Thursday, December 8, 2011

FYI: Keeping your coffee hot

If you're like me you like your coffee to be hot, in the winter, but keeping your coffee maker on all day bothers you. The answer I found is to brew my pot of coffee then pour it into an insulated thermos (I use the one like my husband uses for work).  It keeps it hot all day and I'm not running my coffee maker any longer than I have to! 

Hot coffee... conserving energy... It's a glorious thing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FYI: Keeping your drain from clogging with everyday use

I think we've all learned not to put grease down our drains ... boy I hope everyone has!  However, my parents recently had to have the plumber come out because their kitchen sink was clogged.  Come to find out it was grease, but they are really careful about not putting it down their drain (after Mom having the habit years ago! *lol* )  The plumber said handwashing your dishes can cause a build up of grease over time, if you are letting your sink drain AFTER the water cools and AFTER the soap suds have begun to dissolve.

The solution: Use HOT water to wash your dishes with Dawn dishsoap (plenty of suds) and drain the sink before it gets cold or the suds start to break down.   And doesn't hurt to put a teakettle of HOT water down your sink once a week.

FYI: How to get my very stubborn dog to take his meds.

My mini dachshund, Turbo, was really being stubborn about taking his meds after having surgery to pin his broken leg. He could smell them over everything!  I tried cheese, peanut butter, sausage and eggs (his fave!) and yes even tried the side of the mouth thing and putting it in the back of his mouth.  None worked and he started growling at me after a day of trying all of this (and yes, he will bite!)

What worked:  Pork steak!  I cut three smallish pieces put a slit in each one and pushed one of each of his pills in.  Fed him off my plate and he never even blinked or chewed.  Not good I know, but when you're desperate to get meds down them ... you do what you have to do.   Now I can actually wrap each pill in a piece of roast beef from the deli and he gulps it right down. :) 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Finding Joy in Life

This was the message Tar gave today. It was wonderful! And makes so much sense. Wanted to share for those of you that are not lucky enough to attend our church.

Philippians 4:4-9

Finding joy in life is...

I. A matter of choices:
a. Choose to Rejoice:
Joy is a choice
Joy is found in the Lord

Joy is not based on circumstances, it is a matter of choice.

Joy is not a denial that bad things happen in life.

Two Reasons You Don't Have Joy in Your Life:
i. The Lord is not in your life
ii. Jesus is only your personal Savior, not the Lord of your life.

B. Choose to be Gentle:
Gentleness imitates Christ.
Gentleness is a Fruit of The Spirit.

J -Jesus
O -Others
Y -You

C. Choose not to worry:
Don't waste time focusing on external reasons to worry; finances, sickness ...
Don't be consumed by issues.

Joy and Worry cannot co-exist.

If you feel you have financial issues that make you worry, take a good look at yourself and you will probably find that you are living beyond your means and need to cut back. It's something you can fix instead of worrying about it.

Are you a complainer? Look at yourself and see what you can fix that you complain about. Do you complain about being sick? Are you taking care of yourself? You have no reason to complain if you yourself can keep it from happening.

External issues become internal issues.

Sometimes when you are tired, you simply need to rest.

Stop trying to "fix" things yourself, you are suppose to call on God.

Do you fill your life with too many activities that keep yo from spending time with God and learning His Word?
Those activities are YOUR choice.

Consider these statistics (from Douglas J. Rumford "Scared to Life")
60% of our fears are unfounded20% of our fears are in the past10% of our fears are petty and amount to nothing5% of our fears are real, but we cannot fix them5% of our fears are real, and we can fix them

D. Choose to pray
Why worry, when you can pray?
Prayers are answered and Prayer DOES work!

E. Choose to be thankful!Think you don't have anything to be thankful for?

Consider this:
Over 1 million people won't survive this week due to health issues.
20 million people will experience real fear from battles, starvation and lonelieness from imprisonment because of wars arond the world.
3 billion people can't attend church without fear of harrassment, torture, jail or death

If you have food, clothing, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

Choose to rejoice
Choose to be gentle
Choose not to worry
Choose to pray
Choose to be thankful

Choose a Life with Jesus at the center and your joy will be abundant.

Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Does she sound familiar?

Does she sound familiar?

She has a huge heart and would bend over backwards to help someone.
She's loyal to the ones that mean something to her.
She smiles like she's never been hurt, but it happens more often than we realize.
She's fragile, it takes very little to hurt her; she takes everything to heart.
She's cautious and rarely lets people close to her.
She's more critical of herself than anyone else.

She'd rather look to the future than worry about the past.
She doesn't expect to be noticed, listened to or loved, although she deserves to be. 
She's not what you would expect but you will benefit the most by having her in your life.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Life Lessons from James - What Does Your Tongue Say About You?

Today's Church Service: Life Lessons from James- What Does Your Tongue Say About You? 
T - Is it True?
H - Is it Helpful?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?
Simply put ... THINK before you speak!

James 3:1-12

Taming the Tongue

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and saltwater flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

The smallest word can destroy a persons life. 
Your tongue can be dangerous, it is destructive.

An authentic believer of Jesus Christ will change the way they speak, they will not continue to speak badly and curse the way they did before they were a new creation by asking Jesus to forgive them and come into their hearts.  

Keep your words sweet, in case you need to eat them!

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today as I ready for Church I hear and see all of the remembrances of 9/11 on the television.   It was a horrific and sad attack against our nation. My heart goes out to the victims who lost family and friends, and to those that lost faith even more so.  We are not unique or so special that we should have been completely surprised.  Everywhere evil attacks and causes havoc, we see it daily, we were just complacent because we've not had to deal with it first hand. Evil is not new to this world, just watch the news every day and you will see it rearing its ugly head all over the world.  Yes, it was a huge wake up call to the United States, because not since Pearl Harbor had our country been attacked so brutally and without apparent warning, with the exception on the Oklahoma City bombing.  It does not matter that the OKC attacks were not carried out by a foreign group, what matters is it was an unexpected attack.

Either way we all need to put our focus back where it belongs, on God and family. Believers world wide need to be stronger in our beliefs and share the word of God and the salvation of Jesus.  The world in general would be a much better place if people would look into their hearts and see that they need Jesus to help them walk through this world in the way God wishes us to. Turning our back, doing what "we" want and not following God's word has made the world the way it is today. Think it about it people.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hand drawn alphabet

I've been working on these for weeks now, still have the rest of the letters to color in but feel free to order any letters you like. :)

Newest Cards

Here are my four newest cards available in my Card Shop.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Weeks Bible Study

This weeks Bible Study is about Appraising ourselves ...
 Are we prideful? 
Do we compare ourselves to 
Do we think we're better than others?
 Are we focused on what we want or what God wants?

‎"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and , of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you." - C.S. Lewis

Some of us don't even realize when we are being prideful. Here are some examples: Impatience with traffic, irritation with the store clerk, criticism of a relatives behavior, sarcasm about other people's lack of morality and intelligence, fear of failure, defensiveness when criticized, desire for control, even when our actions are honorable they are not entirely free of pride.

Todays Card Shop Special

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Real Paper Cards

My card shop is finally up and running.  New designs are uploaded and approved daily, so please check back often!  If you'd like a card created specifically for you just let me know and I'll get to work on it and upload for you to purchase.

Here are a few examples of the cards I have available. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday ;) is a very good day with God by my side!

Having a wonderful day so far...
laundry - done!
shower - taken!
2 loaves of bread - rising!
kitchen - cleaned!
Turbo - bathed!
blog - one new post!
cards - one new design uploaded!
Communicating with God - all day! :)

God the Father

If you do not ask, you do not receive. Anyone that is a parent knows that at some point you have to allow your children to make their own way and even if you see them messing up or going down the wrong path you have to allow them to learn and hope they will find their way. A parent can't force their grown child to do everything their way, and sometimes that means allowing young parents to make mistakes with their own children... until that young parent becomes smart enough to ask for their parents' input and help. God is not that different as our Father, we are all sinners and God watches and waits for us to turn to him and ask for forgiveness, help and guidance. It's pretty simple really. Because the world is sinful, bad things do happen to good people, but that's because of the choices we humans make. If we are not following the guidance of our Heavenly Father then we are not living our lives the way He wants. To find True fulfillment in this earthbound life, we must first accept Jesus as our Saviour and learn God's word and walk in the Light with Him, living our lives to help others and doing everything in the Glory of God.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Newest Creations

I've discovered Quilling and I love it!  
Here are the first two creations I designed and made today.  They will be available on my Etsy Shop.. or you can contact me on here of Facebook.  

Any letter, any name...  any colors.

If you want God's help....

If you want God's help, you need to ask for it.  Praying is simple and quite honestly the easiest thing you'll ever do in your life.  After you learn that prayer is just talking to God, you'll find yourself doing it constantly, which is a good thing~  We should all be a Prayer Warriors!   God is there for us every second, of every day, of every week, of every month, of every year... to infinity.  He may not always answer your prayer the way YOU think it should be answered, but you will get an answer, sometimes better than what you wanted, sometimes not, but God knows what's best for you.  We have to learn to walk down that path with him and listen and watch for what he wants for us.  Once you've accepted Jesus, you're life will be more fulfilling and you will no longer wonder what purpose your life has.  We all have a purpose, we just have to open our eyes and hearts and learn what it is.  God will let us know!


I spent part of the day yesterday working on a new style painting, which I really like.  I'll be posting pictures soon, as it progresses.  The other part of the day I spent creating and uploading cards to my card shop.   Some can be seen below.

Trasmith Card Shop 


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Proverbs 4:18

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Proverbs 18:22

A man who finds a wife
finds a good thing
and obtains favor
from the LORD.
Proverbs 18:22

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Proverbs 12:14

The work of a man's hands
will reward him. 
Proverbs 12:14

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shoe Drive!

Mom and I are organizing a Shoe Drive. The Shoes will be sent to Soles for Souls and will be distributed to children in countries like Haiti. If you live locally please consider donating any shoes that you or your children do not wear. All sizes are welcome. We are also asking for $1.00 donations to help us ship them. 

.If you're local please contact me to make arrangements for dropping off your donation.   If you're not local but  would like to send a donation please consider using Paypal. It's fast and free. Contact me for my Paypal information. 

I will be posting pictures of all that we receive and when we ship. 

God's Blessings!  

Peanut Butter Drive

My Mom and I are organizing a Peanut Butter Drive! The peanut butter will be sent to and will be distributed to children in Haiti. If you live locally please consider buying and donating a 16-18oz jar of peanut 
butter, any brand. We are also asking for $1.00 donations to help ship.  It costs $.25 to ship One lb to Haiti.

If you're local please contact me to make arrangements for dropping off your donation.   If you're not local but  would like to send a donation please consider using Paypal. It's fast and free. Contact me for my Paypal information.

I will be posting pictures of all that we receive and when we ship. 

God's Blessings!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

o Bake Protein Nutrition Bar Recipe

Prep Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
5 tablespoons natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1/2 cup dry oats or whole grain hot cereal (uncooked)
1/2 cup oat flour * (double the oats if you do not have oat flour)
6 scoops low-carb chocolate whey protein (or about ~132 grams protein)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)
1 cup non-fat dry milk
1/2 cup water (depending on what type of protein you use, you may need more)
Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix - the mixture will be crumbly and dry. Add water & vanilla. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, everything until a dough forms. The dough will be sticky. Spread dough into pan using a clean wooden spoon or spatula that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate a few hours (or freeze for an hour) and cut into 9 squares. Wrap bars individually (use sandwich bags or plastic wrap) or store in covered container between sheets of wax paper. Keep refrigerated. Modifications: Use vanilla protein and replace ~1/4 cup of the oatflour with a variety of nuts, seeds, or dried berries. Chopped almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, or dried cranberries would all work well. * Making Oatmeal/Oat Flour: To make your own oat flour, all you need to do is put a cup or two of oatmeal in a regular household blender and blend it on will turn into a flour. Store in a covered bowl in the pantry. It takes 1 minute and is VERY easy and cheap alternative to buying in the store. Nutritional Information Per Serving: 197 calories, 21 g protein, 7.2 g fat (8% saturated), 13.7 g carbohydrate, 1.6 g fiber

peanut butter fudge protein bar

-4 scoops chocolate protein powder

-2/3 cup flax seed meal

-4 tbsp natural peanut butter

-1/4 cup water

-stevia or natural sweetener (optional)

-2 tbspn coca powder (optional)

-makes 4 servings

-mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. At first it may not seem like it is enough water, but keep stirring and it will eventually become a sticky blob of dough. Add 1 tbsp of water at a time if needed.

-divide mixture into 4 equal portions and place in separate pieces of plastic wrap placing them into bars. It's easier to shape them by lying plastic wrap on one side of a small casserole dish, pressing the dough into the natural shape of the dish.

-store the bars in fridge or freezer. Once solid, enjoy.

Banana Oatmeal Bars

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole grain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups uncooked quick oats

Mix ingredients together. Spray 9 x 13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350' for 30-35 minutes. cool and cut into bars.

Number of Servings: 18

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user NJDESIGN.

Number of Servings: 18
As we work to show the light of God to others; we naturally light our own way.

Monday, August 15, 2011

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

~ Mother Teresa

If you walk in the Spirit, you won't do it.....

"If you walk in the Spirit, you won't do it."  This simple message can be found  in Galatians 5: 16-18
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

I'm sitting here watching Creflo Dollar.  I've never heard of him before, but I'm so happy to have found him on TBN.  He's engaging and tells it like it is (much like my preacher, Tar Henderson). What I'm hearing him say makes so much sense it's unbelievable to me that people can't  understand.  If you continue to live your life away from God you will continue to do "it".  Okay so you're wondering what "it' is. It's different for everyone; for some it's drugs, for some it's cheating, for some it's stealing and for others it's all of these and more.    

People often say "well this is just how I am".. WRONG, you can be who you want to be,  it doesn't just happen to you.  God made us in his image, He is not a drug user, a rapist, a thief, a murderer, lazy, etc... therefore we are not suppose to be either. But as sinful humans we turn away from God and walk down the wrong paths. God never turns his back on us, we turn our back on him.  He is always there waiting on the Right Path, ready for us to come back and take His hand again.  

The problem I see with our society is walking with God is work, at least that's what people think.  It should be second nature, if done right. The work is learning all we can about God's Word. Doing His Will isn't work at all, it's fulfillment.   When we walk in the Spirit we find our lives to be so completely fulfilled, we realize it's not work at all, but a joy. 

All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart and life forever.  You can do this quietly where you sit. You don't have to make a grand gesture, it's between you and God. He hears you at all times. 
It's a free gift from God; to allow us to wipe the slate clean and start living and walking in the Light with Him.
You can't argue with free can you? I mean really, what do you have to lose?
Think of what you have to gain.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I'm working on some new hand-drawn name and letter designs!  These are rough drafts, but I really like the way they are coming together.

1 Corinthians 10:13

13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Life Lessons from James... Recognizing Temptation

James 1:13-18
3When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.16Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,who does not change like shifting shadows.18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Temptation is not the sin, the wrong response to the temptation is the sin.  
I. The Reality of Temptation  A. Temptation is universal....           EVERYONE deals with temptation, EVERYONE is tempted!  B. Temptation is inevitable....           Temptation is ALWAYS around us, good or bad. 

It's how we respond to temptation that matters, not that we are tempted. 
II. The Root of Temptation
A. God is not responsible for temptation. God is not the creator of evil, but he does allow it because we are a sinful society.

B. Realize the nature of temptation:
   1. The source is individual
    2. The source is internal 
C. Realize the process of temptation.
III. The Reminder about Temptation
A. Remember God's guidance
B. Remember God's gifts

Friday, August 12, 2011

No Bakes always a hit in August!

The hubs needed something for his lunches and I didn't really want to fire up the oven..even though we've had quite a bit of rain this week it's made it humid here (only time during the year that we have humidity! ;p)  So I decided to make no-bake cookies!

This is the recipe I used.. I tweaked it a bit because of what I had on hand to use but they taste a-m-a-z-i-n-g

1/2 cup butter (I used 1/4 cup and 1 tsp Wilton butter flavoring)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk (didn't have any so I used 1/4 cup water and 1 Tblsp Mayo)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla (didn't have any so I used 1 1/2 tsp maple extract)
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats

Add everything (except oats) to pan, stir and bring to boil..
Boil 1 minute take off heat then stir in oats

Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper.

Let set and enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.
But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom.
It is not a mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom.
There is no television here, no this, no that.
But we are perfectly happy.

~ Mother Teresa 

work, work, work

Have spent the week, so far, working on jewelry designs, finished up my data entry for the Relay for Life, added a lot of my designs to my Etsy Art Shop (trasmith7) still lots to add...  and almost finished with my book Babylon Rising...

Finally had a huge rain storm this evening.. the yard is a nice little pond now. ;)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dinner Tonight.... Ham Chowder..

Since I'm allergic to shellfish, I decided to make a Ham Chowder instead of Clam Chowder. ;)

It was so simple and delicious!

In the crock-pot I added (in any order)
Everything is diced in large pieces

2 cups ham; rough diced
1 pint of heavy cream
2 carrots; sliced rounds not too thin
3 stalks of celery; diced
1 medium onion; diced
about a cup of water or more depending on your taste
thicken with flour; to taste

Cook on High for about 6-8 hours
Serve with crackers!

Monday, August 8, 2011

I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did, 
but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

~ Maya Angelou

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness:
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

~ Mother Teresa 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Amish Oatmeal Whoopie Pies.... for church dinner.

The hubs and I made these Amish Oatmeal Whoopie Pies for Church dinner tomorrow!

cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cups flour
  • cups quick-cooking oatmeal, not instant
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • tablespoons boiling water


  • egg white
  • tablespoon vanilla
  • tablespoons milk
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening

They were moist and chewy... and simply scrumptious..with or without the filling!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Do not wait for leaders;
do it alone, person to person.

~ Mother Teresa 

My Original Art... "Roses from Joe"

This is one of my Original Art pieces available on my ImageKind Gallery.  Prints are inexpensive and can be purchased with or without a frame.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Newest Earring and Necklace Set on Etsy

If we pray, we will believe;
If we believe, we will love.
If we love, we will serve.

~ Mother Teresa ~

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If we really want to love, 
we must learn how to forgive.

~ Mother Teresa 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen,
for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

~ Mother Teresa ~

Just added to my Etsy Shop

Style Name "SUE"

Pink Ribbon Bracelet

Sunday, July 31, 2011

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.

~ Mother Teresa ~

Thank you God!

Wonderful morning at Church, partook in the Lord's Supper... awesomeness!! 
Super Great sermon about Jesus' Perfect Character, Thank you Tar! 
Came home..had a quick lunch and have been reading "Babylon Rising" by Tim Lahayne and Greg Dinallo in front of the fan :)~ 
Beautiful clouds and lots of wind~THANK YOU GOD!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Life Is....

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

~ Mother Teresa ~

'Cracker Barrel' Potatoes

'Cracker Barrel' Potatoes
1 32 oz. bag frozen hash brown potatoes
8 oz. bag grated cheddar cheese or 8 oz. jar cheez whiz
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick butter, melted
Spray a 13 x 9" pan with cooking spray  
Put potatoes in pan then pour melted butter over.
Combine sour cream, cheese and soup.  Spread over top of potatoes.  

Bake 1 hour at 350.  Serves 8 to 10.
To use for Church Potluck you may want to double or triple recipe. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dinner Tonight.... Homemade French Bread Pizza's

Tonight I made homemade French bread pizza's for dinner... and they were yumo..(if I do say so myself!)

They're simple and inexpensive...


1 Loaf French Bread (slice lengthwise)
2 cups Spaghetti sauce
1 bell pepper (diced)
1 small onion (diced)
1 small can mushrooms (drained well)
2 cups hamburger (I used leftover meat from making meatballs)
2 cups diced ham (used some from the ham Mom smoked the other day)

We sauteed the onions and mushrooms in one teaspoon of butter...
 Place both slices of French bread on cookie sheet.

Then add sauce to bread, then layer all ingredients as you like...

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Sorry the picture isn't better... forgot to snap a shot with my phone before we cut them and started eating. ;)

Random Thought....

How long does it take someone to learn that the daily struggle and not knowing what to do with life would be somewhat alleviated if they'd turn their life over to God.  Accept Jesus in your life, it's the only way!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Earrings added to Etsy

I almost forgot to add these!  They are a bit funky but everyone seems to love them.

They can be ordered in my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dessert Tonight .... Strawberry Freeze Recipe

.................Strawberry Freeze..................

12 oz. Cool Whip
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cans Strawberry Pie Filling
1 can diced Pineapple

Mix milk, pie filling and pineapples (I didn't have 2 cans of strawberries so used about 2 cups worth of frozen berries, which I blended with my Ninja, nor did I have pineapple, so I used about a cup of frozen mango's  (again used my Ninja)

Fold in Cool Whip

Spread into an un-greased 13x9 cake pan

Cover with lid, aluminum foil or Saran Wrap

Put in freezer over night or at least 8 hours..

Take out of freezer about half an hour before serving.