Category Archives: Recipes

Tin Foil – Wood Boxes


I have a few projects in my mind to use up a bunch of fence picket scraps I’ve been storing, here’s one of them.  The fence picket scraps are 3 1/2″ wide and various lengths.  My Harvest Party is this weekend and I wanted something cuter to put some tin foil trays in.  I’d seen something similar on Pinterest a long time ago.  These are the large bread tins you use at Christmas time for your give-away banana bread.

The long sides and bottoms are 8″ long and the ends are 5″ long.  The fence picket scraps were not wide enough for the bottom piece so I had some scrap siding laying around that  happened to be the perfect width.  I just cut it to 8″.  Then I used some wood glue and my finish nailer (well my 10 year borrowed finish nailer, lol – thanks Wayne!).

Not sure if I’ll stain them or just clear coat them but they will be the perfect size for pickles and hot peppers.

DIY – Kid’s Picnic Table


I’m laughing because as I went to find the link I used for this table, I realized I put the legs on the wrong side of the supports!!  LOL  Anywho,  as I’ve mentioned before, I have a lot of scrap wood in my barn.  I also have some 2×4’s that my neighbor gave me because they were starting to warp.

This is where I just realized I messed up.  The legs should have been on the other side of those supports.  Now I understand why my center support was shorter than it was suppose to be, lol.  Well . . . it looks good and should be ok?! right?!

I had pressure treated wood left over I used for the table top & enough of the warped 2×4’s to use for the rest.

Just need to stain or paint it!  Here’s the original link – it’s an Ana White project:



Fresh from the Garden! Pepper Jelly


It’s pepper jelly time again!  This is my second year of growing bell peppers.  My bell pepper plants are producing some really good bell peppers this year.  I think it’s the “Tums”.  Every couple of weeks I push a “Tums” (I use plain ole fruity tums – generic brand) down into the ground around the base of the plant.  I think the calcium is doing the trick.  I haven’t experienced any blossom rot this year.  This is what you need: 1 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers, 1 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar,  6 1/2 cups sugar & 25 shakes of Tabasco – I used Texas Pete.  Add those 4 ingredients to a pot.

Bring to full boil over high heat. Remove and set aside for 20 minutes. Return to heat, bring to full rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, add 1 certo liquid package and 1 teaspoon green food coloring. Stir, skim if necessary, and pour into prepared mason jars.

Here’s my set up.  Pot with pepper jelly & ladle, funnel, small pot of boiling water with lids, 4 oz mason jars (hot out of dishwasher) and the jar rings.  Fill with jelly up to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ from the top of the jar, place hot lid on and twist on (with oven mitt) the jar ring.  I turn the jars upside down until all jars are filled and I’ve cleaned up my mess.  I want that hot jelly to get that lid hot for a good seal.

I got 14 – 4 oz jars out of this batch and another batch to do this weekend.  My bell peppers are a plenty!  LOL  –  4 oz jars are the perfect size to pour over 1 8oz block of cream cheese.  I love to use “Wheat Thins” as the dipper – a delicious combo!


Yard Yahtzee


I found this wooden dice game clearanced at Michael’s for $8!!  I decided to give the dice a couple coats of polyurethane (I had it on hand) to help preserve the dots.  Knowing this would be used outside and knowing that I don’t have any grass in my backyard, I decided I needed to make a box to use for rolling the dice.  I figured they wouldn’t last too long rolling them on concrete, lol.

I decided to make the box 2’x4′ so I bought (2) – 1″x4″x6′ boards from Home Depot.  Cut 2′ off of them and screwed the boards together to make the box.  I had a piece of scrap plywood laying around so I cut it to size.

I laid the frame upside down to fit the plywood.  Then I glued and screwed the plywood to the frame.  I have a ton of these screws left over from adding my addition.

Just like I say in scrapbooking – save your scraps!  I had this piece of outdoor carpet rug stuff leftover from my daughter’s bridal shower (I used it for a backdrop).  So I cut it to size and used my staple gun to attach it to the plywood bottom.

A little paint and voila!  Can’t wait to use it!

Pioneer Woman – Betsy


I came across these in Walmart the other day when I was looking for mason jars.  Oh my word – cutest jars EVER!!!  I love the colors on the lids – perfect for my pantry – also love the embossed pattern!!  They’re each 16 oz. and sold in a 4 pack for less that $10 – LOVE!!  Here’s the link on Walmart:

Happy Friday!

WOW Me Wednesday!


Foil packets on the grill!!!!  I don’t have central air conditioning so it’s a bit warm in my house during the summer months and I HATE to turn my oven on.  I found some “Grill Packet” recipes on Pinterest and gave one a try.  This one is called “Southwestern Chicken”.

I mixed one can of kernel corn, one can of rotel w/lime, one can of black beans and 1 TBS. of taco seasoning.  I did buy “grill” foil for these.  I scooped some of the mixture onto the foil, added a chicken breast with some salt & pepper and also squeezed some lime on it.  I preheated my grill too about 400 degrees.  It was 3 of my burners lit to about medium.

I probably cooked them a little longer than needed but I was afraid of the chicken not being cooked.  This was about 45 min. soooo 35 min. probably would have been enough.

After it cooked I added some cheese, guac and I thinned out some sour cream with fresh lime juice.  I forgot to add the cilantro!  It was yummy!!!

Here is the original link: