days gone by.....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe!

1 C peanuts
1/2 C light karo syrup
1 C sugar
1 Tbl butter
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda

Stir together peanuts, karo syrup and sugar in glass bowl. Microwave on high 4 min

Stir, microwave high 2 - 4 min
*see notes

Add vanilla & butter, stir. Microwave on high 2 more min

Add baking soda, stir & quickly pour on cookie sheet with foil sprayed with pam. Spread quickly before it sets up.

* Have all ingredients ready to add with each step. You have to work quickly before mixture sets up.

* I use a 4 C glass measuring cup, it's easier to handle when pouring.

* You can use cashews or any nut you want.

* You will have to adjust the times according to your microwave wattage. My times are 4, 2 1/2, & 1 1/2 min. with a 700 watt.

* These are really quick & easy to make!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bacon Breakfast Cookie Recipe!

What do you get when you take three of your favorite breakfast foods like bacon, Raisin Bran & a cookie and put them all together? A Bacon Breakfast Cookie! I was cruising around on the internet looking for a unique cookie, something totally different...and found this recipe.

These are awesome!


1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 cups Raisin Bran


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bacon and Raisin Bran.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: approx 3 dozen.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hi. Meet Sam... a Rescue Dog

Sam is a Greyhound, bred to run like the wind. His soul purpose in life was to make someone money. When he no longer won races, he was left behind in a cramped cage. His owner had no more use for him. He was discarded and left for someone else to deal with. Fortunately for Sam, (but sadly, not for countless others), he was rescued by the National Greyhound Adoption Program -

Through a series of events ... Brian & Marina (my nephew and his wife) welcomed Sam into their home and lives. He is one of the sweetest, most gentle dogs I've ever met.

Now Sam has a huge backyard that he takes full advantage of, running just for the sheer pleasure of running. He knows he has a nice comfortable couch waiting for him to take a nap on when he's done.

If you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider your local shelter or breed specific rescue center. There are so many wonderful dogs and cats that need a loving home. Just look at Sam.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Mail for Heros

Here's an address where you can send Christmas cards to our troops!! My Mom bought a box of cards and took them to the Bingo to pass around for lots of messages and signatures on each card!

Please read the guidelines

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Card Guidelines:

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
Ensure that all cards are signed.
Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
We encourage participants to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.
Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient's recovery

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe

OMG! These were so easy to make!


16 oz baby carrots
2 T butter
1/3 C brown sugar, packed
1 C water
dash salt
1 t corn starch


In a medium saucepan, combine the baby carrots with remaining ingredients. Stir to blend ingredients.

Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling (uncovered) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Mix corn starch with a little cold water until disolved. Add to carrots, stirring constantly until thick.


Home-Style Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

This is going to be my new "go to" recipie... these are so rich & creamy. The next time I'm going to throw in a handful (or 2) of shredded cheese!


1/3 cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 cups milk
6 cups thinly sliced potatoes


In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
Place half of potatoes in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Pour half of sauce over potatoes. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until potatoes are tender and top is lightly browned.