Dried Beef gravy ~ 2/19/18

Creamed Chipped Dried Beef

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 10 min

• 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

• 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour

• 1-½ cup Milk

• ½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

• 4-½ ounces weight Package Of Dried Beef, Sliced Or Chopped

Preparation Steps

1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk flour into the melted butter and continue whisking for 1 full minute after mixture begins to bubble. Continue whisking as you add the milk and pepper. The sauce is done when it returns to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in sliced dried beef. Serve immediately over toast, biscuits, English muffins, etc. Gently reheat leftovers with a splash or two of milk to restore creamy consistency.


Cabbage Roll soup… Pressure cooker version ~ 2/16/18

Cabbage Roll Soup (pressure cooker)

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Serves: 12 servings

• 6 Slices thick bacon, diced

• 1 large onion , diced

• 3 cloves garlic , minced

• 1 lb lean ground beef

• 1 cup uncooked long grain rice

• 6-8 cups cabbage , chopped

• 1 (28 ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes

• 2 tablespoons tomato paste

• 5-6 cups beef broth

• 2 cups Tomato juice

• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

• salt and pepper , to taste


1. In a pressure cooker, saute bacon until crisp. Add onion, garlic and beef. Once browned, Add all remaining ingredients to the pressure cooker and stir to combine (it will be very full). Cover and cook on rice setting (12 minutes). QR and stir. Spoon into bowls.

Beef burrito bowls ~ 2/14/18

Today we had Beef burritos bowls

• 1 Spanish rice (box or homemade)

• 1 lb Ground Beef

• 1 can Refried Beans

• 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced

• 1 Sweet yellow pepper, chopped

• 3 cups Romaine Lettuce, shredded

• 1 cup Green onion, chopped

• 1 cup Sour Cream

• 1 Tortilla Chips, serve with bowls

Preparation Steps

1. Cook rice according to package directions.

Cook ground beef in large skillet until no longer pink. Stir in can of beans and mix to combine.

Divided rice between 4-6 serving bowls. Top with meat and bean mixture. Top with remaining ingredients and serve with chips.

Hope you enjoy these!

One Pot Spaghetti ~ 3/7/17


Tonight we had One Pot Spaghetti – the original recipe for this was one mentioned by Stacy at Humourous Homemaking as one of her go to meals. I changed the recipe up a bit for our family aka my preferences. But it is so easy and tastes great!  We had a green salad and homemade bread with it.

One Pot Spaghetti

1 lb ground meat  (I use ground turkey)

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 tbsp dried minced onion

14 1/2 ounces petite diced tomatoes

16 ounces tomato sauce

3 cups water

1/4 cup sugar (I use Mareno)

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp oregano

1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

16 ounces thin spaghetti, broken into pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

Cook meat, celery and minced onion in large pan until meat is no longer pink. Stir in undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, sugar, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and olive oil stir to combine and make sure as much of the spaghetti is covered with sauce as possible. Reduce hit to simmer and cover. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is done.

Serve with salad and garlic bread

BLT Quesadilla Wraps ~ 3/6/17


Tonight we are having BLT Quesadilla Wraps. I usually make BLT Wraps and had never really thought of making as a quesadilla until I read Stacy at Humourous Homemaking list these as one of her top ten go to meals when she is in a cooking rut. So we are trying them this way tonight. We will have pretzel chips and applesauce with them.

Speaking of Stacy – she is a wonderful blogger that I follow and she has written a Home Management E-Course that is  really great! I consider myself pretty organized but her e-course has some good ideas for keeping on track and on top of the everyday homemaking management area’s. Click here to check it out!

Challenge of the Day:  Choose one kitchen cabinet or drawer and clean it thoroughly!

BLT Quesadilla’s

3 tsp butter

6 flour tortillas

3/4 c cheddar cheese, shredded

12 slices bacon, cooked*

3 tomatoes, sliced

lettuce or spinach to top sandwiches

ranch dressing or mayo, your preference

Heat a large skillet or griddle. Add butter and melt.  Lay tortillas one or tow at a time onto griddle or skillet, top with cheese and bacon on one side. Fold in half and cook for 5-6 minutes flipping halfway through until brown on both sides. Remove from heat and open carefully (use tongs to prevent burning your fingers) Smear ranch dressing or mayo on one side and top with tomato and lettuce or spinach. Close tortilla and ENJOY!

*I bake my bacon in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until desired crispiness


Asian Steak Bites ~ 3/3/17


Hi y’all I have spent all afternoon in my kitchen and this is something that I thoroughly enjoy! Today I made homemade bread, homemade bagels, slow cooker apple cobbler, french toast, breakfast cookies and Asian Steak bites.

The Bread is for sandwiches next week for my lunch. Bagels are for Egg salad bagels for dinner on Wednesday (I’m seriously addicted to these homemade bagels – so fresh and easy to make!). Apple cobbler is for dinner when hubby gets home today. French toast made from leftover bread slices this week *I sliced by hand last Saturday and got it a little too thick for sandwiches so I took the leftovers and made french toast for Ryan’s breakfast next week. I made breakfast cookies for Ryan and Glenn to share for breakfasts next week also.

Tonight for dinner we are having Asian Steak bites made with deer steaks (compliments of my nephew  –  a thank you for allowing him to hunt on our property). One thing my daughter always says is that I can never follow a recipe exactly and that is so true so here is my version of this recipe. I made a few changes from the original recipe I found to accommodate for venison needing to cook a little longer to be tender.

Asian Steak Bites

1 3/4 lb steak – I used venison but recipe suggests flank steak

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp honey

**1 tbsp chili paste  – I omitted this as we don’t like spicy dishes

1-2 tbsp oil – I use palm shortening

Slice steak into thin slices and then into small bite size pieces. In a medium size bowl combine honey and soy sauce. Add meat and stir to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes or longer. If sitting longer than 30 minutes I would recommend refrigerating.

In a heavy pot or large skillet heat oil until warm. Add 1/3 of meat and brown. Remove this portion and place in pressure cooker. Repeat with remaining portions of meat. Once this is done I placed 3 or 4 small potatoes that I had washed on top of meat whole. Pressure cook on the beef setting. Serve with salad.




Crockpot Lasagna ~ 3/2/17


Tonight for dinner we had Crockpot Lasagna. I put this in Mrs. Pott before I left for shopping and had Ryan turn it down to keep warm when he got home from college. Top and edge got a little overdone but my crockpot runs really hot so in hindsight I probably should have just cooked it on keep warm all day. As you can see from the picture I kind of massacred it while getting it onto our plates!

Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb ground meat

24-28 ounces jar spaghetti sauce

8 oz. lasagna noodles, uncooked

4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, softened

Spray inside of crockpot with non-stick spray. Cook ground meat until no longer pink. Add spaghetti sauce and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Put 1/4 of the meat in the bottom of the pot. Arrange 1/3 third of the noodles on top. I broke to fit the shape of the pot. Combine cheeses in a bowl and spoon 1/3 of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Let the lasagna stand in the crockpot with lid off for 10 minutes prior to serving.

Serve with salad and fruit!

Home Management ~ 3/2/17

Hi all,

My friend Stacy at HumourousHomemaking.com has written a great resource for all us busy homemakers to help us manage our homes more effectively.

I just wanted to share a link to the course and to encourage you to take a look at it and if you need some help getting it together consider purchasing the program. It’s a self-paced e-course, so you can take your time if you like, or breeze through it like me in a vat of chocolate chips. You can use this link to check it out   home management course

I will post later today with our meal for this evening but am planning on making crockpot lasagna and salad.

Have a blessed day!