They say


I have always heard  all my life: don’t make new recipe until you try it first.

Well this morning I went ahead and did not listen to “try it yourself first”

My daughter and family were coming over for breakfast this morning. I was planning on making two different quiches. I could only find the recipe for one of them.  A bit frustrating. So I was breezing thru a recipe book last night before going to bed and found one that was a lot easier to make.

The First recipe  I had, had  called to put heavy tin foil over crust and bake it before putting the  mixture into it. My new recipe didn’t require so much work, which I decide to make. Guess what it turned out just fine. It was a Mexican Quiche.

Here is the recipe and here is the book that it came from: 

Mexican Quiche

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                           5 eggs                                                                                     1/4 cup flour                                                         1/2 tsp baking powder                                                      1/4 cup butter, melted                                     1 (7oz.) can diced green chilies (mild)                        1 cup cottage cheese                                         1/4 cup chopped onion                                                      1 Tbsp. Butter                                                   1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese ( I used Taco Blend Shredded Cheese)

Directions:                                                                                                                                                            Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add the 1/4 cup melted butter, chilies and cottage cheese. Saute onion in the 1 Tbsp. butter; add to mixture, along with cheese. Combine just until blended. Pour mixture into a greased 9×9 inch baking dish or pie plate and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking about 30 minutes. Cut into small squares or wedges and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Note: I placed a cookie sheet under my pie. I used a store bought deep dish pie crust and cooked it in there. My family loved this.

Hope your family will too. Happy Holidays and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler




S’mores with a Twist


I think these could be a little bit more healthy then regular S’mores. It happen quite accident. We had company over for a cookout and was going to roast marshmallow and make S’mores around the campfire.

I had baked some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. So our guest used the two cookies and put the roasted marshmallow and Hersey Chocolate square and created his own version of a S’more.

This Memorial weekend I am entertaining two days in a row. So I am using my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I made them a little bigger than I normally do. I also put less chocolate chip so the cookies wouldn’t crumble as much. Here’s my recipe:

1 cup butter                           1 -1/3 cup white flour

1 cup white sugar                  1 tsp soda

½ cup brown sugar                1 tsp. salt

2 eggs                                    1 cup of chocolate chips (normally I use 2c.)

2 tsp vanilla                            2 cups quick oats

Cream together butter & sugar; add eggs and vanilla stir together.  Stir together the dry ingredients and add to the above mixture, beating well.  Stir in chips and oats. Drop by Tablespoons on to greased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool before packing them in cookie tin.

My finished product:

Chocolate chip Oatmeal Cookies

I think next time I might replace my chocolate chips with silvered almonds or crushed nuts. May you enjoy your company this weekend.  Please remember our veterans that have served to keep our country free and those still serving.

cake in a pinch



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Need a cake in a pinch, don’t have time to stop at the store. Thinking what ingredients you have in the kitchen to throw something together for friend’s birthday. Do I have any cake mixes what is there I can’t remember. Well here is cake you can make from scratch . It doesn’t need eggs and is great recipe for you and your food storage. By the way this cake can be doubled… will give that below the single recipe.

1 cup sugar, 1-!/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp soda, 1/2 cup Hershey Cocoa, 1 T. Vinegar, 1/2 c salad oil, 1 cup cold water, 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together, pour in ungreased cake pan ( I used 8×8) Bake for 30 minutes

To double this recipe:

2 cups of sugar                                                                                                                  3 cups flour                                                                                                                         1 tsp salt,                                                                                                                        3/4 cup cocoa,                                                                                                                  2 tsp soda                                                                                                                         2 Tbsp vinegar,                                                                                                               2/3 cup salad oil,                                                                                                                2 cup cold water                                                                                                                2 tsp vanilla

Follow instructions above.

Happy cooking at Prairie Pine Peddler

Cheese Ball Recipe

When I lived in Beechview a suburb of Pittsburgh, I acquired this wonderful cheese ball recipe. I have handed this and shared this over the year. I thought I would do that today in case you want to try something new and quite easy to make.


Homemade Cheese Ball by Mary 
2 – 8oz. cream cheese softened
2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar Cheese (16oz) Aldi Brand
1 Tbsp chopped pimentos
1 Tbsp chopped green peppers
1 Tbsp chopped onions or scallions
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice or lime juice
dash salt and pepper
Directions: Mix all ingredients, then chill before shaping.
Roll in bacon bits or nuts such as silvered almonds or walnuts
I squeezed out pimentos out of green olives sometimes if I can’t find a jar of pimentos, cut them up into small pieces. (right now Sav-alot has pimentos in small jar for $1.99)
It makes a great gift for Christmas or New Year.  It is sure to please!














Advanced Searching in Pinterest

Another way to search in Pinterest?

This is quick crash course and will save you time.

I would like to share a technique that I use.  I use this a lot at work and home when I am searching for solutions on the web. This is what I do when I am pinning on Pinterest.

Here is example: let’s say you just pinned your favorite item. ok I pinned a bracelet to one of my boards.

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  • As soon as you click on the Pin it button
  • Right after that a dialog box – showing you that you successfully pinned
  • comes up.
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  • at this very point is where I like to put my mouse cursor over the photo
  • Right click on the photo (see illustration below)
  • Menu comes up – you’ll want to select “Open Link in New Tab”
  • Then you will Left click on it.
  • right click menuThe purpose for this is so when you are finished searching on the page, later you can go to any of the windows you have opened up in New Tab and go thru them the same way you did with the previous page.
  • Please note I only do this if the artist site is intriguing
  • This can be done continuously so that you can have many windows ready to view when you are finished looking at the  the board you are on.
  • I find this both helpful and a time saver as well. As you don’t have to go back thru the item to find them again.
  • If you find that you like at least 3/4 of their page, it is good idea to just follow them -Instead of having to pin everything to your board.
  • At least that is my take on this.
  • Please Note this does not work if you do it on the actual picture as it will only open the picture in new window and the picture will be enlarged.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask me if you don’t understand, hope this is helpful. I love this and use it all the time.

ttyl Mary O.