Living free because Jesus Christ chose me. Wife to Anthony. Love reading & writing blogs, crafting & cooking! CSUS MA alumni, work in Special Education.
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I made spring rolls last night as it was 100 degrees outside!

My friend, Kim gave me the rice paper, vermicelli noodles, and a tutorial on how to make the rolls.

My cousin, Beth was my cooking show audience.

For these rolls I used:

Butter leaf lettuce

Chicken Tenders (marinated in Soy sauce & EVOO)

Persian cucumbers

Shredded carrots


Green onions, sliced

Vermicelli noodles

Assembly process:

Wet the rice paper with warm water, shake off, and place on a flat surface. The rice paper will soften and become moldable. Arrange all ingredients in the order listed above. Gently fold paper over the food and fold in the sides like you would for a burrito. Chill until ready to serve.

Slice diagonally. I used Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce and a sprinkling of peanuts as garnish.

Here is the beautiful and delicious finished product!

I love food. It is something I think about (unfortunately) many times a day. I also love cooking, especially when the eaters like what I’ve made and are enthusiastic about it as well! Anthony loves pizza, not any type of pizza though, he is a pepperoni, no tomatoes kind of guy. Sometimes, he will branch out and eat BBQ Chicken Pizza. In a continuing effort to make more food, know what exactly goes into it, and save money, I began making homemade pizza. This is actually not as hard as you may think, particularly if you buy pre-made dough. I would like to make my own dough, but for now, I’l save the homemade dough for Cinnamon Rolls!


Pizza Dough

BBQ Sauce

Chicken, cooked & shredded

Red onion or shallots, very thinly sliced

Asparagus spears

Cheese (I used Reduced fat Havarti and Mexican Blend from Trader Joe’s)

Dried Oregano

Salt & Pepper

Follow instructions on the pizza dough package. Assemble all other ingredients in the order listed.  Bake for the time listed on the dough package, for any homemade dough, I think you should probably bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Bon Appétit! 

One of my friends is celebrating her 30th birthday tomorrow night and asked me to bring a pie to her party. It is a common cooking/baking practice of mine to double whatever I make so I can freeze or give away the other item. Knowing that my husband loves apple pie, I told my friend I would bake one (and make an extra one).

A goal of mine is to make food healthier whenever I can, so I looked for a Dutch apple pie recipe. These pies have a crumble topping and a single crust instead of double. I found this recipe. I doubled the recipe and of course made a few modifications! I used white whole wheat flour from Trader Joe’s instead of regular white flour. I used two pre-made crusts from Trader Joe’s for all 3 pies. For both the filling and the topping. Also for the topping I used 1/2 cup of butter instead of 2/3 cup and used a mixture of flour and instant oats instead of only flour. The result: delicious smelling kitchen and a very happy husband and friend!

Here are the finished pies:

The pies are in the shape of a famous character. Do you know who it is?

One of my grandma’s bought me this cute apron for my birthday. Considering what I made, I had to take a picture in it. Thank you, Mom-Mom! 

Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables. Delicious and super easy! Just click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. Note: my chicken is not breast-side down like the recipe tells you to do, I was distracted conducting an interactive cooking show for my cousin, Beth

Weekly menu plan

Super excited that I have dinner cooking and I am not home working on it! This was one of the fastest dinners to assemble. Buy some lean stew meat, roughly chop an onion (I chose red), cut the prunes, and pour the BBQ sauce over the ingredients. Stir together and put the lid on the Crock-pot. We will have this meal on hamburger buns from Trader Joe’s, baked beans, and maybe a small salad.

The best idea came to me as I thought about leftovers. You can freeze this meal! Place small portions of the meat in Ziploc containers and a hamburger bun in a baggie. Put the meat & bread in another larger baggie (Label the baggie with date & contents) and stick in the fridge until cold. Place in the freezer. Pull out a few hours/overnight before you want to eat. No wasting of the hamburger buns and you can have a quick meal another time!

A “Shannon” Salad (lots of leaves, pasta, avocados, cheese-feta & dill, carrots, raisins, and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing). To be served with homemade buttermilk cornbread

Easy and Delicious (hopefully) Potato, Green Bean, and Sausage Dinner.

Quarter small potatoes, cut sausage into small pieces, half green beans. Toss with EVOO, herbs, salt and pepper. Roast at 425 for 15-20 minutes.

Why take-out is the cleanest option…our kitchen after making a meal!

Broccoli Pasta Bake

(Why dirty up the kitchen for only one dinner? Double up and freeze the other!)

My first turkey: the two chefs!

My first turkey: in the roasting oven, prior to being cooked.

This is the first turkey we have ever purchased. It is also the first turkey I will ever cook. I am happy to report on the excellent service I received in the meat department at Whole Foods in Sacramento. Dave, the butcher, was very helpful and even gave me the turkey for a $1 less per pound than the advertised price (yeah for deals!).

I will update you, my reader, on the process of cooking our organic, range grown turkey in posts to follow.