Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spicy Pickle Slices

2 32 oz. jars dill pickle slices drained
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 gloves garlic, peeled
3 1 pint jars and lids

Combine pickles, sugar, pepper sauce and red pepper flakes in a large bowl mixing well.  Cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours stirring occasionally.  Spoon mixture into jars.  Add a garlic clove to each.  Put lids on and refrigerate one week before giving or eating.

Makes 3 pints.

One of top favorite Christmas decorations

My grandparents gave us this at our first Christmas when we were married, which would of been 1980.  You turn it and it plays Jingle Bells.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas Ornament

I received this in an ornament swap in '04.  I have it hanging in my computer/craft room.

Brazil Nut Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped Brazil nuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut
In large bowl cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time beating well. Beat in vanilla. Combine the  flour baking soda and salt then gradually add to creamed mixture.  Stir in nuts and coconut.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 3" apart onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until bottom of cookies are lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks. 

Yield 4 1/2 dozen

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cheesy Cabbage Bake

1 head cabbage shredded
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup milk warmed
salt and pepper to taste
10 slices American cheese
1 sleeve round buttery crackers, crushed

Place cabbage in a large saucepan cover with water.  Boil for about 10 minutes or until tender and drain.  Melt butter in a small saucepan stir in flour cooking till a paste forms and bubbles.  About 2 minutes then add milk stirring as sauce thickens bringing to a boil.  Add salt and pepper.  reduce heat and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Coat a 13x9 pan with spray then add a layer of sauce, cheese and cabbage.  Repeat layer.  cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  Top with crushed crackers then bake uncovered for 5 more minutes.

Serves 8-10

Christmas Ornament

Using plastic lids from containers cut out your shape, paint and put in a picture.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Activity

Allen and I put up 56 2 cup bags of Freezer Corn.  Cooked for 5 minutes with the salt, water, sugar and butter.  We love it.  Allen did all the husking, cleaning, cutting off and bagging.  I cooked it and helped bag.