Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Here it is, the famous BarBQue Jar! I got this idea from a friend who found it in a magazine. They are a favorite of my husband and I made some for he and his coworkers to enjoy on Christmas, as there is no place open for them to grab a quick bite. It is very easy to make these and they travel so well, all you need is a plastic fork and a big napkin!
Here's what you need:
At least 4-1 pint wide mouth jars, you can also use disposable plastic containers, but the jars look really neat! I got these at HEB for less than $5.
1 large can of your favorite beans, I use Bush's Grillin' Beans.
1 container of cole slaw, I get mine in the HEB deli, you can certainly make your own.
1 jar of your favorite pickles, I use Claussen Stackers, cut up.
1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce, I use Corky's (from Memphis, of course!).
Cooked brisket, I use HEB brand, cut up. You can also use cooked sausage, turkey or chicken. The amount depends on your appetite and your jar size.
In each clean jar, place a layer of the beans, meat, a drizzle of sauce, coleslaw, and top with pickles. Tightly screw on the lid and refrigerate until ready to eat.
If you want to continue the theme, you can make Banana Pudding and put it in the small jelly jars for dessert!
As you enjoy the holiday with your loved ones, please remember the men and women who are working to protect our local communites, our highways and our country.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This is the scarf that I have been working on since February (the one I bought the supplies for at Debbie Macomber's shop). It is made out of ribbon instead of regular yarn. You make a hole in the ribbon with your needle and knit that, instead of wraping it around the needle. The distance between the holes determines the fullness of the ruffles. What can't be seen in the picture is the silver thread that runs along the edge of the ruffle. I am really happy with it and have already started another one.
This is my latest project, all ready to be quilted. In an effort to be less "matchy matchy", a friend and I bought these fabrics at a shop in Corpus. The pattern is called "Mish Mash" and is a great way to use fat quarters. It takes 14 FQs and a little over a yard for the seperating strips. The photo on the top is the back and binding, I heart striped binding!!!
Well, here it is, as promised! This is our front yard and, yes, that is the jolly old elf getting a ticket. There are few things in life that speak to you and say, "Buy me", this was one for me! What you can't see is the husband's patrol car in the driveway and the neighborhood radar trailer at the street. We thought we had a chance in the decorating contest, but we experienced some "technical difficulties" with some of our lights. Oh well, there's always next year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This recipe came from my aunt, sometime after this picture was taken! That's her and my dad a few years back. Anyway, this is a must have for me at Christmas.
Chop 1/2 of a bag of fresh cranberries and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to sit while you proceed with the recipe.
Dissolve 2-3oz or 1-6oz package of Black Cherry Jello (if you can find it, cherry will do in a pinch) in 2 cups of boiling water. Let this stand in the fridge until it is the consistency of egg whites. At this time, add the chopped cranberries, 1 large can crushed pineapple and the juice, 1-2 chopped apples, depending on the size and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Stir this well and pour into a 9 x 13 casserole and refrigerate until set.
For the topping, combine 1-8 oz package softened cream cheese, 1 small container vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. I use a hand mixer for this to get all the lumps out. Spread over the Jello mixture and, if desired, sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here are two cute things that I saw in Sandra Lee's magazine, Semi-Homemade. The jar came from Pier One and has a chalkboard panel on the front, it even came with 2 pieces of chalk. The second pic is my version of one of her ideas from a summer issue. She put all her kitchen sink "stuff" on a glass cake pedestal. I loved it because I love cake pedestals, but don't always have a use for one. The tall glass bottle in the back with the purple liquid in it is dish soap. Years ago, I saw Martha Stewart do this, so of course I had to as well! If you haven't checked out Sandra Lee's magazine, I really recommend it. A subscription is reasonable and her ideas are doable for normal people.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We are all decorated for the holidays, inside and out. I only have 8 trees inside this year, with the other 3 in Johnson City. We do have a new outdoor display this year, check back next week to see those pics.
My current projects include 5 customer quilts in the longarm queue, 1 customer t-shirt quilt, 2 quilts made out of bandanas for my cousins and as many Christmas table runners as I can make for Johnson City! I also hope to make a new apron pattern that Theresa gave me this week. It is a nursing apron for new moms. It is pretty cool, like a pinafore with boning in the top to allow the mom to make eye contact with the baby, while maintaining modesty. I'll take a pic when I get it done. I also finished knitting a scarf that I started in February. I got the yarn in Port Orchard, Washington at Debbie Macomber's yarn shop called "A Good Yarn". If you aren't familiar with Debbie, she is a wonderful author of many books and an avid knitter.
The Spicewood Strippers had their annual holiday get together yesterday and it was a lot of fun. We roadtripped to New Braunfels to the Quilt Haus and then had lunch at the Grist Mill in Gruene. We stopped off in Blanco at Blanco Settlement, since the other ladies had not been there. I picked up a carton of the Aspen Mulling Cider Spices in the Orange Cinnamon flavor. For her Thanksgiving meal, Theresa made a pitcher of regular iced tea and put a whole carton of the Orange Cinnamon Cider Spices in it and it was FABULOUS! It is by no means lo-cal, but for a special gathering, it will be a hit.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
-Henry Ward Beecher
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
A Psalm for thanksgiving
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless his name.
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (1.25 oz.) envelope chili seasoning
1 (12 oz.) can beer
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3/4 tsp salt
Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink. Stir in beer and cook, stirring occassionaly , 2 minutes. Spoon mixture into 5 1/2 quart slow cooker; stir in corn and next 6 ingredients until well blended. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
I used Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes and added 1 TBSP cumin, 1 tsp oregano and 1 TBSP sugar to the mixture. To serve, I put shredded lettuce, diced red onion, avocado and grated cheddar cheese on top of the chili in the bowl. Be sure to have your favorite tortilla chips for dipping! YUM!
After eating this meal, you will not feel like washing dishes! To make cleanup a snap, I like to use the Reynold's Slow Cooker Liners. A cooking bag for the Crock Pot, they can be removed after use and thrown away. Bubble bath, here I come!
I found the neatest item at HEB today. It is made by Libby's and it is a boxed set of pumpkin bread mixes. For $4.99, you get most of the ingredients to make 2 loaves of pumpkin bread, including packets of vanilla frosting drizzle. I am going to make mine in the small, disposable aluminum pans to give away as gifts this holiday season.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Well here we are, the football player, the cheerleader and the ref. Yes, I know, it is pretty scary! I think the tatoos really add "that certain something" to his costume. The scariest part is that I caught him using my $40 Chanel lipgloss to complete his look! Anyway, we had a great time at our gathering and I think all the guests did as well. We had about 40 trick or treaters, 17 party guests, a fire up the street and a wild turkey decided to roost on our roof. Just another normal night at the Thompson house! Many thanks to all who helped us pull it off and all who attended.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Combine 1 1/4 cup boiling water and 1 cup quick oats and let stand 20 minutes.
Cream together 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 eggs. Add oat mixture, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1tsp. soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp baking powder and mix until combined. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
Just before you take the cake out of the oven, combine 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 cups coconut (or 1 1/2 cups coconut and 1/2 cup chopped pecans), and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Spread this mixture on the hot cake and put it under the broiler until the topping is bubbling and carmel colored, mine took about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.