April 30, 2017

Yummy-Yum-Yum Applesauc-ium


My daughter tried it and decided to name it. Having her a part of the recipe, or recipe naming process, is always fun! (If she had her way more sugar would have been used in the recipe.)

Ingredients:

The Honey Bee Sandwich



Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds of beef pub style extra lean shaved steak
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried minced onions
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • lemon

April 17, 2017

Will Always Amaze Me

Today my daughter turns ten, the big 1-0. With it, comes a sense of reality of time, confusion of emotions and the perpetual worry. Growing up I never really saw myself as a mother due to some personal experiences. My goals were not family oriented, instead I buried myself in books, hid in them to escape the world. When I went to college, again burying my nose in books and rarely taking interest in men, I suddenly looked up one day and there was a man. A man who was interested in me. Over time, we fell in love and got married.

April 10, 2017

Slow Cooker Fall Soup



Recently, I posted a video about the following recipe (click here) and realized I should have it down in written form as well.

You will need: 
  • A slow cooker (crock pot)
  • 1 small can beef broth (preferably with reduced sodium) 
  • 6 frozen meatballs 
  • 1/2 to 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 to 2 cups butternut squash cut into chunks
  • half a small zucchini cut up
  • half a yellow squash cut up
  • 2 Roma tomatoes cut up
  • half a small onion chopped up
  • 2 stalks of celery cut up
  • a couple dashes of McCormick Perfect Pinch All Purpose Salt Free Seasonings
  • a little butter
  • dash of pepper
Procedure:
  1. Place broccoli, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash and frozen meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. Add the can of beef broth (do not add water)
  3. Cover and set slow cooker to cook on low for 8 hours. (Soup may be done before then)
  4. At about 3 hours in, remove meatballs and cut into fours then place back in slow cooker. 
  5. Saute onions with a little butter and a dash of pepper in a pan on the stove.
  6. Uncover slow cooker and add the McCormick seasonings, onions and cut up tomatoes. 
  7. Recover slow cooker and continue cooking for two hours. 
  8. Enjoy with pasta, rice or on its own. 
*If you want more "broth" you can add a can of water to it at the beginning. 

Single Serve Roasted Potatoes


You will need:
  • 7 small yellow potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasonings
  • Dash of Salt


April 08, 2017

Spring Cleaning: Laundry Area

Part of spring cleaning for me was tackling the spot above my washer and dryer. It was just a mess to me and I have made it a goal that throughout 2017 I would finally get my home in order. The process is to start small and tackle a section at a time. This was an area I felt I could do quickly.


On my washer, which you can't fully see, were more items, some of which I had stored on the shelf as well. I had been eyeing these pretty blue bins from my local Dollar General for a couple weeks. They cost $4.00 a piece and I finally conceived myself to buy three since they obviously "spoke" to me.


The end result is one I am very happy with. Each bin has a label to let me know what I am storing in there. I used name tag holders I had on hand which I can easily switch the yellow tag (which is a post-it) out if I change up items stored.

The plan is to keep the tops of the washer and dryer clutter free by only keeping what I need to access when doing laundry: laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I make my own laundry detergent which lasts a very long time, anywhere from 6 to 12 months, and costs under $20.00 to make.

I purchased a small flip top storage container to hold the some of the detergent on the dryer and stored the rest in one of the bins. For now, I store tissues and cough drops in one bin, paper towels and miscellaneous in another and the final bin contains the extra laundry items.

Some of the items originally on the shelf have been re-purposed elsewhere in my home and others have found their way into either the donate pile or tossed.

What are your plans for spring cleaning?
If you are looking for motivation check out the following Youtube Channels which have and will help me on my journey to being more organized.


Now onto the next project!



April 07, 2017

Shaved Steak Hoagie



Ingredients:
  • 1 pound of beef pub style extra lean shaved steak
  • 1 cup College Inn beef broth
  • 1/2 cup of sweet petite baby carrots chopped
  • 1 cup of a green pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dried onions
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasonings
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoned meat tenderizer
  • 1 - 4oz can of sliced mushrooms
  • Sub or Hoagie Rolls
  • Cheese (I picked Provolone) 
Directions:
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Place green pepper, carrots, mushrooms and garlic in a bowl
  3. Heat a big frying pan or skillet over medium high heat
  4. Once heated, add meat and dry ingredients
  5. When meat is almost all the way cooked add the veggies and garlic. DO NOT ADD BEEF BROTH YET
  6. Cook veggies to desired constancy (I like a little crunch still left on mine.)
  7. Add the beef broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
  8. Uncover and continue simmering for 5 minutes. 
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Assemble your hoagie roll with your choice of cheese and any dressing you choose. Add mixture and enjoy!
I topped mine with a little ranch dressing. 

Savory Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken




Ingredients:
  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
  • Cut up chicken into quarters
  • Place in slow cooker (I used a 1.5 quart capacity one)
(I defrosted my chicken some that is why it looks like that.)
  • Combine rest of ingredients in bowl


  • Pour over chicken and stir 

  • Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours depending on the slow cooker size. This was done in around 6. If you are making a bigger amount, add extra time.
  • You will know it is done when you can shred (pull apart) the chicken easily with two forks while in the cooker. 
  • Careful put into a bowl and serve over rice, as part of a sandwich, in a wrap or on its own. 

Hope you like it!





April 06, 2017

Quick and Easy Tuna Salad



Ingredients:
  • 1 pouch of Tuna Fish 
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • Half a peeled and cut up medium size cucumber
  • Half an orange pepper
  • 1 cup of pasta (cooked al dente)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lite Kraft House Italian Dressing
  • Dash of salt and pepper (optional)
Directions:
  1. Cut up all veggies to desired size
  2. Cook the pasta as instructed on the box to get "al dente" or preferred texture
  3. Run cold water over pasta and drain before mixing ingredients
  4. Enjoy!


      


Pepperoni Chili


To me, this has a little more spice to it than the others I have made. First time trying a Green Cubanelle Pepper which is mild but not as mild as a Green Pepper, have you tried it before? Also, first time adding brown sugar to chili. I hope you like it!

You will need:
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 medium Green Cubanelle Pepper (about 1/4 pound) chopped
  • 4 ounces of mushrooms, finely chopped (I used food processor)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 a medium Vidalia Onion, chopped
  • 1-24 oz jar Barilla Chunky Traditional Sauce
  • 3 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1-15.5 oz can of black beans, drained
  • 1- 5oz package of Mini Pepperoni
  • 100% Extra Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  • Saute veggies with a little 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and salt & pepper
  • While sauteing, place sauce, brown sugar and chili powder in slow cooker, mix well
  • Set the slow cooker on low 
  • Add veggies to slow cooker when done then cook ground beef and add to slow cooker along with mini pepperoni and black beans 
  • Stir well 
  • Cook 2-3 hours 
  • Enjoy!
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