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Monday, December 10, 2012

Take a Walk with Me...

    Yesterday was a beautiful day here in SE Oklahoma and the boys and I decided to take a little walk around the property.  I took the camera with me and took pictures of things that interested me.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Sunset through the trees

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Black birds circling above

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My 14 year old and this big Cedar tree.  It would make a gorgeous Christmas tree.  Perhaps we should try to decorate it next year.   

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Just another pretty view

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Yes, this is just a picture of dead leaves but isn't it calming to look at?!

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Yes, it was this warm yesterday here in SE Oklahoma in  December.    This is  a view of part of our private road leading to our home. 

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Our beautiful watch dog Sheera.  She is so great with our family but very protective of us and our property.

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Sheera again. 

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Yes, Sheera again.  I can't help it, we think she is so pretty and we love her so much!

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Another view of the sunset.

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Another Cedar tree.  This one is much taller than the other one but not as "fluffy".  :-)

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I love how these trees are "merged" together.

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The view off of my front porch looking over the shed.  
    I know it shows a lot of bare trees but I think trees in the winter months have beauty in them also.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I appreciate you all.




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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homemade Reeses

    This is one of my favorite candies to make.  My husband who despises real "Reeses" and can't stand peanut butter and chocolate together actually loves these too.  They are soooo good.

Homemade Reeses

                         2 sticks margarine                                              1/3 box of graham crackers
                         1 lb. powdered sugar                                           1 c. peanut butter
                         1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

    First melt the margarine in the microwave.  
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Open up the box of graham crackers and remove one package from the box.  
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Crush up the package of graham cracker into really small crumbs.  I usually do this before opening up the plastic.  Pour the crushed package into the bowl of melted margarine.  

Now get the peanut butter and measure out 1 cup and add it to the mixture.  
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I used creamy peanut butter this time but it is equally as good with crunchy peanut butter.

Now stir in the powdered sugar.  Here is what it looked like after adding it in. 
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But since we have to pat it down by hand, we added a bit more until it looked like this:
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Now, get out a cookie sheet and pour the mixture into it.  Wash and dry your hands and begin patting it down firmly like so....
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My husband patting it down...

In a clean and DRY bowl, pour in the chocolate chips. 
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 Melt the chips in the microwave in 30 second bursts for the first minute and then for 15 second intervals.  Stir in between times with a clean and DRY spoon.  Once they are all melted, pour on top of the graham cracker mixture and smooth it out with a spatula.

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 Set it in the refrigerator or freezer to harden.  We stick ours in the freezer for 30 minutes because it hardens faster which means we can eat it sooner.  :-)  Once the top has harden, cut into serving pieces and enjoy.

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The finished product.

     Any pieces not eaten right away, place in the refrigerator to enjoy later.




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