Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

    Before we get started, I’d like to pause a moment to acknowledge the tragedy of 9-11 and the lives that were lost that horrific day.  I’d also like to add, that we live in a fallen world, and our hope and peace can be found in Jesus….

  Yesterday, I got your taste buds all set up for Breakfast foods, so it’s only right we continue today with more one of our favorite Breakfasts: 

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes 

  My favorite part, of COURSE, is the whippy spread you put on in place of butter.  Because, HELLOOOO, you know by now, that I have an addiction to anything CREAM CHEESEY! Smile

  Check it out……

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

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Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes: forget butter, these pancakes have their own creamy spread!  Mmmm

Ingredients

  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 3 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ¾ cups Cool Whip Or Other Whipped Topping
  • FOR THE PANCAKES:
  • 1 cup Flour (we Use White Wheat For A Healthier Choice)
  • ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 whole Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • 1-¼ cup Buttermilk (If You Don’t Have Any You Can Make Your Own By Adding 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice To Milk And Letting It Sit For A Minute)
  • ¼ cups Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • Warm Maple Syrup

Preparation Instructions

For the topping: in a small bowl beat cream cheese and whipped topping until smooth. Chill until serving.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cracker crumbs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Combine the eggs, buttermilk and butter; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls on to a greased hot griddle, turning when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Spread topping over pancakes instead of butter.

Serve with warm maple syrup.

{Makes about 10 pancakes}

Dig in!  Tastes great with Farm fresh scrambled eggs and sausage links!!!!!!

~T

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Sausage & Spinach Quiche

  This Quiche is sooooo delicious!  And honestly, I have never been a huge fan of Quiche, but when I tried this for the first time at my friend, Tiffany’s house. It was love at first BITE!!!!!!

  Savory sausage, creamy cream cheese, healthy spinach that you don’t even know is in there, and cheese. Lots of yummy cheese!  We always have this for breakfast, but there is just no reason this couldn’t be supper too.

Sausage & Spinach Quiche

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces, weight Sausage, Cooked And Drained
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, Divided Use
  • 1 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
  • 1 whole Garlic Clove, Chopped
  • 9 ounces, weight Fresh Spinach, Steamed
  • 8 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • ½ cups Half-and-half
  • 3 ounces, weight Package Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Preparation Instructions:

Heat oven to 350F.

Cook and drain sausage. Stir in melted butter, green onions, and cheeses, reserving 1/4 cup of Colby Jack for the top.
Spread on the bottom of a 10″ pie pan. Steam spinach and drain well, squeezing out excess liquid. Spread cooked spinach over sausage mixture and sprinkle with garlic. Beat eggs and half-and-half together, add softened cream cheese and Italian Seasoning. Beat and pour over spinach. Sprinkle the last bit of Colby Jack Cheese on top and bake until set, about 45 minutes.

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Enjoy! 

~T

Sausage & Spinach Quiche

Salt & Light

  Have you ever had a craving for cookies straight from the oven?  Oh man, you can hardly wait until they come out so you can eat one.  So steamy soft, it falls apart in your hand.

YUM, now I am hungry!   🙂

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  Have you ever accidentally forgotten one, teeny tiny ingredient?  So miniscule it really shouldn’t matter, right?

SALT.

  How can something so strong, so salty, so NOT sweet, make a soft gooey chocolate chip cookie taste amazing?

  The gorgeous cookies you just made with their forgotten salt, are worthless. 

No good. 

Ready to go in the trash can. 

   We need salt in our recipes, don’t we?  Salt brings out the flavors in cheese, chicken, even cookies…….

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.    Matthew 5:13

    We live in a society that loves to be fed what they want to hear.  We surround ourselves with like-minded people, we get angry when someone posts something on Facebook we don’t agree with, asking for a dislike button or engaging in name calling.  Now even Google is in on it, filtering our search results on our past searching history, because perish the thought that we stumble across something that is contrary to our personal belief system. 

This begs the question: What right do we have to be offended at someone else’s opinion or beliefs in the first place? We certainly have the right to disagree with another’s stance, but to take a personal affront to the beliefs of another speaks to something else entirely. It’s as if we’ve adopted the type of selfish mindset that expects everyone to shape their every thought and response to what we’ve chosen to believe.  Who are we to assume that our opinions hold more value than those of another? In reality, each of us possesses the equal right to believe as we wish. We may not agree on faith or politics or a million other things, but we can be centered enough to realize that differing opinions are not a call for anger and harsh actions.  {Source}

  How can we grow, stretch, learn and change, if we are never exposed to the “other side” of life?

  If we read a blog, Facebook post, or a magazine article and it makes us feel something, good!  Lets all look inside for some self-reflection. Maybe, just maybe, we are feeling something because it applies to us in some way, like it or not. 

  We all could use a little more Salt with our Light:  Simply  Allowing the Lord  To WorkEver since the letter to iPhone mom, I have heard a lot about “Mommy Guilt”.  I didn’t know we had a special version of guilt, but apparently we do now!

  While I agree, that we Momma’s need to give ourselves, grace, grace, grace…..because we do a really hard job, but what if it’s not just Mommy Guilt?

   In my faith, we call that still small voice, the Holy Spirit. Quietly speaking to us inside, helping us not sway too far to the left or right, like those loud bumps you hit if you go too far towards the shoulder or middle line on the road.

  Maybe that guilt we think is so negative, could turn into life changing growth? Painful at first, but then the payoff…a better, well-rounded us!

   But apparently, we’d rather run off to be coddled and caressed by like-minded friends that will assure us, that we are indeed right, and the articles we read are very, very wrong. 

And off we go, on our narrow-minded path, feeling better once again, until the next thing comes our way that dare make us FEEL something……….

Salt is gritty, it is painful and burns when you get it in a cut, it sluffs off dead skin cells when used in a scrub.

  But Salt also makes things taste good, it is a natural healer and pain-killer, and it brings to light, new skin from under the old.

  Don’t you see? Salt is good, even though it hurts when applied.  Even though its rough and gritty.

Even though it tastes too salty by itself.

It has a purpose, one to bring you hope and a future.

Are you allowing “Salt” in your life? 

Simply

Allowing the

Lord

To work.

  The next time something stings, may we welcome it, look a little deeper inside, because after the sting, comes the healing and cleansing Salt offers, by simply allowing the Lord free rein to work and move in our lives.  

  I think we all could use a little more Salt with our Light…….

~T

 
Mark 9:50 “Salt is good for seasoning.  But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

 

Coleslaw Poppyseed Chicken Wraps

When I saw this wrap on Weekend Potluck, I knew it was going to be printed and made SOON!  I love all the recipes I find over at On the Home Front! Now, honestly? I thought Dale would HATE this … Continue reading

Works For Me Wednesday: Kitchen Curtain Makeover

  Thank you all for the GREAT feedback yesterday!  I was so excited to read all your comments, it was like Christmas in September.  🙂  

  The general consensus seems to be keep the food, faith, family and photos coming, 5 days a week, which is great by me and exactly the topics I set out to blog about 2 1/2 years ago!  

  I will share food, ALOT.  {shrugs} I am a Foodie married to a Foodie, what can I say?

  Like right now, I have all out all the ingredients for a new Chicken Poppyseed wrap that we are having tonight and I can hardly wait to make it and taste it.  Dale and I went the first 6 months of our marriage without repeating a recipe, and it birthed in me this desire to keep digging, keep trying new foods, several days a week. 

  Cooking new recipes has became such a normal way of life, that 11 years later, my family would fall over if I started rotating between spaghetti, tacos and stir fry every week! LOL 🙂  

   I have enough new keeper recipes coming, that I am already putting some into October’s schedule.  For being a natural remedies momma, I DO cook with a lot of creamy fatty foods, it’s true!!!! Most recipes do get doctored to include whole white wheat flour and olive oil, so that counts for something, RIIIGHT!?  I do believe that full fat is better for you then skim all the time!!!!!  Just sayin.   I wrote about it here: Ingredient Makeover.

  Mixed into the deliciousness, when the Lord nudges me, I will share things from the heart. I will write about Our Truth, or Christianity, or what it means to be a Women of God, or honestly, whatever He tells me to!  

  Also in the mix, daily life with kids.  If I write about Discipline, or Chore Time, it’s because that particular week, we dealt with it at our house, or a friend called and talked to me about it and needed some tips.  The things I write are inspired by real time events, so I like to think of the food as a delicious filler between real life happenings!  🙂

   If you are here for parenting advice, everything I have ever written on the topic will be linked under Big Picture Parenting.

  If I had all the money in the World, I’d buy a site like Pioneer Women, where every topic has a different page.  But alas, it is not in the budget!  So I just made Tabs to try to help you find what you want in a hurry, some of our more difficult topics.  

  Another great way to find things, is to look in the sidebar.  From the Heart, Home & Family, Photography, Health, Purity/Courtship are all listed out there for you to search and find what you want to read!  Go look, its located right underneath the black and white picture of our family looking out over the ocean, on the right hand side of the blog.

  If you are looking for a recipe index, I don’t know how to make one, SORRY!  However, I DO have 2 photo albums on my 4 little Ferguson‘s Facebook page that have every recipe I have ever blogged, with link for you to easily come find it.  Browsing through there is a great way to find some old favorites!  

  You also can follow my Pinterest Board called 4 little Ferguson’s Food. I pin each and every recipe I share to it.

  I haven’t blogged my photography in a long time, thank you for that reminder!  I will be putting that into the schedule this fall.

  So on to today’s post, which ironically, is not about food!  Thank you all for your feedback yesterday, it was a great check point, and it was such an honor to hear from so many of you!

   Sooo, have you ever gone into the Grocery Store and ended up coming home with something crazy!?

  It happened to me last week.  We have a new concept store in our small town, a BIG one that stocks groceries, home goods AND clothes. Think Walmart but like 100 times classier.  

  New stores like this are super exciting for us Mommy Types, so I have been like 3 times already.  

  I was walking along with 3 carts, yes 3:  One for me, one for Paxton and Ty, and one for Avery and Destiny. They were the mini kids carts, and super cool apparently, until they kept ramming them into my ankles. Ow!

 So I was minding my business, getting my watermelon and soy sauce when…..

{GASP!}

 I round the corner and hear a gorgeous red leather sofa set calling my name.

  Now,  you have to know, I have been wanting a new love seat in the office FOREVER.  We have had ours 11 years, and it was 15 years old when it was given to us by the family I nannied for.  It has been sooo good to us, but it was time to give it a new home with Dale’s cousin, a recent bachelor, that just moved out of his childhood home.

  It was a steal of a deal, even lower than the ticket price listed, with addition discount AND gift card for being the first furniture purchase.  

Eeek! So exciting!

  The kids love to sit on it and read, NO JUMPING! 🙂    Red makes me happy!

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  Also this weekend, I shopped at my first ever Estate Sale. Clearly, I have been missing out! This is way better than garage sale-ing! 

  We spent $25 and scored all kinds of cool stuff.  My favorite being this box of old beautiful hats.    You all, I was totally born in the wrong Era.  I would love to wear pretty full-skirted dresses, lace gloves and a cute hat, all while gentleman throw down their coats over a puddle, or dawn their hats to each passing lady.

{sigh}  

  Avery picked out a cream one and wore it allllll day long.  She wishes she could be a fancy lady in the Old Fashioned Days, too. The brown one is my fav, it a Neiman Marcus, and is like a velvet headband with diamonds and a veil that comes below the chin, cream one pictured is my second fav. I would’ve SO worn this for our Vow Renewal if I had it back then!!  

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  So on to the point and title of my oh so pointless post:  KITCHEN CURTAINS! 

  When we moved into this house 11 years ago, there were petite white lace curtains at every window.  They just kinda blended away with the white window trim, so I didn’t really notice them.   But, the other day I walked through the Curtain aisle at Walmart to get to the office supplies, and VIOLA….

  I found a curtain that matches my kitchen colors exactly, and double score….it was cheap!  Eeeek!  It was meant to be!

  I was sooo excited to get home and put it up, so you can imagine my dismay when I realized the curtain was NOT the two patterned curtain, as shown in the package.  Rather, it was one side per print.

NOOOOOOOOOO!

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It took it over to my moms, to see if we could sew the scallops up so both sides would show.  My mom is a genius, because she had me get out this….

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  The Button Tin I played in as a child. I loooved to sort through and look at all the different buttons she had.  I still remember some of these!!!!  The kids had a blast playing with them!

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  She suggested instead of sewing a seam, we just attach a button to each bump to hold it up.  Like I said, she is a genius!  We were able to find 6 brown buttons and 2 red in the tin.

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  I started on our sewing project, and low and behold, Destiny plops down next to me and announces she is ready to learn to sew.  I told her it was hard to find the hole with the needle on the way up, so she could do all the down stitches.  By about the 6th button out of the 8 total, my neck was hurting from leaning over, so I gave in to her pleas and let her do down stitches AND the up.
The little STINK, she found the hole every time on the FIRST TRY!  What!? How does she do it?

Anyhow, here is the finished product! 

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  I am happy with how it turned out and how it pulls all the colors together in my kitchen, and brings warmth, just the way I like it!

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 Sewing buttons on Walmart bargain curtains work for me!

~T

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Monetery Grilled Chicken

   Sooo, let’s talk shop a bit before we get on to the next delicious recipe I have ready to share.

Do you like the recipes I share on here? Are you printing and making? Are you pinning and liking?  

  I try very hard not to compare my blog to anyone else’s, because I never want to undermine the opportunity the Lord gave me when He prompted me to start this blog.  I promised from the get go, I’d write to an audience of 1 or 1,000, and its gone much further than I ever imagined it would 2 short years ago.  

  HOWEVER, if you all are unhappy, or I am not doing a good job generating conversations, or posting things you like, then I sure want to know.  I was at a small blog today checking out the recipe she brought to Weekend Potluck, and as I was scrolling down, I noticed she had over 21 comments on one food post!  I was like Oh my goodness, ALL these people are commenting on this post about food, hmmm.  When I post about food, I rarely get 3 comments.  {See, I compared, and I am not supposed to!}

Comparison aside, this got me thinking that I should check in with you!  Are you happy with what you read here?  Does 4 days of posts about food or life, plus Weekend Potluck on Friday overwhelm you? I have posted 5 days a week for almost 3 years now because I set that goal for myself, I guess I am OCD like that!? 😉  

  So, should I cut down to 3 day a week plus Potluck?  There are over 3,000 of you out there, and 2,995 of you are silent! LOL 🙂  Speak up, I love to hear from you all today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On to the food, cause I know all this talking made you hungry……

  This is a great grilled meal that is unique and delicious!

  Picture grilled chicken breasts, layered with sauteed onion, avocado, crisp bacon and a fresh slice of garden tomato, all covered in a melty Montery Jack Cheese slice.  MMMMM!

  I found this recipe two summers ago in the Taste of Home Magazine that graces my mailbox every month!

Monterey Grilled Chicken

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  • 6 pieces Bacon Strips
  • 6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Thawed

FOR THE MARINADE:

  • ½ cups Olive Oil
  • ¼ cups Each Red Wine Vinegar And Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • ½ teaspoons Salt And Pepper

FOR THE TOPPINGS:

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 6 slices Tomato
  • 6 slices Sweet Onion
  • 6 slices Avocado
  • 6 slices Monterey Jack Cheese

Preparation Instructions

1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy and then remove bacon from the pan and drain the grease. Mix up marinade ingredients in a bowl and place chicken in the bowl. Put bowl into the refrigerator and allow chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Thinly slice tomato and sweet onion. Saute onion slices in 2 T. butter.
3. Heat a skillet to medium heat with the butter. Drain and discard marinade and put chicken into the hot skillet. Grill chicken uncovered over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink.
4. Cut avocado into wedges. Move chicken to the edges of the grill. Top each piece with a slice of bacon, an onion slice, a tomato slice, an avocado wedge and a slice of Monterey jack cheese.
5. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Happy Grilling!

AND commenting!?!?!?!?  🙂 PLEEEEASE?
~T

Banana Cream Pudding Cups

  Happy Labor Day!  I promise you won’t labor too hard for this delicious dessert.

 From the moment I saw Nilla Wafers on sale, I KNEW…..

  It was time to introduce my family to Banana pudding!  {squeeee!}  So exciting!

  Now, you know me and my love of all things creamy, so I had to doctor up the recipe a bit, so this is NOT your ordinary Banana Pudding!  I mean, with heavy whipping cream, sour cream and cool whip, how could it be?

  Don’t think about calories, think about how much you are gonna love it! 

Here is my spin on the recipe on the side of the Vanilla Wafer box: the end result was rich, smooth, creamy and oh so goooooood!

Banana Cream Pudding Cups

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Banana Cream Pudding cups

Ingredients

  • 1 box {3.4 Oz} Banana Cream Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 ounces Sour Cream
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip , Thawed, Divided Use
  • 2 whole Bananas, Sliced
  • 12 ounce Box Of Vanilla Wafers

Preparation Instructions

In a bowl, combine heavy whipping cream with pudding powder. Add in 4 ounces of cool whip and 4 ounces of sour cream. Whisk together until smooth and thick.
Slice bananas. Put 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of each of your 6, 4 ounce jars. Add pudding for the next layer, then banana slices, then another vanilla wafer, more pudding, this time to the top of the jar.
Add 3 more banana slices to the top before covering in cool whip and garnishing with a Vanilla wafer. Repeat 6 times. You may have enough pudding for the 7th jar, or you could eat the leftovers with a spoon, up to you! No judgment from me!

Enjoy your day off!

~T