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November in Kentucky…

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Menu Plan Monday

Good Monday morning, folks!  Has the time change affected you as much as me? I loved getting that extra hour of sleep, but it takes me a while to get used to it, especially the early sunset.  It’s dark by the time I get off from work which is no fun at all. 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the parties and dinners are already starting to happen.  We have one get-together (not a Thanksgiving dinner) to attend this weekend with some friends of ours and it should be a lot of fun.  It’s potluck so I am taking a slow-cooker full of sausage cheese dip which is one of C’s favorites.  I am also starting to plan my holiday cooking by making a few mental lists and checking them twice! It will be here before we know it.

Grilled burgers with oven fries

Grilled pork chops with oven fries (These didn’t get made last week.)

Pizza night

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes w/ Peanut Butter Syrup (new)

Sausage Cheese Dip with Fritos Scoops

Slow Cooker A1 Swiss Steak (new) with Crispy Potato Bake (new)

Homemade Baby Ruth Bars (new)

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I found this recipe and a great new blog on Pinterest.  I had never heard of this blog before but now I am hooked!  The name is Plain Chicken and there is a funny story behind the name so go check it out as soon as you can!.  She is a fellow Southerner and the food on her site looks so good.

Bubble Up Pizza is easy, good, and the recipe makes a huge pan.  In fact, there was enough for two suppers for C and I and 2 lunches for me.  That is a lot of food from one pan.  The original recipe says to use the pizza toppings of your choice so I chose ground beef, Italian sausage, onions and green peppers, but the there are many, many combinations you can try.  Have fun with it and see what you can come up with.

2 cans (12oz. each) golden layer buttermilk biscuits

1 jar (15 oz.) pizza sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 lb. Italian sausage

1 bell pepper, diced

1/2 medium onion, diced

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Cook the ground beef, sausage, pepper and onion until the meat in thoroughly cooked and the veggies are soft. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.  Cut the biscuits into quarters and place in a large bowl.  Toss the biscuits with the sauce.  Add the pizza toppings and half of the cheese.  Toss until well blended.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are done.  This is enough for a whole meal so I just served mine with some fresh chopped veggies on the side.

 

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Join me and some other wonderful cooks over at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday.

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Book Beginnings

Join me and other bloggers today at A Few More Pages for the Friday Book Beginnings link party. Here’s the deal…pick up the book you are reading right now and leave the first few lines here, then describe how that makes you feel about the book.  Do the words make you want to jump right in and read it all in one sitting or do they give you pause?   I have really enjoyed doing this and reading the other blogger’s "first lines".  It has opened up some new books and authors to me that I might not have heard of otherwise.

The Harry Potter series, as you all know, is an extremely popular book and movie series for young adults.  I really liked the movies and had wanted to read the books, but had never taken the time to start them.  Now I have, and I have been pleasantly surprised.  Most Young Adult fiction, in my opinion, is truly written for teens and tweens so it usually does not appeal to me much.  I tried to read "Twilight" and was bored stiff by it.  The writing just seemed simple and flat to me, but that is just my humble opinion.  I don’t want to put down anyone who liked it; it just wasn’t for me.

Here is the first line in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone":

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.  They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense."

This first line says to me that the Durnsley are very proud of their "normalcy", but it probably is not going to last much longer. I am about halfway through this book and it is enjoyable.  Hopefully, the rest of the series is just as good.

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