Thursday, November 30, 2006

Winter Weather

Hello! This morning I looked out the window and saw a crystal white landscape. It is so pretty! :-) We have gotten a lot of rain and sleet which isn't good for the roads but it still makes everything so pretty and white! :-) There is a chance of getting a little snow later on too. :-)


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Yesterday evening I made some pumpkin pies. I thought I would share the recipe with you. :-)
There are two pie crust recipes listed below. The first one is the one I used and it made a very nice crust. I haven't made the other one but it and the filling recipe are from a "Taste of Home" magazine so it's probably a good recipe too. :-)

(Beside the pie are some felt coasters that I make for December. :-) )

Our Pie Crust Recipe
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup milk
In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in 1/4 milk .On a floured surface, roll out each portion to fit a 9-in. pie plate Place pastry in plates; trim pastry (set scraps aside if cutouts are desired for the top of the pies) and flute edges. Set shells aside. (Makes 1 pie crust.)

Traditional Pumpkin Pie
(Pie Crust)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
4 to 6 tbs. cold water
In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. divide dough in half .On a floured surface, roll out each portion to fit a 9-in. pie plate Place pastry in plates; trim pastry (set scraps aside if cutouts are desired for the top of the pies) and flute edges. Set shells aside. (Makes 2 pie crusts)

6 eggs
1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp.ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. each ground cloves, nutmeg, and ginger
2 cups evaporated milk
Beat eggs in a mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves,nutmeg and ginger; beat just until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Pour into pastry shells. Bake at 450* for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350*; bake 40 to 45 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. If desired, cut the pastry scraps with a 1-inch leaf-shaped ( acorn, star, heart etc.) cookie cutter; ( we put cinnamon and sugar on a small piece aswell.) place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Place on pies. Yield: 2 pies (6-8 servings each).

Note: This is very good with a little bit of whipped cream on top. :-) Mmmmm! :-)

Today an artic front has moved into our area Brrrrr! We are getting lots of rain right now and on Thursday it is supposed to get really cold.(20's*- 30's*) We have been planning on doing some of our Christmas decorating on Friday. :-) That should be fun! :-)

Well, TTYL!

~Chloe~ :-)

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good"
Romans 12:21

Thursday, November 23, 2006


"O give thanks to the Lord; for he is good because his mercy endureth forever."
Psalm 118:1
Hello everyone!
I just wanted to do a quick post and wish you all a "Happy Thanksgiving! :-)
We had thanksgiving dinner with our relatives early this year. There was lots of tasty foods and good fellowship!
Today I helped my younger brothers finish making some "paper turkey's" that we started the other day. We put them on the refrigerator and they are pretty cute! :-)
It has also been nice to have my Dad and older brother off (from work and college) for
Thanksgiving! :-)
Well, hope you all have a wonderful day and are encouraged in the Lord!
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Monday, November 06, 2006

Have you noticed the beautiful fall leaves this year? It's soooo neat to see God's handy work!

Today Mom was looking through a October/November "Taste of Home magazine" that has been in our archives ;-) and she found this yummy cookie recipe along with some other recipes that looked pretty good, especially for this time of year! These are called....

Lo-Cal Molasses Cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

In a mixing bowl, beat oil, molasses, 1/4 cup sugar and egg. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set and surface cracks. Yields: 5 dozen

Also, pictured (above the cookies) are some "fall coasters" made out of felt. We got the idea from . Thanks for sharing these with us, Jessica, they were lot's of fun! :-)

Going into the "longer" evenings makes me start to think about making crafts, sewing, quilting etc. I was looking through a catalog the other day (called "Love To Learn" to view online go to and I ran onto two books that looked interesting. The one is about crocheting and the other about knitting. Both of those are of interest to me and and I thought that I might try to learn how to do them this winter if I get a chance. :-) On Sunday I pulled out our "Little House on the Praire" craft and sewing books. One of them has a sampler that looked like it might be fun to do, and when we went to my Grandma's house the other day she let us borrow an apron pattern she had. :-) Hopefully I can get a project going soon! :-)


"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!"
Philippians 4:4