Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Great New Crockpot Site

Thanks to Facebook, I found a great website of crock pot recipes   On this site they have recipes, information on crock pots, tips and tricks.

This site was started by 3 busy women that want to have healthy, home cooked meals for their families.

I am going to refer back to this site often!

Here is a recipe that I want to try soon.

1 cup dry black beans

1 Tbsp Shirley J Chicken bouillon or 2 Tbsp regular bouillon granules

1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes

7 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tsp salt

1 bay leaf

Red wine vinegar

Lime juice

1. Rinse beans and soak them overnight in plenty of water. They will expand and become a bit soft.

2. Drain the beans and pour them into the slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with water, about 2-3 inches above the beans.

3. Add in bouillon, dried onion, garlic cloves, salt and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

5. Strain the liquid into another dish and discard the garlic cloves and the bay leaf.

6. Pour strained beans into food processor or blender. Puree. Add liquid in as needed. Add in lime juice (I used about 1 tsp) and red wine vinegar (I love this so probably added in about 2 Tbsp) to taste.

7. Serve as a dip with tortilla chips or in the place of refried beans

I can’t wait to report back to you about how this recipe turns out!

More later…………………….Sally

4 Wheel Ridin’

Big Ran has a new toy!  He actually bought the 4 wheeler to clean out our driveway.  Last year he got real tired of scooping snow in February, so we purchased the snow plow attachment.  But I like it a lot now!

Recently we went on a ride with some of our friends.

I think that there were around 35 of us.

 It is awesome to take in some mother nature.

We went around 32 miles.  It was very relaxing.

This is not a very good picture of Big Ran and I, but I just wanted you to see how much fun we were really having!

Doug, a friend of ours.

We all met back where we started and had brisket and lots of side dishes to go with it.

I’m ready to go again!!

All in all, it was a fun time with friends.

A nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

More later………………..Sally

Pinterest For This Week

The four boards I have for this week that I have tagged on Pinterest are:



I have a brand new grand baby and I am going to try to remember to do this.  He is 3 weeks old now, so I had better get started!

Wish I had thought of this...




In this board I have ideas for the room in our new house that is for all my craft stuff and is also going to be a guest room.

I love the built-in storage and desk.



I made this cake a couple of years ago and it is delicious.  I forgot how to make it and found it online, so here it is.

Poke Cake, literally.


The orange is awesome in this!





I am doing this.  So funny.  It will probably scare my granddaughter, Kennedy, though.




Have you pinned anything that you think I would be interested in?

Let me know!!



More later……………..Sally

Summer Salad

I am a big fan of summer salads.

Anything that you can throw together without turning the oven on in the summertime.

This is delicious! 

I found this salad on-line last week and had to try it.
The ingredients are very simple for this particular one.
Here is the recipe:
2 T extra virgin olive oil 
1 T balsamic vinaigrette
2 garlic cloves, pressed
7 c whole wheat spiral pasta (cooled)
3 c chopped spinach
1/2 c pitted and chopped kalamata olives
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese 
 Combine cooked pasta (cooled), spinach, olives and feta. 
Toss with the dressing, which combines the olive oil, balsamic and garlic.
 You  could also add some cooked and chopped chicken breast to this salad. 
More later…………..Sally

Pinterest Wednesday

You can find just about anything that you could possibly think of at 

Here are a few fo my Boards……….



In this board I have collected things that I want Big Ran (my hubby) to build for me.  He is going to build this for the grandchildren for Christmas this year.

For the boys' room

I have tagged this “For the boys’ room”.




In this board I have pictures of pugs that look like my baby, Shafer.

Just for fun!! 


In my house plans of the house that we are building there is a spot for a window seat and I am very excited about it.  Wouldn’t this just be a perfect spot to read a book and relax? 
how many spaces am I wasting?




This board is one that I am following is from another member of Pinterest.  She posts a lot of great diet recipes and I get to them on my page, too.  This looks awesome!

portabella burgers Totally could play with this recipe to make it lower calorie!

Portobello Burger



Have you joined Pinterest yet? 

  What are you waiting for?

Dive right in!!

That’s what I did.



More later…………..Sally


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