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Red Neck Pie

Dawn Breaking Over the Bay

Dawn Breaking Over the Bay

I haven’t written in quite some time because we’ve moved. Our new home is a snug little cottage on a southern bay. We love our new frugal beach life, but it’s taken me a while to get back to blogging.

The sunrises here lately have been particularly stunning. The image is one my DH took yesterday morning. It’s always amazing to me what God has wrought. Nothing can be more beautiful than the world He created.

I’ve called this post ‘Redneck Pie’ because this is the pie I made for my elderly mom to take to her weekly pot luck/ bingo game this week. I love baking pies. They’re so simple and homey. So every week I make one for Mom.  She says this particular pie was very well-received. So I thought I’d share the easy recipe.

Red Neck Pie

3/4 of a cup each corn syrup & sugar

3 eggs

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup butter melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 unbaked pie shell

Whipped topping, vanilla, & powered sugar

Mix first 5 ingredients together and put in pie shell. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until a knife blade comes out clean. Cool. Mix the whipped topping with about a tsp of vanilla and about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Spread on top of baked pie. I took a baggie, filled it with the topping mixture, snipped one corner and piped little rosettes all over the top. It was very cute when I got finished :).

Hope you try this easy recipe and enjoy it. Mom said she didn’t have even a morsel left to bring home after the pot luck- so it must be pretty yummy!

LNF, Patty


God’s Hidden Opportunities

God’s Hidden Opportunities.

Knock Out a Cold Easy Chicken Soup

I’ve been slogging through the week with a pesky cold. You know the kind….you feel awful but not really bad enough to stop your routine chores.

With that said, I’ve been eating a whole lot of that old timey remedy for colds, chicken noodle soup. But I haven’t felt good enough to do the ‘real’ chicken noodle. I’ve been depending on the Aldi canned version.

It’s Ok, but it’s far cry from my Grandma’s home-made slow simmered chicken noodle soup.

But I did find a way to pump up its tastiness and probably its healing properties as well. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Start heating the canned soup in the micro or stove-top according to directions.

In a sturdy soup mug sprinkle a pinch of salt, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a generous shake of both powered garlic & dried Italian herbs.

Pour your soup into the mug, stir, & let set for a few minutes. This allows the seasonings to really brew into the previously bland soup.

This has been my mainstay all week for lunch. I think I’m getting better and I do attribute some of my healing to this tasty easy to whip up soup.


Lovely Day

lovley day


Today was a truly lovely day! Even though I’m battling a cold I got a lot done around Shady Creek Hollow today. I finished sewing a rag quilt for my newest grand baby. I was so pleased to be able to use all the scraps and old blue jeans I had lurking around the house!

After running up the quilt I remade all my hot pads with left over blue jeans squares and a really quirky paisley print of which I had a square or two leftover  from a baby quilt I’d made for my nephew’s first son.

Then I went up to my office on the second floor and finished a chapter of my new Medieval manuscript. I’m really loving how it’s progressing! And it was quite lovely to see the pristine snow snuggled by the creek out my window. Everything looks so clean and tidy under a cloak of snow.

Since it is my birthday, I got lots of well wishes from family and friends. And I got the most amazing email from my wonderful son. He should be the writer instead of me! My daughter in law sent me a very quirky and hilariously funny e-card with singing kittens. I’m so blessed in my husband, children, grandchildren, in-laws, & friends.

My goal this month is to not spend money on my sewing projects etc. so far it’s working out really well. I’ve finished several projects using the scraps in my sewing bins. I’ve been experimenting with cloth diapers. So frugal and cute!

Hope you’re tucked up and warm and cozy!

Last Two Days to Enter Book Giveaway!

Last Two Days to Enter Book Giveaway!.

Easy 3 Ingredient Valentine Sweet Bread

I made a wonderful loaf of sweet bread this week. It would make a truly delicious Valentine Day’s breakfast for you and yours. I gave a loaf of it to my elderly mother on Monday. She said it was a big hit at her retirement village’s card game. There was none left! So here goes.


1 box yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1 can cherry pie filling

Mix them all together. Pour into a Pammed loaf pan. Sprinkle sugar over the top. Bake at 350 until done. About 25-30 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning it out. This makes a pretty pink loaf that is sooooo yummy! And would be perfect with a nice hot cup of tea.

You can change the pie filling to get a different product- apple pie filling plus a tsp of cinnamon and you’ve got a wonderful Fall treat- Blueberry pie filling makes a ‘Smurf Loaf’:) – One of my favorites is peach pie filling!

Sure hope you’re somewhere warm and cozy!

Carried Away #18!

Carried Away #18!.

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