Monday, March 30, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in a week! But it's time once again for "Tuesdays at the Table" hosted by Andrea over at My Chihuahua Bites. Last week there were some pretty awesome looking recipes posted. Join in, you'll have fun! Post a recipe, then head over to Andrea's place and put a link to your recipe post on Mister Linky, then be sure to check out all the other recipes.

Today I'm posting Cola Chicken. Ok, don't start curling your nose and yelling "eeewww" as strange as it sounds, it really is a yummy recipe. I found it on AllRecipes and I tweaked it a bit. I use Dr. Pepper instead of Coke and I've added the green peppers. Trust me, it's mmmmmm goooood!!

Dr. Pepper Chicken

4 to 6 chicken breast halves

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup cola, regular or diet, or Dr. Pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Arrange chicken breast halves in crockpot. Combine ketchup, cola, onion, and green pepper; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. Serve chicken with sauce over rice.

Serves 4 to 6.

Now give it a shot and check out what everyone else has posted this week.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

I love, love, love to try new recipes and Andrea over at My Chihuahua Bites Blog has come up with a good one! Tuesdays at the Table! Check out her blog and find some great recipes. I think this is going to become a favorite of mine! :)

I've told you before how I got my Grandmother to call out her recipes to me so I could write them all down before she passed away. I cherish those recipes and fix them every chance I get. My favorite is her Peanut Butter Pie as you can tell from that previous post.

Today for Andrea's Mister Linky, I'm posting my Grandmother's Peanut Butter Candy. (Can you tell Granny liked peanut butter?)

Peanut Butter Candy
1 cup evaporated milk

2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups smooth peanut butter
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 pint marshmallow creme

Boil milk, sugar and salt for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme, blend together until smooth.
Pour into pan and let set. Cut into squares.

I've made this before, and I do remember it taking a bit to get it all mixed up good. Granny wasn't the best as all the 'recipe embellishments, most of her quotes included "add about" or "or so" and such. So, with alot of her recipes I had to figure out the best way to do it.

Good luck and don't forget to visit Andrea and find more recipes and good things to eat. And by the way, I don't think her Chihuahua really bites, but since I have Chihuahuas, I know they will bite if they take the notion. :)


Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Bristol, Baby!!

Bristol Motor Speedway Marquee announcing our marriage

It's that time of year again, race time in Bristol, TN. Home of the World's Fastest Half Mile
Bristol Motor Speedway is far and away the most popular track on the NASCAR circuit. The races are always sold out and fans come from all over the country to attend the race. I'm told our little town of nearly 25,000 becomes the 3rd largest city in Tennessee!! I can believe it, getting around town takes an act of Congress the entire week.
Before Dale Earnhardt died, I used to love watching the races and attending them here in Bristol whenever I had the opportunity. He made it fun to watch and you could always count on him doing something unforgettable. After his passing, racing just wasn't the same for me. But attending the race in that tiny little oval track is an experience one never forgets, trust me! If you ever get the chance to go, grab it, you won't regret it!
Nowadays, while it is pretty neat to know that so many people love to be here in our little town as much as we do, it's pretty aggravating sometimes for us residents to get everyday things done in a timely fashion. Oh well, it's only twice a year, so we've learned to deal with it, not without alot of complaining though. :)
This year, Hubby and I had 2 tickets to Sunday's Food City 500, or as we call it "The Big Race" (the little race is the Busch race the night before) but we weren't going to attend. So the first person I thought of who might want the tickets was Randy, a fellow Andy Griffith Show fan and a member of "The Front Porch" an online message board filled with fine folks from all over the country, Canada and even one from Ireland, who are all fans of The Andy Griffith Show. So, I picked up the phone and said "Sarah, get me Randy's house" and asked him if he wanted the tickets. He said yes and after talking to him for well over 5 years on the Porch, I finally got to meet him and his lovely girlfriend, Sherry in person yesterday!! They drove up from Georgia late yesterday evening and met up with us at our auto repair shop. What fun it was to finally meet them in person!

Sherry, Randy, Angie & Robert

I've talked about The Front Porch on here before. I have been posting over there since mid-1997 and I've been able to meet a few of the 'Porchsters', as we call each other, over the years. Those folks over there have become like a family. We know each other's children's names, pet's names, and we send one another Christmas cards. The Porch is just as you would picture it, a place where we all sit and rock and enjoy one another's company, just as you would on a real front porch. We rejoice in one another's triumphs, we pray for each other's problems, we lend an ear (or eye in this case) to those that need to just talk, we laugh, we cry, we love and we cut up with one another. With all the bad things on the internet these days, it's a blessing to find a place to "hang out" that is not only fun, but safe for your children to read as well. It's a family atmosphere in the midst of all the less than acceptable sites on the net. Feel free to click on the link and join us, most of us have picked a "Mayberry" name and post under that ID, mine is *Mavis, Randy goes by Spot.
Anyway, back to the meeting yesterday, we took pictures, of course, and I hope we'll get to visit with them a little more before they head back to GA.

Randy, Angie and Robert

Sherry, Angie and Robert

So, if you're a NASCAR fan, remember when you are watching the race, I'm sitting about 5 miles from that track, listening to the cars from a distance. And once it's over, we'll just wait until August, for it all to start again. :)

Peace friends,

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Top 'O The Morn to ya

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Wanted to post a picture of our Toy Poodle, Poochie, all decked out for St. Paddy's Day (well actually it was for Christmas, but who's being all technical about it?) I used Lime flavored Kool-Aid to color him and it was gone in about 2 weeks.
So, enjoy your day, don't get pinched and

"May ye be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead!"

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Camera Critters

It's Camera-Critters time again! Be sure to visit the Camera-Critters blog and check out all the other folks participating this week. I'm always impressed with all the cool pictures being posted!. You can get there by clicking the button at the top of this post.
Today I'm posting pictures from last year of a hen and her chicks that live next door. Yes, we do live within the city limits, but there are still chickens next door. Along with a duck and a couple of roosters that crow at 2 am! The dogs found her on this nest right next to our fence, then not long after, I spotted her leading her brood all around on our side of the fence. I apologize for the pictures not being so clear, I had to use the zoom to get the shot. I especially like the little dude that is "high-stepping" behind her in the 3rd pictures! :)
Hope you enjoyed my addition this week and be sure to check out Camera-Critters for more.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Imagine my surprise when I visited Karen's blog to read all about her adventures at Crufts and found that she had given me an award!

Here are the official Honest Scrap rules:
"When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap" weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!"

Now, the Bullies have already gotten this award On their blog Kids In Dog Suits and it was pretty easy to come up with honest answers about them, it's not as easy coming up with my answers. I mean how much do you really want to know about me anyway? Don't answer that!!
So here goes, 10 honest things about me:

1) I love a good margarita.
2) I can't stand liver, not matter what animal it comes out of! YUCK!
3) I took a whipping every Friday night when I was a kid over not eating liver! Again~YUCK!
4) I still love my job even after 28 years.
5) I miss my mother more than ever.
6) I'm excited about getting into our new house.
7) Chicken & Dumplin's are my absolute FAVORITE!
8) I love riding on the motorcycle even though it kills my back now.
9) I'm addicted to the B/W episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.
10) I prefer to spend my days at home in my pajamas.

Now I'm supposed to pick 7 people to pass this on to:

Rosie at Reading Rosie
Cindy at Tales From The Winterdark
Erin & her dogs at Erin, Bubbles & Tex
Lisa at Kssnnikkel

I know that's only 4, but everyone else on my list has already gotten the award or would rather not do this so, if you are reading this and want to have the award and post your own 10 things, feel free!

Monday, March 09, 2009

I WAS going to start....

a series of posts outlining the steps involved in my stained glass project I'm working on.

I spent the better part of the early afternoon downloading pictures off my camera onto the computer. I had a ton of them, pictures of work being done on our new house, pictures of the new foster dog we have here, pictures of my glass project I'm working on, lots of pictures I'm here to tell you.
Well, I managed to get about half of them downloaded just like they should have, but I'm not sure what happened next. I was adding all the stained glass photos into my folder so I could do a series of posts describing the process from start to finish. Somehow I managed to lose all the glass pictures without them being downloaded! Makes me so mad!
I guess, I'll have to start over with the next project I work on, and hope I don't mash the wrong button on this machine and lose everything again. Wish me luck.

I have not felt well all day, my attitude has been less than award winning to say the least and the picture problems didn't help it one little bit. I'm grumpy, my joints and my back just ache like a miserable toothache, and I feel that dreaded wave of depression over my mother's death coming on. My birthday (which is next week), her birthday, my son's birthday, Mother's Day, the holidays and the anniversary of her death brings the depression on like a tidal wave. I HATE it and I wish it would ease up on me. It's been nearly 5 years since Mom passed away and I swear it's still just as painful today as it was back in Aug. '04. Please keep me in your prayers as I fight through this yet again. And those of you reading this that still have your mothers, hug them, hang out with them, take them to lunch, enjoy them and tell them you love them!! They won't be there forever, enjoy them while you have them.

I leave you with a picture of my beautiful mother Jerri, with one of her baby birds she raised.

Until next time,