All about food

Just for fun, I decided to take some pictures of the food we’ve been consuming around here in the past couple weeks. I’ll include a few recipes as well.2016-04-01 18.45.27Grilled sausage from our pigs, Lettuce and hard boiled eggs with homemade dressing, and Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Bacon.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Bacon

2.5 lbs. potatoes

8 slices bacon

4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

salt & pepper to taste

Peel potatoes, cut into small pieces. Cover with water and cook till tender. Fry bacon till crispy. Chop into small pieces. Drain water from potatoes and mash till fluffy. Add cream cheese, butter, milk, sour cream, salt & pepper, half the cheddar cheese, and half the mozzarella cheese, and mix well. Stir in half the bacon. Put potatoes into a buttered dish. Top with remaining bacon and cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 min.

  • This recipe came from pinterest, but I tweaked it a bit. They added chives to it, which I didn’t think my kiddos would like, so I eliminated that. I also added a bit of onion salt for extra flavor. They all loved them!
Lettuce Salad Dressing
2 cup sugar ( I use a bitย less)
1 cup miracle whip
1 cup milk
1 Tblsp. vinegar
Blend in blender till smooth. Add to lettuce and hard boiled eggs and toss. Yummy ๐Ÿ™‚
2016-04-01 10.47.35Rice Krispy Rollups
Melt 1/2 cup butter and add 1 bag of mini marshmallows. Heat and stir. Add 5 cups rice krispies. Grease wax paper and lay on a 10×15 in. pan. Add rice krispy mixture and spread.
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
Melt together and pour on top of rice krispy mixture. Spread within 1 inch of edge. refrigerate 20 – 25 minutes and roll up lengthwise. cut into slices and wrap each sliceย with cling wrap. We love these!
2016-04-01 10.46.15Breakfast Casserole
12 – 16 slices bread
2 1/2 cups chopped ham ( I use chipped ham)
16 oz. cheddar cheese
16 oz. mozzarella cheese (I’ve also used cheddar/ Monterey jack cheese) You can always use aย lesser amount ofย cheese as well.
6 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Grease 9×13 pan. Layer 1/2 bread, 1/2 ham, 1/2 cheeses. Repeat layers. Combine egg, milk, and seasonings. Pour over top. Refrigerate overnight. Cover andย bake at 375 degrees forย 40 – 50 min. Add corn flake topping below.
Topping: 3 cups crushed cornflakes, 1/2 cup butter, melted.
Bake 10 – 20 minutes more. Quick, easy, and good ๐Ÿ™‚
2016-04-01 10.49.42
Enchiladas Americano
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1-2 cups baked beans
You can also add a 4oz. can of mushrooms if you like. Mix all ingredients. Spoon into crunchy taco shells and lay in 9×13 in.ย pan.
Topping:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup salsa
Mix and pour over taco shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream or Ranch dressing. This recipe is from the cookbook “Heartwarming Recipes from Our Family’s Table”. I adjusted it a bit to our likes. It calls for soft taco shells, but my family likes it better with the crunchy shells. I love this recipe for something quick and flavorful!
2016-04-01 10.51.41Little cheddar meatloaves, mashed potaoes with cream cheese, bacon crouton salad, and green beans.
Little Cheddar Meatloaves
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup onion ( I just sprinkle a bit of dried onion piecesย in it)
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. ground beef
Mix and form into 8 small loaves.
Topping:
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. mustard
Mix and add to top ofย loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. and 15 min.
Enjoy!
Bacon Crouton Salad
1 head of lettuce
1 cup cheese
croutons
bacon, fried
Dressing:
1 cup mayo or miracle whip
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
3 Tblsp. vinegar
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. celery seed
Blend dressing in blender. Pour over salad just before serving. So tasty!!
2016-04-01 10.44.15Beef Stroganoff Sandwiches
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp. salt
1 loaf French bread
butter, softened
16 oz. sour cream
12 oz. cheddar cheese
Cut bread in half lengthwise. Spread with butter. Brown beef with onions. Drain and add salt. Remove from heat and add sour cream. Spoon on bread. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. Goes great with a salad!
* I think I shared this recipe before, but it’s a favorite quick meal here, so I’ll share it again ๐Ÿ™‚ We like to eat this sandwich with barbecue sauce or Ranch.
Have a great week, friends! It looks cold for around here ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast

Thought I’d share with you a recipe we enjoy. It came from my mother-in-law, and I think it’s the best baked oatmeal ๐Ÿ™‚ The secret is DON’T overbake ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just so much better when it’s not dry!

BAKED OATMEAL

3/4 cup melted butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs

4 1/2 cups oatmeal

3 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or maple flavoring

Beat butter and brown sugar till creamy. Add rest of ingredients. I add the oatmeal and milk last, alternating them so it’s less mess. Pour into a greased 9×13 in. pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. We love it while it’s warm!misc. nov. 2014 020Jenna likes to get up early, so she “helped” me make it ๐Ÿ™‚misc. nov. 2014 018It all went well except for the time she hit high speed on the mixer when she had just dumped in oatmeal. Oh well, that’s easier to clean up than some things ๐Ÿ™‚misc. nov. 2014 021misc. nov. 2014 022misc. nov. 2014 023_edited-1Definitely have to eat it with some farm fresh milk ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another thing we eat at least 4-5 times a week is eggs. Devan has been asking to make them, so I let him if there’s time. He does really well with them.misc. nov. 2014 010 misc. nov. 2014 011 misc. nov. 2014 012misc. nov. 2014 013Sometimes I fight him, and tell him he will make a good husband some day ๐Ÿ™‚ I get the eye rolls.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We had a yummy meal at Dale’s parents, and this weekend we are heading to Maryland to celebrate with my family. My 2 older sisters live down there, so it’s always nice to spend the day there!

And if you are one of the crazy people that go shopping on Black Friday, bless your little shopping soul ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would rather milk cows than do that ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe if you go with friends, and stop for coffee and breakfast it would be worth it. My highlight of shopping is always the eating out ๐Ÿ™‚ Anywho, enjoy your weekend whatever you may be doing!