Thursday, December 6, 2012


Everyone has that go-to recipe they use when they need something for that holiday dinner or potluck.  One of my go-to recipes is my Broccoli Casserole.  I've been making this for probably 30 years now, and it never fails.  It's so easy that nothing short of a power failure could cause this thing to go wrong.  


1 stack Ritz crackers
1 lb. Velveeta cheese, chopped
1 stick butter, cut into small pieces
1 large bag frozen broccoli florets

Thaw broccoli in microwave; drain.  Mix in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with Velveeta and half of butter.  Crush Ritz crackers in food processor until fine crumbs.  Pour onto top of broccoli mixture.  Place remaining butter pieces on top of crackers.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees; cover and bake until mixture is bubbly.  

This is one of those things that you'll just have to "eyeball it" a time or two until you get the hang of it.  It's not rocket science, I promise you.  It's one of the first things I learned to cook.  I made this when I didn't know how to cook anything else, so you know it's easy.  

I took pictures, but while my casserole turned out great, my pictures did not.  I'll have to make another one and try taking more pictures.  I guess my next blog should be "The Self-Taught Photographer".  :D

 music to cook by

Carrie Underwood - Do You Hear What I Hear? 





Yesterday, I posted a review of an AWESOME book I just read, The Reason by William Sirls.  The author read my review (yes!  I still get excited when that happens!)  and has offered five (5) signed copies for a giveaway here on my site.  Yay for you!  You get the chance to read this fantastic book!  I'm reposting my review here again today, and the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  I'm so excited about this!


  Reader Review . . .

At St. Thomas Church, the cross on the front lawn is a beacon of hope; that is, until a lightning strike leaves it in splinters.  Many of the people around the church are as broken as the cross:  Carla, who can't forgive or forget the secrets of her childhood; Brooke, who faced life alone as a single mother until meeting the minister and his family; and Zach, the doctor who cannot forgive himself for a past failure.  But when a mysterious stranger arrives on the scene to repair the cross, they find that there is hope for their broken lives, as well.  All they need to do is . . . "only believe" . . . 

Forgiveness is as much the central theme of this novel as is faith.  The author has, in his first novel, found a way to express that most basic tenet of the Gospel.  There is forgiveness for all, if we only believe.  

5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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