Thursday, February 23, 2012

Week 8–Chocolate Coconut Mound Cookies



I found this recipe today from this old cookbook dated 1950.  It is so easy and the cookies are delicious!

Chocolate Coconut Mound Cookies

1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

3 C coconut

2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted.

Mix melted chocolate with milk and stir in coconut.  Drop by rounded tablespoons to sprayed pan.  Bake 350 for 13 – 15 min.  Makes 28 cookies. 



Blessings from Wisconsin.

Once “N” Again Consignment Shop

Located at:  393 Main Street, Birnamwood, WI (just off Hwy. 45)
Hours:   Wed: 10-6, Thurs: 10-6, Sat. 9-3
Always cute window displays – they sell fast.
When you come in the front door – coffee is waiting for you…
along with some Amish jellies and jams.
This is Carl.  Carl & Darlene Slagle are the owners.   They purchased the store front in 2001.  This was the hardware store.  They started with consignments and then in 2006 they opened up one room for vendors.  The first vendors were me, Lisa and Sally.  Now they have 21 vendors.  Carl and his grandson Zach (with creative help from Darlene) have made some really cute booths.  Most are marked with a porch post and divided with a picket fence.  Each vendor offers some great items to include:  antiques, primitives, collectibles, knick knacks, home made items, art and crafts.  Here are a few pictures of the shop.
Now for my booth……

I made these pillows using old photos and antique books.  I also made some cute ones using vintage Valentines.
If you are looking for some reasonably priced items – this is the place – resale, repurposing or to keep.  If you happen to stop by, tell them that you saw this on my blog…. Smile
Blessings from Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winter Walk in Woods


We have had some very beautiful days here in Wisconsin.  We decided to go for a walk in the woods and look for “sheds.”  A shed is the antler that the buck drops off (usually rubs off on a tree).  We did see lots of scrapes on trees, but no sheds.  Probably too much snow yet.  I took a few pictures of some tracks in the snow. 



We crossed the little frozen creek.


You could still hear the water running beneath the ice.  A few holes where deer look to be drinking.

Back home.


Blessings from Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Do A Grouch a Favor Day


In my listing for interesting February facts – today is “Do A Grouch a Favor Day.”  That is a funny day to celebrate.  Fortunately, I do NOT surround myself with those I feel qualify as a grouch.  However, I Love Oscar the Grouch


from Sesame Street – is he still on there?  It’s been so long since I’ve watched it.  I heard they changed Cookie Monster – now that is sad!

Today, I went “to town” and stopped at Dime and Dollar and Bethesda – before I went in to the antique store I sell at.  I will say that I did see some grouches – unhappy, grumpy and complaining about something not being a pink tag and 1/2 off. 

I always smile – always have.  When I was little, the neighbor lady called me “sunshine.”  In fact, if you watch “Little Miss Sunshine” – the 4 eyed chubby little girl – kind of looked like me too. 

People don’t always know what to do with a smile – I know, I’ve observed responses to mine.  I ALWAYS smile – even when I don’t necessarily feel happy.  The bible says, “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven”    

My nephew (now 30) when he was little, if he saw that you looked sad – he would say “smile, Jesus is God” that made even the biggest grouch smile. 

So, if you see a grouch today – do them a favor – even if it is only a smile.

Blessings from Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Week 7: Crazy for Craisins Cookies



Crazy for Craisins Cookies


1 C soft butter                              2 C white sugar

2 eggs                                         1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda                         1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt                                  3 C flour

1/2 C craisins                                1/2 C cinnamon baking chips

1/2 C chopped nuts

Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs 1 at a time.  Mix together flour, cinnamon, soda, powder and salt – add to creamed mixture.  Stir in craisins, cinnamon chips and nuts.  Bake 350 for 15 min or done – do not over bake.  Makes 4 doz.


I made this one up too.  Really good!

Blessings from Wisconsin.

Linked to: 

The Right Tool for the Job–Tape Measure and Ruler



When I was in grade school (1970’s) we were told that soon the “whole world would be metric” (and it probably is that way).  So teaching focused on the metric system.  Now, a few years down the road Smile, Americans are still using inches and feet.  Needless to say, I’m not good at reading a ruler. 

When we were remodeling our house, measuring dry wall….my husband use to ask “hey, what is that measurement – how long is that?”  I hate to admit it, but I didn’t know.  I would say “well, it’s 2 hairs past the half mark.”  Al couldn’t believe that I didn’t know what “2 hairs past the half mark” was – I didn’t need to know it…he did…he was the one cutting the dry wall.  Truthfully, I still get confused – that dog gone metric system.

I LOVE primitive antiques and folk art.  They appeal to me because of the imperfections.  I create my art in the same manner – I don’t measure – therefore, no 2 are the same. 

I recently took a quilting class on the log cabin pattern.  I didn’t realize how important it was to measure exactly.  If you are off my just a little bit, the square won’t be square. 

This had me thinking about my postings about “The Right Tool for the Job” and linking up to Titus2sday.  I was thinking about the ruler and measurements.  Do I have the right tool for the job?  What does the Bible say about it? 

The first scripture that came to mind was Matt. 7 1-2:  “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”  God doesn’t want us to measure each other or judge one another by a “standard” set forth by man or a church.  God is our ruler – think about that one – in authority (Ruler) and in conviction.  God is the one to measure us.  As our “Ruler” he will do so, for each of us will stand in his judgment.  Rom. 4: 10-12:  “But why dost thou judge thy brother?  or why dost thou set at naught thy brother?  for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee will bow to me and every tongue confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give an account to himself to God.”

God measures us by His grace.  Eph. 4:7: “But unto everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”  God’s grace rather than our merits is the source of salvation – we are saved by grace – salvation is a gift – not earned.  Eph. 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

So, how do we measure up?  In Romans chapter 12, Paul writes how a Christian should live with the measure of faith and talents God gives us.  Rom 12: 3: “….according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  Read the whole chapter, as there are too many good points. 

So, each of us are given grace, a measure of faith, a Bible as our guide and a merciful God that is in control and our Ruler.  Let’s not judge one another but rather follow the practical duties in Romans 12.  “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men.”  Romans 12:18. 

Let’s not measure each other but rather ourselves against the scriptures.   Blessings from Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cookies Week 6–Jello Cookies



JELLO Cookies

1 3 oz. pkg. of fruit flavored Jello

1 C powder sugar

1 C butter

2 1/4 C flour

1/4 tsp. salt

Reserve 1 Tbsp. Jello.  Mix dry Jello, powder sugar together, cream with butter, add flour and salt.  Mixture will be rather dry, I added enough warm water to form into dough.  Roll into 1 inch balls, place on a lightly sprayed pan.  Bake 350 for 8 – 10 min.  Makes 4 doz.    When completely cooled, frost with glaze:  mix 1 Tbsp. Jello with 3 Tbsp. hot water; let stand for 5 min.  Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. 



Blessings from Wisconsin!

Growing Home

Interesting Facts about February


February is:  American Heart Month, Black History Month, Canned Food Month, Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, Potato Lover’s Month and National Grapefruit Month.

FEBRUARY:  birthstone:  Amethyst

                 flower:  Violet or Primrose


Each Day is Special:

1st:  National Freedom Day

2nd:  Ground Hog Day

3rd:  They Day the Music Died ( Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plan crash in 1959.)

4th:  Thank a Mailman Day

5th:  National Weatherman’s Day

6th:  Lame Duck Day

7th:  Send a Card to a Friend Day

8th:  Boy Scout Day

9th:  Toothache Day

10th:  Umbrella Day

11th:  Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day

12th:  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

13th:  Clean out your Computer Day

14th:  Valentine’s Day

15th:  National Gum Drop Day

16th:  Do a Grouch a Favor Day

17th:  Random Acts of Kindness Day

18th:  National Battery Day

19th:  National Chocolate Mint Day

20th:  Cherry Pie Day & President’s Day

21st:  Love Your Pet Day

22nd:  George Washington’s Birthday & Be Humble Day

23rd:  Banana Bread Day

24th:  National Tortilla Chip Day

25th:  Pistol Patent Day

26th:  National Pistachio Day

27th:  No Brainer Day

28th:  National Tooth Fairy Day

29th:  Leap Day – 2012, once every four years



A Valentine

With my pretty dress and ribbon, and new shoes that brightly shine, Don’t you think I look nice enough to be somebody’s Valentine?

Some “old” Valentine greetings:

Keep this token I send today, Till your sight is dim and your hair is grey.

Your cheeks are red and your eyes are blue; That’s one reason I am fond of you.

Others with their ready tongues may be more out-spoken, but my ever faithful love Is sent you in this token.

I send you a friendly greeting upon St. Valentine’s Day; May all your days be happy and success attend your way. 

February Poem:

Though February storms may rage, And chilling winds may blow, A sunny smile or two from you, will set my heart aglow.


In order to keep in line with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun, an extra day is added every 4 years to the month of February.  Folklore states that on a leap year, a young lady may ask a young man to marry her.  If he refuses to accept her engagement, he was obligated to pay her with a give of 12 gloves.  Legend say that the gift of gloves would hide her hand from not having an engagement ring and therefore cause her less embarrassment from the refusal. 

For those with a birthday on a leap year, their parents have the option of selecting the day to be either February 28 or March 1.

PRESIDENT’S DAY:  American’s celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays together on the 3rd Monday in February – a holiday called President’s Day. 

I hope you enjoyed these facts about February!

Blessings from Wisconsin. 




Thursday, February 2, 2012

Week 5 Cookies–Jumbo Soft Molasses



Jumbo Soft Molasses Cookies

1 1/2 C shortening                  1 1/2 C brown sugar

2 eggs                                  1 C Dark Molasses

5 C flour                                1/2 tsp. salt

4 tsp. baking soda                   2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. ginger                           2 tsp. cloves

In mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar.  Add eggs and molasses.  In another bowl, mix salt, soda, cinnamon, ginger cloves and flour.  Add to creamed mixture till blended.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  I used an ice cream scoop 3/4 full, formed into a ball, rolled in white sugar and bake 2” apart on lightly sprayed pan.  Bake at 350 till cracked and brown (like 13 – 15 min.).  Makes 3 – 4 Doz. large cookies.  Again…don’t over bake. 


Really good!  Blessings from Wisconsin.