Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stuffed Peppers

I love me some stuffed peppers! I prefer red or yellow peppers stuffed. But, we went with what we had in the garden, which made for a bunch of green peppers that would not stand up on their bottoms. Oh well. They were still yummy in the tummy! :)

Stuffed Peppers
 6 or so Bell Peppers
1 pound ground sausage
1 pound of ground hamburger
1 Cup of rice
2 cups of water
1 plus jar(s) of spaghetti sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
Some shredded cheese
Chop the tops off the peppers and seed them. Brown meat in skillet and drain and rinse. Mix rice and water together and microwave for 8-10 minutes stirring halfway through. When rice and meat are done, mix them together with the spaghetti sauce. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and Worcestershire, mix thoroughly. Fill peppers to the top, Place on a baking sheet or baking dish (If you can cram them in a baking dish together, it works best to keep them upright. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Remove and sprinkle some shredded cheese on top.  Put it back in to the oven for 5 minutes. :) Enjoy! :) :) :)
***Note: My peppers would not sit up right... who cares? they turned out fine!***

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paint Chips and Seashells!

Paint Chips = FREE
Seashell cuts outs = .79 for a pack at Michaels.
Through in some scissors and glue... and you have a super simple craft project for the kiddos! But hey, what adult wouldn't want to join the fun! :) :) ):

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roasted Veggies!

If you are not a fan of veggies, you have GOT to try them this way! I don't care for sweet potatoes or cooked zucchini... however, these roasted veggies are TO DIE FOR!

Just cut up some veggies in large pieces. Toss them with 1-2 TBSP of olive oil add some S&P. Put in a baking dish and cook at 350 for about an hour... you can stir half way through. 
I used sweet potatoes, sweet onion, and zucchini. You could add white potatoes, squash, carrots, mushroom... anything you like really! :) Try this! I promise you will love it. So Simple! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hamballs and Smashed Potatoes

If you don't live in Pennsylvania, chances are you have no idea what hamballs are. Here in Pa, we can buy a mix of ground pork and ground smoked ham. To this you add some yummy things to make meatballs and sauce. It is really good. So, if you do have Ham Loaf mix at your local meat counter, buy some!

3 lbs ham loaf mix
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed.
1 cup of milk
salt and pepper
Mix in a mixer, and then form into meatballs.

2.5 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons mustard

Cook syrup on the stove for 5 minutes. Place hamballs in a baking dish and pour syrup overtop. Cook at 350 for 1.5 hours. Stir half way through.
Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.

I make easy smashed potatoes with red potatoes. No need to peel. Just cube, boil, drain, return to pot, add some cream cheese. (about a whole block per 5 pounds of potatoes.) Salt and pepper. Mash with potato masher. Enjoy! :

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake That Almost Wasn't

So Just after mixing this cake up and popping it in the oven, the power went out... for 3 hours. UGH! Luckily, I left it in the oven and when the power came back on I turned the oven back on and baked for 30 minutes. It turned out fine! :) 

I recently found a recipe for Blueberry Pound Cake here... But I made a few adjustments to make it a little better for you and to suit my taste :) Enjoy! 

1 cup granulated sugar 
1 Cup Splenda

1/3 cup butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
3 cups whole wheat flour, divided
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (6-ounce) carton vanilla yogurt (or about 3/4 cup) You can use lemon yogurt and then omit the lemon juice if you want. 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Juice of half a lemon

Preheat oven to 350°.
Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 tablespoons flour and blueberries in a small bowl, and toss well. Combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in blueberry mixture and vanilla and lemon juice; pour cake batter into a 10-inch tube or Bundt pan coated with cooking spray.( I used my Spring Form Pan from Pampered Chef)  Place pan on a baking sheet (no need to do this if using your spring form pan) and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.Cool cake in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan.

Lemon Glaze
2/3 Cup of Powdered Sugar
4 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice

Mix them together and dump over cake :) YUMMY!!!!!  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Chicken Legs

I know, I know it is grilling season and I cooked my chicken legs in the oven. Bummer. But they turned out really good anyway.

I got my chicken on sale @ Weis for a GREAT deal. 14 chicken legs for $2.92. Often times at Weis, meat that needs to be cooked or frozen within a day or 2, they stick a $2.00 off coupon on the package. The cashier honors the coupon at the time of purchase. So whatever the bottom line price is, you get to take $2.00 off that price! I stocked up on chicken legs! :)

What you need
Chicken legs
seasoned salt
smoked paprika
garlic powder
celery seed

Preheat oven to 350 sprinkle chicken legs with seasoned salt, smoked paprika, celery seed and garlic powder generously. Up dump chicken onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle that side with the same seasoning. Pop them into the oven. After 15 mintes, flip the chicken on the opposite side. Cook another 20 minutes. Flip again. Cook 20 more minutes. Pop the broiler on and watch carefully. This takes about 3 minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Enjoy!

Oh, yeah... and those yummy baked beans on the plate... maybe... if you are lucky... one day I will share that recipe with you too! :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strawberry Limeade

1 Cup of fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 to 1 Cup of sugar
2 quarts of water

Mix everything together! Then, remember the Strawberry Syrup we made here (scroll to middle of the page) Spoon 3-4 Tablespoons into a tall glass and enjoy! :) :) :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Starfish and Snails for Lunch

Starfish- Bread cut in the shape of a star with a cookie cutter, slathered in peanut butter and sprinkled with crushed graham crackers for that "Starfish" texture

Snails-Hamburger Mac and Cheese

Some pretzels and strawberry bar complete the meal. Lots of seconds were requested with this one! Simple and fun as always! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

London Broil as Pot Roast

London Broil was on sale this week... So I bought 2 pieces. I have never made London Broil before. But I was hoping to turn 1 of them into a pot roast. When we have pot roast, we always just have normal pot roast, potatoes, carrots, etc. We never have left overs for sandwiches. Justin requested pot roast sandwiches. I thought I would give it shot with the London Broil. 

1 large London Broil
1 packet of Pot Roast Seasoning
2-3 Cups of water (add more water if necessary)
1/2 packet of Ranch dressing seasoning

Mix it all together, pour it over the roast. Cook @250 for 6 hours. I backed the heat down to 175 to keep it nice and warm until we were ready for dinner. The gravy is so yummy. I served it on Onion Poppy Seed Ciabatta bread with fries on the side. There is very little preparation for this meal. It is super simple! My kind of meal! :) :) :)