Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

I got my hair cut short.
We talked about wether or not I should color my hair for the wedding, but once it was cut, Heather was pleased with how it looked and helped me decide to not color my hair at this time. As I told the two, I'm 59 years old. I should have silver on my head. They laughed about that. I have come a long, long way from my bright red color of my youth. One reason I don't want to color my hair is I'm afraid it will look "fake" and not natural, and the second is that I'm not sure i would be able to keep up with keeping it colored.. but once the wedding is done, I might get a box of color and let Heather try her hand at it. I would want something that has the high lights and low lights in it, I think.
My "Before" picture
My "After" Picture.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017

It's Spring!!!
And the weather is Spring Like. We had some strong winds last night and after the worst was over, I took the dogs out for their last potty of the night, I discovered that the Trash Can was missing. I had to ask Jerry to get me a flash light so I  could try to hunt it up. I was afraid that it might have gone into the creek and if it had, I would never had found it. I found it half way between the other side of the driveway and the Creek. The bags of trash were also scattered and I picked them up. They were in the can but were not heavy enough to keep that can from blowing over and rolling away from the front of the camper.
(These pictures were taken on Monday, the day before the storms came through)

See that tree over there, the second to the right of the dish? the  trash can way behind it. The largest bag of trash just at the edge of the grass and two smaller bags were over where that tall stuff is to the left.   


It was a nice, warm bright day on Monday and even Tuesday was warm before the storm. The trees are still not leafed out yet.  Some are, The Cottonwoods have dropped their blossoms and now have leaves and the Tulip Popular's have also bloomed then dropped their flowers and have new leaves on them. But the rest of the trees are still no yet put out leafs yet.  The brush is greening up though. 


Over the weekend, on Sunday to be more precise, WE took the Grand Kids out for breakfast then we went to Walmart to get some new tires put on the car (very needed as they were falling apart) After our jaunt through Wal-mart, We went to Lowe's. Jerry was looking for a Laser Level or something that he needed a Laser for. He didn't have any luck finding what he went for. but I took the kids over to the Lumber area and let them pick out a flat panel each. Grandson needed one for a wood burning project and I though that his sister might want to try her hand at it as well. I'll have to take her my wood burning set this next weekend. so she can work on her wood as she wants to. I'm sure "Mom" is loving me for this. She's the one who is going to have to cut the panels down to size for the two of them.   The kids then went with me to the Garden area and helped me pick out these flowers. The pans, I got the night before at the auction for $5 a piece. one for the flowers, two for a confined fire and one to be able to cover it if the wind come up. I can put a couple of binder clips along the edge to help smother it, as well.


Someone challenged the group members to post some Spring pictures. The first flowers of our Spring are about done. but there is always Dandelions  and there are by the rock wall at the back of our camper.


As I said, the Daffodils are about gone now.


Some of the area that I want to clean up soon. There is a lot of rocks behind the rock wall.  and there are other flowers starting to poke their leaves up from and I will get more pictures of them soon. There's a Koi pond here as well. I might pick up a couple of Koi for it soon.

Billie C.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017

We "Almost" had a snow over the weekend. Wish I had taken some pictures. Hubby didn't have to work this weekend and we took care of a few things on Saturday. Shopping and errands that needed done, like taking the trash to the city's recycle center.  Hubby needed to replace a meter for work. We went to the local Pawn shop and he found just what he was looking for there. He also found a tablet with detachable keyboard (I don't recall just what it's called). I found a nice, plain wedding ring that is just a bit too small. The Pawn Shop is sending it out to be enlarged and it should be back by Friday. I lost my original band years ago and have been wanting another one but just never saw what I waned or if I saw something I liked, it was way too pricey.  Besides, A ring is not what makes you married. But now I will have a nice ring to wear that will be an sign that I really truly have found the man who completes me.  I am in hopes that it will also be polished before I pick it up.
While we were looking around, I asked to hold and check out a hand gun. The last one we looked at, I could not pull back far enough to load the first shell.  This one, although still new, has been 'racked' a number of times and I found I could pull it all the way back. I'm very happy with it and the man who sold it to me, knew what I was looking for since we have been in several times, looking at the hand guns. This will fit into my handbag, if I feel like I might need to carry it. I do have my Conceal and Carry permit. Of course, he tried to sell me a more expensive gun. One with a laser pointer and I had to tell him that the pointer is all but useless for me. Oh, I can follow it well enough, but it would be more of a distraction than a help. I was taught 'Old School', how to shoot a hand gun. Look at what you want to shoot, raise the gun to your eye level and pull the trigger. Your hand will automatically point where you are looking. I may not hit "Center" but it will hit close enough to stop someone who may be wanting to harm me. I'm not expecting or looking for trouble, but I am prepared for it. And, around here, a hand gun is also a good investment. It's re-sale value, even after it's been fired a few times,  is very close to it's whole sale value. I can take it back to the pawn shop and they will purchase it back from me.
Too bad it was too cold and raw to go and see just how well I would be able to hit a target this weekend. Next weekend looks like it will be better weather for getting in some practice with it.
We had to replace a tire on the car on Sunday, and there isn't any place open on Sunday to do that, in our town. We went out for breakfast, Saw some snow on our way to breakfast, then headed to Kendal Tennessee's Walmart (closest without having t climb a mountain) and Hubby had both front tires replaced. Oh, now the ride is much smoother. 
We did want to go to the auction on Saturday evening, but the chance of snow kept everyone away. We did see some snow but we only had a little of it settle on the top of the car.
While we were shopping on Saturday,, I did pick up some more earrings. I got four sets of "Saint Patrick's Day" earrings. I will be looking for some for Easter next weekend. I made sure my new Saint Patrick's Day shirt made it into the laundry and was washed.
Growing up, my brother would take any opportunity to pinch me on Saint Patrick's Day so I would go to bed wearing something Green, and to this day, I still make sure I have some 'Green' on when I wake up on March 17. 
A few years ago, I got a 'Build a Bear' bear. I have her wearing a red gingham top and red shorts most of the time.. Right now she also has a green bead necklace and a green bowler style Glitter hat.

Billie C.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017
Sunday, we found a place we can go and shoot our handguns at. Jerry hot a few rounds through each, just to be able to compare each against the other. We then took a short walk on the property and maybe we might be able to buy it sometime in the near future. It is way off the main road and in an out of the way place. It will take a lot of work but we can see much potential for us in  the 35 acres. I found a tiny tick on me later yesterday evening. It's tick season and for some reason ticks like me, a lot.
I was trying to take a picture of Barney's "Mowhawk" and the other two had to get in on the action. They love to ham it up for the camera.
We went to an Auction on Friday in a near-by town. We will not be going back. Just too many parking issues and what they were selling was not worth what it was bringing in. 
We went on Saturday to our local auction and picked up a few things.
For a raffle, the tickets were taped to some knifes and Jerry ended up with 8 knifes. We didn't win the raffle though.  Of the three things on the table, I would have picked out the camp lantern. There was also a fishing pole, a head lamp and some sort of tool kit.
I did win the bid on this sheepskin "rug". We paid $5 for it. Someone started the bid with $3 and then got to talking to someone and didn't pay attention that we had bid on it. She got very upset that she lost the bid to us. The auctioneer told her, "You snooze, you loose."  The man who brought it said he has two more and will bring them next weekend. I hope so, I want another one, for a friend. 
We picked up a wind chime for $3. I won't be leaving it hanging from the air unit, but for now it's a good place for it. Now, I want to get the rest of my wind chimes out, sorted and cleaned up. Hubby also picked up a craft knife kit for me.  He also sent a couple of toys to the back for this next season's Christmas toy drive. A Cricut whet through, but I had looked at it and since it didn't look in good shape didn't want to bid on it. The lady sitting behind us got it for $10. The cartridge and the cutting mat were missing and I'm not sure if the power cord was there or not.
Last week, We picked up a small zip bag of magnets. I had picked up this wipe off white board when we went shopping. I picked out what few magnets I wanted and will offer the rest of them to Heather and Beth when Beth comes in for David's wedding. The board has fallen off the hooks at least three times already. I'm going to have to find a better way to hang it up.
The plants that Hubby bought me a few weeks ago are doing very well.
I got the drawers last Sunday and put them in place on Monday and filled the drawers, as well.. But the great thing is my corner now looks so much nicer. I have got to break my habit of just laying things down on it though. There really should only be three things on it. the two plants and the lamp. I do like the lamp up on it better than it being on the table.
I'm ready for Spring now. I need to get into my box of "Holiday Decorations" and see what else I have for "Spring" that isn't just "Easter".  I also need to find my Saint Patrick's day decorations.
I have matching towels for the pot holders. I also have towels with tiny Shamrocks on them, for Saint Patrick's day.

Billie C.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017

We had some windy weather yesterday. And lots of rain. A few branches hit the top of the camper and it was rocking for a little bit due to the wind. I had to clean up outside before Jerry got home because the wind blew those branches into the area he parks the car in. I picked up twigs and smaller branches from the driveway, as well.  Otherwise, yesterday was just another day in the life of me.
I have started the shift from "Winter" to "Spring" with packing up and moving to storage the heavy winter clothes and getting out some lighter clothes. I picked up some white T-Shirts and have washed them so I can decorate them for this year.  I'm not sure just what I'm going to put on them just yet.
The plants that Jerry got me a bit ago are doing great. The Coleus is spreading out and the Bamboo is still very limber and I an trying to train some of it to wrap around the rest of the bamboo in a pattern I have to adjust it each week. I have a large green/blue marble I would like to put in the middle as an accent piece but I wasn't able to put it in yesterday. I'll try again in a couple of weeks. Or I might try an plastic Easter Egg instead. I'm not sure yet. I think I'll use the plastic first, then switch to the marble later.
I've put away the winter tea towels and have put out some with Spring colors and some with Shamrocks on them in the kitchen. I want to look for some pot holders to match the Shamrock ones.
From my Crafts Newsletter, I made these Anti Pinch charms and gave them to the Grand kids this past weekend. There were fun to make and are filled with Nerds. (yes, I ate the rest of the box, but not all at once but over a few days) I still have two of the small glass vials left and will do something with them soon.
I Love shopping at The Dollar Tree. I'm not sure just what I'm going to do with the Shamrocks, but I picked up a pack of them
I'm keeping out the Green Mardi Gras beads since they are the perfect color for Saint Patrick's day. and that small green hat. I may just have to wear one myself. Much to the embarrassment of my grown children.
But in the meantime, My Bear is "Stylin it" with the beads and a Hat.
And last week, I made another "craft" from the newsletter, A mouse pad from sheet cork and scrapboking paper.
I'm not really "Happy" with it though. I'm just not one to use a mouse pad, I guess. But it's not going to waste either. I have it under the terra cottas pot that is on the top of the drawers I bought and filled this week that is now sitting on the back bench of the dining room table.

Billie C.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This Morning 03 01 2017

This Morning

This morning,Pre-dawn,  while I let each dog out to do what a dog must do outside, I was noticing the different shades of "Dark".  I could almost see that the grass across the driveway, in the other yard, we almost green. I mean, it was dark, but just a hint of very dark green to it. The sky was not Blue and not white but not dark. The dark finger like tips of the still bare trees were pointing up-wards towards.  The brush over by Coopers Creek was moving with the breeze just a little. Or maybe it was a squirrel in the brush, starting off it's day before the storms were to come in. With the trees still bare, but almost ready to put on leaves, I can see through them a bit, to the mountain on the east side of the valley. I could see a few sparse lights up the side. I'm just not sure if they were lights inside a home or a street light and they turned off about the time some people around here are leaving for work. A few Dark clouds skutted along on the upper winds above the valley, as if racing towards Chattanooga ahead of the storm to warn them, a Storm is coming and you better be ready for it.
And we did get a good down-pouring of rain, while West of us,, my Husband said they only got a brief light shower. I saw on the news that some places got some golf ball sized hail. For a bit I thought we were getting  Hail, but when I looked out all I saw was rain. A very hard rain and I heard several things hitting the roof of our camper.  After the rain stopped, I looked out and saw several limbs in the gravel in the lot next to ours.  Oh what a mess. I had to take the dogs out, They had been inside all day due to the stroms and rain. Once they were finished, I had to move a few things in the front storage, and get out my fold up wagon and a tarp. The tarp, folding in half, fits well into the bed of my wagon and helps keek it nice and neat. I picked up them fallen limbs in the lot, along the driveway and a few from another lot on my way to the fire pit. The wagon was full by the time I got over there. I forgot to take a few pictures because I had to start dinner once I finished cleaning up the lots. We had a lot of rain in a short amount of time. I had to walk most of the way around the fire pit to find an area dry enough that I could get close enough to empty the branches out of my wagon, take it back to the camper, shake out the tarp, fold it up and put it in the storage area, then fold up the wagon and put it back into the storage area in a space I had to clean out for it. I also got out two bottles of cola, one each, so we would have them to dink with our dinners tonight. I drink light colored cola's mustly diet 7up or Sundrop, sometimes Mountain Dew. Hubby drinks Diet Coke Cola.

Billie C.

Monday, February 13, 2017

ebruary 13

I hope you are doing well.
We are have some very warm weather. Chattanooga made it to 73 yesterday, and broke the high for the day that was first set in the late 1890's.  Today we are going to be in the mid 50's.. That's jacket weather.  it's nice and sunny out so I might get out my wagon and move a few twigs and small branches over to the fire pit this afternoon.
I don't know what flowers are around the trees here. Almost all the trees have a ring of  rocks around them so I am guessing that they may have flowers, as well. I might scatter some fower seeds around the trees in a couple of weeks. to help add intrest.. and long the rock wall
I worked on two crafts last week. I posted a video on YouTubeof the first one. You can watch it here. 
The other craft I worked on, is sanding some wooden boxes. I thought I would be able to finish one before my Oldest grand daughter's birthday this week, but now I'm doubting that. But that's okay. There will be other times I can give it to her that will be just as special. And now I am thinking I need another box, one for her brother, as a treasure keeper box.  when I finish the box for GD, I'll post a picture of it. 
I started a crock pot of vegetables for some Egg Rolls and ran out of room for some of them. I want to finish that up early this week. What doesn't go into the Egg Rolls I can eat for my lunches this week.
I posted a few "Selfies" to face book. I am thinking I may have to step back from posting things to face book for a while. Things "Political" are getting to me. There shouldn't be this much drama and angst Three Weeks after the President has been sworn in.

Billie C.

Friday, February 10, 2017


I can't give details just yet... and I'll be praying every day for this to happen for my older daughter but when It's ofical you all will be the first to hear it from me.
Praying she does so well in the next few weeks that she Wow's every one with her news.  She so needs this.
She's got this. I know she does. She's been working so hard for this to happen. It's her time to Shine!!!!
Billie C.

February 10, 2017

 I am trying to keep my blog up to date.
I've been working on keeping the camper straightened up even when I don't feel like it. I need to sort through more stuff and send some to storage until I am more ready to work on it
I did go through two tubs this week. One is Christmas things. Some of those things were from way back in 2008. Some things that I made were still in very good shape
There are Aquarium, flat sided marbles held together with glitter glue. I think I need to find some Red ones next time I'm at the Dollar Tree Store.. and other colors as well for a nice mix of all colors.
I think my camera lens is a bit dirty.. or I'm just not good at taking pictures.. anyway. This is one of those Cinnamon and Glue ornaments I made in 2008.  The rest had either clumped together or crumbled.   I still like making these.  I had found some I made a few years after I made this one and kept one in the truck until Jerry found it and tossed it. It still smelled good.
I had also sorted through a box of "Holiday" stuff and only found one Valentines Day item. I know I have more decorations but I can't recall where they are now. 
Here are all the Earrings I wore in January. Yes, I ended up skipping a few days, and on those that have only one earring in a square, look next to it and you will find it's mate. I wore them two days in a row.
This is Today's Selfie. I post "Selfies" to my Facebook.   I'm not vain or self centered. I just thought that my kids would like to have a few pictures of me.

Billie C.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Monday after Superbowl 51

We missed the game.. Not that I minded that. But it does sound like it might have been a good game. Of course, I heard all about it on the morning news, before leaving the house this morning to take the rest of our laundry to our daughters home to get it done while Hubs is taking the car to get the starter replaced... and it took us over 1/2 an hour to get it to start this morning and he had to walk to the parts store for some starting fluid.
Daughter and the kids were just headed out their door when we got to her home to do a bit more laundry
I'm going to do a bit of straightening up in the bathrooms to help Daughter out. They are not in bad shape, but a good sweeping and picking up of a few things will help out. The kids are, well... kids.  So use to Mom picking up and doing that they don't see that they are leaving a mess for someone else to clean up.. I feel a bit sorry for when they move out on their own and discover that their dirty clothes will stay in the middle of the bathroom floor until they pick them up and deal with them on their own instead of them "Magically" putting themselves into the dirty clothes hamper to be washed by that "Magical" machine in the other room. Now, I can't say all that much. I waited until each of our three were in their tweens before really getting on them about picking up after them selves  and then really getting on them to do the daily stuff like dishes, cooking, laundry and just in general, picking up after they were done with stuff. I was not and still am not a 'Clean Freak'. 
I looked into the kids rooms... of course the boy's room is typical of any 9 yr old boy.  Not impossible but sure could use his attention in there. He sleeps out in the living room as does his sister so the rooms are almost more like "office" for them.. a place to keep the things they are not needing at the moment.  Her's looks much neater but at going on 13, it should. 
I admit, I spent more than I should have at the store before going to their home yesterday.  I had already made up my mind to cook or at least provide, dinner..but when the roast that Hubby brought me was way too small for 5 people and way too much ($12) I asked him to put it back and get me two pounds of burger instead. He bought the "good" stuff at 93% lean... it was just over $7 but it sure went a lot further than that roast would have gone. And So, burger, two cans of Beans in a Chili sauce, two cans of diced tomatoes and two packets of Chili seasoning and we were set. Since it's her kitchen and she was home. I just had Daughter put it together. She said her Chili never comes out very good.. I do wish I had thought to get an onion but then Hubby might not have eaten it if he knew there was 'real" onion in it.(He's funny about onion) Still, it turned out very well and there isn't any left for today. Of course the boy didn't want any chili but he never eats much of what I cook anyway and she got him a small pizza instead... he'd not been feeling well for two days so I'm surprised he ate that, but it's one of the "go to" foods for him.
The "Flu" is going around the schools and I am doing what I can to keep from getting it since I wasn't able to get the shot this past fall. The county north of ours has closed schools for today and tomorrow because of the Flu and I'm in hopes it stays up there and not come down here. If it does, I may end up staying at Daughters for a few days to help care for the kids while she's at work. I  can do that. WE will see. Hubby hasn't been feeling well for a couple of days so his missing today might help him get over it without having to call in sick. He had already arranged to have today off, to get the starter on the car replaced. We have the starter, he just can't get the old one off so the new one can go on. There is an auto shop 1/2 a block away that said they can put it on the rack and do that for us. Don't know how much that is going to cost yet. Depends on how much they charge for shop time any more.
My "Craft Project" for this week is to find all the cards I have kept and put them in a binder, in page protectors, and use them for ideas to make my own cards with. I have found Christmas Cards, Thank You cards, Thanks for being my friend cards and a couple of cars I can't remember when they came in but are cute so I kept them.
I have two other projects I want/need to work on.  The Soon to be 13 years old Grand Daughters' birthday is next week and I have started her a recipe box two years ago, putting in recipes that I thought she might like to have. I sat here at their table last light and went through her recipe book and wrote down all "Her" recipes so I can print them onto index cards and put into a wooden recipe box. But the box needs to be finished before I give it to her and I think I now know what I'll be doing to it. I'm going to find pictures of the family and use some mod podge and cover the box with them. But first I need to get some sand paper and go over it to make it smooth.
I also want to make a Mouse pad for her. I have the cork, I just need to go through all my papers and see if I can find one with peace signs on it. I want to make one for myself, as well.. and If I can find the paper I am thinking of, I'll make one for her brother to use. Either "leather" or Steal Plating" paper. That would be very "Male" for him, I think.

Billie C.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Feb 2 2107

Hello. I know, I know... I am not keeping up with my blog at all.
(SIGH) I am trying to though.
January went well.
We got rain. We got a lot of rain. We got so much rain that the creek behind the campground got very high. But the good news is it didn't get out of it's banks.
I'm not sure why there is this "cut out" to the creek. but this is how high the water got. Only another foot or more and it would have been out of the banks.
(not sure if this picture is going to turn sideways when I post this, or not)
I have a lot of earrings. They are about the only jewelry I wear. I set up some fun foam "Pages" to keep the ones I have worn on.
Notice the Red, White and Blue ones? I wore them on the 20th, for when Mr Trump became President Trump.
I set out to make 5 cards, I made this one..
out of all these stamps, I had to settle on just which ones I wanted to use.. and I had already sorted through all my stamps to get down to these for makiing 5 cards. I still have 4 to go, plus 5 more for this month.
I posted a few selfies of myself on Facebook. as well as the earrings of the day.
The dogs have been sleeping a lot. They usually do in wintertime.
We had a few nice days that I was able to have the door open and on those days, they took turns looking out the door or sleeping in the one spot of sun shine that came in through the door.
We replaced the pillows we sleep on and the dogs are not allowed on them. I've been keeping the dogs off the bed and the couch as much as possible. I need to wash the blankets and hope to do that soon.
Hubby had to make a stop at Lowe's on his way home one night and asked if there was something I wanted. I told him, Succulents. He brought me plants. I transplanted them out of the store pots into a terra cotta pot and have them on the dining room table so I can see them all the time and remember to water them often. He also got me some Bamboo that I asked for. I need to get a taller, wider pot to transplant them into. I want to look up and find out if I can propagate more bamboo from a leaf.
I am ashamed to say that I had this for over a year before I mended it for my grand daughter. I still need to put it in the mail back to her.  I think I'll use a small Express Mail box and get it out this weekend if Hubby doesn't have to work on Saturday. I need more stamps, as well and will pick those up when I send out the box.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Billie's What are you wearing?, Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Black Sweat pants. Black t top with glittered butterflies on it. White and black head band. White socks with pink toes and heels.
Light pink earrings

Billie C.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Rice Casserole

Rice Casserole
1 cup long-grain rice -- uncooked
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 jar stuffed olives -- chopped
1 can tomatoes OR Ro-Tel tomatoes
1/2 cup onions
1 cup water
Salt and pepper -- to taste
Mix all of the ingredients in a large casserole. Cook for 1 hour, covered, at 350°, or until rice is tender.
Jerry might eat this, if I don't put the olives into it...

Billie C.


I think I'll try making this some time this week

1 1/4 cups milk
2 tbs flour
2 2/3 cups water
2 2/3 cups instant potato flakes
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbs butter, melted
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a souffle dish with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 cup milk and flour. Bring flour mixture and water to a boil in a pan, simmer 2 min. Remove from heat, stir in remaining milk and potato flakes. Add yogurt and remaining ingredients, stir until combined. Spoon into dish. Bake 45 min. or until puffy. Turn on broiler. Broil souffle until lightly browned. SERVE immediately.

Billie C.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Billie's What I'm Wearing today. Jan 4, 2017

Today's earring are a medium blue "stone".

Today, I am wearing a pink top with rhinestone flowers, black sweat pants, A white bandana with colorful designs on it. Thick, fuzzy socks and white (dirty) canvas shoes.



Billie C.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Vanilla Chocolate-Chip Pudding Pops (Diet)

Vanilla Chocolate-Chip Pudding Pops
1 oz fat-free, sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
2 c fat-free milk
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet
Prepare instant pudding according to package directions.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of chips into the bottom of each of six 3-ounce paper cups; fill cups with pudding, cover with foil and poke a wooden popsicle stick through the center of each. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours. To eat, dip bottom of cup into warm water for about 10 seconds; remove foil, peel off cup and enjoy. Get reminders on your mobile, Yahoo! Messenger, and email.

Billie C.

Wheat Crackers

Wheat Crackers
 1 c Whole wheat flour
1/4 c Wheat germ
1 t Salt
1/2 c Water
1 c All purpose flour
1/4 c Brown sugar
 1/2 t Baking soda
1/4 c butter, softened
 In a medium bowl, mix flours, wheat germ, sugar, salt and soda. Stir in water and butter until smooth dough forms. Divide in half; cover; let stand 10 minutes. Place half the dough on a lightly oiled 17 x 14 inch baking sheet; roll out to a 16 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch rectangle. Prick all over with a fork, cut in 1 1/2 inch squares, brush with water and sprinkle with additional salt (opt.). Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until crisp but not overbrowned. Remove to racks to cool. Repeat with second half

Billie C.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Oatmeal Animal Crackers

Oatmeal Animal Crackers

2 cups sugar                                   1/2 cup shortening
2 cups old-fashioned oats          1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp baking soda                           1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt                                       2 to 2 1/2 cups flour

 In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oats, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening until crumbly. Add the water and vanilla. Stir until blended. Add enough flour to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into rectangles or use a floured cookie cutters. Using a floured spatula, transfer to greased baking sheets. Place 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes about 4 dozen

Billie C.