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Good Monday morning, everyone!  I am so sorry I have been MIA for the past few weeks, but since Spring has sprung, C & I have been working our tails off outside.  I can’t wait to share our “doings” with you in a future post, but I will give you a hint that it has to do with our little garden. 

Hopefully I can now get back into the blogging swing of things and keep up with what is going on around here.  This week’s menu is pretty simple since, you know, it’s SPRING and I get to be OUTSIDE so much more.  Have a great week and I hope you feel blessed beyond measure.

Bubble up sloppy Joes with fresh fruit

Tacos with salad

Easy deep dish pizza with salad

Grilled hot dogs & oven fries

Apple BBQ pork chops (new) & butter roasted potatoes

Pizza night

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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I needed to bake a treat for someone as a thank you gift, but couldn’t make my mind up on what I wanted to fix.  You can never go wrong with one of Bakerella’s recipes, so I decided that these cookies were the perfect thing.  Oh, my goodness…these are little pillows of chocolate heaven. The recipient loved them and so did I!  Thank you, Bakerella!!!!

Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter, slightly softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

10 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips (The original recipe calls for dark, but I didn’t have any.)

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 cookie sheets.  In a small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.

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In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla; stir until combined.

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Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.  Add the chips.

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Roll the dough into about 1 1/4 inch balls.  I used a cookie scoop to measure the dough and then rolled the scoop into a ball.  Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool before devouring!!  This recipe made about 36 cookies.

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Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies 1

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Please join me for Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  There is always an eclectic list of books on the list sure to inspire you.  My book today is the next Cotton Malone book by Steve Berry called “The Jefferson Key”.

PROLOGUE

WASHINGTON, D.C.

JANUARY 30, 1835

11:00AM

President Andrew Jackson faced the gun aimed at his chest.  A strange sight but not altogether unfamiliar, not for a man who’d spent nearly his entire life fighting wars.

The first 6 Cotton Malone books were mostly set in Europe and Asia, but this one takes place right here in the good ol’ USA and it makes for a welcome change of pace.  I loved the National Treasure movies and, if you enjoyed them, you will love this book.  It really isn’t necessary to read them all in order (though it does help with the character development), so if you want to give these books a try, try this one!

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I love playing around with macro photography.  The little details you catch with it just amaze me.  It even makes an ordinary dandelion something extraordinary!

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People, let me tell you about this dish!  I have made it so many times in the last few months and the last time I realized that I had not posted about it.  That had to change because everyone else needs to know how tasty and easy this is. 

It would be awesome at parties, but I fix it just for C & I for supper and then have the leftovers for lunches later.  C LOVES it and always asks for seconds when I make it.  The flavors are awesome and the gooey melted cheese is so so good.  Try it and see!

Easy Enchilada Dip 1

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 medium onion, finely diced

1/4 tsp. minced garlic

1 can red enchilada sauce

2 cups shredded cheese (I used the Fiesta blend.)

Corn chips or tortilla chips

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Cook the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heat until there is no pink left.  Add the onion and minced garlic and cook for about 3 minutes or until the onion is soft.  Sir in the sauce and the cheese.  Cover the pan and allow the cheese to completely melt.

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Serve with the chips of your choice.  I found these Pringles tortilla chips and they were great!  This makes a meal just by adding a big green salad on the side.  Love it!!  Thanks, Add A Pinch, for this recipe.

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Oh, how I love Kentucky in the spring time!

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