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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tues. night dinner

This was our last Tues. night dinner and I won't be sharing the recipe because it wasn't' that good and was a lot of work. It was called "Crab-stuffed shells with parmesan cream cheese sauce". The sauce was good and maybe if you used chunks of crab instead the canned it called for it may have been better but as is we could tell we were eating any crab just sauce.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tues. night dinner

I used recipes from Mari a fellow blogger for this nights dinner.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken
4 chicken breast cut in thirds (I used only two)
Bacon slices
garlic powder
Chili powder
brown sugar
Cut each breast into three pieces, season all the chicken with all the spices then wrap a bacon slice around each piece and roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish. Add two or three tbl. olive oil to pan and bake a 400 degrees for 30 to 40 min. or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy.

Redskin Mashed Potatoes
3 pounds small redskin potatoes
4 oz. cream cheese
4 tbs. butter
seasoned salt and pepper to taste

Wash and half the potatoes, boil until tender. Drain and place back into pan on stove. Turn stove on to low heat to steam off any remaining water. Add cream cheese and butter. turn heat off, and mash by hand with a potato masher, leaving skin on potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Served with homemade green beans. It was yummy.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

Today is my hubby and I's 51st wedding anniversary!
I wanted to do something different so what did we do???

Went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride! and trust me, the hardest part was getting these two fat people in and out of the basket hahahah.

one of our fellow ballooners.

Phoenix gets our water from the Colo. river and it travels via the canal. This runs clear to Tucson.

Our shadow on the mountain
The basket laid on its side. The pilot in the front with four propane tanks which he switches out in flight and three people on each side in the back. Climbing in when upright is accomplished by those foot holes you see in the back but it is still a big stretch down. We landed like this and crawled out.
I leave you with a little video...
It was indeed different and so glad we were able to do it.....

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Risotto
2 beef tenderloin steaks
3 tbl. Kraft Sun Dried Tomato vinaigrette dressing (I could only find sundried tomato dressing)
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
1 small carrot, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 cup instant white rice, uncooked
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs. Dijon mustard

Cook steak in part butter and part olive oil in skillet on med. heat 10 to 13 min. on each side or until done to your liking. (Note: I tenderized these and pounded them out so not to be so thick and sprinkles them with garlic powder)
Meanwhile, cook veg. in dressing in a large pan 5 to 7 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; cover, Remove from heat and let stand for 5 min.
Served with a Asian salad and delicious!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A day at the hospital

As most of you know I have started volunteering at a local hospital in ICU and basically my job is to greet people when they come in and get the name of the person they are wanting to visit and then contact the nurse to be sure it is okay for them to come back to visit and then let them in. We are given a list with the names of the patients and nurses but sometimes there will be a notification of NINP which means "no information, no patient" and that is easy you simply have no information of that person but it gets real tricky when on top of that notification they give a password to be used to see the patient. So basically you are suppose to sit there waiting to see if the visitor will give you the password because you can't ask for it because that would affirm the patient is there. Just a little sticky... Yesterday a code gray came over the loudspeaker and that means there is a combative person, in just a few minutes there were lots of cops and a k9 coming though the elevator and a very short time later they all left with the problem solved. I find that comforting. You see so many different people, young and old and many going through such a hard time with loved ones so sick or so seriously injured. The hospital is a trauma 1 so many come there for care.  

Monday, May 14, 2018


Our pool is 27 years old and it is covered in pepple tec which was only warranted for 10 years. We are having it resurfaced.

I think we got our money's worth.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tues. night dinners

Made this old recipe:
Chicken Breast Geneva
2 tbs. butter
1/4 cup veg. oil
2 stalks celery, cut into thin 2 inch strips
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin, 2 inch strips
1 med. yellow onion, finely chopped
2 slices boiled ham, cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 whole chicken breast cut in half
2 thin slices Swiss cheese
Melt 2 tbls oil and 2 tbls butter over med. heat and add celery, carrots, onion and ham. Lower heat and cover and cook for 10 min. stirring occasionally. (the vegetables should not brown.) Meanwhile, blend the salt, pepper and flour in a small bowl.
Remove the contents from the skillet and set aside, and in the same skillet heat the remaining butter and oil. Coat chicken breast with the flour. Place in skillet and brown for 3 min. on each side.
Arrange the chicken halves on a aluminum-foil-lined baking pan, and top with the veg-ham mixture and then with a slice of cheese. Broil just until the cheese melts. Serves two

Also tried a new asparagus recipe which we did not care for and ended up washing off the sauce and eating them plain and had a bowl of fruit salad to round it off.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dress a Girl around the World

  If you have followed my blog you know that I have knitted for charity for a long time and continue to do so but the other day I got to thinking about the pictures I have seen of the pillowcase dresses they make for children in Africa and so I googled that. To my great surprise there is this very large organization  called Dress a girl around the world and they have many ambassadors/group leaders all over the U.S.  and even internationally. I checked it out and there was only one ambassador for the state of Arizona and they were meeting within miles of my home at a local church for their once a month work/serve day. This is what was said on the facebook site: The Phoenix DAG group meets once a month to sew, sort and size dresses. We have fun and good fellowship while working together and a yummy potluck lunch is always shared. New friends are welcome, check out the Facebook page: Dress A Girl Around The World – Phoenix for details of our next Serve Day.  A goal for 2018 is to start sewing classes at the Phoenix Dream Center, teaching the residents there how to make dresses for DAG, please pray for this project as we look ahead to next year! Well it sparked my interest so I fixed a salad and went to the meeting. I can't tell you how amazing this was. There were at least 20 women all in my age group and all simply wanting to bless someone. I sorted, bagged and packed more pretty dresses than I could count. If you go to the face book page above you will see pictures of the work day and I will share one that included me at a serger machine ( I am on the right) and look at the pile of dresses in front of us waiting to be sewed. I think I have found a new heart place.
 If you go to the main web site you can find out more about it and how many lives have been touched through this  ministry. They hand deliver all these dresses around the world and who knows maybe I will be able to go on one of those trips one day.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Tasty Pork Ragout
1/2 lb. pork loin, cubed
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crumbled
2 tbl.  butter or margarine
Salt and pepper
1 bouillon cube
1/2 cup water
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup sliced carrots (note: I used frozen)
1 cup hot cooked rice
Brown pork with onion, garlic and rosemary in butter. Season with salt and pepper. Dissolve bouillon cube in water, stir and add to pork mixture. Cover and simmer 15 min. Add cauliflower and carrots and cook another 20 min. or until tender. Serve over rice. (Note: my hubby likes it all mixed together so that is the way I served it)

Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach, washed and torn
2 large fresh mushroom sliced
2 green onions or finely chopped reg. onion
Chopped celery
1/4 cup Catalina salad dressing

Place spinach on  plate, top with veg. and pour dressing over all.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

We went to Texas

Our kids moved to Texas so last week we went for our first visit. I LOVED it. They live in a small town called Brenham and it is so cute. They have rented a house for now until they get their bearings but oh what a special house it is and especially once my kids take over. It is a older home with wood floors and set back in a wooded area off the road, here are a few pictures...
 Looking in from the front street

 The porch that wraps around the side of the house.

Big tree in front of the house

 Looking from the kitchen into the living room (check out all the old wood work).

Pretty d├ęcor in our guest bedroom...
and the best part is that these three live here! I have always been a little scared of my Granddog but while I was there, we bonded....
He really is a sweet guy but just doesn't really know how big he is.....
We stayed with them Thurs - Sunday and then went on a little road trip before heading back home. We spent the night in Boerne, Texas (note this is not pronounced Bor ene like I thought but is pronounced Bernie!) Stayed at Ye Kendall Inn that was built in 1859 and they had two life size statures that were just beautiful...Here is my favorite
It is called (The dance) and is 7 2/3 ft. tall. James N. Muir is the creator and it turns.

Look who we saw at the Austin airport of our way home...Not a job for sissy's.
It was a great trip and so glad we were able to go.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tues night dinners

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Whirl Wind

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

Monday, April 2, 2018


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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tues. night dinner

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

Monday, March 26, 2018


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

Thursday, March 22, 2018


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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The true meaning of Saint Patricks Day

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tues. night dinner catch up

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

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

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

 orange slices round it out.