Easter Egg Hunt 2015

I thought it would be great fun to host an Easter Egg Hunt this year despite the 3 feet of snow we still had left on the ground and ice-cold temperatures.  It was a B.Y.O.B.B. event.  Bring your own baskets and boots! Better bring mittens, hats, parka and snow pants too!  We have the perfect setting, lots of farm fresh eggs and two resident rabbits that could help hide them so I set about planning, decorating and baking.  I’d like to share some of the things I did with you. First came the decorating.  I admit I am a Pinterest addict and almost all of the creative ideas I have come from there.  Take this adorable jelly bean tree.  It is so basic in design, the supplies are easy enough to find and you can make one in under an hour!  My kind of project. Find yourself a good branch…

It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.  Hauser Our little baby Cocoa More Hippie Chicks Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis Baby bunnies Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!) The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck! Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue. Honey Bees! Last but not least. Mo.  Mr. Molashes and Thunder. When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old. The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget and our hubs….Cheers to new friends! and more guests who soon became friends. Facebook friends that came to visit and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary…

Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie

Today my friend came over to show me how she makes her buttermilk pie.   It’s sweet It’s creamy and oh so dang good.   Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick of soft butter (1/2 cup) 3 eggs 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 cup of buttermilk 1/4 cup flour  unbaked 9″ Pillsbury ready-made pie crust Unroll pie crust and place in 9″ pie plate. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add flour and continue mixing.  Then add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until blended. Fill unbaked pie crust with buttermilk mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If pie seems to be browning too fast turn oven temperature down to 325. That’s it!  Nice and easy and absolutely perfect for this time of year.  You will definitely want to add this one…

Army Strong II Graduation Day

The day of our son graduated from Army Bootcamp was a very emotional one for me.  I was so happy and proud of all that he had accomplished, relieved he was finished with phase 1, excited about his future and teary eyed knowing in another day I would have to be saying good-bye to him again.  I was a wreak, an emotional basket case on the inside but I kept a stiff upper lip and smile on the outside. The families all shuffled into the bleachers overlooking the giant field at Ft. Jackson that morning.  It was rather chilly and windy outside but I was dressed in a winter sweater so I was warm.  I just couldn’t stop shaking!  Nerves? Emotions? Excitement?  I’m not sure but that is my excuse for why my photos are such a blur.  Really folks between my shaking hands and the tears in my eyes…

Oreo Cookie Truffles

These are so decadent it is unbelievable how easy they are to make.  They require only three ingredients. Oreo cookies, cream cheese and chocolate. Take one package of Oreo cookies and run them through your food processor. Chop them up good, you don’t want any big pieces of cookie in there. Then add one 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese and give them both a spin until they are well combined. Roll into balls and then place them in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before dipping. Melt one 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips using a double boiler. You can also use one package of the white chocolate morsels.  When melting white chocolate it is best to use the microwave and add 2 tablespoons of shortening.  This will keep the chocolate from seizing up on you. Dip truffles into melted chocolate and place on…

Rag wreaths

I have fallen in love with rag wreaths!  I’ve been seeing them all over the internet and finally found the time to actually try making one.  They are simple to do, they don’t require a lot of different supplies and you don’t need any artistic ability!  My kind of craft project for sure! Rag Wreath 12 inch foam wreath ring (or what ever shape you would like) 1 1/2 yards of fabric white glue ribbon for hanging scissors, skewer Cut the fabric into strips approximately 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.  These don’t have to be exact because once you put them onto the wreath you won’t even be able to tell if they aren’t perfect. Push the fabric strips into the foam ring using a skewer, dipping the end into a little bit of white glue first it hold it in place.  The skewer only needs to be…

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

When I was younger I worked at the Masonic Home and Hospital.  I did everything from nurses aid to physical therapy aid to pharmacy technician.  I learned a whole lot and met so many wonderful people.  One of those people was a women named Ann Needham who ran the Occupational Therapy Department.  She gave me this recipe and I’d like to share it with you.  It’s one that I make every year for Valentines Day because it is so good (cherry and chocolate?? Oh yea!!) and it just looks so pretty and Valentine-ish. Cherry Chocolate Kisses 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners sugar 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice 1/2 tsp. almond extract 3 drops of red food coloring (optional) 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. salt  1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped chocolate kisses, unwrapped In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, cherry juice, almond extract and food…

Buckeyes ~ Peanut Butter Balls

Every year, for the past 30 years or so, at Christmas, my very bff or my “fluffy slipper” as I like to call her, and I get together to make peanut butter balls. They are messy to make because you have to dip them into melted chocolate and they take forever to roll because we both need a triple batch but it gives us time to catch up on each others lives, share a good laugh or two and ask ourselves why we do this every year?  It’s not because we both love peanut butter balls so much or that we really even have to have that many, it’s that I love my “fluffy slipper” and she loves her “old shoe” and it is tradition.  Some things can NEVER change. Through the years we have tried several different versions of peanut butter balls and they are all really good.  I…