Caprese Salad

This is a quick and easy salad, but it has amazing flavor and is so delicious.

You will need

  • Mozzarella pearls
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil, fresh or freeze dried
  • Balsamic Vinegar glaze

In a large bowl add the mozzarella pearls and break apart. Cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces, I use the small tomatoes in different colors and cut in half. Then chop the basil if using fresh and sprinkle on the salad. Probably 4-5 leaves or if using dried 2 teaspoons. The basil is more to taste. If you like more add more, this is your salad.

Then drizzle with the balsamic glaze and mix. Enjoy!

Homemade is Always Better

Many years ago I was on the search for the best lasagna. I found it and I have a blog post that is completely devoted to that.  In finding that recipe I also found the absolute best sauce ever.

I will admit the idea of making my own red sauce for spaghetti or lasagna was never something I thought would be worth doing or easy. Turns out it is both. It takes a while for it to cook so that all the flavors really meld together. But otherwise it is very simple and definitely worth the time. Your will thank me, your family will thank me, and if your dog gets scraps, he will thank me.

It starts with browning the meats with garlic and onion. Then adding diced tomatoes that you have to crush by hand. I don’t know why but this is the way. I tried crushed and it didn’t turn out for me. I tried diced and I didn’t like that either. However open the diced and crush with your ands then add to the pot, perfect! Add spices and let that simmer for an hour!

After an hour of low simmering. You will have the most mouth watering smell floating through your home!

Then cook some pasta and there you go! Perfection on a plate. It’s good on a hunk of French bread. Not sure how I would know that, but I might have had to have a taste or two before serving.

I will be more than happy to share the recipe with you. Just message me your email and I will send it your way. Trust me make the time and try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed except with yourself for not trying homemade earlier.


Too many cookies

I made cookies for my Bible study class. I had tons leftover. My son put a good dent in them. However I was afraid they would get dry and crumbly. I was thinking I would freeze them, but I found a better idea.

Ice cream cookie sandwiches! Yes, I put some vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies and then wrapped them in Saran Wrap. The perfect snack.

It’s a Sausage Ball Kind of Day

We arrived back In Wyoming yesterday evening. This morning we awoke to 7 degree temps and snow. The roads are closed to the ranch, so for the next couple of hours we are stuck in town.

When it’s snowy and nasty out. There is nothing to do but stay inside and of course cook.

I love whipping up a batch of sausage balls. They are easy and fun quick. Since we have been gone for over a week this required a trip to the store.

Now I like my sausage balls spicy. But you can omit the Tabasco and use mild sausage

Sausage Balls

1-2lbs of hot sausage

3-4 drops Tabasco

1 Small pkg finely shredded cheddar cheese

1-2 cups bisquick

Mix sausage, Tabasco, and cheese in a bowl. Then add enough bisquick to bind it together. Roll into balls and bake at 375 until done about 12-15 minutes.


It is How God Made Me

Wow if that’s not a title. …

(Pardon my Halloween makeup. This is my only picture before I quit dyeing it in January. )

Like the majority of women in America and probably the world, I worry about aging. I am now forty-one and yes I am gaining some wisdom lines. Now I will say first off, that dying your hair is wonderful. I love it. But if I choose to let it go. That too should be wonderful.

When I was in high school a friend’s mom plucked my first white hair. I was probably around sixteen. From there it multiplied. By the time I was 21 I was dying my hair every 6 weeks.

As a school teacher I was in the public eye and I felt the pressure to make sure I had my hair dyed. I went from dark brown, to blond, to black. Black is where I remained the last 8 years.

In the past five years I began to feel conflicted about my hair, and this is where my struggle begins. I retired from teaching and I am now a full time mom and ranch hand. Over the years my every six week hair appointment has changed to every four weeks. Once a month I had to go in to have my white, or silver, or maybe gray turned back. Why?

I tried to grow it out once and I was given so much grief. So much grief from even people I didn’t know. “You know your hair is really aging you.” “You look like my grandmother.” ” You have let your self go since you quit teaching.” The list goes on.

What makes it okay for us to put down or questions someone’s hair choice? Why do we feel that letting our hair be what God intended is not good enough? What gives us the right to put others down for being natural? The hair dye companies want us to feel ugly and unattractive without their products. But why?

We do this because someone tells us it is not the norm. We do this because society tells us that letting gray, silver, or white show is wrong!

Well this time I’m stronger. This time I am letting God’s choice for me shine bright! He chose me to have this color and I am letting it shine. Many of us have friends or family who never got the chance to go gray. They were taken early. I have the opportunity to see what God intended me to look like at my age. I’m going to take a look!

Here is to being proud of what God gave me! Let that light shine!!

Knitting Hats

It seems I have been away from my blog. I wish to say I have been knitting like crazy but I have been a little lazy. I am just getting back into the groove.

I made two baable hats for people through my Etsy store and then knitted just for me. I have decided to load my project bag with a few patterns I have been wanting to try and made myself work them out.

Here are a few pictures of what I have finished. Have a great week!

Christmas Cookie Number Two!

I decided to try Eggnog Cookies tonight. Overall they are a very soft cookie and with the icing, they are just delectable!

Eggnog Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp rum or rum extract
1/2 cup eggnog
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Combine butter and sugars in a bowl. Mix until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time. Then put in the vanilla, rum and eggnog.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add slowly mixing after each addition.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes of until lightly browned. Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.

When cool spread frosting on the top and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Enjoy!


1/2 cup butter softened
1 tsp rum or rum extract
3 tbsp egg nog
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Mix together to desired consistency.