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Friday, September 10, 2021

Road Trip Tasty Eats

 I did a post about our road trip to the Meskwaki Casino on my other blog.  So I thought I would do a tasty eats edition on this road trip.

We started out having breakfast at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) My husband and I both had French Toast. I did not take a photo and got this one on the web, I assume the photo belongs to IHOP.

When we got to the casino had lunch at restaurant at the casino. We got a Hawaiian pizza and cheese sticks. Hawaiian pizza traditionally has Canadian bacon and pineapple. This one also included ham and bacon. It was delicious. Unfortunately my husband and I could not finish the pizza and we did not save the left overs. 

Even though the casino has a hotel, we stayed at a different hotel.  Next to the hotel we were staying at was a Mexican restaurant. I had spinach cheese quesadilla and churros. Not sure what my husband had for dinner. He had fried ice cream for dessert.

 Like most hotels, ours had free breakfast. They had a machine that made pancakes. We have never seen one before. It make two pancakes at a time. 

Before heading home, we stopped at the casino gift shop to redeem the points we earned. I got some caramel corn with chocolate drizzle.

Finally for lunch we stopped at a Country Kitchen. I got an Avocado Jack Wrap and Pickle Fries. Sorry I did not take a photo.
Overall, I ate way too much food on this trip.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Fish Stick Tacos

 We have been getting Real Simple magazines in the mail and the September 2021 edition has a fish stick taco recipe in it. I knew I wanted to make it. It is easy to make too. These tacos have a cabbage slaw that is made up of cabbage, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and salt. We added cheese to our tacos. I added mayo to mine. The recipe suggests Greek yogurt or sour cream. 

I did find the recipe online, you can find it here:

 Fish Stick Tacos Recipe | Real Simple

Friday, September 03, 2021

Apple Pancakes

I wanted to make this pancake recipe after seeing it in a cook book I forgot I had. I had the apple sauce and it was easy to make.

To my surprise, my husband likes this recipe.

 To make this recipe is used:

1 egg (the original recipe said to use an egg white.)
1 cup of pancake mix
1 cup of applesauce
water or apple juice if needed to make the batter thinner
a little cinnamon (optional)

Combine all the ingredients, Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot greased griddle. cook until the pancake is puffed up and dry around the edges. Turn and cook until it is golden brown. It makes about 6 pancakes.

I might try to make this recipe from scratch.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Veggie Stuffed Peppers

These veggie stuffed peppers are based on a stuffed artichoke recipe found in a vegetarian cookbook I forgot I had. We had moved recently and I had a tote of cook books tucked away in our old place. 

To make this I used:
4 green peppers
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1 small pack of chopped mushrooms (recipe calls for 1/2 cup, I used way more)
1 medium grated carrot
3 tablespoons of diced sun dried tomatoes
leaves from a spring of thyme
4 tablespoons of water
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of bread crumbs

Cut off the tops of the green peppers and put on a baking sheet or small pan
For the filling, sauté the chopped onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms, carrot, tomatoes thyme and water. Cook for another 5 minutes, then add the bread crumbs.

Spoon the filling into the peppers (I had some filling left over, probably because I used more mushrooms than the recipe called for). Drizzle some olive oil on top. I also added some fried onions on top.

Cook for 350 degrees for 25- 30 minutes. 

I was initially concerned that the filling was going to be too dry, but it wasn't. I liked it.

Because we are not vegetarians, I had served this will some sausage sliced and fried in a pan.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Tasty Eats

I thought it was time to share some of the tasty eats over the past few weeks.

I was gifted with more zucchini, I had made this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from this recipe:

My husband made this ice cream cake. It was simply ice cream in the center of chocolate cake and covered in salted caramel icing.

I made a five cheese cheese pasta after I heard it mentioned in a radio show I listen to. Not only does 5 different cheeses, it had caramelized onions (I had caramelized onion cheese), bacon and fried onions on top.
 I had some sauce left over from the zucchini noodle dish, so it created this chicken parmesan ring.

I had shrimp that had to be used up and I was in the mood for curry. I used the curry sauce recipe I had found in my grandmother's cook book. I added some jarred roasted red peppers. Overall it was good curry. 

My son had made this chili. I did not press for a recipe, but when he makes chili, he adds tomato juice as the tomato base.

Here are other recipes he has done:

Just Winging It: Kale Rice Soup (

That is it for this post, hope this inspires you to make some tasty eats.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Zucchini Noodles

I always appreciate when other people have gardens and share their fruits of their labor. Someone at work left out some zucchini. At first I thought it was a cucumber before I realized it was a zucchini. I did want to make noodles with it, but I don't own a tool to easily make it into noodles. I had to do it by hand with a potato peeler.

I only did half of the zucchini into noodles. I had a little bit left of some rotini noodles, so I cooked off the noodles and added some chopped onion and spaghetti sauce. It was a tasty meal for my son and myself.

For the other half of the zucchini, I made zucchini bread using this recipe. I did add a banana to make it zucchini banana bread.

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Friday, August 13, 2021


So I am doing a quick blog post about ice. We had recently moved to a new home. We had ice cube trays with the refrigerator in our old place. There were no ice cube trays in our new place. My husband and son uses ice all the time, weather it be ice water or ice in their drinks. First we went to target to look for ice cube trays. We could not find the standard size ice cube trays, but found these cute silicone trays.
We bought 6 of these.

I also had this snowflake mold for years, I have tried to make bake goods in this mold with no luck is seeing the snowflake design.

Worked out pretty well with ice.

  I am made some black and white photos for The Weekend in Black and White.  Ice can make some really cool photos. 

This photo will be shared with Mosaic Monday.

I think my son and husband go sick of filling and emptying the ice cube trays, so my husband had bought an ice machine of Amazon.  

 This is an Amazon Affiliate link for the ice maker we had just bought.
 As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We have had this ice machine for a few days now and it does what it is suppose to do. It makes ice.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Banana Pancakes

 There are many versions of banana pancakes out there on the internet. The ones I have have seen have oatmeal in them. For my version, I adapted a favorite pancake recipe to include a banana.

Banana Pancakes

1 egg

1 banana

1 cup flour

3/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt.

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot greased griddle. cook until the pancake is puffed up and dry around the edges. Turn and cook until it is golden brown.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Tasty Eats - Burger King, Spicy Food, and More

Welcome to another edition of tasty easts. I hope you enjoy the some of the culinary treats I had over the course of the last couple of weeks.  

For the first time, I tried the Spicy Ch'King from Burger King. I like some spicy food, but not much into Siracha. I think Siracha just adds spice with little flavor. I like buffalo spicy. This sandwich is very spicy and I think I would of enjoyed the regular Ch'King more than the spicy version. If you do like the heat, then do go for this sandwich

Speaking of spicy, I tried buffalo cauliflower bites from Buffalo Wings and Rings. This is also a new dish for me. The cauliflower was deep fried, and I found the cauliflower slightly soggy. Overall it was still tasty and has the buffalo flavor I expected from buffalo chicken wings. 

I did a recent post on this Cheesy Sausage Casserole and Peach Dump cake. You can read this post on my thoughts on these tasty items.

I usually make Peanut Butter Oatmeal balls, but I tried making a version with raisins. The raisin version was tasty, but I do prefer the peanut butter version. 

I have some spice cake left over from the Peach Dump cake, so I am going to try to incorporate it into the Coffee Cookie recipe. I will have to let you know  how that turns out. 

For dinner one night, I made a creamy tomato pasta dish based on this Pin from Pinterest. Instead of using spinach, I add fresh veggies I had on hand that I wanted to use up. Turned out tasty. Next time I make this I plan on trying it with the spinach.

My loving husband had made some Chinese food one night. He whipped up crab rangoons rolls and fried rice. The sesame chicken is a frozen meal from the grocery store.

To round out this version of tasty eats, I have pineapple coffee cake. I have an any fruit recipe in my now vintage 1990's Better Homes and Garden Cook Book. I had fresh pineapple to use up and it worked out nicely in this coffee cake.

That wraps up this edition of tasty eats. I hope this inspires you to make or experience some tasty eats.

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Cheesy Sausage Casserole and Peach Dump Cake

I had found a Cheesy Sausage and Cabbage Casserole and Peach Dump Pie pie for dessert. I was anticipating using a 9 by 13 inch pan to make the dessert, but the can of peach pie filling did not even fill out the pan. I eventually moved on to the one of my favorite baking pans. It is a narrow stone baking pan. I don't even remember where I got it from. To make this dessert I used a can of pie filling, a half of a box of of spice cap dumped on top and randomly added dabs of butter on top. I might of baked it for about 30 minutes or until it was bubbly and golden brown. The cake was delicious and ended up being the perfect size and did not have any left over.

I had plenty of the cheesy casserole left over. This was also tasty if you are into cabbage. The downside to this recipe is that I a lot of water is the dish. It was almost like a soup. If I make this again, I guess I would have to make sure all the water from the cabbage is cooked off.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Raisin Snack Balls

I thought I would try to make a different kind of breakfast, energy or snack ball besides my peanut butter ones.

 I was experimenting with this, so this recipe might be altered in the future. To make these I used:

About 1/2 cup raisins - I finished off the box I had

1/2 T dark corn

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup flax seed

1/2 cup oatmeal.

I had soaked my raisins in about 1/2 cup of water to make them more plump, but hindsight tells me I might not do this in the future. I ran my raisins in my food processor to make it more like a paste.  combine the remaining ingredients. Form into about 1 inch balls. It made 8 balls.

According to a fitness app I have, 1 ball has 136 calories  with 23.9 grams of carbs, 2.9 grams of fat, and 2.4 grams of protein.

Overall I like the peanut butter ones better, but that is only because I like peanut butter.

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Friday, July 09, 2021

Coffee Cookies

 As soon as I have seen a blog post on Coffee Biscuits. I knew I had to make it.  I noticed that is a little bit similar to Never Fail Cookies.

These coffee cookies are also simple. It just has flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, and instant coffee dissolved in water.

It also is a small recipe, it only made 10 cookies for me.

This recipe has:

1 cup flour

1/4  teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

6 tablespoons soft butter

1 tablespoon instant coffee

1 tablespoon water

Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Combine water and coffee in a separate bowl. Cream butter and sugar.  Add in the flour mixture and coffee mixture. Shape into teaspoon size cookies and press down lightly. If desired, coat in sugar. Bake at 160 degrees C. I baked it at 325 F. I ended up slightly overbaking my cookies cooking them for 17 minutes. So I am going to stick to 10-15 minutes.

Even though I ended up over baking my cookies, I still enjoyed them. 

Made another batch that is cooked at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

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