Trips, Uncategorized

Dear Lancaster…

Dear Lancaster,

Let me tell you how I adore thee. Ok ya’ll. Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have a crazy obsession with the Amish. It’s something about the way they act, their beliefs, their lifestyle that fascinates me. Most of all their cooking and their crafting have me crazy excited! We went to Katie’s Kitchen when were in Lancaster. It was the most amazing restaurant. My husband had turkey, I had meatloaf, the boys had a philly cheesesteak burrito, and a mushroom swiss cheeseburger. I actually can say I didn’t care for the meatloaf, but the turkey I stole from my husbands plate was the most amazing thing ever. Then a whoopie pie for dessert….it was heaven. I have determined that I adore whoopee pies. I also love their cinnamon rolls, I just don’t care a lot for their icing. That’s just because I’m not really into sweet foods much. Guys if you go up go to Katie’s Kitchen and to the Bake Shop in Bird in Hand, Pa. You’ll love it.

Beef, Uncategorized

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.

Beef, Uncategorized

Korean Beef


I love this recipe. It’s sweet and salty. It’s just amazing. One thing I really like about this recipe is that we can put it in the freezer with the marinade and when we defrost it it’s instant marinade. It’s a great recipe!

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup (I use a little more) Pear

2 tablespoons sesame oil

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

dash of pepper

Mix all ingredients and marinade for the day.

Cook on grill, in the oven, or stir fry,


Beef, Uncategorized

Hot Dog Chili


I couldn’t ever make chili. I tried all kinds of recipes. Nothing worked. Nothing tasted good. One day mom comes to me and says guess what…I found this recipe. I tried it thinking gross…this isn’t going to taste good. I was so wrong. It’s very good. Now I don’t make chili any other way. My mother in law watched me make the chili and she was so confused as to why I put water in the beef. Guys I’m serious, do this! It breaks your meat up and it makes the meat the texture it needs to be.

1 package of chili seasoning (or your own)

1 can of tomato soup

1/2-1 lbs hamburger meat

a little water

Tip: Add a little water and it’ll not be as chunky.

Brown meat in a frying pan. Drain and rinse meat (this helps get rid of excess grease). Add half or whole pack of chili seasoning. Add half to whole can of tomato soup.

Beef, Uncategorized

Taco bake


This was a hit. My two boys beg to get these for lunches during the summer. I ended up making these today. I made 16 of these and the boys ate somewhere around half of them. Then the older one came before heading to work and ate 2 more of them.  Make these for your family and see how fast they grab these bad boys up!

1 lbs ground beef

1 pack taco seasoning

2 cans crescent rolls

cheddar cheese


Cook ground beef


Add taco mix and make as package directs.


Unroll crescents.


Fill with taco meat and top with cheese.


fold top down and sides in. Cut off excess.


Bake til golden brown. Yum!