Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cleaning Tip

 Who out there is not falling in love with Pinterest?
I have to admit it is becoming one of my nightly habits.

But how can it not when you can find great tips like how to clean your stovetop easily.

I found the following tip from one of my favorite new blogs

 I have to be honest, I really did not think this was going to work as good as did, but I will for sure continue to use.
Place your burner pans in ziplock bags with a little bit of ammonia and seal them shut.

I started this after supper and after lunch I took them out (about 18 hours) and with very little effort did they come clean. My two burners I use the most I had to use a little bit of elbow grease, but nothing like you would normally do.

I took the whole stove top apart and gave it a good cleaning!

Living is a small town you take advantage of opportunities that occur. We have a truck that comes every couple of months to take items to the Goodwill. I came up with 2 garage sacks and a milk box full. Plus a box and small sack of kids clothes for a friend. 

I love having a cleaner home, don't you?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rootbeer Pulled Pork Sandwich

A SUPER simple crock-pot recipe.

1 pork roast
salt, pepper, garlic powder for seasoning
1 12 oz can of root beer
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Rub a dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder on roast to your preference. Put roast in crock-pot and pour root beer and BBQ sauce over it. Let it cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until it starts to fall apart.
Pull pork apart and place on hamburger buns!

It is delicious! I tried this recipe at my mother-in-laws and loved it. We had it a few nights ago and everyone enjoyed it, I hope you do too!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cornbread and stew

Blog Hop!The Kings Court IV

The King's Court 

I love to cook, but to find the time can be hard. I also seem to always have the
same thing over and over and over and over!
What a fabulous invention!
The other morning I started stew. Stew is so simple to make and can be
different each time. 
My stew had stew meat, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and carrots.

I must add the cabbage and carrots were on sale, I got a sack of fresh tomatoes of 69 cents that were starting to get soft, and the fresh mushrooms were on sale for 69 cents because they were starting to get old. I love getting things on sale, but remember if you are not going to use it right away it is going to be a waste of money. 69 cents can add up!


In my stew I added some water, brown gravy mix, steak sauce cavendar's seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Sorry I don't have measurements, I just put a dash and this and a sprinkle of that, until it tastes good to me!

You can't eat stew with out something to dip in it. You want to get every little bit including the juices. I have to admit at my house the cornbread is the biggest hit! We make it in a 9 x 13 pan and it all gets eaten.

I find the secret is making it homemade. I know there is great sales on cornbread mixes and it is quick and easy, but if you have never tried a homemade batch please do, it is delicious.

I am lucky because I live and work on my family farm. We grind our corn for our cattle every fall. While grinding I collect the corn meal, or corn that is mashed into a fine flour, clean it and use it for my cornbread. It makes me feel like my cornbread is extra special by using our own corn.

My son standing on top of the corn we raised to feed our cows in beautiful Nebraska!
 Maddux Cornbread

2/3 cup butter                                
1 cup sugar                                    
3 eggs
1  2/3 c. milk                                 
2  1/3 c. four                                   
1 c. cornmeal
4  1/2 teaspoon baking powder                              
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar. Combine eggs and milk. Combine flour, corn meal, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with egg mixture. Pour in greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 22-27 minutes. Enjoy!

I am trying a new crock-pot recipe today and I am very excited about it. I will definitely be sharing it if it turns out! Have a great day!

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jewelry Bag with a compartmet!

Have you ever seen these cute little jewelry bags? I have and thought I bet these would be extremely difficult to make, but I am here to tell you they are not! I made a couple for friends and have plans on making more. They would make a terrific gift.

  Materials Needed:
2 fabric pieces size 11" x 11"
2 fabric pieces size 8" x 8"
chord or ribbon, 2 pieces, 30" each

Tools needed:
sewing machine or needle and thread
pencil or pen
something to draw circles with (I'll be using a dinner plate and a rubber maid container)
pencil compass or silver dollar

Step 1:  Lay the fabric you want for the outside of the bag down with the wrong side up. Place your plate on the fabric and draw around it. My plate was 10 5/8" across. Draw a second circle on a coordinating fabric. Cut them both out.

Repeat the same process with the smaller pieces of fabric and cut them both out. The measurements of my smaller bowl was 7 7/8" across.

 Step 2:  With right sides together, sew the 2 large circles together leaving 1/4" around the outside. Leave an opening of a little of 1".

Cut a few small notches in the seam allowance to help it lay flat. Be careful not to cut seam.

Turn right side out through the opening. Make sure it is all pushed out and looks like a circle. Hand sew the opening closed.

Repeat the process with the smaller circles. 

Step 3: Find the center of the large piece by folding it in half and then a quarter and putting a pin in the center. Open the circle up and put a X where the pin was at. Repeat with the smaller circle.

Step 4: Next use a circular object or a compass to draw a 1 1/2" circle across the center of the smaller circle. Using the X as the center point.
Step 5: Place the smaller circle on top of the larger circle with the X's matching up. You might want to put a pin in the X's to match them up. Make sure the circle you drew is facing up. Sew the larger and smaller circles together by stitching over the circle you drew.

Step 6: I didn't take pictures of me measuring and drawing lines, but in this step you want to use a ruler and draw marks to identify your compartments.

You will need to use pins or eye ball it and make 6 pie sections in the smaller circle and draw them out. the pie sections should be approximately 3 5/8" apart.

For each section you are going to sew from the circle you made in the previous step to outer edge of the small circle. 

Step 7: Next step is the drawstring. Just outside of the smaller circle, sew a complete circle, be careful not to catch the smaller circle while stitching.
Sew a second seam about 3/8" out from the first seam. Be careful to stay the same distance all the way around.

Now cut a small slit on the outside fabric only, in between the two seams. With a needle and thread reinforce the opening with a whip stitch.

Place a safety pin on your ribbon or chord and work it through the channel all the way around. Pull the ribbon up and you have just complete your new jewelery bag.

This bag could be used for so many different things from jewelry bag to sewing notions. You can make it bigger also. Hope this post helps inspire you!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pour Your Heart Out!

Things I Can't say

The day started out so good, kids up, husband up, everyone dressed and ready to take on the day!
Everyone happy and then we left the house, ha!
But really my daughter and I headed to our MOPS meeting. Can I tell you how much I love MOPS? If you are not in a MOPS group you should be, but maybe I am just lucky to have some great ladies. 

After MOPS I took my daughter and my 4 year old great niece to meet the bus to go to preschool. (My daughter tried preschool in September and ended up crying everyday, so I pulled her out and thought we would try again after Christmas.) The girls were so happy, telling each other how they loved each other and that they like each others backpacks. I put them on the bus and they both kissed and hugged me. : ) So far a wonderful, happy day!

I went and got groceries all by myself.
I read the paper by myself.
I worked on school work by myself.
In fact I slowly drifted into a nap on the couch with the sun beaming in on my, all by myself!

I woke up and walked into the other room realizing I slept through my phone ringing. I quickly called the school and they told me my sweet little four year old was sick. ( The school is 25 minutes away!) My husband is calling saying the school called him and wondering what I was doing to miss the call.

I rush out the door and speed my way to preschool. My father in law lives 2 miles from the school and he went and rescued my little baby. When I get there she is happily playing and watching cartoons. I ask do you feel ok? Ya she says.
Ugh she cried her way out of school again. I forcefully take her home, she was crying again, wanting to stay with grandpa. I pick my son up from 2cnd grade and he throws a fit because he wants a snack from town and I say no, which in turns starts my daughter crying again. 

We get home, ahh, home sweet home. But no the kids decide today is the day to fight, scream, yell, argue and do anything to bring my stress level, WAY UP! I said no t.v, which in turn brings more tears. I walk outside to do a simple task, which I did not succeed in doing. 
I comment on facebook about how preschool is not working so well for my daughter and of course I have a gazillion comments, mostly good, but a few made me think why did I even say anything on facebook. 

My feelings I don't know what to do. I am a mom and there is not always a right answer and not every kid is the same. We all have to have days that are stressing, but why me today, when it started so good. I know it could be worse, but today made me go CRAZY!

Thanks for listening to me Pour My Heart Out!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I want to wish everyone a wonderful year in 2012! Great things are going to happen. And maybe a few laughs, : )