Saturday, August 18, 2012

Poached Egg Surprise - Retro Recipe Saturday

Today I am making a recipe from one of my Aunt Char's cookbooks.  It is called Poached Egg Surprise from a cookbook called Family Fare from the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1955.  Here are the pictures of the book.  It is pretty interesting.

Since this recipe was written in the 50's there are some things, that I was not sure about, like table fat.  So I made some substitutions, but I posted the original recipe for you to see.   This recipe came out amazing.  It was so good, I hope that you give it a shot.

Poached Egg Surprise


1 cup milk
2 TB table fat  - I will use butter
2 TB flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 TB chopped green pepper ( I didn't have any peppers so I used green onions instead.)
4 slices toast
soft sharp cheese  ( the only soft cheeses I had were a garlic herb cheese or Laughing Cow Original.  I chose to use Laughing Cow.)
4 eggs
1 tsp vinegar to water for poaching eggs


Melt your butter.

 Add the flour and salt.  

Cook for a few minutes, then slowly add the milk to your flour mixture, so that your sauce does not get lumpy.

Add green onions.

Cook  while stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Spread toast thickly with cheese

Poach eggs until firm.

Place over toast and pour sauce over all of it. 

Serve at once.

Tell me what you think about this Poached Egg Surprise - Retro Recipe Saturday.  I love hearing your comments.

Serves 4


Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop

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This is a really great blog hop where you can meet lots of other bloggers.  How fun is that.  You will find me here every Wednesday from now on.  There are so many great blog links in there.  Check it out and see what great blogs you find.

This week they featured  Dishing with Leslie.  I love her blog.  She always has creative recipes.

Have fun reading.

Fresh Whipped Cream Recipe and Favorite Friday Blog Links

I can't believe it is already Friday again.  It seems like time is flying by.  Now on to  Favorite Friday Blog Links of the week.  Take a look at these great bloggers.  I hope you enjoy them.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my Favorite Friday Blog Links.  I loved reading them.  It would be great if you would follow these great blogs also.  Just click on the link and follow in whatever way you can.
Now, for today's recipe.

Yesterday, I told you that I was going to give you a recipe for Fresh Whipped CreamFresh Whipped Cream is very simple to make, and it seems that people are so used to buying it in a can or just buying Cool Whip, that making Whipped Cream is a becoming a lost art.  So for those of you who do not know how to make whipped cream, here is a very basic recipe.

Fresh Whipped Cream


1 pt. whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar (confectioners) or Splenda or Stevia in the Raw
1 tsp vanilla


Pour whipping cream into a medium to large sized bowl.

Beat the cream with an electric mixer, about 3 to 4 minutes, until it starts to become firm.

Then add the powdered sugar and continue beating.

Once the powdered sugar is mixed in add the vanilla.

Continue beating with electric mixer until your whipped cream is firm, but smooth.  About another minute or two.

You don't want to over beat it because it will turn to butter.

Let me know what you think of making your own Fresh Whipping Cream.  It is so good, I love it.  I always love hearing from you.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Swiss Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Pie with Whipped Cream

I have written before about my husband's fondness for Friendly's Swiss Chocolate Almond Sundae's, so I decided I would make him a Swiss Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Pie.  It was a big hit. I think he ate most of the pie in a couple of days. It is really easy to make (like most of my recipes).
Swiss Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Pie 
Print Recipe


1 graham cracker pie crust
3/4 pt vanilla ice cream
3/4 pt coffee ice cream
3/4 pt chocolate ice cream
2 cups hot fudge sauce
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Whipped Cream


Let ice creams soften while you mix hot fudge sauce and marshmallow cream.  ( this is your Swiss Chocolate Sauce ) 

Put a thin layer of Swiss Chocolate Sauce in the bottom of the pie crust.  (The pie crust was broken, but I just worked with it.)

Then layer spread you almonds on top of the ice cream.
Next spread you Swiss Chocolate Sauce on top of the ice cream and almonds. You may not need all of the Swiss Chocolate sauce.  You can just put any leftovers in a container and store in the refrigerator to use when you want it.

Put in freezer for several hours or overnight.

Serve with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  Whipped recipe will be in tomorrows post.

Serves 8 to 10

I hope that you enjoy this recipe for Swiss Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Pie.  My husband liked it a lot.  Let me know what you think, I always love hearing from you.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pink Honey Beeswax Lip Balm and Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party 13

Welcome to my Wednesdays Adorned from Above Link Party 13. I hope that all of you have fun, and I can't wait to see all of your beautiful work from the last week.

The first thing I am going to ask any of you to do is to become a GFC Follower if you are not already following me.  I would really appreciate it. You can also follow me on Pinterest now.

This week I am featuring the three top blog that had the most visits. Clicking on the like button will also help to pick which posts you like the most.  Right now I am picking the links with the most page views.
I am thrilled to feature the following posts this week.  So without further ado, I would like to present these beautiful and informative blog.  To those of you that I featured I would love for you to feature this link to the blog showing that you are featured blogger at the Wednesday Adorned from Above Blog Hop. Just copy and paste the link below somewhere on your page.

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I want to thank everyone who linked with my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.  All of your projects are wonderful and I would post all of them if I could, but I think that the blog would probably be a little too long.  I hope that all of you link more posts this week.  Let's Party!!!

Your posts can include:
  • anything DIY
  • Recipes
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sewing
  • Knitting and Crochet Ideas and Patterns
  • DIY Cleaning Solutions
  • Natural Beauty Product Recipes
  • Decorating Ideas
  • Thrifting
  • Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Christian Music
  • Inspirational Articles, Poetry, Life Stories, or Short Stories
  • Bible Studies 

The only rules are to follow me, have a link somewhere on your post to Adorned From Above ( you can copy and past the link below, and visit some other posts - after all it is a party.

I have been making this Honey and Beeswax Lip Balm since January, and I really love this stuff.  I was reading One Good Thing by Jillee's Make Your Own Lip Stain and Plumper, and I realized that I could make Pink Honey Beeswax Lip Balm.  

The ingredients in this balm are simple and wonderful for your lips.  It has honey, which is a natural humectant  (attracts moisture).  It not only moisturizes your lips, but it also helps remove the dead skin.  Somewhere along the way I read that if you put straight honey on your dry, chapped lips at night, all of the dead skin will be gone by morning.  It also has coconut oil a natural emollient, and beeswax which has natural fatty acids and is a thickener.  Very simple and great for your lips, and tastes good enough to eat, especially with the Kool Aid added to it.

Pink Honey Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

6 tsp coconut oil
6 tsp raw unfiltered honey
1 oz beeswax
1/2 Kool Aid Fruit Punch Single Serve Packet
1/4 Packet Kool Aid Sugar Free Berry Lemonade

Melt coconut oil, unfiltered honey, and beeswax together over low heat in a small saucepan.  Once melted, remove from heat immediately.  Add Kool Aid and Country Time Lemonade to get the color you like.  Fill a large bowl with ice and place saucepan in the ice.  Whisk the balm in the pan until it thickens.  Then use a spatula to put it into a small container for lip balm.  It goes on a very pale pink.  I felt like it just gave my lips a more natural color.

This made 5 of the white lip balm containers like you see above.

Containers can be found at a natural foods store, like a Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage.  You can also find them online.

It lasts about 4 months at room temperature.  It will last up to 8 or 9 months in the refrigerator.  My extras that are refrigerated are still fine from January.

Let me know what you think of this Pink Honey Beeswax Lip Balm recipe.  I am loving this also.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1 Quick Tip for Cleaning Jewelry

I just wanted to give you 1 Quick Tip for Cleaning Jewelry today.  It is something my neighbor Carol taught me a long time ago, and I use it often when I do not have time to get to the jewelry store to get it cleaned.  You do not need to buy anything special, you have everything right in your home.  So here it is:

1 Quick Tip to Clean Your Jewelry

Things that you will need:

Toothpaste  (the secret weapon)
Soft Toothbrush

This is so easy.  Put toothpaste on toothbrush

 Then start brushing the toothpaste on your jewelry (I used a ring and a waterproof watch today).  Gently clean your piece of jewelry.

Rinse with water.

You are done.  You have shiny clean jewelry

Can you believe how easy that is?  Try it for yourself, and let me know what you think.  

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