Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Klay is now about 6ft 220Lb. & a S.W.A.T Police officer. But we still love to tell the story about that special Christmas- he thinks it's great too.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HANUKKAH TO EVERYONE! GOD'S BLESSINGS!!!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
1. Make sure you have all the ingredients BEFORE you begin and that they are as fresh as possible. Eggs should be Grade A Large and butter should be full fat and unsalted. Do not substitute margarine.
2. Have all ingredients measured and in order of use before you start.
3. READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS completely BEFORE you begin.
4. Bring ingredients to room temperature before you begin.
5. Don't be rushed.
6. If time permits, bake one day then assemble & frost the next. Freezing the layers make them easier to frost too.
7. When measuring flour DO NOT PACK into the measuring cup. Use another utensil to dip flour and pour into measuring cup, leveling the top with the edge of a flat object such as the edge of a knife.
8. Dry ingredient cups are NOT the same as liquid. Make sure to have each style.
9. When adding the dry & wet ingredients (like flour or milk) always start and end with the dry.
10. Do not over beat flour after adding. Beat only until well incorporated or your cake will be tough.
11. All flour is not the same and most are not interchangeable. All-Purpose is the most used flour for baking cakes. Whole Wheat flour is heavier than All-Purpose and Cake Flour is very, very light. Then there is Self Rising- save it for other baking. Always use the flour called for in a recipe and make sure to check the expiration date.
12. Baking soda and baking powder are NOT the same. They are interchangeable in other recipes but not so much in cakes. Make sure to use the correct one.
13. Regular granulated sugar is better than super fine sugar for baking cakes. Super fine makes better frosting and pastries.
14. Always bake your cakes on the center rack in the middle of the oven.
15. When prepping the inside of a pan for a chocolate cake, use cocoa powder instead of flour. It works just as well and keeps the sides of the cake from turning white.
16. When baking more than one of the same cake at the same time, it is best not to double the ingredients. Just start fresh with each cake.
17. I find a hand held electric mixer works better than a stationary mixer for getting all the ingredients up from the bottom of the bowl.
18. Metal baking pans are better for even baking than glass pans.
19. Try to get the best pans you can afford. A better pan makes a better cake. If you can't afford them right away, do like I have done. Buy one every other month. By the end of the year you'll have great pans for great cakes!
20. Never make plans for a new cake recipe to be served to guests the same day. In other words experiment with a new recipe only when you are not using the cake right away.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Then one of the daughters unfortunately could not come due to work. Having to stay until an unbelievably late hour of the morning and too exhausted, she called to let us know she would not be coming.
As we were enjoying our Thanksgiving meal, my husband got strangled on something and lost consciousness and blacked out. We had to call for an ambulance, but by the grace of God, our youngest daughter was able to help him and he spat out the lodged food and was able to breathe again- wow what a scary moment that was!!!
Then today Mom underwent another surgery to remove a "port" in her arm where her blood is filtered for dialysis. The doctor was expecting to have to permanently remove this port and place one on her neck due to horrible infection in the arm, but again, miraculously they were able to install another one in the arm! God is so good and gracious. She is now recovering and according to her nurses in the ICU, has become a member of the "Clean Plate Club"! Praise God for all He gives! Please pray with us this week as she may be going through a third surgery on her leg. Thank you all in advance and to God be all Glory & Praise!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Cook Family Famous Potato Salad
10 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cooked until just fork tender
1 tall jar of chopped olives with pimentos
1 dozen hard boiled eggs
3 small onions finely chopped
1 small jar of dill pickle cubes (not relish)
1 small jar of sweet relish
Kraft Mayonnaise- at least 1/2 jar or more as needed
To taste: celery salt, onion powder, salt & pepper
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Mix potatoes and eggs (saving two eggs for decoration on top). Mix all the other ingredients and add to potato mix. Mix well and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Twice Baked Potatoes
1- large baker for each person, washed and dried
coarse sea salt
1 tbsp of butter per potato
1 tbsp of sour cream per potato
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp of real shredded Parmesan cheese, per potato
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Rub each potato with olive oil and rub in the salt. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 1+ hour or until pierces easily with a fork. (DO NOT MICROWAVE THE POTATOES, they will not taste the same) Remove from oven and unwrap. Let cool enough to handle. When cooled enough, carefully remove the top portion of skin from the potato and carefully scoop out most of the pulp and place a large bowl. Add the butter and sour cream needed for each potato and salt & pepper if needed, then mash together. Carefully pipe the mixture back into each potato and sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese on top. Place in a casserole dish & place back into the oven and heat long enough to melt the cheese. Serve immediately
2 pounds of baby carrots
1 can of pineapple cubes with juice
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 red or orange bellpepper, diced
1 green bellpepper, diced
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of Soy Sauce
Cook carrots until tender but not mushy. Drain. Add all the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 mintes or until the bellpeppers are crisp tender.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This story infuriated King David and David said the second man would have to pay 4 fold for the other man's loss and as their custom, should be put to death for stealing. Nathan told David, "You are the second man David. Your God in heaven has given you so much. You have many wives yet you stole the wife of another man. The only wife he had. He was a loyal servant to you and you betrayed him and had him murdered." This made King David reflect on his sins and repented & confessed his sin to God. God granted immediate forgiveness, yet because of David's sin, sentenced him to a life of misery and sadness for him & his children to follow, starting with the death of David's new son from the affair with Bathsheba. David was God's chosen one. His beloved. God would have done anything for David had he asked. He would have given him the world without limitations if only David had stayed in God's will. But because he strayed he was ultimately punished. God is holy & just to forgive us of our sins if we confess and are truly sorry for them, but that does not necessarily keep us from facing the consequences of them. We can have the sins erased, but not the penalty nor the hurt and pain that our sins cause others!
So each and every minute we must strive to do good by God. Staying in the word of God to help guide us and to help keep our lives free from sin. Keeping our minds full of God leaves no room for sin. We cannot afford our sins to interfere in the lives of our children. Pray for guidance each day and for growth and forgiveness. Pray for our children to follow God's direction and not be swayed by the world's motto of "If it feels good do it" Please, don't -"Just do it.!"
May God's blessings be on you and your families for ever and ever.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
1 bag of cranberries
1 cup of sugar (more or less to taste)
2 naval oranges- peeled, seeded & sectioned
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
1 cup of chopped pecans- (optional)
Place all ingredients except pecans in a food processor and pulse until all are combined but not soupy. Pour in serving bowl and mix in chopped pecans if using. Place in refrigerator and let rest for at least 1 hour.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
(The picture was my Father-in-law a Veteran waving from the balcony of ourr home on the 4th of July, 2008- just 2 weeks before he died- Thank you Dad.)
I am and always have been very patriotic. But the older & wiser I get, the more and more it means to me. We sometimes have a tendancy to just take for granted our wonderful freedoms in this great country of ours and forget those who gave everything so that we could live life as we do. We have been given so much by so many and more often take without thanking. Most of our younger generation have no idea what Veteran's Day is even about. The youth don't know what they have been given by the sacrifices of our Veteran's! But today with all that is in me I THANK you all, the past, present and future Veterans of this United States of America. To each & everyone of you, I wave my flag proudly, shed a tear in rememberance for you, I pray for you and thank our Mighty and Ever Loving God for your strength, endurance and gift of freedom to us. So........If you speak English- thank a veteran...If you can walk down the street each day and not worry about a bombing- thank a veteran...If you can freely vote your choice- thank a veteran...If you can pray to the God of your choosing- thank a veteran...If you can speak your mind- thank a veteran...If you can earn a paycheck- thank a veteran, and so much more- thank a veteran! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
So later in years Honey's sister & I took over the holiday meals & I took over Thanksgiving. No problem, except that I was expected to cook all of his mom's recipes- talk about intimidating!!! I barely cooked back then. So now I am a pro at it and would like to share some of the Carter Family Thanksgiving Recipes. I hope you enjoy them.
Carter Family "Dressing"
2 large loaves of bread left out overnight to stale
1 lb of sage sausage
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 celery stalks, chopped fine
1 small jar of Mott's applesauce
1 large egg, beaten
1 can of Swanson Chicken broth
1/2 cup of milk
1 large handful of parsley, chopped
rubbed sage to taste
salt & pepper to taste
Crumble the bread in a large pot or bowl.
Brown the sausage, add the onion and celery cooking until tender.
Drain and pour into the crumbled bread.
Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Loosely stuff (hence the term stuffing), into the neck and cavity of the turkey.
Bake with the turkey and remove as soon as the turkey is cooled OR
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well it's finally here. Whether you vote Republican or Democrat please do not pass up the chance to voice your choice. It may not be long before this country turns the tables and we are no longer afforded this opportunity. And yes it is that, an opportunity, a privilege not a right. We as Americans have been given such freedoms in this Great Country of ours and so many of us have no idea of how vast they really are. But if we choose not to get out and vote and study the issues to make informed decision, these freedoms will surely be taken from us. We are not granted God given rights to vote, but a declaration of freedoms that our for fathers established, that if not enforced will be taken away. Please pray over your choices and vote.
GOD BLESS AMERICA we are in need in deed.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Do you love the Autumn? I do. I love the crisp chill in the air, I love driving in downtown Newnan on the square late at night when hardly any cars are out as the wind blows the leaves around the streets, I love the colors of the pumpkins, eggplants and the squashes. I love decorating our home with the warm colors and planning for our Thanksgiving family dinner. But, most of all I love the smells of Autumn. Rich hearty pumpkin & squash soups as they cook and knowing they will soon warm my soul. Thick meaty chili in the crock as it scents the entire house until your mouth waters and the temptation to sneak a taste overcomes you. The smell of turkey and pumpkin pies as they waft through the air cooking on Thanksgiving morning. I love sipping hot steaming cups of tea while wrapped in a blanket sitting on the porch early in the morning as the mist is just rising over the lake and the dew clings and glistens on spider webs as the smell of the wet leaves and sweet smell of hay just touch your notrils and the glory of God is so apparent that every bone in you shivers in amazement and silent worship.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My adventure was revealed to me in three parts with a beautiful poem addressed as Part 1.
Part one consisted of an hour long massage, an hour long facial, then a wonderful champagne brunch and followed with a deluxe manicure and pedicure.
After this was over I was again whisked off to part 2.
Part two was also revealed in another poem. I was taken to a salon for a new haircut & color as well as a make-over (we will not go in to that at this time- suffice it to say my oldest daughter & I rushed out with wet paper towels and make-up remover!!!!) But my hair looked fabulous!!!!
Then on to part 3!!!
Part three again began with a poem stating that we had to return to the house to put on something new and that dinner was on the agenda. I was concerned because my daughter stated that I would see when we returned home "what" I was going to wear.
Well SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. It was a great surprise indeed. All my closest friends, family and neighbors. I was really really shocked!!! We had such a wonderful time and my three daughters and husband did a really great job surprising me and keeping it hush, hush.
And what was the new item to wear??? A beautiful diamond necklace from my honey.
Ah, turning 50. I have embraced it whole heartedly and with my latest Dr.s check-up- my heart is great- here's to another 50 and to a wonderful family!