Monday, November 14, 2011

Corn Harvest

We finished with corn harvest several days ago.  We had a great harvest and I along with my hubs are very grateful to be done!!!  It seems in the past we are still harvesting when Thanksgiving rolls around.

Corn harvest is my personal favorite.  One because it is not 110 degrees outside like it is during wheat harvest and two because I love fall.  Here are a few photos from harvest.  I will apologize for the low quality images....that's what happens when you forget to change your W/B...OOPS.

My son wanted to know where the rest of the combine was when he saw the green header show up...LOL.

My dad heading back to the field after taking the truck to town to dump.

A combine usually will seat 2 comfortably, but we made it work with 4 of us that night.

My hubs doing his thing!!!

My dad took our daughter in the tractor to give us a little more room in the combine.  It was quite entertaining to hear my son and daughter converse over the 2-way radios.

The bin of the combine when we are unloading corn.

The corn travels out the auger and dumps in the grain cart.

This right here people is how the cab of the combine looks during the end of harvest.  Obviously, Mt. Dew and Pepsi keep em rolling during those long days picking corn.  Maybe I should get him a trash can in there!!!!!

My hubs view for weeks upon end during corn harvest.  It's what he does, it is who he is, it is how he provides for our is OUR LIFE and I wouldn't change it for the world.  Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Printing On Burlap

I love all things burlap.  It has such an awesome shabby texture.  Did you know you can print on burlap {or just about any fabric}?  All you need is some burlap, freezer paper and a printer.

First, make your saying or design in whatever program you would like such as photoshop or word.  I used John 3:16 for my wording and made it fit on a standard 8½ x 11 piece of paper.  I used 2 different fonts and I stuck with bolder fonts since the burlap fabric is so coarse.  I don't think a dainty font would show up very well.  Once you are done with your design be sure to save it.

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Next, take piece of burlap a little large than a 8½ x 11 and cut a piece of freezer paper about the same size and place it on top of the burlap shiny side toward the burlap.  Use an iron on medium setting and iron the wax paper on the non-shiny side.  It will then stick the freezer paper to the burlap.  Next  use a blank piece of 8½ x 11 piece of paper and lay it over the top of the burlap and freezer paper that is now stuck together for a pattern and cut the burlap and freezer paper to an exact 8½ x 11.  Then place your burlap and freeze paper into your printer so it will print directly on the burlap side.  Print your image.

Once your image has printed your can peel off the freezer paper.  I waited for a few minutes to allow time for the ink to dry....just because I was being very cautious.....for once.  There you have it...printed burlap fabric.

I decided to make a picture with mine.  I used and old picture frame that didn't have a back.

I painted the frame with a light coat of white paint.  Then I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the opening.

I covered the cardboard with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.  I glued some ribbon on to cover the seam from the two pieces of scrapbook paper.  I made some fabric rosettes {just like the ones I made here} and burlap flowers with coordinating fabric.  I used hot glue and attached buttons to the top of the flowers.  Then I glued the flowers to the covered cardboard.  I sprayed the back of the printed burlap with spray adhesive and stuck it onto the covered cardboard as well.

Voila, a cute little piece to hang in my home.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Funky Frito Fruckies

So the name of these delicious treats is a little odd, but that is what the recipe I am going with it.  Maybe I should have come up with an alternative name for these like....Fattening Fritos, but then I might feel even MORE guilty about eating them.  They are incredibly easy to make and combine the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  YUMMY!!!

1 10.5 ounce bag of Frito corn chips
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
11 1.55 ounce Hershey milk chocolate bars OR 4 cups Hershey milk chocolate chips

Place Fritos in a greased 10"x15" pan.

In a saucepan, bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Pour this over chips and smooth level.

Place the chocolate bars/chips in a single layer over the hot mixture and wait a few minutes until the heat melts them.  Then smooth the chocolate out to form a thin layer.

Allow to cool and then break or cut into pieces.  I find a pizza cutter works best to cut them.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

With all my pumpkin I decided to make some pumpkin bars.  Let's just say you can't go wrong when cream cheese is involved!!!!!!!!  These bad boys are so moist and delicious....they are the perfect treat on a crisp fall day. 

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Here is the recipe:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.