Recipe Save: Ham Glaze

Origin:  Modified Internet Recipe
Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: varies based upon ham, size and method
Number of Servings: N/A


  • 1 cup apple cider/juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup honey/maple syrup


  1. Combine apple cider/juice, allspice, brown sugar and honey/syrup in a small saucepan. Brush 1/2 of mix all over the ham.
  2. Prepare ham as advised based upon type of ham, size and method of cooking.
  3. When there is 3o minutes left of cooking time, brush remaining mixture all over ham and repeat every 10 minutes until ham is finished.
  4. Let ham stand 20 minutes before slicing and serving.



Recipe Save: Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: ## minutes
Actual Cooking Time: ## minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6


  • 1 onion, minced or pureed (so the kids can’t see it.  🙂
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice (I typically use brown rice)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 cabbage (whole head)
  • boiling water
  • 1 c beef broth (or stock)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup


  1. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling water.
  2. Cover and let cook until tender and leaves and be pulled apart. 
  3. While cabage is cooking, stew chopped onion and garlic in butter in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add rice, meat, salt, and pepper.
  5. Stir just to mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Remove softened outer leaves.
  8. Cut thick center stem from each leaf.
  9. Take one large cabbage leaf at a time, put 1 rounded tablespoonful of meat mixture in center of a leaf. Roll leaves.
  10. Put stuffed cabbage leaves with seam down close to each other in the crockpot.
  11. Combine beef broth and soup; Pour over cabbage rolls.
  12. Cook on low 6 hour or high 4 hours.  Cooking time may vary based upon your individual crockpot.


Recipe Save: Taco Seasononing – Bulk

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 5-10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6


  • 1 C chili powder
  • 2 T t garlic powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 2 t red pepper flakes
  • 2 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 T oregano
  • 2 T paprika
  • .4 C cumin
  • 3 T salt (more to taste)
  • 6.5 T finely ground pepper


  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container.

Cook’s Note:

I typically use 3 T in place of a store bought packet of seasoning.

Recipe Save: Pie Crust


Origin:  Online and then modified in my kitchen
Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: varies
Number of Servings: 2 single crusts or 1 double crust


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 tablespoons softened butter
  • 11 tablespoons cold lard
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Preparation Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt and sugar with Kitchen Aid mixer.
  2. Cut in butter a tablespoon at a time.  
  3. Add cold lard and continue cutting in until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal with butter bits no bigger than small peas. 
  4. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of ice water over mixture.
  5. With a fork, fluff to mix thoroughly.
  6. Squeeze a handful of dough — if it doesn’t stick together, add remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Divide dough into two balls and then flatten into 6-inch discs.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  9. Fill with your favorite pie filling recipe.

Recipe Save: Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

Origin: Internet and then modified to my families preference
Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes + 2 hours wait time
Actual Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Number of Servings: 3 cups of cooked noodles


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped, minced or pureed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 cans tomatoes, chopped (1 lb)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1 can tomatoe paste (12 oz.)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp dried basil leave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  3. Serve over hot spaghetti, noodles or other pasta.  Our family prefers angel hair pasta.

Cooks Notes:  If you like home made meatballs, you can prepare the meatballs in the morning and let them cook in the sauce all day.

The Moments That Melt My Heart

As I’ve mentioned before, we have a bed time routine.  It includes the kids choosing a favorite thing for the day and then saying a prayer of thanks for that favorite thing:

Me:  What is your favorite thing?

Gabe:  Reading Charlotte’s Web.  Thank you God for giving me such a good Mom to read me such a good book.  Amen.

My heart melted and a tear came to my eye.  I so love those kids.

To Auntie!

Are you a closet hoarder?

I suspect that many of us have closet hoarding tendencies and many of us are probably just outright hoarders.  My husband hoards more and more as he gets older.  It isn’t necessarily a bad thing.   I tend to throw things away with reckless abandon.  For example, the knobs for the burners on our stove have all broken through the years.  Before last week I was down to just one knob that I used to work each burner.  It was a major pain.  This week Mike purchased new knobs for the stove.  It is a beautiful thing!  I can’t even remember when I last had 4 working knobs!!!  The one knob that was left over was sitting on my spice counter.  I saw it and immediately thought “garbage” and threw it away.  Mike promptly dug it out of the trash to stash away somewhere in case one of the knobs ever breaks again.  Not an unreasonable thing to do and, in fact, probably quite a smart “hoard” actually.

Then there is my hoarding tendency.  I apologize for the grossness but I must admit I have a problem.  You see, I have something in my head that tells me that any tissue used to blow my nose can and should be used more than one time.  Here is the flaw in that thinking.  I never do.  So what we have here is bunches of used tissues all over the house that myself or, more likely, my husband, have to go through and throw away.

Do you hoard?  If so, what is it?  Is it practical or completely illogical, like me 🙂  ?

Recipe – Spicy Southwestern Vegetable Soup

Origin:  Modified recipe found on internet Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes Actual Cooking Time: 40 minutes Number of Servings: 8 Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 bell pepper (minced)
  • 6 cups of broth (vegetable or chicken work best)
  • 1/2 cabbage head (chopped or shredded)
  • 3-4 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 turnip (diced)
  • 28 ozs diced tomatoes
  • 14 ozs black beans
  • 14 ozs corn (kernel)
  • 4 ozs green chilies (diced)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsps cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • hot pepper sauce


  1. Heat the oil in the bottom of a soup pot. Cook the onions and bell pepper in the oil until tender.
  2. Add the broth, cabbage, carrots, turnip, tomatoes, beans and corn. Stir and bring to a boil.  Continue to simmer until vegetable are tender.
  3. Add the chiles, salt and pepper, cumin, chili powder and hot pepper sauce. Stir.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes.

The Greatest Daddy EVER! We love you!

As I started to write this post I realized I can’t say it any better than I already have.  I’ve got the most awesome husband who is without a doubt the most awesome Dad.

The very first Father’s Day just a few months after we got to meet Gabe.  I couldn’t even have realized how awesome a Dad he would turn out to be.  Titled Thank You, My Love.

On our 5 year anniversary I mention his awesomeness as a husband and call out his awesomeness as a Daddy too.  Titled Five Years Ago Today.

Another Father’s Day post basically stating the obvious.  I’m a luck wife and my kids are super lucky!  Titled Happy Father’s Day.

Me admiring Mike doing yard work.  Titled Mike, I think you are beautiful.

This is a Father’s Day post that details some of the major sacrifices Mike has gladly endured for him family.  Titled My man, my love and the greatest Daddy ever!.

Gabe saying a prayer and thanking God for his great Dad.  Titled Thank you God, for my Daddy.

Another post talking about all the wonderful things Mike does and the sacrifices he endures for us.  Titled The Good Dad Message.

Just because he is great post.  Titled I’m such a lucky lady.

You can also check out my Facebook wall for countless status updates remarking on his greatness.

Mike – Our children are so blessed and so lucky to be able to have you for a Daddy.  I hope you always know how much I love you and I hope you always feel loved, admired, appreciated and respected by me.

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