Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Do you find yourself scrambling for a quick and easy meal to prepare for dinner? I often do and that is why I just love Kroger Skillet Meals! They are easy to prepare in about 10 minutes and are so delicious too! There are quite a few varieties to choose from as well. such as Tuscan style Penne, Chicken Fajitas, Shrimp lo mein, shrimp fried rice and even sausage rigatoni!! As a member of bzzagent I received coupons for a free kroger skillet meal, Fresh selection salad kit and a loaf of kroger garlic bread. This dinner was done in about 10-15 minutes and I felt good about being able to serve a hearty, delicious meal to my family instead of picking up the phone and ordering a greasy pizza :)
So next time you find yourself wondering what to feed the family on such short notice...give Kroger skillet meals a try! They will love it.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Here is the challenge:
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
Well this first one is fairly easy! Day 5 a song that reminds you of someone: That would definitely have to be Ricky Nelson - Never anyone else but you. This song reminds me of my daddy!! He sang this to my stepmother at their wedding :) My dad was quite the romantic one.
When i was just 2 weeks old my biological mother walked out never to return. Twelve years later she shows up and takes me from the only family i know (my dad, grandma and grandpa)
My mother and I never really bonded and i assume the only reason she came and got me was to collect some type of child support. Just my opinion. Anyhow...I have not seen or spoken to her in over 30 years but I DO know she does not live to far from me.
I often wonder how she is doing as she has to be pushing 70 about now. I have heard that she was in the hospital at least twice for heart surgery. I just can not bring myself into checking on her. I feel like I should but then again i just do not want any confrontation with her.
She has never made any effort to see me or my kids who are now adults. Nor has she ever inquired about any of us. Feels like I am pulled in two different directions.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
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Monday, October 14, 2013
This easy bread stuffing recipe never sees the inside of a turkey, so you decide whether to call it "stuffing" or "dressing."
Either way, baking it is actually better than cooking inside the bird because the oven gets the top nice and crisp.
Also, cooking it inside the bird is a major food safety risk.
Either chicken stock or turkey stock will work for this recipe.
You're just looking to moisten the bread cubes before baking. Don't let them get soggy.
Also, if you're adding any nuts or fruit (slivered almonds, raisins, diced apples, etc), do it between steps #4 and #5, just before adding the stock.
Tip: For a delicious cornbread stuffing, substitute cornbread for half the bread in this recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
* 8 slices white bread
*½ cup chopped onion
* ½ cup chopped celery
* ½ stick butter
*2 Tbsp chopped parsley
*1 Tbsp chopped sage, thyme and/or marjoram
*1 cup chicken or turkey stock
Optional: ½ cup walnuts or slivered almonds and/or raisins or diced apples.
* Preheat oven to 400 °F.
* Cut bread into ½-inch cubes.
* Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
* Give the pan a shake midway through so the cubes brown evenly.
*Remove pan and let the bread cubes cool.
* Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
* Sauté the onion and celery until the onion is slightly translucent. Remove from heat and let cool.
* Transfer the bread cubes, chopped herbs and the cooked celery and onions to a large bowl.
*You'd add the nuts or fruit at this stage too. Give it all a toss to combine.
* Now, drizzle a bit of the stock over the bread cubes and gently mix.
* Repeat until all the bread has been moistened but not too wet. You might not use all of the stock.
* Butter a baking dish, transfer the dressing to the dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is crispy.