Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

April 28, 2016 by

This is another recipe from cousin Debbie in Texas.  They really loved this recipe and who wouldn’t, pig wrapped in pig, YUMMY!!

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  • 8 to 10 slices of streaky bacon, long enough to wrap around the pork 1½ times.
  • 1lb pork tenderloin, at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup – I prefer honey because it is thicker which creates a better glaze)

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

April 27, 2016 by

Yet another recipe that Mark found. This one came from Betty Crocker’s website.  This one is really simple to make and very inexpensive.  The Sweet/Hot Mustard recipe will go on the blog this weekend.


1 egg
1/2 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1 package or jar (3 oz) cooked real bacon bits or pieces
1 package (14 oz) uncooked chicken tenders (not breaded)

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Italian Chops in Red Sauce

April 25, 2016 by

This is another recipe that Mark found. I have no idea where, but it was some foreign blog.  We went through it together and made some changes and I basically rewrote the recipe.  This is definitely a restaurant quality meal.  Don’t be nervous by all of the steps, it’s not as bad as it looks.

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Pork chops (I used 3)
1 can 14 oz. diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
 1/3 cup dry white wine
1/2 lb. button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
½ lb. box of rotini pasta
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)
Olive Oil
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Best Carrot Cake

April 24, 2016 by

This recipe is from cousin Debbie P. in Texas.  She makes it for her family and she says they love it.  I’m going to have to try this one.  I thought the pineapple was a new twist to carrot cake!

Carrot Cake

•2 cups Carrot
•1 (8-ounce) can Pineapple
•3 Eggs, large
•2 cups All-purpose flour
•2 tsp Baking soda
•1 Buttermilk glaze
•2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
•1 Cream cheese frosting
•1/2 tsp Salt
•2 cups Sugar
•2 tsp Vanilla extract
•3/4 cup Vegetable oil
•1 (3 1/2-ounce) can Coconut, flaked
•1 cup Pecans or walnuts
•3/4 cup Buttermilk

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Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

April 23, 2016 by

I made this for Alex’s birthday party and it is so delicious and easy to make.  And it’s also really easy on the pocketbook.  After trying it, I thought some pineapple chunks would be good in it.



1 Bag of miniature marshmallows
16 oz of vanilla yogurt
1 regular size tub of cool whip
1 package of no bake cheese cake filling
1-2 containers of strawberries, sliced
3-4 bananas, sliced


  1. Stir together the first four ingredients
  2. Lightly stir in the strawberries and bananas

Other fruits can be substituted or added as desired.
Best served chilled and the same day due to the banana discoloration.
I used the Cheesecake pudding instead of the no bake cheesecake filling.


April 4, 2016 by

This recipe comes from our daughter’s Aunt Mary in Meridian, Idaho.  It looks really tasty.

This is not her picture, so if anyone makes it and wants to contribute a picture, send it in and we will add it.

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1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1 stalk celery
1 onion diced
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 cups clam juice
2 cups white wine
4-5 cloves of crushed garlic
1 lemon juiced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 lbs. Dungeness crab cleaned
3 lbs. halibut cut small pieces
30 prawns
12 mussels

In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil then sauté the celery and onions. Add the rest of ingredients except seafood and simmer on low for about 45 minutes uncovered.  Add the tomato juice if it gets too thick then add the seafood and cook for about 8 or 9 min or until mussels open.  Enjoy !!

Homemade Cast Iron Bread/Sea Salt

March 27, 2016 by

I have no idea where I got the idea of putting sea salt on my homemade bread.  It was a suggestion on a recipe that I had seen.  It gives the bread a completely different taste.  Yummy!!

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You can use any variety of homemade bread recipes that you would like.  If you don’t want to make it from scratch, pick up some Rhodes Frozen Bread.  If you have never used it before. they make a variety of different products and they taste great. Plus, it’s so much easier!  This is what I use most of the time.


Grease your cast iron pan and the dough.  I use a small cast iron dutch oven.  Let the dough rise and just before you get ready to pop it in the oven, melt a little bit of butter, brush on top and sprinkle some fresh ground sea salt on top of the dough.  We have a Sea Salt grinder that we use all of the time. Be careful not to use to much though, the butter already has salt in it.  Cook according to the instructions and enjoy.

Southern Style Fried Chicken

March 27, 2016 by

This recipe is my own recipe that I have perfected over the years.  My family seems to think it’s perfect anyways.


All spices are to taste

  • Chicken
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Lemon Pepper
  • 1 qt. of Buttermilk
  • Flour
  • Oil for frying

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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

March 22, 2016 by

I got this recipe from a post on Facebook.  We normally give credit to sites where we find them but I have no idea which one it was. 

This recipe is OUTSTANDING!!!  I used my homemade pasta but you can use store bought.  FYI, you won’t need anything to go with it other than some garlic toast.  This is without a doubt the best pasta recipe that we have tried yet.


  • 12 oz. spaghetti or angel hair
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 c. diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 3 c. baby spinach
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan
  • Basil, for garnish

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Crispy Cheddar Chicken

March 5, 2016 by

Yet another recipe from cousin Debbie in Texas.  See what happens when you are retired?  You sit around all day thinking up all this good food to cook!

I have got to try this one!



4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C milk
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 t dried parsley

1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 T sour cream
2 T butter
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