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My Buddy Dan…

…is a culinary DYNAMO.

He made pork loin with mango chutney and rice in his Instant Pot and brought me some leftovers for lunch at work! Soooo good!


Whatta guy!


Can’t leave well enough alone!

It seems like I post frequently about pizza, but I promise, our diet is much more varied than that!

The other night, however, I was feeling lazy, so frozen pizza was in order.

The only problem is, frozen pizza is boring.

I like to add veggies and stuff to my frozen pizza, even though Hubby prefers his straight out of the wrapper, no enhancement necessary.

However, I did this to mine:

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Jalapenos, Orange bell pepper, garlic salt and cracked black pepper… FOR THE WIN.


I’m having a time of it battling the winter blues this year, so I decided to break down and try the “produce you can regrow from scraps” method that I found via Pinterest: read the article here.


My friend Dan, at work, decided to do the same thing. He took a romaine stump and placed it in a shallow dish of water. After enjoying a head of green leaf lettuce, I kept the stump to it and did the same.(His is growing faster than mine.)

Aren’t they pretty? ┬áSo nice to see green and growing this time of year!

Once they have roots, we will be transferring them to pots.

We’re going to farm veggies in the print shop at work this year!

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Hold the crab, just gimmee the rangoon!

I have a confession to make.

I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t care for seafood of any kind.

Here’s the kicker: I love crab rangoon… and it would be even better if there were something other than crab in it.

I picked up some wonton wrappers, a package of cream cheese, and came home and started grabbing random things to mix with the cream cheese. I was determined to make some sort of rangoon that didn’t have a crustacean as a prerequisite.

I used small portion cups, and put about 1/5 of the package of cream cheese in each cup. I added diced jalapeno and adobo seasoning to one cup, diced pepperoni and onion with garlic powder to another, diced broccoli, carrot and fresh ground pepper to another, fresh red chili paste to yet another, diced onion, garlic powder and celery salt in still another.

I added a small-ish teaspoon of filling to the wonton wrapper, moistened two adjoining sides of the wonton wrapper with my finger dipped in water and pressed the corners together to seal it up. I repeated the process until I filled a baking sheet (lightly sprayed with cooking spray). I then baked them at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Success! I liked every filling mixture that I tried!
I’ll be doing this much more often, and hopefully I will remember to take photos this next time!

Kale Chip Experiment

I wasn’t too sure if I’d be able to get kale chips to turn out, since I have heard mixed reviews concerning attempts made by my friends. Since I grow kale for my pet bearded dragon, I decided to give it a go.

Here is the recipe I used:

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Before baking: Kale chips - before baking

After baking: kale chips - after baking