Ginny B'S

Thursday, May 3, 2018

These brownies are absolutely the best that I believe I have ever made, and they are super easy!
Many recipes that I find on FB or pinterest are not really that good.  These are great.

1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
4 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1/4 unsweetened cocoa
3 cup powdered sugar, maybe 2 3/4 was enough
Bake in 9X13 pan greased for 20-25 min. at 350 degrees.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Delicious Tomato Soup

One medium white or yellow onion

6 T. butter

two cans diced tomato.

one 46 oz. tomato juice

3- 6 T sugar

1 or 2 T. of chicken base, or 3 chicken bouillion cubes

Freshly gound black pepper

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/4 c. fresh basil

1/3 cup chp[[ed flat leafed parsley

Chopped onion, cook in butter.  Add big can of diced tomatoes with juice. Add 48 oz. bottle tomato juice. 4-6 T. sugar, 1 1/2 c. heavy cream, 3 chicken bouillon cubes, basil, parsley, and pepper to taste.After is all added I let boil so it will reduce.  

Onion Rings


2- 3 large onions
1 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
2 T. oil
Peel onions and slice into 1/4 inch seperate into rings. Sift flour
with baking powder, salt and sugar. combine milk, egg and fat; add to dry ingredients. all at once, and beat until smooth.  Dip onion rings in batter and fry until golden brown in deep fat at 375 degrees. Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with salt.

More Recipes to save for my future cookbook.

Bread Pudding with Sauce

2 1/2 c. soft or dry bead crumbs- cubes
3 eggs
1/2 . sugar
1/8 t. salt
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Put Bread in casserole,and raisins
Place casserole in pan with 1 inch of water
350 degrees for 50-60 min.  Knife in and comes out clean.
2 T. Cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
2 cup milk
1/4  c. marg.
1/1/2 t. vanilla
2 egg yolks beaten
Combine startch and sugar gradually, add milk heat and stir to thicken simmer 2-3 min. 
Add butter and vanilla, stir. To egg yolks add 1.4 sauce. Cook and stir one min. 

Recipes for Holidays

Filled Coffee Ring

2  pkg. dry yeast
1/3 c. warm water
1 1/2 c. lukewarm milk
1 cup sugar divided
2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. salad oil
6 1/2 to 71/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. melted butter or marg.
2 T. ground cinamon
3 T. chopped maraschino cherries
3 T. chopped pecans
Cream frosting

Dissolve yeast in warm water, Set aside 5 min.  Combine milk , 1/2 cup sugar and salt, stir in yeast mixture, eggs, and oil.  Add enough flour to make a slightly sticky dough, mix well. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts, until doubled in bulk. About 1 hour. Turn dough out on floured surface and knead until smooth elastic, 5 min.  Return to bowl and let rise again.  Place dough on flour surface.and roll into rectangle.  Spread with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon, cherries, pecans, raisins. Roll up jelly roll fashion. Pinch edges and ends together. place on greased cookie sheet. Using kitchen shears make a cut around the ring at every inch.  Gently pull out and twist.  Cover and let rise til double 30 min.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 25 min.  

Creamy Frosting
1 cup shipping cream 1 cup sugar 
1 tsp. almond extract
Microwave on high for 9 min.  Watch carefully, will boil over. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Christmas Recipes

Christmas Traditions

Sugar Cookies
This is a sugar cookie recipe that I used when I was the Home Economics Teacher at Hartley, TX. We had a fund raiser and made giant personalized heart shaped cookies at Valentines.   These cookies turn out very good and taste delicious!! I wanted the recipe to be saved somewhere, so thought this blog would be the best place to do this.  
It has been a tradition in our family since my girls were very little to make sugar cookies with their Nanny and  cousins.  So we have carried on the tradition since we moved down here to Central, Texas.
I know that all the cousins are carrying on this tradition, whether it is still with Nanny, or their grandmother's, or with their Aunts!!! Love this special tradition.  Thanks so much Nanny!!
This is the recipe that we use down here in central Texas.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/3 c. butter
1 1/2 sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
8 T. milk
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs, add milk. Add dry ingredients.
Roll out dough on floured surface, and cut with desired cookie cutters. 
Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 min.

Powdered sugar, about 1/2 to 1 bag of powdered sugar, probably a whole bag with this amount of cookies.  Add melted butter 1 stick, 1 tsp vanilla, and 4 T. milk.  Adding more milk as necessary to make an icing that you can spead and decorate with. Add desired sprinkles and decorations.  
This is Wes when he was about 4 and now he is 9.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Recipes that I use every year and I want to save HERE!!!!

I'll start with my MIL recipe for Turkey and Dressing..
Starting with the turkey:  She always cooks her turkey in a Turkey Roasting Bag.  She makes sure to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.  It will take a while for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. After thawed take to the sink and unwrap.  Take out inside package and neck.  There are items in each end, be sure to remove.  to the cavity of the bird, add 1/2 orange, celery stalks, and onion.on the outside salt, pepper, lightly flour and can lay bacon on top.  Roast according to directions on the turkey package.  low and slow according to the size of the bird.
Delicious and moist. Cook Turkey breast down in a turkey bag

Dressing by Nanny:
Dry bread, 1/4 cornbread, onions, and celery to fill a small bowl. Saute these in 1 stick butter in the microwave. 1 onion, several stalks of celery.  Boil giblets real slow all morning.  Pour 3/4 of juice in bread . Stir in 3 eggs and add milk to fill.  Add salt, pepper and sage enough to taste. Poultry seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees til done. 

                                                 Pecan Pie
3 eggs lightly beaten 
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 t. vanilla
3 T. butter, melted
1 cup roughly chopped pecans.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 min. Reduce to 350 degrees and bake 1 hour. Just bake 30-40 min. more. Filling will be moist

Pumpkin Pie:
2 eggs slightly beaten 
1 can libby's pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 can evaporated milk
1 9 inch deep dish frozen pie shell
Preheat oven to 425. Combine filling ingredients in order given. pour into pie shell Bake 15 min.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bak an additional 45 min. or until knife inserted near center of pie comes out clean. Cool, Garnish with whipped topping. 

by Nanny:
Dry bread, 1/4 cornbread, onions, and celery to fill a small bowl. Saute these in 1 stick butter in the microwave. 1 onion, several stalks of celery.  Boil giblets real slow all morning.  Pour 3/4 of juice in bread . Stir in 3 eggs and addd milk to fill.  Add salt, pepper and sage enough to taste. Poultry seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees til done. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet Lou!!

Meet Lou, she is a mini Nubian, she was born on June 25, 2017.  I was so excited to find her and I am hoping to be able to get her bred and have her produce goat milk, so that I can learn to milk her, make soap and lotion and maybe even learn to make cheese.  I met the sweetest lady who owned her, and currently has her mother. She milks her mother and makes the items that I want to learn to make.  I hope that we can get together when she is producing milk and I can learn some things from her.  Of course, I have been looking on pinterest to learn all I can before it comes time to really be able to milk her and use her milk.  I have thoroughly enjoyed finally just having the time to  be able to do some of the things that I enjoy doing around my home. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my latest project.  Gin

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Garden Harvest

Dill Pickles
We've had an abundance of beautiful vegetables out of our garden this year, so I've been making pickles, chow chow, relish. Roasting tomatoes, making hot sauce, jellies, and any other goodies that I can think of. 

Hope I can share many of these goodies that I"ve been making with family and friends.  Happy Summer Everyone!!  and with a side note I have made a change to the recipe. I decided the 4 cups of water to the 4 cups of vinegar should be the right amount.  It seems like the pickles get a little stronger as they sit.  

Many New Things Happen'n at the Lazy B

I haven't posted in about 3 years.  I was busy with grand baby number 2 when I last posted, and since then we have welcomed grand baby number 3 to the family.  We treasure all the time that we get to spend with all 3 grands, and our daughters and their husbands.  

We Love These precious grands!!!

In the last two and 1/2 years I have been busy.  I took the activity director position at a nursing home and did this for 2 years. I loved so many of the people, but it was a lot like teaching and I was having to drive every day and so I decided to retire again from that occupation. I am now staying home and really staying busy.  We have a garden this summer, so I have been canning and making pickles. Mustang grape jelly and  many homemade goodies.  We purchased some baby pygmy goats and just bought a mini nubian goat.  I hope to be able to milk her and then make some cheese, lotion, and soap. When she is old enough.   Oh yes, and we do have chickens.  I'm going to be sharing some pics of all these precious animals on our Lazy B soon.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I got to baby sit today!!!

I got to babysit this little cutie yesterday, so his mommy could go to the grocery store.  With all the flu going around, it is not a good idea to take this darling baby into a large store where there are many possible germs.
We had a very good time and he was so very good.  I changed several diapers and changed his clothes. I was able to give him a bottle of some breast milk and he took it very well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I got to spend with this little darling.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Technology, sometimes drives me crazy!!

I have been having trouble with my laptop and also with my internet.  I have had to change internet providers twice now, since we live in the country a few miles from town.  I love living in the country,  and we are only about 4 miles from town, but it seems that I get a good provider and then something causes it to not stay connected. I called my provider and they said it's the bandwidth.  Well in the explanation, it seems more people are using their service, so now my service is slowed down to a crawl.  This to me is very aggravating.  Paying my bill and not having good service. so I guess I will call again today and gripe to see if I can get some of my payment refunded. 

Also, now i am typing this and it seems my blog will not show up correctly on my computer.  All of this is making me want to pull my hair out!!!!Just like this.  I typed the first part in large letters.  Never changed a thing and this is the way that it is typing now.  Oh, DEAR!!!!! I want to scream.  Ok, I have been ranting!!  Oh yes, with my laptop, it has not been working properly, so i did a system restore.  It works better, but maybe this is causing my blog not to show up properly.  Oh, dear!! what am I to do. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blast from the past!!

I made some blankets for my aunts for Christmas, this year,  I made a collages of some pictures, old and new.  These pics mean a lot to me.  I love the picture in the middle of our house on the farm in Dalhart, TX.  My granddad came from Canada and bought a farm.  He went back and married my grandma in Canada  and brought her back to Texas to live.  I love the top pictures of my parents and their square dance group.  I love when my parents and grandparents went square dances at the old XIT Rangers club.  These pictures were taken there.  There are pictures of my parents camping in Cimmarron Canyon.  Mine and KB's families spent many weekend summers, in the canyon camping.  We also started taking our girls there when they were only a week old. They were both born in the beginning of summer and loved camping.  We all still love going camping to the lake or any campground.  There is a picture of my granddad with his hand on my mammaw's knee.  This really portrays  how they were everyday to each other.  So cute!!!  There is a picture of my grandad and Aunt Beth with a palomino horse.  We've always had horses on the farm and loved everyone of them.  Now my girls have their horses and dearly love them.  There are pictures of my Dad and his sister and more family.  Memories mean so much to me.

Monday, January 6, 2014

I'm So Excited!!! We have another GRANDSON!!

Everyone, Welcome to this world, Corbin Clay Radke.  Our precious Holly gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on December 20, 2013.  He made his entrance about 8:53 am.  I am not sure if this is the exact time, I will have to check with her.  He weighed 7 lbs and 2 oz.  He is beautiful!!  Corbin is such an angel.  We feel so blessed by God to have these beautiful Grandchildren.

I have not been consistent with writing on my blog, but I started reading a young girl that I knew from my home-town of Dalhart, TX. and it made me want to write some more on my blog.  I need to take the time and do some more writing.

Our first grandson, Wes, is 5 and in Kindergarten. I got to attend his first Christmas program this year and it was just perfect.  He is so much fun and quite the little man.  I got to sit between his mommy and daddy and as his class lined up to sing their first song, he reached over to the little guy next to him and scobbed his knob.  He actually rubbed his knuckles on top of his head.  His daddy looked at me and said, did you see that.  We both had quite a laugh about that.  His mommy recorded everything on video, so His KB and Gran and Mac got to watch it on the big screen at Wes' house!!  He was also dressed as a dancing Christmas Tree.  This was a pic from my phone, so it has the labels from my phone, I'm such an amateur at this blogging.  Really I'm just glad that I can add a pic.
I feel so thankful and blessed that God has granted us these precious two grandchildren.  We truly enjoy every minute that we get to spend with them.
KB has been suffering from the flu, but is finally beginning to improve. I have had a terrible cough, every since Corbin was born, and I'm finally getting it all coughed out of my system.  We both can hardly wait until we are completely well and we can see both of these precious boys again.  Happy New Year and Best Wishes to everyone for a fabulous 2014!!!!!!  Wes did get to come and stay with us, while his mommy and daddy went to the NFR in vegas this year!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Peace, Love and Cowboy Boots

Peace Love and Cowboy Boots


KB and I took a trip to back to our hometown.  It was very nice to be back home.  Many things have not changed and then some have.  It was great to spend time with KB's mom for her 79th birthday.   My mom and dad still own the old family farmland.  KB and I sold the old farm house and our portion of the land when we moved, but dad has kept the grassland.  It is extrememly dry there. I don't know if I have ever seen it that dry.  We were able to go out to the farmland to look at where we lived.  This is a very special place for me and our family.  My grandfather came from Canada when he was a young man.  I think he was 28.  I found something on that date a few weeks ago, but I can't find it right now.  After he bought this old home place, and stayed a couple of years, he went back and married my grandmother and brought her back to the Texas Panhandle.  All the roads from Canada to Texas were dirt roads and this travel was in the winter and the roads were a muddy mess.  Also, the cars had no heaters, so there were little huts along the roadside where you stopped to pick up heated bricks to put in your car to keep your feet a little warmer.  WOW, I can't imagine traveling this long distance like that.  I do remember my Mammaw talking about that trip.  The farm that he bought, is the place where my Dad grew up, I grew up as a young girl, and our daughters grew up!!  So it has a lot of memories for us. For these reasons,  I thought I could never leave our old family farm.  But after we moved and made our new home, I really felt that I could make any place a home and I always will.  NO matter where I live, I will make it HOME!!!


The old house was bought and eventually torn down, they rebuilt right where the house used to be.  It looks a lot like where we lived, so that helped not making me feel so sad!! I will always have great memories of the Bates "Place" or as KB always called it "El Rancho not so Grande".