Friday, October 31, 2008

If I were "Trick-Or-Treating" today....

I would want these to be in my sack:

Hey, you can't blame a pregnant girl for trying!! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another easy recipe for Thanksgiving

I give credit to Campbell's for this recipe (from their website), but I did change a few things to make it my own. :)

Green Bean Casserole

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
Dash ground black pepper
4 cups cooked cut green beans (about 3 cans, drained)
1 1/3 cups French fried onions (or more if desired)

Mix soup, milk, worcestershire sauce, black pepper, beans, and 2/3 cup onions in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with remaining onions. Bake for 5 additional minutes.

TIP: Use 1 large bag frozen green beans, 3 cans green beans or about 1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans for this recipe.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The first recipe in the Easy Thanksgiving Series

Cornbread Dressing

1 large skillet of cornbread
3 or 4 biscuits
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
Sage - Lots!!
Chicken broth (or turkey broth from the turkey)

Crumble the cornbread into fine crumbs. Pinch apart the biscuits (or put in a food processor) into small pieces. Add celery and onions and toss together. Sprinkle sage all over, a little at a time. Pour turkey/chicken broth over mixture a little at a time and mix well, folding all the ingredients together. Keep adding sage to your taste and enough broth to make a moist (but not to liquidy) mixture. You can eat it just like this or you can bake it for about 25 minutes on 350 degrees.

Makes about 10-12 servings or one 9x13 casserole dish.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Easy Thanksgiving Dinner

On Monday evening, I hosted a cooking class for my Fellowship Group. Our group consists of ladies who are either Seminary students or Seminary wives of Billy Graham School students. We usually meet once a month and eat and have an activity, whether it be making jewelry to give to a local women's resource center or in this case a cooking class. Whatever it is, we always have a great time of fellowship and prayer.

On this particular occasion, we decided to have a "cooking class" since a lot of the girls love to cook but rarely have time to make a nice sit-down dinner. So, I chose some very simple recipes and we had an "Easy Thanksgiving Dinner" that each of us could easily prepare for our own families. Plus we got to eat what we made! How much better can you get?

So, I know you are wondering what we had for Thanksgiving Dinner. Brace yourself, and get a napkin because your mouth just might start watering!! Okay, here goes:

*Green Bean Casserole
*Sweet Potato Casserole
*Cranberry Sauce
*Pecan Pie
*Apple Crumble

I told you to get that napkin! As soon as I round up all of my recipes I am going to post them so that you, too, can make an "Easy Thanksgiving Dinner" for your family this year! :) Stay tuned!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Village Restaurant in Liberty, KY

A couple of Sundays ago we ventured away from our roots at Highland Park First Baptist Church to travel to Liberty, Kentucky so Jason could preach at Poplar Grove Baptist Church. Poplar Grove is a small, quaint, country church where you feel nothing but welcome, warm, and loved. We had a beautiful country drive - albeit some curvy roads - and arrived at our destination just in time for Sunday School.

After Sunday School, we made our way into the homey little sanctuary to hear a Gideon speaker and to hear Jason preach. After hearing an awesome sermon and getting lots of hugs, thank yous and handshakes, one of the deacons invited us out to lunch with him and his wife. We graciously accepted.

We found ourselves following the couple through the beautiful countryside and amongst the vivid colored trees to the little town of Liberty. We ended up at this little local restaurant right in the heart of downtown Liberty (which is a population of about 50, I think) called The Village. This is a well-known establishment by the locals.

As soon as you walk through the door the aroma of fried chicken hits you in the face. You immediately get in line at the buffet (where they serve you), choose your dessert first (if you choose to have one), salad next, main course (meat), veggies, and roll or cornbread. On this particular day there was fried chicken, roast beef w/gravy, and stuffed pork tenderloin. The sides were fried apples (plain or cinnamon), mashed potatoes, creamstyle corn, green beans, mixed veggies, and carrotts. Jason had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans of course (the meal of champions for him). I had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fried cinnamon apples, and a roll....oh, and a piece of butterscotch pie too. :)

If you could get past the cigarette smoke wavering in the dining room, the place was cozy and welcoming; the food was delicious and "country cookin"; and the fellowship with this wonderful couple was so relaxing. I cannot wait until we visit again!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Caramel Apple from Huber's and Pumpkins from a Roadside Stand...

This pretty much sums up our Saturday. Jason and I made plans to have a "date day" on Saturday and thought what better thing to do than make the trek up to Joe Huber's Farm in Starlight, Indiana. We had only been there once (back last Jan/Feb) and remembered how great the food was, "country cookin", and how there was hardly anyone there. Well....

Since it was the first weekend in October, it was peak season at Huber's. Little did we know that it would be so crowded!! And I am talking....CROWDED!! There were so many families there that they opened both fields for parking. We, fortunately, got a parking spot in the actual parking lot of the restaurant. We hopped out of the car and made our way into the restaurant, knowing just what we wanted to order (the last time we were here we got the Huber's Country Platter special for $15.99 and split it).

Now we had anticipated a wait...but not a 2 1/2 hour wait! We arrived at a little after 12:00 pm and were told that the next available time would not be until 2:30 p.m.!! Quite a long time to wait for some chicken and ham! Luckily she told us about the Buffet Style dinner in the Country Picnic building and said there was no wait at all down there. So off we went to the big white barn, and did have to wait for about 10 minutes outside.

So here we are about to go into the barn when I noticed the white posterboard with black magic marker wording that listed the menu....and the price: $15.99......PER PERSON!!! Now I don't know about you, but I am one of those people they call a "penny pincher", "cheap-skate", "el cheap-o"....whatever you want to call me....I try to save money whenever I can. This----was----ridiculous.

A) It was a buffet. B) It was the same exact meal we got last time for $15.99 and split it. C) The food was not that hot, not that great, and the "fried biscuits" were balls of cold dough. Needless to say we were VERY disappointed. And, to make matters worse, (not really worse, but just to add drama), the tables were long tables with about 8-10 chairs each so there were no "couple tables" or single tables available. Not that this was a huge matter since we found a table to ourselves. But....halfway into our meal a family came and sat at our table. Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Well, this was the family that "invaded us" as my husband puts it.

So anyway, to make a long story short, we did not have a good experience at the Country Picnic building.

"But what about the caramel apple?" you ask. Well, that caramel apple was the highlight of our trip. After dinner we took some pictures around the farm, and some pics of the mums and pumpkins. Then we made our way into the Farm Market to see if we could find a caramel apple at a reasonable price. We found a line for caramel apples and, to my surprise, they were only $1.99 each, or 3 for $4.99! What a steal! Thank you, Lord, for providing something delicious and inexpensive to make our trip worthwhile. The lady behind the counter was hand dipping the huge granny smith apples in a huge coffee-can looking container full of hot caramel. They smelled wonderful! I got one with nuts to go, and happily left the market satisfied with my "inexpensive" purchase.

By this time we had had enough of Huber's and the jam-packed crowds that were lurking around. So we decided it was time to head home. We had remembered a little roadside pumpkin stand in the parking lot of a Christian church on our way to the farm. The pumpkins were beautiful, and very reasonable. (The reason we did not get pumpkins at Huber's? You have to pay by weight)

We stopped at the little stand and were warmly greeted by the "pumpkin people" there. They had every size of pumpkin you could think of. The huge ones were only $5, followed by step-down sizes and prices. We ended up purchasing a medium-sized one for $2, two small ones (a little smaller than a volleyball) for $1 each, and three "baby pumpkins" or gourds for $1. Thank you again, Lord, for providing inexpensive pumpkins for us to enjoy. These pumpkins are beautiful!! I put the big one outside, the two smaller ones inside for decoration, and the three baby ones on the kitchen table.

Despite our bitterness about paying $34 for a not-so-great lunch, the caramel apple and pumpkins made up for it. However, I do think it will be a while before we go back. Until then, please enjoy these pictures my wonderful husband took! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Perfect "Fall Snack"...



Which tastes like a