Life is never simple

At least ours is not, and with all of both the good and the bad, I wouldn’t want it any other way. We got good news on both of Michael’s health issues, (Whew!), but unfortunately one of his brothers passed away. Jen lost an Uncle, as well. While those things are not at all equal, I guess life balances itself out in some ways most of the time.
Anyway, here are a few of the highlights from the past few weeks. My stickies got moved around so much the sticky stuff is starting to wear off.
I’m always looking for new ways to remake leftovers of things like our Easter ham. My favorite for this years’ ham was my Power Pasta Salad. Although this versatile salad has some ham in it, I filed it with the Meatless Main Dishes because it is so substantial even without the ham.
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As I mentioned a while back, my bathroom scale has been yelling at me and it’s not saying nice things. In an effort to quiet it I decided a pot of Spicy Cabbage Soup might help. I actually do like that stuff!
Perhaps that bathroom scale kicked the meatless entrees to the forefront of my menu choices. The recipe for Super Spinach Lasagna is supposed to produce 6 generous servings, but this time I split it between 2 baking dishes, froze half, and called it 8 servings total. Preceded by a House Salad, that portion was plenty.
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I like the deal I get on crimini mushrooms at one of the warehouse stores, but I have to get pretty creative to use them all before they go bad. A full head of broccoli can sometimes be hard to use as well. Some of the mushrooms, some broccoli, and a cup of leftover brown rice morphed into another new meatless dish, Broccoli and Rice Stuffed Mushrooms.
Of course, not everything we ate was meatless! We had occasion to eat out several times and grilled a good bit when we were at home, mostly old standbys like Steak Burgers and Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken.
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I took the time last Saturday to put together a batch of Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls. As much as I enjoy eating those, my bathroom scale will be yelling at me again, especially since I served those burgers with some of my
Slow-Cooked Baked Beans. One just has to splurge sometimes!
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Speaking of splurges, its strawberry time! One of thoses things I look forward to each year. This strawberry version of my Fresh Fruit Custard Ice Cream with Magical Ice Cream Topping was the first thing I made from the two gallons of strawberries we bought at Brown Farms. They are not too far from our house, so I plan to get some more strawberries this coming week. I will post the recipes from both trips next time. Let me see what kind of trouble I get myself into!
Be thankful for what life gives you.


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