22 January 2014

January Almost Over

January is almost over and I am trying to do different things. First, I am trying to knit and crochet more this year (as last year I lost time due to homeschooling). Second, I am trying to read more daily devotionals. I started the Duck Commander Devotional. It is a really enjoyable read. I started reading another devotional from Beth Moore. Third, I want to try and read more in general. Homeschooling really did throw the whole house for a loop, but I think we will get into a routine and all will go well.

So far for the month of January, I am going to try and read the alphabet again. That was pretty good way to pick some books. I wanted to try reading more books in another type of genre, but not sure what yet. So far here is what I have finished reading:

D - Down with Big Brother, The Fall of the Soviet Empire
S - Spider Bones
S - The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience
C - Crochet Motifs
D - Duck Dynasty, Hunting for Spiritual Truths, Season 1
D - Dinosaur Cat

Also, I want to try and exercise more. This should prove interesting as the year hasn't gone well. The kids are not very cooperative on their school work, but getting back to it. Esther is finally writing some really good papers. Just wish she didn't need to take 3 weeks to get to it.

Also, My FB page is getting full with things I want to save again. So where possible I will post links to the pages, but when I don't have a link or a person, please keep in mind, I saved here so I could find it again. I did make the potato soup recipe for Crock Pots, that I saved on my blog. My family loved it, but I did have to change it a little because of allergies, but they loved it! They asked for it again! So if you know who is responsible for a recipe I have shared, please let me know. I will change to a link (if I am given one) or give proper credit.

23 Things that would happen if Knitters Ruled the World
Crochet: Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial 
"Frozen" - "In Summer" Song For those who are tired of winter.
Heart Granny Square
Moogly 10 Free Crochet Tablet Covers
10 Amazing Religious Places in the World
Nutcracker Scarf 
Quick Premie Beanie
Santa Scarf
Multi Motif Scarf - Spring colored
Rina Hat can be adjusted for male or female
Happy Hearts Afghan
7 Surprising Facts about Crochet
Kitty Litter Cake - girls want to make this for their Dad.
You Were Gone from Hee Haw
All Free Knitting - great site to find more knitting patterns.
2014 Afghans for NICU babies
How-To Biodegradable Mini Planters - toilet paper rolls, something else the girls want to do.
Silent Monks at BSS
Moogly Crocodile Stitch Patterns
Moogly Ruffle Yarns Beyond the Scarf
Moogly Linked Double Crochet in a Spiral
Gloom....Despair from Hee Haw
Crocodile on the Beach Bag
Olla Mittens Winter 2013
Online Fraction Calculator
Ladies' Spotlight Hat
Clay Flower pot People
Moogly Vintage Wobble Afghan
8 Valentines Patterns
Moogly 10 Leg Warmer Patterns
Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes to Go
DIY Vertical Garden
Winter Mug Cozy
Crazy National Days throughout the Year What is your birthday?
Valentine Heart Coaster
Moogly Ear Warmer
Men with Childbirth during Hypnosis

Texas Road House Honey Butter

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, very softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup honey
2 tsp. cinnamon...

Add everything in the order listed, whipping well.

Fried Pickles


Dill Pickle Chips
3/4 to 1 cup of beer...
2 eggs
1 -2 cups of flour
Cholesterol free oil

Pour oil in a large skillet until the oil is about 1-2 inches up the side of the pan. Heat oil to 350 degrees.

Strain pickles in a small colander.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and 3/4 cup of the beer. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Whisk in enough flour to form a batter. If the batter is too thick add the remaining beer to thin the batter.

Dip pickles one at a time using tongs into the batter and then place in the heated oil.

Fry pickles for about 2 minutes flipping the pickle after about 1 minute.

Place pickles on a plate lined with paper towel and then season with salt. Serve with Ranch Dressing.

State Fair Funnel Cakes

3 large EGGS
1/4 cup Sugar...
2 cups milk
3 2/3 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Vegetable oil


Beat eggs and sugar together and then add the milk slowly--beat. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Pour batter into a funnel and at the same time, use your finger to plug the hole. In a large cast iron pot, add 2 inches of oil to the bottom.

When the oil becomes hot, move your hand over the pot and slowly release your finger so the batter can start cooking.

Move the funnel around to make designs.

Brown on both sides--then immediately remove and drain extremely well.

Top with cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar as a topping.

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

1 box butter-recipe cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted...


1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 16 oz. box powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Light grease a 9 x 13 in. baking pan. In a bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and butter with an electric mixer. Mix well. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside. Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla. Dump powdered sugar and beat very well. Reduce the speed of mixer and slowly pour in melted butter.

Mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes (it took me closer to 50 minutes). You want to center to be a little gooey, so don't bake it past that point! Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. If you want to drizzle melted chocolate over the top allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes and then drizzle over. Allow to cool for at least another hour and then cut into bars.

Peanut Butter Oat Balls
Serves 24

A no bake snack that is low in points and great for after school, quick breakfast or after workout pick me up.
Prep Time - 5 min

Total Time - 1 hr

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Optional Add-in's
Pecans, walnuts or almonds
Toasted Coconut
Dried Cranberries, cherries or apricot

1.In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients
2.Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour to help make it easier to roll
3.Using your hands roll mixture into 1" balls, you may have to press ingredients into each other to make it all stick together - if the mixture is too dry add in some additional maple syrup, peanut butter or honey
4.Refrigerate for another 30 minutes or so t set the balls
5.Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week

3 cups of mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream (optional extra for serving)
1 heaping cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese ...
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped chives or parsley
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease with butter 8 - 9 of the wells of a nonstick muffin pan. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs then mix in the sour cream. Stir in both cheeses and the chives. Add potatoes and mix well. Spoon them into the pan filling the cups to slightly below the top. Bake 25- 35 minutes until they pull away from the sides of the cup and are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool 5 minutes in pan. Serve with sour cream if desired.

1-2-3 Cake. I love this idea!!!
You need two boxes of cake mix. One can be any flavor you prefer, but the other MUST be Angel Food cake mix. Mix them together (shake them in a big bowl). Then simply st...ore the mixture in an airtight container until you get the urge for dessert. Then just put three Tbsp. of the dry mixture in a big coffee mug and stir in 2 Tbsp of water. Microwave it for one minute and you will have a single serving of cake! Top with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream or whatever! Awesome for those of us who want something sweet every now and then without making an entire cake!!!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

No kneading, you just mix it up and bake it

1 cup butter, softened...
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. or until toothpick tester come clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

 Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs
1 head cauliflower, cut into 1/2 -1 inch florets
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, (I USED GLUTEN FREE BY ALEIA'S)
1/4 cup freshly... grated Parmesan (I CONFESS, I DON'T MEASURE AND I'M SURE I USE MORE!!!!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400º.
Toss florets with olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese. Spread in a single layer on jelly roll sheet lined with nonstick foil. Season with salt and pepper. (since I use a lot of cheese I often don't need the salt) Roast 30-40 minutes, until nicely browned!!!!

CINNAMON ROLL CAKE!! This is sooo easy and tastes Yummie!!

3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar...
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

2 c. powdered sugar
enough milk to make a runny glaze about 6 or 7 tablespoons
1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

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