Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Broccoli Cornbread and THE WINNER!



Tonight I am using up some leftovers and making up some Potato Soup with ham. 
I thought this would go nicely...

Broccoli Cornbread

1/2 stick butter
1 box frozen broccoli (I used fresh since I had some)
2 boxes jiffy cornbread mix
3 eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. cottage cheese
1 c. cheese (shredded)
1 sm. onion chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix butter, broccoli, bread mix, eggs, milk, cheeses, and onions together.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes in a sprayed 9X13 casserole dish!

YUM-O!!!


It is so tasty and so nice to go along with the soup. Mmm.

The winner of the little contest I was holding.....
Julie from OH! 
Congratulations Julie.
I will be away from my computer for a few days but will be back Monday.
Send your address to me at chasburrell at tvn dot net and I will get you your prize! :)

My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Perfectly Lovely

Good Morning Dear Ones! Happy Tuesday to you all!  I pray that this day will hold many wonderful delights for each one of you.
The picture above is a fruit salad the girls and I made the other night after supper... of course I thought it was pretty and had to take a picture and Shannon laughed at me! I guess my constant picture taking of things is a bit funny.
Speaking of pictures... you must go check out my flickr badge on the right side of my blog... it has some of our latest bird finds on there... Yesterday we spent a good part of the morning watching and identifying the birds we have visit us at Bird Central, and then we looked up more information about them.  It was spontaneous learning at its best!!!
Here are a couple of our favorites...
This is one of our friends, the Tufted Titmouse Eli is crazy about this little bird! He talks about it constantly.  It grows to about 6" and is a close cousin to the Carolina Chickadee. The call of the Tufted Titmouse is a loud sound that says "peter, peter, peter"
Cameo's favorite is the Northern Cardinal. She loves the vibrant red color. The Cardinal grows to about 8" or 9".  When they are courting the male will feed the female... how neat is that? The call sounds like "cheer, cheer, cheer, what, what, what"
Isn't it GORGEOUS??? <~Insert Steve Irwin's voice here~
(side note... did any of you cry when he died? oh my, it broke my heart)

Have a great day my friends!
My Cup Runneth Over...

Chas

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Blessed Christmas

Christmas, the long awaited day has now come and gone. We actually have two more celebrations to attend which makes it nice that we celebrate for many days rather than just one.
Yesterday was especially wonderful with our family.
We stayed home all day.  The children were so precious as we gathered and opened presents, just ever so grateful for every.single.thing! So sweet.
I did receive the gifts I was hoping for! WOOT!
We received a new game from my best pal Lindsey and family.
Blokus
Ok, this game is RIGHT up my alley! She knows me so well! :)
We played this SEVERAL times yesterday. I plan on taking it to my Mom's later, yeah... it's that fun! :)
When Eli got up this morning, that was the first thing he asked for...
Mom, can we play Blokus?
He is such a kid after my own heart! Haha

I don't know if it is just me or not, but once Christmas is over I feel an urgency to get everything back to normalcy, because I know that it will soon be time to return to our homeschool schedule and every day life.
I have Managers of Their Home and I am trying my best to nail down a schedule that actually works for our family.
That is a daunting task for me. Thankfully I have some friends that have posted some samples on a message board that I belong to so that is helpful.
Well, I have a house to clean, a cheese ball to make and children to bathe so I must finish up here... Saturday posting, WOW... now that is a change! :)
I hope you have an excellent day.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas





From my family to yours, We wish you the very Merriest of Christmases and an Excellent New Year.
Blessings and love...
Chas and family

Thursday, December 24, 2009

What do YOU want for Christmas?



Today is Christmas Eve...
Agenda?
  • Prepare Christmas meals
  • Tidy rooms
  • Lay out Stocking Stuffers
  • Finish Crafts
  • Light some candles and make the house smell dreamy
So... what do you want for Christmas?
What are you getting for Christmas?
I want these videos...

I have a couple of dvd looking packages snuggly tucked under our tree, so I might have these. :)
I really don't care if I have anything under the tree, I am just thankful to have the day with my family... for real! :)
This has been such a whirlwind year that I just want to be with them. To enjoy them and to soak up all the happiness that I can.

I am really enjoying blogger, such ease of adding pictures and links. It is a joy.

May you have the Merriest of Christmases and a beautiful New Year!
My Cup Runneth Over....Chas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

With a little planning and prep work, I get to be with the family on Christmas morning instead of being in the kitchen.
This casserole has all that you love in a big breakfast, without all the time spent to make a big breakfast. :)

Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. sausage cooked and drained (sometimes I have used deer sausage)
1c. sharp cheddar cheese grated
2c. milk
6 eggs lightly beaten
6 slices bread cubed no crust (Homemade bread works great)
1tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9X13 pan. Cover and Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350* for 30-35 mins

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas and a Happy New Year as well.
And if you haven't entered in my giveaway I posted yesterday, scroll on down and enter. It was on yesterday's entry. :)
My Cup Runneth Over...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bloggy Giveaway!

The CHRISTmas countdown is in full swing. Goody making has been checked off the list and it was a success... for the most part. Sadly my Sister wasn't able to make it due to my little nephews not feeling well. I really missed her not being there.
We had a grand time and I only had one big goof-up and I still honestly don't know what happened...
My date balls flopped and flopped bad. I couldn't roll these suckers together at all!!! So after being a bit frustrated and making a pretty good mess, I opted for the date cups. :)
My other candies turned out beautifully, so it wasn't too tragic.
Plus my girls loved helping out and my boys spent most of their time with Uncle Tyler.
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In other news... I don't know if anyone realizes it or not.
But my little counter on the bottom right of my sidebar is just about to tick 100,000!
I didn't add the counter as soon as I started blogging, but still that is a pretty big number for this Georgia gal who talks about chickens in her backyard, homeschooling her kids and making food from scratch.
SO THANK YOU!!!!
For all those who visit, THANK YOU!
It's so exciting.
I wish I could think of something groovy to do to celebrate.
I know!
I will stitch up something (after Christmas!) and add it with some other little goodies... maybe even a bar of chocolate since it should mail nicely in this cool weather.
All you have to do is leave me a comment with a way of getting in touch with you, should your number be drawn...
That's it!
If you are a regular or a first timer, that would be cool to know too...
I hope to hear from you and I hope you enjoy this day.
Much love and blessings to you all!
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Friday, December 18, 2009

Crockpot Dyed Yarn

Good Morning! I have had some plain wool yarn for several months now and have really wanted to try my hand at dying my own. So this past weekend I gave it a go. Instructions are below...
Fill your crockpot up with water and one bloop of vinegar. Lay your wool yarn in the crock and make sure it gets good and saturated. Turn your crock on high and cover and wait until the water begins to steam.
Once the water steams take the lid off and prepare your kool-aid mixture. Mix one packet of kool-aid with 1/2 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. I used two colors, red and purple. Cherry and grape.
Carefully pour it alternating your colors.
Put lid on the crock and turn down to low. Let the yarn stay in the crockpot until all the color is absorbed. Then cool completely.
Rinse with cold water until water runs clear.
Carefully squeeze excess water from yarn. Lay between paper towels and roll up to extract more water. Then hang to dry until completely dry.
Once dry roll into a ball and think of what you are going to make with the yarn YOU dyed yourself! :) Or give as a gift!
Special thanks to my fellow homesteadblogger KimMC for her wonderful idea and directions and VIDEO!
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More stitching...

More Christmas stitching in the wee hours...
Such a lovely time.
Enjoy these last days before beautiful Christmas arrives.
May you have a blessed day.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Purple Dress for Carlie Jean

My youngest daughter Carlie Jean loves purple. LOVES IT!
McCall's pattern 5966
She has been asking for a purple dress for Christmas. So over the weekend I decided that I would make her one. I have been inspired from Anna over at Pleasant View Schoolhouse, and so like her, I used flannel. I opted not to use a ruffle on the bottom, but have been thinking I just might use one on the next one. :)
Other variations I decided to make...
I didn't put a zipper in, I knew it would be an easy fit over her head with the v-neck.
I also made it a good bit longer than the dress in the pictures. I like her dresses longer, especially when it is cold out.
A nice warm dress in vibrant purple for the many months of cold after Christmas, what a happy gift. :)
She helped me pick out the fabric and I enjoyed making it for her so much. Knowing that she will go to that dress and know Moma made it and that I love her so much, and that flannel will keep her nice and warm, makes a Moma's heart happy just thinking about it...
I hope you are having a wonderful day.... 10 days til Christmas!
Merry, Merry!!! :)
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A coupon pouch

An idea I had a while back, finally executed and put in the shop!
Completely lined and ready for your next grocery trip.
A great gift idea for you or a friend who loves to be a bit thrifty.

****The coupon pouch has been sold. Thank you so much. Check back again soon for more to be added!****

My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Friday, December 11, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Good Morning!!!
Here is the cookie recipe I promised you yesterday. There is a little story behind them....
I call them Fall in Love with you Peanut Butter Cookies because when my husband and I were courting, I made these for him. I feel that it contributed to his falling in love with me! So feel free to give these a try, but single ladies, be wary of who you make them for! hahaha!!!

Fall in Love with you Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour all purpose

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and peanut butter. Add sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour. Shape dough into 1' balls. Roll in sugar and flatten by making crisscross marks with the tines of a fork. Bake at 375* for 7-9 min or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

**** To make these the peanut butter butterscotch cookies. I added a cup of butterscotch chips to the mix and bake as directed****

I hope your day today is beautiful and until tomorrow...




My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paper Stars~Ornament Tutorial

Hello my friends! What a great day it is looking to be.
For those of you wanting the recipe to the cookies, I will try and post that tomorrow. My friend Lindsey came up with the idea to add butterscotch. It was a brilliant move. My peanut butter cookies were already pretty stinkin good but with the butterscotch chips... it transformed them into something totally different and scrumptious.
To answer a few questions from some of my latest comments...
~My fabric stash. My Grandmother was a crafter, she had boxes and boxes of fabric. A few years after she died my Aunt gave me all her boxes since I did so much sewing. Every time that I use some of her fabric that I feel nostalgic and happy that I can pass that love of handmade on to others. :)
~I will attempt to get some hot pads made up for my etsy. I have been running crazy lately, so it might take me a couple of days and it might be today. I will just have to make my list up and see what I can get checked off. :)
***Edited to add... I added the one I made yesterday to my shop! I hope to get more made up soon! :)***
Now... I hope you enjoy the stars... I made these up last year and they are so fun I thought I would share the tute with you again.

Start with, some card stock, double sided tape, some scissors, and a ruler, the buttons and glue are optional. :)
Cut 6 two-by-two inch squares in the colors of your choice, I am a traditional gal. I LOVE red and green.
Take one of your squares and fold it in half
Now fold it in half the other way, and now fold into a triangle
This is the only tricky part.
Fold the outer edges of your triangle towards the middle
Until you have this...
Whew... the hard part is over, it is all down hill from here :)
Do all six squares the same way
Now grab your double-sided tape and get ready to stick.
Hold one of your squares/diamonds and put one small piece of double stick tape on the center of the outside, like so
Now take an alternating color (if you choose) and stick in the same direction onto your first square, so they are both opening in the same way.
Continue this process until all six are stuck together.
Woohoo, we are almost there! :)
When you let go your 'accordion' star will open backwards, that is what it should do, bring it on around until it touches.
Take a last piece of double stick tape and attach the first and last sides together
Once attached you are ready to punch a small hole in the top and run a happy ribbon through and hang on your tree.
Or you can adorn your star by gluing a rhinestone or button to the middle.
Have fun!
If you enjoy my site, please take the time and leave a comment, I always read my comments and try my best to reply. I appreciate your visits and I look forward to hearing what you have to say. God bless you.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A quilted hot pad

Yesterday I tried out a project I have been thinking about and it worked. I had seen some done on one of my favorite crafty blogs. I machine quilted the fabric and then stitched the quilted top to the crocheted cloth.
I've never tried machine quilting before and this was so enjoyable... I think it helped that my machine is a dream.
I believe I have finally found something for the ladies on my list. If you are on that list, try to act surprised. :)
My Cup Runneth Over...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Vanilla Sugar

I was reading through some recipes recently and spied an ingredient... Vanilla Sugar. Well, I don't have this, I thought. But that was easily remedied.
What I did was take a cup of sugar and break a vanilla bean into pieces and toss the pieces into the jar with the sugar.
Let the two *marry* for about a week.
The sugar will take on all that vanilla-y goodness and then you pick out the large pieces of the bean and strain the sugar! Store in a jar with a lid and label.
There are so many other neat ways of using this sugar....
*Sprinkle it on top of your muffins
*Add some to your morning coffee
*Wet the rim of a glass and dip it in the sugar for a little sweet treat with your water
*Dust some on your holiday baking
*Eggnog! Mmmm
*As well as using it in the recipe I found in the first place. :)
I hope you enjoy this little idea for yourself... just another simply lovely way to make your Season Merry. :)
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Sewing Room Redo

I know I told you last week of how I changed my sewing/laundry room around and gave it a good cleaning and a much needed organizing. Well, here are a few pictures.
This one, my Dear husband took of me the night before when everything was pulled out and I was knee deep in fabric. Ugh, I am still not sure why I subjected you to this...
Here is the tidy room and I was so wrong... I work WAY better in tidiness. I have been ultra-productive lately. WOOT!
I arranged the fabric in a somewhat color coordinated fashion.
It is a lovely arrangement.
My machine, and jar o'buttons! :)
My ironing board has been housed in front of the back door. It fits perfectly. I just need to turn it around from this position being that I am NOT a lefty (unlike all four of my children) :)
Well, I hope you enjoyed a peek of my sewing area and now I am eager to take a little visit and get to some of my projects I have on my list.
Blessings to you all.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snow Day

SNOW!
Believe it or not, we got a nice 1" of snow over the weekend. It was just glorious. We enjoyed it very much.
The kids went out for a little. It was Abram's first experience with snow and he thought it had to be Christmas.
He was ecstatic!
Only to be disappointed to tell him that we still had about 20 days until the blessed day.
Another funny thing was that his hands got very cold outside and he couldn't figure why they wouldn't warm up immediately. It was quite humorous.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend whatever the weather might have been.
Many blessings to you.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas