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Classic Strawberry Shortcake for Memorial Day

Three years after the Civil War ended, on March 5, 1868, John A. Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  

He declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30.  It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.  




Known commonly now as Memorial Day, it’s the day for us to reflect, honor and acknowledge those who gave their selfless service and the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  

It’s also a time to remember our present veterans and those in service now.  To them all, we owe an unplayable debt. Here’s Bill, my favorite veteran, my husband:





































Here’s a little Memorial Day Trivia for you:

*Red poppies are known as a symbol of remembrance, and it’s a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.

*  President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28, 2000, designating 3 p.m. local…

Easy Smoked Turkey Sausage Skillet

Here’s a tasty quick little dish 
for your busy day!




This is a slightly adapted Hillshire Farm’s recipeUsing smoked turkey sausage, cuts fat and calories; substitute the regular if that’s what you prefer. 
Stir-fry the meat in a little chicken broth and water, then added a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

Bill suggested it would do well with the sausage mixture served over a bed of rice, instead of combining it all in the skillet ~ I’ll do that the next time!  Most likely, the appeal of it would improve also.

My brain was on vacation when I served it though; I noticed the mozzarella sitting in the refrigerator after dinner.  It would've been great to have the cheese scattered over it…


Smoked Turkey Sausage Skillet
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

1 package smoked turkey sausage, sliced thin diagonally 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large red bell pepper, large chop 1 white onion, chopped 1 package frozen broccoli, thawed 1 can (14.5) ounces, diced fire-roasted tomatoes 2 cups…

Death by Chocolate Trifle for Mother's Day!

Delight your mom’s 
(and everyone else’s) 
sweet tooth 
this Mother’s Day!






Who can resist the lure of chocolate?  I don’t know what it is ~ there’s something about chocolate that gets us going.
I would say this dessert is one of the most decadent desserts ever, both sinfully rich and sinfully delicious!
Brownies add some chewiness, while Kahlúa and the whipped topping make it creamy smooth.  For a fine finish, top it off with a delectable toffee crunch!
You try this and I guarantee you that it is so delicious there will not be any leftovers…
This is a chocoholic’s dream!  It’s wickedly delicious! 

Death by Chocolate Trifle Printable recipe
Ingredients:
1 family-size fudge brownie mix ½ cup Kahlúa or coffee liqueur 2 (4.2 ounce) boxes Dr. Oetker Double Chocolate Mousse Supreme 8 (1.4 ounce) Skor or Heath candy bars 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Method:
Preheat oven and bake brownies according to package directions. Allow to cool completely. Using a fork, prick holes in the top of t…

One-Pan Chicken Florentine Spaghetti Bake

This is about simplifying your day!


There’s very little prep work here ~ it’s a no fuss dish:  dry pasta, uncooked chicken, your favorite sauce, all blanketed with mozzarella cheese. 

To begin, break raw uncooked spaghetti in half, or thirds, over a layer of your favorite sauce; homemade or jarred, in a casserole baking dish. 

Cut the chicken into bite-size chunks and spread over the top, along with mushrooms and spinach.  Do this in two layers, finishing with mozzarella sprinkled over the top, then bake for an hour or so. 




That’s it!  One-pan, no fuss, little clean-up and a delicious comforting dinner for you and your family on a chilly day like it is here today!

It doesn’t get much easier!


One-Pan Chicken Florentine Spaghetti Bake
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

8 ounces (1 box) dried spaghetti, broken in half or smaller
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed of excess liquid)
8 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
14 ounces chicken breast, cut into bite-size chunks
42 ounces (one…









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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