Friday, April 16, 2021

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Italian Dressing and Extra Garlic

Much like corn on the cob in summer, I do try to eat asparagus often in the springtime. This Oven Roasted Asparagus with Italian Dressing and Extra Garlic was super simple and very tasty! Cooking it on a disposable pan made clean-up pretty easy too:@) Nothing exact or ground breaking here, coat with your favorite salad dressing and toss in some fresh garlic. Healthy, hearty ~and~ a very nice side dish.

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Italian Dressing and Extra Garlic
  1. Drizzle asparagus with Italian dressing, just enough to coat it.
  2. Add slivered or minced garlic, as much as you'd like... You know your crowd:@) I added one clove of garlic for about 7 spears of asparagus. I do think slivered garlic would make a prettier presentation.
  3. Roast in 425 degree oven for 7 minutes, stir, return to oven for 5-7 minutes longer or until desired doneness.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese (the kind in the can).
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, April 12, 2021

Mexican Brownies -From Doctored Mix, Cinco de Mayo

If you're looking for the easiest snack or dessert for Cinco de Mayo, these Mexican Brownies will fit the bill! I simply added some cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a Dollar Store 8x8 pan brownie mix. The flavors are subtle, nothing really overpowering, chocolatey goodness with a hint of cinnamon, and just the slightest background heat... They really are different and I think these might just become a part of our May 5th dinner going forward:@)
I picked up a ~huge~ 11oz jar of Wilton sprinkles after Christmas at Walmart for 50¢,
the red, green and white is perfect for Cinco de Mayo too!

Mexican Brownies
One 8x8 pan brownie mix, plus ingredients on package
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Mix everything, pour into 8x8 pan with greased bottom.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 26-28 minutes or until done.
  3. Cool, cut and enjoy!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday ReView: Small Batch Strawberry/Banana Jam & Thrift Store Props for Barbie

I wanted to feature something with strawberries today and ended up doing a blog search for Small Batch Jam. Several tasty (and thrifty) options popped up, but this Strawberry/Banana Jam was what I was really looking for:@) It's a flavor combination you really don't expect in jam, and a nice way to use up an over ripe banana and couple handfuls of strawberries... This is a great jam, and one I' m sure the kids would all love!

And Barbie just wants to send a little reminder that,
This scooter was only $1.
As with anything, timing is everything, but it never hurts to look:@)

Looks like this weekend will be a washout here in Philly.
But, you know what they say,
April showers...
🌼Have a great weekend everyone-enjoy:@)

Friday, April 9, 2021

Inspirational Friday

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Orange Marmalade Meatball Appetizer -Little Dipper Crock Pot or Larger Slow Cooker

These Orange Marmalade Meatballs are sweet and tangy with a big citrus flavor! This is a very nice appy that only calls for a few ingredients, and frozen meatballs and a slow cooker make it even that much easier:@) The only thing I might do differently next time is, as the marmalade heats up it gets thin... I might add 1/2 tsp or so of corn starch to try to help thicken it up a bit. I'll list my Little Dipper Crock Pot recipe below, you can click the original link for the full recipe version. Don't hesitate to give this a try folks, we all thought these meatballs were great!

Little Dipper Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs-adapted from Funny Is Family
7 oz frozen meatballs
1/2 C orange marmalade
2 Tblsp ketchup
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp garlic powder
few grinds black pepper
  1. Mix everything except meatballs in vessel of Little Dipper.
  2. Add meatballs, stir to coat.
  3. Place paper towels under lid, cook for 2-3 hours or until meatballs are heated through.
Enjoy a snack and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Everything Deviled Eggs

If you have a few extra hard boiled eggs (and I'm guessing you might right now:@), these Everything Deviled Eggs are a different twist on an old favorite. The idea would also be fun to tuck away for Mother's Day brunch. The recipe comes from the seasonal magazine Ma gets from her Giant Food Store. The topping adds a little bite and crunch, and it does get sprinkled on right before serving. These eggs are best sprinkled with the topping and eaten the same day.
Recipe easily scaled down.

Everything Deviled Eggs-from Giant Savory Magazine
12 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
2 green onions, very finely minced
1/4 C mayonnaise
2 Tblsp sweet pickle relish
1 Tblsp Dijon mustard
S&P to taste-I suggest your favorite seasoned salt with paprika, I used Lawry's

Topping, mix in small bowl:
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp dried minced onion
  1. Cut Eggs in half lengthwise, pop yolks into bowl.
  2. Mash yolks, stir in everything else except topping.
  3. Fill whites with yolk mixture.
  4. Right before serving, sprinkle eggs with topping.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Saturday ReView: Grilled Easter Dinner, Barbie Plastic Egg Crafts & New Garden Gnome

By Easter in Philly, we are all ready for some nicer weather and to start grilling out again. I've changed our Easter ham from being made in the oven, to thick ham steaks on the grill... Boy this makes a nice meal folks! Add some potato salad, deviled eggs (of course:@), a nice glaze for the ham, and dinner is served.

And I'll leave you with...
I stopped by the garden center and they had some of these fun cement Rodeo Gnomes-
He's riding a pig!!!
Ha, had to get one, he just makes me smile:@)

🐰Happy Easter Weekend Everyone-enjoy:@)

Friday, April 2, 2021

Inspirational Friday


Thank you for stopping by...
Have a great Easter Weekend:@)


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