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Aug. 11, 2010 11:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010 12:10 pm
My daughter just turned 15 and started waitressing at the local greasy spoon.  Is it just me or does it seem like people don't tip like they used to?  She only makes $3.00 an hour so she needs tips to make up the rest and hardly anyone tips her!  She's friendly and she even waited on a whole… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 10:06 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2010 8:23 pm
I got up at 5:30 am to make all the different cookie doughs I am going to bake on Thursday for the fair.  I made white chocolate cranberry oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and a chewy cinnamon cookie dough.  I put them all in gallon ziploc bags and placed in the fridge.  All I have to… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 10:03 am 
Updated: Aug. 11, 2010 8:00 pm
What a wonderful day I had yesterday!  First my washing machine broke down and I had to hand rinse and wring out a load of towels, then when I got them hung on the line I took 5 steps and walked into a pile of doggie poo!!! Great way to start my day.  But while the hubby was cussing and… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2010 7:16 pm 
Updated: Aug. 9, 2010 3:34 pm
The hubby and I got up before the break of dawn and trudged out to the garden to beat the heat today.  We picked a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes, half of a bucket of green beans, and two 5 gallons buckets of potatoes.  Then we proceeded to can the beans, and can all of the tiny, small potatoes MORE
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Aug. 5, 2010 4:13 pm 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2010 7:28 am
And yes it is another day of making salsa.  The house smells so good and spicy, Makes me want to melt some lovely Velveeta and add fresh salsa!! Made a pan of jambalaya for supper too!  Good stuff baby! MORE
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Aug. 3, 2010 5:38 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2010 4:55 pm
Just canned 16 pints of pizza sauce!  Can't wait til I want to make homemade pizza and get to use my own sauce!  Also had a great weekend with all the family over the weekend!  The cupcakes were a hit! Here's the recipe:  1 lemon cake mix Filling:  1 cup lemon icing (Betty Crocker or your… MORE
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Jul. 30, 2010 5:05 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2010 5:15 pm
Tomato Soup 5 quarts of diced tomato 6 small onions 1 bunch celery 5 whole cloves 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1/3 cup salt 1/2 cup butter, melted Dice the onions and celery; place in a large stockpot with the cloves and cook until the vegetables are tender (add water to keep from… MORE
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Jul. 30, 2010 4:57 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2010 10:22 am
I can't believe my daughter is turning 15 tomorrow!  WOW where does the time go?  And of course no birthday can go by without a party!  She wants silver dollars like we make on vacation! They are hamburger patties with a slice of onion on each side wrapped in foil and placed on the coals of a… MORE
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Jul. 24, 2010 8:21 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2010 5:09 am
It finally cooled off a  little here in Nebraska!  I am working for a few hours at the local library and my hubby is working in the garden.  He is tilling and then going to dig all the onions and potatos.  I hope he is done when I get home! Hehehehe!  Does anyone else can their potatoes?  We… MORE
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Jul. 11, 2010 9:35 am 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2010 10:51 am
Just bought 7 fresh peaches and made a great cobbler!  We had some rain last night so I can't do a whole lot outside so I am cleaning house, and making a homemade lasagna and some cheese stuffed garlic bread!!!  Hope everyone else is having a great Sunday like mine! MORE
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About Me
I learned to cook watching my mom and my Grandma's cook - who all are the best in the world! I have huge garden and I can a lot of stuff for winter. My daughter would'nt dream of eating a pie that was store bought! And we raise chickens. There is nothing that compares to farm fresh eggs. They just make your baked goods taste better.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food! If it's fattening, chocolate or salty I'm in! I love to take leftovers and transform them into something wow!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always made sugar cookies with us kids at Christmas time and do the same thing now! I used to love to pick out a recipe and Mom would let me got to town in the kitchen! At Christmas I also make tons of candy's, breads, and cookies that I give away to neighbors and family for gifts.
My cooking triumphs
I love to enter canned goods and baked goods in the county fair! I have won quite a few ribbons! I recently had a recipe published in Nebraska Life Magazine's cookbook. I was so excited.
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make pierogies when I was about 15. Well I didn't realize how much a cast iron skillet would smoke when it got hot! I ended up filling the house with a lovely smokey aroma! I never have made them again! Another time I tried to make chicken satay, and my husband and daughter about gagged when they tried the sauce. As they said peanut butter doesn't go with chicken! But I loved it. They were scraping the sauce off the chicken. They won't let me live that one down!
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