Hamburger Helper

  • 1 t. cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or flour
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. elbow macaroni

Mix ingredients together in a bag or jar. When we are ready to make, brown up 1 pound of hamburger. Add in the mix and 1 c. water and 2 c. of milk. Cover the skillet and let the pasta cook. Stir in 1 c. of shredded cheddar cheese before serving.

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Free At Last!


Hello everyone!  Guess what??  Come on, guess!  Yes, we are finally free.   Thanks so much to the ones who worked so hard to clear our road.  I didn’t even know Floyd had a snow blower but this guy came thru on Saturday and then again on Sunday.  At that point, the road was still pretty rough.  Last night about midnight, the road grater came through. He kept trying to get up the hill but couldn’t make it all the way.  No one lives up above us anyway so it’s not a big issue.


This picture was taken at the top of the driveway.  See the road is clear, well, maybe not clear but passable.



Hubby took us down to the milk barn to get milk.  It’s amazing how much you miss having milk.  Today made 7 days since we had been out!  Well six days for me as I took the bread to R G Cattle on Tuesday of last week.  I don’t know if just going down to the milk barn really counts as getting out but it sure did feel good.



Hubby took this picture the other morning as the moon was going down over the hill.  I thought it was very pretty.

Time for school to start for us.  I hope you have a great day and God bless.



More Snow Pictures


Our snow has finally stopped (I hope)!  We ended up with about 22 in with drifts much more than that.  I think someone said the official report for Floyd was 30 in but I’m not for sure on that.


Anyway, it is definitely beautiful and we have eaten all the snow cream we want.  Time for spring now!


So after showing you a few of the beautiful snow pictures I thought I would show you the down side of all that snow.  This is the hill going up the main road at our house.  As you can see, nothing has traveled it except the tractor.


This is the main road going down from our house.  These pictures were taken late yesterday.  As you can see, we are definitely stranded here.  Thank God we are people who are comfortable being at home or we might be going a little crazy by now.  If you look closely you can see where the road should  be.  These drifts are too deep for the tractor so I guess we’ll be waiting on the state to come and clear them.  It is a state maintained road so they will come eventually.


This is the road.  This is going down toward the milk barn.


The graveyard at the top of the hill.


My girls having fun.


I will leave you with another beautiful picture.  If you look closely to the left of the hay barn you can see our house where we are snuggled in with a warm fire, hot chocolate and a good book.  Enjoy your day and God bless.



Pie Crust


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold butter
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water – may take more



Combine flour, salt and butter in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Blend in enough water just until flour is moistened.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into ball.  Roll out into pie crust.

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We are definitely getting some serious snow here in Floyd.  This morning we had 14 inches and it has been coming down hard all day.


We probably have another 3-4 inches accumulation today.


It is SO pretty!!!


Hubby went out this morning and emptied the snow out of the bird feeders.  He gave them some fresh bird feed and they have been happy all day!


We made snow cream last night for supper and will be making more this afternoon. I love days like this.  Snuggle in and watch it snow!  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.


Homemade Bread Crumbs


Okay, so I realize sometimes I am a little late to the party.  Most of you have probably been doing this for years but I am just now starting to make my own bread crumbs.  For one thing, bread crumbs is not something I use very often so it just seemed easier to buy them from the store.  About the only thing I use them for is salmon cakes.  Salmon cakes are a favorite here.  Many, many thanks to my friend, Retia, for sharing her salmon with us last fall.  You can read about canning the salmon on this post if you are interested  Okay so back to making bread crumbs.  I found this recipe on line at food network.  It is Alton Brown’s recipe for Homemade Italian Bread Crumb.  I will now join the thousands of women who make their own bread crumbs.  So easy and my house smells wonderful.

Enjoy your day and God bless.


Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

4 ounces stale bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Place all of the ingredients into a blender carafe, cover and pulse until coarse crumbs form, about 2 minutes. Spread the crumbs evenly on 2 half sheet pans and bake until the crumbs just begin to brown and are crisp, about 5 minutes. Cool the crumbs on the pans for 15 to 20 minutes, and then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown Food Network



We got a little ice last night.  Nothing too serious but enough to make us change our minds about going to C-burg for a dentist appointment.  Looks more like a snuggle in day to me.


We will be working on school instead, enjoying tea and coffee and doing fun things.  I took more bread over to R G Cattle yesterday.  So far, everything is selling.  I am so glad.  I made a new bread yesterday- Cinnamon Swirl.  I had never made it before and didn’t get to sample it before I took it so I am a little anxious as to how it turned out.  I think I may make another batch of it today for us, just so I will know how it is.


I also have a new place to start taking my bread.  Tomorrow I will take 4 loaves to Highland Hardwoods here in Floyd.  I appreciate your prayers concerning this new adventure.

Well, the ice is melting already!  Hubby thought he heard a robin this morning!!! Maybe spring is closer than we think.  I am definitely ready for warmer temps.  We have really went through the wood this winter.  We only have 2 rows now so I guess we will have to have some wood cutting days as soon as weather allows.

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

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