Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Turtle Soup...

Just kidding!! If I ate turtle soup it would be because I wasn't aware of there being turtle in my soup and once I found out...I don't think it would stay in my stomach for long if you know what I mean. Anyway, all of our pretty wedding photos were taken at Cox Arboretum here in Dayton and because yesterday was our wedding anniversary and because I have been wanting to pay the place a visit with my new camera, we swung by yesterday afternoon. I wanted to share these pictures with everyone because I think it turned out so well. You can tell spring is in the air when you spot the turtles sunbathing.

Anyone know how to put a stamp on my published pictures for copy right issues? I should know how to do this however I am stumped. I do have photoscape so if anyone knows how to do it, please let me know! Help is very much appreciated!

Broccoli Casserole

My Step-Mom made this casserole for us all the time while growing up. It went with us to every family function and if we were lucky enough to bring home leftovers, I would have it for breakfast. I love this stuff and with the exception of the processed cheese, it is pretty healthy for you! It goes great with BBQ chicken!

Broccoli Casserole~
2 cups cooked white rice
2 cans cream of celery soup
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 boxes broccoli*
1 jar of Cheez Whiz spread

1.) Cook rice according to package.
2.) In a food processor pulverize your broccoli and onion.
3.) In a casserole dish add your rice, broccoli and onion mix, mix until incorporated.
4.) Add soup and then stir in cheese.
5.) Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes or until the casserole is heated through and golden on top.

Now for the hints...I use the broccoli that comes in the box with the stems still on. If you get the already chopped broccoli it tends to contain more of the stem than the florets. Also, my Step-Mom never made this in the oven, she just ran it through the microwave until it was hot, stirring every few minutes to make sure the cheese got evenly mixed. You can make it however you want. Also, if you like it really cheesy like I do, use a jar and a half of the cheese mixture and save the rest to top on crackers.