Monday, October 30, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Pesto Spinach Lasagna

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Pesto-Spinach Lasagna:


1 (26-ounce) jar prepared pasta sauce
1 (10-ounce) box lasagna noodles
1 (11-ounce) container pesto
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (12-ounce) bag baby spinach
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 cup water


Place a spoonful of pasta sauce (about 1/4 cup) into the bottom of your crockpot and swirl it around. Add a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (you're going to have to break them to make a layer). Smear ricotta cheese and pesto onto the noodles. Add a handful or two of baby spinach, and top with a layer of Parmesan and sliced mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until you've run out of ingredients. You may have to squish it down to make it fit. Before closing the pot, put 1/4 cup of water into the empty pasta sauce jar and close and shake. Pour this saucy water over the top of everything.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for about 3 to 4. You'll know it's done when the top layer begins to brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. It will also pull a bit away from the sides.


Uncover, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Coming to a mall near you...

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Just a quick post this week to remind you that I'll be in Midland, Michigan next weekend. Fett's along with Midland Mall is hosting the first annual Fett's Holiday Market. I'll be set up with copies of all of my books, prints, stickers, pins, and bookmarks! If you're in the area, please come out and say hi!

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Crockpot Monday: American Chop Suey

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American Chop Suey:


1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained

5 bacon strips, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 can water (empty tomato can)

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 (26-ounce) jar prepared pasta sauce

1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni, uncooked

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)




In a large skillet, brown the beef, bacon and onion all together until the meat is no longer pink. Drain well and put into your slow cooker. Add everything else except for the pasta and cheese. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for about 4. Stir in the raw pasta and cook on high for approximately 30 minutes, or until pasta is bite-tender. Serve with cheese sprinkled on top, if desired.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

We have merch!

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Guys, I know this is a day early, but I have a CT scan scheduled on my lungs for tomorrow. I don't know how long it's going to take and I didn't want to miss out on telling you my news! We have merch! Thanks to my friend, SylverDreamer, we have a line of shirts, mugs, and even a notebook available for order now. The best part? All of the proceeds go towards our house fund. So, if you've been wanting to help out, this is a great opportunity. You could start your holiday shopping early or grab that extra goodie for yourself.

I'm so darned excited over this. I love the designs and I can't wait to see people wearing them! I'm adding a logo hoodie to my Christmas wish list for this year...and maybe one of those mugs...

If you'd like to place your order, just click this link: Kat Scratch Press Merch Link ! 

See you next week!

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Monday, October 16, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Buffalo Wing Soup

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Buffalo Wing Soup:


2 cups cooked and cubed chicken
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups fat free milk (no higher content than 2%, or it will curdle)
3/4 cup chicken broth
4 ounces Velveeta
1/2 cup hot wing sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Make a roux with the flour and butter. You can do this in the microwave. In a bowl, melt the butter on high for 45 seconds, then whisk in the flour. Set aside.

Chop up the onion and celery, and dump it into your crockpot. Add the cooked and cubed chicken. Pour in the chicken broth and milk. Add Velveeta. Add the celery salt and garlic powder. Stir in the flour and butter mixture. Add hot sauce. 

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Another Week

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Hey, everyone! I know that it's Thursday but yesterday I didn't get my usual time at Starbucks. Instead, I was at the hospital getting bloodwork done. Nothing exciting, just my every three month Diabetes check. Of course, my doctor's office no longer takes my insurance so I'm not sure who is going to read those results. The same goes for my cat scan next week. Isn't medicine fun?

In other news, dinner is in the crockpot and smelling delicious. Do you use the recipe section on this site? I hope that people do. I need to check, but I think it's about time to post the next few weeks of recipes. I'm not sure what I'm on next, but I'm sure that it will a lot of deliciousness! 

I was thinking the other day that it's funny how quickly certain things have become routine. I've gotten used to Starbucks on Mondays and Wednesdays. In fact, not going yesterday felt odd. I didn't even take my laptop with me to town and while we were there, I felt like I was missing something. One of the other habits I've developed is going into tyrelrosestreams stream on Twitch when I'm there. He does the pomodoro technique where we all work for 30 minutes and then chat and hang out for 10 minutes. He has a running to do list on the screen where we can add things and cross them off when they're done. If you know me, you know that I love lists. I've found that it really helps me to focus on what I need to be doing. Plus, if we, as as a group, complete enough tasks, he does a giveaway which is always fun. I highly recommend popping in if you're looking for something to help you focus. 

I think that's it! I'm including the links below for the GoFundMe, Patreon, and how to hire me if you have need of an editor.  Have a great weeek!

Hire me : email

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Beef Bourguinon

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Beef Bourguinon:


3 pounds beef roast, or beef stew meat
6 slices bacon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced in rings
1 cup carrots (chopped or baby carrots)
4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 Tablespoon herbs de provence 
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups red wine


Use a 6 quart slow cooker. In the bottom of your crockpot, smear around the olive oil. Then lay down 3 slices of bacon. Add sliced onion and garlic. Put the meat into the pot on top of the onion and garlic, and sprinkle on dried spices and herbs. Toss the meat to distribute the spices to all sides. Add tomato paste. Lay the other 3 slices of bacon on top of the meat, and throw in the carrots. Pour wine over the whole thing.

Cover and let cook on low for 8-9 hours, high for 4-5, or until meat has reached desired tenderness.

Serve with whipped mashed potatoes, and a ladle full of crock juices.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Blank Brain

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I wanted to come here and write something brilliant, but man, I am blank today. My brain is wrapped up in trying to raise money and I've already written about that. I don't have any real updates as far as that goes. The GoFundMe has raised $70 so far and I'm very thankful for that. That's $70 that I don't have to worry about. I've already added it to the fund. I have about $800 saved up. That's far from the $10,000 we need but hey, it's that much closer and I'm hoping people will rally around me and help. I'm putting every spare penny into the fund. If all goes well, I'll have the first thousand within a week or so. 

One kind of exciting thing that will be happening is that a friend of mine is doing a charity stream on Twitch in February. I don't know the details yet, but as soon as I do, I'll be sure to share them with you. It should be a lot of fun. I'm going to be reaching out to some other friends who stream to see if they'd be willing to do the same. 

I guess that's it for this week. I'll be back next week with more! If you'd be interested in learning more about my situation, head over to my post right before this one and all of the information is there.

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Bean Stew

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Bean Stew:


2 cups split peas (or lentils)
6 cups broth of your choice
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 potato, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
4 green onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup baby carrots
handful of broccoli (or other veggies you have lying around)
1 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 teaspoon paprika


Chop up the vegetables to desired size, and throw them in the pot. Rinse the beans, and add. Add the split peas (or lentils). Cover with broth, and stir in the spices.

Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5. 

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