Recipes To Try

Recipes To Try

Since my oldest daughter had her tonsils out last Thursday, my mind is kind of numb.  I’ve gotten up every four hours to give her pain medicine for the past six nights.  During the day, I had her set up in our bedroom with everything she needed including a bell to ring whenever she needed something.

Do you have any idea how many times I’ve heard that bell?  I’ve heard that bell ring approximately 98,764 times.  Between Maddie ringing the bell and the little one yelling Mama, mama and then handing me her sopping wet diaper and the dog barking at me to go outside, I’m a little worn out.  Mama, mama, tonsillectomy-drama.

So instead of using my brain and trying to come up with a recipe, I’ve cooked a couple of other amazing recipes that two other great cooks came up with.

They are South Your Mouth’s Swedish Meatballs:

One word…amazeballs.

And I also cooked The Country Cook’s Pizza Pasta Bake:


I must go now.  I think I hear the jing, jing, jingling of a **#&^@% bell!

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Texas Music Scene In & Around Fort Worth – Weekend of August 24, 2012

Texas Music Scene In & Around Fort Worth – Weekend of August 24, 2012

Texas Music Scene In & Around Fort Worth – Weekend of August 24, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

River Trip @ Shady Oak Barbecue 7:00

Mike Ryan Band -@ Railhead BBQ in Willow Park – 7:30

Stephen Pride @ Stagecoach Ballroom – 8:00 – $7

Burton Tyler @ Woodshed Smokehouse – 6:00

Eleven Hundred Springs @ White Elephant Saloon – 9:00 – $10

Aurora Bleu @ Big Barn BBQ – 7:30

Bobby Duncan (CD Release Party) @ The Grease Monkey – 9:30

Monkey Love (Classic Rock) @ Red’s Roadhouse – 5:00

Country Night Live @ Pearl’s Dancehall & Saloon –  9:00 – $10

The Uncle Bill Roach Band @ The Dock on Lake Granbury – 8:00

Steve Stewart @ Rio Brazos in Granbury -8:30 – Start @ $10

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Highway 80 West Band @ Shootin For A Cure in Cresson – 6:30 – Non-shooter $15

Michael Cote @ White Elephant Saloon – 2:00 

Wade Hatton @ Shady Oak Barbecue – 7:00

Randy Brown @ Railhead BBQ in Willow Park (5th Anniversary Celebration) – 7:30

Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition @ Stagecoach Ballroom – 8:30 – $15

Mike Calaway Band @ Woodshed Smokehouse -6:00

Ed Burleson @ White Elephant Saloon  – 9:00 – $6

The Rumble Kings (Classic/Rockabilly) @ Big Barn BBQ – 7:30

Kyle ReddThe Finish Line (Not sure of time or cover)

Zane Williams with Kylie Rae Harris @ The Grease Monkey – 9:30

Sammy Fox and The Intervention @ Red’s Roadhouse – 5:00

Jake Hooker & The Outsiders @ Pearl’s Dancehall & Saloon –  9:00 – $15

Cody O’Neill & The Crosswind (CD release party) @ The Dock on Lake Granbury – 8:00

John David Kent @ Rio Brazos in Granbury -10:00 – Start @ $9.99

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I Like To Take Pictures

I Like To Take Pictures

So I’m a little obsessed with taking pictures.  My husband likes to tease me because I have over 11,000 pictures that I’ve uploaded to Flickr.  My poor camera is nothing fancy – just one of those little Sony cameras you can fit in your pocket.  Mine is special because it’s held together by electrical tape – no lie.  It does its job though, and for that I’m grateful.




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Stuff We Find In Our Yard

Stuff We Find In Our Yard

Are you ready for another edition of Stuff We Find In Our Yard?  It’s so exciting, isn’t it?  I bet you’re just on the edge of your seat waiting to see what we found in our yard.  Well, your wait is over, my friends.

It’s just same dang ol’ raccoons.  I think we might need to call up the Turtleman to put some live action on these suckers.  Yee yee yee yee – Live Action.
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Good Stuff In Fort Worth – Rita’s Ice

Good Stuff In Fort Worth – Rita’s Ice

I took my oldest daughter to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge Grand Celebration at the downtown library last Sunday.  They had so many different things there to entertain the kids.

Things like face painting:

Making art out of recycled things:


 Live entertainment:

Mayor Price and Deborah Ferguson were there as well:

Funny story.  I pointed to Deborah Ferguson and whispered to my daughter Maddie, That lady in the orange is on the news.  Maddie says, For doing something bad?  It took me a while to quit laughing, but I finally managed to explain to her what I meant.

One of the best discoveries I made at this celebration was this:

While at the Grand Celebration we were offered something cold to try, something cold and delicious.  It was from Rita’s Ice.  We could select either lemon ice or watermelon ice and we took the watermelon ice.  This stuff was knock-your-socks off good.  It’s made with real fruit.  It was so refreshing.

If you get a chance, stop by Rita’s Ice over off Clifford & I-820W in west Fort Worth and try some for yourself.

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Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips & Noodles

Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips & Noodles

I’ve always wondered if it would be possible to put uncooked noodles in the crock pot with whatever it was that I was cooking.  Is that, like, against the law or something?  Well, I experimented with it and it worked.  Hallelujah!  Trumpets roared and angels sang and I did a little happy dance.  No more will I boil my noodles separately.  Never again will I dirty up another pot.  It’s all going in the crock pot, baby!

For this recipe I used one of those cute little tubs of Knorr Homestyle Stock.  Normally I probably would have used a couple of cans of beef broth or a can of beef gravy, but I had a $2 off coupon for the Knorr Homestyle Stock and I wasn’t going to let that sucker go to waste.  I think the Knorr Stock really gave this recipe great flavor.

Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips & Noodles

3 cups water
1 lb. stew meat (Mine were frozen solid)
1 tub Knorr Homestyle Beef Stock
2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder

After 4 1/2 hours:
8 oz. UNCOOKED wide egg noodles (more or less)
1 cup water (more or less)

30 Minutes after that:
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
salt and pepper to taste

Spray crock pot with nonstick spray because if your crock pot is anything like mine and it cooks like two degrees hotter than the sun, you’ll want to be prepared.  Pour 3 cups of water in crock pot, followed by stew meat (and mine was frozen solid), tub of Knorr Homestyle Beef Stock, minced onion and garlic powder.  Set crock pot to low.

Cook for about 4 1/2 hours.

Pour in uncooked egg noodles and add  cup of water.  You might have to add a little more than just a cup.  Just keep an eye on it.

Cook for another 30 minutes.

Add cream cheese.  Turn crock pot to warm and let sit a bit, just enough for cream cheese to melt.  Salt and pepper to taste.

**My crock pot tends to cook very, very hot even on low, so you might have to adjust your cooking times.

Let me know how it turns out.

Go here for more great recipes:

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


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Texas Music Happenings In & Around Fort Worth Weekend of August 17, 2012

Texas Music Happenings In & Around Fort Worth Weekend of August 17, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Steve Helms BandRailhead Willow Park  @ 7:30

The Honky TonkersStagecoach Ballroom – $6

BrushfireWoodshed Smokehouse @ 6:00

Cody JinksWhite Elephant Saloon @ 9:00 – $5

Randy BrownChubby’s Burger Shack @ 8:00

Thirsty’s Throwdown (The Tyler Rushing Band vs. Blue Tone Valleys vs. Kolton Moore and The Clever Few) – The Thirsty Armadillo (Not sure of time or cover)

Uncle Bill Roach BandThe Dock on Lake Granbury @ 8:00

Clint Levi BandRio Brazos Live in Granbury  @ 9:30 – Starting @ $5

Landon Dodd & The Dancehall DriftersPearl’s Dancehall & Saloon @ 9:00 – $10

Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 Fools On 3 StoolsRailhead Willow Park @ 7:30

The Canyon Creek BandStagecoach Ballroom @ 8:30 –  $7

The Texas Bleu CatzWoodshed Smokehouse @ 6:00

Bodie PowellWhite Elephant Saloon @ 9:00 – $6

Brandon Steadman BandThe Thirsty Armadillo @ 8:30 (Cover charge questionable)

Casey Thompson BandBig Barn BBQ @ 7:30

Amos Moses BandThe Dock on Lake Granbury @ 8:00

Amber Digby & Midnight FlyerPearl’s Dancehall & Saloon @ 9:00 – $15

Stone River BandThe Finish Line – $5 – (Not sure of time or cover charge)

***I do my best to post links and times and cover charges, but some of these venues don’t list that information on their websites and they didn’t respond to an email from me.  If the price is not listed and there’s nothing in parentheses then there’s no cover.

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