Thursday, September 18, 2014

Freezer Meal Turkey Ole'

I have blogged before about how great Turkey Ole' is to make with leftover Turkey after the holidays, but today I'm going to show you how to make it as a freezer meal and just how inexpensive this meal can be.

First up the cost..... Now, I'm not going to account for the price of the turkey itself, because like I mentioned this is great to use for leftovers and chances are you would have bought the turkey for a previous meal, so this recipe is a bonus use for the meat.

8 flour tortillas                $1.00
2 cups shredded cheese  $2.00
1 can enchilada sauce     $ .75
1 can tomato paste          $ .61
1 pkg. taco seasoning     $ .70
                       total:        $5.06 or $1.27 per serving

And then I'm also guessing you already have paper towels, aluminium foil and gallon sized ziplock bags on hand, so we won't figure those into the cost either.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crock Pot Pepperoni Macaroni & Cheese

Fall is just around the corner and that makes me want to break out my crock pot and make something warm & hearty to eat.  And, I'm happy to be blogging today for Red Gold Tomatoes and tell you about the big "2 A Day Crock Pot Give-a-way" they have going on their facebook page and offer you a giveaway on this blog as well.  So to get things started I'm sharing a recipe you can make in your crock pot with some Red Gold Diced Tomatoes.  This recipe for Pepperoni Macaroni & Cheese is sure to spruce up your traditional mac-n-cheese recipe and moves the dish from being a side dish to a main entree'.  The creaminess of the cheese along with the spice in the pepperoni was a hit at our house.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mapley Smoked Sausage Appetizers

Well now that football season is in full swing, so our my Sunday afternoon appetizers.  We love having something to snack on while we watch the game.  This week I selected a recipe out of Gooseberry Patch's new "Slow Cooker Christmas Favorites" Cookbook for a Mapley Smoked Sausage Appetizer.  
I loved that this recipe called for both pineapple and maple syrup and these two ingredients really enhanced the smokey flavor of the sausages.  I served them on toothpicks and they were quite the hit for a game time snack.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MAC Grants & a McDonalds Giveaway

I'm blogging today to notify central Indiana Jr. High teachers that they can apply for up to $500 dollars to help create meaningful hands on activities in their classrooms through McDonald's MAC grant program.   McDonalds know the challenges teachers face to put together though provoking lesson plans with the budget cuts most schools are facing.  The MAC grant program is in its 15th year and is a program for Central Indiana Middle School teachers in grade 6-8.

To apply for this grant visit and submit the application online or by mail.  Applications are due September 29th.  Please note that your grant related activity must take place on school property and $500 is the maximum amount.  All MAC grant recipients will be notified by Monday, November 24th.  One teacher per county in Central Indiana is chosen to receive a MAC Grant, and at least 10 teachers from Marion County will be chosen.

Please feel free to pass this information on to your child's teacher if they meet the requirements.  And to help spread the excitement of McDonalds helping local school they are sponsoring a giveaway on my blog.  One lucky reader will win a McDonald’s branded backpack filled with McDonald’s goodies, 5 McDonald's "Be Our Guest" cards and a $25 Target card.  To enter simply click on the rafflecopter widget below.  Contest will run 9/13/14-9/20/14.  Winner will be announced on this blog on 9/21/14.  Good Luck!

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Please note McDonalds did provide me with promotional materials in exchange for this blog post, but all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Yahoo! food recreation

You know how much lamb we eat in this house so when Yahoo! Food approached me to check out their website and recreate one of their recipes... right away I started looking for lamb as the main dish.  I selected this recipe from Julia Bainbridge for Lamb Chops with Mustard Herb Crust.
After letting my chops thaw in the fridge overnight I dredged them through a sauce and then a dry rub mixture.
Then simply cooked them in the pan on the stove and got a great tasting lamb chop.  This recipe was easy to make and took less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  I love the flavor and texture this breading gave to the lamb and found it to compliment the natural flavors of the lamb well.  Get the full recipe here.   

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gooseberry Patch Give-a-way... 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes

Today I am please to be giving a way a copy of Gooseberry Patch's 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes and sharing a few recipes from this book.  I love that this cookbook has pictures of each and every recipe listed in this book.  Thats 303 mouth watering images to help you choose what to make next.  
Actually this cookbook is made up of three previous Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks... 101 cupcake, cookie & brownie recipes, 101 easy everyday recipes and 101 slow cooker recipes.  I have owned the 101 cupcake, cookie & brownie recipes for a couple of years now and have baked several sweet treats out of that book, it is a favorite of mine and can usually be found at the top of my stack of cookbooks because I reach for it so often.
So here are a couple of the recipes I have shared on this blog from this cookbook.  Feel free to click on the link below each picture if you are interested in seeing the recipe and feel free to pin the image for later reference as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

paint chip dresser

I'll admit I haven't done much crafting or decorating lately, but I have been redoing the guest bedroom as MacchiOTTo's new bedroom and one of the things we added to this room was a dresser.  
MacchiOTTo loves butterflies.  She flaps her arms and pretends she is a butterfly sometimes.  And if we see a butterfly outside in the yard she will chase after it and say "Come back" if she can't keep up. (It's really quite adorable.)  So I thought the perfect theme for her new bedroom would be purple butterflies.  We have a butterfly bedspread, wall art, decorations and curtains.  Next we needed a dresser, so I found this one in the upstairs of an old farmhouse and it was in great condition but needed some paint.  I thought about doing butterfly stencils on it, but then I thought why not play up the purple color more and use the color of the walls to help me tie the room together.  The walls are painted a light orchid color and then one accent wall is painted a darker purple.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Triple Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

You can probably guess my latest pregnancy craving by seeing what recipe I blog about each week.  Well this week is probably peanut butter.  But then again it may be cookies.  So why not make big peanut butter cookies with three different kinds of peanut butter in them?!?!?  That was my thinking!!!  And, I have to admit these Triple Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies turned out delicious.
 This recipe came from Gooseberry Patch's Foolproof Family Recipes and there is a great tip in this book as to how to get your big cookies to be crispy on the edges but still gooey in the center.....  you ball up the dough and freeze it for an hour.  It worked perfectly!  And since your dough is all ready to go you bake up how many you think you will need and then leave the rest in the freezer until you want more.  This way you don't have 4 dozen cookies sitting around at once.  (Because believe me they taste good enough you will be tempted to eat them all.)  And anytime I need a quick sweet I just take a few out of the oven, let them thaw for about 15 minutes and then pop in the oven.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mariachi Margarita Dip

This is a fun fruit dip with a surprise ingredient.... Margarita Mix.  The sweet flavors of powdered sugar, combined with cream cheese and the distinct Margarita flavors will have your licking the bowl long before you run out of the fruit you serve along with it.  I found this recipe in Gooseberry Patch's 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes Cookbook and had to share this new twist on fruit dip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Delicious Pumpkin Dessert

Ott, E was at a Cracker Barrel restaurant the other day and sent me a picture of a sign he saw there, reading "I love you more than anything Pumpkin flavored."  

I thought it was cute and appreciated him thinking of me during the day, as I know his love for all things pumpkin... so I baked him this Delicious Pumpkin Dessert for when he came home that evening.  This recipe has a yellow cake crust, pumpkin filling and then more cake and walnuts on top.  I found the recipe in Gooseberry Patch's "Foolproof Family Recipes." And, I hope after eating this dessert for a couple of days Ott, E still likes me more than Pumpkin.  (wink)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

End of Summer Eggplant Bake

I'm always looking for new recipes to use eggplant in.  So when I found this recipe in the recent Food & Wine Magazine, I had to give it a try.  Of course I made just a couple alterations to the recipe, but this dish could be served as a meatless entree' or as a side dish at your next dinner.  The ricotta cheese brings out a richer flavor in the eggplant and makes for a delicious summer meal.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

International Can it Forward Day.

My garden is overflowing with tomatoes and I'm in the kitchen today canning home made pizza sauce!  And how appropriate to be canning today, August 16th as it is International Can it Forward Day! 
I'm happy to be partnering with Jarden Home Brands, makers of the Ball brand home canning products today as they are hosting the first annual International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson!  This is a day to celebrate home canning as International Can-It-Forward Day allows food enthusiasts to connect via a variety of online and in-person activities. New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast found here on this blog and taking place on ground in Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, filled with canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time by Chef Acheson and other experts while they learn the most popular (and delicious) home canning recipes. Twenty five farmers markets across the country will also be hosting Can-It-Forward Day celebrations!
In addition to the canning demos, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and the brand’s new drinkware line! They will also be attempting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic!
And I will be hosting a giveaway for a Ball Brand Herb Prize Pack valued at over $50.  So check out the weblinks below for the webcast below and then click on the rafflecopter widget (found at the bottom of this blog post) for your chance to enter.
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