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Spanish Fruit CakeCream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
Traditional Christmas Celery and AlmondsAn excellent side dish for turkey and dressing.
Mrs. McMahon's PralinesPut all ingredients together in large saucepan. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally until a soft ball is formed in cold water or 238 degrees F on candy thermometer.
Pina Colada SaladCombine milk, pina colada mix, and pineapple juice. Add puddings and beat for 5 minutes. Fold in pineapple, coconut and whipped topping. Chill for several hours.
Lou's MeatloafThis is another one of my late father's recipes. It's a different twist on meatloaf, as it's not the traditional tomato based one. The soup makes it really moist and flavorful.
Quick No-Mess OatmealHot oatmeal - No pot - No microwave - Just boiling water, a bowl and a plate. And a spoon, of course! Been making it this way for years!
Parmesan Cheese Pork ChopsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice pork chops into strips. Mix bread crumbs and cheese. Dip pork in egg, then coat with crumb mixture. Place onto cookie sheet.
No Bake Gingerbread HouseUsing an empty milk or juice carton, graham crackers and royal icing, create an adorable gingerbread house with your kids. This is so easy and so much fun. Making these has become a tradition at my house.
Don't Miss The Hallmark MoviesHere's the Hallmark web site listing all the old time favorites and new holiday movies coming on for everyone to enjoy for the holidays. Enjoy!
Oil Of Old Lady: A JokeA toddler walked into the bathroom while her Mother was putting on makeup. "I'm going to look just like you, Mommy!" she announced.
Themed Trees for Your Loved OneMaybe not every year, but as a special surprise, prepare a themed tree for your husband, partner, or child. One year, I made a Star Wars tree for my husband. I took a white plastic tree from the Dollar store, and decorated it with purple and blue lights.
5 Quick Frugal Tips For Keeping WarmKeeping warm in the winter can be tough if your heating costs are through the roof! If you live in a place where you have to pay for heating but can't afford the costs, here are a few things you can do!
Halo (American Cocker Spaniel)Halo is 10 weeks old and is a AKC American Cocker Spaniel. After our pet died of liver cancer, we bought another cocker spaniel to fill the void our dog left. Halo was 8 weeks old when we got him and was born on Sept. 6, 2007.
Wrap Each Child's Presents in a Different ColorWhen my children were younger, I would wrap each child's presents in a single color of paper. This really cut down on fighting over which present belonged to which child. Just make sure the colors are distinctly different.
Combine Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie RecipesIf you somewhat like gingerbread cookies, but the taste is a little to sharp with spices, try combining it with your favorite sugar cookie recipe. I tried this and the flavor is really good.
Store Board Games in Ziplock BagsMy daughter has lots of board games. Eventually, the boxes get torn and pieces get lost. I purchased a large plastic container with a lid to hold the boards, and put all the game pieces and instructions into individual ziplock bags and into the container.
Count Down to SantaThis is a craft for the kiddies to make as
time for Santa draws near, and they ask repeatedly
"How many more Days?"
Open Bathroom Door to Clear Shower SteamIn colder climates, instead of using the exhaust fan to clear the steam after a shower, open your bathroom door. The rest of the house can benefit from the moisture and heat the steam, and you will not be not sucking heat out of your home via the fan.
Template for Cribbage Score Board?I would like a template for a Cribbage score board.
Place in Charlotte, NC to Buy Masquerade Masks?Where can I send my guests to find their masquerade masks? I live in Charlotte, NC and I am interested in finding a location where my guests can make their own masks or buy one but in different varieties.
Information on Shiba Inu/Chow Mix?Where can I find information on a Shiba Inu mixed with Chow?
Putting a Small Gift Inside a Big Box?I need help on how to surprise my boyfriend. I got him a ring for X-mas and I want him to think I got him something big. I want to put it inside a big box but I don't want to leave it empty. Can someone one give me some ideas on what to put in the box to fill it up?
Removing Soot from Wood Furniture?I would like to know how to remove soot from wood without damaging the wood. We have Rosewood furniture that has smoky soot on it.
Pastry Recipe for Mince Pies?Does anyone have a really nice recipe for Christmas Mince Pies? What I'm actually looking for is a nice pastry recipe for the mince pies. Not sure if they should be made with short pastry or flaky or puff pastry.
Bright White Walls with Red Accents?I just painted my kitchen bright white with bright red accents (baseboard, molding, cover plates). I think it might be too white as my husband says the kitchen now looks sterile and not the warm-and-inviting room we used to have. It's a large room and the appliances are off-white.
Homemade Leather Furniture Cleaner?I FINALLY got a new sofa and its leather. With 4 kids I hope I will be glad that we got leather. I need suggestions on how to care for and clean the sofa. I like to clean my home using baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice so I would rather not use the leather cleaners that are on the market if possible.