The Diary of a Novice Gardener: Making Progress

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.
Old Man Winter has been reluctant to leave. The minute I think we are heading into mild weather, visit this site bitter cold and shrill winds rip through causing me to re-think packing up the winter clothing. Last year, more about Old Man Winter toyed with us clear into June. Anyone remember it snowing in Idaho in June? I am definitely not complaining. The 115 degree heat of the valley is nothing I look forward to. However, order I am anxious to get my garden planted.

Mason’s preschool class learned about gardening last week. It was part of the topic “growing”. All week, they witnessed caterpillars creating chrysalis. I am as excited as the kids to see the appearance of butterflies soon. The sandbox was turned into a garden. They planted marigolds, some herbs, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds. I signed up to bring tomato plants and marigolds. While at the nursery, I took the opportunity to purchase a few plants for myself.

I was in the process of building the raised beds when I realized the biggest enemy to my garden at present are the kids. Adelin loves flowers so much I had to stand guard over the fruit trees when they were in bloom. Last year, they dug up the potted orange tree I planted so they could use the dirt. I decided last minute to move the plants to the front yard incorporating the them into the landscape. I took three half barrels and planted tomatoes, cilantro, marigolds and green peppers then set them on the front porch. I lined the walkway with strawberry plants then dug a bed for future planting. The tree in the front yard was finally saved from the encroaching grass.

I am still working on setting the stage in the backyard. The kids finally managed to demolish the wooden boat sandbox. As I was taking it apart, I saw the makings of a trellis for the raspberries and the perfect box for the kids garden. We took the egg cartons I was saving to make flowers with and used them to plant vegetable seeds in. I have even seen the use of cotton balls and peat moss to start seeds. The leftover seeds belong to the kids to plant in their garden.

The next step is to figure out how to keep the bugs away from the growing strawberries, wait for the seedlings to grow and the larger plants to produce.

The Traveling Snack Bag

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.
Old Man Winter has been reluctant to leave. The minute I think we are heading into mild weather, visit this site bitter cold and shrill winds rip through causing me to re-think packing up the winter clothing. Last year, more about Old Man Winter toyed with us clear into June. Anyone remember it snowing in Idaho in June? I am definitely not complaining. The 115 degree heat of the valley is nothing I look forward to. However, order I am anxious to get my garden planted.

Mason’s preschool class learned about gardening last week. It was part of the topic “growing”. All week, they witnessed caterpillars creating chrysalis. I am as excited as the kids to see the appearance of butterflies soon. The sandbox was turned into a garden. They planted marigolds, some herbs, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds. I signed up to bring tomato plants and marigolds. While at the nursery, I took the opportunity to purchase a few plants for myself.

I was in the process of building the raised beds when I realized the biggest enemy to my garden at present are the kids. Adelin loves flowers so much I had to stand guard over the fruit trees when they were in bloom. Last year, they dug up the potted orange tree I planted so they could use the dirt. I decided last minute to move the plants to the front yard incorporating the them into the landscape. I took three half barrels and planted tomatoes, cilantro, marigolds and green peppers then set them on the front porch. I lined the walkway with strawberry plants then dug a bed for future planting. The tree in the front yard was finally saved from the encroaching grass.

I am still working on setting the stage in the backyard. The kids finally managed to demolish the wooden boat sandbox. As I was taking it apart, I saw the makings of a trellis for the raspberries and the perfect box for the kids garden. We took the egg cartons I was saving to make flowers with and used them to plant vegetable seeds in. I have even seen the use of cotton balls and peat moss to start seeds. The leftover seeds belong to the kids to plant in their garden.

The next step is to figure out how to keep the bugs away from the growing strawberries, wait for the seedlings to grow and the larger plants to produce.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.
Old Man Winter has been reluctant to leave. The minute I think we are heading into mild weather, visit this site bitter cold and shrill winds rip through causing me to re-think packing up the winter clothing. Last year, more about Old Man Winter toyed with us clear into June. Anyone remember it snowing in Idaho in June? I am definitely not complaining. The 115 degree heat of the valley is nothing I look forward to. However, order I am anxious to get my garden planted.

Mason’s preschool class learned about gardening last week. It was part of the topic “growing”. All week, they witnessed caterpillars creating chrysalis. I am as excited as the kids to see the appearance of butterflies soon. The sandbox was turned into a garden. They planted marigolds, some herbs, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds. I signed up to bring tomato plants and marigolds. While at the nursery, I took the opportunity to purchase a few plants for myself.

I was in the process of building the raised beds when I realized the biggest enemy to my garden at present are the kids. Adelin loves flowers so much I had to stand guard over the fruit trees when they were in bloom. Last year, they dug up the potted orange tree I planted so they could use the dirt. I decided last minute to move the plants to the front yard incorporating the them into the landscape. I took three half barrels and planted tomatoes, cilantro, marigolds and green peppers then set them on the front porch. I lined the walkway with strawberry plants then dug a bed for future planting. The tree in the front yard was finally saved from the encroaching grass.

I am still working on setting the stage in the backyard. The kids finally managed to demolish the wooden boat sandbox. As I was taking it apart, I saw the makings of a trellis for the raspberries and the perfect box for the kids garden. We took the egg cartons I was saving to make flowers with and used them to plant vegetable seeds in. I have even seen the use of cotton balls and peat moss to start seeds. The leftover seeds belong to the kids to plant in their garden.

The next step is to figure out how to keep the bugs away from the growing strawberries, wait for the seedlings to grow and the larger plants to produce.

While we teach the kids the importance of sharing, treatment sometimes it is better to choose your battles. So it is with the case of the one-eyed woolly monster. My friend relayed a story once about her husband and cereal. Growing up, buy information pills it was first come, seek first serve. If you lagged behind, there was a pretty good chance you would not eat or find disappointment that your favorite cereal was all gone. To compensate, the boys would overeat on their share of cereal.

Some days, my kids behave like they are going to starve to death fighting over who holds the snack bag; or how much the other can have. They act like a one-eyed woolly monster; a term I got from Caillou. His mom used a similar term to describe his moody and selfish behavior. To remedy the problem, I give them each their own snack bag. When we travel, it is the same. They each get to pack a lunch and snacks. They enjoy being in charge of their own bag. Many times, they surprise us and offer to share their snacks with a hungry brother or sister who has gulped theirs all up.

A Fancy Pudding Pie

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Limeade or Lemonade Dressing

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

Italian Steak and Bread Salad

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Quesadillas or “Cheesers”, approved as Stephen’s family calls them, try are a regular staple at our house. They are quick and versatile. They can be made with just cheese or chicken and cheese, thumb tuna and cheese; you get the picture.

This is one of my favorite ways to spice up chicken quesadillas. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Sara Bascom. Her neighbor taught her how to make quesadillas using chicken and salsa. When I tried it at home, it was a failure. Sometimes, things just taste better when someone else makes them. I did a little tinkering and came up with this recipe for chicken quesadillas. Definitely play around with the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Flour tortillas- two per quesadilla
Shredded cheese- such as cheddar or cheddar and Monterrey jack, 3-4 tbsp per quesadilla
1/2 salsa
2 cans chicken- you can also use cooked chicken breast, shredded. Gauge 3-4 servings per chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin

Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Lay one tortilla on the griddle. Spread some of the mixture on a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another tortilla. Cook on both sides until crisp and browned. Cut into wedges and serve.

I enjoy making my own croutons, visit this site because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I tend not to buy specialty items unless I have too. Since it was just us I swapped the french bread with whole wheat, sale X-ed the tomatoes (we did not have any) and dressing, shop substituted feta for the blue cheese and used olive oil instead of the spray.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 (12-oz) Sirloin steak, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, split
Garlic oil spray
Salt and pepper
2 cups wedge ripe tomatoes
2 bags (6 oz) baby spinach trio (spinach, arugula and carrots)
1/2 cup bottled olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 crumbled blue cheese

Heat outdoor grill or stovetop ridged grill pan. Coat steak and cut surfaces of bread with garlic spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak, turning once, 6 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 155°F. Remove to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest. (Temperature of steak will continue to rise to 160°F for medium doneness.)

Meanwhile, grill bread, cut sides down, 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cut bread in chunks; thinly slice steak. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients; toss to mix.

I Love Cleaning My Kitchen Table Chairs

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4
My mom used to make our Easter basket and Christmas stocking treats. I loved going to the candy shop with her to pick out the chocolate wafers, troche caramel and licorice ropes. We each took turns making our own confections to give to teachers and friends.

I love this recipe for bird’s nest, treatment because it is so cute and simple and the ingredients are available anywhere. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a colorful spring ribbon.

Source: Unknown
Makes 10 nests
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups shredded wheat or chow mein noodles
Candy that resembles bird eggs (jelly beans, approved small speckled eggs, peanut M&M’s)

Line muffin pan or small bowls with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Do not overheat. Add the shredded wheat or noodles to the melted chocolate. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture in each muffin cup or small bowl, and form little nests by making an indentation with the back of the spoon. Arrange candy in the nests. Chill about 5 minutes or until set.
With the birth of our first baby, hospital my mom flew out to help me get settled in as a new mother. One day for lunch, order she surprised me with a glass of blueberries drizzled with lemonade dressing. It was a special moment, drugs because her mom made fruit cups with lemonade dressing for her when she was a girl.

Source: Grandmother Lois Jepson
3 tbsp undiluted concentrate
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp celery or poppy seeds

Mix concentrate and honey with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil Mix well. Add seeds. Serve over fruit salads.
A couple weeks ago, more about I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, ampoule Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with oreos (to go with the chocolate pudding) or vanilla sandwich cookies (to go with the vanilla pudding) to smash. Then, they mixed their cookies with the pudding in the cup, added a few worms and stuck them in the refrigerator to set.

I went to the store yesterday to pick up a few things one of the items being eggs. Guess what I found in the front seat of my car this morning? Since we were without eggs, I opted to make pudding for the kids’ afternoon snack. As I was stirring the cook and serve boxed pudding, I thought about the Dirt the kids made and how much fun they had putting it together. While the pudding cooled, I put a variety of ingredients on the table to give the kids the opportunity to make their own fanciful pudding concoctions.

We used sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, walnuts and nutella. I think the best part was piling on the toppings.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, approved a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, dessert and the prizes. Every month, we contributed $5.00 to the next month’s hostess to cover the cost for prizes. Everyone walked away a winner. That might be the most wins with a $15.00 prize to a complimentary $6.00 prize. The food was great, but the company was the best part. Being all moms, it was nice to let loose once in a while.

One month, my friend Lindsey surprised us all with this simple, yet elegant dish served with Parmesan Garlic Asparagus and Boiled Red Potatoes. I tracked the recipe down only to discover it belonged to my friend Cathy’s grandmother. She is also the woman who gave us the caramel recipe and Easy Crock Pot Chicken. Bacon wrapped chicken quickly became a Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. The meal is finished off with a rich chocolaty dessert of Molten Lava Cakes and vanilla ice cream.

6 chicken breasts (you can use regular chicken breasts and fillet them and pound them flat or buy the thin cut chicken breast. I still had to pound the thin cutlets. You want to be able to roll them up nicely)
Butter, softened
1-2 containers of chive and onion cream cheese
Salt and Pepper
6 bacon strips
Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350.

Dot or spread each thinned chicken breast with a pad of butter. (A pad of butter is like half a tablespoon). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of Onion/Chives Cream Cheese. Roll up. Wrap with a slice of bacon. Pin with toothpick.

Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon.
I did it. I covered my chair cushions with clear vinyl from the fabric store. I know for years it was a decor no-no. I thought so, malady until I saw a picture in “Traditional Home”. If Clinton and Stacy from “What not to Wear” were here, drug I know they would say, “Just because it is in a magazine, does not mean you should do it.”

My sister-n-law, Natalie, gave us her slightly used table and chairs, all from Ikea. What I love most about the chairs, are the seat cushions. The fabric is actually a cover. I did not know that until the first time I removed the cushions from the chair to measure for replacement material. I threw the covers in the wash instead of buying new ones. They have been spilled on, stained, and bleached until there is no hope left.

The chairs in the magazine looked fabulous. Originally, we looked at other styles of vinyl, but I was not satisfied with the selections available. I found some decent upholstery material on sale for a dollar and decided, if it is going to last, I would have to cover it with the clear vinyl. It is not like I went and covered my living room couches and chairs. Most important of all, they are kid proof. I giggle every time I swipe the rag across the chair seat. Cleaning is a cinch. No more scrubbing. No more bleaching.

Scout out fabric discount stores, yard sales and thrift stores for deals on fabric. Belive it or not, I used to find beautiful fabric at Walmart. When I decorated our first house, I found amazing deals at a $2.00 fabric store. Material that regularly costs between $15 – $20, was $1.00 – $10. Other tools may include a pair of scissors, a staple gun with staples and 1 1/2 inch foam. WikiHow has a step by step tutorial on how to reupholster a dining chair.

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Pancake Sandwich

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.
I stumbled upon Serious Eats while I was planning our summer vacation. It is always nice to have a list of recommended places to eat. In this case I was searching for popular pizza joints. I found a plethora of food inspiration.

** Serious Eats is more than the typical food blog/restaurant review resource. The site has the latest in food news and entertainment. Check out the Serious Eats home page for everything in food commentary.

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** Have any questions regarding anything food ask the Serious Eats community under “Talk”.

** “Slice”, viagra a family member of Serious Eats, prescription offers suggestions for the best pizza establishments across the country.

** “A Hamburger Today”, reveals hot spots for a tasty hamburger.

** There is even an area for those experienced to budding foodie photographers to post pictures, blogs and recipes under the heading “Photograzing”.

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.
I stumbled upon Serious Eats while I was planning our summer vacation. It is always nice to have a list of recommended places to eat. In this case I was searching for popular pizza joints. I found a plethora of food inspiration.

** Serious Eats is more than the typical food blog/restaurant review resource. The site has the latest in food news and entertainment. Check out the Serious Eats home page for everything in food commentary.

** Serious Eats “Recipes” are proposed to be the best garnered from chefs, drugs cookbooks and the web. Browse by category or by featured column such as Sunday Brunch or Classic Cookbooks.

** For trusted advice on the best places to eat around the world turn to Serious Eat’s “Eating Out” section.

** Have any questions regarding anything food ask the Serious Eats community under “Talk”.

** “Slice”, viagra a family member of Serious Eats, prescription offers suggestions for the best pizza establishments across the country.

** “A Hamburger Today”, reveals hot spots for a tasty hamburger.

** There is even an area for those experienced to budding foodie photographers to post pictures, blogs and recipes under the heading “Photograzing”.

Roasted Rutabaga and Carrots

I have never tried rutabaga before. When I saw this recipe for zesty roasted rutabaga and carrots it seemed like the perfect introduction. The Rutabaga sounds like the name of a car but is a root vegetable that is similar to a turnip. I found mine next to the cabbage, viagra approved turnips and beets in my grocery store. It’s actually a great tasting vegetable.

There are several ways to enjoy the rutabaga. First, peel the rough exterior skin off. Rutabaga may be eaten raw. Cut them into sticks to add to a vegetable tray. Chop, dice, or grate them and add to salads, especially cole slaw or carrot salad. Rutabagas can be roasted, boiled, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, or stewed. Boil them with potatoes to make mashed potatoes. Roast them along with other savory vegetables. Dice them and add to soups and stews.

Source: Straight from the Farm
4 medium carrots, cut into 3 inch julienne strips
2 rutabagas, peeled and cut into 3 inch julienne strips
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 tsp dill weed
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large saucepan, combine the carrots, rutabaga and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off water.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and toss with the parboiled vegetables. Spread out into a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are golden and tender. Serve hot as a dinner side dish or chilled as a light lunch. (serves 4)

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.
I stumbled upon Serious Eats while I was planning our summer vacation. It is always nice to have a list of recommended places to eat. In this case I was searching for popular pizza joints. I found a plethora of food inspiration.

** Serious Eats is more than the typical food blog/restaurant review resource. The site has the latest in food news and entertainment. Check out the Serious Eats home page for everything in food commentary.

** Serious Eats “Recipes” are proposed to be the best garnered from chefs, drugs cookbooks and the web. Browse by category or by featured column such as Sunday Brunch or Classic Cookbooks.

** For trusted advice on the best places to eat around the world turn to Serious Eat’s “Eating Out” section.

** Have any questions regarding anything food ask the Serious Eats community under “Talk”.

** “Slice”, viagra a family member of Serious Eats, prescription offers suggestions for the best pizza establishments across the country.

** “A Hamburger Today”, reveals hot spots for a tasty hamburger.

** There is even an area for those experienced to budding foodie photographers to post pictures, blogs and recipes under the heading “Photograzing”.

Roasted Rutabaga and Carrots

I have never tried rutabaga before. When I saw this recipe for zesty roasted rutabaga and carrots it seemed like the perfect introduction. The Rutabaga sounds like the name of a car but is a root vegetable that is similar to a turnip. I found mine next to the cabbage, viagra approved turnips and beets in my grocery store. It’s actually a great tasting vegetable.

There are several ways to enjoy the rutabaga. First, peel the rough exterior skin off. Rutabaga may be eaten raw. Cut them into sticks to add to a vegetable tray. Chop, dice, or grate them and add to salads, especially cole slaw or carrot salad. Rutabagas can be roasted, boiled, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, or stewed. Boil them with potatoes to make mashed potatoes. Roast them along with other savory vegetables. Dice them and add to soups and stews.

Source: Straight from the Farm
4 medium carrots, cut into 3 inch julienne strips
2 rutabagas, peeled and cut into 3 inch julienne strips
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 tsp dill weed
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large saucepan, combine the carrots, rutabaga and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off water.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and toss with the parboiled vegetables. Spread out into a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are golden and tender. Serve hot as a dinner side dish or chilled as a light lunch. (serves 4)
This is a recipe I used to make all the time in college. Creamed Tune and Peas has been around since the great depression. I can see why. It is cheap to make, dosage filling and perfect for a rainy day. Traditionally it is served over toast. I like it with a baked potato.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk, malady warmed
2 tsp chicken bullion
Salt and Pepper
1 large can tuna
2 cups frozen peas, order thawed

In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until combined and smooth. Whisking constantly, slowly add the milk in a steady stream. Continue to whisk until there are no more lumps. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken slightly. Remove from heat.

Season sauce with the bullion and salt and pepper. Add the tuna and peas. Serve over a slice of toast.

Variations:
Serve over biscuits, potatoes, rice or noodles
Add shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese to the sauce
Add chopped cooked carrots and/or onion

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.
I stumbled upon Serious Eats while I was planning our summer vacation. It is always nice to have a list of recommended places to eat. In this case I was searching for popular pizza joints. I found a plethora of food inspiration.

** Serious Eats is more than the typical food blog/restaurant review resource. The site has the latest in food news and entertainment. Check out the Serious Eats home page for everything in food commentary.

** Serious Eats “Recipes” are proposed to be the best garnered from chefs, drugs cookbooks and the web. Browse by category or by featured column such as Sunday Brunch or Classic Cookbooks.

** For trusted advice on the best places to eat around the world turn to Serious Eat’s “Eating Out” section.

** Have any questions regarding anything food ask the Serious Eats community under “Talk”.

** “Slice”, viagra a family member of Serious Eats, prescription offers suggestions for the best pizza establishments across the country.

** “A Hamburger Today”, reveals hot spots for a tasty hamburger.

** There is even an area for those experienced to budding foodie photographers to post pictures, blogs and recipes under the heading “Photograzing”.

Roasted Rutabaga and Carrots

I have never tried rutabaga before. When I saw this recipe for zesty roasted rutabaga and carrots it seemed like the perfect introduction. The Rutabaga sounds like the name of a car but is a root vegetable that is similar to a turnip. I found mine next to the cabbage, viagra approved turnips and beets in my grocery store. It’s actually a great tasting vegetable.

There are several ways to enjoy the rutabaga. First, peel the rough exterior skin off. Rutabaga may be eaten raw. Cut them into sticks to add to a vegetable tray. Chop, dice, or grate them and add to salads, especially cole slaw or carrot salad. Rutabagas can be roasted, boiled, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, or stewed. Boil them with potatoes to make mashed potatoes. Roast them along with other savory vegetables. Dice them and add to soups and stews.

Source: Straight from the Farm
4 medium carrots, cut into 3 inch julienne strips
2 rutabagas, peeled and cut into 3 inch julienne strips
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 tsp dill weed
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large saucepan, combine the carrots, rutabaga and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off water.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and toss with the parboiled vegetables. Spread out into a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are golden and tender. Serve hot as a dinner side dish or chilled as a light lunch. (serves 4)
This is a recipe I used to make all the time in college. Creamed Tune and Peas has been around since the great depression. I can see why. It is cheap to make, dosage filling and perfect for a rainy day. Traditionally it is served over toast. I like it with a baked potato.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk, malady warmed
2 tsp chicken bullion
Salt and Pepper
1 large can tuna
2 cups frozen peas, order thawed

In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until combined and smooth. Whisking constantly, slowly add the milk in a steady stream. Continue to whisk until there are no more lumps. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken slightly. Remove from heat.

Season sauce with the bullion and salt and pepper. Add the tuna and peas. Serve over a slice of toast.

Variations:
Serve over biscuits, potatoes, rice or noodles
Add shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese to the sauce
Add chopped cooked carrots and/or onion
2-lb. chicken fryer, cialis 40mg cut in quarters
2 onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup small green peas (cooked)
4 asparagus tips
2 roasted red peppers, cut in strips
1/4 cup white wine (white grape juice or chicken broth)

In a skillet, saute chicken in heated oil until skin is golden. Remove chicken and place in casserole dish. In same oil in the skillet, saute onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and garlic for 5 minutes. Pour over chicken. In same skillet, add chicken broth, white wine, saffron, salt, bay leaf and rice. When mixture begins to boil, pour over casserole, cover and bake in oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with a splash of wine and garnish with peas, roasted red peppers, and asparagus tips. Serves 4.

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Last month I met some friends for breakfast at a local cafe. As a self-proclaimed pancake luver I decided to try the Dutch Apple Pancakes with sauteed apples. I was unsure with my decision because I am not a fan of the goopy sugary apple pie filling that typically smothers a beautiful stack of flap jacks at the more commercial establishments. I was more than pleasantly surprised when the waiter returned with my order. Our server placed before me three huge pancakes nestled on top of one another each one incorporated with sauteed apple slices and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. They tasted as mouth watering as they looked with a crispy buttery outside and a tender pancake inside. The apple slices were actually cooked in each pancake. A clean simple dish.

Pannenkoek is a Dutch pancake that is larger and thinner than the fluffy American pancakes but slightly thicker than crepes. A traditional pannenkoek is about 10-12 inches in diameter and are usually infused with slices of bacon, check sausage, find fruits or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They can be made thinner and rolled up like a crepe or eaten like a pancake with an endless combination of fillings and toppings from salmon to pizza to sweet.

We took our regular pancake recipe and thinned it out with a little more milk and butter. You can choose to saute the apples in a little butter and cinnamon sugar beforehand or use thinly sliced raw apples. Add sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an nice variation.

2 sweet cooking apples such as McIntosh, Fuji or Gala, cored and thinly sliced or cut in rounds
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 good pinches of salt
4 eggs
2 cups plus 4 tbsp milk
5 tbsp melted butter

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in eggs and half the milk until thickened. Add the rest of the milk to make a thin batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Spray or heat a little butter or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the batter to make desired sized pancakes. Immediately arrange the apple slices on top of the pancakes. Generously dust with cinnamon sugar. When tops start to set with bubbles flip over. Continue to cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more until bottoms are slightly browned.

Makes 10 large pancakes or 14 small.

My mom used to make egg noodles for her chicken soup. I thought making egg noodles would be a great project for the kids and I to try. I remember watching my mom roll out the dough and make the long effortless slices. I have also seen some people fold the dough over lengthwise to a 2-inch width and then cut. Just make sure to dust with flour before each fold.

Source: This is the recipe my mom always used. She got it from her friend Eunice Johnson.
(Serves 4)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 an egg shell of milk
Place flour in a small bowl, website make a dent in the center. Carefully crack the egg shell pouring the egg in the center of the flour. Fill 1/2 of the egg shell with milk and stir into the flour and egg mixture using a fork. If needed add just a touch more milk until moist enough that the dough holds together.

On a well floured bread board or surface, visit this carefully roll out the dough until very, viagra 100mg very thin (almost paper thin for thin noodles or as thick as you like for dumplings). Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin noodles -length of your choice. The noodles do not have to be perfect nor is it necessary to dry the noodles.

Slowly drop the cut noodles one by one into rapidly boiling water (chicken or beef broth) stirring constantly so they do not stick together in a lump. Turn down the heat and simmer at a low boil until tender (approx. 1/2 hour or less). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.
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Roasted Rutabaga and Carrots

I have never tried rutabaga before. When I saw this recipe for zesty roasted rutabaga and carrots it seemed like the perfect introduction. The Rutabaga sounds like the name of a car but is a root vegetable that is similar to a turnip. I found mine next to the cabbage, viagra approved turnips and beets in my grocery store. It’s actually a great tasting vegetable.

There are several ways to enjoy the rutabaga. First, peel the rough exterior skin off. Rutabaga may be eaten raw. Cut them into sticks to add to a vegetable tray. Chop, dice, or grate them and add to salads, especially cole slaw or carrot salad. Rutabagas can be roasted, boiled, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, or stewed. Boil them with potatoes to make mashed potatoes. Roast them along with other savory vegetables. Dice them and add to soups and stews.

Source: Straight from the Farm
4 medium carrots, cut into 3 inch julienne strips
2 rutabagas, peeled and cut into 3 inch julienne strips
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 tsp dill weed
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large saucepan, combine the carrots, rutabaga and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off water.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and toss with the parboiled vegetables. Spread out into a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are golden and tender. Serve hot as a dinner side dish or chilled as a light lunch. (serves 4)
This is a recipe I used to make all the time in college. Creamed Tune and Peas has been around since the great depression. I can see why. It is cheap to make, dosage filling and perfect for a rainy day. Traditionally it is served over toast. I like it with a baked potato.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk, malady warmed
2 tsp chicken bullion
Salt and Pepper
1 large can tuna
2 cups frozen peas, order thawed

In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until combined and smooth. Whisking constantly, slowly add the milk in a steady stream. Continue to whisk until there are no more lumps. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken slightly. Remove from heat.

Season sauce with the bullion and salt and pepper. Add the tuna and peas. Serve over a slice of toast.

Variations:
Serve over biscuits, potatoes, rice or noodles
Add shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese to the sauce
Add chopped cooked carrots and/or onion
2-lb. chicken fryer, cialis 40mg cut in quarters
2 onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup small green peas (cooked)
4 asparagus tips
2 roasted red peppers, cut in strips
1/4 cup white wine (white grape juice or chicken broth)

In a skillet, saute chicken in heated oil until skin is golden. Remove chicken and place in casserole dish. In same oil in the skillet, saute onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and garlic for 5 minutes. Pour over chicken. In same skillet, add chicken broth, white wine, saffron, salt, bay leaf and rice. When mixture begins to boil, pour over casserole, cover and bake in oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with a splash of wine and garnish with peas, roasted red peppers, and asparagus tips. Serves 4.

I do not remember where I found this recipe. I thought it was in a book called Sugar-Free Toddlers by Susan Watson.  When I went looking for the recipe to verify, generic I could not find it in the book. These little pancake sandwiches have been a favorite snack since Mason was a toddler.

When my kids started solids, I took the homemade baby food route using So Easy Baby Food So Easy Baby by Joan Ahlers and Cheryl Tallman the creators of Fresh Baby. The book teaches how to puree and at what age to introduce each food. With weight issues and health problems at the forefront of today’s society, I was extremely cautious about what I gave Mason to eat. Mason ate the healthiest of the three. When he turned 1, he had no clue what cake was or what he was supposed to do with it. Instead of cheddar fish or cheerios, Mason munched on softened fruit and veggies or snacks made from the Sugar-free Toddler cookbook. That all changed after Adelin joined us. We still try to limit the sugar by making our own snacks, discussing healthy choices, and eating in moderation. We must be doing something right. Adelin calls Craisins candy and they still think my banana shakes are ice cream.

Source: unknown
Warm Pancakes
Pumpkin Butter
Cream Cheese

Spread some cream cheese on one pancake. Spread another pancake with a little pumpkin butter then sandwich together.

Spinach and Grape Salad

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, physician a perfect day for a picnic. We ran around the backyard with Police Officer Mason in hot pursuit. Mason is a no-nonsense cop. Forget the ticket for speeding, order we had to go straight to jail on the trampoline, where I jumped until I had to leave to start dinner. As I cooked, the kids took advantage of the warm weather spraying themselves with the water hose. I did not have the heart to make them come inside and so decided we would have a picnic. A perfect meal for a perfect day.

I know this salad may seem a little weird, but it tastes phenomenal. It is super quick, healthy and goes well with seasoned pork chops and roasted potatoes.

Source: Rachael Ray
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet, cook red onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the grapes and 1/4 cup water and remove from heat. Stir the spinach, almonds and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

Hold the Crust Please

When I first went off to college in Florida, page I rented a room from a friend of mine, order Renea Hammock. She was originally from California. So, viagra 60mg automatically you know she was hip, sweet and beautiful. I was hired by a team of Navy Seals who were working on a project to uncover Spanish gold they believed to be buried under the ocean floor. Nothing became of the gold or the intended romance I tried to kindle between one of the guys and my friend, Renea. So is Love.

I lived with Renea for about a year when life sent us in separate directions. Eventually, Renea moved back to California taking a job as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. I met up with her sometime after I moved to California to see how she was doing. As Stephen and I were leaving, she gave us a container of beef and barley soup. I never thought about cooking with barley before, as I found the soup to be quite tasty. Now, I use barley all the time especially in soups.

I use a beef seasoning my sister-n-law sent me for Christmas. It is the best stuff. I am still trying to get the name from her. Use any seasoning you like to use with pot roast. Taking the time to brown the meat and cook the onions and veggies gives the stew more flavor.

1 1/2 pounds stew meat, cut into bite sized cubes
Beef seasoning
2 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 celery stalk, chopped (with leaves)
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 large potatoes, cubed (can use 1 russet and one sweet potato)
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 cup medium pearl barley
4 cups beef broth
1 tbsp Worcestershire (optional)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

Season stew meat with salt and pepper and beef seasoning. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil, brown the meat on all sides; remove from pan and set aside.
Using the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil, onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then add celery, carrots and potatoes; cooking for a few minutes more.
Add the herbs, barley, broth, Worcestershire sauce and tomatoes with juice. Bring to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for at least and hour and a half. The longer the stew simmers the better.

If using a crock pot: you can brown the meat if you want or just throw everything in (add more seasoning) and cook about 6-8 hours on high or 9-12 hours on low or until the meat and veggies are tender.

Variations:
-Try adding sliced mushrooms, chopped parsnips and/or fennel seeds.
-To make it thicker add a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch.
-For a little added flavor add a 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or 1 cup Irish -Guinness beer or 1/2 cup red wine or cranberry juice.
When I first went off to college in Florida, page I rented a room from a friend of mine, order Renea Hammock. She was originally from California. So, viagra 60mg automatically you know she was hip, sweet and beautiful. I was hired by a team of Navy Seals who were working on a project to uncover Spanish gold they believed to be buried under the ocean floor. Nothing became of the gold or the intended romance I tried to kindle between one of the guys and my friend, Renea. So is Love.

I lived with Renea for about a year when life sent us in separate directions. Eventually, Renea moved back to California taking a job as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. I met up with her sometime after I moved to California to see how she was doing. As Stephen and I were leaving, she gave us a container of beef and barley soup. I never thought about cooking with barley before, as I found the soup to be quite tasty. Now, I use barley all the time especially in soups.

I use a beef seasoning my sister-n-law sent me for Christmas. It is the best stuff. I am still trying to get the name from her. Use any seasoning you like to use with pot roast. Taking the time to brown the meat and cook the onions and veggies gives the stew more flavor.

1 1/2 pounds stew meat, cut into bite sized cubes
Beef seasoning
2 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 celery stalk, chopped (with leaves)
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 large potatoes, cubed (can use 1 russet and one sweet potato)
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 cup medium pearl barley
4 cups beef broth
1 tbsp Worcestershire (optional)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

Season stew meat with salt and pepper and beef seasoning. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil, brown the meat on all sides; remove from pan and set aside.
Using the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil, onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then add celery, carrots and potatoes; cooking for a few minutes more.
Add the herbs, barley, broth, Worcestershire sauce and tomatoes with juice. Bring to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for at least and hour and a half. The longer the stew simmers the better.

If using a crock pot: you can brown the meat if you want or just throw everything in (add more seasoning) and cook about 6-8 hours on high or 9-12 hours on low or until the meat and veggies are tender.

Variations:
-Try adding sliced mushrooms, chopped parsnips and/or fennel seeds.
-To make it thicker add a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch.
-For a little added flavor add a 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or 1 cup Irish -Guinness beer or 1/2 cup red wine or cranberry juice.
I made a pot of soup for dinner one night and thought rolls sounded good so I grabbed all my cookbooks in search of a fast bread recipe. I settled on a recipe and went to work when I discovered I missed the part that said to let rise for 5-6 hours. Not wanting the ingredients to go to waste I set the bowl aside and waited the 5-6 hours and we went without rolls. If I had read the directions I would have also seen that once the rolls are shaped they must rise for another 5 hours. After all the effort the rolls turned out to be horrible. The kids used them to spit at each other.

Brown bread is great because it does not need to rise. Do not confuse this rustic Soda Bread with the richer Boston Brown Bread commonly found in Ale Houses. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is made with coarsely ground wheat flour. Quite different from the typical wheat flour found in the United States. If you have a grinder then making your own coarsely ground wheat flour is no problem. If you do not have access to a specialty shop try using King Aurthur. The butter they use in England as well as Ireland is very salty and therefore gives the bread more flavor. Normally I mix vinegar with milk to make buttermilk. With brown bread real buttermilk is essential. The buttermilk acts as the yeast, buy more about reacting with the baking soda.

Making brown bread is a fun way to teach the kids about chemistry. While you are waiting for the bread to cook, approved try adding different liquids to baking soda, namely lemon juice and vinegar (make sure you set the cup or bowl on a baking sheet).

Source: adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
3 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 to 2 cups cultured buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a small dutch oven or cast iron skillet.

In a large bowl stir together the flours, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Stir, adding more buttermilk if needed, until all of the flour is incorporated. The dough will be pretty scrappy. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two, just until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a round and place in the pan. Sprinkle a bench scrapper or a large knife with flour and cut a deep cross in the dough, as if you were going to divide the dough into four pieces.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes more, until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when you knock on it.
When I first went off to college in Florida, page I rented a room from a friend of mine, order Renea Hammock. She was originally from California. So, viagra 60mg automatically you know she was hip, sweet and beautiful. I was hired by a team of Navy Seals who were working on a project to uncover Spanish gold they believed to be buried under the ocean floor. Nothing became of the gold or the intended romance I tried to kindle between one of the guys and my friend, Renea. So is Love.

I lived with Renea for about a year when life sent us in separate directions. Eventually, Renea moved back to California taking a job as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. I met up with her sometime after I moved to California to see how she was doing. As Stephen and I were leaving, she gave us a container of beef and barley soup. I never thought about cooking with barley before, as I found the soup to be quite tasty. Now, I use barley all the time especially in soups.

I use a beef seasoning my sister-n-law sent me for Christmas. It is the best stuff. I am still trying to get the name from her. Use any seasoning you like to use with pot roast. Taking the time to brown the meat and cook the onions and veggies gives the stew more flavor.

1 1/2 pounds stew meat, cut into bite sized cubes
Beef seasoning
2 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 celery stalk, chopped (with leaves)
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 large potatoes, cubed (can use 1 russet and one sweet potato)
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 cup medium pearl barley
4 cups beef broth
1 tbsp Worcestershire (optional)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

Season stew meat with salt and pepper and beef seasoning. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil, brown the meat on all sides; remove from pan and set aside.
Using the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil, onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then add celery, carrots and potatoes; cooking for a few minutes more.
Add the herbs, barley, broth, Worcestershire sauce and tomatoes with juice. Bring to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for at least and hour and a half. The longer the stew simmers the better.

If using a crock pot: you can brown the meat if you want or just throw everything in (add more seasoning) and cook about 6-8 hours on high or 9-12 hours on low or until the meat and veggies are tender.

Variations:
-Try adding sliced mushrooms, chopped parsnips and/or fennel seeds.
-To make it thicker add a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch.
-For a little added flavor add a 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or 1 cup Irish -Guinness beer or 1/2 cup red wine or cranberry juice.
I made a pot of soup for dinner one night and thought rolls sounded good so I grabbed all my cookbooks in search of a fast bread recipe. I settled on a recipe and went to work when I discovered I missed the part that said to let rise for 5-6 hours. Not wanting the ingredients to go to waste I set the bowl aside and waited the 5-6 hours and we went without rolls. If I had read the directions I would have also seen that once the rolls are shaped they must rise for another 5 hours. After all the effort the rolls turned out to be horrible. The kids used them to spit at each other.

Brown bread is great because it does not need to rise. Do not confuse this rustic Soda Bread with the richer Boston Brown Bread commonly found in Ale Houses. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is made with coarsely ground wheat flour. Quite different from the typical wheat flour found in the United States. If you have a grinder then making your own coarsely ground wheat flour is no problem. If you do not have access to a specialty shop try using King Aurthur. The butter they use in England as well as Ireland is very salty and therefore gives the bread more flavor. Normally I mix vinegar with milk to make buttermilk. With brown bread real buttermilk is essential. The buttermilk acts as the yeast, buy more about reacting with the baking soda.

Making brown bread is a fun way to teach the kids about chemistry. While you are waiting for the bread to cook, approved try adding different liquids to baking soda, namely lemon juice and vinegar (make sure you set the cup or bowl on a baking sheet).

Source: adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
3 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 to 2 cups cultured buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a small dutch oven or cast iron skillet.

In a large bowl stir together the flours, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Stir, adding more buttermilk if needed, until all of the flour is incorporated. The dough will be pretty scrappy. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two, just until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a round and place in the pan. Sprinkle a bench scrapper or a large knife with flour and cut a deep cross in the dough, as if you were going to divide the dough into four pieces.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes more, until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when you knock on it.

I had an Epiphany while making PB&J Sandwiches for lunch. As I stood there staring at the pile of wasted bread crusts (the kids do not like to eat the crust), approved I thought this is almost two and a half slices of bread about to be thrown into the garbage. My mom always told us to eat our crusts, doctor because it makes your hair curly. It was a saying passed down from her father who loved the crust best of all. “Back in my day…” untouched food on the plate usually elicited a comment like “eat your greens, there are starving kids in China.”  Or something like “Waste not, want not.”

What I should have done, was cut the crust off before spreading the peanut butter and jelly and used it for croutons or bread crumbs. With stopping the waste on my mind, I saved the leftover half eaten bananas from breakfast and used them in a banana smoothie at snack time. I try to freeze extra fruit and vegetables before they go bad, especially blueberries and strawberries, which we use to make smoothies. Once I tried to compost from leftover food scraps, it ended in a fly-infested mess. Making a compost pile is not as easy as it sounds. Most of the time, I try to scale down recipes or try to turn a leftover into something else. Stephen refuses to eat leftovers and some leftovers are not as good the next day.

The teacher’s aide at Mason’s school uses up vegetables by throwing them in a pot for soup, or roasts them with some meat. My mom used to make her version of tootsie rolls from pie dough scraps. My brother told me about some friends of ours who continuously used the same enormous pickle jar by adding fresh mini cucumbers to the brine. Love Food Hate Waste is a site dedicated to helping the community become more mindful of what we throw away and how to use what we have. The Kitchn suggested using a magnetic whiteboard on the fridge. Every time they buy produce, they write it down. As it gets used up, erase it from the board. Also, write down any leftovers in the fridge.

A friend’s mom once asked me to help her make a menu using a list of food items. A college student at the time, I took great care to make sure every ounce of the food I picked would be used up. She laughed when she saw my final draft noting it looked boring. Where was the variety? I was thinking as a budget-minded college student, which is probably the mindset we should have when planning our meals. Planning meals around each other ensures we use every cent spent and it is less likely the food will go to waste. Every item has a purpose. It is just as important when making a shopping list to write down the exact amount of ingredients needed. Check the freezer, pantry and refrigerator first. Why spend the extra cash on something you already have. When planning a weekly menu keep in mind, if you like to eat out one or two nights a week, only plan dinners for five or six nights.

I learned a valuable lesson during our last move. 1. It is easy to stockpile goods and 2. There are at least four to six meals hidden away in the freezer, refrigerator and pantry.

Cinnamon Bun Pizza

One of my favorite pizza joints is Zachary’s Pizza located in Berkley, hospital California. It is a well known hidden treasure. They are the home of the traditional Chicago pizza pie. A layer of pizza dough topped with sauce, toppings and cheese. Then, another layer of dough and sauce. The sauce is similar to the Italian family restaurant Buca di Beppo with the the bits of perfectly seasoned chopped tomato.

I have a skillet pizza dough recipe from Cook’s Illustrated and this version from “Every Day” with Rachael Ray. I decided to go with the latter, because it was simple and because of the cinnamon bun pizza recipe. A layer of dough topped with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, currants, pecans, another layer of dough and sugar mixture, all topped with a layer of dough, a brush of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. The kids had a blast making it. Adelin and Everett enjoyed getting their fingers sticky from the dough the most. Tastes better the next day. Next time maybe I will have another go at making a Zachary’s Pizza Pie.

When making skillet pizza, keep in mind the total rising time needed. Typical pizza dough rises once, while skillet dough has an additional second rise once assembled in the pan.

Source: Every Day with Rachael Ray
Skillet dough (see recipe below)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried currants
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp orange juice

Turn the pizza dough out onto a work surface; cut off and reserve one-quarter of the dough, then halve the remaining dough. Press one half evenly unto a greased 9-to 10-inch cast-iron skillet. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt; toss with the pecans and currants. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture on the dough in the pan, leaving a 1/2-inch border; dot with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter.

Shape the reserved smaller piece of dough into a 9 to 10-inch round and place on top of the filling. Sprinkle with the remaining nut mixture and dot with another 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Shape the remaining dough into a 10-inch round and place on top, pressing around the edge to seal the layers.

Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand until doubled in size, about 25 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and brush over the top crust. In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon; sprinkle on top. Cut a few vents in the top crust and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. Stir together the confectioners sugar, milk, orange juice and a pinch of salt, the drizzle on top.

Skillet Dough:
3/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil

In a small bowl, stir together the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, 3 to 5 minutes.
Using a standing mixer, mic the flour and salt at low speed. Mix in the yeast mixture and olive oil until a shaggy dough forms. Change to the dough hook and mix at medium speed until smooth, about 6 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a greased, large mixing bowl, turning to coat; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Punch down the dough before using.

Alternatives:
-For whole wheat dough, use 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
-Make pretzels. Roll into ropes. Twist, shape then place on baking sheet. Cover; let stand until double. Brush with egg. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 400 degrees about 20 minutes.
-Peanut butter and Jelly pizza: Place dough in a pan. Microwave peanut butter and jelly. Pour peanut butter over dough and top with jelly. Bake 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.