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Food goals for 2018.

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe a simple update from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…




A few years ago I made a change. I stopped baking 8 or more kinds of cookies, and every other dessert that seemed like it had to be enjoyed, and now (Thanksgiving on into Christmas!) was just the right time! One reason was as my family got smaller and my Sunday Dinners ceased, there was a need to refocus, which I did. Couple that with a serious stomach/medical condition, and my choices were limited as well as my eating team!


This past holiday season, from Thanksgiving through the New Year had an added element. My dear husband had captured the virus of the season and it had a hold of him in a big way. He kept protesting that he was fine, but nothing could be further from the truth. This year's virus is fierce, but fortunately for me, he is more fierce. Food other than my virus buster soup and broth has not been a priority. You may have noticed several round-ups shared in lieu of new recipes.....


But my change in philosophy has not in any way removed our traditions. We still have pecan pie at Christmas if it was not served for Thanksgiving. We always have cinnamon toast for Christmas morning breakfast (always on a rich egg dough, homemade of course!), along with homemade eggnog which is sweet and contains lots of half & half. We clearly do not go without. We simply enjoy less, while still keeping our family traditions without the slightest bit of regret.


Added in with all that is the natural order of life with children who now have homes of their own and are excellent hosts and hostesses! It is fun to partner with my daughter and to celebrate with her in the role of matriarch. I get to do as much as I want and I get to knit when I don't! It is a win-win for us all. Plus she is an excellent cook and food is different from her kitchen. She has a unique view on flavor combinations that are different from my own. Together we do a darn good job, and have fun in the process!


But I do have food goals for 2018. Now mind you, I also had food goals in all the years from the past as well. Some I held up, but most I did not...because like all who overstretch, it is hard to maintain the reach. Fortunately, when I look back I am able to see some progress like more vegetables, whole grains, and less sugar. That is pleasing, and with that progress behind me, I will add to it in another creative direction. You can view my personal favoite real food recipes for 2017 right here!


I have had this notion for the longest time, that women from generations before me did not cook complicated meals. They simply did not have the time. Nor did they eat out or get take-out on the way home. They had a knack for taking a few ingredients* and making a delicious dish to serve the family. I would like to learn more about this style of cooking. I am sure they had a few short-cuts, like homemade mixes, which will also be fun to use and enjoy. But I know everyone ate well and no one went without.


When I looked through the archives on this blog, I quickly found several 2 and 3 ingredient recipes. Which I promptly made available through a round-up post. I plan to do the same for the 4 and 5 ingredient recipes already posted. These recipes are delicious, but I am looking forward to developing more as we continue to eat well. The added bonus will be in time saved and these new recipes will fit in perfectly with our plans to travel full time!


How about your family, do you have food goals for the new year? Have you noticed small changes made along the way, taking your cooking to new levels of flavor and wholesomeness? I would love to hear your kitchen stories.
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* real food, not commercial mixes.
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Happy New Year, from our house to yours!

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Make 2018 your best year yet!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, we appreciate it and invite you to join us in the coming months for more cooking and adventures.

Thank you,

Terry and Melynda
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A Large (21!) and Tasty Collection of 3 Ingredient Recipes!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

As you know, we are waiting for a sale on our house, to begin Chapter 2. That is the adventure story of our purchasing a travel trailer and commence to full-time travel and wandering. Because as you know, not all who wander are lost....

I have been perfecting our favorite recipes into easy, do-able RV kitchen meals. I don't tend to do anything the easy way, our first camp out with our small motorhome was for Thanksgiving and we cooked dinner at camp! So while I do have a bit of cooking experience in the smaller oven that one uses in their RV kitchen.

But it did not seem like such a problem, I started using a gas stove at the age of 7, to make the morning coffee for my Mother in her pyrex percolator. I only let it boil over a couple of times before I learned to control the flame. When we used the oven, I have to admit, I did call upon my dear husband to get it lit and I took it from there. And again more honesty, I hope the oven in the future RV kitchen will be a bit more convenient to light.....


What I thought I would do is to go through my recipes and make a round-up of the 3 or 4 ingredient recipes and get them together on a list page. I hope you find one or two things for your own RV kitchen!

I also have a number of 4 ingredient recipes, I would like to share with you soon! Update: you may find those recipes here!


Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. This is so easy and it is even more delicious! I use organic diced tomatoes in this recipe, the flavor is the best. What you see in the photo is all there is to this delicious sauce, tomatoes, an onion (cut in half) and a chunk of butter.


Easy Oven Baked Pancakes. Whole grain, delicious, easy and everyone gets to eat at the same time!


Fluffy Biscuit Muffins. Once you have this self-rising flour made up, baked goods are so, so simple!


Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) Cookies. Cookies at a moments notice! You could say you are making them for your next hiking adventure, but make sure you enjoy a few with a cup of coffee also!


Tomato Serendipity. This is only 2 ingredients, but I am including it anyway! Sprinkle this stuff anywhere you want the delicious flavor of tomatoes and cheese! (think Italian Beans and Potatoes...)


Fried Mashed Potatoes! Breakfast at Grandmother's house was always the best! Plus she was my first lesson on cooking with what you have, a practice I still honor to this day.


Three Ingredient Pineapple Thai Chicken. If you like easy and delicious, you must make this!


Watermelon with Mint and Feta. This is so good, and it won't always be winter! You will want to make this...


Kiwi and Grapefruit.  This would be much prettier if I had taken the time to supreme the grapefruits, but it is sublime in flavor and that is what counts! This is also only 2 ingredients, but too delicious to leave out.


Rootbeer Float Punchbowl. A favorite to make for any party. Kids of all ages love this, and everyone can help themselves.


Creamy Banana and Kiwi Parfaits Delicious, healthy, fruit and yogurt dessert!



Big Batch Nutella Brownies. Nutella brownies, easy and delicious!


Butter Roasted Radishes. Yes, this list has 2  roasted radish recipes, this one uses butter! They are also roasted only long enough to develop a buttery outside with a crunchy center.


Homemade Soft Butter Spread. Real butter that won't break your toast!


Braised Cabbage with Bacon. If it contains bacon, I am there!


How to Make Brown Sugar. Instructions for light brown sugar and dark brown sugar.

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Ricotta Gnocchi. A great rainy day activity! Freeze and enjoy later, when you need a quick meal.


Oven Roasted Radishes. Different and delicious! Plus radishes are available year round.


Simple Baked Cabbage. Baked cabbage is silky soft and takes on a naturally sweet taste. Give this a try along with baked potatoes and meatloaf.


Spaghetti Stuffed French Bread. A carb-fest to be sure, but not only delicious (think TV time, for game-day maybe?) but frugal as well!


Pickle Chicken.  Juicy marinated chicken, inspired by Dollywood.

Please note, this group of recipes is from 2017 and prior.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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My personal favorites of 2017, end of the year round-up!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I thought about tossing a coin, for most popular or my favorites. But in the end, I decided that while I could look for a coin in my purse, I could also simply take a moment to indulge myself and share my favorites from the last year, so here ye go!

As you know, we have had a few changes in the last year. The end of my scheduled Sunday dinners, some health concerns to concentrate one, and the biggest game changer of all, retirement. This is reflected in our shared recipes, they have become more nutritious and made with whole foods. But the one thing that has not changed, is quality.

Good ingredients, coupled with skill and the desire to make the best of what you have to work with, always provided a delicious meal. I hope you like this round-up, as much as we have enjoyed creating and then eating the dishes we are sharing today.



From January 10, 2017. Roasted Lemon and Basil Salad Dressing.
Sometimes your favorites are like a sneaker wave, you get caught by surprise at the wonderful flavor!



From February 20, 2017. Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce.
Simple and so easy with canned organic tomatoes!



From March 15, 2017. Cilantro Brown Rice and Red Potatoes.
I was concerned that folks would think that rice and potatoes were too carb heavy. But that played out to be of no concern. Apparently, lots and lots of folks love the combination of rice and potatoes!



From April 13, 2017. Catsup and Mustard Baked Beans.
A simple and delicious (meatless, but you certainly add some!) baked bean side-dish. Often requested by my sweet hubby.



From April 27, 2017. Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta and Chopped Almonds. 
A salad this delicious requires a name this long!



From May 19, 2017. Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Browned butter and chocolate chips alone would call me to try these cookies, and you should, they are spectacular!



From June 8, 2017. Sweet Lime and Curry Baked Chicken Thighs.
Wonderful, seriously the taste is wonderful. I hope you give them a try!



From June 20, 2017. "Dusty" Potatoes. 
Proof that simple ingredients do create memory making meals!



From August 18, 2017. Maple Pecan Granola.
Granola rules at our house, this one is delicious!



From November 2, 2017. Sweet Potato Cornbread.
We love cornbread in this house. It goes with everything and is wonderful grilled the next day with breakfast. This one is so good...

And finally...



From December 21, 2017. Easy Penuche Fudge.
I have made it a point in my lifetime to avoid candy making. This one, however, is exactly like the name replies, EASY. Plus it is delicious!

If you have not tried some of these, I hope you do. Each and everyone is one of the best from 2017.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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Today at work, the need to take a risk


Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen creative writing/story about life.  We hope you enjoy it...

While not particularly well written, this is the story about folks I have had the pleasure to know and serve, this is also the story about what I have learned along the way. 
Note, this was originally posted 3 years ago, but the message seems very timely as we take on a new year...


In my job, I work with life and I work with death. It is not always pretty, but it is always important. Some of my tenants had been homeless before coming to my building, some were quite prosperous before an economic fall. Some were disabled through no fault of their own and others have worked hard at low paying jobs. But they all are treated fairly by myself and those that work in my building.

I am not a nurse, I am an administrator. Currently I manage low income senior housing. My building is independent housing, with no services provided. Previously I was the Administrator of an Assisted Living Facility. The difference? In independent housing I have many more terminal tenants, than I had in the Assisted Living Facility. Yes you read that right, I have more terminal disease in my current building.

I am not a saint, but I am a hard worker. I have no office staff, I am all I have. I do have excellent support for maintenance and janitorial (thank you gentlemen!). I must follow and adhere to all federal housing mandates, conduct all business per federal standards and do it all, in a timely fashion. And I have to care, because I do not know any other way. And let it be known, I love my job.

I have a nine hour day on most days, plus the hour and half commute. I sometimes have to be reminded to leave, because I have an open door policy and some days that door simply stays open. I also help with some of the tenant activities and often donate funds to keep the program fresh and fun. I often serve as a Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor or Goof-ball for comic relief. But it is important to repeat this, I am no saint.

And now that I have yammered on for four (yep 4) paragraphs, what is the point? The point is about taking a risk. You see, from time to time this been very difficult for me. Maybe I was not interesting enough, or expressive enough, or too brash or even ________________ (you can fill in the blank with your personal favorite). Funny how we get these ideas, isn't it?

  • Do you need to tell someone something? Please go and tell them. Yes, there is a risk, do it anyway. 
  • Do you need to apologize or explain an action on your part that possibly was not understood? Go and start talking. Yes, there is a risk, do it anyway. 
  • Do you need to nudge yourself to do what is needed to be done? Start nudging. And yes there is a risk, but nudge yourself anyway. 

Today I learned that one of my favorite people in my building will be passing away. She is 95 and only stopped driving about 4 months ago. As she explained it, she kept driving because her license was still valid. In some ways you cannot argue with that logic. She was never in a wreck, was never ticketed, and never put anyone in harms way. For 95 years, She took the risk to be all she could be.

So if I stumble on my words, in person or in written form, it was still worth the risk. If my brain works faster than my mouth can keep up, yes it too was worth the risk. If I make a choice and quickly change my mind, yes, it was worth the risk And even if I choose not to trail behind, instead going my own way, it is worth the risk.

You see, taking a risk did not come easily or early in my life, but I am learning how to be comfortable, when taking one. Often I will blurt out my thoughts or concerns, rather than speak them. Often I said how much I cared, thinking later, that possibly I should have waited. In the past I have wondered about how, what I had already said, was received. Even thinking later that I lacked polish in how I presented my thoughts and feelings.

But maybe, I was already taking the risk, and did not realize it in myself.

How about you?


As always, thanks for taking a minute to stop and say hello. We appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!
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You are one in a million!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe a big "thank you" from our kitchen....

Last night when all was quiet, this little blog-o-mine passed one million page views! Now I know that in the business of blogging, that milestone is just a part of the daily business each month and for many, it is a weekly happening.

But for this lady, cooking for family and friends has always been the goal and this turn of the numbers knob makes me happy. I had removed the ads from the blog a while ago, and the love from visitors has shown brighter since then!

And for that I thank you!

So here is a toast to the first million page views, and now we can get busy on the next million!

You are one in a million!

Thank you for your visits, and please come back again!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!
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Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!

Our wish for you, 
Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!
May you be surrounded by those you love, today and every day!

We would like to take a moment to Thank You sincerely for your visits to Our Sunday Cafe.

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!
We do enjoy having visitors. And enjoy cooking food to share with our friends. You make this possible!

Here is to 2018, may we all be healthy, happy and loved.

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!
Thank you again,
The Brown's


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