Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simple Enchilada Recipe

Here is a yummy recipe that most of my family loves~ yes, I have a couple of picky kiddos. But, this recipe is one of my hubby's favorite. I started making this when we were just dating, which is forever ago & he will still request it! It's a little on the spicy side, you can tame it down a bit by using a mild enchilada sauce & omitting the Rotel.

 What you need: Cooked chicken breast or cooked ground beef, shredded cheese, 1 can of Rotel, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of your favorite enchilada sauce, one can of tomato sauce. (I used a large can, because I was serving a crowd), *flour or corn tortillas.

*I prefer corn tortillas, but they are a bit more labor intense. Up to you though!

1st: Dice or shred cooked chicken & place in a large bowl & add can of Rotel & add as much cheese as your heart desires. Stir.

2nd: Set meat mixture aside.

It's sauce time: Mix soups, enchilada sauce in a bowl.

Now: Pour the sauce, just enough to cover bottom of a greased cake or casserole pan.

Almost there...wait for it...
Fill your tortilla shells with meat mixture and wrap and place on top of enchilada sauce.

Now: Pour remaining sauce on top of enchiladas & top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 25-30 min at 375 degrees.

Wallah! Yummy and simple enchiladas!

 As always, you can healthy this recipe up by using low fat soups & cheese.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cheeseball a la Betty Crocker

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, everyone!  Every holiday season I make this Cheeseball from an old Betty Crocker cookbook.  It's pretty simple to put together and it's a hit every time I serve it.

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese**
3/4 cup crumbled blue, Gorgonzola or feta cheese (4 ounces)**
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Place cheeses in medium bowl; let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes or until softened. Beat onion and Worcestershire sauce into cheeses with electric mixer on low speed until mixed. Beat on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently, until fluffy.  **Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours until firm enough to shape into a ball.

Shape cheese mixture into 1 large ball.  Roll in parsley; place on serving plate.  **Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.  Serve with crackers.

**Iuse 1/3 less fat cream cheese.  My package of blue cheese was 5 ounces and I used it all.  After I mix all the ingredients together I line a bowl with plastic wrap and spoon the mixture into the bowl. I cover the mixture with the plastic wrap and then refrigerate it over night.  When I'm ready to plate the cheeseball I remove the plastic-wrapped mixture from the bowl and I form it into a ball while it's still wrapped. This works so much better than doing it with your bare hands.  I don't roll my finished cheeseball in parsley because my family would be less likely to eat it if it were green!  If I were to serve it anywhere else I probably would roll it in the parsley or chopped pecans.
Finely chopped onion.
Mixed together.
Spoon into plastic wrap & bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap.
After refrigeration.
Forming inside plastic wrap.
After forming into ball.
Ready to serve.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mini Cinnamon Rolls (made with Crescent Rolls) Recipe

Mini Cinnamon Rolls (made with Crescent Rolls) Recipe

These cinnamon rolls are so delectable (fancy word for yummy) & simple to make! I love to make these for special occasions or a fun appetizer for big holiday gatherings. I must mention, they will disappear fast!

Here is what you need: Crescent Rolls (the seamless ones work best, but regular are just fine too), cinnamon & sugar, butter, dental floss (un-waxed).

1st: Spread out crescent roll dough & spread softened butter (generously) with a spatula.

2nd: Sprinkle cinnamon & sugar onto buttered crescent roll dough.

3rd: Carefully roll dough.

Almost there: Now here is the fun part...Dental Floss! Use the dental floss to slice the dough into little cinnamon rolls. It's so easy and the floss helps so you do not squish them.

Finally: Place the cute little cinnamon rolls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes at 375 degrees.

Now: Frost them with your favorite cream cheese frosting!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Meatloaf Muffins Recipe

This recipe is simple and fun too! My hubby told me this is the best meatloaf he has ever had! Have I mentioned I love him?
I like this recipe because it takes half the cooking time compared to your "normal" size meatloaf recipe would. If you want to healthy this up a bit, use lean ground turkey & reduced fat soup.
I must warn you: Your house will smell AMAZING while these are baking!

Here is what you need: Salt & pepper, 1 box of savory herbs stuffing mix (any brand), 1/2 cup Ketchup, 1/4 cup of brown sugar 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey, 1 can of tomato soup (not pictured) oops forgot it in the pic!

First: Use a whisk or fork to stir your eggs.

Second: Add meat, stuffing mix, cheese, onion, tomato soup, dash of salt and pepper, & 1/4 cup of ketchup and stir together really well. (You may have to get messy & use your hands)

Third: Spray muffin pan generously with cooking spray.

Fourth: Time for the real fun! Use your hands to shape meat mixture into a nice ball shape and place in muffin tin.

Almost there: Now its time to make your sauce! Use the rest of ketchup (1/4 cup) and brown sugar. Stir together & spoon sauce on top of the meatloaf muffins.

Finally: It is time to bake these muffins! Place in oven, uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-35 min.

Wallah! Yummy meatloaf muffins in half the time!

If you want live on the edge a little bit; let your kids help too!


Monday, November 14, 2011

How do you Serve the Lord?

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (NIV, Romans 12:5-8)

How do you serve the Lord? Do you serve gladly? Do you serve the Lord with a cheerful heart? I know that I am guilty of sometimes doing more complaining and not having joy in my heart. I came across a devotion about this a few months of go. Needless to say it was very convicting to me. I prayed about this, and I know the Lord gave me my talents. I know now that I need to use my talents to serve the Lord. And serve with honest Joy.

I love to organize and "take charge" of things. So I take my "bossiness", as my family would call it, and use it in a way the Lord would want me to.

After I had my 4th baby, ladies from our church brought us meals and it was a huge blessing to our family. I noticed everyone that brought us a meal, had true joy in their heart. I was so thankful for that.

It later became something, I would do for others once and a while. Now, I can honestly say I am "joyfully"  in charge of organizing meals for moms, who are welcoming home a new baby, & for people who are released from a hospital stay. It is great to see God work through others and myself to bring a small blessing. We are God's hands.

If you are interested in serving God this way, here is a website that helps make it even easier. www.takethemameal.com
If you feel God tugging at your heartstrings to do this too...please check out this website.

How do you serve God?



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Coupon Binders! Yes we sell them too!

How do you organize your coupons? With today's economy using coupons is something that is not an option for me. I have tried a few methods to organize my coupons, The first method was to clip the coupons and throw them in a file. That didn’t work for obvious reasons. Then I decided to use a binder. This works well for me and maybe it will work well for you too.
What you Need:

·  A binder

·  Coupons (obvious)

·  Baseball card pages

·  Dividers

·  Folders

·  A pencil case

·  A calculator

·  Scissors

Decide how you want to organize your coupons – by type (dairy, toiletries, baking supplies), by aisle, by expiration, etc. Then, create a divider for each of your categories.
  1. Stick your dividers in the binder, and place several baseball card pages behind each one (these will corral all of your coupons).
  2. Add a folder to hold all of the current weekly sales flyers (if your binder has pockets on the inside of the cover, you can use those instead).
  3. If you're a rebater, also add a folder to hold the rebates that you're working on.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops (Crockpot recipe)

Here is another yummy "dump & forget recipe" for your Crockpot. I love these kinds of recipes. They are wonderful & SIMPLE  for us busy people.

But I am going to warn you: If you are watching your waistline...log off now! This recipe is rich, and loaded with calories. If you want to healthy it up a bit, you could use lower fat soup and cream cheese.

As with everything yummy...moderation is the key! So in other words, do not indulge the whole thing!

What you need: *4 pork chops, Hidden Valley Ranch packet, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 4 tbsp butter, 5 tbsp cream cheese, paprika for seasoning

* You can use chicken breast in place of pork chops.

First: Season pork chops lightly with paprika.

Second: Melt cream cheese & butter together, until softened for about 45 seconds in microwave and stir.

Third: Add soup & packet of ranch seasoning. Stir together & spoon on top of chicken.
Finally: Place lid on Crockpot, and set to low for 5-6 hours. Easy Peasy!

This is yummy served with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. The sauce can be used as gravy too.

I have seen other recipes that call for a little bit more cream cheese and butter, and I have found it to be just as good with less. If you would like to add more pork chops, just increase your soup to 2 cans. Trust me; the flavor is just as rich.