I'm here...

I'm here.


Just things have been quite busy and I simply took some time away from it all.

I have recipes, trips, and stuff to share with you.

Thinking that I may not post daily but a few times a week.

Kiddos are back in virtual school and that has been a bit of a challenge for the high school child.

Looking forward to getting back on the saddle again with the blog.


Not the Basket....

I never, ever knew that this basket was so important.

I know we used to keep baby books, then small toys and lastly stuffed animals.

With cleaning out rooms and taking items to Goodwill I thought I would take this basket since we really have not used it in about a year.

There I am with basket in hand ready to go out the door when I hear Nate's voice.

Nate: "Uh, what are you doing with that basket?"

Me: "Taking it to Goodwill. Why?"

then another voice chimes in...

Spencer: "Not the basket. We have like had that forever. Really, how can you take it away?"

Nate: "I thought we could use it some place."

Stunned. Shocked.

I simply mumbled out," Ok, looks like it stays."

Who knew?!


Grilled Chinese Salmon - Recipe

Mmmm... salmon

Since the boys have returned home I have requested that they pick out two recipes that they would like to have for dinner over a two week period. This way they are happy with the dinner, help make the dinner and perhaps even try a new recipe.

Nate opted for this recipe; he loves Asian flavored dishes and this one did not disappoint anyone.

Easy to make and has a wonderful lightly sweet/salty flavoring which makes the salmon so delicious.

I teamed the broiled salmon with some rice and lightly sauteed zucchini & onions.

* I did forget to add the cilantro but it was still a very tasty recipe.

What a great dinner!

* Exported from MasterCook *

Grilled Chinese Salmon

Serving Size : 4
Categories : Main Meal

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 tbl soy sauce, low sodium
2 tbl dry sherry
2 large garlic cloves -- chopped
1 pound salmon fillet
2 tablespoons cilantro -- chopped

  • Combine soy sauce, dry sherry and garlic in a shallow dish.
  • Add salmon; turn to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to no more than 2 hrs.
  • Drain salmon; reserve marinade. A
  • Arrange steaks (arrange fillets skin side down) on oiled rack of broiler pan or oiled grid over hot coals.
  • Broil or grill 5 to 6 inches from heat 10 minutes.
  • Baste with reserved marinade after 5 minutes of broiling; discard any remaining marinade.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro.

"Favorite Brand Name Chinese"
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Per Serving: 182 Calories; 4g Fat (22.2% calories from fat); 26g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 59mg Cholesterol; 1879mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable.

Serving Idea : Rice and a veggie

NOTES : Excellent recipe.

Dehydrator - Fruit

I dusted off our dehydrator last week and tried my hand at getting some summer fruit dried.

DH normally does apples in the fall but I decided to try my hand at strawberries and some peaches we had sitting around.

The strawberries turned out quite well the only issue it would appear is that I cut them too thin. I had to take a knife to pop them off of the drying rack, oops!
They taste wonderful and will be able to enjoy them well into the fall. :-)

The peaches also turned out well and have been enjoying them. :)

I am happy that I tried my hand at getting some summer fruit dried. It is a great way to get that extra fruit into your diet and can be enjoyed when the fruit is out of season.


Milky Way Simply Caramel Bar

This bar has been tempting me all.summer.long.

Alright, so I finally broke down and tried a Milky Way Simply Caramel bar.


The caramel is not overly sweet nor overpowering of caramel flavor.

I am so glad that I gave in and tried this bar.


Taco Cups - Recipe

I have wanted to try this out for quite some time and was finally able to have a crack at them when the boys were away.

These taco cups are very easy to make and were tasty!

No formal recipe, I simply recall reading one quite some time ago and decided to wing it with what we had on hand. *grin*


I used wonton wrappers and placed them in a silicone muffin pan. Cooked them for about 10 minutes (until lightly crisp) and then began filling them up. *You will want to lightly spray the muffin cups so the wrappers will not stick.*


Ground beef that was seasoned with taco seasoning. 2 TBL per cup
Refried Beans - 1 TBL per cup
Black Olives - just a few on top
Salsa - 2 tsp - use more or less it is up to you
Sprinkled with grated cheese
Sour Cream - use on top once cooked

Place the filled cups in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the filling heated trough.

Top the cooked taco cups with sour cream and enjoy!

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