Season Finale Salad

I ate this almost every other day, all summer, and honestly… probably will continue.🤗

But when the ingredients are so fresh it is my favorite go to. It’s quick to make, healthy and flavorful.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Avocado

Tomatoes

Feta

Cucumber

Salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder

Drizzle with apple cider vinegar & olive oil OR balsamic vinegar.

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Quick, Cheesy, Vegetable Casserol

I realized my husband was coming home soon and I hadn’t finished (or even started) cooking dinner,🤦🏼‍♀️ so I quickly ran to look for things. I had steaks for the grill but needed a vegetable side dish.

In the freezer, I found some cauliflower that I had forgotten about. I had quickly chopped then threw it in the freezer as we had to leave for Georgia when we heard our first grandbaby was coming!

I had just bought a bunch of groceries, so I quickly cooked up a lot of things and froze the rest. I also found some fresh broccoli and half a jar of Cheeze Whiz, ricotta and whipping cream from previous dinners. So, away I went creating something quick while trying to use up all these items so they wouldn’t go to waste. I hate waste, don’t you?

Anyhow, it ended up being so delicious we kept going back for more. (And my husband usually won’t eat cauliflower.) One of the yummiest, quickest vegetable dishes I’ve ever made quite honestly.

Hope you can whip it up as quick as I did. 🌪 Or get your kids to eat it by making it taste like mac n cheese ha! 👍🏼

Feel free to substitute some ingredients!

Ingredients:

1 small head of cauliflower

1/2 head of broccoli

1/2 small jar of Cheese Whiz

1/2 C shredded sharp cheese

1/4 C ricotta cheese

1/2 C heavy cream

Seasonings to taste:

garlic powder

onion powder

black pepper

smoked paprika

croutons, seasoned breadcrumbs or herbed stuffing (like I had leftover from last Thanksgiving. ) 😳

2 pads of butter

Instructions:

Boil veggies 🥦 till tender but not mushy. Drain, then add to a deep pan. (Use something you can later transfer to the oven.)

Over medium heat, Stir in the Cheeze Whiz, cream, and spices to taste.

*Remember the Cheeze Whiz is mighty salty already so watch how much extra seasoning you add!

You may have to soften some of this in the microwave before adding to your vegetable pan.

But hold back the shredded cheese for later. 🤚🏼

Gently mix everything together so as not to break up the tender veggies.

Now top with your croutons or stuffing 😁 and the shredded cheese.

Lastly, add your pads of butter and place in the oven broiling till slightly brown.

*Be careful to set a 5 min timer ⏱ or you might burn it like I do most things when I quickly want to “brown” something! 🔥🤦🏻‍♀️

NOTE: This can be keto friendly by shredding your own cheese and omitting the croutons.

Enjoy!

Yummiest and Easiest Cauliflower Mac-n-Cheese (gluten free)

Ok, I happen to be a person who actually likes cauliflower. But all my life, I have LOVED macaroni and cheese. I could’ve solely lived on it actually. (Well anything with cheese.) 🧀🧀

But I’m also now trying to avoid gluten in dealing with this Sjogren’s and Lyme Disease. Sooooo I thought this might be a good combo and away I went with experimentation. 👩‍🍳

My husband is the official taste tester around here and if he says a recipe I come up with is delicious, like this cauliflower mac-n-cheese, then I publish it!👌🏼😁

And we BOTH really loved this, so we hope you do too!

Ingredients:

1 Head of cauliflower

1 Block of softened cream cheese

2 Cups sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 Cup parmesan cheese (opt)

1 Pint of heavy whipping cream

2 T. Plain Greek yogurt (optional) or sour cream

5 Strips of thick bacon (diced) or 1-2 (3 oz. pkgs) of “real” bacon bits

Panko bread crumbs

Seasonings: Black pepper, garlic powder, salt, smoked paprika, sriracha hot chili sauce. (To taste… but let me tell you, the more seasonings the better, in my opinion.😁 I’m kind of the seasoning queen, ha. )

Directions:

Chop up the cauliflower. Then boil till it is slightly tender. Drain the water. Mix all the above ingredients except the cauliflower and melt together on stovetop lastly add in the cooked bacon or bits. (But also save back some cheese and bacon bits for toppings.) Place everything in a baking dish and cover with bread crumbs, more shredded cheese, bacon bits and finish with sriracha hot chili sauce.

Finally, broil till everything is lightly browned and crispy on top. 😋

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🥄🥄

This is not a sponsored post, but I did find everything at ALDIS…Love ALDIS!

Making An Easy Omelet

Making an easy omelette

You always love the look of a pretty omelette,

and you love the taste of an omelette, 😋

but then you think it has to be really hard to make one.

Well, think again!!

I was always fascinated by how quickly and beautifully the hotel’s cook could whip up all my ingredients into the perfect, fluffy breakfast.

And I wished (for years) I could as well. I thought I needed an expensive pan or special tools, but I soon realized it wasn’t that hard at all to make omelettes.

And in the past, I guess my kids were never very interested in eggs either, so now that I’m an empty nester, I’ve perfected it!😉

It really only took me about two tries to get it right, and I’ve been making them almost every morning for the last year. 🥚🍳

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The items you will need for the perfect omelette are:

A small, nonstick pan is best.

A high heat spatula. I find a flexible rubber one is better for turning.

A cup to whisk in or some type of cup with a lid for shaking. ie shaker cup.

Ingredients:

1-3 eggs depending on how large you want your omelette. They go a long way!

1 dash of water or milk

And then, add any other ingredients you’d like to incorporate into your omelette.

ie. spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, bacon, sausage cilantro, avocado, feta and any spices you’d like. I like garlic and onion powder with a little basil and sometimes smoked paprika.

Just tailor it the way you (or hubby) would prefer.

Instructions:

1) Whisk or shake your eggs till well mixed. You can add your dash of milk or water for a lower fat omelette.

Also, I sometimes only use a few whites and one or two yolk for less cholesterol.

2) Get your pan to a medium high temperature and add a small amount of oil or butter.

3) Add your whisked mixture of eggs and any other items you’d like; don’t forget to season.

4) When the edges of the egg start to slightly cook you will see it begin to look like a pancake. You may even need to use your spatula to make a little hole to let the liquids cook better, or roll your pan around. I run the spatula around the edges to lift it slightly.

5) Don’t let the egg brown too quickly or cook on too high of a temperature. (You can tell by the edges getting brown.) Sometimes I even take the pan off the burner for a bit. Reduce the temperature till the egg mixture looks medium done. Place your spatula under one side folding the egg over itself.

NOTE: You don’t have to, but you can gently flip the egg over if you want to. It should cook through regardless of flipping, however.

6) Cook the omelette the remaining time till all ingredients look done, but not too brown.

7) If you put a lid on it at the end of cooking, it will puff up nice and fluffy.

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I like to top my yummy omelette with avocado slices or homemade salsa. 👇🏽

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ENJOY! ☀️

Easy Salsa Recipe

Who doesn’t love fresh salsa?

Can I get a Sí Señora? 😁

We make it all year long.

Mexican Salsa Snowman

I became the “salsa queen” when my daughter (Morgie) began asking for fresh salsa just about every week, no lie.

Yep, we LOVE our salsa and Mexican food.


I grew up in California where I only preferred authentic Mexican cuisine but it became harder to find once moving to Indiana in the 70s…now, there’s a Mexican restaurant on every corner!

Morgie and I both agreed we could live solely on salsa.

However, we are VERY particular about our SALSA!!

We like a chunkier, thicker version so it doesn’t drip everywhere and sits perfectly on a chip.


A game changer was when I finally broke down and bought a food processor. I started experimenting, at home making my own.

Which is SOOO much better because you know the ingredients that go into making it and it’s FRESH!

And who doesn’t like fresh?!!🌶🍅

My daughter gave me her 5-star approval on the final recipe, and we began making it often.

So here’s to the quickest, easiest recipe everrrr. (Remember, you can always adapt where needed. )

And the best part…

you can just throw all the ingredients into a food processor!

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SO EASY!

I can prepare it in 15 minutes flat! (I timed myself, so I could actually say that 🤗.)

fresh peppers


Ingredients:

1/2 of a large onion (optional)

1 small, handful of cilantro (also optional-BUT we DO ❤️cilantro!)

1-8oz. can of tomato sauce

5 small sized tomatoes (We use whatever is in season, or you can used canned tomatoes.)

1/2T white sugar (takes down the bitterness of the tomatoes)

2 garlic cloves (cause we like garlic but you can adjust this. )

3T white vinegar (it’s a must)

1 jalapeno seeded/ or a small amount of chopped green chilis (optional) 🌶

2T lime juice

salt and pepper

*You can actually use any seasonings you’d like: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder.

**Just remember, canned tomatoes have LOTS of salt in them, so use the salt sparingly.

TIP: Freeze your cilantro and jalapeños for further use.


Instructions:

Add everything together in a food processor or blender. (If your food processor won’t hold everything at once, just add to the processor in smaller batches.)

Or, you can hand chop the items and mix them all together.

In the end, if you want some more liquid in your salsa just add more tomato sauce and/or a little water.

I love putting salsa on my eggs.


Tell me in the comments below what ingredients you love to add to your salsa.


Mission BBQ Restaurant Speaks Patriotism

Mission BBQ Restaurant Speaks Patriotism

We seem to eat a lot of BBQ where we live.

We. love. it.

AND, we are very picky about our BBQ, so I was both curious, and a little apprehensive about it.

We hadn’t heard of this particular restaurant; then again, we hadn’t been to the Patuxent River, MD, area in years.

Outside the restaurant, there was a nice patio area with picnic bench style seating.

Mission BBQ Restaurant

I really wasn’t expecting the interior to look the way it did, but Mission BBQ screamed absolute patriotism from the minute we walked in!

Mission BBQ Restaurant

I guess that’s to be expected being right across the street from the Patuxent Naval Air Station, not sure about the other locations.

NEVER have I seen so much, military paraphernalia, under one roof, aside from military museums.

I had a hard time eating as I didn’t know where to look first..it was all so interesting.

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I wanted to take it all in and look at everything.

Every square inch had something interesting to read or look at.

Mission BBQ

This was at our booth.

Missions BBQ plaque in honor of Sgt. Paul Fisher KIA

There were interesting articles, captivating pictures, even clever ways of displaying items; including, recognizing our community heroes like police, firemen, etc.

Missions BBQ honoring community

I love ANY PLACE that pays tribute to our great men and women of the military as well as those who support our community. [Hence my previous article  referring to my military family.]


You can choose a variety of smoked meats placed on or off the bun, lean or fatter cuts.

You then have a seat and wait for it to come out.

I chose the leaner beef brisket, (just the meat) while

the hubs had the brisket sandwich with fries as his side.

My side was the mac-n-cheese…IT WAS DELISH!

Probably the best/creamiest/cheesiest macaroni I’ve EVER had at a restaurant, for real.

(And I’m very picky about my mac-n-cheese!) 🙂

My meal also came with a piece of cornbread. I guess I missed that part when ordering.

The brisket had that Texas, oak, smoked flavor like you cooked it around the campfire.

Mission BBQ menu is here: http://mission-bbq.com/menu

They even have a gluten-free menu.

How did I miss getting a picture of our food, though! 😦

So, here’s some images for you: FOOD and SAUCES


Our history was on the walls, the tables and booths.

And of course, I had to find the Marine Corps emblem imbedded among several branches on our table.

Marine Corps insignia in the table at Mission BBQ

Even the cardboard caddy holding the six, different, choices of sauce, recognized the MIA and POWs.

Some of my favs were the KC Classic, and the more vinegar based Carolina.

Mission BBQ Sauces

They had a blend of spices and speciality sauces, up by the drink station, too, that I found to be so yummy.

Mission BBQ and recognizing POW MIA

Did you know National POW/MIA  is recognized on the third Friday of every September?

I guess I had forgotten when that was. My own Uncle Terry had been MIA for decades. (I hope to share that story, soon.)

Terry A. Hoffman MIA 1968 USMC


Coming back from the men’s restroom, my husband said, “You should see what’s in the guys’ room.”. He told me the walls were plastered with 1940 pin-up girls

not surprised there,

but then mentioned that the Farrah Fawcett’s poster was hanging above the men’s urinal.

Once again, NOT surprised.

For you young kids…it’s ICONIC.

That poster probably hung in just about every, young, teenage boy’s room across America!

Including my husband’s. (It was the only poster he ever had.) 🙂

So, naturally I wanted to see what was in us gals’ restroom.

I was trying to guess,

I thought, TOP GUN images FOR SURE!

As I rounded the corner looking for my restroom, guess whose face was peering down at me?

Tom Cruise in Top Gun fighter plane

Yep, Tom Cruise in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

We actually had jets flying overhead as we walked into the restaurant. I just love the sound of those things.

Later on, I noticed a few pilots had walked in.

They’re unmistakable aren’t they?

Once inside my restroom…

But of course…I should’ve guessed.

Lots women sending their lovers off to war with a kiss. Also infamous poses.

women sending their men off to war with kisses

 I was trying to imagine what they must’ve been feeling when those pictures were snapped.


The manager at Mission BBQ was going around visiting with people, and I noticed how he greeted patrons like they were family. I overheard him sharing about the restaurants and other cities where they have locations.

So, I’d recommend it. It’s a fun and interesting place with great food to boot.

Mission BBQ Restaurant

I was glad to see homage paid to all our military, and community service workers,

for once,

so for that fact alone, I would eat there.

Do you have a Mission BBQ near you or a favorite BBQ restaurant you like to visit?