Friday, October 31, 2008

White Chili


We had a little Fall Festival in the store today. A few make and takes, a cupcake walk, and a 'Finally Fall' layout. we had a fishing pond that you fished for your discount on your purchases. Fun and games that is what the end of the week is all about.

Here is our recipe for the week. Geneva made this and it was awesome. Geneva served the chili without the sour cream, jalapenos, or corn chips. We did not need any of the extra fat or heat. It is from Paula Deen's magazine. The recipe came from Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida

White Chili
Makes 10 to 12 servings.

5 cups chopped cooked chicken
3 (15 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained
1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) jar mild salsa
1 ( 8 ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, cubed
2 teaspoons ground cumin ( Geneva left this out)
Optional Garnish: cheddar cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos

In a 6-quart slow cooker combine chicken, beans, broth, salsa, cheese, and cumin.
Cover, and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to low; simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos, if desired.
Serve with corn chips.

To make a quick chili dip, combine all ingredients except chicken broth.
Cook as directed.

Be safe tonight and I will see you tomorrow November 1st. WOW!!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Festival!!!!!

Tomorrow is the last day of October!!! Already we have had some unusually cold weather. So tomorrow we are having a Fall Festival at the store. There will be a few make and takes. Some old fashioned games like fishing, cupcake walks, and who knows what else I have up my sleeve. Did someone say discount. Yes, there will be a few of those. There will be the Fall Layout themed for those pumkin patch photos or trick or treat shots. That will run from 10:30 until 11:30. Then there will be a lunch break. About one o'clock we will start the other fun activities.
So come as you are or come in costume just come have some fun!!!

Lucy will hear the results from her competition tonight. We will be checking her blog for the results.

Have a warm evening and see you for the fun tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Well, I did not get a new recipe this week from anyone so I will go home tonight and come up with something for tomorrow's post.

Friday October 31st we will have the one hour layout with me. Lucy is pretty busy right now with all of her challenges. Also, all day will be a Fall Festival at the store. Lot's of surprises and maybe a few make & takes. I will give you more info closer to the day.

If you noticed our pumpkins we no longer ave a bad pumpkin. Some little fairy sister came and transformed our melting pumpkin. Joshua and Emily can't say that it looks gross. I have a new scarecrow so hopefully he will appear in the next couple of days.

If anyone is interested in participating in a card swap ask me for some details. We may start a little swap. I will keep the sign up small so you do not have to make so many of the same card. Each swap will have a theme.

Well I better get home and research some recipes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Well the morning class is over. We did the Christmas card. Of course there was a bow on the card. I can't do a card without a bow. There was a small issue with the joy. I think it was gluing and tying the ribbon. But they got both issues resolved.

Our new issues of Somerset Studio and Artful Blogging just arrived. We also received a new publication 'Where Women Create'. There are some wonderful creative spaces showcased.

We have some new ribbon and some Basic Grey papers. No Wassail has not arrived yet.

Have a wonderful Fall day.

Monday, October 20, 2008

What a wonderful day. The air was nice and cool. I even wore a long sleeve this morning but by lunch time I was ready to shuck it off. I spent the day yesterday working on my paper work. I did take a break long enough to bake some cranberry muffins. Prissy got a bath early because she made a little trip to the wet muddy back yard. This was at 7 A.M. So much for trying to sleep in.

The card this week is a Christmas card. It is getting closer. I can't believe November is here already. The one hour page layout is Thursday night this week. You are going to learn how to make paper flowers.

If you have signed up for the water color group on Thursday here is a list of items to bring. Please bring water color paper, markers, and water color brush. These are items you will need each time you meet.

Well the Book Club group is here so I better sign off.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Persimmon Cake

Jane, Jane, Jane....Your Persimmon Cake is awesome. Everyone at the Thursday card class loved it! I kept taking little tastes all day long. MMMMMMMMMM...

This cake is so moist.

Here is the recipe for all you bakers out there.

Persimmon Cake

1 1/2 cups margarine

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons all spice

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups chopped nuts

2 cups raisins

2 cup ripe persimmons, mashed

Cream margarine and sugar; add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

Mix dry ingredients (sift together), then add raisins and nuts.

Mix until well coated.

Add to sugar and egg mixture and mix well.

Add mashed persimmons.

Bake 2 hours at 275 degrees in tube pan.

Watch time and temperature so cake will not burn!

This has been a busy week. The card classes have been full. We learned to use several new tools. The one hour layout had some beautiful flowers today. The class will be repeated on Thursday night.

Wednesday, we played hooky and went to Valdosta. I'm getting too old to run the roads late at night. I have been dragging ever since. Tonight we have the crop night so tomorrow will be very interesting.

See Ya!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sausage Tortellini Soup

The day started out with me oversleeping. Of course daylight comes later now so it still seems like you should still be snoozing away. I stayed up way too late last night working on some paper work. The lights went out about 2 a.m. I'm used to turning in about 11:00. But I enjoyed such a glorious morning as went to feed Pokey. The feed bucket did not even need the famous broom for me to reach. Then our little red fox went dashing across the back yard as I approached the feed bucket. He ran from our fence across Pokey's pasture into our neighbors back yard. But the most wonderful sight was out on Lake Jeffery's Road. I slowed down as a small deer went leaping across the road. I stopped to see where he came from and spotted about 5 others waiting to cross. One was very small but had lost it's spots. I started to move on and watched my rear view mirror and saw them make their dash. What a way to start the day!!!

Well I have decided to post the recipe as part of post so it will remain in the archive.

Sausage Tortellini Soup - Rose Gerencser

1 lb. Italian Sausage
1 onion; chopped
1 can beef broth
1 can tomato soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans; drained
4 cups water
1 tsp. Italian Seasonings
salt and pepper to taste
1 pkg. tortellini

Remove sausage from casing and cook in large Dutch oven with chopped onion and garlic.
Cook and stir until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink; drain off fat.
Stir in rest of ingredients except tortellini .
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in tortellini and simmer until tortellini are done.

Remember Saturday October 11th is our yard sale from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Bargains, Bargains, Bargains!!!

I guess I better get my self to bed early tonight so I will be a bit more perky tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What a day we had Saturday. Thanks to everyone who participated in the National Card Making Day. We did one card per hour. The day just flew by. I think everyone did well making their cards. I will try and post some of the pictures from Saturday.

Remember Saturday is our Yard sale. We have people travelling the state to set up their tables. The sale will run from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 noon. The "vendors" will set up along the sidewalk beside the store. Come and enjoy shopping for those crafty bargains.

We bought our hay bales and pumpkins yesterday. Boy, those pumpkins sure are small this year. I still have to find a big scarecrow. The mums are just starting to show up in the stores. Hopefully, we will soon have some cooler weather so the pumpkins won't start melting in the heat. There is nothing worse than a stinky pumpkin.

I better get ready for tonights card class. See ya later.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Well here it is a week gone by. I have been busy getting ready for all those card makers coming tomorrow. Yep, it is National Card Making. The store will be hopping tomorrow. We will make a card an hour, starting at 10:30 a.m.

I actually did a scrapbook page for the one hour class this morning. Hopefully, I won't have to do that very often.

Check out the new recipe from Carole Nickodam.

Next Saturday is our garage sale. Various ladies will set up tables outside to sell their stamps and crafts. So come on by to grab a bargain. We will start at 8:00 a.m.

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