Easy Queso

I guess I should really post this one on a weekend but that would break my pattern of sharing a recipe on Mondays (Menu Monday). With the start of football season I wanted to share one of go-to recipes for game watching or other crowd type events. Hey, back in my single days I even made dinner out of this on occasion.  I try to avoid  posting brand names but this recipe just isn’t the same without the brand name items. It isn’t an original recipe by any means but is a favorite.

  1. Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Turn heat on high until cheese melts. Once it is melted turn it to warm or low to keep hot.
  2. Cut Velveta in chunks and throw in slow cooker. If I time permits allow cheese to start melting before adding the Ro-Tel and Wolf Brand.
  3. Add Ro-Tel and Wolf Brand. Stir well.
  4. I like to make this in a slow cooker because it is a great way to keep it warm for a party.


Mom’s Spaghetti

I’m in the middle of a cookbook project so I’m sharing one of the recipes from the cookbook.  This was one of my favorites as a kid. Although it was torture smelling it cook all day long. Our dog Polly would drool puddles just over the smell, I think it was one of her favorites too.  My version of Crock-pot Spaghetti is roughly based upon this recipe.

Italian Spaghetti

  • Enough tomato products to fill a crock-pot
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 T parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 3 t oregano
  • 1 tsp anise
  • 1 ½ lbs ground meet
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 12 tsp black pepper
  • spaghetti
  1. Fill crock-pot with tomato products.
  2. Add onion, parsley and garlic. Allow to simmer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add oregano and anise.
  4. Next, prepare spaghetti according to directions on package.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine ground meat, egg, basil, salt and pepper.
  6. Brown meat, drain well and add to sauce.


Throwback Thursday: Granddaddy C


As a child, I enjoyed spending time with my Granddaddy C. He was my hero. Even though he died shortly before my 10th birthday, I was able to spend a lot of time with him. During my preschool years, I was able to spend a week with my grandparents every couple of months or so. He always had time for me. I  enjoyed the time we spent together.

Robin Williams

Source: The Drum

Source: The Drum

Robin Williams passed away yesterday from an apparent suicide attempt. Yes, I said it the s word. A word we often shy away from  when someone dies of a suicide words like selfish, coward, or weak are used to described the deceased. If someone dies from cancer they are of often described as brave, long-suffering and courageous. In both cases family and friends are left to pick up the pieces and learn a new normal without their loved one.

Robin Williams was a gifted actor whose movies made me laugh even during rough times. He had a unique gift for making others laugh. It makes me sad that someone so gifted at making others laugh was so deeply troubled by his own demons. It makes me sad that unlike cancer suicide is preventable but in our “modern” society we are afraid, embarrassed, unwilling  or whatever other reasons to attack finding a cure for suicide with the same fervor that we attack finding a cure for cancer, diabetes, AIDS or other diseases/disorders. We need to remove the stigma of mental illnesses like depression; seek to provide support not rejection.

Mom’s Meatloaf

For several years I’ve been working on a project to update (i.e. re-type a family cookbook) for a couple of years. I’ve decided that this is year I will finish the cookbook. In the process I’ve re-discovered some of my childhood favorites. This was one of my favorites as a kid. It is great paired with Mac-N-Cheese, green beans and of course lime Kool-Aid.

Mom’s Meatloaf

  • 1 1lb ground meat
  • Salt
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 1 can vegetable soup
  • ½ med onion chopped
  1. Combine ingredients.
  2. Line bottom of microwave safe dish with paper towels
  3. Shape meat into a loaf and place on top of towels
  4. Microwave on high for 10-12 minutes

Throwback Thursday: Polly

Pollyanna was one of our dogs when I was a child.  Polly was part beagle but thought she was human.

Polly and her people

“Polly  & Her People” — Granddaddy C. , me Popi and Polly. Kind of stereo typical Texans in  cowboy hats. Ok, my dad wasn’t really a Texan. He was an Okie but lived in Texas most of his life. We let him pretend to be a Texan.

Polly is trying to wake me up.  Yes, I'm the little one sitting in my mom's lap.

Polly thought it was her job to wake me up. Yes, I am the little one sitting in my mom’s lap.

Polly is in the background

Polly is in the background. My cousin is holding one of our other dogs Patrice. I’m in a bad mood because we are wearing matching outfits but I didn’t get to wear my red Keds. I had to wear the icky shoes. Ok I probably didn’t want to wear any shoes.