Farm Chores

Farm Chores

I have recipes in these seven Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these seven Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these seven "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

My Hoosier Cabinet

My Hoosier Cabinet
I love decorating my hoosier for the different seasons.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Recipe from "Gooseberry Patch", COZY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS-pg.90- This is the first recipe I ever had published in a GP book, Enjoy!


16-oz. container sour cream

1-oz. package dry ranch salad dressing mix

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup bacon bits

Mix together sour cream and dressing mix: add cheese and bacon bits.

Stir well; chill for one hour before serving. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Crunchy bread sticks and scoop-style corn chips are just right for

scooping up this hearty dip.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mom's Macaroni and Cheese, This is one of my recipes in Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Comfort Foods"

2 cups (8 oz) macaroni, cooked

3 Tbls. melted butter

1tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cups ( 8oz.) shredded, cheddar or american cheese

3 cups milk

Cook macaroni according to package directions 7 minutes: drain. Arrange

cooked mararoni, cheese, salt and pepper in buttered 2 1/2 to 3 quart

casserole. Pour melted butter over macaroni. Carefully pour milk into

corner. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I bake mine in a 9 x 13

inch pan for 45 minutes. Yummy!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New pictures of my favorite things

Scroll down to check out the pictures of my favorite things. Also just received a letter that "Gooseberry Patch" is putting one of my recipes in their Christmas cookbook for this year. This will be my forth recipe published, YeepEE!!! I'm shooting for at least 5.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today I went to WV one week after the snowstorm. I have added two pictures
of the outdoors. Plus made a slideshow of some of the inside rooms.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Porch construction at old Farmhouse

We are putting a wrap around deck porch on the old Farmhouse in WV. Here are a couple pictures.(Scroll down to slideshow). Can't wait to get the roof around the whole porch. Old farmhouses didn't have much closet space. Notice the porch upstairs, my husband wanted to close it in and make closet space. But we decided not to. We love settin on the upstairs porch in the mornings and drinking our coffee, we look across the field and see the beautiful view. More pictures to come, inside also.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Please scroll down my blog to view the slideshow of the remodeled bathroom.
Leave me a comment letting me know what you think.Hugs, Lecia

Slide show added today:

The computer is so hard for me, but I am soooo proud that I made this little video of our remodeled bathroom. It actually was done a while back. It was a bigger project than expected. Had to remove several layers of flooring. We planned on a weekend project, and it lasted several weeks. My commode was actually in my LR for a couple weeks. And to top it all off my daughter invited a house full of people here for my Grandson's birthday glad I had another bathroom. Oh, just more memories!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

This is one of my favorite bread machine recipes:

This makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf

4 oz (1/2 cup) water-80 degrees

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (stir to blend any standing liquid)

3 Tbls. vegetable oil

3 Tbls. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/ 2 cup oats ( quick or old fashioned)

3 cups bread flour

1 Tbls. bread machine/fast rise yeast

Add liquid ingredients to pan. Add dry ingredients except yeast.Make a well in center of dry ingredients; add yeast. Lock pan into bread maker.
Program for bread setting.

Set back and wait for the yummy bread to be ready, Enjoy!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Please leave me a comment if you like my blog.
Hugs, Lecia

Butter Nut Snowballs

2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups finely chopped nuts
powdered sugar

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour and salt to creamed mixture blending throughly. Add nuts and mix well.

Shape into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet
(If you use a piece of foil on the pans, clean up is a breeze)

Bake in slow oven 325 degrees about 20 min.

Do not brown, Cool, then roll in powdered sugar. ( I put the sugar in a zip lock back and shake them a little), this helps with clean up also.

Recipe says it makes 6 doz. but mine usually doesn't make that much.

Good morning. We are waking up to snow, snow, snow in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. There appears to be at least 20 inches of snow already and supposed to snow all day today. I hurt my back shoveling the other day, so will have to depend on hubby to do it all. And my son Luke got into Miami yesterday from Haiti, no flights are flying in D.C. so I hope he just stays put in a motel. Probably will bake something today.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Caramel Apple Dip

8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, Packed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients, mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Makes about 2 cups.

(Awesome and so quick)!!!!

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Riley's Birthday Party

Riley's Birthday Party
Me, Ron, Riley and Cole

Me and baby Jake

Me and baby Jake
"Just what I ordered"! Rem. everytime a baby is born so is a Grandma!!


Mom, dad and my three beautiful sisters

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole
What a beautiful family!

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary
Me and my favorite granddaugher ( I only have one granddaughter!)]

Son with Applachian trail blanket

Son with Applachian trail blanket
Luke hiked the entire AT 2007, he's the man!

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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.