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This blog started in the "playroom". That's what DH calls artwork- playing. Wish I could live in the "playroom" forever.

Monday, December 28, 2009

What Is It About Beans and Cornbread??

Biscuit with Pinto Beans and Cornbread with Honey on Top
Pinto Beans

Cornbread Mix (the Secret's in what you put in it!)

Cornbread with Honey on Top ~ Yummy!
What is it about beans and cornbread that we love so much? It's one of our southern comfort food combinations, and is good for you, of course! Even Biscuit likes it! And these recipes are so easy, even Biscuit could make it herself! We like pinto beans because they seem to be easier to digest than kidney beans or even white beans. We usually like to make cornbread from scratch, but this mixture is great if you're in a hurry, and tastes just as good. Remember ~ we don't get paid for advertising this brand of cornbread mix, we just like it and know it produces consistent results every time, and think you will like it too!
Auntie Esther's Pinto Beans
1 1/2 cups pinto beans, washed and rinsed
6 cups of water
2 teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin, Light Tasting Olive Oil
(*Bertolli's is a good brand and easy to find in most stores.
We use this oil as it has a less "olivey" taste.)
1 sweet onion, quartered
DIRECTIONS: Put rinsed beans in pot with water, salt, olive oil and onion. Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender with the Lid On. Stir every once in a while, to make sure beans aren't sticking. You will know when the beans are done, when they have a smooth texture in your mouth. If it feels grainy, they aren't done. You May have to add a little more water towards the end of the cooking, as some of it will evaporate out of the pot. It usually takes about 2-3 hours to cook them completely.

Our "Secret" Cornbread Mix
The "secret" is buttermilk and real butter- staples in a southern baker's refridgerator!
1 package Betty Crocker Cornbread and Muffin Mix
1 lightly beaten Egg
3 heaping teaspoons white granulated sugar
(you can leave sugar out if you don't want it on the sweet side)
1/3 cup Buttermilk-no substitutes
6 tablespoons of sweet cream, UNsalted Butter- no substitutes - melted
DIRECTIONS: In a mixing bowl, put in the package mix, sugar, egg, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons of the melted butter. Mix together well. You may add another tablespoon or so of the buttermilk, if necessary. In a square metal pan - 8x8 inches - pour in the remaining melted butter, and rotate pan so butter covers the entire bottom of the pan. Pour in the cornbread mix, and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on the sides.
We like the cornbread with honey, of course! It's like dessert!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

If you’re alone this Christmas - Know that God is with you - Immanuel.

If you’re poor this Christmas - Know that the best things in life are free.

If you’re sad this Christmas - Know that you will be comforted.

If you’re happy this Christmas - Know that we are celebrating with you.

And if you just can’t seem to find that "perfect gift" -
Know that it was already given - Jesus!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cooking and Coleslaw

Bebe: Okay. So I collect cookbooks. That doesn't make me a good cook. If you have any age on you at all, you know by now that good cooking is as much, if not more than, good technique.
Good Cooking, for me, is harder than making dolls or quilts! I can follow a recipe all day long, but for it to turn out tasting good, it takes that special touch that some people have. They seem to have some special skill that turns something plain into something great, like magic!
We share this coleslaw recipe with you,which we think rivals anything you find out in a restaurant. Even I can make this recipe with consistent results!
Aunt B.'s Coleslaw
1. Prepare salad, into a large container with lid:
1/2 head of cabbage (about a 8-9" diameter head): Shred by hand.
1 carrot: Peel, cut off ends and shred into cabbage.
Onion: Shred 1 Teaspoon onion into cabbage (any more and it will be bitter). We like to use the sweet onion - a Viadalia if you got one.
Pepper, salt, celery seed: sprinkle each of these over cabbage, stir around a bit, put lid on container and let sit 1-3 hours- doesn't have to be in the refridgerator.
2. Prepare the dressing: in a 2 cup liquid measure cup or small bowl:
1 cup Duke's mayonnaise or Hellman's Light mayonnaise
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons white vinegar
Stir and stir this mixture, until sugar granules are no longer visible. If you want a more vinegar flavor, add one more tablespoon of vinegar.
3. Put dressing into cabbage mix and stir.
If cabbage mix is watery-- before putting in dressing!--squeeze out cabbage by hand to remove excess liquid, then add dressing.
Mix well. Put in a container with a lid and refridgerate. You can eat it right away if you like.
That's it!
We like Duke's mayonnaise because it has a great flavor. It is a full fat mayo, but we don't mind!
See more about the story of Duke's mayo at:
We are not getting paid to advertise Duke's. We just like this brand very much, and think you might like it too.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Young At Heart Christmas Movies

Our Favorite Christmas Movies

From Bebe: I first saw Albert Finney in a movie with Audrey Hepburn: Two for the Road, 1967, and followed him ever since. His version of Scrooge, 1970, is a musical version. I grew up listening to musicals, and I love this one for Christmas, especially the touching love song: "You...You." And "Happiness". And, well just about every song--I love!
This is an animated film with no words, except for the very beginning. It is a magical and beautiful film. Very appropriate for youngsters!
This is a Muppet's film and it is my all time favorite! The "critter's" are not only cute, but the story is a very touching one--it'll grab your heart and make you feel good.

Other Christmas/Winter stories/films: Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates; Dr. Zhivago- with Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, and Geraldine Chaplin.
What movies remind you of winter and make you feel good this time of year??

Sneak Peak of Peony #10 and "Yes, Virginia- Oh! I Mean Peony! - It does snow in the south!"

Sneak Peak of Peony #10
A winter Peony is in the making!
And yes, it does snow in the south!
We awoke to a beautiful
Sprinkling of snowy frosting!
How lovely!
Happy December to you all!

The Color of Winter

The Color of Winter
We thought this photo deserved a post all by itself!


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