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So what do you do with old (but sitll edible) black & red that have turned mushy and flavorless, to make them palatable??  Find a way to turn them into a fake chili.  Here’s what we did…..

Chop up some onion & garlic.  Then start off by cooking your ground beef along with some chili seasoning.  When the beef is partly done add in your onion, and then your garlic.  Last of all chop fresh tomato and add that in at the last second along with the pre-made beans.  And there you go  a “chili” of sorts.


The start to the soup we were making got scorched yesterday when I forgot and left it on to boil too long.  On the other hand, I could also blame it on the fact that the gas flames on our stove got too high (the temp/flame height is hell to control on our stove) or the fact that the broth was thickened with bean juice, making it susceptible to boiling away & burning.   Whichever way you look at it, the soup was ruined 😢🙁.

Daily Prompt: Scorched

A week or so ago, we made up some fudge.  Hubby had the idea of making it up in the microwave – not a bad idea but I’m seeing as how you have to microwave at 30 second intervals, I’m not so sure any real time was saved.  The other idea was to save on the dirtying of dishes by leaving the fudge in the same bowl it was made in when putting it in the fridge to set.  Unfortunately it never did set properly…  I don’t know if this is due to having done something wrong in the making, the fact we used kosher marshmallows (which don’t contain gelatin) or having left in a flat buttom bowl (as opposed to a flat high-sided baking sheet, thus making it thinner).

Fast forward a few days.  I was adding a little cream to the fudge  thinking of perhaps spreading it out thinner in a pan and added a bit to much (cream) by mistake…  So the question became what do I do with this.

It turned out we also had graham crackers, as well as strawberries & coolwhip that needed to be used up.  So I made up this

Basically layers as follows

  • Graham Cracker
  • Fudge
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Coolwhip

repeat above once more.  I then put this in freezer to harden.  Have to admit it was delicious


It’s that time of year when smoothies start to sound really good.  Woke up this morning to a nice cook mid 80’s (and that, folks, was somewhere around 5 in the morning).  I say cool because the high the past few days we’ve had temps up at 110-115….  But I’m getting of track here.

The other day I bought some blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and nectarines at our local sprouts farmers market.  The hubby then bought a bag of mixed frozen fruit at the 99¢ store.

This morning I cut up the fresh fruit and mixed it with the frozen and pre-packaged into freezer bags to be used to make frozen smoothies.  All I have to do is put a bag of mixed frozen veges into tje blender with some half & half (maybe some yogurt) and some fresh avacado or banana (or both) if desired, and blend…. Add some flax seed, maybe nuts for texture and Walla, a nice cold breakfast treat. 

To say it’s been hectic around here the past couple days could be considered an understatement.  Wednesday was spent doing some housecleaning and preliminary prep for our Shabbat/Thanksgiving dinner on Friday.  Thursday morning, we made (and when I say we, I really mean I – The Wife) pumpkin pie and lemon meringue pie for a family get together that day.  The lemon pie part turned out pretty good, but the meringue portion, not so much – I think I over whipped the eggs (LOL).  On Friday we spent a good portion of the day cooking and getting ready for our Shabbat/Thanksgiving dinner.  We were suppose to have 2 guests over but one had to cancel due to sickness.  The other doesn’t hardly eat anything so we made all this food and ended up with a bunch of left overs….  Que “Thanksgiving Left-Over Pie”   In fact we’re heating some up right now for dinner, and there’s going to be Pumpkin Pie for dessert along with some hot tea for anyone who wants to join.

Ohhhh and in the midst of the prepping and cleaning and all that…  I have also been hosting my Debut Party as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant on Facebook….  Yep, it’s been nuts around here.


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There’s almost always leftovers after thanksgiving.  You know there is.  Some how we nearly always end up makimg too much (in ensuring there is aplenty on thanksgiving.  The question is what to do with the leftovers?  How do you turn it into something new and different??

Here’s an idea we came up with a few years back – A “Thanksgiving Pie”, much like a Shepherd’s Pie. (the link is, I believe,  from last year when I did a copy & paste of the original)

Hope you all enjoy your thanksgiving and have a good time with family & friends.

Blessings & Peace to all


It’s been a while since we’ve had meatloaf here and The Pappa had a hankering for meatloaf, so that’s what we had for dinner – Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans. He actually came up with the good idea of putting (cooked) meatloaf into buttom of a bowl and covering with mashef potatoes- yummmmm