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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 43 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Walnut Molasses Pie Recipe

Wonderful pie recipes start appearing this time of year as you start planning Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Walnut Molasses Pie is an easy one to make and so delicious for any sweet tooth.  My husband rarely eats pie; however, he requested I make this one. I hope you try making a walnut molasses pie for your family and friends it is so good.

Ingredients needed:

  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 Cup mild molasses
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 10-Inch unbaked piecrust

Instructions to make the Walnut Molasses Pie:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, if you do not have a timer 20-30 minutes will suffice.
  2. Using a medium sized bowl beat the eggs. To your eggs, add melted butter, vanilla, salt and nutmeg, mix well.
  3. To your egg mixture, add the brown sugar, corn syrup and molasses. Mix well again. (If you are a diabetic, I would skip this pie this year.)
  4. Chop your walnuts into small pieces and sprinkle them in unbaked 10-inch piecrust.
  5. Pour the egg, sugar, molasses & corn syrup mixture over the nuts.
  6. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the filling is set.
  7. Let your walnut molasses pie cool a bit, then slice up, and enjoy.


Serve the walnut molasses pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Light the Night a Halloween Party Alternative

October 31 is Halloween parties and trick or treating will be happening everywhere. Our church, New Song Community Church, is always looking for ways to be an outreach to the community.  Therefore, we host “Light the Night” a Halloween alternative party as we are proclaiming Jesus is the light in the world to off set the darkness that follows the Day of the Dead of Halloween.

Instructions for Light the Night a Halloween Party Alternative:

First step is to decide you want to make a difference in your community. John 8:12; NIV When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Next step is to find a great location on the main street so children, parents and grandparents can easily find you.  We want to represent Jesus so no need to hide. Proclaim it loud and strong.

Decide what you want to do and say to your community. Make it inviting so even someone that would never step foot into a church will come see what makes you different. Have games with prizes, popcorn, hot dogs, hot chocolate and loads of candy.

Get the whole congregation involved. Some will want to work, while others will be more apt to donate the needed supplies. Send clipboards around a few weeks ahead of time during the Sunday morning service to round up volunteers to operate each station. You will need people to help set up, cook the hot dogs, assemble and hand out the hot dogs, game stations, candy stations, our the hot chocolate and clean up.

After you have collected bins of candy, you will need people to assemble the bags of goodies. Place a track in each bag telling them about Jesus, the name  of your church and how they can locate you.

Rent a big light to set up to represent the light of the world you are proclaiming.

Be prepared and over prepared, you will have more children and adults than you can possibly imagine. You do not want to turn anyone away empty handed, any extra supplies you may have can go back to the church for the youth or children’s ministries it won’t go to waste.

Have fun and where a smile, remember who you are proclaiming on Halloween, it is not the dead the world is celebrating, it is Jesus the light of the world. So go, light the night for your town.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chrysanthemums or Mums

 Autumns in Indiana you will lovely mums in many yards or business windows. Chrysanthemums are a very hearty flower that produces a bounty of blooms. These yellow mums are outside the Curves for Women where I workout.

According to Wikipedia, “Chrysanthemums, often called mums or chrysanths, are of the genus (Chrysanthemum) constituting approximately 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae which is native to Asia and northeastern Europe.” In addition, “Chrysanthemums are broken into two basic groups, Garden Hardy and Exhibition. Garden hardy mums are new perennials capable of being wintered over in the ground in most northern latitudes. Exhibition varieties are not usually as sturdy. Garden hardies are defined by their ability to produce an abundance of small blooms with little if any mechanical assistance (i.e., staking) and withstanding wind and rain. Exhibition varieties on the other hand require staking, over-wintering in a relatively dry cool environment, sometimes with the addition of night lights.”
Chrysanthemums are also the birth flower for the month of November and hold the meaning, cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy.

this post linked to:Macro Flower Saturday

Old-Fashioned Hard Candy

Whether you call it hard tack candy, broken glass candy or old-fashioned hard candy, a recipe handed down from generation to generation is worth sharing with others.

Making homemade old-fashioned hard candy for an after dinner snack or Christmas gifts for family and friends, can be time consuming but worth every minute. Whether you call it hard tack candy, broken glass candy or old-fashioned hard candy, a recipe handed down from generation to generation is worth sharing with others.

Ingredients to make Old-Fashioned Hard Candy:

  • 3 ¾-Cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼-Cups light corn syrup
  • 1-Cup water
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet or cake pan
  • Confection (powdered) sugar
  • Food color, to desired color
  • 1 Tsp flavoring oil of choice
  • *Examples: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Anise, Spearmint*

Instructions to make Old-Fashioned Hard Candy:

  1. Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Prepare your heavy-duty foil by laying it on a cookie sheet or cake pan. Liberally coat it with confection sugar.
  3. Boil the sugar mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 300-310 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you do not have a candy thermometer, drip a drop in cold water to see if it gets hard and brittle.
  4. Turn the burner off. However, before taking off the heat add the food color to the center of the sugar mixture. The bubbles will help distribute the color a little easier.
  5. Remove from the heat and add flavor, of choice, and stir. Being extremely careful, pour hot mixture onto your prepared aluminum foil and dust lightly with confection sugar. Let the old-fashioned hard candy completely cool and break into bite-sized pieces.                                     

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crocheting a Newsboy Style Cap

Crocheting hats can be challenging however, if you are like me you want to crochet things your family can use. My daughter saw a crocheted Newsboy Styled cap at a theatre production we went to and wanted one.

Finding the right crocheting pattern can be equally as challenging but with the help of the Internet, we did it. I found patterns for crocheted beret cap, crocheted newsboy cap and crocheted warm cap with brim that can easily be adapted for man or women with the yarn you choose to use.

Read More:Seekyt 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Burrito Stuffed Green Peppers and Salsa

Green bell peppers eaten raw or stuffed are very good, and good for you. Combining the two tastes of stuffed peppers and wet burritos are a great combination. You will want to try this recipe.
Have you ever made stuffed peppers? Chances are if you have not, you’ve at least ordered one in a restaurant. What about a wet burrito, have you made one? This recipe will be good whether made from scratch or with the leftovers in your refrigerator. 

  Ingredients for Burrito Stuffed Green Peppers:

  • Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 lb Taco flavored ground turkey or ground beef; the choice is yours
  • 1 can refried and chili beans
  • Salsa, homemade or store purchased
  • Cheddar Cheese; shredded

Instructions to make Burrito Stuffed Green Peppers:

  1. Brown the taco flavored ground turkey. If you want to use ground beef or regular ground turkey, simply season it as if you would if you were making wet burritos.
  2. Open the two cans of beans, put them into a saucepan, and heat on low.
  3. Wash, slice in half length wise, and core the green pepper.
  4.  Put a spoonful or so of bean mixture into each half of the pepper, add to it the ground meat. Pour salsa over the top.
  5.  Place in the microwave for approximately five minutes or until the green pepper is slightly soft. The time will vary with each microwave used. Remove from the microwave.
  6. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and return to the microwave and heat another minute to melt the cheese.

There you have it, another good meal that is low in calorie and so easy to make. Try making Burrito Stuffed Green Peppers for your next meal.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Yellow Rose

My niece got married Oct 8, 2011 and for Indiana we had a unusually hot 83 degree day. However as I was leaving the church I noticed these beautiful yellow roses.
According to Proflowers.com, "A bouquet of yellow roses now brings to mind all of the sunny, cheerful feelings of warmth and happiness. In contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses, the yellow rose is purely a symbol for friendship. This gives it a unique place in the pantheon of roses. Yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors."

This post linked to Macro Flower Saturday

Green Tomato Bread

fLike all gardeners in the northern states, there comes a time when the tomatoes just don’t get enough sunlight and we end up with a large amount of green tomatoes to deal with.

It’s amazing how you can take just about any thing and make good sweet bread from it. Green tomatoes are not exempt from that list.

Read more: Green Tomato Bread Recipe
This post linked to Foodie Friday and Friday Potluck

Monday, October 10, 2011

Effects of Bipolar Disorder

Are you the one with the bipolar disorder or is it someone you love? When someone is diagnosed bipolar, it not only affects the person with the disorder but everyone they come in contact with. It can be family, friends, teachers, coworkers, the boss and especially their children. 

 Speaking from personal experience as someone who has a family member that is bipolar, lows and highs at the same time can be a living Hell.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Indiana Soybeans

Seeing a golden sea of soybean and cornfields in Northern Indiana is commonplace, however, I did not realize that we were the 3rd largest producing state.

 According to Indiana Farm Direct, “Indiana is best known for its soybean, corn, and pork production. Indiana is the 3rd largest soybean producing state in the US, producing 9.5% of the entire US soybean crop. Indiana soybean yields have been among the highest in the nation in recent years. Almost a third of the Hoosier soybean crop is exported onto the world market. Indiana has one of the most active soybean grower associations. The Indiana Soybean Board has been responsible for developing soycandles and soycrayons.”

This Post linked to: Macro Flower Saturday

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

When it comes to allergy problems or being gluten intolerant, finding seasonings such as taco seasoning, you can eat might be a problem. However if you make your own taco seasoning with organic herbs and vegetables you take the worries out of eating.

When it comes to allergy problems or being gluten intolerant, finding seasonings   such as taco seasoning, you can eat might be a problem. However if you make your own taco seasoning with organic herbs and vegetables you take the worries out of eating.

Read more:Bukisa
This post linked to:Foodie Friday
and Friday Potluck

Monday, October 3, 2011

Curl Your Hair Without Using a Curling Iron

Using a curling iron can be tedious, however there is a way you can curl your hair without using a curling iron. If you do not have time, or the desire to mess with curling each individual strand of your long hair, follow these easy time saving tips.

Things You Will Need to Curl you Hair:

  • Strips of cloth/old T-shirt works perfectly
  • Curling Rod/Rollers
  • Bendy curlers, variety of manufacturers and sizes
  • Hairspray 

Instructions to Curl your Hair: 

  1. Wash or wet your hair & comb thoroughly to remove all tangles. I can't tell you what shampoo and conditioner to use only you know your hair type.
  2. Separate a section of hair, stretch straight.
  3. Place roller, rod or strip of cloth at end of hair.
  4. Holding the rod with one hand, use other hand to secure hair around roller. Make sure the end of hair is kept tight.
  5. Placing both hands on rod, roll hair tight to scalp and secure.
  6. After wrapping all hair, mist with a little hair spray to help set your curl.
  7. Sleep on it and remove the rods or curlers in the morning for instant curls. Style your hair as desired. There are endless possibilities.