Taking a Break…

Taking a Break…

Dear faithful followers,

I’m writing this last blog post, to thank everyone that ever followed and enjoyed my blog posts. I have made a decision to take a break or even end this blog. I have greatly enjoyed writing articles but the time it takes out of my day is too many hours trying to receive traffic, which I was slowly receiving. I have met many new bloggy friends and are a great community. My life and family are more important than living on the computer.

Again, thank you for your faithfulness.

We may have met by chance…but we became friends by choice,

Simplee Sue

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Main Dish Ratatouille – Try One New Recipe a Week

Main Dish Ratatouille

As the season of zucchini arrive, I, desperately look for recipes to use up all the zucchini in the garden. My favorite is Main Dish Ratatouille. It’s a French dish of vegetable stew.

Main Dish Ratatouille-Try One New Recipe a Week

I add hamburger and use yellow squash, also. You are supposed to use egg plant, which I don’t because we aren’t big fans of egg plant. We can eat it, but don’t really enjoy it much. You start by sauteing garlic, onion, and green pepper. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, brown the hamburger. After 30 minutes of simmering the veggies, add the rest of the ingredients, salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer for another 30 minutes for flavors to combine. Add parmesan cheese to each plate.

Main Dish Ratatouille-Try One New Recipe a Week/frying

Main Dish Ratatouille
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This wonderful dish of vegetables can be a main meal by adding ground beef to it. I look forward to summer to be able to use my zucchinis from our garden.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6

  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 egg plant, diced (if you like egg plant)
  • 2 large zucchini, sliced
  • 2 to 3 yellow summer squash
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese

  1. In skillet, with olive oil, saute garlic, onion, and green pepper until transluscent. Add sliced squash and simmer for 30 minutes. In separate pan, fry hamburger. After 30 minutes of simmering veggies, add hamburger, tomatoes, bay leaf, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer for 30 more minutes for all the flavors to combine. Top each plate of ratatouille with parmesan cheese.

Top each dish with parmesan cheese and add some crusty bread and enjoy this Main Dish Ratatouille. For another zucchini recipe, Making Bread in a Mud Oven, Zucchini Bread, go here.

Main Dish Ratatouille-Try One New Recipe a Week


We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


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Morning Cup of Coffee-Caramel Frappe’

Morning Cup of Coffee-Caramel Frappe’

I want to be perfectly honest with you. I don’t like coffee. We have plenty of coffee in the house because my hubbie is addicted to it. He absolutely enjoys plain, straight up, black coffee. I tried and tried over the years to like it. If, almost everyone in this world likes it, why don’t I. Now, I like coffee candy, ice cream, cakes, and Dunkin’ Donuts Cappacino Blast and this Morning Cup of Coffee-Caramel Frappe’ is another that would be on that list.

Morning Cup of Coffee-Caramel Frappe'

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Erica at Comfy Belly whipped this up and it looks absolutely delicious. These are so refreshing on a hot, humid summer day, even by the poolside.

Morning Cup of Coffee-Caramel Frappe’
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This is lighter than a milkshake and creamy.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2

  • 1 cup of milk (your choice: coconut, cow, goat, almond)
  • ¾ cup of double-strength coffee (or try herbal coffee)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey or agave or sweetner of choice
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • caramel sauce

  1. Place the milk, coffee, honey, and ice in a blender or Vitamix and whirl away on high until the top starts to get frothy and all the ice is crushed.
  2. Get a glass (frosted or cold, if possible), and drizzle the caramel sauce around the sides of the glass.
  3. Pour the frappé into the glass, and drizzle some more caramel sauce on the top. If you’re goal is to be authentic, you’ll want to add some whipped cream on top before you drizzle the caramel sauce over the top.
  4. Add a pretty straw and enjoy

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This drink can be make with low fat cow’s milk, almond, or coconut milk. If you don’t have or like caramel, you can use chocolate syrup or cocoa powder. For a Chocolate Mocha Frappe’ click here.  Check out the whole article at Comfy Belly (I like that name). For your next Morning Cup of Coffee try Caramel Frappe’.

We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


For a frother for the coffee drink above, buy one at Amazon.

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Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons – Frivolous Friday

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons

I want to feature Susan, from Achieving Creative Order and the Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons. What an ingenious idea! As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to feature this. It’s pretty enough to hang in your house and be proud of it.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastice Spoons

You need to buy a simple $4.00 clock from Walmart or elsewhere, spray paint, piece of foam or cardboard, hot glue, and plastic spoons.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Make with Plastic Spoons/materials needed

She used a large piece of foam board and used a big bowl to trace the circle. I think you could use a piece of cardboard, instead.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons/white foam board

Spray paint the board what color you want the color to be and allow to dry. Next set the clock on it and center it, then trace it so you know where to stop the spoons and cut out the parts to get to the clock after it’s glued onto the board for the battery, to hang it, and the setting apparatuses.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons/cut out back

Next, you need to cut the handles off of 150 plastic spoons with a scissors. Then hot glue them to the outer edge. The next row, you stagger them. She made 4 rows.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons/first row of spoons

After gluing them in place, you need to spray paint the spoons. Then it’s ready for the clock to be attached. She attached the clock with the pieces that attached the clock to it’s original box.

Chrysanthemum Flower Clock Made with Plastic Spoons/laundry room

Look how pretty it looks in her laundry room. She, also redid her laundry room. For the whole tutoral, visit Achieving Creative Order. To learn how to make Book Pages Spring Flower Branches, visit here.


We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


For a cool technology hot glue gun, buy one at Amazon.

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Top Tips for Today – Introduction to Rose Gardening

Introduction to Rose Gardening

I am going to have a series for the next several weeks on rose gardening. I love to receive roses, don’t you? Rose gardening is a great way to add a little classic elegance to your yard and garden.  Roses are actually relatively easy to grow, and don’t require a lot of ongoing maintenance. Roses are the most well known and beloved flower in the world.

Introduction to Rose Gardening

They’re not only beautiful, but they have many practical uses, too.  They have been used for ages to treat all sorts of ailments.  They’re also used to making perfumes, and for flavoring baked goods and confectionaries.

Introduction to Rose Gardening

The tannin contained in rose petals can be used to control bleeding.  An infusion of rose petals can be used to treat diarrhea.  Rose oil and rose water are an ancient Chinese remedy for colon and stomach issues.  Roses have been an important part of medical history.

Roses belong to the same family as plums, apples, and almonds.  They are of the family Rosaceae, and the genus Rosa.  There are thousands of varieties of domestic and wild roses, and they come in a rainbow of colors.

Introduction to Rose Gardening Although hybridizing has created all of these thousands of beautiful varieties, it has unfortunately caused many rose varieties to become weak.  When certain features are enhanced, others can decline. Today’s roses are often less resistant to attack by diseases and other pathogens.  This means you’ll have to keep an eye on these weaker species, so you can take action if a problem arises.

Rose fossils were found in Colorado in the United States that date back about that far.  They have been growing naturally for millions of years in most of the northern hemisphere.  They grow wild in the United States and Canada, Egypt and India, and even in Siberia!  They do grow in the southern hemisphere, but they don’t seem to be native to that area.

Roses have been cultivated by ancient Egyptians and Chinese, as well as the Grecians and Romans.  It is believed that the Romans might have brought roses to England and France, and they were being cultivated there by the 15th century.  They were then brought to the Americas by sometime in the 16th century.

Roses can be used for a lot of different purposes in your yard and garden.  You can use climbing roses to accent fences, walls, and arbors.  Rose bushes can make beautiful accents for lawn edges and corners, along the front or side of your house, and around the mailbox.  Certain types of roses can be used like hedges.  They can also be planted in a large area to create and entire rose garden.

Introduction to Rose Gardening

If you grow long-stemmed varieties, you could earn a bit of extra money by selling your roses.  You could sell them on your own at flea markets, shop meets, or farmers markets.  You could also sell them to flower shops, but you’ll probably make a lot less money from them.

Introduction to Rose GardeningFlower shops usually pay wholesale prices for flowers.  But if you sell directly to individuals, you can make more per flower.  Still, selling to a flower shop is probably more stable money. Choosing the varieties you wish to plant will probably be difficult. There are so many to choose from, it may be very hard to narrow your selection down.  Just remember to stick to a color theme.  Don’t plant blue roses with pink and yellow roses.  Stick to colors that mesh well.

Rose gardening don’t have to be difficult. You just need to gain some knowledge and understand the growing environment needed.


We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


Here are some pretty colored garden gloves at Amazon.

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Gramma’s Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles

Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles

We all dread the day that we look in the mirror and see wrinkles, but it’s a fact of life. As we age, our skin loses it’s elasticity, moisture, and collagen leading to loose, sagging skin or wrinkles. Sometimes, wrinkles occur from smoking, over exposure to the sun, pollution, drug use, or weight loss. Using Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles can help without spending your life’s savings.

Gramma's Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles


What Would Gramma Do?

  • Fennel Seed and Honey Toner – Mix and stir 2 T of vodka, 1 T fennel seed, and  1 1/2 tsp. of honey. Allow to steep for 3 days then strain through coffee filter. Apply as an anti aging toner daily. If your skin is sensitive, add 2 tsp. distilled water to it before applying.
  • Castor Oil – massage the wrinkles with this oil to remove wrinkles.
  • Egg whites – this is one of the best remedies for wrinkles. Beat egg whites, then apply to wrinkles area. Allow it to dry, then wash it off.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - mix 1 T olive oil and several drops of lemon juice from the fruit of a lemon (not bottled). Apply to area and leave on overnight. Olive oil has antioxidants and also, has the ability to stimulate the cells in the epidermis that produces elastin and collagen which gives the elasticity to your skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Supplement – Apply this topically encased in liposome. These topical supplements can deliver HA through the skin. As we age, hyaluronic acid production is decreased and this is what helps plump up the skin.
  • Vitamin E – Mix with 3 vitamin E capsules, opened and contents removed, 2 tsp. yogurt, 1/2 tsp. honey, and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice. Apply to wrinkle area and allow to remain for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash.
  • Coconut oil – Only apply before going to bed.
  • Pineapple core – rub a pineapple core on your face and allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then wash it off with warm water.
  • Green pineapple juice – Apply the juice of green pineapples and apples to your face and allow it to remain for 10 to 15 minutes. Than wash off. It not only is good for wrinkles but it heals cracked skin.

I think I may try everyone of these Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles tonight. Remember, natural home remedies don’t work overnight. You must keep at it for a month to 3 months for results, but is better than medication.

For more Natural Home Remedies go here.

Resources: I Love India and Live Strong

Gramma's Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles

So, if this is how you think you look, definitely, try these Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles listed above.


We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


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Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole – Try One New Recipe a Week

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole

I’ve been working in my flower beds and love it. The end result, when all the flowers are in full bloom, I just sit and enjoy God’s creation. It’s so quiet and peaceful. I probably won’t be making anymore casseroles this summer, but do like that I can get it ready in one baking dish, then go to work on the garden (or shopping) hehee, the rest of the day. The casserole for today is Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole-Try One New Recipe a Week

When I saw this recipe, I thought, mmmm. I like Buffalo Chicken. I found it at Holy Cannoli Recipes and adapted it a little. So let’s get this put together so I can go out into the garden.

It uses grated potatoes. She says the original recipe called for frozen shredded potatoes which is fine, but it doesn’t take much time to grate them, yourself.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole/grated potatoes

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole – Try One New Recipe a Week
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Using freshly grated potatoes is not that difficult and doesn’t take that much time. You save money, also.
Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 6-8

  • 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken
  • ⅓ c. hot sauce
  • 5c. potatoes, grated
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery sliced
  • 1 c. ranch dressing
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 (10 oz) can condensed cream of celery soup (you can use chicken)

  1. Grate potatoes and carrots.Slice celery. In medium bowl, stir together chicken and buffalo hot sauce. Spoon into baking dish in a single layer.
  2. In the same bowl, stir together potatoes, carrots,celery, and dressing, 1 cup of cheese and can of soup. Spread potato mixture over chicken. Top with remainder of cheese.
  3. Cover with foil. Bake 35 minutes; uncover and bake 25-30 minutes more.

I like to put the potatoes in the microwave for 5 to 8 minutes to get them started. It seems like potatoes in the oven take so long to bake and get soft.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole-Try One New Recipe a Week/whole casserole

Serve this Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole with garlic bread and/or a salad. For another chicken recipe, Chicken Ranch a al Pan-crepe, go here.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole/on the plate

Boscovs Department Store, (cough, cough,) I mean, flowers, here I come!


We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice,

Simplee Sue


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