Easy! This week… easy is needed!

I have exactly 20 minutes to get my post up! I’m on a time schedule. I’m trying to stay on a planned schedule, but it’s not going so well this week.   Everything was planned, the gym, blog posts, the menu.  Then the ol’ man’s mom had to have unexpected open heart surgery yesterday. Poor thing ended up with a quadruple bypass. She’s off the ventilator and awake; which is fantastical for just 24 hours after surgery. Ironically, 16 years ago today, my dad died, essentially after the same surgery. It kinda sucked being in the same hospital, the same unit, the same everything.  The good thing, if there is a good thing, is that I was able to give the ol’ man some insight as to what will happen. Like when we saw her right after surgery, she had a little bit of color.  I thought she looked good! You know, good for someone who just had their chest cracked open. My dad looked gray and dead.  The smart ass he is, said “We are Italian, of course she has color!”  Point made lol.

Needless to say, I needed easy this week.  Nothing easier than the slow cooker, and since I neglected slow cooker Sunday for you, I’m giving it to you now. Easter is coming, and you undoubtedly will have leftover ham. This Pillsbury recipe is perfect!  As always, I changed it a little. On the kid scale, 2 out of 3 liked it.  I will give you a penny if you can figure out which one didn’t like it!

Cheesy Ham Au Gratin

  • 3C Milk
  • 1 Can condensed Cheddar cheese soup (10 3/4oz can)
  • 2- 5 oz pkgs cheesy scalloped potatoes, with skin on potatoes (I didn’t used the skin on)
  • 2 C Cooked diced ham
  • 2 Cans Whole kernel corn, with Red and green peppers, drained (I used a frozen bag of corn and peppers)
  • 2 C boiling water
  • Cheddar cheese (optional)
  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine milk, soup, and contents of seasoning packets from potatoes; blend well.  Add potatoes, ham and corn; mix well.  Pour mixture into sprayed slow cooker.  Pour boiling water over potato mixture; stir to mix.
  2. Cover; cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.


This is not an assignment..I repeat..this is not an assignment!!


If you’re questioning the title, I’ve been going to “Blog University 101”.  All week they have been giving various assignments, and others give feed back.  It’s been extremely helpful.

Easter. Thankfully it doesn’t cost nearly as much as Christmas.  Materialistic, I know, but total reality.  For all holidays, we are very family focused! That’s good, right?!  This year is a little different for us though, as Mommy killed the dream of the Easter bunny, by way of Santa Claus. .  Well, if Autumn didn’t already really know the answer, she wouldn’t have asked. Anyway, now she knows that I have been filling the baskets, the stocking and the tooth fairy does not wear a tutu while putting money under the pillow. Yeah…meanest Mommy EVER.

Amazingly enough, I do not cook for Easter.  We go to out to brunch!  I love brunch.  I actually like the “unch” part of brunch better. I am in the minority on that amongst the gang. Eh, everyone wins with brunch.

If you are lucky enough to be cooking, these little babies are easy and awesome!!  I just made them for a baby shower. They were a huge hit! And did I mention they were easy?  Who cares if they are tasty? EASY is what counts!

Ham-Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter

  • 5 packages of Pillsbury Biscuits (Country Style y’all)
  • Mustard Butter (Recipe following)
  • 2lbs  Thinly sliced deli ham (I used maple flavored)
  1. Bake biscuits according to directions on package.  I mean if you have your Grams super fantastical biscuit recipe, by all means use that.  I’m busy and Pillsbury does such a great job!
  2. Split each biscuit, and spread evenly with Mustard Butter.  Stuff biscuits with ham.

Mustard Butter

  • 1 cup            Butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp.         Minced Sweet Onion
  • 2 Tbsp.        Spice brown mustard
  1. Stir together all ingredient until blended.


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