Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pork Chop Cassserole

I came into my marriage with one cookbook -old faithful - Betty Crocker. But I didn't have a clue how to cook on our meager budget in 1977 so mom brought me a little green paperback that became my "newlywed's food bible", How I Feed My Family on $16 a Week by Jo Ann York. It had shopping tips, how to make a menu, and recipes - I was in high cotton now! Thirty- nine years and six kids later I still use the recipes in that fallen apart old treasure and the menus that I made from it even if it does cost more than $16 a week. This Pork Chop Casserole recipe to this day is my hubby's favorite.

Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops
3-4 potatoes,  peeled and sliced
2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 13"x9" baking pan. Place pork chops in the bottom of the 13"x9" baking pan. ( I always added 1 cup water in the bottom of the pan - it makes some nice pan juices to use on the potatoes. Sometimes use apple juice.) Place the sliced potatoes and apples on top of the pork chops. (Occasionally I line the bottom of the pan with sliced onions.) Sprinkle with the brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Cacao Cinnamon Banana Pancakes

When I make pancake I usually go for Pamela's Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix.  I fell in love with this gluten free product five years ago when I found out I had Celiac  after a ten year life of torture but that's another story. Back to Pamela - I have used this not only for pancakes but as a base for,  to die for waffles, chocolate chip cookies and muffins of various types. If you need to follow a gluten free life style then you really need to give this stuff a try. (Okay stepping off the soapbox now) I'm not usually one for eating chocolate even as a child I didn't care for it much - weird kid, huh. Didn't and still don' t care for ice cream either. However,  today I woke up thinking about something chocolaty and creamy for breakfast. I have usually tea, toast and fruit.  Today I was ambitious and went to the kitchen with this flavor and texture in my mind and on my taste-buds. After prowling the pantry, frig and spice cabinet. I cane up with Cacao Cinnamon Banana Pancakes.

1 basic recipe of Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix for pancakes the added the following:
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup wildflower honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mixed all ingredients until well blended. Then pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto a preheated skillet in avocado oil spray, flip once and cook until done. You will need to cook these on a lower temperature than regular pancakes as the honey causes them to burn at a higher temperature without cooking them through.  Once done just layer them with sliced bananas & whipped cream then topping them with banana slices whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Just a note here the Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix does contain milk and almonds if you have allergies. If not then your golden. 

Monday, October 14, 2013



O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
~ Robert Frost ~

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Guess Who Discovered Nutella !!!

Ryan had his first taste of Nutella.
He ate the Nutella and left the bread.
The verdict - yummy.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

As we celebrate the New Year it is my wish
 that your family's new year is filled with
 hope, love, happiness and peace.