Friday, September 23, 2016

Salad for Dinner

Dinner tonight was a salad with some leftover chicken. This is such and easy salad to make!


Spring mix or baby spinach

Chopped Granny Smith apple (s)

Candied pecans (buy from Trader Joe's)

Crumbled Gorgonzola

Finely chopped red onion

Leftover chicken, sliced


1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

3/4 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon dijion mustard

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons sugar

salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl combine the spring mix, apple, gorgonzola, pecans and red onion.  In a small jar combine the vinergrette ingredients. Shake the jar and add a little dressing to the salad. It is unlikely that you would use all the dressing - unless you are making salad to feed 20 people.

Warm the leftover chicken and place the chicken slices on top of each salad plate.

This is also a lovely lunch to make when you like to have a nice lunch for friends.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake

I love Pineapple Upside Down cake! It is a wonderful treat. And so simple to make. Tonight I made the cake in my fluted bundt cake pan.


3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 pineapple slice  from 20 ounce can (reserve juice)

6 maraschino cherries

1 box yellow cake mix

1 cup pineapple juice (from pineapple can)

1/2 cup canola oil

3 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the melted butter into a 12 cup fluted bundt cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter.

Place pineapple slices over the brown sugar. Put a cherry into each of the pineapple slices.

In a large bowl combine the yellow cake mix with the pineapple juice, canola oil and eggs.

Pour the cake mixture over the fruit and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the 350 degree preheated oven.

The cake should be golden brown and a toothpick inserted should come out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place a plate over the bundt cake pan and turn the pan over onto the plate.

This cake is so easy to cut into slices! Enjoy!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

St. Teresa of Calcutta Peg Dolls

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 4th) Mother Teresa will become Saint Teresa of Calcutta. This year when I am asked to substitute Religion class I am going to bring each of the kids a St. Teresa peg doll and then I will teach the class about her life.

These peg dolls are so fun to make and I find it relaxing to paint them. I bought the wooden peg dolls at Hobby Lobby - I have the app on my phone so I awlays have a coupon!

First I painted the body white and the head in flesh color. I marked the area on the head with a pencil that I wanted to paint white.

It took two coats to cover up the flesh colored paint.

Once the paint was dry I used a blue sharpie for the stripes. And painted two flesh colored hands.

Using a fine tipped black Sharpie I drew the eyes, mouth and a tiny rosary.

I hope this post inspires you to make your own St. Teresa of Calcutta peg dolls!