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December 30, 2021

Happy Almost New Year

I want to thank all the followers that have checked out and maybe tried my recipes this year. I believe for many of you, this year has been a trial of trying to “get back to normal”. For me, I am ready to move on. I am tired of being at home a lot, not being able to enjoy grocery shopping without a mask and not being able to feel safe in a restaurant. We didn’t go to any restaurants this year. At least my husband and I didn’t. I met a couple of girlfriends for lunch but we tried to go to places that were very limited in the number of people that ate in.

I hope 2022 is a good year for you and I hope that more people get vaccinated and boostered so that the population can again start to enjoy life. The way I figure, what is one more shot. I have had pneumonia shots, tetanus shots, flu shots, and daily shots for diabetes. And that doesn’t count all the shots I had a kid. What is one more if it allows me to stay healthy.

Stay healthy everyone and have a great year.

September 17, 2021

My goodness! Summer is almost over. That means more stews, soups and warm comfy food like pumpkin bread, Shephard’s Pie, Fish Chowder, Corn Chowder. I could go on and on. I think fall is my favorite time of the year. I am not someone who likes a lot of heat. Summer is nice on sunny, less humid days. But fall is good all around.

So on that note, you will probably see that I have started to add some seasonal recipes. Food that is warm, comfy and just plain good. Like the pork chop recipe I added today or the fish tacos. I will also be adding some desserts that can be made for the holidays that are creeping up on us. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them until the holidays. You will need to test the recipes so that should give you enough excuses to partake of all your hard work cutting out those cookies and baking those warm breads.

Enjoy the cooler weather. If you are looking for that special recipe for the holidays or just need a recipe for a different soup or casserole. Email me at McPatty317@gmail.com. I will open my magic recipe box and find just the right recipe for you.

August 19, 2021

Oh my, I have had a really tough time getting my laptop to accept my recipes. My computer Guru has laid his hands on the laptop and has gotten it to return to the work station instead of spending its time on vacation. I have so many new recipes I want to share with you. Bright and early tomorrow I will leaf through my saved recipes and load as many as my fingers will allow. I have missed you all and hope that when you see the new recipes you will be able to find just the right meal for you and your family. Rest up everyone, tomorrow is a big day. Remember, if you are looking for something special, send me a note on my email and I will see what I have that will complete your request.

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February 17, 2021

Here we are, almost through winter. My menu still bores me. I have tried several new recipes, but I can not seem to get through the day without dreaming of trying a new restaurant or even an old one. I am tired of cooking each and every meal and not going out to let someone else do the dishes. But I continue to try and get out of this slump by trying another new recipe.

If you are having the same problems as I am, let me know. I need to try and help you get over the hum drums too. Maybe with a few suggestions I can cheer us both up.

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January,18, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are almost half way through winter. It has been an easy winter here in Maine so far. With the pandemic, we find ourselves home most of the week with an occasional trip out for a small errand. I like to cook, but will gladly give it up once in a while when the restaurants are safe to visit once again. Over the last year I think we have gotten take-out only about 5 or 6 times. The meals taken out have included Chinese food and items from sandwich shops

So I continue to try new recipes. I hope you find something that will brighten your day and tease your palate. If I can accomplish that with at least one of you, my job is done.

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December 19, 2020

My goodness what a year 2020 has been! I, for one, am glad to see it end. This year has put a strain on all of us. Not only do we have a pandemic, but we have a government that seems to have forgotten its people. My heart aches for the families struggling to put food on the table, pay the rent, and teach their children over computers. This is not the way I think when I think of America. Food stores are trying their best to keep their stores stocked. But so many businesses are closed or have laid off so many workers, it is not an easy task. I find myself buying my groceries online and picking them up curbside. It is a great service, but it does not allow me to think of new meals as I am shopping and see different ingredients,

With the restaurants closed or only offering take-out, I find myself cooking all our meals. I think we have had take-out only three times since March. I find myself falling into a rut when it comes to planning meals. I am cooking the same meals over and over. I put a list of the meals we like on the refrigerator door and when I cook a meal, I put a mark next to it so I don’t make it again too soon. Still, it is getting boring. So for my New Year resolution, I have decided to use one day a week to cook a new meal we haven’t ever tried. I am sure some of them will be made only once, but hopefully, I will find some acceptable new ones. If you haven’t tried my recipes, go to the “Let’s Eat” section and pick out a couple that you feel that you may like. They are all made with everyday ingredients you may have in your pantry or fridge. Don’t worry about pre-packaged ingredients. The concept of this blog is “Easy” recipes.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year where we will all find some new dishes that will make us smile.

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June 1, 2020

Is anyone else as tired of this quarantine as I am. It is so hard to figure out meals without finding yourself back to eating the same things every week. It is a chore to go to the grocery store. The selections are not as they used to be. We are a big pasta family. I could feed my husband spaghetti all week every day and he would be happy. I try to balance that with meat meals, stews, soups. Not so much vegetarian meals as he is not a vegetable guy. If it has anything green in it, he picks it out and pushes it to the side. I am constantly scouring my recipes to find something we haven’t eaten in a month. Then it is a chore trying to find some of the ingredients. That is why I like my recipes on this blog. They are simple, tasty meals and you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. You could even spend some time on the front porch reading or doing something else for a change. Thank goodness my library is back open.

I have added a recipe to the beef section of the blog. It is a recipe I got from my best friend. It is “Jan’s Smothered London Broil” Try it. I am sure it will be a great addition to your recipe book. It is on my blog and will be used at least once a month. Hang in there everyone, someday we will be back to a “normal” we can all live with. It is just going to take time and patience.

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April 2020

I have decided that with this Corona Virus scare, that many more people will be working from home, staying at home with the kids that are no longer going to school or just self-quarantining. So that means more cooking time at home.

I am hoping that more people will be looking for easy, smaller recipes to cover the time where they will not be eating out or just want to cut the boredom of sitting around the house. There are several recipes on this site that are made from ingredients that may be in your pantry waiting for the day when you decide to let them loose. Some of the recipes are easy enough to engage your kids. This blog was made for two people meals, but if you find something that you like and need to feed 4, just double the recipe. You may be starting a new habit that will involve the whole family. You can only watch so much television before your mind starts to curdle.

Look through the recipes under the “Let’s Eat” category to check out the different food categories from the list. Find something that will take your mind off the outside world, for just a little bit and warm your belly. I am always available for questions, so if you get stuck, send me a note and when I get back on, I will try to clear up the confusion. If you are looking for something different, just let me know what you have for ingredients and I will find a recipe for you to try.

When I first started this blog, I was thinking of the single people who were not used to cooking. I thought some easy recipes and a little instruction may help them. I was thinking of people like my husband and other spouses who never had to learn to cook. Either because they had a spouse that did all the cooking, or a mother that was still watching over them. As we get older, we find that we eat less or at least want to eat less. So old recipes that were written down years ago don’t fit their lifestyle any longer. The recipes would have been large enough to feed a household. Parents, children, maybe a parent that was living with them. Now, kids have left the nest, one spouse has passed on and one is now alone. Spouses have split and now live on their own.

What I didn’t think about were the young people who live on their own. Maybe they have graduated from college where their meals were eaten in the cafeteria. Maybe they are newly married and need to find ways to eat in more often instead of spending money in restaurants. Maybe they are starting a family and it is not so convenient to just pick up the keys and head out. Now they have diaper bags, car seats and bottles for the baby. Hopefully, this blog will assist them in saving money, becoming more health conscious and take some of the stress of every-day life off their shoulders.

The recipes are easy, don’t take a lot of time to put together and use only common ingredients. We usually make a monthly menu, but you can make a weekly menu. It will make your shopping easier and with a list of needed ingredients, you will find yourself spending less money on items that you don’t end up using. Enjoy and please contact me if you have any concerns or questions. I have many recipes, so if you are looking for something in particular, contact me and I will try to help.


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