Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bean Soup with Sausage

Bean Soup with Sausage

Created by Carolyn Barber

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can chicken broth

1 cup water

1 envelope Lipton Onion Recipe Soup and Dip Mix

1 tbsp chili powder

4 cans black beans

1 dinner sausage cut into slices

Mix all ingredients.

Heat to boiling.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes

·       I used a mix of black beans and great northern beans

·       I used turkey sausage to make it a little healthier

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Honey 'N Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Honey 'N Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2cups all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4tsp. salt
  • 1cup Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread
  • 1cup Skippy® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Honey
  • 1cup granulated sugar
  • 1cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 1/2cup golden or regular raisins (optional)
  • 1/2cup chopped pecans

This is the recipe as written.

I used creamy peanut butter and added one tablespoon of honey and omitted the pecans and raisins. I used one cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour


Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside.

Beat Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread with Skippy® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Honey in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Beat in sugars, then eggs until blended. Beat in flour mixture just until blended, then stir in raisins and pecans. Chill 30 minutes.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 13 minutes or until golden.

Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Taking a Break

SparkPeople.com: Get a 100% FREE Online Diet

I found a message from My Points introducing me to SparkPeople.
I didn't know I was going to start a diet today but I did.

The tools, logs, reports and more on SparkPeople are great!
I think they are just the ticket to get me motivated to lose some weight.

I used to think I did not have time to exercise. Then I really thought about my online habits. I used to get up and check email and facebook, makeand read blog posts and generally surf around the internet for a while. It is amazing how much time we waste on line isn't it?

I think I am going to change things up a bit. I am going to get up and exercise right away.
I have plenty of time to check emails and other stuff in between calls while I am at work.

SO ........ I am taking a break from blogging and blog reading.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


We have melons at the McGatha Garden Co Op!!

We have not had very much luck growing melons thus far.
We had trouble with bugs and disease in years past.

So this is our first melon harvest and we are super excited!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

McGatha Garden Update- Day 87

Day 87

The BIG Tomate plant fell in a bad storm

I think this plant has more tomatoes on it than it did last week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe by OurBestBites.com

2 C flour
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 C canola oil
1 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
3 C grated zucchini
3/4 C mini chocolate chips

2 T brown sugar
2 T white sugar
1/2 t cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 loaf pans and set aside.
Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Place flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

With a stand or hand mixer beat oil, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until combined and slightly fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

Add vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined.

Gently stir in the grated zucchini.

Take a spoonful of the flour mixture and stir in with the chocolate chips (that will help keep them evenly distributed.) If you only have regular chocolate chips, or a chocolate bar, just give it a chop so it's the size of mini chocolate chips. Stir remaining flour mixture into batter and mix just until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Divide the batter between the two pans. and sprinkle topping over each.

Bake in your preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. I set my timer for 45 minutes and then keep an eye on it for the remainder. Ya never know how different ovens handle things.

When it's done a toothpick or skewer should come out without goopy batter on it and the top will be gorgeous and cracked with sugar.

Let it cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes and then remove from pans. You definitely have to eat a slice warm. And slathered with butter.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I am Reading

Safe & Ready Life

We visited the Safe and Ready Life Store in Milford, OH yesterday. We got some great emergency preparedness stuff and even more ideas for things we want to add to our supplies.

This Store has what you need to be prepared for most anything. They are an excellent source for emergency and disaster supply merchandise.

You can shop online or in store. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can help with product selection. They are even having a class this weekend on Cooking without power!

We highly recommend Safe and Ready Life.

Just click one of the links and check them out!

Monday, July 18, 2011

McGatha Garden Update- Day 80

Look at all the tomatoes on this ONE plant!!

Backyard Garden- Mid July

The grapes are planted and growing!

Bed 1 and Bed 2
Both survived the straight line wind storm we had last week
It just pushed the peppers over a little.
We stacked them up to help support them.
Just in time for some storms tonight!

The tomatoes are growing tall!!

The blackberries are turning!

Cucumbers on the trellis

Linked to Homestead Revival's Barn Hop