|I know there are some of you out there hanging on for dear life to your Hamburger Helper. Admit it. Even though it’s got TONS of additives and not-so-good stuff for you in it, you keep it. Like a safety net or a blankey. But guess what? You can make your OWN Hamburger Helper and it will taste even better. Bye bye additives and artificial coloring! Hello Lumberjack Macaroni! This post is for you, Tia Thomas!Guest posting for me today is my very close and dear friend, Brandy. You’ll probably get used to seeing her around here because I like her point of view. Thanks Brandy! [Read more…]|
I think I enjoy Fix and Forget Friday as much as you guys do. It seems these days my schedule is totally full. It’s nice to have a meal in the crock pot so that I know when I get home dinner is ready to go…..as long as I have remembered to turn the crock pot on. In my defense, that only happened ONCE. And maybe it wasn’t even my fault. Maybe the cord somehow wiggled itself out of the outlet. It could happen. Today we’re making Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Yum! Barry gave this a 9 out of 10…..and that’s impressive ladies. Usually I only get an 8. Barry saves his 10 for Tiramisu and Berryhill Baja Grill in Texas. [Read more…]
|I’m just going to go ahead and tell you. I love soup. I’m so excited when it’s finally soup season! I would eat it all year long, but Barry prefers it when it’s cold outside. I caved and made this recently….and it turned out to be 90 degrees that day. By the time we were done with dinner we were sweating like pigs and had to go get the box fan. Oops? But it was worth it! Chock full of veggies and beans, it will fill your tummy up quickly and keep you nice and warm…..or nice and sweaty. [Read more…]|
|I love my mom’s cooking. It’s caused me to be a food snob. I am known to turn down food just because I know it won’t be as good as my mom’s. I’m spoiled. One of those specific things happens to be my mom’s deviled eggs. I can’t eat ANYONE else’s deviled eggs. I just can’t do it. I’ve tried……but it’s bad. Especially those deviled eggs that are runny. You know what I’m talking about. The filling is about to just ooze over the side of that puppy. Uh. No thanks. I run by them in the potluck line, trying not to look directly at the oozy egg. Anyway, today I’m going to share with you the recipe for my mom’s egg salad. Before this, she didn’t have a recipe. I bugged her until she made it while I was around so I could measure. Now I’m happy. This will make you happy too. It’s not your normal egg salad – it’s got a little bit of sweetness to it. Just like me. Ha, ha! [Read more…]|
Well, I know y’all love pizza. No, I don’t have ESP……every time I ask on Facebook on Friday what y’all are eating, about 80% of you say pizza. Is Friday National Pizza Day and someone forgot to tell me?
Anyway, we love pizza too……but I checked out the label on the pizza sauce at the store – and then I put it back on the shelf. I’ll spare you what’s in it. It’s not pretty.
So, I decided to make some myself to put in the freezer to have whenever we wanted pizza…..and it was EASY! I thought to myself: “Self, why not do this in the crock pot?” So, self did it in the crock pot.
I’ve made this dish several times and I think I love it better every time I make it. It’s delicious and it makes great leftovers for lunch. I love things that are leftover for lunch…..it just makes my day a lot easier. Leftovers ROCK! This was originally a Pillsbury recipe, but I tweaked it a little like usual…..okay, so I tweaked it a lot. I have to do that now with our new eating habits. Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. [Read more…]
When we started out on this new journey of eating healthy, I knew a lot of things would have to change…….like canned soups.
They are chock full of MSG. I’ve known MSG wasn’t really good for you for a while. Barry’s grandmother would always get sick if she ate it.
BUT, even knowing that I held on to my little cans of condensed soup. I thought you’d have to pry them out of my cold dead hands……they are the base of so many of my recipes that I was having a very hard time parting with them.
And then, here comes Tammy with a great recipe for a homemade version. Tammy puts out some fabulous recipes and I’m thankful to her for that. After making her soup, I know I won’t look back.
It’s DELICIOUS! And easy. Have I ever told you that I like easy stuff? Bye, bye MSG. Hello creaminess. [Read more…]
You might recall that I already have a recipe on this site for Crock Pot Meatloaf, but it calls for potatoes and carrots……this one is like one big cheeseburger patty. It’s just heaven on a plate.
I first came across a recipe for Cheeseburger Meatloaf somewhere on the internet and I changed it to suit our tastes……and then I knew I could re-create it to be fixed in the crock pot. It is literally the best meatloaf I’ve ever had.
In fact, when I made it the first time, Barry was out of town. I got up from the table and got my phone to text him. I said “I just made the best meatloaf of my entire life.” And then we ate it all without him. Sad how things work out that way for him. Oh well. I was happy and so was Annie. [Read more…]
I love stuffed peppers – Barry tolerates them – Annie only eats the middle. So, when I was thinking about dinner, stuffed peppers seemed like a logical choice. Ahem. The original recipe was from Taste of Home, but I tweaked it just a little bit. They were SO GOOD! Barry said they ranked about an 8 in the “stuffed pepper” category, but not that high in the “food” category. Everyone’s a critic. The peppers were so tender after being cooked in the crock that they just melted in your mouth – pure yumminess. Ahhhh. Leftovers are bliss. [Read more…]
We really love beans and rice……rice and beans. And it’s not because they’re cheap either. We just really love beans…..and rice. It’s just a nice perk that they’re cheaper than meat. We have beans at least one night per week and sometimes more than that. If you eat here, more than likely you’ll have beans or pasta. Wanna come to dinner? I attempted to set out and create my own beans and rice recipe just for the crock pot……and the result was good. There were a few changes I’ll make next time, but I’ll note those for you. I mess up a lot – so therefore I make lots of recipe notes. It’s how I roll. [Read more…]