Friday, November 25, 2011

Some news!!

So I have a giveaway coming up. Oh first one!! The makers of an awesome clothing company was nice enough to send me a box and I can't wait to set it all up for you guys to win!! The catch is, I can't do this until my computer gets here. It shipped today SOOO hopefully within the next week we can get this going! YAY! So the blog will be slow until then as the laptop doesn't have a media card reader like mine did AND I can't find the cords. So just sit tight and I hope you are as anxious as I am!!

Christina, the first thing I thought of this morning was emailing you and sharing the news! How goofy am I???

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today, as I cook dinner for my family, I remember to give thanks to those men who have sacrificed their lives for US. Not just their country, but for US. To ensure that WE have something to be thankful for. I am thankful for my wonderful friends. I am thankful for my loving family. I am thankful that in this trying economy, we are still doing okay. I am thankful for the Little Man who totally runs me ragged but makes me smile each and every day. I have so much to be thankful for.

Today the menu is consisting of:

13lb Roasted Turkey
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Stuffing
Turkey Gravy
Pumpkin Pie
Sparkling Apple Cider

Oh yes, lots of food for only 3 people but man oh man, are leftovers amazing! Post and pictures to follow later!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Roast Beast!!!

Yes, totally had a breath of the Grinch there for a minute. So each payday (we get paid twice a month) I scope out Tasty Kitchen, PW and some of the blogs for new recipes to try. Well I decided instead of only scanning twice a month and then pulling my hair out trying to make my menu, I have sat and just saved a ton of links. Now will be the fun part of trying to organize it all! But anyway, we eat a lot of meat in this house. Its mostly chicken but I am always up for some beef recipes. Making a roast is always new to me, never really made it and the times I have...well yeah. Not so good. So I found this recipe on TK and it seemed so simple and actually looks really delicious. I have never had the soups it calls for so I honestly had NO idea what it was going to taste like.

I got everything together, seared the meat and then put it in the dish. (Does anyone else only use Pyrex dishes??) Then put it in the oven.

This is where my "blonde" moment kicked in.

See, I have this habit of preheating like you are supposed to but also accidentally turning off the oven. Don't ask me why but I literally have to catch myself doing it. Apparently though, this was not one of those times I caught myself.

Wednesday nights are AWANA nights for Little Man. So I had it all timed out that dinner would be ready in PLENTY of time for him to eat before church. Yeah...that didn't work out. 2.5 hours goes by, I am playing my nerd game and I hear from the kitchen "Umm...the stove is turned off." I race into the kitchen and I am like WHAT?!? Sure as heck, the roast has been sitting in the oven for 2.5 hours...not cooking. Yes, I said that right. NOT COOKING. Mind you, it is now 600pm. I got Ethan something else to eat and started the oven up...again. NOT happy at this point.

Around 815, it was done. At this point, I am not even hungry. I grabbed a bag of salt and vinegar chips and vegge'd. Oh yes, so healthy right? Thursday night we had dinner at a friends house (made her PW's chicken spaghetti, there were NO leftovers at all), Friday night we had a friends going away BBQ so this delicious roast wasn't even eaten until Saturday night. I have what I am thinking is pneumonia (Doc appt tomorrow morning so I will know then) so the other chef made the sides (rice with beef gravy...McCormick rocks!) and I ate it in bed on Saturday. Hence why there are no pictures to show for this delicious roast.

Definetly DEFINETLY make this. You will not be disappointed, it is AMAZING.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crock Pots ARE Amazing!

So the other night I made Crock Pot Cube Steak with Mushroom Gravy . And I wish I could have walked around saying I AM THE GREATEST COOK ALIVE!! Okay okay, I did. It was AH-MAZ-ING! Literally. I know this girl in real life and I am wondering why I never had this recipe! I cooked it on high for 5 hours and it was really so tender it was falling off with the touch of a fork. Honestly, TRY THIS RECIPE!! You will not be disappointed, it was amazing. And I CAN NOT WAIT to make this again :D

This picture honestly does this NO justice. I served it with stuffing and corn :D

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Family Recipe Time

So this recipe, my Grams would make it. And my Mom made it growing up. And now I am making it with my family. So yes, I would say its a family recipe :D This recipe is not only delicious but it has all the ingredients that one SHOULD love...turkey breast, stuffing and gravy. Like if that doesn't make you think of Thanksgiving, I don't know what will!

Last night I couldn't decide what to cook and then I remembered that I had some deli turkey breast in the fridge. Honestly, its rare that I had it. Not that I don't eat or buy deli meat but because it normally doesn't last longer then a day in this house. You want the sliced turkey to be a tad thick. Not overly thick but enough that you can roll it with something inside.

That being said...let's get down to the recipe :D

Okay, so you want a pound of sliced turkey breast (see paragraph above about that). Depending on the cut, you might want more then that. I have half a pound, cut kinda thickly and it only made 5 rollups. So next time, I will get the full pound so I can have some leftovers. You also can use either an 8x8 or a 9x13 pan. Just depends on what you have on hand (or clean at the moment).

First you want to cook the stuffing according to the package. I always use turkey stuffing because..well its Turkey Rollups so yeah. BUT I have developed a love for cornbread stuffing lately. Not sure if that will taste the same or not! So if you try something else, let me know what it tastes like! Once the stuffing is done, take one slice of turkey breast, put some stuffing in the center and roll it up. Repeat until you have used all the stuffing. Now you should be putting the rollups directly into the dish but I shouldn't have to tell you that step ;-P Once all the rollups are in the dish and everything is set, take a jar of turkey gravy (I use the Heinz) and pour it all over the top. I always buy two jars just in case but last night, I only needed one :D. Put the dish filled with goodness into a preheated 375 oven and cook for 45 minutes. Serve with a veggie and voila. Dinner is served! (Disclaimer: I did NOT take any pictures as I was too busy devouring my food!)

Turkey Rollups

1/2-1 1/2 pound of sliced turkey breast (want it thick enough to be able to roll stuffing inside)
1 package of stuffing
1-2 jars of Heinz Turkey Gravy

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook stuffing according to package.
3. Take 1 slice of turkey breast and add some stuffing to the middle. Roll it up and place it in the pan roll side down. Repeat until all stuffing is gone.
4. Pour jar of turkey gravy over the rollups.
5. Cook in over for 45 minutes.


Monday, November 07, 2011

Homemade Mac and Cheese!!!

Little Man is obsessed with Mac and Cheese. And I don't mean the good homemade kind. I am talking the out of a box Kraft mac and cheese. Even then, its not even the good kind. Its the standard Kraft. The only box mac and cheese I can eat is the Thick and Creamy (insert some kind of sick innuendo here..)

Anytime I make Mac and Cheese (which if Little Man had his way, it WOULD be everyday), I try and make a new recipe. The first time I ever made homemade, I didn't know what words like "rue" meant. Like what is that?!? So that ended up horribly, I threw it in the garbage and tried again the next day. It came out alright. Not the best cheese but meh. It was something new.

I found this recipe betcha, Tasty Kitchen. (Slight obsession with that site, not gonna lie) It was super good and very delicious, not as creamy as that picture makes it look but meh, who cares. My son two bowls of it so to me, it was a success. Not sure if I will make it again though. Velvetta and me just aren't friends so meh, who knows. But definitely worth the try for all you cooks out there!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...