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How to stop Facebook from sharing your location | How To – CNET

I think Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with Family and Friends from that past and the very special new ones.   But……there is something creepy about being stalked without your knowledge.   I personally do not like it.  I found this blog post today and just knew I had to share.

Please click on the link and protect your identity, I just fixed mine and it worked!

How to stop Facebook from sharing your location | How To – CNET.


December 2, 2011 Posted by | Fun with Friends | | Leave a comment

Vanilla Extract Forever!

Home made Vanilla Extract is an awesome thing! I am so excited, just made it this morning and now I wait 6-8 weeks. Here is the beautiful bottle I found at World Market yesterday.

Vanilla Extract

I found this Post on a new Web Site that my good friend Amy invited me to. I love this!! Please check it out! You have to have an invitation, so let me know. The recipe is so simple :

2 Cups Vodka
2-4 Vanilla Beans

Store in glass bottle in cool dark place, shake daily and then strain a little off into another bottle, add more Vodka and another Vanilla Bean. This is the same concept as Sourdough Starter!

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Dessert, Fun with Friends, recipes | , , , | Leave a comment

Bagels made with the Bread Machine

Perfect for Sunday Morning!!  Fresh Bagels!!

I discovered that my bread machine was in the cabinet in our huge pantry, and had forgotten about it for years.  Well we have been cranking out the fresh rolls, potato bread and of course Bagels!  I found a recipe on the web  Here is our bounty this morning!

Cooling on the rack

Poppy Seed

Sesame Seed

Garlic and Onion Bagel

Garlic and Onion Bagel

Now you might say “where are the holes?”  Well, they were there and as they where raising, they kind of closed up.  We did not mind.  I made 6, two of each.  We baked them only 20 minutes on parchment paper which is my favorite way to bake anything.  YUM!  We both made a sandwich for lunch with them.  My next post will show that beauty!

Now, if you have these gadgets just hanging out in the back of the cabinets, PULL THEM OUT!

I just use the “Dough” setting as I love the smell and I think the machines kind of over bake things.  Made Parker House rolls for dinner last weekend to serve with Swedish Meatballs over Pasta.  Turned out great!  We had company so there was no pulling out the Nikon for those shots, next time.

Just follow the recipe link and they will turn out perfect!!  I made just 6 as the recipe says they will make 9.  They would be very tiny.  Sprinkle with any toppings that suit you and bake them at 375 for about 20 minutes.  You will be very glad you did!

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Bread, Breakfast, Fun with Friends, recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps | , , , , | 1 Comment

Banana Fosters Bread without eggs!

Now tell me…who doesn’t like Rum in their food? It always makes it better!

And how about throwing some rum glaze on it when it cools? I know, great idea! I did just that and the results were worth the extra 3 minutes!

Here is a slice

Banana Fosters Bread Egg free!

Just a Slice on top of Banana's

The moist part at the bottom happened when I wrapped it in foil after POURING on the Hot Rum Glaze! Can you just say YUM!

Recipe for Banana Fosters Bread without Eggs!

3 1/2 Very Ripe Banana’s 1 Cup Brown Sugar (I used Splenda Brown Sugar)

5 Tablespoons Butter ,cut into 3rds

1/4 cup Dark Rum (I used Captain Morgan)

1/3 Cup fat free Greek Yogurt (you can use any kind, just plain)

1/3 cup apple sauce

1 1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup ground flax seed (I used my coffee grinder)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teasppon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 350F and Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Combine banana, 1/2 cup brown sugar and butter and generous 3 tablespoons rum in a nonstick skillet. Cook on medium until it bubbles. Remove from heat.
Place mixture in large bowl. Add yogurt and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and apple sauce. Stir until mixed well.
Add to medium bowl, flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt , cinnamon and allspice. Mix it up and add to the Banana mixture. Stir until it is well blended.
Pour into bread pan and Bake for 45-55 minutes. I covered with tented foil after 30 minutes so not to burn top.
Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from bread pan and place on center of large piece of foil.

In microwave proof mug, add 1 Tablespoon butter, 1 1/2 Tablespoons rum, and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Heat for about 40 seconds and stir. If need, heat in 5 second intervals until runny and mixed well. Drizzle over Bread. Pull up sides and leave top open to cool.
Serve with sliced banana’s or topped with Vanilla ice Cream, or heck, just by itself!

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Egg Free, Fun with Friends, recipes | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grilled Caprese Sandwich on Sourdough

Here it is :Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Havarti, Sliced Tomato, and Fresh Basil!

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

I have been craving a Caprese Salad for days, that wonderful flavor of fresh Basil, Mozzeralla and Vine Ripened Tomato.  But then waited to long for lunch so thought I would make it a little more hearty.  And here is what became of that craving.

Caprese Sandwich up close!

If you are wondering where that extra sprig of Basil went after the pictures?  Right into the sandwich of course.

Grilled Caprese Sandwich on Sourdough

2 Slices Sourdough Bread
2 slices thin sliced Prosciutto
6 big Basil Leaves
1-2 Thinly slices of  Havarti Cheese
Thinly Sliced Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Thinly sliced Vine ripened Tomato

Heat non stick skillet to medium low, and mist or rub Olive Oil on 1 side of each bread slice.  Place first slice oils side down and top with the Havarti slices, Prosciutto, and then Mozzarella cheese.  Cover with 2nd slice.  I covered the Sandwich while grilling with a piece of foil to keep the heat in to melt the cheese without over cooking the bread.

Slice the Tomato and then place the slices on a couple of pieces of paper towel to drain, this help keep the sandwich from becoming soggy.  When the cheeses are melted add the Tomato slices and Fresh Basil leaves!  That is it.  I thought about a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar, but tried it without and it was outstanding!  Maybe next time.

By the way, the Havarti added an additional flavor that just enhanced the whole Sandwich.  I am a big fan of using 2 different cheeses even in a basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich.


March 12, 2011 Posted by | Egg Free, Fun with Friends, Italian, recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stuffed Boneless Pork Chops


Stuffed Boneless Pork Chops

Stuffed Pork Chops

Another Great meal from my Dutch Oven!  I just love this thing.  Perfect moist over stuffed pork chops!

I couldn’t find thick enough Boneless Pork Chops, so I decided to cut them myself.  Boneless Pork loin in the bag to the rescue!!


Ready for a Bite!

I stuffed these babies till they were ready to burst!  I cut 4 each 2 inch  chops and then cut a pocket in the center not all the way through.  I used a dressing mix in a bag and prepared that first.  1 1/2 cups of celery and onion chopped and saute in 1/3 cup butter until  soft.  I added the dressing mix, 1 can of Chicken broth and the vegetable mixture.  I needed to add about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup water since it was still kind of dry.  Then you just stuff those chops!

I brought out the Dutch oven and browned the stuffed chops, sprinkled with Salt and Pepper, over medium heat in  2-3  tablespoons of olive oil until brown on one side.  I did this in 2 batches since they were so huge.   Then turn them over and pack them back in the Dutch oven and put in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes covered. Remove cover and bake another 5 or so to brown them up a little.  That is it!!!!!

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Fun with Friends, Pork, recipes | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Margherita Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Basil on a Super Thin Crust

Here it is another pizza on a flour tortilla with all fresh ingredients!  I never think of ordering  out anymore, its that good and without all the heavy carbs!

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

Now doesn’t that look good?  Here are the ingredients all laid out and ready to assemble


Ready to assemble

Ready to assemble

Now a very important ingredient…..THE PIZZA SAUCE!  My favorite is from Sprouts and is only $2.49 and since you only need a couple of tablespoons it makes lots of Pizza’s!

Pizza Sauce

And Ingredients………

Nothing scary in here!

Marghrita Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Basil

1 Flour Tortilla any size
Pizza Sauce, 2 tablespoons
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
6 Fresh Basil leaves rolled together and sliced
1 Roma Tomato, sliced and placed on paper towel to drain (Makes sure you Pizza is not full of moisture)
1 slice of Prosciutto, chopped and browned
Shredded Parmesan Cheese  to top after it comes out of the oven

Preheat oven to 400 and place flour tortilla in non-stick skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side.  It will start to bubble and then flip.  Use no oil, don’t worry it won’t stick.  Then put tortilla on pizza pan or non-stick grill pan and start with the pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, drained tomato slices, prosciutto then the basil.  Bake for 8 minutes. NO more than that as it will be PERFECT!   Take your pizza cutter and slice it up!  This takes me not more than 8 minutes to prepare and 8 minutes to bake.  A very fast and super satisfying meal at a fraction of delivery!


February 11, 2011 Posted by | Fun with Friends, Italian, Pizza, recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey, Swiss and Bacon Spinach Wrap with Cherry Tomato’s

Turkey Swiss & Bacon Wrap with Cherry Tomato’s

This Wrap is so easy and healthy and did I say good?  For a fast lunch that is filling (I was only able to eat half) and easy to take on the go!  I was craving a Club Wrap and I had saved some bacon from Sunday Morning’s Breakfast just for this occasion.   I love the flavored tortilla’s and grabbed Spinach this time.

Turkey Swiss & Bacon Wrap

1 Spinach Tortilla Wrap
5 slices of very thin Turkey
2 slices of Swiss Cheese
1-2 Table Spoons of Whipped Cream Cheese
Italian Seasoning
1 Tablespoon chopped Red Bell Pepper
1 slice Cooked Bacon/ Chopped
Baby Spinach Leaves
Butter Lettuce Leaves
Sliced Cherry Tomato’s

First thing I do is prepare all ingredients to have ready to assemble.

Ingredients ready to go

I start by laying out my Tortilla, spread the cream cheese and sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top.  Then add the red pepper, spinach and butter lettuce leaves

We are Halfway there!

Then place slices of Swiss Cheese followed by the crumbled bacon, then the sliced Turkey.  Top it off with the slices of Tomato.


February 1, 2011 Posted by | Egg Free, Fun with Friends, recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Thin Crust Pizza comes from Home!

Thin Crust Pizza made super easy with Flour Tortilla’s!  I have this down to a science now after trying different methods and this comes out perfect every time.  I have created 3 different Pizza’s as these are definitely my favorites!  We have not gone out for Pizza since I came up with this method.  This is also a go to meal if you do not have a lot of time to make lunch and I always have the ingredients on hand.


Pepperoni and Crushed Pineapple Pizza

Barbecue Chicken and Onion Pizza

  • The Basic’s are:

  • 1 each 6″ to 10″ Flour Tortilla for each Pizza
  • 2 Tb of Pizza Sauce (I use Dellalo Pizza Sauce from Sprouts)  Super Yummy!
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (I go to Costco and buy it, it is near the Meat section)
  • Toppings of your Choice!  Get Creative!!

  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Black Olive
  • Onions
  • Ham
  • Pineapple
  • Green Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Havarti Cheese or Fontina for a twist on taste
  • Crushed Red Peppers
  • Parmesan Cheese for the very top!
  • Barbecue Sauce  instead of Pizza Sauce

First thing you do is Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees and heat a Non-Stick Frying Pan to Medium heat.
Once the Pan is hot (NO Oil Needed) , put in the Tortilla and heat for about 2-3 Minutes on each side, you will see it bubble up and then flip.
Transfer to Cookie sheet or other Non Stick Pan.
Spread the Pizza Sauce, add the Mozzarella Cheese, then your Toppings.  Cook in oven, now this is VERY important for a perfect, crisp crust, Bake for 8 Minutes.  Set the Timer!


My Yummy Pizza Sauce

Now Fresh out of the Oven and Perfect Thin Crust EVERY-TIME!


Ready to Eat!

This is the Shredded Chicken, Havarti Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese and Sliced Onion Pizza with Barbecue sauce instead of Pizza Sauce.  This was my Favorite!

Chicken Barbecue Pizza ready for the 8 minute Bake time!

I did buy a large Grill pan so I can make 2 at a time.  YUM!  I have also made Pepperoni, Sausage and Mushroom but forgot to take pictures.  It went FAST!

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Chicken, Fun with Friends, Italian, Pork, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's, Sausage | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Pineapple and Onions

My favorite Burger Joint is in the Kitchen!

The is one of my favorites because it melds two of my favorite things, Grilled Pineapple and Grilled Onions

Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Pineapple & Onions

Better than any restaurant and very easy on the pocket book (the added bonus :))  I start with my little sauce pan that just happens to hold the pineapple slices perfectly.  Just check it out!  I just drop 2 slices, a little juice and heat it up on medium for about 5 minutes then add a few table spoons pf Teriyaki sauce (eyeball it), reduce the heat and simmer until ready to pour over burger.

Sliced pineapple in juice

Add the Teriyaki sauce to the pineapple

I love this pan!  It came with my set of Calphalon, and it is my go to pan for very small batches.  Perfect!   Add the sliced onions to the pan and let them absorb the juice as well.  When you finally add the contents of the pan as the juice will be cooked down, the burger will not be dripping and soak the bun.

Toasted bun with shredded lettuce and Honey mustard sauce

I just use Maries in the produce section, and shred some lettuce because if you don’t the burger will slide all over the place!  It is messy anyway so we need to help out where we can!   I also add a slice of Havarti cheese just before I pile the grilled pineapple and onions over the burger while it is still in the pan.  Let is sit for a few minutes the transfer the whole yummy burger to your prepared bun!  You can always go “open faced” and use the old knife and fork, but I just cut it in half and dig in!

From the top!

Ready to eat!

Finished Burger!

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Beef, Fun with Friends, recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps | , , , , , | Leave a comment