Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Themed Soup

November 28th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking, Recipes No Comments »

I must say my cooking skills have deteriorated over time. Since I only cook for myself I rarely make a new recipe. So this did not go well…or at a minimum it did not go as planned. Not a disaster but more of a “Oops, not what I expected”. This is my story and I am sticking to it.

I wanted to make an autumn themed meal by making Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Kielbasa. As you can see from the picture below it should be a nice meal with potatoes.

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Kielbasa

Prep Time 10minutes minutes

Cook Time 3hours hours

Total Time 3hours hours 10minutes minutes

Servings 8



  • 12 oz Kielbasa I used Beef Kielbasa, sliced into bite-size (about ½ inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter I used salted butter, but unsalted will work perfectly
  • 3 cans 14.5 oz. diced potatoes, drained (I used Del Monte Fresh Cut Diced New potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup chopped onions I used sweet onions, but you can use white onions or red onions
  • 3 cups fresh shredded cheese I used 1 ½ cups Colby Jack and 1 ½ cups mild Cheddar. You may need more if you want to top each serving with cheese approx ½ cup.
  • 1 can 10.5 oz. cheddar cream soup
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2% milk you could use whole milk but would not recommend heavy cream)


  • Spray the slow cooker liner with non-stick spray.
  • Add melted butter. Pour the potatoes and the spices. Mix to coat.
  • Add the sliced Kielbasa, chopped onions, and cheese. Mix well.
  • Add the cheddar cream soup and the milk and mix until all ingredients are well blended together.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours until the potatoes are nice and soft.
  • Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings!

But what I got instead was cheesy potato soup with kielbasa. Lol. It was not bad at all, just not what I was expecting. So this autumn meal became my Autumn Bucket List for soup. Wha-la!

So at least I don’t need to make another soup.

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Autumn Bucket List – Make Donuts

November 22nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

I decided to try to make pumpkin donuts for the season which is on my Autumn bucket list. Since I was running out of time I decided to make them while visiting my sister in Arizona for Thanksgiving.

I saw this Youtube video and the lady made the donuts look so easy. Using a spice cake mix and some pumpkin purée to make the donuts. What could be easier.

It was easy, but the hardest part was the squeezing the mix out of the ziplock bag into the donut pans.

I was joking with my sister that the donuts looked a little like dog doo doo. Yuck!

I wanted the maple frosting on the donut. Using a cream cheese frosting add some maple syrup to give it a nice maple flavor but boy it was rich.

I could not dip the donuts because I was afraid they would crumble so I slattered it on top and threw on some nuts. Overall they were good but very sweet and rich.

Getting to the end of my bucket list. 😀

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Christmas Meal – A failure in instructions – Sort of

January 13th, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Recipes No Comments »

Since I was staying home on Christmas Day with my little dogs, I decided to make a nice meal for myself.

I thought I would start off with Trader Joe’s Cinnamon roll wreath and finish off with the Trader Joe’s Cranberry Pie.

For my main meal, i was planning on having turkey & stuffing en croute from Trader Joe’s. The guy at the store told me a lot of people liked it and it was a popular item during the holidays.

So Christmas morning I woke up and after opening gifts I thought I would make the cinnamon rolls.

To my horror I discovered that I needed to PROOF the rolls over night. Damn. I resorted to the Pillsbury Pop Up cinnamon rolls in a can. Oh well.

Then I looked at the instructions on the turkey! Egads, I did not realize I needed to defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours. TWENTY FOUR hours. What the heck.

I decided to just thaw it out on the counter. The house was cold but warmer than the fridge, plus it was sealed in the bag. I figured I would not get sick.

So after several hours of defrosting, I was ready to put into the oven.

It was a bit interesting but it felt thawed.

Fortunately it came out yummy.

Turkey wrapped in stuffing with a pastry shell around it. It was quite good and actually came with cranberry sauce on the side. A very good dinner considering my failure to read.

As far as what I got myself for Christmas, well, besides the instant pot, is my letterboard saying below.

Autumn Bucket List – Drink Apple Cider

November 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

It was cold…. it rained that night…..

I wanted HOT apple cider….

I did not have any….

I went to Starbucks….

A picture of a Starbucks cup is boring….

So I added the picture of the cup on a nice table with apple floral display.

So since this post is rather boring, I thought I would add a recipe for Starbucks Copycat Apple Cider Recipe.


I snagged this from  Click on the recipe to go to her website.

I think I need to make sure of this…..  I just need apple juice.  YUM

Autumn Bucket List – Making an Autumn Inspired Dinner

October 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

Ok, originally I wanted to make a dinner from one of my Autumn Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, but then I go strolling thru Pinterest and you can guess what happened.


That’s right, I found another recipe.


I found this Maple Dijon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

Yum, this recipe is from    Just click on the chicken below to take you there.

Now my pictures did not look that nice, but then again I am not a cooking genius or a photographer.

Here is my prepped chicken… many possibilities

What can be easier than throwing everything onto a baking sheet.

I have just rediscovered Brussel sprouts.   i had them at a restaurant that was done with balsamic vinegar and I met heaven in my mouth.

Mine, not so much, but I am sure there will be opportunities in the future.


Maybe a little over done on the outside but the chicken.

I forgot to set the timer.

Stupid me.

When I smelled the chicken I realized my error.  However under the crispy skin was a nicely cooked chicken.

Everything was yummy.



A Year Late – Christmas Cookies

November 18th, 2017 klwade Posted in Recipes No Comments »

As I get ready to decide what Christmas cookies and candies I will make this year, I discovered I never posted my pictures from last year.

Really Karen…. really.

I took the time to take all the pictures and then just did not post them.

So here you go

Eli the wonder dog helping with the baking!

My Moms famous double batch oatmeal choc chip cookies, my brothers favorite.

My Mom’s Meringues.   One of my favorites.

My sisters Snow Ball cookies.  Some call them Mexican Wedding Cookies.

First attempt at this… not sure I would do this again.  Linzer cookies.

The classic Fantasy Fudge

My Nut Clusters, now a favorite with my Brother-in-Law.

This was new this year and it was a smashing hit!   Individual toffees.   My sister resisted making these but my Brother=in-Law loved them and she ended up making a batch just for him.  She should really listen to her sister.  HA!

My sister Elaine Pralines!

The classic Peanut Butter Blossoms!

New this year, red and green crinkles.

A last minute add.   Cookies with snickers.


Praline Fudge

To be honest, I do not remember.  Chocolate cookies with peanut chips or butterscotch chips.  Not sure.

Caramels…. both plain and some with sea salt.

Aunt Lucy’s Buttery Peanut Brittle.   No, Aunt Lucy is not a relative, just the name from a Book.  I am sure she was someones Aunt.

I put the baskets together with cute bowls I found at Wal-Mart.  They had matching coasters that I added to the goodies.

All the goodies…ready to be delivered.

Helper number 1…..Olive the Maltese in her Christmas Jammies.

2nd Helper is Penny the Poocher, the doggie Smoocher!


Mom Meatloaf Recipe

November 10th, 2016 klwade Posted in Recipes No Comments »


From the Country Cook (click on photo to go to their link)

Do any of you post your recipes as a way to keep from losing those darn little recipe cards.   My recipe box is a mess.   I have to search and search to find recipes in it.

So I have been putting them on my blog.   Not only because I lose them, but my sister does also.  She is always texting me asking me for a recipe.  Yes, I am talking about you!   Now all you have to do is go to my blog.

My Mom use to make a meatloaf that we loved.  She would use tomato rice soup instead of catsup and we loved it.

I snagged the photo from the Country Cook so please click on it to go to their site.   I am really bad at taking pictures of food when I am hungry.   Hee Hee.

Mom’s Meatloaf

1-1/2 Pound Hamburger Meat
1 Egg
3-4 Slices of dried bread chopped to crumbs
1 T Dried Onion
1 t Salt
1 t Pepper
1/2 t Marjoram
1 T Whorechestere
1/2 can tomato rice soup

Mix well, put in a casserole dish or bread pan that has been sprayed with oil (Pam or shortening)

Pour remaining soup on top, spread evenly.

Cook 1 to 1-1/2 hours at 350 degrees.

Take cleaned, fork poked potatoes and coat with shortening.  Place on rack next to meatloaf.


Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe – A Pot Luck Favorite

December 4th, 2015 klwade Posted in Recipes No Comments »

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This recipe is always a family favorite.   I always get asked for the recipe and I had a special request to bring some to work around the holiday time!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Holiday Favorite at pot lucks


Course: Appetizers

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 45 min

Serves: 20


  • 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken drained
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 34 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot®)
  • 1 12 cups Cheddar cheese Shredded
  • 1 bunch celery cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
  • 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers


  1. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 284
Fat: 22.6 g
Cholesterol: 54 mg
Sodium: 552 mg
Carbohydrate: 8.6g
Protein: 11.1 g

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Elaine’s Southern Pralines Reposted

November 30th, 2015 klwade Posted in Recipes No Comments »

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Reposting this again so it has a print button!  Enjoy!

Elaines Southern Pralines


Course: Desserts

Serves: 1


  • 2 cups brown sugar light
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla

Combine brown sugar and cream in a large saucepan.  Stir until the sugar is melted hen boil to 236f (soft boil stage).

Remove from fire and stir in vanilla and pecans.   Stir until the mixture begins to thicken and becomes sugary (you can taste the sugar).  Let the mixture cool somewhat before large spoonfuls of pralines on silicon sheets (or wax paper on cookie sheets).

When completely cool, wrap each piece in a cellophane bag.  They are delicate so be careful when stacking.

Best made when no moisture in the weather.

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Chocolate Chip Crunch or Great Toffee

November 30th, 2015 klwade Posted in Recipes No Comments »

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Chocolate Chip Crunch

Course: Desserts

Cuisine: American

Serves: 1


  • 12 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 12 cup butter
  • 34 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet


  1. Scatter nuts over bottom of a lightly buttered 9x9x2 pan.
  2. Place sugar and butter in a medium saucepan.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly
  4. then boil for 7 minutes (or to 270)
  5. Put mixture over nuts in pan.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Cover for 2 minutes. Then spread chocolate evenly. Chill until chocolate is firm.
  7. Remove from pan.
  8. Break up into pieces.

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