Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips & Tricks- Cleaning Burned On Food From Pans

One of the most difficult kitchen chores is cleaning a pan after something is stuck or burned on.  It seems no matter how careful we are, some foods just like to stick and burn.  
You have probably tried all kinds of things, 
but here's a trick I have used for years to make the job easier.

With the pan on the burner at medium-high heat, sprinkle the bottom of the pan with baking soda.
Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and make a thin paste with the baking soda.
Simmer this mixture, without stirring, until it makes a thick paste. 
As soon as it cools enough, use a light scrubbing sponge or wooden spoon to
loosen the stuck on food.  Wash as usual!

Peach Dumplings from One Ash Farm Recipes

The peaches have been so good in South Carolina this year and I just can't resist adding another peach post to the blog!  

This is a quick and easy way to make peach dumplings
 (you could also substitute apples).  

Hope you enjoy!

Peach Dumplings from One Ash Farm Recipes

2 large peaches, peeled and pitted
1- 8 oz. cans crescent rolls
1 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1- 12 oz. can Mountain Dew (6 oz. needed for the recipe)

Slice the peaches into 8 slices.  
Roll each slice in a crescent roll and place in a buttered 9x13 pan.
Melt the butter and add the sugar and vanilla, stirring gently.
Pour over the rolls in the pan.
Pour the 6 oz. of Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
Spoon extra sauce over the dumplings and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wonderful Watermelon!

We are headed toward those "dog days" of summer, and what's better than a 
big slice of cool watermelon, fresh from the garden?!  
We like ours sliced thick, salted just a bit, and enjoyed as a wonderful, refreshing treat.   

Did you grow watermelon this summer?  What's your favorite way to enjoy it?

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Christmas in July Round Up!

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While it may seem hard to believe, Christmas and the holiday season (and cooler weather!)
will be here before we know it!  This is a great time to start thinking about 
DIY Christmas Crafts and Gifts 
so that you aren't as rushed in November and December.  

Taking the time now to create some personal and unique homemade gifts will give you more time to spend with family and friends, and remember what the season is really all about! 

Here is a round up of some of the best blog links on the web with 
Christmas Gift Craft ideas to get you started.  
A BIG thank you to all our blogging friends who helped out!

Crochet Christmas Patterns from My Merry Messy Life 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Review- The Last Bride

I have been enjoying Beverly Lewis books for many years, and The Last Bride is yet another favorite to add to my collection.  

In this installment of the Home To Hickory Hollow series, faithful Tessie Ann must decide to stand with the secret she and Marcus hold, or to share the truth with the church and her parents.  Her own struggles keep her from finding  peace and happiness.  As with all of Mrs. Lewis's books, there is a proper outcome, and a strong message to follow the will of God.

Anyone interested in Christian or Amish Fiction will find this book an easy to read page turner as they follow Tessie Ann through this time of turmoil.

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Book Review- 90 Minutes in Heaven

It is hard to believe that it's been 10 years since this remarkable story was first told.  In this Anniversary edition of Don Piper's experience in seeing the glories of Heaven, the reader can gain inspiration and hope.  Millions have been moved by this recount of Heaven over the years and the latest printing serves to affect many more.

As a bonus in this edition, Mr. Piper has included personal reflections on the impact that his book has had on he and his family.  As the start of the heaven publishing phenomenon, this book has made it's place in the history of the printed word.  

Also included in the book are personal stories from many readers who have been moved by this book over the years.

This is a must read for any Christian book follower.   

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tips & Tricks- Fruit Fly Catcher

Face it, no matter how clean and fresh we keep our fruits and vegetables, we all end up with those pesky fruit flies from time to time.  Sure you can just remove the offending produce, but how can you really catch those fruit flies and get them out of your kitchen?   Here's the trick~

Pour some Apple Cider Vinegar in a small jar and cover it with cellophane wrap.  Tie it, rubber band it, whatever you have available. Poke several holes in the cellophane with a toothpick.  
Fruit Flies go in, but can't come out!  
Tip~ make sure to empty this outside so the bugs leave your kitchen!