With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 1/6/13 - 1/13/13

Saturday, January 12, 2013


sharing some photos of Raider from Christmas

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pizza Toast

I do the cooking and baking in our home but John does have a specialty.
Pizza Toast is a childhood memory for both him and for our children.
It is something his Great-Aunt Kathryn showed him how to make and he has made it through the years for us. 
  Pizza Toast is tart and tasty. 
Sometimes when I am tired or not feeling well, John will make these and I just love nibbling on small bites and savoring the tangy flavor.
John takes his Pizza Toast preparation seriously and has agreed to share his recipe.
Begin with sliced bread (potato bread is my favorite)
Layer with a slice or two of American cheese
Squeeze on a large dollop of ketchup
Intently spread to edges.
John emphasis's the most important ingredient is garlic powder that he sprinkles on liberally.
Next comes a generous twist of the pepper mill.
Add Italian seasoning. He likes to use a heavy hand.
Inspect perfect coverage of spices.
Transfer bread to toaster with rack in upper position.
Toast for 3-5 minutes until heated and the cheese is perfectly melted and bubbly.

Watch the toasting process attentively
When toasting reaches perfection, carefully remove Pizza Toast from oven.
Serve with potato chips and soda.
Savor both the unique taste and happy childhood memories

John's Aunt Kathryn will be celebrating her 100th birthday this May.
The photo on left was taken last year (source cousin Sandy's facebook page)
Photo on right shows Aunt Kathryn at far right with her siblings, including John's grandmother, Elsie (center)  along with brothers, Joe, Wes, Woody and John.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Spinach Waldorf Salad

 At a recent dinner party with friends, our hostess served a salad that I loved.
It is easily adaptable to whatever you may have on hand.
She found the recipe on the bag of spinach!
Spinach Waldorf Salad

Layer in bowl or on individual plates:
1 (5-oz.) package Baby Spinach
1/2 cup diced celery
2 large Granny Smith (or Gala) apples, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup grapes, halved (can substitute dried cranberries)
1/2 cup candied walnuts (I have used pistachios and honey roasted peanuts)

optional: 4 ounces extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shaved  (I have used feta and also a goat's milk cheese I picked up while visiting Peddler's Village recently)


Whisk together:
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/8 teaspoon salt

Can be topped with chicken (grilled, roasted, or leftover) for a main dish entree.
~Pears can be substituted for apples if you'd like~


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