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I didn’t even do a post about thanking all the soldiers and men and women who have sacrified for our country on Memorial Day. I was swimming in garden. And I am very thankful for the fact that I am able to do that.

How the day looked in pictures:

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Our fingernails. Ick.

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I have pork loin but I don’t have potatoes. I’m sifting through the fridge and I find squash. Lots of baby squash I forgot I had. If I don’t use them soon, I’ll lose them. Hmm….pork loin and squash? What the heck, let’s give it a try. This is what I did:
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Quick and easy dinner.
Needed? Just three cans. And some cheese!

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House hunting = living in a hotel presently. Without a kitchen, I’m finding my creative chord so there’s no need to constantly eat out.
Crock pot meals to the rescue!

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What started out as blueberry muffins got a little out of control. I had so much left over, I turned it into a coffee cake. My very first one thanks to the cake pan Kay gave me. (Thanks Kay!) Made with oatmeal, oat bran, wheat flour and agave syrup, there is no need to feel much guilt with this one!
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I planted my fall garden in the back yard today. Well, I planted my collard greens anyway.

Lone collard. Isn't he lovely?

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I almost burnt dinner. I almost cooked it to dinner death. I’d never made cacciatore before. It sounded very Italian and very difficult, but when I looked at the ingredients, I had everything but the chicken breasts and a few canned items. Well, hey! I can do this! I didn’t anticipate getting locked out of the house and overcooking the chicken. But I’ll let you read that in the end results.

Matt "the cheese lover's" plate.

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Thrown together at my brother-in-law’s house the morning we moved in, I swiped his crock pot for a couple of days. During all the confusion and unpacking of our latest military move, the crock pot meal was a God-send. Even one of the movers leaned in and smelled, trying not to lift the lid.

“You know ma’am, it smells so good, I just have to ask. What are you cooking in there?”

We found make-shift bowls and used plastic spoons I’d kept from a fast food restaurant for future camping trips! Unfortunately amid all the unpacking, I forgot to take a picture of the final product. But the fact it so quickly disappeared is proof of how delicious it was.

This one always turns out creamy and hearty. The green chiles give it just the right amount of tangy bite. It’s the ultimate comfort food. For me anyway!  Makes me wish I was from Louisiana…..

smoked sausage

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Years ago, as a missile field cook, a military cop made a request for chicken cordon bleu. He explained it was easy to make on the grill, but could have been speaking Greek for all I knew. I tried to follow his directions and when I delivered it on the plate, he smiled. It wasn’t perfect, but it made the cops happy when we tried to accommodate their requests.

Roll them up, secure with a toothpick.

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