Monday, October 22, 2018

Broccoli Casserole

I had never liked broccoli casserole until a friend of mine made this one a few years ago. Now I LOVE broccoli casserole. This is so simple to make but it's very good.
3 heads of broccoli
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
6 oz.  French Onions
1 cup Swiss cheese
Steam the broccoli for about 4 minutes. Drain.
Place in the bottom of a greased 7x11 baking dish.
Spread half of the French onions over top.
Mix the soup and milk, then pour over top.
Sprinkle with the cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Add the remaining French onions and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Really Good Homemade BBQ Sauce


I love finding recipes that taste better than the store bought stuff. I have tried several homemade BBQ sauces, but this one is the best. We liked it so good we made some extra to keep in the refrigerator and grilled with it 2 weeks in a row.  It's not overly sweet and has just enough spice for me.  It's simple to make and only takes a few minutes. I love a lot of Pioneer Woman's recipes and this is one of hers.

15 oz. tomato sauce
2/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
2 TBS Dijon mustard
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix all together in a saucepan and simmer 12 minutes.
Will keep in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hacksaw Ridge

We watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and it's great. Based on a true story of a simple man who simply did what God told him to. He held to his convictions, even in the face of others being mean to him and trying to get him to give up.  But just as God always does, if we don't give up or give in to what  everyone is trying to get us to do or how we feel we want to do many times, God does the impossible in our lives and uses us in ways we could never imagine. This is a very encouraging story to all who put their trust in God and follow his ways in spite of all the controversy.

Monday, August 13, 2018

So Good Chicken Marinade

We tried this marinade this past weekend and it was SO good!! The taste is perfect and I won't be changing anything about it. I got it from here and this is her picture.  This is exactly the way ours looked when we pulled it off the grill.

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 TBS  Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1- 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl except the olive oil
    2. Drizzle in oil very slowly while whisking quickly
    3. Put the chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour between 1/2 ~ 3/4 of the marinade over it.
    4. Put the chicken in the fridge and marinate at least 2 hours
    5. Grill chicken over med/high heat and cook until juices run clear.

    Friday, August 3, 2018

    Best Croutons

    I have never cared for croutons because they are just so plain tasting, but that was until I tried this recipe!! Of course I love a LOT of Pioneer Woman's recipes and this is her picture of her croutons. When she said her husband said that there was finally a crouton worth eating, I knew I had to try it. I was preparing salad stuff for a large gathering and decided this would be a good time to try these out.  The kitchen smelled so good while they were baking and after they came out and we tried them, we all agreed this was a keeper. Full of flavor and crispy I used one of those $1.00 French loaves from Wal-Mart and it made 12 cups of croutons.  I cut my bread up and then mixed the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl and poured over the bread cubes.  She also has instructions for the skillet method, but I only did them in the oven.
    • 3 cups Day Old Sourdough Bread (French loaf)
    • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
    • 3 TBS  Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1/4 tsp.  Garlic Powder
    • 1/4 tsp.  Salt
    • Black Pepper To Taste
    Makes 3 cups croutons.

    For oven method croutons:
    Preheat the oven to 375ยบ F.

    In a large bowl, combine the bread, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss well to distribute the ingredients.

    Spread the bread cubes out on a sheet pan, giving them plenty of space in between. Bake the bread cubes for about 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown and crisp. Keep in mind that the staler and older the bread, the quicker it will brown, so color is a good indication of when it’s done.

    Remove the croutons from the oven, and enjoy!

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    Art With a Purpose


    You can go into a doctor's office or business and see a lot of different things hanging on their walls and many times you are left to wonder, what does it mean??   But Jon McNaughton does not create that kind of art.  His paintings have a message and they are much needed messages. It's amazing to see the detail he puts into his work and the thought.  The above picture is his latest painting that was just released July 30th.
    If you sign up for his newsletters, you get a free download of his book, that has the story of how he got started and paintings, telling what every thing means in them.

    Friday, July 6, 2018

    Copycat Recipe for Thousand Island Dressing

    My hubby likes Thousand Island Dressing and I like to find homemade recipes that tastes just as good, if not better. This is one of those recipes.  It's easy to make up and all the ingredients are things I have in the kitchen.

    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 TBS ketchup
    1 TBS white vinegar
    2 tsp. sugar
    2 tsp. sweet pickle relish
    1 tsp. onion, finely diced
    1/8 tsp. salt
    dash pepper

    Mix all together and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Mason Jar Cap

    My hubby is a bee keeper and he just extracted our honey last week.  We always put some jars up that are just for gift giving.  I found this cute fabric with bees on it and made some little caps for my jars. They are so cute and easy to make.

    For a regular mouth jar cut a 6 inch circle.
    For a wide mouth jar cut a 7 inch circle.
    Sew the lace around the edge.
    Using 1/8th inch wide elastic, cut a piece 8 inches long.
    Starting 3/4 inch from the edge, make a stitch and then backspace to hold the elastic in place.
    Change to a zig zag stitch and stretch the elastic as you sew all around the edge of the topper.

    Monday, May 21, 2018

    Long John Silver's Copycat Battered Chicken

    I used to LOVE going to Long John Silver's for their fish because I LOVED the batter.  I haven't been in many years, but last week I saw a copycat recipe for the batter and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.  This tastes just like Long John Silver's!!  I read the reviews before trying it and made some changes according to other reviews. Here's the recipe.

    1 lb. chicken or fish
    3/4 cup plain flour
    2 TBS cornstarch
    1/4 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
    1 tsp. sugar
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    1/4 tsp. onion powder
    1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    3/4 cup water

    Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the water and stir until combined.
    Heat oil to 360-375.
    Make sure meat is patted dry. If not, the batter won't stick.
    Dip meat in batter and dry until golden brown.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    Butter vs. Margarine

    This is interesting . .. .

    Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

    It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings....

    DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

    Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

    Both have the same amount of calories.

    Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

    Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

    Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

    Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

    Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

    Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

    And now, for Margarine..

    Very High in Trans fatty acids.

    Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

    Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

    Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

    Lowers quality of breast milk

    Decreases immune response.

    Decreases insulin response.

    And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

    Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

    These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

    Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

    * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

    * it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

    Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
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