Monday, June 27, 2022

~Creamy Cheesy Pie~

Creamy Cheesy Pie
(File Photo)
Easy and delicious!

Yum! There are 2 servings left of Creamy Cheesy Pie in our fridge. Yes!! This weekend we had a taste of 90° F temperatures when both Saturday and Sunday were in the low 90°'s.  After listening to our weather forecasters, it was the perfect time to make a Creamy Cheesy Pie to enjoy after dinner. My mother- in- law introduced me to this very tasty treat. After she shared her recipe so many years ago, I was so surprised how little time it took to prepare.

It is really easy to prepare, too! There are 4 ingredients here. That is unless you also use 1% fat milk like we do. In that case 1 Tablespoon powdered milk is also added into the pot before preparing the pudding mix.

Before serving a slice of this delicious pie, I spread a small amount of Freezer Jam on top. Oh, it will be the newly made Strawberry Flavored Freezer Jam! Then a squirt of Reddi-wip whipped cream tops it off.

Click here for the complete recipe that I have posted in the past.    

It is so good! There are 2 servings waiting in our fridge! Add the ingredients to your grocery list.


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam
working its magic and prepping itself!

It's the season of local strawberries!  Nothing beats purchasing one, two or many quarts of these delicious juicy berries when the local crop is ready.  Yesterday, for me, it was many quarts.  No, we were not planning on eating all of them in the next few days.  I had plans!  Well, I have plans for strawberries every year.  Some were prepped for our freezer and 3 quarts were used today to make Strawberry Freezer Jam.  That is also another tradition with me.  Freezer Jam really makes itself while sitting undisturbed on a counter or in my case, our dining room table, for 24 hours.  Then, the Freezer Jams are placed in the freezer.

Strawberries, Sugar, Lemon Juice and Certo (liquid pectin) are the needed ingredients.  Clean freezer containers are needed, also.  So many years ago I made Strawberry Jams by stirring the mixture in a pot on the stove.  Usually, it was a hot day, but the jam was so delicious, it was worth it.  Then, I learned about Freezer Jams.  I really liked the idea, because after reading the directions it looked so easy.  That year I made one batch. It was easy to prep and it tasted so delicious!!  That was over 40 years ago!! 

To make one batch you will need 1 quart of fresh Strawberries!  The local strawberries are so good when prepping Strawberry Freezer Jam.  For more instructions and hints click here to read an older post about Freezer Jam.  It is worth the extra click!  Then, make a batch!


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice
ready to be served!

We enjoy eating Pork Fried Rice.  In the past it was a side dish whenever we were in the mood while ordering from our fave Chinese restaurant.  Well, not anymore. It comes together so quickly when you have the ingredients on hand.

Either baked in the oven or grilled, we also enjoy Pork Tenderloin!  There are always a few slices left in the serving dish after dinner.  If there is one thing that I learned at the start of the pandemic it was-  a small amount of any food can be incorporated into another delicious dish on another evening.  This is the case with those extra slices of baked/ grilled Pork Tenderloin.

Rice is another ingredient in this dish, so whenever I make this dish, I start the Rice first.  I always make my whole recipe and later freeze the extra cooled Rice not needed at the time in a labelled/ dated freezer bag.  It's placed in my freezer ready to use in the future.  Click here for Rice Recipe
***Lately, instead of using the chicken broth I have been using only cold water

Pork Fried Rice
Serves 2- 3 people 

A few slices of Baked/ Grilled Pork Tenderloin
1 and 1/4 Cups Prepared White Rice
2 Whole Eggs
2 teaspoons Olive Oil for sauteing/ baking
3/4 Cup frozen Peas
4- 6 teaspoons Soy Sauce- I use low sodium.


  1. Prepare Rice.
  2. Cut Baked/ Grilled Pork Tenderloin slices into small pieces, set aside.
  3. Scramble 2 Whole Eggs, set aside.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons Olive Oil for sauteing/ baking to large skillet. Heat.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and place cooked/ prepared Rice in large skillet.
  6. Heat Rice by stirring.
  7. Add frozen Peas and combine.
  8. Add Soy Sauce to skillet and combine all. 
  9. Add Pork Tenderloin pieces and Scrambled Eggs and combine everything.
  10. Heat all thoroughly and serve when Peas are tender.

When you have any extra slices of the Pork Tenderloin after dinner, this is a great meal to prepare for Part II. It is easy and it is also delicious!


Sunday, June 5, 2022

~Early June~

Gardening in early June

June brings more color to our yard and it's great to see! The Knockout Rose buds are beginning to open. First, there was one flower and now there are three. So many more buds are visible!

Another great surprise was the Zinnia seeds began to sprout.  That is always a great success, because the seeds planted were harvested from last year's bountiful colorful crop. Every day they will get a bit bigger.

June is a great month!

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day
we remember
and we honor
the men and the women
who have died
in service to our country.

Thank you

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Solar Green Tea

Solar Green Tea

It's another solar Green Tea kind of day here in New England! By the pitcher- 2 tea bags in a pitcher of cold water for about 2-3 hours.  Or by the glass- 1 tea bag in a glass of cold water.  Either way the container sits on my window sill in the sunlight. I use decaf.


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Grilled Chicken- Part 2

Grilled Chicken- Part 2

To some people the word leftovers is not appreciated much.  However, to me leftovers can be the beginning of another entree to be enjoyed at dinner.  For example, a few days ago grilled chicken tasted great!  I had a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese in the pantry and it paired so well with the chicken.  We enjoyed a vegetable, too.  Needless to say we had leftovers.

That brought another easy to prepare entree 2 nights later.  Two Zucchinis were cut into slices, then cut in half and sauteed.  Mushrooms were also cut into slices and you guessed- sauteed. (***Yes, I did rinse them under/ in cold water/ drained before slicing.)  The chicken was cut into small chunks and added to the large sautee pan along with the Mac & Cheese- to heat everything.  Then, I added about 2 ounces of water and stirred everything together.  Without the water it may have been a bit dry.    A quick trip to my spice rack for the Oregano and Basil.  Two shakes of each went into my sautee pan.  Then, a little more stirring.  Before I knew it we were eating dinner! 

This was one delicious dinner!! Two of the ingredients were leftovers!  Who would know??  

Now, this is a recipe that needs no specific written instructions.  It's a "use what you have", sautee some veggies, add water, Oregano and Basil.  Dinner was so good!!

Try it!
We enjoyed it!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day!!


Wishing all Moms
a very happy day!!!



Friday, April 15, 2022

Strawberry Shortcake

The local Strawberries that were prepped
and are now in our freezer.
(File Photo)

What would be a delicious dessert to enjoy after Sunday's dinner? Choices, choices, choices! Suddenly, I remembered Strawberry Shortcake!  A small piece of yummy homemade shortcake sliced in half and then each half covered with sweetened fresh (or in my case sweetened/ frozen and defrosted) bright red sliced Strawberries. A small layer of vanilla ice cream is placed on top of the strawberries and then a quick dollop of whipped cream.  That is the answer to my question! 

This dessert is perfect for a Spring holiday! It is also a great sweet to enjoy following a special dinner.  I bake the shortcake in a 9" round cake pan.

Click here for the complete printable recipe for Strawberry Shortcake.   

We always have extra servings of baked Shortcake.  They freeze very well.  I cut each single serving in half and place both halves in a sandwich bag.  All of the packaged pieces are then placed in a freezer bag/ labeled/ dated and into the freezer they go to enjoy at other times.  More Strawberry Shortcake in our future!

This is a great dessert!



Thursday, April 14, 2022

Grilled Haddock

Grilling the Haddock Fillets
(File Photo)

Last night Grilled Haddock was on our menu!  It is always very easy to prepare and is also a delicious dinner.  The Haddock fillets are coated with Olive Oil, Paprika and Thyme and then placed in a grilling basket on the grill.  Before you know it, it is ready to be served along with a vegetable and a salad.  On a warm evening it comes in handy to remember grilling is an option at dinner time. 

For my complete Instructions, click here.


Monday, April 4, 2022

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus
(File Photo)

Roasted Asparagus is delicious! Growing up my family always (and I do mean always) enjoyed Asparagus at dinnertime in the Spring.  It only made an appearance on our dinner table when the fresh local veggie was available at the road side stands in nearby Hadley, MA. My mom always boiled/ drained the cut strips and we would drizzle melted butter over them.  As much as I always liked that method of preparing Asparagus, that is now a Memory!

Now, after preparing the stalks I roast them in a 425°F oven for 12- 13 Minutes.  Oh yes, Olive Oil, dried Basil and dried Oregano and maybe powdered Garlic are in the mix, too before the cookie sheet containing the Asparagus is placed in the oven.  What a great method of preparing this green vegetable!

Ready to be placed in my oven!
(File Photo)

For the complete recipe that I have posted in the past click here for Roasted Asparagus!    

It is so delicious!


Friday, March 18, 2022

A Quick Glance

It's March and our thermometer reading was 73 degrees this afternoon.  A quick walk around our yard brought the views of flower buds in the gardens.  Hyacinth and Daffodil flowers will be making their appearances.  The Crocuses are blossoming, now.  This may be a tease, but the warm weather and cheeseburgers on the grill tonight are signs of Spring!!


Saturday, March 12, 2022

Best Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
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Add unsalted Butter, Buttermilk and Raisins to your grocery list this weekend! It's time to get ready to bake a delicious Irish Soda Bread!  Yes, they can be purchased, but this Irish Soda Bread is filled and I did write filled with moisty Raisins.  Every bite is just so yummy!  This is by far the best Irish Soda Bread that I have ever tasted!  I had used other recipes in the past, but they always were d- r- y.  And, they did not contain enough Raisins.  

Quite a few years ago I "googled" to find what recipe I could come up with.  I did not expect to find much, because I only had 1 Cup of Buttermilk to use.  To my surprise I found a blog with an Irish Soda Bread recipe that required that 1 Cup of Buttermilk.  It was so very easy to prepare.  It had so many Raisins, too!  I was hooked.  I baked it and boy was it delicious!  This recipe is just the best!  I have never searched for another!

Click on this link for the recipe with all of my hints!  The complete story, too!  You will be very happy you did!  I have learned that slices of this Irish Soda Bread freeze very well!  This delicious bread is also a wonderful treat to bake, cool and mail to our sons- for St. Patrick's Day or other special occasions.  You guessed it!  It is a family favorite!  Did I mention that it is easy to prepare??  It is!! 

Irish Soda Bread
cut and packaged to mail
(File Photo)

Yesterday, the Buttermilk was purchased for my St. Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread baking.  Slices will be on our breakfast table on March 17th!  Heated in the microwave for a few seconds- ah, YUM!!  Bake one this year!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

~Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat

It's March 2
Happy Birthday to You,
Dr. Seuss

Every year on this day I post a Happy Birthday to Springfield, MA's favorite author, Theodor Seuss Geisel.  He was born on this day, March 2, in 1904.  Mr. Geisel wrote so many interesting stories for children (of all ages) using the name Dr. Seuss.  Seuss was his mother's maiden name.  Many of the stories are comical and filled with the history of Springfield, MA during his childhood.  The Indian Motocycles (Yes, that was the correct spelling when they were first manufactured in Springfield.) and the Forest Park Zoo (His dad was the superintendent of that zoo.) were included in his books. 


Friday, February 11, 2022

Super Bowl Chili

Super Bowl Chili
(File Photo)

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend! Every year on that special Sunday we enjoy Chili for dinner! Delicious, hot, flavorful Chili!  Definitely it's served with a dollop of Sour Cream on top.  The Sour Cream is stirred in just before enjoying that first spoonful of this yummy meal.  Cannot forget a slice of Rye or Oatmeal bread for dunking into the tasty tomato sauce.  It's all part of the enjoyment of eating Chili! 

This is a very easy dinner to prep in a Slow Cooker or in a Crock Pot.  I have a Slow Cooker that comes in so handy any season during the year.  My Slow Cooker has a non stick pot, BUT I have learned that meats/ poultry can overcook/ burn on the very bottom.  For that reason I place the Green Pepper that has been cut into chunks on the pot's bottom. 

Sometimes, I prepare Chili using ground beef and at other times I use ground turkey.  I do not notice any difference in the Chili's taste when using either.  It's spicy, so either works.  Lately, I've been using the ground beef, because the date on the ground beef package (when we purchase it) is better.  Grocery shopping has definitely changed for us during this pandemic.  I plan for more than a week's meals when writing out the grocery list.      

Yesterday, I made a batch of my Chili.  It was so good!  I have also learned that Chili freezes very well!  The extra portions were placed in freezer containers and into the freezer they went.  You guessed it!  On Saturday, which is tomorrow, I will place a large container of my Chili in the fridge to begin defrosting overnight.  On Sunday it will be reheated for dinner.  It's really great to have Sunday's dinner in the freezer!  Yes, we do have the Sour Cream and Oatmeal bread, too.

For my Chili recipe click on this link for the Ingredients and the Directions that I wrote in a previous post.  Then, add the ingredients for Chili to your grocery list.  Sour Cream and Rye or Oatmeal Bread, too!   Prepare a batch of Chili for Super Bowl Sunday!


Friday, January 7, 2022


Our grill is covered with the fluffy white flakes.  It's a day of snowblowers, shoveling and snow plows. Looking in every direction we see the beauty of winter in New England! 


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Top Post of 2021!

Baked Taco Pie!
(File Photo)

Tonight's dinner is baking in our oven.  It is also the top blog post that I wrote for last year- in 2021! Drum roll here,
da dum... Baked Taco Pie!

Ground Beef, corn, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and shredded cheeses layered between tortillas. Oh, there are herbs and spices in the mix, too. It's served with a dollop of sour cream. Oh Yum!

We have extra portions, so they always have a spot in our freezer for a quick and easy future dinner.

Click here for my recipe. It's that good!


Saturday, January 1, 2022

My Wish-

Wishing You a Healthy & a Safe 2022!!!