Cheesy Ham & Asparagus Casserole

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a safe and happy holiday.

If you have leftover ham from a holiday dinner, today’s recipe, Cheesy Ham & Asparagus Casserole, is just for you. This casserole has ham, onion, eggs, red bell peppers, asparagus, and lots of cheese. Most of the ingredients you may already have on hand. It is a wonderfully easy quiche-like casserole to throw together for dinner or breakfast. You can even prepare the ingredients in the dish, cover it, and put in the refrigerator overnight. I would increase baking time from 25 to 35 minutes due to the cold ingredients. If the cheese starts to brown too quickly, cover dish with aluminum foil to finish cooking.

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The Murphy ‘Halls Are Officially Decked!’

As many of you know, I am selling my house and buying a condo. I just have a few Christmas items in the living room to keep me happy, but I won’t be putting up a tree and doing all the decorating I normally do. Right now there are 2 stacks of packed boxes in the living room with more to come. Each stack is as tall as me. Same in the dining room. An inspector came last Monday at 12:45. Last Tuesday an appraisor came at noon. Sigh! I’ll be so happy when this is all over. I move to Lakeland on January 10th. Today’s photos are courtesy of my nephew James up in Michigan. Thank you James!

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Winter Salad With Fruit & Poppy Seed Dressing

I love adding seasonal fruit to a green salad all year long. In the winter, the trick is to use fruits readily available at your local market. Make this easy winter salad in minutes for a bright, refreshing recipe full of sweet flavors and crunchy textures you’ll adore. It makes a satisfying appetizer or salad not only for the holidays but anytime in the coming months.

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Meadowbrook Hall’s Winter Wonderland For Christmas

Meadow Brook Hall is a Tudor revival style mansion located at 350 Estate Drive in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was built between 1926 and 1929 by the heiress to the Dodge automaker fortune, Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, lumber baron, Alfred Wilson. Each holiday season the mansion is decorated for Christmas. My nephew, James, and his wife, Heather, went to enjoy Meadowbrook’s Winter Wonderland last week. They enjoyed the inside late in the day and then explored the light displays outside. Thanks for sharing James and Heather!

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Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas With Greens & Ham

I was born in Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile. At the age of 5 my family moved to East Tennessee. During my childhood, we often had a pot of beans or peas with collard greens and homemade corn bread. Really beans and cornbread was historically an inexpensive meal for people with little money, but most folks who grew up in the American south love it.

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How To Improve Your Immune System

In October I had my annual flu shot. Mid November, I had the latest COVID booster. I slept a lot for several days afterwards. In December, I will have the RSV vaccine. Now I’ve been told I should get the new pneumonia vaccine which is highly improved over the old. That will be in January. I want to have these helpful vaccines to try and stay healthy this coming year. I have lots of allergies and almost any illness can lead to a respiratory infection. Winter will arrive this month.  The colder seasons are usually related to an increase in colds and flu. It’s not the temperature that causes illness, but being inside with others that leads to the spread of infections.  Today I would like to review ways to improve our immune systems and be healthier in the coming year.

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