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January 15, 2021
My Griddle: Crunch Wraps from Jo's Country Junction

I told you a bit ago that I got my flat top griddle that goes over the top of the stove.  I am loving it…loving it a lot.

One thing I was wondering about though…I don’t ALWAYS want to have meat and veggies which is the meal that it’s mostly used to make.  I wanted some variety.  So I tried making Crunch Wraps.

First off I took avocados and make guacamole using a packet mix.  You can buy already made guacamole too.  I put that in the middle of a large flour tortilla shell.


On top ...

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January 10, 2021
Restaurant Ranch from Jo's Country Junction

So our family has this thing with Ranch Dressing.  We love it…we actually love it a lot….well, that’s not quite true.  We love the Ranch that the local bar serves with its combination platter.  We all believe it is different from the Ranch you get in any bottle at the grocery store.

Well prior to Christmas, Kelli, our daughter,  ordered from a pizza place in Decorah and they had the same Ranch.  Up to that date, Kelli had been having lots of trouble with morning sickness (or rather an all-day sickness) with her pregnancy.  That has since ...

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January 9, 2021
Chinese Makeover from Jo's Country Junction

I have a recipe that I make.  It’s not a real recipe.  It’s different every time I make it…but it’s always good.

This all originated as I’ve been working to try to have less food waste.  I’ve always been good at masking food to turn something that is a little less than desirable and make it into something good.

So in my refrigerator were two bags of carrots that had maybe 12 or carrots in each.  The carrots were dry.  There was a 1/3 of a head of celery left and it really ...

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January 4, 2021
My Best Birthday Present: Nut Bread from Jo's Country Junction

I was going to make some pumpkin bread a month or so ago.  As I was making it I started thinking about and wishing I was making the nut bread my mom used to make.  I’ve looked in the past for a recipe and haven’t found one that was like my mom’s.  I think eating that nut bread is one of the things that made me love nuts.

I’d more or less given up on ever finding a recipe.  I have my mom’s cookbooks.  It wasn’t there.

So I gave up and started making ...

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January 3, 2021
What I’m Making: Cheddar Dill Scones from Jo's Country Junction

I have a binder with recipes in it that I have clipped over the years.  At one point I took all of my Christmas cookie recipes, made a copy of them, then put them all in front of a binder.  It was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.

Previous to that, I would try to remember what cookbook this or that was from and could never find the recipe or I would realize that I forgot to make some version of a cookie that was someone’s favorite.

Well, Kelli was here before Christmas and was wanting ...

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December 26, 2020
What I’m Making: Chicken OR Beef and Noodles from Jo's Country Junction

I was scrolling through Facebook and this recipe came up in my feed.  I can’t really find a way to credit the person and there is no place to link the recipe to.  Anyway, it was for Chicken & Noodles Crock-Pot.


Our family LOVES chicken and noodles but I’ve never had a tried and true recipe.  I immediately read through the recipe.

 

2 can cream of chicken soup
2 can chicken broth (15oz each)
1 stick butter or margarine
1 lb chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
1 package frozen egg noodles (24 oz) I used Reames

Instructions:
In the ...

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December 22, 2020
The Craig Show!! from Jo's Country Junction

Saturday was a little wild around here.  It started out well.  I was at the sewing machine ASAP.  I’ve been trying to get up earlier than usual every morning and getting a few stitches in.

Kalissa called me and said their family would be coming over in the afternoon and she was willing to shoot a video if I had one ready so ready or not, I shot a “Sew with Jo” video.

After that is was a grocery run…after that Kalissa’s family came over.  The main reason they were coming over was that Craig was going ...

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December 19, 2020
What I’m Making: Raw Fried Potatoes from Jo's Country Junction

Karl says I made the best Raw Fried Potatoes.  I think he might be right.  If Karl and I are eating potatoes, raw frying them is the way we usually pick to make them.  They are excellent with a steak, pork chop or with eggs as a breakfast food.

They are simple to make but the key to making them in patience…and a good hot griddle.  I have a Heritage Griddle and they are AWESOME.  I was so lucky and was able to get mine at a thrift store for $10 or something crazy cheap like that.

Around here ...

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December 17, 2020
Soup's On! from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's Thursday~ that means it's homemade-soup-for-lunch day around here recently. For years I've bookmarked soup recipes and never made them; that all changed this month. As I mentioned in an earlier post, with no parties or open house this year, I find myself with no one else to cook for but us! Capitalizing on that fact I began a new weekly tradition. Two weeks ago it was homemade split pea with

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Soup's On! from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's Thursday~ that means it's homemade-soup-for-lunch day around here recently. For years I've bookmarked soup recipes and never made them; that all changed this month. As I mentioned in an earlier post, with no parties or open house this year, I find myself with no one else to cook for but us! Capitalizing on that fact I began a new weekly tradition. Two weeks ago it was homemade split pea with

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December 12, 2020
What I’m Making: Mini Canning Jar Lid Pies from Jo's Country Junction

I saw a recipe somewhere on the internet that showed how to make mini pies with canning jar rings.  I thought they were so stinking cute that I had to give them a try.  I didn’t pay attention to the recipe they gave with it…just the technique.

The pies are really putzy to make but as I said, they are so cute and honestly, so good!!


So what I did to make them is this…
I took a regular canning jar ring and put the lid upside down making and mini pie pan.  I made pie crust.  You ...

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December 5, 2020
Passing on Family Traditions: Popcorn Balls from Jo's Country Junction

On the Johnson side of the family…that’s my family.  We always had popcorn balls for any bigger family get together.  We had them always for Thanksgiving.  So the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I had Kalissa’s boys, Carver and Gannon at my house while Kalissa did errands.  I was trying to take care of them and trying to prep for the Thanksgiving meal that would be happening the next day.  I tried to think of something that I needed to make that they could help with.  Well, Popcorn Balls immediately came to mind.


It was so fun making these ...

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December 1, 2020
Cook Once, Eat Twice: Spaghetti Pizza from Jo's Country Junction

On Wednesday of last week, I was hungry for something good for lunch.  I often have only a salad or sandwich for lunch but that day, I wanted something hot and spaghetti quickly came to mind.  About that time, Buck called and asked what I thought of him and the kids coming home over the weekend.  I was excited.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the kids or Buck.  I was just sad Lora couldn’t come too.  I’ve said before that Lora is a manager in big box retail so we never get to see ...

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Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

 It's time to make Christmas happen here in the Sticks

and

my friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
has a way of pushing me to get my projects finished on time.

Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks!

I'm excited to kick off the
where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, 
and/or 
sewing projects.
Thank you, Carol, for including me!

Merry Christmas!


It's been a crazy year and I think we are all ready to start a new one.
Then Christmas comes along and things seem a little happier ...

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November 27, 2020
What I’m Making: Great Pumpkin Dessert from Jo's Country Junction

Years ago I made a great pumpkin dessert.  I remember it being really good.  I remember it was gone within 4 hours of my making it.  I remember both Craig and Kramer liking it…but did I remember where the recipe was?  No.

After some hunting, I found it.  See the note in my handwriting?  It says “Great”!


I was in a mood to clean up everything I could clean up on the kitchen island.  Sadly at my house, I have to work hard for it not to be a dumping ground…and it was a dumping ground on this ...

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November 14, 2020
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember that last week Karl and I went to the Amish and brought back Whoopie Pies for Kalissa’s family.  I decided that being they loved them so much, I would try to find a whoopie pie recipe that would compare to the Amish ones we love so much.

I pulled out an Amish recipe book…no Whoopie Pie.  Pulled out another, no Whoopie Pie.

I ended up at the computer, typed in Whoopie Pie and I found a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie recipe instead.  Hmm.  That sounded good.  So I printed the recipe and decided to give them ...

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November 13, 2020
Comfort Food: Chow Mein from Jo's Country Junction

I am a comfort food girl.  Since my husband, Kramer, passed away I am huge into comfort food.  When he was around it was a steak and potato kind of life that I lived.   Nowadays, not so much.

When the boys were on Monday, I knew I wouldn’t be having them here for a couple of days so I made a huge batch of Chow Mein.  I love making something and then eating it for the next few days.  Chow Mein and spaghetti are two of my favorite foods that I do that with.  YUM!!

I don’t really ...

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October 29, 2020
Meal Planning, Part 4 from Prairie Moon Quilts

I’m getting tired of cooking.

Running out of ideas . . .

Getting in a rut of the same ol’ same ol’ . . .

Does that happen to you?

I keep having to adjust what we’re doing. We’ve been eating a lot of Keto meals, and we’ve each lost some weight, which made My Cowboy’s heart doctor really happy. I’d like to keep going that direction, but My Cowboy has been having more serious kidney stone episodes of late, and we think being too strict with Keto may not be helping with that part.

So he’s added orange ...

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October 24, 2020
On Being Efficient... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Each and every day I endeavor to be efficient. I live to make the best use of my time! So, a few weeks ago I volunteered to bring food for Fellowship Time between Sunday School and Worship for tomorrow. I knew what I wanted to make and planned out my times to make them. A batch of Jack O' Lantern Jumble, mini pumpkin muffins and homemade cinnamon rolls. I decided that I'd make a batch of the

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On Being Efficient... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Each and every day I endeavor to be efficient. I live to make the best use of my time! So, a few weeks ago I volunteered to bring food for Fellowship Time between Sunday School and Worship for tomorrow. I knew what I wanted to make and planned out my times to make them. A batch of Jack O' Lantern Jumble, mini pumpkin muffins and homemade cinnamon rolls. I decided that I'd make a batch of the

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