Chicken pot pies

Made four pretty big actually. Rolled out one puff pastry. Used frozen veggies.

Greek Orzo Chicken

Used one Roma tomato and then dried sun dried tomatoes. Grilled chicken breasts seasoned with salt pepper oregano onion powder garlic powder.


Wisconsin brat noodle bowl


Cut up two cranberry brats from trigs into coins. Sauntee in oil and brown real well. Add can of rotel,about a cup of frozen onion and celery,dash of basil and dash of white cooking wine. Sauté up real well,let it get real brown!! Almost burn…Toss cooked pasta in,1/4 of goat cheese. Stir and serve!

Baby Back Ribs

Coated with yellow mustard and added rub. Let sit overnight.

Added some bbq sauce and then bakec 2 hrs at 350 with foil over pan.

Grilled five minutes each side.


Wordless Wednesday



One off the Bucket List:Make Cat Vomit



Poor kitty had a bad morning!

I can scratch one more thing off my Bucket List now! Exciting day here…. Ritter our ale Ocicat was sitting in the bathroom with me while I applied a careful coat of makeup. He was having much fun with a small elastic hair band. Oh,so cute I thought.

Then it occurred to me he was making some weird noises. What was he doing? Oh hell no. Oh hell yes! Did to just EAT the hair tie. Yes,yes he did. We joke Ritter is “special”–but I didn’t realize he was so special he thought a hair tie was for eating. Sigh.

I have,in the past,deeply regretted not taking action when a pet ate something suspicious,so,I went with my gut here. I quickly googled,“how to make a cat puke”. Then I measured out three teaspoons of peroxide (oh don’t worry,we have stock in peroxide in this house),snatched a dropper out of some other thing in the fridge,and went for Ritter.

Poor thing.

I am thankful he is so trusting and kept believing me when I said I didn’t have that thing in my hand….honest. Took three droppers worth,and about 10 minutes later,poor Ritter puked up the peroxide,plus hair band.

Mission accomplished! And it wasn’t all that difficult. And now I don’t have to worry about the hair band twisting up in his intestines and causing a blockage and other horrible things!

Note to self:put hair bands AWAY!

Recipe:Harvest Quinoa Salad


1 cup Red Quiona –rinsed and cooked (cook like rice)
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Bag –1cup? Chopped Pecans
1 cup diced apples
1 cup diced roasted golden beets (optional,I happened to have them on hand)
1 cup reduced fat feta
1 tsp each:cinnamon,cumin,nutmeg
Bag of romaine hearts,torn


Cook &cool quinoa,then mix everything together with the Romain.

1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 Maple Syrup
1/4 Water
1 TB Dijon Mustard
2 TB Orange Juice
3 TB (or to taste) Balsamic

Recipe:Roast Garlic &Tomato Soup


Makes 7 quarts
Start to finish = 15 minutes
Prep = 5 minutes


9 Tbls + 1 tsp olive oil
18 cloves minced garlic
6 quarts tomato juice
48 oz. crushed tomatoes
3 Tbls + 1 tsp paprika
1 cup sweet vermouth


Saute the garlic in olive oil very briefly,taking care not to brown it. Stir in the paprika and saute for another minute,stirring continuously,and taking care that it doesnt scorch.

Stire in the tomato juice and crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil;reduce heat and add vermouth. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

Optional:Garnish with parmesan and croutons.

Variations:Add cooked garbanzo beans and garnish with shredded feta cheese and chopped parsley. Or –add tabasco and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.


I make this soup all winter long. Every fall I bring a batch to work and every absolutely RAVES about it. It is SERIOUSLY easy to make and tastes delicious –this is coming from somebody who DOES NOT LIKE tomato soup. But I LOVE this soup.

….courtesy Yo-Cones Recipe Book,Sara Basso

Buffalo Chicken Dip


This dish is so easy to make,it is perfect for gatherings or parties!


2 cans chopped chicken,rinsed and drained
1/2 block cream cheese ( I used 1/3 fat )
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup ranch dressing ( I used low fat )
Louisiana hot sauce to taste –you could use all of this,or half of this. Up to you.
1/2 cup Chopped green onions,optional. I had some on hand.

Toss all in crock pot and turn on,stirring occasionally :-)

Use with any sort of chip,bread,or veggies if you want to go healthy.

Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad



Oh wow. This was insanely good. I made it up pretty much.


2 cups uncooked pasta
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes,halved
2 TBS olive oil
2 limes,juiced
3 garlic cloves,diced or mashed
2 TBS basil,chopped
Dash of oregano


Cook pasta

In separate bowl,combine olive oil,avocado,lime juice,garlic,salt,pepper,basil,oregano.

When pasta is cooked,drain,and mix in the other ingredients. Toss in tomatoes.