Monthly Archives: September 2012

Football and Cheesy Beer Dip!


Country Gourmet Homes Cheesy Beer Dip Mix!

It’s football season!  Our favorite time of the year.  Everyone is reaching for the snacks while watching Football games from there living rooms, to tailgating at your favorite College!  It’s time to stock up your pantry with Country Gourmet Home’s easy to prepare Dip Mixes!  Visit my store above to see more choices!   So easy to prepare with either sour cream, mayonaise or cream cheese.  Nice to have on hand for any occasion!   Want to BBQ something special, try coating chicken  or even fish and throw onto the BBQ for a different taste!  Or baste some flour tortilla’s with water, sprinkle your favorite seasoning on tortilla, slice into bite size chips and bake at 400 degrees on a baking stone for ten minutes or golden brown for an awesome tortilla chip!


Fall is upon us!



The old earth is changing;

The seasons turn round.

The Autumn leaves flutter

Their way to the ground.

My own world is changing;

The seasons conspire

To grant me the peace

Of a rest by the fire

~Melissa Pinol~

I have been busy decorating and baking and loving life as the cooler temperatures are finally finally arriving!  This is by far my most favorite time of the year!  I love color and the fall colors are the most beautiful in my eyes.  One of my favorite things to do is to sit outside as the sun begins to set and watch the golden colors of the Oaks come alive.  It’s so beautiful!

Below is my Orange~Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Sinfully delicious!

See recipe below

This is my little Scarecrow that is supposed to scare the bunnies and the deer away from my lime tree…..  as you can see, half the tree has been eaten!  Maybe I should make her a little scarier looking??  lol  She is a little worn and needs some touch up, but she is a fun addition to my front porch!

This is my entry way.  I love decorating for the seasons with floral and lights.  I have my wax warmer there as well, greeting my guests with a lovely fall aroma of Pumpkin spice!  Love that smell!  That particular smell always makes me want to bake…. so that explains the photo above of the cake!  It’s my wax warmers fault!  🙂

I hope that this fall brings you as much joy as it brings to me and my family.  Fall to me is a closing of the year we have had.  It’s preparing us for new things to come.  Just as the leaves begin to change and then fall, making room for new growth, our lives are doing the same thing.  To me, it’s a spiritual time of letting go of the past and preparing for the new.  Opening my heart to new adventures and new beginnings.   Fall has always been such a healing time for me.

So enjoy the change around you, find quiet time to really watch the seasons change.  It’s good for the soul!

Fall Blessings from my family, to your family!

Orange ~ Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache Recipe


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 11 ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 recipe orange cream cheese filling
  • 1 recipe chocolate ganache


  • Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, grease three 8×1 1/2 inch or 9 x 1 1/2 inch round cake pans.   Line bottoms of the pans with waxed paper; grease the paper.  Set pans aside.  In a medium bowl stir together the flour, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda;  set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla.  Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined.  Beat on medium speed for two minutes more.  Add flour mixture to egg mixture.  beat on low speed just until combined.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in carrots and coconut.  Gently fold in chopped orange sections.  Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).  Cool layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Remove layers from pans, peel off waxed paper.  Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate.  Tope with half o f the Orange Cream Cheese Filling, spreading evenly.  Repeat layers.  Add op cake layer.  Spoon Chocolate Ganache over cake and let it drip down the sides.

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate


  • In a small saucepan bring whipping ream just to boiling over medium high heat.  Remove from heat.  Add chocolate (do not stir) let stand for 5 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Let stand at room temperature until slightly thickened.

Orange ~ Cream Cheese Filling


  • 2  3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened.
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in orange marmalade and powdered sugar.


Go ahead… treat yourself from time to time.  Enjoy the life that you are gifted and just indulge once in a while!

Country Gourmet home – Pumpkin Wax Warmer


Country Bumpkin Wax Warmer



This adorable Wax Warmer plugs into any outlet and uses a bulb to warm your wax melt releasing a delightful fragrance into your home.    We have other wax warmers for sell as well.  Visit my site above to order your wax warmer and melts today!  Try our Country Bumpkin wax melt to accompany your Jack O Lantern wax warmer!


Country Gourmet Popcorn Seasonings


We offer other great flavors such as:

Parmesan Garlic

Salt & Vinegar

Bold Cheddar

Honey Vanilla


Kettle Corn

Sour Cream & Chive

White Cheddar

You can use these wonderful seasonings on anything that needs a little flavor.  For example, Bowl of cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, toast, muffins, tortilla chips (especially if you make your own!), dips, sour cream, cream cheese etc…

To visit my catalog, just click on the link above in the menu bar and enjoy our online catalog.  New products for Fall and Winter have arrived!  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax while shopping!

Through the years…


A smile is worth a thousand words…

Sending you off to Kindergarten…

You smile has never fallen short of a billion dollar smile.  When you smile, people around you smile!  It’s one of my most precious treasures about you Nicole!  I’ll never forget your fist smile… everyone said, “Oh, she is too new to be smiling, it’s just gas.”  But I knew better baby girl… I knew that when your dad, brother and I spoke to you and told you how precious you were to our hearts… you smiled, and it came from you enormous loving heart!

Through the years, no matter what you continued to smile and teach us how important, how truly important each day is.  That it is a gift from God.   You taught us that God was an important part of our lives when you were four years old.  You lead us to church, you gave us courage when we were worried about you and your health… you gave us the strength we did not know we had Nicole.  All along when we thought we were teaching you… it was you teaching us.  God shines through you to others… cherish that always.

Watching you grow up through the years has been an absolute treasure to us.  If I could do it all over again, I would and I would not change a thing.  God has done a wonderful job writing your life story…  He wrote your story even before you were born and he knows it from start to finish.  There are so many more chapters of your life to enjoy Nicole.  Take each day, one day at a time and enjoy the wonderful moments and gain strength from the tough moments.  No one said life will be easy… but with God in your heart and family by your side, you can do anything!   It’s your senior year in High School… enjoy, have fun, work hard, stand tall and most of all, be the person that God so lovingly created.

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading”