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So last month I helped organize a breakfast fundraiser in honor of Officer Billa who was killed in the line of duty February 20th 2018.  So many people at Premier Medical stepped up and donated food items as well as money to help Officer Billa’s wife and son.  I am proud of everyone for helping out in a time of need.

I made hash brown casserole for this event and it is always a big hit.  Again I say that this recipe is easy.  I changed it up from the basic recipe I have and added my secret ingredient to make it my own.

Ingredients

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Gluten free
1 Onion, small
1 can Cream of chicken soup (I use the herbed one)
1 bag Hash, Frozen Browns
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 stick Butter
8 oz Cheddar cheese(I use more cause I like it cheesy)
1 cup Sour cream
Secret Ingredient- Cream cheese for a small batch like this, I use 4oz.
Ok so in a large bowl I put all ingredients except 
the cheese, and hash browns and butter.
Mix this all together.
Slowly add in the hash browns.
Now add some cheese and mix well.
Last pour the melted butter in and gently mix until combined.
In a greased pan pour the mixture and spread evenly.
Top with shredded cheese and place in a 375 degree oven and bake for about 30-34 minutes.  It will be golden brown and bubbling hot!
Grab a helping quick because this will not last long!
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I was lucky enough to be the one to deliver the money to Precinct 3.  I was able to introduce myself to Captain Parmenter and give him the check for Erin and Taylor Billa.

Between the West and East offices we raised over $700.00.  We hope that it helps in any way possible.

I am so proud to say that I knew Officer Billa and I stand with the Mobile Police Department and all of the amazing men and women who put their lives on the line every  day and night.

Thank you Officer Billa.  You gave up everything to protect your community.

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Until Then,

Wende

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Hello,

 So last night we had some crazy bad weather come through our area.  The winds  started picking up on Friday afternoon and continued through late last night.  It rained so had and for so long that there was a lot of flooding and there were reports of trees down in our neighborhood.  I have to say, I got a bit nervous with the weather because of the tornado that hit our neighborhood Christmas day in 2012.  This morning when we woke up the skies are a beautiful blue with white clouds and a gently breeze.  The only problem I have is that it is a chilly 59 degrees! This is not normal for my area.  It is making me long for Fall.  I am a bit worried about the summer heat that is on the way.  I do not like being hot!

But anyway,  a few days ago I got home from work and needed to figure out what to make for dinner.  Stephen has been really sick the past week and he has not had much of an appetite so I figured I would make something full of flavor.

I made this up as I searched the fridge for ingredients.  I didn’t take photos throughout the process. Sorry.  But it was so simple you can visualize it.  Ok so I had portobello mushrooms that I brushed with olive oil then sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic powder on them.  I put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until they were soft but still had a bit of firmness.  While they were cooking I pulled out some baby spinach, 2 left over grilled chicken tenders, bacon bits and shredded cheese.  In a small pan I melted a small amount of butter then I added the spinach and a dash of salt and pepper.  I sautéed the spinach until it was nice and soft. I diced the chicken and added it to the pan along with the bacon.  As this was all melding together I took the mushrooms out of the oven.  I topped them with my mixture from the pan then topped them with the shredded cheese then put them back in the oven to melt the cheese.  The only photo I took was the finished product.

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This was so good, healthy and filling.  It would be great as an appetizer if you are

entertaining friends.  I will definitely be making this more often as it is so quick and delicious.

Until then,

Wende

 

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So I finally had a chance to do some well over due organizing of my pantry.  I was dreading this task so much but it really didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  I think it was roughly an hour out of my afternoon.

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Our pantry is not huge.  I can stand inside the door (when it is straight) but like it is at the moment, there is no room at all.

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I like to put my groceries in groups.  I have baking stuff, canned, stuff, everyday items and the dog stuff.  As you can see from the photos above, nothing is in it;s proper places.

I took everything out of the pantry and put in the proper groups on the counter, wiped the shelves down and then returned the items to the correct space.

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I am not sure why I have so much canned milk but I was going to make a lot of something! I guess it is better to have too much than not enough.

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I changed up things a little bit but I was so excited to see the final product.  I sent the pics to my husband because I was so proud of my hard work.

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It really makes it easier to keep my diet in order when the good food is the first thing you see when you open the pantry door.

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 I have started back on the LCHF diet (low carb high fat aka Keto) which I did about a year ago.  I have been on it for 2 weeks now and have already dropped 7 pounds.  It is just the start but with the diet and the work outs 4-5 times a week I know that I can hit my goals.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well Happy New Year!

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Yes I know that it is already a few weeks in but here I am.  Quite a lot has been going on the past few months.  I mean all the holidays are over but man they were a whirlwind.  Stephen and I were busy with work, family and friends.  We hosted our Friends Kurt and Christine for a late friends Giving, they had me over for lunch one day while Stephen was working.  They also invited us over for an early Christmas dinner. which was delicious.

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They put out a yummy plate of meat and cheese.

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Kurt and Stephen in the kitchen making refreshing drinks.

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Fizzy…

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I love Christine’s plates!

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The four of us leaning in for a group pic…

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This is a little gift that Kurt and Christine gave us!

   Stephen volunteered himself and I to make Christmas Day lunch for his entire Precinct, so we were busy preparing everything all day Christmas eve day.  We went over to my parents house that evening to eat dinner and enjoy family time.

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This is how we do Christmas Eve diner in the South.  Fried shrimp, Crab and Corn bisque, cheese grits and coleslaw.

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Not the best but it is a pretty descent photo of us.

 They next morning I woke up and pre heated the oven so I could get everything cooked and ready to deliver by 11:15 lunch time.

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 It worked out so well. I was able to have Christmas Lunch with Stephen and his squad.

New Years was uneventful for me but that is perfectly fine.  I really don’t like going out and about on big holidays.  There are to many people out there who do not think, drink  and then drive.  No thank you.

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 I was content sitting on my couch snuggled up with a blanket and my 2 Fur Babies.  I heard the fireworks from the living room  and that was enough celebrating for me!

Well this sums up my last 4 weeks.  I hope that your Holiday season was awesome and that your New Year brings you good health, good friend, great food, love and everything else you wish for!

I have started my new year off with a challenge.  I will talk more on that in a day or two.

Until Then,

Wende

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So this weekend has been a busy one.  I have been cleaning and trying to get this house ready for the holiday season and decorating!  Stephen was on duty all weekend so I had the evenings to myself.  I find this good and bad.  I enjoy my personal time but also find that I get lonely every now and then.

I know I said that I was going to post on things that I am thankful for so today I am thankful that I have all of my Thanksgiving and Friends giving food shopping COMPLETE! I will not go back to the store until December if I don’t have to.  This time of year sucks at any kind of store.  We are having our friends ( Kurt & Christine) from Germany over next weekend for a post Thanksgiving / pre Yule holiday dinner.  We always have such a wonderful time visiting with them.  They share in our love of photography as well as traveling.  They have been way more places than we have but it is fun hearing about all the places they have visited.

So the other day I made an easy batch of potato soup.  I will every now and again go all out and make it completely from scratch but this is just as delicious and faster and much more simple.

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I start with just a few simple ingredients:

bacon bits, chicken broth, simply potatoes(shredded hash browns),

onion, minced garlic, butter, and heavy whipping cream.

In a soup pot, I add  about 2 pats of butter and let it melt. I then cut my onion ( about 1/4 cup) into small diced pieces and throw them in to soften along with about  tablespoon of minced garlic.

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Next I add some of the real bacon bits and let that simmer for a minute or two.

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I add the shredded potatoes and stir it up. I always buy 2 packages of these because sometimes the soup does not thicken enough for me and I add more in.  Add a dash of salt and pepper.  Now pour your chicken broth over the top and stir it all together.  Bring this to a nice simmer but stir occasionally so it does not burn on the bottom.

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You may want to taste after a few minutes and see if you need more salt and pepper.  It is strictly up to you.  Once you see the soup start to thicken a bit you will get a potato masher and start smashing.  I like some chunks in my soup so I don’t go to crazy.  Now I will stir in a bit of my heavy whipping cream and let it cook away.  When it is nice and thick I add a bit more bacon and top it with cheese and eat it up!

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There you have it. Simple, fast and oh so delicious!

I found a great recipe for a Irish Guinness Stew and I am dying to make it.  So I hope to have that for you soon.  Be on the look out.

Until Then,

Wende

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Sunday means work tomorrow but it also means relaxing, wine and good food.  So Last weekend I did a bit of cleaning and a lot of the other 2.  I made a beef stew because it lasts a few meals and it is cool out side.  I love this time of year!

I start my stew by sauteing diced onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.  I then cut my beef tips into small chunks to make sure you get some in ever bite.  Once the onions are nice and soft I add the meat and salt and pepper while it browns.

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  Now it is time to cut the potatoes and carrots.

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I will add this to the meat then pour chicken broth over the top.

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I will add water so that it just covers the vegetables.

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I add a dash of celery seed, a bay leaf more salt and pepper to taste and a fresh sprig of rosemary from my front yard.

Now you cover the pot and let the heat so its thing.  Once the vegetables are soft you can taste for flavor.  Add seasoning if you like.

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I take about 2 cups of the liquid out and add some flour to it stir it well to thicken it and then add it back to the stew.  This  will give the stew a thicker gravy like texture which is delicious.

You can serve this with bread but my Husband like to eat it over rice.  So there you have it a nice hot, hearty stew on a chilly fall evening.

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Now it is time for the Walking Dead!

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Enjoy!

Until Then,

Wende

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What’s up?  I told you that this past week was going to be crazy busy and that the posts would be a little off but here I am starting the weekend posts.  So Friday evening I made chicken pot pie for dinner.   It is so simple and makes a good portion for a hungry Police Officer.

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So first I boil my chicken.  I use chicken tenderloins. (about 5).  I season the water with salt and pepper and a little Mrs. Dash onion and herb season.

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  While that is cooking, I drain my canned mixed vegetables and empty them into a big bowl.

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I then put a can of Cream of chicken soup in and mix it all up.

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Next I roll out my pie dough and put it in my deep dish pie plate.

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I put a baking chain in the bottom of the crust to help it cook evenly.   I now take the chicken out of the broth and let it cool a little, then I shred it and add it to the veg mix.  Once the bottom crust is golden brown I fill it up with the mixture, roll out the top crust and put it on top of the pie.

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You always make sure to cut vent holes in the top so it does not bubble up and overflow.

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With it being the Halloween season I cut a jack o’ lantern face in mine and put it in the oven to cook away!  Usually it is about 30 minutes or so.  I watch the top crust and when it starts getting brown around the edges I know it is ready to eat.

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The pot pie was hot out of the oven when Stephen got home. I watched Practical Magic while I ate my dinner and Stephen did some work on the computer for his 2nd job.

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This movie is by far one of my favorites of all time.  It is funny, sad, magical… It is just perfect.

Well tomorrow is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk her in Mobile, AL so I will post that shortly!

 

Until Then,

Wende

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