Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Easiest Dinner EVER!

This is literally my go-to easy dinner, which is pretty healthy, smells delicious & everyone likes. Win-win!

You take a bone in chicken breast, wash & pat dry, spray baking dish with cooking spray, put salt/pepper on top of chicken. Then put some McCormick pinch perfect rotisserie chicken on top of chicken. Lastly top off with a little butter.

I put in oven with chicken a few baking potatoes, scrubbed & stabbed & cook 350 degrees about an hour (or until browned on top & no longer pink). Once literally thrown in oven, you can go do other things. When dinner is almost done, I make up a quick salad. I think the Italian dressing gives additional flavor to the meal. How easy is that?

Before going in oven...spices shown.

When done & plated. Wallah!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Healthy Easy egg dinner or brunch

I love this meal because everyone in the family loves it, it's healthy, filling & easy to make. You can make any salad you like, but I paired the egg dishes with oven potatoes & Kale salad with a side of oranges. I like oranges with eggs because the vitamin c helps you absorb the iron in the eggs more efficiently!

For Kale salad, I make a vinagrette with: chopped garlic, orange juice, lemon juice, salt/pepper & soy sauce. Mix as you wish, I used about a cup of each of the juices, 2 cloves or garlic & 2 tbsps of soy sauce. Toss well.

Then I make 2 eggs strata's. I make a vegetable one for the vegetarians in the family & a sausage one for the meat eaters.

Vegetable Strata:

Sausage Strata:

For  Veggie strata, Just saute 1 onion chopped, & veggies of choice chopped in olive oil. Example: Mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, spinach. Saute until tender & season with salt/pepper.

For Sausage strata, saute onion & 6-8 breakfast sausage links cup up until cooked & tender. You could also add bacon if you wish.

In a separate bowl, beat 12 eggs with 2 cups of milk. Grease 2 separate baking dishes. In one dish put veggie mixture, in other sausage mixture. Crumble bread (partly stale) over each dish to cover vegetables. Put about 1 cup of cheddar cheese/parmesan cheese over each baking dish mixture. I like to add some feta too for more delicious flavor!! Then put 1/2 egg/milk mixture in each pan. You can season with more salt/pepper if you wish. 

Bake 375 degrees until solid & browned on the top, about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes.

It's an easy brunch, or dinner! Here it is plated:

I also cooked chopped potatoes, onions in oven which were tossed with olive oil & seasoned with salt/pepper. Delish! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Glass etching gifts

I made these for christmas gifts. Would be great for engagement or housewarming too. Pretty easy to make & a useful gift. You can give as is, or fill with cookies, or use as gift box n fill with kitchenwares, etc.

Armour etch cream
Glassware (not pyrex)
Rubber gloves
Stencil brush
Vinyl stencils
Painters tape

Take glass & place vinyl evenly as possible. Surround tape with painters tape. Put rubber gloves on & take stencil brush & heavily apply etch cream. Leave on for at least half an our, an hour is better. Put gloves back on, & with sponge wash etch cream off. Then take tape & stencils off. Wash dish & dry. Be careful, etch cream is caustic. Enjoy your new dish, now monogrammed or personalized!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Roasted tomato garlic sauce with white bean balls

Great meatless monday meal!

I used tomatoes from the garden, cut up, added 4-5 garlic cloves, salt, pepper, olive oil & cooking sherry & roasted for an hour at 450 degrees. 

1 can cannellini beans
1 can great northern beans
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
Oregano, thyme & parsley to taste
2 eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2/3 cup bread crumbs

Mix all together, make into balls & fry until browned on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Put 1 small can of tomato paste
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 cup red wine
1 tsp sugar
Purée of roasted tomatoes/garlic (put in food processor)
Juices from roast tomatoes/garlic
Salt, pepper, thyme to taste

Cook pasta of your choice, drain & serve with bean balls, roasted tomato sauce & fresh parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

Girly party favor or stocking stuffer

Pretty nail file
Inexpensive, colorful nail polish
Washi tape

Put them together for a colorful stocking stuffer or little something extra to go with larger gift. Could also be used as girls party favor. Costs under $4.00 eack & very cute! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Delicious Pork Loin Dinner


Carrots peeled & cut long (however many you desire)
Parsnips peeled & cut long
Onions cut into fourths
Bag of trader Joe's jasmine rice
1 boneless pork tenderloin
2 Garlic cloves finely chopped
1/2 cup water 
1/4 cup dry white wine wine

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
Chopped chives for garnish

spray Roasting pan with cooking spray, then coat with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of meat with salt/pepper & rub with garlic. Cook over med/high heat until browned on both sides. De-glaze pan with white wine. Put onions, carrots & parsnips around pork & put into over 1 1/2 hours 350 degrees, until it's done. Before roast is done, in saucepan combine glaze ingredients & stir until thickened. Brush roast with glaze several time last 1/2 hour of cooking. Take out roast when done & sprinkle with chopped chives. 

Make Trader Joe's jasmine rice & serve with pork, carrots, parsnips & onions. Enjoy!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Easy Vegetarian Indian Meal

Bag trader joe's frozen edamame
3 cloves garlic chopped
Bag cooked lentils
Can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. cumin
2 shakes of each: 
cayenne powder, ground ginger, tumeric
1/2 can of condensed milk
Bag brown & wild rice trader joe's
Can chicken or vegetable broth

Boil bag of lentils to heat

In another pan cook 2/3 of chopped garlic on olive or coconut oil. After about a minute, add can of tomatoes & condensed milk. Add seasonings, drain lentils & add to tomato mixture. Simmer until thickened. Season with salt/pepper.

In small pan sauté rest of garlic in olive or coconut oil, then add edamame, salt & pepper. Cook until softened, adding broth to pan as cooking. 

Take naan out of bag (frozen trader joe's), bake 400 degrees about 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. 

Serve with rice or stir rice into lentil stew. Serve with naan. Enjoy! Healthy vegetarian meal.

Note:  Tumeric, ginger & cayenne are known for cancer fighting properties. Benefit!!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fruit & Nut Salad

A nice light summer breakfast or snack & my kiddo's loved it! Cut up strawbereries, peaches, granny smith apples, throw in a handful of blueberries & a handful of cashews, then top with shaved dark chocolate! Healthy, fresh & delish!

I made a different variation for my daughter with almonds instead of cashews & sprinkled with cinnamon. You could also add different fruits to your liking, mix with granola, pistachios, oatmeal, yogurt, coconut, whatever your hearts delight!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Indian Pizza

I saw this recipe somewhere for this super easy Indian Pizza. I LOVE Indian food & this is something quick & light that satisfies my Indian food cravings. You can serve with salad.


Tandoori Naan Bread (frozen - Trader Joe's)
Cherry tomatoes chopped
A handful of spinach
A few spoonfuls of Lite Ricotta
Curry Simmer Sauce

Take frozen Naan bread & put on baking dish (if making one toaster oven). Spread a layer of curry simmer sauce or your favorite Indian simmer sauce on the Naan. Put a few dollops of Ricotta, a few handfuls of Spinach & cook in 350 degree oven about 5 minutes. When done, top with chopped tomatoes. You can also top with corn, or tweak the ingredients to what you have or are in the mood for. How simple & delicious is that?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Purple flowers Galore!

Roasted Garlic/Vegetable, Feta, Olive pasta

I cut the top off some garlic, cut up some eggplant & zucchini (sliced fairly thin), Tossed in different colored cherry tomatoes & coated with olive oil, seasoned with salt/pepper. Then roast 400 degrees for about 1/2 hour, or until veggies are cooked to your liking.

You can save some of the eggplant & zucchini to put on a baguette roll or crusty bread tomorrow with some goat cheese for a delicious gourmet roast veggie sandwich!

While veggies are roasting, cook some whole wheat fettucini, linguine, spagetti or angel hair. When done, drain the pasta, coat with flavored oil (I used truffle), season with salt & pepper & toss in the rest of the roast vegetables. I then toss in a jar of pitted kalamata olives & some feta cheese to taste.

My daughter said it was delicious!!! My whole family liked it. I served it with whole wheat crusty bread/butter & some chicken on the side. Enjoy this healthy, tasty meal and best can use some of the roast veggies from the meal for a delicious sandwich the next day!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Birds in a Wreath

I made a wreath for my front porch last fall & my hubby noticed a few weeks ago a nest with newly hatched baby birds. Sharing some pics of them, aren't they sweet?

Growing up!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Healthy snack kids love

I cut up strawberries & put in bags in the fridge & made a dip which is pretty healthy/light & the kids love it! I put the dip in small containers so they can grab with the bags of strawberries for school or an after school snack.


1/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup truvia
1 block light cream cheese
1 cup+ Greek non-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend with blender until fully mixed & enjoy with fruit!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Spanish Tortilla-scramble

My daughter traveled to Spain last summer. She loved it, but didn't exactly love the food. She's a vegetarian & said they ate mainly fish. She did; however, love the Spanish Tortilla that they served all over Spain. When she was home, we looked up the recipe & made it for the family one night. Everyone really likes this, even my hubby! It's super quick, healthy & delicious. Not sure if it's exactly how they do in Spain, but pretty close.

If you want a quick, yummy meal, here it is:

8 potatoes scrubbed & sliced
1 onion chopped
olive oil (about 1/2 cup)
6 eggs
Salt & pepper

Cook onion & potatoes in olive oil (generous) until tender. When tender, add eggs (scrambled in bowl) to pan & turn, cook until eggs are done. Serve with Salad (we love Kens Italian dressing as further seasoning). Enjoy ~

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Save a dog

Healthy Breakfast smoothie

Found a great recipe for a filling & healthy breakfast smoothie & realized you could tweak it to your or your children's liking. My kids love this & how healthy, filled with vitamins & fiber?

I added:

1/4 cup quick cook oats
1 tbsp honey
a handful of chopped almonds
1tbsp wheatgerm
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 ripe banana
A few scoops of plain nonfat greek yogurt
8 frozen strawberries (instead of ice)

Blend in blender & serve!

You can also add/substitute other type of fruit: mango's, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.

Use milk instead of coconut milk, or almond milk.

I sometimes add protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseeds, truvia (instead of honey),  

How quick & healthy for breakfast or a snack. Here's my son enjoying it for breakfast:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The BEST Stuffing recipe!

1 Loaf Challah Bread broken up & toasted
1/2 bag pepperidge farm seasoned stuffing (blue bag)
1 onion finely chopped
1 box chicken broth
2 celery stalks chopped
1 carrot peeled & chopped finely
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Fresh herbs to taste such as: rosemary, thyme, sage (chopped)
2 eggs scrambled
Butter - 1 stick

Break up & toast in the oven on a sheet pan the challah bread (only use a little of the crust)
Put the chopped carrots, onion & celery in a pan with 1/2 stick of butter & cook until tender. Season towards end with chopped herbs & salt/pepper.
Scramble up the eggs in a small bowl.
Put the toasted Challah bread, 1/2 bag of stuffing, cooked onion mixture, egg, shredded cheese in bowl. Toss with enough chicken broth to make the mixture slightly wet.
Put the mixture into a baking dish, bake at 350 degrees until toasted & crunchy on top!
Fragrant, easy & delicious!

You can add if you like: chopped roasted chestnuts, chopped cranberries, chopped & cooked pancetta, etc. ! ENJOY~

Monday, October 22, 2012

Healthy Blueberry Coconut Macadamia Muffins

These Are so delicious & healthy to boot! I thought this would be a great idea for the kids for breakfast with fruit, to pop in their lunch boxes, or as an after school snack! Hope you enjoy!
*adapted from Eating Well

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp plus 3/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
2 tbsp plus 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
5 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts, divided
2 tbsp. canola oil, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1 egg white
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla or coconut milk
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Spray 12 cup mini muffin pan with baking spray.

Combine coconut, 2 tbsp all purpose flour, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp macadamia nuts in small bowl. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil, stir & set aside.

Whisk 3/4 cup all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, egg white, buttermilk, butter & extract in large bowl until combined. Make a well in the center & pour ingredients from small bowl in. Mix until just mixed & ad blueberries. 

Bake until the muffins are golden brown & a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes & serve with some butter!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quick & fresh dinner!

Angel hair with garlic, basil & tomatoes, croissants with ham & swiss & chickpea salad:

This dinner you can literally just throw together. These are ingredients you already have on hand.

Angel hair pasta
cherry tomatoes halved
2 garlic cloves chopped
salt/pepper to taste
olive oil
parmesan cheese
chopped fresh basil leaves

Cook angel hair according to directions & toss with desired amounts of above ingredients.
Serve with ham & cheese croissants. Simply cut pieces of ham & cheese & roll up in a refrigerated croissant. Cook on baking sheet at 350 degrees until browned on top. My family LOVED these & how quick & simple!!!

I served these with a chickpea salad. Easy using the same ingredients as in the pasta, just toss with some canned chickpea beans.

Basil chopped
garlic clove chopped
cherry tomatoes halved
mini cucumbers cut into penny sizes
vinegar to taste
olive oil to taste
dash of honey
salt & pepper to taste

So quick to throw this all together!!! I didn't put measurements because you can just toss what you have together, wallah the quick & easy part. Just an idea for a fresh & quick dinner that everyone, including kids love! Enjoy~

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homemade Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is so easy to make & SOOOOoooo much better homemade than store bought! You can add your own touches, apples, nectarine zest, orange zest, ginger, whatever flavor you think will go nicely with the meal you're preparing. Here's my favorite version of cranberry sauce, perfect for the holidays coming up! Hope you enjoy!

1 bag cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp brandy
1 cup cabernet or other red wine
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Allspice
a pinch of nectarine or orange zest

Put in sauce pan, bring to a boil & then simmer on low until berries pop & sauce mixes together. Put in refrigerator to chill, then serve when needed. Can double or triple the batch for a large gathering. Great to make ahead also.

Another version is instead of brandy & 1 cup of red wine, instead use 3/4 cup red wine & 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. orange juice. Both versions are delicious & beat store brands any day! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Best Pot Roast Recipe ever!

1 Beef such as Brisket, Rump Roast, etc.
2 large onions
6-8 carrots, peeled & cut
1-3 parsnips, peeled & cut
4 potatoes, peeled & cut
2 garlic cloves
1/2 bottle dark beer (optional)
1 can beef broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet lipton beef/onion seasoning (soup mix)
salt/pepper/olive oil

Add ins:
Turnips, package of mini onions with cream sauce (I had in fridge) I love adding mushrooms to this, but didn't have this time!

Brown roast on all sides in pan of olive oil, season with salt/pepper first. Keep in pan (roasting pan with lid). Add cut vegetables all around. Sprinkle with lipton soup, scoop cream of mushroom soup over & pour broth & beer (1/2 bottle) all over. Put in oven & cook at 350 degrees for about 3-4 hours, until tender! Simple as that & delicious! You can add to the gravy it makes on it's own by adding more broth, water, etc.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One of my favorite family Photo's

5 years ago, Wells Beach, Maine! My husband's family reunion, his sister comes up every 4-5 years or so, she lives across the Country in Washington State. His family takes a lot of pictures when they're together, so we got in on the action! LOL!