Monday, May 26, 2008

Charlie the Sock Monkey Finds A Home

Several days ago I posted about my new friends Charlie and Jim - the sock monkeys from Barb. I gave Jennie one of the sock monkeys. She loved him! I decided to keep Jim. He is going to sit on my desk at work. Since my office is next the principal's office - I'm sure he will be well behaved !

First, she chewed on his tail and then she had to give Charlie a kiss! I think they will be buddies for a long time!


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday - Fruit Cobbler

We had supper at my sister's house tonight and this is what I made using a can of blackberry pie filling. I sprinkled a 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top when it came out of the oven. I had to add a few more fat grams - it didn't look like it had enough!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Charlie & Jim

Monday when I got home from work, I had a box waiting for me. Inside this box, was my order from Barb - her shoppe . The minute I popped these two rascals out of the box, their little personalities came to life!

Their names are Charlie and Jim. Charlie (on the left) is very quite and shy. He doesn’t have much to say. Jim (on the right) is another story entirely! He is the busy one and carries on something all the time! They are so cute with their red bows and wide smiles! I got one to give Jennie. I got the other one to give as baby gift later this summer. I’m thinking Jim may have to stay with me. He seems like my kind of guy!

I might just have to find something else for the baby gift to go along with the burp clothes I ordered from Barb too. The burp cloths are absolutely adorable! I got the ones with Pooh. Barb does such a beautiful job in wrapping the burp clothes so that they are ready to give. Her little shoppe on the web is full of great gift ideas and things to keep for yourself! I can’t wait to see what else she will make to sell!

She also has a wonderful blog with cooking and craft ideas along with good thoughts for everyday living. Her blogs are well worth your time to check out!


Wednesday - What's for supper?

Tonight we had bacon and tomato sandwiches with skillet potatoes. These hydroponic tomatoes were locally grown by Mennonites in a greenhouse. They are grown in water with no soil. My local grocery sells them for $2.29 a pound and they are worth every penny! It will be awhile before our tomatoes are ripe in our little "mini-garden" of 3 tomato plants. Until then, I'm saving my pennies for tomatoes and gas! The skillet potatoes are really good and quick. I also got a small carton of strawberries at the grocery. They come with the most wonderful marshmallow/cream cheese dip!

Our local grocery is on my way home from work. I stop there several times a week to pick up things to go with supper. They have a great selection of meat that is cut there at the store and their produce is always fresh. Alot of times I will see the same people and we always start the same conversation of "What's for supper?"! Many times I have no ideas for supper until I go in the grocery. I could plan our meals but then I would miss the fun of stopping at the grocery!


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Easy Biscuits

We eat biscuits or cornbread with just about every meal. Maybe that is why my cholesterol is high....

These are the easiest biscuits. I started using this recipe more than twenty years ago. It’s great to add cheese, chopped ham, or cooked bacon or sausage.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Cheese & Smooth Peanut Butter

I am a secretary in an elementary school. I am convinced that we have the cutest and smartest kids in our school. I love my job even when some of the little angels "lose their halos" and have to spend time in the office.

I am amazed on a daily basis at the things that they say. Today a little sweetheart came to my office on an errand for her teacher. She is in the first grade. Our conversation went like this:

Ellie (eyes dancing): “Oooo – those are cute little note pads! What do you use them for?”

Me: “I use them to write notes on when I mark pages or forms.”

Ellie: “They sure are small. They are small enough for a mouse to write on.”

Me: “If you were a mouse, what would you write on the little note pad?”

Ellie(very slow and thoughtful): “I would make a grocery list.”

Me: “What would you put on the grocery list?”

Ellie: “What do mice like to eat?”

Me: “Cheese, peanut butter.”

Ellie (eyes dancing again): “Peanut butter and crackers are my favorite.”

Me: “Do you like crunchy or smooth peanut butter?”

Ellie: “Smooth.”

Me: “Me too.”

Ellie: "I would put cheese and smooth peanut butter on the list."

In my mind, I could see a little mouse, with a long tail, holding a large pencil trying to writing out his grocery list for the week.
smooth peanut butter

Ellie is a girl after my own heart. We both like cute little note pads, smooth peanut butter, and we both have vivid imaginations. If only I had some peanut butter and crackers in my desk. We could have had a picnic……


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Willis Adkins (Owner/Photographer)

Hope everyone had good Mother's Day. We went to church this morning with my sister, brother-in-law, and my beautiful niece. There was a special dedication for the babies of the church today. My niece Jennie was absolutely adorable! They presented her with a little pink Bible. Jennie is 9 months old. This is a picture of her when she was 6 months old chewing on her mother's bracelet. I think she is beautiful - of course I might be just a little partial.
This picture was taken at Easter. She wore the same dress today and it was not as loose on her today. She is growing up so fast!

Sunday Soup Time

This would be good on a day like today. It's cold and windy here. Good day for soup and snuggling up with a book on the couch.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wednesday - What's for Supper?

We had these tonight (1/2 of the recipe) with scrambled eggs, and hash browns. Quick and easy supper after a long busy day of work. I have made these before to take to church. They are also good dipped in pancake syrup.


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Saturday - Bread Makin' Day

I do not consider myself a bread maker. Cornbread and biscuits are the only bread I have ever made that turned out edible! I tried this recipe several weeks ago and love it! I feel like a “semi-bread maker” - not a full blooded one by no means! I tried to make this in metal loaf pans – regular and non-stick – but it came out chewy and browned too fast. I had a white Corning Ware (from the 80’s) loaf pan that I have always used for meatloaf and tried baking the bread in it. It came out so good that I bought two more (clear Pyrex) glass loaf pans so I could bake three loaves at one time. My house smelled great! My boys were very impressed. It doesn’t take much to please them…..

Beer Bread
3 cups self-rising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 – 12oz. can beer

Mix together well and pour in a greased and floured glass 5x9 baking dish. Bake on 325 for 50 – 55 minutes or until golden brown. Pour ¼ of a cup of melted butter on top while still hot. Let cool on a wire rack. I found that if I wrap it with aluminum foil while it is still just a little warm and put it in the fridge until it is completely cool, the bread is softer and easier to slice.

I love this toasted in the oven for breakfast with scrambled eggs or jelly. This bread freezes really well.