It’s Bourbon Appreciation Month! A great time to post a recipe share with my Aunt B! Bourbon Pecan Bars…yum huh!

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone…. sunflowers

ok…I know, I know, I know…maybe you didn’t miss me that much but I missed being here! I love that song! Have you ever counted how many I know, I know, I know’s there are in that song?

If you enjoy that song like I do…you can give a listen here…

And…try to count those I know, I know, I know’s!

Well…back to blog post…

Summer is over, fall has arrived and…

It is Bourbon Appreciation Month here in Kentucky (and it’s almost over)! I don’t drink bourbon but I sure do love baking and cooking with it! One of my favorite recipes made with bourbon is a crazy buttermilk bourbon sauce to use on bread pudding or ice cream. It is soooo good…I always want to drink it! So…maybe I do like to ‘hit the sauce’!  I will do a post, later on, of a mean orange, cranberry bread pudding with that wonderful sauce! Meanwhile, before the month is over, I thought…what a great time to get back on the blog block and share a recipe that my Aunt B and I enjoyed together…across the miles!

Aunt B (a Southwestern Southern Belle) loves baking and searching recipes like I do. She sent me a recipe that she found, similar to the ‘Derby Day Brownie Pie’ that I made a few years ago.

Very Tasty Pie!

http://wp.me/p2e6iL-ay

The recipe that Aunt B sent was from Paula Deen’s site and was in the form of a bar instead of a pie. It sounded like a ‘winner’ to me! Aunt B and I got our bake on…and shared our treats via photos.

It was so fun and made me feel like I was sitting down to enjoy a treat with my dear Auntie!

The bars are delicious!

Here are some of our photos…

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Here is the link for Paula’s Derby Bars….

http://www.pauladeenmagazine.com/derby-bars-recipe/?

This recipe share sparked an idear…ok…idea…( I think I’m picking up a Southern accent) and I searched for recipe swaps online. There are several that come up but I couldn’t really tell if they are current. I also saw something about a recipe swap party on Pinterest…that has a tool….and tips on creating swaps.  Do any of you (if I have any remaining followers) participate in any online recipe swaps or know anything about the swap party on Pinterest? Please share any helpful information that you may have.

Meanwhile….

Wishing you…

Fond memories of summer…

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The splendor of fall…

Barn in the mist

And joyful I know, I know, I know, I know’s!

May you be blessed simply….

And simply blessed!

~Vee

My favorite barn..sweet!

Can anyone tell me…how many I know, I know, I know’s there are? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge…Be a Doll and get this project finished, will ya?

The subject of this week’s photo challenge….CREATE!

The photo can be a picture of you or someone else….creating something….or something that you or they have created. So…how about something that I created…creating?

Miss Raggedy…tries her hand at crochet! Nice job!

I am a person that always has many irons in the fire. So many ideas, so many things I want to make…and, sorry to say (maybe I have Attention Deficit Disorder?)….in my excitement for the project and anticipation of what the end result might be…I start projects that don’t get finished right away.

Have you ever said….Those projects aren’t going to finish themselves….are they?

Well….maybe?

Miss Raggedy….and Mr. Bald Andy!

Maybe Miss Raggedy can help me get hair on Mr. ‘Bald’ Andy’s head…and some clothes maybe?

I made a Raggedy Ann and Andy for my sister for her birthday one year. I started another set, thinking that maybe one of my Granddaughters or Daughters might like to have them. But they have not had any attention in a while.

I guess I was thinking about them today because it is my sister’s birthday!

Happy Birthday Deb!

(aka Debaroo)!

This is a lovely gift that Debaroo created for me years back….

Simply stated…sweetly created!

My thoughts about this challenge…

Of all the things that we can create in this lifetime…

creating those relationships that last forever…is worth the time and should never be put aside…for later!

Wishing you a day full of the blessings of creativity…yours or someone else’s…

and the joy of creating loving and lasting relationships!

Happy Trails…

’til we meet again!

Vee

‘Oats and Crafts’ week! Sewing…some Oats!

This week I’m ‘sewing’ some wild oats…well…you’ll see! Take a look in at…

Home…

some sew/crochet projects that I’ve been working on,

Pony tail holders.

and from

The Range…

some homemade goodies made with oats!

Homemade Granola

Today….

I want to start the week with another post about the crochet squares that are needed for Tornado victims.

Being near some of the devastation of the Tornadoes, earlier this year, I did an online search and found this little yarn shop (A Tangled Yarn) that has coordinated a great project to make Afghans for families that lost everything to Mother Nature.

To read earlier post go to…

Tornadoes…helping those in need (March 2010)

http://wp.me/p2e6iL-dZ

My goal was to make at least one hundred of these little 7 x 9 inch squares, to be used to make Afghans for Tornado victims.  I thought they were just for baby blankets…but they are for any type Afghan. I haven’t gotten very far…so I made a call to check on the progress of the project.

I was told that there will be a need for as many of these squares as they can collect…for quite some time. The lady that I talked to said they are trying to contribute to as many communities affected by the Tornadoes of this past Spring as possible. So…back to work on these little squares!

Crochet Squares…90 to go!

This is a wonderful way to use some leftover yarn from other crochet projects. I do enjoy doing something in the evening hours while Poppy (that’s hubby) and I are relaxing and maybe watching something on TV.  Because of the great need to help the families affected by disaster…my goal is now to do more than one hundred afghan squares. Anybody up for a challenge? I challenge any of you…with the talent to knit or crochet…to do one hundred quilt squares to donate to this worthy cause!

Here is the contact information:

A Tangled Yarn, located in Nicholas, KY

The squares need to be size 7 x 9, knit or crochet, made from acrylic, worsted yarn.

If you would like to help, or know of a knitting circle to pass this information on to, send your squares to:

A Tangled Yarn

605 N Main St

Nicholasville, KY 40356

May your day be blessed simply and simply blessed…..

with Happy Trails…’til we meet again!

Vee

Please stop by tomorrow for a great Homemade Granola recipe 🙂

A Home and The Range Update….Mom ‘N Poppy’s Log, Silver Wings!

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks….and I’m back to my Kentucky home.

This post is a snapshot of my trip back to my ‘Utah Home’ (I also have an ‘Arizona Home’) and some notes about family…and blessings.

My Brothers, Sister and Brother-In-Law, some of their family and my Parents live at my old stomping grounds in Utah.

Utah Home…just below Horseshoe Mountain.

The trip…

My Sister had a hysterectomy and I was there to help during her recovery.

My Sister…

I call my Sister ‘Debaroo’ because she has a lot to carry around in her pouch! She has two boys that have Muscular Dystrophy and she has been raising three Grandchildren…a bit much to handle after surgery. I am so thankful I was there to lighten the load so that Debaroo could focus on healing and recovery. It was a blessing to me… spending time with family. Surgery and recovery went well.

About those Nephews of mine….

They are amazing! They have both outlived their life expectancy…something I attribute to the love and care of their Parents, Family and to their attitude, faith and loving spirit. They are such a blessing to our Family!

Dustin had been on oxygen for the past month…following an episode of pneumonia. It was quite probable that he would be on oxygen for the remainder of his life. Once again…he has amazed us and he is no longer on oxygen! That was a wonderful day!

Little Tommy….so happy that Uncle Dustin no longer has the oxygen tank!

Dad and Mom …

Still sewing…at 82 years of age!

Mom loves keeping up the yard and making it look spiffy!

Both of my Parents have had life threatening illnesses and conditions over the past couple of years. It was a blessing to see them both being active and doing well.

Some nice surprises…

I had a birthday while I was away. Dad and Mom brought cake up to my Sister’s home and Dad made his famous, scrumptious homemade ice cream for me. YUM!

They call me ‘Aunt Vickie’ in those parts!

I don’t always get to see both of my Brothers while I am in Utah so it was great to be able to see them both on this trip.  I also got to see a Nephew that I haven’t seen in several years…Damian. He is a Border Patrol Agent in Arizona and we don’t see him very often. We were all excited to see him walk up the sidewalk…a very nice surprise!

Damian and some of the ‘Wild Bunch’.

It was wonderful to spend time with my ‘Utah’ Family.

Here are some shared and special moments…

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Tuesday, June 5th…

My last day in Utah…sad goodbye’s. At the same time…we thought of the song ‘Silver Wings’…started to sing it…and started to cry. We are such softies…geeze! Goodbyes are always difficult…when you love someone so much! I boarded the plane…looked out at the wing…well, I guess you know the rest of the story!

Silver Wings….shining in the sunlight….roaring engines….are taking me away, leaving me lonely….

Only until next time…and then those Silver Wings…will bring me back!

Silver Wings

Happy Trails….’til we meet again!

Photo Challenge…Blue wrap up….Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, YUM!

My final photo challenge…blue photo.

This photo reminds me of life’s simple pleasures. I remember how much my children enjoyed having a large balloon tied to their wrist, watching it bob and drift and sway. Then, when the moment was right…letting it go and watching it drift away into the clouds. Simple pleasures…sweet!

Up, Up and Away Blue…photo by Victoria 5/16/2012

And…another sweet pleasure, as promised, the recipe for Blue…Berry Cheesecake Bars. Poppy and I really like the way this recipe turned out.

Mom’s Blueberry Cheesecake Bars / Bites

Delicious Bites of Blueberry and Cheesecake

Select the following link for the printable version of this recipe:

https://sites.google.com/site/recipesfromhomeandtherange/home/blueberry-cheesecake-bars-bites

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 18 Tablespoons butter (one cup plus 2 Tablespoons)
  • 4 whole graham crackers, crushed
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

To Make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place sugar, cornstarch, orange juice, and blueberries in a small saucepan. Cook, over medium heat, until bubbly and mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

Crush the graham crackers.

Place flour, confectioner’s sugar and graham crackers into a bowl or mixer.

Cut the softened butter into small pieces (Tablespoon size) and blend into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Press mixture into a foil or parchment lined 9×13 pan.

Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven.

For the filling:

Blend softened cream cheese with sugar and flour.  Add eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition.  Add vanilla and orange zest.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust.

Spoon blueberry mixture over the cream cheese mixture.

Cut through the blueberry mix and swirl through the cream cheese mixture, just enough to distribute evenly.

Place pan back into the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until set (should look firm).

Allow to cool and then place in refrigerator to cool for a few hours or overnight before cutting.

Sprinkle with a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar if you like and…

ENJOY!

May your trails be blue…as in Happy Blue!

Until we meet again!

Vee

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Do we have our ‘Ducks in a Row’?

Some notes about the weekend…

(this post is imported from Mom ‘N Poppy’s…another blog that we

are moving over here to our Home and The Range).

Mother’s Day was spent with much reflection on Motherhood.

Just to share a few thoughts about Mom…

I am thankful for my Mother and I am blessed to have her in my life. My Mother has been a strong woman. She encourages me and loves me through all of my life challenges. I know that I am in my Mother’s prayers every day. This example has taught me to be prayerful over my children…daily.
My Mother is a beautiful and talented lady. She was blessed with a pretty special singing voice.

Her nickname is Song Bird.

Most of all…I have been blessed with her love.

I wasn’t able to spend time with Mom or my kids or grand kids…but I made something special for Mom anyway. Poppy and I enjoyed it.

I call it my Angel Mama Cake
you can select this link for a printable recipe…

Each Mother’s Day I also give thanks for the honor of being a Mother…and think back to a time that this Mama Duck…had all her ‘Ducks in a row’!

I have asked myself, many times, if I provided enough for my children. Did I do the right things,  tell them that I loved them enough, set a good example, prepare them for their adult life…and many more questions. I just know that when all is said and done…we all do the best that we can and the best that we knew how to do.

One of my favorite movies is Hope Floats. There is a scene in the movie where Birdee (Sandra Bullock) is crying and telling her Mother how she was determined to be a better Mother than her Mom was and hug her daughter often (which apparently her Mom didn’t do). Her Mother (Gena Rowlands), broken hearted for her daughter, tells her…’all Mother’s love their daughters even if they show it poorly.” I love that! Indeed…aren’t we all just doing the best we can and always trying to do better? All Mother’s hope they did enough!

It was easy when the kids were young…to keep track of them and their activities…keeping all of them in a row! It is hard to believe that those days are gone. I just hope that I gave them enough!
Enough to know how to keep life in order and to value each other and their families…keeping their ‘Ducks in a row’! There is quite a bit of meaning in that little phrase…I like it!

Mama Aflac? She posed for me!
Trying to get in a row!
Poppy and I wish you a day that is blessed simply…
and simply blessed…
with all your ‘Ducks in a Row’!

An Angelic Dessert…in Honor of my Angel Mama!

Another Mother’s Day has come and gone.

I hope that all Mother’s had a wonderful day!

Having moved, recently, from the Southwest to the South, I was unable to spend the day with my Mother, kids or grand kids.  So…what to do? I baked something in honor of my Mother and I enjoyed it…with thankfulness for having such a wonderful Mother…and with gratitude for the honor of being a Mother!

My Mother is such an Angel…what else would do but an Angel Food Cake? Well I recently saw a recipe for a lime cake, flavored with lime Jello. So…I got to thinking and created a different type of cake, using my Angel Food Cake recipe, adapting slightly, using strawberry Jello to add a light strawberry flavor to the cake. This really worked out well…even Poppy (my husband) liked it and he is not a big fan of strawberries. It was also quite pretty!

Here is my…
Angel Mama Cake (Strawberry Angel Food Cake)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups egg whites (10 – 12 large eggs)

1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 cup *sifted cake flour

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 small package strawberry Jello (3 ounces)

granulated sugar (just a little more than 1/2 cup…5 ounces)

To Make:

* I generally make my own cake flour. To make…measure one cup of flour. Remove 2 Tablespoons flour and replace it with 2 Tablespoons corn starch. Be sure to measure properly. Do not dip your measuring cup into the flour….spoon it out gently to prevent packing the flour. Sift the flour and corn starch together…spoon back into the cup gently and level off with a knife.

Mix powdered sugar and cake flour together…3 times.

Separate eggs and allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Add cream of tartar and vanilla to the egg whites and mix on medium speed to soft peak stage.

Gradually add the Jello / sugar mixture…sprinkling a couple of Tablespoons at a time, over the egg whites. Continue beating until you have firm peaks.

Sift the flour and powdered sugar mixture lightly, a little at a time, over the egg ‘pinks’ (yes, now the egg whites are pink), and fold gently.

Pour into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan.

Gently cut through the mixture with a Knife to remove large air pockets.

Bake on lower rack at 350 degrees 40 – 45 minutes or until lightly browned and cake springs back when touched lightly.

Cool, upside down over a bottle.

Ease the cake out of the pan by running a knife or spatula around the edges of the pan. Lightly tap the pan…all around the sides and the top, to help loosen the cake.

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Serving Suggestion: Serve with Vanilla Sauce, Vanilla Pudding…or Whipped Cream or Topping and Strawberries.

I hope you’ll give it a try… it’s easy, fun and delicious!

Here is a printable version of the recipe…

https://sites.google.com/site/recipesfromhomeandtherange/home/strawberry-angel-food-cake

Plans for ‘the trail ride’ this week….

stay tuned for the weekly photo challenge. This week’s topic…blue, my favorite color!

And…I guess I better come up with a ‘blue berry’ recipe!

Happy trails to you….

Until we meet again!

Vee