Sunday, September 30, 2012

Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8-12 ounces medium pasta shells  (I used whole wheat—yum!)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained (I used Ro-tel mild)
  • 1 packet (4 tablespoons) taco seasoning-Note I only used about 2 Tablespoons
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat and onions over medium-high heat. Add in the diced tomatoes, garlic and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and remaining pasta water. Continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Simmer for a few minutes over medium heat to reduce the sauce, if needed.

Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor, if desired.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage

6 Italian Sausage
2 Green peppers-Chopped
1-Red pepper-Chopped
1-Large red onion-Chopped
4-Garlic cloves minced
2-Cans italian diced tomatoes
2-Tbsp Italian seasoning

Combine Italian sausage, green peppers, red pepper, large red onion, garlic cloves, cans italian diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Split between two gallon freezer bags, seal, mix, lay flat and freeze.

To cook, add a drizzle of olive oil to slow cooker and cook on low for six hours and serve over hot noodles or even rice.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Guest Post!! =) Oven Hot Dogs

This post comes from a friend of mine Amber. I think she loves to cook and eat just as much as I do!! When she posted this recipe on her facebook the other day I just knew it had to be shared. Hope you enjoy it!!

Oven Hot Dogs
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 can of chili
1/2 an onion, diced
Cheddar cheese
Mustard {I used spicy brown, but you could use any mustard.}
Sweet relish

Line inside of hot dog buns with mayonnaise and sweet relish. Evenly add mustard. Fill with hot dogs and squish into a 13×9″ baking pan.

Top hot dogs with chili, cheese, and diced onion. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!!! Very yummy! Along with them I made Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!!!

Thank you Amber for sharing, I can't wait to try them myself. Other sides you could have would be a small baked potato, tater tots, pasta/potato salad or my favorite Mac and Cheese. I would also add a leafy green salad to offset all the calories =)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

 Homemade Laundry Soap


2 bars grated Fels Naptha soap (or other bar soap of your choice)
4 cups Borax
4 cups washing soda (NOT baking soda) I found mine at Walmart

Simply mix together and use 2 Tablespoons per load of laundry. I use it with a front loader and it works well. You can also add a half cup to one cup of apple cider vinegar (in the bleach compartment) with a load every now and then to cleanse the washer and for a deeper clean in your clothes.


You can make it as a liquid
Its about $0.75 for 2 gallons of detergent!! =)
Some kind of bucket to mix all your ingredients in. I used a large 4-5 gallon bucket.
1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap (you can also use Zote, Octagon, or Ivory--amounts may vary)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (everything but the bucket can be found in the laundry aisle of Walmart)

Cut your bar of Fels Naptha Soap into thirds and finely grate one third of it.-Save the other two thirds because next time you make a batch of laundry soap it will feel like you are doing it for FREE!

Step 2: Put your grated soap in a pot with 6 cups of water and heat on low until the soap melts. Don't let the soap boil. Once all the soap is completely melted add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens (almost as thick as honey) Remove from heat.

Step 3: Pour 4 cups of hot tap water into your bucket. Add the soap mixture and stir it up. At this point you could add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree oil if you wanted your soap to have a fragrance. Add nothing and your clothes will simply smell clean.

Now add one gallon of hot tap water plus 6 more cups.Give it another few minutes of stirring and then let it sit overnight.

Step: 4 In the morning your soap might look runny, or like gel, or separated with big clumps of slime on top and water on the bottom. This is all normal depending on the weather, the type of soap you used. At this point you can be done and simply keep your laundry soap in the bucket and just scoop out 1/2 cup per load 1/4 Cup for HE machines. Or you can give it another good stir and funnel it into your old well rinsed laundry soap bottle.

ALSO there is more....

If you have a Downy ball, you can put about 1/2 cup of Distilled White Vinegar in there and it makes a fantastic fabric softener. And no, your clothes do not come out smelling like vinegar. If you don't have a Downy ball just add your 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crisp

1-Cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1-Cup all purpose flour
3/4 Cup quick rolled oats
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups sliced rhubarb
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Cup water
1 tsp vanilla

In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, butter and cinnamon; mix together until crumbly, Press half the brown sugar and oats mixture into a butter 8 in square baking dish. Top with sliced rhubarb.
In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and the 1 cup of water and vanilla. Cook together until clear then pour over rhubarb. Top rhubarb with remaining crumb mixture and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla Ice Cream =)