Cooking with fire.. getting stuff done.

I'm cooking with fire.
Literally, and figuratively speaking.
Using our vintage Wedgewood range, I'm cooking up filling for homemade hot pockets.
I'm making Chili-Cheese hot pockets.
Another item to fill the freezer.
 Working on that Fall list.
I found a great inspirational post about homemade hot pockets here:
 Also.. I'm making up a couple dozen Homemade Breakfast Burritos for the freezer.
Our family loves them.
Super quick to grab and go, especially for Spencer as he heads out the door to classes.
His college is about 10 miles away.
 And.. thanks tons for all the suggested names for our crooked beaked hen.
It was unanimous.. we named her Grace.
One of the reasons is in the movie "The Long Long Trailer" , Lucy and Desi go to visit her family, and Lucy comments on her poor old maid of a cousin.  'Poor Grace'. Makes us laugh, every time.
So, Grace, or Poor Grace it is.

Have you seen "The Long, Long Trailer"?
I can so see me having ideas like Lucy.
I'm certain that I've given my sweet husband a look like this.
I'm busy; cooking, freezing, cleaning and organizing.
I've already re-arranged the living room and the dining room.
Done some painting .... doors and trim , of course.
Planned some crafts.
Etc.. etc..
Plus.. I'm thinking a lot about one of my favorite Halloween movies.
"Ichabod". ..  the Disney version.
A classic favorite.
I don't like creepy movies, but I love "who done it" movies, like "Rear Window", and the movie "Clue" is always fun to watch.
"Hocus Pocus" is another family favorite.
My all time favorite Fall movie is "Summer Magic".... after all, the movie ends with a great Fall party in the old barn.
Hope you're all having a great week, and hope you have a great weekend.
Do you have a favorite Fall or Halloween movie?
Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm so grateful for the downpour of rain that we received last night.
Everything smells so clean and fresh this morning, and the lawns greened up quite a bit.
~I'm grateful for a cozy home.
~I'm grateful for the beautiful candle sticks that my Dad made for me.
They are on our dining room table, to enjoy each day.
Wish he were still here. How I miss him.


  1. We had some rain at the first of the week and I couldn't get the windows open fast enough to smell the rain.

  2. It sounds like you are blissfully busy canning and doing things around the home! The food looks so yummy (I need to go and make some lunch I am so hungry! lol) And I love the name Grace for the new chicken :) We love to watch "Little Women" with Wionona Ryder (sp?) every Fall. It's become tradition around here. :) Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Oh.. I do love that version of "Little Women" too.
      I really need to get my own copy of it!

  3. I haven't thought about "Summer Magic" and The Long Long Trailer in such a long time. I can't see someone pick up a rock that I don't get a laugh. Funniest movie ever.

    Your hot pockets look delicious. I'm going over to check out the original recipe.

  4. Hi Kerin!

    I know for sure now that we are soul sisters!! I LOVE Lucy and Desi, and one of my favorite movies is, "The Long, Long, Trailer"! I also love the list of Fall favorites, of course some of them are my favs too... ;0)

    I am anxious to try your hot pocket recipe, always good to have some comfy food in the freezer for those busy days ahead! Happy cooking, I can just smell it now . . . . yummmy!


    P.S. Grace is a perfect name!

  5. I am grateful for you. Your wisdom and perspective . . . It feels like GRACE . . .

  6. I like the plan of preparing meals ahead...for the freezer. These both sound so tasty!

    I enjoy old movies, and yes, I have seen The Long, Long Trailer. The first time I saw it was in the 1970's when I was a child. I liked it then, too.

    :) Hope

  7. You're making me feel like a lazy schlump with all the things you're getting done! I'm going to check out those hot pockets. :)
    Grace is the perfect name!

  8. Your hot pockets and burritos sound delicious and very handy. Love the name Grace for the chick. So happy you received the rain. I'm sure the candlesticks are a sweet reminder of your precious dad. God bless and comfort you. Have a pleasant weekend - don't work too hard!

  9. You have been a busy bee! Don't you love having productive days like this?

    My favorite Halloween movie, although it's not strictly Halloween because it encompasses many seasons, is Meet Me in St. Louis. I just love it!

  10. The food you made today sounds and looks good. It certainly made me hungry. :)

    I think that Grace is a sweet name for your chicken.

    We have the "I Love Lucy" DVD collection at home. Those old shows are still very entertaining and fun to watch. I don't think I've seen "The Long, Long Trailer" though.

    Anyway, have a blessed day! :)

  11. The freezer meals you make sound so good! How do you keep them from becoming freezer burnt? Even putting things in freezer bags, making sure all the air is out doesn't seem to work for me.

    1. Alica..
      I wrap each burrito, or hot pocket in cling wrap individually, then put them in the freezer bags.
      So far, I've never had any of them freeze.

  12. Hi Kerin! Yummy!! I don't think I have ever seen "The Long, Long Trailer", but I love "I Love Lucy", my favorite show, so I will have to check it out! Thanks! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

  13. I love old movies- I can waste an entire afternoon over on AMC...Katherine Hepburn is one of my favorites.
    Grace is wonderful name for your chicken.

  14. I love that movie, "The Long, Long Trailer," what a classic! I sure do miss Lucy! Your hot pockets and burritos look delicious. Maybe I will try some homemade breakfast burritos. What a great idea! Have a nice weekend!

  15. Kerin
    Your pockets look so yummy!
    I, too, love the 'Long, Long Trailer'. My DH and I talk and laugh about it often!

  16. I loved the movie Summer Magic! Wouldn't it be fun to have a party with fiddle music in the barn?

  17. I wish I had some of your energy to get things done.

  18. Hi Kerin,
    Your hot pockets look so good. I never thought of making homemade and freezing them. That would be a great idea for my daughter. This fall she has one in kindergarten, one in first grade and she'll be in nursing college. Grab and go . . . great idea!
    I hasn't seen the Long Long Trailer in years . . . first time was at the theater when I was a kid.
    I am delighted that you like my project (shabby french chair re-do)and thanks for the sweet comment. Have a great day, Connie :)

  19. These look delicious and such a great idea! We love to watch Hocus Pocus too. Never get tired of it. Mimi

  20. Sounds as if you've gotten a lot accomplished! GRACE is a perfect name for your chicken! Thank GOD for all his GRACE! His GRACE comes to all-even with our imperfections....and your food looks delish! What a smart idea to freeze! So easy! I enjoy your blog~~~from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie p.s. please send your energy my way!

  21. Hi remind me of my mom, always busy! Sounds like some good ideas for the freezer. Love the name Grace, very fitting in many ways. I love Fall and all the calm it brings..and fun too! :)

  22. Wow.....aren't you little busy one! I need to get on the ball and start doing a deep cleaning and simplifying things......AGAIN! lol

    Your pictures of the hot pockets are making me drool.....YUMMM! Thank you for the link. Going to head over in a bit and take a peek.

    Oh, and your hen......she is PRECIOUS and just perfect the way she is. Grace......such a sweet name. (I have an Aunt Grace)

    Thank you for visiting, my friend.....Have a great week!


  23. Hello! So happy to hear your Grace finally has a name! And a sweet name it is!

    I am so impressed with you filling your freezer with "food on the run". I remember those days when I ran the household, worked and was raising my two daughters....happy and productive times for sure. I was so much more organized....I struggle with retirement...I have since I stopped working....maybe the secret is to get another job!

  24. Now you are making me want to make my own hot pockets. They look so much better than the store bought ones. It's always hard to identify the meat in those store bought ones.

  25. All of those goodies look soooooooooo yummy!

    Glad the chicken has a name. Love it.

    Sounds like ypu have the projects going!

    M :)

  26. I use to make breakfast burritos all the time for my kids. You sure have been busy. I must get going and with some freezer meals. I love having in all prepared and ready.

  27. I'm not a hot pockets fan, but those look pretty tasty. I think what I don't like about them is the odd taste of the dough. I'm guessing yours don't have that problem.

  28. I'm such a goober, but my favorite Halloween movie is "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". *haha*
    Thanks for the link for the hotpockets, Kerin~ I will definitely check that out because my hubby would love those in his lunch!
    And poor Grace... :) But at least she has a pretty new name!

  29. These look delicious. Love the name Grace, perfect!


  30. Grace is one very interesting looking chicken. The hotpockets look so good, I would love to eat one. I've seen the Long, Long Trailer. Funny!

  31. Hello Kerin, My you are a "busy bee", you have achieved so much. I have never had hot pockets before, so I am going to follow your link, they look very tasty and if I can freeze them, so much the better. I'm with you, I don't like horror films, my imagination runs riot, but the film Hocus Pocus is such fun. Best Wishes Daphne

  32. i hopped over from kim's blog and am so glad i did!
    this is a hoppin' place! i used to make my five kids
    breakfast burritos, too.

  33. Your hot pockets look so good... And Grace is lovely.. smile..
    Take care, my friend...

  34. Kerin,
    Must be something in the air or a virus going around. So many of us are cleaning out an getting rid of stuff. I'm starting on the kitchen this week. I did the cookbooks yesterday. I had so many I never use, just was saving them for the pretty pictures I guess.
    Give Grace a gentle pat for me.
    Nancy Jo

  35. Hi -- taking a few short moments to drop you a note - Busy here with my Dad has kept me from blogging -- but today I have some time to cheek in.. you are a Busy BEE... Hot pockets have not found one I like -- maybe this time..I'll cheek-out the link and about the LONG LONG Trailer -- to funnnnnny!
    Keep in touch.. and Yes, I am enjoying my time here in Utah!

  36. Hot pockets look yummy. My first official autumn project is a batch of carrot soup. Unofficially I am snapping pumpkins wherever I find them.

  37. You sound SO BUSY!!!!!

    I'm in the middle of canning as well. I can't decide if I love it or not!

    I hope you post pictures of all of your projects!

  38. Grace is a perfect name! She is really starting to grow on me, I hope you'll keep posting pics of her now and then and let us know how she's doing. Those hot pockets look amazing and you're so smart to get things prepared ahead and in the freezer.

  39. Oh, I forgot to comment on "Grace" last time! She's beautiful! She's a role model to the rest of us!
    You are motivating me...sort of, with all your prepping for projects are more unappealing like caulking and painting outside. The food looks wonderful! I've got to try some of those recipes, thank you!
    Also, you got me to much as Fall is my favorite season, I don't think I have any Fall movies...I don't watch much t.v. or movies unless some one I know recommends them. I am writing them all down! Thank you! They all sound wonderful!

  40. Dear Kerin...oh, those look fantastic!! (I have just eaten, or I would have to go out in search of Hot Pockets for a temporary fix! LOL)...I have STILL not seen The Long, Long, Trailer, despite having two of the most classic-movie obsessed (grown) daughters on Earth. I have been compared to Lucy in it, though, with my rock-collecting...that is the right one? :) Daughter Katie will have to bring it over for our next movie-night...♥
    And, Grace!! Yay! Was I one of the ones that suggested it? (My's like a steel sieve, I tell you!) So glad you have your Dad's handiwork...I miss my Dad every day, too...

  41. Summer Magic is one of my favorite movies! I also love the Long, Long trailer! Good stuff you are cooking. I wish I had your energy! Awesome!

  42. I love that you names the chicken after "poor grace"! And I love the movie the long long trailer too. I will have to watch it one of these days.


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