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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Snowball Fight!

Brody and Bailey, our Bernese Mountain puppies are now 10 months and 100+ pounds.  They are begging for someone to continue the snowball fight with them : )

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

For the love of fresh linen scent...

I love the smell of fresh bedding, crisp and smelling of sunshine from drying on a line outdoors, don't you?  *Sigh, this is New York, the middle of February, snow blizzards daily, way too far below zero temperatures outdoors to have that simple pleasure...so I went to the stand by dryer sheets.  And then my dryer seemed to be taking longer to dry a load of laundry.  Maybe I should call the repair man and bite the bullet on expensive repair bill.  Instead, I pull out dryer vent and clean it off, I always do this after every load, no problem.  
 Not certain if you can see, but the water made "puddles" on the screen today when I thought maybe a quick rinse would help with a super clean.  For the love of fresh linen scent, I had forgotten all the warnings about dryer sheet build up blocking screen and becoming a fire hazard.  Easy solution is a a scrub with Dawn dish detergent and retest water drainage.  Presto!  All set and dryer is working fabulous again!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Roll Call

 We are being held in the icy grip of ol' man winter in NY.  For you that can, please send warm tropical breezes and sunshine ASAP.  Brr...
This calls for a steamy bowl of homemade chicken soup and some of the best rolls you will ever melt butter on.  Time for Roll Call.  
Dough Ingredients:
1 cup milk (100 degrees - 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1/3 cup sugar
2 packages fast acting yeast
2 cups of flour
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Combine all ingredients in bowl with dough hook.  Allow to rest 10 minutes.  Turn dough out on to floured board, knead dough until smooth.  Put dough ball in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rest until double, approximately  1/2 hour to 45 minutes.
Roll out dough to 1/2" and brush with melted butter.  Cut in to 1" strips and stack on top of each other.  A stack of five to six usually is what my muffin tins need.  Cut in 1" squares with pizza cutter.
Stack on sides in greased muffin tin. Brush tops with 50/50 mix of melted butter and honey.
Allow to rise in warm place in kitchen, covered.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes until done and golden brown.
Slather with butter and enjoy! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Word, an Un-Resolution

No Goals...
No Resolutions...
Just One Word. 
A touchstone, a mantra for the year...
Some of you know I practice the Un-Resolution and made the choice to abandon the New Year Resolution treadmill years ago.  A new tradition emerged and I wrote about the One Word Resolution here:

My Word for 2015 is Embrace.
Embrace change in a new season of life.  Embrace the adventures waiting.
I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring!
Do you engage in the tradition of a One Word Un-Resolution?  What's your Word?
I use a word planner to outline my goals.

A free blank template for your personal use.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

A new version of The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser ...may be my new favorite.
A Christmas gift to you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tuna Potato Chip Casserole

I love cookbooks.  My favorite cookbooks are the school, church or family favorites bound with a spiral coil.  How can you go wrong, each cook and family proudly attach their family name in the little cookbooks...
 I grew up with a Mom that loved all the wacky family recipe cookbooks also.  After many years making this family recipe it no longer felt wacky and I embraced it whole heartily.  Allow me to introduce you to:
Tuna Potato Chip Casserole
1 can tuna fish (drained)
1 can of sweet peas(drained)
1 bag of potato chips crushed (regular or ripple)save some for topping
1 can of cream of mushroom
Mix all ingredients together and put in greased casserole dish.  Top with reserved crushed potato chips.  Bake @350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Embrace the wackiness, you will be glad you did.
I usually serve with a salad, my effort to add healthy side dish!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Today I am giving a "makeover" to the family favorite macaroni and cheese. Replacing elbow macaroni with fresh cauliflower is a delicious alternative!
Melt a 1/4 cup butter in sauce pan.  Add 1/4 cup flour to melted butter and whisk to blend.
Add 2 cups milk and continue to whisk as sauce simmers.
Add shredded cheddar and 2 ounces cream cheese.  Whisk until smooth and blended.  Remove from heat.
Add fresh cauliflower to sauce.  Put into greased casserole dish and add Ritz butter cracker crumbs to top of casserole.  Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes or until cauliflower is soft and tender.
Yummy!