Category Archives: A Link of the Week and other Goodies

Leibster Award – Thanks, Grace2882!

My First Award!

My friend and fellow blogger over at Grace2882 gave me an award and I want to thank her.  I really appreciate all of the support that she has given to me with her visits and kind comments on my blog.

Her blog is full of healthy living tips and great low carb recipes.  Visit her blog by clicking on her name above.

Now on to the award…

“Leibster is German and means dearest or beloved but it can also mean favorite.  The award is given to talented bloggers who have 200 followers or less, it is a way to show appreciation for other blogs, bring attention to their work and encourage new connections.”

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award
3. Pick our 3-5 favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the 3-5 blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to 3-5 more blogs.

I am so pleased to receive this recognition, I want to follow the rules and tag a few other of our favorite blogs.

I give the award to the following people…

Dee over at Low Carb Pinay…for sharing some great low carb recipes, personal experiments, exercises, and the ups and downs of her low carb journey while trying to achieve better health for herself.  Welcome to the USA, Dee!

Nancy over at Blue Skies and Low Carb Pies…for her sweet disposition and self-demeaning nature.  She doesn’t even know she’s beautiful!  She has lots of great low carb recipes and tips on her blog.  Thanks for your inspiration, Nancy!

CJ over at CJ’s Low Carb Cornertalk about an inspiration!  This lady has lost a lot of weight and has great menu ideas and recipes on her blog.  Way to go, CJ!

I hope they all have as much fun with this as I did.  🙂 Thanks, Grace2882!

Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake

In honor of Presidents’ Day…

Courtesy of

Abraham Lincoln / Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla-Almond Cake: It’s said that this is the one Mary made when courting Lincoln in the early days.
Since they both met and later married during the holiday season–not to mention that Honest Abe declared it to be the best cake he’d ever tasted– we figure it’s a good holiday offering to represent Lincoln’s era.
While the cake itself is good–dense, slightly nutty, and plenty buttery–we’re not so sure about its aphrodisiac powers. We made our cake in just one layer, not two; all the more frosting to glaze on over it all. 

Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla-Almond Cake (via Recipe Goldmine)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • White Frosting
  1. Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir together the cake flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds.
  3. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  4. Pour into two greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Fill and frost with White Frosting.
White Frosting: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and dash salt. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring until the sugar dissolves. 

In mixing bowl place 2 egg whites; very slowly pour the hot sugar syrup over, beating constantly with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Recipe and information courtesy of Cakespy.

Andrew Jackson is from my home state of Tennessee.

His beautiful home, The Hermitage, is located in Nashville.  As a 7th grader, my whole school class made a trip to visit the Hermitage.
Since opening as a museum in 1889, approximately 16 million people from around the world have toured the Hermitage mansion, which historians consider the best-preserved early U.S. presidential home.
Misc fact from The Hermitage website: Andrew Jackson was the only President in American History to pay off the national debt and leave office with the country in the black.
Information from the Hermitage website.

Craft a Cinnamon Apple Candle

My daughter either dreamed up this idea or saw it somewhere and was determined to make it.

All the items came from the Dollar Tree except the hot glue and ribbon that I already had.

Items needed:

1 apple scented candle

1 pack of cinnamon sticks

accent ribbon

1 gift box

hot glue and hot glue gun


With a sharp knife, we cut the cinnamon sticks to about the same height as the candle.  Using a hot glue gun, we carefully glued the sticks around the candle, arranging them as needed.  The glue is hot, so be very careful.  Let each one cool before adding the next.

Finish the candle off by tying a pretty ribbon around the candle. Place in a gift box and present with a smile.

My daughter made this one last year for the birthday of her beloved grandfather, Papa.  Being the gracious man he was, he acted very happy to receive such a great gift.

Today I’m late, but I’m linking to

Have a great Sunday!

Holiday Goodies

A crazy, hectic day at work means I get to re-post some goodies from the past.

When I think about all the great recipes and cooking I’ve done over the years that I never took pictures of…that I could blog about…I get sad.

All the years of Taste of Home and Quick Cooking subscriptions and all the recipes I made when my kiddos were young and I was a SAHM…they got me where I am today.  Needing to lose some inches!

The longs lists of goodies made for the holidays, candy trays made for my mom to share at work, loaves of bread I baked for a sick friend…great memories.

My diet has changed, out of neccessity.  Now I try to be a little smarter in my cooking and a little more choosy in my recipes.

Some of the old family favorites haven’t changed and probably never will.

Here’s some of my favorite candies and treats for the holidays…treats because that’s about the only time they get made!  🙂

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge


Pineapple Cheese Ball


Peanut Butter Balls


Cheesy Sausage Balls

Another Brownie Recipe

What’s your favorite can’t-live-without-holiday treat?

. . . . . . .

Today I’m strutting my stuff over at

Wordless Wednesday

Today I’m joining link parties at


Felted Wool Fingerless Arm Warmers

Felted Wool Fingerless Arm Warmers

modeled by my daughter.


I made these last year for my brother using a wool sweater I got from Goodwill.  I thought they turned out really cute and they’re really warm, too! I got so excited, I purchased several wool sweaters from the Goodwill and made several pairs of arm warmers for my daughters.

Directions: Take a sweater that is at least 85% wool and and cut off the sleeves and separate the front from the back.  Toss the pieces into the washer and wash with soap on hot cycle, and rinse on cold cycle.  They should shrink like crazy. If you want them even more dense, toss them into the dryer too. They may shrink as much as 70 percent.   (The old name for this process was “boiled wool” or “fulling.”)

When you pull the sweater from the dryer, check to see if it shrank and if you can see the texture of the knitted stitches.  If it did indeed shrink and the stitches aren’t visible, the sweater is felted and you’re ready to make the arm warmers.

Cut the sleeves to the length you want the arm warmers to be.  Pull them on your hand and mark where you want the thumb hole to be.  Remove them and carefully cut a small slot to put your thumb through.  Some hem around this hole, others do not.  I chose to.  Using embroidery floss,  I hemmed the hole with the arm warmer on and my thumb poking through.  It wasn’t perfect, but for the first time, it wasn’t bad either.

Now’s the time to add any embellishments you want to add to the arm warmers.  I chose 2 medium size black buttons since I was making these for my brother.  I think they turned out great!

. . . . .

Join the party over at

TIDY MOM’S I’m Loving It Party

WW Au Gratin Potatoes

Last year at this time, I was trying the Weight Watcher diet.

As usual, I was off on a hunt for the best recipes.  Being a potato lover, this recipe immediately grabbed my attention.

It was very good!

My problem is…I just can’t eat sugar or starch without it showing up…so I eventually went back to low carb.

If you are one that can do WW’s successfully, then this is a great recipe to try.

(Click on the picture below to lead you to the actual post and recipe.)

. . . . .

Today I am linking to

Sausage Pumpkin Soup

It’s soup time!


The weather is just right, so I made a big pot of this hearty low carb soup.  It’s very rich and filling.

I’ve heard that is is good made with all types of sausage and even ham.  Now that sounds like a great choice!   Might have to try that soon myself.

My niece blessed me with some fresh, fairly lean sausage so I used that and had very little grease to drain at all.  Here’s how I did it:

Sausage Pumpkin Soup

1 1/2 lbs breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup cream
1 cup water
4 cups chicken broth
1  15 oz. can pumpkin
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a large stew pot or Dutch oven, brown the sausage , drain if necessary and add spices and mushrooms.  Keep stirring and cooking until browned.  Add broth and pumpkin.  Stir until combined.  Stir in cream.  Simmer for 45 minutes or do as I did . . .

I had to leave for a while so I decided to finish cooking the soup in the crock pot.  I was gone for 2 hours.  When I returned, it was steaming hot and ready to eat.

. . . . . 0 O o . . . . .

Today I’m joining a link party over at


. . . . . 0 O o . . . . .

Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

For years I’ve used this basic Atkins’ Revolution Roll recipe, with a twist.

I use cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.

It makes a smoother roll.

Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

3 eggs, separated

1 tablespoon granular Splenda

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 Tablespoon coconut flour (optional)

dash salt,  (and other spices)


With a stand mixer, beat the egg whites on high until stiff.  In another bowl, blend the egg yolks, sweetener, cream cheese, coconut flour, salt and any other spices you might want to add, with a mixer until smooth.  I didn’t use any extra spices for these particular rolls.

Gently fold the yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites carefully.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Divide the mixture into 6-8 medium size mounds, flattening them slightly with the back of the spoon.

Bake at 400º  for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.   Cool and  store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator.  Use for sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, etc.


Nutritional facts provided by My Fitness Pal. 

For the whole batch:  Cal 547,  Carbs 8,  Fat 46,  Fiber 3

For each roll (if making 6 rolls):  Cal 91,  Carbs 1.5,  Fat 8,  Fiber 0

. . . o O o . . . 

Today I’m joining the link party over at

and I am so excited to have my Mom’s Pimento Cheese Recipe featured on Simply Sweet Home’s site today!


It’s a gorgeous Thursday…

and I’m joining the link party over at

Check out the great vinyl ideas and so much more!

Happy Tuesday and Grilled Bacon Wrapped Deer Tenderloin

I know hunting season has arrived.

Here’s one of my most popular venison recipes.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Deer Tenderloin
. . .
1 lb bacon
1 deer tenderloin, sliced
1 bottle Worchestershire sauce
1 T garlic
1 T lemon pepper
Marinate sliced tenderloin in Worchestershire sauce, garlic, lemon pepper for 4 hours or even overnight.  Remove slices from marinade, wrap with 1/2 a slice of bacon and grill over hot coals until done, 8-10 minutes per side.  Serve with a green salad and warm buttered rolls.
Optional marinade: Teriyaki sauce, yum!
Tip: If you run out of bacon, skewer the rest of the deer meat with sliced veggies for kebabs.  🙂

. . . . . o O o . . . . .

Today I’m joining the link party over at

~ Friday Favorites ~

. . . . .  o  O o . . . . .

Today I’m joining these parties:

October Wednesdays (recipes)

In October 2008, I was just getting started on my blog and wanted to share one of my favorite recipes.

Jalapeño Poppers


In October 2009, I shared the very popular low carb sugar free

Peanut Butter Cookie


(Click on pictures for recipes.)

Check back later for another great recipe.

… … oOo … …

Today I’m linking to

Terrific Tuesday!

Today I’m joining the link party over at

You’re invited to stop by for some great recipes, tips, and craft ideas.  See you there!

Menu Plan Monday

We finally have RAIN!

It’s been several weeks since we had rain, so we’re excited now maybe we can have a bonfire soon!  That’s one of our favorite cool weather activities.  There’s nothing like eating roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, while wrapped up in a blanket, and sitting around an open fire.

We like to go by the Ultimate Camp Resource website for great bonfire games and stories.   Check’m out for your next bonfire!


….. ….. .oOo. ….. …..


I’m joining Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie today.  Check out the OJ website today for more great menu plans!

Monday –  Chili (leftover from the huge pot made Sunday)

Tuesday – Salmon Patties , green beans

Wednesday –  Easy Cheesy Burger Skillet

Thursday – Roasted Chicken with veggies, LCSF Pumpkin Pie

Friday – Eating out ( no kids night out 🙂 )


Have a great Monday!