Beer Battered Pickles

These are the best Deep Fried Pickles Ever.
You have to try them, you will love them. Recipe PDF Included.

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Beer Battered Pickles Beer Battered Pickles

By: Courtney Luper

BEER BATTERED PICKLES

Ingredients:
16 dill pickle spears, drained
Beer Batter>>
1 egg
1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
Place pickles in a strainer drain for 10 minutes.
Dredging Flour>>>
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
Mix and coat drained pickles.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, beer, baking powder, salt, pepper, and dill. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
In a large sauce pan, pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches and heat over medium-high heat.
Dip flour dredged pickle spears into batter and fry in batches, until golden. Drain paper towels and serve with Dill Ranch dipping sauce.
Dill Ranch>>>
1/2 cup Ranch
1 tsp dried Dill
1/4 tsp garlic salt
Mix and…

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Hellbilly Mama’s favorite Websites and Blogs- 30 Day Blog Challenge

You will want to check these ones out!!

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I promise you will love them. These Websites and Blogs are my everyday ‘go to’ for the best information out there on the Web. I dare you to go see for yourself, you won’t be sorry. I tried to condense it to the smallest list I could. It was originally supposed to be my top five; I couldn’t pick just five awesome blogs to share so I put them into categories for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as me.

Family and Self

i Mom Website – She does the best job at giving you fun family advice and activities. She has a ton of Pintable’s also, so I will include her in that list too.

The Dating Diva’s – This website is full of great information and awesome things to do with your significant other and friends. Sign up for email updates and they will send you exclusive fun things to their subscribers.

All Pro Dad Website – Not just for dad’s. This website is great for anyone with kids. They give awesome tips and information regarding parenting and families.

Cornerstone Confessions Website – This is an all-around great website. They have everything from organizational tips to food, recipes, relationships and homeschooling.

Printable Planner

Pintables (Organization, Cleaning, To Do’s and Family)

i Mom pintables – Some of the best family idea pintables, talking to your kids questions and organizational stuff

The Household Planner Website– There is several great Printable that I use daily here on this website

Mommy Tracked pintables – A ton of great pintables to get and keep you organized

Money Savings and Couponing

Coupon Mom Website – sign up for a free account. She has the best setup for finding sale prices and comparing store deals. Read my post about her here- Coupon Mom- Another Great Coupon Website

Bargains to Bounty Website – She has the best Coupon store matchups. She doesn’t miss any deals. Read more about it here in my Post- Bargains to Bounty Coupon Website

Walmart Savings Catcher Website – This is awesome if you shop at Walmart. They give you back the difference in real money for anything that is advertised cheaper at the stores around you. It’s super easy to use and it’s for real. Read more about Walmart Savings Catcher in my Blog Post here- If You Shop At Walmart You Have To Read This

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WordPress Blogs

The Nest Blog – You will find all sorts of wonderful information on this blog. Home Ideas, Food and Recipes, Deals, Fashion, Person experiences etc. Check it out.

Diapers and Tutus Blog – Here you will find great inspiration post, family fun and great writing.

The Joy Of Cooking (For Little Assholes) Blog – This Blog is great, guaranteed to have you laughing. She is honest about everything and says what the rest of us are thinking.

Wonder Of My Worlds Blog – She is a great writer and its fun to read her Post.

So there you have it. These are only a few of my favorites. Maybe I will do another Post in the future with more. I hope you enjoy checking them out.

What is your favorite Website? Please share with me what you love.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Blog Challenge below:

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 10 Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 11- My Most Proud Moments- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hellbilly Mama is a fun Blog to check out. Stop by and enjoy yourself…

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Hell Michigan Hell, Michigan

This is an easy one!

I have officially gone to hell! Hell, Michigan that is! We have lived in Hell, Michigan for almost 10 years now. I am a true hillbilly when it comes to my way of thinking and doing things. You’ve heard the saying “Hillbilly Engineering” well it started out around here with Eric telling me I was a hillbilly all the time. One day I decided that since I am in hell that I wasn’t a hillbilly I was a Hellbilly. Like I told you in my last post About Hellbilly Mama, I am always fixing and rigging things. Sometimes it works and sometime not so much. I’ve been on both ends of that too, physically and mentally (I will blog about my epic hammock fail another day).

I hate to say I am one of those people that have to find out the…

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My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

This one had me stumped up until today!

Seriously, I couldn’t think of anybody earlier than my teenage years and then BAM it hit me while riding in the car today. Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to think of everything that didn’t involve how cold I was in this negative 30 below zero weather I am TRYING to enjoy here Up North. There it was, plain as day I remembered my first love. For those of you that are still considered young and not just young at heart I apologize because you will have no idea who this person is. He played a big part in my life when I was young. I truly thought I was going to grow up and marry him one day. Are you ready for the big unveiling of who stole my heart at such a young age??? It was Chachi (Scott Baio) from Happy Days. Yup, I LOVED him. I was so jealous of Joanie that I couldn’t stand her.

Scott Baio- Chachi

My first true love!

Chachi was ‘The Fonzie’s’ way cool, ever so hot nephew. NOT Joanie boyfriend, lol! I don’t even know if it was re-runs that I watched or live primetime television. It was very real to me at the time. If you ask me they didn’t write Chachi into the script enough, he didn’t get very much screen time. When he did, watch out my sister and I were glued to the TV like magnets.

When they came out with Joanie loves Chachi I remember being devastated. It wasn’t cool that there was a show dedicated to my boyfriend’s love for someone else. Yuck, I wouldn’t watch it! I know it would have given me more time to drool over my boyfriend but I had principles…

Love something

Guess it was not meant to be…

Sorry for the short post, it is hard to concentrate and get anything wrote down with 6 of us crammed into this little cabin Up North. Maybe if it wasn’t so cold we could go outside. But it’s really FREEZING out there. I have never experienced anything this cold in my life. Ugh! And no, we don’t have cable TV or internet up here. I have to turn my phone into a Hotspot to get internet to post this weekend… Your welcome!!

Who was your first Celebrity crush? Please comment below.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

The Hammock Incident- Greatest Hellbilly Fail!!

What in the heck was I thinking??

Major Hammock Fail

Major Hammock Fail By: Paige

It all started a few years ago when my daughter’s friend was jumping on my brand new hammock and broke the metal stand. I have no idea why she would pick my hammock to jump on when there was a perfectly good trampoline 25 feet away, but I won’t pretend to understand what goes through a kids head.

Jumping forward 2 years, I still have a brand new hammock and no stand. I decided it was time to Hellbilly Engineer a stand so I could lie in the sun and enjoy my still new hammock (or so I thought).

My first failed attempt was trying to use two metal T-Post.

Metal T-Post

No I was Not Wearing A Hard Hat

For those of you that don’t know what these are, they are the green metal posts that are used for putting up fencing.  I asked Google the exact specifications for installing a hammock, I had dug through the junk in my garage until I found two S hooks that would fit into the tops of the post, and then I went through the trouble of pounding the posts into the ground (not an easy job). It took me about a half hour or so to get them pounded through my rock filled clay soil. I chose a sunny 90 degree day to do this; I’m now sweating profusely, exhausted and thirsty.

I hooked my hammock up to the post and slowly lower myself onto it. I didn’t want to hit the ground with a thud if something went wrong (thank god I thought ahead). Like I thought might happen I lowered myself right onto the ground. One of the posts bent in more than the other and didn’t hold my weight. At this point in time my daughter Joslynn and my friend Robin are laughing hysterically at me. I’m sitting on the ground in my hammock with the post bent like a rainbow. I’m not happy, I just want to lie down in my damn hammock and enjoy the sun.

I noticed that one of the posts actually stayed semi up right so I think to myself, “I can use that post and find something else for the other side”. I’m on a mission in my yard to find something that will work for the other side of the hammock. Bingo, I see my old A-frame wooden swing stand. You know the kind of swing that is made of logs and slats of wood. I drag the stand over to the middle of my yard and notice that I now have to pull the stupid bendy post out of the ground. Remember how crappy my soil is, it took me twice as long and more energy to get the stupid thing back out of the ground.

Log Swing

Now that that is taken care of, I drag the swing frame over to the exact spot Google told me it needed to be and used the T-Post that bent less on my last attempt for one side of the hammock and the wooden swing frame as the other side. I decided that the swing would hold my weight better if I was hooked onto the eye-hoop from the end of it instead of coming in from the front. My daughter drew you a picture, so you can see what I am explaining.

After going into the house to reward myself by grabbing a Busch Light (for my thirst and great effort), I am now convinced this is the answer to my hammock stand problem and I’m ready to give it a try. At this point in time Joslynn and Robin had gone into the house to grab something to eat and mess around on the computer. I am now alone outside and ready to relax on my ‘new’ hammock.

It’s time for round two of testing the stability of my Hellbilly Rigged stand.

I am so hopeful and convinced this is going to work that I made sure to grab my supplies needed to lie down and relax (magazine, phone, cigarettes and a lighter). Like the first time, I slowly lower myself down onto the hammock. So far so good, the post bends a little but my butt remains off of the ground. Heck yes, I did it or so I thought! I decided it was safe to fully commit myself to the hammock; I pull my legs up onto the hammock and lay down. After about ten seconds of enjoyment (not even enough time to grab my magazine) holy **** the entire A-Frame swing stand is in slow motion coming at me end over end. Since I am lying down on the hammock there wasn’t much I could do to get off or stop it.

A million things are running through my head, the one that sticks out the most is, “holy moly this is going to hurt”!

I did what any normal person would do and threw my arms and legs up into the air to try and stop it from landing on me. I’m now lying on the ground (again) with my hands and feet in the air trying to hold this stupid gigantic wooden structure up. Since I was holding up my own weight along with the swing stand my arms are shaking and ready to give out. I make a quick assessment of the situation trying to figure out my options (there aren’t many). I decide the old handy dandy let go, tuck and roll maneuver is my best option. Here goes nothing! In one swift and quick move I let go of it and flipped over so the stupid thing wouldn’t land on my face.

I was knocked out cold!

I’m now pinned underneath the wooden swing, slowly waking up from being knocked out cold trying to remember what happened. My head is throbbing and I’m already sore all over. Wow, this sucks! I have to figure out how to extricate myself from underneath the swing. I somehow manage to get out from underneath it without throwing up (I was so dizzy and sick to my stomach, this was not easy). My head is killing me so I touch the back of my head with my hand and oh crap, there is blood everywhere. I sit there for a couple of minutes trying to get my bearings straight. I decided I needed to have someone look at my head wound so I tried making it to the house; I made it as far as the deck and had to sit down. This is not a good sign! I am sitting on the deck calling for my daughter. She comes outside after a few attempts of getting her attention and I ask her the first thing that comes to my mind, “is my head bleeding”? I guess I just needed confirmation that I wasn’t hallucinating, I don’t know!

She checks out my head freaks out and goes to get Robin. She will know what to do; she works at Chelsea Hospital (in Radiology). They take me into the house run my head under water at the kitchen sink to better see the wounds (yes I said wounds as in plural). After a lot of arguing that I needed to go to the Emergency Room for stitches, I won and didn’t go (that would mean I had to leave my house, not happening)!

I knew I needed to keep ice on it.

I decided that holding a bag of ice on my head while trying to stay awake (Concussion) wasn’t my cup of tea. I had to come up with a way to keep the ice on my head without having to hold it, so I Hellbilly Rigged once again, I took the ice and a bandanna and put the ice on my head under the bandanna Aunt Jemima style. We finally got the bleeding to stop and I iced my head like I was supposed to 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

I won’t bore you with the details but this hammock fail (incident) started a whole slew of medical issues. I eventually went to the doctors because I started passing out cold for no reason, my head wounds never healed right and when the stupid wooden structure landed on me it pinched nerves in my back.

The moral of the story is that sometimes it’s good to just get off your wallet and buy what you need instead of being a Hellbilly!

Tell me what you think in the comments below!!

Hammock

If you want to read another crazy day in the life of Hellbilly Mama check out this post: 

Did I Even Sleep Last Night??

Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Let me be honest here, I had to actually look up a list of personality traits so I could pick the ones that pertain to me. Loser I know! I sat here staring at the screen for a while drawing a blank before I decided to ask Google for help. I’m really terrible at coming up with positive things about myself. I usually save my positive thoughts for other people.

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I am constantly doing silly things. I jump and dance around with my kids. No that video was not of me twerking on YouTube, and no my daughter did not upload it (I made her take it off). There are days that I talk in silly accents all morning. I have been known to lay my seat back in the car, do the lean and drive with one hand while jamming out the radio (my kids hate this). I have gone out to the bus stop and climbed the tree while waiting for my kids to get off the bus; so when they got dropped off their mom was in the tree (how embarrassing). I ride the shopping cart around the store and in the parking lot, come on you know you’ve always wanted to be that crazy lady.

As I’ve said before I am always Hellbilly rigging everything which makes me creative, inventive and resourceful. My creativity also shows up in my crafts and cooking. I love creating new things. I make my own curtains, cleaning supplies etc. I also create stuff for dinner (sometimes not so good). I will look at what we have and decide to make a pot of ‘something’. I use my resourcefulness to be inventive. Some of my inventive skills work out good and some don’t. Like the hammock Incident where I Hellbilly rigged a hammock to a T Post (metal fence post) and a wooden swing frame. I ended up knocking myself out cold and busted my head open (ouch). Another fail is when I rigged a shelf up in our laundry room only to later find the shelf and everything that was on it on the floor. On a positive note I did rig up a lot of things that didn’t fail too, like our old swimming pool. It was one of the big ones that had the air ring around the top of it. Somehow it got a slow leak that I couldn’t find but I had to fill the stupid thing with air every day (very annoying). I took an inner tube from my sons peddle bike and cut the air filler part off and super glued it to the filler hole so I could easily fill the pool with air every day. This actually saved me hours out of my summer.

I am a very easygoing, friendly and understanding person. If you read my other post about my grandson spending the night Did I Even Sleep Last Night??  You would know that I can tolerate a lot. I love to have unexpected visitors show up. I go with the flow easily. Nothing really throws me off except having to leave my house. I love making friends with people and I will talk to anyone. I am the person that people call if they have a problem, I am a good shoulder to cry on because I have been there done that. Let it out sister, I understand!

Being practical is also one of my personality traits. I blame this on the way I grew up. Everything has a second purpose. Nothing should be wasted, cherish the things you have. I see a purpose for something and do it or use it. This trait also makes me a hoarder since I save everything. It’s kind of scary sometimes the stuff that I have when someone needs something.

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My most valued personality traits are being optimistic, hopeful and cheerful. Throughout my life I have had many struggles and complications. I have managed to stay positive regardless of what has or hasn’t happened to me. I have lived through my first house out on my own burning to the ground. Then the death of my husband at 32 years old; which led to my horrible panic attacks and anxiety. Numerous surgeries and medical problems (the hammock incident caused some of them). Those are just naming a few things. Even though I have been through a ton in my 40 years I have managed to do more than just keep my head above water. I hang on to the hope that one day I will be able to get over my panic attacks, and be a ‘normal’ person again. I am always in a good mood and acting silly. I take every day as a blessing and realize life is way too short to fret about the small things.

Tell me in the comments below your best personality trait; you don’t even have to say why.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Did I Even Sleep Last Night??

In response to the WordPress Post a Day question…  Write down the first thought you had this morning!

Did I even sleep last night?

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That’s what was running through my head as I removed myself from underneath my 2 year old (almost 3) Grandson Brayden. He personally called me last night to ask if he could come over and spend the night with me. How could I say no? It’s not very often you get a call from a almost 3 year old, let alone hearing them articulate a sentence asking that question.

I am going to assume my daughter jumped at the first word of “I want to call grandma”. She likely prompted him to ask if he could come over but he still asked so what’s a girl to do. I know that it’s a bad idea to let him stay on school nights because my kids have to go to bed at 9:00 pm and I get up at 5:20 am which makes for a VERY LONG day after zero sleep with the little guy.

You see I ruined the sleeping at Grandma’s thing for us a long time ago. Like I mentioned in this post 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge I sleep on the couch. Brayden has always slept on the couch with me when he spends the night. When he was smaller it was no problem. Now that he is a big boy our space is limited. He also thinks that me saying, “lay down and go to sleep” really means get up and play with everything you can find and eat everything you can see in the refrigerator. This is after we have already indulged in our Peanut Butter fix for the night that I wrote about here in My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Our night looked like this-

10:00 pm I am exhausted and want to lay down and watch some TV before going to sleep – Brayden wants to watch cartoons to go to sleep, we compromise with me on my phone and him watching Cartoons. I have to mention that Aunt Paige gave him a stack of Ritz crackers before she went to bed. This is round 1 of getting him to bed!

10:30 pm We (he) decide now is a good time to have our Peanut Butter fix. In the chaos of getting him ready to lay down I forgot to grab him a spoon too. I now have to get up from my comfy couch and grab him a spoon. Of course he has to get up and come with me too. Now it’s round 2 of getting him laid down. We eat some Peanut Butter and everything is going good.

Clementine

Clementine

11:00 pm My eyes are barely staying open. Brayden’s eyes are wide open and he’s roaming around the living room playing with all of his toys. He has at least 10 different toys out at this point. He proceeded to go to the refrigerator and get out a Clementine and brings it for me to peel for him. I realize that I have crushed up Ritz Crackers stuck to my face and all over the couch (thank you Aunt Paige). I get up to clean up the crackers and make sure he shut the fridge door. Now it’s round 3 of getting him to lay down. I asked him why he crushed up the crackers and he just said, “because I needed to” Good enough for me!  We are again laying down watching TV again.

11:30 pm We are still awake, he has gotten up again this time because he HAD to go potty. I forgot to mention the cup of orange juice I had given him at 9:00 to go with his crackers. I was to lazy to dig for the rubber gasket to make his sippy cup not leak. Big mistake, we now have orange juice mixed in with the cracker crumbs I missed when wiping them off the couch (yes I wiped them onto the floor to deal with in the morning, don’t judge me). Round 4 of getting him laid down. We are all snuggled up again, I give him a 10 minute warning that I am going to turn the Cartoons off, he whines for a minute at me saying that, then stops. We are good to go. Let’s sleep.

Sippy Cup

12:00 am I fell asleep! Yup bad grandma! The TV is still on because I fell asleep before I could turn it off. I know your wondering if Brayden is sleeping. The answer is NOPE, he has now emptied one of my cupboards where I keep all of the paper, coloring books and crayons. He is standing at the coffee table with paper, pens, crayons and coloring books spread out everywhere coloring a scribble on every page of every sheet of paper (something I don’t allow him to do when he colors or writes). At this point in time I am soo frustrated and tired I just want to cry. The messes he has made in the last 2 hours is astounding. It is going to take forever to clean up (in the morning, of course).

I resort to yelling at him and threatening to have him picked up if he doesn’t lay down and stay laying down. Round 5 of getting him laid down. I am serious this time about it, so I turn off the TV. We then spend the next 20 minutes with him whining and crying because he wants to watch Peppa Pig. Running through my head at this point in time is someone shoot me now!!

12:20 am I give in and turn the TV back on and find Peppa Pig on Demand for him to watch. Shush up, if I didn’t turn it back on he would have woke up Paige and Gabe. Remember, we all still have to get up at 5:20 am. He’s laying down and enjoying Peppa Pig and I am trying my hardest to stay awake this time so another hurricane doesn’t hit my house. Round 6 of getting him laid down. I’m not sure what time we finally fell asleep, I don’t even know if he fell asleep first.

I spent the rest of the night waking up periodically to make sure he was still sleeping, the other million times I woke up was to gently scooch him over or flip him back around on the couch so I didn’t kick him in the head accidentally and god forbid wake him up.

5:20 am My alarm clock goes off and the TV was still on. I jump up out of bed and run across the living room to turn it off! (tripping over all the junk from the previous nights chaos). There is no way in hell I want him to wake up this early. I need a little peace and quiet this morning before he wakes up and the madness starts all over again. This is when the question runs through my head, did I even sleep last night?

Don’t forget to please leave your comments about my night below:

Brayden This Morning

Brayden This Morning emptying his toy bins

If you want to read another funny Post from Hellbilly Mama’s life, read this one-

The Hammock Incident- Greatest Hellbilly Fail!!