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Broccoli Cheese Tots

 

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My daughter Katelyn and I love dipping all kinds of food in ketchup, including tacos. Now we have one more food to dunk in that tomatoey goodness – – broccoli.

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Spring is the busiest time of year for me. Yearly homeschool testing, church musical, church lock-in, ordering ribbons for swim team, and the list goes on. I just signed up to be director for our Classical Conversations (CC) group as well, so I’ve spent a portion of the last two afternoons making preparations for our group. Today, was the craziest day I’ve had in a long time, and because we ate junk while camping last weekend, I’m trying to keep it healthy around here.

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When I make pork barbecue, I go big. I always slow roast a 4 to 8 pound pork butt. You can absolutely can the leftover meat, but I haven’t tried yet. I freeze leftovers in portions for other meals. I needed something quick and easy last night, so I pulled out some frozen pork barbecue, popped open a jar of home canned black beans , and thawed out farmers market corn from last summer. These quesadillas are delicious, kid-friendly, and a great way to use leftovers.

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I’m back! I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been very sick. Thankfully, by Easter, I had started recovering. Easter dinner is easy, and I was still able to pull off dinner. The most difficult part of holiday dinners for me, is the one-oven dilemma. I have an electric roaster, which saves me every time, because  ham hogs (no pun intended) the oven for the meal preparation time. I make a baked pineapple every Easter, which takes 45 minutes to bake, which leaves me no oven for the scalloped potatoes. I’m no quitter when it comes to orchestrating a meal, so I got creative and decided to use my microwave oven. It works perfectly for these potatoes.

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Stir Fried Rice

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I’m always looking for ways to use up the bits and pieces in my fridge. Soups, casseroles and quiche are the usual suspects, but stir-fry is an exciting way to turn leftovers into something more exotic. Here is a recipe where you can employ leftover rice, meat and vegetables. Just remember that with stir-fry, prep everything ahead of time before you start cooking. Have everything ready by the stove and pre-measured.

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