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Month: August 2016

Salmon & Spinach Bake

Salmon & Spinach Bake

This is an easy, healthy and delicious dinner!  Elegant enough for guests and easy enough for week-nights.  I’m fussy about what salmon dishes I will eat. . . . . . this is one of them! 1 bag fresh baby spinach 1 package Rice-A-Roni Rice Pilaf – cooked according to directions (you could also use white, brown or yellow rice) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sour cream (reduced-fat okay) 1 egg 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard…

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Brownie Muffins

Brownie Muffins

Easy, delicious – chocolate!  What’s not to love? 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips 1/4 cup cocoa 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Chocolate to sprinkle on top (chips, or chocolate squares) optional:  1/2 cup nuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder.  Set aside. Melt butter and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe  bowl in the microwave.  Add cocoa and stir…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the cookies I bake when I want a favorite to take to the office or to a get-together. Ingredients: 2 cups sifted flour (sift flour, then measure) 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup Crisco shortening 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 cups oatmeal (I like quick 1 minute – texture preference) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 package white chocolate chips 1/2 package milk chocolate chips…

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SouthWest Salad Bar

SouthWest Salad Bar

We had family coming by for lunch and I couldn’t decide what to make.  I didn’t want to make sandwiches. . . . . I didn’t want a heavy meal. . . . Adults and kids. . . . Casual. . . . Healthy. .. . Fun.  I decided upon a salad bar with everything you’d need for a delicious SouthWest Salad.  I made shrimp, chicken and steak for folks to choose from.  That was easy to prepare.  I cooked…

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A Manatee In My Backyard

A Manatee In My Backyard

I grew up knowing that we might have a deer wander into our yard – not at all that unusual for farms in the Midwest.  Well, having a manatee in our backyard is not all that unusual.  We’ve had a family of three show up repeatedly – here is one of them up close and personal by our boat lift on the dock.  I have heard them called the “teddy bears of the sea” and have thought that is a perfect description.  It always…

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