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Easy Pecan Pie


pecan pie


This is an easy pecan pie recipe for the holidays that

my mother gave me years ago.






3 eggs beaten

1/4 cup soft butter

2 tsp. flour

1 cup Karo

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups pecans

1 t. vanilla

pinch of salt

Mix flour and sugar, add flour & sugar to eggs

Add butter, pinch of salt and syrup. Blend in pecans.

Mix well and pour into unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and Enjoy


9 Arguments You Should Never Have With Your Daughter-In-Law By Bev Beckham

Though 5 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law, 1 finance and 3 grandchildren, I have learned so much on in-law relationships. We mothers go from the woman trying to keep the family running with all our control going on to the woman on the sidelines in a relationship.

And like it or not the rules change when we least expect it. As our children are little we are controling their life. Then as they get older, they demand less control and we start loosing our fingers. When our children become adult, we have developed into a friend relationship. As our children make decisions, we want and expect to be able to give advice.

What happens when a girlfriend or boyfriend moves into the picture? And the bigger question is how do you deal with it when your son or daughter takes their advice over yours and your is the best advice you think.There are many times when all the parties handle it badly.

I’ve dug my heels in and had arguments when I wish I hadn’t. I centered to much on the ones that were not at family gatherings instead of the ones that were. I cried over the relationship that I wanted that wasn’t instead of enjoying the relationship that was.

We do need to pick our battles. Here are 9 Arguments You Should Never Have With Your Daughter-in-law by Bev Beckham that I wish I had read as a new mother-in-law to help us avoid conflicts.

I have reposted these to help you succeed where I failed.

Don’t talk about…The baby’s name. My daughter-in-law refused to play the “What Are You Going to Name the Baby?” game for each of her three pregnancies. And who can blame her. “Colum? What kind of a name is that? Brandon. Tyler. Lucy. Adam.” Everyone weighs in on a name, loving it or hating it.  She waited until each baby was born to tell us.  Megan. Luke. Euan. Embrace the name. Whatever name your son and daughter-in-law choose.

Don’t talk about…Where they live. If it happens to be closer to her parents, that’s okay. If it happens to be right next door to her parents, that’s okay. If it happens to be a room in her parent’s home, that’s okay, too. You are not being replaced! My daughter and son-in-law moved in with us for a while right after their first child was born. The other grandparents, who lived 200 miles away, never acted as if we were the victors in some game of tug of war. But I felt like a victor. And I felt guilty.

Don’t talk about…Weight gain or loss. If your daughter-in-law looks a little bigger than she used to, do not say a word. Do not give her a gym membership, a three-month pass to Weight Watchers, a subscription to Cooking Light, or a lecture about calories when she reaches for a roll. (And if you go clothes shopping together, do not tell her that something makes her look big.) People gain weight. People lose weight. Say nothing.




Chocolate-n-Cinnamon Cappuccino Mix from Gifts in a Jar

Do you ever make Jar gifts? This is one I made today for some very special ladies.
Chocolate-n-Cinnamon Cappuccino Mix
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2/3 c. instant coffee granules
2/3 c. powdered coffee creamer…
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 T. & 1 t. ground cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine ingredients and stir well. Place in a canning jar.
Attach a gift tag with directions. Enjoy it today.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken


slow cooker salsa chicken






This is an easy salsa chicken meal when you may not have alot of time to cook. When you put this in the crockpot, all you need to add is a salad.


6 boneless chicken breasts

1 T of canola oil

1 cup of Thick’n chunky salsa

2 (15oz.) cans of black beans drained

2 (15oz.) cans of whole Kernel sweet corn drained

1 T cilantro


In large skillet, heat oil over med/high heat

Cook chicken in oil about 4 minutes, turning once

In a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, mix salsa, beans, cilantro and corn. Top with chicken

Cover and cook on low heat setting 7to 8 hours


Pay Dirt Cake by Taste of Home

This cake is an easy and great desert to use for family or guests. I put oreos in the top instead of the coins. French Vanilla & Vanilla pudding mix works well. This is a light desert when you use light or reduced fat on each ingredient.

pay dirt cake


  • 28 Oreo cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-1/3 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Foil-wrapped chocolate coins or oreos


  • Line a 2-1/2-qt. clean new pail or container with plastic wrap or use a serving bowl; set aside. In a food processor or blender, process the cookies until finely crushed. Set aside 2 tablespoons of crumbs for topping.

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar. In a bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Add to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Fold in whipped topping.

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