From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Bacon Cheeseburger Crock Pot Dip

I have not tried this recipe yet, but withย baconย in the title, it can’t be horrible!

BACON CHEESEBURGER CROCK POT DIP

1 pound hamburger

8 ounce package cream cheese, cubed

2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

10 ounces diced tomatoes

6 ounce package real bacon bits, divided (I’m thinking perhaps I’ll take the time to fry real bacon and crumble it.)

1 teaspoon parsley

Assorted dippers

Brown ground beef. Drain meat and place in large skillet. Over low heat, stir in cheeses, tomatoes, along with juices. Add all bacon bits except 2 tablespoons (set aside)

Cook while stirring frequently until everything is heated through and well blended.

Pour mixture into a 2 quart crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley and sprinkle with remaining bacon bits just before serving.

Hope your day is full of laughter!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen —

These are scrumptious with afternoon coffee.

FRENCH CRESCENT ROLLS

1 package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

3/4 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees)

1 egg

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon shortening

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

ICING:

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, egg, sugar, shortening and salt; mix well. Add flour; mix until smooth. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4″ thickness. Spread with 1 tablespoon softened butter. Fold corners to the middle. Fold in half. Wrap dough in waxed paper. Chill for 30 minutes. Repeat rolling, buttering, folding and chilling twice more. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each into an 11″ circle, 1/8″ thick. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Roll up from wide edge to tip of dough and pinch and seal. Place rolls, tips down, on greased baking sheets and curve to form a crescent. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

For icing, combine sugar, milk, butter and extracts. Spread over warm rolls. Sprinkle with nuts.

Yield: 16 rolls

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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Childhood Ends?!

What??! Why? No one told me this ๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess the day I was forced to grow up was the first time I baby-sat. I had not even been left a lone to watch my siblings much someone else’s child.

I had just turned 12 years old. It was to be on Christmas Eve. The family wanted to go to church together at midnight. This particular family were close friends to my grandparents. So, I agreed to babysit when asked.

The baby was asleep when I arrived because it was around 10:30 pm. I really didn’t have to do anything except be there in case the baby woke up. There was still the responsibility of taking care of someone so little depending on me.

The family appreciated me babysitting their little one. I watched their children many years after that.

May your day be full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Mahogany Chiffon

This recipe is my absolute favorite as far as cake goes. Grandma always made it for special occasions such as birthdays. It was always so delicious!

The first time I made this cake, I had to laugh at myself. Well, first I was upset but then I calmed down. I checked on the cake while it was baking and oh. my. gosh. The batter was so thin it had leaked out of the pan and onto the oven floor! Obviously, I had STIRRED the batter instead of folding it like the recipe read. Ugh! Oh well. Better luck next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

MAHOGANY CHIFFON CAKE

Make sure the eggs are at room temperature.

3/4 cup boiling water

1/2 cup cocoa

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Sift the flour, measure, then add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and sift again. Measure again.

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

7 unbeaten egg yolks (medium size)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup egg whites (7 or 8)

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Heat oven to 325 degrees. (Slow oven.)

Combine boiling water and cocoa, let cool. Measure flour by dip level – pour or by sifting.

Blend flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in bowl. Make a well and add oil, egg yolks, vanilla and cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth. Measure egg whites and add cream of tartar in large mixing bowl and beat until very stiff. Pour egg yolk mixture in thin stream over entire surface of whites, gently cutting and folding in with rubber spatula. Do not stir! Pour into ungreased 10″ tube pan. (Angel food cake pan.)

Bake 55 minutes at 325 degrees. Then at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Invert. Let hang until cold.

This cake is excellent with ice cream! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your day!

Laurie Jackson

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Dear Writer’s Block

Dear Writer’s Block,

It’s not you. It’s me. I am breaking up with you. We can no longer hang out together. It’s time for one of us to move on. I’ll do it. You are not strong enough to move. It will be easier if I just go. My patience runs thin with you trying to help me.

It will be hard for us both. In the end, it will be worth it, I promise. It’s time for some different friendships for the both of us. I feel that we can grow in different directions. Time to expand our horizons.

I’ll let you come for a visit once in awhile. I won’t allow you to over stay your welcome, though. I have for many years been trying to write my sister’s story but you have been around distracting me. Shame on you! I will succeed without your help.

You have your life, Writer’s Block and I have mine.

Sincerely,

A Happier Me

May your day be full of sunshine and plenty of coffee!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Texas Cake

Here is a recipe for a large family or are having a party.

TEXAS CAKE

Do not use mixer.

Sift together and set aside.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

In saucepan, bring to boil the following ingredients:

1 stick butter or margarine

1/2 cup shortening (Crisco)

1 cup water

2 heaping tablespoons cocoa

Pour chocolate mixture over flour and sugar.

Stir well.

Combine:

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour this in chocolate mixture. Put in a large pan.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Grandma always used a large cookie sheet with sides.

ICING

Make in pan you cooked chocolate mixture in.

1 stick butter

2 heaping tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup buttermilk

Bring to boil. Add 1 pound powdered sugar

1 cup nuts

Have icing ready to pour over hot cake.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Dough

Here are a couple of salt dough recipes if you ever want to make hand prints or foot prints for a child.

SALT DOUGH CLAY

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup salt

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Place dough in ziplock bag and knead until smooth. After kneading, take out of bag and form into 3 smooth balls.

Place together in a snowman shape to make sure they sit well. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take the snowmen apart once more and bake at 180 degrees until they are hard. (About three hours). Don’t brown and keep turning as they will dry out.

Use tacky glue to hold together. Use mod podge waterproofing glaze. Use child socks for hats and pompoms.

The next recipe is what I used to make my grandson’s footprint.

SALT DOUGH CLAY

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup water (give or take)

Knead until dough forms

Make impression. Bake at 200 degrees for three hours. Do this every summer and make a stepping stone path.

Enjoy your day!

Laurie Jackson

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It’s A Beautiful Day!

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning as I sit here and write this. I am in my office trying to think of something to write as I listen to the banter between my son and daughter. Reminds me of a time when they were younger almost constantly bickering at one another.

I miss those days when my kiddos were younger. If only the clock could be turned back at least for a little while. Today is my second son, Kyle’s, birthday. Although none of my kids are second to none. It’s hard to believe he is 27 years old!!! Memories of him being a little boy come flooding back. There was never a dull moment with him. When Kyle was born, I said this is the child that will give me gray hair. This is the child who will try anything once. Kyle and I have had our rough times but through it all, we survived. There’s nothing I would change about him.

I am going to be a grandma second time around. My baby is having a baby!!! When she told me, I just kept clapping and smiling. The other week, I was able to ride a long with Adele to her doctor appointment. I was able to see the little munchkin and hear the heartbeat. It was an amazing experience. She is due in February. I am so excited! Being called grandma is the best ever!!!

I have already been blessed with a grandson. James is six. He is so much like his daddy. There is never a dull moment when James around. Definitely makes my day to spend time with him. ๐Ÿ™‚

May your day be full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Don’t Say Things You Don’t Mean

Don’t promise me you love me

Then go and leave me blue.

Don’t say I mean the world to you

Unless I really do.

Don’t flower up the things you say

To make my life a dream.

Unless you really love me,

Don’t say things you don’t mean.

Don’t let me feel your loving arms

And then push me away.

Don’t talk about forever

Unless you plan to stay.

Don’t tell me that you’ll be my king

Or that I’ll be your queen.

Unless you really love me,

Don’t say things you don’t mean.

Written by Debbie Folsom

May your day be filled with sunshine.

Laurie Jackson

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A Letter To Mindy

I wrote this letter to my sister, Mindy, shortly after she passed. She struggled and battled for 11 long years with cancer. It’s hard to believe she has been gone 27 years.

I will always love you, Mindy Jo. I miss you so much!

Dear Mindy,

Hi. I feel like crying! So, I thought I’d write you a letter. I have no idea what to say. It’s just that I miss you soooo very much.I need your help. I need you back with us. I want you back with us. Please tell me that it will be okay. This is the first time I cried today. It’s so very hard to imagine that you’re in a much better place. I know you’re really happy where you’re at right now. Do me a favor, please. Keep an eye on Mom. She really misses you so much. It’s hard on everyone but it’s mostly hard on her. You two were always together. Our family is going to fall apart. You’re the one who held it together. Now I don’t know what’s going to happen.

That feeling is coming over me again. Please help me. I was at Mom’s today and it was kind of hard not seeing you there playing with your Barbie dolls. We won’t let Elmer EVER forget his Aunt Mindy. He loved you very much. He still says your name.

(This letter was written when Elmer was almost 2 years old. I was five months pregnant with my second son when Mindy passed. She was only 11 years old. She touched so many lives without even trying.)

May your day be filled with loads of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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