Monday, February 27, 2012

Let's Talk Corned Beef

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner so, let's talk about Corned Beef!

Friday, February 24, 2012

What to do with all those ripe Bananas.

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How many times have you bought a big bunch of bananas on sale and it seemed like they turned brown overnight? You have two choices, throw them out or try one of these yummy recipes!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Gramma

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There is always something fun to do around here! I have three grandkids with Spring birthdays, they all have Lalaloopsy dolls and they all would like me to sew them more doll clothes! So today I focused on designing and creating a new outfit for AJ's Little Sister, Spec Reads a Lot.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Messy Janes and 40 Minute Burger Buns

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My idea of fast food is something I can whip up in less than an hour and it's healthy.  Fast food doesn't have to be junk food.  With a little planning you can make delicious, healthy foods your  family will love . . . especially your kids and/or grandkids!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Baked Rice Pudding

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When I think about comfort food, rice pudding rates right up there in my top 5 picks.  That being said, there are certain elements I look for in a great rice pudding.  It must have a golden-brown, blistered surface, sprinkled with a mixture of cinnamon and fresh nutmeg, next a thick creamy layer of custard, preferably made from farm fresh eggs, and finally tender brown Jasmine rice with plump sweet raisins.  It doesn't get any better than that!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

First Signs of Spring

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Spring comes early to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona where I live.  By the middle of May our temperatures rise to over 100 degrees F. or 37.7+ C. so I thoroughly enjoy every Spring day and make it count.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Cookies . . . Happy Monday!

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This Happy Monday you need to hit the floor running if you're going get these cookies baked and decorated for all the special Valentines in your life! 

I have been using this Vanilla Butter Cookie recipe for 40+ years because it makes THE MOST A-MAZ-ING cut-out cookies for any special holiday!  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Grilled Chicken Breasts w/dipping sauce and Roasted Veggies

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Normally Will does the grilling in our family but he was busy, I was hungry and the 4 chicken breasts were begging to be cooked!  So-ooo this is what I did. . .

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

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We were given some beautiful, fresh-picked dates, so I began perusing the internet looking for a date bar recipe. I found a couple recipes that looked promising but this recipe for homemade granola bars caught my eye. It was by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, had rave reviews and used dates! What more could I ask for?

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Challenge . . . Learn a New Skill! Happy Monday!!!

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This weekend I got to thinking about how blessed I am.  In this day and age of modern technology so much information is literally right at my fingertips!  If I want to know about something, anytime, day or night, I can Google it, find a You Tube video about it, or download an e-book about pretty much any subject.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Perfect Muffin

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I was originally looking for a muffin recipe to use some of my frozen blackberries. What I found was a recipe that can stand on its own and also become the perfect base for many variations.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

John Isaac and the Banana Breakfast Cookies

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Grampa had to work on Saturday so John and I had the whole day to ourselves . . . we did a puzzle, played with our Lalaloopsy dolls.  Yes, even Gramma has one!