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Jazzed up Oriental Ramens

Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.  That’s what came about to have me making up a batch of what I call Jazzed up Oriental Ramens.  It’s not super fancy but I really love it.

I knew a couple of our girls would be home for lunch.  I didn’t know what to make.  I had an overabundance of cabbage ripening in the garden and that’s how forces joined.

Here’s what I did….

I started out browning one pound of pork sausage.  You could easily sub in hamburger.  I added in the last of the bag of baby carrots that were going bad.  I slivered them.  I added celery and an half of onion too.  Here they are all browned.

From there I cut up a small head of cabbage.  I totally forgot to take a picture.  I had three of the grandkids here and got sidetracked but image for me, a small head of cabbage chopped and put in the pan above.

I added a half cup of water to the pan and let it simmer until the cabbage was soft.

While that was cooking, in another pan I cooked two pack so Oriental Ramen noodles.  I just cooked the noodles.  I added the season packets to the cabbage that was cooking.

I also added these spices…. Continue reading

Turtle Scones

When Kayla was here we decided to do a little baking.  I mixed up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Find the recipe HERE.

Kayla said do you have any caramel?  I said I had some caramel that was in the ball form…this…

She said, “Perfect.  Let’s make turtle scones.”  Well I happen to know that turtle scones are Kayla’s favorite.  Her coffee shop in town makes them and Kayla gets coffee on scone day.

So she looked up a recipe online and we tried it.  This is how they turned out… Continue reading

Blast from the Past: My Go-To Salads

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the salads that I was making for my nieces shower in July of 2010.

I’m known in my family as the food maker.  If anyone has any event, bridal shower, graduation, party…I always offer to make food.  It’s not that I’m an amazing cook, it’s more that I have good easy standard recipes that have become family favorites…and I don’t mind cooking.

Our family doesn’t mind salads but I often don’t make them as we can’t eat a whole batch at one sitting and salads don’t always make the best leftovers…thus, I love making them for special for occasions.

…a favorite of mine is Broccoli Cauliflower Salad.
Here’s the recipe:
1 bunch of broccoli chopped
1/2 head cauliflower chopped
1/2 c raisins
1/2 purple onion chopped
8 slices of bacon cooked crisp, crumbled
1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 T vinegar

Mix the dressing and pour over the other ingredients.  Keep will for a day or so.

I have a HUGE love of salty things and with the bacon and sunflower seeds, this salad fits the bill.  I try to watch my carbs and for me, this is better than most non-lettuce salads.

The other recipe I often make is this…. Continue reading

Company for Supper

With covid, I got lazy about cooking.  I personally wasn’t going to the grocery store and I think that left me a little uninspired.  I’ve told a few friends of mine that I so appreciate Karl doing the shopping but I really have missed looking at the strawberries and seeing how great they looked and impulsively buying them.  I miss seeing the discounted cold rotisserie chicken and not being inspired to take it home and make chicken and noodle gravy over biscuits.  There is just something about being in the story and seeing the groceries that inspires me to have more variety when I cook.  I am sure some of you who do grocery pick up or have someone in your life like Karl who is doing the shopping for you can relate.

Well a month or so ago I had Kalissa’s family and Karl here for supper.  It was so nice so I wanted to try some new recipes.  The first was Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas.  Oh my they were good…and so easy.

You can find the recipe HERE.

I was so excited about actually cooking that I forgot to take pictures until Kalissa said, “Mom, are you taking pictures for the blog”.  Yes, after 11 years of blogging I still forget to take pictures from time to time.  I guess I was in the moment.  Forgive me.

So after whipping up a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and strawberries, I put that in a tortilla and rolled it up.  Then I fried them like you would a chimichanga.

After that there were rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
We all tried some right away and it was good…but, they are much better after being refrigerated.  Don’t they look yummy??? Continue reading