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Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puff Snacks

Hello foodie people.  Today I wanted to make a snack that My Husband I have occasionally. I found this recipe some time ago on Eat Well 101 it’s called Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puff Snacks and is a bite size snack that is delicious and taste great with a salad.

I decided to make this snack as today I’m decorating the house for Christmas and wanted something delicious and fulfilling since it will take me most of the day as I like everything to be perfect. I know your saying its way to early but I love the holiday., They bring family together and that so important anymore. Life is to short so enjoy your family as much as you can.

My daughter and son are coming next week with my grand daughter and I wanted it to be decorated for their visit. We are having an early thanksgiving this year since my daughters vacation starts then. I’m overly excited as its been along time since I have lived so far away from them. Visit are not easy like they used to be.

OK enough about me and on to the recipe. I hope you enjoy this. Don’t forget it taste great with a garden salad.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 or 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  •  Sliced Pepperoni
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for gilding
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 360°F (180°C). Roll out the puff pastry and transfer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut 9 squares (approx. 3-inch/8cm)

2. On each square, arrange a tomato slice, topped with 2 pepperoni slices, parmesan, salt, pepper and chopped basil. Fold to opposite corners of each squares to form little boats.

3. Brush each pastry with the egg yolk, then refrigerate for 10-15 minutes before baking in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and pastries are puffed and golden. Serve immediately, enjoy!

Double the recipe if you want more.

 

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Old Places and Things

Abandoned house in Liberty, Missouri.

I Absolutely love old abandoned Places and Things.. In-fact I have an board on Pinterest just for that. I have over 350 pictures of old things.

It's funny how with age everything changes and you want things that you once said no to. You are now like yes whey didn't I like that years ago.

My favorite things are old place likes houses and barns any kind of old buildings. They once told of story of happiness or sadness.

I have some old pictures of mental home places and only God knows what kind of stories they could tell. Here are some of my  favorites.

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I love Grand Staircases

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Can You imagine how beautiful  this would be restored

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I remember my  grandmother had and old well and my mother would walk to draw water from it.

Old mill, Black Forest, Germany.

Love.. Love this old mill in the woods

Music has the power to heal your soul

I was sitting here trying to remember what I was just thinking about when I relized I actually had no thoughts.  I was merely singing the words to the music I was listening to and that was all. I really love music and listen to it all day.

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Music Has The Power To Heal Your Soul

Music has a way of making me feel wonderful no matter what kind of mood I'm in. It's so soulful. If I'm happy its makes me even more happier. If I'm sad it bring me a sense of peace.  If I'm angry it calms me.

I started really listening to music as a young child. My beautiful mom who had long shiny black hair had a old record player and she would play music on it. She was a big fan of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She also loved the Statler Brothers, Ohh and Elvis Presley.

 

As I became a young teenager, I discovered Rock n Roll and was hooked thanks to my distant cousin Sharon. Bands like Queen, Styx, ACDC and my favorite the Eagles were very big at that time. I would sit in my room and listen to my 45's of them. I had also discovered Black Lights, posters and Marijuana. When I think of those days, I'm totally amazed that I got away with it as strict as my parents were, but glad I did because it shaped me into the person I am today.

My first concert was ACDC and man was I young. In fact I had lied to my parents and went to this concert anyway after being told no. I always hung out with people older than me, don't know why. I had a friend who a jeep and she would hang out with a bunch of people who smoked Marijuana and sometimes I got to go with her,  by that time I may have been 13 or 14 years of age. Yes  I know I started much to young.

Seeing ACDC in concert was wild. Malcolm Young pulled his pants down and mooned everyone. Suddenly I got my first glance at a  penis  hanging out by men dropping there pants around me to moon as well. Yes I was very much shocked. Never had endured that kind of behavior before. It's funny as I think of it now. I can imagine a young country girl who had strict parents experiencing this kind of behavior for the first time must have been a little scary at first.

My second concert I went to was after getting married at a very young age of a few weeks shy of 16. My husband and his friends were big on partying which was right up my alley.  Getting to see Heart in concert was a dream, they had just come out with the hit Barracuda and I loved it. I got to see many people in concert during those years with my husband at that time. In fact the 7 years we were married  I saw at least 15 to 16 bands. One of my favorite concerts was Alice Copper. He did some great stage shows in those days.

My husband and I divorced after 7 years of being togethe. We decided that divorce was best as we both were much to young when we got married. I had then moved to a different town and starting to hang out with my neighbor who listened to country music. I feel in love with it and soon my love for country developed which lead to me meeting my second husband.  He to loved to listen to country music full blown and we hit it off so great that we were living together months later. His love for Conway brought memories of my parents listening to him when he was in his 20's singing. AAhhh those were some good memories.....

I saw Conway Twitty at least 5 times while we were together in fact when Conway died its devastated us both. Well I would have to say my husband more as he could imitate his voice and sang just like him. He also had every Album Conway had out.

It's been 28 years now and my Music has widen so much.  Thanks to my husband now of 18 years I have learned to listen to a little of everything. He's Dutch so my music really changed. I went from Rock n Roll to Country to New Age and Pop.

I don't listen to the old country anymore. It's really hard as it brings back to many sad and hurtful momories from my parents death to my terrible divorce from my second husband. I love that Martin my husband now has a wide range of music. We listen to everything from Opera to synthesizer Music.

I don't listen much now to any of the old stuff as I just get depressed. Why should I put myself through that. Doesn't mean I don't love it anymore, it's just not healthy for me.

I think I'm just happy to be alive now and get to listen to music at all since that's one of my biggest loves. I love the new pop we hear today. It doesn't let me think about all the pain I've endured in my life.....

Fall is Serenity To Me

Today has been a great day. It feels like winter is coming. The temp is dropping down to the mid 30's tonight and we will get our first frost here in Missouri. It's then the leaves will turn and fall will set in. I love fall when there is warm days so you can walk and just look at the beautiful word God created . The wonderful colors of the different trees and plants totally amaze me.  It' such a pity it doesn't last as long as summer. It's truly my favorite time of the year. The weather is cooler so hoodies and boots are in fashion. Bonfires are made as we sit out with our family and friends making forever memories. It really  is a mesmerizing time of the year to me and bring back some wonderful memories of being younger in my life.

Here are some photos that are in my neck of the woods. I can't take credit for them as I  found them on a free photo site. If anyone knows of an author of  the photos please let me know so I can contact them and give them proper recognition.

This is in a neighboring town in Tennessee called Harrogate.

This is in Whitesburg Kentucky

Who wouldn't want to walk on this beautiful road. Trust me I have many times in Beverly Kentucky.

I took some pretty pictures this weekend, while hubby and I were out. I love taking photos and can't wait to take some fall pictures. There's just something about fall that makes me feel peaceful. Its like your spending your last moments with something you love before it dies. You treasure it and nurse it as much as possible even though you know it's not going to make it. Whats so wonderful about letting it go is knowing that in the spring it will come back to life and be even more beautiful and loved than before. I  just truly thinks amazing if you can look at it in that way.

Today I made some cool things I made a Halloween decoration out of a yellow butternut squash and its really cute. It's not finished yet so when I get it done tomorrow will update this page.. Here is the beginning of how it looks.

When I get the mouth cute out a tea light goes in it. I think its adorable and will make a post when I get it finished. The tutorial is over at my business site Influencingangel.com

Well going to call it a night. A Dr. Apt calls for an early morning sweet dreams everyone.

 

Skillet Apple Pork Chops And Onions

 

 

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Hey everyone it’s a beautiful Saturday here in Missouri but my thoughts and prayer have been for those effected by hurricane Florence. It’s really hard when mother nature throws weather at us that endanger our lives. That’s a part of life we cannot change though.

Having a craving for pork chops today and decided I’d make this meal.  I got this recipe out of the Cooking Light magazine and tried it and really like it. I added a few things to it and it turned out great. I love one pan meals and this recipe calls for cooking everything in one pan which is a bonus when it comes to the clean up.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe. Be sure to bookmark this page and share it with your friends on social media.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) bone-in pork chops
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 small red onion, thinly vertically sliced

How to Make It

 
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork chops evenly with 3/8 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon pepper. Add pork chops to pan; cook 10 minutes on each side or until pork chops are done. Remove from pan.
  2. Combine stock and mustard, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl. Add remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 3/8 teaspoon pepper, sage, rosemary, apple, and onion to pan, brown sugar; cook till desired tenderness about 5 mints stirring occasionally. Stir in stock mixture. Return pork chops to pan; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Serves 4′
  4. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Good morning everyone. It’s yet another beautiful day here in Missouri, and I am sitting outside at the lawn table on the patio and enjoying this beautiful day.

I love cooking in the fall of the year. It doesn’t feel as hot outside so it doesn’t make the house feel warmer when you spend a lot of time cooking meals for you family.

Today I’m going to make some Cheeseburger Soup from the hamburger I laid out last night. This is a very delicious meal I’ve made a few times before and has a cheeseburger flavor even if its a soup. We all love cheeseburgers right?  This meal is easy to cook and take no time at all around 35  to 40 mints to cook with 10 mints of that being prep time.

Hope you will enjoy this. Please don’t forget to bookmark this site and share it with your friends on social media.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3  slices bacon, chopped
  • onion, chopped
  • stalks celery, diced
  • carrots, diced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • (16-oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. half and half
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Add onion, celery, and carrot to pot and cook until soft, 5 minutes then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Drain fat. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in mustard, broth, and diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, and let cook about 10 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in cheese, half and half, and flour. Cook until the cheese has melted and soup is thickened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve with bacon, cheese, pickles, and sesame seeds.

serves 6

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Frank Herbert Quote On Fear (Author of Dune)

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. (2)

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” by frank herbert

Frank Herbert bio-Born in Tacoma, Washington, The United States on October 08, 1920. Died February 11, 1986.

Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classics in the field of science fiction.

For the first time, this collection presents 13 completed short stories that Frank Herbert never published in his lifetime. These tales show a great breadth of talent and imagination. Readers can now appreciate the writing of one of the field’s masters in a kaleidoscope of new stories.

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Easy Orange Chicken

August 30, 2018

How To Get Glamin 5 Easy Steps

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut 3-4 thawed chicken breasts into bite sized chunks and cook them in your slow cooker on MEDIUM for about 1 1/2 hours (for best results stir half way through). There is no need to add anything. The chicken cooks well in its own juices. If your slower cooker doesn’t have a medium setting, let the chicken cook for 2-3 hours on LOW.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, mix together 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, 3/4 cup orange marmalade, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce until well blended.
  3. After 1 1/2 hours, drain the chicken juices from your crockpot and pour your mixture in the crockpot with your chicken. Be sure that the chicken is well coated and mixed in with the sauce. Cook on MEDIUM for an additional 2 hours (you may need to add more time if the chicken is not done). The sauce may appear a bit runny at first but it thickens quite a bit as it cools. Again, if you don’t have a medium setting, add an additional hour on LOW.
  4. This chicken is wonderful served with rice. I also like to top it with sesame seeds, and usually cook broccoli and carrots to serve on the side.

TIPS:

  • Add red pepper flakes and/or Sriracha sauce to the mixture to turn up the heat.
  • Add chopped onion and bell peppers to the crock pot when you add the mixture for added flavor.

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