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I know I’ve been gone on some sort of hiatus for the past month and no I didn’t forget about this blog it was always in the back of my mind. Life has been set on hyper speed lately. I’ve been tending to lambs over the last three months. Work has been taking a lot of my time, just ask my husband. I’ve also been devoting quite a bit of time after work to my health and community involvement. Between work and personal life I’ve been able to fit cooking and baking in but no time for blogging. On top of all this I’ve been preparing to go to college in the fall which will add one more ball to balance.

With that I decided to quit blogging. How long this will last…nobody knows. But blogging has run its course. I will always set time aside during lunch to visit my favorite blogs but no more tending to my own. It’s amazing the amount of time it takes to work on a food blog.  Someday when life settles down, if that ever happens, I may try to pick it back up again but life is to short and it’s time to take something off my plate.

For those that read this thank you for following my on my journey in the kitchen.

Below are some pictures I’ve had stored in my gallery but never got around posting them. If you aer interested in the recipe please leave a comment or e-mail me and I’ll send them to you. Thank you!

Garlic Monkey Cheese Bread- The best bread you will ever sink you teeth in!


Pioneer Woman’s Carmel Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake  –PW does it again with this incredible cheesecake which is to die for!


Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread-A go to recipe my parents have used to years and earned them a Best of Show honor at the County Fair.


Banna Chocolate Chip Bread with a Rum Glaze- An original Down Home Eats Recipe


Fresh Raspberry Lemonade – A must have summer drink!



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Merry Christmas!

From Down Home Eats and Simple Treats to you,

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New year!!!!!


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Pumpkin Puree


This year we grew some pumpkins and they actually grew, yes we live in the country but gardening in not my forte. We didn’t get any giant pumpkins but we got quite a few smaller ones which are perfect for making pumpkin puree and that’s exactly what I did. Now I meant to take pictures of the whole process but I forgot the memo midway through. 

Pumpkin Puree

Pre-heat the oven to 375F.

Wash pumpkins and dry them off.

Cut pumpkins lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and gunk.

Lay pumpkins flesh side down on a greased cookie sheet (with sides)

Now pop them in the oven for 90 minutes or until skin and flesh are very soft. Some of the pumpkins may need longer time so be aware.

Once roasted, remove from oven and let cool so you can handle them.

Scoop out the flesh into a food processor and puree pumpkin to a smooth consistencey.

Now you can use the pumpkin puree to add in cookies, muffins, soup, or whatever else may tickle your fancy! have fun with it!!!



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Dog Treats



Isn’t this a face of a dog deserving of some homemade treats? I think so and the other day while skimming through my Google reader I came a across this neat little recipe. Last year we discovered our pooch is sensitive to certain treats and raw hide bones which causes all around his eyes to break out. It got a little messy but his eyes are finally all cleared up. I wanted to try these treats out on him and see if this will be a healthier alternative to what we’ve been giving him and hopefully will prevent him from breaking out.

 And Rocky’s response? Woof… he loves them and so far so good with the allergies.



 Dog Treats
Source: Found on Pennies on a Platter from AllRecipes

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.

Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface (I just kneaded with the hook attachment in my KitchenAid), mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.




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Happy New Year!!


Happy New Year! As you can see my thrilled pup, Rocky, is so happy to help ring in the New Year. Well I don’t know about you but I’m excited to see what 2009 has in store. This month my two Ewes will be having their lambs. This is a first for me and will be the offical start of McVetta Farms, selling and rasing club lambs for your next County Fair!!!


I hope this year brings us a safe year of racing and maybe throw in a few wins as well.  I haven’t really made any resolutions this year but I will continue my efforts to be a little healthier.

So enough of my ramblings!

I hope everyone has a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!

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New Format!

So I know I’ve just started blogging but I’m trying a new format so if you see any glitches you know why. I’ve very excited because my new camera just arrived and I finally now have a meal to post about!!! More on that soon!

Take Care!!!

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My First Post!

I’m very excited to share my cooking endeavors with my fellow nesties. I’m sitting here eating my lunch which consists of carrots and strawberries. I love fresh fruits and veggies so I eat those for lunch. My husband is a picky eater and you would never catch him eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Since we’ve met I have been opening more doors to his taste buds. I’m amazed at the foods he’ll try now compared to 4 yrs ago. We are finally married. We will be hitting our 6 month mark on Sunday. So unfortunately my first blog is not a recipe of any sort. But I am trying to think of what to make for dinner…hmmm. I will update on that later.

Take Care!

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