Monday, November 29, 2010

KitchenAid Giveaway from 3 Kids and Us!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yummy Breakfast Recipes that warm your heart and home...

Crispy Hashbrown Casserole
20-oz pkg frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
3/4 c margarine melted and divided
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 chopped onion
10 3/4oz can cream of chicken soup
2 c sour cream
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
2 c crushed corn flakes
Combine potatoes, 1/2 cup margarine, salt, pepper, onion, soup, sour cream and cheese together; mix well. Spread into a lightly buttered 13"x9" baking pan and set aside. Toss remaining margarine and corn flakes together and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45mins.
Serves 10-12 and goes great with bacon and eggs!
Ham & Cheese Cups
2 c self rising flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 c milk
1/2 c diced cooked ham
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
Combine flour and baking soda together and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together and add to flour mixture. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full and bake at 425 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Makes 12
Overnight Raisin-nut Oatmeal
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t melted butter
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 c quick cooking oats
1 c apple, peeled and minced
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c chopped nuts
4- 1/2 c milk
Place all ingredients into a greased slow cooker and mix well. Set on low heat overnight, about 8-9hrs and spoon into bowls to serve!
Serves 4

Blue Jean Book Bag

Crystal Miller

This is a pretty easy sewing project. It is a cute book bag made from an old pair of blue jeans. You can see a picture of the finished project here:

What you will need:

A pair of old jeans A cotton belt (instructions to make one follow) or a silk type scarf would work too

Step #1 Take a pair of jeans and zip up the front of them and turn them inside out. With a tape measure, measure about 3 inches down from the crotch and make a mark. Using a ruler draw a line across the leg at that mark. Do the same for the other leg. Now cut the legs off at the line.

Step #2 Now fold the jeans matching the side seams. This would be just as if you were going to sew a pleat in them down the front and back. Sew each leg closed 1 inch from the cut edge. Trim the seam to about a ½ inch.

Step #3 Turn the jeans right side out now and you have a little bag! Now you can thread a scarf or cotton belt through the loops and tie or sew the “handles” together. You can also decorate the outside pockets with lace or a hanky in the pocket. Do any decorating or creating on your bag to make it truly yours!

Cotton Belt (for Blue Jean Book Bag)

What you will need:

Cotton fabric of your choice, length of fabric to be your choice

Step #1 After you determine how long you want your handle to be cut out a strip of fabric that is this long, plus about 2 inches for hem. If you need to you can cut out shorter strips and then sew them together. Your strips will need to be 4 inches wide x “your determined length”.

Step #2 Now take your strip of fabric and iron it half the longest direction. On the short ends of the strip fold them up so the finished belt will not have any raw edges.

Step #3 After you iron it open it up and fold each side of the strip to meet the center of the crease left by the iron. Now refold this in the center and iron the strip again.

Step #4 Sew the strip closed. You now have a long belt to thread through the belt loops of your book bag. You can sew the ends closed by overlapping them about 2 inches and sewing them together.

Copyright: Crystal Miller, 2005

About the Author:

Crystal Miller ( is

A mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and country Living web site called The Family Homestead <> and has a free monthly newsletter called Homestead Happenings. You will find sign up information on her website.