Make dinner fun with themes! On the menu for our Mexican night is Ground Beef Tacos with HOMEMADE TORTILLAS. VIRGIN TIGERS BLOOD MARGARITA and SPANISH RICE. To really make the dinner special you need music to go along with the dinner theme and a few simple decorations.
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After tasting cousin Kezia’s delicious lasagna, we were wanting to make some at home. She hadn’t posted her recipe on distractedhomemaker.com yet, so we found this one on-line to tide us over until she did.
It was good but maybe not as deluxe as Kezia’s. I thought it was really easy to make and everyone, including our kids liked it. It is a fun change from the traditional lasagna.
Sausage Alfredo Lasagna
- 1 (15-ounce) Jar Alfredo Sauce
- 1 lb. Turkey sausage, cooked and drained
- 1/2 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 12 ounces lasagna noodles, prepared according to package directions
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish.
- Combine sauce, sausage, spinach, and pepper in a medium bowl.
- In a
separate bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan
cheese, and egg.
- Layer 1/3 of sausage mixture in prepared baking dish. Top with 1/3
of noodles and 1/3 of cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle
with mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs; cover.
- Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes, or until
breadcrumbs are golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes.
All credit for this amazing recipe goes to my sister-in-law Heather. She is an amazing pie maker, not to mention an all around good cook. This apple pie is one of those desserts that is so totally delicious that when you eat it, your eyes close, you “Mmmmmm” and you actually might die a little and go to heaven.
The crust is flaky and buttery. The apple filling is simple and isn’t overpowered by a bunch of spices. Together they combine to make the most incredable pie that will blow your mind. (It can also fight crime)
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Me and Marky signed up for the community beginner bread making class. I signed up first, but then Marky told me he thought it would be fun to take together (I didn’t twist his arm at all, he volunteered…I think he just wants to make sure I learn how to make home made bread).
Last night was our first class, it was fun. We didn’t actually make the dough for the first night, the instructor made all the dough earlier, we just kneaded it and shaped it into loafs, and then baked it. It was more to just get used to working with dough, next week we start from scratch.
Each week is a different kind of bread ranging from standard white bread (last night), dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, braids, filled bread, and ultimately a fancy Santa Clause face bread. She even mentioned on the last day of class they do a pie dough lesson, but my awesome sister in law Heather already beat her to the punch!
I had a lot of fun last night, and am glad I get to take the class with Marky. I’ve already learned a lot in the one class, including a cool tip for rapid dough proofing in the microwave (sounds crazy but it worked awesome). We tried the bread last night after letting it cool, and it was great, can’t wait to try some of the other fancier breads in the coming weeks.
Me and Marky love the southwestern eggrolls appetizer at Chili’s restaurant. They serve it with this zingy guacamole ranch sauce, and it’s just a fantastic tastey dish. If you haven’t tried it before, you should definitely order it the next time you are there.
We found a pretty good copy-cat recipe online that we love to make and freeze so we can just pop a few in the fryer now and then as a treat (we always quadruple the recipe since it’s a bit labor intensive to make them, and it takes just as much time to make a big batch as a single batch).
RECIPE: Click Here For The Chili’s Southwestern Eggrolls Copy-Cat Recipe.
Click here to see a picture tutorial of how I make them in mass quantities!
Our Buffalo Chicken Pizza is so good! You gotta try it!
cell phone picture doesn’t do it justice!
For the pizza crust we use the Grilled Flat bread recipe from Homely Animal. We made a post on it earlier when we made gyros. Note: Omit the rosemary this time.
Then for the chicken we use small cut up pieces of skinless, boneless breast, and then prepare it like our Ranch Chicken recipe.
Then spice up the chicken, tossing it with your favorite hot wing sauce. You can go as mild or as hot as you want.
Grill your flat bread following the recipe instructions. Once you’ve flipped the flat bread on one side, add ranch dressing instead of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese (it’s gotta be freshly grated! Don’t get the pre-bagged shredded stuff, it melts weird) and then add the spiced up chicken.
SO, SO GOOD!
Daddy helping Welly with his pizza! This one was pepperoni and olives.
P.S. We always use the Flat bread recipe for our all our homemade pizza’s now. We love the taste and ease of making it. We love it with pepperoni and olives, or you can do fresh basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, or even Hawaiian. Just use your favorite pizza toppings!
P.P.S. Got leftover Pizza? Wrap them up in tin foil and refrigerate. Then when your ready to eat, uncover them slightly so that the cheese wont stick to the top of the tin foil when its re-heating, and pop in a 350 oven until heated and cheese looks melty again!
My sister-in-law Heather introduced me to Mix-a-Meal. I had never tried any of the recipes before but I loved the idea of saving money and time in the kitchen and using food storage items. Even before trying any of the mixes I bought the mix-a-meal recipe book at the Honeyville Grain in Brigham City, Utah.
Heather and I got together one day and made a bunch of mini mixes. The mini mixes are perfect so that you could try out the recipe first to see if you like it before making large quantities.
We made Buttercream Frosting, Maple Syrup, Cake Mix, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Basic Biscuits, Brownie Mix. I loved the Buttercream Frosting recipe. It was just add water and it was easy to make into different flavored frostings. I tried the frosting on cakes and on cinnamon rolls and both were good. I loved the Maple Syrup recipe. It was just add water and it was so yummy to have hot syrup over pancakes and waffles. I loved the Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Brownie Mix. The Biscuit recipe was probably the one I didn’t like. I’m partial to our Better Than Bisquick Mix recipe which makes great biscuits, waffles, pancakes, anything that calls for bisquick pretty much.
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I had never had homemade ice cream before from a maker that you cranked yourself. So I was pretty excited when Mark started looking up recipes for homemade ice cream. We didn’t have one of our own crank ice cream makers so Mark decided to borrow one of his Dad’s.
We took the ice cream maker to a family dinner at Adam’s Park one night and the whole family helped make it. There were lots of nieces and nephews there willing to crank it for us. The first time we tried making ice cream we made two different recipes. A super rich vanilla ice cream (with real vanilla in it!) that was pretty involved and a second vanilla recipe that was less rich and less involved. I loved the rich super creamy one. It was so good…so thick.
Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe (my favorite, more involved one)
Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe (less involved, but still good one)
It was fun to be at the park, having everyone take turns cranking the ice cream. I really wanted to get our own crank ice cream maker sometime. We looked on-line, but they were so much.
Mark’s sister Heidi, happened to find one for us at the D.I. for $6.00 the other week. It was a cool retro-y looking one. It had all the parts except for two missing scrapers on the paddles. Mark one Saturday easily cut some new ones out and we were in business!!
I suggested this time we do something chocolate. Mark used a vanilla recipe, but then crushed and added Oreo cookies to it.
MARK’S A GENIUS!
We got the boys involved and had them help crank the ice cream on the back porch with us. It was a fun family activity to do together. And the ice cream was way good. I want to try other recipes and add all sorts of things in like, strawberries or cookie dough or chocolate chips.
My Mom has been going nutzz about a Burgerzz Exprezz and we finally made our way up to Smithfield the other week to try one of their burgerzz.
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First Impression- I’ll be honest, I wish it was still Eddie’s. They are in the same location of my favorite rib joint that left a few yearzz ago, and I can’t help but wish Eddie was still there, lazy eye and all. After Eddie’s left, it was a Sushi place, and some of the Asian decor is still lingering today and to me just seemzz weird for a burger place. I told my Mom this azz we were going in the restaurant, and I wazz properly scolded by Mom and told to “Give it a chance”.
Ordering- At my Mom’zz suggestion, I ordered their house burger. Beef patty, ham, bacon, american and swizz cheese. I also decided to get the home cut fries, it cost a bit more, but I thought it would be fun to try.
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Strawberry Peach Jello
Repeat (until no more room left in the dish)
Hide from Husband or else this happens…
“JUST GET ME A SPOON!”-mark