Rosemary and Garlic No-Knead Skillet Bread

Found this in a group I am in on Facebook….yummy.

Rosemary and Garlic No-Knead Skillet Bread

2 cups lukewarm water (105-degrees Fahrenheit)
1 package active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
½ tablespoon kosher salt
4-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
sea salt
In a large mixing bowl, combine water and yeast.
Add 1 cup of flour and salt; stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
Stir in rosemary leaves and minced garlic.
Add remaining flour, one cup at a time, stirring until thoroughly combined.
Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil in an 8 or 10-inch cast iron skillet; using a napkin or your fingers, coat bottom and sides of skillet with the olive oil.
Flour your hands; remove plastic wrap and using your hands, transfer dough to prepared skillet and shape into a disk.
Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit.
Drizzle remaining olive oil over the top and sprinkle with sea salt.
Score the top of the loaf with some shallow knife cuts.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is nicely browned.
Remove from oven and turn the bread out onto a wire cooling rack.
Leave to cool for a few minutes.
If you do not have an iron skillet, you can use a stoneware baking dish, instead.

It is important to remove bread from pan as soon as it comes out of the oven because bread left in the pan will become moist and soggy

Have a great day!

Chicken Whatever

I came up with this awhile ago and forgot that I had submitted it to Debbie Macomber’s website for recipes from fans.

Chicken Whatever
By Lynessa Rissell

2 boxes long grain and wild rice mix
2 large cans chicken, drained
2 small cans sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
4 cups water
2 TB butter
2 packages chicken flavored ramen noodles, broken into pieces

In a large Dutch oven pot combine water, butter, and boxes of rice according to directions on box. During the cooking process (about 10 minutes) add the chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, and corn. Simmer covered for another 10 minutes. Add ramen noodles and the following:

11/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Emeril’s Essence, optional
1 seasoning packet from the ramen noodles

Simmer for an additional 10 minutes or until heated through.

Have a great day!

Crock Pot Cabbage Casserole

I found this recipe online and adapted it for the crock pot.

1/2 of a medium cabbage, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup rice, uncooked
1/2 cup onion, chopped
11/2 cup V8 or tomato juice
Salt and pepper

Spread half of the cabbage in the bottom of crock pot, sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
Add rice, onion, and meat in layers.
Spread remaining cabbage on top adding salt and pepper to taste. Cover with V8 or tomato juice.
Cook on high 4-6 hours or on low 7-8 hours.
Serve with a salad, bread, and a drink.

Have a great day! ☺

Cabbage Yum!

I came up with this today when I was making something else and my daughter wanted some cabbage. My daughter said Yum! when she tasted it and told me I needed to remember how I did this to make it again.

Cabbage Yum!
½ head of a medium cabbage, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 Tbsp season salt
1 Tbsp Tastefully Simple Spinach Dip
2 Tbsp Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon
2 tsp ground pepper
4 Tbsp butter

In a microwavable bowl combine ingredients. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir and microwave another 3 minutes.
Serve immediately.


So over at which is a great blog by a wonderful guy named Doyin, who has a recurring spot on the Today Show aand has written a great book(I haven’t gotten it yet, sorry Doyin) and has some great tips for dads and moms he had a blog about What Motivates Him to be a Dad and in that blog was a commercial from Minute Made and a contest to win a $250 Visa gift card….you can see the blog I am talking about daddydoinwork blog. I didn’t think anything about it but I sent in my reply without batting an eye, not thinking anything about winning or anything, jousted to reply. To my shock and dismay I just received an email from Doyin saying I won…hmmm what to do with $250???? I will sure to post a picture of the prize and blog what I will be doing with it.

Have a great day! ☺

Dads in Your Life

Fathers Day is coming up and there is so much hype about cards and such. Have you really sat down and thought about what the Dads in your life do for you? I did and didn’t off and on because I can never repay my husband, my father, and father in law for all the great things they do to make sure that I am doing okay due to all my health issues.

1. My husband, Jim, doesn’t get enough credit. I can’t give him the things he deserves because we live pay check to pay check. He actually drives on the lawn in order to get me close enough to the house so that I don’t have to walk so far to get into the house. Sorry to our landlord. He helps me down the front steps to the car because the steps are horrible and huge and a pain in the rear. He tries to keep up the house but it’s hard…..Sometimes I wish I could give him a housekeeper as a gift, but I can’t pull that one out of thin air and for free. And if I could they probably would run the other way…..

2. My Dad, Bill, always has been one of my best supports. He hates the fact that my health has deteriorated so much, but there’s nothing he can do about that. He’s always checking on me and will send my niece over with dinner to make sure I eat since we live around the corner from each other. He’ll take me to appointments and other things if Jim can’t because of work or something.

3. My father in law, Rob, has taken me under his wing ever since I began dating Jim nearly 19 years ago. He adores my daughter, Catie, like she was his own biological grandchild. He has always loved taking Catie with on fun things to do that Grandparents do with their Grandchildren: Camping, fun activities, parks, bike riding, walks, etc. For me he’s made sure there are things done that will help me like an extra step at the bottom of the stairs at their front entrance, extra handles for the,stairs to get into their kitchen by the back entrance, etc. He’s made me a beautiful bench to sit on for my yard. He’s currently figuring out a way to build an extra step for my horrible front stairs to make it easier for me to get out or in the house without everyone worrying that I will hurt myself. He’s also working on building a hand railing for the stairs that are closest to the street so that I can get up and down them safely.

4. My brother, Steve, is a single father to his 5 kids, one of which is actually his step son. He is raising all 5 of them with the help of family and friends because he works. When he makes time for them on his time off from work he takes them places. Whether it’s to the park just to play, watching tv, throwing the football around, or taking them to a friends for a fun time he is all about making sure his kids are loved. He takes care of me too.
I have decided that my public way of saying that I thank each of them for helping me and and loving me even on my bad days is just one way I can be grateful for just three men in my life.

Chocolate Bomb Pudding Shots

Chocolate Bomb Pudding Shots

Sm Chocolate Instant Pudding
¾ c Kahlua
¾ c Coconut Rum
4oz Cool Whip (Extra Creamy preferred but not required)

Whisk Kahlua and Instant Pudding together until as thick as it will get (1-2 minutes). Once it has thickened, add Liquor and whisk until all lumps and clumps are gone. Once the mixture is nice and smooth again, whisk in Cool Whip.

Fill almost ¾ of a 1oz plastic shot cup with the mixture then cover and place in the freezer.

It does take several hours to set. For BEST results, I let them set overnight. May use little ice cream tester spoons when serving them.