December 09, 2007


Just a bunch of random things.

I made these sausage balls (just like every year at Christmas time):

1 pkg Jimmy Dean hot sausage
8 oz shredded smoked cheddar cheese
2 cups Bisquick

Mash it all together with hands shape into balls and bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes.

And finished this:

Star Bright Snowman by Ewe & Eye & Friends
Stitched over two on 32 ct. Tapestry Teal by Lakeside with one strand Anchor.

And we had the sinful dessert, which was really good, according to my family. But I don't eat many things containing pumpkin, so I can't vouch for it. I gave some of it to my friend Patti, for her and her hubby to eat later that day, didn't hear anything back about it, so who knows if it's good or not.

Here's the recipe anyway:

1 16 oz can pumpkin
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
2 sticks melted butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups Cool Whip

Mix together can of pumpkin and evaporated milk; add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch dish. Top with cake mix (crumble dry mix over it all) and pecans. Pour butter over top. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.

While it cools, mix together in medium bowl, the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined. Fold in Cool Whip. Smooth over cooled cake, top with more pecans if you want.

And speaking of my friend Patti, look at the ornament she made me for Christmas:

Isn't it adorable? And she also made this project bag, which I managed to talk her out of:

The little button has a snap underneath it, so you can change the card on the front that has your project info on it. Isn't it cool? I love it!

Got our Christmas cards addressed and mailed out. It took me almost 6 hours. We haven't received even ONE yet and I have to wonder, if we didn't mail any, would we even get any in the first place. Very time consuming and expensive these days.

Tree is up. This year it has mostly Mary Engelbreit ornaments on it and the ones that aren't are either red or have a whimsical feel. It had to be a shiny and bright tree. Oh, how I wish we had some of the old Shiny Brite ornaments for it! We're tired of most of the old stuff we have and just boxed it up for the kids to have someday when they're moved out or whatever.

My little blog has almost reached 100 posts. And in the past few months has had over 10,000 hits. Can anyone believe that? You'd never guess it, I think. Just who are all these people anyway? Surely whatever I'm posting about here is just not that interesting!


Anonymous said...

Love your E&E&F piece! Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it. The BOAF ornament is adorable! The project bag is a great idea!

Nancy said...

It's interesting to me Andrea! I love looking at your stitching and your food!

I think your snowman is adorable. His arms are so cute, and as always, every stitch is perfect. The ornament your friend made is adorable, and that one is on my list of to do in 2008. And, the project bag is so clever.

Now, which of your baked goods do I want to try first!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes indeedy your blog is interesting, and don't you dare think it isn't to those of us who read it! I always like to stop by and see what sort of cool things you've stitched or what mischief you've been into. The pumpkin receipe sounds yummy BTW.

Anonymous said...

Well I happen to find you exceptionally interesting & inspiring to read!! Love the snowman - your stitches are perfectly crossed too. I'm trying not to look at your food but I know it's all very decadent - you should cook for Food Network. :)

Nicole said...

Your snowman is so cute! I've never seen that one before! I printed out your recipes, they look sooo good! :)

BugnLVoe said...

Mmm . . . your balls look so yummy. :-)

LOL!!!! Did you ever see that Saturday Night Live skit w/ Alec Baldwin doing "Schwety Balls" - I just crack up over it. We still joke over the ball jokes.

I want to see a pic of your tree, pretty please . . .

I broke down and did my newsletter and made some photo/christmas cards so yours will be in the mail tomorrow.

I take it you didn't do the Engelbreit card exchange either? I need to sign on to AOL and read the messages, its been several weeks. I heard about the ice storm in Oklahoma and I want to see how Jackie Upton is.


Pam said...

Andrea, I LOVE your and Jackie have been my inspiration! And while I am fairly certain that no one reads mine (how do you keep track of hits?), I am happy with the fact that I am keeping some sort of journal...something that I have always felt that I SHOULD do, but never enjoyed doing. But blogging is fun!

Anonymous said...

See Sweet Pea,
I'm not the only one who loves(you're cooking, if you could just find a way to send it via email or by a link then the whole world would be here every day) you!


Anonymous said...

Your EEF snowman is so cute! And I love the ornament your friend made you...that's from BOAF, right? The project bag is very clever!

monique said...

Cute finish, and I love the ornament Patti made :)

Michelle said...

I love reading your blog - even though I've been absent lately! The ornament is so cute - I just love that one. The project bag is quite clever too. Your snowman is so cute - I love the fabric he's on!