Monthly Archives: December 2014

Morning Breakfast Potatoes with a Zip


Tired of the same old boring hash browns or potatoes? I added some grilled sweet onion and Jalapeno to my morning breakfast! This = Yum!

Super simple….
Potatoes, Yukon Gold or Idaho, whatever you like.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse Black Pepper
Dash garlic Salt
1/2 Sweet onion sliced thin
1 Jalapeno diced up
4 – 6 Potatoes (I slice thin then I randomly chop in different directions.

Drizzle olive oil into a hot frying pan
Add the onions and Jalapeno (toss about until soft)
Add the potatoes
Sprinkle with the seasonings
Cover the pot and cook for approximately 5 minutes. The potatoes should be browned on the bottom and soft on the insides. Flip the potatoes to the other side and repeat until you get the amount of crispness you like.

This is a simple alternative to the sometimes boring potato. Hope you enjoy these yummilicious potatoes!

Great Balls of Fire


I love these Meatballs! I add a bit more jalapeno because I like spicy! Let me know if you like the meatballs.

1 3/4 cups shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon salt for Coconut mix
1 teaspoon Cayenne for coconut mix
3/4 teaspoon Cayenne for meatball mix
1 cup Crushed pineapple juice drained of all juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
4 scallions, minced
1 whole jalapeno (your choice to remove seeds)
2 eggs whipped
2 pounds ground pork

Preheat oven to 400F
Spray a casserole dish with olive oil
Toast the coconut on the stove top till light brown. About 5 minutes add 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp cayenne pepper. Toss about.

Add the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. I use a large ice cream scoop and form a ball. Then I roll it in the coconut mixture till its coated all around. Place in casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes. P.S. Mixture will be very wet, don’t worry it will hold and come out very moist.

I served on a bed of Rice Pilaf with steamed broccoli and a salad with a vinaigrette.

Raisin Bread Pudding with a Vanilla Sauce

raisin bread pudding pic
I made this delicious Bread Pudding on a cold evening, it was the perfect ending to dinner. You can tweak this recipe to make it your own such as adding a bit of rum….the sky is the limit. Let me know if you made the recipe and if your taste buds didn’t melt away….

3 large eggs whisked
1 1/2 cup fine white bakers sugar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
3 cups whole milk
10 slices Raisin Bread cut into cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
2 tbsp. molasses
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
2 tbsp. butter melted
1 1/4 whole milk
dash of salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
grease a 2 quart baking dish or 1/4 sheet brownie pan

In a mixing bowl whisk the 3 eggs with white sugar, dark brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 cup butter, molasses, 3 cups whole milk until incorporated. Next toss in the cubed raisin bread and raisins. Pour into the baking dish. Decrease the oven heat to 375 degrees and bake for 50 minutes…Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Sauce

Whisk 1/2 cup brown sugar, flour and cinnamon, 1 egg, two tablespoons of the melted butter, 1 1/4 cup of whole milk and the salt. keep whisking until smooth over medium heat. I like to get it to a quick boil then decrease the heat while whisking constantly. Add pure vanilla and stir for appx. 10 minutes or so. Drizzle or douse over your bread pudding and Bon Appetite its ready to tantalize your taste buds.

Easy Crafty Gifty Idea….Madison’s Craft


madisonsgift In todays day and age it is really difficult to buy someone a unique gift that they need or would like,  not to mention our pocket books, if you are like me then you don’t have excess amounts of funds to spend.  So one evening  I walked into Madison’s room and she was painting a canvas, I asked her what she was making and she told me a birthday gift for her best friend.  It was adorable and a perfect gift for anyone. I asked her to show me how I can make one for my Best Friend for Christmas, because this girl is impossible to buy for, so a homemade gift is just what the Doctor ordered.

What you will need for this project…

A painting canvas, ( you can choose a sweet 4×4 to a 16×16 or larger.)
Tubes of acrylic paint for the canvas ( I used black for the background and white for the writing, but you use whatever color that suits your project).

Printed Photos, trimmed and cropped to your liking.

Mod Podge

Paint brushes, a small one for the writing

Painting sponge to spread the Mod Podge.

The first thing I did was lay down a piece of plastic to protect my table.  Second step was wipe down the canvas to make sure there aren’t any particles stuck to it.  Next I chose a larger paint brush to paint on the black paint. I covered the front and the outer sides.  I waited a half hour for it to dry.  Then I arranged my photos how I wanted them on the canvas, I just did mine in a square and Madison made my Christmas Gift in a heart shape.  Whatever you want.  I then started from the center and spread a thin amount of Mod Podge on the back of the photo and gently pressed it onto the canvas.  By the way, I just printed the photos out of my printer.  After each photo was Mod Podged onto the canvas I let it sit for another half hour or so.  Then I spread with a painters sponge Mod Podge all over the photo collage.  I let that set for another half hour.  The last step was to write what I wanted on the project.  It could be whatever theme or occasion or sentiment you want to portray.

P.S.  Sorry for the photo quality, I never said I was a photographer :).

Have fun and craft a gift-away.  Karie



Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!

As we near the end of 2014, I can’t help but feel grateful for everyone in my life that I love. My number one love is Madison, my amazing daughter who in her young 21 years has taught me more than anyone that I can be strong. I could have easily fallen apart but with her insistence we started a new life that is full of love and happiness! I will always admire her for the strength and devotion she possesses. We are looking forward to a happy future.

I would like to wish all of you good health, happiness and love as the year comes to a close. Many blessings to you!

I have many interesting topics to blog about very soon. Take care and have fun!


My Koby has gone to Heaven, I will never forget him!

IMG_3194IMG_3213We recently lost a very important part of our family, our pup Koby. I was so devastated losing him, I was not able to write or have inspiration to write. Many people don’t understand that pets are a special part of our lives, and I treated Koby like a kid, I loved him dearly. I raised Koby from a tiny puppy to a grown stubborn boy who passed at the age of 13. Koby was a beautiful German Shepherd/collie mix, he had the shiniest coat and had such a handsome face. Koby had separation anxiety when he was very young, and he did naughty things like eat the arm of the couch. I know that most people would get rid of the dog or seriously punish them, not me! I protected him! Madison was in elementary school when we rescued our pup, so I raised them together, he knew he was adored! I wish it didn’t hurt so much to lose our pet, a family member, a helpless animal who cannot speak and let us know if they are in pain or ready to go. We have to make this excruciating decision when its time for them to go to Heaven. Knowing he is no longer in pain is what keeps me going. I hang his collar around my rear view mirror and when I am having a bad day I look at it and it somehow fills my heart with fond memories and it dissipates what I am worrying about and makes me realize the trivial things in life are just stupid events we go through and how unimportant they are. Losing Koby gave me perspective! I will love my boy and remember him forever. Thank you Koby for showing me a love I will never forget, and thank you for all the times you let me hug you when my life was in turmoil. The unconditional love you gave me and Madison will be cherished. We miss you everyday and love you! Farewell my Angel Puppy, mommy boy, puppy wuppie….