Easy Crab and Bacon Dip

Crab and bacon dip

It’s party season, and parties mean TONS of finger food!  This is one of my all time favorite dips!  It’s great for parties and has become a New Years tradition at our house.  The best part is it’s super easy to throw together and you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate until the party starts.  It doesn’t get much better than bacon, crab, and cream cheese…….yummmm!

Ingredients

Start by cooking the bacon, slicing the onions and chopping up the crab.  While the bacon is cooling beat the softened cream cheese and sour cream in a blender until light and fluffy. Stir in the pepper and horseradish.  Then fold in the bacon bits, crab and onions with a spatula.  I’m sure you could use real crab, but I’m to cheap frugal to buy the real stuff and my family enjoys the imitation crab just fine.  If you don’t have any horseradish on hand you can substitute mustard but horseradish is the best. (in my opinion)  At this point it needs to sit for a bit to let the flavors blend, a hour in the fridge should do the trick or you could even make it the day before.  Just before serving give it a little taste and add salt or pepper if needed.  I added a little garlic salt to this batch. :)

 

Easy Crab and Bacon Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (8oz)block of cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup of chopped imitation crab (or a 6oz can of crab meat)
  • 2 green onions sliced
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the bacon, slicing the onions and chopping the imitation crab (if you use a can of crab meat drain it and remove the cartilage). In a blender whip the sour cream and softened cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Mix in the pepper and horseradish. Then fold in the bacon, crab, and onions with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Crab dip

 

Sep Oct & Nov 2014 – Photos From The Red Double Wide

So I got a little behind…..ok REALLY behind on posting ANYTHING!!  Life just got away from me for a couple of months.  I didn’t even take many pictures, but I figured I’d share a few from what I did get over the last three months and let everyone know that we’re still alive and well. :)

Sky

Jade got a puppy and Jo is in love….This is the most spoiled dog I know!

Jo and baby Gunner

Mary went to work with Digger and saw Sasquatch. :)  (She took this one).

Big Foot

I have always had a rule about picking pumpkins….”If you can pack it you can have it.”

Pumpkin Patch

They might be getting to big for that rule.  They managed to get their 38 and 41 pound pumpkins home safely.

Big Pumpkins

I’ve been trying to spend a few hours every Saturday cooking for the freezer.  I love having homemade extras in the freezer for breakfast and lunches.

cooking for the freezer

Gunner grew LOTS in the last couple months.

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We got our first snow really early and the weather has been pretty crazy.  We’ve already missed 3 days of school due to ice storms.  Hope you are all staying warm, safe and enjoying this holiday season so far!

August 2014 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

Where did August go?!?!  We start school in a couple of days!  I have to admit I’m pretty excited, I think the girls are too but they won’t admit it. ;)

Hope you enjoy a few photos from the past month.

Jo bday cake

Jo turned 10 in August, she loves to decorate her own cake.

Dragonfly

blueberries

The blackberries from the farmers market were deeeeelicious!

Smiles

We enjoyed more hot weather and Mr. Busy spent a lot of time in the water.

Bantie egg

All three of the bantam hens started laying eggs……so little and cute!

Showing Chickens

The fair was tons of fun!  I’m so proud of my girls they did a great job with their chickens and everything else they entered at the fair!!

At the fair

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All blues and 3 reserve champions. :)

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The fruit stands around here are full of wonderful stuff!  The only draw back to all the fresh fruit are the fruit flies that come with it. :(

Thanks for stopping by the Red Double Wide!!

 

Learning Numbers 1 – 12 Worksheets and Flash Cards

It’s already that time!  Getting ready for school is bitter sweet for me.  I hate to think that summer is almost over but I love the planning and decorating and excitement of a new school year!  This year I’m also consumed with creating my own preschool curriculum and slowly but surly it’s coming together.

This is the latest addition to my preschool curriculum!

Preview Learning Numbers 1 to 12

It includes 34 worksheets to help preschool and/or kindergarten students with counting, number recognition, writing numbers and number words, and each sheet incorporates shapes and colors.  Ten of these worksheets are cut and paste number review sheets.  Below are examples of each kind of worksheet.

Preview #1 worksheet

Preview #3 worksheet

Preview number review

This packet also includes 141  3.5″x5″ flash cards.  Each number from 1 to 12 is represented in 12 different ways.  There are soooo many fun ways to use these.  As you can see I laminated them and we use dry erase markers on some of them.  They can be used in centers or for sorting in many different ways.

Flash Cards

This is a close up sample of the 12 ways each number is represented.  I made these to fit in with all my preschool curriculum.  On the week we are learning number 2 we are also working on the color blue, the shape is a square and the letter is B, that’s why there are 2 Bees and 2 Balloons.  The ways students can sort these flash cards is endless (almost).  :)

#2 flash cards

You can visit my TPT store to purchase this packet.  It is on sale for the rest of August and through September.  Best of luck to all of you getting ready for a new school year!!

 

 

July 2014 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

July was full of nice weather, many trips to the pool, and a more relaxed schedule than the past few months.  On the 7th I officially became a mother-in-law and a grandma!!  I couldn’t feel more blessed.  :)  I’m so glad Jade and his family live close and we get to see them almost everyday!  Dusty turned 18 on the 29th….wow that went FAST!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my photos from July.

flowers

Mr. Busy playing in the water and laughing at his Aunties!

Mr. Busy playing in the water

playing

A pair of swallows built a nest above my kitchen window.  I wasn’t thrilled at first considering the mess, but it was so fun to watch them grow.  Four babies quickly grew up in this tiny nest with mom and dad swooping in and out all day long to feed them, (that’s either mom or dad on the far left).

bird nest

Like all babies they grew up too fast, and now are flying around catching bugs.  Now I need to wash the bird poop of the side of my house and kitchen window.  Oh joy!

Hungry Babies

Two rattle snakes in one week is enough for me!

Rattle Snake

The bird whisperer! Hahahahaha

Chicken Whisperer

Mary’s sweet little bantam.

Tiny

Bacon and ham!

Bacon and Ham

Jo was supposed to be practicing for the fair with her little black hen.  It didn’t take long for her other 2 favorite, spoiled pets (Stinky and Boots) to realize they wanted to be on the table so they could get some attention too!

Jo and her pets

Hope you all have a great August!

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Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Peaches are my very favorite fruit…..I think??  I love all fruits…well pretty much I love all food.  Lets just say if I made a list of my favorites, peaches would be right at the top.  There’s nothin like sweet, peach juice dripping down your chin on a nice, warm, summer day. :D  We are lucky enough to live very near some large peach orchards and it’s peach season!!  I tried this recipe last year and absolutely LOVED it.  I’ve been waiting for fresh peaches just so I could make this cobbler again. :)

Here’s how to make Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler:  Peel and slice your yummy fresh peaches and put them in a bowl with 1/2 a cup of sugar and the almond extract. Set that bowl aside and pour your melted butter into a 2 quart baking dish.  Set that dish aside as well and in another bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar.  Then add the milk and stir well.

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Now pour the batter evenly over the butter, do not stir.  Then top it off with the peach mixture.  Now bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes.  So easy!

This is wonderful warm from the oven with some whip cream or vanilla ice cream!

Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups of peeled sliced peaches
  • ¾ cup of sugar - divided
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup butter - melted
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Mix together the peaches, ½ cup of sugar, and extract; set aside. Pour melted butter in a 2 quart baking dish. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar; stir in milk. Mix well and then pour it evenly over the butter (do not stir). Top with the peach mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

 

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The Mystery Chickens

Back in April the girls picked out 4 bantam chicks at the feed store.  Oh what cute little fluff balls they were!  (click here to see pics)  Those chicks are now four months old and will be going to the fair next month.  I didn’t want more than one rooster and that’s what we ended up with.  He is a very handsome (obnoxious) little guy and the three little pullets are just adorable and sweet.  The only problem we have is we’re not sure what breeds they are.  So I’m going to share some pictures and if anyone out there knows what breed they are the girls and I would LOVE to here from you.  I did do a little research and I have a few guesses but I would like to know for sure.  It would be great to have the correct breeds to write on the entry forms for the fair!

Meet Chocolate…..better known as Little Pecker.

Chocolate 4 months This is Tiny, she is so very sweet.

Tiny 4 months

This is Rayven, she is very gentle and just beautiful!

Rayven 4 months

This is Peep, she is loud and can fly farther than any of our chickens!

Peep 4 months

Thanks in advance for any feed back!!

 

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Easy Potluck Corn Salad

I got this recipe from a cousin at a family reunion several years ago and it has since become my “go to” recipe for potlucks.  It is soooo good and very very EASY.  Every time I make it at least two people ask me for the recipe.  So, for everyone that has asked…..here it is!

You will need corn, green onions (or any kind of onion you prefer), bell peppers of any color, cheddar cheese, mayo, and Chili Cheese Fritos.

Corn Salad

In a large bowl combine, corn (drain well), sliced green onions, chopped bell pepper, grated cheddar cheese and mayo.

Easy Corn Salad

Stir to combine and refrigerate until it’s time to serve.

Easy Potluck Corn Salad

Just before serving stir in the Chili Cheese Fritos.

Poluck corn salad

I like to serve this at potlucks where it is sure to be eaten in one setting.  The chips will get soggy so left overs are not the best.  Last night I cut the recipe in half and six of us ate all of it.

Easy Potluck Corn Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 2-15oz cans of corn- drained or 3 cups of fresh corn
  • ½ cup chopped green onions or any onion of your choice
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper of any color
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 heaping cup of mayo
  • 1-10oz bag of Chili Cheese Fritos
Instructions
  1. Put the first 5 ingredients into a large bowl and stir. Just before serving add the bag of Chili Cheese Fritos and stir well.

 

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Free Teachers Helper and Weather Station Printables

I’ve been a bit obsessed with school stuff this summer.  I guess it’s my only excuse for not blogging as much as I should and/or want to!  So, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been up to lately.

I decided a while back that I wanted to start creating my own work sheets for preschool.  I could never find exactly what I was looking for, and making my own sounded like fun.  I recently acquired all the resources I need to do this and guess what!?  It IS fun. :)

The first thing I made are classroom helper signs and weather station printables that can be laminated and used how ever you please.  The weather station printables would work in a classroom or homeschool setting.

Cover Sheet for Teachers Helper printables

If you click here it will take you to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and you can print these out for free!  I will soon have more products to add to my TPT store. :)  If you are a homeschooler or teacher of any kind, Teachers Pay Teachers.com is an AWESOME resource!  It’s free to join and there are TONS of inexpensive and free resources!

I have also been working on redecorating and reorganizing my classroom.  I will share some pics soon!

 

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

There are TONS of different recipes for laundry soap out there, I have tried a few and this one is my favorite.  I’ve been using this for a year now and one batch lasts 3 months for (on average) 5 people.  It’s really easy to make and cheaper than buying it.

You will need Borax, Washing Soda (not baking soda), Fels-Naptha soap, water and essential oils (optional).  I found all of these items (except the essential oils) at Fred Meyer near the laundry soap.

Ingredients for Laundry Soap

Start by grating the bar of soap.

Grated soap for laundry detergent

Then melt the grated soap in a large pan with 1 gallon of water on medium low heat.  Don’t let it boil just heat it up, stirring often until all the soap has melted.

Laundry Soap

When the bar soap is melted add the borax and washing soda and stir until the borax and washing soda have dissolved.  Then pour the soap into a big bucket (I use a 5 gallon bucket) and add 2 gallons of cool water to the bucket and stir.  Now is when you add the essential oil of your choice.  I like lemon or sweet orange.

Lemon Essential Oil for Homemade Laundry Soap

Stir it up again and let your concoction set over night.  The soap will gel up and separate over night.  It will look something like this:

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I like to use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.

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You can funnel the soap into smaller containers or I keep it in the bucket and use a long handled ladle to scoop half a cup of detergent per load of laundry.  If the soap sits for a while it will separate again so remember to stir between each use.

This detergent works in any washing machine.  I have a high efficiency washer and this soap is safe to use in it.

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry soap
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 3 gallons of water
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by grating the bar of soap. Then melt the grated soap in 1 gallon of water on medium low heat. Do not boil and stir often. When the soap has melted add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda and stir until dissolved. Pour your soap mixture into a big bucket (something that holds more than 3 gallons) and add 2 more gallons of water. Now add an essential oil of your choice if you would like and stir well. Let it set over night. It will gel up and separate over night so stir and stir or use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.
  2. Use ½ a cup per load of laundry.

 

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