Welcome to my BLOG

 

cooking-on-stoveGrowing up in the 50’s and 60’s gave me the opportunity to learn about cooking, entertaining, and life in general from my mother, grandmother, aunts and friends. It was a time of doing things at home. Opportunities to eat out were very limited. Although Dairy Queen since 1944 and White Castle since 1921 had been around for a while, McDonalds had just opened its doors in 1955 and the only time we had fast food was on our annual trip to my Grandmother’s house in Troy, Kansas a three day trip from our home in Virginia.

 

                      Hi, I’m Betti Flitcraft.

My kids tease that I lived in the time or radio…and the first Televisions, stating that I am technologically inept. To redeem myself, and make some new virtual friends I  have taken on the challenge to teach myself enough about the internet and how it works to try my hand at a Blog. Over the past 45 years I have been a Realtor, a Television Producer, a Tupperware Consultant, a Paralegal,   a wife and mother, Care giver to my parents until their deaths, and in my semi- retirement I am a Pampered Chef Consultant, all favorite careers. I’ve been semi-retired for a while and spend most of my time caring for my grandson, Zachary. For years friends, and family have been telling me that I need to share my entertaining ideas, recipes, cooking tips and life lessons with more people so here goes. Between you and me they want to broaden my audience I do tend to go on. 

All in One Spaghetti perfect for the summer as it is made in the crockpot. Little Fuss/Great Reward.

All in One Spaghetti perfect for the summer as it is made in the crockpot. Little Fuss/Great Reward.

I’ll be sharing recipes, cooking tips and life’s experiences…    The recipes on my blog are written as if you the reader is a beginner cook. I write hoping you will feel I am right there with you as you prepare the dish. Just like it would have been with your grandmother.  I try to include lots of tips and suggestions. For you Seasoned Cooks I hope you enjoy the collection of recipes I am sharing and will share some of your own recipes and experiences.

You can grill a variety of foods on your grill.

You can grill a variety of foods on your grill.

Because entertaining is an art I learned from my mother i will share what she taught me. Married to a military man she was always on call for imprompteu get togethers ordered by the Post Commanders wife. Mom was always the go to hostess because people always boasted about her parties and teas. Her philosophy was that people will have a wonderful time at your home if you feed them good food, make them feel comfortable and relaxed, and join in with them. So with that in mind I will be sharing dinner menus, party planning menus, themes, and planning ideas.

Being a single mom of two for the past 15 +++ years I also have loads of home projects to share that I have done in the past as well as any new ones that come up as do them.

Decorating ideas and don’t forget the kid friendly projects and Kids party planning ideas in the kids category. With six nieces, one nephew,  21 year old son,  my 28 year old daughter, her son Zach, and his eleven cousins  I am always working on something which involves KIDS;  at home it’s projects like fixing the water heater putting in new elements, replacing kitchen faucet, unclogging the toilet – three times, the best way to remove melted wax from the carpet and wall  lol, which are a few projects I had to complete  from this past month. Having raised a son and a daughter alone I have lots of experience in this running a home department.



Welcome to my blog!

 

This blog is for my family, friends and you!

I have set up categories and an archive of posts that you may look at or if you are just interested in a particular recipe Choose from any of the recipes below, just click on the link button and it will open the post with that recipe. If you like a recipe or you have a better one please share it with me I would love to hear from you. You can use the simple comment box at the bottom.  thanks, betti b.

I spend a lot of time researching for information on “how to” for different things from time to time and when I find information that may help you  I will share that too.

My very first post is for a strawberry topped cheesecake filling  cookie crust pizza. It’s a variation on the ones I have had at different peoples parties. I have made it easier to make by using a cakemix cookie base and a fluffy cream cheese layer under the fruit. With this recipe it is a snap to make this impressive fruit dessert. 

 

Like a recipe click on the button and off you’ll go.

Strawberry fruit pizza, amazing flavor and texture.

Strawberry fruit pizza, amazing flavor and texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lb-graham-cheesecake-cherry-sandwich

Fluffy and delicious cream cheese filling spread between graham cracker halves and topped with cherry pie filling for a scrumptious dessert or snack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect blend of strawberries and a light gel topped with homemade whipped cream. omg

Perfect blend of strawberries and a light gel topped with homemade whipped cream. omg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy to make, delicious to eat cake mix cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moist & Delicious Teriyaki  Turkey Meatloaf.

Moist & Delicious Teriyaki Turkey Meatloaf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broccoli with creamy cheese sauce.

Broccoli with creamy cheese sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Honey Barbequed Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw.

Crockpot Honey Barbequed Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy, a little sweet, a little vinegar to offset cabbage, perfect coleslaw.

Creamy, a little sweet, a little vinegar to offset cabbage, perfect coleslaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oven baked deliciousness. You can't tell them from fried. Except on your waisteline!

Oven baked deliciousness. You can’t tell them from fried. Except on your waistline!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mild ribs on the bar-b.

Mild ribs on the bar-b.

 

 

 

 

 

BBQ rubbed ribs pre-baked in oven and then throw em on the grill. Perfection!

BBQ rubbed ribs pre-baked in oven and then throw em on the grill. Perfection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fried Green Tomatoes just like in the Movie- "Fried Green Tomatoes"

Fried Green Tomatoes just like in the Movie- “Fried Green Tomatoes”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like German Chocolate Cake you'll love these brownies!

If you like German Chocolate Cake you’ll love these brownies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy to make peanut butter cookies.

Easy to make peanut butter cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken salad served in a bowl made from cantaloupe. Perfect Summer Presentation and delicious too.

Chicken salad served in a bowl made from cantaloupe. Perfect Summer Presentation and delicious too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanilla ice cream in a cantaloupe half dessert and a fruit.

Vanilla ice cream in a cantaloupe half dessert and a fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in One Spaghetti perfect for the summer as it is made in the crockpot. Little Fuss/Great Reward.

All in One Spaghetti perfect for the summer as it is made in the crockpot. Little Fuss/Great Reward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn a loaf of French or Italian Bread into the best garlic bread ever.

Turn a loaf of French or Italian Bread into the best garlic bread ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect side salad made from fresh Romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumber, red onion and homemade croutons and homemade Good Seasons Clone Dressing Mix.

Perfect side salad made from fresh Romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumber, red onion and homemade croutons and homemade Good Seasons Clone Dressing Mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret to making croutons is Frozen Bread, and flavorful seasoning.

Secret to making croutons is Frozen Bread, and flavorful seasoning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope ya’ll enjoy yourself here and come back often.

 

I ask that you forgive any mistakes I may make and that you feel comfortable to share your input with me. Being a grandmother and as my kids always tell me “ancient” and from the time of wind up cars, this is a new and exciting adventure.

                                      until later   betti  : )

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