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This and That

I love Valentine’s Day. Not the commercialized version where you must go out to dinner and buy red roses, and be forced to be romantic one day a year. I am a romantic and I think it’s fun to celebrate the ones you love in little ways. Nathan and I usually order take out and rent a movie. This is enough for me. A cozy dinner and snuggling up to watch a movie is perfect. This year I think I might make a special dinner for my family. After all I love all of them not just my hubby! I will have to look for fun ideas.

I did see these and am thinking about making them with my kids so they can give them to their friends and teachers.

check out the tutorial here

I may need to make a little something for my friends too. Maybe a flower pin? Any ideas of cute friends valentines?

I made Lydia a really cute flower hairbow Sunday night. I will have to show you soon. I made it using pinks and whites and cut a felt heart out for the middle. I love it and so does she. I used this tutorial.


On a different topic I made this for dinner last night and yum, yum, yum! So good.

go here for the recipe

I used the homemade  Teriyaki sauce and made the Lime- Cilantro Rice with Pineapple for a side. It was not hard and super tasty. I also did feel pretty cool making my own teriyaki sauce (even if it was easy).


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Thanksgiving Treats

I am making these for the kids for Thanksgiving.

Aren’t they cute? And they couldn’t be any easier.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake



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I recentely made this pumpkin cheesecake for a group lunch and it was a hit. A great dessert to make for the holidays. I got the recipe from a cookbook titled

The Artist In the Kitchen

A Cookbook by The Saint Louis Art Museum


8 oz packaged gingersnaps

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temp.

3/4 cup sugar

1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup sour cream, room temp.

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Crush cookies, mix in butter and cinnamon. Pat into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Chill

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In food processor or mixer blend ingredients for filling until very smooth.

Pour into pan lined with crumbs. Bake 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven.

Raise oven to 475 degrees. Combine sour cream with sugar and vanilla. Spread evenly on baked cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes or until sides are bubbling and just barely beginning to color.

Cool on rack for 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve very cold.


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Julie and Julia Party

Due to the movie Julie and Julia there was talk around blog world about hosting parties with that theme. I loved this idea and did my own. It was a lot of fun. My guests arrived and had dinner and then we went to see the movie and came back for dessert. I used a Julia Child recipe for dessert and it turns out the recipe is in the movie! How cool is that?!

My hostess apron.

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The table…

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I used a vintage white cotton and lace patchwork table cloth, vintage peanut butter glasses, coasters with beaded trim and my white plates. I also had Julia Child quotes at each place setting.

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Some of my vintage serving pieces.

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Here is the recipe I used for dessert. Very light and fluffy. This would be a fun party to do once the movie is out on DVD. I had planned on demonstrating my Julia Child recipe, but with the movie time couldn’t fit it in.


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Lesson in Doughnuts

stack-donuts-dephoto courtesy of Country Living

Here is a cute idea I found today while searching for Bible centered activites to do with my children.  They love sweets, especially doughnuts, so this will be a big hit and a good lesson. I love fun, hands on ways of teaching my children. I also don’t mind the point of this particular lesson either! 🙂

‘O’bey Donuts
• refrigerated bisquits
• powdered sugar
1.  Take a can of refrigerated bisquits
2.  Flatten them out
3.  Cut out a circle in the middle (I use a soda pop bottle top)
4.  Have a skillet ready with hot oil
5.  Fry the bisquits (donuts) in the oil until golden brown
6.  Drain on paper towel
7.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar
Tell the children (or Youth and even Adults!) that we must obey God’s Commandments and God’s rules. The donut represents the letter “O” in obey. Let them know every time they have a donut, they are reminded to OBEY!
8.  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” Ephesians 6:1
9.  ” A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:”
Deuteronomy 11:27


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Smothered Pork Chops

I made these last night and they were so good!  Big approval from the husband.  So, I thought I would share with you so you could enjoy them as well.


photo courtesy of Nathan Reddick

Lowcountry Smothered Pork Chops


4 center-cut pork chops, 1-inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, spread on a plate
2 medium green bell peppers, stemmed, cored, and membranes removed, cut into strips
2 yellow onions, trimmed, cut lengthwise
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce


Trim the excess fat from the chops and season well with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Lightly roll the chops in flour, shake off the excess, and slip them into the pan. Brown well, about 3 minutes per side, and remove them to a plate.

Add the bell peppers and onions, to the skillet, and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about half a minute longer. Push the vegetables to the side of the skillet. Add chops to pan and place vegetables on top of pork chops. Pour in the broth and sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce. Cover pan with foil and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or until chops are tender.

Recipe courtesy Damon Fowler

Cook Time 55 min
Level Easy
Yield 4 servings

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