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How To Get Your Life Back After The Holiday
Category: Holidays
Tags: Christmas New Years family celebrations


I tell my children this when everyone needs to wind down, “I think you are having too much fun.”

That can hit us all as we try to get our lives back to some type of normal after doing so much in such a short period of time.

Our holidays were clouded by my chronic pain. I know I’m not the only one out there who deals with chronic pain on a daily basis so if you are in this boat leave me a comment and I will definitely pray for you. I hope to communicate with you more about this in the future. I’ve been all about writing about cheerful things, but I’m going to try to be more open about the difficult things in my life.

I had two procedures on my back during the last two weeks of December. Not really good timing, but necessary. I spent a lot of time in my PJs resting a lot. My girls took over most of the cooking etc. so we continued as planned, I just participated less than usual.


The photo above shows you my favorite gifts. I got a wonderful daughter-in-law earlier this year and they just announced that they are going to have a baby.

We’ve prayed for Godly spouses for our children since they were little – I mean really little. This marriage has the Lord’s hand all over it. It’s been a beautiful joining of two families, each giving a piece of their hearts so the Lord could start a new family. We are blessed beyond what we ever expected. If you aren’t praying for your children’s spouses start now.






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How are you going to celebrate Pi Day?
Category: Cooking/Baking
Tags: Homemaking celebrations Pi Day

I never used to celebrate Pi day. Why? Because I couldn’t make a pie crust. Sad, huh? When I was forced to for holidays I used pie crusts I purchased in the freezer section and they tasted a bit like cardboard.

Then my husband bought me Cooking From Quilt Country by Marcia Adams and one of her recipes changed my pie baking forever.

Pat-In-Pan Pie Crust!

  • It turns out perfect every time.
  • And is so flaky it melts in your mouth.
  • There is no rolling out and dough to get tough.
  • The dough doesn’t break apart when you lift it to put in the pan.


  • Because you put all the dry ingredients into to pie pan.
  • Pour the liquids over it.
  • Mix it with your hands
  • And pat it out to fill the pan.

This works for us because:

  • Most of the pies we like are one crust pies
  • If there is a top required we usually use a streusel topping

The recipe is very simple.

Pat-In-The Pan Pie Crust from Cooking From Quilt Country by Marcia Adams 

  • 1½ cups of flour + 3 Tablespoons
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons cold milk
  1. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the pie pan and mix with fingertips until evenly blended.      Cooking from Quilt Country
  2. In a measuring cup combine the oil and milk and beat until creamy.
  3. Pour all at once over the flour mixture. Mix with a fork until the flour mixture is completely moistened.
  4. Pat the dough with your fingers, first at the sides of the plate and then across the bottom.
  5. Flute the edges.
  6. Shell is now ready to be filled.
  7. If you are preparing a shell to fill later or your recipe requires a prebaked crust, preheat oven to 425.
  8. Prick the surface of the pastry with a fork and bake 15 minutes.
  9. Check often and prick more if needed.

We often mix up the dry ingredients and store them in zipper bags so it takes less time if we want to make a quiche or pie unexpectedly. I’ve come a long way since those store bought crusts.

I guess this could be part of my Homemaking tips from older women.

Here is the pie we’ll be making for Pi Day. It’s Dan and Eric’s favorite. I think one of my daughters may make another one that she and her sister will enjoy more. But…it’s Pi Day. Why not make more than one?

Abby's Famous Pecan Pie


  • 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 heaping cup pecan halves


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and vanilla; mix well. Pour into unbaked pie crust; sprinkle with pecan halves.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set. (Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean when pie is done.) Cool. If crust or pie appears to be getting too brown, cover with foil for the remaining baking time.
  4. Tip: The original recipe stated that the pie should be baked 45 to 50 minutes in a preheated 350-degree gas oven. If an electric oven is used, it may be necessary to add 15 to 20 minutes to the baking time. (Begin testing the pie with a toothpick after 45 minutes.)
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What pie did you make. Post a photo or just the kind in the comments. Perhaps we could share recipes too.

Happy Pi Day!





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Happy Birthday Dear Eric, Happy Birthday to You
Category: Cooking/Baking
Tags: Celebrations Death by Chocolate BBQ ribs Ninja

Death By Chocolate

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Yesterday was our sons birthday and he chose one of our all time favorite desserts for his birthday cake. I couldnt resist sharing it with you today. It is beyond easy to make and never fails. As you can see, it is also extremely attractive and delicious looking.

He also wanted BBQ ribs. Even though that rates as both my husband and sons favorite meal, Ive always dreaded trying to make them. They never turned out the same way twice and I always felt like I was experimenting.

That is until I got this for Valentines Day!

Ninja Cooking System

Last night was the second time I made BBQ ribs with my Ninja and in and hour and a half I had perfect ribs! It was so easy I could hardly believe they could taste so good without any work.

Im not getting paid to say this We paid full price for it atWalmart. A friend told me how much she loved hers and after looking it over and reading about it I just had to try it.

It cooks like a slow cooker, or stove top, or oven and even steams.

Thedirections for ribs:

  • Stir paprika, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in bowl. Rub ribs with paprika mixture. Season with salt and black pepper. (We used Famous Daves rib rub)
  • Pour oil into pot. Set to STOVETOP HIGH and heat oil. Add half the ribs to pot. Cook uncovered 5 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove ribs from pot. Repeat with remaining ribs. Remove ribs from pot.
  • Pour broth into pot. Place roasting rack into pot. Place ribs on rack. Set OVEN to 375F for 1 hour. Cover and cook until pork is fork-tender.
  • Uncover pot and brush ribs with sauce. Set OVEN to 375F for 30 minutes. Cover and cook until sauce is hot.

Weve enjoyed trying the recipes that come with the Ninja or just following a technique and using it with one of our own recipes. I havent tried baking a dessert in it yet, but it has that capability and Im looking forward to checking it out soon.

So if you have a birthday coming up or can wait until Mothers Day I would suggest checking the Ninja Cooking System out and giving your husband some hints that this would be a great gift.

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