Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Beef Italian Meatballs

Meatballs are GREAT to make and freeze for later! You can double this recipe and use some for dinner and freeze the rest for in a couple of weeks.

1 lb. ground beef (I used 80/20)

1 ½ cup. Italian panko bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup. milk

1 cup. finely chopped onion

1 tsp. powdered garlic

¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 Tblsp. dried basil

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CrockPot Corned Beef and Cabbage

I grew up on canned corned beef, but fresh corned beef is so much more tasty! Cooking this beef in the CrockPot makes it easy, and it makes the house smell wonderful for hours. This is wonderful comfort food, so if you are having a down day, this meal will perk you right up!

3 lb. fresh corned beef in brine with a seasoning packet

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp salt

1 onion, sliced

3 large carrots, peeled and chopped in 2” chunks

5 medium red potatoes, sliced

½ medium green cabbage, sliced into 1” slices

1 (12 oz.) can beer

Place the corned beef with the brine in a 6-Quart Crock-Pot and sprinkle with the seasoning packet, salt, and pepper. Then place the onions, carrots, and potatoes on top. I like my cabbage well cooked, so I add the cabbage on top and let it cook the whole time (if you don’t want it over-cooked, add the cabbage in after 2 hours). Pour the beer over it all, and turn on high and let cook for 5 hours (or until the beef is tender). Serves 5-6 people.



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~Mary Hope




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Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini

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Is pasta one of your comfort foods? It is for me; the zing of red pepper mixed with garlic and lemon on the pasta helps bring me comfort during a hard time. This week I just was tired, but making this dish that has amazing flavor cheered me up for days! I created this recipe this week using the pasta and white wine we had leftover from having family dinner at our place.

1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked

4 Tblsp. butter

2 Tblsp. olive oil

5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

12 oz. medium shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 cup. white wine (chardonnay works well)

1 tsp. salt (and more to taste—as needed)

½ tsp. ground pepper

2 Tblsp. dried parsley flakes

¼ cup fresh lemon juice (2 small lemons)

Prepare the pasta if you do not have leftover pasta.

Melt 2 Tblsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes, and cook together for 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes until they are pink and cooked through. Place this mixture in a medium bowl and keep warm while you make the sauce.

In that same pan, place the other 2 Tblsp. of the butter and the oil and melt. Add the zucchini and saute for 2 minutes. Then add the wine, lemon juice, parsley flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for 3-5 more minutes.

Then add the shrimp mixture and the pasta and cook for 5-10 minutes until hot and thoroughly mixed.

Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite wine or sparkling juice! Makes 4 large servings.





Copyright 2019

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as from  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So…..

— Use this link to shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope





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Spicy Beef Crockpot Chili

I cooked up this chili to celebrate that I can eat tomatoes again!! After realizing last winter that my breast milk made my son spit up and have burps when I ate tomatoes, I stopped eating tomatoes for 11 months. (I sure missed chili, pizza, and spaghetti). Now that Joel is one, he seems to handle tomato-y milk better. He even had a couple of bites of the chili, but isn’t a fan yet.

Yay for tomatoes!!!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are great for toddlers! I gave them to my son for the first time last night, and he loved them! He just got his front teeth recently, and he was using his teeth to mash them and eat them. He even liked the crispy parts. It looks like we have a fry lover on our hands. Continue reading


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Chicken Artichoke White Pizza

My son still can’t handle me eating tomatoes (they come through my breast milk and cause him to spit up or at least burp and be sad), so I’ve had to learn to make white pizza! My husband had the recipe (which was just an ingredient list) for this pizza, and it is amazing! Here’s how I put it together:

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