Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sometime You Just Have to Be Bad

Dessert. Sweets. The sugary stuff you know that you shouldn’t eat, but MAN, sometime ya just gotta!

We like Ice Cream and I found recently at our local supermarket, Tillamook brand, YUM!

Years ago we did a road trip through Oregon along the Pacific Coast Highway and made a stop at the Tillamook Creamery, OH MAN GAWD!  I loved all of the free samples, not just cheese, but yogurt, ice cream and… I have to stop before I make DH take me back there, NOW!

Ice Cream Brownie Sundae, Come On MAN!

So the other night I made up a batch of Hershey’s Best Brownies, minus the frosting. I add a ¼ teaspoon of Starbucks Via Ready Brew coffee into the dry ingredients, making a more intense chocolate flavored brownie. Once they’d cooled, I then chunked up a couple of pieces into a sundae dish, alternating with the ice cream.



Do Ya Ever Get Bored?

I mean with the same old stuff for dinner? We are still watching how we eat and it can get so very monotonous. Pork loin roast, really… I’m running out of interesting ideas to jazz it up. That’s the only way that I can think of anyways, that you can stick to a healthful diet.

Dinner Jazzed Up

Okay, so I made the roast, steamed some broccoli and sautéed some kale (you need to eat loads of dark-leavy greens), now what?


It's not just for a sandwich

It’s not just for a sandwich

Hot Cherry Peppers. I gave them a rough chop and sprinkled them over the meat and you know what?

It was delicious!  Just the right zip that everything on our plate sang in harmony.

I Cheat From Time To Time

… I admit it. I don’t make every single meal totally from scratch, and quite honestly, my husband does enjoy some of the convenience foods out there. In particular, Sloppy Joes and potato chips, one of his favorite comfort meals.

sloppy joes

We’ve tried all of the different brands out on the market, but I gotta say, we like Del Monte the best. What a simple-supper.

Brown some ground meat, be it beef, chicken or turkey (I never tried pork before), drain off any oil in the pan; add the sauce and heat through.

DH is a huge fan of the cheap, soft, white hamburger buns for this dish. A big handful of kettle chips an ice cold Root beer and I’ve got myself one satisfied customer.

Breakfast Out With Friends

Were we live now, there isn’t much of a restaurant scene.  What we do have is a small place here in our community that is owned and operated by the Home Owners Asociation.  Recently, the Board of Directors finished what I felt was a pricey renovation to the entire clubhouse.  It’s nice and we have not gone to try out the new “Grill”.  When a couple of friends asked if we’d like to join them for breakfast, we figured that would be a perfect opportunity to check it all out.


My handsome husband ordered the Eggs Benedict, sauce on the side please and for myself, the Corned Beef Hash.  Not bad, although my husband’s Canadian Bacon was a little on the crisp side, but tasty with the fresh fruit, coffee and OJ.  Not in the picture of my plate of Hash, was raisin toast, yummy.

Corned Beef Hash

Maybe we’ll go back and try lunch as well as dinner.  It’s nice that they’re open 7 days a week and have a full service bar in a lovely lounge area.  The jury’s still out.

For Real?

I’m not sure if you all remember that I had made flavored Vodka… my adorable husband thought that I was nuts, but Missus DF in Prescott as well a few of our other friends enjoyed it. I used very inexpensive Vodka and added fresh Cherries as well as another batch with fresh Raspberries… NICE!

Flavored Whiskey

Well, I was poking around again at the local supermarket and I found flavored Whiskey. Can you see the price on it? HOLY COW! $28.99 for a little more than a quart of hooch. I’ll stick with making my own thanks.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

Thanks Mom!

Being Frugal

In Hawaii, we have a different name for that, but I’ll spare you.

When I poach chicken for this or that dish, I add in aromatics and spices. This makes for a wonderful broth that I may or may not use in the recipe, so why waste it.

my chicken broth cubes

If you have just a small amount of broth leftover, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze solid. Pop them out and into a zip-top bag, marked of course, for later use. This is great for steaming a small pot of veggies, or making a stir fry sauce, you name it. There are several ways to utilize a tablespoon or two of broth.