Well at about 2pm tomorrow I am going to have 3 little boys decend on the house and be expecting a halloween party.And as of now I have done very little to prepare for it.I had good intensions of doing some stuff for it today but was lazy and spent some quality time with my little Tinkie.I have to make cupcakes--dip some cookies and decorate them like ghosts--decorate some chocolate candy bars to look like bugs--color and cut out the posterboard for the bean bag toss-and find something to substitute for beanbags (I've thought about using balled up socks)--and make the finger sandwiches and probably something else I'm forgetting at the moment.....oh and decorate the front room....LOL hubby has said that if he can escape the house for a little time at the shooting range that he'll help me.....And I'm going to hold him to it!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Well my little Tinkie is slowly but surely getting back to normal.Her surgery was Thursday.That evening when I picked her up from the vet I was so worried about her.It was like she was so weak it felt like I could feel every bone in her body.All she wanted to do was curl up on my chest and sleep.I hope the pain medication is working.She gets it twice a day.She's not eating as much as before but I guess that's to be expected.She is still sleeping alot more than usual but today she started getting around a little more and wanted so badly to play.I will still feel more relaxed when the stitches are out in 12 days........
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 10:41 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tinkie's having her doggie surgery done tomorrow....and "mom" is a nervous wreck...going to try stay busy and do the errands and stuff I usually do on friday a day early....LOL I think the hubbs is nervous about it all too-he keeps asking "are u sure u want to do this?" and in his speak that's his way of saying "I wish you wouldn't" LOL....but I don't want to deal with the issues of her "going into heat" and puppies and all even though she's an inside dog I just don't want to deal with it-and the vet says it'll be better for her health in the long run anyway...sooo I'm putting my trust in his expertise.....I don't know WHAT I'm going to do without my little shadow for so long tomorrow.....
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 10:37 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
I have 2 different versions of this recipe.Everyone just raves over these cookies each time I make them.They are an adaptation of Paula Deen's "MONSTER COOKIE" recipe on food network.
Julie's Secret Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 cup splenda type sugar blend
dash of salt
1 12oz jar of creamy peanut butter (I use the one with the lowest carbs)
1 stick softened butter
2TSP baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (NOT INSTANT)
**heat oven to 350*F
In large mixing bowl combine the eggs and sugars----add salt,vanilla,peanut butter,butter,and baking soda--mixing well--stir in the oats--mix well--bake for about 10mins--
I drop onto cookie sheets using a small ice cream scoop--
With 3 diabetics in the house we need something to satisfy our sweet tooth.This definately does it without alot of sugar.These cookies are delicious.You can also add nuts,fruits,or candy pieces for a different taste.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 7:11 PM
Whenever I ask hubby if he liked dinner or how it was,I'll usually get "it was ok" or "it was good"...but tonight I didn't even have to ask.He came to find me to compliment me on dinner.LOL I made beef stew in the crock pot.Kinda just threw it all together and let it cook half the day. LOL Didn't even use a recipe!
Hubby's fave beef stew-made in crockpot
large package of beef stew meat (cut into chunks)
few cups of frozen mixed veggies
1 large can of diced tomatoes (with juice)
veggie juice (like v8)
This time I had reserved some of the cooking liquid from the roast that I made a few days ago and froze it,so I added that instead of the veggie juice (because it had veggie juice in it already).Next time he said he wants me to try it with ground chuck(kinda like a hamburger stew).He ate like 4 bowls that I saw.He was a happy man!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 7:06 PM
Well,really it's been a productive afternoon and evening.I was in the kitchen from about 4pm until now as I type this it's almost 7pm....I wanted to try out a couple of recipes.One for our party saturday which I'm not sure I'll use now.And another that I thought about using as xmas gifts for the few people we will be gifting this year.I tried out something called a HIDDEN TREASURE BROWNIE CAKE-from one of Land O Lakes special edition recipe mags.The recipe showed it baked as cupcakes.I couldn't find my larger cupcake pan and didn't have any of the mini size liners so I went ahead and made it like a brownie.
Hidden Treasure Brownie Cakes
1/2 cup land o lakes butter (GASP! I used generic butter)
2 (1 ounce each) squares of semi sweet baking chocolate (I only had unsweet)
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1 cup of generic "spenda" type blend)
1/2 cup AP flour
1/4 TSP salt
**heat oven to 350*F
you're supposed to pour the batter into liners like you're making cupcakes and then put a kiss into the middle "hiding it" and bake them like regular cupcakes
It didn't turn out like I had thought but it's still good---just DIFFERENT than what I expected from what the pic in the mag shows.LOL
I think for our party I will just use a regular chocolate cake mix and add a kiss in the middle--easy,quick,foolproof! And once frosted I think I'll either sprinkle some halloween type sprinkles on and maybe add another kiss on top.
Another recipe I tried today was one for CANDY APPLE JELLY from a TOH holiday recipe mag.It calls for using apple juice but I thought it would be fabulous with another type of juice so I got cran-grape juice.
4 cups cranberry-grape juice
1 package of powdered fruit pectin
In a saucepan,bring juice and pectin to a full rolling boil-stirring constantly.Let boil for 2 minutes.Remove from heat,skim off any foam on top.Pour into containers.
In the recipe it calls for using jelly jars and sterilizing them but it was just for our home use so I could test it out so I just used a plastic "jar" type container.I'm hoping to have it for breakfast in the morning.I hope it turns out LOL.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 6:51 PM
Well,this little witch is getting ready for next weekend.I'm having a few kids over so zach can have a halloween party.Today,I'm going through the recipe mags and making a shopping list,making a few decorations-hoping the ones I ordered come in LOL.I gave hubby orders to move a few things out of my way so I can get the living room "company ready".It's going to be 2 days post surgery for my little Tinkie-pooh so I'm not sure how she's going to be feeling.If she's not up to alot of kids and excitement,I can just keep our side of the house closed off and have movies and games downstairs out of her way.For games I'm planning on a bean bag toss game where they throw small beanbags (gotta get/make those) through posterboard cutouts of pumkins with each marked as a different point value-but no matter how they do each little one will get a goodie bag.The other game I've had on my mind is the one I remember from a school carnival I went to back in like 1978 or 1979 (way too long ago)-where there is a sheet hanging across a clothesline and someone is on the other side of the sheet and you "fish" for your prize.I'm getting each kid a little hotwheels car and maybe a gummy body part candy for prizes.I hope the weather's nice where it can all be done outside but if not it's stuff that can be easily done inside.As of now,I'm planning on finger sandwiches for the grownups and corndogs for the kids--apple slices,chips and homemade ranch dip,hidden treasure brownie cupcakes (with a chocolate kiss hidden in the middle of the cupcake),and nutter-butter cookie ghosts (basicly you dip a nutter butter cookie in white chocolate and paint two eyes or a face on with decorator gel icing).The pics make it look simple.We'll see.I plan on doing a trial run on the brownie cupcakes this afternoon or whenever I can get the kitchen to myself.Right now grandpa has the tv blaring in the den and I just can't concetrate with alot of noise around me!(The kitchen is kinda hooked onto his "den" and it's just soooo noisey.)The hubby went out to see my dad about joining their hunting camp.So we'll see how that goes-I hope he doesn't get lost.It's way out in the "woods" and this will be the first time he's ever gone without me riding shotgun to give him directions LOL.And my little ghoul is playing wii fit in his bedroom-half naked LOL.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 1:25 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Today I opened the freezer and had NO IDEA what to make for hubby....Pulled out some ground beef and it looks like it'll be spaghetti.I'm going to make a huge batch and freeze some meat and sauce.DONE.Even though I didn't want to leave the house today,hubby gave me a sad story and asked me to go get him something,so I made a trip to walmart.No matter how much I threaten and complain about it we always seem to end up going like 3xs per week and that doesn't count the weekends.Oh well.Picked up a roast to throw in the crockpot so i won't have to cook tomorrow and I decided to run by the allergy dr and get my shots a day early so maybe just maybe I can relax at home and DO NOTHING tomorrow! We'll see how that goes.I picked up a cheesy pizza for Zach and some kind of chicken/garlic white saucey pizza for myself-it looked good anyway.I'll cook my chicken burger and brussel sprouts tomorrow.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 10:04 AM
I pulled the last package of hashbrown casserole out of the freezer and a small thing of mini ears of corn.I made cubed pork steaks.At least that's what my husband calls them.Quick and easy.Just what I needed yesterday.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 8:13 AM
Today my little Tinkie is 6 months old!!!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 8:13 AM
Monday, October 19, 2009
UGH....got up and had it in my mind I was going to make biscuits this morning-got them all cut out and they looked pretty on the baking sheet but something happened and most of them came out flat-and they fell apart and crumbled when I cut them open to butter them.Tasted good but I was NOT a happy baker this morning! LOL Hubby and grandpa left for a dr appointment,so I had the kitchem to myself a while.I tried another batch using another recipe.This time,I used the recipe on the back of the WHITE LILY flour.These definately turned out better than the food network recipe (sorry AB).They were fluffy and soft inside--but only 4 of them rose to where you could actually tell it was a biscuit though LOL.I'm wondering if it's how I'm rolling them out and cutting them.HMMMMM Something to ponder.I am definately going to work on perfecting my biscuit recipe this week.There's nothing worse that a sweet little SouthernBelle that can't make a good biscuit!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 12:04 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Brown and drain meat.Add veggies-I had corn,green beans,and celery.I added a can of tomato paste and a can of tomato sauce plus a little veggie juice and mixed well.Pour into casserole dish and top with shredded cheddar cheese.Top that with mashed potatoes and bake until the cheese is melted. I used instant potatoes because I had some on hand.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 4:16 PM
Friday, October 16, 2009
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Birdie Bread-It's for the BIRDS!
A few years ago,my husband read in a bird magazine that some people supplemented their parrot's diet by making either egg biscuits or birdie bread for them.Ever since,we've made birdie bread for our Red-Lored Amazon Parrot.He loves it and even acts "deprived" if he doesn't have it.I suppose it would be OK for humans to eat too since all ingredients are all natural but I haven't tried it LOL.
1 package jiffy cornbread mix
1c mixed veggies
1 small-medium "jar" of babyfood (veggies or fruit flavor)
Prepare the cornbread mix as directed on the box but using the same amount listed for milk but use WATER--add the veggies and babyfood.Mix well.Bake until golden brown.
**sometimes I'll add in a handful of birdseed or sprinkle the seeds over the top if I'm feeling spiffy!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 4:07 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1 package of shredded lettuce
2-3 large diced tomatoes
1 package shredded mexican style cheese (or plain chedded)
2 bottles of russian salad dressing
1-2 lbs of ground beef (or turkey)
diced onion (optional)
package of taco seasonings
frito chips or "salad" type taco bowl/shell
In skillet,saute onions and brown meat until done-drain well----add the taco seasonings and as much water as package instructs and cook over medium-low heat until done---In large bowl add the shredded lettuce,diced tomatoes,shredded cheese and dressing-add meat--stir well until mixed--serve over frito corn chips.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 6:52 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
a "makeover" recipe from ToH
1/3 cup butter-softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup sugar blend for baking (ie splenda)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup applesauce (recipe said unsweet but I used cinnamon)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1cup all purpose flour
1cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup nuts (if desired-I left them out)
1/3 cup butter-cubed
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup fat free milk (I used 2%)
2 cups confectioner's sugar
In large bowl beat the butter and sugars until well combined----beat in the eggs,buttermilk,applesauce and vanilla---in separate bowl combine the flour,oats,cocoa,baking powder and salt----slowly add to the butter mixture being sure to mix well--STIR in the nuts if desired--
spread batter into a 15x10" pan coated with cooking spray----bake at 350* for about 25 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean--cool completely
For frosting----In a small saucepan melt the butter---whisk in cocoa and milk until smooth---bring to a boil--remove from the heat and whisk in the confectioner's sugar--whisk/stir until smooth--immediately spread over the bars-let stand until frosting is set--cut into squares
THESE ARE DELICIOUS!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 5:48 PM
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 4:32 PM
Tinkie and Zachary sacked out after a long day of play.
On the Tinkie front,the days are ticking down till her surgery.I hope the pet insurance I enrolled in IS legit and I do get some of the money back.We're going to have her spayed/neutered and micro chipped.That's going to be roughly $200 out of pocket so anything that I get back will be welcomed.The vet is also going to do a skin test to see if we can figure out why her hair is thinning out so bad in some spots.The one by her ear seems to be getting worse.Ever since we went out to play in the back yard last week she's been limping.She won't let me look at her foot to see if it she has a splinter or boo boo on it.It comes and goes too.She was also kinda stepped on that afternoon too.So I'm hoping it's just that and nothing too serious.She lost a tooth a few weeks ago.She's been chewing kinda funny when we give her doggie bones so I'm wondering if she has lost more than one puppy tooth.She hasn't been eating all her doggie food the past few days.So I'm wondering if that's why--maybe she's having a hard time chewing.I meant to pick up some kinda of softer food the other day but forgot.I'll have to do it if I go back to the store this week.She loves scrambled eggs-and the vet said it was ok for her to eat some-just to try and stay away from the fat,so I've been making her a scrambled egg white for breakfast--she gets half and the parrot gets half.I'll be glad when the whole surgery deal is over though LOL.We got some cute video of her and if i can figure out how to upload it I'll post it here-for now it's on facebook.We swear this dog is trying to talk.She was saying MAMA....Now she's saying OWWWW! Hubby likes to play rough and tussle with her and get riled up.He'll say OWWW when she nips him or bumps him with her nose (she knows she can't bite so she'll bump you with her nose if you're playing rough and she wants to bite ya LOL).
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
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Friday, October 9, 2009
Supper Friday was leftovers.For me I kinda cleaned out the fridge from last night's supper-I had leftover chicken and rice and a fruit salad.For the chicken and rice yesterday,I boiled 3 skinless breasts with a good pinch of spices,salt,garlic,and the rest of a zippie bag of chopped onions I had in the fridge.I used the last of the yellow rice and "chicken flavor" rice I had in the pantry-those little singe serve minute rice thingies.after the chicken cooled I shredded it and kinda just dumped it all together and added a few ladles of the broth the chicken cooked in.It was delish!I'm going to learn to do yellow rice from scratch and do that next time.That could definately become a staple dish in the menu plan I'm still trying to put together.I chopped up a huge apple and squeezed lemon juice over it.I added a can of tropical fruit salad.Delicious.I also had one of the last slices of the infamous pie from the other day.The husband and his dad had leftover KFC from lunch today.All in all it was a good day-I didn't have to cook other than breakfast (gotta have a break sometime) and the hubby even did the dishes.He usually does them on the weekends.And this is going to be a long weekend-he's off through tuesday afternoon when he will start a new work schedule.So I am going to take full advantage of it and have him do a few things on the "honey do" list and let him do as many loads of dishes that he wants!**wicked laughter** Seriously,he's a good husband--he does help around the house--maybe not the way I would prefer it to be done,but he helps and that counts.I let the puppy and kiddo trapsey around in the backyard some this afternoon and they both headed straight for grandpa's piles of red dirt that dot the backyard.He's supposedly filling in holes or something LOL.Both the kid and puppy dug and played and ran till their little hearts and tails were content,filthy,and tired! I gave the kiddo a bath already and am going to get the pup a bath in a few mins.Gotta get hubby to help me-gotta have an extra pair of hands to hold her while I scrub her clean! She is sacked out under the computer table as I type listening to the rainstorm that's brewing outside.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 4:37 PM
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tinkie naps/hangs out under my computer desk on an old pillow and fuzzy blanket.She has things hidden all over the house-under my bed,in her half of the sewing room closet,under the sewing room table,EVERYWHERE.This morning,I noticed she kept digging at the pillow and whining like she was trying to get something.So I pulled the pillow back and she got back there and pulled out a milkbone she had "buried"-I saw chewie sticks and chew squares (rawhide sticks and squares-they really calm her down).I pushed the pillows back into place and she is sitting there munching happily on the milkbone.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 10:17 AM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Simple Syrup (from Food Network)
In a saucepan,combine the water and sugar over medium heat.
Bring to a boil,reduce heat,and simmer for 5 minutes-stirring
until the sugar is fully dissolved.Remove from heat and allow
the syrup to cool.Store in fridge.
**I found the recipe for Sweet Potato Pecan Pie in a ToH magazine-I'm allergic to pecans and pecan trees,so I improvised using almonds.Instead of the corn syrup the recipe calls for I used the same amount of the above simple syrup.The original recipe calls for using refrigerated pie pastry but I used a refrigerated pie shell-basicly the same thing already rolled out and in a tin foil pan.
Sweet Potato-Almond Pie
1 frozen pie shell (thawed)
1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1TBS reduced fat butter (melted)
1/4 TSP salt
1/2 TSP vanilla
1/2 TSP ground Cinnamon
1/4 TSP ground Allspice
1/4 TSP ground Nutmeg
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup simple syrup (or corn syrup)
1TBS reduced fat butter
2/3 cup slivered Almonds (or chopped pecans)
Heat oven to 350* and bake for 45-55mins
In a small bowl,combine the potatoes,milk,brown sugar,
butter,vanilla,salt and spices.Pour into the pie shell and
For Almond layer--In another bowl,whisk the egg and brown sugar
together until smooth and blended.Add the syrup,butter,and vanilla.
Mix well.With spoon,stir in the almonds.Pour over the sweet potato layer.
Bake at 350* for 45-55mins or until a knife inserted in middle of pie comes out
clean.Cool completely on a rack-chill for at least 3 hours.
*****best used with a DEEP DISH PIE SHELL---and if in doubt, place your pie onto a
separate baking sheet to bake or you just might have to do some oven cleaning!
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 6:20 PM
SORRY-I got out of order with my pics and haven't figured out how to arrange them without deleting them all and uploading again! LOL It took me a while to figure out that you should start with your end pic first....This BLOG stuff gives me a headache sometimes! ;)
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Monday, October 5, 2009
Slice the squash very thin and cook until it kind of carmelizes.This is something that the hubby's mom and housekeeper would make when he was little.I sauteed it in a little olive oil and with a little salt and ALOT of pepper.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 6:02 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2009
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Saturday, October 3, 2009
We went back to bed and laid around being lazy a few hours and hubby helped his dad out in the backyard for a bit.Then we decided OK we need to get out of the house for a bit.We took Zachary and Tinkie to Lazy Acres Pumpkin Patch (it's also a christmas tree farm).Tinkie did really well in the car.She would snooze a little and look out the window some and then fall back asleep.LOL She did really well for being on her leash for only the second time.She ran around and was so excited seeing all the new people and enjoyed being out in the warm sun.One attraction that they have is that they do a pig race where they let the piggies out of their pen and they run around a circle track back to their feed bowls-it's absolutely HILARIOUS.We didn't see that this year but said hello to the piggies.We thought Tinkie might have over done it-she got really panty and laid down and was just acting so worn out-kinda scared us a little.We made her drink some water and we rested a little and hitched a ride back to the country store on a tractor driven hay ride.She liked that I think-except for all the tractor noise!We only stayed about 2 hours I would say.Might have stayed longer if Tinkie wasn't with us,but we had a blast! Zach picked out a HUGE pumpkin.I told him we might try and go back again later this month if it gets cooler.I want to go again when the christmas tree farm part is open,I've never been to that.They have a "sleigh" pulled by reindeer I think.All in all it was a pretty good afternoon.
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 5:28 PM
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Mandatory window clings......
Posted by SweetMissMagnolia at 5:58 PM