Grain Free Day * Fish in Packets

Today is National Grain Free Day ! Are you living healthier this year ? Trying to loose a little weight? Or do you have a food allergy or a Health reason to be Grain Free?

Today I am sharing my hubbies foil Fish packets that can be baked on the grill or oven :

Recipe :

  • Fish (trout or tilapia
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning- old bay,garlic salt,pepper
  • sliced vegetables,onions,bell pepper
  • lemons
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Rinse fish, and pat dry.
  2. Rub fillets with olive oil, and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Place each fillet on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Lay sliced onions and bell peppers down. Place fish filet on top and squeeze the juice from the ends of the lemons over the fish. You can add sliced vegetables at this time if you like. Or add sliced lemons on top. Carefully seal all edges of the foil to form enclosed packets. Place packets on baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of fish. Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

We usually cook one per person for a meal serve with a side salad,

Need more idea”s :

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Mint Chocolate Chip Day

Today is National Mint Chocolate Chip Day ! So it’s a Book and a Recipe to enjoy ! Lisa

Jen and Sherry’s Ice Cream shop is the perfect place to bring friends, families, clubs, and even pets to get a mouth watering and creamy, flavorful treat–Anything like Italian Ice, Milk Shakes, A Double-Scoop of Cherry Cheese Cake, Sundaes, and a variety of other Ice Cream flavors to choose from! The best part is that Jen’s and Sherry’s Ice Cream Shop is located in the Sunshine State, Florida, where you can get an icy, creamy treat 365 days of the year. Over the past year, Jen and Sherry have met lots and lots of quirky people, making their business a very interesting endeavor. But what was supposed to be a happy day abruptly turns into a tragedy when someone is found dead. Then the clucking hens, ‘AKA’ the library ladies’ club, along with Jen, must put their new sleuthing skills to use. Find out if they will be able to figure out who dunnit and bring this person to justice. A minty flavor with bits of suspense! Don’t miss out on the cool twist! 



  • 1 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream / softened
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 2 oz unsweetened chopped Chocolate
  • 2 boxes of Oreo cookies crushed
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 C butter
  • 1/2 C butter cubed
  • Chocolate chps for garnish
  • In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter. Press into two 13×9-in. dishes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, butter and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  • Spread ice cream over each crust. Spoon cooled chocolate sauce over top; evenly spread to cover. Freeze until firm. Spread with whipped topping. Desserts may be frozen for up to 2 months. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before cutting. Garnish with chocolate chips

Galatoire’s Trout Almondine * Almond day

Today is National Almond Day! Today I am sharing a classic Trout Almondine :

  • 6 filet trout
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds

Dip fish in milk and season with salt and pepper. Roll in flour. Melt butter in skillet -and cook fish. Then remove from skillet and add almonds. Pour this sauce over cooked fish.

But if you are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras or visiting you can have at this amazing restaurant its on the menu- a favorite of my Moms when we are in the city:


After immigrating from Pardies, France, Jean Galatoire opened Galatoire’s in New Orleans in 1905. His fifth-generation relatives are still part-owners of the restaurant. Since opening, Galatoire’s has hosted some historical figures, including various politicians, and author Tennessee Williams, who mentioned the restaurant in his novel A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition to its renowned, competent staff, Galatoire’s is known for its adherence to local tradition. The menu boasts both Creole specialties, like turtle soup and shrimp Creole, and French specialties, like bouillabaisse and crabmeat au gratin, making the dining experience a journey across Louisiana’s culinary heritage.

Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, USA

National Gum Drop Day !

Gum Drop Recipe

  • 2-1/2 cups sugar, divided
    1-1/3 cups applesauce
    2 packages (3 ounces each) red or green gelatin
    2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a cold 11×7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  • With a spatula, loosen gelatin from sides of pan. To remove, invert onto waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes.
  • Place on waxed paper. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Quick & Easy Valentine Candy

I promised quick and Easy recipes that your sweetheart will love : These are all made in the microwave -so get ready to make some candy :

2 minute Fudge

  • 1 box powder sugar
  • 1/2 C coca
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1/2 C margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C nuts

In a 8 Cup microwavable bowl add – powder sugar and coca-add milk and margarine (do not stir) Heat for 2-3 minutes until all is melted. Add vanilla and nuts -stir. Spread into a buttered dish and refrigerate until firm.

Microwave Pralines

  • lb light brown sugar
  • 1 C whipping Cream
  • 2 T margarine
  • 1 to 2 C pecans

in a 2 quart bowl – brown sugar and whipping cream-microwave at 100% for 11 to 14 minutes -stiring about half through. Add margarine and pecans and microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes. When done it will be Hot ! Drop spoonful onto wax paper and let harden.

Tunnel of Love cake :

Today I am sharing a great chocolate cake recipe – Perfect for Valentine but good at anytime too . My Recipe

  • 11/2 C butter
  • 6 Eggs
  • 11/2 C Sugar
  • 2 C Flour
  • 1 box chocolate frosting mix
  • 2 C Nuts

Cream butter- add Eggs one at a time and Mix,Add Sugar in and beat to fluffy. By hand fold in rest of ingredients. Pour batter into a greased Bundt cake pan. And bake at 350-fur an hour. Let cool and remove from pan. Serve with chocolate glaze or alone,

Valentine Kids party * crafts and treats

Its a rainy Tuesday morning in South Louisiana – Today’s post is Valentines Day party time ! Read on :

Tissue Paper Sun Catcher:

Supplies and Directions:

  • Tissue paper ( mine had sparkle from Christmas )
  • Vinyl
  • Mod Podge /brush

Tear the tissue paper in small pieces. Cut out your heart shape out of plastic . Coat the vinyl with Mod Podge – and cover with tissue paper.

Valentine Mail Box and Cards :

So what’s every kid needs is a Mail Box to collect cards in. I reused a box I had and decorated with Valentine paper,torn dollies and simple cut out shapes.

My Card :

My cute card made from PINK AND Main Clear Stamp & More : Wild and Free –

School Treats :

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
    1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
    4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
    Food coloring (optional)
    6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
    Canned frosting or decorating gel
    Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in food coloring (if desired). Remove from heat. 

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using butter spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using cookie cutters coated with cooking spray cut into desired shapes. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt !

Happy Frozen Yogurt Day !

And Yes ! the perfect recipe for a love one on Valentines Day ! No machine needed so read on >

  • 2 C Frozen strawberries
  • 2 T honey
  • 1/4 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 T lemon juice

Add frozen berries and honey to food processor and blend add yogurt and lemon juice and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer to an air tight container and freeze at least 6 hours. Can keep for 1 month.

This can be made with any type of frozen fruit. So make this recipe with your favorite -fruit. Lisa

Gung hay fat choy * Happy New Year !

Happy Chinese New Year ! 2019 is the year of the Pig :

Chinese New Year in our family is all about family,food and fun .

Tom’s Fried Rice :

  • Rice ( cooked the night before and let it dry) Long gain/ Jasmine
  • 2 t oil for wok
  • eggs (beaten)
  • Cut vegetables ( can be frozen) if not blanch before cooking in wok.
  • soy sauce to taste
  • green onions
  • Meat of your choice ( cut small if using)
Pull Rice out and let come to room temperature before cooking. 
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, once hot add in the rice.
  • Stir-fry the rice to evenly coated with oil, then spread and lightly press around the pan.Add vegetables and cook lightly.
    Pour in whisked eggs, allow to sit for about 30 seconds, then gradually stir to create small scrambled egg pieces, stir to combine with the rice.
  • Top with chopped green onions and soy sauce as needed.

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Cookies recipes * Almond cookies and Fortune cookies

Happy First day of February ! And my countdown to Chinese New Year continues : Today we are celebrating by making Almond Cookies and Fortune Cookies ! I must confess I usually just buy them at the Asian market but since it’s an hour away – Let’s make our own. Lisa

  • 2 3/4 C Flour (shifted)
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C lard (fat)
  • 1 egg / beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Fortune Cookies:

  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 C flour
  • 2 T water
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

Fortune Cookie Crafts :

Red Craft foam / or red Paper : Cut out a Circle . Fold and pinch. Add glue dots to hold – Slide in fortune.

Cookie : Pin Cushion : Cut a circle recd fabric. Stitch around and leave room to stuff. Fill and stitch close. Fold into shape and fasten.