Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Curbing a cough (WFMW)

Lately, I’ve been battling a sore throat, a remnant of that lingering cold I’d been dealing with. I’m not much for taking meds, so I tend to lean towards more natural remedies, or something that is easily accessible.

With that in mind, I’ve found that taking a teaspoon of honey just before bed can help ease the discomfort of a sore throat, and suppress that urge to cough (and cough, and cough.). Dissolving 1 Tblsp. Honey and 1 Tblsp. Lemon juice in warm water and sipping that, can also help to suppress a cough from a cold. Plus, its good FOR you, as honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, but it also contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. (Just remember, honey should NOT be given to children under 2 years of age)

Hey – it works for me!

(What works for *you*??)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

piled high (Tackle-it Tuesday)

This week's Tackle-it Tuesday is an easy yet dreaded one for me: Laundry.
This is one of my least favorite chores around the house, and having been 'under the weather' for(ever) weeks, I had let it get a bit out of control. is the day for catching up with it, and since its a beautiful 78 degrees outside, the clothes are getting line dried in December!! (Gotta luv winter in Florida!) No photos this week because (1) I am *not* posting pics of my dirty laundry, and (2) even if I *would*, I can't, as I'm still having camera difficulties...maybe next time.

Thanks for droppin' in - now, go Tackle something!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

WFMW: "What do I fix?" edition

This week, Shannon over at Rocks In My Dryer has a themed edition for Works-for-me Wednesday, and has asked everyone to contribute their quick-and-easy, go-to meals that they keep on hand ...

Well, since that pretty much is the definition of my day-to-day cooking - quick, easy, tasty - I wanted to share a few of my favorites ;

Oven-baked pork chops

4 pork chops
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/3 c. bread crumbs
1 egg

Combine soup mix & bread crumbs in a shallow dish
Dip chops, first into the egg, then into crumb mixture
Place on cookie sheet; bake @ 400* for 20 minutes

Easy Enchiladas

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onions
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes & chilis
shredded cheddar cheese
tortillas (6)

Brown ground beef & onions; drain
Add soup and Ro-Tel; heat until hot (5 min??)
Spoon meat mixture into tortillas & roll; place in baking dish
Top with remaining meat mixture & cheese
Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes @ 350*

Swiss Chicken

3-4 pcs. boneless/skinless chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (can use cream of chicken or cream of brocolli)
1/2 c. milk (I sometimes instead add a can of Ro-Tel, but omit the milk - this gives it more of a "kick")
3-4 slices of swiss cheese
1/2 c. bread crumbs

Place chicken pieces in baking dish
Mix milk & soup and pour over chicken
Place cheese slices over the top (be sure cheese covers entire dish); sprinkle with bread crumbs
Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes.

Spicy Shrimp

1 tblsp. butter
1 lb. shrimp (peeled/deveined)
1/4 c. green peppers, chopped
1/4 c. green onions, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
cayenne pepper, to taste
paprika, to taste

(serve over rice)

Heat butter in skillet; add pepper & onion and cook until tender.
Add shrimp and cook 5 minutes more (until shrimp is pink/cooked)
Add soup, water (as soup dictates) and cayenne pepper & heat through.
Top with paprika.

mmmm....or, you could do what we will here in paradise tonite, and just throw a couple steaks, some zucchini and tomatoes on the grill, and call THAT dinner!!

So....what do *you* fix?? Hop on over to Rocks In My Dryer and share it there!