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Friday, January 1, 2021

Frugal Soup Recipe or use Up Those leftovers


While I have a large family we often prepare to much and often have leftovers. Sometimes these leftovers will be cleaned up for lunch the next day. But there are other ways leftovers can be used as well. In fact, this soup recipe reuses the leftovers and prepares a new meal for you.

The rule in my house is that leftovers that are on the third day belong to the dog. If you are cautious and put these leftover veggies and meats in the freezer you can save them for even longer. The thing is only freeze the veggie leftovers that you will want to flavor your soup. Likewise with fresh veggies use them by slicing and dicing them up and putting in the freezer. 

Depending on what type of meat that has been saved to put in the soup helps decide what liquid to use. For example if it is beef then use beef broth or if it is chicken use chicken broth. However pork or vegetables with no meat demands vegetable broth.

On soup day:

Whether you choose to use crockpot or cook in pot on top of stove Pour in broth and then add ingredients. There is no need to defrost ingredients. In addition to the saved ingredients add in diced tomatoes if you want or throw in some shredded cheese Perhaps meatballs or noodles is another way you would like to jazz up the soup. 

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Popcorn Delight #recipe


Winter time often lends itself to lots of inside time. Currently one thing the grandkids like to do is to have movie nights. This popcorn recipe is perfect for that. I hope you enjoy as well

14 cups popped popcorn

2 cups salted peanuts

2 cups crisp rice cereal

2 cups miniature marshmallows

1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons creamy Jif® Peanut Butter

In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, cereal and marshmallows. In a microwave, melt candy coating and peanut butter; stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat.

Spread onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 6 quarts.

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Stay Safe Stay Well

We all want to go out and about and be together to the start the New Year but that is something that we have to be careful with. The covid virus is up in nearly all neighbor hoods. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed in the first place. Here are some steps you can take to do just that:

  • stay at least 6 feet away from others 
  • wear a mask and make sure to cover your mouth and nose when around others. 
  • wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
  • avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces that are properly ventilated by bringing in outdoor air Outdoor areas with good ventilation helps to reduce the risk of exposure
  • If you are sick be considerate stay home and isolate away from others 
  • Have a routine to clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

What to do with leftover ham?? Make Deviled Ham for sandwiches

 Deviled Ham Spread

From Cook's Country Magazine

12 ounces thinly sliced deli Black Forest ham, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1. Pulse ham in food processor until coarsely chopped, about 12 pulses.  Add butter and pulse until incorporated and ham is finely chopped, about 10 pulses.

2. Transfer mixture to bowl and stir in mayonnaise, mustard, relish, pepper, cayenne, and allspice until thoroughly combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Spread will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

Makes about 2 cups

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The Day The WOrld Met Donald


The beloved Donald Duck was first introduced to the world December 30th 1934. Donald typically appears in a sailor shirt that allows his tail feathers to peek out. His sailor hat may cover his head but he often gets irritated and blows his stack. As his semi intelligible speech is heard with his mischievous acts that often lead him to demonstrate his temperamental personality. Perhaps it is a good thing that Donald Duck has such good friends. 

Donald Duck has appeared in comedic roles in animated cartoons since his first debut in The Wise Little Hen in 1934. That was the start of a long career for Donald who was often pitted against Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck also brought with him his beloved girlfriend Daisy and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.  

Donald Duck has been featured in comics around the world. One artist who created Donald also created characters such as Donald's rich uncle Scrooge McDuck.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Keep Warm with Hot Chocolate #recuoe

 Looks like the weather outside will be a bit frightful. My personal favorite thing to do is to sit inside the house ... look out the weather and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Are you like me ?? If so you may want to try this delicious hot chocolate drink mix. 

  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (use 1/4 cup sugar if you like your hot chocolate less sweet)
  • 3 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup milk (to be used separately from other milk)

1. Stir together the cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan.
2. Add 1/4 cup of milk and stir constantly over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil. Continue stirring constantly until all sugar is dissolved. Do not let it burn.
3. Add the remaining milk to the pan and bring the heat up to the desired temperature. 
Top with marshmallows or drink it straight up! 

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