Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Creamy Lemon Pie






















2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1-3/4 cups cold milk
6 oz. (1/2 of 12-oz. can) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Add lemonade concentrate; beat 1 min. or until blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Gently stir in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

German Rice Pudding


















1 cup regular rice
14 cup sugar
3 cups milk
1 cup cream
18 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the rice, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in the milk and cream, and add the whole piece of vanilla bean. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer the rice for 30 minutes, or until soft and milk/cream mixture becomes thick. Stir often. Stir vanilla extract into pudding. Serve warm with cinnamon and sugar or fruit compote, or both.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 4


I've been working on this coloring card box since July called, Creative Expressions. It has 44 cards per box and this is the last 15 cards. It took a year for me to complete my first box of cards, Colorful Blessings. I'm happy I was able to complete this second box within 9 months. I have 2 more boxes of cards yet to do.

If you'd like to view the other cards in the series check out my posts, Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions, Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 2, and Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 3.






Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Best Oatmeal Cookies

















1 1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon  salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
3 cups oatmeal, uncooked

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Bar Cookies:
Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 bars

Variations:
Stir in 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts.
Omit spices; stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter-flavored chips.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lent: #40 of 40 Days of Projects

I decide to paint the little box that I use for my planner supplies. The box used to be for a microscope but I tore out the divided sections in the drawers for the glass sides several years ago.



















This picture from December shows what the planner box normally looks like on my shelf in my little office.



















I took off the little door, took out the drawers, took off all the hardware, and sanded my planner box.



















My planner box painted and the hardware being put back on by my husband.



















My planner box back on the shelf in my little office.