Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip

I know a lot of bloggers write huge posts telling tales of adventures and a lot of times I just want a recipe and scrolling down a post gets to be very tiresome so you will find that most of my blog posts are short and sweet...that's the way I believe my readers like them. To the point! immediately.  Enjoy!

I went to our garden lunch on Saturday and it was a pot luck picnic type luncheon.  I decided a quick dip would work fine for this.  I had been thinking of what I would bring to this and decided that I had basically everything to make the below recipe.  

Both hubby and I taste tested it with pretzel thins and vanilla wafers.  I loved the pretzel thins (a little salt to compliment the sweet in the dip. He thought vanilla wafers might be a good option. 

I decided to do half pretzel and half wafer.  

The results were the pretzel thins were the favorite.  

This is one the of tastiest and super easy appetizers for summer parties.

Pineapple cream cheese dip

1 can crushed pineapple drained 
1/2 cup sugar
1-8 oz softened cream cheese
1- 8 oz. tub Cool whip or 8 oz whipped heavy cream
Chopped pecans and or toasted coconut and maraschino cherries for garnish
Pretzel thins for serving

With an electric mixer beat softened cream cheese and sugar.
Fold in  crushed pineapple and cool whip or whipped heavy cream.

Place in a serving bowl , garnish with pecans or coconut

Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Low carb Chicken Breast

New Chicken Recipe

Watching your carbs? The recipe is carb friendly if you eliminate serving it over rice.  Substitute a healthy green salad or vegetable.

Our grandson has been spending some time with us and he doesn't eat as he should a lot of days so when he comes to visit I try to make something a little different than he'd be used to eating. He's a junk food guy.....

He loves cream cheese on bagels but in chicken it was certainly going to be a test of his taste buds.

To nicely stuff these breasts you need a good thick chicken breast so you can easily cut a pocket in it.
It's easily done with a sharp knife.

Below is the recipe and our grandson ate it all and said he really liked it.  That's big coming from him....Enjoy!

3 to 4  medium to large boneless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt divided
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
4 ounces cream cheese softened
1/4 cup Romano cheese
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped spinach
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place chicken breasts on cutting board and drizzle with olive oil.  In a small bowl place paprika, 1/2 tsp. salt, garlic powder, onion powder and stir to combine, Sprinkle chicken breasts evenly with mixture.

In a small bowl Add softened cream cheese, Romano cheese, mayonnaise, spinach,remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and pinch of red pepper (optional) Stir well to mix.3 to 4  medium to large boneless chicken breasts

Using a sharp knife cut a pocket into the side of each chicken breast and set aside. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into each pocket evenly.

Place stuffed breasts in a 13x9 inch baking dish.

Bake uncovered for approximately 25 to 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Mine was done in 25 minutes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Crockpot Fire Roasted tomatoes, chili's, broccoli and potatoes

A very good meal for a busy day.  Just add some crusty bread and a small salad and you have a very easy crockpot meal. I made mine spicier than I should have. My mouth is on fire....😂

If you prepare ahead this meal will work out for those who work.

You can do all the prep the night before so you are good to go in the a.m.  Season pork, refrigerate.  Cook broccoli and potatoes, drain and refrigerate.  Lay out crockpot on counter as well as tomatoes and sauce.

Before you go to work, place all ingredients in crockpot for the exception of potatoes and broccoli.  You'll add them when you get home.  Set on low temperature and off you go.  Enjoy!

1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes with chili's
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 head broccoli florets
1 medium potato cut in cubes
1 lb. pork cubes
salt and pepper
extra red pepper (optional)

In a medium size crockpot place salt and peppered pork cubes, 
tomatoes and sauce.  Set on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.

In a separate pot boil potatoes and broccoli until they are cooked slightly.  Note: They should still  have a crispness to them.  Drain set aside.  When pork is tender add broccoli and potatoes, red pepper and allow to cook for approximately ten minutes more. 

 Serve with crusty bread or a side salad.

Getting Organized: FYI: Your Clothes 2018

 Happy New Year 2018

I usually post this every year to help us get organized.  

Twice a year, January and July I try to go through my closet and decide what I'm going to do with items I never use, seldom use, are damaged and either donate, take to resale store or discard.

The years come and go but somethings don't change.

Let's get together and get organized.

Passing a few helpful suggestions to you to help you and I get organized this new year.  

To be clear I am not suggesting you do this for New Years Eve or Day.  A rainy day or if you find yourself bored and are looking for a lift it's a good suggestion. Also if you have not made any plans for the weekend I say why not? It just may make it a good way to start the new year or a new month. 


I know it is hard to do but in order to have a free and uncluttered closet you must downsize.  Several nice casual and dressy casual outfits is probably all that you will ever need.  Personally at this time of my life I need less and as much as I love to shop I find myself being a lot more selective.  So IMO that is as good a reason to leave room to pick out some new items when you feel the need for a little something to update..

FYI:  Take some time (preferably on the weekend )  or a rainy day and start going through your clothes. Anything that is soiled or damaged get a large bag and get rid of them.  Make note that any clothes that don't fit quite like you would like them to either pitch it or put it in a pile to go through to donate or re-sell at a re-sale shop.  They are the in thing at the moment.

Making about 3 piles should make it simpler to do. One to pitch soiled or unwanted items, one for donation to local homeless shelter and one for consignment or re-sell.   This should help allowing room for any must keep items.  This should not take you a very long time.  It is either a keep or time to go. Simple!

I like a neat closet and twice a year go through it.  It makes me feel much calmer.  Yes it does and instead getting frustrated on what to wear this will take some pressure off you. It will take some stress out of getting ready.  No matter if it's work or to the grocery store.  It just makes life better!

My closet!
Fall/ Winter

Fall/ Winter


I won't even show you my sandals because well there are more than enough.

My shoes...removing boxes help and I use slid out containers and I do have an over the door rack for sandals. 

First and foremost I make sure all my hangers are going in the same direction.. So much easier when you have them all going the same direction.

Second:   I keep my shirts, blouses and other hang able tops in one section. I keep my clothes according to colors.  Whites, blacks, browns and keep mixed colors last.  Anything that can be folded I put in easy accessible drawers.  I keep all tanks, tees and cami's in one drawer..

Third:  I place pants/slacks, beige's, brown's and blacks next to my shirts or blouses. I have decided basic colors work best!

Fourth:   I place all casual jackets, blouses and tops  according to color.

***I keep belts and scarfs on a belt/scarf hanger (I bought one at Marshall's for $6.99.. ( I love scarfs) You can use a plastic soda 6 pack bottle container for scarves too!  They make an easy place to store scarves.  Hang the plastic container on a hanger and through the holes place scarves.( I hope I explained that enough for you to envision it..No picture sorry!

Fifth:   At the very back of the closet all dressy skirts, pants and items that I use only on occasion. I find I wear fewer dress items anymore.

A special note:  You don't have to spend a fortune organizing your closet.  I ask for the hangers when I purchase items.  Usually they are more than happy to accommodate.  I do have a few felt pants hangers for those creased or hard to hang pants or slacks..

Last about shoes.  I love shoes lol.  and purses(I won't even go there)and shoes and purses are a weakness in my never ending search for the right purse/bag or pair of shoes. Note:  I do not keep boxes..I have learned they take up way too much space. I use stack able containers  to store my extra shoes. I bought the containers at either Wal Mart or Target. The drawers slide out for easy removal of shoes.  They store approximately 5 or 6 pair of shoes in each container, depending on size of heel... 

On a personal note I find being organized in my home makes me more relaxed and feeling in control.  

Happy New You!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Jello with ice cream ( Fluffy Jello)

If you're looking for a cool dessert for a hot summer day this recipe that my mom made time and time again will definitely turn out to be one of your favorites for a summer dessert.

Easily made with basic jello and ice cream; here is her recipe that is in my cookbook along with some illustrations too. Yummy!!