First Big Snow of 2017

Winter has arrived! We got our first big snow and cold, cold temps along with it.


It’s been fun, winter. But I’m ready for spring now!



Gingerbread Cookies

This is a really yummy gingerbread cookie recipe! Madison made up the cookies and icing for us, and we had fun decorating together.


Me, my husband, our cabin in the woods, and pet dinosaur. 🙂


McKenzie’s, Quentin Jr.’s, and Madison’s , and my gingerbread houses.


First Row-McKenzie. Second row-Quentin Jr.(His sad gingerbread man represents your average North Korean citizen. He loves to study his history). Third row-Madison. And last row-mine.

Gingerbread cookies are a ton of fun!


Christmas Baking: Cream Cheese Cookies


Cream Cheese Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 12 cups flour


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour until well blended.
  • Drop dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet (or use a cookie press). If desired, make an indentation in the center with your thumb or other object; fill with preserves, or press candy into center.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Cookies should be pale.

Tastes like a sugar cookie, only fluffier.

Happy Baking!



Venison Meatballs Recipe

There is always an abundance of ground venison this time of year. Our ground meat is mainly from the ribs and neck.  I have found it’s ok to use it in any beef recipe. A lot of people look for recipes specifically for venison to get rid of the gamey taste. We don’t have a problem with our meat tasting gamey. My husband guts his deer in the woods, hangs , skins, and quarters them as soon as he gets home. The meat is then packed in ice and worked up over the next week. Just drain the water as your ice melts and replenish with more ice. My uncle gave us meat that he had done at a butcher once. The ground meat was very bloody, and the steaks were bloody and still on the bone. We couldn’t eat either one. It all has to do with how you care for your meat.

I wanted to find a meatball recipe that everyone loves because we like BBQ meatballs along with our Christmas Eve snacks. This one was a hit. We tried it last week with a jar of our homemade BBQ sauce and last night in our spaghetti.  I have to say my son hates spaghetti but discovered he loves spaghetti and meatballs!



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 34 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons minced sweet onions(I used 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 egg


  • In a large bowl beat the egg.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend together with your hands.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/2″ balls with your hands and place on non-stick cookie sheet so that they are not touching.
  • Cook in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes at 450 degrees.
  • Turn meatballs over half way through cooking.
  • The meatballs will not be fully cooked at this point.
  • Add to your favorite sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Serve over pasta.

Fast, easy, and very tasty!