Monday, May 30, 2011

Mindful Monday ~ Happy Memorial Day

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day!
Hope you are having a beautiful day enjoying time with friends and family!

I just want to send a word of appreciation to all of the soldiers, past and present, who've given us the wonderful gift of freedom .

We remember and honor your amazing service!

Thank you !

Friday, May 27, 2011

Old Glory Cherry-Blueberry Pie

via Sunset, July 2001


  • 5 cups fresh sweet, dark cherries, rinsed and pitted, or frozen pitted cherries (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained, or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Flag pastry
  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix cherries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. In a smaller bowl, mix blueberries with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Combine sugar and cornstarch; gently stir 1 cup of the mixture into cherries and 1/4 cup into blueberries.
  2. Spoon cherry mixture over 3/4 of the pastry in pan, leaving 1 quadrant free. Spoon blueberry mixture into unfilled area. Scatter butter evenly over fruit.
  3. Top filling with stars and stripes as directed for flag pastry. Set pie in a foil-lined 13- by 17-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake on the bottom rack of a 400° regular or convection oven until fruit is bubbling in the center and pastry is well browned, about 1 hour. If pastry edges brown too quickly (check after 40 minutes), cover loosely with foil.
  5. Let pie cool on a rack at least 3 hours; let stand at room temperature up to 8 hours. Cut into wedges and serve with ice cream, if desired.

Notes: If using fresh cherries, buy about 1 3/4 pound; if using frozen, you'll need about 1 1/2 packages, 16 ounces each.
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mindful Monday

How to start your week off right:

1.      Wake Up
Decide to have a good day. 

"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it"  
Psalms 118:24

2.    Dress Up

The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7 

3 . Shush Up 
Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.  

"He who guards his lips guards his soul."  
Proverbs 13:3 

4. Stand Up
For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."  
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up

To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up
For something higher. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !
Your Prayers. 

"Do not worry about anything;
Philippians 4:6
And remember:
God answers prayers. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Big Time Burger

With Summer"just around the corner" and Memorial Dayweekend upon us ...
Big Mike Burger
(Paula Deen's Ultimate -Big Time Burger)
Courtesy of Paula Deen
Show: Paula's Party
Episode: Paula's Drive-Through

Patty #1
Pecan Burger:                                                                                                                             
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 slices bacon
  •  1/2 cup chopped pecan
  •  3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  •  2 tablespoons grated onion 
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Preheat broiler or grill. Divide ground beef into 12 flat patties.  Partially saute bacon - the fat should start rendering, but it shouldn't be crispy.  Drain bacon. Mix pecans, parsley, onion, and butter together. Spread mixture on 6 of the patties. 
Top with remaining 6 patties and seal the edges with the partially sauteed bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. Broil or grill 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness, turning once.

Patty #2
  • Butter  
  • Salt  
  • Freshly ground black pepper   
  • 1 1/2  pounds ground beef or ground chuck  
  • 4 tablespoons butter, Cut into small cubes  
  • 4 ounces American cheese, cut into 6 portions.
 Special Sauce for the "Big Mike" 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  •  1/4 cup ketchup
  •  Hot sauce
  •  2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapenos
To serve:
  • 12 hamburger buns 
  • 6 leaves lettuce
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 6 onion slices

Salt and pepper the beef, to taste.  Mix beef and cubed butter together with your hands and form 6 balls. Push a piece of American cheese into the center of each ball.   Mold ground beef around the cheese in the shape of a patty.  Cook on hot grill or in skillet to desired doneness.
Special Sauce for the "Big Mike": Stir all ingredients together until well blended.
To Serve: Place 1 pecan burger on a bottom piece of 6 buns. Top with another bottom piece of bun and the butter burger. Top with sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and a top piece of the bun. Discard or save for another use the remaining 6 top bun pieces.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thank You Thursday

  Happy Thoughts for You
Freebie Alert : Free Positive Thoughts Poster!
Poster  by: Amanda Oaks via Tip Junkie

Free Positive Thoughts Poster - PDF

All you need to do is print the poster on copy paper, cut up the dashed lines & hang it (somewhere good).

Happiness will follow you thereafter.

… well it certainly is worth a try!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Mindful Monday

Pretty "peared" with Inspiration

I love Pears and I love the inspiration in this one!
You can print one for yourself  


....and there are two other color combinations to choose from.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mindful Monday - Mothers

This quote was printed  in our Church  Program yesterday.  


" Many years ago the First Presidency issued a statement that has had a profound and lasting influence upon me.  'Motherhood,' they wrote, 'is near to divinity.  It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.  It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.' " Elder Russell M. Nelson
 via Eddie Ross
These are some other quotes that I love about the
beautiful blessings and responsibilities of motherhood.  

"In the soft and gentle arms of a mother's love, children can come to know the voice of the Lord." 
Dwan J. Young

via sweepmeup

"Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mother's are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth." Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"When a mother provides an example of joy, the children's world is one of happiness." Barbara B. Smith
via toforever

"Nothing a woman can ever do will have anywhere near as much importance as the influence she has as a mother." George D. Durran
via o mag

I have a wonderful mother. 
I feel so blessed and I am forever grateful to have her!

But my life has also been touched by the example and influence of 
my grandmother, daughters, daughter-in-law, friends and YOU! 

(via everythingfab)
via createfindadmire
I hope you all had a Lovely  Mother's Day~ I sure did!