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Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been severely deprived lately. That changed over the 4th of July week though when I made this delicious pie. I didn’t pay attention and made too much filling … Oops! This recipe should be just enough for an 8 or 9 inch pie though.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

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Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
  • Elephant Fuzz, Building Bugs, Poodle Skirts and Moon Day; A Week In Review

    We have had quite the week again. Fun and crazy as usual. Keep reading to find out about some of our many adventures here in the little house on the pond. We have included affiliate links to some of the products mentioned in this post. These help to support our blog.

    Monday

    Elephant fuzz here, elephant fuzz there, elephant fuzz everywhere… sounds a bit like a children’s book, doesn’t it? So what is elephant fuzz? I asked the same thing when I first saw this all over the house:

     

    The kids were quick to reply that it was ‘elephant fuzz’…. ok, but where did it come from? Here is the answer:

    It appears that this little pillow has a hole and is leaking elephant fuzz… lol… kids come up with the darnedest things don’t they? Well, I got the hole taken care of and hopefully that’ll be the end of the elephant fuzz.

    Afterwards we made some Haystack Cookies or Noodle Cookies as Mr. Awesome calls them. The kids have been eating them up!

    That afternoon Jacob put his Kids Cook Real Food skills to work while helping me make a salad to go with our Red & White Pasta.

    Monday our regular club dance was ‘dark’ to support a reunion dance that was being held locally. Here is a short video from the event:

     

    We had a good time and got to see old friends plus we made some new ones while we were there. Afterwards we ate at Texas Roadhouse and an exceptional server named Terrence.

    Tuesday

    I got a call from the Florida Gardiner Scholarship telling me about a glitch in the system which had caused some of my orders to be denied… this meant I had to go back into the system and resubmit the orders… oh what fun!

    I also figured out that I can ‘Air Drop’ pictures from my phone to my tablet… this makes life so much easier!

    The kids are loving their new routine chart:

    I am working on ordering some different magnets because the stars don’t stick very well. I may also paint or paper the board. There will be a post about this sometime in the future.

    We read a chapter from the Laura Ingalls Wilder biography before bed and had a short discussion about the things we learned from the chapter. The kids are super excited about the new school year.

    They were also very happy that I had ordered more of their favorite toothpaste:

    We all love the lemon flavor and I love the fact that it works so great! I always buy the triple pack and the first time I ordered I bought the multipack so we could try out all the flavors. The kids didn’t care for the peppermint or cinnamon as they thought they was too spicy. Some of us older folks liked the wintergreen flavor but lemon was the majority vote.

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    I actually found a little time on Tuesday to paint my nails too! Mommas need a little bit of pampering from time to time. 😊

    Wednesday

    Wednesday morning we changed our breakfast routine a bit. Instead of Muffins the kids had a bowl of fresh fruit and a cup of yogurt.

    I’m really loving this new fruit bowl I got earlier this month. It is so much bigger than the one we had, plus it’s not as fragile. The banana holder is a great feature as well. It keeps the kids from dragging out and bruising all of the bananas just to find the ‘perfect’ apple.

    While cleaning the bathroom I got a call from Walgreens …. NOT… it was a telemarketer call disguised as a local business. I HATE these kind of calls. They wanted to help me with my interest rate on a card they knew nothing about.

    After politely asking a strongly accented Chris Sawyers to remove me from the list I had to threaten to report them to the authorities for FRAUD. He asked me to hold online while he removed me from the list. I did hold, with the phone muted and the receiver set on the shelf, and an hour later I was still on hold… haha Mr. Sawyers from card services you’ve won a mention on my blog. Congrats!

    After our morning chores were finished we played one of the new games that we’ve gotten:

     

    Bugs Building is similar to the once popular Jenga game. They had a lot of fun playing the game but then we had some major midweek meltdowns!

    Luckily I still had a hidden stash of FREE chocolates…

    Thursday

    Hmmm… Thursday was a kinda gloomy day, very rainy and windy too. We didn’t get our laundry done because of the weather but it got finished up on Friday. We were also without power for a little while that morning.

    The kids made the best of no electricity and played some board games. I think they thought they were getting out of chores but everyone had to help finish up the chores when the power came back on. Then it was time for some lunch which was Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

    After I got the kids down for quiet time I got this text message from Mr. Awesome:

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    Oh boy do I love these kind of messages. I dug my outfit out of the closet and got to work on making some dinner. I had planned to make Spaghetti but opted for Sloppy Joes when I realized I didn’t have any noodles.

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    Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of the Pink Cadillac Dance or our super cute outfits because my phone was acting up again.

    Friday

    Friday was Moon Day and we celebrated with some Moon Pies for an afternoon snack. That morning we finished up the laundry for the week and caught up on few things that needed done around the house.

    After paying a couple of bills I went ahead and renewed our ABC Mouse that the kids have been begging for. They wasted no time getting on their and taking care of their virtual pets. Joey also made sure to update his avatar:

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    Those glasses look almost like his and they are just too cute!

    That afternoon I went to make some our favorite Cream Cheese Chicken with Rice and Green Beans only to realize I didn’t have any cream of chicken soup… I don’t know what happened when I went grocery shopping last week but I guess I didn’t do a good job. I did finish dinner and it was really good with the substitutions I made so I’ll try to get that updated recipe posted soon.

    That evening we went to the square dance. Again I didn’t get any pics because my phone died but I did get that video finished. I’ll have it at the end of the post.

    Saturday

    I had planned to get the porch cleaned up a bit but the constant thunderstorms kept us inside. The morning was spent tidying up around the house and then we went out to eat at Golden Corral. It wasn’t the best experience and we probably won’t visit that location again but the kids enjoyed it.

    After eating we headed to the movies to watch the new Ant Man movie. It was pretty good and everyone had a great time. All in all it was a good week and we are really looking forward to a great time in the upcoming week.

    This week I plan to get some of the lessons entered into the Homeschool Manager app and also set a date for us to start school. I will also be working on a couple of more promo videos for square dancing as many clubs will be starting classes in September.

    As far as cleaning the FlyLady missions will be in the Master Bedroom this week. I just need to do a tidying up in there so I’m not really sure how much I will get done in there. I would really like to get the porch cleaned off and have some usable space out there but the weather hasn’t been cooperating.

    What are your goals for the upcoming week?

    Below are some other things that we’ve done this past week and that video we put out for square dancing.

    Other books we’ve read this week were:

    Be A Good Dragon is a cute book about a dragon with a cold.

    Yum! A Preston Pig Story is a variation of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ that kids enjoyed.

    We got lots of goodies in the mail this week:

     

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    I was really excited to get these books and hopefully the kids will get to use them some this weekend.

    This week I also posted these posts here (which may have affiliate links to some of the products above):

    We are looking forward to a new week with lots of new surprises. So far we have these activities planned.

    Upcoming Events/Holidays:

    Here is that video I promised:

    Top 5 Best Blog Posts Ever!

    I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of my readers for helping my blog to grow into what it is now. I’ve been a little bit here and there with my posts and probably will be as my family is always into something new. Recently I did the top 10 posts for the 2018 midyear but here is a look at my best posts ever:

    1. Hoe Cakes 
    2. My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box
    3. Crockpot Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop
    4. Pantry Challenge Week and Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole
    5. So Much More Than a Basketball

    Wow! Lots of food posts and number was a tie. If you haven’t checked these out please do… What has been your favorite post?

     

    A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

    We were so very excited to try out Hello Fresh. If you haven’t heard of them they offer a subscription plan where you choose your plan and your meals. They will deliver the meals, fresh from the farm to your home, and they provide a tracking service so you will know when to expect the package. You even have the option to skip a week or two, if needed.

    You will need the basic kitchen utensils plus a few things like, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and sugar. Other than those ingredients they pretty much provide everything right in the cute little bags they deliver.

    The first meal I made was the Lobster Ravioli with Chorizo in a Sherry Cream Sauce with Honey-Roasted Carrots, which was a Premium meal. Seems so fancy, doesn’t it? Continue reading A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

    2018 Mid Year Top 10 Blog Posts

    I decided to celebrate the middle of the year with a look back on my blog’s top ten blog posts for 2018. Can you guess what they were? The results certainly supervised me!

    Here they are!

    1. Hoe Cakes
    2. My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box
    3. My First Stitch Fix Box
    4. Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies
    5. New Stitch Fix Promo!
    6. Don’t Let Your Kids Take The Furniture When They Move Out!
    7. Raising Adventurous Eaters – 7 strategies even for picky kids
    8. Good Friday
    9. Southwestern Produce Company
    10. Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

    So it seems that everyone really likes recipes and food as those post had half of the top ten spots. Of course we have to balance that out with holiday ideas, special promotions, and just good ole’ family stuff.

    Anyway I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks to everyone for such a great first half of 2018. It really does mean a lot that everyone reads and follows along on our adventures.

    Have a blessed weekend!

    Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

    I haven’t made this in a while and although I was pretty sure of the ingredients I dug the recipe out of my old recipe box. Nothing says summer like this fresh cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

    This is so much better than strawberry shortcake in my opinion. I would love to have this set of bowls to serve it in. This is always a hit when I take it to get togethers.

    Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

    Ingredients:

    • 2 round cake layers, baked (I like to use yellow but white cake would work as well.)
    • 3-4 c. strawberries, sliced
    • 2 packs strawberry jello, prepared according to directions
    • 2 packs vanilla pudding, prepared according to directions
    • 2 packs cool whip
    • 2-3 strawberries for garnish, optional

    Directions:

    Place one baked cake layer in a large bowl.

    Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake.

    Pour half of the jello over the cake.

    Top with half of the strawberries.

    Spread half of the pudding over top.

    Top with one pack of cool whip.

    Repeat layers.

    Cover with plastic wrap.

    Chill 1-2 hours.

    Enjoy!

    Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

    I was in a baking kinda mood on the 4th of July and decided to make a couple of different desserts. This was one of them as it is so easy to make. I hadn’t made one in a while so I had forgotten how good they make the house smell too.

    I mixed the berries up and let them sit about 30 minutes or so to blend well. I used that time to make up a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie. All three of these were super easy to make and so good to eat. (I’ll update the links to those recipes when I get them posted.) Continue reading Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

    Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

    Quite an assortment of topics for this update. I’m sure I will add in a few others as we go along too.

    Allergies

    First on the list is the allergies. I try to be preventive and I spray the beds every morning with an essential oil concoction that contains Lavender. This usually helps but I didn’t spray when I made the beds yesterday and the grass was mowed in the afternoon.

     

    I took a trip to the garden after the mowing and now I’m dealing with major allergies. (Last night’s fresh tomato sandwich was so good though.) I love the outdoors but they don’t love me. I seem to also have an allergy to bug bites, especially mosquitoes, after I was attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes last Fall.

    Luckily the kids aren’t as bad as I am. Joey gets the sneezes every now and then. I’ve found that the generic Zyrtec helps us both when the Lavender isn’t enough.

    Continue reading Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

    Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

    This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

    You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

    Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
    • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
    • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
    • 1 package taco seasoning
    • 8 large flour tortillas
    • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
    • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
    • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
    • 1/2 c. sour cream

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

    Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

    Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

    You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

    Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

    Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

    Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

    Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

    Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

    Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

    Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

    Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

    This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

    Blackberry Pig in a Poke

    Blackberry Pig in a Poke

    For the Dumpling Dough:

    • 2 c. self rising flour
    • 2 T. Shortening
    • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

    For the filling:

    • 2-3 c. blackberries
    • 1 c. sugar

    For the glaze:

    • 1 c. butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • nutmeg, optional

    Directions:

    You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

    Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

    Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

    Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

    Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

    Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

    Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

    While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

    Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

    When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

    Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

    Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

    Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.

    Enjoy!

    I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

    If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:

    Glaze:

    • 1 c. butter, softened
    • 2 c. powdered sugar
    • 1 t. vanilla
    • 2-3 T milk

    Directions:

    Whip the butter until fluffy.

    Gradually add in the sugar.

    Add the vanilla and mix well.

    Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

    Serve over the dumpling or your favorite dessert.

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    A Special Christmas Treat

    Ok, so I’m not entirely sure what the real name for this should be but this is the name we came up with last night. Papa D has been talking about this dessert that his Granny would make and how much he enjoyed it and would love to have some. The only problem was no one had the recipe nor did anyone know the real name for it.

    When he explained it to me I thought it sounded similar to the Blackberry Dumplings my mom-mom always made. Yummmmmmmy! So for the past few months I have been researching and trying to find this mysterious recipe. I’ve went through some of my old cook books and then looked online too. I’ve found many similar recipes but nothing that seemed to fit what he was describing so I figured I’d just kind of ‘wing it’ and make my own recipe.

    This was a bit scary as I’ve never tasted nor seen what this was and I didn’t want to ask Papa D any more questions as he might figure out what kind of surprise I was planning. I did manage to talk to Mr. Awesome’s mom who had made this before and got a little bit more information but she wasn’t really certain about all of the ingredients or amounts either as it had been a long time since she had made this too.

    Here is the recipe I came up with. I may still tweak it a little here and there but it was really good just like this. You may also want to add a little cinnamon or spices but Papa D isn’t too crazy about cinnamon. (I’ll try to remember to snap a picture of this treat the next time I make it to add to this post.)

    Blackberry Pig in a Poke

    For the Dumpling Dough:

    • 2 c. self rising flour
    • 2 T. Shortening
    • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

    For the filling:

    • 2-3 c. blackberries
    • 1 c. sugar

    For the glaze:

    • 1 c. butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • nutmeg, optional

    Directions:

    You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

    Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

    Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

    Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

    Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

    Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

    Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

    While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

    Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

    When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

    Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

    Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

    Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.

    Enjoy!

    I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

    If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:

    Glaze:

    • 1 c. butter, softened
    • 2 c. powdered sugar
    • 1 t. vanilla
    • 2-3 T milk

    Directions:

    Whip the butter until fluffy.

    Gradually add in the sugar.

    Add the vanilla and mix well.

    Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

    Serve over the dumping or your favorite dessert.