Orange-Cucumber Salad

While I’m certainly no Julie of Julia and Julie movie fame, I do enjoy cooking my way through a fun cookbook. My latest venture is Weight Watchers From Pantry to Plate picked up for $1.50 in excellent condition at Goodwill a month ago.  Not one to leave well enough alone, I adapted the Cucumber-Orange Salad to give it a bit more crunch. Orange Cucumber Salad 1 large orange, juiced 1/2 lemon or lime, juiced 1 garlic clove, minced (if you {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Dressed-Up Baked Beans

Spring grilling season is underway and one of my favorite side dishes is dressed-up canned baked beans. There isn’t a recipe per say–just a few tips and ideas for you to create your own bean masterpiece. Pour the canned beans into a baking dish. No need for a bowl, just mix it in the dish. To the beans, add three to four squirts of yellow mustard and double that amount in BBQ sauce. As for the BBQ sauce, use whatever {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Lemon Bright Potatoes

A new restaurant opened up this summer near us, The Diner at Sugar Hill.  A favorite side dish of mine is their lemon potatoes. While their potatoes reign supreme, this copy-cat version comes very close. As workout guru Denise Austin says in her commercials for Idaho potatoes–they are healthy and just 150 calories. Of course that’s plain and we all know plain potatoes just don’t cut it. Lemon potatoes are surprisingly simple and yes, healthy when you consider there is {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Thanksgiving: Least Favorite Food, Favorite Dressing, and Leftover

I thought this poll was funny that I saw about holiday food on AOL. I narrowed it down to traditional Thanksgiving foods. Least favorite Thanksgiving food in no particular order: a. dry turkey b. lumpy mashed potatoes c. giblet gravy d. stuffing with weird stuff in it e. too-fancy cranberry sauce I’m going to go with “d” with “c” running a close second! Strange crunchy, unidentifiable items are what stress me most when I eat any casserole-like item. I must be {Read More}

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Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Loi Palmer, 2007 MMCW 9 Idaho baking potatoes peeled and quartered, 12 oz. sour cream, 1 stick butter, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup milk or more if needed depending on how thick you like your potatoes. 1/2 package of dry Ranch dressing. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Pour off the water. Whip the potatoes with a mixer, adding all the above ingredients. Serve warm. About Loi PalmerLoi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Baked Macroni and Cheese

Loi Palmer 4 teaspoons butter, 2 cans condensed Cheddar cheese soup, 1 cup milk, 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, 6 cups cooked elbow macaroni. Melt butter over medium heat in large sauce pan. Add onion, saute for 2 minutes until tender. Whisk in soup, milk, cream cheese and half of cheddar cheese, stirring just until cheese melts. Stir in macaroni and pour into casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Baked Potatoes

Loi Palmer, June 2005 MMCW Using a fork, puncture each potato in a few places. Rub each potato with oil and salt then wrap in foil. Bake in the oven. Top with your favorite toppings. About Loi PalmerLoi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women–Mom to Mom. Loi’s passion is cheering on {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Baked Beans

Loi Palmer, July 2005 MMCW 1 large can baked beans,  1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon spicy mustard, 1 small can pineapple rings, five slices of uncooked bacon. Stir brown sugar, ketchup, and spicy mustard into the baked beans. Pour into a 9 x 13 glass dish. Top with pineapple rings and bacon slices. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. About Loi PalmerLoi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Honey and Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

Loi Palmer 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup fresh grated ginger root, 1 stick melted butter, 1 tablespoon cardamom, 1 teaspoon black grated pepper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cubed sweet potatoes, fresh ginger, cardamom, honey, black pepper, and melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Spread sweet potatoes single layer, on a large baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. This is a different twist to the traditional candied {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Mashed Potatoes

Loi Palmer, November 2005 MMCW 8-10 medium red potatoes–skin on, 1/2 cup hot milk, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. Slice potatoes. Cook in boiling water for 15 mintues or until potatoes are tender. With an electric mixer whip unpeeled potatoes with hot milk, butter, and sour cream until desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Don’t worry about a few lumps. About Loi PalmerLoi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.