Friday, June 21, 2019


This refreshing salad is a nutritious combination of crunch (from the broccoli and sunflower seeds), sweetness (from the oranges and raisins) and a pleasant "full feeling" from the black beans.  

It is the perfect side dish for any barbecue or potluck!!

Measurements given here are approximate (except for the dressing). YOU decide how much of each ingredient you would like in your salad. The amounts given here are catered to OUR taste buds. 

3 small heads of broccoli (bite size pieces)

1 red bell pepper (diced finely)
1 cup raisins
2 oranges (peeled and sliced thickly)
15 ounce can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup  toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup finely sliced green onion tops


1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use light)
1/2 cup milk (I use 2%)
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of cayenne powder

Wash the broccoli and shake dry. Remove as much of the stalk and stems as you can so you can break the florets into bite size pieces. Add (small diced) red bell pepper, raisins, oranges, black beans, sunflower seeds and green onions.

Mix dressing ingredients with a whisk and pour about 1/2 cup of it over the salad just before you serve it. Toss gently and taste to see if you want more dressing. You may not need or want all of the dressing. 

NOTE: Peel the oranges, removing as much of the white as you can, then slice the orange into thick slices; cut the thick slices into four wedges.

NOTE: Let your imagination go wild with this salad, you can add just about any veggies that strike your fancy.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019



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I call this "Apple Crisp for Two", although I guess that is a bit of a misnomer. It actually makes 3 large desserts (if you include the ice cream). I guess I should have called it "Apple crisp for two (and a little more for later)" 😇   

We love a good fruit crisp with a slightly crunchy (but not HARD crunchy) topping and lots of gooey filling. That perfectly describes this dessert. It is one of the best crisps we've tried in years!!!!!

2 large Granny Smith apples (see note)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Toss with the above ingredients and place in a greased baking dish (I use a 9" x 5" loaf pan). Sprinkle two tablespoons of water over the filling. NOTE: Do NOT mix the water into the above mixture, just sprinkle it evenly OVER the filling; trust me it works perfectly and makes the BEST sauce.

1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons melted butter

Use a spoon and mix the topping ingredients until everything seems coated with butter. Evenly sprinkle it over the apple layer (but do not mix it in).

Bake in pre-heated 350 oven for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender.  Let cool 15 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long). We like ours, served with ice cream.

NOTE: Make sure you use a good baking apple like Granny Smith. Regular eating apples don't work well in this kind of recipe (they get mushy).


Sunday, May 5, 2019


We have a new puppy!! He is a "Cheweenie" and is FULL of energy and fun. This is the first miniature dog that we have ever owned; he is such an affectionate little guy and his name is Buddy.

Buddy loves, what we call the "throw-hunt-find-repeat" game, so I made a big pan of miniature dog treats to to entertain (and train) him with.


This recipe is quick and easy. You can make them any size you want, but we stick with smaller treats. They are super hard and crunch like a good milk bone. 

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin 
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup water
1 egg
2 cups flour

This is a very thick dough, so you'll need a heavy duty mixer (I use my stand mixer).

Mix the peanut butter, pumpkin, honey, water and egg until smooth. Gradually add the flour and beat well.
That's it!! Easy-Peasy, and it makes a dough that is VERY easy to work with (almost the consistency of Play Doh).

Roll the finished dough into ropes. If you are making it for a BIG dog, you can just make "fatter" ropes (does that make sense?) 

Some times I roll them into a ball before baking, but if I am short on time, I just throw them on the cookie sheet (Buddy doesn't seem to notice). The pieces don't expand much at all, so you can place them fairly close together. No need to grease the pan.

Bake in a pre-heated 300 degree oven for one hour.
If you are making BIG treats, bake them for 1 hour
then turn the oven OFF and let them sit in the
oven for another hour.

I hope YOUR dog enjoys these
as much as Buddy does !!!