Monday, April 23, 2012

A New Chapter - the katy rose

It's official - we are now residents of Texas! We moved in one month ago today, and among our many experiences -

A tropical downpour...

a visit to the beautiful Heights area in Houston...

new grocery stores!...

and a delicious "zebra" chocolate cake from our realtor...

We love our new town with all it has to offer and our proximity to our son and family; and the church where my husband works has welcomed us with open arms. My catering activities are now reduced to baking for his office staff, so as I partially close the door on For Goodness Sake, another blogging door opens in the form of the katy rose. Come on over to read about new adventures in Texas!

Friday, March 02, 2012

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

After no new posts for nearly two months, I thought it was time for an update. We are moving to Texas, and we have been very preoccupied with interviewing for a new job, selling our house here in Oklahoma, and the really fun part - picking out a new house in Texas. Processes on both houses are nearly complete, and all then all that will be left is to do is pack up and head out!

If you want to add some excitement to your life, decide to move! In spite of being very happy in Oklahoma, everything about this move indicates that it is the right thing for us, and we are ready to move forward. One particular advantage will be proximity to our son and family. We will be close to the grandkids! During a recent trip to house-hunt, we stayed with them. During our visit the granddaughters decided at 8:00 one night to bake a cake for their mother, who was leaving on a business trip the next day. Of course they wanted Grandma to help!

I learned from one how to easily dip a strawberry by using a corncob holder - brilliant!

Keeping a watchful eye over the cupcakes.

Finished products.

That night was just a foretaste of future fun events!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Giveaway Winner Announced

Shelby announced the gift card winner for her blog anniversary giveaway as Peggy!

Thank you to all of you who commented and participated in Shelby's celebration!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cheddar Sage Thumbprints with Pepper Jelly, AND a Giveaway!

Today’s post honors The Lives and Loves of Grumpy’s HoneyBunch by Shelby, who is celebrating her four year blog anniversary. Shelby is a very sweet and generous person that I have known since before she started blogging, and I am so honored to be included in her celebration. Shelby’s blog reflects her love of family, food, and life. At the heart of her adventures is her husband, “Grumpy”, whose name hides a warm soul and a love and pride for his wife that shines through the grumpiness. My favorite posts are those that describe how Shelby has won Grumpy over with a recipe that he didn’t think he would like!

Shelby has inspired me many times - to keep blogging when I thought I wanted to quit, to focus on what I love instead of what I think others might love, to have fun, and to let kindness guide my thoughts when blogging. She is giving away a $50 Gift card to celebrate her four years in the blogging world! Here are the details on how to enter the giveaway, which is open to US & Canadian residents only:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post about the person who is your inspiration in life and what special part that person plays in your life.
2. Visit the additional blog links and leave a comment on their post. Each comment will count as one entry.
3. Giveaway will end on January 7th at 5 PM EST.
4. Winner will be announced on January 8th via blog post on The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.
5. Winner will be chosen via random drawing - drawing to be done by none other than Grumpy himself.
6. Value of giftcard will be $50 and can be ONE of the choices listed below:
* Sears
* Kohls
* Amazon
* Target
* Wal-mart
* Chili's
* Uno's
* Marshalls/TJMax
* Bed, Bath & Beyond
* Macaroni Grill
* Olive Garden
* Starbucks
* Barnes & Noble

Shelby’s recipe archives are full of dishes that reflect her affinity for healthful and delicious food. She is very creative and recently became enamored with small bites, small plates, and appetizers, and her post today is for Brie Popover Bites. My offering for Shelby's cyber-party, flaky thumbprint "cookies" complemented by sweet, hot pepper jelly, may not be the healthiest snack around, but they are delicious. They are also very good "plain", pressed into disks, and sprinkled with a few grains of kosher salt, which is how my hubby loves them.

Cheddar Sage Thumbprints with Pepper Jelly
adapted from Thanksgiving 101

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
6 tbs salted butter, softened
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon ground sage
1/3 cup pepper jelly

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

Thoroughly mix cheese, butter, flour, and sage to form cohesive dough. Pinching off dough, form into one inch balls and place on prepared pan, 2 inches apart. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and press indentation into dough, using end of wooden spoon. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon jelly and return to oven; bake additional 10 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. May be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.

I got about 30 "cookies" out of this recipe.

Click on the links below to see what others made for Shelby's party!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Caramel S'Mores Cookie Cups

I made these yesterday for the youth group at my church. The youth help me serve every year at our annual church Thanksgiving dinner, and they are invaluable to me with their willing attitudes and sweet smiles. I was looking for a dessert that might appeal to them and happened across this recipe on the Betty Crocker website. I normally don't use packaged mixes for cookies, but they are so wonderfully convenient, so why not? I have recently begun to adopt less labor-intensive methods in my kitchen, and I am enjoying the benefits of non-scratch cooking.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bacon Mac and Cheese

One of my very favorite blogs is Plain Chicken. Steph posts the most delicious looking recipes, many involving chicken or tailgating recipes. She refers to her husband as Chicken Legs, a title which never fails to make me laugh. Each Monday is a "wordless" post featuring photos of her three adorable cats. She unabashedly features recipes with convenience foods as ingredients as well as from-scratch recipes. I have bookmarked more recipes from her blog than from any other. I.Love.Her.Blog.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mixes

I have recently become a fan of Tastefully Simple products. Sold by independent consultants such as Kourtney Aller, the young mother in my church who introduced me to their awesomeness, these direct-sale foods were developed by Jill Blashack Strahan and have a reputation for exceptional flavor. I considered joining their sales force, but I really have no interest in selling; I just want to buy and enjoy their products. Their Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce is my preferred condiment, and I use it on everything, from nachos (yes, really!) to sandwiches.

These popcorn mixes are a result of recipes from Tastefully Simple's website and my favorite go-to recipe spot, The beauty of snack mix recipes is that you can be creative and incorporate items from your pantry. The Zesty Popcorn Mix is just that - it is spicy and crunchy and very addictive. The caramel corn recipe is my favorite, crispy and buttery, and I always add molasses which gives the caramel glaze a dark allure. Twisty Grahams, pretzel-shaped graham crackers, added a toffee-like crunch, and the addition of Goldfish and toasted, salted pecans was a nice contrast to the sweetness.

Zesty Popcorn Mix
adapted from Tastefully Simple Recipes

1-2 tablespoons Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix or spicy seasoning salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tablespoon Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce or a sweet, smoky barbecue sauce
12 oz box baked cheese crackers such as Cheez-Its
5 cups popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix crackers and popcorn on a large baking pan. Combine first 3 ingredients and slowly pour over mixture in pan; toss gently. Bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool and place in storage container or plastic Ziplocs.

Caramel Corn Snack Mix
adapted from

1 cup salted butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cups molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup Twisty Grahams or bite-sized graham crackers
1 cup toasted salted pecans
1 cup Goldfish or bite-sized cheese crackers such as Cheez-Its

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn, pecans, graham crackers, and Goldfish in a very large bowl or 2 large shallow baking pans. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter; stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in thin stream over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for about an hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces. Place in storage container or plastic Ziplocs.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Earthquakes In Oklahoma!

Sometimes weather takes precedence over food. We had an earthquake here yesterday! Read about it on my blog about Oklahoma, Oklahoma Peach Fuzz.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baked Chicken Penne with Lawhorn's Signature Seasoning

It isn't often I see the name "Lawhorn", and never associated with a commercial product. Lawhorn is a very special name to me, as it was my maiden name. As proud as I was (and still am) of being a Lawhorn, it was a name I had to spell for every person that I met, and it was a relief to marry a man with a simple four-letter last name and not have to spell my name anymore. (I never understood why everyone wanted to pronounce and spell it L-o-n-g-h-o-r-n! Ugh!)

When I saw this seasoning mentioned on Steph's awesome blog, Plain Chicken, I was dumbstruck. "Lawhorn"? You've got to be kidding! I immediately researched and found their website and emailed the link to my relatives with "you won't believe this" in the subject line.