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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tues night dinners

Catching up...but fortunately there are only a few worth mentioning. One Tues. we had company and I didn't cook and the next Tues. I was not happy with what I cooked sooooo.

The thing I want to tell you about is the "Blooming Baked Potato" It was so good and so easy so here is the recipe:
2 red pot.
1/2 cup olive oil
sea salt or other course salt
4 tbl shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbl. bacon bits (optional)
Preheat toaster over to 425
Try to find two pot that are more flat and round. Cut the tops off and then with a paring knife cut rings all around the inside then flip the pot. over and holding your thumb in the middle cut all around the outside all the way through except where your thumb is. Carefully flip the pot. back over and brush olive oil over them and then sprinkle on the salt. Bake for 30 min and then take them out and put more oil and salt and return to over for 30 min. more. Top with cheese and put back in over just until the cheese melts, add bacon bits if you want them.

These were so good, they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!
 Served with pan fried fish, canned spinach drained and with a capful of vinegar and topped with a boiled egg.

Last night I fixed Pork Medallions with a dijon-dill sauce. It was good but the most important thing about this meal is the planning ahead. I purchased the smallest pork tenderloin I could find and hubby cut off 1/2" in slices for the medallions. You simply press them down with the heel of your hand until they are about 1/4" and them cook them in a non stick skillet until done. You make the sauce (which I thought was too sour) and there you go. Served them with buttered noodles and peas.

Then we cut a few more thin slices which I have frozen for a Pork Ragout recipe I have and then the rest of the tenderloin I will use as a small roast cooked over sauerkraut.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Whirl Wind

Had  my yearly mammogram done and it came back abnormal. Had ultra sound done and still not happy. Had a biopsy and came back benign and call it a radial scar. Still needs to be removed so out patient surgery is scheduled for May. Happy it is not cancer, wish I didn't have it and feeling guilty because my sweet friend is having her breast removed tomorrow because hers came back malignant.
The truth of my little bracelet is my comfort.

Monday, April 2, 2018


Look who we ran into going to dinner Thursday night...
Now that is a cottontail!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Week before last I didn't cook and this past week I fixed a foil wrapped dinner that wasn't that great so no new recipes to share.

Monday, March 26, 2018


Daughter and Son-in law sent us this card the other day and thought it was so cute I would share it...
They have moved to Texas and we are going for our first visit the second week of April.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


The way I have kept the blogs I follow is that I pin them in a file and it has always worked fine but recently I have not been able to bring up some of them. It seems the difference is that some are pinned site short cut and some are internet shortcut. The later are the ones that I can't bring up. When I go direct it warns that this site is not secure. I did not change anything and tried to pin them again but it is the same. Anyone have any ideas?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The true meaning of Saint Patricks Day

A cultural and religious celebration of the death of Saint Patrick depicted here in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland. He is holding the three leaved shamrock he supposedly used to explain the trinity to Irish pagans.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tues. night dinner catch up

One night I baked a Cornish game hen
1 game hen
2 green onions, white parts only
1 glove garlic, crushed
2 Tbl. honey
1 tbl. soy sauce.
Preheat oven (toaster oven) to 350
Remove giblets and use for another time.
Wash the hens and pat dry with paper towel.
Secure wings and place the green onions and garlic in the cavity.
In a small bowl wish together the honey and soy sauce and brush over hens.
Roast basking occasionally for 1 hours. Let hens sit for 10 min. before cutting in half.
Served with Asparagus and shells from Trader Joe's and avocado slices and tom. slices.  The sauce for the chicken was really good but think it would be better to use on chicken strips where you would get more coverage.

Tuna Noodle Casserole
1 cup think egg noodles uncooked
103/4 ounce cream of mushroom soup
1 can 5 oz. tuna in water
1/4 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French's fried onions
Preheat oven (toaster oven) to 350
Boil the egg noodles in boiling water until tender and drain.
Drain the tuna and mix the tuna, mushroom soup and peas in a med bowl. Stir in the foodles and put in 2 20 oz. casserole dishes or one casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 25 min. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the onions and bake for another 5 min. or until the onions are brown.
I served this with steamed veg. and a Waldorf salad and it was yummy!

This past Tues. night I did a replay of this cod recipe and a new side dish recipe:
Broccoli Risotto
1/2 cup long white rice
2 tbl. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbl. olive oil
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen broccoli
1 tsp. instant chicken bullion granules
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 tbl. Parmesan cheese
pepper to taste
In med. saucepan cook the rice, onion and garlic in the oil for about 4 min. or until the rice is golden brown. Stir in the water, broccoli, chicken bouillon granules Italian seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover and simmer for 15 min. (do not lift cover). Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and let stand for 5 to 8 min.

 orange slices round it out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Sharing the morning sunrise from my house to yours:)

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Twice a year in March and Sept. the shadow of a cougar stalks his prey across the Superstition Mountains in Apache Jct. Az.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Tues. night dinner

This one was a big hit with hubby...
Creamy Smothered Ranch Pork Chops for Two
1 tbl. butter
1 small onion, halved and cut into 1/4" slices (hubby and I love onions and will add more next time).
2 bone-in pork chops, 3/4 inch thick.
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup chive & onion cream cheese spread
2 tsp. ranch salad dressing from package mix.
Heat butter over med. heat. Add onions and cook until browned and tender. Transfer to plate.
Season pork chops with pepper and add to skillet; cook over med. high heat 5 to 7 min. until browned on both sides. Remove to plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Add chicken broth, cream cheese spread, ranch seasoning and cooked onions. Cook 3 to 4 min until bubbly and slightly thickened. Add pork chops back and cook 2 to 3 min. till heated through.

Breakfast Potatoes
1 tbl. butter
1 15-ounce can sliced potatoes, drained well
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
salt and pepper to taste.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over med. heat. Stir in the potatoes and coat with the butter. Sprinkle them with the  seasoning and cook till browned.
serves 2

The other item was frozen squash from Trader Joe's which we didn't care for.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Uplifting Wed.

This is a update on these postings. I want to make it clear that these are not my illustrations but others that have been posted on Pinterest. I do not want anyone to give me credit for these wonderful pictures but simply want to share them with others so I am going to change the title to "Uplifting Wed. via Pinterest".

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Big Ben

It has chimed on the hour for 157 years, but London’s Big Ben will fall silent next week until 2021.Big Ben, the nickname for the bell inside the Elizabeth Tower of Parliament, will ring for the final time next Monday (August 21) at midday ahead of four-years of extensive renovation works.

The decision was taken to stop ringing the bell in order to protect the hearing of those working on cleaning and repairing the clock. And while Londoners will miss the familiar chimes of Big Ben on a daily basis, the bell will only ring for special occasions, including the city’s New Year celebrations and Remembrance Sunday.

Over the next four years, the Elizabeth Tower will be modernized with a lift and will be made more energy-efficient. The clock face will be briefly taken apart for cleaning and repairs, but will otherwise continue to tell the time correctly.

The clock’s striking hammers have only been paused a few times in its 157-year history, and only for essential work. The last time the clock fell silent was in 2007, and previous renovations took place between 1983 and 1985. Big Ben chimed throughout the London Blitz, but its clock face was not illuminated to avoid helping German pilots navigate their way over the city. Even so, two of its dials were damaged during an air raid in 1941.

The tower is home to a small prison where MPs were once held for breaking the laws of the land. Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the women’s suffragette movement in Britain, is thought to have been the last person held there, in 1902.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tues. night dinner

No recipe's to share this week. I tried a new cordon bleu recipe and was not thrilled so on to next week:)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Double surprise

I have been purging drawers and closets and recently found a picture that my daughter had taken of me in 1997 to put together a surprise Christmas calendar for the hubby but don't you know it was a double surprise to fine one of those pictures yesterday....

Oh to be 49 again...haha

Monday, February 12, 2018

A sweet reminder

This was part of my son-in-laws Christmas gift to me and so a couple of days ago I took a bath and used it, oh my, how I have forgotten how wonderful a hot bath and be. I need to put it on my don't forget to do list.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Fried fish and Brussel sprouts were the menu and the new item was....

Biscuits for Two
1 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder.
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 cup 2% milk

Heat over to 450
Mix dry ingredients together, then cut in the butter until it looks like coarse crumbs.
Add milk and stir just until everything is moistened. Turn out on a floured board and knead 8-10 times. Dough might seem a little sticky at first, but it will come together nicely after knead it a few times.
Pat out dough to 1/2" thickness and cut with a floured biscuit cutter or a glass works fine as well.
Bake 10-12 min. Brush with butter when they are hot of the oven.    Makes 4 biscuits.
 Note: It actually made five biscuits so had biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs for breakfast:)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Roof fell off

Hard to imagine but their roof fell off. This house is in my neighborhood and I have no idea how this could happen.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tues. night dinner

No recipe to share for this weeks dinner as I was not impressed but I do have a wonderful lunch throw together to share.
1 pint macaroni salad from the deli
1 can drained tuna
A handful of frozen peas
Some shredded cheddar cheese
Mix all together well and serve with crackers.