Category: Recipes

Easy Sweet Ranch Meatloaf

In the 6 1/2 years Peter and I have been together, this is just the 2nd time I’ve made meatloaf. Having no idea where the recipe I used 6 years ago is… I tried something new. And if turned out much better than expected! All you need is:

1 packet ranch dressing mix

1 egg

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup ketchup

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then shape into a loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. While it’s cooking, mix ketchup and brown sugar. When the loaf is half cooked (after 20-25 minutes) pour the ketchup glaze on top.

I’m so excited by how well this turned out, and my husband was even more excited. I can say without a doubt, it will not be 6 years before I make meatloaf again!




Cheeseburger Stir Fry

As usual, this is a recipe I created just trying to use up what I had in my house because I’m terrible at meal prep. But it turned out delicious! So I’m definitely going to be making it again. All you need is:

1 cup of uncooked rice

1 pound of ground beef

1 can of black beans (15 oz)

2/3 cup of barbecue sauce

1-2 bell peppers

shredded cheese

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To get things started cook rice according to directions on package. While this is happening, brown beef. Since neither of these require too much attention, now is also a good time to cut your pepper(s).

Once beef is browned, drain the fat. Drain black beans. Combine beef, black beans, peppers and barbecue sauce in pan and continue to cook on medium for a few minutes. Add rice, cook on low for a few more minutes. Dish up, sprinkle with cheese, enjoy! If you like an extra kick, a few drops of Frank’s Red hot sauce is superb on it!




Strawberry Shortcake for Cold Weather

This morning the kids were super cranky, the house was cold and I wanted to find a way to start our morning off a fun way. There were a few leftover biscuits in the fridge from Sunday’s chicken and biscuits and strawberries that were about to go bad. So I decided to try to treat the kids to dessert for breakfast, delicious, warm strawberry shortcake.

All I did was cut up a pound of strawberries, combined it with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a sauce pan and cooked it on medium heat for 15 minutes. In the meantime I warmed up the biscuits. I spread the strawberry topping over top the biscuits and surprised the kids by bringing this treat to the table pre-9 am, definitely earlier than they’re used to having sweets. It was a hit!

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I probably shouldn’t make this a habit in our house, but it was fun for an occasional treat. Lucille watches Strawberry Shortcake on Netflix. When I told her what we were eating she insisted I put on the show. So, we had entertainment with breakfast too.




Easy Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are an amazing way to use up odds and ends you have kicking around in your fridge. I realized this when I read this blog post, which was a life changer. The formula can be used for whatever you have in your house with no immediate plans to use up: deli meat, chicken, beans, corn, rice, salsa, barbeque sauce… these are things I almost always have in my house! Tonight I was determined to use up deli turkey, it was on a great sale so naturally, I bought too much. So here are my turkey taco stuffed peppers.

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Before they go in the oven

The formula provided by Modern Common Place book is: 1/4 pound of meat, 1/2 cup of filling and 1/2 cup of sauce per pepper. I admit I didn’t measure but I think I used about half her formula because the peppers I was cooking with were pretty small.

1/2 a pound shredded deli turkey

1 cup of black beans

1 cup of salsa

4 bell peppers

shredded cheddar cheese

It’s so easy! Just cut the peppers in half so that each pepper makes 2 bowls. Mix the turkey, beans and salsa in a bowl then fill the peppers with this mixture. Cook at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and cook 10 more minutes.

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So easy, so delicious. Peter said it’s his new favorite meal that I cook! YAY!




Tomato Ranch Salad

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My apologies I don’t have a picture of the salad. I didn’t intend on writing a blog post with this recipe. I only intended to use up some of the many tomatoes my Dad sent me from his garden. I threw stuff into a bowl and served it to people on a whim. But after everyone raved about it I figured, maybe I should write down what I did. Because (as usual) it was quite easy. Here’s all I used:

3 tomatoes

1 zucchini

1 cucumber

1/2 onion

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1/3 cup Ranch dressing

Parmesan Cheese

Cube the zucchini and boil it for a few minutes so that it’s not as hard. I didn’t cook it completely. Cube tomato, cucumber and onion. Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl and mix them together. Leave salad in the fridge for 1 hour. Then it’s ready to serve!




Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Teething Biscuits

Today I decided to try an experiment that could help with 3 current problems I’m dealing with:

1. Lennon is a big ol’ cranky mess from teething.

2. Lennon still has little interest in table food and wants to live off breast milk and Graham crackers.

3. I have a TON of baby oatmeal. I stocked up when Lennon was almost old enough to eat solids because we went through so much with Lucille, I assumed we would with Lennon too .. wrong!

So I decided to make some teething biscuits. I found this awesome recipe, but as I didn’t have pear baby food I thought I’d change it up a bit. What a success!! Lennon loves them, so of course Lucille had to try them too. She was also a fan. I get so happy when I’m able to try something new and see my kids enjoy it! Especially when it’s something easy I can do repeatedly, which this certainly us. Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put parchment paper on a baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl combine:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of baby oatmeal
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon

Form mixture into long biscuits with wet hands. Should make a dozen to,so, I think I made 11.

Bake for 30 minutes.

That’s it. So easy! I’m thinking I’ll try it with all sorts of different flavors to get Lennon eating veggies and such!

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Cuban Missile Crisis (Peter’s Drink Invention)

To say things have been crazy around here lately would be a monumental understatement. We have been so busy, but we’ve also been having a lot of fun and getting a lot of work done! As the weather gets nicer I expect life will become even more chaotic, but I truly can’t wait!

Summer time means longer days and sometimes after a long day I need to just have a drink and watch a little Netflix with Peter. Recently Peter made a concoction for me that he hoped would taste similar to a White Russian, one of my favorite drinks. He named it the Cuban Missile Crisis and I was so impressed with it I thought I should share it so that others can enjoy this tasty treat as they unwind.

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  • 1-2 shots of Bacardi
  • 2 shots of Bailey’s
  • 4 shots of whole milk

Shake and pour in a small glass over 3-4 ice cubes. Stir in 2 tsp of chocolate syrup. Enjoy!



Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Months ago I wrote my first recipe blog post easy cheesey scalloped potatoes and ham, and this post is pretty much a variation of the same thing. But a variation that my hubby loves, so I figured, it’s worth another post.

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Ingredients:

4-8 white potatoes (depending on the size of potatoes)

1 lb of ham steaks

1 onion

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

10.5 ounces of golden mushroom condensed soup

Directions:

Poke a few holes in your potatoes and microwave them for 3 minutes. This will make them soft. Slice them, dice ham, dice onion. Mix all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook for 5 hours on high or 10 hours on low. We put pepper on it for seasoning too.




Bbq Cheddar Pork Roast

After the success of my other pork loin experiment, I thought I’d try something similar with a totally different flavor. Another easy crock pot success. All you need is:

  • 24 ounce pork loin
  • 10 ounce of baby carrots
  • 4 white potatoes
  • 10.75 ounce cream off cheddar soup
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic

Cube potatoes then put everything in a crock pot and cook on low about 9 hours. Stir occasionally if you’re home.

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Buffalo Ranch Baked Chicken

Another super easy chicken recipe for you. All you need:

  • 1-1.5 pounds of chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup of ranch dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon Frank’s red hot
  • 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup of shredded cheese (any flavor will do, I used Mexican)

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Mix ranch and hot sauce and spread onto both sides of chicken. Put chicken on baking sheet and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove chicken, sprinkle with cheese and cook for another 7 minutes.