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Food Network needs a revamp

I have always appreciated watching and learning new ways to cook and make healthy dishes in the kitchen. What I’ve noticed over the years is a very disturbing change is taking place on this channel and it appears to me there is no light making an improvement. What seems to be taking place on this network is disappearance of great cooking and it is quite disturbing.

I was actually enjoying how I could take notes, watch, and learn from various shows such as Unwrapped, Iron Chef, and even Barefoot Contessa and The Pioneer Woman as those recipes can be achieved from an easy affordable grocery list. What this network has turned to now is nothing more than contest shows that seem to be over rated and nothing like what the Food Network was originally about. What is driving me batty is this constant programming urge to show re-runs throughout the day on Friday and Sunday not just for an hour or two – all day! I am finding it very hard to sit and listen to someone who sits around a high kitchen table and talks down to me like I’m a child and don’t know how to boil water. This is getting very disturbing especially from persons who I once did appreciate and have fun watching while they were cooking. It is almost as if their ego has gone a little too far north and it is now coming out into the open, literally.

What happen to the originality of this channel when Chef Mario or Chef Emeril both had a show and were doing fabulous work showing how to cook dishes step by step? Is not that what the Food Network was originally created for? Now this network has turned into a frequent programming of Guy Fieri showing or the next food star. This raises the final question now that the vice president has left this network who step forward within and make some damage control changes on behalf of the viewers and start to pay homage to cooking for what it is, a skill and talent of art.

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The week of August 24 What’s for Dinner

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Here we are at the 2nd to last week of August; wonder if it’s me or if this month has gone quickly? I don’t know about your area but here where I am the kids are going back to school this week. Unsure how parents feel about that. I’m sure they are quite excited but I’m also sure a lot of them are thinking in the back of their minds what to do for dinners because now habits kind of change from how they were in the summer months. Here is a menu plan to go with for the week of August 24th.

Monday, August 24

Slow Cooker Pork Chop Casserole

Tuesday, August 25

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Wednesday, August 26

3-Ingredient Crockpot Lasagna

Thursday, August 27

Crockpot Stuffed Red Peppers

Friday, August 28

Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tenders

Saturday, August 29

Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

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Is your garden ready for final harvest

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Those of you who are growing your summer garden are most likely watching what is growing in your garden and constantly tending to what is taking place. There is most likely a lot of activity taking place with the garden growth due to the weather changes over the past few months as well. Now that we are nearing cooler weather much faster and it seems to be changing at a quick pace those of us who have a garden need to think about what to do with caring for our garden because of this weather change to not cause damage to the produce that has grown. There are some who have chosen to plant larger gardens with rows of organic corn that do not need harvesting until after the weather has began to get closer to fall.

The growing of a garden whether it is fresh onions, fresh tomatoes  or rows of organic sweet corn it is a beneficial and wonderful savings for having vegetables right from your garden as it will save money when shopping at the grocery store. Plus there are so many things you can do with them after obtaining them from the garden. The Internet can help you with multiple ideas on what to do with fresh vegetables from your garden by just doing a search using Google.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and continue to visit this section as I will be updating it with tasty recipes as we enter the fall and winter months.

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Independence Day weekend is upon us

American-FlagLet me say thank you to every Veteran man and woman who has served and still are protecting this nation. Without them we would not be a safe nation. God bless for giving yourselves to this nation and protecting it from harm and evil.

Many Americans are planning a gathering with their families to celebrate this 4th of July weekend and celebrate. There is quite the variety of recipes across this nation everyone is quite known to be good at making this time of year. From the best grilled hamburgers with fixings to a grilled steak that is done so perfect it will melt in your mouth. There are some cooks who can cook the short-ribs using sauce or rub that has been perfected over time. There are side dishes of potato salad and macaroni salad so wonderful they will make your mouth water just looking at the dish sitting on the table.

And what about those home-made apple pies with cinnamon and glaze and oh my… yum! Just the thought of all this food makes me think of sharing beautiful times together with my family and cooking with my Mom. Share your favorite Independence Day treat or your favorite 4th of July memory.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Pets are family so they should have a cooked meal also

I wanted to share a few thoughts about pet ownership and pet care as I have two miniature schnauzer that are a part of this family. When we had first gotten Pepper, the female mini schnauzer, she was a tiny fur ball puppy that I was so curious about as I wanted to know everything about the breed. I had German Sheppards growing up and now owning a different breed of canine that was much smaller I wanted to know more and understand everything there was so I did everything right as a pet owner of a new breed.

Over time Pepper and I became quite close in relationship as she was with me every day and I spent much time in caring for her needs. As she grew I began training and giving her guidance on the right way to handle situations. When there was enough room and Pepper was old enough to handle having a friend we decided it was time to bring in Shadow, the male mini-schnauzer. Shadow was an older puppy when gotten but quite easy to train. Both he and Pepper had instant connection with one another and have been best friends since day one.

Shadow has been a very good boy at listening and further training. When I work with both pups it is nice to see how well they follow one another without any interruption. An important issue that I have always followed since the first day of taking in Pepper is providing the best possible care in feeding. I read quite a few articles on this very topic and what had been discovered at the time is how many pet owners will actually cook for their pets instead of using dog food products. I found it to be quite interesting at the time yet never thought much more about it until a few months ago.

I was going through the deep freezer and happen to come across a 3 lb. size pack of ground beef. I noticed there were a few bits of freezer burn on it so sat it to the side and continued with cleaning. While cleaning it dawned on me why not cook that ground beef up and use it for the pups; I could add rice along with it then they will get wonderful food plus feel as if they are getting a real treat of a dinner. I made up the ground beef then made up normal quantity of rice.

After ground beef was cooked with fat and water removed I left it in pan then finished cooking the rice. When everything was completed, I then combined the two items together in a deeper pan and mixed them both on the stove. This is to just so everything is evenly combined and heated well. Afterward turn the stove off and let it cool with the lid off. If you want to cool the mixture quickly my husband showed me how it can be done – a cookie sheet.

You want to use a cookie sheet that will fit inside the refrigerator on the shelf, trust me on this. Once you have your cookie sheet, spread the mixture from your pan onto the sheet itself so it is even. After doing that, take the cookie sheet and place it onto a shelf in your refrigerator and allow it to cool down briefly for a bit so you can use what you want for feeding your pet(s) then place the rest into a covered container and back into the refrigerator for storage.

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Chivalry is still alive through gentleman manners

As I was sitting here this afternoon writing for a client I took a moment of thought and looked out my window. When looking out my window I was given a smile as I saw an older couple walking together hand in hand through the park which was quite lovely.  As they were walking to their vehicle the husband stops and gently opens the passenger door for his bride so she can step into the vehicle. He even held her hand and guided her in so she was safe and secure.

I actually smiled while watching this act of chivalry as I have not seen it in such a long time. I can recall many years ago gentleman opening doors for me but it rarely happens nowadays because everyone is so busy taking care of their own daily affairs. Seeing an older gentleman still take care of his bride made me smile just to know that gentleman acts are still among us. I can only hope that there were a few gentleman who have seen this thoughtful post and they will remind their sons to treat all lady friends with courtesy just as I had seen this afternoon.

 

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Dinner ideas for week of May 12th

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May 12 Dinner Menu

Monday –

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

Banana pudding parfait

Tuesday –

Chili Dog Casserole

Peach Cobbler

Wednesday –

Cheeseburger Potato Casserole

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pan Cookies

Thursday –

Nacho Mamma’s MacNcheese

Banana Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Friday –

Cheesesteak Casserole

Peanut Butter Cookies

Saturday –

Wicked Chicken

Oreo Milkshake

Sunday –

Sunday Casserole

Reese’s Squares

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Dinner menu for week of May 5th

dinner menuForgive me for the delay but my business writing took priority and I was unable to get the first published menu done as promised but I did not forget. Will do better as time moves forward though.
I did manage to find some wonderful and tasty items for the week of May 5th and I believe that everyone will be quite happy with the selection that I have come across.

As I said earlier in my previous post, you don’t have to go by this but the reason I am doing the new category is to help those who work hard every day during the week to bring home funds to support their family. Not only that to help the work at home moms who take care of their children and have the ability to work a business while doing so. That is not an easy task. Without further hesitance I bring you this week’s menu:

Monday –

Chicken Noodle Pot Pie Casserole

Lemon Cream Pie Bars

Tuesday –

Cheeseburger Casserole

Pie crust peach cobbler

Wednesday –

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

Blueberry Cobbler

Thursday –

Doritos Taco Bake

Peanut Butter Fudge

Friday –

Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Lemon Crème Crumb Bars

Saturday –

Homemade KFC Fried Chicken

Homemade Oreo Fluff

Sunday –

Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls

Between all of the other choices for dessert goodies I will leave the option up to you for Sunday. =) Enjoy the first of many What’s for diner menu items. Have a lovely Sunday and a beautiful week!

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A new category is entering the mix

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After writing the different articles I have done the past few days and nearing the end of the week, this would be about the time my mom and I begin to say a three word phrase to one another. Of course we always said I love you but this is more on the terms of groceries. Let me explain, many times she and I would sit together at the kitchen table on a Friday night or even Saturday morning before going to the grocery store and together we would start building a food list for everything that we needed for ingredients. It was always such a task as my mom would be thinking of things and writing them down while I would be scanning through coupons and cutting them out. It got to be rather frustrating after a while but it saved on money every time we did it so it was well worth doing.

What made matters easier was starting to look through the cookbook ahead of time and planning ahead just a little bit with the grocery list and the coupons. When we started to do those little things it actually made matters a bit easier every Saturday morning since that was the day for us to do grocery shopping. So an idea has come about to start the new article section “what’s for dinner” as it will provide family recipes to help plan a grocery list and be easy on shopping and searching for grocery coupons.The first family menu plan will be given out this Saturday morning so stay tuned!

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Have you began the spring clean?

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Two words some persons don’t mind hearing spring and clean but they seem to get that cringe up their spine when saying them both together “spring clean” as it just adds a new feeling some don’t wish to even consider. Why is it some love the idea of having fresh air and the smell of fresh linen roaming through the house while others are unable to consider the planning stages. Could it be that we have so many things happening in our lives every day it just takes over and causes chaos? Or is it the matter of not knowing how to simply organize and declutter the simple way?

Every person operates on a different schedule when it comes to spring cleaning. The reason for that is quite simple, everyone is either working, has a family to care for, or the combination of both. With that being said certain schedules must be followed and because work schedules are 24/7 there could be one family unit, working the first schedule while the another family across town are perfectly settled with the third shift.

The point of spring cleaning is to rid the bustle from winter and allow the beauty of spring to easily appear.  The next few articles ahead will help spur ideas of doing a spring clean without feeling anxious.

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