Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mrs. Walker's Hot Dog Chili

West Virginians KNOW hot dogs. And hot dog chili. And church hotdog sales are pretty common. The chili recipe I’m sharing today is from a lady that went to church with my grandparents and she truly made the best hotdog chili I’ve ever had.

The secret to a good consistency/texture for hotdog chili is this…do not brown your beef first.  Trust me!  I use 80/20 ground beef and the chili does not turn out greasy at all. You could probably even use 85/15.

I’m showing Mrs. Walker’s recipe exactly as it came to me, dated March 12, 1985. For this 80’s child, that seems so long ago. The only thing I do differently is I use dried celery flakes instead of celery…probably about two teaspoons. 

Try this for your 4th of July festivities. You won't be sorry. 

Mrs. Walker's Chili  
(this freezes well)

3 pounds ground chuck 1 large can tomato juice 1 small can tomato paste 4 onions 3 stalks celery 3 or 4 TBS chili powder

Take the ground chuck and mash it up real fine and chop onions and celery up fine.  Then add tomato juice and paste and cook on low heat for about 3-4 hours, stir often. You may have to add some water - that's the one thing you have to watch. 

If 3 lbs is too much, you can freeze it and take it out as you need it. Put in small containers. That way you can have hotdogs when you want them. 
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Monday, June 29, 2015

s'mores pops

We're busy getting ready for the 4th of July this week. We have lots of fun family things going on starting on Thursday and Landon could not be more excited. 

I'm going to be trying out a new recipe for a s'mores treat that I'll share on Wednesday, but today I wanted to share my s'mores pops with you. Fun, simple and everyone loves them. 

Here's what you'll need to make these. It's really more of a technique than an actual recipe.

Chocolate Candy Melts
Graham Cracker Crumbs (1 cup)
Parchment Paper
Sucker Sticks

Melt about 1 lb. of chocolate. I used this. While the chocolate is melting, place 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs* in bowl. Lay out sheet of parchment paper. By hand, dip marshmallows halfway into melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Dip into graham cracker crumbs. Place dipped side down onto parchment paper. Allow to set for at least a half hour. Insert sucker stick into chocolate end. Store in airtight container and torch tops when ready to eat. Get ready for lots of compliments.

*You will probably need to empty and replace crumbs halfway through, as some chocolate will drip and make it clump up. Also, I bought actual graham cracker crumbs because  they are finer and give a smoother finish. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Oh, how the year went by...

The Graduate
 It seems like only yesterday that Landon started Pre-K, yet we've already had his graduation ceremony. It feels like we just had his Halloween and Christmas parties, yet two weeks ago we watched him walk up the aisle in his little cap and gown. I cannot believe how much our sweet boy has learned this year, and how much he's grown. He had such a great year and two amazing teachers, both of whom I am so thankful for. 
Last Day of School

Now we have two full months of summer to enjoy while we're getting ready for kindergarten. I can't wait to see what the next school year brings, but I'm definitely looking forward to the lazy days of summer too.  
1st Day of School 2014-2015

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Three Jerks Jerky | and a giveaway!

The great guys over at Three Jerks Jerky sent us some beef jerky to try out. Mike LOVES beef jerky, so I knew he'd be excited to try out jerky  made from filet mignon. You guys, it is so good! Mike likes the original best, but I preferred the Memphis BBQ flavor. It has a smokey, delicious flavor that is just hot enough without being too hot. If you love beef jerky, you really need to try Three Jerks Jerky

Father's Day is coming up! Want to win a 3-pack of Three Jerks Jerky for Dad? Leave a comment on this post by this Friday, June 5th. Winner will be chosen and announced on our Facebook page on Saturday, June 6th. 
Good luck!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

sick days

We had a wonderful time at the beach, but we all came back with...BRONCHITIS! So life around our house right now looks like this picture. Lots of trips to the pharmacy, plenty of fluids and a ridiculous amount of sleep. 

That's actually pickle juice in my dosage cup there.  I have a love/hate relationship that goes way back with cough syrup and I need a chaser that truly removes all traces of it from my palate. I'm telling you, pickle juice does the trick!!!

I'll be back on next week with a post about our trip and some new ideas and recipes for Memorial Day. 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

five on friday

Hooray for Friday. We're having a great thunderstorm this morning. Nothing like a rainy spring morning with thunder and lightening. Let's jump right in to Five on Friday.

1. I fell in LOVE with a fabric from Calico Corners two years ago...Alexander Indigo. I seriously never quit thinking about that fabric and kept my much-loved sample in my dresser. Imagine my surprise a last week when I saw that Pine Cone Hill had that very fabric available in curtains AND bedding under the name of India Ink. I needed 8 curtain panels which was a little expensive at $110 per panel. But it must have been meant to be because a few days later, they showed up in the outlet - 50% off. I cannot wait to get my spring cleaning done and get these hung up. 

2. We have some of our sister prints back in stock. Let me know if you're interested. Digital files are $10 each. I also have a few matted copies I can send out via priority mail.  I  have a few more versions available, including a subway-style print. Look for those on Instagram later today - I'm Toniathc.

3. I've been buying Landon's spring and summer clothes. My pajama addiction is still going strong. Can't wait til these arrive. We call him our little monkey and he loves camping, so I couldn't pass these up. 

4. Mike loves Italian Sausage and Peppers. I make a one pot version myself,  but saw this quick recipe from Yellow Bliss Road on Pinterest.  I've added it to our menu for Monday. I think it will be a hit, even without the peppers and onions. 

5. As much as I hate to admit it, I've started having dark circles under my eyes. I guess it just comes with age. I got this concealer to try and I really like it. It definitely hides the circles and doesn't cake up or fade away to quickly. I rub my eyes A LOT from my allergies, so staying power is a definite must.

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

amish custard

Easter is only a few days away so I'm making plans for what I'll be contributing. My sister hosts our family dinner and I always bring a side dish and dessert. For my dessert I'm making a treat called Amish Custard (we'll talk about the other dish later). It's not really a custard, so I'm not sure how it got its name. I've seen it in Pinterest with a few different names. But since I love all things Amish, let's stick with that. The end result is a delicious blend of sweetened cream cheese & chocolate on a flaky pecan crust. There's never any left over, so sometimes I make two to be sure Mike and Landon have some to eat at home. A mama has to take care of her boys!

Amish Custard
1 c. flour
1 stick butter 
1 c. chopped pecans
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Cool Whip 
Instant chocolate pudding 

Melt butter, add flour and pecans. Spread mixture in bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Make pudding according to directions on box. Mix cream cheese & powdered sugar, add Cool Whip & stir until blended well. Spread cream cheese mixture onto cooled crust, followed by chocolate pudding. Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with chopped pecans. 

Happy Easter! Jesus lives & because He was victorious over sin & death, we too can be.

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