Slow Cooked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes – Easy, Make Ahead, and Delicious!!!

I’d have to take out the mushrooms.

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In the past, I have made a potato dish in the slow cooker. It was good, but really fattening. I decided to take the basics of that recipe and make a healthier version. I made these for a family Easter luncheon and everyone really seemed to enjoy them. They were very flavorful and convenient, because you can make them ahead of time and pop into the slow cooker. They were perfect for a big gathering on a busy day!

The combination of sautéed vegetables, cheese, sour cream and ranch dressing mix added a ton of flavor. Using frozen, southern hash brown potatoes makes the preparation of this dish a breeze. No peeling and cutting potatoes is required.

I did all the steps up until putting them on to cook in the slow cooker, the day before and then set the pot in the slow cooker at 7 a.m. Easter morning…

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Soft Baked Pretzels –  Use Your Bread Maker to Do All the Work!!!

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I got a great response to my earlier post on making pizza crust dough in the bread maker. In talking to one of my food blog friends, the topic of pretzels came up. I shared that I also have a recipe for making pretzel dough in the bread maker. Those bread makers are a work horse! If you don’t have one, I would seriously think about getting one!

I was a little hesitant about investing in a bread maker. I heard from so many people that have them and never use them. So I went on a mission to get one on the cheap or even better, free! I put word out on Facebook to see if anyone had a bread maker they wanted to unload. Low and behold, one of my friends had one that she never used and was glad to give it up. Don’t worry! I have…

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Book Review – Riverkeep by Martin Stewart…

Fifteen-year-old Wulliam is dreading taking up his family’s mantle of Riverkeep, tending the river and fishing corpses from its treacherous waters. But then everything changes. One night his father is possessed by a dark spirit, and Wull hears that a cure lurks deep within the great sea-beast known as the mormorach. He realizes he must go on an epic journey downriver to find it – or lose Pappa forever.
 I have been given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’m now several chapters in to this book and I’m sorry to say things are going nowhere fast. The story feels sluggish and the interesting parts of it are few and far between.
Wull is, at times, likeable as a protagonist, but most of the time I found him to be more than a little frustrating. My overall favourite of the characters is Tillinghast. He saves the story at points.
The sluggish elements of the story pervade throughout the whole book and there were some parts where I had to really fight not to give up on the book. Books, for me, need to grab me and swirl me around up till the end. Sadly, this book just does not do it for me.
A two out of five star read.
 I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Random House UK.

Oven Fried Chicken and Cheesy Grits – Healthy Versions of Southern Classics!

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I have struggled with my weight my whole adult life, so I am always looking for ways to make delicious meals with less fat and calories. Like my site’s slogan says, “Love to eat, love to cook and trying to keep it healthy!” My latest endeavor was to make fried chicken and cheesy grits that wouldn’t add 10 inches to my hips! I believe I can declare success! The fried chicken was crispy and tasty and the cheesy grits also tasted fantastic and had a nice texture to them. We had some vegetables with this dinner too. I promise!!!

I’ve made oven fried chicken before, but I had never used buttermilk or panko before. I just happened to have some of each of these leftover from a previous recipe. The buttermilk marinade gave the chicken a nice tang and the panko mixed with spices gave it extra crunch and a…

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Homemade Pizza – Make the Crust in Your Bread Maker

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Pizza is my kryptonite! Once I start eating it I have a hard time stopping, so I don’t have it very often. Because of the depravation, I had been craving the stuff. I figured if I make my own pizza, I can control what goes into it, so it must be a little healthier, right?!? I don’t now how healthy it was, but it sure was good! I made my crust dough in my bread maker, which made that portion easy peasy and it turns out a great crust!

From the pictures you’ll notice we made two different types of pizzas. I made one for my husband and me and my daughter made one for her and her friend. The crust dough recipe below makes enough for two crusts in a single bread maker batch. My obsession with ranch salad dressing mix continues! I decided to add a tablespoon to…

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I’ve just read a blog post about a woman who is having problems at work. Woe is her, she’s worried about losing her job.

People are replying to the email and are being oh so sympathetic. Just one thing… A while ago, she was screwing a married man. This has led to her having issues at work. Her boss’s wife was good friends with the wife of the guy she was screwing. This girl thinks the wife is worried she might start screwing her husband. YA THINK??? I have ZERO sympathy here. Zero!!!

I have no sympathy at all for women who screw married men. I saw my mum ripped apart by my so called ‘father’s’ infidelity. I suffered because of my ex’s infidelity. I loathe women who screw married men.

You want to avoid problems at work? Then next time keep your legs shut unless the target of your affection is not already spoken for! Simple yes?

Rant over.

Swimming through mud…

I have been feeling very sad and on edge all day. Several people have asked me what is wrong. I have had to be honest with them and tell them that I do not have one single solitary clue.

I feel like I am swimming through mud trying to figure out why I feel this way. It’s horrible. You know the “waiting for something but you don’t know what” feeling? Yeah, that. That’s it. That’s what I’m feeling.

My illness is curled up in a corner in my head. She’s been quiet for a couple of days. She’s given me some peace. My doctor has started me on Seroquel. I think she knows we are fighting her, so she fights back in the way that only she can… by completely shredding what is left of my sanity.

She does this a lot. Makes me feel sad and on edge. I feel a thousand times worse for not knowing why. For wanting to know why the butch just won’t let me be. Being crazy is hard work. I’m exhausted. I just need an empty head for a little while.

So the only conclusion I can draw is that I am teetering on the edge again. She likes to do this. She will let me feel almost ok for a few days and then she’ll start to mess with me one way or another before she pushes me right over the edge and makes me suffer.

I have to wait until May now to see my doc. I just hope I’m wrong.

Super Fresh, Simple Lunch: Greek Salad with Quinoa


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My weekend started yesterday already (Yay me!), so today I didn’t have to eat out a lunchbox today (Yay me again!)! I felt like sticking to the Greek path I started last night with the tzatziki, although without garlic this time, and made a quick Greek salad with quinoa. Here’s what I put in it: […]

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Book Review – The Sign of One by Eugene Lambert…

In the Barrenlands of Wrath, no one dies of old age. Kyle is used to its harsh laws, but the cold-blooded separation of identical twins and execution of the ‘evil twists’ at the Annual Peace Fair shocks him.
When Kyle himself is betrayed, he flees for his life with the reluctant help of Sky, a rebel pilot with a hidden agenda. As the hunt intensifies, Kyle soon realises that he is no ordinary runaway, although he has no idea why. Fighting to learn the hideous truth, their reluctant, conflicted partnership will either save them – or kill them.
I have been given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
People describe this book as science fiction, but to me it feels straight forward dystopian.
I wasn’t sure about this book at first. Yet within a couple of chapters, I was totally hooked and am finding it difficult to turn the pages quickly enough.
Kyle is a likeable protagonist, but I absolutely adore Sky. Her spirit and fight make her an incredible female lead.
The society that they live in is based on a web of deceit and lies and it’s going to take real courage and fight to uncover the truth. 
This story is really fast paced and every turn of the page leads you further in. I was reluctant to put down this tale of strength and bravery. I cannot wait for further books in the series. Worthy film plot!
A five out of five star read.
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Electric Monkey for my ARC.