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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tues night dinner

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with pan Gravy
For the chicken:
4 chicken breasts ( two chicken breasts cut in half)
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated or shredded is fine)
1/2 tsp. EACH - garlic powder, pepper
1 egg
3 tbls. milk
3 tbls. olive oil

For the gravy:
3 tbls. flour and 1/2 tsp. EACH - salt, pepper mixed together
3 tbls. butter
1 large garlic clove (chopped fine)
14 ounce can chicken broth

Be sure the chicken breast are evenly thin so they can cook evenly.
On a plate combine the dry ingredients and mix well. In a bowl combine the egg and milk and whisk them together.

Heat the oil in a frying pan as you are preparing the chicken.
Dip first in the egg mixture and then in the dry mixture.
Cook in hot oil 5-6 min. per side or until done. Set on paper towels or in a warm over while making the gravy.

Pour any excess oil out and add the butter and garlic and cook over med. heat.
Once the butter is melted add the flour and stir together until it makes a paste. Cook for about 2 min. and then add you chicken broth stirring till it thickens.

Served with homemade mashed potatoes, chicken dressing (from the freezer) and peas.
It is a keeper....

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Something new

First day as a volunteer at one of my local hospitals.

Update: I am volunteering in the ICU so not so much fun but needed.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tues. night dinner Marathon

Easy Pork Tetazzini (for two) cooked in the toaster oven
1/2 pound ground pork
1 3oz. package softened cream cheese
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash pepper
2/3 cup boiling water
2 ounces uncooked spaghetti broken into 1 to 2 inch lengths
In a small skillet cook the ground pork till brown; drain well. In a small bowl combine the softened cream cheese and milk till smooth. Stir in the chopped green onion, half  of the grated parmesan cheese, the salt, nutmeg and pepper. Gradually stir in the boiling water. Stir in pork and uncooked spaghetti. Turn into two 10 or 12 ounce casseroles.
Cover and bake in a 350 oven about 1 hour stirring twice. Uncover dishes and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan  cheese.

I served this with summer slaw from the Deli.

Baked Cod with toasted almonds
1 lb. cod
1/4 cup silvered almonds
1 tbs. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lime juice
2 tbs. butter
Rinse fish under cold running water and pat dry. Toast silvered almonds in a dry skillet over med. heat, stirring constantly until golden brown. In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs and paprika. Mix well. Coat oven pan lightly with vegetable spray. Place fish on pan and drizzle with the lemon and lime juice. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Scatter silvered almonds on top of fish and dot with small pieces of the butter. Bake in preheated 400 toaster over for 8 min. or until fish is opaque.

Serves 2
I served this with fried pot. and onions.

And now for the current dinner served last night. Let me say that this is one of those recipes that you need to get all the ingredients together before you start and it also is not a cheap dinner but is sure was good.

Creamed Spinach Tortellini with Seasoned Shrimp
1 lb. cheese tortellini cooked and drained
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cup half and half (I used fat free)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup finely chopped smoked Gouda cheese (I bought two slices from the Deli)
16 oz. bag of spinach

1 lb. med large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Rinse and drain shrimp and then mixed the seasonings and olive oil together in a bowl and set aside until you are about half way through making the sauce below and then place all in a pan over med. heat and cook on both sides until just done.

In a large skillet over med. heat melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about a minute. Turn up the heat a little and stir in the half and half a little bit at a time until all thickened. Stir in all the other ingredients except the tortellini and stir until all the cheeses are melted and the spinach has begun to wilt slightly. Add the cooked tortellini and mixed until well covered.

Serve in a large bowl topping it with the cooked shrimp.
This serves 4

I served it with a fruit salad from the deli.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Did you know

Mail Pouch Barns

In the heyday of barn advertising (around 1900-1940) many companies paid farmers to use their barns as roadside ads, with other tobacco products (such as "Beech Nut" tobacco) and local feed and grain stores being the most common, but Mail Pouch was the only product advertised in so widespread and consistent a manner in this fashion.

Initially, barn owners were paid between $1 and $2 a year for the advertisement, equivalent in 1913 dollars to about $20–$40 today, but more importantly, they received a much desired fresh coat of paint to preserve the integrity of the wood. Mail Pouch painted their message on one or two sides of the barn (depending on viewability from the roadway) and painted the other sides of the barn any color the owner wished. Many of the barns were repainted every few years to maintain the sharp colors of the lettering.

In 1992, the owner of Mail Pouch Tobacco at the time, Swisher International Group, decided to suspend the use of barn advertisements when Warrick retired

Few are left standing today.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year from my family to yours

Granddaughter, Hubby, Grandson, Daughter, Son-in-law and me.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tues. night dinner

Oven-baked Ranch Chicken Tenders
Serves 3-4
1 pkg. chicken tenders
1 cup ranch dressing
1 tbl. milk
1 cup bisquick
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

In zippered bag pour in ranch dressing and milk. Add in the chicken tenders. Zip up the bag and squeeze out excess air and massage until all chicken is covered. Allow to marinate for 15 to 30 min.
Preheat oven and line large baking pan with foil (spray with no stick spray or drizzle with 2 tbl. oil) This is very important to keep them from sticking.
In a large zippered bag mix all the other ingredients, add chicken and shake till all are covered.
Place chicken on baking pan not touching each other and drizzle another 2 tbl. oil over all.
Bake for 8 to 10 min. then carefully flip and bake for another 9-10 min.

I served these with ranch beans and a little salad of tomato  and cucumber.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas gift

Loving this little Christmas gift. I have never had these kind of salt and pepper shakers and have discovered how easy it is to get salt and pepper out of them for recipes by just unscrewing the lids.

Uplifting Wed. 44

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

May the light of Christmas be yours all year long..........

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tues. night dinners (catch up)

I am determined to get these caught up!

                                                  Dan's Peppery London Broil
1 beef flank steak (about 3/4 lb.)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Wish a meat fork, poke holes in both sides of meat. Make a paste with the garlic, salt and red pepper flakes and rub over both sides of steak. Place the steak in a resalable gallon-size plastic bag. Add Worcestershire sauce and close bag. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours turning once. Remove meat and discard marinade. Broil or grill until meat reaches desired doneness, about 4-5 min. on each side. To serve, slice thinly across the grain. Yield: 2 servings.
Note: This is normally eaten on the rare side.

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

3 med. tomatoes or cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 med. cucumbers
1/2 med. onion
1 large garlic clove
3 Tbl. mayo
3 Tbl. sour cream
1/8 tsp. pepper
Cut the tomatoes into 1" pieces, cut the cucumbers in half and slice and thinly slice the 1/2 onion.
Place in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Mix the dressing into the vegetables. Add salt to taste just before serving.
Note: I used plain yogurt instead of the sour cream because it was cheaper to buy and it did fine.

                                                             Hoppin John
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 can Italian style stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup rice
1 1/4 cups water
Mix all ingredients in saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 min. Let stand covered 5 min.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Recently a friend brought me a bouquet of flowers and they were so interesting...

 There were these daisies but it seemed they were green in the middle and then turned this how they grow? Also there were some with glitter on the leaves and I assume that was something they were sprayed or sprinkled with.
I have no idea what kind of flower this was (this is one plant) but this was one like it budding...

 This was most unusual and never opened up.

Anyone know anything about these plants? I enjoyed seeing them.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tues. night dinners (catch up)

Hungarian short ribs
2 to 3 Tbl. oil
4 lb. bone in beef short ribs
2 med. onions sliced
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/4 cup packed sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
Cooked wide egg noodles
Brown ribs on all sides in oil. Add onions; cook until tender. Combine all remaining ingredients except noodles; pour over ribs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Thicken gravy if desired and serve over noodles.

Note: The sauce is delicious but the ribs were fatty so if I was to fix this again I think I would just use stew meat and forget the bones and fat:)

Never know

Here in Arizona you never really know what to expect with our weather. Here is a picture from my office chair on Dec. 1
 (blurry because of the screen) and it was nearly 80. Here it is just four days later and it is barely 70 and we all are looking for our sweaters.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tues. night dinners

Well I am so far behind that I don't know which dinner I fixed when so I will just post them as they come back to me:)

Spaghetti Bolognese
Bacon bits
Olive oil
Onions, diced -1
Celery stalks, dices-2
Garlic-2-3 cloves
Dried basil -2 tsp.
Dried oregano-2 tsp.
Dices tomatoes, canned-2x14oz.
Small can tomato sauce
Ground beef-2lb.
Handful of fresh mushrooms halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Note: I chopped the veg. large and not diced small
In frying pan sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bacon bits and hamb. in small amount of the olive oil and cook for about 5 min.
Pour in canned tomatoes and ground beef and tomato sauce and one can water. Add salt and pepper and sprinkle in the oregano and basil. Bring to a boil and then cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms about 30 min. before done.
Serve over cooked spaghetti.
Note: I am not a big sauce fan so this hits the mark for me.

Cheese Bread
I Italian-style roll (6 inches)
1 Tb. butter melted
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tb. grated parmesan cheese
Cut roll in diagonal slices. Combine butter, garlic and cheese and spread on cut sides of roll. Broil 4 inches from heat 2-3 min.
Serves two

Buy grapes when in season and freeze in single layer, then put in freezer bags. They are delicious and if you are a red wine drinker add some to your glass...yummy.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Castle Hot Springs

This is one of my favorite places to go so I am going to first tell you about the place and then about our little jaunt there last Sunday. This is a copy of a recent magazine.


Castle Hot Springs Resort, as seen in the March 1974 issue of Arizona Highways.
Tucked away in the shadow of the rugged Bradshaw Mountains, not far from Lake Pleasant, Castle Hot Springs once boasted a dazzling guest list — from Rockefellers to Carnegies to a Kennedy. Yet for 40 years, the resort sat empty, frequented only by a caretaker and countless owners whose grand plans for the site fizzled.
The place boasts the kind of rugged beauty that can’t be found at urban resorts. It’s an oasis — a canola-yellow mansion in the mountains, surrounded by natural hot springs, fruit trees and hiking trails. But it sits at the end of a rough, rocky road that Arizona’s official historian calls “not really passable, and not even jackass-able” after heavy rainfall. It endured fires and floods after it opened in 1896; after a 1976 blaze, it closed to the public. It had been maintained by ASU for years and of course no one could get inside but apparently some local business partners are going to endeavor to revive this first Arizona resort and bought the property for $1.95 million at a online auction in 2014. There have been many people that have tried to accomplish this for over 40 years and trust me if it happens I will be first in line. The original drawn guests traveled on private Burlington Northern Santa Fe train cars, hopping off at the Morristown station and climbing onto stagecoaches that transported them to the resort. where guests enjoyed accommodations that included swimming, golf, hiking, horseback-riding and tennis — and, naturally, Arizona’s beautiful weather.
Today, only a few structures remain. Fires claimed the Palm House and the Wrigley Building (named after another famous family that stayed there). The bright-yellow Kennedy Building still stands although mostly gutted. The second floor of the yellow building — referred to as the Kennedy Building, after future President John F. Kennedy, who recuperated there after World War II — once served as a greeting and check-in area for guests. It’s gutted now, but there are a few historical gems that remain, including a telephone booth that reportedly housed the phone with Arizona’s first telephone number: 1.Here are a few pictures from the past...

For more information you can go here

Now here are some pictures of our little jaunt there...

Rough dirt road but look at all the mailboxes!!
 How about these wild donkeys..

You can see the palm trees and the yellow house here.
 Just another abandoned house along the way and
 more palm trees...
This is not a mirage but is Lake Pleasant. A man made lake.
The real problem with restoring Castle Hot springs  is the getting there. The road is very rough and all dirt. Someone said they studied building a cable car from Lake Pleasant but that doesn't sound very feasible either.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tues. dinners

Chicken with mushroom sauce
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup milk

2 boneless chicken breast
1 tbl. olive oil
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 tbl. butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and milk until smooth, set aside. Flatten chicken to 1/4 in thickness. In a large nonstick skillet, cook chicken in oil over med. heat for 5-6 min. Remove and keep warm.
In the same skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir cornstarch mixture into the pan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened.

The chicken was a bit flat so should maybe add some seasoning to it before cooking it. Loved the sauce and think it would be great over a steak!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tues. night dinner

I am so far behind on this posting that I can't remember when I cooked what lol....

One night I fixed baked cod with a very easy recipe. Wash and dry fish and simply rub some soy sauce over the fish and sprinkle with veg. seasoning. Bake at 350 for 12 to 14 min.
but the real hit was the Creamy orzo with asparagus & parmesan
1 cup orzo
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Cook orzo in boiling water until tender, about 10 min. After the orzo has been cooking for about 5 min. add the asparagus to the same pot and continue to cook until all is tender. Drain off the water and quickly add the parmesan cheese and butter. Stir thoroughly, allowing both the cheese and butter to melt. Slowly add the cream to the mixture, while stirring. Continue to stir and add the cream until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

The carrot salad was from the deli:)