First Nena tip and Recipe!

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all having a great week! For today’s post I am going to put up my first “Nena tip and recipe”. Nena was my Grandma Helen and she was a woman well ahead of her time. She practiced a healthy holistic lifestyle before it was ever known as a “lifestyle”. She was a cook, author, gardener, reflexologist, unlicensed family therapist, and simply an amazing woman all around. One of the things she wrote (over 20 years ago) is called “Long Lake Memories and Recipes”. Long Lake is located in Northern Wisconsin and my family had a cabin there for 100 + years.  The book is a collection of stories full of wisdom, love, practicality and luckily a lot of delicious and time tested recipes!


My Grandpa Jack “Papa” was just as great a person as she was he just happened to like sipping on Bourbon more than he did writing! I wanted to start this page about her and my other grandparents as a way to honor their memories and their impact on my family and I. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if not for the influences of Nena, Poppa, my Grandma Lu and my Great Grandma Helen. Feel free to leave thoughts on your grandparents or loved ones in the comments as this is a place to honor those we love that may have physically left this earth but their positive energy continues to guides us every day!

“Nena tips” are extremely practical as you would expect from a Midwestern Grandma so don’t expect any guidance on how to get better battery life out of your iphone, or how to get more twitter followers.

Nena tip #1. To remove candle wax from clothing or carpeting, place a brown paper bag over the wax and run a warm iron over the bag until the wax is absorbed.

You never know when that just might come in handy!

Now on to Nena’s first recipe. It was tough deciding on the first one to post however I finally settled on one of my favorites that she made for me when I was a kid. Also since we’re in the season of beautifully fresh veggies I thought posting the recipe for her “Fresh veggie Pizza” would be just the ticket!

Nena’s Fresh Veggie Pizza


2 packages crescent rolls

¾ cup ranch salad dressing

¾ cup sour cream

Any fresh veggies you like such as Broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, etc. Feel free to get creative!


Roll out and press crescent rolls together in a 9”x13” in baking pan.

Bake crust at 350 degrees until golden brown- refer to directions on package

Mix the ranch dressing with the sour cream and spread over the top of the crust after it has cooled.

Then simply cut up your veggies and add to the top, slice into squares and enjoy!

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