Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cheesy Hash Browns

Cheesy Hash Browns

Prep Time: 15 minutes ~~ Bake Time: 1 hour  ~~ Oven temp: 375 degrees F

Ingredients:

  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, diced or shredded
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped fine onion
  • 1 cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces shredded Colby or Cheddar cheese
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons butter (not margarine), melted
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons crushed corn flakes
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Mix hash brown potatoes, sour cream, onion, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheese, and melted butter in a bowl; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture evenly into a greased  9x13-inch baking dish and top with corn flake crumbs.
  • Bake in the preheated oven about 1 hour until the casserole is bubbling..

Slow Cooker Cake

Recently I was looking for a delicious desert that wouldn't heat up the house and I came across the idea of a Slow Cooker Cake.  This is a delicious, inexpensive cake that can be made in any slow cooker and because it doesn't use the oven it doesn't heat up the house.    It's very simple and doesn't even require a recipe.  You take one box of your favorite cake mix and one can of your favorite soda and mix them together in a greased crock pot and set the slow cooker to low and place on the lid.  No need to stir.  After 3 hours a knife or toothpick should come out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.  There is no need to add the oil, eggs, and water that you normally would, just the mix and a soda.  



First one we tried was the best so far.  We took a yellow cake mix and a can of Coca Cola and made the cake.  We scooped it from the slow cooker and served it warm beside Ice Cream.  You can also add fruit or desert toppings if you like to the mix.  A friend I have met on InstaGC says her favorite is Chocolate Cake Mix mixed with Root Beer. 

If you try this recipe can you please come back and let everyone know what your favorite has been so far?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Nature is Beautiful - Re-potting discounted plants

Gardening is one of my hobbies. I wanted to take a moment and show you one of my flowers the way I see it. Yesterday it was off and on raining but between the sprinkles and bursts of rain I went out and grabbed a shot of my red Lily. I got this Lily discounted because they pot was overgrown with roots. All I had to do was re-pot the plant, which is something you end up needing to do anyways when planting with planters and pots. I wanted to share this because I wanted to remind everyone how beautiful nature can really be. So here is my unfiltered photo of my red Lily covered in rain drops. Please feel free to comment with any comment or share pictures of why you feel nature is beautiful. I'd love to see them.

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I want to add a little more about finding discounted plants and on re-potting plants. You don't need to have a lot of money to do this hobby. Go to Lowes, your local Greenhouse, even Kroger. Basically any place that sells live potted plants. A lot of these places will have a discount section or discount shelf, rack, cart, ect and see if they have any discounted plants to offer. They usually have tags with care instructions. Easy to grow, hard to grow, shade, sun and things like this are found on the tags. Wilted plants are okay as long they don't show a lot of brown. That just means they need watered. You may even see that they have a lot of dead flowers on them. That's okay. The dead flowers will need to be pinched off. This particular plant had a nest of roots growing out from the bottom of the pot. When potting a plant, any container will do. Re-purpose old pots, storage containers, butter bowls, you get the idea. If you don't like the way it looks then just paint the container. Just make sure the pot is larger than current container and that roots will have room to spread out.  Next you need dirt/soil. While having the better named soils that have extra fertilizer and balance is ideal for larger plants and more blooms, you can you dollar store soil and still have a beautiful garden or pot. To be truthful the soil this beauty is planted in, I paid $1 for an 8 lb bag. And of course water to water the plant. You can use fertilizer too if you wish. They sell fertilized soil, pellets, granuals, and even liquids. Fill your pot with enough soil so that you can sit the current container and flower in the pot and the old pot comes below the lip of new container. Then comes the hardest part (not really hard) of re-potted a plant. Loosen the edge of the soil of the plant, if they container is flexible then squeeze it gently at the bottom. The idea of this is to grab the base of the stem of flower and be able to pull the whole plant, soil and all, from the old pot. Don't tug too hard because you may break the stem. Loosen it again if it seems to tough to pull, until the plants slides right out of the pot. Some people suggest that you fan out the very bottom of the root system once you get it out of the pot. This step is up to you. Then simply place the plant into its new pot and finish filling the side with soil. If you want to make a large pot fill, with several flowers, just do the same as the steps above and then fill in between each section with soil. It's really not hard and doesn't have to be pricey to have beautiful flowers.

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