With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 3/13/11 - 3/20/11

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Birthday Brunch

Happy Birthday, Mom!
 Singing to Granny
Counting my nine grandchildren, my sister's four and my brother's four, my mom has 17 great-grandchildren.
The other Great-grandchildren are
Alexis & Olivia and Mandy & Amy
Julianna, Maxwell, Harrison and Vivienne
My mom has thirteen grandchildren.
(she calls them her baker's dozen)
a cupcake tower

 I send prepared meals to my mom
and something she likes for breakfast is

Baked Oatmeal
here is the easy recipe from Allrecipes.com
Makes 8 3/4-cup servings


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
NOTE: to make individual servings, fill 3/4-cup capacity ramekins or custard cups and bake 30 minutes 
 Always good to get together!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Stare Down

Intense expression
Attentive posture
Disappointed puppy
Johns heart isn't swayed a bit by the begging of a pup.
Especially when he is enjoying his breakfast.
Not a crumb for Raider
: )

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Corned Beef Brisket with a Mustard Glaze

Since it is St. Patrick's Day I had to make a corned beef brisket.
This time I finished with a twist that added a subtle sweetness and a nice browned top on the meat.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Organization & Storage in the Garage

This certainly is not the prettiest room in our home but it sure does have lots of functions and helps with organization.  I am showing you our garage, wort's and all.  Just as we live with it day in and day out.
Our home has ample living space but storage is a problem without having a basement.
We created some storage space in the garage using purchased wood (2x3's, 2x4's, particle board and Luan board) and wood-like boards that were being discarded by a neighbor.  The storage units were built many years ago but I only got around to painting them recently.
 Along one side of the garage, John built these storage cabinets.  The bottom is open allowing room for trash cans, recycle cans, Paper Trash, Dog food container.  There are also two cabinets up high that contain among other things, Easter and Thanksgiving Decorations
Entering the garage from the house and right on the left is for quick access to things we use frequently.  We can reach items without even stepping out of the house.  It is also where I temporarily stick things that I need to get out of the way or that will need my attention in the near future.  It is like a pre-sorting zone :)

The opened doors reveal a tremendous amount of easy to access storage
My favorite part of this storage cabinet is this great place to store large platters and trays.
The other side holds serving and decorative plates
It isn't pretty but it sure makes it easy to get to an item I need.
Along the wall opposite the garage doors are three cubbies.  When the girls were little these held their book bags, coats, boots, etc. (I couldn't get all three cubbies in one photo so I morphed two photos together)
The other wall is where John has his big table saw and other wood cutting saws.
 Since all of this storage space is around the perimeter of the garage, we can still fit a car inside.
As you can see, there are still lots of touch-up that could be done.
But overall, it has helped tremendously in keeping the many items needed to run a household more easily, within easy reach and easy to put back.

Organize and Decorate Everything 
I am linking to a site that I recently found and like a lot, called
Organized and Decorate Everything.
Stop by to see other links filled with great organizing ideas and projects.

 Linking to Cindy@My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

Yum!  The tartness of the cranberries and the sweet cake topping make this a favorite to me.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for added sweetness.

Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

Ina Garten
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and medium-diced
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt. 

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a tooth-pick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Joining Lynn @Happier than a Pig in Mud for her Celebrity Cook-Along! She picked Ina Garten for our Celebrity Cook.  Stop by to see other Ina recipes!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl

Sweet Kathleen @Cuisine Kathleen is hosting her third annual,
St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl
linking lots of great
St. Patrick's Day posts beginning March 15th.
Also linking to JanMary's
St. Patrick's Day Bloggy Carnival 2011
I had but one St. Patrick's Day decoration... this little leprechaun that belonged to my mom.
This year I crocheted a shamrock garland similar to the
blue heart garland I made for Valentine's Day.
Butter Cookie Recipe post here.
Shamrock Milkshake Recipe post here.
Minty Ice-cream Shamrock Cookie Recipe post here.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe post here
Crocheted Shamrock Garland by Skip to My Lou


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