Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Monday, July 25, 2011

we like it the old fashioned way
Wholesome and FRESH!

It's fair time 
 and since I learned to make muffins many moons ago
 when I was just a young chick
In 4-H
I am going to share a recipe that will make your home smell DiVINE on a summer day!

I have served it over and over for family and over night guests .
I have never entered it in the fair but I think 


1 cup sugar ( I use 3/4 cup and it is plenty sweet)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk ( add 1/2 TB white vinegar to milk to sour)
1 cup mashed banana .......approx 2 bananas
( use applesauce to fill the remainder of the cup if you don't have enough bananas)
1/2 cup butter or margarine  melted
( I use 6 TB butter so I can eat more muffins with butter on top melting...  fresh out of the oven YUM)

Mix above ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork or large spoon until blended.

1/2 cup oat bran (find in the hot cereal section at your grocery store/ use dry do not cook)
1 1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp scant salt

combine dry ingredients and add to banana batter mix just until blended.
butter 12 count medium size muffin tin or use paper muffin liners (makes 13 if you use the liners)
Fill muffins cups to 1/2 inch from top using all the batter.

Top with streusel topping
2 TB walnuts chopped fine
2 TB wheat germ
2 TB margarine or butter
3 TB white flour
1 TB Brown sugar
1 TB white sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
use a pastry blender to cut in margarine with other ingredients

Press topping into muffins with the back of spoon a little bit.
Your muffin cups will be full to the brim but I promise you they will not overflow into a big mess.

BAKE 325  20-25 minutes
test with a toothpick to determine when they are done. 

To save time, make a batch of streusel topping and store in the refrigerator.
then when you want to whip up a batch of muffins it is all ready to go. 
 while your muffins are baking make a new batch of topping for the next time.

NOTE.......if you take a little girl to the fair she will not want to leave
EMERSON  with a   BIG rooster  and a  HOT  rooster.... no smiles from him

Emerson with JJ. 
 the only horse who would come close enough to let her pet him.
We loved looking at all the names of the animals
and if they didn't have a name she named them!.

      sharing ice cold strawberry deliciousness


the next best thing to sitting in a BIG tractor...sitting on a small tractor

OOOOOOH  Doggies  IT IS HOT  out here!
she is waiting very patiently for the show to start.

volunteer with eagerness and they might pick you.
she knew they were going to need assistance
 before the show started
and she wanted to be the one chosen.

welcome to show biz!

jump little doggie

Five little indians in show biz

Now that takes talent........look at that form.

She loved every minute of the fair.
It brings you back to the basics
time together and
making memories!

  next year we'll take you addilyn!

Happy trails little doggies....

summer is going way toooooooo fast

NEXT STOP on the A train....
RAGBRAI    Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa  for 3 days

catch me if you can 

Bryce my husband will be riding his bike,
I will be support while I shop a local quilt shops along the way :)
that's my kind of vacation!

stay cool



Sunday, July 24, 2011

If someone would help you...
would you want to learn how to make a quilt???

imagine all the cozy goodness that would come to your home!

HERE is what I can do to help you become a quilter!
First  step...... you need the TOOLS :)

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They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks.

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to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles,

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you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter.

Even if you are already part of this quilting community
 you can win

quilting stuff too...Tuesday and Thursday are days for us.

Are you with me girlfriend???  you could win tools to get you started!!!

In order to be in the drawing for so many tools you really won't believe it...

take a Second step . If you wantobe a quilter, register....give me your name and phone number

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because we become connected by our names.  this means
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just trying to share the love :)   janita

Monday, July 4, 2011

Berry Cheesecake Parfaits....
on the Fourth or Anyday...DELICIOUS!

berry cheesecake parfaits
1 pkg. (8oz) philadelphia Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1 1/2 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) jello Cheesecake or Vanilla flavor Instant Pudding
we use the cheesecake! yum yum!

1 pkg Voortman shortbread swirl cookies crumbled
( they are sugar free I find them with the sugar free food products)

Approx. 3 cups  fresh fruit/ strawberries ,blueberries and bananas
8 oz light cool whip divided

Beat cream cheese with mixer until soft and creamy.  Gradually beat in milk.
Add dry pudding mix; mix well until it starts to thicken
Fold in with a spoon 1/2 of the Cool Whip

Assembly layers:
Place half of cream cheese mixture in 6 parfait cups
(place a good heaping tablespoon in each cup)
half of assorted fruits sliced if needed
crushed cookies
The second half of the cream cheese mixture
assorted fruits
Dollop of remaining cool whip a
top with a sprinkle of crumbs 

You may not need the whole package of cookies,  I just save them in a jar for another time.
Half of my family likes to use Graham cracker crumbs. 
 I make a graham cracker crust , bake it,  crumble it and then store it in a jar.
Once you have made this your family will be asking for it again :)

recipe is from the box of Philadelphia cream cheese
the original recipe said serves 8  you could maybe stretch it by adding more fruit but we think the pudding is divine and we like more pudding in our cup :) so we go with 6 per recipe

What I love about this recipe is it is so easy to make sugar free.  We have some friends who are diabetic.
Just use pudding and cool whip marked sugar free. 

If you are serving it for a dinner party let your guests help you assemble when they arrive.
It is a nice ice breaker and we found out that not everyone likes the same fruit we do.

This dessert is.....LOVED BY YOUNG AND OLD
and just reminds me of Addilyn Grace...
it's little , it's cute, it has just the right sweetness
and you can't get enough of it!

It is a quiet day here today
 Hope you are having  a wonderful day.

America.......God Bless Thee

until next time
"every good thing I have comes from you" Psalm 16:2

thanks for stopping by


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