014


One of the things I love about summer is bringing "cuttings" inside my house. 
These are pieces of impatients that I simply broke off with my hand.
I made sure that I removed any leaves from the bottom of the stems, and then I placed them in fresh tap water that I put in this blue container.
I will add more water to the container in the coming days.
It won't be long and there will be roots growing out from the bottom of the stems.
I will then plant the cuttings in some potting soil, and I will have new plants for my garden.
The nice thing about breaking these cuttings from the already healthy plants in my garden is the benefit to the original plant. 
Pinching back an impatient will keep it from getting tall and spindly; instead, it will grow bushy and full.


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