Monday, April 22, 2013

Cinnamon- Raisin Crescents

Have you ever discovered all the different things you can do with Canned Crescents?  I tend to try making alot of home made food around my home but I can not stray from Crescents.  I use them to make Pizza Rolls,  Crescent Smores, I use them for Cherry Danishes,  Cinnamon Cheesecake, etc. etc!!  They are a mom's best friend!  lol  I love them!  I made these the other day for the kids and they were fantastic!!  This recipe comes from Pillsbury.

Cinnamon- Raisin Crescents

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tbsp milk

  • Heat Oven to 375 degrees.  In small bowl, mix butter and cinnamon.  
  • Separate dough into 8 triangles,.  Spread each triangle with cinnamon butter.  Sprinkle each with 1 Tbsp. of the raisins.  Roll Up, starting at shortest side of triangle, rolling to opposite point.  Place rolls point side down on ungreased cookie sheet; curve into crescent shape.  
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.  Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool for 2 minutes.  
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. of the milk.  Add more milk as needed until glaze is thin enough to drizzle.  Drizzle glaze over crescents.  Serve warm.   

Easy Peasy!

Short Weekends

We had another short weekend.  I don't even work a normal job and I think the weekends are too short. lol With kid activities during the week, it's the only 2 days I really get to do any extra work around here with hubby.  Well the most constructive thing we were able to do this weekend was FINALLY install my clothes lines.  I am so excited to be able to have old fashioned lines to hang laundry on now. Ahhh!  So happy!  With 7 kids we are just flying through laundry each day and 1 dryer isn't cutting it.  I never had a problem with laundry till we decided to have 3 kids in 2 years.  Haha!  Our "3 Amigos" as I call them are always on the go getting into everything and it's hard to spend time down in the basement while they are upstairs terrorizing baby ducks in the bathroom,  playing plumber with the toilet, or eating any and everything they can find in the kitchen. Needless to say I get behind quite easily with laundry anymore so I'm hoping more outdoor time this summer while I'm hanging and folding off the lines will benefit me and my dryer quite a bit. 

In other news we have been becoming acquainted
with our new bunny, Ginger we bought from another breeder nearby.  We went with Ginger as her Tattoo appears to be G1. lol  She's a Castor Mini Rex.  I have always loved the color.  Our first 4-H rabbit was a Broken Castor Mini Rex we discovered at Orschlens for sale during an Easter sale years ago. I noticed his tat in his ear so I knew he was used at one time!  It was kind of funny when you think about finding a show bunny in a store but hey he actually did pretty well.  This girl was bred before we got her so we're hoping she has some babies at the beginning of May! 

We've had quite a bit going on outside with our animals.  I love Spring! We've had 2 new Jersey Wooly babies born, 2 Mini Rex, and in February I bought new pullet chicks for the year.  We lost some but ended up with 17 new layers.  They are almost 3 months old now.  By July they should start laying.  I'm guessing with our other layers we might get about 2 dozen eggs a day!  I should have plenty more to sell by then!   I also have 36 eggs in an incubator so we'll see how that goes!  Along with the chickens we are the owners of 18 ducks, 17 rabbits, 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 guinea pigs, and a hamster! lol
I love watching the new life Spring brings.  I've been out daily watching all my plants/trees blooming out.  So far there's lots of activity going on with our Garlic, Sage, Blueberry bushes, Peach, Plum, Cherry and Apple Trees!  Can't wait to see what our garden yields this year!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Blueberry Buckle

I love baking and cooking for our family.  One thing that I actually don't like is making my kids eat cereal before school.  There's nothing wrong with it but I guess I just figure, I'm here and I should be able to make them a breakfast other than cereal.  Our kids LOVE coffee cakes and this one is a favorite so it's made quite often.  It comes from  Ingredients are easy, you can use fresh or frozen blueberries.  Enjoy!

Blueberry Buckle

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 8x8 inch pan.
2. Cream together 3/4 cup sugar, shortening, and egg.
3. In a separate bowl mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk. Stir in blueberries. Pour into greased 8x8 inch pan.
4. To make topping: Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and butter. Sprinkle over cake batter.
5. Bake at 375 degree F (190 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes.

Who We Are

 I wanted to give a little picture of who is behind all the writing of this crazy blessed life.  We live in Kansas surrounded by miles of fields.  When we first bought our place I was so excited to have horses, that's all I cared about. lol  We'll we have the horses now plus ducks, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and hopefully milking goats this summer! 

We were blessed with 7 amazing kids.  Some people think it's a bit different to have a large family especially with the economy nowadays but we are a different kind of couple. lol  We'd love to have more by adoption a little bit further down the road.  Our oldest is 12, youngest is 2.  They are all active in many different things so we run around quite a bit.  We are also a 4-H family.  Love that I get to raise 7 little 4-Hers! 

A little bit about me, I'm a Pinterest Addict. lol  I love sewing, gardening, and I'm a craftaholic. lol   I am really interested in self sufficiency and homesteading/farmsteading.  I love doing old things to get back to basics.  I love making silly little parties for whatever reason just so I can be a hostess for our friends or family.  I love love love to cook and bake. I hate to say extreme couponer but I do that too. hee hee! Which leads me to the word Prepper. lol  I love to play piano but if you have little kids it's a bit of a challenge as they will come up and beat on the keys next to me.  That's about all I can think of, I hope you enjoy reading.  :)