Archive for June, 2009

Orange Creme Dessert

Is it hot where you are?  It is here.  For the last couple of weeks, the temperatures have topped out in the 90s with high humidity.  Would you like a delicious way to cool off?  Well, I have one for you.  This frozen dessert tastes a lot like a dreamsicle frozen treat and is so easy to make.  How easy?  Just read below.

2 cups orange sherbet, softened

8 oz. cream cheese, softened (or neufchatel cheese)

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup orange juice

8 oz. frozen whipped topping


Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with foil.  Spread sherbet onto bottom of pan to form an even layer.  Freeze 10 minutes.

dreamsicle-1st layer

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy and smooth.  Gradually add condensed milk and juice until well blended.  Gently stir in whipped topping.  Pour over sherbet in pan.

dreamsicle-mixing1  dreamsicle-2nd layer

Freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.  To unmold, invert pan onto a plate and remove the foil.

 dreamsicle-frozen dreamsicle-slice

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Cruising for a Cure

Friday night was our local American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  For those of you that don’t know, it is an all-night fundraiser for the ACS.  Our team from the courthouse has been raising money since January with bake sales, soup lunches, and one cookout.  The money from the food sales and the money raised by a little girl in the local Relay Kid contest added up to over $4500.00 for our team!  I don’t have the exact amount yet but we did very well since our original goal was $2000.00.

The teams were supposed to host fundraisers Friday night so we decided to sell fruit kabobs with dip and fruit smoothies.  I went to Wal-mart Thursday and purchased all the fruit and other odds and ends that we would need.  We ended up with 180 kabobs and enough smoothie mix to make 200.

The cancer survivors at Relay got a free smoothie from our booth and something free from every other booth.  We were prepared to make some money and hopefully top the $5000 mark.  Alas, it was not meant to be.  Mother nature had other ideas.  The local funeral homes set up their tents for the teams to use.  After ours was set up, we started decorating…and listening to the thunder in the distance.  The events were supposed to start at 6:00pm and just a few minutes before that it started raining a flood! 

A lot of people that were there left because it rained for almost 30 minutes!  We were having to push water off of the roof of the tent every couple of minutes so it wouldn’t leak and there was no way to walk around outside the tent.  We ended up making $65 that night, not near what we had hoped, but we had a good time anyway. 

The theme for the whole Relay was The 1980’s , so our booth was decorated like The Love Boat.  We had music playing and a ship’s deck backdrop.  It looked really cute.  Our activity for the night was “The Newlywed Game”.  We had a married couple of each of the other teams to participate and the people working the sound system had found the theme song to play as well!  They came to our booth before the game to answer their questions.  We had them onstage to compare answers just like in the game show.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and the winning couple was one from a local church that had been married the longest, 22 years!  The only question they missed was the husband’s first question, “What is the color of your wife’s eyes?”  They got the rest of the questions right!  It was so funny!

The luminaria ceremony later in the evening was so moving!  The bags with candles had been placed around the side of the town square we were using and lit.  It was beautiful! Each bag had the name of person being honored or memorialized by a loved one.  After the ceremony, everyone walked a memory lap with the Sarah McLachlan song “I Will Remember You” playing.  It was very, very touching!

I am so glad that we all participated in this and look forward to doing it again!  I encourage people to get involved for it is an extremely worthy cause!  C & I have both had very personal experience with cancer.  C’s paternal grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly before he passed away.  My maternal grandfather passed away from brain cancer in 1994, and my mom is a SURVIVOR of stage 3 ovarian cancer!  GO, MOM!!!!

 fruit dip ready to go fruit kabobs filled fridge

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I think I should change the name of my blog.  Since we have been pretty busy lately with different projects, I haven’t been much of a cook!  I am going to try to make up a little today with one of my favorite cookie recipes, THE SNICKERDOODLE!  I have no idea how this cookie got its unusual name.  It is nothing like the closely named candy bar with no chocolate in sight!  I had heard of this cookie for years and thought that is must be like the candy bar, but I was very wrong.

A very nice lady in our small town brought my office a basket of these cookies in 2002 and I fell in love!  They are buttery and spicy and delicious!  She was also gracious enough to share her recipe which I am now sharing with you!  Thanks, Miss Evelyn!!!


3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

3 tbsp granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  I use a Silpat baking mat, which I highly recommend if you have one.  It is a silicone baking mat that is oven proof and easy to clean.  It is also reusable, so there is less waste.  Mix 3/4 cup sugar with butter until completely combined.

snickerdoodle-cream butter&sugar

Beat in egg and vanilla.  Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar together and add to butter mixture.

snickerdoodle-add eggs


 snickerdoodle-add flour

In a small bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon.  Roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls and coat with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.


snickerdoodle-form ball

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snickerdoodle-cookie ball coated 

Place on the lined sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Do not over bake!  Enjoy!

snickerdoodle-ready for oven 



I made these for our last Relay for Life bake sale last week.  So far, our little team has raised over $4400!  YAY!  The local Relay for Life is scheduled for this Friday with an 80’s theme.  Our team is the Love Boat Crew and we are hosting “The Newlywed Game” for our activity that night.  There will definitely be photos taken, so please check back!

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Kerrygold.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Today is Father’s Day and C & I want to wish our dads a very, very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  We hope you enjoy the day and know we love you both very much!

Here is a quick blast from the past:



Scout Chad w Dad

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Almost-Wordless Wednesday

Hayroll Wrapping Across the Road


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Happy Anniversary to us!

Today is C & my 8th wedding anniversary.  It seems like only yesterday that we looked like this:



This was taken in my grandmother’s back yard after our wedding.  We had a small, private wedding, but it was beautiful.  My mom made my wedding gown and arranged the flowers in the church.  I wanted us to make my bouquet, too, but we were too nervous that there wouldn’t be enough flowers in bloom at the time. 

I can’t believe that 8 years have passed this fast.  We have been through a lot of wonderful, fun times and also had to deal with some bad as well.  Through it all, C has been the best.  He brings out the best in me, and when my best is not showing, he has amazing patience as well.  Thanks for the past years, and I hope we have many, many, many more to come!  Love you!

To show how special he is, I will tell you what he did Friday.  I was having a bad day on Friday.  I just didn’t feel good and it seemed like everything I tried to accomplish just turned out wrong!  I got home and was venting to C about the experiences I had just trying to get from our little town to home.  He told me I needed to just lay down and take a break.  When I walked into the bedroom, there was 6 roses in a vase on my bedside table.  I almost cried, I was so happy and surprised.  He told me to go change clothes and I went in the closet and there were 6 more roses in a plastic cup.  He couldn’t find my big vase, so he made do with what he could find!  It was the sweetest thing ever!  Here are my beautiful roses all together in a big vase.



We also did a little weeding in the garden on Friday evening.  Our cucumbers are growing like crazy.  We found these while we were working.


Yum!  It won’t be long until we have enough for that cucumber salad that I have been promising!  Check back soon!

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Almost-Wordless Wednesday

Cucumber salad, anyone?



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Home Tweet Home

My dad is really talented when it comes to working with wood.  Because of his health, he doesn’t get to do things very often, but every once in a while he will make something.  The bluebird houses that he made many years ago for my mom and Nanny were very tired, so he made a few new ones.  While he was making theirs, he made one for C & myself.

Birdhouse Closeup

The ones he built several years ago had a lift-up roof to make it easier to clean out the old nesting material before the bluebirds nested again.  The only downside to this was wind.  If there was a strong wind, and that is pretty common around here, the roof would lift open and damage the hinge.  Eventually the hinge would give and the roof would come off completely.  Dad came up with a new design that is pretty ingenious!  Take a look…

Birdhouse 1Birdhouse2   Birdhouse 3 Birdhouse 4

As you can see, the front “porch” lifts off and the front “door” swings up for easy clean-out, so there is no danger of wind damage!  Our house is new, so we don’t have family in it yet, but we have plenty of bluebirds here so hopefully it won’t be long before we have some tenants!  Thanks, Dad!

Also, in other exciting news, we have green strawberries!  Yay!  I know, I shouldn’t be this excited over GREEN strawberries, but that means that RED strawberries can’t be far off, and that is always good news.  We also dined on the first 2 little cucumbers from our garden yesterday at lunch.  They tasted great and we can’t wait for more.


I hope this is a good week for everyone!

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Garden Update

It is now the first of June!  This year is really flying by.  I wanted everyone to see the progress of our little garden project.  The first photo shows the overall bed, and, my, how it has grown.  I have already harvested several heads of lettuce, and the cucumbers are not far behind.  They are loaded down with blooms and baby cucumbers.  I do have a bare spot where the carrots were supposed to be.  New planted carrot seeds + hard heavy rains = NO CARROTS!  The seeds washed away.  I have now resown them, so hopefully we will see evidence soon.  The cucumbers are climbing the tomato cages well, as you can see in the second photo.  I can’t wait for this certain cucumber salad recipe that I have.  I will have 2 of the ingredients freshly grown in my garden, the cukes and the dill.  I will pass along that recipe when I have the good stuff ready.


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Above are the potato plants.  We have added dirt, or “hilled”, them several times.  The foliage is beautiful, and so far we have had no problems with bugs, despite absolutely no spraying.  Most of the strawberry plants are blooming now even though they are still small.  I love to watch things grow and know that my food is safe and delicious to eat!

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I’m still here!

Sorry it has been slow blogging the last couple of weeks.  C & I have been having major allergy issues and have been really busy.  I promise to get back on the wagon very very soon!

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