February 4, 2013

Peach Cobbler

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Southern Peach Cobbler
2 cans of peaches (drained VERY well) or 16oz of frozen peaches (also drained)
1 Stick of butter
1 cup of 1% or low-fat milk
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup of packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ cup of fresh or frozen blue berries
In a square glass baking dish melt butter for approximately 45 seconds in the microwave. In a separate bowl mix milk, flour, sugars, and cinnamon. Pour on top of melted butter. DO NOT STIR. Pour peaches on top of that and finally sprinkle the blueberries over top as evenly as possible. Place in the over on 350 degrees for 45 minutes!

November 15, 2012


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Ingredients for dough

1 and a half
tablespoon Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (purchase this by the jar)

3 cups of warm water

6-1/2 cups of All
Purpose Flour (preferably unbleached as it has more protein)

You can use 1 cup of Oatmeal
and reduce flour by 1 cup, or you could also use wheat flour.

1 and a 1/2
Tablespoon of Kosher or Sea salt.

** I usually double this recipe and mix it in a 32 cup bowl
with a lid that is not airtight. Mix well  ( I use my kitchen aid mixer and mix one batch
at a time).  Allow to sit and rise 2
hours. Refrigerate Dough.  It will last
up to 2 weeks. Helps Create quick and easy meals for the family.

To cook:

Either wet or flour
your hands.  Pull off a chunk Grapefruit
size. Use a large flour cutting board to prepare for filling a bread.

1. Dessert Style Bread- Mix Cinnamon, sugar, and raisins together pour onto one half of prepared bread.
Seal by wetting the edges with water. Melt a half a stick of margarine
filling in a microwave safe dish add ¼ cup of brown sugar smear on top of the
bread. Let sit for 20 minutes before baking.
Bake on 400 for around 20

2. Rosemary bread with bulk sausage is also good. Grind
rosemary and onion in a food chopper with a little olive oil. Spread mixture
over entire side of prepared bread.
Brown and Drain bulk sausage.  Add
it to one half of the bread. Add mozzarella cheese. Seal by wetting the edges.  Dust lightly with Kosher Salt and score (3
small slices on top of the bread) . Bake on 450 for 20 minutes. Serve with the vegetable
of your choice.

3. Fill with anything bake 20 minutes depending on the shape.

4.  Garlic Basil Bread
– Grease a large rectangular bar pan, Dust with corn meal, press dough thin and
flat to the pan. Stick holes in the dough with a fork to prevent rising. In a
food processor add 1/2 onion, 1/4 of green bell pepper, 2 large garlic cloves,
10-12 fresh basil leaves, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Chop until all is liquid.  Pour over dough. Cover with mozzarella cheese
and sprinkle with Kosher Salt. Bake 400 for 20 minutes.  **If you like tomatoes you can also drain the
juice and add some fresh tomatoes and a few more torn and washed basil leaves
before baking.**  This one is my favorite
so far.**

There are many other things you can do. Calzone with
spaghetti or pizza sauce and different meats.

and sautéed cabbage and onion with cheese are really good too..

March 2, 2012


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1 Pound of venison or hamburger meat
30 Corn Tortillas
1 Taco Seasoning Packet
½ Cup Vegi or Canola Oil
1 can Hormel Chili (No Beans)
1 can Enchilada Sauce
Lots of Cheddar Cheese

Brown Hamburger or Venison in Skillet add taco seasoning packet to flavor the meat. Drain any grease. If you used venison there probably won’t be any! In another skillet add a dash of oil, medium to high heat, add tortillas one at a time softening up each side. If you have a helper like I did you can start putting a little bit of meat inside the softened tortillas along with so cheese. Rolls each tortilla and place them in a 13×9” pan. Preheat oven to 350. Once you have stuffed all of your tortillas, Mix chili and enchilada sauce in separate bowl. Pour evenly over tortillas. Add Lots of cheese to the top and bake it for 25 minutes,

Great Served with Refried Beans and Mexican Rice

February 23, 2012


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1 Pound of uncooked Shrimp (peeled and deveined)

2 Eggs

½ Onion

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon of mustard

1 tablespoon of minced fresh cilantro or a tablespoon of the tubed Cilantro (available at Publix in the produce section)

½ teaspoon of Texas Pete

½ teaspoon of salt (Kosher or Sea)

1 pinch of black pepper

2-3 cups of Italian Bread Crumbs

1 cup of Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) for coating the patties

Olive Oil or Peanut Oil


In your blender add all ingredients above except the breadcrumbs. Blend until completely mixed.  You can also use a food processor if you have one.  Pour mixture into a bowl.  Add breadcrumbs until mixture becomes firm enough to form patties.  Form into 12 – 14 small flat patties (These can be made up to 4 hours in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 hours). 

 Heat 2 tablespoons of olive or peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Coat each Shrimp Cake with the PANKO breadcrumbs and place into the hot oil.  Fry cakes until cooked through and golden brown on both sides (approx 6-7 minutes), adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

 Serve with a light squeeze of lime & Cholula Brand – Chili Garlic Sauce

 Also great served on top of a bed of yellow grits!!

February 16, 2012

Great Tips from Popular Mechanics

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I got these great tips from this website:

Replace Washer Hoses to Avoid a Flood
Approximately $170 million in damages is caused to homes in the U.S. every year because of washing machine hose failures, according to State Farm Insurance. “We advise our customers to inspect their washing machine hoses regularly. Make sure the connections are secure,” says Dick Luedke, spokesman for State Farm. “You should also make sure there are at least 4 inches of clearance between the water connection and the back of the washing machine. This reduces the chances that the hose will kink. We would also advise that you do not leave your washing machine running while you are not at home.”

Reinforced rubber and stainless-steel hoses can break, even the ones that say “burst-resistant” or “burst-proof.” The hoses typically fail at the same spot—the coupling. But cracks and leaks at the connection point are common, too, so check that as well. If your hoses are more than five years old, replace them with ones made from braided stainless steel. That $20 investment for a two-pack can eliminate thousands of dollars of damage from hoses that fail.

Clean Your Fridge’s Coils Before Its Performance Deteriorates
Coils underneath or behind a refrigerator attract dust, debris and dog hair. Besides being unsightly, dirty coils can restrict airflow and make the fridge work harder, which could shorten its life span and reduce its efficiency. “If coils get dirty enough to block the air exchange or reduce air exchange, then cleaning them will help improve the energy consumption and cooling capacity,” says Lakshmanan Ramamoorthi, senior consumer scientist, refrigerator technology, for Whirlpool.

Use a refrigerator coil brush ($10 at home centers) to wipe the coils clean. If you have a newer fridge, you may be off the hook. Some new models have the coils encased, so cleaning isn’t necessary. For the rest of us, clean the coils twice a year.

It’s unlikely that dirty coils will shorten your appliance’s life too much, but cleaning them could give you an energy efficiency boost. And while you’re at it, follow these additional tips from Lucinda Ottusch, a consumer advocate at Whirlpool. “Reduce the quantity of ‘old items’ in the refrigerator that will no longer be used and block airflow from effectively cooling the other items. Adjust the controls for the refrigerator and freezer to meet your needs—having items that are colder than they need to be uses additional energy.”

Clean Lint Out of the Dryer before It Catches on Fire

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that clothes dryer fires occur about 15,600 times each year. The leading cause of these fires is lint in the trap, the vent and the area around the dryer—lint is highly combustible. If your clothes take a long time to dry or the dryer is hot to the touch, your dryer vent may be obstructed.

While cleaning out the lint trap inside the dryer after each use is easy, cleaning out the vent itself is a multistep operation. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

- Unplug the dryer.

- Pull the dryer away from the wall.

- Uncouple its connector to the wall. Replace the connector if you find it’s a flexible plastic vent; these are designed for venting bathroom fans, not dryers. Replace the connector if it’s dented, cut or severely kinked.

- Use the vent-cleaning rods, or brush by hand to make an initial pass to clean out the dryer vent. Push and pull the rod/brush combo and work the vent clean.

- Then, attach a cordless drill and spin clean the vent Go outside, remove the exhaust grille and repeat the procedure from the outside. If the entire dryer vent run is more than a few feet long, you can actually use an electric leaf blower to blow the vent clean. Set its nozzle into the dryer-vent opening in the wall on the inside of the house and blow the vent clear (inside to outside) while brushing the vent clean. Yes, this means that you’ve got this blowing in your face as you clean from the outside, but do you want the vent clean or don’t you?

- Remove the dryer’s front panel and clean the inside of the appliance, being particularly fastidious to remove lint accumulation near the burner (if gas) or near the heater-element box, if it’s electric.

- If possible, remove the panel shielding the moisture-sensor assembly. Clean the assembly itself and any lint that could interfere with the dryer’s ability to read moisture.

Free a Stubborn Sliding Door Before It Gets Stuck
If opening and closing your patio door is akin to working out, then debris is probably clogging the track and jamming the wheels. You’ll want to fix the problem before you break the handle (or strain a muscle) tugging on the door.

Start by removing the door from the track. The removal process can vary by door, but typically, it requires removing the screws at the top and bottom rails, then pulling off the stile cover that keeps the door panels from lifting out. Then lift up the door and pull the bottom toward you to remove it from the track. For more detailed instructions, check out our article on replacing a patio door.

It’s a good idea to have a helper since the door is heavy. Lay the door flat and look at the wheels along the bottom. If they’re broken, you’ll need to replace them. Otherwise, clean the wheels, door bottom, and door track with warm, soapy water. Wipe everything dry, then replace the door. Spray silicone lubricant on the track, then slide the door back and forth a few times to spread out the lubricant across the track.

Secure Loose Rails Before You Take a Header Off the Deck
Deck posts and railings that rock back and forth can break off. Screws and nails won’t fix this problem. This job calls for a special connector that secures the railings to the deck framing and meets code requirements.

Several companies offer this type of connection. Simpson Strong-Tie Company, for example, has a DTT2 Deck Post Connector that attaches posts to joists. Simpson Strong-Tie advises: “Because the post is tied back into the deck joists, rather than to the rim joist alone, the connection is stronger than typical through-bolt installations and complies with IRC and IBC code requirements regarding handrail and guardrail post connections for decks.”

February 1, 2012


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1 Pound of Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined) Rinse Well
1 Lime (Juice & Zest)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 dash of Jalapeno Juice & a spoonful of diced Jalapeno’s
2 Garlic Cloves (Finely Chopped)
1 Handful of Fresh Cilantro (Chopped)
1/2 TSP Kosher Salt
1 Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 Bag of Tortilla Chips
Half Pint Heavy Cream
Handful of Capers
All-Purpose Flour

1 Avocado
1 Can Black Beans (Rinsed)
1 Can White Corn (Drained)
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes (Drained)
Shredded Lettuce
Dash of Italian Dressing
Fresh Cilantro

Mix all of these ahead and refrigerate to let flavor marinate.

A. Marinate the shrimp in the lime, oil, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes in a tightly sealed quart size Ziploc bag or bowl.
B. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan on medium to high heat.
C. Add half of the shrimp with some of the marinade and cook shrimp for 1.5 minutes turn each shrimp for about 45 more seconds or until pink. Pour into a bowl. Do the same for the remainder of the shrimp and marinade. Do not discard marinade. Reserve it for the sauce.
D. Preheat Oven to 450 Degrees. Line a rectangle pan with foil to avoid a mess. Line Foil with Chips
E. In another bowl mix heavy cream and 5 tablespoons of flour with a whisk. Pour into hot skillet stirring frequently. Add capers and the liquid from the shrimp bowl. Do not add shrimp yet as they don’t need to cook any longer. Simmer sauce on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then add shrimp
F. Pour Shrimp and Sauce over chips. Spread Monterey Jack Cheese on top. Bake for 5 minutes.

Serve with you side salad and enjoy!

December 21, 2011

Strawberry Yogurt Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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This recipe will make 3 pies

Crust -
3 cups of crushed graham crackers
10 Tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 cup sugar

Mix together well and press into the bottom of 3 – 9″ Pie Pans
Refrigerate for 30 minutes

16 ozs of Strawberry Flavored Yogurt
2- 8oz tubs of cool whip thawed
1- Strawberry Jello Packet
If strawberries are in season finely cut and add them to the mix.
Mix together well and pour into chilled Graham Cracker Crusts

Freeze Overnight – Give 2 as gifts and eat one.. They are hard to slice but they taste very good…

December 5, 2011


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1 cup butter softened
4 tbsp sugar
Cream those together.

Add 2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped pecans

Roll into balls,bake30 min on 325 degrees
I usually put in freezer afterwards for a quick cool down then shake in a gallon ziplock bag with powdered Sugar..

Thank you to my Sister-In-Law Lisa Schaffer for this recipe

December 4, 2011


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1 box – (approximately 2 cups) light brown sugar

1 -1/2 Sticks of margarine (melted)

3- Eggs

1 tsp- Vanilla

2-3/4 cups self rising flour

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Melt margarine and pour over brown sugar. Beat Well. Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Add Vanilla. Add flour a small amount at a time and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Spread into a greased 13×9 inch greased pan. The batter will be stiff. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. The center may appear to still be sticky but do not over-bake.


Recipe as given to me by Aunt Lean Boynton.

November 21, 2011

Erica’s Peach Cobbler

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½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup milk
4 cups of sliced fresh or canned peaches (drained)
1 handful of blueberries

Melt butter in a 1-1/2 quart glass baking dish. Combine sugar, cinnamon, flour, and milk in a bowl. Pour over melted butter. DO NOT STIR! Pour in the peaches on top. Sprinkle blueberries on top of peaches. Bake on 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite brand of Vanilla Ice Cream. I love Blue Bell.

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