Monthly Archives: November 2019

Spanish Olive Spread



Spanish Olive Spread

My daughter fell in love with this spread.  This is very good cold served on crackers, or if you would like to serve it with soup, spread it on some French bread and melt under the broiler.  Yum!

  • 1 1/2 cups (6-oz.) finely shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (3-oz.) jar pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Assorted crackers

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the shredded Swiss cheese and the chopped olives.  Stir in mayonnaise.  Cover and refrigerate spread for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Before serving, gently stir mixture. Serve with crackers.

Makes about 20 servings.

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Cheesy Leftover Tater Tot Chowder



Cheesy Leftover Tater Tot Chowder

I know what you’re saying.  Whoever has tater tots left over?  Well, when I served PADS last week I had made tater tots to go along side Sloppy Joes Sloppy Joes, Broccoli Salad Broccoli Salad, Corn Casserole Creamy Corn Casserole, etc. and I had several left over.  So I decided to make some soup with them.

I didn’t realize how delicious this was going to be when I started out making it.  But the flavor is so good!!

  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 (28-oz.) bag frozen tater tots (not sure if I had a full bag leftover or not, but close to it) (I made 3 bags that night)
  • 1 (15-oz.) can creamed corn
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Arrange frozen tater tots in a single layer on an 11″ X 17″ baking sheet.  Cook to a light golden brown about 30 – 35 minutes.

In a large stock pot, brown bacon until crispy.  Remove bacon to paper towel and drain pot.

Return bacon to the pot along with corn, broth and milk.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and add potatoes.  Simmer 12 to 15 minutes.  Stir to break up tots. Or leave chunks, if you prefer.

Add the cheddar cheese and heat until melted.  Serve.

This makes quite a large batch of soup and is fairly thick, which I like.  If you want a thinner soup, add more broth or milk.  I added more broth and more milk.

I’m not sure what the flavor would be like if you didn’t bake the tots, but I think possibly that’s why the flavor was so good.  May be because the tots got nice and golden brown.  This is even better the next day.

Makes 8 large servings.

“Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.”

Quick Banana Milkshake (Ice Cream Free)



Quick Banana Milkshake (Ice Cream Free)

This milkshake is so refreshing and a wonderful pick-me-up when you need one. Also, good to have before going to bed.  Makes you sleep like a baby.

I have used frozen bananas also and left out the sugar depending on how ripe your banana is.  The riper it is, the sweeter it is.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Put all in a blender and puree until smooth.

Makes 2 servings.  130 calories per serving

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