Sunday, February 25, 2024

Recipe For A Thriving Democracy

Wanna make a difference for our country? 

One of the many ways to make a difference is to vote!

In 2024, Americans will go to the polls to cast their ballots.

All throughout the year, states will be holding elections to select candidates for president and other offices.

They will also be voting on ballot proposals too. 

One of those states holding elections is my state Michigan. 

We’ll be holding our presidential primary on February 27th, 2024.

The polls on Election Day will be open from 7 am. - 8  pm. 

If you’re still in line to vote at 8 pm, they have to let you vote, stay in line.

Also remember the front and the back of the ballot too.

Thanks for being the difference.


For more election information: 

http://www.vote411.org/


Fellow Michiganders: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/





   


Friday, February 23, 2024

Broasted Sweet Potatoes

This is perfect as a side dish or anytime.


2 medium sweet potatoes

1/4 c. oil (adjust amount needed)

1/2 tsp. each: granulated garlic, dried parsley

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, red wine vinegar

Pinch red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 375’ degrees.

Spray baking sheet with non stick spray.

Rinse, cut ends from and slice sweet potatoes. 

Arrange potatoes on baking sheet.

Drizzle oil, sprinkle herbs and spices over potatoes.

Toss potatoes to coat.  

Place potatoes in oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

Halfway through cooking, remove pan from oven. 

Stir or flip potatoes to cook evenly on other side. 

Put potatoes back in the oven to cook until done. 


Serves 4.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Big Game Pasta Salad

 This is perfect for a game day get together or anytime.

1 package macaroni shells (16 oz)

1 c. each: radishes (sliced), celery (chopped)

3/4 - 1 c. mayo (to taste) 

1/4 tsp. each: pepper, salt, granulated garlic


Cook pasta according to directions on package.

While pasta is cooking, wash and prepare celery, radishes. 

In a clean serving bowl combine: drained pasta, remaining ingredients, and some of the mayo.

Toss well to coat. Add remaining mayo if needed.

Serves 6.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Easy Fruit Salad

This is perfect as a side dish, healthy snack, breakfast or anytime.

You can use what fruit you like.

1/3 c. each: sliced fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, pineapple chunks

2 tangerines, peeled and sectioned

1 orange, peeled, sectioned 

1 - 2 apples chopped

1/2 lemon 


Cut lemon in half, set aside.

Rinse berries through a colander, slice strawberries, set aside.

Rinse and slice apples, place in a clean bowl.

Cut in half, peel, section orange and place in bowl.

Peel, section tangerines, place in bowl.

Add pineapple and berries to bowl. 

Squeeze half of lemon over fruit and toss fruit with a clean spoon.

Place bowl in fridge until ready to serve.

Serves 4.






Saturday, January 27, 2024

Touchdown Buffalo Dip

This quick dip is a winner for game day, company or anytime.


1 - 2 c. chopped cooked chicken

6 oz. each: shredded cheddar cheese cream cheese, softened

1/8 - 1/4 cup ranch dressing (optional)

1/4 c. unsalted butter

2 T. Tabasco sauce

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic


Place butter in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 -15 sec.

 Remove bowl from microwave very carefully, add Tabasco sauce, red pepper flakes, stir and set aside.

With clean hands, shred chicken into a clean microwave safe bowl.

Add cream cheese, dressing, salt, pepper, butter mixture, granulated garlic and shredded cheddar cheese to bowl, stir to mix.

Place bowl in microwave and cook chicken mixture for 2 min. 

Halfway through cooking, open microwave & stir chicken mixture. 

Close microwave door and cook until the cheese is melted.

Remove bowl from microwave carefully and let stand for a few minutes to cool. 

Serve with crackers, chips or cut up veggies.

Serves 4.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Buttered Crackers

This is perfect with soup, as a snack or anytime.

I used saltines, but you can use what crackers you like.


1 sleeve saltine crackers
1 stick unsalted butter

1/4 tsp.
each: granulated garlic, dried minced onion, salt, pepper
Pinch: red pepper flakes

Remove butter from refrigerator. 

Let stand for a few minutes.

Remove butter from wrapper and place in bowl. 

Cut butter into chunks and let it soften to room temperature. 

Add spices to butter. Mash butter with a clean fork to mix well.

With clean hands place butter on wax paper. You can also use parchment paper as well. 

Roll butter in wrap to form a log. Secure the ends of butter log and place in refrigerator to set for a few hrs.

To serve: remove butter from refrigerator, unwrap butter,  put on a butter dish and slather desired amount on crackers.

Serves 8.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Hot Honey

This is perfect to add a little kick to game day, breakfast on bread or anytime.


1 jar pasteurized honey

1 - 2 tsp. red pepper flakes

In a jar combine ingredients, stir to mix. Put lid jar and place in cupboard until ready to use.

Serves 6 - 8.