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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PaperMate giveaway

You will not want to miss the giveaway over at Heck of a Bunch. The paper-mate giveaway includes gel pens, mechanical pens and candy flare pens. If you want to enter the giveaway head over there before October 3

Halloween Fun from Colortime

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I love the glow in the dark Halloween T-shirt

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Hodgepodge Wednesday : More about me

1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

I am with the author of this Hodgepodge. Being a grandparent is one of the most amazing feelings.

2. . What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so? 

being an educator, there is so much more to it than knowing what you are teaching. The struggle to recall the students names was an issue for me when I volunteered 

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

Gosh it was a few weeks ago in the front yard it was raining and I slipped in the mud These days I am falling for the grand-kids as they grow. 

4. I have never been to any of the festivals listed. Here in our area it seems each town has something going on during the year This weekend we will be going to fall fest that includes a car show, bounce houses and lots of chances to shop

 5 What is your goodbye message to summer?

time went so fast, it seems as if you just arrived the other day. We did not take the time this season to bask in your wonderful sunlight and warm days. I do have to say that the solar eclipse was very well done. Summer, I will be waiting for you to come again next year

6. My random thought:
I must say that the good Lord above watched over us today as we experienced a bit of bad luck. Have you ever had an experience a higher power was present?? 

Apple Spice Cake

Allison and I both share a love for this apple spice cake, and it's perfect for fall. But John's mom is vegan, and so am I (well... I'm trying. Parmesan cheese and I got back together for a while, and I'm trying to break it off). So the recipe needed a bit of tweaking. And I thought this might be a good thing to share with y'all, in case you ever have a house guest who has dietary restrictions. If you think you can't bake without sugar and eggs, you'd be surprised at how a few simple changes can make just about any recipe vegan-friendly.

So just to recap, vegan means no animal products. So no eggs, butter, milk, buttermilk, and for the most hardcore, no white sugar. It turns out that a lot of granulated white sugar is bleached in a process that uses cow bones. Ew. But fear not! There are some easy substitutions that won't compromise your flavor or texture. 

Meet flaxseed! These little seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and when they're whipped up with water, they take on the sticky consistency of eggs. They also have a nice nutty flavor, so they pair perfectly with this recipe. Just buzz them in a coffee grinder...

And mix with water in a blender (or use an immersion blender).

The flaxseed gets mixed in with sugar and oil. For vegans, use organic cane sugar. It's unbleached, so it doesn't use any animal products in its processing.

And in a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.

Mix the wet and dry, and then add in chopped apples and pecans.

I made the mistake of letting my cake cool in the bundt pan for too long, so it stuck quite a bit. So mine looks... rustic. But with a tasty caramel drizzle, I promise your guests won't mind.

Vegan Apple Spice Cake

Adapted from this recipe by Martha Stewart

1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups organic cane sugar
3 tablespoons flaxseed, ground in a spice grinder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
4 Gala apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
Nonstick cooking spray with flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Combine ground flaxseed and water in a blender, and blend until thick. Set aside.

Working over a large sheet of parchment or wax paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and flaxseed mixture; mix on high speed until well combined.

Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.

Add apples and nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 70 - 75 minutes (I started checking mine at 1 hour, but ultimately it needed about 70 minutes)

Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.

Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.

Dairy-Free Caramel SauceFrom

1 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup water, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
3 tablespoons margarine (I use Earth Balance)
3 to 4 tablespoons almond milk (another non-dairy milk is fine too)

Heat a 1 1/2 quart to 2 quart pot or large frying pan with a thick, heavy base over medium-high heat. Add sugar. Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon every 10-15 seconds, for about a minute, until sugar starts to melt. Stir, nonstop, for about 2-3 minutes.

Add vanilla. When the sugar starts to turn just a little darker, or as dark as you want it and the water is almost gone, add margarine and stir nonstop until it melts. Let boil on medium heat for 2 to3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

Add non-dairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue to boil it about 4 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds.

Turn the heat off on your stove, and let the caramel cool for about 20 minutes.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

candied pecans

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
16 ounces (about 4 cups) unsalted pecans halves
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, vanilla, and water together until frothy. Add the pecans and gently toss until the pecans are well coated. Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and toss until pecans are covered.
Spread the pecans out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The sugar mixture will harden on the pecans.
Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. When completely cool, store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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Autumn Rice Krispy Treats

  • 6 cups Cocoa Krispies
  • 1 10 ounce package mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • Wilton Sparkle Gels in red, orange, yellow and green
  1. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Mine was a jellyroll pan and measures 10x15x1. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, check and microwave for another 30 seconds. You're looking for semi melted butter and puffy marshmallows. Continue to microwave in 20 second increments until ready.
  4. Stir to completely melt butter and combine with marshmallows.
  5. Pour in Cocoa Krispies and stir to evenly coat.
  6. Press into prepared pan. Let set to harden.
  7. Use leaf cookie cutters to cut out shapes and decorate with color gels.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

6 chicken breast halves
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
2 cups whole baby carrots
1 cup celery
2 cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1/8 cup water
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2/3 cup milk

Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery into a 6-quart slow cooker.
Stir the soup, water, thyme and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours* or until the chicken is cooked through.
Stir the baking mix and milk in a medium bowl. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the chicken mixture. Increase the heat to HIGH. Tilt the lid to vent and cook for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked in the center.
*Or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with spinach salad; baby spinach leaves topped with orange sections, dried cranberries and raspberry-pecan vinaigrette. For dessert serve wedges of mixed berry pie with whipped topping.

recipe source : Albertsons

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Sad Day September 18, 1970 in the World of Rock n Roll

The Rock world would never be the same after September 18 1970 This was the day that the music would die for Jimi Hendrix. As many rock stars of that era did Jimi had a drug problem and the 18th of September would find Jimi overdosing on sleeping pills and then choking in his own vomit. The guitar legend would die at the age of 27.


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Pitt Hopkins Awareness Day

Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affect chromosome 18. The syndrome is characterized by developmental delays, possible breathing problems that lead to hyperventilation , recurrent seizures or epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues, lack of speech and distinctive facial features. More is being learned about Pitt Hopkins Syndrome.

Severe cognitive impairment has often been present but since true intelligence is hard to measure as motor and speech difficulties are often also present. Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is considered an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome appear happy, excitable and frequently smiling and laughing. D. Pitt and I. Hopkins first diagnosed the syndrome and wrote about it in the Australian Pediatric Journal in 1978

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Happy Birthday United States Air Force

The United States Air Force was established on September 18, 1947.

The military was not far behind the Wright brothers who would be the first to soar with the birds. In the early days the the air force was part of the Armed Forces in the United States. The earliest military use of air was during the civil war where communication was hosted via flags and torch light from balloons. This group was known as the signal corps. It was not until `1863 when they would be added to the Army roster which would open the door to aeronautical training and study.

In 1947 President Truman would sign the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force. This would create their own branch of military.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reye Syndrome Awareness

Reye's Syndrome is a deadly disease that can strike quickly and attack any child, teen or adult without warning. Body organs including the liver and brain can be seriously affected. The cause and cure of Reye's Syndrome is not known but researchers have been able to find a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin.

Reye's Syndrome occurs in two phases. A previous viral infection such as the flu, cold or chicken pox normally has just occured. Aspirin is often given to help with pain and fever and the result may be Reye's Syndrome. Reye's Syndrome is not contagious and is often misdiagnosed in the beginning. Reye's Syndrome tends to appear with greater frequency during January, February and March when the flu is most common. Reye's Syndrome is reported every month of the year.

Reye's Syndrome is first recognized when abnormal amounts of fat begin to develop in the liver and other body organs. A severe increase of pressure in the brain is often present as well. Death often occurs if the syndrome is not diagnosed or treated this is why early diagnosis is important. When Reye's syndrome is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stage recovery is an excellent chance. When diagnosis is not early and treatment is not started Reye's Syndrome chances of recovery and survival decrease.

Reye's Syndrome was first discovered in 1963 by Australia pathologist R. Reye and again a bit later by GM Johnson in the United States. It would be 10 years later before the disease was recognized. This disease often leads to brain and liver failure but all body organs are normally affected. In 2002 only one case occured and in 2009 there were 3

Dutch Apple Dumplings

Dutch Apple Dumplings
makes 4 dumplings

1/2 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 c water
1 Tbsp butter, plus 4 more tsp
4 apples, peeled and cored
2 Tbsp raisins
4 tsp light brown sugar
your favorite pie dough, enough for a single crust pie

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make syrup: Place dark brown sugar, water and 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute or two, to thicken up. Set aside.

2. Evenly divide raisins, light brown sugar and butter among the 4 apple core holes. Sprinkle all 4 apples with cinnamon.

3. Divide your chilled pie dough into 4 equal parts. Roll or hand flatten each into a “pancake” large enough to cover a whole apple. Place each apple in the center of its own round of dough. For each one, bring up the sides of the dough to cover and close in the apple. Place apples on a rimmed baking sheet, baste with syrup and bake for 20-25 minutes, basting 2-3 more times, until golden brown.

*Note: This can be safely shared with children younger than 12 months though, I’d recommend saving it for kids over a year old because of the relatively high sugar content.

Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo is a sandwich that many seem to adore. The sandwich is made with french toast, and it is filled with ham or turkey or even a bit of both. Top the sandwich with swiss cheese. The bread is dipped in egg batter sprinkled with cinnamon.

The Monte Cristo is a eat any time, breakfast, lunch or supper Enjoy eating it with your hands or use a knife and fork to cut it all up.

  • 2 eggs
  • pinches of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices sturdy white bread (or white bread of preference)
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 pound thick sliced baked ham
  • 1/2 ounce, weight shredded gruyere cheese
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • optional garnish/toppings: powdered sugar, honey, preserves
Beat eggs in a shallow dish (large enough to fit a sandwich) along with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Assemble sandwiches, with mustard, mayonnaise, ham, cheese, salt and pepper to personal preference. Slightly compress sandwich.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Add butter; allow to melt.
Dip and coat each sandwich in beaten egg, and place in skillet. Cook sandwiches 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned to liking and cheese has melted.

Nothing Taste Sweeter Than Freedom

Historians suggest that it was September 17 1849 that Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. Along side her was 2 of her brothers. She would head north in but this would not be her last time in the south. Over the next 8 years she would return via use of the secret Underground Railroad helping 300 slaves to escape.

Harriet Tubman was also employed by the Union army in the US civil war. She would lead a raid helping to free hundreds of slaves during the Combahee River Raid. In the summer of 1869 Harriet would marry a civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY. Tubman would live her life strongly supporting women's suffrage. She would pass during the winter of 1913 due to pnemonia. Her life would be recognized with a postage stamp in 1978.

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Get To know Me A Bit Better and What I have or have not done

1. Have you ever had chicken pox?

I had chicken pox when I was around the age of 5 I have no scars left

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot?

yes, one of my favorite places to go to shop and get great ideas

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors?

I would have to say yes, many times our neighbors are very odd and I am always wondering what they are up to

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

something I may want to do but have not done as of yet

5. Have you ever had a pet fish?

yes, they were more of a family pet than just mine and everyone helped take care of it

6. Have you ever lied about your age?

a few times, not for reasons that would get me into trouble but rather save me a bit of money

7. Have you ever fired a gun?

no and have only held toy games

8. Have you ever been ice skating?

no afraid that if I did I would fall down

9. Have you ever played golf?

yes, not a real golf game but more like mini golf 

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters?

I believe the first year of my marriage when we had little to no money we may have 

11. Have you ever made a prank call?

no I think that is one of the rudest jokes 

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo?

no a few of my children (all adults) have them but me nor my husband have any

13. Have you ever had a massage?

only non professional

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car?

I do not think I have but have had to call the locksmith because I was with someone that did

15. Have you ever ridden a horse?

yes, a few different occasions and ofcours those ones that run on coins

16. Have you ever been to the circus?

yes, many different times and types 

17. Have you ever been to Europe?

no I have never been outside of the United States

Have you ever built a fire?

no, have helped gather to build fires but normally this is a husband job here

19. Have you ever been skydiving?

no do not think this is something on the bucket list either, love to watch skydivers never want to do it

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale?

always and often, round here I am known as the Garage Sale Queen

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex?

yes, and have been severly embarrased 

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something?

I can recall doing this in highschool to get out of running at times

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach?

nope, again not on the bucket list nothing against those that visit these beaches I will just choose to go to another

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket?

I do not drive and therefore should never get one

25. Have you ever run a marathon? 


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Papaya What Is It

A papaya is a fragrant orange colored juicy fruit that is not only delicious but very healthy as well. The papaya has been famous for hundred of years and has been nicknamed as "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus. Papaya is a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals required for normal functioning of the body Papaya's can be eaten in raw form, in smoothiees, milkshakes and as a vegetable in many recipes

Latex can be derived from the raw papaya fruit. This latex can be used as a meat tenderizer and also used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, skin and beauty products. The latex has also been used as an ingredient in chewing gums.

Papaya in raw form contains enzymes to help in prep of dietary supplements and chewing gums. Papaya is rich in antioxidants such as carotenes, flaonoids and vitamin C, B and pantothenic acid. It is also good source of fiber, minerals and magnesium.

buttermilk biscuits

My husbands family comes from the foot hills of Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Coal country as it was once known. Hundred of years ago biscuits were expected to be on the table at every meal. Centuries before that cooks had discovered that the acid in buttermilk reacted with baking soda and produed carbond dioxide bubbles. It was the introductioin of buttermilk that helped create light, tender, highest rising biscuits, breads and muffins, pancakes and layer cakes.

September is National Biscuit month. So I wanted to allow you to make up biscuits for your familiy as well

3¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons superfine sugar 
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt 
12 tablespoons (1½ inch sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into ½ inch thick cubes 
1½ cups buttermilk (regular or nonfat/skim)   

PREHEAT. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. 
SIFT & MIX. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the paddle attachment. Add the butter. Mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces of butter. Add the buttermilk, mixing in just until the dough barely comes together. 
KNEAD. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until the dough is smooth. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and roll it out to ¾ inch thick or slightly thicker. 
CUT. Using a 2-¼ inch fluted biscuit cutter (you can substitute a round cookie cutter), dipping the cutter into flour between cuts, cut out the biscuits and place 1 inch apart on the pan. Gently press the scraps together (do not over handle the dough). Repeat rolling and cutting. 
 BAKE. Bake until the biscuits are well risen and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm. To reheat the biscuits, wrap in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes. Makes 16 biscuits.