Our Bestest Baker

If you are here from our previous blog, the 4 little Fergusons, you know we have a dear dear blog friend named Mrs. Baker.  Her blog is the Better Baker!  Clever, right?!

We became blog friends and she decided she wanted to come meet us, so in 2012, that is precisely what she did.  We had a grand ol time!
We have kept in touch and seen each other much more often, now that we are mobile and can go see her in Ohio AND in Florida, depending on the season.

We were thrilled to hear she would be coming to visit us again! 🙂  Boy, how things have changed since last time…..

New blog post today: Our Bestest Baker

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Hugs, T


A Cookbook & Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

I have always wanted to publish a cookbook.  Maybe someday I still will, BUT for now, I am SOOOOO excited to tell you that the gals from Weekend Potluck and I, have been working on an E-cookbook!  FUN, right!?!?!?!

We will share lots of Weekend Potluck favorites, along with some new recipes!

Over 60 recipes in all with photos!!!!!
I don’t know about you, but I LOOOOOVE cookbooks with photos!
 The E-book will be available to purchase here on the blog in October. (exact date to be announced soon!)
The only problem we are having now, is deciding on a cover.
 Look at the photos below, do you recognize that table? Yup, it’s the picnic table I take all my food photos on. 🙂  I am so honored it made the front cover of our cookbook!
Now, I need your help!  Vote for your favorite cover, by telling me 1, 2, or 3 in the comments section! Once we have heard back from all 6 bloggers, we will count the votes and pick a cover!!!

Speaking of cookbooks, my good friend, Mrs. Baker has her very own cookbook, which I OWN thankyouverymuch.

I have a whole list of things I want to make out of it.  This particular title has a GIANT star next to it now because it was so INCREDIBLE!

All the right kinds of chewy and melt in your mouth, combined.

Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

by The Better Baker

Oatmeal Caramel Chewies

1-3/4 c. quick or old fashioned oats
1-3/4 c. all purpose flour, divided
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt,optional
3/4 c. butter (1-1/2 sticks), melted
2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. caramel ice cream topping
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of 9×13 baking dish.

Combine oats, 1-1/2 c. flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Stir in butter;mix well. Reserve 1 c. oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.

Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts to within 1/4″ of pan edges.  Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.  Bake 18 – 20 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm. Setting them out at room temperature for a few minutes prior to cutting them makes for an easier job.

Oh my gooey goodness!  Just try to keep your hands off them straight out of the oven.

Thanks for another keeper, Mrs. B!

Now before you go, leave me a comment and tell me which cookbook cover gets your vote: 1, 2 or 3!  

Thanks for your help!  🙂


Mrs. B’s Creamy Tacos

We had a very special guest stop in this summer, Mrs. Baker from The Better Baker.  She even COOKED for us!  A delicious recipe from her amazing cookbook, page 42 to be exact.  She whipped out this meal in 20 minutes, no kidding!  Destiny & Tylan had 2 bowls and they all cheered when I told them there was enough leftover to have it again.  🙂

 Creamy Tacos

from Recipes and Recollections of The Better Baker

Creamy Tacos (2)


  • 1 poundGround Beef, Browned And Drained
  • 2 cans (16 Oz Each) Chili Beans With Sauce
  • 16 ounce can Of Chili
  • 12 ounces, weight Can Of Rotel, Drained (you Decide The Heat)
  • 1 pound Velvetta, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • ½ pints Whipping Cream
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa

Brown beef and drain, add beans, chili and tomatoes. Heat until it begins to boil. Add Velvetta and stir until melted. Turn down heat and pour in cream, being careful not to boil again.

Place chips on plate and ladle over creamy chili sauce. Top with your favorite toppings: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

Easy and delicious!

I know Mrs. B says she is a BETTER Baker, but we think she is a GREAT cook too!

Thanks for a GREAT and easy meal, Mrs. B!  The Ferguson Family loves you!



Avery’s “Birthday Pouty”

    Today’s post is all about Avery’s Birthday Party! Or Birthday Pouty as she calls it in her cute little 4-year-old talk.

  The theme was inspired by some darling plates I found at Aldi’s for a dollar:



  In going with the theme, we made Watermelon Cupcakes (recipe coming tomorrow) and Watermelon Lemonade!!!!  Both delicious!

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My family brought in lots of yummy appetizers to share for Sunday Night Snack Supper.


7 Layer Salad Dip (3)

  We had a special guest come over, and she got to join the party fun too!  🙂

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Mrs. Baker from The Better Baker! What a blessing to get to meet her and spend some time with her.  She fit right in! 🙂




Party time!


Watermelon Salt Water Taffy



  Sweet Destiny, wrapped Avery’s gift up in a GIANT leaf from a tree out front! Clever!


  Avery’s birthday celebration with family was a few days after her birthday.  She got to open her 3 presents from us, and a few Papa & Drea left, on her official day.  These next few photos, are from that day.

  Close your eyes for a big surprise……


“Me too, Momma?”


A Jeep for your dolls to ride in! Thanks, Papa & Drea!


Pax thinks it’s for him to ride in…..


Avery can’t bear to watch!



  What a blessing to have family and friends nearby to celebrate with!

Happy Birthday, sweet 4-year-old!