Thursday, October 2

Coffee Mug Cake

This one has been floating around the Internet for awhile but I just received it yesterday. But I thought perhaps some of you were like me and had not seen it yet.


1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts (optional)
Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT!
(this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake
at any time of the day or night!

Wednesday, October 1

Keri tried it.

One-Pot Salsa Beef Skillet

One-Pot Salsa Beef Skillet
Prep Time:
5 min
Total Time:
27 min
4 servings
What You Need
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 cups water
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
2 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Cheese
1 green onion, chopped
Make It

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Return to skillet.

ADD water, salsa and Macaroni; stir. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 10 min. or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn and Cheese Sauce; cook 2 min. or until heated through.

TOP with shredded cheese and onions.


Colleen's House

Colleen is an artist and also my friend. Colleen's sister, Denise and I were classmates and we are friends too. A few years ago Colleen and her husband Jim and Butch and I got together partially because they were full timers for a few years and Jim shared a love of golf with Butch. And you know how sometimes you just click with someone?- well, Colleen and I clicked. Since that first meeting, Jim became ill and has passed. Just this past summer. So my friend Colleen is tangling with all the pain of that. Fortunately she has an abundance of friends to help her and I consider myself lucky to be among them.
I have admired Colleen's house from the first time I saw it. Some people have a special flare in making a space all their own. So the pictures in this album are a very small part of what she has done. All the art work is hers. This album is primarily of her bathroom and kitchen floors. She placed and painted her artwork on the floor then coated it with resin.

Tuesday, September 30

Flu shots and other stuff

Butch and I went to get our flu shots today. Yes, folks it is that time of year again.

Years ago we Jefferson school kids were fed Hamburger and Green Beans. Some of us remember it fondly and others not so fondly but the Brooker family were in the fondly category. Perhaps in part because Grandma Hansen who lived across the road from the Brookers was the school cook. She was able to inform Butch's mother how to make it. It is really quite simple but the prep has to be right or it is not the same. Leo wanted a blast from the past so the menu for tonight was Hamburger and Green Beans and those of us who are fans of the dish enjoyed it very much. It has been a standby quick meal in our house for lo these many years. I will try to impart the recipe here but a word of warning, this dish isn't going to win any beauty contests...tasty though.

Hamburger and Green Beans
1 lb Hamburger, crumbled and browned
1-2 cans green beans, drained
2 T flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk

Drain grease from hamburger leaving a tablespoon or two. Sprinkle flour over hamburger and stir, add green beans and stir. Add milk and stir till it is all heated through. The sauce on this is not like gravy. It is barely noticeable as a sauce.
Enjoy!! or not!

Just another sunrise

They are all thee most beautiful!