Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mable's Meatloaf

I have no idea who Mable is and neither does my grandmother. It should be called Nan's Meatloaf!

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb meatball mix, pork, veal or turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
1/3 tsp pepper or red pepper
1/2 cup ketchup or bbq sauce (sometimes I do half and half)
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 tbsp Worcestershire or soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine everything in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.  Grease a large loaf pan.  Cook for 30-45 minutes until done.

Creamy Potato Bake

I got this recipe from the 4 Ingredients Facebook site. The idea behind 4 Ingredients is to provide families with easy recipes that even children will like. You can find other great recipes on that website as well. If you "like" them on Facebook then you can get more recipes too!

To be honest, I feel this recipe needs some tweaking. My husband says it is good, but I feel it needs some spices. I feel that if you switch up the cheese, it will add a great deal of extra flavor. Maybe Havarti or Gouda?
3 large russet potatoes
1 cup sour cream
1 tbsp crushed garlic (I used the wet minced in a jar)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Peel and slice the potatoes into one inch pieces (similar to scalloped potatoes).  I steamed mine for about 15-20 minutes. In a bowl combine the sour cream and garlic.  It is kind of a rule in our house that we always add a bit more garlic than the recipe calls for. Add in one cup of the cheese and stir.

Add a layer of the potatoes and then spread on some of the cream mixture.  Add another layer and then some more cream. When finished, top with the left over half cup of cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes: Next time I would use a deeper dish that is a lot smaller in width.  I would use red or yellow small potatoes and quarter them instead of slices or I would still slice them and use the smaller potatoes. I would also add pepper, salt and some sort of other spice such as paprika. I would love to try this using a different cheese as well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dipping Sauce

This one is a favorite of mine!

5 tablespoons Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce (the regular flavor)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard or dijonnaise
2 tablespoons honey

Mix together and dip away!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Sister's Bachelorette Party

Burgers and Bull Rides....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Caleb!

This sweet boy turns two years old! He loves Toy Story, Cars and Thomas the Train.  I got him the awesome hat he is wearing, which I am so glad he loved! I got him a Toy Story water bottle and Cars sing along cd. The gift bag was a Cars trick or treat bag that he can use to collect candy in this Halloween.  His parents had a small birthday party at Chic-fil-a on his actual birthday. The whole birthday shebang will be on Saturday!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Alice and Jim's Wedding

Guest book

Ring Bearer pulling the Flower Girl in a wagon

Favors: Coasters and we helped with the poem!


Mini pastries in addition to cake

Gorgeous wedding in the Poconos!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hello, Beautiful!

I got to meet this lovely little girl named Avery Madison. She is so adorable and only a week young.

The mama has blonde hair and claims "she had nothing to do with this one" (haha). Well, she is beautiful just like her mother so she did contribute. I love that she has a full head of hair already!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I got this lovely and unexpected gift from a friend of mine. She is doing a photo shoot with her soon to be husband and needed cowboy boots. I gave her a rarely used pair that I got at dsw before I became a cowboy boot snob. She loved them so I just said to keep them since I do not wear them. She thanked me by giving me this adorable Pyrex casserole bowl! See why can't bartering work in this country anymore?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kevin Bacon Themed Bridal Shower

My sister, Kristin, loves Kevin Bacon. She is getting married on October 15th, so we decided to throw her a themed shower honoring her love for Mr. Bacon. My mother and I did a lot of research and with the help of family and friend we surprised her! We had a 6 ft cardboard cut out, bacon related food and Kevin Bacon masks. It was a hit!

the masks:

the invite:

 Mr. Bacon:

 outside seating:

the game:

the t shirt:

 the back of the shirt:

bacon bread sticks:

peanut butter cupcakes sans bacon and maple syrup and bacon chocolate chip cookies that were super good:

bacon and cheese dip:

vegetable and bacon salad:

german potato salad:

ham biscuits:

the happy couple getting some food:

the other happy couple:

KB masks being put to good use:

such a fun time!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Babysitting Some Chicks!

Happily babysitting two sweet chicks while my friends are away on vacation!

Chicken Tenders

Raw chicken tenderloins
2 eggs
lime juice
lemon juice
coarse salt
ground red pepper
Lowry's seasoning salt
spray cooking oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a glass pan with the cooking oil. Put a non-stick skillet on the stove.

In one bowl, add some flour. In another bowl add the eggs and some milk. On a plate add the breadcrumbs along with salt, pepper, red pepper and Lowry's seasoning salt or any other seasonings you like and mix. Dredge the chicken in the flour then the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs. Place in the skillet to crisp up the  breadcrumbs. Let both sides become a golden brown and then place in the glass pan. Do this until all chickens are covered. Sprinkle lemon and lime juice on top and sprinkle any extra seasonings. Cook about 20-25 minutes or until done.