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Smoked Cod Chowder

With its hundreds of miles of coastline, it is no wonder that Ireland is famous for its fabulous fish and seafood. This recipe uses smoked cod, which gives the chowder a wonderfully rich flavor.

Serves 4

2 tablespoons salted butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 small celery stalk, finely diced

2 potatoes, diced

1 small carrot, diced

1 1/4 cups boiling water

12 ounces smoked cod fillets, skinned and cut into bite-size pieces

1 1/4 cups whole milk

salt and pepper

fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, to garnish


*Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat, add the onion and celery, and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until soft but not brown.

*Add the potatoes, carrots, water, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add the fish to the chowder and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

*Pour in the milk and heat gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding salt and pepper is necessary. Ladle into warm bowls and serve garnished with parsley sprigs.

I hope you enjoy this Irish recipe. God bless you!



Irish Rarebit

Meaning “tasty morsel,” “rarebit” (or “rabbit”) is a popular light course throughout Ireland and the British Isles, where it is traditionally served at “high tea.” Numerous recipes exist, but most include cheese and mustard. Rarebit is delicious on toasted Irish soda bread, topped with chopped pickles.


2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons lightly salted butter

1/4 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

4 slices whole wheat or soda bread

2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles

salt and pepper


  • Preheat the broiler until hot. Put the cheese, butter, and milk in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until creamy and smooth. Add the vinegar, mustard, and seasoning to the sauce.
  • Toast the bread on only one side. Place on a baking sheet, uncooked side facing upward. Pour the sauce over the bread. Place under the preheated broiler for 2-3 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped pickles and serve immediately.

Serves 4    Please enjoy and God bless you!


Applesauce Cake


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup stick margarine or butter, softened

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup raisins

2/3 cup chopped nuts

Cream Cheese Frosting



1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, or 2 round pans, 8 x 1 1/2 or 9 x 1 1/2 inches, with shortening; lightly flour.

2. Beat all ingredients except raisins, nuts and Cream Cheese Frosting in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour into pan(s).

3. Bake rectangle 45 to 50 minutes, rounds 40 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool rectangle in pan on wire rack. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.

4. Frost rectangle or fill and frost layers with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Prep: 15 min; Bake: 50 min. Makes 16 servings. Enjoy and God bless you! ❤

Good Health Granola


1 cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

5 cups oatmeal

1 cup coconut

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup flax seed meal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  2. Mix coconut oil and honey in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth.
  3. Mix oatmeal, coconut, pecans, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Add coconut oil and honey mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread mixture in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. After granola is cool, add raisins and dark chocolate chips.
  8. Store in refrigerator.                                                                                                            Enjoy a healthy yummy snack. God bless you!

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cups sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 egg whites

1 cup crushed chocolate Oreo’s (about 10 cookies) plus additional for garnish

1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 24 standard (2 1/2-inch) muffin pan cups or line with paper baking cups.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Add milk, butter and vanilla; beat with electric mixer at low speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Add egg whites; beat 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup crushed Oreo’s.
  3. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into centers come out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes to racks; cool completely.
  4. Frost cupcakes; garnish with additional crushed Oreo’s.                                                                                                                                                                                               Makes 24 cupcakes. Enjoy! God bless you.

I Think You’re “Marbleous” Cupcakes


1 box (18 1/4 ounces) pudding-in-the-mix cake mix (any flavor)

1 1/4 cups water

3 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

1 tube (4 1/4 ounces) red decorating icing


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 24 standard (2 1/2-inch) muffin pan cups with paper baking cups.

2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions with water, eggs, and oil. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pans, filling 2/3 full.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into centers come out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes to racks; cool completely.

4. Spread 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons frosting over each cupcake. Fit round decorating tip onto tube of icing. Squeeze 4 to 5 dots icing over each cupcake. Swirl toothpick through icing and frosting in continuous motion to make marbleized pattern or heart shapes.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Here’s something you can make for your loved one for Valentines Day!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

I saw the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. I waited in line for about 4 hours to see the premier. My family and I got to see the premier sitting altogether. It was AMAZING!!! There was people dressed up in costumes, Light Saber fights. After we got out of the theater the line was huge (that is the picture to the bottom left). Call me a nerd, because I am. There were news crews filming and interviewing people. I’ve seen it twice, I’m going back at least one more time! I rate this movie 110% Everyone should and see this movie at least once. Great movie! May the force be with you, always!