Tasty and Easy Scalloped Potatoes

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I love this new slicer I ordered from Mariolina's pampered chef party. I can slice a potato in nothing flat. Mari is away right now attending her grandmother's funeral in NYC. I visited my son's home, when I got out of work Saturday and decided to make him some scalloped potatoes while he was baching it. These cool little prongs grab your food and hold it while protecting you from the sharp blades of the slicer. 

The knob you are holding gradually goes down until the entire potato is sliced. Lay them in the baking pan, or in a crock pot. Scatter a little flour, sea salt and pepper. I love to make it in a crock pot as the potatoes come out nice and tender and tasty and I don't have to watch it cook but I forgot to bring it with me. Potatoes cooked slowly also retain more *vitamins, and notice I leave the skins on also to keep more of their vitamins. Leaving the skins on increases the nutrition by about 30%.

Slice your polish sausage or ham, then layer it on top the potatoes. Make as many layers of potatoes and meat as you want. Pour about 1/2 cup milk over the potatoes. Cover with aluminum foil or a lid; if your pan has one, or your potatoes may get a little crispy around the edges. Bake at 350 till potatoes are tender when tested with a fork. 

This can be used as the main dish. Potatoes are a vegetable while being a complex carbohydrate so by adding a meat you have your meal covered in one dish. Also potatoes, when slow cooked are significantly high in vitamin c; 45% of your daily intake; more potassium than bananas, spinach or broccoli, 10% of  the daily requirement of vitamin B6; folate 21%, iron 18%, magnesium 21%, manganese 33% and other trace minerals.  Use red or blue potatoes and increase the anti-oxidants significantly. 

Potatoes that are slow cooked are wonderful for the diet, aid in controlling blood pressure, are low fat, high  in fiber (daily intake of 26%) and provide a satisfying meal. Another plus about potatoes is that they are one of most economical foods we can find in the produce aisle.


This post linked to Foodie Friday. Thank you for your visit! Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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The Awakening

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Partying hardy,
Nightlife invites till one day
Motherhood awakens
Motherhood awakens
An urge to protect and care
For the little one


Violets dot the lawn
Green grass and dandelions
Appearing anew

Skinny barren branches
Covered with new spring buds
Become gold flowers...

I could not wait to participate in both challenges; carpe diem and haiku my heart. Kristjaan is offering us inspiration by posting on awakening, which may conjure up different meanings for different individuals. I love the way he teaches and inspires simulataneously. As you can see, he awakened something within me. :-)

Then while visiting different readers from some of my friend's blogs I happened upon the challenge "haiku my heart." The blog administrator has a lovely and creative blog, which I enjoyed visiting immensely. We have such a lot of talent in the blogosphere, don't you think?

If you've got a moment please visit both and you will not be disappointed. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 

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Grandparent to Grandparent

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tiger goes online

Tiger looks like he is surfing the internet. Why not ? He watches me  go online so much that he probably wants to see if there's any  chats for cats. Well, Tiger can help me contribute to Orange you glad it's Friday. :-) He looks orange to me, but anyway, back to the heart of the issue...

Blessings to Mariolina and her family.

While posting this this weekend my heart goes out to Mariolina and her New York family. Her maternal grandmother has gone on to be with the Lord and she is visiting her family there to support them and join with them and bidding their fond adieu. A part of Mari is forever changed because of the huge impact her grandmother had on her. She brought her to the U.S. as a small child and she has remained very close to her until she left us. Her Grandmother was a strong influence in her life, and all us grandparents should strive to be like her; loving, supportive, nurturing, and teaching.

Before Mariolina came to Michigan to marry my baby boy, we would talk on the phone sometimes and she would mention that she was getting ready to go to her grandmother's home to braid her hair and hang out with her then spend the night. There was a special bond that will always be there, which time never removes. 

The following quotes are in honor of grandparents:

"Maternal spirit overflows and fills the world with love." ~ German saying

"That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you feel as if it costs you nothing."~ Simone de Beauvoir

"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"One Grandmother will spoil a baby. Two working together will bring him up in the way he should go, for each will suspect the other of spoiling him and will check it." ~ William Allen White

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." ~ John H. Whitehead
This post linked to skywatch Friday, orange you glad it's Friday and color connection. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless.

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Avon has a heart.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Avon brochure

Avon is still the same great product, but now buying is so much easier!!

Baby girl is selling Avon. I sold Avon for almost 10 years. I stopped selling it, not because  of the product, because  Avon sells itself, but because I was working two jobs and delivering orders just did not fit into my busy schedule. Actually, right after I quit they came up with this nifty little tool where your customers can browse and order online and their merchandise is shipped directly to them. Wow! Why didn't they do this when I was a rep?

Free shipping.

Right now the order can be placed online and shipping is free with the code "EARTH" if your order totals $10.00 or more. I've got my order in and I was able to pay for it using my paypal account. All items are 100% satisfaction guaranteed. 

Avon has a heart.

Another good thing about purchasing your items, whether it is healthy and beauty, cosmetics or home decor is that you have the knowledge that Avon contributes to breast cancer awareness and supports domestic violence campaigns. They really care about women, inside and out. I can pluck down my $.99 for deodorant and know that a portion of the proceeds for that item goes to a good cause and actually I am paying less to buy it. It is such a win/win situation! Of course I bought more than deodorant. :-)

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Pitter Patter falls the rain

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cat watching the rainfall

Dear kitty, if you knew
What the rain would do to you
You would run away 
On my window pane
Pitter patter falls the rain
Such a sweet refrain

Dried and dusty brown
Grass relinquishing its ground
Rain brings it back to life

Flowers everywhere
Wouldn't have had a prayer
But for the gentle rain
Life is on the very brink
Thirsty little flowers drink
Lifting heads again
Nature by 

Kritsjaan challenges us to write haiku and inspires us with the mention of cooling rains and cherry blossoms. We have no cherry blossoms yet, but I anxiously await them. Their beauty and fragrance are truly a welcome sign of spring. Kristjaan offers daily haiku challenges, so check him out from time to time. There is sure to be one that will inspire you to wax poetic. :-) See you at carpe diem

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Who Needs to Knead?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I told you two to knead the bread for the bake sale tomorrow and here you are out here! 88 characters
Why is she looking at us like that? I thought she wanted us to knead bread tomorrow! 84 characters

Grandma's Goulash offers a micro-fiction challenge where one can use her offered photo for inspiration and write a short story using 140 characters or words to tell a story. As an extra challenge the bonus word is "knead". Join in the micro-fiction challenge at succinctly yours

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Reflections and Sitting on High Heels

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pond reflection

“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?” 
― Bill Watterson

“Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” 
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

high heeled shoe chair!

"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it."
Erma Bombeck

This post linked to Weekend Reflection and Shadow Shot Sunday. My shadow quote is:

“What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?” 
― Mikhail Bulgakov

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Happy Birthday, Kristjaan!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Birthday!

In case you don't know Kristjaan, he is an haiku master and an oncology nurse among many other talents. You can find him here and please help me wish  him a warm and happy birthday. He is the host of carpe diem and welcomes our efforts at haiku. It's addictive, try it! :-)

A walk in the park
And your at your halfway mark
The best is yet to come!
Embrace your 50 years
Celebrate with joy and cheers
And with happy tears!

Kristjaan made a wonderful reference to Abraham and his wife Sara relating it to finding wisdom, so inspired by his direction I created a few haiku in honor of our Biblical hero:

Abram, couldn't speak
His life was past it's peak
A son on the way
A son was coming
It had been their lifelong dream
And soon would be seen
Could it be in jest?
His faith was truly tested
Offer his only son?

Have a blessed weekend. Thank you for your visit. 
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