Love Is A sister making -A homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Okay, I admit, I was totally shocked today when my sister gave me a pan of homemade Strawberry Rhubarb crunch-she used our grandma’s recipe (which is my favorite). My grandma used to make it for me for my birthday every year, instead of having a cake; Grandma would make me a Crunch for me and one to share with others at the birthday event. It’s a very special treat/dessert and I don’t get it often.

When my sister and I met for our nail appointment today at the salon she stated she had something for me in her vehicle and to make sure I got it after we finished up-I never expected it to be a specail Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch!

I asked her where she found rhubarb so early in the season and she said she had put some in the freezer last season so she could make me a Crunch; it’s even sweeter that she thought ahead.

Things have been a bit weird for me these past few weeks, being without a job for a bit then getting a new job and just life in general, a special treat was especially nice! Wonderful sisters always seem to know what I need just when I need it!

A pan of Rhubarb crunch, I, of course, dug right in, before snapping a photo. It’s so yummy!

Cornmeal Chicken-Pan Fried Fritter Perfection

Yes, I have been cooking different recipes as of late to add to my cooking skills, for starter, but also to add variety to the palate, without breaking the bank or hunting all over the state for ingredients. Friends, family, pinterest, old world cook books–all are wonderful resources!

The coating for the chicken (I used chicken breasts but any cut of chicken, boneless or not would work well) is pretty easy.

The Coating:

2 cups of cornmeal flour, add salt, pepper, dehydrated onions, cumin, dry parsley flakes, italian season, and minced garlic (I used the minced garlic that comes in a jar.)

Coat each piece of chicken in egg wash and the mix, twice over each (it’s thick, but that’s the inten.) Put in a deep pan with olive oil (you can use corn oil, too, if it’s what you prefer.)

Cook the chicken until it’s about 90% cooked through, put a bag of frozen veggies on top (I used a bag of the corn, peas, corn, and green bean mix.) Cook for about 8 more minutes, pull out the chicken and veggies and plate. While the chicken is resting, make a sauce.

The sauce is from the pan “drippings”. Add a couple of spoons of the cornbread coating mix left over from the coating; mix it all together until it’s pasty and getting toasted. Add either water or chicken broth mixing slowly on medium heat and ladel over the chicken and vegetables. Serve with a side of sliced tomatoes.

Super yummy and super easy to make! It can be reduced in quantity for smaller meal or increased easily for feeding many!

A mistaken but tasty delivery: Vegetable Fried Rice and a Soda

Sleeping post work, my door bell rang. I woke up and told the person I would be there in a minute.

Upon answering the doorbell, there wasn’t a person on the other side of the door but there was a chinese food delivery: A large container of vegetable fried rice, no receipt, and 2 sodas. I didn’t order a delivery and I wanted to tell the delivery person that I hadn’t ordered anything and he delivered to the wrong address but the person was long gone.

So, what was a girl to do? I, of course, ate the delivery for lunch, since I was woken up and realized I was hungry. A soda and a meal on someone else’s effort. Thank you to the person who mis-delivered the food!

Coconut Curry Cabinet Cleanout-using up bits of this and that

Yes, I used up some ingredients I had around the kitchen. I figure there is no point in letting anything go to waste and since the items were already there it created quite a different recipe for myself and my Sweetness, whom came over for dinner for this evening.

As you can hear in the video, I hacked a little, the spices flared up and I reacted to the spicyness of it all, but it was so worth it. It turned out very flavorful and a bit spicy. My Sweetness even gave it 2 thumbs up!

Making meals in a Jiffy, dump, pour, mix and go!

Sometimes we need things that are easy and don’t cost an arm and a leg while we are busy doing other things but we also don’t want to eat “junky crappy” food either. Here’s a combo that made it super easy (and I happened to pick up the soup on sale 2 weeks ago while grocery shopping.) The cornbread is technically homemade with help, a lovely combo!


Dump the Box of Soup into a medium pan, warm on medium low heat (start after you pop the cornbread into the oven)

Open the box of cornbread, dump into a mixing bowl with milk and egg (directions are on the side of the box)

Bake the Cornbread according to the package directions; you can put it into a muffin pan or in a greased 8×8 baking dish; either way works.

Once the cornbread is done and the soup is hot, serve up. I found that the cornbread and soup makes four small servings or 2 larger servings.

A new job, employee meals included-counting one’s blessing.

Being unemployed is not for me. I prefer to work-and not just for the income to pay bills, etc. Work is a blessing and while having some down time to work on personal projects, like spring cleaning and so forth, but having a routine and a schedule is quite lovely. Strange? Perhaps but I like it. Also,I get an employee meal each shift I work, which is also awesome.

God does work in mysterious ways. Is it my dream job? No but it does provide some aspects I do enjoy, I earn a livable wage, I get a free employee meal; my coworkers are decent, nice people, and the job location isn’t too far from where I live, which is even better! The only time I prefer to commute is when I am traveling but not on a daily level.

Expanding homemade meals-homemade Thai with help

Not too many people enjoy eating the same dishes over and over and over again-especially me. So what is a girl to do? I sought out some recipes to help expand my cooking skills and meal variety. Eating out gets expensive quickly and adds to my waste line far too fast (I swim for overall benefits but also to help trim down and be more curvy!)

I purchased a jar of Thai sauce, claiming to be good for dipping and cooking and found a recipe that could use it.


2 large chicken breasts, chopped and cooked in olive oil

1 medium sized onion, chunky chopped

2 dried red spicy peppers crushed up

1 small bag of frozen brocoli florets

2 Tablespoons of Thai Peanut sauace

1/4 cup slided almonds

salt and peppper

Cook the chicken in the oil, add all the other ingredients and let simmer for 20 minutes on medium low heat. Serve! Serves 3-4 people. So Yummy!

Citrus Salmon, sauteed mushrooms and Mexican Rice, a meal for Kings; My sister and brother-in-law cooked for me!

The packing and moving of Papa from his old house to his new house is complete! The Guys with their pickups came, donning muscle and patience, got all the furniture moved from the old house to the new house;

I spent the night at my sister and brother-in-laws house; of course,I played with my godson (they asked I don’t share photos of them or my godson online and I totally respect their wishes!)It was so nice to not have to drive back and forth for the 2 days I helped Papa move houses.

When I arrived at their house, they had a super fancy meal made for me, one fit for Kings! They know I absolutely love fresh seafood, especailly Fresh Caught Atlantic Salmon! I am not sure what spice blend that my BIL used on the fish, but it was zesty with citrus and and the whole meals was outstanding!

With a full belly of great food, I played with my godson before my sister and I gave him a bath and put him to bed (he’s only a 5 months old). The meal, conversation, playing with my godson, and the whole event was just lovely!

Moving Day-Lunch at Grace’s while Helping Papa

The time has Come: Papa needed helping moving to his new residence, and not having quite started my new job yet-I drove the 70 minutes to help Papa for the day to help him finish up packing up his old residence and move him to the new place about 2 miles away.

Papa and I stopped for Lunch at Grace’s Restaurant in Honea Path, mid-day, to enjoy some food. Papa really liked that they served breakfast all day and ordered a side of sausage patties with his biscuit and gravy.

I chose the Club sandwhich and fries, which I hadn’t enjoyed a a club sandwhich in ages. Both of our meals were really good and both Papa and I drank coffee (moving takes a lot of energy, and a bit of extra pep was of course needed.)

It’s a blessing that I still have a living grandparent and one that lives so closely to me. What a blessing! It was also nice that Papa had already pre-packed some of his house and it make it all so much easier. We got everything else packed up, moved and unpacked into the new house in a bit over 8 hours, total.

The only thing left is to move the heavy furniture, which family and friends are coming over tomorrow with pickups and muscle to help move the last of it!

Happy Easter! Christ has Risen!

Lent has come to a happy end, Christ has risen from the tomb!

I watched and listened to a Easter service, live, online this morning as I was invited to an Easter Brunch with my family and Sweetheart at 12:30 pm at the Village Bakery and Cafe in Pendleton, South Carolina.

The service I watched is attached below, and yes, I am a protestant and I thoroughly enjoy the Lutheran Services and Hymns.

Lutheran Services LCMS