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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tex Mex Breakfast Cups

Back To School routine normally takes a bit of time to get used to. I like to have ready to go breakfast ready. These Tex Mex Breakfast cups are ready to go can be eaten without utensils. The best part is that you can grab one as you head out the door. 



1 (10 1/4 ounce) Pillsbury Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (5 to a can)
1⁄2 lb sausage
1 egg
1 teaspoon milk
1⁄3 cup salsa (mild or hot)
1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Fry sausage and crumble.
Generously spray vegetable oil on a muffin tin. Press biscuits into 5 holes to form a cup with edges extending out of top.
Evenly divide crumbled sausage to each biscuit-formed cup. Beat egg with milk. Spoon 1 tablespoon of egg mixture over sausage. Add 1 tablespoon of salsa onto sausage. Top each with shredded cheese. To prevent any spills, place muffin tin on top of a cookie sheet pan while baking.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 17 minutes or until done.
Note: Can be easily doubled. Purchase another 10.2 oz can of 5 biscuits. (The larger size only has 8 biscuits per can.) For best results use Grands size biscuits only.
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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Hearty, protein/fiber loaded peppers packed with so much flavor ­ and it's all made in the crockpot.
Easy and effortless!



1 pound lean ground beef*
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice*
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15­ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
1 cup salsa, homemade or store­bought
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 bell peppers, tops cut, stemmed and seeded
2 tablespoons sour cream, optional

Lightly coat the inside of a 6­qt slow cooker with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine beef, rice, 1 cup cheese, black beans, corn, salsa, cilantro, cumin and chili powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the filling into each bell pepper cavity. Place peppers into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to ­6 hours or high for 2 to ­3 hours, or until the peppers are tender and the beef is cooked through. Uncover and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 10­ to 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately, drizzled with sour cream, if desired. Notes

*The ground beef does not have to be cooked prior to using.
*White rice or quinoa can be substituted.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are Your Ready For Back To School



Back to School season is here again. I truly think it comes to fast every year. This year all 3 of my grand-babies will be going to school. Two will go all day and the youngest will attend only a few hours a day. As this time comes I feel happy and excitement as they do but a bit sad as well as I know that they are growing up. They are starting to make their own decisions and one of those include who they will be friends with.

The back to school period of time at school is always super exciting. Finding your old friends and making new is great. A new teacher, a new classroom and so much going on. The year starts out with lots of excitement. It is the job of the parent or grandparent to keep the excitement of going back to school going. The "boredom" of summer will soon be over as homework enters the home front. Celebrate with the kids and keep their excitement up. Pray over your children that they will have a good school year and that all will be well.


One thing that helps us is to talk to the teacher ahead of time to see what lessons they will be learning. Getting a foot ahead helps us know what to study. Celebrate as your student makes progress. Encourage them to thing about and learn all they can. Pray for your kids to lean on Him to help them learn through out the school year.

My grand-children have been blessed with the gift of gab. They are a lot like mom and grandma, they never meet a stranger and make friends with all. One of the things that my little Princess wanted was to see her friends. She got very excited when she found out that she would be sitting near one of her best friends and a new friend that she met this summer as well. She has had her heart broke when she would argue with friends but with a push from those that love her we helped her mend the problem and travel on. Friends are something that are needed to get through life and I have many friends from my early years of school. God is in the business of healing and will heal both hearts and friendships that get bent out of shape.


Our children will be facing struggles along their path of education. Sometimes learning the lessons are hard. Pray that they will have stamina to fight through, that the lessons while they may be hard will be learned and that our students will not give up. School and teachers offer opportunities for learning perseverance while learning new concepts, challenges during a project, trying out for a sports team or memorizing lines for a play or music. There will be times that will not be as joyous as others but pray that they never give up. One of my favorite lines from a country song that I share with my grands is "I hope you dance" that while things do not look up for you that you continue on fighting the good fight. Celebrate the struggles with your child that while they may or may not be successful that they continued the fight.


I pray that your year as well as ours will be a great one. My lil princess has started back to school, next week the younger 2 will start. Here is her first day picture and an extra one with nana.






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Salmon Patties

My husbands grandmother loved salmon patties and often made them for the family. My mother never made salmon patties and I first tried these at my in laws house. Now our house is the third generation that makes salmon patties for our children. I hope you try these tasty patties and see what you think. Salmon is healthy for your family and best of all makes into nice sandwiches. Enjoy!!






6 oz. can skinless/boneless pink salmon, drained
2 T. diced onion
good pinch each of salt and pepper
1 large egg
1 T. buttermilk
2 T. cornmeal
4 T. all purpose flour
Veg. oil for frying
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In a bowl, combine the salmon, onion, salt and pepper. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, cornmeal and flour. Combine well.
Heat about 1/4" oil in the bottom of a med. size iron skillet over med. high heat. Drop spoonfuls of the salmon mixture into the hot oil and flatten out just a tad. Fry, in batches, about a minute per side or until golden brown.
Drain on a paper sack or paper towel lined plate. Makes 10 patties.
- Thanks to Janet's Appelachian Kitchen

Blackberry Cobbler


Serves 8
8 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (if using frozen: thaw thoroughly, rinse and drain before use)
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, cubed, divided
1 1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for topping
2/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup shortening (Crisco)
vanilla ice cream, garnish
butter or non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375∫ F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
In a bowl, mix blackberries, 1 1/4 cup sugar, lemon zest and juice together. Spread out evenly in baking dish.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and shortening and mix together with a pastry blender or fork until coarse and crumbly.
Slowly pour milk into flour, mixing as you go. Dough should smooth out and not be sticky.
Tear off small pieces of dough and press gently on the blackberries. Continue until berries are covered.
Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons sugar over the top and place in oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.
Serve warm and with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

The Kingfisher



Kingfisher bird found in Pope County Illinois. Have you ever heard of a king fisher?? Kingfishers are brightly colored birds that are small to medium size. Most are found outside of America. The birds have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs and stubby tails. Most are found in the tropics and only a few found in forests. (Thus finding it in the Shawnee National Forest)

They dine on fish. The Shawnee forest in pope county Illinois runs along side the Ohio river. They catch their dinner by swooping down catching their prey. Small invertebrates are also on the Kingfisher dinner menu. They often nest in tunnels dug in natural or artificial banks in the ground. Others may find a home in disused termite nests.

Kingfishers are normally shy birds. The oriental dwarf kingfisher bird is considered to be a bad omen. Warriors who may see one should return home. Yet others consider these birds good omens.


Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad


Makes 8 servings

8 medium potatoes, cooked and diced
1 1⁄2 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 cup onion, minced
5 hard-boiled eggs
paprika

Boil peeled potatoes in salted water until done. Cool to room temperature.
Place diced potatoes in large bowl.
Mix mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in another bowl.
Add to potatoes.
Add celery and onions and mix well.
Stir in eggs.
Sprinkle a little paprika on top.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Keep It Clean




My mother always used to say to clean up as you go. Don't worry if every thing is not perfect. It really does not matter as there is a family that lives in that house. I followed her ruling and have passed it down to my children as well. Now my mother was serious and sadly was not a good homemaker and did not worry about it. For years I worried about how my home looked and had to have it perfectly daily. The truth is though if we follow a few easy steps it will be easy to keep our homes looking good

First thing in the morning, make your bed. This will help break the temptation of wanting to get back in it. It will also be one chore out of the way. Once a week I wash the sheets and blankets in our home. So if it is the day to wash the sheets strip the bed as soon as you get out of bed and take them to the laundry area. This will help remind you that the chore needs done

Everyone even small ones can help clean up after their self. The bathroom is a prime area to do just this. Each time they shower make sure that they spritz and wipe the area, pick up dirty towels and clothes and leaves the area as nice as when they came in. Yes this really can help the more they do it the better it will be.

The kitchen our house may be the largest area that gets messy. Easy way to keep it clean will be to clean up, wipe up and keep space clean as you cook. Keep a sink of soapy water so that you can wash cooking areas as well as dishes as they become dirty.

Happy Cleaning.

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Boston Cream Pie To GO



1 3.9oz Pkg Instant or Cook Type Vanilla Pudding
1 3.9oz Pkg Instant or Cook Type Chocolate Pudding
3 Cups of Milk *divided, to make pudding
1-2 Sleeves of Graham Crackers
1 Tub Cool Whip
sprinkles if desired


I keep seeing "to-go" parfait jars...kept in fridge and just grab and go. I decided to make my own. I made both puddings and then layered crushed graham crackers, vanilla pudding, cool whip, then repeated the same layering on that with the chocolate pudding ending with sprinkles of chocolate curls...so easy peasy. you can use cook type pudding or instant. I will let the ones I made set in the fridge to soften the grahams for a few hours at minimum. I'm sure in the future I will make ones with berries and maybe banana pudding with sliced bananas etc...the combinations are endless
Makes 7 Half Pints
Enjoy! Diane 

Hamburger and Potato Casserole



5 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4-1/2 inch thick 
2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions 
1 lb ground beef ( really lean is preferable) 
salt and pepper 
Cheese sauce (the same one I use for macaroni and cheese)
2 cups milk ( I use skim) 
3 tablespoons butter 
3 tablespoons flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
ketchup ( optional condiment) 


 I use a 2 1/2 quart covered casserole dish for this. This will stick unless you have a great non-stick baking dish.
Preheat oven to 350.
Brown hamburger and onion.
Place a layer of sliced potatoes in casserole dish, top with half of hamburger/onion mixture. Salt and pepper to taste (kind of depends on how salty your cheese sauce is - you can always salt it later if it needs it).
Repeat layering of potato slices and hamburger mixture (and salt and pepper if desired).
Make Cheese sauce:.
Melt 3 T butter in saucepan over med-high heat.
Add 3 T flour, and the salt and pepper. Stir quickly to blend.
Add 2 cups milk; stir with whisk to incorporate butter/flour mixture.
Reduce heat, stir till thickened and bubbly.
Remove from heat and add shredded cheddar. Stir until cheese melts.
Pour cheese sauce over hamburger and potatoes in baking dish. Push potatoes around to let cheese sauce into all of the crevices so it's well coated.
Cover and place in oven. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, till potatoes are tender and top is browned. I like to take off the lid for the last 20 minutes or so to brown the top a bit.
Even with the leanest ground beef, this can get little pools of grease on top - I just spoon these off. It doesn't mean the whole thing is greasy - just cheesy.
My family members consider generous amounts of ketchup a necessary addition to this dish. I like it fine by itself (ok, maybe a spot of ketchup on the side).

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Cherry Tomato Salad



Makes 4 servings

1⁄3 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (I usually use grape tomatoes)
1⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard together. Add tomatoes, onions and parsley. Toss well and season to taste.
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Sweet Cherry Buttermilk Cake

This summer treat reminds me of the home that we all loved but had to leave. In the yard there was a cherry tree and we loved to make cobblers and this cake would have been on the list as well. This cake is nearly cornbread like.The cherries and sugar crunch on top offer the cake a bit of sweetness. Know a young one that has been wanting to bake their own cake this recipe is perfect for that. 

400


                                                                                            1 cup all purpose flour                                                                            
  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 large egg room temp.
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup pitted cherries
Whipped cream and cherries for garnish, optional of course


Preheat oven to 400°F, rack in middle. Butter, flour and parchment a 9-inch round cake pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside. Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed, until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes or so, then add vanilla. Add egg and beat well. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until combined. Spoon batter into cake pan. Scatter cherries evenly over top and push down into cake batter then sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar. Bake until cake is golden or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool until room temperature. Serve with whipped cream and cherries for garnish.

*For the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, I used  sugar in the raw {turbinado sugar}.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from : The Baker Chick