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    A Little Pickle Secret

    Do you remember when my husband and I canned forty-seven thousand pounds of dill pickles?  (okay, that might be a little on the dramatic side)  You can read about that  adventure here. I love our homemade pickles.  They are delicious.  And pretty.  And they give me a sense of accomplishment…even though my husband is required to help me. However….I have a little secret.  Sometimes I….uhhhh…..well, I buy pickles….at the store.  GASP! Have you ever tried Wickles Pickles?  Oh my gosh, they are so good!  Just the right amount of sweet and spicey.  And perfectly crunchy. They have other products, too.  You can see them here…Wickles Pickles Products.  My mom loves their…

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    Mini Cheesecakes!

    When I saw this recipe in Family Circle Magazine, I knew I had to try it.  They turned out so cute and yummy, I just had to share them with you. I started out topping them all with fruit…to keep them on the healthy side. Then, I just couldn’t help myself…I had to do one with chocolate.  And caramel. These were so easy, and fun to make!  Let’s face it…the possibilities are endless with toppings.  Just get creative and add whatever you love. The recipe is actually from Philadelphia Cream Cheese, here is my version. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided 3 Tbsp. butter…

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    Spring Forward….Into The Snow!

    Happy Spring Forward Day!  As I shuffled my way into the kitchen, it was still dark outside.  Wasn’t sure if it was 4:30 or 5:30…it always takes me a little bit to adjust to a time change.  Either way….it was EARLY.  Here are a few shots of what it looks like around here this morning. Took this first picture while it was still dark outside….see… I told you it was EARLY. After the sun came up I ventured out on the porch. Now, my hiney is parked in front a blazing fire… Have a great day!

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    Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches…Country Style

    I know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make a good Philly Steak Sandwich, but my crew LOVES these.  And, it’s so easy, I wanted to share. Before we start, let’s get one thing straight…I’m NOT a food blogger.  I leave that to the professionals. So,  just hang in there with me, and know you will love the end result.  Oh, and if you don’t cook…you, too, can do this.  Yes, it’s that easy. First, get a chuck roast.  In my opinion, it MUST be a chuck.  A chuck cooks perfectly every single time, and is fall-apart delicious. I use a frozen chuck roast, because I can put it in the oven on…

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    Blast From The Past….Telephone Booth

    Hello….hello?…helloooo? Can you hear me now? This little jewel is located in a community a few miles north of us.  Actually, all of us country folks in this small corner of the world consider ourselves “one” community. And speaking of “little”, this might possibly be the world’s smallest United States Post Office. This post office may be small, but it gets the job done for this community! So tell me, are phone booths extinct in your area?  Inquiring minds want to know.