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Swedish Meatballs


I found this recipe here.

It’s the best one I’ve tried yet- to date. I normally wouldn’t try this with pork, because I’m not a huge pork fan…but I decided to give it a go. I was so shocked at how good it is! I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe.

I’ve been sitting here waiting for the kid to get home. He’s really not going to be happy with me. The reason why is because he has to clean his bedroom and the game room. In addition he has to pick his clothes up out of the floor in the bathroom. It makes me laugh because he gets all cranky and whinny. He asks every single week, multiple times to get paid for chores, but we keep telling him no. First off, there are things he’s required to do, because it’s his space. I wont pay him to clean his room….However, I’d be willing to give him money if he did other things in the house in addition to cleaning his space. We had the idea of collecting cans, because we buy a lot of canned drinks. Well he refused to get out and do the work for them…so here we are back at square one….teaching a child responsibility and independence is hard work ya’ll!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 lbs ground pork

1 lbs ground beef

1/2 cup panko

2 large egg yolks

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

salt and pepper

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup all purpose flour

4 cups beef broth

3/4 cups sour cream

2 tablespoons parsley

Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Combine the ground beef and pork. Add panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, cooked onion, and salt and pepper. Combine. Use a small cookie scoop to measure mix into even balls. Roll in hands. Add oil to skillet and brown meatballs in batches. Brown on all sides and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Make the gravy by melting butter in a skillet. Whisk in flour in and cook until lightly browned. Whisk in broth. Once slightly thick. Stir in sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir in meatballs. Stir occasionally. Cook about 8-10 minutes.

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Corn Dog’s


My kid refuses to eat lunch at school. He absolutely will go without food, just to not eat at school. It’s funny that he does this, because this didn’t start until he was in the 3rd grade, I suppose. It’s been a struggle finding things that he can take for school lunch. I’ve learned to buy things like corn dogs, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, mac and cheese and so forth. I have been working a lot lately to find things that are going to freeze well and hold up well in his thermos. These are amazing. They freeze well, they heat up well in the oven from a frozen state, and in addition they hold up well until he goes to lunch. I can make a huge batch of these very quickly. What I also like is that  it’s much cheaper than buying the mini corn dogs in the freezer section. I can choose the quality. I make a few batches of these about once a month. Try them ya’ll!

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup self rising cornmeal

1 cup of milk (or buttermilk)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/8 cup sugar

2 large eggs

6otdogs cut into inch pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat mini muffin tin with nonstick spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour and cornmeal. In another bowl add milk, butter, sugar and eggs. Pour into dry and mix until just moist. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup. Put a hot dog in the middle. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Serve.

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Philly Cheesecake Cups


You know what I really hate? I hate it when I’m cooking something I see online and it doesn’t turn out to be as pretty as the picture the recipe maker has posted. How frustrating! It’s funny how that happens. It’s much like life…

Tonight I’ve been thinking about my friend Heidi. It’s funny I’ve known her for a really long time. Since we were in middle school, if not before. In high school we weren’t really friends. We tolerated each other, because our boyfriends were best friends. Eventually she and  I both left those relationships behind us and moved on to new relationships. We ended up unknowingly having children that ended up being the same age, same schools, some of the greatest friends. At some point, we became great friends. The best of friends. It’s like we had been best friends our whole lives. She’s like a sister to me.

I think it’s funny how things turn out. There are many things in this world beyond our control. Every once in a while we end up with a relationship that’s a diamond in the rough. Then you end up surprised by the brilliance of that relationship. It’s just important that we hang on and look at things beyond the wrapper. You’ll end up surprised by what you find.

1/2 pepper, chopped

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 lb steak (I use ribeye)

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup milk

salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Puff pastry

olive oil

Saute in olive oil the onion and pepper in a skillet. Remove. Slice steak (or cube). Brown. Once browned add back the onion and pepper. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I generally do the garlic like I do the salt and pepper, to taste. Add milk and heavy cream. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Lay out puff pastry. Cut into 3’s long ways and side ways. Should end up with 9 squares. Place each pastry in a sprayed muffin tin section and push into cup. Add spoonful’s of meat until evenly distributed. Bake 10-12 minutes until browned. Remove and add mozzarella cheese to the top of each puff pastry section. Bake again until cheese is bubbly.

Find the original here on Facebook from Tasty.


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Beef Stew Round 3


I don’t know why but different beef stew recipes leave me fascinated. I think they are so easy and hearty. They literally come in all different shapes, flavors, and countries. I’m particularly partial to Irish stews though. You’ll find I make them most whenever it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This particular recipe I had stuffed in my cookbook and I just hadn’t bothered to ever make it. I decided to pull it out and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I would change a few things though. Like for one, I’d cook the beef a little longer to make it even more tender.

5 cups of chicken broth

1 lb beef stew meat

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 teaspoons tomato paste

3/4 cup dry red wine

1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, cut into pieces

1 lb carrots

Combine beef, onions, oil, salt, and pepper ina  dutch oven. Over medium heat cook. Brown meat. Stir in garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant. This is about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste and flour. Cook about 1 minute. Stir in wine. Stir out lumps. Stir in beef broth. Cover. Reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and cook until tender.

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Sloppy Joe’s


I love sloppy joes. There’s so many recipes for sloppy joes out there. Some get so fancy. Honestly, who needs fancy? I just want something simple and easy. Isn’t that the point of sloppy joes anyway? When my oldest graduated, his great grandmother made sloppy joes at his graduation get together. It was a huge hit! It’s become a family favorite.

1 lb ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 small green bell pepper

8 oz of tomato sauce, or puree.

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of crushed garlic

dash of hot sauce

Sauté the hamburger, pepper, and onion until the meat is cooked, and the vegetables are soft. Drain fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve. Enjoy!


Country Fried Steak


One summer I went to stay with my mom’s brother and his wife. She cooked a lot of things I didn’t get here at my parents house. Liver mush being an example. one word…GROSS. I hate Liver mush. I refused to eat it. Not all things were gross to me. This was one of the most favorite things she ever made me. She taught me to cook it and I still have this knowledge 20 years or more later after learning to make it.

Cubed steak (I usually do 6 pcs)


Olive or Canola Oil

Seasoning of choice (cayenne, salt, pepper, parsley, etc)

1 cup Flour

1-2 cloves Garlic

In a plate put flour and seasonings and mix it up. In a pot scoop in butter and oil. You generally will use about 1/4 cup butter and oil. Roll beef in flour mixture. Place meat in pot and cover. Brown on both sides. Once done leave oil in pot and add garlic. stir until fragrant. Add flour. Stir. Wait patiently until it’s browned. Add water a little at a time to prevent lumps. Stir until thick. Add Salt and pepper. Stir and your done! ENJOY!




Every week my 10 year old says Mom can you make Lasagna tonight? I know I should give in more often than I do. He’s only little once. Usually, I’ll say No because I don’t have enough time. It’s not how you think though. He usually waits to ask at like 6pm. I tell him no, because if I did it’d be 9pm before we eat. I say this because the steps in this recipe cause it to take a while. It’s so worth the effort though.

2 12 oz cans of tomato sauce

2 bags of mozzarella cheese

1 small onion

1 box of lasagna noodles

1 tablespoon of garlic

1 small can of tomato paste

1 small container of ricotta cheese

1 lbs hamburger meat

2 teaspoons parsley

2 teaspoons basil

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Add tomato sauce to a pot. Add tomato paste. Add basil to pot. Add salt. Put on a burner on low. In a large pot add olive oil and salt and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook. When finished cooking pour in a strainer, run under cold water. Lay on a paper towel to remove access water. In a bowl add parsley. Add pepper. Add Ricotta. Add Egg. Add parmesan. Mix…

In a frying pan add meat and onion. Add garlic. Cook, drain add to the tomato sauce. Add a little sauce to the bottom of the pan. Layer noodles, ricotta mix, sauce mix, shredded cheese, then noodles. Repeat until out of ingredients. Add parm to the top bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before you cut and serve.