Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July, hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vegetable Medley



Here is a quick and easy side dish. I used one zucchini, one yellow squash, one medium carrot, little bit of olive oil and about one tablespoon of butter in a 8" sauté pan. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat, or until done to your liking. Then sprinkle with Pampered Chef Three Onion Rub, as much as you like. Toss and serve. To make the julienne strips, I used Pampered Chef Julienne Peeler.  

I made this just for myself, but you could easily make this for more people, I go by using one of each vegetable for one serving because I like this dish!  If you don't have Pampered Chef's Three Onion Rub, I've made it with fresh pressed garlic and fresh chopped onion (I was too lazy last night to do that, so I went with my rub)!



Enjoy!  Mary

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Thank you to all of the brave men and women to protect and fight for our freedom everyday, God Bless You All. Enjoy the following true story of two who did just that….

Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76, which is odd,
because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27) His death reminded me of
the following story.

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried
in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.
His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.

Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time,
but why the does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing
answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps
experiences.

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed
forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected,
only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions,
Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is
only one higher Naval award... the Medal of Honor.

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he
credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee
Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you
were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima...and that during the
course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely
wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross
for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about
getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting shot hauling you down. But,
Johnny, at Iwo, I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got
the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap
in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed
his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying
by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main
target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on
more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than
his own life.

“That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off
Suribachi, we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me,
lying on my belly on the litter and said, ‘Where'd they get you Lee?' I
said, ‘Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the
outhouse!’

“Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.

“The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain
Kangaroo."

On another note, there was this wimpy little man on
PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least
suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr.
Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over
twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on
TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master
in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a
heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and
therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also
dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the
right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our
hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about
their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect
and the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have
on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has helped out for our freedom. With
encouragement, they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blogger E-Mail Issues

 It's come to many bloggers attention that a lot of our subscribers are not receiving updates, it has to do with FeedBurner going away.

Unfortunately I was unprepared for this as there was no notice sent out.  I'm trying to find a free service to use but if I can't find one you may have to come to my blog on your own, as I set this blog up as a way to share my creations with everyone and I just can't justify the cost for e-mail services right now.  I'm sorry if this is a hassle for you but like everyone else I have to watch how I spend my money too.  I hope you enjoy my blog enough that you will continue to come by to see my blog.  

Thank you for understanding and I hope to have a solution soon.  Mary

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cheesy Shells and Italian Sausage

I made this dish the other day, one pot on the stove top and it came out really good!  No need to cook your pasta in another pot, win!



Now if you don't have a RockCrok, you can easily make this in a 4 quart pan.  It was so easy and all you need to add to it is some Garlic Bread and a salad.  Oh, I used the Traditional Prego sauce, as this is what we like.  Also, I didn't have the chicken stock, so I just used Vegetable stock that I had on hand and it will come out just as delicious.  I also omitted the Croutons, not in the pantry either.

 Enjoy!!  Mary

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fast 'N Easy Mac and Cheese

Today I want to share with you a Pampered Chef recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that is made in the microwave, this will be nice this summer, no heat and humidity in the kitchen!  The original recipe called for a bigger batch, but I wanted to try it and I was the only one home to eat it the other night, perfect size for two people.


I used the Round Covered Baker from Pampered Chef, it is a stoneware piece and when I went to put the left-overs away 30 minutes later, it was still warm!

Now when I went to the store this morning to get some cheese, I spotted the Smoked Cheddar cheese and thought, "I bet that would add a lot of flavor to it", boy I'm telling you, that made this mac and cheese gourmet!  It added so much flavor to the dish.  I will be making it this way for sure the next time too.


Now there was more in there, but I just could not wait to try it and then I had force myself not to eat it all!  If you don't like smoky flavor, just use all Cheddar cheese.  I will write the recipe as I made it with the original in parenthesize.


Fast 'n Easy Mac 'n Cheese

1 cup elbow macaroni  (2 cups)
1 cup chicken broth  (2 cups)
1 cup Half & Half  (2 cups)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese  (2 cups)

Oil your Round Covered Baker.  Place macaroni, chicken broth and Half & Half into prepared dish.  Stir and cover with lid.  Heat in the microwave on high for 14 minutes (use turntable or rotate every 2 minutes).  Remove from microwave and add shredded cheese.  Stir and replace the lid and let stand for 10 minutes.  Stir and serve warm.  You can top with bacon, ham or more shredded cheese.  Not all of the liquid will be absorbed.

Now of course, you will need to cook it however it works best in your microwave, some cook hotter then others.  My microwave is a KW 1.25, it is a smaller one too.

If you want this to be completely meatless, then I would use vegetable broth, perfect for Lent then.

I hope you give this a try.  Mary

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pampered Chef Party

My other daughter is having her first time ever Pampered Chef party!!  If anyone would like to place an order, she would be thrilled!  You can have your order shipped directly to you and your credit card is not charged until the show closes.  Here is her link: http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/marykwessling/guest-landing/8863398542491  Her show will close by March 30th, 2014.

I made this the other night and it is really good!

If you have kids, this is a great gadget and I also have a free e-book with more recipes too!

Here is a cute idea for Easter using the Brownie Pan, I also have a free e-book for lots more ideas too!

Thanks!  Mary

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

English Muffin Pizza

Hi everyone!!  I don't know about you but I'm glad that Spring is only 24 days away!!  The sun is out here today too, but it's still cold.

I think I mention that hubby has a part-time job, got bored being retired, and his hours are so that he works at night.  So I'm on my own for that meal and I tell you what, it's hard to cook for one!  So I've been on the look out for recipes that I can down size to make for myself, a person can eat only so many sandwiches for dinner before you get tired of it!

I found this recipe over on Plain Chicken for these English Muffin Pizzas and had a light bulb moment!  I could easily make this for myself and make it many different ways too.  So I gathered all the necessary ingredients and had a yummy meal!

This would be great for afternoon snacks for the kids after school or even a family meal.

 I used Pepperidge English Muffins for mine and was pleased with their taste and texture.  I also used Classico Traditional pizza sauce, oh my this is really good sauce too!  I would definitely buy this again.  Then I got mozzarella cheese, shredded, pepperoni and went to town making my pizza. One night I fried up one link of Italian sausage for my meat topping, yum!

Now you spread on as much sauce as you want on the cut side of the English muffin (split in half), then add your meat/toppings, you could add some small diced vegetables, if you wanted, then sprinkle on your cheese.  Bake in a preheat 400 degree oven (I used my toaster oven to bake mine).   YUMM-O!!

English Muffin Pizza

English Muffins, split
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese, shredded
pizza toppings, the sky is the limit
garlic powder, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the English muffin halves, cut side up, onto a baking sheet.  Spoon some of the pizza sauce onto each half.  Top with mozzarella cheese and your pizza toppings.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned on the edges.

Hope you give this a try, they are good!   Mary

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Loaf


Here is another oldie but goodie recipe. My brother shared this recipe with me along time ago. I really like it and it makes wonderful sandwiches with the leftovers, but my family insist that anytime I make meat loaf it has to be my Grandmother's recipe or they won't eat it, sniff..sniff..I like variety. Anyhoo, here is the recipe.

Swiss Meat Loaf

2 pounds hamburger, I always use lean
1- 8 oz. package Swiss cheese, diced or shredded
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup onions, diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, you probably could use less, remember old recipe
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup bread crumbs

Mix all of the ingredients together, shape into a loaf and place into a cake pan. If you wanted you could place a rack in your cake pan and than put the loaf on top of the rack to let the drippings fall of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 30 minutes. Serve 4 to 6.

Sorry no pictures again, but worth sharing with all of you!  Mary