Baked Potato Soup

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  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • ½ pound yellow onions
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 baked potato
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces cheddar, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons scallions, for garnish
  • 1 sprig dill, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a heavy 1 ½ gallon crock pot, heat chicken stock. Add thyme, salt and pepper. In a food processor, puree raw potatoes and onions. Add to stock. Simmer slowly for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add whipping cream and diced baked potato. (If soup becomes too thick, then with water). Sale and pepper to taste.

Optional: Ladle hot soup into an oven proof serving bowl. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and onions. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Bake sweet potatoes on a 400 degree F oven until they can be pierced with a fork. Coo, peel and cut into 1 inch pieces. Place cooked potatoes in a 2 quart covered baking dish. Combine orange juice, butter, brown sugar and spices in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar and butter are melted: pour over potatoes. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Bloomin’ Lasagna

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  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups leaf spinach lightly packed
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup ranch dressing, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and cool. Mix spinach, cheeses, ¼ cup ranch dressing and seasonings in a large bowl. Set ½ cup of pasta sauce aside. Pour remaining sauce into greased shallow casserole dish at least 10 inches in diameter. To assemble flowers, spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of cheese mixture on each noodle and roll up. Place flowers, curly side up, in casserole dish. Mix remaining ranch with pasta sauce, drizzle over each flower. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.

 

Cornbread Dressing in a Crock Pot

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  • 8 slices day old bread, toasted and cubed
  • 7 oz. corn muffin mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Grease slow cooker. Crumble cornbread into a large mixing bowl. Add all ingredients except the butter. Pour dressing mixture into the slow cooker and dot with butter. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours.

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows Review

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I loved My Lady Jane! I wasn’t sure going into this book what it would be like.  I’ve read other books by these authors and had a feeling the chemistry would be magical. And YES IT WAS! The story is a retelling about Lady Jane Grey, but with a twist. It is a complete retelling of the story. Edward, Jane and Gifford were fantastic characters that made me laugh. This book has great characters and FANTASTIC storytelling! A must read for anyone who loves books with a historical theme. I cannot wait to see what these authors come up with next!

First Post

Welcome to my blog! Since this is the first post I thought I would let you know a little about myself. I am a stay at home single mother of a seventeen-year-old. I enjoy quilting, cooking and photography. My daughter and I work together in our Etsy shop. We have fun sewing and quilting because it allows us time to talk and stay connected. I also have a Yorkie named Koda Bear who is more like a human than a puppy at least that’s what he thinks. We love to spoil him with treats, toys and lots of clothes. He also is the subject of a lot of our photoshoots we do and of course he loves the attention. I started this blog to share my interests, products reviews, and DIY projects.