Sunday, December 20, 2009
It is peanut brittle time! The snow has set the perfect conditions for Joe's annual adventure of peanut brittle making. He has been making it for more than 15 years after tasting our friend Ken's terrific peanut brittle. He shared the recipe and the tradition and now I am sharing it with you. Wish you could each taste it!
Joe always waits for snow. The peanut brittle comes out best when it cools in a snowbank!
Just look at that yummy stuff!
We put it in boxes and share with friends.
Recipe for Ken Fleming's Peanut Brittle
Combine in a heavy pot:
3 cups white sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
1/4 cup water
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer registers exactly 300 degrees. Add 1 lb.(3 cups) raw peanuts. Cook and stir until the mixture is golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. baking soda and 1 Tablespoon butter. Put on a parchment lined cookie sheet with sides. Immediately take it outside to the nearest snowbank (or if you don't have that use the freezer!) When it is cooled, break it apart and enjoy!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Heavenly Pineapple Cake
1 box (2 layer size) cake mix
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1-(8 oz) container sour cream
1 medium (15.25 ounce) canned crushed pineapple in its juice (strained with juice reserved)
1- (3 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 -(16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used real whipped cream, whipping 16oz heavy cream with 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla)
1. Prepare two layers of yellow cake according to package instructions. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, cut each layer horizontally in half to form a total of 4 thin layers.
2. Beat softened cream cheese with sugar in a mixer until smooth and very creamy. Add sour cream and beat well Then add strained crushed pineapple until thoroughly mixed. Add the pudding mix and blend well. Last, incorporate the whipped topping.
3. Spread the reserved pineapple juice on the cake layers before spreading the icing. Frost the top of one layer, then place a second layer on top. Repeat until all four layers are stacked then frost top and sides of cake. Keep refrigerated.
Recipe as taken from the Winston Salem Journal food editor Michael Hastings.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I first heard about Charlie's Soap when I lived in PA. I learned about it on a blog. (Not sure which one.) The blog gave the link and the author said that she orders the soap as it is so great, economical, gentle on sensitive skin,fragrance free,and all around wonderful.
Sounded good but I am not really into doing mail order for my laundry detergent. I then realized that the town where this soap is made is about 10 miles from my new home. I found it for sale in the local grocery and tried it. One little bag lasted forever.
Then I met Sherri. She could work for the company she is so knowledgeable. I learned all about the history of the company as well as the great things this product will do. She even shared another bag of soap and a bottle of liquid.
Have you ever heard of Charlie's Soap? It is recommended for folks with sensitive skin and for those with dirty clothes. I'm sold on it!
This product also speaks to the American spirit as it began with an idea and $200 to meet a need for a cleaner in the textile mills. It has come a long way since its inception in 1976!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Of course, hubby deserves his own special cake. Only because it is Friday!
And now I am going to bake a cake for tonight's get together with some other women who have recently relocated here with their husbands. I am going to make a cake that my new friend Sherri shared with me. It involves pineapple too! I will take a picture and share the recipe with you later.
It is a Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Yesterday we took my sister in law to Furnitureland South. We weren't buying anything but it is one of those places that you have to see to believe and a great place to bring folks from out of town as we live so close to the "Furniture Capitol." I've walked through these buildings before and am always struck by the price tags. Frugal me goes into sticker shock when I imagine what some folks will spend and at how some folks have the resources to spend that much.
Yesterday as we walked through those many room displays, each more elegant than the last, I was struck by something else. I started thinking about this life and how temporary it is. There is an eternity and I am thankful to know that God has a place for me there. If I thought the rooms on display in this manmade building were awesome I can scarcely imagine what those many mansions look like that God is preparing for us!!
As much as I enjoy pretty things, cozy homes and decorating, they will never compare to the joy and true happiness found through Christ. Amazing how He reminded me of this truth while walking through this place!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I have always wanted a wicker plant stand and found one in that garage
As well as this cute little rocker
And this little chair
Joe got this tin sign that he hung above his golf clubs in the garage
It was actually raining lightly most of the morning and the other nine yard sales we went to were all duds- I should have spent more time at the first one. I guess not total duds- Joe found a whole set of irons (golf clubs) that he says are great! We then went to the Red Collection. I have heard about it and we have not had a chance to go until today. We will be back. We both fell in love with the same picture. She followed us home.
I don't do much decorating for Halloween but do bring out this black cat that I have had since childhood.
I have treats ready- now to see how many neighborhood children we will get.