Thursday, September 30, 2010

pinto beans. Chunky Potato Soup, Fiesta Pasta Soup

Hello. I love this time of year.. not to hot and not to cold (yet) A good time to go walking. I took Rocky to the stop sign and back last night. He's a bit rusty on his walking manners. But, all in all he did good. I had someone stop us while we were walking and asked some questions about the trailer that is at the end of the driveway. Questions I was not comfortable answering, even when they told me their reason to ask. Said they were thinking of parking a camper in lot #1. I'm still not comfortable with all their questions, such as how long have they been gone. when are they coming back, how many cars do they usually park there. There are park rules that only 2 cars/trucks per camper. So, even if they are thinking of moving a camper in.. sounds like they already know the rules and are trying to bend them. If not, then maybe they are caseing that trailer for something later. either way. I was not very helpful. I said I thought she was going to be back before the weekend. I have no idea how long she's been gone or when she's going to be back. none of my busness,.

As I said this is great weather to be outside, also great weather for soups, stews or a pot of beans.
I'm making beans and cornbread for our dinner tonight. but I have posted a couple of recipes to my groups that, if we were a larger family I would be making as well..


Pinto Beans

1 1/2 cups dry Pinto beans
water to cover well
1/2 tsp baking soda
seasoning of choice
Hamburger or other meat to add

Pick through Pinto beans removing bean sized pebbles and beans that don't look good.
Wash well under running water. place in crockpot and add enough water to cover and then some. Beans will swell while cooking. put on lid Turn on Crockpot. about 4 hours later, stir in the baking soda. it helps to reduce the "toot" factor in beans. two hours later, Brown hamburger or cut up some ham ( what every meat your adding to your beans) Season hamburger as it's browning with your choice. Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Rosemary, Orengano, Thyme, Sage, or any blends you enjoy. add to the beans, and let cook at least one more hour. Re season just before serving. I like to bake some cornbread to go with our beans.


Fiesta Pasta Soup
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
6 oz Vermicelli Pasta, broken into 1 inch pieces
3 cans Chicken Broth
2 cups Water
1 can diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
2 Tablespoon fresh Cilantro, minced
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 pound smoked Sausages
1 (14 oz) can Mexi Corn
1 (14 oz) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese
Combine broth,water, tomatoes, cilantro, chilie power, and cumin in a large pot. Bring to a boil. cover, reduce heat, sinner for 10 minutes
While that cooks, cut sausage in half lengthwise and then thinely slice. Add meat, pasta, corn and beans to broth. Cover and simmer 10 t o12 minuts or until Pasta is cooked. Stir in Lime Juice. Ladle into bowls and garnish with grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.


Chunky Potato Soup
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
3 medium red Potatoes
black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1 cup Chedder Cheese, (Shredded)
1 small Onion
3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour
red pepper
3 cups Milk
2 cups Water
1 cup cooked Ham
3 tablespoons Butter
Peel potates and cut into 1 inch cubes. Boil in a large pot until tender. Drain, saving the liquid. Set potatoes aside. Measure 1 cup potatoe juice, adding water if necessary to make one cup. Set aside
Finely chop onion. Melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent and tender. but not brown.
Add flour to pan, season with pepper to taste. Cook 3 minutes
Gradually add potatoes, reserved potatoe water, milk and sugar to the onions. stir well. Add cheese and ham. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Store any left overes covered, in refigerator. Makes 12 servings

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CChile and cornbread, Chicken Brunswick Stew, Chicken and Corn Chowder

Hello. I hope your having a good day. What a difference a couple of days can make. We are finally out of the 90's. We are to have a few 80's but I think we are now in the comfort zone again. That's what happens with the change of seasons. With the change of seasons come a change of diet as well. I fixed chili and cornbread last night. I opened a can of chili and dumped it into a baking dish. then topped it with a made up box of corn bread, using buttermilk instead of the regular milk it called for. I should have added a bit of butter, but forgot.

Jerry went back for seconds. At first he wasn't so sure he would like it as the cornbread closest to the chili looked a bit raw, but it was all cooked. I'm still going through a Church Cookbook and posting to different recipe groups I'm in. I dont' have any reason to make this large a pot of stew or soup any more but they both sure do sound good.


Chicken Brunswick Stew
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
1 (2 1.2 lbs)Fryer chicken
1 can Crushed Tomatoes, sweetened with
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worceshershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper
Celery Salt
1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke
1 Onion, chopped
1 can Creamed Corn
1 Cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
Cooked Rice
In a large pot, place the Chicken with enough water to cover, bring to a boil. Cook chicken until meat falls off the bone, approximately 45 minutes. Drain the chicken and keep 2 cups of the resulting stock. Remove the skin and bones and chop the meat.
In the pot, mix the chicken, and remaining ingredients.Simmer slowly for 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Add a little bit of stock of the stew becomes too thick. Serve stew over steamed rice.


Chicken and Corn Chowder
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
1 (3 lb) whole roasting Chicken
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
2 cans Chicken Broth
1 large Onion, pealed and quartered
1 Stalk Celery with leaves, cut up
2 Tablespoons chopped Parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
2 cups Medium sized Noodles
1 pkg Frozen Whole-kernel Corn
2 hard boiled Eggs, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoons Saffron
Rinse chicken well in cold water. Dry with paper towels. Brown lightly in butter in a deep kettle. Add 1 1/2 quarts water, the chicken broth, onion, celery, salt, pepper and saffron. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
Lift out chicken, allow to cool, then shred, set aside. Strain broth. if necessary, skim fat from broth. Add water, if necessary, to make 8 cups.
Add noodles and corn to the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and biol gently, uncovered for 20 minutes. Return chicken topot and simmer until heated through
Add chopped egg, parsley and if necessary, a little more salt and pepper. REady to serve.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

This and That, Sunday update

Hello, It's a rainy, drizzly day here in Alabama and finally we are out of the 90's. Oh yea!!!!

It's napping weather. I tried laying down for a bit, but kept thinking of things I'm needing to do this week. Jerry laid down on the couch.. don't know how he fit. I got up and now He's gone to his bed.

There is a tiny bit of change in the trees on the hill behind the camper. I am seeing a bit more Yellow and brown that isn't just dead leaves. The Golden Rod has really turned the last couple of days as well. Of course I think part of the reason I notice this is that today is darker than usual.

Jerry is finally off of working nights and back on Days. For how much longer, we don't know. Just taking it one day at a time, right now.

We did go yard saling yesterday, but I didn't find anything. Jerry found a book he wanted to read, and a few computer games as well.

Jerry stopped and talked to the man working on the cable system and the wifi here in the RV park. .. Seems that when the router was stolen, some time back, instead of unscrewing the cables.. they ripped the ends out... So they are hunting for new cable lines or ends for the existing cable in order to fix it. What a bummer. Everyone is being told it's fixed when it's not.

The Tradesman Hot Sheet was in the mailbox Saturday.. first, I'm surprised no one stole it, And second, that was fast. He ordered it Tuesday. We both figured it would take well over a week to get here. Surprise.


Friday, September 24, 2010

This is my favorite picture of my Hubby. He's hold the Grandson of one of my Best On-line Friends, Bug. That little boy is now a toddler and has a younger sister.

Sweet and Sour Cocktail Sausages, Camp Stew

makes about 40 appetizers
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
1 can Tomato Soup
1 teaspoon seasoning
Mustard, Worestershire Sauce, or Hot Pepper sauce
1/4 cup Grape Jelly
1 lb Cocktail Sausages
1/4 cup Vinegar
Garnishes (Pineapple chunks, Green Pepper cut into 3/4 inch squares, Green Onions cut into 1/2 inch pieces or Dill Pickel slices. Cheddar Cheese, cubed. or you choice.)
In a saucepan over medium heat, heat soup, jelly, vinegar and seasoning of choice until Jelly melts and mixture is very warm. Place sausage and one garnish on each toothpick. Add to sauce, heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.


Camp Stew
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
1 Hen or 2 fryers ( about 5 lbs total)
3 lbs Pork Roast
3 lbs Stew Beef (boneless)
3 cans Cream Corn
3 cans Tomatoes
3 lbs Potatoes, diced
2 large Onions
2 Lemons (cut in half)
3 Tablespoons Mustard (yellow or dejion)
BBQ sause to taste
3 Tablespoons Whrstershire Sauce
Catsup, to taste
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Cook all the meats until done. Chip or tear the meat up. Put meat in a large pot with beef broth. Add onions and potatoes. Cook about 20 minutes. Add rest of ingredients. Cook until done.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sausage and Cheese Balls, Apple Crunch

Sausage and Cheese Balls
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene

2 cups Biscuit mix
1 lb uncooking Sausage
1/2 cup Milk
3 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded

In a bowl, mix everthing together, by hand or spoon. Shape into 1 inch
balls. Place on a greased pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.
Immediatly remove from pan.


Apple Crunch
1 apple, peeled & sliced
2 T. sugar
1 T. all-purpose flour or oatmeal
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. chopped nuts
1 tsp. butter or margarine, melted
Put the apple in a small, glass casserole dish. In a small bowl combine the sugar, flour or oatmeal, cinnamon, and nuts and mix well. Sprinkle over the apples. Dot with butter. Microwave, uncovered on high for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Makes 1 serving Source: From "The Red Hat Society Cookbook" Vicky Heuer, Countess

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ranch Chicken Nuggets, Cinnamon Popcorn, Breakfast Souffle

Ranch Chicken Nuggets
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene
2 cups Self rising Flour
1 (10oz) pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
1 lb Frozen Chicken tenders
2 Cups Buttermilk
Oil to deep fry in
Fill a deep fryer pot to 1/2 it's depth with oil. Heat to 350F.
In a Bowl, mix flour and dressing mix. Fill another bowl with the Buttermilk. Cut tenders into nuggets. Coat nuggets with flour mix, then buttermilk, the flour again. Fry 7 to 10 minutes or until Golden Brown. Cool slightly befor serving.


Cinnamon Popcorn

1 1/2 c Sugar
1 C Butter
3/4 C Lt Corn Syrup
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
2 Tsp Cinnamon Oil (adjust to your own tasts, this is strong stuff)
Red food color, a few drops
6 quarts popped corn

Combine sugar, butter and syrup in a heavy pan and bring to boil.
Boil 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, ad rest of the
ingredients except the corn. Pour over popped corn and mix well in
an oiled roasting pan. Bake 1 hour at 200o. Stirring every 15
minutes, or until dry to the touch.

* found this recipe in my mom's recipe box. We love it. I add 1
to 2 cups peanuts to this.


Breakfast Souffle

1 Lb Sausage

6 Slices Bread, (crust and all, cubed)

1/4 Cup Cheese, Grated

1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

1/2 to 1 teaspoon Salt

4 Eggs

2 Cups Milk

Brown Sausage and drain. Add bread, cheese, mustard and salt. Beat eggs with milk. Mix together and pour into greased 10 x 6 1/2 x 2 inch Casserole dish. Set in Fridge overnight. Bake for 45 minutes at 350F, Covered with foil and 15 minutes at 325F uncovered.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Quick Cobbler

Quick Cobbler
I have had this cobbler since I was a young kid. Mom got the recipes out of a womans magazine, McCall's I think.

Quick Cobbler

1 cup sugar
1 cupp Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Milk
1/4 stick Butter

Mix together and line bottom of a baking pan. Add desired pie mix or canned frut, drianed, Reserved. To the juics add 1 Cup sugar and pour over the top. Dot with butter, aprox 3 tablespoons worth. Bake at 350° until crust rises to the top and is browned.

I have had this with apple, cherry, peach, pear, apircot and mixed fruit... all yummy. exp if you put a scoop of Ice Cream on top.

From my mom's recipe box

a couple of recipes to share

I bought a church cookbook a couple of weeks ago.. and have been posting the recipes to different groups I'm in. I don't know why I didn't think to also post them to my blog.. where is my mind?

Pimento Cheese

"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"

8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated and at room temp.
8 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, Grated and at room temp
8 oz Cream Cheese, soften
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 small Jar Pimento, drained and mashed
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper. or to taste
Combine Cheddar cheeses and Pimento. Mix softened Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise. Add to Cheese Mixture. Add Cayenne Pepper, mix well. Chill. This will be very firm and should be served at room teperature. Serve with crackero or it makes a great Sandwich. Can be chilled and made into a ball and then rolled in toasted chopped Pecans.


Breakfast Pie

"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"

1 Deep dish Pie Crust
6 Eggs
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 Lb Sausage
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook Sausage in skillet, Drain and crumble. Beat Eggs, pour into Pie Crust. Sprinkle Sausage on top of Eggs. Sprinkly Cheese on top of Sausage. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Bake at 325F for 30 to 40 minutes.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yikes we were almot hit by another driver !!

We drive a yellow cargo van..

DHL yellow..

Don't know why it is people don't see it..

We are driving down McFarland drive in T-town and this "lady" cut us off.. it's just a good thing that no one was beside us.. I mean she was no way clear of our front bumper, ,then she had the gaull to flip us off.. Hubby got right on her bumper at the next light and was yelling at her through the window.. she flipped us off again. She wasn't no where close to being clear of our bumper when she came over into our lane and acted like she owned the road and we better move out of her way. I hate drivers like that. I was shaking for at least 10 minutes after that.

Even though hubby was mad, I was afraid that that lady might have a gun or something and just flip out with roadrage. know what I mean??

I still wonder, even though she was cutting us off. who would the police have believed if we did wreck. Since she was in front of our bumper would they be able to tell she crossed into our lane or not?

Friday, September 17, 2010

nothing going on

Well. almost nothing is going on around here, really. Dinners have been on the frugal side for the last few weeks. That is why I've not posted any recipes.. Can you believe, We are STILL in the 90's here in Alabama... 93 today and maybe even higher. I'm soo ready for some cooler weather. At least highs only in the lower 80's or maybe in the upper 70's for a few weeks.

Jerry's working nights is driving us nuts. The dogs have been fairly good about not being noisy during the day.. of course it helps that I know about when they will need to go outside in the first place. But it's still not something either one of us likes him doing (working nights, that is) And now it looks like he'll be working both Saturday and Sunday night this week. Over Time,, Yea !!! (Oh no night work, yuck)

Our new neighbors to our west, appear to be remodeling their camper.. yesterday a whole of of bedding was outside and some wood, including a stanchion table.. they took it all down to the trash can around 7pm. I just hope that, since Jerry is sleeping days that they are not too noisy with any rework that needs doing.

Frustration !! Tradesman called, asking if Jerry wants to get the latest issue of the Hot Sheet.. well of course he does with having overtime this week on his check.. but we have to put the money on a greendot card. While he's at it.. he puts enough to cover the Storage rent we have here in town. We get over to pay the storage and the money isn't on the card yet. So Jerry calls and he's told it could take over 24 "Busness" hours befor it's on the card.. So.. off we go to the closest atm to pull put some cash, then back to the storage again, to pay it.. It's over due tomorrow. Looks like We wil have to owe more for our storage in MO since it's due as well.. well.. maybe. Jerry will check the card and then if the money is on it. will call it in to that one. (hope it's there.. the over due charges take it up to close to $1oo for one month) But that's how we get our bills paid.. last time he had money put on the greendot card it was on it in less that 5 minutes.

I think I'll have to get the toaster oven out this afternoon and bake some chicken nuggets for dinner. That is, unless Jerry decided we are going to have fast food. Chicken Nuggets, a can of corn and a can of green beans or peas which ever I pull from the tub first.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finally, cooler eveings

Finally, we are getting cooler evenings. Cool enough to sit outside and not feel like I'm melting away with the heat. The dogs enjoy watching what's going on around us as well. They are learning quickly that if they bark, they have to go back inside. That doesn't mean that the people are going back inside as well, either. Our day time high's are stil in the low 90's though.Rather pleasent for mid September.

Jerry is working nights this week. Not by choice, really though. He says he's just getting too old to be doing night work. I stay up as long as I can, but still end up in bed long before he gets offw work. I may "nap" (I'm, resting my eyes, really I am) on the couch in the afternoon but still wake up before he gets up. I make him breakfast when he gets home and make dinner when he wakes up. The real challenge is keeping the dogs away from him and quiet during the day. that and not opening the door too often since it's make a lot of noise as well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

quick up date

September 7, 2010

We had fireworks last night.. No not Jerry and I, but some of the people who were at the paintball area set off some. they were right over several R.V.'s that are in powered storage. Jerry called the office and was told that there isn't anything they can do about it. Gee. we wanted fireworks for our 4th of July and was told NO.

September 8

Not so good news. Jerry foung out last night.. that Those in charge at the KBR office are not hiring BE&K personal for any jobs that KBR has going on. Really stinks.. Jerry has almost 20 years with BE&K. Just because KBR bought out BE&K, they do not want the people that worked for BE&K back. These are the people that made BE&K " THE " highly praised and sought after Company to work for and want to use for Indrustrial Construction. So sad that they have to be that petty. So much for the promises KBR made to take care of everyone. It will come back to bite them in the rear, I'm sure.


Sept 9

We had a water leak yesterday, as well.. a part came apart behind the John and I just could not get it back together. I called Jerry to let him know ahead of time. So he bought some line to fix it with but it didn't hold very well. Something in the middle of the night Jerry got back up and fixed it by rerouting the line and getting more room to wiggle it back onto the reducer I could not get it onto.. That shower sure felt good this morning. Not sure if we will have to redo the whole fix this weekend or not.. I'm guessing not, unless it come apart again.

Dinner was rice, chicken nuggets, cut up vegetables, orange jello with pineapple in it.

Oh .. forgot.. I ended up spilling a bowl of ice onto the floor this morning. Macon really likes to eat ice and I think even he got his fill of ice this morning.

There were three campers that left here today. I'm guessing that the job that Jerry use to work on is winding down now.. all those people will be looking for work now. We are still looking ourselfs.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Weekend, Labor day ??

Aw well.. it's a three day weekend. Still don't know if Jerry will be working 10 hour days to make up for one day off.. I sure hope so, we have too many bills to pay. Instead of our eating out last night, we did our shopping (Never shop on an empty stomich, right?) and came home to eat a sandwich, chips and drink diet cola's. Not tooo bad. We will have to buy more produce and bread this week, but over all I did keep the bill under $70. For two people, that's not bad around here.

Since we didn't eat out last night,, and it doesn't look like we will be eating breakfast out this weekend either.. we took what we had for eating out and went yard sailing. I found a pot, and a couple of cookbooks. One from a church held together with two binder type rings dated 2004. and very thick for just a dime. Jerry found a mouse for me to use. I found a pan for fifty cents. He also found me a kids table top keyboard.. I miss playing music every now and then. Now I need to find music to play.. (time for a trip to storage I think) Founc a Christmas Cd for another fifty cents. Jerry got him a couple of books to read before work. He doesn't start work until 7 am. the drive is less than 5 minutes from here to the mall but he leaves here before 6 am. I know, he's getting gas, and a drink (where's mine?) and a pack of pipe tobacco cigars that he likes. That doens't take all that long to do though since it's right across from the mall. so that leaves him plenty of time to catch up on some books we haven't been able to get to over the last couple of years. The biggest thing is. We found a never used Bread machine.. for $10.. only thing is, we only had $10 left out of what we started with. or so Jerry told me. So we left it behind. and since we were almost out of money, and we were close to it anyways.. we made the every other week stop at the local bread store. picked up Jerry's snack cakes, crackers and two loafs of bread and spent just over $10. Jerry had a dollar tucked back in his wallet. Came home and put it all away.. Jerry went through his wallet and then the change in the ashtray by his side of the couch and came up with a total of $6 dollars. Hummm.. wonder if... that was at 10:30 at a few mintues before Noon he was debating with himself about taking a nap or going to see if they still had the bread machine and if they would sell it to him for the $6. he came home with it. yea !!!. my other machine, the pan is all beat up from bread sticking in it.. I've learned. you don't soak a bread pan with a no stick surface if you want it to stay no stick.. learned the hard way. Now I have two machines.. I'll keep the other one for a bit. I can use it to make bread dough in and use the new one for baking as well as making dough.

I was sadden to read about one of my brothers' sled dogs. ( ). Gump was a fine old dog and I'm sure he will be missed not only by my brother but by his team as well.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor day, Roll Tide

This weekend is the first homegame for " The Tide" already the cars are sporting team flags around here. The grass just got mowed and I'm guessing everyone is getting geared up for a very busy weekend here. I'll let you know if /when I get close neighbors (ie someone parked and using the same meter as I or the next meter over from my door) The weather has the smell of Fall to it, but the heat is still here. I hope that we can soon take the air conditioner out of the bedroom window. When it rains, that window leaks and I end up having to put a towel on the shelf to catch the drips or I end up with a damp bed to sleep in.

No realy plans for this three day weekend outside of doing all our shopping early so we have choices and no crowds.