Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tasty Tuesday

My family loves meat loaf!
Its one of those tried & true dishes that can be made so many different ways.
Its a comforting dish & has been around for such a long time.
A great mixture of seasonings, eggs, crackers or bread crumbs, & tomato sauce, meat loaf is a simple & inexpensive recipe that can easily be made for your family.
I have been making it for almost 20 years for my family.
I have always used my mom's recipe. Actually its not really a recipe. Its just a bunch of yummy ingredients thrown together & baked.
We added sausage to it to add more flavor.
Here is how I make my meat loaf...
1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of sausage
1 packet of onion soup mix (Sometimes I skip this & add onion powder, onion flakes, garlic powder, & salt & pepper.)
2 eggs
1 can of tomato sauce
1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers
Mix together & place in a 9x13 pan & bake for 1 hour at 375. Drain grease out of pan & spread some ketchup on top.
I forgot to snap a picture of it after I pulled it out of the oven but here it is ready to be baked!
How do you make your meat loaf?
I would love to try a new recipe!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

This week's menu

I'm hoping to get back to a normal routine this week.
The past couple of weeks have been crazy.
My Grandmother recently passed away. Although this made me very sad & heartbroken, I'm happy to know that long ago she accepted Jesus as her Savior & now she is in heaven where she will spend eternity with Him.
I'll be posting more about my Grandmother later this week.
Here is our menu for this week. Tomorrow I'll be posting a recipe.
Tonight we had: Meat Loaf
Tuesday: Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta (new recipe)
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Tomato soup
Thursday: White beans & ham
Friday: Lasagna Roll Ups (new recipe) Wow! 2 in 1 week!
Saturday: Dinner with family
Sunday: Leftovers
Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia!

Have you ever heard of Chia Seeds?
Yea...I'm sure you have.

Isn't that cute!

Did you know that you can eat chia seeds?

My daughter & I had been wanting to try overnight oatmeal. If your on Pinterest I'm sure you have seen it.
We checked out the recipe & noticed that it called for chia seeds.

Chia seeds?? Really??

I had no idea you could eat them!
I did a little research & found out that they are really good for you!

Chia seeds are high in calcium, fiber, omega 3's, antioxidants, & protein.

Chia seeds have been around for a long time. They were a staple food for the Aztecs & Myans. Now they are making a comeback due to their health benefits.

You can use chia seeds in breads, pudding, smoothies, cookies, salads, & more! They have a neutral taste & they take on the flavor of anything you add them to.

I'm so excited to use these tiny little seeds!

They are a bit pricey! I found them at my natural food store for $1.35 per ounce. I only purchased 2 ounces this time. I wanted to make sure I liked them first!

I also found them on Amazon for 0.85 cents per ounce. I'll definitely be purchasing them from here, unless I find them cheaper somewhere else.
Here is the recipe I used for the overnight oatmeal.
I made 2 flavors chocolate banana & blueberry maple. My favorite was the chocolate banana of course! I'm thinking about adding strawberries instead of bananas next time. Yummy!
Chocolate banana

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds (I used 1 tsp.)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional
  • 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)

    In a pint jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

    Blueberry Maple
                           1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
                                               1/3 cup skim milk
                                     1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
                                   1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
                          2 teaspoons maple syrup (more or less to taste)
                              1/4 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)
    In a pint jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add blueberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

    Have you ever heard of chia seeds?
    Are you willing to try them?



    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Happy New Year!

    I cannot believe it has been 4 months since I have posted anything!
    I think I just got out of the habit of blogging.
    I really do love to blog. I love reading comments from different people, reading my blog stats, (I had 19 page views just today!) and I love hearing people I know talk about my blog & ask me questions about recipes, cooking, gardening, & saving money.
    Sometimes I just love doing it even if I know no one is reading it. It's kind of an outlet for me, like writing a journal.
    Well, as always, it's that time of year again. Time to reflect on the past year and time to make new goals for this year.
    I don't usually make resolutions, just goals.
    Last year my goal was to live simply & to be more productive....
    Yea, I kinda fizzled out on that.
    I am going to do the same again this year, the whole year, but I also have a few more goals to work on this year.
    As far as my blog goes, I am going to work on posting at least 2-3 times a week. And not just posting menus & recipes, but more posts on couponing, saving money, eating healthy, gardening, & more.
    I'm also going to be eating healthier & exercising more. I'm a couple of years away from turning 40 & I really want to get this weight off. (How many times have I said that?) When I eat healthy & exercise, I feel better. I sometimes have issues with heel pain & hip pain & I know that if I get this weight off those 2 things will be better.
    The most important goal I have set is to set aside a quiet  at least 3 days a week. My days go so much better when I sit down & read a passage from the Bible, spend time in prayer & just sit in His presence. I'm not really good at being a Christian. I constantly fail. But I know that He wants me to spend more time with Him.
    So there you have it, my goals for this year. Tomorrow I will be working on changing the looks of my blog. I'm kinda tired of the way it looks!
    I hope all of you are having a great evening & I hope all of your New Years resolutions/goals/wishes come true this year!

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Salsbury Steak

    Is anyone else suffering from allergies this week?
    I am just miserable!
    I'm the type of person that does not like taking medicine. If I have a headache I would rather rest quietly instead of taking a pain reliever. I know that that is not always possible but I try to do it as much as I can.
    Last night I was reading about coconut oil & it said you could rub some on the inside of your nose to help the symptoms of allergies. I'm seriously thinking about trying it!
    Do any of you have any natural remedies for allergies?
    I would love to hear them!
    If you saw our menu for this week we had salsbury steak last night.
    I don't really have an exact recipe for this. I just throw everything together.
    My family really loves it and I always serve it with mashed potatoes & veggies.
    Here is what you need:
    2lbs hamburger meat
    seasonings like salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, & season all
    fresh mushrooms
    Mix all the seasonings with the hamburger meat & mix well. Make hamburger patties with the meat & fry in a skillet. Place all patties in a 9 x 13 pan.
    Slice mushrooms & saute in about 2 tablespoons of butter. I always use the same skillet that I fried the meat in. You can also add chopped onions in with the mushrooms. My family doesn't really like onions so I skip that most of the time.
    Once the mushrooms have cooked for a little bit add in about 3/4 cup - 1 cup of flour. Let that cook for about a minute.
    Whisk in about 3 cups of milk, add more flour if needed.
    Season with salt & pepper & let it thicken.
    Pour over cooked hamburger patties & bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
    Some people use cream of mushroom soup for this recipe but I have pretty much quit using cream of anything soup. It's pretty easy to just make your own!

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    I'm Back!

    Did ya miss me?

    It's ok if you didn't! I totally understand!

    This summer just flew by and now we are finally back into a "normal" routine!
    Kids are in school (1 in college) and I'm back to work.
    I love summer but I need a routine.
    Sure, I could get used to sleeping late everyday and staying in my pj's until noon but, It's not good for me or my family.

    I hope you and your family had a great summer!

    I don't know about ya'll but I am ready for fall!
    Cool weather, colorful trees, sweaters, Razorback football, and soups!

    This week's menu is going to be quick & easy, especially for later in the week due to JR High & High School football.

    Tonight we had chicken & tuna patties
    Tuesday: Salsbury steaks (I'll post this recipe tomorrow)
    Wednesday: Beans
    Thursday: Bourbon chicken
    Friday: Parmesan chicken
    Saturday: Leftovers
    Sunday: ??

    Have a great week!


    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    My New Toy!

    Quite a while back ago, I saw something online that I really, really wanted.

    I searched & searched for one online that was cheaper than what I had seen in the first place. But to no avail.

    The cheapest one I found was about $50. I just couldn't pay that much for something that I wasn't sure I would use all the time.

    Then one day I had been looking through a new Facebook page where local people post items they have for sale.

    And there it was for only $15!!

    $15, $15, $15!

    I just sat there starring at it. Kind of in shock! Really?? $15??

    I tried to talk myself out of it.

    "You really don't need this. It's just something you want. Besides, You & your kids are too old for this."

    Then I tried to talk myself into it.

    "But it would be so cool to have one of these! I saw so many things on Pinterest that I could make with this!"

    "OK, OK, OK I'll get it!"

    I quickly commented on the post that I was interested & the lady responded & said that it was mine!

    We set up a time & place to meet & I took it home read through all the instructions & the next day I made this...

    It's a Cappuccino Popsicle!

    This is what I came home with!
    It's a Popsicle maker.
    I know, your thinking...so, what's the big deal??

    It makes the Popsicles in 10 minutes!
    It's the best invention ever! And perfect for hot summer days!

    Here is how it works...

    You place the whole thing in the freezer & keep it in there for at least 24hrs.

    Mix your ingredients together.
    This time I used about a cup of strawberry Kool-Aid & a bag of frozen mixed fruit, thawed.
    Place the plastic Popsicle stick in the maker & pour in your mixture.
    Then wait about 10 minutes.

    After waiting 10 minutes, Take that little orange thing & place it on the Popsicle stick & turn it until the Popsicle is released.
    Sorry for the bad picture but how yummy does that look?
    I thought it was pretty good! My hubby thought it needed more sugar but I was trying to keep it on the healthy side.

    The great thing about this is you can make several at one time & keep them in the freezer for a yummy treat anytime!

    Next time I make these, I'll have to remember something.
    Do not let my 14 year old son touch the blender!
    He grabbed the handle & turned it. Which loosened the bottom piece of the blender. I picked it up to make more Popsicles & made a huge mess! Blah!

    Have a great day!