Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review

Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review! This review most likely will not benefit anyone living here in Florida…but who knows?  Perhaps you might travel to Leavenworth, Kansas someday. Let us hope that if and when you do travel there…you are wearing […]


Flipping Fun…

Flipping Fun… This past couple of months have been really busy…..weddings, birthdays, engagements, and of course flipping houses. A few of our friends have been asking for pictures of this “Flip”, and the easiest way to get pics to them […]


Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple!

Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple! Recently the Captain and I attended the wedding of our First Grandson.…yes, we are that old! ;( The wedding was held in Kansas and this time of year in Kansas, it is C-O-L-D….I mean really […]


Two Days Late…Twice As Good

Two Days Late…Twice As Good! What I mean to say is …this was a belated Valentine Get Together by the nicest friends in Cape Coral …and the potluck always produces great food and great fellowship! Hence, Two Days Late…Twice As […]



Wingnuts….such a name for a place that specializes in Hot Wings! But Wingnuts it is…. The Captain and I visited this establishment a while back and found hot wings that were definitely hot, which is why I like to make […]


Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce…..sooooo good.

Of course my grandmother and my mother used this recipe to use up left over bread that had started to go stale…but these days, I use fresh bread because I love this bread pudding with Vanilla sauce so much.

The smell coming out of the oven is to die for…and when you top the bread pudding with the warm vanilla sauce…well, that is just perfect.

This recipe does not call for a water bath in the oven….just sit the casserole dish right on the oven shelf. 

As most of you know, a water bath’s original term is Bain-Marie.

Perhaps you have wondered what a Bain-Marie is and the proper way to pronounce it and how this term came to be.

Well, perhaps you have never given it a thought….:(

But I will give you what most think the explanation is of this odd name for a water bath.

And believe it or not….it is thought to have Biblical references.

According to British Dictionary Definitions…it is pronounced ban-ma-ree, taken from the French.

When one hears an oral pronunciation….one rolls the tongue between “ma and ree” in kind of a nasal sound.


n. a vessel for holding hot water, in which sauces and other dishes are gently cooked or kept warm

1. (in cooking) a receptacle containing hot or boiling water into which other containers are placed to warm or cook the food in them.

2. British. a double boiler.

Word Origin and History for Bain-Marie

1822, from French bain-marie, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariaeliterally “bath of Mary.”

According to French sources, perhaps so called for the gentleness of its heating.

Middle English had balne of mary (late 15c.).

I also found that if two “water baths” are being used….the “s” is added to the word Bain…so it would be bains-marie.

This would be found if you were melting chocolate over a double boiler and making Bread Pudding in the oven. You would have Bains-Marie OR you would have a water bath in the oven and a double boiler boiling on the stove.

There you have it! Your French/English cooking term explanation.

But, the most wonderful thing about this printable recipe below is this:

No Bain-Marie is needed.

No muss, no fuss.





Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Do you remember that wonderful bread pudding that your mother used to make? Mother used to put raisins and pecans with stale bread...added a bit of sugar, milk and butter and popped the mixture in the oven for about 1 hour. Then the Vanilla Sauce served warm was the best.
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  1. 4 cups (about 8 slices) cubed white bread
  2. 1/2 cup raisins (golden raisins work great too)
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  7. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Vanilla Sauce
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Bread Pudding
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread and raisins in large bowl.
  2. Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted (4 to 7 minutes).
  4. Pour milk mixture over bread; let stand 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in all remaining pudding ingredients.
  6. Pour into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in center.
Vanilla Sauce
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients except vanilla in 1-quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (5 to 8 minutes). Add in the vanilla.
  1. Bread Pudding may be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave.
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Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review


Santa Fe Depot Diner…Restaurant Review!

This review most likely will not benefit anyone living here in Florida…but who knows?  Perhaps you might travel to Leavenworth, Kansas someday.

Let us hope that if and when you do travel there…you are wearing normal clothing and not prison orange! :)

Yes, there are quite a few prisons in Leavenworth…most notably Leavenworth Federal Prison.


But we are not going to talk about prisons….we are going to talk about an old Train station that has been turned into a diner.




 Sorry the pics are kind of dark….it was a cold, dreary day in Leavenworth with temps in the 16-18 degree range.  Br-r-r-r-r-r!….and yes, once in a while the sun would peek out.762


Delicious breakfast started with numerous stripes of crisp bacon and two over-medium eggs and two pancakes.  This meal is called the Casey Jones at $7.95


Yummy pancakes….so light and so tasty….they were not thin as a pancake….pun intended. :)


This was the Train Wreck with Chorizo, ham, 2 eggs, green peppers, potatoes, onions and toast $8.50.


And a Midwest Favorite…Biscuits and Gravy! There is 1/4 of an order at $2:50, 1/2 order at $3.50 and a full order at $4.50!










And the fact that the diner was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 makes it more interesting.


I liked the old wood and original benches.  I thought it was amusing that the waiting rooms were for Men Only or Women Only.

I have to assume that the children were “waiting” with the Women. ;)

Note the transom windows above the door….so nostalgic.

Our elementary school had transom windows that the teacher opened with a long pole…she was pretty good at “snagging” the loop with that long pole…even though she was a bit up in years. :) I’m not so sure I am steady enough at my age to unlock and open a transom.

If you are ever in the area, I suggest you try this Diner for breakfast.  

We have eaten there numerous times and have always found it to have good service and food. 


* Our meal was independently paid for by the Captain and Me!

Do you my dear readers….enjoy visiting historic places that have been made into something new and different?  Or do you prefer them to remain in their original state?





Flipping Fun…


Flipping Fun…

This past couple of months have been really busy…..weddings, birthdays, engagements, and of course flipping houses.

A few of our friends have been asking for pictures of this “Flip”, and the easiest way to get pics to them is to post about it.

Perhaps my out-of-state readers are thinking of moving to Florida…. or perhaps having a “home” away from home.

In that case…we welcome you. :)

There are 2 full baths…3 bedrooms, a family room off the kitchen and a living room as you enter the double front doors.

Below are a few pics of the latest flip, starting with the pool, which seems to be the first concern of home buyers in Florida. 


Removable black screen for children and pet protection

Removable black screen for children and pet protection

Large Lanai with access from Master Bedroom, Dining Room and Family Room

Large Lanai with access from Master Bedroom, Dining Room and Family Room


The lanai area is conducive to outdoor living…and includes a spa. 



Master bedroom looks out on the pool 

I am not a fan of carpeted bedrooms…though we do have 40 degree temps from time to time in Florida… and a few people have voiced a preference for carpet in the bedrooms.  


Master Bath has exceptionally large counter-top and lots of storage with a walk in closet and shower.

2nd Bath commonly referred to as Pool Bath

2nd full Bath commonly referred to as Pool Bath

Family room

Family room

Living Room

Living Room


I make a point to put cabinets in every laundry room….:)

How do you, my dear readers…. feel about carpet in a tropical setting? 

Up north, carpet is almost a necessity….down here, not so much.

I am finding as we flip homes that there are things I favor in each and I especially like the paver driveway of this home.

I hope you enjoyed the “tour” of this home…..

Have a great day….and enjoy the rest of this week!

I will still be “flipping”…..so to speak. :)


Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple!


Winter Weddings….And The Color Purple!

Recently the Captain and I attended the wedding of our First Grandson.…yes, we are that old! ;(

The wedding was held in Kansas and this time of year in Kansas, it is C-O-L-D….I mean really cold.

The bitter wind made the cold even colder.

Most days the wind chill was below zero!

Only Daughter had cautioned me on leaving the flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts, sleeveless blouses and capri pants in Florida and bringing heavy socks, boots, gloves, coats and ski caps.


Each time I went from car to hotel room or restaurant or family home….I looked like the Michelin Man…. AND I was still cold!


I was so happy to attend the wedding of First Grandson…..I was willing to sacrifice the warm Florida weather for the frozen tundra of Kansas in the middle of Winter.


Not that I would be an “I told you so” kind of person….or a person who constantly reminds one of the sacrifices made to attend said wedding…but I also proved my love for First Grandson by actually missing two Jayhawk Basketball games….One on Saturday, (we won)…and another game on Monday….which we lost.

Most likely we lost because I never miss a game…and I missed two in a row….Saturday, the day of the wedding and Monday, the day the Captain and I flew back to Florida :(

But I would never say anything…or would I? :)

I think I only mentioned it once or twice….or perhaps a couple more times. 

My excuse for  mentioning basketball was that the groom and the bride went to Kansas State …..supporting the arch rival of my team, which my followers know is Kansas University!


Yep, they went to K-State and the color purple was everywhere!  


AND to show you what a great sense of humor First Grandson has….he sent me the following text, knowing we would be on a plane while KU and K-State played basketball….and sadly, that was the game we lost.

And I quote: “Now, if you did miss the game last night, aren’t you glad?”

See?  He wanted to spare me the embarrassment of watching the loss….

Isn’t he the greatest grandson?

Seriously, It was a beautiful wedding. 

The Bride was beautiful and the Groom was handsome….and I was dressed warmly! :)


However, I am picturing future wedding anniversaries, trudging through snow drifts with Rudolph red noses, for that special movie and dinner out!!  


Well, they say True love is blind and apparently very warm blooded.

Do you remember the song…”I’ve got My Love To Keep You Warm”….below are a few of the lyrics.

The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing
But I can weather the storm
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
I can’t remember a worse December
Just watch those icicles form
What do I care if icicles form
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
Off with my overcoat, off with my glove
I need no overcoat, I’m burning with love
My heart’s on fire, the flame grows higher
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm

So the happy couple are definitely warm as they enter this new journey together.

And they have the blessing of the Captain and Me. :)

Did any of you my dear readers, have a Winter Wedding?

The Captain and I were married in June and we only had rain to contend with!!!!!  :)



Mayo Dinner Rolls

Mayo Dinner Rolls…..

Are you in a hurry and want a sweet tasting dinner roll straight from your oven?

Try out this recipe…you can double the recipe ….or triple…or whatever you want to do but if you once try these dinner rolls….you will love them.




Mayo Dinner Rolls
Quick and easy...no yeast and using mayo...and if you try it...you will be whipping these up at least once a week.
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  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon of salt
  4. 1/2 Cup of milk
  5. 2 tablespoons of mayo
  1. Gently combine flour, baking powder, salt, milk and mayo until well combined
  2. Spoon into a greased muffin pan, makes about 5 rolls., depending on the size of each.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or till done and golden brown.
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Two Days Late…Twice As Good


Two Days Late…Twice As Good!

What I mean to say is …this was a belated Valentine Get Together by the nicest friends in Cape Coral …and the potluck always produces great food and great fellowship!

Hence, Two Days Late…Twice As Good!

Our group tries to meet at least once a month…we are a large diversified group and so there are times when a few can’t make it, but it is always a fun time.


If you look closely through Ginger’s dining room window, you will see the image of Vincent Van Gogh made entirely of 4 inch tiles. 

This potluck was hosted by “Ginger” and “the Professor” (not their real names of course…you know how I give people special names)….and we started the meal off with a prayer….which is a good thing! 


Calendar Guy and Garfield 

I tried to take pictures…but mostly I found myself eating and taking blurry pics….but I will share a few pics with you.


The Captain, Queen of Hearts, Don Ho and Miss Jane is in the background!

The potluck centered around the Valentine theme and most of us tried to “think pink” in regards to food, which isn’t always easy!


Winnie Wildcat …I call her that because she is a huge Kentucky Wildcat fan and they have been winning like crazy! ;)

 Some of the “pink” foods included the most delicious pink honey baked ham…. that “Ginger” provided with the assistance of “the Professor” .


Professor, Ginger, Miss Jane, Winnie Wildcat, Mr. Clean, the Mayor, Ace of Cakes, Princess J, and Skylark!

 I brought peas and red potatoes in a pink cream sauce.  

You know we eat with our eyes first, and the pinkish look of the casserole was not one of my favorite looks. :(

I have to admit, the pink cream sauce tasted good if you closed your eyes! :)


Frenchie, the Governor, and the Gardener

There was also a delicious pink bread pudding that not only looked good, tasted good too!

And we can’t forget the pink frosting on a white cake!  Yummy!!!


Princess J. and Ace of Cakes in her pretty in pink….

The counselor and Dr. Freud were celebrating 26 years of marriage!

The Counselor and Sigmund Freud were celebrating 26 years of marriage!

My dear readers, can you come up with a pink food other than what I have mentioned above?


The Mayor! A bit blurry…:(

 I can say…a great time was had by all….and if my friends don’t see their picture, I apologize as a few of the pictures were blurry….(don’t ever rule out operator error)…particularly the picture of Puss-in-boots was extremely fuzzy and blurry and she sat beside me during dinner. :)

So sorry boys and girls… I will try to do better next time! :)


Thanks Ginger and Professor for opening your lovely home to us all. :)







Wingnuts….such a name for a place that specializes in Hot Wings! :)

But Wingnuts it is….

2015-02-16_9-14-53The Captain and I visited this establishment a while back and found hot wings that were definitely hot, which is why I like to make my own at home. 

I can control the heat…not that the server didn’t warn us about the sauces, but when they offer so many sauces, it makes it difficult to choose.

At least for me.

390One of the first things one sees upon entering Wingnuts is the internet jukebox….unlimited songs to choose…at a small fee of course. :)


The lighting makes the large fish in the upper 1/3rd of the tank look dark…he is actually a light grey with bright yellow fins.

And there is the fish tank full of nothing but yellow fish! Very pretty!


394Back to the sauces….the Captain chose Hit & Run Sauce and I chose Sweet Bangin Sauce.

Once I have the very hot taste on my tongue….everything else tastes the same.

Weird, I know.

2015-02-16_9-12-49The wings were not over-cooked and the chicken tenders were…well, tender.

386Again the sauce was supposed to be hotter, but to my palette, both sauces tasted the same.

405Actually, my Sweet Bangin sauce seemed a bit hotter than the Captain’s Hit & Run sauce and as you can see from the Mild/Hot chart…his sauce should have been hotter….but the wings tasted good either way.

2015-02-16_9-09-32There are salads, burgers and onion rings on the menu…so there are other choices besides hot wings.

407And what restaurant doesn’t have the famous leg lamp from the movie….”The Christmas Story” ?


The Christmas bow has yet to be taken down….:)

Oh, Ralphie….I felt the same way you did (and probably had the same expression) when your dad opened the box containing the leg lamp in that movie!


Wingnuts was awarded the Award of Excellence….

 My dear readers, do you have a favorite hot wings restaurant or do you prefer to make your own?

Below is a printable Sassy Hot Wings recipe….if you would prefer to make your own….which I usually do. :)

If you are local and want to visit Wingnuts…see the following information.

*This meal was independently paid for!










Address: 231 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Hours: Open today · 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Happy Eating…whether you make your own or you go to your favorite Hot Wings Restaurant!





Sassy Hot Wings
Serves 4
These hot wings are not deep fried but are grilled...a healthier? hot wing...well, it certainly is a bit tastier. :)
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 3 pounds chicken wings (Cut off the wing tips)
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (I use Kosher)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 clove minced garlic
  3. 1/3 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot Original)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  6. 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  7. Celery sticks
  8. Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing for additional dipping.
  1. Heat your grill to medium-high (lightly grease with oil by using tongs and a rag dabbed with vegetable oil)
  2. Season the wings with salt and pepper and set aside.
To Make the Sauce
  1. Saute the garlic in the butter using a small saucepan (or you can use the microwave.
  2. Stir the garlic (do not let it burn) for 2-3 minutes until softened.
  3. Stir in the hot sauce, onion powder, chili powder and sugar and set aside.
Preparing the wings
  1. Grill the wings, turning frequently with tongs until they are brown. Wings should be crispy and completely cooked through which should take about 15- 20 minutes.
  2. Sometimes wings can cause your grill to have a flare-up, I keep a spray bottle of water by the grill for these flare-ups...and I move the wings around to cooler areas of the grill and then back again. This allows for a consistent golden brown on your wings.
  1. Dip the cooked wings in the sauce and serve immediately.
  2. OR serve the wings on a platter with the hot sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Serve with celery sticks and your choice of dressings...or both combined...it sorta takes away the "sting" of the hot sauce. :)
  1. I use Frank's Red Hot Original hot sauce, but there are other great sauces at your supermarket.
  2. I prefer my wings "naked" as they say in some hot wing restaurants....as I like to have a choice as to how much hot sauce to use.
  3. The discarded wing tips go in my freezer for the next time I want to make chicken stock. Nothing is wasted. :)
  4. You can "grill" on top of the stove...using a cast iron skillet or indoor grill. Plenty of options.!
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Kingsman: The Secret Service… Movie Review


Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review!

The Captain and I managed to grab a movie over the week-end and we chose “Kingsmen: The Secret Service Movie”.


We liked the fast pace of this movie and yes, some of the widgets, gadgets and weapons were straight out of James Bond, but that is ok. :)

(I particularly liked the umbrella….let’s just say it not only protects you from rain, but it has a jillion other uses to protect from just about anything!)


Let me quote from the movie’s premise:

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. 

The movie stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and a relative newcomer that I am not familiar with…Taron Egerton, … who plays the street kid.


I love puzzles and “who dunnit” games. …and I think one of the greatest parts of this movie was in showing the training of the new recruit.

They started out with about 12 candidates and could only end with one “winner”. 

These candidates were placed in almost impossible situations in which they had to use their wit and cunning to “escape”.

I like challenging the mind… although I would not have liked to actually be in all the testing situations myself. :)

But it was fun to watch the strategies of each candidate.


I have to say that later in the tongue-in-cheek storyline…there was almost a bit too much destruction…but it went along with the plot of saving the world.  

And we know how stressful saving the world can be for our hero. 

My dear readers, have you seen Kingsmen: The Secret Service or are you planning to see it?

Alas, my life is exciting…but not quite as exciting as this movie. 

Right now the potatoes that have been boiling on the stove are ready to be mashed for dinner…and I must get the potato masher and pulverize them into submission. :)….(I don’t think the umbrella has that capability).


Yeah!  That’s it! It may not be the work of a secret agent…but I can hold my own with a potato masher…!!!!!





The Little Grass Shack…


The Little Grass Shack…or in this case…the Grass hut!

Speaking of the little grass shack…if you would like to hear that song and learn how to hula…check out the featured video on the upper right side of my home page….just sayin’ ;)

Here in Florida one sees quite a few Tiki Huts…some cover outdoor eating restaurants and some cover boat docks on the canals.

There are many of these thatched roofs which use palm fronds and I have to admit, I really like them.

“So you can imagine my curiosity when the Captain and I went for a late afternoon ice cream cone and saw one of our favorite outdoor eating places “refreshing” their Tiki roof.


First they tore off all the old palm fronds….as they were not only replacing fronds…they were adding to their outdoor eating area which called for more thatched roofing.

They had an assembly line going on….

355There was one guy trimming the palm fronds, one guy pre-starting a nail or fastener of some kind in the stem end and one guy carrying the fronds over to the “roofer’s helper” …who handed the fronds one at a time up to the roofer …and then the actual roofer was perched on the top of the round poles that formed a framework for the palm fronds.  

348In New Mexico, we called these poles “Vigas”….I am not sure what they call them in the Tropical World.

344The roofer had a two sided hatchet-like hammer and as soon as his helper handed him up a palm frond, the roofer would make one swift hit of the palm frond connecting it to the round poles, using the pre-started nail or fastener.

346Then in the same swing, the roofer flipped his hatchet- tool, and cut off the extra “stem” of the frond.  He did this all in one motion.

You can see in the above picture how the palm fronds are in layers much like regular roof shingles.

No wasted energy here…:)

364A thatched Tiki roof can last a very long time, …however in this case, the restaurant added onto the original structure.

Perhaps they felt it was easier to just replace the whole roof, rather than piece in the sides of the existing Tiki roof.

363As you can see, it doesn’t take much to entertain the Captain and me…..we sat in our car, slowly eating our ice cream and watching with fascination.

369Do you my dear readers like to take the time to be entertained by watching someone perform their specialty duties?

Or is it just me?

Have a great Day…and keep your eyes opened, you never know what you might see! :)





Valentine’s Day Menu!


Valentine’s Day Menu!

I have had several friends ask what the Captain and I are doing for Valentine’s Day and if we were staying home…what is the Valentine’s Day Menu!

So we are staying home and I have put together a few recipes for our upcoming “romantic” dinner…


Staying home really doesn’t have anything to do with the Kansas Jayhawks playing the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon…:)

Who am I kidding?

Of course, it has to do with watching our favorite basketball team play one of the best teams in our division. :)

But that doesn’t mean the Captain and I can’t have a nice romantic day….



We will start it off with a Breakfast of a thick slice of country ham (the Pink for Valentine’s Day, of course) and French Toast OR if you want to make the French Toast extra special…add cooked apples and cinnamon. (The printable recipe is below)

French Toast N' Apples

French Toast N’ Apples


Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


If your honey is going to be with you the whole day….Lunch can be very simple!

We will be having Homemade Tomato Soup with heart shaped grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

You can always spice up a can of tomato soup with a little half and half and chopped parsley… if you don’t want to make from scratch.  

Maybe use Brie Cheese with Plum fruit paste served on the side for another toasted cheese sandwich choice.  Make it easy on yourself.

Shrimp N' Couscous

Shrimp N’ Couscous

Dinner will be Shrimp N’ Couscous, super easy….


One of my favorite “go to” red salads is a raspberry/strawberry salad….just take a few pieces of fruit, add a bit of sugar (if desired) and place in a pretty champagne or sherbet glass. It is light and delicious!


Decadent Double Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Frosting, topped with walnuts


Dessert can be anything you want it to be….but how about a decadent Chocolate Brownie?  Yum!


And I like to serve it with just a bit of soft vanilla ice cream….I let the ice cream soften a bit and “pour” it over the brownie just before serving! The printable Chocolate Brownie recipe is below. :)

I hope this gives you some good ideas for your special Valentine’s Day…the Captain and I will be enjoying all of the above…and then we will waddle outside and take a nice (slow-slow-slow) romantic walk. ;)

Have a great Day!

The Three printable recipes are below!





French Toast N' Apples
French Toast! I love it and paired with these cooked apples makes breakfast just a little more special! ;)
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  1. 3 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/8 teaspoon of Ground cinnamon
  5. 3 slices Texas Toast bread (or use whatever you have on hand)
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter
  7. 2 small red apples, peeled (or unpeeled and sliced)
  8. 2 tablespoons water
  9. Maple syrup, if desired
  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour into a 9X13 dish.(this is for your egg bath) Add the bread in a single layer, turning the slices over until all the egg is absorbed and set aside.
  2. *Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat (I use cast iron, but a non stick skillet will work just fine) and melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter together with the sliced apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize.
  3. Add the water, cooking until water has evaporated and apples are tender, which will be about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in about a teaspoon of maple syrup and "shake" of cinnamon, simmering to blend together.
  5. In a large, heated nonstick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and brown the bread until golden brown on each side, which should take about 3 minutes or so
  6. Place French Toast on a plate and top with cooked apples
  1. You can serve the apples on the side or poured over the French Toast. Add butter and maple syrup if desired, although I find the cooked apples are enough. :)
  2. *You can make the apples ahead of time, I find that it makes the French Toast not so soggy if not allowed to "soak" too long in the egg mixture.
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Shrimp N' Couscous
Serves 2
Quick to fix and the taste is awesome! A perfect Romantic meal! And healthy too! :)
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  1. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 scallion, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup of baby carrots, chopped
  4. 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  5. 1-8 ounce can chopped tomatoes (include juice)
  6. 4 ounces of bottled clam juice
  7. 1/8th of a cup dry white wine
  8. 1/2 cup of water
  9. 1 cup plain couscous
  10. 1 pound large shrimp, deveined and peeled
  11. 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  12. 1/2 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  13. Parsley leaves to garnish the plate
  1. Saute the scallion, carrot and garlic in 2 tablespoons of the hot oil until the vegetables are soft.( about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the tomatoes,clam juice and white wine, bringing to a boil. Allow to simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. To make the broth, add the tomato mixture to a food processor and puree. (you might have to add a little water as you don't want the broth too thick.
  5. Pour the broth into a medium sized pot and add 1/2 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil bringing the mixture to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and add the couscous, put a lid on the pot and remove from heat, still covered. Let the couscous rest for about 10 minutes as the couscous will absorb all the liquid.
  7. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, pour in the remaining olive oil, heating until the oil is hot.
  8. Add the shrimp,stirring occasionally with a fork and cook the shrimp until they just start to turn pink. (about 5 minutes).
  9. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice and red pepper flakes. The lemon will continue to "cook" the shrimp.Taste for seasoning.
  10. Fluff the couscous with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  11. To serve, mound the couscous in the center of a pretty plate and top with several shrimp and the parsley garnish, if desired.
  1. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. Remember that the acid in the lemon juice will continue the cooking of the shrimp.
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Decadent Double Chocolate Brownies
A double chocolate brownie, with chocolate chips, ...a delicious chocolate frosting, topped with walnuts....Add a bit of soft vanilla ice cream and it becomes decadent! :)
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  1. 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 2/3 cup butter, melted, divided
  4. 1/2 cup boiling water
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (save some for the top of the frosted brownie)
  11. 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, more or less....:)
For the Frosting
  1. 3 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons milk
  4. 2 tablespoons cocoa
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda
  3. Add 1/3 cup melted butter and the boiling water, stirring until well blended.
  4. Add in the sugar, eggs and remaining butter.
  5. Fold in the flour, vanilla and the salt.
  6. Carefully add in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. (Do not overbake)
  8. Cool before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the milk and cocoa, stirring until smooth
  3. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and powdered sugar
  4. Spread over the brownies and add the walnuts while the frosting is still soft.
  1. You can substitute pecans for the walnuts.
  2. I make this frosting for almost anything chocolate...it is so easy and just tastes good. If the consistency is too thin, add more powdered sugar and if the consistency is too thick, add more milk. So simple!
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