August 13, 2011

Stolen truck!

putting this out there for the DFW area

Hubby's work truck was stolen this morning in Irving, TX from the Walnut Hill Lane area.  Praying it is found. Police say it will turn up in 24 hrs stripped because of the rims and tires. We just lost all of his work tools and parts. They say we won't get those back either. :(

Sad day.

a week later and we still have no word on our truck. the police say IF it is still in one piece it is probably somewhere south of us sporting false tags and stripped of anything we put on it that would make it stand out. most likely though it is not in one piece and it will never be seen again.

we have filed lots of papers with the insurances trying to get everything accounted for so maybe we can be reimbursed for it. sick of papers!

i never knew what it meant to feel so helpless and out of control of my own life. poor hubby can't  even work until we can purchase tools which thankfully we have been able to start doing. but it will take a long time to replace 15 yrs worth of tools

August 9, 2011

Southern Gal Biscuits

Southern Gal Biscuits

T. Miller

Mix dry ingredients:

2 c. flour

2 Tbsp. white sugar

½ tsp. salt

4 tsp. Baking Powder

½ tsp. Cream of Tartar


Stir with fork- ½ c. shortening into flour mixture until



Add and stir together with a spoon until all ingredients are

mixed in.

1 egg

2/3 c. milk


Drop onto baking sheet by large spoonfuls.

Bake 450* for 8-10 minutes.


To make a cut out biscuit- reduce milk to 1/3.

Stir until a stiff dough.

Knead by hand 5 times.

Roll out to 1/2” thick on a floured cupboard top.

Cut into shapes and bake as above.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

T. Miller

2 c. chicken, cooked, cubed

2 ½ c. potatoes, diced

½ c. carrots, diced small

1 c. peas

¼ onion, minced

½ c. celery, chopped

2 ½ c. chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

Cook vegetables until tender in broth.

Add chicken.


Mix and add to chicken and vegetable mixture to thicken:

3 Tbsp. Flour

½ c. cold water

Place in a 9 X 13 baking pan.

Drop biscuit dough over top and bake at 400* about 15 –

20 minutes.


I sometimes will double the broth so it has more of a gravy

consistency. Then bake my biscuits like regular. To serve-

I crumble a biscuit on a plate and put a dipper full of

Chicken Pot pie stuff on top!

Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice

T. Miller

Combine and heat in saucepan. Do not boil.

1 can mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 ½ c. milk

Place 6 chicken breasts in casserole dish.

Scatter 1 c. uncooked rice over top.

Then pour soup mixture on top of chicken and rice.

Bake 325* for 2 hours.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
C. Merritt

2-3 heads of broccoli

4 slices of bacon, fried

1/4 of a red onion (or a little less if you prefer)

4-6 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1- 8 oz. can mandarin oranges

Three handfuls of raisins

1/4 cup chopped cashews

A couple of tsp. of white sugar (if you desire a sweeter


Chop broccoli. Crumble bacon. Finely chop onion. Mix all

ingredients together. Serve and enjoy.


Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

T. Miller

Cream sugar and margarine, add eggs. Beat well.

1 c. sugar

½ c. margarine

2 eggs


Add bananas. Mix well.

3 bananas, mashed


Add. Mix well.

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

½. chopped nuts (optional)


Pour in 2 loaf pans.

Bake 350* for 30 minutes.

Check with toothpick...when it comes out clean it's done.

Slice and spread with butter or marshmallow cream!

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

T. Miller

Soak 2 c. dried navy beans overnight in cold water.

Drain in the morning, add 2 qt. water and 1 tsp. salt.

Cook slowly until skins burst.

Fry bacon until crisp.

Add bacon and drippings to beans in a baking dish.



1/2 c. ketchup

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/2 onion, diced

1 c. tomato juice

4 Tbsp. molasses

a pinch of ground ginger

2 tsp. salt


Bake at 325* for 3 hours.

Keep beans covered with liquid while they cook.

Add more water as needed.

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

3 eggs Beat well.


1 ¼ c. oil

2 tsp. vanilla Add, beating well.

2 c. sugar


2 ¾ c. white flour Sift together and add.

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. Nutmeg


¼ c. white flour Mix together, then fold in.

3 c. apples, diced

1 c. nuts, chopped

1 c. coconut (optional)


Pour into a greased 9” tube pan or bundt pan.

Bake at 350* for approximately 70 minutes.


Topping: Mix in saucepan and boil for 2-3 minutes.

1/3 c. margarine Pour hot toppings over cake about 5 minutes after removing


1 c. brown sugar from oven.

¼ c. milk

1 tsp. Vanilla


If sheet cake is desired, I usually bake it for around 40-45 minutes in a 11 X 15 pan (or

can do a 9 X 13 pan and a 9 X 5 loaf pan.) Then for a sheet cake I usually double the



Optional Topping: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. milk, and spread as a glaze

over top of hot cake.
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