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Meatball Sandwiches

We tried some meatball sandwiches that I found at All Recipes last night. I of course, made a few changes to add in a few more vegetables and to make it my own. They were amazing! Here is what I did:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of the pizza/ marinara sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  •  1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup of italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 french baguette
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • salt to taste
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • put half onion into food processor and pulse until almost liquid
  • In bowl mix processed onion, bread crumbs, beef, egg, parmesan cheese, seasoning, 1/3 cup of the sauce and garlic together by hand.
  • Form into 25-35 meatballs and place on pan
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes
Meanwhile:
  • Slice remaining onion and the green pepper into strips and keep marinara sauce hot  on the stove
  • Put into skillet with the olive oil over medium heat and saute until soft (then crispy if you like it that way)
  • Cut baguette half lengthwise and then into 4 buns
  • Transfer cooked meatballs onto the banquettes, spoon some sauce over them and top with cooked onions, peppers and a slice of cheese
  • place back into oven until cheese has melted and bread is slightly toasted

Shepherds Pie

Yesterday I made my version of a  Shepherds Pie that I originally found at Hillbilly Housewife. It was so delicious and had a hint of tomato that I found to be yummier usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 lb ground lean turkey
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 eggs- beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn etc)
  • 4 cups garlic mashed potatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • sprinkle of cheddar cheese

Directions:
  • Make mashed potatoes, or use instant kind and pre-heat oven to 400 F
  • Mix Eggs, meat, worcestershire sauce, onions and seasonings together and cook in large skillet over medium heat
  • Add vegetables, tomato paste and cream of mushroom soup to skillet and stir
  • Cover skillet and let vegetables cook through (approx.  10-15 min)
  • Put meat and vegetable mixture into a 9 x 13 glass dish, top with potatoes and sprinkle with cheese
  • Cook in oven at 400 F for 15 minutes

Spicy BBQ Meatloaf

This weekend I tried a wonderful recipe by Serenebeader at All Recipes. It was wonderful! J, C and I all loved it, so I had to share it with all of you. It is a more manly version of meatloaf :).

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup hickory flavored BBQ sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 Chipotle chilies in Adobe sauce minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp hickory flavored BBQ sauce
Chiles in Adobe Sauce
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F and spray 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray
  • whisk eggs in large bowl
  • combine all ingredients in bowl except last 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce
  • knead with hands and form into the shape of a loaf
  • place loaf in pan and cover with last 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce
  • bake in oven for about 1 hour or until meat is cooked through


Hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

To make it a little more inexpensive: eliminate the chiles and add a little red pepper flakes, cut down the beef and add more oatmeal

Homemade Sausage and Veggie Pizza

General Ingredients:

–      2 Bell Peppers- Chopped

–      1/2 lb sausage with casing removed- cooked

–      1 cup of spinach

–     2 cups shredded mozzarella or italian mixture cheese

–      Pizza Crust, 2-8 in rounds (recipe)

–     Pizza Sauce- 24 oz (recipe)

Directions: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F
  • Sautee spinach in pan over medium heat until shriveled looking
  • Spread sauce over the 2 pre-made pizza crust
  • cover sauced pizzas with spinach
  • spread cheese on pizzas- leaving a little extra
  • top with pre-cooked sausage and chopped bell pepper
  • spread remaining cheese over the top
  • cook in oven oven for about 15 minutes
Note: Feel free to use store bought pizza crust and sauce to save time!

Spicy Pizza Sauce

Sauce Ingredients( original recipe I altered found here):

–       24 oz canned tomato sauce

–      5 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

–     3 Tsp minced garlic

–     1/2 cup onions

–     3 Tbsp sugar

–     1/2 tsp dried oregano

–     1/2 tsp dried marjoram

–    1/2 tsp dried basil

–    1/2 tsp black pepper

–     1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

–    Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

–      Puree garlic and onions in food processor

–      Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in sauce pan then add pureed mixture

–      Sauté until translucent

–     Add in all over ingredients and bring to boil

–     Turn heat down to low and let simmer for at least 30 minutes

Garlic Pizza Dough

Dough Ingredients:

–       ¾ cup whole wheat flour

–       1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour

–       1 cup warm tap water

–       1 package of yeast

–       1 tsp sugar

–       1 tsp garlic salt

–      Garlic juice from jarred garlic

–       1 cup extra of all purpose flour for kneading and rolling dough

–       2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions

–       Preheat oven to 400 F

–       Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large mixing bowl (10 min)

–       Mix in the flours, salt and sugar

–       Use the extra flour (spread out of flat surface) to knead dough (10 min)

–       Spread oil over ball of dough and place back into the bowl cover for hour

–       Then punch down dough and separate into two balls

–       Roll them out the size of the pan and place in pan

–       Dip paper towel into juice from jarred garlic and use it to spread over the uncooked dough

–       Cook them for 10 minutes or until almost crispy

–       Spread toppings

–       Bake in the oven for about 15 more minutes

Painted Margarita Glass

A while back was my sister’s birthday, so I decided to paint her margarita glasses that she could actually use and would be fun to entertain with. 

I encourage you to give this project a try! Heres how to do it:

1) Buy wine or margarita glasses that are thick and made out of glass not crystal ( so they won’t crack in the oven). These glasses actually end up running for less money then their thinner alternatives. I bought my glasses at walmart, but I also have seen individual ones at the dollar store and hobby lobby. Then you need to purchase the paints and paintbrushes if you don’t already have them. The paints are called Pebeo, Vitrea.

You can buy the ones specifically for glass painting that are translucent or the paints that are more geared towards ceramic painting, they are not translucent but will still work. 

2) Paint the designs that you would like on the glass. You may want to search the internet or glass painting books for some ideas if you are short on them. 

3) Let dry for 24 hours

4) Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 325 F

Here is a finished glass of mine:

The process was surprisingly easy and relatively inexpensive compared to the current painted wine and margarita glasses on the market. I will admit that since this was my first attempt I chose designs that were relatively simple because I was so worried about messing up. However, since I now have all the paints I am excited to try out more designs for future gifts!


A Fresh Start

Hello Everyone!

It has been quite some time since I posted here. I decided that it was time to get back to it. So from here on out I will be focusing on a couple of things, and here they are:

1) Being healthy ( eating more nutritious meals and exercising)

2) I have decided to come up with at least 6 weeks worth of healthy dinner plans that are at a decent price ( Yes, I will post them)

3) I will read the whole Bible ( however this will be AT LEAST a year long process) 

– I got the inspiration from a new blog: A Mother’s Habit, where she linked to the Coming Home Network that gives you a reasonable amount to read each day

Of course I will continue to give you all little tidbits about my days and designs of fun projects I am doing ( ie building a play kitchen and attempting to grow cilantro)

So the plan is that putting it down in writing will help me to stay accountable for these things.  Come and join me! Let me know what changes you have been wanting to make lately!

Pay it Forward

A couple of years ago I saw the movie, Pay it Forward.

I know, I know… super behind the curve.

The movie of course, had me sobbing at the end. In fact, it was so touching, I became super dramatic and all I could think about was how I could change the world.

Have you all seen the movie? I know I am not the only one. I have real live proof, and here it is:

I was craving a smoothie from Smoothie King and I did not have enough energy to possibly get out of the car to get my smoothie. Nooo.. I had to go through the drive through.

There were a few cars in front of me, and I was late for something ( I cannot even remember what it was now) and the line was taking forever. Horrible things were going through my mind such as: how the people working must not know what they are doing and that the woman in front of me is obviously one of those obnoxious people who change their minds about their order at the last second.

So when FINALLY I get up to the window, I am all huffy and the man gives me what I interpret as a smirk. As if he knew, that he had ruined my entire day by taking so long. I grumpily accept the smoothie. He apologizes for the wait and explains that the woman in front of me paid for my smoothie because she tries to do at least one nice thing a day for a stranger.

Guilt came over me for all my terrible thoughts and impatient attitude. This woman reminded me that there is goodness in people. Then the man says, “the woman’s only request is that you treat others with the kindness and generosity that she showed you”.

I occasionally remember this kindness and even the memory of it makes my day. Since then, I have been doing my best to “Pay it forward” in small ways.

Have you ever been shown kindness and generosity from a complete stranger?

Small Successes for the Week!

Here are my small successes for the week!

1) Keeping my cool when “C” decided to have her own “lenten fast”, that lasted 3 whole days. Yes thats right, I remained relatively calm when my daughter refused to eat for 3 days.

2) Made it to Ash Wednesday Mass.

3) Successfully planned dinner for the week!

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