Slow Cooked Pierogi Casserole

Dear Sis,

Saturday was a whirl-wind kind of day. Both of the Littles had a classmate with a birthday party, so of course we found a way to do both!

It was also an unusually warm day that climbed into the 80s, so Josh declared a yard work afternoon. The boys helped Josh clean the gutters and picked up sticks so Josh could mow. I did the front yard leaf clean up that was never completed this autumn, while dinner cooked.

Slow cooked meals are such time savers. I need to try more of them, so I can find the ones that best suit our preferences. This one is okay, but I have high hopes that future recipes will outshine this one:)

Pierogi Casserole

Slow Cooked Pierogi Casserole
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boxes cheddar pierogis
  2. 1 pkg. turkey kielbasa, sliced
  3. 1/2 lb. frozen broccoli florets
  4. 3 c chicken broth
  5. 8 oz cream cheese
  6. 2 c shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. Add pierogis, kielbasa, and broccoli to slow cooker crock.
  2. Prepare chicken broth and stir in cream cheese until melted. Microwaving as needed to make the mixture smooth. Pour into slow cooker crock.
  3. Top with shredded cheese. Cover and cook on high 3 - 3.5 hours.
Notes
  1. The pasta was a bit gummier than I would have liked. Perhaps pierogis are best boiled or panfried:)
Adapted from Daily D.I.Y. Life
Adapted from Daily D.I.Y. Life
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 Love,

b

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Wedding Stationary Sample Two

Dear Sis,

I love the way the purple and green work together in this invitation!

Gate Invitations

This is a standard A7 Gate Fold Card. The closure in this sample is a belt tab. Unlike like the first sample, this card will fit properly into an A7 envelope:)

Open Gate

The RSVP & registry card can be placed inside the invitation as pictured here or in the envelope separate from the invitation.

RSVP & Registry Cards II

The wildflower embossing folder was used on this RSVP envelope.

Thank You II

With these two, extremely different samples, I hope you guys will be able to tell me what ideas best suit your taste!

Love,

b

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Wedding Stationary Sample One

Dear Sis,

Yesterday, I spent a better part of the day working on some Sample Stationary for you & Nate. Messing around taught me what options I have to offer you guys! 

Pocket Invitation

Planning your Bridal Shower has Love Birds on my mind, but I have about 1/2 dozen other embossing folders from which you can choose:)

Closure Options

A tie closure can use any ribbon, string, or twine you desire. A tab or seal closure could also be employed.

The dimensions when this invitation is closed: 4 and 5/8″ x 5 and 7/8″

Pocket Invitation Open

This sample has a pocket for the RSVP & Registry Cards. To change things up from my wedding stationary, the pocket is on the bottom instead of the side. 

Options for Enlarging the Invitation

The pocket is just large enough to accommodate the A2 sized RSVP card and return envelope. The invitation space also has A2 dimensions. If a larger invitation text space is desired, we could order larger paper. This sample is made with typical 8 and 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. It would be easy to purchase 12″x12″ card stock. Sizes that would offer additional length are also available, but finding a specific color could be tricky.

Pocket

A close up of the pocket and how its contents would be visually presented. 

RSVP & Registry Cards

What the card look like once they are removed from the pocket…

Thank You

Complete with Thank You Notes!

We’ll be in touch:)

Love,

b

 

 

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Pampering Valentines

Dear Sis,

Last week I made Valentines for all my OEV and sewing club friends. 

Pampering Valentines

Applique Washcloths

Applique Washcloths

Washcloths I

Washcloths II

Washcloths III

To create these Appliqué Valentine Washcloths, I traced two different sized heart shaped cookie cutters onto WonderUnder. Then, I ironed the WonderUnder to the wrong side of some coordinating fabric scraps in my remnant collection and cut out the hearts along the traced lines. Finally, I pressed the hearts to the washcloths and stitched around each heart with dense zig-zag stitching. 

Fizzing Peppermint Bath Salt

Fizzing Salts II

Fizzing Peppermint Bath Salt
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c baking soda
  2. 1 c citric acid
  3. 1 c corn starch
  4. 1 c epsom salt
  5. 4 T olive oil
  6. 2 t peppermint oil
  7. 10 drops red food color
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Spoon into 1 dozen 4 oz canning jars.
Notes
  1. Add 1 T to a hot bath.
Adapted from The Suburban Mom
Adapted from The Suburban Mom
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Fizzing Salts

Fizzing Salts III

Fizzing Salts IV

Love,

b

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Solstice Party

Hey Sis,

The Solstice party was a hit this year.  The living room was packed and swarming with voices, 21 hungry people and playing children. We set up the living room to have a special area for the kids, so they could play with the old metal trucks, build ginger bread houses and write on the chalk board.

The meal went very well.  I made a huge salad, four lasagnas, two huge batches of wedding soup, and a variety of deserts.  Cousin Lea brought another lasagna, Bob brought a vegetable assortment and some wings, and the Somogies brought cookies.  So, we had a very full table.

I wanted to share one of the favorite desserts of the party with you.  It was a pineapple upside down cheesecake.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake
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Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
5 hr
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  2. 3 Tablespoons butter
  3. 1 Can sliced pineapples
  4. 1 Jar of maraschino cherries (you will only use about 10 cherries)
  5. 1/2 Cup crushed graham crackers
  6. 3 Tablespoons butter
  7. 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  8. 2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese
  9. 6 Tablespoons sour cream
  10. 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 Teaspoon almond extract
  12. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix brown sugar and 3 T melted butter, and cover the bottom of 9" round cake pan evenly.
  3. Add pineapple slices on top, with cherries in the centers and various voids.
  4. Mix crushed graham crackers and 3T butter in a bowl. Then press on to the top of the pineapples.
  5. Beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth.
  6. Add sour cream and extracts.
  7. Beat in eggs.
  8. Poor on top
  9. Bake around 50 - 60 minutes, or until center is almost set.
  10. Cool for 30 min. Go around the sides of cake pan with a knife and then flip onto a plate or tray.
  11. Put into the refrigerator and cool for at least 4 hours.
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Heart Popping Valentines

Dear Sis,

Today Little did the finishing touches on his school Valentines. I’m so happy we went candy free this year. Kids like popcorn and it is super cheap:) 

Popcorn Valentines

Printable Popcorn Valentines


 

Little People are Hard Work

Littlest was not his usual agreeable self tonight. He played and picked at dinner, tinkled on the bathroom rug as he was getting dressed after his bath, and generally had a hard time choosing to do as he was asked. Consequently, he stayed at the dinner table, picking until bedtime at which point I bustled him to bed. After the fuss of getting into bed… against his will, Littlest finally settled down so we could do songs and our usual bed time chat.

“I love Jesus,” he said as I was giving him goodnight kisses, “I want to go to heaven.”

“Someday,” I replied, “When you are old.”

“I want to go now,” he contradicted. 

“God wants us to live a full life,” I explained “to be little, and grow up, and get a job, and get married someday, and have little people.” 

“I don’t want little people,” he stated plainly. 

“Why not?” I inquired, “You’re a little person, aren’t you?”

“Yes, but little people are hard work,” he said earnestly.

Suppressing my urge to fall off the bed laughing, I replied, “Yes, little people are hard work. Especially, when their listening ears aren’t working well, but they are lovable anyway.” 

His face expressed understanding and we finished up our hug and kiss routine.

Love,

b

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House Shopping

Hi Sis,

Yesterday afternoon, Nate and I went house shopping.  I figured you would want to check out the houses we went to.

The first house was a small ranch in LeRoy township.  I am liking the sound of living in Leroy or Austinburgh.  Both, are very small townships, lack a city or borough,  have good school districts and practically no agricultural limitations/rules.

yellow house

It was a basic and livable house, that needs updating.  New windows would have to go in, electrical needed checked and I’m sure fixed (some switches weren’t working) and the kitchen needed redone.

Thankfully, the basement had windows, a decent looking foundation (no water, smell or cracks) and could be finished.  Because, it is a rather small 3 bedroom house.  It has a very old poll barn outside with two stalls in it and a landing strip of a backyard.

This is the kitchen.  It is closed off from the living room, but could be opened without much trouble.

yellow house 2

yellow house 3

The agent showing us the house, got a bit confused. It was listed as a horse property, so he thought it included the neighbors horse barn and pasture. So, we where trespasters. ooooppps. lol

Nate and I didn’t mind the house, but weren’t enchanted by it in any way. Our favorite thing about the whole place, was the neighbors backyard and barn! hehehe

The next house was actually a multi family property with two houses.  It featured an old and lovely colonial that needed some serious work, but had a decent roof and great layout/space.  I can imagine it finished and it is dreamy to be sure.

colonial

colonial2

However, the property also features another house that needed throw into a dumpster, or better yet (burned down). The roof is shot and the ceiling has black mold, the floors are wet, and the place is in awful condition.  We where hoping it would be livable… while we fixed up the colonial. (If we where to consider the property, that is) But, the property seems like way too much to think about.

colonial4

But, it was neat to see.  I could feel the history in away, with the large bell outside the house (next to the kitchen… to call people in for lunch) the picnic pavilion, and the ancient but very good looking barn. You would have liked to see it.

colonial3

That’s it for now. 

Love,

Jamiegoof

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