Tasher’s Basic Meat Loaf

  Ingredients for Tasher's Basic Meat Loaf 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper 1   egg, lightly beaten 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste or 8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice (like Ro-Tel Tomatoes & Diced Green Chilies) 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon prepared mustard Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees Read more [...]

Summer Fruit Salad

    Who doesn't love a good summer fruit salad?   The kind that leaves you wanting more after you take the final bite. This is a new twist on the traditional grape salad and this one has more color and the flavor is a wonderful as the colors.   2 pounds seedless green 2 pounds seedless red grapes 1 cup blueberries 3/4 cup sliced strawberries 3/4 cup chopped apples 3/4 cup pineapple 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese or neufchatel 2 (8 ounce) containers plain greek yogurt 3 Read more [...]

Salmon Patties

                    Ingredients for Salmon Patties 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, drained and flaked 2 eggs beaten  4 cups crushed crackers  4 chopped green onion, including the green parts 1/4 cup minced onion 2 Tbsp. dill relish 1 medium garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp. dill weed 1/4 cup minced bell pepper 1  Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon salt   Lemon pepper to taste 4 Tbsp. olive oil   Directions In Read more [...]

The King of the Mountain

    “Only mediocrity is safe. Therefore, be the best, and get prepared to be attacked.” ~Paulo Coelho   Despair permeated his teenage body, and his spirit. I could feel and smell his dejection as we sat inches apart in the front seat of The Red Scorpion after driving home from his Scout meeting that night. I partially understood the abyss he was teetering on, but I doubted the ability of any words of mine to relieve him. I just hoped that he would eventually understand Read more [...]

BAJA COLESLAW

          Recipe to make BAJA COLESLAW 1/2 small head cabbage, washed and finely shredded (about 4 cups) 2 small carrots, peeled and shredded 3 green onions, thinly sliced 1 small sweet bell pepper, diced 1/4" 3/4 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins or Sun-Maid Golden Raisins, divided 1/2 cup cubed fresh or frozen, thawed mango 1/2 cup cubed fresh or frozen, thawed papaya 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Chopped Read more [...]

Inspirational Quotes #20

  Inspirational Quotes   "A new door cannot be opened until you have the courage to close the one behind." - Unknown 'God knows who belongs in your life and who doesn’t.  Trust and let go.  Whoever is meant to be there, will still be there." - Unknown “Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never came close.” – Susan Gale "I’m not mad at you I’m just not dealing with your drama Read more [...]

Small Packages

  By Gretchen Schiller “I tired, Mommy.” Three-year-old Ana Lu leaned into me and wrapped her arms around my leg. “I know, Sweetie, me too,” I replied. This was the sixth apartment we’d looked at today. Ana Lu had hit her limit two apartments ago. I hit mine six apartments ago. The landlord jostled the key and opened the door. Ana Lu froze. I knew what she was thinking. Ick. I agreed. Ick. I gently nudged Ana Lu through the threshold of the door. We had to do the obligatory walk Read more [...]

Emotional Attraction is Stonger than Physical – Remember It’s Not Easy Being Green

    I started seeing Devin who is very funny and I totally enjoyed his company. The more I got to know him the more interested I became. As I have mentioned before, emotional attraction is what normally makes people more physically attractive to me. A man’s personality is what I am attracted to and if they make me laugh they are on the fast track to physical attraction. The night after the election (Nov 2012) we had a social gathering with a number of friends from the neighborhood. Read more [...]

*Sigh Christmas is Over*

    By Gretchen Schiller Done. The last Christmas decoration is in the green-red Tupperware bin. Sigh. Christmas is over. I’m out of my mind ecstatic-jump up & down-over the moon-thrilled that it’s over. But an exasperated sigh is all that keeps coming out of me. I’m tired. No, exhausted. No, depleted. My heart, my mind, my body begging, “no mas.” I’m  in a funk. My characteristic hopeful outlook on hold while I muddle through the fog.  I did a face plant on Read more [...]

Gifts for Daddy

  By Gretchen Schiller For all of us moms, married or divorced, Christmas is only two weeks away. (Yikes!) It’s time to start getting our children excited about buying gifts for their dad. Stocking stuffers are especially fun to buy because…well…they’re cheap! We can buy a bunch of ‘em without breaking the bank. Let’s brainstorm gift ideas that our children and their dad can enjoy together. Almost everything on the list below is $1. Every mom knows the Target Dollar Section Read more [...]