Easy Cheesy Mac and…

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andidates. As I was about to select what looked like a winner, I remembered a four-star/100 review Pillsbury recipe I’d put aside. It I’d been having a hankering for mac and cheese…so I pulled out my (big, big) stack of recipes and found a couple of good candidates. As I was about to select what looked like a winner, I remembered a four-star/100 review Pillsbury recipe I’d put aside. It was a different take on classic oven-baked mac and cheese – and you guessed it – I was inspired. I snagged the recipe and off to the races…okay, to the kitchen, I went.

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So Long Summer…Hello Harvest Time

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Since we’d had already been inundated with Autumnal, Halloween, Thanksgiving and yes even Christmas displays in stores, and our calendars said it was still Summer through September 21st, we were inspired to enjoy every last minute of it in a favorite place of ours – Cape Cod!

Please don’t misunderstand.  I’m a big Autumn fan.  I’m also a big Summer fan, along with enjoying the season right up to the last day before Fall rolls around.  Spring is a “meh” for me because of all the rain, and don’t get me started about all the things I don’t like about Winter (and yes, I’ve lived all of my life in New England).

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Mums The Word

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Now that summer has officially ended (Boo – more on that in my next blog), I’m inspired to begin decorating for autumn (Yeah – I know, I’ve contradicted myself).

A trip to Walmart and Dollar Tree stoked my desire to use the mums I have on the back patio as my first foray into fall 2021 decorating, starting with my front steps.

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Five Below Fun

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Lately, as summer has begun to wane, I’ve been thinking about Five Below.  No, I’m not (yet) thinking about and dreading the frigid temperature that seems to like a lengthy residence in New England. 

After taking stock of the goodies and gems I brought home from my first trip for some retail therapy at Five Below (Freeman Bare Foot Overnight Healing Treatment $4.00; Wet N Wild Skinny Tip Eyeliner $5.00; EVA double buckle sandals in black $5.00; and mesh water shoes $5.00), I’m inspired to plan a second trip there in a couple of weeks and to “sing” the company’s praises on my blog.  Trust me, though I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, I’ll give it my best shot. 

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Tater ‘Ritos

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While “enjoying” a recent New England heatwave, I was inspired to create another cool and tasty family dinner that I call “Tater ‘Ritos.”

I had enjoyed a couple of potato burritos at Taco Bell a while back, and remembering them got me thinking.  I knew I had a couple of cans of diced potatoes on hand, and a quick check of the fridge and cupboard provided all the ingredients I needed for a family dinner:

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Good Things In Tiny Packages

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Ever wonder if you could recycle those silica packets that come with things like electronics, leather shoes, handbags, prescriptions and vitamins?  I have and was inspired to find ways to reuse them rather than tossing them away.  I know it may sound small, but it’s one more thing I can do to reuse rather than add to a growing mountain of trash. 

Just remember – keep the packets away from children and pets because they should never be ingested.  And since the moisture-absorbent silica can lose its effectiveness over time, dry out the packs and recharge them with a stint in the sun.

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Kathy’s Easy Peasy Chicken

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We eat chicken…a lot…so I’m always trying to come up with new ways to make it. 

I picked up some half-price Grade A boneless skinless chicken breasts at Shop Rite recently, and I was inspired to create Kathy’s Easy Peasy Chicken, which has now become a family favorite.

Here’s the ingredients:

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The Wonders of Watermelon – Part One

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Warm weather, staying cool and enjoying watermelon. My short to-do list for the summer.

I’ve always been a fan of watermelon. As a kid, who didn’t love biting into a sweet, juicy slice and enjoying all that messy goodness?

As an adult, I appreciate that watermelon is low in calories and fat and has no cholesterol. And since my tastes have matured a bit over the years, I’ve been inspired to find a variety of ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. I’ll include some of my favorite watermelon-based recipes in part two of this blog.

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“S” Marks The Spot…

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…the sweet spot.

Ah, Facebook. Who knows what you’ll find there. During a recent trip to FB Land, I saw a post from classmate Elaine, who I know is a wiz in the kitchen whether she’s cooking or baking. She shared a photo of some tempting “S” cookies that looked quite tasty, so I asked for the recipe. And when I read it and saw they were “melt in your mouth with a light lemon flavor,” I was inspired to share what I think would be the perfect summer treat with you.

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