Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tasty Tuesday (Sorry for my absence recently)

Hi All -- I have not blogged for a few weeks.  It's a long boring story, so I am just going to jump in to sharing a recipe with you for Tasty Tuesday.

The recipe this week is for a hearty, hot, flavorful soup.

Cheese and Onion Soup


1 large onion, chopped in small pieces
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
4 cups milk
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack and Colby Cheese
Seasoned croutons


1)  In large saucepan, saute onion in butter.

2)  Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until blended.

3)  Gradually add milk.

4)  Bring to a gentle boil, then turn heat down a bit and let the soup thicken, stirring constantly.  

5)  Add cheese and stir until melted.

6)  Remove from heat and serve in bowls.  Sprinkle surface of soup with seasoned croutons and serve.  Yields about 6 servings.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

As We Say Goodbye to 2016...

I want to wish you all...

May your year be full of joy, prosperity, and purpose!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Flash Sale in eBay Store and Tasty Tuesday

Hello Everyone -- I hope you had a lovely Christmas / Holiday weekend!  

I had a lovely holiday -- fun, relaxed, and a good meal shared.

I currently have many items discounted from 15 to 30%, but I want to let you know that the 30% is only a one-day Flash Sale which will run only until Wednesday night, December 28!

Link to my eBay store:  http://stores.ebay.com/abundant-empress

Here are a few of the items included in the 30% discount sale:

And, it is Tasty Tuesday today, so I am sharing a recipe that can add enjoyment to your New Year's meal, or it can be a great comfort-food side dish any time.

Warning -- this recipe is NOT a diet recipe.  It is definitely comfort food.



8 to 10 new red potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup (do not add water)
1 cup of sour cream
Several slices of Monterey Jack cheese
6 to 8 green onions, chopped

Instructions  (this will be a layered casserole):

1)  Cook potatoes with skins on.  When they are done cooking, allow to sit for about 5 minutes and then slice in half or quarters.

2)  Mix can of soup and sour cream together.

3)  In a greased casserole dish, layer potatoes, onions, soup mixture, and cheese.

4)  Add a dash of salt and pepper to your taste.

5)  Repeat step 3 to make 2 or 3 layers, depending on the size and type of casserole dish you are using.  Make sure that cheese goes on the very top.

6)  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes.  Allow dish to set for 1 minute after removing from oven.  Serve.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas to All!

I am taking time off over the holiday weekend.  My eBay store is closed, but will re-open on 12-26-16. 

Until then, I wish you all the happiest of holidays.  I am looking forward to a very happy and peaceful few days, doing things I enjoy, being with loved ones I enjoy, and celebrating the holiday free of drama -- what a blessing!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Photos of My Christmas Wreath

I completed my Christmas wreath just a while ago.  

All the materials I used came from one of my favorite stores, the glorious Dollar Tree, with the exception of the ribbon used to hang it.  I had some ribbon from the Dollar Tree, but it was too wide to look good, so I had to improvise on that, using items I had in my ribbon drawer.

I chose the colors of silver and red mostly because by the time I went to pick up the items (and I went in November), the Christmas decor items were pretty well picked over.  

The really fun part of making this was taking some of the items apart and fashioning them to work in ways I needed.  Also, rather than using a wreath form as the base, I just used a Dollar Tree 15-foot garland and left it rolled up, using floral wire in a couple of places to keep it from unrolling.  I don't like using forms, so this was a good alternative for me.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos.  I did not take photos of it hanging on my door because the lighting is so dim in our hallway where I live, and it is so hard to get a good photo.  So you all are seeing it when it was still on my art desk.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Store is Closed for Christmas and Tasty Tuesday Recipe

Christmas Week is Underway

Since it is too late now to reliably expect packages to arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas, and sales are winding down as people prepare for the holidays, I have closed my eBay store until December 27.  I have a lot to get done around my home, and I have been putting off making my Christmas wreath for my front door, so I want to get that done -- will share photos here when it is complete.  My goal is to handle that tomorrow.  Today is devoted to catching up on laundry.  Thursday I need to put together 2 IKEA carts to use for storage in my studio.  They will both have wheels, so they will offer lots of flexibility on placement as needs change.

For Tasty Tuesday, I have a recipe for an easy main dish meal using chicken:  

Chicken Paprika


2 pounds chicken parts
2 Tablespoons cooking oil or shortening
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (try to use juice from an actual lemon rather than bottled lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon paprika


1)  In skillet, brown chicken in shortening or cooking oil.  Pour off fat.

2)  Stir in remaining ingredients.  

3)  Cover, and cook over low heat until done (roughly 45 minutes).  Make sure to stir occasionally.

4)  Serve over hot cooked noodles or rice.

Optional add-in items (add in when the soup is added):
* 1 cup frozen peas that have been thawed with hot water and drained.
* 1 small can of mushroom pieces and stems.

You can make this as a very basic recipe, or you can add the additional items suggested, or come up with some of your own add-ins.  It's a simple meal, cooked in one pan, and good protein when the family has a lot going on during the holiday preparations.

I hope to be back tomorrow with some photos of my wreath -- I am making it exclusively with items I found at Dollar Tree (one of my favorite places).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tasty Tuesday and Brrrr....

Happy Tasty Tuesday, All!

It is COLD here today.  When I left the house to mail packages and run errands this morning, it was Two degrees BELOW Zero Fahrenheit.  The cars made little clouds of steam from their exhaust pipes as they traveled down the freeway -- the kind that turns to ice when it hits the pavement.  It was sunny, though, and driving was okay.

At this time of year (just before Christmas), I wish I could hold things in place for a while to keep Christmas from coming and going so soon.  Every year, the whoosh of time goes faster.

Today's recipe is a simple and tasty one, a side dish / salad to accompany most types of meals, fancy or casual.

Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Salad


3 cups broccoli florets, cut to bite-size
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup raisins, either regular or golden raisins are fine
1/4 cup chopped red onion
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tea spoons lemon juice (from an actual lemon if possible rather than the bottled stuff)


1)  In large bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, raisins, and onion.  
2)  In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
3)  Pour dressing over salad and toss gently.
4)  Top salad with cooked crumbled bacon and serve.

I hope you are having a good week and that you are enjoying the season.  Stay warm where ever you are.