Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feed on the Word Giveaway Winners

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  The weekend is about to get even better for two special ladies!

But first, I want to thank all of you for your comments.  You have given me a lot to think about and post in the near future.

And now for the winners.

It would appear that really likes the name Sarah, because our two winners are Sarah of Hope in Every Season & Sarah Belle of Simply at Home 101.

Congratulations to you both!  If you would please send me your shipping information to I will order your serving bowl and send it your way.

Thank you again to everyone that entered.  In the past 10 months since I started this blog, there have been many times that I am overwhelmed and amazed by you.  Thank you for being the best readers a girl could ask for.  I feel blessed to count you as my (cyber)friends.

The Southern Homemaker

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Today I wanted to share a great book on organization with y'all.
My sweet Nana gave this to me, and I love it (and her!).  The format is great. 
There are sections for every different area that needs organizing.
Each section is then broken down into goals to accomplish that week. 
The tasks are always very manageable.
The tips are helpful, and there is a place to write notes.
I really like the "Stay Organized" sections.  It is so easy to get something organized, only to watch it become filled with clutter in a matter of months. 

After going through this book I was inspired to go on a organizing rampage.  You know, the kind when you throw open the closet doors in a way that strikes fear into the hearts of clutter.

You are welcome to join me on my organization/clutter extermination project.

 Pick up a copy of your own at Barnes & Noble and grab a garbage bag!

I will end this post with a word of warning to any clutter lurking in our house.

You can run, but you can't hide. 
I have a garbage bag, and I'm not afraid to use it! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Feed on the Word Giveaway

The time for entering this giveaway has ended.  Thanks for your interest, and be sure to check out the rest of our site.

As I mentioned on Friday I have another fun giveaway for y'all.  So here it is.

We have the Large Pasta bowl from Feed on the Word and love it!  It has a permanent spot on our table.  And my favorite part, is that my sisters have memorized the Fruit of the Spirit by seeing this bowl on the table everyday. 
If you have large gatherings or just need a creative way to teach your children the Fruit of the Spirit, this is the giveaway for you!

I am giving away TWO Large Pasta Bowls from Feed on the Word.  Two readers will receive this beautiful serving dish just in time for all of their holiday gatherings.  35 for Thanksgiving?  No problem!

Here are all the details:

Each person can have up to 5 entries.  Please leave a comment for each entry.

1) Answer this question, "What kind of posts would you like to see on this blog?"

2) Follow "Southern  Homemaking"

3) Add "Southern Homemaking" to your blog

4) Share on your blog

5) Share on Facebook

If you already follow Southern Homemaking, or have added it to your blog, please leave a comment so you will receive all of your entries.

The winner will be chosen on Saturday Oct 29th with the help of

Well that's all for now, can't wait to see who wins!

this giveaway is not sponsored by Feed on the Word

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Today I have one of my absolute favorite things to share with y'all.
Feed on the Word is a wonderful company.  Their china is simple, beautiful and a great reminder of where our true nourishment comes from.
They are also wonderful gifts.  We have sent these as Christmas gifts to friends and family out of state for the last 3 years.  And we just gave my Grandmother four place settings for her birthday.  Every time the response was the same, they loved it. 

As I wrote in another post, I love things that incorporate Scripture into the home.  We have Scripture on our walls, couch, towels and now on our table.  And I want to help you bring Scripture to your family's table too.  Come back Monday to find out how you can win some wonderful Feed on the Word china.

Till Monday,

The Southern Homemaker

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Love My Brother!!!

My big brother came home, said he was sorry for being late and handed me this.
Brother, you can be late anytime you want!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

Once in awhile a recipe comes along that is simply out of this world.  And today I have one of those recipes for you.

I mentioned on Friday that I would have an Apple Pie recipe for y'all this week, but this is no ordinary apple pie recipe.  This is the BEST recipe ever!!! 

Mom found this recipe in the September issue of Southern Living (a great magazine btw).  I don't know if they give a Nobel prize for the "Culinary Arts" but if they did I would nominate the person that created this recipe.

Oh, and just a quick warning, I have lots of photos in this post, after the recipe.  When I say "the recipe" does anyone else think of the Baldwin sisters on The Waltons?  Those two sweet spinsters, making moonshine thinking it was "Papa's secret recipe".  Oh well back to "the recipe".

Easy Skillet Apple Pie
2 lb. Granny Smith Apples
2 lb. Braeburn Apples
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 14oz package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg white
2 Tbsp. sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel apples, and cut 1/2-inch thick wedges.  Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup sugar.

Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture.  Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust.  Whisk egg white until foamy.  Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  Cool on wire rack 30 minutes before serving.

Now for all the pics!
I could eat these alone.  Alone as in just the apples, and alone as in just me.
And yes we did use our apple corer, peeler, slicer.
A cast-iron skillet is very southern.  But what makes it more southern?
I could eat this by myself too!
Starting to look like a pie
Looking more like a pie
 Some detail of those delicious apples
Now it really looks like a pie
And there it is hot from the oven, delectable, delicious goodness!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Today I have a great kitchen tool to share with y'all.  I mean this is the best!

The Back to Basic Apple Peeler, Corer and Slicer!

Now to be honest I wasn't sure about this at first.  I'm a bit old fashioned, and don't like having a gadget for everything.  But since we are going to make apple pie filling this fall, Mom said she didn't want to spend days on end peeling apples.  And after using it I agree!  This makes any apple recipe a breeze.

The day after we got this we made a brand-new apple pie recipe.  It worked great and the pie was out-of-this-world!  I'll have that recipe for you soon, promise!

We ordered ours from King Arthur Flour

It also availiable from Amazon & Williams-Sonoma.

This is also one of those tools that is cool enough the guys want to try it.  Whenever we need apples, we call my brother.  It's great to have family with you in the kitchen.  Well most of the time anyway!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Super-Easy Sloppy Joe

Don't you love easy one-pot recipes?  Well I know I do!

Today I'm going to share one of our easiest recipes.  But here is the great part, its easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, (ok inner Brit coming out there) and DELICIOUS!

All right, get your paper and pencils ready for the long detailed shopping list.

Ground Beef and Chili Sauce

Did you get all that or did I go to fast?

Super-Easy Sloppy Joe
1lb Ground Beef
1 12oz bottle Heinz Chili Sauce

Brown meat over medium heat and cook throughly (I like to season my meat with dried onions).  Add Chili Sauce and cook approx. 15 min, until the sauce bubbles. 

Serve on hamburger buns with potato salad, 5 cup salad (recipe coming soon), chips and lemonade.

Now is that easy or what?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

I love homes!  When I have some spare time (which is rare) I love to go online and look at home listings.  Sometimes I look at home decorating blogs, or just pick up a Pottery Barn catalog (don't you love that place!).  It is always the little touches that get my attention, the flowers, napkin rings, pictures frames, etc.

Since I don't have a home of my own, I like to watch my mother and observe how she has made our house a home.  One of her "signature touches" if you will, is how she incorporates Scripture into our homes decor. 

I could write an entire post on all of the wonderful ways she displays Scripture in our home.  Would you like that?  Just leave me a comment and I'll get to work.

Today I just want to show you one, and share a great resource.
These beautiful hand towels come in a set of 9, and feature all of the Fruit of the Spirit.  Whether we are washing our hands, or in my case folding the laundry, we are reminded of the character qualities we should be exemplifying. 

And that is what makes them a "Fabulous Friday Find".

You can find them here, and be sure to check out all of the great items at Christian Gifts Place.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Favorite Pumpkin Bread

October is here, there is a nip in the air and pumpkins are everywhere!
We love pumpkin in our family.  Most people only make pumpkin bread/muffins in the fall months.  We make it all year long.  That can be difficult since canned pumpkin is only in stores around the holidays.  Simple solution, buy 30 cans.  We actually did that last year and we only have 2 left.

There are so many different ways to make pumpkin bread.  We had been looking for a recipe that had the perfect combination of flavor and texture.  Then one day it showed up on our doorstep, literally.

We received this recipe from the gas company of all people, by way of  So thanks to Georgia Natural Gas we found the pumpkin bread of our dreams.  It is amazing what adding a few spices can do.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

3 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 (15oz) can of pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 2 9x5 loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth.  Add water and beat until well blended.  Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and clove.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed.  Divide batter between prepared pans.

Bake for about 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
I love All-Clad!
Spicing things up
Mixing things up
My mouth is watering
Pure perfection!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Williams-Sonoma All-Clad Giveaway Winner!

Before I tell y'all who the winner is I just want to say two things. 

Thank you and WOW!

I am absolutely thrilled by the response to our latest giveaway.  Because of you September was the best month in the history of 'Southern Homemaking", and for that I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

But now the important stuff, the winner!

With the help of we selected our winner.

Congratulations to Dottie!

Dottie, if you will please e-mail me your shipping information ( I will order your prizes and have them heading your way pronto!

Thanks again to everyone who entered.

Have a great weekend!
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