Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Burger recipes in the bean pot

Shipwreck Dinner 
Ingredients Needed:
1 15 oz can tomato sauce 1 can sliced potatoes drained
1 can of kidney beans rinsed 1 small can sliced mushrooms drained
1 pound hamburger browned 6 slices cooked bacon
1 tsp minced garlic

Brown the hamburger in your bean pot. Drain off excess fat and then mix in all other ingredients. Place lid on Bean Pot and microwave for 10 minutes.

Great with shredded cheddar cheese on top for a little more flavor! Such an easy and delicious meal!

Bean Pot Pizza Bake

1 1/2 lbs hamburger (browned)
1 chopped onion
2- 8 oz bags of Mozzarella cheese
1 pkg sliced pepperoni
1 box of cooked noodles
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
4 oz of fresh or 1 can mushrooms
2 cans pizza sauce



Mix together and put in Bean Pot, cover and bake at 250 degrees for 4 hours!

Microwave Version:
Mix all together in Bean Pot or stack cooker. Microwave at 70% for 10 min, stir & continue to cook in 5 min increments till warmed through.

This recipe makes a LARGE batch. It will FILL your bean pot.




Stuffed Peppers

1 package of Spanish rice made according to package
1 pound hamburger browned
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 large tomatoes diced
Several Peppers hallowed out and blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Mix the rice, hamburger, cheese, and tomatoes. Stuff into the peppers and place in the bean pot. Cover bean pot with lid and microwave for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Preparing for Thanksgiving - Strawberry Shortcake

Ok, it is Tuesday before Thanksgiving & we all know better than to wait till tomorrow to go to the grocery stores - RIGHT??!! I do know that the closest shopping center here will be INSANE just to get in & out of traffic.... So, question serves me - do we have enough milk?? 

With working with Tupperware, I have been obsessed w/ Jell-o & Jell-o Molds... why - because it is part of my childhood. We all have those memories from the holidays. Mine is Great Great Cousin Pauline's house for the Christmas Dinner... She had a large house & could make room for all of us... and there were alot of us... 

I made up this Rainbow Jello Mold for one of our Girls Nights Out. It was so yummy - even tho it took forever to make... I am still thinking about making it for Thursday... 

The Tupperware mold is 6 c, the recipe calls for 10 c. I had to adjust my layers as I poured them in, hence the inconsistent layer sizes. The creamy layer has vanilla yogurt added to it. It was super yummy! Even my husband ate more than just 1 piece! The kids loved it too! 

Here is another recipe I found & am thinking about making. I have a great cream cheese pound cake recipe I can use for it. 

Strawberry Shortcake

1 package frozen strawberries, thawed
2 - 3 cups cubed Angel food cake or pound cake
1 large package Strawberry Gelatin

Spread strawberries evenly on bottom of Jell-ring mold. Add cubed cake pieces. Prepare strawberry gelatin according to the package directions then pour over cake/strawberries. Chill for at least 24 hours. Unmold onto serving plate. Fill center with whipped cream and garnish with fresh strawberries!

Bean Pot Turkey & Dressing! Thanks Cindy!

Beanpot Turkey & Dressing •

1 ( 8-ounce ) pkg. Herbed seasoned pepperidge farm stuffing mix
1 onion Chopped
2 Celery ribs, chopped

1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 pkg. Turkey gravy mix
3 TBL butter melted
1 (3pound) boneless turkey breast thawed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Spray inside of bean pot with cooking spray. Add stuffing mix, onion,celery, and cranberries . Combine broth, melted butter and package of turkey gravy place turkey breast on top of mixture. Sprinkle salt, pepper & thyme over turkey breast .
Place in oven at 375 for 2.5 to 3 hours

Thanks to Cindy Mutrux for her recipe!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Easy BBQ Chicken or Ribs Bean Pot


Easy BBQ Chicken or Ribs

* Ingredients:
Ribs or Chicken
BBQ sauce (or your secret recipe)

* Directions:
* Place uncooked ribs or chicken in your Magic Bean Pot.
* Pour sauce over meat.
* Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 to 2 hours depending on how much meat.
* Take lid off last 15 minutes to brown.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Who wants to pay full price?

I am a direct sales addict. If I can get a discount, I will sign up. Why? 

WHO WANTS TO PAY FULL PRICE!?? 

Each company offers different perks with their products. Some have ALOT of things I love, others just a couple things I am addicted to. 

Who belongs to a Sam's Club or other discount warehouse program? You signed up because you can pay $2.75 for a gal of whole milk instead of $4.20 at the local grocery store. 

Black Friday is the holiest of days to go shopping in the US. You battle lines, other folks, & hope that you get a single product for a HUGE discount. I am going to offer up my direct sales products at a huge discount (as much as I can offer) to you on Black Friday. 

This means Tupperware will have various discounts through out the day. 


12am - 3am :  25% off

3:01am - 6am:   20% off

6:01am - 9am:    15% off

9:01am - 12pm:  10% off

12pm to 12am: Free shipping

Saturday, Sunday & Monday - I will pay your tax

This is the IMPORTANT info: 

Orders must be placed thru me- you must email me at homemadebybillie@gmail.com. You can create your wish list from any email it to me. The time stamp on the email will determine your discount. 

Orders can be shipped to US only. 

You MUST PROVIDE your order, single shipping address, and phone number. I will call you for your credit card info. 


TUPPERWARE SPECIALS:

All Day Special:

Set of 4 Forget Me Not Onion Keepers for $10

$50 orders receive add on TW Can Opener for $16 (save $5)

$100 orders receive Free Spatula!

First 10 orders receive free Citrus Peeler


You can check out more info from my direct sales friends on my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/homemadebybillie

Happy Shopping! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Who Lives for Black Friday Sales?

Who Lives for Black Friday Sales???

Ok, not me. I would rather not be subjected to horrendous behavior even if it is for an amazing sale! I would prolly change my mind if I was closer to my bestie, Angela, but thank goodness she lives 4 hrs away!

Ok, so Tupperware is offering some great sales for PRE-Thanksgiving sales! How about a set of 3 mixing bowls w/ lids for only $16? WOWSY! So, check out the flyer & then shop online at www.my2.tupperware.com/homemadebybillie for the next couple days. 

So, then looking at the TW website, I found these great savings for 2 weeks only! These items below are a bit hard to see since it is a pdf turned jpg. Please email me at homemadebybillie@gmail.com & I will be happy to email it to you - it is definitely worth it! 


Now - Black Friday is coming - If you are part of my facebook page - www.facebook.com/homemadebybillie I will be posting a Black Friday special tomorrow! Check it out! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pumpkin Dip w/ Tupperware Simple Indulgence Blend


Pumpkin Dip
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened room temperature 
1⁄2 cup brown sugar 
1⁄2 cup canned pumpkin 
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1⁄2 tsp. Simple Indulgence Cinnamon‐Vanilla Seasoning Blend

Using the Quick Chef® Pro System with blender attachment, blend together cream cheese and canned pumpkin until smooth. Add brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon‐vanilla. Mix until fluffy and smooth. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.
Serve with fresh fruit like apples and pears. Also great with ginger snap cookies.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Smores Braid



Smores Braid 


S'mores!!•

2 cans crescent rolls

1 bag large marshmallows 

10 small Hershey bars (or I use a bag of milk chocolate chips)


1 box graham cracker crumbs


1 stick butter

Spread crescent roll triangles around your Dish 


like a sunburst. Add marshmallows and chocolate bars in 

center. Wrap crescent rolls around the marshmallows. Melt 

butter and mix with 1 cup crumbs. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 

375• until brown.


 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Cake for Bean Pot or stack cooker

This sounds yummy!!
Raspberry Lemonade Cake
1 lemon cake mix mixed according to package. Place in bean pot and mix 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries into batter. Microwave for 7-8 minutes and then take one half pink lemonade concentrate and mix with 1 cup powered sugar and pour over cake. Microwave for 4 more minutes. Serve with cool whip and raspberries

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bean Pot Cheesy Rice Bake `

Cheesy Rice Bake in Bean Pot

2 c long grain rice, cooked
2 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 eggs beaten
2 TB onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Spray bean pot w/ Pam. Mix all ingredients together & pour into the bean pot. Cover & bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.


Or you can make my fav Red Beans & Rice ala Billie in the bean pot - this is from my friend Maggie who just tossed in some stuff & voila - YUMMY!

1 pkg Uncle Ben's rice mix - your flavor w/ seasonings
Water according to box directions
1-2 cans red beans, kidney beans whatever your choice is
1 can Rotel tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes
2 c cheese

Mix all together, except for cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 1.5 hrs until rice is tender not mushy. Remove from oven, stir in cheese. Let set as cheese melts. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wahoo Chili (Tastefully Simple) & Bean Pot

Wahoo! Chili Original Recipe
Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Wahoo! Chili® Seasoning Blend
1 lb. browned ground beef
8 oz. can tomato sauce
16 oz. can drained kidney beans
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. Wahoo! Chili® Seasoning Blend

Directions
Combine first 5 ingredients in large saucepan; simmer 30 minutes. Serve topped with prepared Wahoo! Chili® Seasoning Blend dip (recipe on jar). Makes 3-4 servings.


Bean Pot recipe - Combine all ingredients in bean pot. Cover. Microwave 25 min or Bake 350 1 hr. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Week 9 & 8 Countdown to Christmas

I realized I missed the past 2 weeks' Countdown to Christmas promos - Life does get in the way of playing! LOL

So, Today I want to showcase a great gift idea under $20 from our regular catalog. How many boxes of cereal go stale before you eat them? Do you have kids that eat LOTS 'O Cereal & you buy in bulk, but hate those bags not staying closed? Try this for a storage solution:
Our Super Cereal Container will hold even the largest of bags of cereal. It is only $19 & comes w/ either blue or red lid. Do you have a favorite snack such as goldfish or chex mix - this is also perfect for those snacks! No mess, super seals & Lifetime guarantee!

Now week 8 -

This is our breakfast maker. You can make scrambled eggs, omelets, oatmeal, plus so much more in this handy microwave container. With my twins I am using it every day - whether it is for eggs & sausage for Josey or Gracie's DIY Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal (that recipe is listed under DIY). It is only $20. You can get the awesome cookbook too. Perfect for your college kids, perfect for those who are single, or even us breakfast lovers!


This is a special combo set they are offering thru Nov 9th. You get the cookbook, an awesome Thatsa Bowl Jr, whisk & the breakfast maker for only $44 (regularly $60) What a savings!

Check out all these great specials at my Tupperware website www.my2.tupperware.com/homemadebybillie

Sunday Chicken Times 2

It has been such a busy week! A trip to Kirksville meant not enough naps for the kids. Josey went home with Cooper on Friday after the funeral for some boy time & the Mizzou Homecoming game.

Gracie stayed w/ me & played at Auntie Ginger's work while I had a craft show on Saturday. She was asleep in the car less than 10 min after we left Kirksville.

It is Sunday night & has been a busy day. We have started a Sunday morning tradition of breakfast w/ Cooper's family, followed by trying to find a pumpkin patch to run the kids (btw, pumpkin patches should be open in the mornings on the Sunday before Halloween!). We opted for the local grocery store & I saw in the ads they had whole chickens on sale.

I picked up 2 of them - I pulled out my trusty Ultimate Southern Living cookbook for a baked chicken recipe. What I found was a baked chicken and a bonus - a Country Style Chicken & Dumplings.

The story behind chicken & dumplings - Cooper's Grandma Jessie made the BEST ever chicken & dumplings & Cooper has been dying to find her recipe. No one in the family has it - it was one of those recipes that Grandma Jessie just made -there wasn't a recipe.

I decided to cook both of them so I could have some extra cooked chicken in the freezer PLUS stock back up on my chicken stock in the freezer.

The first recipe is for a Crispy Herbed Chicken - I slow cooked it in the bean pot in the oven.

Crispy Herbed Chicken
Prep 25 min
Cook 1 hour & 5 min (Bean Pot 2 hrs give or take)

1/3 c chopped onion
1/3 c scraped, diced carrot ( I put the carrot & onion into the Ninja processor)
1/3 c diced celery
1 Tb chopped fresh parsley
3 Tb dry white wine
1 (3-3.5lb) chicken, boiler-fryer
1/4 c butter, melted
2 tsp chopped fresh basil
2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Combine first 5 ingredients, toss gently. Set aside. Removed giblets & neck from chicken; reserve for another use (or not!) Rinse chicken, pat dry with paper towels. Lightly stuff body cavity with reserved vegetable mixture. If desired, tie the ends of the legs together with heavy string. Lift wingtips up & over back of chicken.

Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Combine butter & next 5 ingredients. Brush chicken with butter mixture. Roast at 375 degrees for 1 hr or until meat thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180 degrees. Place chicken on serving platter, garnish if desired.

Bean Pot: since I am using my bean pot, I am not looking for a pretty chicken. This chicken filled the bean pot (it was closer to 5 lbs). I cooked it at 375 for 1 hr with lid on, then 350 for another hour w/ lid off. I did use a couple tablespoons of Tastefully Simple's Roasted Garlic infused Olive oil in the bottom of the bean pot - just because!

NOTE from cookbook: The key to this crispy skinned chicken is to baste it well with a butter mixture before it goes in the oven, but not al all during roasting.


Now - for the Chicken & Dumplings

1 (3-3.5 lb) boiler-fryer
2 qts water
1 carrot, halved (I tossed them in the ninja food processor)
1 celery stalk, halved
1 med onion, quartered
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 c shortening

Combine first 7 ingredients in a dutch oven. Bring to boil; cover & reduce heat and simmer 1 hr or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken and veggies from broth, discarding vegs & reserving broth in dutch oven. Skim fat from broth, if desired. Reserve and set aside 2/3 c broth. Let chicken cool. Skin, bone & coarsely chop chicken, return to broth.

Combine flour, baking powder, and 1 tsp salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add reserved 2/3 c broth, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, knead lightly 1-2 minutes. Roll dough into 1/8" thickness, cut dough into 2" squares or 2 x 3/4" strips.

Bring broth mixture in Dutch oven to a boil. Drop in dumplings one at a time into boiling broth. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25-30 min.

Yield 6 servings
per serving: Calories 395, Fat 16.2g, Chol 79mg, Sodium 857mg

I think it needed a bit more seasoning. Not sure if I should have added a boullion cube, some garlic, more salt... Next time gonna spice it up!




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cookin' Tuscan Chicken

What's cooking? TUSCAN CHICKEN
6-10 pcs boneless chicken breast
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans Petite diced tomatoes (you can use ones with green chilies for an extra punch)
1 pkg BLT Dip Mix

Cooking oil or Olive oil
1 box Penne Pasta

Put frozen chicken breast in bean pot. Add a few tbls. of cooking Oil or olive oil to moisten chicken. Add cream of mushroom soup,
diced tomatoes,  BLT mix and stir.
Cover and bake at 350 about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour. (remove lid after 30 minutes and continue baking until chicken is done.

Boil Penne Paste on stove top or in microwave until done. Drain and spoon Tuscan Chicken over pasta and serve with warm French bread. To make it a true Tuscan Dinner sprinkle black olives over chicken mixture right before serving.





Thanks Donna for an awesome recipe! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Burrito Casserole


I had completely forgotten about this recipe as I posted it a long time ago on my FB group. YUMMY! and you can make it ahead!

burrito casserole

2 (8.8 oz) pkg fully cooked brown rice 
1 jar 15 oz salsa
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 15 oz can refried beans
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen corn, thawed
1/2 tsp chipolte chile powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 c shredded taco cheese blend
2 pkg (10oz) frozen shopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
3 tb chopped cilantro
In large bowl, combine rice, salsa & oregano. In a second bowl, combine refried beans, corn, chile powder, & cumin.
Coat 12x8" baking dish w/ cooking spray. Spread half of the rice mixture evenly in dish. Layer refried bean mixture & have the cheese over the rice. Scatter spinach over cheese. Top w/ remaining rice mixture & cheese. 
Cover w/ plastic wrap & refrig up to 2 days. 
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until temp reaches 140 degrees. Sprinkle w/ cilantro before serving. 
382 calories; 9 g fat; 19g protein; 61 g carb; 10 gram fiber; 788 mg sodium; 26 mg chol

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Snickers Salad for the Bean Pot


BEAN POT RECIPE OF THE DAY: SNICKERS SALAD 
1 8 oz cream cheese softened 
1 Cup powdered sugar 
1 12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
6 Snickers candy bars, cut in pieces 
4-6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & chopped
In bean pot, mix cream cheese & powdered sugar, fold in Cool Whip. Add the Snickers pieces and apples. Mix well.

This was shared by Kim Lipe.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage & Peppers

Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage and Peppers 
Adapted from SkinnyTaste.com

1.5 lbs Russet Potatoes
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

2 red bell peppers, seeds removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tsp Roasted Garlic Infused Oil
Seasoned Salt to Taste
1 tsp chopped Rosemary (Fresh or dry)
1 tsp Garlic Garlic
½ tsp Garlic Powder
Olive Oil Spray
12 oz Italian Chicken Sausage (I use Al Fresco’s)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray one large baking sheet with olive oil spray. Cut the potatoes into small 1” x ½” pieces. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, onions, peppers, olive oil, seasoned salt, rosemary, garlic garlic and garlic powder. Mix well to be sure everything is coated with oil and seasoned evenly. Pour onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Use spoon to toss so nothing sticks or burns.

While baking, cut each link of chicken sausage into 6-7 pieces. Add the sausage to baking sheet with the potatoes and vegetables and bake, tossing once or twice for 25-35 minutes. Cook until the potatoes are cooked through. Time will vary based on the thickness of the potatoes and sausage.

**Adjust the seasoning to your personal tastes.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Bake - Tastefully Simple & Bean Pot

We are leaving town soon for my grandfather's funeral. I am preloading some great tasty recipes from my Tastefully Simple archives. More great recipes can be found at www.tastefullysimple.com - I am still an active consultant, but don't have the website linked to my account. Send me your orders at my email homemadebybillie@gmail.com & I will arrange having it shipped to you! ;D 

Cheesy Chicken Bake
Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef

Ingredients
Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided
12.5 oz. can white chicken meat, drained and juice reserved
Ground black pepper to taste
7 oz. elbow macaroni
Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning

Directions
Combine first 3 ingredients, 1 cup Swiss cheese and 1/2 cup of reserved juice from canned chicken in a large bowl; stir to blend. Fold in canned chicken and pepper. 


Prepare macaroni as directed on package; drain (TUPPERWARE PASTA MAKER 10-12 MIN IN THE MICROWAVE!).

 Stir chicken mixture into hot macaroni; spread mixture into a BEAN POT. Sprinkle top with remaining Swiss cheese and Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning to taste. 

Bake at 350°, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top is melted. Makes 4-6 servings.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bank Ranch Chicken or Pork Chops Bean Pot & Tastefully Simple

Bacon Ranch Chicken (or pork chops). 

Dip chicken in liquid Ranch dressing, then in mixture of 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup Parmesan cheese and 2 Tbsp. Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon. Put in bean pot, sprinkle with a little more Bacon Bacon and bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Have you tried Tastefully Simple's Bacon Bacon seasoning? It makes an awesome dip, but I use it more for my green beans. Do you ever just want those beans to have an extra something? The bacon bacon will do it. I usually toss in about a half capful (1 TB) into my beans while they are cooking. YUMMY! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pink Tupperware Ends on Friday!!

The month is coming to an end & so does the awesome pink products that Tupperware has given us this month! As I will be out of town, I won't be able to prepare your order, but please go to my website at www.my2.tupperware.com/homemadebybillie & get those last few pink Tupperware items you crave!!

I want to say - those 4 pink bowls w/ lids come in an 8 bowl set for $79. That is $10 per bowl & lid. How easy of a Christmas gift would that be to your friends & co-workers who you will already be giving cookies & candy to in a cheapo holiday tin or container? This Tupperware has a LIFETIME WARRANTY! Yes it is more expensive than the other brands you can find at Walmart, but Walmart won't replace it when it fails you 1 yr, 3 yrs, or 20 years later!

Do the Math -
My Blue Insulated Cup - (discontinued, but I have some in stock)
Age: 10 yrs
Price paid: prolly $18-20 then
How often do I use it: Every day until I purchased my 2nd one, and now every other day
Price per Year? $1.80 -$2.
How much do you spend at Sonic for a Route 44 drink w/ "reusable" (ha ha) cup? $2.37

Just a thought when you think about the price you will pay for a gift during the holidays. No warranty card to keep & store, & lose later. Just contact Tupperware or a Tupperware Rep & we will be happy to help you!
Here are some of the other awesome Pink Products available thru FRIDAY - October 26th.




Round Steak & Gravy

My posts are lagging, I know. My hubs & I are sleep training our kids into their toddler beds. They are getting better, however that means less time at nap & after bed for me to post, do laundry, pick up the house, and basically watch any tv at all (I got 30 min last night - so unfair!).... All I can say is THANK YOU DVR!!

We also had a death in the family which has bogged down my gumption. Then you add all the trials & errands of normal life... and I know I am now like every other mother in the world!

I hadn't made round steak in ages & I grabbed a package impulsively last weekend. Since I didn't better prepare my meal, it was fried w/ a light flour breading in olive oil. I did try to make gravy & since my gravy is hit & miss - this one was a hit!! YUMMY!

Easy Round Steak & Gravy

4 pieces round steak, these were tenderized
1/4c flour
season salt & pepper to taste - oh how I miss Homemade Gourmet's Pepper Pzazz
Olive Oil

Heat about 1-2Tb olive oil over med hi heat in your skillet. Combine flour, season salt & pepper. Dredge your round steak in the flour mixture & fry in olive oil til golden brown on each side.

Gravy - I use less than 1/4c flour (there is no set amount) & sprinkle it over the remaining oil & drippings in the pan from the fried round steak. Stir the flour into the oil & drippings & let it "fry" for a minute or so. Add desired amount of milk to skillet, & heat till bubbly, turn to low & stir constantly till lumps are gone & gravy has thickened.  Season according to your taste w/ salt & pepper.

I am a horrible gravy maker- with exception of Sausage Gravy. I firmly believe that the best gravy comes from the best seasoned drippings. And last night's gravy left me begging for more!

After dinner, I had to can up some pears before they went bad. A friend gave me a bucketful. They were perfectly ripe & yellow, ready to be canned. Time has been running out on me lately so I had to make it work last night to finish them up. Then it was time for bed.

My sweet husband washed & folded the kids' laundry & shelled out the remaining seed beans while he watched tv last night. Now, time to get breakfast ready, costumes ready (we have costume day at the Little Gym), and find time to remember, let alone put on, some eyeliner!

Have a great week!