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Friday, May 25, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I have very fond childhood memories of homemade vanilla ice cream.
They go something like this...

We would all gather on the back patio,
pour the milk and Junket Vanilla Ice Cream Mix

into the ice cream maker,

add the bagged ice
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and rock salt.

Then we would all take turns cranking that handle.
We couldn't wait for it to be our turn!
We couldn't wait to peek inside to see if it was frozen, yet.
I remember, so clearly, the anticipation of having that
delicious bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream.
There was nothing like it in the world!
I never wanted to spoil mine with any toppings.
Just plain ol' vanilla for me...
thank you very much!

Times haven't changed much
{except for the convenience of my electric ice cream maker}.

It was basically the same
here in my kitchen, yesterday...
watching me pour the ingredients into the mixer,
{minus the junket mix}
adding the ice and salt,
and waiting with great anticipation to see
if it was frozen, yet.

The kiddos were beside themselves with excitement
as I opened the top to reveal
white as snow
vanilla ice cream!
all over their precious faces...

{this is only part of our crew...the others had better things to do...HA!}

There truly is nothing like
Homemade Ice Cream!

Here's the recipe:


2 quarts Half & Half
1 pint Heavy Cream
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pour all ingredients into the container for your ice cream maker.
Stir well.
Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
If you can't wait for your freezer to stop...feel free to peek inside every 20 minutes or so.   :)
Share with your will be their Hero {if only for that day}'s one of God's great blessings!  :)

Blessings to you,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

I love cooking for my family.
It just makes me happy!
Since I am blessed to be able to stay home
{and not have to rush to get myself ready to get somewhere in the mornings}
{I am NOT a morning person so my family is
very thankful for this...TRUST ME!!}
I try to have a warm home-cooked breakfast for them
 {almost} every day.
{Uh-Hm...I do allow myself one "Cereal Morning" per week...}
{This consists of
putting bowls & spoons on the table,
along with 2 boxes of cereal,
and a jug of milk,
telling the kids, "Come eat!"
and sitting my sleepy self on the couch
to enjoy my coffee
with my hubby
and no kids}
However, I know that we are so blessed
to be able to sit around the table together
every morning and every evening
and laugh and enjoy each other's company.

So, I try to add a little variety to our breakfast meals.
This morning was
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes!
Like most meals that I cook
I try to find shortcuts
The shortcut here is boxed Pancake Mix.
I add some little special touches to make them
taste like they're made from scratch.
They really are SO yummy!
My kiddos friends have asked me to give my pancake recipes to their moms!
{{I won't name names}}  :)

Click HERE for the recipe!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer Lunch To Go

An Easy Lunch for a Summer Picnic


I like to bring lunch to my husband's staff as often as I can.
They work so hard and are such a great group of ladies
that we like to treat them to a little "Happy"
every now and then.
The latest lunch that I made for them was a
"Summer Inspired" menu.




{Click HERE for the Sandwich & Pasta Salad recipes}
{Click HERE for the Cuppie recipe}

I packaged everything up
and labeled all the food with cute labels
and then delivered lunch to the Clinic.
{Click HERE for the free printables}

I LOVE delivering HAPPIES
to my people.
I hope that it brightens their day
fills their tummies
lets them know they are special to me!

I'm putting these recipes on my Table for 9 page.
They are quick
budget friendly
perfect for summer
and De-lish!

I hope you make this lunch
and pack it up
for a fun summer day
with your people.  :)

Blessings to you,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mocha Caramel Cuppies with Sea Salt Caramel Frosting

Have you ever had a life-changing experience
with candy?
I sure have...
and I'll never forget it!
A couple of years ago I went into
a small candy store with my daughters.
The intent was to treat them
to a sweet surprise.
Little did I know I was about to have a
divine encounter!
I walked up to the small glass case...
peered inside...
and there they were...
Sea Salt
I stared for a while before speaking
{I think I might have even drooled}
then I asked the girl behind the counter
for 4 pieces.
They were 1" squares.
Small, mind you...and I only asked for 4!
The girls chose their treats.
I paid the girl behind the counter.
We left the store.
And got in the car.
That's when it happened.
They were beckoning me.
So, {almost without realizing it}
I unwrapped one of the little beauties
from the parchment paper
and ate it.
My life would never be the same again.

Fast forward 2 years and here I am
in my kitchen...
reliving the same
divine experience with my
Mocha Caramel Cuppies
with Sea Salt Caramel Frosting.
Click HERE for the recipe.
You can thank me later!

Blessings to you,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Peaches & Cream Cuppies

Our youngest baby
{the smallest bookend}
is turning 2 next month!
I can't believe it!
Time flew by with the others
but with her, it seems like
it's been warp speed!

I call her my "Little Peach".
It fits her...
she's sweet
a tad bit tangy
hardcore in the middle
and downright

So, it's only fitting that I throw her a
"Little Peach"
2nd Birthday Party.
I've just started planning it
but I'm going for a vintage, country fair type of feel.
Peach and Aqua are the colors
and, of course, all things

Starting with the cuppies.
Peaches & Cream cuppies...
They are so light and sweet
and De-lish!
Just like my baby!!

Click HERE for the recipe.


Blessings to you,

**I'm linking up to Tip Junkie**

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Summer Break
is OFFICIALLY here in Oklahoma!

I thought I would have a little
with the kiddos
to help ring in
That means
squirting water
to be exact...
I mean what says summer more than
This was also an excuse
to use one of my
Mother's Day Gifts...
an Ice Cream Maker.

Here's how you make it...


1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 cups Peach Nectar

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and cook on low until sugar is dissolved. sugar.  :)

 Turn up the heat to medium and bring sugar-water up to a boil.
Boil for 1 minute then set aside to cool.

Add Lemon Juice and Peach Nectar to the sugar-water
and mix together.

Pour into your ice cream maker.
{Make sure you chill your metal container in the freezer helps!}
Turn on that baby and let it whirrrr!

This is after about an hour of "whirring"
It's coming along...

After it's almost set, remove ice cream container
and place it in your freezer until it's firm.

If you can wait that long
you will have nice, icy, peachy sorbet
that you can scoop into nice round shapes
and then serve up to your guests
if you are completely impatient
{like myself}
then you will get this...

a slushy

**For an Adults Only version...try this...
Pour chilled Moscado wine
over the top
for a
grown up
Moscado-Peach Slush

{and to me!}


Blessings to you,
**Click HERE or go to my Little Blessings page
to see our Welcome To Summer Celebration**

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Coconut Cuppies

I think I {might} have an addictive personality.
Or maybe it's more like an obsessive personality.
{Is there a difference?}
I get hooked on something
and I obsess about it
until I'm just flat sick of it.
My latest obsession...?
can't get enough of it

Ever since I made my Key Lime Coconut Cookies
I have been obsessing about
what else I can make with
those little flakes of heaven.
here they are
little clouds of coconut goodness...
like little bits of Heaven on Earth.

Click HERE for the recipe.
And check back to see
where my latest obsession takes me.
{After all...baking is cheaper than therapy}!


Blessings to you,

*I've linked up to Wonderful Wednesday Link Party at Printabelle *

Friday, May 4, 2012

End of Year Teacher Gifts

I find myself in complete denial
that summer break is
only a few days away!

While I'm looking forward to
not having to set my alarm clock
I'm a bit panicky
about what in the world
I'm going to do
with 7 kids...
{{Kidding...I'm looking forward to the lazy days of summer}}

So, in order to bid all the teachers
and wish them a very
I have put together a
and budget friendly
{less than $10}
little "HAPPY"
for them to enjoy.
After all...they put up with
our {precious} little angels
all year long.
It's the least I can do...


Blessings to you,
**I'm linking up to Tip Junkie**

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Key Lime Coconut Cookies

I had a "hankerin" for cookies, today
I needed to do some therapeutic baking.
{It's been a rough week...or so}.
{{Ever have those?}}

So...I had seen some pictures of
Coconut Lime Cookies on Pinterest
and decided they were just what the Dr. ordered.

However {like my cupcakes}
I like my cookies...well...

So, I made my own version
{Quickie Style}

Here's the recipe...

Key Lime Coconut Cookies

1 pkg. Sugar Cookie Mix
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
4 Key Limes, juiced and zested {make sure you use KEY Limes...they're the teeny tiny limes}
3 tsp. Key Lime juice { + the juice from the 4 Key Limes...they're teeny tiny!}
1/2 cup frozen coconut, slightly toasted {toast more than 1/2 cup if you want to use it as a garnish}
1/2 cup sugar {to add to the coconut and to roll the cookies in}
2 Tbsp. flour {1 Tbsp. to help thicken dough and the other to help with rolling}

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pour sugar into shallow bowl or pan {reserve 1 Tbsp. for coconut} and set aside.
Prepare the sugar cookie mix according to package directions.
Add in lime zest, lime juice, and toasted coconut.

This is what your coconut should look like once it's toasted.
It's still white but has a slight "toast" on each flake.
I added about 1 Tbsp. of sugar {while toasting in pan} to sweeten it up a bit.

Mix well until all ingredients are combined and dough is thick.
If your dough seems a bit sticky, you can sprinkle in about 1 Tbsp. of flour to thicken it up a bit.
Roll dough into Golf Ball-size balls
{I like my cookies big...these are about 3 1/2 - 4 inches in diameter}.
Like this...
 {I guess I should have put something next to the dough so you could actually
tell what size it is, huh??}  :D

Roll in sugar, making sure to completely coat the entire ball of dough.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet {at least 3" apart}.
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Just before baking, flatten the balls into disks using the bottom of a glass.
Bake at 375 for 12-13 minutes or until the edges are just barely starting to look golden.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing to cookies to a cooling rack.
*If you like, you can add some of the toasted coconut to the top of the cookies as soon as you remove them from the oven.  Press down slightly so the coconut will stick to the cookie.

These cookies definitely made me feel better, today.
I hope they do the same for you
{unless you're feeling so good that you just couldn't possibly feel any better}
In that case...good for you.
Have a cookie!  :)

Blessings to you,

I've linked up to Tip Junkie...lots of great ideas over there!