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Waffle Mania


Did I just do this? Seriously? A homemade Cinnamon Waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, and a double chocolate doughnut! It’s all the heaven one could ask for!





Check out the side view.
I bet you are tempted, huh?


I also grow my own blueberries and the bulk of the crop has now ripened. So, in went the fresh blueberries with a few extra left for the top. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the blueberry syrup!



Chicken Casserole

I have been overdue for a cooking post. About a month ago, I tried my hand at my first casserole. I surfed the web for my best match. Then , I selected someone else’s improvements on the recipe. Well, as we all know, the first try at a new recipe is usually the first trial.  We all want to craft our dinners the way we like them, right? The right foods with the right seasonings. So, this is my second trial.  ChickSpagCassOf course, the dish was a big improvement and post worthy. The original recipe called for both cream of chicken and cream of mushroom. Well, I am not a big fan of mushroom but I was willing to give it a try. I did not like it. The flavor was too dominant and was cut from the recipe. I added a little more sour cream and some shredded cheddar jack cheese instead. I also added peas. I also swapped out egg noodles for thin spaghetti. The noodles ended up too mushy. The spaghetti was a big improvement. There is only one thing I would change to make it perfect. I would steam the broccoli and carrots for about five minutes prior to adding them to the baking dish. This way, they won’t be so crunchy. They were still good. Hey, they are vegetables no matter how you cook them (except overcooked)! This reminds me of the Friends episode where Rachael botched the Thanksgiving dessert by combining parts of English Trifle and Shepherd’s Pie ingredients but Joey liked it anyway! “What’s not to like”, he said.

So, my dish should actually be called Chicken Spaghetti Casserole with Vegetables.

The ingredients for a 2 quart casserole dish. Serves 2-3.

1 1/2 chicken breasts
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
8 ounces of sour cream
2/3 cup of fat free milk
1/2 cup of Cheddar Jack cheese
3/4 cup Broccoli
One carrot
1/2 cup of peas
1/2 serving of spaghetti (judgement call!)
Pinch of black pepper
Healthy grind of garlic sea salt
Your choice of topping: buttery crackers or corn tortillas
One tablespoon melted butter for the topping


ChickSpagCassServedI am not going to go through the preparation instructions. It takes time but look at the results! Otherwise, I will be getting hungry for dinner again as I write this at 11:30 am! I would say it is a rather healthy meal. Exceptionally delicious. Served with garlic bread. One tip. Let the dish cool for about a half hour. This way, the meal will thicken and not be runny. Unless, that’s the way you like it!


Rosalita’s Roadside Cantina

I am happy to be chosen as a contributor to Donna’s amazing website, dineandrhymeblog.com. Thanks Donna!


CONTRIBUTORRosalita’s Roadside Cantina
180 U.S. 9, Englishtown, NJ 07726

SteakBurrInside you’ll find a wall of hubcaps and plates.
An old charm atmosphere makes a noteworthy first date.
There’s Margarita Mondays
but they are available all week.
Stop in for Taco Tuesdays
if it is the thrill of food you seek.
A fiesta for the whole family
or just one at the bar.
Cod trucked from Chatham, Massachusetts
and fresh chicken from Murray Farms.
On a cool night
choose to sit on the portico.
Pick a spot near a TV and take in the big show.
Salsa, limon, guacamole, and sangria.
Even vegetarian enchilada.
The giant Eat at Rosie’s sign
speaks early Americana.

Contributed by: Charles Gandy, who enjoys writing poems and short fiction. During the day, he spends his spare time exploring nature and its creativity. At night, he digs deep down and tries his own at creation. You could check out his cool site…

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Cinnamon French Toast


CinnamonFTSo how do I wake up out of the doldrums on a rainy Sunday morning?
A bit of indulgence. I spent last Sunday morning crafting my best french toast. The breakfast ending up being named Cinnamon French Toast with Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream and Maple Syrup. Hey, adding a sliced up banana makes it all healthy, right? This went great with my morning coffee. This French Toast was out of this world. Yes, it got me going!

Lettuce From a Pot

Something new this year! I thought I would give some organic gardening a try. I already have blueberry bushes and have had good success with them over the years.   I have limited space and the neighborhood has a real squirrel problem.  IMG_1096So, I planted some City Garden lettuce in a clay pot.  The temperatures have been above average and the lettuce has already taken off.  I leave the pot by the back door steps so I don’t forget to water.


Today, I went shopping and I picked up a tomato, cucumber, and a red onion. I picked some of my home grown lettuce and added some extra virgin olive oil and red vinegar. Yeah, extra vinegar! 🙂IMG_1098

The result to the right is a simple, yet deliciously fresh salad! I did not even refrigerate anything. I left it out after shopping until I was ready to craft this tasty masterpiece!


The main course was Baked Ziti. This dish has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. However, I do not dare replicate the recipe from my mom. That would be sacrilegious!


I spent this day cooking and thinking about my long distance friend who is not in good health. She is like my LDD (long distance daughter), if there is such an acronym.  She knows who she is and I hope the best for her! 🙂



The Free Spirit Award

I have been nominated for another award by Diana of Toast and Tea Together! Thanks to Diana for recognizing that I am not tied down by the troubles of everyday life.  I am proud and humbled to accept this nomination by someone who puts so much dedication into her blog and most importantly her followers!


Here are the rules for this award:

  • You are given a topic from the authors who nominated you to write your award post about!
  • Include the image in your post!

Diana wants her nominees to write about – Food!. Are you surprised? 🙂

She wants her nominees to write about the five or ten foods they love the most, and include pictures as well.

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