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Hello everyone, I'm Cindi, aka "domestic goddess", and I consider myself to be a country girl at heart. I'm also a mother to 3 daughters, and I have 1 granddaughter. Being a country gal, I enjoy preparing down-home country meals for my family. I also enjoy sharing recipes with others, collecting cookbooks, reading about the paranormal, and spending time with my family.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dave & Cindi Bauer

Picture of us on the day our youngest daughter
Heidi & Josh were married  (June 8th, 2002).
The wedding took place outdoors.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Franks and Beans Soup

This is a hearty, delicious, quick 'n easy soup to put together.

Franks and Beans Soup

8 Jumbo size franks, cut into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 (11-1/2 oz.) cans condensed bean with bacon soup
3 and 3/4 cups of water
1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz.) can light red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
3 teaspoons minced dried onion flakes
1/8 teaspoon, plus 1/16 teaspoon black pepper

In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the vegetable oil.

Add the sliced franks; cook and stir frequently for 4 minutes,
to lightly brown the franks.

Add the 3 cans of soup, the water, kidney beans, dried onion flakes, and pepper; stir to mix.

Cook soup over low heat, uncovered, until soup has heated through (about 18 minutes).

Yields: 6 - 7 servings

Note: The brand of franks I used to make this soup were, Farmland Hickory Smoked Deli-Style Franks, but you could substitute jumbo size hot dogs for the franks, if desired.

Nikki's Going Away Cake

This is the cake my daughter Jenny had made for her friend Nikki, who will be moving to another city to further her career. Jenny and Nikki have known each other since their elementary school days. We all are wishing Nikki "the best" in her new job. Nikki will be missed by all who know her!

Kerry and her 'NERDS' Birthday Cake

Last week on St. Patricks Day, my oldest daughter's room mate Kerry, had celebrated her 35th birthday, and per requested by our oldest dear daughter, she asked her sister Jenny (whose the cake baker in our family) to make Kerry a 'NERDS' cake, as nerds are one of Kerry's favorite candies.

Here's a pic of the cake Jenny had made for Kerry...

Needless to say, Kerry loved her birthday cake!

Canned Blueberry Pie

Lately I've been craving pie, and since I already made my daughter a cherry pie, I decided I'd make one of my favorites, which is blueberry. The crust and pie filling were not made from scratch, but rather with canned pie flling which I purchased from Wal-mart (the Great Value Brand), and with one of those already-made pie crust, which I purchased from Aldi's. Normally I place a pie shield ontop my pies before baking them, but this time I forgot to do that, and yet my pie crust turned out perfect, and not too dark. The end results, a quick and delicious tasting pie! Not made from scratch, but still good!!

Canned Blueberry Pie

2-(21 ounce) cans blueberry pie filling (*See note)
1-(15 ounce) pkg. 2-already made pie crusts

1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
wax paper (To unroll pie dough onto)
mini cookie cutters
granulated sugar (To sprinkle ontop the pie)
1-(14-inch) circular shaped pizza tin
1-(10-1/2 inch) pie shield (optional use)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove both pie crusts from the pkg. Let pie crusts set on kitchen counter for 20 minutes before using.

Remove one of the crusts from the plastic wrap. Unroll the pie crust and place it on a sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle the teaspoon of flour over the crust. Using your hand, lightly spread the flour over the entire crust. Place the pie crust, floured side down, inside a 9-inch pie pan. Add both cans of pie filling into the pie pan.

Unroll the remaining pie crust onto the sheet of wax paper. Using desired shaped mini cookie cutters, cut-out and remove some of the dough, near the center of the pie crust. Set cut-out pie dough aside.

Top the pie with the remaining pie crust. Place the cut-out pie dough ontop the pie crust. Sprinkle the pie dough with a bit of the granulated sugar. Place pie pan ontop the 14-inch pizza tin before placing in oven. If desired, place the pie shield evenly ontop the pie, before baking. Bake the pie for 1-hour in a 350 degree oven.

*Note: This is the already made pie crust I use, whenever I make my pies. I purchase mine from Aldi's, and I much prefer it over the Pillsbury Pie Crust. Also, for this recipe, you can use another canned pie filling, such as... cherry, peach, raspberry or strawberry.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jenny's Birthday Pie

Today is our dear daughter Jenny's 33rd birthday.
Since Jenny is busy this month baking cakes for others,
I thought I'd bake her a pie instead of a cake.
Jenny loves cherry pie, so here's the pie I made for her.
I am also posting the birthday card I picked out for her.
I think Jen will get a 'kick' out of the card!