Hotdog Relish, Cream Cheese Bars, Easy Pecan Cookies, Cake Mix Cookies, and “Ole Skipper”

Good morning guys, how is everybody today? We sure hope all goes well for each and every one of you! We’re back once more in ole Miz Judi’s Kitchen and gonna see what we can come up with for ya’ll today! So grab a chair, have a seat, and let’s shoot the bull for a while.

First off…we got the outside of our greenhouse finished yesterday…YES! Man we’re so proud we’ve finally got it “buttoned up,” and this is gonna be a WHOLE lotta fun! I have to admit that there’s nothing more fun to me…than watchin Deb work! I could literally watch it for hours on end! LOL!

I used to be of the belief that Deb could be doing one thing, while I was on another project, and for most of our lives that was the case. Deb would handle the “homefront,” while I’d be out tryin to make us a livin. It worked really well.

Then, the day came that ole Red grabbed ahold in our business, and became an integral part of it. The man can work. Honestly, he’s a dern “workin Trojan,” and if one of the crew ain’t pullin his weight, shoot, ole Red will send em packin, and if the need be, will carry their weight on the job too. On top of this, all our customers love the guy.

He’s a great young man, a great Father, a HARD worker, and is full of it in regards to his personality…must come from his Mama, huh?

But to him not listenin to any flak on the job, and not toleratin poor performance with his crew, this has it’s not so good points as well. Why? Well, about 4 years ago he fired one of the employees that had been with us over 14 years…ME???

The man told me he could get more work done, with less hassle, if I’d take an “early retirement!” I was shell-shocked! I tried to argue with him for all of about 15 seconds or so, then saw that no matter how hard I tried to convince him he still needed “the old man,” I gave up.

I just hung my head, and acted very despondent over his decision while walking off. Yet, the whole time this was bein played out, my inner self was sayin, “YES!! God Bless him for his actions!! LOL!

So, after “suckerin ole Red” into runnin me off, I wouldn’t talk to him for quite a while….maybe 30 minutes or so. At that point I called him on the jobsite and told him that I’d not let his firin me interfere with the rest of our lives together…explained to him that I “was a bigger man” than that! LOL!

So, by Red firin “the old man,” this allowed Deb and I PLENTY of time together. You see, Deb and Red have always had a very, very close relationship, but after about two weeks of “my retirement,” she realized that havin me home with her 24-7 wasn’t what she thought it’d be cut out to be.

To this day, I’m not so sure if Deb has ever forgiven him…for “letting me go!”

Quickly, back to the point I was makin earlier in regards to Deb and I both bein on separate projects at the same time, well, my attitude over that statement has changed. Since having more time to spend around her, I’ve decided that although we don’t get quite as much done, it is actually better if we work on a project…together.

By doin so, this assures that by doing things in this fashion, I can share my VAST knowledge and intellect with her. This also insures that through my sittin around watchin her, and pointin out the ways “that I’d do it,” she in fact does a better job at what SHE’S doin. You could say that now we get it right…the first time, every time! LOL!

So you see, I’m not the type of man to keep the better ways of doing things all to myself. I like to share with Deb anyway I can…to help her out, you understand! What better way could there be…to show your love towards your spouse??

So all you other women out there, don’t be too despondent that your own husband may not treat you in quite the same manner. You need to try and come to grips…that ole Deb, just got lucky I guess!! LOL!

Before we fire off the dern cook stove this morning, we’d like to share a video with you guys. Be sure and listen to the story of my little dog…Skipper! I sure miss the little feller, and at one point durin the video…I almost broke down!

Today’s recipes come from Deb’s sister Louise’s church cookbook, “Bless This Food at the End of the Fork.” Deb says to be sure you guys understand that Louise is Deb’s… “older sister!”

Hot Dog Relish

  • 5 cups grated cucumbers
  • 3 cups grated onions
  • 3 cups grated celery
  • Hot pepper, if desired
  • 2 sweet red peppers, ground
  • ¾ cup of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of water
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons celery seed

Combine vegetables and add water and salt and let stand overnight. Drain, heat vinegar, sugar, mustard and celery seed. Bring to a boil, add vegetables and bring to a boil once again. Cook slow for 10 minutes. Pack in hot, sterile jars and let them seal. Do not hot water bath.

Diane Ackerman

Cream Cheese Bars

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box confectioner’s sugar

Soften butter, mix cake mix, butter, and 1 egg together, then add chopped nuts. Put in a 9 x 13 inch pan and pat smooth. Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and sugar together and pour over first layer. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes; or until tested done. Cool and cut into squares.

Louise Flowers (Deb’s older sister) …LOL, Louise!!

Easy Pecan Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and add brown sugar. Add egg yolk, flour and pecans. Roll into small balls and flatten with a fork dipped in flour. Place on baking pan and bake on 350 for 30 to 45 minutes, or until done.

Margaret Clark

Cake Mix Cookies

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix cake mix, sugar and oats together. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, pecans, and vanilla extract together. Mix all together now, and place tablespoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

JoAnna Neely

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