Swiss Vegetable Medley

Swiss Vegetable Medley  Swiss Vegetable Medley

1 (16 oz.) package frozen California Mix vegetables
1 10.5 can condensed mushroom soup
(I use my own Gluten-free Mushroom Soup recipe)
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. sour cream
1 (6 oz.) can French-fried onion rings (Gluten Free)
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  Set aside 1/4 c. of cheese and 1/4 c. of onions.

In medium-sized bowl, combine thawed vegetables (broccoli, carrots & cauliflower), soup, 3/4 c. Swiss cheese, sour cream,  remaining french-fried onions and pepper.  Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Bake 30 minutes.  Sprinkle reserved cheese and onions on top of casserole and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Our daughter was kind enough to mail us a package from New York with some of our favorite Gluten-free items from Aldi’s.  I was anxious to get these GF French Fried Onions so I could finally make this much loved recipe…today’s the day!  Thanks LQ!

Have a Tasty Day,
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Crafty Corner – Card Making

We had such a delightful evening at our church Craft Night and Dinner gathering last week.  It’s always fun to get together to fellowship, eat, and craft.  Our Pastor’s wife, Crystal, always out does herself putting these fellowships together.  She designs, precuts, and packages our card kits and then, allows us to enjoy being creative.  It is so fun watching everyone put their personal touch to their designs.  Crystal also made a delicious Tex-Mex Casserole, Tortillas and Salsa, Ice Cream and brownies…so delicious!  We are truly blessed with such a wonderful friend and Pastor’s wife.

So here are our creations:

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This such a sweet gate fold card using Papertrey Ink Petite Places Dies.

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Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Die background with Stampin Up Leaves & Butterfly Stamps and Dies.

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So cute…Happy Birthday slide card.  Stampin up dies and punches.

Have a Crafty Day,

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Love in a Box for April 2017

img_0556.jpg    I think is the very first month that I have gotten Sean Michael’s “Love in a Box” package to him before the beginning of the month.  I do like him to be able to start his devotional book on the lst of the month, although I know that he does like to pick and choose his reading for the day.
    Call to Glory Kids is such a great tool for getting him daily in the Word of God.  We feel as grandparents that this is one of the most important investments we can make in his life.    2 Timothy 2:6-7 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,  for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

SMQ Easter Card.jpgEaster Greeting to our Beloved Grandson with a bit a spending cash.

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Some goodies and tic tac box decorated for Easter.  For the tic-tac cover I used the wood-grained embossing folder and a cute cross clipart I found online.  Thanks to my friend Crystal who provided the Easter tic tacks.

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Don’t mind Easter bunnies, etc., but we really do want to reinforce to our grandson
what the real meaning of Easter is all about.  Thought this fun pad of Easter word searches might be fun for him to work on.

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So thankful for our Savior, Jesus Christ
and our Grandson, Sean Michael,
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Menu Plan Monday – March 27, 2017

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A day late in getting my menus up for this week as we were in Phoenix all day of Monday.  Menus for this week will be mostly a repeat of last week’s menu.  We did find a great buy at Fry’s on Roast Beef so made that which kept us for a couple of days over the weekend.

MONDAY
Appointments in Phoenix
Eat Out at Sweet Tomatoes

TUESDAY
Cheese Steak & Potato Soup
West Coast Beef Steak Sandwiches
Creamy Potato Soup
Coleslaw
Potato Chips

WEDNESDAY
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Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Peanut Coleslaw
Rice Pilaf
Green Beans

THURSDAY
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Chicken Spiedies
(made with Spiedie Sauce brought back from NY)
Peppers & Onions
Gluten Free Pita Bread
Stuffed Eggs

FRIDAY
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Hot Dogs & Beans
24-Hr. Salad

SATURDAY
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Salisbury Steak
Green Peas
Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole

SUNDAY
Leftovers from Saturday

Have a Yummy Week,
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Creative Corner – Card Making

Off to a fun card making class tonight.  Our pastor’s wife and friend, Crystal, is putting together a dinner and card class tonight for the ladies of our church.  It’s always such a fun time of fellowship and crafting, and I always look forward to our creative times together.

Thought I might post a few of my card and gift creations that I have made over the past month:

IMG_0529 (2)This is a card I made for our friends, Rachelle and Josiah, in New York as they  have announced they will be expecting their first child in September.  How very excited we are for them.  I also tucked in with their card a great devotional-type article which arrived in the current issue of Above Rubies Magazine, entitled, “You’re Having a Baby! Check out what God says about you and your baby.”  Great article…perfect timing.

One of our sweet friends was celebrating her 28th Birthday, and I decided to make her a bracelet for birthday.  Forgot to take a pic of the bracelet, but similar to this:  IMG_0639

Well, at any rate, here is a pic of her card and packaging above.  I used Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Dies, Birthday Blooms Stamp, and Happy Birthday Banner and pillow box designed on my Silhouette Cameo.

This is a card I made from my Papertrey Ink stamp and die set, “Tea for Two.”IMG_0635
My special friend, Melda, has me over for tea quite often so I thought this would be so appropriate for her.  I also put together a gift basket made on my Silhouette Cameo and tucked in some chocolate dipped tea cookies, packages of Tulsi Tea, and a small container of honey (great little honey bears purchased at the dollar store).

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This card was to encourage a dear couple that have been through so very much over the past few years.  They are always so up and encouraging to others in spite of their own difficulties.   I found this Ford pick up clip art here and imported it to my Silhouette and sized and colored it in. Added a few brads at the bottom.  They told me that they loved the card and so needed the encouragement!

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I love having a calendar near my desk but didn’t want a large one because of lack of space.  I found this one from the Silhouette store and thought it was a great idea.  It is JAmie Cripps creation #63967, which I changed up a bit.  The calendar sized to fit is my own creation made on Word.  I will just adhere each month’s calendar with runner tape.
Here is the PDF yearPSf1-Mar-2017-to-Feb-2018-FqLx

 

I also put together some fun things for my grandson’s “Love in a Box” package for Easter and will get that posted after I know he has received his package.  And after just purchasing  a few more stamp and die sets from Stampin Up, I am anxious to get moving on creating some new cards and Easter Gift packages.

Have a fun and creative day,
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Menu Plan Monday – March 20, 2017

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MONDAY
Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread

TUESDAY
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Salisbury Steak
Green Peas
Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole

WEDNESDAY
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Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Peanut Coleslaw
Rice Pilaf
Green Beans

 

THURSDAY
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Hot Dogs & Beans
24-Hr. Salad

FRIDAY
Church Ladies Social and Craft Night
Dinner Provided
(Wings for Rick)

SATURDAY

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Chicken Spiedies
(made with Spiedie Sauce brought back from NY)
Peppers & Onions
Gluten Free Pita Bread
Stuffed Eggs

SUNDAY
Cheese Steak & Potato Soup
West Coast Beef Steak Sandwiches
Creamy Potato Soup
Potato Chips

Have a Yummy Week,
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Gluten Free Cinnamon Donuts

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Donuts

1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/4 c. tapioca starch/flour
1/4 c. potato starch (not flour)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. plus 2 tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 c. plus 2 tbs. milk
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Coating:  1/4 c. granulated sugar plus 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven at 425 degrees.  Grease one 6-serving  non-stick donut pan.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3.  In a small mixing bowl, whisk brown sugar, egg, vanilla, oil, milk and vinegar.
4.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Spoon batter into prepared donut pan, filling each donut well about 2/3rds full.  Batter should not cover the center of the donut well.
5.  Place in preheated oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until donuts rise and set.  Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes in pan.  Carefully remove donuts and transfer to wire rack  over a cookie sheet or waxed paper.
6.  Combine the coating ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Dip each of the donuts into coating, flip and coat the other side.

My husband thought these were pretty good.  He really misses have a donut and coffee with friends.  Now I can freeze a few of these, and he can thaw and microwave or reheat in oven as he wishes.
Donut PanI bought this pan with a 40% discount at Michael’s. I think I should have purchased two.

Enjoy,
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Menu Plan Monday – March 13, 2017

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MONDAY
sliced-ham-dinnerHam Slices with Pineapple
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Beans Almondine
Butterscotch Pudding

TUESDAY
tacos
Beef Tacos
Refried Beans
Spicy Rice
Gucamole

WEDNESDAY
Tri Salads
Seafood & Potato Salad Cold Plate
Crackers

THURSDAY
(Neighborhood Get-Together )
Quinoa 2
Dish to Pass – Quinoa Salad
Love sampling everyone’s wares!

FRIDAY
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Beef Stew
GF Irish Soda Bread
Joyce’s Mystery Salad
Pistachio Dessert

 SATURDAY
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Creamed Chipped Beef
On Roasted Potatoes
Left Over Mystery Salad
Green Peas

SUNDAY
Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread

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Joyce’s Mystery Salad

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Joyce’s Mystery Salad

1 package lemon jello
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple (drained, reserve juice)
1 small can pimento
1 8 0z. package cream cheese
1 c. diced celery
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 container of cool whip

Dissolve jello in heated pineapple juice.  Whip cream cheese until creamy and add pimentos.  Add rest of ingredients and combine.  Refrigerate to firm up a bit and then fold in cool whip.  Refrigerate until firm.

My friend, Joyce Scott, brings this salad to pot lucks often and I so enjoy it.  She makes it with sugar free jello so it’s great for us diabetics.  Just had to ask her for this recipe.  Love it!

Enjoy,
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Gluten Free Black Russian Bread (Bread Machine)

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I really enjoy dark breads and found this recipe to be just perfect.  I made a corned beef this week, and this made the best corned beef sandwiches.  It was pretty tasty toasted with jam too.  My husband, Rick,  liked it toasted with peanut butter warm right out of the bread maker. (It sliced well being warm.)  I have been attempting to try out a new gluten free recipe each week, this being for last week.  I purchased a donut pan this week at 40% off at Michael’s so will attempt making some gluten free cinnamon donuts for my hubby.  He really misses his donuts with coffee!

Wet Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1 tsp. cider vinegar
3 tbs. oil
2 tbs. dark molasses
1 1/2 c. water

Dry Ingredients:
2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. potato starch flour
1/2 c. tapioca flour
1 tbs. xanthan gum
3 tbs. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. dry milk powder
1 tsp. instant expresso coffee
2 tbs. caraway seeds
2 1/4 tsp. (1 pkg.) active dry yeast

Instructions:
1.  Combine wet ingredients;  pour into the baking pan.
2.  Measure the dry ingredients a bowl and mix thoroughly to blend.  Add to the bread machine pan.  Seat bread pan into the bread maker.
3.  Select NORMAL/WHITE cycle; start the machine.
4.  After the mixing action begins, help mix any unmixed ingredients into the dough with a rubber spatula, keeping to the edges and the top of pan to prevent interference with the paddle.  If batter is dry, add water one tablespoon at a time until moist enough for the machine to mix by itself.
5.  Remove pan from the machine as soon as the bake cycle is complete.  Invert pan and gently shake to remove the bread.  Cool completely, upright on rack, before slicing.

Enjoy,
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