Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Mincemeat Bread

This is an old favorite!! could barely read the recipe card for it's age (and all the spills)...I bake these in coffee cans so it has a nice round shape when sliced..........

Pumpkin Mincemeat Bread
Bake at 350 degrees
4 1pound coffe cans 50--60 minutes
3 med loaf pans 55-65 minutes
2 large loaf pans 60-70 minutes
8 soup cans (1/2 - 2/3 filled) 20-25 minutes

3.5 cups sifted flour
1.5 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons pumpkin piespice =1Tcinnamon; 1.5t allspice; 1/2 t gr.cloves
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1.5 tsp.salt
1.5 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2.5 cups water
1 cup oil
2 cups canned pumpkin
9 onzes box dry mincemeat(crumbled)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Sift together flour, white sugar, spice, soda,salt. Mix in brown sugar. Make a well in center. Add eggs, water, oil and pumpkin. Beat at low speed until blended, then beat for 3 minutes. Stir in mincemeat and nuts. Pour into greased, flour pans and i use the coffee cans i put the cover on once cool and freeze right in can...this smells soooooooooo delicious while cooking and is sooooooo moist and yummy!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sammy's first Layout!

This went up nice and quick!! template challenge over at Jessica's...

credits: template by LindseyJane; papers and giraffe by DeliciousScraps; tower of toys by Kubivet; teddybear was a freebie with no tou; font-Ariel

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beef Roast with Dried Fruit

Here is a good one!! from The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook by Margaret Kaeter.

Beef Roast with Dried Fruit
Cooking time: 6-8 hours
Prep time: 15 minutes
Pot size: 3-6 quarts
Serves 8

2 medium sized yellow onions
1 clove garlic
3-4 pound boneless pot roast
1.5 cups mixed dried fruit
1.5 cups dried apple rings
3/4 cup pale ale
1 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2.5 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Peel and slice the onions about 1/4 inch thick. Peel and mince the garlic.
2. Place the onions in bottom of the slow cooker. Place the roast on top. Cover with the mixed dried fruit. Mix together the beer, water, garlic, brown sugar, bay leaf, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; pour over the roast. Cover and cook on low setting 6-8 hours.
3. Remove the bay leaf and top with the apple rings before serving!


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Friday, October 24, 2008

He is Here!!!

I would like to introduce you to Samuel Ethan...9 pounds 1 onze...21 inches long...He came into this world last night around 10pm....I went to see and hold him this morning.....what can i say...i am soooooooooo proud!! My daughter doesn't look to bad given that she was induced Wednesday afternoon....So celebrations will begin.......!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Josie

Isn't she just special!!! Soon to be a big sister...her momma went into the hospital today where she will be soooooooooooon!! Yea!! I will be a "Mimi" to two!! So i am off to watch this little one cause momma is busy right now!! credits: sparkles by scrappypony

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My Dogs

Here is this weeks challenge from Jessica's....Still waiting for the new grandson to be born....he is already showing signs of his mimi's time the phone rings i am ready to run over and take care of josie while this great event happens....well, nothing i can do until it happens...
credits:: black paper by purescraps; "ILoveDogs" frame by teri; all other paper and elements from Pat Christenson from Weeds and Wildflowers; font-honeyscript

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kisses from Lainie

(click image to enlarge)
My daughter sent me this picture this morning...i forgot about this was taken by a cell phone ... i touched it up with a photo action by John from ezactions called "sunkissed" (for the picture was so dark). I just luv photoshop...would like to upgrade to CS4 but too much money at this time...but Photoshop elements 7 just came out...i can handle that..mmmmm(have PSE5 now).
credits: QP by smwalters; quote-KPertiet; font-honeyscript

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Travel Challenge

Today i spent a good amount of time on Jessica's Challenge...I went back to 1987 with the family's trip to Israel...this was fun and brought back so many wonderful memories!! I do want to say i did do a little housekeeping today (i hate it so much!!) My dh helped me clean out kitchen all know the one with all the plastic containers...yes, you do!! Half that plastic went in the trash!! and dated can goods (you all have them!) went in the trash too...gone are the days i cook for 4...has taken me almost 10 years to realize it so i don't need to have all these can goods...also, i was raised by parents who survived the know what that means...we had enough food in the cellar to feed the whole state of Vermont!! and then experiencing that winter storm-the big one in this Boston area...i started filling bookcases in the cellar with food i bought at Costco...scary!! I am changing my ways......

credits: Background Paper-M.Fenwick; Discover overlay, FiledPhotoFrames-KatiePertiet; Journal, map paper-CRenee; stacked papers, clip,wrapper-Kathryrn Balint, font-HoneyScript; all other elements-mine

Friday, October 10, 2008


Here is Josie from last Halloween...insisted on being a spider and this things can change...LOL!!

This is the challenge from Jessica this week..i made the title by using her instructions and two grundge brushes with two colors!!

credits: paper by jenwilson; frame by lindseyjane; font-impact; brushes by m_babic

New Class

and it's FREE!!

YEAAAAAAAAAAAA!! She asked us to pass the word...need to check this week of videos from Jessica and it's FREE...what do you have to don't need to use photoshop to complete the is for everyone who wants to tell their stories...Great opportunity to check her out if you have not had the pleasure of taking any of her classes!! I am in and feeling great...i was disappointed when i heard she was cancelling Digi in Deeper But Now..I am In!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Bittersweet October

The challenge at Jessica's this week was to make a fall is mine...i am feeling much better...not only physically but emotionally...all my digi stuff is tagged and i think i have the computer where it should be now following that awful crash!! So, i am back to business...Jessica put the October class on hold so i think i am going to "challenge" myself and go to a few sites that offer instructions and try those.....but my heart is with my Sprague Friends on the playground!!

credits: template by winkasheart; papers and element by LivE and Lynnea (SpragueGround GFs); fall brushes by KPertiet; Quote by PinkPeacockDesigns

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Comfort Food

I am in the mood for comfort food.....given the state of affairs here in the one of my favorites (although i can hear some groans already) is Tuna Noodle Casserole.....i don't make this very often but when i am in the mood....yummmmmmmm!! You should try this is very good!!(i can just see both my daughters shaking their heads)

Tuna Noodle Casserole
7 oz.can water packed tuna fish, drained
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 medium stalks of celery, chopped
3 tbsp. coarsely chopped pimento
3 slices American cheese, cut into small pieces
4-5 shakes onion powder
4-5 shakes garlic powder
6 oz. medium noodles, cooked
Potato chips for topping

Combine tuna, celery soup, milk, mayonnaise, celery, pimento, American cheese and seasonings in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until cheese melts. Mix with noodles and pour into a greased 2 quart casserole. Top with crumbled potato chips an dot with butter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. This freezes well before baking and before adding potato chips and butter....


I am at the end of this 2 week bronchitis just knocked me over...hope this is it for the winter months!! Hoping to go and take some great fall photos this this time of year!

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