Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Recipe more time!

This is the final week of Fabulous Fall Food's over at This time I'm posting a recipe that fits the bill for the perfect, warm, comfort food. My grandma Barnes frequently made this when we at Sunday lunch at her house. I promise it will be a hit with your family too!

Pork Chop 'n Potato Bake

6-8 pork chops
drukee seasoned salt
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pkg (32 oz) hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 can french fried onions

Brown pork chops in vegetable oil. When browned, remove and sprinkle with seasoned salt, set aside. Combine soup, milk, sour cream, pepper, and 1/2 tsp seasoned salt. Stir in potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 can french fried onions. Spoon misture into large baking dish. Arrange pork chops over potatoes. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and onions. Bake uncovered for 5 minutes longer.


Monday, October 25, 2010

A few pictures to share

So I wanted to add a picture of my "chicken huts" that I made the other night. Thanks to my boys for lending me the Pirate Mickey plate. These were so delicious!!

I also wanted to share a couple of pictures from the Halloween apron swap. I sent a French Flea Market style apron. I received a teriffic scarecrow and pumpkin apron. I love it and all of the goodies that accompanied it!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Busy, busy, busy...

I finally took the plunge and signed up for a vendor fair. It's 2 weeks away and I'm trying to find the motivation to get my list of projects accomplished! I can't wait to see how the fair goes. This week I have worked on a few holiday aprons (Thanksgiving and Christmas), burp cloths, and I've cut fabric for kleenex holders...oh yes, and I attempted my first pillowcase dress! What a week! Must keep working.

Fall Recipes...take 4!!

Here's another recipe for Fabulous Fall Foods hosted by Paula at This recipe isn't necessarily a fall recipe, but I tried it for the first tim this the fall:) It is delicious and EASY!! I have pictures, but will have to add them later.

Chicken in a Hut

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 T milk
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
garlic (to taste)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 package crescent roll dough

Combine chicken (by the way, I was in a hurry, so I used canned and it turned out great!), cream cheese, milk, spices and cheese. Set aside. Roll out crescent roll dough. Separate into 4, two triangle pieces. Pinch the seams to creat 4 pieces of dough. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into the middle. Bring the corners together to for the huts and pinch seams. Bake seam-side down on a foil covered baking sheet. Bake according to the directions on the can of rolls. I added chopped broccoli to mine and it was a great way to sneak the veggies in on the kiddos.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bring Back the Manners!!

Manners... That word sounds so old fashioned, yet why should manners ever go out of style. I realize that I work with teenagers--this is not exactly known as the most polite age group. Maybe I expect too much. For example:
Please should follow a request.
Thank you--say it!
Make eye contact when talking to someone.
Hold doors!
When making a request, phrase it as a question, not a statement. (Don't tell me you need to go to the bathroom, ask if you may go to the restroom.)
When borrowing from someone, take care of the borrowed items.
I don't need to know exactly what bodily function you are performing in the bathroom.
Girls, sit with your legs together!
It is possible to burp politely--close and cover your mouth.
For heaven's sake, please don't make out for 5 minutes 2 feet from my classroom door!

I could go on, but you get the point. For some reason, adults in my generation seem to have the attitude that they don't want to be so uptight about manners. Next thing you know, I have boys pushing me out of the way to go through the door first, and girls yelling across the classroom they need a tampon. Yikes. I'm thinking uptight is a good thing!

Eventually we will get disgusted with our animal-like behavior and realize that manners aren't such a bad thing.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fall Recipe Time...take 3!

Time for another easy fall recipe. Paula over at is hosting Fabulous Fall Foods...she's posting lost of yummy fall recipes and her readers have posted lots of recipes as well. She's also having a cookbook giveaway, and you can get in on it by posting fall recipes to your blog. Hence...the recipes I've been posting.

So, back to the recipes. This week I'm posting a recipe that my Grandma Barnes makes throughout the year, but always makes me think of Thanksgiving (thanks to the cranberries). This is a very fresh alternative to the shape-of-the-can cranberries:) Give it a try!

Cranberry Salad
20 oz can crushed pineapple
2 C seedless grapes
1 lg box cherry jello
1 1/2 C boiling water
1 can WHOLE cranberries

Mix jello and water. Let the mixture sit for just a few minutes, until it starts to thicken. Then add pineapple, cranberries, and grapes. Chill and serve!