Italian Antipasti

We had a taste of Tuscany, Italy tonight; in my small town of Troy MO.  Spent a lot of my pay check, but it was worth it!!!  I made a tasty antipasti with bruschetta.

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Mix together:

2 tbs. of chopped fresh basil, 1 package, sliced cherry tomatoes 1/2 jar of slices Katamala olives 6 cloves of chopped, brine garlic cloves 1/2 juice of a lemon 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil dash of vinegar, salt, and pepper

Place ingredients on top of a sliced, baked, crispy baguette! :)

Top with:

grated Parmesan cheese

YUMMM!!!

Soft Beef Taco Platter

So Delicious!

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Flavorful Seasoned Taco Meat

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 med. diced onion

Dash of salt, pepper, paprika, chili, onion, garlic, and cumin powder.

1/2 packet of Mc Cormick taco seasoning mild taco seasoning

4 oz. of a 8 oz. can of hunts tomato sauce (save other 4oz. for Spanish rice!)

1/3 cup water

2 tbs. oil

Recipe:

Put oil in a cast iron skillet, add onion, and beef.

Brown onion, beef; then add all seasonings.

Stir and saute for a few minutes.

Add tomato sauce, water; and simmer with a lid on, for 20 minutes.

Baked Spanish Rice

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of long grain Mahatma rice

1/4 cup juice of a can of original Rotel (save tomatoes for salsa later!)

4 oz. of tomato sauce

3 cups water

1 tbs. butter

1 beef bullion cube

dash of dried parsley, cumin, garlic, onion, and chili powder.

Recipe:

Pre- heat oven at 350*

In a baking dish add rice.

In a sauce pan add water, Rotel juice, tomato sauce, bullion cube, butter, and seasoning. Bring to a boil.

Pour boiled liquid over rice, cover and put in oven for 30 minutes.

Take out and let set for 15 min.

Fast Salsa

In a small food processor blend together all ingredients.

1 can drained original Rotel (save juice for Spanish rice!)

1 cup of green salsa Verde

4 scallions

1 tbs. pickled jalapenos

2 tbs. fresh parsley or cilantro

1/4 juice of a lemon

1 clove garlic

2 tbs. onion (optional)

1 teas. sugar

dash of salt

Eat with toasted tortillas, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and lemon or lime wedges.

Eat and Enjoy!!

Peachy Pork Chops

A Family Favorite!!

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Ingredients:

6 pork chops

1 large can of half peaches, in heavy syrup.

2 tbsp. oil

Dash of salt, pepper, Mrs.Dash seasoning, garlic, and onion powder.

 

Recipe:

In a skillet season pork chops and brown in oil. Then set aside.

In a 13 by 9 baking dish place pork chops.

In the same skillet, d-glaze with the juice of peaches.

Pour over pork chops. Cover and bake for 45 min.

So yummy!

Serve with rice, or macaroni and cheese, and a side of spinach.

Rich Man’s Dinner

It is time to celebrate!!!

Don’t go out to eat!  Make it at home.  Broiled lobster, steamed crab legs, grilled steaks, shrimp cocktail, and bruschetta!!  This a rare meal for birthdays and special occasions.  I have only had this meal a few times in my life.  It is so much cheaper if you cook it at home!!

 

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Beautiful Makeup

Get your glam on!!! I love makeup!!

First start with a great moisturizer, foundation, and concealer.

Shape your eyebrows, and then pencil in the lines.

Highlight underneath the brows with a white shadow to make them pop. Use eyeliner to give a bold look to your eyes. 

Adding eyeshadow to the eyes, it gives great color and sparkle!!

If you want to be noticed get some false eyelashes!!

Blush to your cheeks will make them glow.

Choose a perfect color for your lips, for shine with a luxurious pop!

Makeup makes you feel sexy and look beautiful!!

 

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Facials

Beautiful Eyebrows

False Eyelashes

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Raisin Cinnamon Bread with Strawberry Cream Cheese

Thanks so much Catherine,  for this great recipe!  I added some strawberries to the mix. :)

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Spread strawberry cream cheese on cinnamon raisin bread.  Put on sliced strawberries. (optional)

Cut crust off sandwiches.  Cut into triangles.  Eat and enjoy!!

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