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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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Thanks Giving greetings,

Sorry that I have been MIA this month but things have been Not so Good around my house.  My eldest (14 year old) Fur Baby “Ennis” took a turn for the worse, health wise.   He had a stroke about a 8 months ago and we found out that he has Cushing’s disease. These things have pretty much made him very weak and his muscles are just deteriorating.  We have to carry him in and out of the house and also to eat or drink water.  He did not even have the strength to shift positions when he was lying in his bed.  His eye sight was quickly failing, his hearing the same.   Just this past Sunday he began to not eat and his water intake was very minimal.  We knew that his time with us was limited. We had a decision to make no matter how hard it would be.

On Wednesday November 23, 2016 I said good bye to my best friend, soul mate, kindred spirit, Familiar.  My heart is shattered and my spirit burns less bright with him gone.

14 years ago this handsome boy chose me to be his human and my life has been better because of it.

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The day he found me

Each day is hard. I miss him so much but I know that he is happy and free running the fields with his 2 sisters.  No pain, no worries just happy and free.

Until we meet again,

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The day I let him go.

Wende

 

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Oh my goodness what a day.

We had a nice summer storm come through this afternoon and the electricity at work went out.

Then it took forever for the computers to come back on-line. Total chaos. But all the girls at the Desk hung in and we got all the Patients signed in and to the proper waiting areas.

I was so happy to get home today because I have put together a little recipe for Fried green tomatoes.

 I have looked online for a healthy alternative to flour batter and I took bits and pieces of a few different recipes and made my own.

So her ya go.

A  healthier twist on a Good Ole Southern Favorite.

(Banting) Fried Green Tomatoes

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1 egg

1 tsp heavy whipping cream

2 cups almond flour/meal

1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning ( you can use salt and pep)

1 cup coconut oil

2 green tomatoes

In a shallow bowl I put the egg and cream and beat with a fork

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In a separate bowl I put the flour and season and mixed it well

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Slice the tomatoes (terrible photo)

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Heat the oil in a medium frying pan ( don’t get the oil too hot as it will start to smoke)

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Dip the tomatoes in the egg wash then in the flour mixture, making sure that they are coated completely.

Place them in the pan and repeat with other tomatoes.

Cook on each side about 3 minutes, until golden brown, watching them to make sure that they are not burning.

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Take them out and place them on a plate that has a paper towel on it to help soak some of the grease.

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Let cool a little and serve with rémoulade sauce!

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Confession: I did not make my rémoulade sauce tonight! I got some pre made…

These were soooo delicious! I think that we could have gone with just cutting 1 tomatoes but hey, they did not last.

So I am off to grab a book and relax before bed. More deliciousness to come.

Until Then,

Wende

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So it has been crazy around here. Work was a nightmare last week, but over the weekend I attended my 25th high school reunion! Murphy High School class of 1991!

I gotta hand to our class… we still know how to have a great time!  I have some photos which  I will share with you in a few days.

Tonight I am going to give you a little appetizer recipe that we have enjoyed quite a bit.

Prosciutto wrapped green beans.

I get the frozen bags of green beans from Sam’s club, and I also got the prosciutto from there .

Take a piece of prosciutto and lay it on a cutting board. Grab a nice amount of green beans and place them at the end of meat, lightly salt and pepper beans, then wrap.

I did not use a toothpick to secure it closed. It held together just fine. Place the wraps in a 350 oven and cook until tender. About 5-10 minutes.

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Take out and serve hot as an appetizer or as a side dish with you meal.

They don’t look that pretty but they did not last long so it does not matter!

Be back in a few!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good Day fine friends.

  I have found myself in a bread making frenzy.   I can not get enough of the wonderful smells and delicious flavors.  With the Fall season on or heals it make me happy to be in the kitchen baking again.

I have to say my front door has been decorated for the fall season for 2 weeks now. I could not wait any longer.

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Here in the South, we do not get much fall weather as you have heard me say many times.  I am determined to be ready for the day it shows up!

 While looking through my emails the other day I found this simple and delicious recipe for Rosemary Focaccia Bread and I had to make it!!!! So get ready because you will want make this as soon as possible.

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast

1 2/3 cups lukewarm water (100° to 110°)

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon table salt

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

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Stir together yeast and warm water in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes.

Add bread flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. table salt to yeast mixture. Beat on low speed, using paddle attachment, 10 seconds or until blended.

 Increase speed to medium. Beat 45 seconds or until dough is smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

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Replace paddle attachment with dough hook; increase speed to medium-high, and beat 4 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.)

Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute).

Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80° to 85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Press dough into a well greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, pressing to about 1/4-inch thickness.

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Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 475°. Press handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations at 1-inch intervals; drizzle with 3 Tbsp. oil.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top is light brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 10 minutes.

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This made so much bread! I was able to give my wonderful Sister in Law a gallon bag full. And I still had tons left.

I am working on a few projects so look forward to seeing them soon.

Until Then,

Wende

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Good afternoon,

I hope all is well.  I have some exciting news. . .  after a year of pursuing a new job I was finally offered a position with the medical office right down the road from my house!  I never gave up. I applied 3 times.  At my current job I was lucky enough to meet many wonderful people who also work at the medical office.  They got to know me and 3 of them personally emailed or called human resources on my behalf.  I am so thankful for the time and effort that they put in for me.  I start my new career September 31.  I am excited and very nervous.  But I know that it is all going to be great.

In honor of my new job, I decided to make something homemade.  I settled on turkey meatball subs.  I did not make the bread but the meatballs are homemade.  Easy and sooooo delicious.  You will want to run out and get supplies today!

Turkey Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey

1 egg

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

¼ cup breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

Tomato Sauce

1 28 oz can  basil garlic & oregano crushed tomatoes

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2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat.

Add the olive oil and minced garlic and allow to gently simmer for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to turn golden in color.

 Add the can of crushed tomatoes and can of tomato sauce.

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

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While the sauce is simmering, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl until a soft dough like texture if formed.

Form into 1 inch balls using a scoop or by hand.

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Gently place the meatballs in the tomato sauce while it’s simmering

(do not stir).

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Allow to simmer for 15 minutes

 Gently shake the pan and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with spaghetti, on rice or alone with bread.

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How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

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I must now go and eat up this goodness!

Until Then,

Wende

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