Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

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1 package (14 oz) Pillsbury® Simply…® refrigerated peanut butter cookies
1 1/4 cups caramels, unwrapped
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt for garnish

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray 32 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.
  3. Remove cookie dough rounds from tray; break each in half.
  4. Place half cookie dough round in each muffin cup.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Using end of wooden spoon, carefully press into center of each baked cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation.
  7. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and water on High 1 minute.
  8. Stir; repeat until caramels are completely melted and can be stirred smooth.
  9. Stir in milk.
  10. Fill each cookie cup with about 1 tablespoon melted caramel.
  11. Gently cover with plastic wrap.
  12. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until set.
  13. When caramel filling is set, sprinkle a few granules of coarse sea salt on top of each.

Best Light & Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Best Light & Fluffy Dinner Rolls

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Here's the recipe for these rolls..they're easy to make and I think they should be called Never Fail Yeast Rolls. They are the best light and fully dinner rolls I've made!

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 cups hot tap water
1 egg
1/3 cup softened butter or vegetable shortening


Servings 12
Preparation time 25 mins
Cooking time 265 mins


Sift together two cups of the flour with the sugar, salt, and stir in the yeast.

With mixer at low speed, blend shortening or butter into the flour mixture.

Add the hot water (the hottest it comes from your tap, all at once, with mixer running. Add the egg, and continue mixing. Add in the remaining two cups flour to make a soft dough.

At this point, I changed my mixer beaters for dough hooks and let the mixer knead the dough for about ten minutes and then put it into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm spot until doubled, about two hours.

Punch dough down.

At this point it can either be refrigerated or shaped in rolls or loaves and allowed to rise a second time until doubled, usually about an hour.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven until barely brown.

May be frozen after baking and reheated to serve.

Snickerdoodle Bread

Snickerdoodle Bread

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This Snickerdoodle bread is perfect for cinnamon-lovers! Serve hot with fresh butter or slice and make french toast smothered in sliced strawberries. This is the perfect recipe for a quick breakfast any day of the week or an after school snack. Filled with the flavors of everyone's favorite cookie this, Snickerdoodle bread is oozing with the zesty sweetness of cinnamon.


2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream
1 (10-ounce) package Hershey's cinnamon chips

3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon


Servings 8
Preparation time 10 mins
Cooking time 48 mins


To make the loaves, mix butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon until fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix well.

Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to wet ingredients and mix until all combined. Add cinnamon chips and stir into batter. Set aside.

Spoon batter into 4 mini loaf pans until about 2/3 full.

Mix topping ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the batter in each loaf pan.

Bake at 350°F for 35 to 38 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan.

Monday, May 3, 2021

May 2021: Self Isolation Meals and Notes

Saturday, May 1, 2021

L - Bean and tomato stew/soup with toasted beer bread
D -

Sunday, May 2, 2021

L - Tomato, Bean, Veggie soup with spaghetti too! Toasted beer bread with butter and everything but bagel seasoning
D - Canned Chili and Beans with Crescent Rolls stuffed with cheese.
T - Peach Sherbert (Drained canned peaches and sweetened condensed milk)

Monday, May 3, 2021

L - J had leftover chicken pie, 1/2 hot dog, toast with peanut butter and marmalade, B & A had the tomato/bean/veggie/pasta soup/stew
D - Salmon with honey mustard sauce, asparagus, rice with sesame seeds, salad + wine!
T - Butter Pecan Ice cream, peach/mango sherbert with pecans, salted caramel sauce and whipped cream

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

L - Salmon with maple soy sauce, rice, asparagus and squash, salad

D - Shrimp Salad - Yum!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

L - Taco Salad with ground round

D - Costco Ribs and Salad with tomato, mango, blueberries, pecans

Thursday, May 6, 2021

L - Egg Salad on English Muffins and Salad

T - Cake

D - Picked Up Chinese from place in La Mesa + Zucchini

Friday, May 7, 2021

L - B&J only had left over Chinese (Alex skipped lunch)

T - Cake

D - A had left over Chinese, B&J had three melons and cottage cheese

T - Went to DZ Akins and picked up dessert.  B had custard, J&A had eclair

Saturday, May 8, 2021
L - Chicken Salad with melon
D - Food pick up from DZ Akins, each selected a sandwich
T - more desserts from DZ Akins (from Friday pickup)

Sunday, May 9, 2021
L - Mother's Day!  Sour cream and blueberry crepes by A, Scrambled eggs by B, cut up melon  Delicious!

D - Salad with beer bread

In the afternoon, we went to park for a lovely walk with Buffy.  
I used to bring Alex to this park once a week while he was in k-grade.  We hosted a birthday party here for him.  We went to the first tables available as it was a little down hill for my folks to walk.  I know we had food and cake.  But even though the four Friday Group kids and their moms met us there too, I only remember the perfect gift from my parents.  It was a yellow ball - he loved playing with that.

This park is designed so people in wheel chairs can have fun on the paths and equipment.

Years later, I would bring my mom her when she was in a wheel chair.  I would somehow get the wheelchair over to his piece of equipment.  She would stand and reach up and walk while hold on to the rungs of the horizontal ladder.

A photo from cousin - her daughter's first Mother's Day.
Monday, May 10. 2021
L - Chick pea tomato soup
D - Chinese Food we picked up after taking Buffy for her vet exam.  Good selection of dishes, but not delicious.

In the mornings when I walk and chat with my friend P, I send her a photo of Buffy as we leave the house to let her know we are outside...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
L - Left over Chinese - whole fish, walnut shrimp, salt and pepper chicken and rice
D - Left over Chinese - mostly beef and vegetable dish.  I made a sweet soy sauce that we put on to sort of cover the original sauce made by the restaurant and rice

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
L - Salad with tomato, cheese, avocado, leftover carne asada, + dressing made with jam O&V
D - Food from Drive thru - Mexican.  J tostada, B pork quesadilla, A enchilada plate
T - ice cream and rice pudding

We had such a nice time last Sunday on our walk that we decided to try going to a different park with Buffy again.  This time we drove to the park that was by my folks place.  So many people were there, but it is a large one so socially distancing was easy to do.  These little family outings have been our first since the shut in.  It's sort of a soft restart to normal life for us.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
L - Salad with tomato, cheese, avocado, leftover carne asada, and for B&A leftover pork quesadilla
D - Tuna Noodle Casserole + Salad  (A liked)


Friday, May 14, 2021
L - Lentil Soup with Rice, Nan, and Blueberry Sour Cream Crepes!
D - Tuna Noodle Casserole + Salad
Saturday, May 15, 2021
L - Chickpea soup + English Muffins
D - BBQ Chicken Pizza + Salad (cashews and sweet dressing)

Dropped Christmas Swap Blocks off at the quilting group.

Sunday, May 16, 2021
L - Tomato Chickpea Soup with Quesadilla
T - Angel Food Cake with Cherry Frosting - watched Enterprise with B!
D - George's Kielbasa with Sauerkraut, lettuce and potato salad, watermelon

Monday, May 17, 2021
L - Madras Lentil Soup, Rice, Nan
D - George's Kielbasa with Sauerkraut (added another Kielbasa), zucchini, Salad with honey mustard dressing, potato salad
T - Angel food cake with frosting and chocolate chips

J worked on Buffy's Log Cabin and Power Bar Quilt Top

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
L - Combination soup - a little new and old in the pot + nan
D - Chicken Pot Pie + squash + salad
T - Brownie Cookies - made with DS!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
L - Chickpea Coconut Milk and frozen leftover soup - celery carrot onion thai chili paste and franks
D - Stuffed Salmon (1/2 of Costco portion for each), Zucchini, Salad with dried cranberries and cashews

Thursday, May 20, 2021
L - Carry In Mexican
D - Tomato based soup with bagels/cream cheese + cherries

Look at the size of Alex's burrito!

Friday, May 21, 2021

L -
D - Stuffed Salmon, Green Salad, Cut Up Fruit

Saturday, May 22, 2021
L - Chickpea soup + bread, J had fruit salad
D - Spaghetti with sausage sauce, squash, salad, and garlic bread

Sunday, May 23, 2021
L - Carry in Cheers - We each go different sandwiches
D - Left overs A had spaghetti, B had his sandwich, I actually didn't like mine - A got me some Mexican on his way back from Project Wildlife (a dove hit our window and was knocked out.  He put in a box and drove over to them.  They will help if possible.)
Quilting Class.

Monday, May 24, 2021
L - Baked Spaghetti (Sauce, Noodles, Mozzarella Cheese, Mushrooms, Sausage) + Squash, Salad, Garlic Bread
D - Carry in - Rubio's
T - Ice cream
Quilting Lecture

Tuesday May 25 2021
L - Baked Spaghetti (Sauce, Noodles, Mozzarella Cheese, Mushrooms, Sausage) + Squash
D - Carry in KFC Chicken Dinner/biscuit/mashed potato
T - Ice Cream and split piece of cheese cake three ways

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
L - Baked Spaghetti (Sauce, Noodles, Mozzarella Cheese, Mushrooms, Sausage) + Squash Added extra sauce and canned string beans today)  
D - Stir Fry Chicken and Rice
T - Made No Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream and Polenta Almond Cherry Cake.  Tasted each - pretty good!
Walk with Buffy and P

Next time be sure to time the polenta cake so it is eaten while warm from the oven!  Make half recipe for the three of us.

Thursday, May 27, 2021
L - P/U K's Sandwiches - grilled pork and pastry treats
D - Cereal or/and pastry
T - No Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Walk with Buffy

Memories of nice visit with friends in Florida.

Friday, May 28, 2021
L - P/U Chinese
D - P/U Pork Bau or/and Pork Pie
T - Almond Cookie/Coconut Cookie and Ice Cream

Walked with P and Buffy, (Deal to work on some organization over the weekend). Exercise Jil - going to Wednesdays for June and July - then back to three days a week again. We picked up Meds for Buffy and then got Chinese Food from Cafe and a Bakery

Saturday, May 29, 2021
L - Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms and Diced Ham, Kale Salad with Sweet Dressing + Tomato, toasted baguette
D - Left over Chinese + Salad
T - Polenta Cake and Ice Cream

Sunday, May 30, 2021
L - Left over Chinese for B&A, Cottage Cheese on lettuce with peaches for J
D - Struggle Meals Paella (we had chicken and shrimp instead of calamari and only chorizo sausage), very nice.  Will make again.  There are left overs.
T - Polenta Cake and the last of the Buttered Pecan Ice Cream

Laundry, lots of clothes on hangers to dry. Went thru everything in the bathroom, really organized and clean now. Need to get some new shelf liner and put up a shelf to keep the hair dryer and tooth brush off the counter. Started reorganization of food and spent morning cleaning things in kitchen (while waiting for Buffy's med times).

Monday May 31, 2021
L - Left over Chinese and Struggle Meals Paella for B&A, Cottage Cheese on lettuce with peaches for J
D - California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken + Salad
T - Ice Cream with cut up peeps and walnuts