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Thoughts are deeds

“Thoughts are deeds and may become miracles or crimes”

Edgar Cayce


Apple Cinnamon Moonshine

Yep it’s homemade apple cinnamon moonshine. Don’t look for instructions on this one because I didn’t make it. I just happen to have a friend that has a friend that knows someone who did. That’s how it always goes you know. It’s my first shine so I’m no scholar on the stuff but rumor has it if you drink a whole one of these you either wake up four days later or in a hospital. I think I’ll just be having a small sip. Oh the little joys of life.


Oh update: just tasted it and its wonderful and very warm!

Perfect Pie Crust

First thing,  I just learned this about pie crust so before we get started I’m sharing it with you.  If you are cooking an empty pie shell you put the little fork marks in it to get the air all circulating, BUT if your cooking the shell with the filling in it like Pecan Pie you DONT put the fork marks in it.  Good to know  – right?  Ok so here is the best pie crust recipe that exists and I promise once you make a homemade pie crust you will never again buy one.  It cant be duplicated and will make or break any pie.   Also, another tip:  If you want it to turn out flaky (and you do) don’t kneed it much.  Don’t over work the dough! This is my Mawmaw Bobbie’s Recipe from my dad’s side of the family and it was given to her by her grandmother. Oh and guess what… its easy as pie to make 🙂 sorry I had to add that. Bake at 425 degrees till brown.

Add 1 Cup Flour to a bowl

Add 1/2 cup Crisco

You can use buttered baking sticks or the big fat regular can.  We used the sticks.

It should say “nice AND pretty” but you get the point



Teaching Yourself to Cook: a short list of advice

Its not ideal but I’m teaching myself to cook and learning to love it as I get better at it.  I’m not a person that naturally loves to cook or a person who hates it.  My mom never taught me how because she didn’t much care for it and it took me until now in life to realize she pretty much has 12 recipes that she has rotated out in different orders for my entire life.  My sister loves to cook and is naturally good at it and it comes easy to her.  I’m stuck somewhere in the middle.  I love the idea of cooking but I don’t know much.  My dads side of the family is Cajun and everything happens around a table in life, my Aunt Shirley can make something in 2 min that it would take me all day to make.  So at the age of 34 Im learning to cook and am on the verge of loving it but not quite yet but here is a little advise I have learned so far.

1. Pull your hair back – I don’t care how great your food is if someone finds a hair in it none of that hard work matters.  Put your hair up or pull it back or something.

2. Give it time – It wont take as long the second time you make a recipe and it will take half that time the third time and eventually your flying through it.

3.  Keep a book (or Blog) of recipes you like –  I have started one for fast and easy and one for takes awhile but turns out delicious

4.  Get good Kitchen Soap – I never washed my hands so much until i really started cooking.

5.  Invest in at least one good knife – I was given a Cutco and I really think it was the turning point for me to be able to enjoy cooking.  It makes everything soooo much easier!

6.  Don’t wear nice clothes to cook in – come on your not on food network.  Get comfortable and wear something you can get messy in.  Its probably going to happen so be prepared.

7.  Get a conversion list for measurements – I have one on this blog somewhere. I use it and its simple and I printed it and laminated it and keep it on the inside of my cabinet in a plastic sheath and pull it out when needed.

8. Cook stuff other people like – so you don’t have to eat 12 pots of beans by yourself!

9.  When you mess up laugh about it. Its going to happen.

Thats all I have for now but i’m betting I’ll think of more as soon as I publish this.

Hot peach mango dip

Very easy and very good just add crackers



Update on this:  If you want to make it a little better the other night I added Pick-a-Pepper sauce to the top… fall on the floor delicious!

Contents of a coat pocket

Contents of my coat pocket from last fall. I remember some strange reason I had this string but not enough to form a clear reason.


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