Monday, November 25, 2013

Fritos Dessert Bars

While surfing the net one day, I came across this recipe for Fritos Dessert Bars.  I thought this recipe sounded strange enough to give it a try.  First off, lightly spray a 9” x 13” cake pan.  Dump a 10-1/4 oz. bag of Fritos in a bowl and crush them a little.


In a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup corn syrup.


Cook, stirring occasionally till this mixture comes to a boil.


Remove from heat and add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and stir until smooth.

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Pour over Fritos and stir until Fritos are nicely coated.


Put the Fritos mixture into your prepared pan and press down with a spatula to spread your mixture out evenly.


Put 1/2 – 1 cup (I used 1 cup, of course) milk chocolate chips in a small zip lock bag.  Microwave at 30 second intervals, squishing after each time, making sure the chips are melted.


Snip off a small piece of the corner of your bag and drizzle your melted chips over the Fritos Bars.


This is where the recipe ended but I opted to spread the chocolate over my Fritos Bars while it was still warm.


The next step to the recipe says to let set before cutting into squares.  I of course, am not that patient…………..I cut into my Fritos Bars right after smoothing out the chocolate and ate a nice, ooey-gooey piece.  Yummy!


After letting them cool enough to cut………….and tasting them, they’re not too bad, especially if you like Fritos.  It’s another one of those salty-sweet treats.



Friday, November 22, 2013

Stand Ye In Holy Places – Handout

I posted a blog handout last January titled: Stand Ye In Holy Places – Handouts.  The very end of the handout depicted the part of Stand Ye In Holy Places but the entire handout did not.  I get a lot of people who visit that blog so I thought I would make another handout for this same theme, only a more elegant one… that when viewed, you know and think of the temple as a Holy Place.

Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Drink

I went to the grocery store yesterday and noticed that they had their pumpkin spice eggnog on sale so I bought 4 cartons.  This time of year, my husband and I love our eggnog, especially if it is mixed with ginger ale.  We have found that we like it best mixed approximately 1/2 and 1/2……..1 part pumpkin spice eggnog to 1 part ginger ale.  We have also found that it mixes better if you put the ginger ale in your glass first, then add the eggnog.  After adding both of them together, give it a gentle stir then enjoy, totally!  It is also very good if you plop a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream on top.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Who Would Want To Live There

If I didn’t live where I live and just looked at the following pictures, I would think to myself…………….wow, who would want to live there?  Actually, I love where we live and for the most part, it is very pretty country.  But today, it was very dismal looking with all the fog hanging just on the outskirts of the trees.  I’m afraid that old man winter is starting to show his true colors.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blueberry Angel Food Cake

My sister sent me a recipe that called for two…only two ingredients!  An angel food cake mix and a can of blueberry pie filling.  I read on another blog where you just mix the two together, put it in a 9x13 cake pan and bake for 27-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  She also stated that you must use a cake mix where you only add water.  I happened to have a Betty Crocker mix and that is the one she claimed to work the best.


She didn’t say anything about the brand of pie filling she used but I had a can Western Family blueberry pie filling so I dumped it in.


The cake mix kind of took on a foamy, bubbly texture like when you add baking powder to your homemade pancake batter.


When the timer went off, I took my blueberry angel food cake out of the oven and was totally surprised that it had almost overflowed the top of my baking pan.  This picture was taken about 1 minute after removing it from the oven… was even higher than this picture.


The person from the other blog said, “don’t be surprised when it sinks in the middle”.  I’m glad I was warned ahead of time about this situation cause that is exactly what my cake did.




Ok, so the texture was strange and it didn’t cut and come out of the pan like a regular cake would.


But after a little spray of whipping cream, I’d have to say I really like the flavor and will probably make it again. – Yummy!


Moose on the Run

Yesterday, at 7:45am, my husband and I were watching this moose out of our dining room window.  She was on the other side of the highway but we could tell she was headed our way so I grabbed my camera.  I don’t know what spooked her but as she crossed the road, she took off on a “dead run”….that phrase doesn’t make sense to me so I looked it up and the definition stated: a steady run at top speed and its origin was around 1885-90…..but as to why that phrase came into existence, I couldn't find anything.  I snapped this photo of her and my first thought was to delete it because of all the blurriness, but the more I looked at the picture, the more I liked it.  I was trying to figure out where the large, white spot in the center of her body came from…was it a window reflection, what?  It finally dawned on me…it was the tip of a fence post.  It looked funny/odd to me that basically the only parts of the picture that were in (semi) focus were two of her legs and her body….and, another thing odd was that the two legs that were down on the ground at the same time were both on the same side of her body.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Total DUH Moment

Do you ever have one of those totally DUH moments?  After raking leaves, I went in the house for lunch and then I went to go outside to finish up the last 2 bags.  As I was going out the door, I noticed that the garage door was open.  I walked over to the garage wondering how the door got open and then my mind went bookoo and I started thinking………hmmm, maybe somebody is in there so I shut the garage door and locked it.  I came in the house and called my husband to see if he had been in the garage earlier in the morning and he said no he hadn’t so I proceeded to tell him about the garage door being open.  He hung up the phone and I went back outside to, you know, just look at the garage door again when I noticed the manure rake laying on the ground.  DUH… was me…..I got in the garage to get the manure rake to rake leaves.  I hurried back in the house to call my husband to tell him everything was OK and that it was me, getting the rake, and I had left the door open.  I really shouldn’t admit to this but I thought it would give you all a good laugh!  Even though I had a total DUH moment, I did get 11 bags of leaves done today which makes me feel a little better about being so totally DUH!  Go ahead, laugh……………..


Raking Leaves

What a nice, refreshing morning to rake leaves.  The temperature was in the low 40’s, making it a perfect sweat shirt, raking leaves, morning.  I can’t believe it is still this warm for the middle of November but a cold front is supposed to be moving in.  Yesterday it was so warm I sat outside in my swing for quite awhile, enjoy the warmth while I can.  When I looked outside and saw how nice of a day it was, I thought I might as well get to work on the leaves.  Spring and Summer are really nice for having trees but in the Fall, not so much…………lots of leaves to rake.  But actually, the more I think about it, I enjoyed raking the leaves.  Gives you time to think about many things.  Today I was actually thinking how fun it would be to have grandchildren running and diving in the leaves, having the time of their lives.  Since my daughter is having her first child in January, maybe those leaves will get their joy time in a few years.


We don’t have a lawn rake (anyways one that I could find) so I used a horse manure rake.  It actually worked really well.  Got the job done.  Well, part of the job done…..I still need to rake the sides and the front of the yard. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

I’m A Winner

Have you seen the latest craze about rubber band jewelry?  You can use a rainbow loom, crochet hook, or just your hands to make many variations of bracelets, etc.  There are examples all over the net and on YouTube, giving you instructions on how to make the rubber band jewelry.  I put my name in a drawing for a rubber band jewelry book thinking that some day I would have grandchildren that would love this.


A few days later, I received this e-mail:

Dear Marsha,

Thank you for entering the Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry Book Giveaway.  Congratulations, your name was drawn as one of the three WINNERS!

Can you please send me the following information so that I am able to forward it to the publisher.  They will send you your prize directly. 

Full Name

Mailing Address

Telephone Number

Congratulations again!

Susannah Findlay

Creative Mama on a Dime

Twitter: @CreativeMamaOAD

FB: Creative Mama on a Dime

I have been following this blog for some time and knew it was legit so I sent off my information.  Now all I had to do was wait for my prize.  The very next day, I received this e-mail:

Hi Marsha,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the contest was only open to Canadian residents.  I am very sorry but the publisher won't allow winners from the USA.

Susannah Findlay

Creative Mama on a Dime

Twitter: @CreativeMamaOAD

FB: Creative Mama on a Dime

Ah, downer.  It was no fault of the Creative Mama blog or the publisher, it was me, all me.  I failed to see and read the writing printed at the end of the blog stating….. Please note: The giveaway is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18 only.   

I guess you could say I am a Winner/Loser all in one breath.  It pays to read all information given, huh!  Oh well, I was a winner for a day – happy day!

I will continue following this blog as she has some fantastic stuff that she posts in regards to family, good finds on a dime, fun and food.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas Before Thanksgiving

This has always been one of my pet peeves……putting out Christmas decorations and starting Christmas around or before Halloween.  My daughter sent me a photo of a store she was in before Halloween and they had already put out their Christmas decorations!  What ever happened to Thanksgiving.  It’s hard to even find Thanksgiving decorations in stores.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas…….at it’s proper time.  All the hoop-la of Christmas diminishes the true meaning of Christmas.  It seems money far outweighs the birth of our Savior.  I do decorate my home for Christmas, but not before Thanksgiving.  Let’s remember Thanksgiving for more than just a one-day event, giving thanks to our Savior each day for our blessings and all that we have.  Wishing you all the very best Thanksgiving ever, remembering all you have to be grateful for!

To decorate my home for Thanksgiving, I use a lot of my Halloween/Fall decorations since the colors are basically the same.  Then, all I have to do is add my Thanksgiving decorations into the mix.  I just love my tall scarecrow.  Years ago, a friend and I were in a craft store and we saw one of these scarecrows that was only about a foot high so we took out some paper, sketched the small scarecrow, went and bought supplies then came home and made us some big scarecrows…..Fun! 











Friday, November 8, 2013

Hard Shell Ice Cream Topping

Hey, not the best of pictures… fact, the ice cream is just in some old Tupperware bowls that I’ve had for Y-E-A-R-S!  It wasn’t until my husband and I decided to have some ice cream and I’d made some topping and everything was in our bowls that I decided to take pictures and blog about it.  Why am I blogging about it?  Cause, this hard shell topping is so super easy to make, it’s delicious, and I thought it would be an excellent recipe to share.  Enjoy!


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Applesauce…..Last of the Canning

With the exception of making some plum raspberry jam with some plums that I pureed and froze a few months ago, I’m finished with canning for the season.  Yesterday I did my last batch of applesauce.  Even as typing, I took a deep sigh – funny!  This year, my applesauce has what it looks to be like a layer of apple juice underneath the applesauce.  I’ve never had canned applesauce do this before.  I don’t know what caused the separation…..maybe more moisture content in the apples?…..who knows?  I do know, however, that it will be good to open a jar of apple goodness in the cold winter months ahead.




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ken’s Club Prime Rib

There’s an eating place in our little town that is actually quite good.  In the last few years the prices have really jumped, like any other place, but the food is great.  Because of the prices, my husband and I haven’t eaten there in a few years but when I retired from working at the school for 21 years, I was given a gift certificate for Ken’s Club.  This past Friday, my husband and I put the certificate to good use and we headed to town…… KEN’S CLUB.

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My husband, well….he ordered a hamburger with a salad but for myself, I went for it all – I ordered their prime rib.  Their prime rib was and still is the greatest.  It was so tender melt-in-my-mouth, yummylicious!  I got the kiddie cut and it was still a huge slice.  It was served with a salad and baked potato.  I went the extra and got the loaded potato with the works.  If you ever have a few extra bucks to spend and you like food, Ken’s is the place!

Would you look at how big this was, and that was even after eating some and thought to take a picture.  Really, it was that good but too much for me to eat so I brought what was left home and used it to make steak burritos for another meal for my husband and I.