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Easy Holiday Punch

Easy Holiday Punch

2 Qt Cranberry/Mango Juice 2 Qt. Pulp Free Orange Juice 2 Liter 7 Up For Garnish 2 Mandarin Oranges 2 Limes 1/2 c. Pomegranate seeds 1/2 c. Fresh Cranberries Fresh Rosemary Sprigs In large punch bowl combine juices and 7 Up.  Add ice Then slice oranges and...

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Ingredients 1 1/2  pounds lean ground beef 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups chunky salsa 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce 1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chilies 1 package...

3:16 Challenge

3:16 Challenge

Hi all - These days of quarantine have been challenging and I know many of you are serving our communities on the front line.  THANK YOU !  I wanted to offer a bit of encouragement. I started a challenge.  It is called the 3:16 Challenge  Why 3:16?  It is in reference...

Mixed Berry Muffins

Mixed Berry Muffins

In my latest blog post I talk about sharing your story. This recipe was given to me by a neighbor when I lived in Indiana. She brought them to my house as a " welcome to the neighborhood " gift. They were delicious and just what I needed to feel like I could begin a...

The Importance of a Story

The Importance of a Story

I love going to the movies! I enjoy the story telling and the cinematography , the music , and of course the popcorn and Milk Duds.  I enjoy laughing and I must confess I cry easily too.  That is the beauty of a great story, it evokes a myriad of emotion....

The Reason

The Reason

I am extroverted by nature and love spending time with lots of people. I am energized by the crowd.  Sometimes; however, when I spend a lot of time with people and have lots of different conversations, I have a hard time winding down and falling asleep. ...

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad Dissolve :  1 Large box of orange jello in 1/2 c. boiling water Add:  1/2 c. orange juice - pulp free Let cool Then add: 1 lb. of cranberries, finely chopped ( use a blender or food processor) 1 1/2 c. pineapple tidbits , drained 1c. chopped...

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Ingredients: 4 slices of Bacon 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped  1 clove Garlic, minced 2 lbs. Fresh Brussel Sprouts, cut in half 1 1/2 c. Whole Milk 1 c. Chicken Broth 4 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter 5 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour 3/4 c....

Traditions

Traditions

It is Thanksgiving week in the United States and nothing screams tradition to me more than the Thanksgiving holiday. We have traditions in our family and I bet you have them in yours. Where did they come from?  Are they worth passing on?  Those are the...

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry 4 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips 2 c. chopped broccoli 2 c. sliced mushrooms 2 c. yellow squash 2 c. chopped carrots 1 red pepper, cut into small pieces 1 small red onion sliced Cook chicken in one tablespoon of oil until cooked.  Add...

Calm In The Storm

Calm In The Storm

Calm in the Storm “ You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” Isaiah 26:3 I boarded an airplane heading into Florida as hurricane Dorian was set to possibly collide with the state.  The man helping me with my luggage asked where I was going and...

Choose Joy and Choose Grace

Choose Joy and Choose Grace

It is a Monday morning, not even 10 am, and I am finding myself in need of a pep talk. I woke up early today to go for a walk before work.  Ear buds in place and music turned up I began my walk on the trail.  Preoccupied with my thoughts of my youngest son...

Summer Salad

Summer Salad

8 oz. of baby spinach 8 oz of red leaf lettuce 1 c. sliced strawberries 1/2 c. blueberries 1/2 c. mandarin oranges 1/2 c. pecans or 1/2 c. almonds 3 oz. goat cheese crumbled 1 bunch green onions 1 avocado, peeled and diced Dressing 1 c. vegetable oil 3/4 c. sugar 1/2...

Reflections of Summertime

Reflections of Summertime

I love to feel sunshine on my face and living in Colorado I get to experience that a lot as we like to boast that we have 300 days of sunshine a year.  Blue skies create a sunny disposition so they say.  As our summer days feel longer and the sun shines...

Summertime Lemonade

Summertime Lemonade

This easy old fashioned recipe is my favorite. 1 3/4 c. white sugar 8 c. water 1 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and...

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble For the Crust 2 Sticks of unsalted butter 1/2 c. sugar 2 1/2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt For the Filling 2 blocks of cream cheese ( room temperature ) 1/2 c. sugar 1 large egg ( room temperature) 1/ 2 c. sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla 1 Tbsp. lemon zest juice...

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies

I have tried to make other cookies at Christmas time, but my family won't cooperate.  🙂   This is our recipe given to me over 20 years ago by my friend Angela.  Have fun making them with your family. Obviously, this recipe is not low calorie but it does make...

Laughter is Good For the Soul

Laughter is Good For the Soul

I sat in the parking lot of the post office on a cold winter morning.  I could see the long line from where I sat in my car and I was feeling grumpy about the anticipated wait.  I had a heavy heart.    Grey skies loomed overhead replacing the normal bright blue skies...

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