Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday ReView: Clover Deviled Eggs and DIY Barbie St. Patrick's Day Projects

How about making some Clover Deviled Eggs to add to your St. Patrick's Day fun this year! They only require a little green food coloring and a star or shell icing tip. Use your favorite recipe for the filling, this is really all about the presentation:@)

And Barbie likes to have some St. Patrick's Day fun too!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day planning and have a great weekend:@)

Friday, March 5, 2021

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@) 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Busy Day Slow Cooker Dry White Bean Soup with Ham

I'm still trying to use my Crock Pot(s) more and decided to toss a quick Slow Cooker White Bean Soup together one day before leaving for work. It was nice and easy (the most involved part was cutting up a carrot and stalk of celery), and I have to say, it turned out pretty good:@) There are a million recipes out there, I'll just list what worked for me. As with most things, I made a half batch, you can simply double the recipe below for a regular amount of soup. Nothing gourmet, but this was a hearty, nourishing, cold weather meal!

Note about cooking time: I had some 100 year old beans in the closet, I used mostly great northern and topped it off with navy beans. I did not soak mine and did not lift the lid for at least 8 hours. Gave them a stir at that point and they needed another hour of cooking time. Bottom line: Beans will take longer to cook the older they are...

Easy Slow Cooker White Bean Soup with Ham
1 C dry great northern or navy beans, picked through and rinsed-I didn't soak mine
4 C water
1 1/2 tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon
Heaping 1 Tblsp dry minced onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1 large carrot, chunky diced
1 large stalk celery, chunky diced
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp dry thyme
Cooked ham, diced, as much as desired added at end, just heat through
14.5 oz can diced tomato with juice
Couple handfuls of frozen chopped spinach
Additional garlic powder and onion powder and Chicken Better Than Bouillon as desired
Small splash vinegar or lemon juice-I used red wine vinegar this time

  1. Add everything up to and including thyme to vessel of 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low 8 hours ~or~ until beans are soft.
  3. Stir, add ham, tomatoes and spinach, taste, add a little more garlic/onion powder and Chicken Better Than Bouillon if desired to taste.
  4. Heat thorough, maybe 30 minutes. Add small splash of vinegar and serve.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, March 1, 2021

Red Cabbage Slaw with Apples in an Orange Dressing

This Red Cabbage Slaw with Apples tossed in an Orange Dressing not only got a big thumbs up, but the words "refreshing, and reminds me of summer" were even tossed around during Sunday dinner at the end of February. While I did question the word summer... This is truly a vibrantly colored, crunchy, fresh, and healthy salad. Now, I've tried a lot of recipes for my coleslaw series here on the blog, but I have to say, this one gets my darn good label! Be sure to use the fresh parsley, it's key... Don't hesitate to give it a try folks, it might just become a favorite of yours too:@)
This is one of those salads that's best made and eaten the same day.

Red Cabbage Slaw with Apples in an Orange Dressing-from Spend with Pennies
4 C shredded red cabbage
3 carrots, shredded
1 apple, julienned
2 Tblsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tblsp orange juice
2 Tblsp vegetable oil
1 Tblsp sugar
1 Tblsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
S&P to taste
  1. Mix everything well (I put it all in a Lock-N-Lock and gave it a few good shakes and kept flipping the bowl).
  2. Let mingle in fridge for an hour before serving.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Inspirational Friday

 


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Any Day (No Clean-Up) Slow Cooker Stuffing -Vegetarian Option

I've been trying to come up with a Slow Cooker Stuffing that I was happy with, and to date that has been challenging... But I think I've cracked the code:@) I'll share what I did but please note, I did use a bag of frozen seasoning vegetables, not fresh veggies, so I really can't share measurements for fresh. The idea here is, everything gets mixed right in a Crock Pot liner and cooks on low for 3-4 hours. This is a very basic stuffing that would go well with everything from turkey, to chicken, to pork, to ham for Easter dinner... So don't hesitate to give it a try folks, but like me, you may need to do a little experimenting before you come up with what works best for you (and the slow cooker you have).

I found that using a store bought bag of stuffing cubes worked better than drying my own for Crock Pot stuffing. 
Also, since slow cookers create condensation, and frozen veggies give off more liquid, 
I didn't add a whole lot of broth. 
Pillsbury (my starting point) calls for a 3-4 quart slow cooker, I used my 2 1/2 quart oval casserole with no problem.
This would be a nice stuffing to add some cooked Jimmy Dean Sausage if desired.
The veggies I used:
The best tip: Pillsbury suggests that if you want slow cooker stuffing a little moister, 
sprinkle with extra chicken broth ~after~ cooking. 

Any Day Slow Cooker Stuffing
12 oz bag dried stuffing cubes-I used Pepperidge Farm herb cubes
10 oz bag frozen seasoning blend vegetables-onion, celery, bell peppers and parsley
1 C chicken broth-can use vegetable broth for vegetarian
2 Tblsp or up to 1/4 C butter, softened or melted-I used 2 Tblsp, you know your crowd:@)
1 tsp poultry seasoning
3/4 tsp celery salt
few hearty grinds black pepper
  1. I literally added everything to the liner bag and gently smooshed it around to mix well.
  2. Add bag to Crock Pot, cover with lid, set to low for 3-4 hours. I checked it after two hours, and gave it a gentle stir so the browned crispy sides would be a little distributed.
  3. Called it dinner around 4 hours, there is wiggle room in the timing. I also did not need to add extra liquid.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, February 22, 2021

Ham, Frozen Vegetable and Cheese Casserole -Small Batch

I cut this recipe for Ham, Vegetable and Cheese Casserole in half, and that was more than enough for two hearty appetites or three to four smaller servings. You'll notice it doesn't call for any noodles, rice, potatoes or other starchy ingredient (other than flour). I'm guessing this is low carb if you use an alternative thickener? I wanted to make it as is to see how much sauce it made to see if I could add some cooked noodles... There wouldn't be enough as written. So I just suggest serving over noodles or enjoying this nice easy meal (that's great for leftover ham) as is, and pass the bread around:@)

My only change was to crush some crackers for the topping instead of using breadcrumbs and butter.
Oh, and I did add a couple shakes of paprika to the sauce...

Ham, Frozen Vegetable & Cheese Casserole-from Taste of Home
Half Batch recipe:
16oz frozen vegetables-I used California Mix, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
1 Tblsp butter
1 Tblsp flour
3/4 C milk
1/4 C + 1/8 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 C parmesan cheese
3/4-1 C chopped, fully cooked ham-can add more if desired
1/8 tsp black pepper
few shakes paprika if desired
6-8 crushed Ritz crackers for topping-I used whole wheat crackers
  1. Cook veggies per package directions-I suggest trying to keep them al dente and letting them drain on a clean dish towel while making the sauce. (Example: My microwave is 1100 watts, I cooked the steam in bag veggies for 3 minutes. Cut a slit in the top of the bag, and then after a couple minutes scooped them onto the dish towel. I wanted to remove the excess liquid.)
  2. Melt butter in 10" skillet, add flour, stir and cook for a minute.
  3. Add milk, whisk until bubbly and thickened.
  4. Add pepper, paprika if using and cheeses, melt to combine.
  5. Stir in vegetables and meat. 
  6. Pour into sprayed 1-1 1/4 quart casserole. 
  7. Top with crushed crackers.
  8. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday ReView: Bread Machine Carrot Onion Dill Bread & Ruffled High Waist Barbie Skirt Free Pattern

Are you looking for a new bread machine recipe to try? This Carrot Onion Dill Bread is bursting with flavor and has the added bonus of being very pretty too! I've made this several times (and it may be on the menu for dinner tomorrow:@) and we all really love it. Poppy seeds are a great addition too, if you have some. You can click the link for a traditional recipe to bake in the oven as well.

And over on the Barbie blog...
Well, what can we say other than, it's been cold, snowy, icy and just waaaay to wintery recently!
Why not stay in and sew some doll clothes:@)
Only four seams and you can make it as long as desired (or your scrap fabric allows).

Make something just for fun, stay warm, and have a great weekend:@)

Friday, February 19, 2021

Inspirational Friday


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