Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fall Decorating

Fall Decorating Ideas

My favorite time of year is almost here and yes I am excited.  All the brilliant fall colors, pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, bittersweet, bales of hay, wiener roast, hayrack rides, apple cider, football, tailgating, all thing cinnamon, apple or pumpkin.

Cooler weather means pulling out the leggings, boots, sweaters and layering for comfort.

Enjoy some of the decorations I have made, along with a few purchased along the way at some wonderful fall harvest craft fairs.

What do you love about FALL?  ENJOY!

Fall Decorating Ideas
Fall Decorating Ideas
Fall Decorating Ideas

13×9 Sandwich Melts

Sandwich Melts

Needing a really quick and easy meal when there is no time to cook?  This sandwich melt is the perfect solution.

13 x 9 Sandwich Melt

12 rolls split in half ( I used homemade rolls, can us Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)
Sliced Ham
Provolone Cheese
Cream Cheese with onion and chive
6 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Fresh parsley chopped

Layer bottom of the rolls with couple of ham slices.

Place provolone cheese on top of ham.

Spread top of the roll with cream cheese onion and chive spread.

Combine the melted butter, parsley and Dijon mustard.  Pour over the top of the sandwiches.

Bake covered with aluminum foil on 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted and roll tops are light brown.

Sandwich Melts



Q and A


Embracing all things apple and pumpkin.  From apple cider to warm apple crisp and pumpkin bread.  Stockpiling and freezing homemade soups and stews, fall festivals and the final round of canning and preserving for the long winter months.  Watching my girls (chickens) run around enjoying the cooler weather.  Watching the fall colors of the trees and how everything starts to slow down outside.  Weiner roast and bomb fires along with good friends and family.  Watching football and thumbing through my gardening catalogs and designing new garden beds for next spring.  Just a few things I love about the drop in temperature.

What do you love about the cooler weather that will be upon us very soon?

Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup
Carmel Apples  Old Fashion Vegetable Beef Soup  Carmel apples



Pimento Cheese

pimento Cheese

Growing up I can remember mom making homemade pimento cheese.  She had two different versions.  This one used shredded cheese and she always used it for dips and snacks.  Mom had a creamier version that we could spread on bread and make more of a sandwich type meal.

Either way you will enjoy making and eat your own homemade pimento Cheese spread.

pimento Cheese

pimento Cheese

2 (4 ounce) blocks extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 (4 ounce) jars diced pimento drained
2/3 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Using a large bowl, stir together cheese, pimento mayonnaise, paprika, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Tips:  Blend cheese in a food processor to make creamier and add all rest of the ingredients.

Slice a baguette and brush with canola oil.  Place on grill for about 1 minute per side.  Serve immediately with pimento cheese.

ENJOY! Four Cheese Pimento Dip




Fruity Baked Oatmeal

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

This fruity baked oatmeal uses fresh or frozen blueberries, peaches and tart apples to really bring out the taste of this baked oatmeal dish.  Serve this for breakfast or let the family have an afternoon snack that you will feel good about feeding them.

Wanting something for your sweet tooth?  Add some ice cream or whipped topping and you have a great dessert.  These fruity baked oatmeal bars are delicious anytime of day or evening.

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup honey
1 tart apple chopped
1 peach chopped
1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Combine eggs, milk, butter and honey.  Add to dry ingredients and mix.

Stir in apple, peach and blueberries.

Pour into an 8×8 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Knife should come out clean.

ENJOY!  Amish Pancake Recipe  Brown Sugar Honey Baked Oatmeal  Oatmeal Packets Master Mix

Tomato Bacon Jam

Tomato Bacon Jam

Do you love bacon well here is a perfect dip or use it as a topping.  Super easy to throw together.  Makes a wonderful dip or better yet use the Tomato Bacon Jam to top a hamburger, brat or what about a hot dog.

1 1/2 pounds tomatoes
1 pound of bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large yellow onion chopped
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Slip the outside skin to your tomatoes by placing them in boiling water for a few minutes.  Plunge them in cold water and remove the skin and core.

Cook bacon.  Remove and drain on paper towels.

Using 3 tablespoons of bacon grease saute the onion until soft.  Add back in the bacon, tomatoes, brown sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, mustard, paprika and red pepper.

Reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Transfer everything to a blender or food processor and pulse 4 or 5 times.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Perfect easy summer time treat.  Homemade shortbread, topped with creamy delicious spread and if that isn’t enough finish it off with fruit.

Light and satisfying and bursting with flavor.

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

3/4 cup butter softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 package white baking chips melted
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8 ounce cream cheese)

1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Tip  You may add raspberries, kiwi, mango or any fruit you enjoy.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until fluffy and light.  Beat in flour.  The mixture will be crumbly.  Pat into a greased 12 inch pizza pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Cool completely.

Melt chips and add the cream and mix until smooth.  Beat in cream cheese until smooth.  Spread over crust  and refrigerate.

In a saucepan combine pineapple juice, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Should take about 2 minutes.  Cool.

Arrange berries over cream cheese layer.  Brush with the pineapple mixture.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  ENJOY!

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart