Hi!  Long time no see.  When I’m depressed, and this is a helluva week for it, I cook.  Actually this is cheat cooking.  Super easy.  I bought a rotisserie chicken at Sam’s, and they are always under cooked, and the skin is soggy, but they taste pretty good when you finish them.  I rarely eat them as plain chicken.  

This week, I cut it into 8 sections, removed the soggy skin and made chicken soup.  I know you all have a recipe, but if you want mine, let me know.  Then I remove the chicken and shredded it.  I added some to the soup, but there’s plenty left  I split in into two bowls.  

In one, I added better than a cup of shredded cheddar and Adobo seasoning, dipped corn tortillas in enchilada sauce, placed chicken mixture in the middle, and rolled and placed them in a baking dish.  This makes 6 – 8.  I sprinkled more shredded cheddar on top, covered with foil, and baked at 350° for 20 min (convection oven), and then uncovered and baked an additional 10 minutes.  Totally yummy.

From the other half, I made an original mashup. I mixed a heaping Tbs of Jerk Seasoning, (I used Walkaerswood mild, but will get hot nest time), with a little EVO, fresh thyme, and garlic powder, and added it to the rest of the chicken. Put it aside. I sauteed a sliced onion , added a diced up tomato, salted and peppered, and after about 8 minutes, added the chicken mixture. Cooked the liquid (from the tomato) down and let the chicken crisp a little bit. I was too lazy to make the rice and beans which would probably have gone well with this, threw on some cheddar,and just wrapped it up into a burrito. Very tasty.

I got 4 meals and a bunch of soup out of that one chicken.



I’m still alive and well, and living on Long Island.  RayRay is still the sweetest foster cat ever, and my beautiful daughter married our wonderful son-in-law in August.

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I haven’t started my holiday cookies yet, but I found that the easiest thing in the world to make, and totally enjoy is fudge.  I made a batch and they went like wildfire.  Pieces (of a new batch) will go on my cookie trays.


3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butter

1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, mini marshmallows, etc (optional)

Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter or   margarine in large microwaveable bowl.  Nuke 1 minute, and stir.  Then continue in 30 second intervals stirring between each till chocolate  is all melted and you can thoroughly mix, adding nuts, or whatever.

Line a brownie pan (8×8” or 9×9”) with parchment paper or aluminum foil to easily lift the fudge out (or butter).  Pour the fudge into the pan, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Take out and cut into squares.  If you are layering them in a container, put some of that parchment between the layers.

Gain 3 pounds.

Today is……….

………”Free Cone Day” at Ben and Jerry’s, noon till 8pm. Wish I had one close enough for it to be a bargain.

Another Good Sale

Oneida/Anchor Hocking is having a sale of 20% off your order. I go straight for the sale area. This deviled egg tray is reduced to $3.99, less 20%, $3.19.
Standarsd shipping is $5.49, so you may want to buy several items to make it worth while. These are a good buy too. I have the 1 cup ones (these are 2 cup), and use them all the time. I paid more. http://www.oneida.com/sale/clearance-items/clearance-storage-organization/anchor-hocking-6-piece-2-cup-round-purple-food-storage.html. If you need flatware, this is agood time too. 20% off code is MH20.

Out Of The Blue

I know I haven’t posted anything for ages, and all kinds of tweets show up on the page that come from some unknown hacker, because Twitter refuses to shut down my hacked account. Anyway, this is me, and I thought I’d share a bargain.

Bonton.com has two coupons you can use in conjunction with each other. APRBDAY is for free s&h at $25, and BLKFRIAPR14 is for up to 25% off (up to means mostly 15%).

I ordered Circulon 16.5″x14″ Roaster with Self Rack + $5 Cash Back By Mail http://www.bonton.com/sc2/shop/home/kitchen/cookware/roasters/circulon-16-5-x14-roaster-with-self-rack-5-cash-back-by-mail_687159.html It came to $8.47 before $5 rebate, and a swag curtain thingy for my bathroom,. They came to $25 and change, so I saved $10 s&h, The roaster has great reviews.

Soda Bargain

I know I must have mentioned mine.  I love my Soda Stream.  My particular style is to keep seltzer in the fridge all the time, and add syrup to a glass if I want flavoring  Also, their syrops are made without High Fruictose Corn Syrup, particularly important if you have children, but to you too.  With the rebates on top of a great sale, this is irresistible.  Wish I needed one.

SodaStream Fountain Jet Complete Soda Maker


SodaStreamSodaStream Fountain Jet 14-piece Soda Maker Bundle with $35 in Rebates

Honestly, I’m not findng anything amazing, that I couldn’t find on any other sale.  Maybe I’m just less interested.  Wait, who am I???

Avon is having sales and free  S&H  on all orders with code cyber13.  Many litle stocking stuffers here.  I’ve been using the Soft & Sensual body wash in the shower, and like it,.  I also like that it hangs.  http://shop.avon.com  This set is a decent deal.  They don’t have Soft and Sensual right now, but I’ll bet this one is good.

SKIN SO SOFT Signature Silk 4-Piece Silky Comfort Collection

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SKIN SO SOFT Signature Silk 4-Piece Silky Comfort Collection
A $31 value!

Stocking Stuffers


Famous Footwear.com is having a buy one get one half price with code MONDAY20.   http://www.famousfootwear.com


I brought this cake Thanksgiving, and don’t know if everyone preferred it to my eggnog cake, but my cousin and I did.  I’m not an icing person, but it is traditionally a layer cake.

Italian Cream Cake
Servings 12

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or a cup of milk with a squeeze of fresh lemon)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F..

Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans.  (I use bundt pan and don’t ice)  Hint:  Use Bakers Joy instead of grease & flour.
Sift dry ingredients together and set aside.  (I whisk)

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one well before adding the next.

Add vanilla to buttermilk and mix.

Alternate adding wet and dry dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Fold in nuts and coconut. Pour batter into prepared cakepans. Bake for 25 minutes.  (About 50 minutes for bundt pan.  Check with toothpick.)

Let cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost as desired.