A beautiful site to behold, the cowboy pie is a mixture of a good old fashioned pie recipe with chocolate chunks, candy, apples and peanuts. In Britain, a cowboy pie may have beef. Even in the history of cowboy cooking in Texas, a recipe for cowboy pie might have baked beans and sausage.
THIS is a cowboy pie DESSERT recipe though, and make no mistake, THIS pie is like no other.
A pie recipe with chocolate chips, chunks or pieces, butterscotch, peanuts, sweetened condensed milk, and other sweets all wrapped in your favorite type of pie crust is not only a keeper, it’s a dreamer!
Here’s the recipe.
A fun pie recipe for all the sweet toothed cowboys and cowgirls in your life.
Mix the apple pie filling, lemon juice, and cinnamon together.
Spread the apple mixture across the bottom of the prebaked pie crust, and set aside.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed.
Spoon the sweet mixture evenly over the apple pie mixture already in the pie crust.
Place pie pan on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
You can use chocolate chips instead of the chocolate chunks..
You can also substitute the peanuts with pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, or other nut meats of your choice.
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I told you! Like I said above, this pie is like none other!
Of note too, there is another recipe for Cowboy Pie which is just as rich (if not more) than this one but slightly different.
Elizabeth Karmel of Hill Country Chicken in New York City has created a make-your-own Cowboy Pie dessert recipe where you can add just about any sweet ingredient you might like to add. From white chocolate chips to Rice Krispies, toffee, carmels, cherries, raisins, hazelnuts, or just about anything else sweet you might be “hankering”, (I vote for candy corn on Thanksgiving)…. inside an Oreo Cookie pie crust, graham cracker pie crust, or something else expected or extraordinary, this is one unique pie that may or may not be for everyone but will certainly appeal to the biggest sweet ‘tooths’ in your life.
You can watch Elizabeth’s Cowboy Pie recipe premier on Good Morning America here:
Are you looking to buy quilted china storage protectors for dinnerware sets and serving accessories? These quilted china keepers should be on your radar then!
For nice dinnerware sets that need protection during storage times, these quilted china keepers by Richards Homewares of Oregon may just be what you’re looking for. While they are not intended for use alone if transporting during a move or tightly packed in a long-term storage facility (without additional bubble wrap and/or a boxed exterior), quilted china protectors are a practical way to protect dinnerware sets from the chipping, cracking, and dust collection that can happen when fine china and cups are not in use.
The Richards Homewares quilted china storage set of 6 pieces is a starter set that actually accommodates a good amount of china and comes with cushioned dividers to keep glassware from rubbing, a main cause of chipping and cracking and can be loaded from the top for ease of control.
It comes in four colors as seen below including red, exceptionally colorful for your Christmas and Holiday dinnerware sets….
Or a more richly-colored choice with these beautiful crimson colored pieces.
The cost of this quilted dinnerware storage set is quite reasonable and is rated well by Amazon purchasers for its effectiveness for its cost.
For a slightly higher but still modest cost, this Homewear 8-Piece Hudson Damask China Storage Container Set in tan offers a beautiful way to store dinnerware sets and pieces.
While some Hudson Damask China Storage Container reviews on Amazon felt the interior dividers could stand to be a little sturdier overall with thicker dividers than accompany the quilted exteriors, the quality of the quilting itself was deemed high by Amazon purchasers, adding to the set’s overall sturdiness for its reasonable cost.
For an even higher quality and larger set which includes 2 china accessory protectors, this Homeware 8-piece Hudson Damask China Storage Container Set comes with soft quilted microfiber and accommodates a dinnerware set for 8 plus serving plates.
Hudson Damask also has a very nice long stemware quilted storage container.
Even the finest of china can have a place of protection with the Marathon Housewares Deluxe Quilted Storage Set above.
As you can see, you don’t have to forfeit style to protect your beautiful china when the pieces are not in use. Whether it’s your holiday dinnerware, special dinnerware sets, or family treasures. you can protect those special dishes with care as well as by “design”.
The above products links to quilted storage protectors for china are Amazon affiliate links. While they are just a sampling of what you can purchase on Amazon, should you purchase anything during your visit to Amazon from any one of the above links, or discover and purchase another product during that time, it will not cost you anything extra but will help maintain this site and bless the owner / writer / publisher of The New American Home with Chris Stevens. (That’s me.) 🙂
Sometimes we just want to make life pretty, and these beautiful Christmas dinnerware sets are just the way to add beauty to your Christmas holiday entertaining.
That said…. When we’ve got a good excuse to spend a little extra to add some additional beauty into our home, such as an upcoming holiday entertaining event, it pays to purchase Christmas dinnerware sets in advance and from the comfort of your own home.
You can find just the right Christmas holiday entertaining items for your needs, likes, or budget that way.
It is in that thought that the following Christmas Dinnerware Sets are listed here for your viewing.
The following holiday dinnerware sets are all from Amazon and do not include the entire inventory available.
I’m presenting some of the most popular and best selling Christmas plates and dinnerware sets on Amazon here. OK, I might just like these too.
Take a look, and see if you like any of these. Feel free to check out others on Amazon as well. We don’t all need or want the same things in life!
Please note that going to Amazon from a link in this post will be taken to my Amazon Affiliate store. If you so choose to purchase anything during your visit, a small part of the profit goes to my Amazon associate account of which I am grateful for. Don’t worry though. It doesn’t cost you anything extra!
On to our Christmas holiday dinnerware extravaganza!
This Gibson Home Christmas dinnerware set has all the traditional winter scenes we all love to enjoy during the holiday season without the specific markings of Christmas Day dinner. In other words, you can use this traditional dinnerware set for Christmas but then take advantage of it all through the winter months too if you wish.
This Toile dinnerware set is absolutely stunning with it’s beautifully-traditional Americana-style images, and its subtle overall tones will blend very nicely with just about any color or holiday decor you might coordinate with it.
Personally, I would love to bring some of that green out, but these holiday dinnerware plates would look absolutely royal with some gold dining accessories too!
Quite frankly, this set would look stunning with anything!
Nice, yes, but let’s not leave Gibson Home dinnerware just yet.
If you are more interested in a specific Christmas dinnerware set with the traditional markings of Christmas, Gibson also has the best selling Gibson Christmas Tree Trimmings 20 piece dinnerware set that covers exactly that, dinnerware with Christmas trees filled to the rim with Christmas toys, teddy bears, gingerbread cookies, and candy canes.
You can’t get much festive than this beautiful but whimsical holiday dinnerware!
Just one note on the Martha Stewart setting above though. This is a 4 piece place setting. In other words, when you order this product, you are ordering a setting for one person. You’ll need to adjust your quantity as you want, need, or desire.
While you can buy other Royal Albert china from England at much higher cost than this Royal Albert Christmas dinnerware by Royal Doulton, the absolute beauty and quality of this dinnerware set is unquestioned!
While the initial cost of this set seems a little more, consider the fact that this set comes in a larger quantity as well.
Tip: Always consider the number of settings you will get when you order Christmas dinnerware sets for holiday entertaining! Dinnerware sets can differ in how many people they serve.
With that in mind, just look how pretty those red berries are inside that traditional green holly garland, not to mention the very subtle red link border outside the holly and berries pattern of the Mikasa dinnerware above. This is just simple eloquence at its best, and considering the price, this is also an elegant holiday dinnerware set at a reasonable cost per setting.
The above are just a few of the Christmas dinnerware sets on Amazon. Your favorite may be right here on this page. If it’s not, spend a little time online, and you’ll find just the right choice for you.
You CAN buy Christmas dinnerware sets that will satisfy your needs and budget as well as your dreams and desires!
Are life choices sometimes hard to make? When your heart is in the right place, right choices are easier but not always perfect. What then, should we do?
How do we even make choices in life that reflect who we are?
What should our priorities be?
What happens when life needs offset our heart’s desires?
How can we not fall short?
I just posted the following post on the Facebook page that goes with this blog:
The entire post goes like this:
Just as I was about to write a post about hummingbirds, I got a call which required a little bit more of “me” there (somewhere else) than here (writing a blog). I’m back, and you’ll be seeing that hummingbird post soon! In the meantime… I agree…. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a ‘life’.” Consider those words as you balance the different areas of THINGS you have in your life with THOSE who share life with you here on this earth. Some decisions do not always have cut and dry answers, and lines of priorities sometimes blur out of necessity beyond your control. However, if your heart is in the right place in advance, you’ll most likely have the rest of “you” where it most needs to be. Best wishes for ALL of you in ALL of your lives. Now… on to writing that article I’m so looking forward to writing! See you here again soon!
Sincerely, Chris Stevens, The New American Home With Chris Stevens @ padoozles.com
I had originally planned on just popping this blog open thinking I would be then ready to write a blog article on hummingbirds as referenced on my Facebook page post.
I was geared to go, people!
However, as the window opened, and I looked upon my blog site, I realized I needed to stop a moment to make sure I shared my thoughts HERE as well and not just on that Facebook page.
Making a living is VERY important, folk. I know that.
There are actually lots of other important things in life too, some things that don’t always have anything to do with what we WISH we were doing at any given moment.
My thoughts today are not about making a living, jobs, daily necessities, or priorities, nor do they have anything really to do with time management, home and work conflicts, parenting questions, mothering choices, work at home desires (if that’s the situation) or outside-of-the-home careers (if THAT’S the situation).
My thoughts here are ONLY about keeping life in perspective and feeling good about decisions you make when you make the best decision you can.
Will you always make the best decision, make the best choices in life? Maybe sometimes. Maybe sometimes you won’t even really HAVE a choice, or have an option even you like.
Just remember this through it all though:
Your decisions may reflect your situation and thought processes, but who you ARE is embedded in your heart.
What is in your heart right now?
To be sure, your decisions may not always represent in public what is inside your heart. Life is full of plenty of choices to make, and you can’t always make some decisions strictly by the heart.
But that doesn’t mean your heart has no part of you.
What’s more, your heart is where you will find the best of this world, the most important parts of your life. Your heart is where you will find the people who make life… well… make life the best life that life can be.
It’s OK to make wise decisions, and it is necessary to engage the brain when thinking things through. (Never trust a heart to think through details, lol)
But never be just too busy for others in your life.
There are people who need you. You need them too.
That kind of arrangement was by God Almighty’s design.
However, grace is by God’s design too.
Life’s rewards are not always based on perfect situations.
Good decisions do not result in a perfect life anyway.
However, making time to show the people in your life that you care for THEM will most certainly be one of the best decisions you could ever make in this life.
Taking time for others will bless them… and you.
Taking the time to think about others in your life when making decisions will most certainly yield the best decisions you can make.
You are with me all the time. You must be busy! You have the world on your shoulders, and this world is full of things for you to do. Yet… you are with me.
I might call your constant presence and help in my life the most pronounced multi-taking this world has ever seen. You know what though… that description is far too small to describe your presence.
I think a better description of what you do for me is that you love me. You LOVE me.
Everything you have done, are doing, and WILL do for me flows from that love. You do not look down on me. You intend great things for me. You exult me. You are rejoicing in my very being, no matter how small I may feel at any given time.
You want the best for me. You are willing to help me, and in YOUR perfectness, you can make all things happen for Good.
Thank you for being there for me in such love.
Now as I go through life, please help me to love those others you have placed in my life – those always there in my life and those you bring forth for just a while as in seasons in time.
Help me see when I’m too busy or absent. Help me to see when those in my life need me. Give me guidance in how to show my love for those around me.
Then please cover them… and me… in grace… when I have failed others in some way.
After all, I realize I am not perfect, but I know you are perfect in all ways. Your perfection is far above anything I can offer.
I praise your very being, and I thank you for mine and for those whom you have placed in my life.
May I NEVER take those “beings” for granted in my life. May I always make my love for them more important than my love of things in this world.
Then may I always be ever mindful of Your presence and grace in ALL of our lives when life “things” mess with even the best intentions. YOU, Heavenly Father, is what makes “it all” work in life.
Thank you for the cover. I need it.
Amen and Amen.
Friends, go and love.
Bless, and be blessed.
That, as I mentioned, is God’s design.
But remember, grace… God’s grace… thankfully… is by God’s design too.
What should good Christian men and women do when they are mocked for having an opinion that differs from someone with power or authority? Is there even any good answer to that? Consider this.
What SHOULD a Christian do when they are belittled or defiled by the world?
I watched CNN this morning as Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo hosted a morning news show called “New Morning”.
I wasn’t watching for anything in particular this morning. I had just turned CNN on to catch the daily “drift” of current events and watch any political “sensations of the day”.
As I sat there as a relaxed morning couch potato just sipping my coffee and munching a flax seed muffin I had just whipped up, I saw Dr. Ben Carson… shall we say enter stage.
Dr. Carson was there to be interviewed by the male host of the show “New Morning”, Mr. Chris Cuomo.
While the first questions Mr. Cuomo had for Dr. Carson were about Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican presumptive nominee for President of The United States and a New York Times story that had been refuted earlier in the morning by one of those quoted in the article, Mr. Cuomo seemed to gear off message before even 5 minutes were up.
Well, you know… I’m not in TV journalism land, and I was just sitting there as a mature (over 50) woman with a cup of coffee and a flax seed muffin in hand, but it kind of appeared to me that when Dr. Carson equated what he determined as misquotes in the NY Times article with the struggles he had with saying one thing and seeing it reported “out of context” (as Dr. Carson fairly much described it generally speaking), Mr. Cuomo seemily seized upon an opportune moment without hesitation and perhaps without even wisdom or control.
(Referring to times he has felt his words have been misquoted)
“… and they take a portion of it and make it into a headline when it’s completely the opposite of what you’re intending. … And they (journalists) do this purposefully. That’s what’s so bad.
I appeal to people in the press and particularly the younger generation to reject that. It may be tempting because maybe you’ll get a promotion and maybe you’ll be the big man on campus, but we’ve gotta start thinking about our nation.
“… You should be judged for what you DO because we are not a part of a big gang; I promise you there is no communication, ah, ‘inter-mural-ly’ between different journalists to collude on stories, but often, the reason that you get taken, a way you don’t like, as a politician, is because what you said doesn’t come out the way you WANTED it, Dr. Carson, and you’ve had that experience as well, Dr. Carson. It’s not always the reporter when you get caught out there saying something you shouldn’t have or didn’t want to say. Right?”
“Ah, I wouldn’t say always, but there are clearly people who have an agenda, and they will CLEARLY take things and distort them, or over blow them.
I mean, I could give you MULTIPLE examples (chuckles), and it’s just, it’s absurd, and people know that, and that’s one of the reasons the American people don’t trust the press as much as they used to.
It used to be….
You know… I remember when I was growing up, and you would turn the TV on, and you would see Walter Cronkite or somebody like that, and you know, you could really trust them. Even though Cronkite was a left wing radical, you would never know that.”
Mr. Cuomo responded in defense of Walter Cronkite whom he called his “mentor” and said he believed he (Walter Cronkite) did the job the right way upon which Ben Carson said:
Disturbed by the above words which felt to me as as either an opportunistic slam on Dr. Carson’s communication skills or perhaps a stress vent which resulted in a still-perceived mocking of Dr. Carson’s communication skills, I tweeted the following comment and tagged Mr. Cuomo in it.
Pretty sad when a @CNN reporter, @ChrisCuomo in this case, can’t handle Ben Carson’s call for integrity. Cuomo chose to mock Carson instead.
And I responded, but let me be honest about my feelings first.
I felt like I had just been shamed! I was upset Mr. Carson was treated as he was. I said something, and I felt as if I had just been shamed. I was angry.
Oh, I’ll admit, while not a horrible response, my response was not AS controlled as some might feel it should have been. Let’s remember though, I’m not the one who is supposedly the professional journalist here either.
I DO profess Jesus Christ as my Savior though. I have that label of “Christian” which I carry.
Consequently, while I am not bound to any professional journalist’s take of me, and being spoken to abusively should NEVER be tolerated, I AM bound to the Heavenly Father who is always shaping and molding me in a direction of retrospection and growth. I can at least now be retrospect as to how I could have best handled the undignified description this man gave me as a response to my complaint.
Here was the conversation after I received a message from Mr. Cuomo saying I was no more savvy than my Twitter handle “@Padoozles”.
OK, so now I realize I misspelled the word “call” and incorrectly typed it as “can” in the tweet above. You see, Mr. Cuomo, when you tell a women she isn’t any more savvy than the word “padoozles”, you really DO make them self-conscious. And I am, but at least I lighted it up enough that you felt you won, and I figured you might at least then leave me alone.
I received this finalized statement from the winner, or perceived winner.
So there you go, Mr. Cuomo. That was a lot of your time wasted (and mine as well) on some little morning couch potato with a cup of coffee, a flax seed muffin, and an opened mouth watching in disbelief and disgust of what I perceived as outright mocking of Dr. Ben Carson.
That was simply a lot of wasted time.
However, since you seem so dedicated to following up on one woman’s complaint over how you spoke to Mr. Carson, your response to my complaint so eerily similar to what I perceived as your response to Dr. Carson’s this morning, I took the time to “explain”.
Mr. Cuomo, I STILL don’t like the way you spoke with Dr. Carson. I felt like you used his ‘complaint’ as an opportunity to mock him.
Furthermore Mr. Cuomo, you DID mock me. Calling me as “savvy” as my Twitter name @Padoozles DOES make me a victim, not a victim in the sense of a rape victim, but a victim in the sense of feeling mocked… and yea…. feeling like someone was trying to “shame me” so that I would “shut up”.
When you shame a woman, when you shame ANYONE, that is wrong.
And just so you know, Mr. Cuomo, my name is Chris Stevens @padoozles, and padoozles is THIS website where I write to women every day about being the best kind of women God has created them to be… even in a tough world, with hard decisions, through mistakes, or with people who want to silence the woman’s voice when it’s convenient for them to do so.
Wishing you well now, Mr. Cuomo. I pray you will see where you might be at this time of your life and that you may come to understand something you had not realized before.
If you can do that, I will consider this time worthwhile on my part.
With that said….
What should good Christian men and women do when they are mocked for having an opinion that differs from someone with power or authority?
I’m not sure I know the right answer. I have been honest here with how I first responded in anger to degrading words but then how I went on to try to control my own actions through the anger.
More importantly, I at least took responsibility for my part in what I could do to keep the situation from escalating once I realized I would not win, if for no other reason than another seemed intent on never letting me leave unscathed in some way.
Most importantly however, I remember now that I am a precious child of God and that God exults in me no matter what mean or silly things someone might say to me or call me.
In other words:
I made my point, a valid one.
When I perceived a degradation, a non-winning situation, I chose to use whatever actions were available to me to de-escalate that bad situation.
I moved on, ever encourage by my faith.
Hopefully I’ll be able to encourage others along the way even more now too because of what I’ve learned from this event.
You’re right, Mr. Cuomo… I am NO victim. I am a strong woman, and my Lord God loves me. I am NO victim.
And I’m going to hold Christ Jesus in my heart and remember that love no matter what ANYONE says or does to me.
Maybe for this time anyway, that’s the best thing I could be doing.
If you have been shamed or just feel badly about yourself in some way, please read the article I JUST WROTE this morning, long before I knew anyone like Mr. Chris Cuomo would make their way into my life today.