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December 4, 2022
Weekly Word: Thankfulness + Books, Stitches and Gratitude! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


 Hello There, 

It's been a wild week as we came home from San Diego, babysat for a few days and went right into Thanksgiving!  In the midst of all of our activity, thankfulness has been on my mind.  

I would be remiss if I didn't add you, my faithful readers and friends, to my gratitude list.  Your comments, support, friendship and prayers are a blessing to my life!  On that note, a big shout out to Quilter Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for showing me how to fix my spellcheck issue with blogger!  You can find the solution ...

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December 3, 2022
Stromboli with the Hanken’s from Jo's Country Junction

My daughter Kelli sent me some pictures from her house the other day.  She and the kids were busy making supper.  It was Stromboli night. If you aren’t familiar with Stromboli, it starts as a bread dough rolled out.  You put toppings on the dough and then roll it up like cinnamon rolls, put the […]

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Two Online Goodies, Department Store Muffins, Yuletide Blanket, Friendship Stars from Canadian Needle Nana

It was fun to read about everyone's American Thanksgivings. From the small and quiet ones to the large family gatherings. Thank you for sharing.
 Last week Hubby got the snow tires on the car just in time for downpours of rain. I'm always happy to have someone else do that chore though when he told me how enjoyable the garage waiting room was with t.v., free good coffee and comfy chairs, it doesn't sound too bad. With a little stitchy project in hand, I would actually have enjoyed the experience. 

This fellow is back around the ...

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November 26, 2022
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jo's Country Junction

Oh, my word people…I came across the best cookie recipe.  This is a much try recipe that you are sure to love.  I’m warning you the cookies are rich but totally to die for. A while back Kalissa and I went to a craft/vendor Fall show at the fairgrounds in West Union, Iowa.  Kalissa insisted […]

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November 23, 2022
What I’m Making: Cinnamon Chex Churro Snack Mix from Jo's Country Junction

Kelli, my daughter, was cleaning out her cabinets and came across a box of Cinnamon Chex that no one was eating.  She ended up bringing it to my house as Carver, my grandson is CRAZY about cereal.  She thought I could feed it to him. I ended up flipping the box over and saw this… […]

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November 12, 2022
Instant Pot Baked Beans from Jo's Country Junction

Kayla was home a couple of weeks ago.  When she came, she brought with her a pint canning jar of baked beans.  She said they were frozen and we could add them as a side dish to one of our meals while she was here.  PERFECT!! We opened the beans, warmed them up, and ate […]

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November 11, 2022
Cooking Up November from From My Carolina Home

I haven’t had a moment to share my original recipes that are perfect for this season. Links to the posts showing the steps are given, and most have pdf downloadable recipes. I’m doing this roundup a bit earlier in the month this year so you have time to gather ingredients and plan a wonderful meal if you choose to do one of these for the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving is on the way, and I have the perfect way to cook a holiday turkey with a Slow Roasted method that makes it juicy and delicious for the holiday and ...

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November 9, 2022
What I’m Making: Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup from Jo's Country Junction

There is an awesome website called Iowa Girl Eats.  You can find it HERE.  It is written by an Iowa girl (GO IOWA GIRLS!!) and she has some of the best recipes. I started reading her blog long ago, got disconnected from it somehow, and thanks to my high school best friend’s mom (Hi Judy-thanks!!) […]

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November 7, 2022
Pickled Jalapenos from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

We had our first freeze 2 weeks ago so that means the garden is done. I picked everything and ended up with a lot of jalapenos. I cut some up and froze them - we add jalapenos to lots of dishes - right now I am thinking these will be perfect on homemade pizza - but I still had a lot left so I figured I'd can some pickled jalapenos. I contemplated making Cowboy Candy which is a sweet version, but

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November 5, 2022
That Cranberry Salad: Recipe Included from Jo's Country Junction

Last weekend was the Hunters Dinner here in town.  They put on a big meal complete with all the Thanksgiving fixings, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, beans, corn, roll, orange fluff, dessert, AND “that cranberry salad”. For years and years, I have loved that cranberry salad.  I could just eat and eat it but sadly, it […]

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November 3, 2022
Extra Lemony Lemon Squares from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Lemon Squares have been around for a long time and I've been making them forever, but most of them are pretty sweet which I guess is what a dessert is supposed to be, but if I'm eating something lemony, I want it to be tart with just a hint of sweet in the background and these lemon bars are just that!  I guess lemon bars are more of a summer dessert, but it's what I made the other day for the

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October 31, 2022
What I’m Making: Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles from Jo's Country Junction

I usually save recipes for Saturday night posts but I thought I would drop this recipe, Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles in right here so you have time to make them before the pumpkin spice season passes. I have a regular Snickerdoodle recipe that you can find HERE but thought to up the anti and try these…Who […]

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October 29, 2022
The Pretzel Dog Maker from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember a bit ago Gannon, my grandson, and I were thrifting and picked up this Pretzel Dog Maker for $1.50.  Gannon loves soft pretzels and loves corn dogs so I decided to give it a try. I opened it up and… it was new in the box.  All of the protective packaging was […]

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October 28, 2022
Chocolate Eclair Dessert from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

This is another recipe I've been making for over 20 years. I don't even remember where I got this one (probably Taste of Home), but it's one of DH's favorite desserts and I made it earlier this week and remembered to take pictures so that I could share it here. I'm no food photographer though so although the photos aren't great, you'll have to take my word that the dessert is worthy of applause.

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October 6, 2022
Green Chile Stew from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Does anyone else feel like the days are speeding by? Everyone that comes out here says it's so peaceful and quiet and it is, but we sure do manage to fill our days. Someone asked if I ever got bored. I don't even know what that is. And I'm not complaining - I love my life and I'm grateful for these busy days.Fall seemed to appear overnight. We haven't had a freeze yet and there are plenty of

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October 4, 2022
Meatless Monday from Quarter-Inch Capers

We are still doing meatless Monday….most of the time. It doesn’t always work out, but it can be a nice change when the meat is not the main focus of the meal. One of my faves is a black bean and rice skillet.

I can’t claim it’s an original recipe because it’s not, but mine is a combo of about three other ones with more seasonings added. My main complaint with the ones I tried were how bland they were. Here’s mine:

1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, any color, chopped ...

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October 2, 2022
Scrappy Projects, Autumn Bouquet, One Monthly Goal, QAL News, Muffins by Ina from Canadian Needle Nana

I don't make many indoor bouquets anymore even though that is something I enjoy having; I leave it for the bees and insects. But I couldn't resist the beautiful contrast of the purple Asters and the mustard yellow Goldenrod. There are three varieties of  autumn Asters here, pale blue and white as well as the purple New England Asters.

It felt like a quilt making day on Friday.  The walk early morning was one with a bracing wind in my face. 2C overnight but the wind definitely made it feel colder.  I was thankful I'd opted for ...

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October 1, 2022
Mexican Creme` from Jo's Country Junction

There is a taco truck that comes around in Decorah Iowa called Lesley’s Taco Truck.  Our family is crazy for their food and eats it as often as we can. Kalissa knows Lesley, the owner, personally, and one-day Kalissa asked Lesley what the “white stuff” in the burritos was.  Lesley said Mexican Creme`.  We had […]

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September 28, 2022
Replicating a Recipe from Jo's Country Junction

A couple of weeks ago I thought I had a fail when I was making supper.  I bought a pack of rotini noodles.  It was a brand I don’t typically use.  I ended up overcooking them and then they had a starchy taste.  I wasn’t impressed at all. I had the family coming for supper.  […]

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September 24, 2022
September Scrap Busting, Mushroom Madness, Jenny's Dressing and Jacquelynne's Free Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

 I never tire of walking this property in every season. Each time my eye lands on something new or different to take note of. I was happy to read Ralph's quote that  describes my experiences as I try to have an attentive eye too.

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As a good example of that, it is newly mushroom season and a bountiful one here at the wooden house. Much to Ned's delight, we've taken extra walks with the camera, foraging for mushrooms, not to eat but to photograph.  I'm going to get my mushroom books (yes, nerdy me, I ...

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