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Southern Chicken Noodle Soup on a Cool Fall Day

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Savory, Treats | 2 comments

I was in the mood for soup today, and my family was a little spoiled–since, I was in the mood to cook and bake from scratch.  Or, at least I think they are spoiled–they would rather order pizza ;).  I keep telling myself, they WILL appreciate this one day, when they go off to college!!   However, since I was also trying to clean the carpeting in the house, watch 2 toddlers and a baby, and organize my spice cabinet–I decided that getting out the slow-cooker might be a good idea.   It turned out to be a big hit with everyone– DH, and kids both gobbled it up!  Well, maybe it’s because they knew there would be no peach cobbler, if they didn’t finish their soup!!  Ingredients: 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces 8 cups of...

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We have a Winning Peach Cobbler

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 0 comments

We had quite a few fresh peaches to do something with, before they were wasted–so, I decided to make a Peach Cobbler.  I have made these in the past, because they are my husband’s favorite treat–but, none of them were PERFECT, in his eyes. So, I made something, part pie/part cobbler- It has a pie type bottom crust, and a lattice top, but made in a 9×13 pan.  It does take a little over 2 hours to make–but, I am told it is worth it.   It is very juicy, and I guess–PERFECT!! I had a great little helper, in rolling out the crust, (or nibbling on it, anyway)– So, instead of doing just a regular boring ol’ lattice top–we cut out a, “J” for Jaxen and a spaceship for Buzz Lightyear!  Sorry, about the picture–I forgot to take...

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Truffles

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 0 comments

My DH and I were hosting a wine-tasting party.  No dinner, just h’ourderves.  I decided it was the perfect time to make chocolate truffles for the first time.  I wanted to try 2 different recipes, just in case one didn’t turn out.   The first recipe was: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted 2 oz of rich chocolate (the expensive stuff) 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 T whipping cream/heavy cream In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.Roll truffles in ground walnuts (or any ground nuts), cocoa, coconut, confectioners’ sugar, candy sprinkles, etc. To flavor truffles with liqueurs...

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Silhouettes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009 in Crafting, Decor, Gift ideas, Tutorials | 0 comments

I decided that it would be cute if I made old-fashioned silhouettes of my children– I started by searching thru hundreds of pictures, to see if I could find side profile shots of each of them– There were several of Jaxen, because he never seems to be looking at the camera, but he also never seems to be looking ahead either. So, I decided it would be best, if I just took brand new pictures of them to use. I took the pictures, at the same distance, for each one. Then I printed them off as 8×10’s on regular computer paper. Then I placed the printed picture on top of black scrapbooking cardstock, and cut out both pieces together in the shape of their precious little faces. I realized two things–upon reviewing my shadow-pictures of my babies. 1. Jaxen...

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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 3 comments

Labor day weekend, a few neighbors were coming over for an impromptu get-together. I thought, we needed some kind of fruit basket, because that is what my mom always had at get-togethers. I would cut a watermelon into a basket or a whale or something else not very creative. I sent my DH, to the grocery store to pick up some fruit, along with the watermelon. He came home, with fruit and the tiniest watermelon I have ever seen! There was no way, I could make a basket or a whale out of it–I could possibly pull off a goldfish–but, it wouldn’t hold very much fruit–so I began to think of another idea–and decided quickly that I would just make fruit salsa… I did not have the ingredients I had heard goes into fruit salsa, so I just improvised–and...

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