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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Almond Bark Chips:

Melt some almond bark, I did 1/2 package at a time to give me time to work with it:  Dip your favorite brand of wavy potato chips in, set on wax paper to firm!

Well, our snow WAS gone and then yesterday Mother Nature decided to remind us it is winter and I do live in Minnesota..............freezing rain; sleet; and then snow.  Then overnight we had blowing and the temp dropped.  This prompted me to get up this morning and make a pot of Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Soup!  I got it done in time to run my hubby some up to school for his lunch, (or so I thought), turns out he was already eating lunch.................well I had some anyways!

He will have to eat his later! Here is the recipe - which I have posted before:

Potato Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
1/2 c. onion chopped
6 slices bacon, partially cooked and cut into pieces
1 # lean hamburger
4 good sized potatoes, peeled and diced up small
fresh ground pepper

Place these items in your pot and let start sauteeing on med-high heat.  Stirring frequently keep sauteeing until bacon and hamburger are thoroughly cooked.  Stir in about 3/4 c. flour. 
Add 1 carton reduced sodium Beef Broth
Add 2 c. water
Stir to mix well.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 30-40 minutes. 
Stir in 1 can fat free evaporated milk.
Stir in 1-2 c. cubed american cheese (I used Land O Lakes) my favorite!

Reduce heat to very low and let simmer until cheese is all melted. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New year to you :)

From my family to yours!

Hello!  I have not written a blog for a very long time and for that I apologize.  I do have a facebook page, and I do post to that much more frequently.  Its hard to keep up with all of the stuff, that's for sure.  I was featured here on this website, so I figured I better get my rear in gear!

I find that super exciting!  I don't know how all of you are coming with your Christmas preps; shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, card sending, letter typing......etc.  We booked a trip for our family for the week of Christmas, so I have been very lax in doing any of the above mentioned tasks.  I do always bring treat trays to a few people so I need to get in the spirit of baking and do that.    We will be flying out to the Dominican Republic, I can't wait, since winter came early in Minnesota this year and we had a very long, snowy, cold November.....................

Last night, instead of baking I was watching The Middle (on ABC), it is one of my favorite shows, anyways this week it focused on Frankie, the mom and how she decided to just let all the hustle & bustle leading up to Christmas slide.  She was found laying on the couch eating fudge her mom had made for her, in her PJ's..........her kids and husband all started to panic and they all explained how they love Christmas and she can't just not do Christmas, so of course on Christmas Eve, she was up all night baking, decorating, wrapping, etc., and her family woke up to what they are used to for their holiday tradition!  We may feel under appreciated (as wives and moms) during this busy season, but rest assured, your husband, and kids are all thankful and the Christmas memories you share are based on what you have created as memories for we lumber on!!!!!

Today I did make some Mint Oreo Bark and some Yummy Squares.  They are now properly chilling in the freezer to be added to the trays that I make to share - hopefully Sunday I can tackle a few baked cookies, to get those checked off the list as well.  I also have the cards and letters now ready to be stuffed and mailed......................Happy Holidays to all!  Jill @ Life By Jill Marie

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My yummy squares recipe can be found in the archives on my blog and for this MINT OREO BARK:  I melted one package of vanilla almond bark, stirred in a whole package of broken mint Oreo's - spread out on wax paper, let set and then broke it up into what I consider bite size pieces :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Who wants to leave the house when it FEELS like -26 degrees.  I am making Bacon Cheeseburger Potato soup for supper with a warmed up baguette.  However, I do need to go out and let a friends dog out - she happens to be in sunny Las Vegas!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Perfect to throw together and have simmering on the stove for whenever your company gets in tonight :)


1# hamburger
1/2 onion, diced
black pepper
Simmer these together until your hamburger is cooked. Stir in the following 6 cans of goods:
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
3 cans if beans ( I use lt. red kidney, dk. red kidney and pinto beans) with their juice
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 can of water
chili powder to taste

Stir together and let simmer until you are ready to eat!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oriental Coleslaw - it's what I had for supper :)

I had to work this evening, at my get-out-of-the-house, job!  So when I get home its generally a little after 7:00.  Tonight I decided I should have a bowl of this coleslaw for dinner - with a possible popcorn chaser - still to be popped!  This is a great side dish for a Thanksgiving Table as well - or Christmas :)

Oriental Coleslaw
1 pkg. bagged coleslaw (grated cabbage & carrots)
1 pkg. ramen noodles (any flavor), broken in the package into many small pieces
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/8 c. vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
1 tbsp. soy sauce

Dump your coleslaw into a bowl.  In a small saucepan take your broken noodles, toss the flavor packet in the trash, add the butter and almonds to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until the almonds & noodles are a light golden brown.  Set aside.  In the same small saucepan, mix the vinegar, sugar, oil & soy sauce.  Bring to a boil and let boil about 1 minute.  Let chill if you desire.  When ready to eat your coleslaw put your noodle mixture in the bowl with the coleslaw, stir, add your dressing, stir & eat!  Don't add your dressing until you are ready to eat - as it will get soggy.  It is DELISH!  Lots of times I just make the stuff up and put in containers in the fridge - then when I want a bowl I mix up just enough to eat and save the rest for the next day!


& Happy Thanksgiving to all!