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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The true meaning of Saint Patricks Day

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tues. night dinner catch up

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

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

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

 orange slices round it out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Sharing the morning sunrise from my house to yours:)

Saturday, March 3, 2018


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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Tues. night dinner

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

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

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Uplifting Wed.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Big Ben

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tues. night dinner

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Double surprise

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

Oh to be 49 again...haha

Monday, February 12, 2018

A sweet reminder

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tues. night dinner

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Roof fell off

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tues. night dinner

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Hubby and I sing karaoke every Monday night and recently I chose this song because I so love the words....Here is a little bit of it....... It is sung by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

When I get where I'm going
On the far side of the sky.
The first thing that I'm going to do is spread my wings and fly.
I'm going to land beside a lion
and run my fingers through his mane.
Or I might find out, what it's like to ride a drop of rain.

Yea when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years.
I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear.
Yea when I get where I'm going
don't cry for me down here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Old fashion hamburger goulash, cucumber and tomato and a glass of wine.

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.