Archive for September 2011

Friday Favorites 9/30

September 30, 2011

I have lots of yummy finds to share with you today! Here's what I can't wait to try in my kitchen:
Finding Joy In My Kitchen

Hun What's For Dinner?
Steak N Potatoes Kinda Girl

Dirty Laundry
Food, Folks, & Fun

Linking up to: Finding Joy In My Kitchen. Have a great weekend!

Meatball Sub Casserole

September 28, 2011

I found a version of this recipe in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook and dog eared the page, but I never got around to making it. When I saw it here I knew I had to take a stab at it, Semi Homemade like! This recipe makes a ton and I decided to split it up between two 9x9 baking pans instead of a 9x13. One we ate and one of course went in the freezer. I love recipes that work out that way! As I was making the recipe, I realized the prepared spread makes an AWESOME garlic dip. I used to be a consultant for Tastefully Simple and I can't tell you how many different recipes I tried to recreate their garlic garlic dip, to no avail. This dip is the real deal folks! It's yummy, garlicky, and fresh. Even Silas gobbled it up as the casserole was baking.

Meatball Sub Casserole
adapted from Kelly The Kitchen Kop

1 pkg frozen meatballs
1 loaf french bread, sliced 1 inch thick
1 jar pasta sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Cook frozen meatballs according to package directions. Meanwhile, place bread slices on the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan (or two 9x9s). Mix cream cheese, mayo, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread slices being generous (I still had some left over for a yummy dip). Place meatballs over bread slices, pour pasta sauce over meatballs, and top with shredded mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Grilled Stuffed Burritos

September 26, 2011

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I have to admit, even though I love Mexican food I was never really fond of Taco Bell. My husband however, well that's a different story! I was forced to find something that I liked there because he was not going to stop requesting Taco Bell anytime we decided to get something quick for dinner. Taco Bell's grilled stuffed burritos were really the only thing there I liked, but they were different every time I ordered them. Most of the time the refried beans were on one side and the beef was on the other. So I decided to try and make my own and they turned out FANTASTIC! The best part about this recipe is that you can prepare the basic filling and everyone can customize them according to how spicy (or not in my case) they like.

Grilled Stuffed Burritos

1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
1 can refried beans
1 pkg Spanish Rice (and the ingredients to prepare)
1/3 cup salsa
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 flour tortillas

Prepare spanish rice according to package directions; set aside. Brown ground beef in pan and drain. Add taco seasoning and water, simmer over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Stir in refried beans and salsa. Preheat indoor grill (I used my George Foreman). On a tortilla, spread a heaping spoonful of meat filling. Top with a good scoop of spanish rice and sprinkle with cheese. Wrap up burrito style and grill for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Look at that cheesy goodness!

Menu Plan Monday 9/26

We have a really nice week ahead of us. I'm looking forward to the Weeusables consignment sale in Lancaster on Friday night -- I scored some awesome clothing for the boys at the Spring 2011 sale and I'm hoping to find the same this week at the Fall 2011 sale. Silas especially needs pants with an adjustable waist which are hard to find, he's such a skinny boy! Then on Saturday we have some family visiting for the day and the weather is supposed to turn more fall-ish with (dare I say it?) no rain! We may even have to break out the sweaters! Anyway, here's our menu plan for the week:
Monday- Sausage Fettuccini
Wednesday- Double Stuffed Carrot Sweet Potatoes with Orange & Balsamic Chicken (magazine recipe)
Friday- Breakfast for Dinner: Banana Pancakes
Saturday- Leftovers
I also plan on making a batch of Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies to freeze (trying to get a start on my holiday baking) and Slow Cooker Apple Butter. YUM!
Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.

Friday Favorite Finds 9/23

September 23, 2011

It's been a great week for bookmarking recipes, I tell ya! Of course I was especially drawn to fall themed treats and decor. I said it before and I'll say it again: autumn is by far my favorite season. Here are my picks for the week:
Baked Bree
Aunt Nubby's Kitchen
Pumpkin Muffins (only 2 ingredients!!)
Dirty Laundry

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


(I may have a slight obsession with pumpkin...heh).

Linking up to Joy In My Kitchen. Have a great week!


Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

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Wow it's been a crazy week around here! I've had time to cook, I just haven't had time to post lol. I hope you all will forgive me! I have some really yummy recipes to share in the coming days so be ready. :)

This casserole was perfect. It had great flavor, was easy to put together, and was filling. It would be perfect for a chilly autumn day. I will definitely be doubling the next time I make this and putting one in the freezer.

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
Gooseberry Patch Meals in Minutes 10th Anniversary Cookbook

8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
6 oz pkg wild rice with seasonings
1/2 cup sour cream
10 3/4oz can cream of mushroom soup

Cook wild rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add mushrooms and saute until tender. To the mushrooms, add chicken, sour cream, and cream of mushroom soup; remove from heat.

Add cooked wild rice and mix well. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Menu Plan Monday 9/19

September 19, 2011

I have a bunch of "carry overs" from last week since I didn't get around to making them. We had family over this weekend unexpectedly and they treated us to lunch and dinner Saturday, yay! This week I'd really like to make the dinners even if we aren't home to enjoy them, I can just stick them in the freezer and they're ready to go. I also need to make some muffins to freeze for fast breakfasts during the week.
Monday- Grilled Stuffed Burritos
Tuesday- Dinner at the Fair!
Wednesday- Baked Potatoes with Herbed Mushrooms
Thursday- Sausage Fettuccini
Sunday- Leftovers/Out/Frozen Dinner
Linking up to: Menu Plan Monday.

Halloween Recipes and Decor

September 17, 2011

These past few days have been chilly here in Amish Country, PA!! I don't know abou the rest of the people here, but I am loving it. I'm into summer for literally a week and then I'm ready for fall so I am more than happy to break out the sweaters.
This year with two kids, I plan on decorating a bit more for Halloween and Thanksgiving (or fall as a whole). We also have an annual Halloween "party" at our house on trick or treat night. It's a tradition we started two years ago on Silas' first Halloween so that we could walk him around the block while the Grandparents stayed and gave out candy at our house. Last year, he had an absolute blast making cute Halloween cupcakes for everyone and giving them to our "guests". :)
So, I've been bookmarking some really cute Halloween recipes and crafty decor ideas that I've seen around the net. Here's some of my favorites:
Betty Crocker
Hope Studios
Random Thoughts of a Supermom
Joys of Home
It Happened Like This
Linking up to: Friday Favorite Finds.

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

September 14, 2011

Seriously. I have no idea why I waited so long to try this. I'm not kidding people, they're that good!! Mine weren't all that "healthy" because I just used regular flour tortillas instead of the 100 calorie ones that were called for in the original recipe. I also didn't realize that our lettuce from the week before had gone bad. It didn't make a difference, these were delicious!

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used a little more to taste)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
pepper and salt to taste
5 flour tortillas (the larger ones)
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced tomatoes
yellow mustard

Brown ground beef in large skillet and drain. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, dried onion, and salt and pepper to the beef and simmer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese down center of each tortilla. Add a few heaping tablespoons of the beef mixture on top of the cheese. Spread some mustard on top of the beef along with some slices of tomato. Roll up tortilla burrito-style and place wraps on preheated indoor grill (I used my George Foreman Grill). 

Grill wraps for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Cut on a diagonal and serve immediately. My mouth is watering!!

Here are some more of my favorite easy dinner ideas:

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September 13, 2011

These cookies are super simple to make and you probably have all the ingredients already in your cabinet. I whipped these up for a bake sale at my parents' church to benefit their youth group and they went over great. I plan on making a few batches at add to my Christmas cookie trays this year. They look pretty too!

from Betty Crocker

1 box white cake mix (I used yellow and they turned out fine)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix cake mix, butter and egg in a bowl; dough will still be kinda crumbly. In a smaller shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnmon. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Yum!

Linking up to: Tuesdays At The Table, Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange, Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesday Talent Show, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Gooseberry Patch, and Totally Tasty Tuesdays.


Menu Plan Monday 9/12

September 12, 2011

I go back to work this week. I had a melt down over it last night. Not exactly thrilled about it, can you tell?? Not sure how well I'll keep to the plan because of how crazy it's going to be, but I made one anyway. I'm trying to make a conscious effort to try out recipes in my cookbooks and the Gooseberry Patch ones that I have are so cute. Here goes:
Monday- Chicken & Wild Rice (Gooseberry Patch Meals In Minutes)
Tuesday- Grilled Stuffed Burritos
Wednesday- Sausage Fettuccine (Gooseberry Patch Meals In Minutes)
Thursday- Chicken Salad Wraps
Friday- Leftovers
Saturday- Freezer meal/out
Sunday- Freezer meal/out
Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.