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Kathieys Recipe Review "Parmesan- Roasted Potatoes & Squash

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I try to make a new recipe weekly but this week I have had trouble finding the time.  So I went blog hopping to find something easy to go with an oldie but goodie meat loaf recipe I had.  I found "Parmesan- Roasted Potatoes and Squash on a blog called Big Girls Small Kitchen
Here is their recipe....

Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes and Squash
Serves 1 Ingredients 2 medium (1 cup) Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled & cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup winter squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Heat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Toss to coat the potatoes. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Roast, stirring once, until golden brown and crisp, about 40 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

As usual I changed up things a bit.  I cut the potatoes and added some sliced onion.  I didn't use squash.  I put the veggies in a bowl and drizzled them with…

Trying New Things...Kiwano Melon

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One of my goals in starting this blog was to motivate myself to try new things.  Well, I was walking through the grocery store yesterday, in the produce section and noticed an odd looking fruit.  It is called a Kiwano Melon.  It was a bit pricey, just under $4.00 but a small price for adventure:-)  So I picked one up, but carefully it was a bit sharp.
I brought this odd looking thing home and began to research.  It was originally grown in Africa but today is grown in New Zealand and Calif.   It also goes by the name Devil Fruit & Horned Melon.  Most sites say the taste is mild, a mix of cucumber, banana, lime, & lemon flavors.

One online site said it is a great conversation starter.  I placed it on the dinner table and waited for Joe to come home.  He looked at it "what is that?".  What do you think it is was my reply. "It looks like a creature from the sea" he said.  Which it does.
The sea creature remained on the table while we had dinner.  We cleaned up …

My Sunday Song "Alive Again" (1st attempt @ video:-)

Sunday Song "Alive Again" by Matt Maher

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On this Sunday morning I find myself thinking about my family members that I loved and have lost in the last couple of years.  My Mom, my Dad, and my best friend & brother David.  All three of them had issues, as we all do, that, at times, make our lives less then happy in this world.  I hold onto God's promise that he loves and understands us even when we do not understand ourselves.  I hold onto the promise that he has made a better place for us, far beyond our imagination.  As I listen to the lyrics of this song I "know" they are "alive again" and in a better place, a peaceful, exciting, and happy place.



My Mom, Dorothy Hansen in her younger years.



My Dad, Leon Hansen














My brother, David Hansen (we were not close growing up, big age difference.)  When dad was dying he asked my brothers to "take care of your sister".  David took this request to heart.  We spoke on the phone nearly everyday, we grew to know each other & became friends.  As he st…

Trying new things.."Sharis Berries" :-)

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Look what Joe and I got in the mail.  A gift from Sharis Berries.http://www.berries.com/  Yummy!  Now, after enjoying the chocolate covered strawberries and cheesecake, I will have to go out with Brodie and run 5 miles.  But it was worth it:-)

My first experience with Sharis Berries was on Valentines Day.  Joe surprised me with a box of chocolate covered strawberries.  I enjoyed them so much I sent a box to Steph and Josh for Easter. 

They are not cheap but they do make a wonderful gift for someone special.  You are probably thinking Kathiey how could you spend so much money on yourself?  Truth be told they made a minor error in shipping Steph and Josh their Easter gift and they gave me a free gift in apology.  Friendly people and great costumer service!






I made up sample plates for Joe and I to try.  It was very good, but we could not finish it all.  There is still a bunch in the fridge, luckily Erica came home this weekend so she can help us out.


Brodie is more then willing to help us…

"Forever" final book review. (Book motivation to fix up my fireplace:-)

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I had to finally put this book down.  I managed to get to around 400 pages and found myself skipping several pages at a time, and realized I could not continue this book.  I was bored. As I mentioned before I usually try to take something from the books I read and apply it to my life.  In order to do this I returned to the beginning of the book.
I found in my reading that the Irish of that time relied heavily on folklore and superstition. Much of it centered around the hearth.
With the hearth in mind I went to my fireplace and went to work.

I cleared everything away and started with a blank slate.
Vacuumed and dusted the entire hearth area.











Removed the old candles that have been on this stand at least 2 years.  Cleaned it up as best I could










Went to Michael's and bought some vanilla candles for the stand. I had shopped around and found candles anywhere from $5 to $20 apiece.  When I found these for less then $2 per candle I scooped them up.





Then I arranged the things I already had, …

"Forever".....Kathiey's Books..continued.

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I am now on page 336 of 608 pages.  I must admit I am ready to move on to a new book but I am determined to finish. Why, you may ask?  Just plain stubborn I guess:-)
This book was given great reviews on line and I love historical fiction novels.  Although, there are things about this book I don't love, that I don't need to know...And that would be "some" of the fiction.  The dreaded word that begins with an "F" is one of those things.  Although I can see it used on occasion for emphasis, enough is enough.  I have seen this word used not only in todays language in this book but also converted to old english....did they even use that word then??  Body parts....I do not need graphic descriptions of body parts.  I find myself skipping pages to get back to the history of NYC.
Thankfully, I have learned a bit about American history.  I have read about the awful conditions on board the ships that brought folks from Ireland to America and the many thousands that di…

Kathiey's Recipe Review.

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I love to try new recipes.  I usually rate them on a scale of 1-10, with anything 8 or above a definite remake!  This week I took on three recipes.  Tuna Macaroni Salad, "Michelle's Awesome Crock Pot Roast", and Lemon Pound Cake.
I found Michelle's Awesome Crock Pot Roast at Recipezarr.http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Michelles-Awesome-Crock-Pot-Pot-Roast-146894
(You will see all my changes written in red:-)
Michelle's Awesome Crock Pot Pot Roast


Recipe #146894 | 6¼ hours | 10 min prep

SERVES 4 -6 (change servings and units) Ingredients 1 (2 lb)  beef roast 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (I used 1 can of cream of celery instead of mushroom) 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup2 beef bouillon cubes (if you do not have beef bouillon, can use a onion soup mix instead, just as good) (I did not use the bouillon, I used one packet of Lipton onion soup mix) (I also added 1 cup of water, which made a wonderful gravy:-)Directions

Sunday Song "I Still Believe" by Jeremy Camp

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After church today I found myself driving down the road listening to K-Love.  I heard a song that brought back memories, a song with lyrics all so true.  No matter what happens in our lives, good or bad, Lord help us to always remember your love for us and to believe.......




I Still Believe lyrics
Songwriters: Camp, Jeremy; Scattered words and empty thoughts
Seem to pour from my heart
I've never felt so torn before
Seems I don't know where to start

But it's now that I feel Your grace fall like rain
From every fingertip washing away my pain

'Cause I still believe in Your faithfulness
'Cause I still believe in Your truth
'Cause I still believe in Your Holy Word
Even when I don't see, I still believe


Though the questions still fog up my mind With promises I still seem to bear For even when answers slowly unwind
It's my heart I see You prepare

But it's now that I feel Your grace fall like rain
From every fingertip washing away my pain

'Cause I still beli…

Exploring Kathiey's World....Airlie Gardens, Wilmington NC

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Erica and I headed from the Azalea Festival in downtown Wilmington to Airlie Gardens.  http://www.airliegardens.org/  What a beautiful place.  Trees, flowers, & plants of many types.  An old church and cemetery are on the property as well.  Along with statues, fountains, & lakes surrounded by trees draped in spanish moss.  I highly recommend you visit.  I will look forward to returning again:-)













































Exploring Kathiey's World, Wilmington NC.

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Last weekend I found myself in Wilmington NC with my daughter Erica.  We decided to attend the annual Azalea Festival http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/
They have a parade, garden tours, open homes, crafts, and local vendors selling their wares.  We got up early & had breakfast at Ezzells, one of Erica's favorite breakfast spots http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090422/ARTICLES/904224008?Title=Dining-Review-Breakfast-served-round-the-clock-at-Ezzell-s  Then we caught the shuttle to downtown Wilmington.
We had watched the parade the year before so we spent most of the time on our own walking tour.  In just a few short blocks we saw beautiful victorian homes, gardens, & churches.  I would have loved to have covered more territory but we wanted to visit Airlie Gardens that day also.  So we hopped on the shuttle and headed back to our car and then off to Airlie Gardens..(post to follow:-)