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Nut Clusters

I bake these for my kids to eat when they are playing sports.  It is a great high protein snack.DSC_0599

Mix together in a bowl.  Use which ever nuts you like or have around.

1 c. each Walnuts, Slivered almonds, Pistacios

1 c. each Peanut butter chips, flaked coconut, Dried Cranberry’s

2 c.  Brown Rice Cereal

1/4 c. Brown Sugar

Mix separately and add.

1/4 c. each Veg Oil & Honey

1 Egg White

1 tsp each Cinnamon, Vanilla & Coarsely Ground Salt

1/2 Tsp Ginger

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After all mixed together using large scoop place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Clusters will be loose but once baked they will stick together.   Bake 325 degrees for 10 -15 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool completely prior to moving from cookie sheet.

Makes 36 – 40 clusters


Harvest Time

Northern Gumbo Farm Style

Yes,  I know this is nothing like good old Southern Gumbo.  But just try and find okra in rural northern America.

This is my sons favorite dish.  So give it a try. 

1.  Cook rice according to instructions on package adding 1 Tbsp chicken broth.  Set a side and cool.

  • 1 c. uncooked rice
  • 1tbsp chicken broth

Saute chicken with olive oil and garlic add sausage onion and pepper after chicken is cooked continue sauteing until sausage is lightly browned.

  • 2 Chicken  Breasts cubed
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 14 oz sausage of your choice (I use a turkey kielbasa)
  • 1/2 medium Onion
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Add and Simmer

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 30 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Chesapeake Bay Seasoning
  • Cooked Rice
  • 3 C chicken stock

One hour prior to serving add

  • 30 – 40 shrimp As a starting point I allow for about 6 shrimp per person that I am planning on serving

Note:  If your soup gets too thick add more chicken stock or water. This is a hearty soup great served with fresh bread.




Creamy Pasta

This is always a crowd pleaser.  It’s quick, easy and makes you look like an amazing cook.  Serve with green salad and french bread.   Put whatever meat you have available to you.  This dish is good with just the chicken and Bacon.  Serves 4 with some leftovers.


  • Bacon renderings(fat)
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil or Butter
  • 6 slices Bacon chopped
  • 12 – 15 oz uncooked Linguini Pasta
  • 2 Chicken Breasts cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 c. diced Green Onions
  • 2 c. frozen petite Peas
  • 2 c. Chicken broth
  • 2tbsp Corn Starch
  • Additional Meats: Shrimp, Langostino Lobster tails, Scallops or crab  (whatever is in the freezer and your family will eat)
  • Note: Langostino Lobster is a small lobster similiar to crab I purchase this at Costco in the freezer section it is a rich yummy treat to add to your dishes.

1.  Boil pasta to desired firmness

2.  Mix together chicken stock and cornstarch and set aside.

3.  While pasta is boiling fry bacon remove from pan and set a side


4.  In left over bacon renderings cook Garlic and Chicken until done.  At this time you may add butter or olive oil if you desire or need more liquid to cook your meats in.

5.  If desired add any additional quick cooking meats at this time.  My favorites are Shrimp and lobster tails.  Cook shrimp until just pink and lobster until it is warm.   Don’t over cook as they will continue cooking thru rest of steps.

6.  Add Peas and Bacon to pan

6.  Pour chicken stock  and cornstarch mixture over meat and add grated Parmesan Cheese.  Cook until it thickens slightly

7.  Drain Pasta, place in bowl  top with meat.  Mix until pasta is nicely coated.

8.  Sprinkle with with Green onion and a little extra Grated Parmesan


Can I have some of that?


Why is it that a momma cow always has a baby on the coldest day of the year?
It just isn’t a winter without having a baby calf in the back room warming up and having it’s first meal.  This year our kitty Butter thought he needed a sip too.

Visited with Jillian again this morning 30 minutes of Kettlebell Level 2.  Maybe I won’t be sore this time.  Ha, ha, ha!

Jogged 1.25 miles today and walked 1.25 miles today.  Very excited did it without my knee brace.

Oven Garlic Fries

My family loves these fries.  These take a little more planning and time but they are by far better than frozen fries and worth the effort.  I generally make these as a healthy dish but,  if you have a craving for those Ivar’s Garlic fries you can only get at the ball game try the Garlic version.


1 large potato per person

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

olive oil

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt or whatever your family favorite is

1.  Wash potatoes and leave skin on

2.  Slice fries using a Mandolin food slicer or you can hand slice for thicker fries.  Thicker fries may require more cooking time.

3.  Soak in cold water with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt for about 15 min to one hour.  Why?  Well it is hard to find a consistent answer but what I have found is that the salt  helps to produce a crisper fry and the sugar-water pulls out more starch from the potato than just plain water which will make the potato less mushing when cooking.  Whatever the reason, I have noticed since soaking my fries they seem to bake vs. steam, are less likely to stick to the pan and seem to cook more evenly.

4.  Now that you have soaked your fries it is important to rinse in water to get rid of any excess starch and to pat dry

5.  Drizzle with olive oil, season to taste (be careful not to over season) and place evenly on a baking sheet.  A single layer is best but as you can tell I usually make too many for my pan.


6.  Bake @ 425* for 30 minutes turn and bake 5 -10 minutes more to desired crispness.

O.K.  Now that you have the healthy version try these buttery garlic fries

Garlic Fries  For about 4 potatoes crush one large clove garlic or 2 -3 small cloves.  Melt with 2 tbsp butter in the microwave drizzle over fries when done baking and toss to evenly cover.  Enjoy!

Jillian Michaels

30 Minute Kettelbell work out with Jillian Micheal’s Shred It DVD.   I love Jillian.  Who else can make sweat drip off your nose and make you feel good at the same time.  If you haven’t tried a Kettlebell work out I would give this one a try.   It is a great cardio and strength training workout.  Someday I hope to actually be able to do the whole thing without doing the easier versions of some of the exercises.  I did move up to level two.  Love it!


Every horse has to learn his job.  Off Little Sting went to be trained to be a cow horse.  Can’t wait to get him back home.