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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 counrty 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.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I had the most wonderful birthday!

Yesterday I celebrated my 57th birthday. I had the most wonderful day! In the morning my husband served me breakfast in bed, with some of my favorite breakfast foods... McDonald's Sausage & Cheese McGriddle Sandwich, plus he purchased one of those McCafé Cherry Berry Chiller drinks. It's a blended-ice drink bursting with the sweetness of cherry and raspberry. We also had Kwik Trips Glazer Donuts and English Toffee Coffee. All tasted so good!!

We spent the day at Jen's and Shennons'. Jen cooked us a wonderful meal... Beer Can Chicken, grilled brats, Amish Potato Salad, Grandma Richter's Wilted Lettuce Salad, Watermelon, and Angel Food Cake with Sweetened Strawberries and Cream. Wendy & Kerry brought more potato salad (from Festival Foods... I love their yellow mustard potato salad), plus a Tuna Macaroni Salad. Plus Wendy brought a huge variety of ice cream treats. Needless to say... I ate too much, and was stuffed!!!

Later Shennon brought out some of his & Jen's homemade wines... strawberry, rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, and cranberry-orange. My favorite was the rhubarb, then the strawberry. Jen & Shennon do make some of "the best" homemade wines.

I received some nice gifts... the flowers Kerry had given me, Wendy had given me... Alison Arngrim's book (aka Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie) Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. Hubby gave me a dvd, the first season of... Men of a Certain Age. (My husband and I so enjoyed that show, and were disappointed when it was cancelled!!). Dave also gave me some printers ink (as hubby knows how much I go through the ink and printing paper), and Heidi & JC gave me... a 2 piece combo electric melter, that you can either burn soy tarts or scented oils on them (along with my first soy scented tart to burn, called..."Happy Birthday Cake"). It smells sooo good!!

Later that night Kerry had called me and told me of the scented soy tarts she and Wendy burn on their electric burner. I couldn't believe how many varieties there are, and can't wait for my soy tarts to arrive. If anyone is interested in viewing the many soy tart scents that are available, just click onto the flowing links:
(You will be amazed at the unusual scents that the site has!)

http://maximumscented.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=ascents&Store_Code=Candles

http://maximumscented.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=Candles&Product_Code=Soy_Tart_Potpourri_Melts&Category_Code==

Flowers for the birthday girl!



These were the flowers that my oldest daughter's
room mate Kerry, had given me on my birthday.
Aren't they pretty!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hey, look who's turning 57 today!!!



You guessed it... Today this "domestic goddess" is turning 57. Funny... I don't feel like I am 57. But physically, my body is tellin' me I'm "definitely" 57. Today and all of next week I'll be celebrating my birthday, as our oldest daughter has started a new tradition... that birthday's aren't just to celebrated for one day... but rather for an entire week, and so far no-ones objecting to the idea of a week long birthday. So I'm going to take advantage of the new tradition, and milk this one for all it's worth!!
After all... it's my birthday.
And..."Happy Birthday" to me!!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Bauer Family

I love this picture of my granddaughter and her Aunt Kerry. Kerry styled Jaycees' hair for JC's first highchool dance. JC looked so pretty, and Kerry did such a lovely job of styling JC's hair. This picture was actually taken last year in the Fall of 20012, when Jaycee was 12.




Side photo of granddaughter's hair-doo.
Loved JC's hair-doo!
How lovely and grown-up my granddaughter looked.





My granddaughter Jaycee at the age of 6.
This is one of my favorite pics of my granddaughter!




The following pictures were taken the day before Father's Day.


Photo of our oldest daughter Wendy,
and our youngest daughter Heidi.
Wendy is on the left, and Heidi's on the right.




Our 3 daughters... Wendy, Jenny, and Heidi.



Our daughters and our granddaughter Jaycee.
Jaycee in our youngest daughter's daughter.




Photo of Dave (my hubby who's in the background),
our girls, and our granddaughter Jaycee.
Don't ya just love their smiles!
We always have a great time when we get together.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Do you have a favorite soda?

This question seems to get asked every now and then on various message boards.... Do you have a favorite soda?

While Pepsi, Coke, Mt. Dew, or Dr. Pepper, seem to be the most popular... I see others have also chosen Fresca, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, A&W Root Beer, and even 7-UP. 
But one soda I see that never seems to get mentioned is...



I remember when Sun Drop was one of the most expensive sodas, but now-a-days, I have found it to be one of the cheaper soda's. While Coke and RC Cola are my favorite colas, my favorite citrus soda is... Sun Drop. So I am curious and would like to know from others... What's your favorite soda?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fruity Tossed Salad

I got the idea to make this delicious salad, from Nancy Girard whose an amazing cook. Be sure to go easy on the salad dressing though, as a little bit surely goes a long way. This is such a pretty salad!!



Fruity Tossed Salad

Fresh leafy salad greens
A few fresh strawberries, sliced
A few canned pineapple chunks, or tidbits, well drained
A few canned mandarin oranges, well drained
A few fresh blueberries
A few chopped pecans, or pecan halves (optional)
Bottled Kraft Creamy Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Arrange leafy salad greens among salad plates.

Top greens with fruit and nuts.
Lightly drizzle the poppy seed dressing over the salads.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mandarin Orange Salad With Peanuts

I was inspired to make this salad after viewing the recipe by CaliforniaJan at food.com. I tweaked the recipe to my liking, and used dry roasted peanuts instead of salted peanuts, but I think you could also use cashew halves or sliced almonds. I also used the mandarin oranges that come in those individual 4 ounce plastic sealed bowls. Plus I added dried cranberries to the salad, but this salad is also good without them.



Mandarin Orange Salad With Peanuts

Salad Ingredients:
2 bunches of lettuce (Iceberg, Romaine, or Red Leaf)
1/2 cup salted peanuts, divided (I used dry roasted)
2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained

Salad Dressing:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons diced white onion, or red onion
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
Additional add ins: dried cranberries (optional)

Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces, and distribute among individual salad bowls.

Drain the individual bowls of mandarin oranges, then equally divide among the salad bowls.

Top each salad bowl, with some of the peanuts.

If desired, top each bowl with some of the dried cranberries.

To make the dressing: In a bowl, jar, or glass measuring cup, add the salad dressing ingredients; stir well with a spoon.

Pour the dressing over the individual salad bowls, and serve.

Yields: 6 - 8 servings



Additional photo of the salad with the dried cranberries.

Cindi's Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

This is my own creation for strawberry vinaigrette dressing. It's not overly sweet; just a bit on the tangy side. To make the dressing, I used home-cooked strawberry jams that I've made myself. I did not add much vegetable oil. I don't care for dressings that state to add a lot of oil. This one balances out very well.




Cindi's Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

9 tablespoons strawberry jam (See *Note)
4-1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/16 teaspoon salt (or just a pinch)
additional add in: 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

In a bowl, jar, or a glass measuring cup, add all the above ingredients; mix by stirring with a spoon.

If desired, add a 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds to the dressing; stir to mix.

Serve dressing immediately with your favorite salad fixings, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

This almost makes 1 cup of dressing (about 7/8's of a cup).

*Note: When I prepared this vinaigrette dressing, I originally used a home-cooked strawberry jam, which I had prepared with a light powdered pectin, SURE JELL (in the pink box), but today I made this dressing using Ball Instant Fruit Pectin, it's a no-cooked strawberry jam. Both are great for this recipe.

I enjoy this dressing served over a bed of spinach, along with chopped smoked honey-turkey deli meat, hard boiled egg slices, and chunks of fresh pineapple. I've also enjoyed this served with a mixture of red lettuce, leafy green lettuce, fresh blueberries, canned pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, slices of red onion, and pecan halves. And today I enjoyed the dressing over baby romaine lettuce, along with mandarin oranges, canned pineapple chunks, and sliced almonds.



Friday, June 1, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake Iced Coffee

This delicious iced coffee is made with Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Shortcake Ground Coffee, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. (You will need a 12 cup coffee maker to brew the coffee.)



Strawberry Shortcake Iced Coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

6-3/4 cups cold water
7 Tbsp. Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Shortcake Ground Coffee
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
Coffee Ice Cubes (*See recipe below)
regular ice cubes

Add 7 tablespoons of ground coffee inside your paper-lined basket, and adjust basket to fit the coffee maker.

Pour the cold water into the coffee maker.

Start brewing the coffee.

After the coffee's done brewing, turn off the coffee maker, and set the coffee pot aside, for the coffee to cool somewhat.

Combine the brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk into a large pitcher; stir thoroughly until coffee and condensed milk is blended together. Refrigerate until coffee is chilled.

Once chilled; pour coffee in glasses filled with coffee ice cubes, or regular ice cubes, or a combination of both.

Yields: 58 ounces of iced coffee

Note: Prep time and cook time may vary. Depending on your coffee maker, cook time may take less than time stated, or perhaps a few minutes more.

*To make coffee ice cubes: Pour 2 cups of cold water inside your coffee maker. Place 3 tablespoons of the ground coffee inside your paper-lined basket. Start brewing the coffee. Once the coffee is done brewing, set pot aside to cool the coffee somewhat, then pour the coffee into an ice cube tray, and place the tray in your freezer to freeze the coffee. Note: Double the recipe to make 2 trays of coffee ice cubes.


Poached Eggs on Toast


Poached Eggs on Toast

1 slice of bread (toasted & buttered)
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
black pepper, add according to taste
dried parsley flakes, optional

Lightly grease a deep skillet, or a saucepan. (I spray the skillet or saucepan with a no-stick cooking spray.)

Add 1-inch of water to the skillet, but if using the saucepan, add 1-1/2-inches of water.

To the water, add the 1/4 teaspoon of salt; then heat water just to boiling.

Break eggs into 2 separate custard dishes.

When the water comes to a boil, carefully slip the eggs into the skillet or saucepan.

Cover the pan or skillet, and cook over low heat for 3 minutes.

Remove poached eggs with a slotted spoon or pancake turner.

Serve poached eggs on buttered toast, then season with black pepper and a light sprinkle of dried parsley flakes.

Yields: 1 serving