Tuesday, September 29

Oh How Sweet It Is ❥❥❥

Emma Email
and I read about THIS!!!
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Monday, September 28

Crumbly Wumbly Bars

Mmm . . . these are good!

I am calling them Crumbly Wumbly Bars
but the real name is lemon-oatmeal bars
from Gooseberry Patch, Family Favorite Recipes pg. 266
I saw the book over at my friend Patti's house
and photocopied the recipe because it sounded good.
I am a sucker for lemon!
You could say it really puckers me up. hehe

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 & 1/4 cups oatmeal
(It calls for long-cooking oats...
but I just used my quick cook oatmeal)
zest & juice of 1 orange
zest & juice of 2 lemons
1 - 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Beat butter & sugar until creamy.
Stir in flour and oatmeal.
Press 3/4 of the crumbly mix into the box of
a 9x13" pan, sprayed w/ PAM.
Combine zest, juice & milk
Drizzle and spread all over crumble mixture.
Then top w/ remaining crumbles.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

How easy is that?

Thursday, September 24

Frosted Maple Cookies

A few weeks ago Gooseberry Patch on Facebook posted a note with the recipe for these cookies. They sounded yummy. I made them tonight. I thought the cookies were good but the frosting - OMG!!!! YUMMY!!!! I want to save this frosting recipe and slather it all over a pan of cinnamon rolls. If you like Maple Bars (donuts) then you will LOVE these cookies. :-)

From the Old-Fashioned Country Cookies
Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch

1 c. raisins
3/4 c. water
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2-1/3 t. maple flavoring
1/4 t. salt

In a small saucepan over medium heat, simmer raisins in water until liquid is reduced by one-third. Stir in baking soda and set aside. Blend butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl; stir in eggs. Add flour, maple flavoring and salt; mix well. Stir in raisin mixture; refrigerate for 2 hours. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool; frost with Maple Cream Frosting. Makes about 3 dozen.

Maple Cream Frosting
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 T. light cream
1 t. maple flavoring
1-3/4 c. powdered sugar

Blend butter, cream and maple flavoring.
Stir in powdered sugar to a spreading consistency.

Friday, September 18

Oh how I love thee . . .

let me count the ways . . .
New Emma Bridgewater
Holiday Plates.
Whee!!!!! :-)

Of course I ordered a set of 4 each immediately!
Red & Green stars - adorable. Sigh.

Sunday, September 13

Ooey Gooey Good

Yes! When cake mixes are on sale for 10 for $10
I will stock up! LOL! And become a fan of the cake mix.

To one white cake mix,
follow the directions
but after you put it in the 9x13" baking pan
swirl in 1 cup of orange marmalade.
Bake as directed for a 9x13" baking pan.

Into your frosting,
(powdered sugar, butter, vanilla & lil' milk)
mix in 1/4 cup of orange marmalade.

Frost when cake has cooled.
It is good! Really good!
(If you like orange marmalade that is.)

Thursday, September 10

★ Flashback ★

Flashback to the October/November 2000
Mary Engelbreit's
Issue of Home Companion Magazine

(I miss it. Sigh.)

There was a pattern to make this
adorable fall throw blanket & pillow.

A craft idea making a serving tray from
vintage clothing labels.

Interior Designer Sandy Koepke
shared some of her decorated rooms
for Mark and Laura Willes.

(I love this bed!)

An article about an artist couple
in Manhattan, Lane Smith and Molly Leach.
(But what I loved was their cats!)

And the paper doll was Georgia.
Every issue came with a paper doll. Sigh.

I plan on doing more of these
flashbacks in the near future.
They are just to charming to forget.

Wednesday, September 9


Any excuse for me to go shopping on the
Emma Bridgewater website is a good one! :-)

Her husband came out with a 2010 calendar.
His drawings are delightful!!!
So I ordered 2, one for me & one for a gift. :-)

Of course the fun didn't stop there.
I might as well make good use of the overseas shipping.
So I ordered a new holiday mug, tea towels, egg cups
and a birds advent calendar.

I adore everything Emma!

I am replacing all my Longaberger pottery
which is now all made in China (use to be USA)
to Emma (sigh) which is all made in England! :-)

I am giving all my ivory Longaberger pottery
to my mother
& all my colored pieces to my daughter.

Saturday, September 5

Layered Taco Dip

Mmm this is my most favorite
Layered Taco Dip
I make it every October 31st at my Halloween party.
But it is good for any time of the year party
like Labor Day! :-)
"Happy Labor Day!"

1 can refried beans (16oz.)
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup thick & chunky salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 small can of sliced black olives (2.25oz)

Mix beans and taco seasoning mix together.
Spread on the bottom of a pie plate.
Then layer the rest of the ingredients
as in order. Voila! Easy Peasy! :-)

Chill in Fridge, or make it night before party.
Serve w/ tortilla chips


Friday, September 4

Banana Cake

Banana Cake

1 yellow box cake mix
1 tsp cinnamon
3 bananas
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup pecans

Make cake mix batter according to
directions; set aside.
Mash bananas with baking soda.
Combine bananas, cake mix & pecans.

Bake in a greased or PAM sprayed
9" x 13" baking dish at
350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Let cool.


1 stick butter
1 box powdered sugar (16oz.)
1 banana
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon for sprinkling

Melt butter,
mix with powdered sugar.
Mash banana and lemon juice together
(prevents browning of banana)
add with butter and powdered sugar.
Add in cinnamon & vanilla.
Frost cake, then sprinkle with more cinnamon.

It is wonderful. ♥

Tuesday, September 1

My girl is . . .

at it again.

This was her yesterday.