Archive for October, 2012

Here again is another sweet treat that I found on Pinterest.  The recipe comes from Taste of Home and was posted on the blog, Break Or Bake. It tastes just like a popular candy bar that is chocked full of peanuts and salty sweet goodness, but shall go nameless. 

The flavor is great and the only little problem I had was that the candy was a little gooey and didn’t set up quite as well as I would have liked.  That didn’t hurt the taste at all though!


3 cups salted peanuts, divided

2 1/2 tbsp. butter

2 cups peanut butter chips

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups mini marshmallows


Place half of the peanuts in a 13×9” baking dish and set aside.  In a large saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter chips over low heat.  Stir until smooth then remove from the heat. Add milk and marshmallows; stir until melted.





Pour this over the peanuts and then top with the remaining peanuts.  Cover and refrigerate until chilled and firm.  Slice and enjoy!




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The lines for today’s Book Beginnings post comes from the book “Four Sisters, All Queens” by Sherry Jones.  Hop on over to Rose City Reader to see what other bloggers are reading today.

I am a sucker for historical royal fiction so I grabbed up this book when I spotted it at my local library.  It is the first book of Ms. Jones that I have read, but I would definitely try out more of hers if given the chance.  Here are the first lines:

“I, Beatrice of Savoy, am mother to four queens.  What other woman in the history of the world could make this claim?  None, I warrant, and none ever will.”

This makes me think that Beatrice wields some mighty power in her family and country’s lives. 

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Ellie & Roy





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Good morning to everyone!  Please join me over at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.  Today is my first day back to work after my vacation last week and it is always hard to get back to the grind.  Last week was wonderful though and I got several things done at home.  Then C & I enjoyed a two day getaway to Indianapolis at the end of the week.  I will have a Thoughtful Thursday post about that really soon.  We had a great time and Indy is a really nice city.

I plan on keeping things nice and simple this week to get back into my routine and to give us time to enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  Happy fall, y’all!

Bubble up enchiladas

Country ham biscuits with oven fries

Grilled pork chops with oven fries

Breakfast for supper (probably pancakes & bacon)

Chili (I still haven’t made my first pot of chili this fall so I must remedy that.)

Tuscan pot roast (new)

Pizza night if necessary

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I love party food.  Mini versions of bigger dishes are fun to make and fun to eat.  This recipe from Martha Stewart’s website is no exception.  I made these for a Sunday afternoon meal at my Nanny’s house along with curly fries and everyone enjoyed them.  There was also enough left over for a couple of days’ worth of lunches for C & I.  You can’t beat that deal.


6 tbsp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup finely diced sweet white onion

2 tbsp. water

salt and pepper to taste

2 pounds ground beef

20 dill pickle slices

20 slices cheese (I used provolone and American.)

20 mini burger buns

Burger toppings of your choice.


Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a small pan over medium heat.  Add the diced onion and cook until softened.  Stir in the water and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.



Form 20 patties using about 2 tbsp. of ground beef for each.  Place on a rimmed baking sheet and coat patties with remaining 2 tbsp. butter, melted.  Press a pickle slice into each patty.


Preheat your broiler.  Season patties with salt and pepper.  Broil for 6-7 minutes.  Top with cheese for the last 30 seconds. 


Lightly toast the buns then spread the onion butter on the bottom half of each.  Top with 1 burger and any other toppings you like.



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October in Kentucky…





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Hello and good morning to all my wonderful readers!  Please join me and so many other bloggers over at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.  I am hopeful that this week’s plan goes a little better than last week’s.  Whew, last week was a blur for me.  Between multiple court days and over 600 new juror questionnaires being sent out at work to doing some home improvement planning, I am just about worn out.  It all works out in the end though because I am officially on vacation this week. Woo hoo!

It will mostly be a home-based vacation with a very short getaway sometime during the week and I am so ready for the time off.  Last week’s plan went pretty well considering how wild it was, but a couple of things had to be dropped off the list, namely the pork loin and brownie recipes.  I probably need to drop the sweets way back because I have had way too much of a sweet tooth lately and I am starting to feel it.  Here is this week’s list and it is a little short since I am not sure how much we will be home.  I hope everyone has an awesome and blessed week!

Famous pork chops with oven fries & scalloped pineapple

Tacos & fresh fruit


Honey butter pork loin (I am going to try this one more time.) with butter roasted potatoes

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