Thursday, February 28, 2013

It’s almost time for green

I am longing for a bit of green in these cold and blustery days….

Just a couple of weeks now and I will be able to get the seed starting supplies out.

Which, Lord willing, will lead to this:

Plant update 2012 | thePrairieCottage

And then hopefully this:

Mini greenhouses 2012 | the Prairie Cottage

This winter has featured snowy and gray days with way below average temps and lest I forget – it has been windy, windy, windy!!

We won’t even talk about wind chill, K?

I am SO ready to start plant those little seeds this year – a glimmer of green hope while we wait for spring to make an entrance :) 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Raisin Spice Bars

These make a LOT of bars… perfect for a hungry crew!
1 cup raisins
1.5 cups hot water
1/2 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 tbs. melted butter
1-2 tbs. milk

Cookies:  Soak raisins in hot water to plump and soften them.  Add butter, egg and baking soda to the raisins and water.  Stir in flower, sugar and spices.  Spread batter in a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Cool. 
Glaze:  Combine powdered sugar and butter.  Add enough milk to make a thin glaze.  Spread over cooled bars and let set before cutting. 
Makes about 4 dozen. 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!


A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you,

so you must love one another.
John 13:34

Much love to you today - I hope your day is filled with sweetness and smiles!



Saturday, February 9, 2013




How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,

that we should be called children of God!

1 John 3:1

Monday, February 4, 2013

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Yummy Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes  {the Prairie Cottage}
As always, I started with a container of precooked ground beef from the freezer, thus eliminating step 1. 
I also added slightly more than 1/4 cup steak sauce, to help it hold together a little better. 
I usually use red sweet peppers instead of green. 
And I didn’t have any mushrooms this time.
But other than that, I followed the recipe exactly!  Ha!
So… they are probably not of the true Philly Cheesesteak tradition, but they tasted delicious :)
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/4-1/2  cup steak sauce
1 cup beef stock
1 green pepper, chopped or julienned
1 package sliced mushrooms
1/2-1 teaspoon salt - to taste
1/4/ teaspoon pepper

Provolone cheese slices 
Hamburger Buns

1.  Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  

2.  Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms,  Cook and stir for another 3-4 minutes.  The vegetables will start to get tender.
3.  Stir in the steak sauce, beef stock, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cook about 2 minutes more.  Add additional steak sauce if it seems too “soupy.”

4.  Scoop hot sloppy Joe mixture onto hamburger buns and top with a slice of provolone cheese.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Recipe {the Prairie Cottage}


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