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 bit 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 🙂
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 slice 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 a lesser amount of 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 and bake at 375 degrees for 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 🙂
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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. pan.
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 pieces in it)
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. ground beef
Mix and form into 8 small loaves.
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. mustard
Mix and add to top of loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. and 15 min.
Bacon Crouton Salad
1 head of lettuce
1 cup cheese
bacon, fried
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 🙂 We like to eat this sandwich with barbecue sauce or Ranch.
Have a great week, friends! It looks cold for around here 🙂

Being a Mom

I’m still learning how to do this mom thing. If another more experienced mom would have told me at 20 yrs. old what all I was getting into, I probably would have thought they were exaggerating 🙂

Last evening we were home, and I was out of lunch meat, eggs, or anything else that I often have for a Sunday supper, so I decided on soft pretzels. The kiddos all wanted to help make them. I wanted them to be able to help, but the neat freak in me was cringing inside. “Please keep the flour on the island”, “are your hands clean?”, ” roll up your sleeves, they are covered in flour”. And then the fighting began, and I forgot to grease the wax paper I put them on, and they looked they were all made my 4 yr. olds. Sigh. And then they were coming out of the oven, and Dale came in, and as fast as 1 pan came out, they were soon devoured. I didn’t count, but I would say it made 20-25 small pretzels. I got 2. Which is reasonable, but the pregnant mommy wanted another, and they fought over the last one! Needless to say, I was perturbed. Being a mom means servanthood, and I really struggle with that sometimes.

Being a mom means sometimes we let the messes go to do something more important. Like write a blog post. Ok, kidding a little, but right now my house is messy, and I chose to write instead. And this morning I felt a bit lousy, and Jenna wanted me to play a game with her. I so often choose the wrong thing, but this morning I played with her for 10 min., and she was so happy. Taking time for our children is always a good thing. It’s just not always what we feel like doing. Again, being a mom requires serving.

Being a mom means you are a walking wet wipe/tissue/burp rag. Got a booger, give that to mom. Snot nose, her clothing will clean that. Sticky mouth, wipe that good on mom’s outfit. It works great 🙂

Being a mom means that we clean, and wash, and bake, and cook, and discipline over and over and over again. Because we love them. And sometimes we do it while feeling very unloving. At least I do. But love should override feelings. Sometimes that selfish nature comes out, and apologies need to be made. And sometimes we need to give ourselves a pep talk, and change our attitudes. But love serves, even when it’s hard.

Being a mom means you make a great pillow, and your bed sleeps better than your children’s beds. And there’s always room for one more 🙂

You are the boo boo kisser, the dishwasher, the cook, the nurse, the story reader, the referee, the taxi driver, the cleaning lady, and so much more.

And guess what? Sometimes being a mom means we can do what we feel like doing. Within reason 🙂 And tonight I felt like making these, because baby wanted some chocolate 😉20160208_194810These are so easy! I may have shared these before, but since I don’t remember, and I feel too lazy to look back, I’ll share again.

I make 1 brownie mix (9×13), bake at required temp, throw on marshmallows to cover and put back in oven for another minute. Cool a bit. Mix 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter, and melt together. Add 2 cups rice Krispies to chocolate and peanut butter mixture, and spread on top. And eat with a glass of cold milk 🙂

To all the moms out there, hang in there, take a deep breath, and keep serving your families. It is a high calling for sure. And if you’re not a mom, I hope I didn’t scare you from it 🙂 Because it’s so worth it, every bit!

And now I have to take a breath myself, a very deep one, and referee a big fight happening here 🙂

Ice cream Pie

You do not disappoint. I don’t care if it’s blowing and cold outside. I still love you. You’ve made my bit of quiet this afternoon so sweet. I feel much calmer after enjoying your yummy goodness.20150212_134504And now the question is, how much exactly is a serving?? 🙂

Ice cream Pie

1/3 cup karo (light corn syrup)

1/3 cup peanut butter

2 cups rice krispies

Mix and put in pie dish. Makes one shell.

Fudge layer:

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup fudge topping

3 Tbsp. karo

Mix. (I heat it a bit to mix it easier) Add to pie shell. Freeze till firm. Fill with ice cream.

My friend Christina gave me this recipe, and it’s quick and easy, and oh so tasty 🙂 And it supports the dairy industry 🙂 Need any more reasons to give it a try? 😉

And now I best get crackin’! 🙂 Happy Thursday!!

More From My Phone

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here it is COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really would just stay at home if I could. But there is school children to take to school, groceries to get, and bible school this evening. But in between that, we will be staying warm in our home.

Time to unload some phone pics once again….20141230_182007 20141230_182328 I don’t make this rollup very often. It has lots of delish chocolate, and is a weakness for me when it’s here 🙂20150102_083049I love watching and listening to her play doll!20150102_084427 20150102_084444Momma/Daughter selfie #that’sactuallythesunshining:)20150101_133848My lunch – love taco salad!20150103_163948More playing doll20150103_084550Our regular Saturday morning breakfast. This is a momma sized pancake 🙂20150105_095008Helping hang the barn wash up on the drying rack before we head out in the wicked weather 🙂20150105_181239One of our favorite meals – mashed potatoes, parmesan chicken, and corn. All I could hear was chewing 🙂 Nice when you make a meal they like so much, they just eat, and don’t complain.IMG_20150104_134250If you’ve never had Longhorn’s chocolate stampede, you are missing an awesome moment if your life 😉 However brief that moment may be. It’s good this was shared by 4 people. I looked up the nutrition facts on it. Oh boy! It has a whopping 2,180 calories! Total fat – 131 grams. To burn off the calories? 605 min. of walking, 249 min. of jogging, 181 min. of swimming, or 332 minutes of cycling. Like I said, 4 people shared, but I could easily polish it off by myself. I’d just skip the icecream and eat the chocolate stuff 🙂 I say, worth.every.bite!!20150105_112233Home from BB’S. Unloading the loot.20150105_201119Bedtime snack. Oreos and milk. The 2 empty spots didn’t want their picture taken 🙂20150106_131209  Love my hardworking, tired farmer and his sidekick 🙂 20150106_144857Bad picture of a yummy cupcake. Mother-in-law was baking for something, and didn’t like how they turned out. Lucky us! We get to reap the benefits 🙂20150107_112304 20150107_112830Lunch at Macs with a friend.20150107_112918I had a coupon. Buy one, get one free. Cue the happy dance. Put it in the freezer when I got home. Might share it 😉20150107_12263620150107_123201Making an “E” with pasta20150107_123514Dale was discussing with our vet how our little man struggles with school books. His wife works with special needs children, and they were so kind to give us this hooked on phonics set. Tristan is really enjoying it! Another thing they suggested was He really loves it and it’s teaching him alot!

Have a blessed day! Try to stay warm 🙂

For the cupcake lovers

cupcakesCake part : 1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup oil

1 cup water

Mix together dry ingredients, and then add the rest. Fill cups 1/2 full of batter.

Filling : 8 oz. cream cheese

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

dash salt

6 oz. chocolate chips ( I like semi-sweet )

Soften cream cheese and beat well before adding the rest of the ingredients. Put 1 tbsp. filling on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.

A tip for a moist cupcake – Do NOT overbake 🙂 I always set my timer for 14 min. and then check them. If I think the center isn’t quite set, I will do them 1 min. longer, but that’s it. Then I let them sit a bit in the cupcake pans after they are out of the oven. I think they may bake a little bit more just sitting in the,farm, misc 038I often get compliments on these when I make them 🙂 Hopefully you enjoy them as well!

Easy, Delicious bars

If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE chocolate 🙂 I also love an easy recipe. This came from a church friend when she brought us a meal after I had Jenna. It is my go to recipe when I’m having last minute company, or feeding a hungry work crew. The best part – you don’t even need your mixer.

Crust : 1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (1 sleeve)

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand  sweetened, condensed milk ( I’ve used other brands, but I do like the thickness of Eagle Brand)

Toppings :

2 cups semi – sweet choc. chips

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 for glass dish). In 9×13 pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over butter. Pour sweetened, condensed milk over crumbs. Sprinkle with 2 to 3 toppings of your choice. Press toppings down gently with a fork. Bake 25-30 minutes. Don’t overbake 🙂 When I see mine browning around the edges, I get it out. Remove from oven. If using marshmallows, sprinkle on directly after removing from oven. Press down with a fork. Bake 2 minutes more. Cool. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature. ENJOY!

My family likes the semi-sweet & pb chips for the toppings, so that’s what I stick with. Let me know if you try them, and if you liked them 🙂house,farm, misc 037

Rice Krispie Balls

au 008Got this recipe from a friend. Thanks, Janelle 🙂 I think every time I make them, someone says how good they are. Plus, they are so easy, even my 11 yr. old makes them.

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 cup rice krispies

1/4 cup honey ( I use light corn syrup )

1/2 cup choc. chips

Mix together and form into balls.

You can roll them in powdered sugar if you’d like. Personally, I think they taste better that way 🙂 But I do have a sweet tooth. And take my word for it, you will want to double the recipe right away. They never last long here 🙂