Friday, May 14, 2021

Potato Bites

When I roast little potatoes, I always make a few extra for an afternoon snack the next day!  Before roasting these potatoes, I tossed them in a plastic bag with some olive oil, parmesan cheese, Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend, salt and pepper and roast at 400'

I had 4 leftover and hollowed each out.  I filled each half with a little leftover wilted spinach...

...and topped with a little grated cheese...

This time I used Caramelized Onion Cheddar!

And then I sprinkled a little more seasoning on top and placed them under the broiler for a few minutes.

Potato Bites
6 Leftover, halved, roasted, mini potatoes
6 T wilted spinach
6 T cheddar cheese
Everything But The Bagel seasoning
Cheddar Cheese (Caramelized Onion or Pepper Jack)

Hollow out each potato half and fill each one with 1 T wilted spinach and top with cheese.  Sprinkle seasoning on each one and broil to heat potato and melt cheese.  Serve immediately.

Another idea:  Fill each potato with leftover crumbled bacon and cover with Bacon Cheddar cheese

These are a perfect little afternoon snack!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Strawberry Cucumber Appetizers

These little appetizers are so delicious and quick and easy to make!

I mixed Balsamic and cream cheese together...

...and spread it on crackers....

...I added an English cucumber....

and topped it off with 1/2 sliced strawberry:

These can be made on little circles of bread, or cocktail bread, too!

And you can also drizzle a little more balsamic on top if you like....

And right before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream:

Strawberry Cucumber Appetizers 
2 oz light cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons Strawberry Balsamic
Trader Joe's Pita Bite Crackers (30)
15 fresh strawberries, halved
30 thin slices English cucumber
Whipped cream or Redi-Whip
Mix cream cheese and balsamic and let sit for 30 minutes.  Spread cream cheese mixture on each pita cracker and top with a cucumber slice.  Slice strawberries in half and slice each half thinly, place on top of each cucumber slice.  Place a dollop of whipped cream on top right before serving!


Monday, May 10, 2021

10 on the 10th - Gardening

This month's theme for 10 on the 10th is Gardening.  This is where we spend under $10 related to the theme.  This is also a blog hop so I hope you will visit the bloggers at the bottom of this post!

I am not much of a gardener, but I do like planting herbs.  I found this Mackenzie-Childs creamer a few years ago at a thrift shop for $5.  It has a small chip on the bottom and each year I have planted an herb in it and sat it out on my patio.

The varnish and stain on the wood handle has been stripped by the weather:

I used Old English Scratch Cover and re-stained the handle:

This only took a few minutes and then I applied some varnish to protect the wood!

The rosemary plant was only $2.99 at Trader Joes:

This quick little project cost me less than $10 and I will have fresh rosemary all summer!

Here's a recipe for delicious Rosemary Chicken Breasts

Visit my friends to see their "Under $10 Gardening" ideas:

and me!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


If you love the scent of basil, then you will love this seasonal soap I found at Trader Joe's:

It smells SO GOOD!

And speaking of basil, I also bought a basil plant there and it will be planted outside soon.

A few tips for growing basil:

      • Basil will grow best in a location that gets 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily, though it can perform well in partial sun, too.
      • Soil should be moist but well-drained.
      • Basil works great in containers or raised beds, as these allow for better drainage.
      • If you’re planning on cooking with these plants, plant in clean soil, don’t use insecticides, and grow them away from driveways and busy streets so that exhaust won’t settle on the plants.

Here are a few recipes using fresh basil:

I think basil is my favorite herb!  What's yours?

Monday, May 3, 2021

It's almost CHIVE time.....

When Chives flower in the spring, the first batch should be cut down because they are very woody - BUT - save the flowers!

This pretty, light purple, edible flower has a light onion flavor. Chive blossoms can be tossed in a salad or, more commonly, used to garnish a dish.

But I prefer to make a vinegar with them:

I strain the vinegar and pour it into pretty jars - perfect for little gifts or to make a dressing:

Here's a simple recipe for a delicious dressing for salads:

        • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
        • 3 tablespoons chive vinegar 
        • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
        • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
        • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
        • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
        • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
As you know, I am not much of a gardener, but chives need no care at all and I use them all summer long!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Kentucky Derby and Mint Juleps....

  • The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, almost always on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The competition is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs.  This year it will be held on May 1st.  

  • What do you need to celebrate? 

  • BOURBON!  
  • Maker's Mark is a really good bourbon, and Jim Bean is probably one of the least expensive: 

  • MINT.  
  • Mine has survived all winter indoors!


  • AND A FASCINATOR, of course!

Mint Juleps were always a part of racing culture, not just the Derby and they became the Kentucky Derby’s official drink in 1939.

  • How do you make a Mint Julep?

    • Mint Julep 

    • 8 mint leaves
    • 2 oz Bourbon
    • 1/4 ounce simple syrup 
    • Garnish: mint sprig
    • Garnish: Angostura bitters (optional)
    1. In a silver Mint Julep cup , lightly muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup. Add the bourbon then pack the glass tightly with crushed ice.  Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.  Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome, and garnish with a mint sprig and a few drops of bitters (optional).


      Firmly slap the mint sprig on the back of your hand before garnishing; this releases the oils to make the mint more aromatic.

  • Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. (1846–1899), who founded Churchill Downs in 1875, supposedly grew mint behind the club.

  • My money is on "Bourbonic" this year!

  • Race Post Time is 6:57!