Memories in a 15 Minute Dinner

Memories in a 15 Minute Dinner

Sometimes comfort foods & convenience foods overlap.  To me, most anything from childhood counts as comfort food.

Pierogi & Sausage

My father’s family were all Lithuanian/Polish.  If you follow the history Lithuania & Poland were the same countries at several intervals and the boundaries were always moving.  While Lithuania was finally taken over by the former Soviet Union for the majority of the 20th century,…

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Taking a Day Off

Taking a Day Off

As I’ve mentioned in several posts, I have COPD (among other issues) which can be problematic by itself but sometimes the meds can be just as bad.  Breathing treatments sometimes leave me with the shakes, excessively tired or just not able to think but wide awake.

Last night I felt really bad and after a couple of breathing treatments I went to be for 16 straight hours.  I planned on running…

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Dear parents, you are being lied to.

Dear parents, you are being lied to.

Simple Living:

An amazing, thought provoking read.

Originally posted on Gianelloni Family:

Immunisation_baby2 In light of the media’s hysteria over a once common childhood illness called measles and the refusal of the vaccine industry to acknowledge the problem has nothing to do with the unvaccinated, it was past time for this post.

Dear Parents,

You are being lied to.

People who claim to be acting in the best…

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Easy Italian Beef

Italian beef is the stuff of Chicago legend.  Crusty bread filled with seasoned meat and a flavorful broth to dip the bread in.

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Unlike its cousin, the French Dip (which is dipped into au jus as it is eaten), the Italian beef sandwich is constructed then traditionally immersed whole into the broth for a quick dip to add extra flavor.  A good crusty Italian bread is the key.

The Veggies:


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Easy Cheesy Chowder & More

Easy Cheesy Chowder & More

Need dinner in a flash?  Have I got the answer for you!

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Soup is not only a great way to get the most bang for your grocery buck but it is the ultimate in comfort food.

In restaurants, not only does soup make a great appetizer, but it reduces food cost (fancy phrase for grocery budget) by using things that can’t otherwise be served either because there’s not enough to put it on the menu or…

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Super Simple Stuffing

So quick and easy and it makes boxed stuffing into your own special recipe!

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  • 1 box of stuffing mix (pick your favorite.. Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Herb & Mushroom)
  • 1/2 roll of breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced in 1/4″ pieces (It’s up to you whether you want to peel the apple or not.)
  • 2-3 tbsp diced onion (to taste)
  • 1 rib of celery, diced small
  • water
  • butter
  • 2 eggs,…

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Activist or Slacktivist?

ACT - Action Changes Things Do you remember seeing weird posts from friends like “I like it on the bed” or “I just found out I’m pregnant”.

I think we’ve all seen one of those weird status posts that a friend will make and when you reach out to find out what’s going on you get a private message something like this…

“Hey! You should not have liked or commented! Now you have to pick one of the 14 below and post to your…

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Herb Roasted Chicken

Who doesn’t love a whole roasted chicken?  After all, that’s why rotisserie chickens are available at almost every large grocery store, isn’t it?

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Roasted chicken is so easy to make and so frugal that unless you’re needing to pick up a rotisserie chicken as an immediate convenience food, you’re so much better off fixing your own.  A whole chicken will cost the same or less than an deli but…

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Teaching the Keys to Safety is Essential

Teaching the Keys to Safety is Essential

When my daughter was still in elementary school there was a stranger danger alert.

Remember this

While I no longer have a child at home, seeing this picture on Facebook brought it all rushing back.  My daughter rode her bike back and forth to school.  We lived just a few blocks from the school which made her a walker but she had no one to walk with her.  Due to severe health problems at the time resulting…

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Healthy (and Frugal) Homemade Chicken Stock

Healthy (and Frugal) Homemade Chicken Stock

One of the easiest things in the world to make is homemade chicken stock.  I spoke briefly about making stock in I’m Dreaming of a Pot Pie.

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At the store you’ll find stock/broth priced anywhere from $1 to $5 a quart.   When I was working  60+ hours a week and cooking “on the fly” I didn’t take the time to make my own stock but it killed me every time I had to buy it at the store.

Stock is…

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Compassion is the Key

Compassion is the Key


Thanks to Politics with Jarred and Dave for the meme

It’s over.  Fred Phelps has passed.

Uncle George (Takei) is a wise man.  He’s so very right.  Death is nothing to celebrate. Acting as he and members of WBC doesn’t mean “paybacks” are achieved but rather that we have lowered ourselves to the behavior we condemned WBC for.   It makes one a hypocrite.

I found out the other day that Fred Phelps…

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

This easy craft will look adorable sitting on your sink or as a gift!


A cup or pint sized mason jar with the lid and a disposable bottle of liquid hand soap is all you need for this project that literally only takes minutes to complete.


I started the center hole with a nail, then used an old fashioned can/bottle opener (sometimes called a church key) to start turning in the center, then…

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Roll Up The Fun!

Roll Up The Fun!

I love tortillas.  Whether it’s for quesadillas, burritos, tacos or just rolling up a sandwich.


They are delicious, and versatile!  When Kid was little they were known as “Taco Bell Bread”.  They’re easy for kids to handle because they always fit in their little hands.  I always liked them for my daughters sandwiches so she wasn’t filling up on bread.

Tortillas are a favorite for me if I’m…

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"Pirate" Pancakes

“Pirate” Pancakes

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Intriguing name I know, but that’s the fun!  What’s the number one thing that kids eat when you go out to breakfast?  Pancakes.  Not just plain pancakes either.

That lovely plate of pancakes you see there?  Bacon.  Not just a little either.  

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Crispy frying bacon… can you smell it?

What I do is add the bacon…

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