Thursday, September 20, 2007

Two recipes and household tip

I was wanting to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies yesterday (they are Ed's favorite!) but was not looking forward to spending the time spooning out the dough onto the cookie sheet and so on. It isn't because I'm lazy, either. I just wasn't looking forward to being on my feet for so long and having to get up and down so much. Soooooo I searched on the internet for a recipe for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Bars and I found one! And is it ever yummy! These taste just like a soft oatmeal raisin cookie but you just mix up the batter, spread it out evenly in the baking dish and 25 minutes later....voila'!....wonderful, warm oatmeal raisin bars! Great with milk or a hot cup of coffee! Here is the recipe:

2 cups of flour
2 cups of oats
1 tsp. of soda
2 tsp. of cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar/ packed
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup of raisins

Cream together the butter,sugar,eggs,and vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Spread in greased 9X13 baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Be sure to not overbake.
The next recipe is for Company Casserole and one of our ladies brought it to our ladies' meeting Tuesday evening. It is scrumptious and a bit different than anything I've had before. I love the blend of flavours it has. Here is the recipe:

1 8oz. pkg. of cream cheese
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. worchestershire sauce
Mix the above ingredients together until smooth. The recipe she gave me just said to mix the above ingredients together but I'm wondering if you could also do this in a saucepan over low heat?

1 medium onion / chopped
1/2 green pepper / chopped
1 Tbsp. butter/margarine
1 lb. ground beef
1 8oz. can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of ketchup
Sautee the onion and pepper in the margarine. Add ground beef and brown. Add tomato sauce and ketchup. Bring to a simmer until all indgredients are done and mixed together.
Cook 1 16oz. pkg. of noodles and then put them in a lightly greased 9X13 baking dish. Add the cream cheese sauce to the noodles and mix well. Next add the ground beef mixture to the noodles and mix well. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
We have found that usually in the spring and fall the siding on our house and garage has gathered mildew or mold on it. Well, many years ago, I came up with the idea of mixing a bit of bleach with water and scrubbing it down. It worked wonderfully. But now, Ed just uses our garden sprayer to do the job. The mildew and mold disappear, the siding just gleams and there is NO SCRUBBING! You don't have to rinse the bleach water off either. This sure is alot less expensive than the commercial washes you can buy. The bleach water doesn't affect the paint or stain on our porches either. Ed said he uses 1 cup of bleach to 2 gallons of water. I hope this idea comes in handy.
I've had a low-grade fever for the past couple of days and have just felt a bit under the weather. I've been resting and drinking plenty of fluids in an effort to ward off any on-coming cold or whatever bug I seem to be trying to get. The weather is gloriously lovely. I'm so thankful to the Lord for the beauty that He has given to us to enjoy and savour. The leaves are beginning to change, turning the hillsides into beautiful palettes of color. I pray you are enjoying the pleasant autumn weather where you are. (If you're in the northern western hemisphere that is. *smile*)

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