Candied Jalopenos

Love, love, love Jalopenos. On just about ANYTHING. My daughter In-law Lindsi discovered this little guys while living in Texas. We could never find them out here so I found a recipe to make our own. Very easy and yummy. Its sweet and spicy delivered in every bite. INGREDIENTS 3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers,… Continue reading Candied Jalopenos

Stuffed Pumpkin

     I loved making this Stuffed Pumpkin. It was fun, it turned out nicely and it tasted good as well. Wow dont you love it when everything goes so well.The hardest part was cleaning out the pumpkin. The 3-lb pumpkins are small and I found mine at CVS pharmacy for .99 cents each. At… Continue reading Stuffed Pumpkin

Banana Bites

Going light and healthy this week with these little snacks. They are easy to make, very flavorful and something the whole family will enjoy. They are moist, chewy and naturally sweet. During the week it’s all about running out the door, no time for me at a sit down breakfast so these are easy to… Continue reading Banana Bites

Mac n’ cheese soup

Soup

I have a party coming up and I want to make a comfort food soup. Something pretty easy that everyone would like. It is a all girl party so I was thinking something kinda light and healthy.

Part of my plan came thru with the comfort, but the light and healthy went out the back door. Made this, loved it, so we are having it with Buffalo Chicken Strips. Figure if we are gonna get comfty lets go all the way.

Mac n’ cheese soup

  • 1 1/2 c. dry elbow macaroni 6 oz.
  • 1/2 c. minced onion
  • 1/4 c. minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp.cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar( I bought a good brand pre-shredded) 4 cups is a lot to grate 🙂
  •  1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Cook macaroni in a pot of salted water according to package direction, drain and set aside.

Sweat onion and celery in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

Stir In flour to coat and cook 1 minute. Deglaze with wine and simmer until nearly evaporated. Stir in broth, mustard, nutmeg and cayenne. Simmer until slightly thickened, 5 minutes, then whisk in milk and warm through. Do not let boil or base may become grainy.

Add cheddar, 1 cup at a time, allowing it to melt completly before adding the next cup. Stir in macaroni, lemon juice, and salt, remove from heat.

This is where I put the soup into a crock pot on warm for 2 hours because I was not ready to serve it. When ready to serve I had to thin down a little with some chicken broth. You could also use some milk or just left it thicker for a not so soupy Mac n Cheese side dish.

There are a lot of choices for add in’s to this soup to make it your own with veggies or meats ( ham, bacon,pulled pork). Sprinkle with your favorite herbs (thyme,parsley,cilantro,chives).A few pickled jalopeno’s on top makes me happy.

♥ So I can make this ahead of time and stick in the crock pot. Buy some of those frozen Buffalo Chicken Strips and we will be set for dinner during our Bunco mania.

Corn Salad

Corn season is among us, but time will be running out soon to get that fresh from the crop Corn. Last week I saw it “10 for $1.00” That’s almost FREE. So brings me back to this awesome Corn Salad. I discovered it this year and it’s now in my FAVS. If you make anything… Continue reading Corn Salad

“Be My Valentine” Shake

Here are the ingredients I used for the shake: ♥Cherry 7-up ♥Maraschino Cherries ♥Vanilla Ice-Cream ♥Whip Cream Assemble as you would for a milkshake,pour a little Maraschino cherry juice down the sides. Whip it and top with a cherry. I used the red straws and tall spoon. I bought the Red Vines to use as… Continue reading “Be My Valentine” Shake

Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini

Your next Super-bowl appetizer My Mike came home and said he heard people on the Sirius Radio Channel talking about these and how good they sounded. He described them to me and I knew we had all the ingredients so  I had to make them right then. Easy to fix and pretty healthy. At least… Continue reading Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini

Make Soup Like a Boss

Butternut squash,pumpkin ale & cheese soup The temperature drops below 100 around here in the desert and we pull out our pots and start making soup cause it has “cooled off”. LOL I believe we all feel once the holidays and cooler weather get here its time for soup. Here is one of my favorites… Continue reading Make Soup Like a Boss

Pumpkin Butter

LOVE LOVE LOVE Pumpkin Goodies! Now is a good time to make this pumpkin butter. It will last you all month and its  a great homemade treat to have on hand for “emergency gifts”. I made my batch today and im putting it in these small pint size jars and storing in the frig to… Continue reading Pumpkin Butter