Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

I have tried several different sloppy joe recipes and this one is the best. My search is over. I can't imagine what would make them taste any better.  It's just the perfect blend. This is another recipe from Ree Drummond. Her recipe was for 2-1/2 lbs of hamburger, but I buy mine in 1-1/2 lb packs so I wrote this recipe to those measurements.

1-1/2 lbs hamburger

1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

1/3 cup onion, diced

1 cup ketchup

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 TBS brown sugar

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. mustard

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook the hamburger, onion and bell pepper. Drain.

Add remaining ingredients and let simmer 20 minutes.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Great Purse Organizer

I  was complaining to someone one day about my purse and how it was driving me crazy. I love being organized and having my stuff all in the bottom of my purse and having to fumble around to find it, drove me crazy.  My friend told me there was this purse organizer on QVC and I should take a look at it. I did and I bought it. I am not disappointed. I LOVE this thing. It has so many pockets and not only that, but the pockets on the outside of your purse or even the inside of the purse around this insert, are extra space. Every thing has a place now in my purse. No more fumbling around for it.  You can lift this out and put it in another purse and you are ready to go. There is a short video on this site if you want to see how it works. There are several colors you can order as well. It has a zipper so you can also use this for travel or organizing your drawers. It costs $22 plus $3 shipping. It's well worth the price!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roasted Tomatoes

I tried this recipe last night and it was very good. They are so easy to cook and full of flavor. In just 10 minutes you can prepare, cook and have them on the table.

Cut tomatoes in half horizontally.
Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, minced garlic and parmesan cheese.
Put under broiler for 8 minutes.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cabbage Kielbasa Skillet Dinner

 This is a favorite meal around here. It's simple to cook and very flavorful. Don't leave the bell pepper out. It really adds some flavor to it.

1 c chopped onion

1 c chopped  bell pepper

2 tsp. butter

1 lb. kielbasa

6 c chopped cabbage

1/2 c chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste


Sauté the onion and bell pepper in butter  until tender.

Add sausage and cook until browned.

Add cabbage, broth, salt and pepper.

Cover and cook 8 minutes or until cabbage is tender.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Page Up Gadget

I LOVE these things. You can put one page or many pages in them and it holds them up for you. It's just like when you hold papers in your hand to read, it's slightly curved so it holds them just right. This does not take up much space at all on your desk. There are different designs. Some have objects in them like a fish or shells, some have sports things on them, or the plain ones as seen in the picture. You can buy them here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hamburger Cooking Tool

One of my daughters bought this for me for my birthday and I LOVE it. She had someone who cooks a lot highly recommend this, so she thought I would like it too, since I love to cook as well. When you are cooking hamburger or sausage, this makes it so easy. Instead of using a spoon, where you only have the one, curved edge, you have 5 of them at one time chopping it up. You can buy expensive ones online, but Wal-Mart has them in the kitchen tools department for just $3.97. I also saw some over by the Hamburger Helper in the grocery side.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fun Game for the Family

My youngest son told me about this game. It is really fun. You can open it up and begin playing quickly. There are several variations of the game and they are all fun. Even young children can play this game, because it's just pictures.  It's harder than you think though. The pictures have to be matched and you call them out as you find the match for the card you have. The pictures may be the same, but they are not the same size.  My kids always beat me at this game!!  You can play a quick game or make it longer. It's fun for the whole family. I couldn't find it at Wal-Mart so I ordered it from  here.  You can scroll over the side pictures on that page and see how the cards look.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

A friend of mine made this cheesecake many years ago and it still remains a favorite at our house. Put some cool whip on top because it's rich!!

1-1/2 c vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 c confectionary sugar
1/3 c cocoa
1/3 c melted butter
Mix all together and pat out in a greased 9 inch spring form pan. Chill while mixing the filling.
3-8 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
14 oz. can cream of condensed milk
2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add milk, then chips, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and pour into the pan and bake at 300 for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Center will jiggle slightly. Cool for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife between crust and sides of pan. Cool for 3 hours at room temperature. Chill over night. Serve with cool whip.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cabbage Rolls

I have tried several recipes for cabbage rolls and this is the one my family likes the best. These are really good!!

2 heads cabbage
1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. sausage meat
3/4 c chopped onion
2 c cooked rice
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2-30 oz. Cans tomato sauce


Cook the hamburger, sausage and onion. Drain. Put in a bowl and add all the ingredients, except cabbage and tomato sauce. 
Cut cabbage head around the base and put in a large pot of hot water. Remove each leaf and cook until soft enough to fold. Remove to a colander.
 Take each leaf and add a scoop of meat mixture. Fold leaves over and put seam side down into a 9x13 baking dish.
Pour the sauce over the top and cover.
 Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best Fried Rice

I have tried fried rice at restaurants, but I just don't care for them. I was told that a Chinese woman said that the Americans don't make fried rice right, because we put big chunks in our rice, but real Chinese rice has every thing diced up small.

1 lb. cooked pork, I like to use Kielbasa sausage
1 cup diced carrots
2 cups diced onions
5 TBS oil
1 cup cooked peas
2 eggs, lightly beaten
few drops of soy sauce
8 cups of cooked, cold or room temperature rice ( I use my baked brown rice)
1 TBS soy sauce

Put the oil and carrots in a sauce pan and cook a couple of minutes. Add the onions and cook until clear. Add the peas and meat and heat until warm. Add the rice and stir all together.
Mix a few drops of soy sauce in the eggs. Push the rice to the side and put the eggs in the pan. Scramble up and then stir together. (Or you can scramble the eggs up before hand)
Add in 1 TBS soy sauce. Heat through and serve with the Japanese White Sauce or soy sauce.

Tips: I cook my peas and meat the day before and I also scramble my eggs before I start to cook. This way it all goes together quickly.




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