Friday, January 20, 2017

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

I had bought a lot of Taste of  Home's magazines at a yard sale and found this recipe in one of them.  This recipe now replaces my other spaghetti sauce recipe, as we all agreed this one is much better.  It says to put Italian sausage in it, along with the meatballs, but both grocery stores were out of Italian sausage and I didn't feel like looking further for it. So, I put hamburger meat in the sauce instead. I am going to leave the recipe just like this, as it was so good and having to buy Italian sausage is just another ingredient. Here is the original recipe. Below is how I cooked it for our family.

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup crushed saltines or Ritz crackers                                               
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon  parsley
1 pound ground beef
Mix together and roll into one inch balls. Cook in a sauce pan. Remove from pan and set aside.
1 pound ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup  green pepper, chopped
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 tsp. beef bullion                                               
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
In the same pan as you cooked the meatballs, cook the hamburger, bell pepper and onion until tender. Drain meat and return to pan.  Add the remaining ingredients and then the meatballs. Bring to a gentle boil and them turn down. Let simmer 2-3 hours.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Copycat Bells Seasoning Recipe

I was introduced to this seasoning many years ago, from someone who lived up north. I could never find it in the south, so she would send me several boxes of it at a time.  She is now passed on, but as Thanksgiving rolled around, I was trying to find out where I could buy this from, when I saw this  copy cat recipe. I made it  and was very happy to find out it tastes just like the Bells Seasoning!!  Not only can you put this in your stuffing, but just add some to the flour before frying your chicken for a good flavor.

4-1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 teaspoon dried oregano
3-3/4 teaspoon dried sage
3-1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger
3 teaspoon dried marjoram
2-3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix together and grind to fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder.

Bell's seasoning is great as a seasoning for meats and is excellent in meatloaf and burgers also, so you'll find lots of uses for this blend.

Makes about 1/2 cup

Monday, October 31, 2016

Award Medals You Design

We had our annual cookout with games, food and lots of fun!!  Each year we have contest and I was looking for some ribbons to give. Then  I found these on Amazon. Not only were they cheaper than the ribbons that just say 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, but I can personalize them!!  Whatever you want to print up, just make it the size of the circle. It pops apart very easily. The ribbons are cheap, but that is OK. It's  not like you are going to wear it every day!  After you are done with them, you can take the ribbon off and put a hook on it to make it a Christmas ornament. These would be cute just to make ornaments with any way, even if you aren't using them for awards. On the back it does say China, but it is so small and clear that  you don't even notice it. This is not the greatest picture, as they look smoky but they are clearer than the picture looks. I will definitely be using these again!

Friday, October 28, 2016

An elderly woman came into our office one day and was talking about ordering one of these gadgets for a bridal shower. She said she has used one of these for years and wouldn't want to be without it.  She has arthritis in her hands and can easily open any jar with this. She said she buys one of these for every new bride as she thinks it's very useful for anyone. I ordered me one that day and have been using it for almost 3 years and I love mine! I too think every kitchen needs one of these. They are super easy to use. Just slide any size jar lid in the opening and give a twist. You can keep it in a drawer or screw it under a kitchen cabinet. This is a Pampered Chef product that sells for $12. 25.

Monday, October 10, 2016


My husband requested this dish, but I had never cooked it before. I found a recipe that sounded similar to what he described. I had heard of goulash before but just never tried it. This is a  very good dish, like a soup almost. Simple to make and the seasoning is perfect. Hubby thinks this goes good with Mexican Cornbread.

2 lbs. hamburger

2 large onions

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

3 cups water

30 oz. tomato sauce

29 oz. diced tomatoes

3 TBS soy sauce

2 TBS Italian seasoning

3 Bay leaves

1 TBS season salt

2 cups macaroni noodles


In a large sauce pan, cook the hamburger, onion, bell pepper and garlic until done. Drain.

Return to pan and add water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, soy sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil and let simmer 15 minutes. Add noodles and bring to a boil and then turn off. Let set for 20 minutes.

Serve with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, if desired.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Peanut Butter Bars

I have been making these for a few years and my family just loves them! In fact, every where we take them people who love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter love them. This makes a large pan, so it's good to take to gatherings. One of my kids said we should name them, "Can't leave them alone bars" because they just keep cutting another little piece and another little piece.

1- 1/2 C Flour
1¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Baking Soda
¾ C Butter
¾ C Sugar
¾ C Brown Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
1- 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
2 Eggs
1 ½ C Quick Oats( I don't buy quick oats, so I use old fashioned and just put them in my Magic Bullet to grind them up)

½ C Butter (1 stick)
3 ½ C Powdered Sugar
2 T Cocoa
¼ C Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Then, stir in the oats. Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.

The frosting is a two step process. First, whip the remaning ¾ C Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.

Then, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blonde Brownie With Maple Sauce

This is a favorite recipe at our house. It's a copycat recipe from Applebees.  This is a simple blonde brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a simple maple sauce drizzled over the top. It is best when served warm. I got the recipe from here. She says to use sifted flour, but we have made it sifted and not sifted and we can't tell any difference, so we don't sift ours.
TIPS: The dough is VERY stiff, so have the pan ready and quickly spread it in the pan. The store brand of white chocolate chips are not that good. Go ahead and get the name brand. It really does make a difference.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour, sifted
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or more if desired)
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Maple Butter Sauce
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Dough Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Add baking powder, baking soda and salt to the flour.
Add chopped nuts and mix well. Set aside.
Add brown sugar to melted butter and mix well. Then add egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Add flour mixture, a little at a time, until mixed well.
Stir in white chocolate chips. Spread out dough in a 9-inch pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Use a toothpick or fork to test if it is cooked in the center.
Serve warm with ice cream and Maple Butter Sauce.
Maple Butter Sauce
In a pan, add  maple syrup and butter, cook over low heat until butter is melted. Next, stir in brown sugar until completely dissolved. If you desire, add walnuts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lemon Crumb Muffins

We love just about anything with lemons at our house. I found this recipe here and just had to try it. We were not disappointed!! The only thing I changed, is that I added more lemon juice and zest. We like to really taste the lemon!!
Crumb Topping 
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup plain flour
2 TBS sugar
2 TBS brown sugar
Mix the dry ingredients and then drizzle the melted butter over it. Mix until crumbly.
Preheat oven to 350.
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 TBS lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup sour cream
Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, then juice and zest. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and mix well. Add the sour cream last, until no streaks remain. Divide among paper lined muffin cups.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
6 TBS powdered sugar
1 TBS lemon juice
Drizzle over muffins.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

THE One You CAN Count On

There are very few things you can count on in this life. One thing that will never fail  you, is God.
Your spouse may walk out.
Your 'friends' may walk out when you need them most.
Your children may turn their back on you.
Your co workers may be friendly to your face but stabbing you repeatedly in the back.
Your church may not care about the hurts you are going through.
Don't be angry at them. They don't understand the love of God.  When we experience the love that God has, we love others the same way.
God will never leave you!!
Instead of going to that spouse, go to the Lord for all your needs.
Instead of enjoying the fellowship with that friend, go to the Father!
Instead of your life revolving around your children, let God be your focus.
Instead of looking to the church or others to help you through tough times, go to the one who knows your heart and knows the exact thing you need!! He is never wrong in his advice!! He will never reject you or walk away. He will always be there to listen, to instruct, to forgive.

When we love God, the way we are supposed to, then we won't look to others to fulfill those needs we have. We will be hurt, but not crushed when others walk away.

When we love God, the way he loves us, we can forgive all that is done to us and love the other person no matter what they have done.

God's love is the most amazing thing in the world. To love and truly be loved in return is one of the most amazing things in this life!! Don't let hard feelings, jealously, selfishness, bitterness get in the way of loving others and letting others love you.

When, not if, others hurt you, forgive, truly forgive and walk on with God.  He will never leave you.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Perfect Grits Every Time

When I first began to cook, I could never get consistent grits. Over the years of making them, I learned how. Then my girls began to cook.  It takes time to learn how to eye ball a recipe to make it right. With this recipe, the grits are perfect every time. This is a Paula Deen recipe that I got from here.

2 cups water
1-1/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup quick cooking grits, not instant

In a sauce pan, bring the water, milk and salt to a boil.
Stir in the grits and return to boil.
Cover and turn down and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add butter before serving.

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