Beautiful Breakfast Mess

Sunday started out pretty good for me. I got up read my Sunday School lesson, I always like to write in my journal what I did the day before. Then I knew I needed to eat but wasn’t really in the mood to eat. But then I remembered I needed to eat in order to take this one pill that said “Eat with Food”. So I started thinking about what I might have, eggs, oatmeal, french toast but none of these really appealed to me. Then my hubby suggested a bowl of yogurt with fresh berries.

So the yogurt sounded good. I have plain yogurt or this Cabot Greek Yogurt in the refrigerator.. Cabot is great at making White Sharp Cheddar Cheese without any dyes which I love. So decided today I would eat some of the Greek Yogurt,as lot thicker then plain yogurt. I use whole milk yogurt then you don’t have extra salt and sugar in it to make is sweeter.

This is what I put together which I thought was kind of a mess but turned out to hit the spot.

Two or three scoops of Greek yogurt. ini medium size cereal bowl., then I added 1/2 cap or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract , and 1 Tablespoon of ( Pure Maple Syrup this particular syrup taste caramel flavor syrup) , Stir them in then I added 1/3 cup of  homemade granola the recipe is from, Then I topped it with some black raspberries that I picked the day before.

This was delicious and hit the spot. Will try to take picture  and upload this later today. It is late and I  had this on my phone but could not get it to save as draft so had to retype this on my computer. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I have this morning.


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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!














Recipe by Accident

ok, we were down to the wire, our stove is out of order, so we have had to come up with things we could cook on top of the stove. Our alternative way of cooking is grilling out. Unfortunately it has been raining cats and dogs and not suitable to cook out these days.

Last night hubby wanted bacon, and I felt like scramble eggs which sounded good to me. So I put in the bacon in black iron pan and started cooking it. Then I added some onions to cook down with the bacon. As it was cooking it suddenly reminded me of the smell when you are cooking pierogies. Yummy, unfortunately I didn’t have any pierogies on hand. Then I added some mushrooms and then some garlic which I didn’t let it cook for very long. Then I added the scramble eggs mixture.  I forgot to mention I had started cooking the bacon and had not turned it yet. Then I decided to cut it up into small pieces and just kind of dragged it around in the pan until it looked done.Then started adding the other ingredients. .Got a compliment from hubby as he said I should more often.

So the next time I make pierogies I am going to start out with bacon and onions. and then fry them up together. You must try it, boy was that good.

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Bake Eggplant Alfredo





Baked Alfredo Eggplant by Mary O. Prairie Pine Peddler

Baked Eggplant Alfredo

Because tomatoes and I don’t get along ,  I‘ve been trying alternative recipes of  my favorite recipes. Tonight I created a Baked Alfredo eggplant. I even got a husband approval.! When I order pizza, I ask them to cut back on the tomato sauce. It helps my condition tremendously!

Serves 2


1 eggplant

2 eggs

2 Tbsp water

Olive oil for baking sheets ( don’t use insulated cookie sheets)

1 cup Bread Crumbs (Panko with Italian Seasonings)

Four Cheese Sauce or Alfred Sauce

2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

¼ cup Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Brush oil on large cookie sheet (stay away from insulated  cookie sheet as they don’t allow the eggplant to brown.  Set cookie sheets aside.

Meanwhile, cut the eggplant into slices about ½ to ¼ of an inch thick

In separate shallow bowl whip up 2 eggs and 2 Tbsp of water

In another bowl place 1 cup of Panko Bread Crumb mixture.

Dip the eggplant into egg mixture and shake off any excess. Then dip in crumb mixture and place on oiled cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown on bottom about 20 – 25 minutes. Turn slices and bake another 20 -25 minutes. Remove from oven.

Raise oven heat to 400 degrees.                                                                                  Spread Alfredo sauce or a Four cheese sauce in the bottom of 9 x 12 glass pan. Arrange half of baked eggplant on top , cover with mozzarella cheese, repeat with remaining eggplant, sauce and mozzarella; sprinkle with 2 remaining tablespoons Parmesan Cheese. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted about 12 – 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 2