Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Today I made Stuffed Peppers without the stuffed part. I have always only eaten the bits of peppers mixed with the rice and hamburger and left the whole pepper. So today I cut up the whole pepper. First boil the peppers til tender.
Brown hamburger. I use Uncle Bens boil in a bag rice.. it's so easy. Mix Rice, hamburger, and rice, peppers together with some salt and pepper. Then pour tomato juice over and mix.
Then I top with whatever shredded cheese I have and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned a little bit.
Then serve.. kid approved..
Actually little monster said it would be good without the peppers all together. What would ya call that? Tomato, rice, hamburger casserole? Think about it and throw me names.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Tonight I made Vegetable beef soup. First I threw a roast in the crock pot. After it had cooked a while I started the soup part. I would have used the broth from the roast but G wanted beef and noodles.. He's not a veggie person. This is what I put in it today.

Beef, Beef stock, a couple of beef cubes.
Carrots, potatoes and onion.
A can of corn, peas and green beans. (with juice)
Can of diced tomatoes (with juice) and tomato juice.
Then I cooked lentils and barley by the directions and then threw them in.
I also added flower shaped pastas and of course some fiber powder..
Salt, Pepper, garlic powder, parsley, Mrs. Dash and just a tab bit of sugar..I think that's it. I had a bunch left over so I'm gonna freeze it for a cool fall night.
So tell me, what do you put in your vegetable beef soup?

Sunday, August 23, 2009


It's back to school time and I filled up the snack basket. Chips, granola bars, fruit roll-ups, fruit gushers. {my favorite} I always try to have a few snacks in the basket.. D and 3 others came in tonight and went straight for the basket. Let me say- the more you put in it the more they eat so we watch it so they don't overload. I got this idea years ago when D was in the hospital with mono. We got a basket from my work and from his dad's work. It was the best thing to have a quick bag of chips and not have to leave the room and pay $1.50 for it. I would recommend this over flowers anyday. Do you have a snack basket? What do you put in it?

Shrimp Scampi

Okay gals - Today we are making scrimp scampi.. first I soak the frozen shrimp in cold water to thaw. The I throw in a big spoonful of butter in a hot skillet.
Add some Mrs. Dash, garlic powder and cook. I sent D and friend into the store the other day to get a few things. While in there I text him to get some Mrs. Dash. They brought out this little tiny bottle. I really need the industrial size but this will do til I can make it to the store. I actually will throw this bottle in our camping stuff so I have it.
Warm and add in shrimp.
And presto..shrimp scampi.
I made thin pasta and garlic bread. I poured a little bit of the butter sauce on the noodles..
Everyone thought it was out of this world.. yeah me... Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simple Strawberry Shortcake

The little monster has this thing for cooking. She is the family taste tester and always willing to help something in the kitchen. Her specialty this summer was shortcake. We just us the Bisquick recipe but I love it. We throw it in the oven and while it's still warm we sprinkle with raw sugar cane on top... Yummo. Here she made a double batch cause one batch won't last but 2 seconds. Everyone eats it. I made this for D one night after dinner, they all love it.. Shortcake, Whip Cream, strawberries and again raw sugar cane on top..Simple but gooooood... Enjoy- How do you make shortcake? Does you family love it?

Friday, August 21, 2009

The UN Uncrustable

Well with the return of school fast approaching "YEAH" and in some places school already in session I decided to make of the kids and my favorite quick fixes. The kids love those Smuckers Uncrustables. I made these before on the Flops but thought I would show ya again..cause it's so darn complicated. Now this is real rocket science here...I will go slooowwwwww. Spread peanut butter and jelly or honey on two pieces of bread.. ya still with me? Then take a large cup and squish it on the edges. I tried a cookie cutter and it didn't seal it good enough. If ya get some peanut butter on the edges it makes like a bread glue.. yummm huh?
Sometimes I score the edge with a knife to make it a little cleaner looking. And there ya have it.. uncrustables in about 2.5 minutes at a fraction of the cost..
Store in a freezer bag in the freezer til ready to eat. They thaw in just a few minutes. Here I have a real uncrustable and mine are bigger.. Bigger is better, isn't that what they say?
Now sure you could label them with cute little tags but I didn't for this pictures. Sometimes if I am feeling really spiffy I mix some protein powder and fiber in with the peanut butter to give the kiddos an extra boost.
Thanks for visiting and next time the kids need a snack throw them a UN uncrustable.
Stay tuned for a little strawberry thing and shrimp scampi.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The kids well the girls love asparagus and this is how I do it. I cut the thick ends off so they fit in the skillet.I place the asparagus in a zip loc bag and add Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, and canola or olive oil. I let them set soaking up the oil so they don't burn and all the good spices. Then I throw them in a skillet until tender. Yeah, that's how I do it. Simple and they love it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The original Maid Rite

Yesterday we picked up my parents and headed about 30 minutes North to Greenville, Ohio. I was born in Greenville and haven't been there in years. I have been craving these little things that they call Maid Rites. Outside you have a small little brick building that has been there for I would say over 80 years. There are about 8 booths, a bar and standing room. The bathroom is located in the white building you see next door. Along the side of the building is the famous Wall of Gum. Since my parents can remember everyone has stuck their gum on the wall. I don't know how this started but it is an odd sight. I guess the new owners want to clean it off and there are major protests from people probably older than the owners..
The great wall of gum goes on forever.. or at least as long as the building.
They have a nice little clean lot with a Drive Thur and a few picnic tables for your outside dining experience. Inside you get this. Simple little loose meat burger with pickles, onion and mustard. No trays, no fancy fries or salads.. just chips and sandwiches. You walk up to the counter order your sandwich, they hand them over with your drinks and you are on your way. They are a little different but something everyone needs once in a while.
Here is there website and recipe which used to be guarded by employees. I may try to make them and see if it's the same.. So if you are in the Greenville, Darke County, Ohio area you must make a stop and try them. Remember to chomp on your gum before you get there to add to the wall.