Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pasta Fagioli

Hello everyone, today I am making a recipe that I have been making for a few years now and I am just now putting it on my blog. It must have been a blond moment as to why its taken me this long to put up this recipe that I make during the winter months. Its not expensive to make and its a one pot meal. Within 20 minutes or the time it takes to cook pasta you have a healthy meal for your family. I hope you all enjoy this as my family does every winter. So lets get started!


1 Pound of ground beef or turkey
1 Onion chopped
1 Bell pepper (color is your choice)
1 Stalk of Celery chopped
1 Carrot diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Pinch of basil
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 large can of crushed tomatoes or you can make your own which is what I use sometimes
1 smaller can of diced tomatoes
1 can or dry of red beans, if you use dry make sure you precook them before you make this
1 can of white beans
1 can of black beans (if you use canned beans make sure they are all drained)
4 cups of beef broth or chicken broth
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of any small pasta, I use elbow macaroni but I have used wheels and mini bowties too

Grab a large pot of any kind just big enough to make soup in, drizzle a little of evoo and cook your meat and veggies together, just until the meat isnt pink and the veggies are soft. Next start adding all your other ingredients except the pasta. Bring everything to a boil and add the pasta cook for about 20 minutes or just until the pasta is ready. Serve with a side salad and a crusty piece of bread or toasted pita and you have a meal that is healthy, warm and hearty.

Look for my husband's review below, and until we meet again I hope you all live, laugh and love.


To me, the true measure of any dish is whether the kids like it or not, especially the younger ones like our 3 year old, Bailey. Heather is an exceptional cook and I like 99%of what she makes. Issy the 8 year old does, too. I approach any new thing Heather creates with an open mind (and taste buds) but a critical eye, as it were. When she made this dish, I had never had it before, so my critical "eye" was opened wide. long story short, this dish was excellent. To me, it was real close to a stew-type dish which I like better than a soup. I like the 'stick to your ribs" feel of a stew, so this stuff was right up my alley. And Issy's alley. And, believe it or not, Bailey the Finicky Eater 3 year year old liked it too! She even told her mommy that she liked it. When Bailey likes something enough to actually speak her approval, it's dang good! And this was dang good. i look forward to the time when Heather cranks up the kitchen and Pasta Fagioli is for us to magia. Arrivaderci !


Monday, December 6, 2010

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Hello everyone, I hope my Maine friends are enjoying this winter wonderland we have been blessed with today. Of course its not so much a blessing if you have to travel in it and if you do please be safe out there. For all my other friends outside of the state, I hope today is kind to you as well. I have no recipe today, so its just going to be a mumble jumble mix of things. I know I said I was going to have a blog up 7 days a week. I am sorry but I dont think I can do that, I am not that organized. However I will try to make a game plan for my blog for the next day so it will help me stay focused. I get very easily distracted especially this time of year.
So this coming Sunday is my birthday and I will be turning 35. I used to get so excited for my birthday. That was the day that seemed to last all day long. If I had a birthday or not my mother made it a special day for me, from the moment I woke up until bedtime. That was also the day growing up that we would get our Christmas tree. Most of the time it was a real one and mom and me would decorate it before I went to bed. Its funny after 30 or more years of doing that those memories stuck with me. This is my favorite time of the year. Sure this holiday comes with its stresses but doesn't everything? I feel this way, if your children are healthy and you are able to wake up another day on this earth and you are warm and have food to eat, you are blessed. Sure the bill collector that calls twenty five times a day is irksome and maybe you have a rowdy neighbor that thinks its a wonderful idea to have a full fledged Christmas party at 3 am is appropriate and necessary. However when you look in your children's eyes and feel their joy and love for you and just their laughter and smiles makes it all worth it. Everyone is having hard times this year, its what we choose to make of it that matters. A lot of people could eliminate a lot of stress if they just focused on the things that are right in the world instead of the bad things. It makes you feel better to forgive than it does to hold onto anger and be vengeful. Even if you dont feel like it sometimes, smile anyway and eventually that smile will make your day feel better no matter what day you had. Its easy to choose to be miserable but in the long run its not good for you. Instead of focusing so much on negativity, try to focus on the things that were positive in your day. You will be amazed that the things you thought mattered dont really matter all that much anymore. I hope you all have a wonderful day , Until we meet again I wish you all laughter, love and a lot of living take care.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Turkey Dressing Supreme

Hello everyone, so today I wanted to change things up a bit and throw in a recipe or two for a couple of laughs. Beware this is a joke recipe its not an actual recipe. I found this at www.jokersrevenge.com I thought it was cute. Since we are coming off the heels of Thanksgiving going into Christmas I hope you get a chuckle out of this one. Enjoy


5 cups of Bread crumbs
1 cup of chopped onion
1 1/2 cups of popcorn unpopped
3 cups of giblet broth
1 1/2 teaspoons of sage


Chop giblets fine mix all in the broth. Stuff the turkey loosely bake slowly at 350 for 5 hours or until the popcorn blows the turkey's ass off. LOL

I hope you all got a good laugh and until tomorrow I hope you all live, laugh and love

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Hello everyone, today I have a recipe for you that I am sure most of you make on a regular basis anyway. However for those of you that never made this or isnt good at baking this might be for you. Its simple and easy and very tasty. I hope you enjoy !


1 1/2 cups of flour
3 ripe bananas
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 eggs beaten
1 stick of butter melted
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees,
In a medium to large bowl mash up a very ripe banana. Then add in your eggs, and melted butter. Mix until the butter, bananas and eggs are blended. Add your flour, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix it all up and when all the dry ingredients are blended well with the wet ingredients you can add nuts here or you can leave it out. If I make this with nuts I usually use cashews. Use whatever you like. We just happen to like cashews. I spray a bread pan with non stick cooking spray. If you dont have a bread pan you can use whatever pan you do have. Put your batter into the pan and bake for about 20- 30 minutes I usually dont time it, I just check on it when I start to smell banana bread. Test it with a tooth pick if it comes out clean then your banana bread is ready.
Its quick and easy and a nice treat for a snack or good to have with breakfast with some yogurt. I hope you enjoy and live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

If your planning on making banana bread but you dont have any ripe bananas, put 3 bananas in the freezer once frozen they ripened really fast. You can even try putting the bananas in a brown bag in your fridge too. If you are putting the bananas in the freezer plan on making the banana bread the next day because you want to give the bananas a chance to thaw.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gingerbread Cake

Hello everyone, I hope this day finds you and your family well. Today I am going to give you all my gingerbread cake recipe. I made this for my daughter's class a couple of weeks ago and it was a huge hit. So huge in fact her teacher told me I could make it any time I wanted to because she said " it was so delicious." So here is the recipe and I hope you all enjoy it.


1 stick of butter softened unsalted
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cups of boiling water
3/4 cups of dark molasses
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of powdered ginger


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next grease a cake pan be very liberal with this. Combine all your dry ingredients mixing together with a fork. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together. From there add one egg at a time and mix together until it looks like frosting. Put your beaters away and grab a mixing spoon because you are going to add your water, molasses and your dry ingredients. Mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. The batter should have the consistency of cake batter. Add the batter into your greased cake pan and bake for about 35-45 minutes. Let cool completely and you can either frost it, serve it warm with some cool whip or just sprinkle it with some powdered sugar.
I hope you try this recipe maybe have your kids come into the kitchen and make it with you its a yummy holiday treat and its something you can make all year round. Make sure you stay tuned for tomorrow, I am making another recipe regarding leftover turkey. Until then, please live, laugh and love.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Leftover Makeover For Turkey

Hello everyone, So as promised I have a new recipe for you all and be sure to check one of my husbands blogs to see the review for this recipe. Just copy and paste this: www.becausetobysaidso.blogspot.com and you will be able to read his review of this recipe. Ok so lets get started shall we?


2 cups of diced cooked turkey
1/3 cup of butter or extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup of flour
1 can of chicken broth or chicken bullion
1 large onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 diced stalks of celery
2 diced carrots or about a cup of diced carrots already cooked
1 teaspoon of curry
pinch of salt and pepper to taste
1 80z can of diced pineapple or use fresh if you have it


In a large skillet add your butter or oil and after warm add your onion, garlic, celery and carrots. We dont want to brown the veggies we want them to get soft and release their sweet flavor. From there we add our flour and whisk until all the flour is combined with the veggies and then add your chicken broth or stock. Whisk until smooth and then add your seasonings, pineapple and turkey. Keep on the burner until hot, serve it over rice and you have a revamped meal with leftover turkey that in no way tastes like Thanksgiving.

I hope you try this recipe and I hope you enjoy as my family and I did. Be sure to look at my husband's review for this recipe. Be on the look out for a new recipe tomorrow from me too. Have a wonderful day everyone and be sure to live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

When cooking rice to add more flavor without adding a lot of salt use a tablespoon of a mild hot sauce. Just add it to the water before you add the rice, it gives it a hint of flavor and there is no need to add salt.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Hello everyone, I am back. I know its odd for me to have a post up on a Sunday but I am going to try a new format and have a new blog post up 7 days a week until Christmas. So I am sure some of you might want to know what I have been up to these past few weeks. There have been a few family things that required my attention so my blog went on the back burner until I could focus my attention on the blog. Nothing major just a few family things that everyone goes through, the whole getting a game plan for the holidays. Testing and finding new recipes, making goodies for my daughter's second grade class, helping with the homework, trying to teach the three year old how to write her name you know the usual everyday stuff.
So what can you expect from me in the coming weeks, well you can expect some holiday recipes, I am not going to update anyone until the middle of January about my lifestyle change so be looking for that sometime in January. Also be looking at my husband's blog as I post the recipes since he is going to post a review on his blog. Yeah confusing I know but I will post a link to his blog that the review will be on and I will have the recipe to go with it on my blog. It will be sort of one stop shopping and getting into the holiday spirit who wouldn't love that right?
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with just the four of us. We were hoping to head to spend Thanksgiving with my mother and stepfather and my father and stepmother but things didnt go as we hoped. That is ok though because it looks like we may be able to do it for Christmas. I am very thankful for my friends and family and of course my children, and all of you that read my blogs. I think we should all be thankful for everything even when its not Thanksgiving too.
I want to thank you all for your time in reading my blogs and yes they are back so be looking for a new blog post tomorrow. It will be a recipe I am not sure what one because a few new ones to work with . I guess I will surprise you with one. I hope you all had a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving. I know the holiday season can be stressful and sometimes personalities clash but please remember the things you say in the heat of the moment cannot be taken back if something unfortunate happens and God calls that person home. Make sure you let your friends and family know every second of the day no matter how you feel at the time that you love them. So until tomorrow my friends I hope you enjoy your holidays and remember to live, laugh and love. Love to you all - Heather

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Hello everyone, today's blog is a bit different from anything I have written on this blog before. Here we are in November the month of thanks and appreciating all that is different in one another and celebrating those differences. I want to add that I am thankful every single day for my family, friends and for my faith. I understand that some do not believe and that is ok I am not here to change your mind but just open myself up and explain where I feel more connected and loved. When I was younger I would go to Sunday school, church and participated in youth groups. I would pray every day for those I cared about and for those I did not and those I had yet to know. I still pray every day but I have been very lackadaisical about heading out to church. I feel that through the signs I have seen and unexplainable things that could only come from God himself I feel the lord is calling more and more of us to his house of worship. I feel this is something I want to do where for me it makes all the pieces relevant for my life.
Changing the tides here a little bit I have a small update for you all in my lifestyle change. I have to date lost a total of 28 pounds. I had a doctor's appointment that confirmed my lifestyle is working for me. My blood pressure with the help of medication is at a normal level and my medication doesn't need to be changed ever since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I have to go for some blood work sometime within the next 6 months before my next appointment.
With Thanksgiving around the corner I have so many feelings so many fond memories of thanksgivings past and so much excitement for those to come. Its not so much the food as it is the company in which you share your food with. Even though some things have changed on my father's side of the family, I still consider everyone a part of my family as if it were 8 or more years ago. I miss them very much and I wish nothing but good fortune and love for them all. They know who they are if they are reading this. Thanksgiving shouldn't be just reserved for November but all year long. I hope this silly little blog has found you all at a good place and I hope and wish wonderful things for you all. Until we meet again I hope you all live, laugh and love.

Monday, November 1, 2010

V8 Soup Review

Hi everyone, sorry I havent been blogging too much lately. You all know how it is when you have little ones and Halloween and birthdays and all the other goings on from the day to day. So I am trying to get back on track to my blog.
This morning my husband and I had a few errands to run and we had to run to the store to pick up a few things. I noticed a display of the V8 soups put out by campbell's soup. I picked up the golden squash and the garden vegetable. For breakfast I tried out the squash one, its very good. However do not expect a squash flavor to it otherwise you will be disappointed. I really liked it because even though I like squash it has too sweet of a flavor to it. The texture is very much like squash and so is the color. The soup is very vegetably tasting and very thick. Overall I really liked it but I can understand why some wouldn't like it. It needs a little spice like salt and pepper or garlic powder, something like that. Overall I give it probably 4 out of 5 stars simply because I liked the simplicity of it and how you can actually taste the vegetables instead of getting a pile of salty flavor in your mouth.
The box itself is difficult to open and very messy, you have to unfold the sides then cut a werid triangle on the arrows they give you to cut on and pinch the sides and watch out you better have a bowl or a pot ready because the stuff goes all over the place. It would be nice if it was packaged a little differently.
The store I bought this from had it on sale 2 for 5 dollars so its not terrible in price either. So my advice to you if you are someone who is not a fan of high salt soups, and not a fan of vegetable flavored soups you may not like this soup. The whole box is 140 calories and something like 430 mgs in sodium and its advertised as having 4 servings of veggies in it.
So give it a try and let me know what you think and leave a comment below. Take care everyone and until next time I hope you live, laugh and love.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Update for October

Hello everyone, So today I have no recipe for you but an update on my new lifestyle and weight loss journey. I have to admit there have been days when I wasn't too happy with Mr scale because whatever reason sometimes it said I gained 3 pounds or whatever. Every single day I would restart over again and try something else to see if it would work. There has been a lot of trial and error and sometimes it would work and other times not so much. With all that being said I am thrilled to tell you all that since July I have lost a total of 26 pounds. I still have a lot to go and its not coming off as quick as I would like it to. However I know it has to come off slow if you dont want to gain it all back. The foods I have been eating is ok sometimes probably not the most nutritional or healthy. Its so hard this time of year when you love to cook to try to lose weight lol. I refuse to give up though, I have come this far might as well see how close to my goal weight I can get. I am determined and I think that might be the key to help me but its hard to be motivated every single day.
Now on to some other news, why I have been MIA from my blog. I really haven't been cooking much lately and I have no new recipes to try out as of yet, I will have more for November. Another reason is my oldest daughter Isabella has been sick with a bladder infection and then my mother came to visit and now tomorrow is Isabella's birthday. There is a ton of things going on right now in my family. In my extended family my baby cousin Ashley, who would raid my makeup when she was a little girl is having her first baby any day now. I am so happy for her and Shawn. I keep thinking of that blond haired blue eyed little girl in pigtails running to my bedroom and playing with all my makeup. She would play with that stuff for hours on end and if she made a mess oh well I didn't care. Now that little baby is all grown up and having a family of her own, this is something she has always wanted. Ashley if you are reading this I have always thought of as a little sister more so than a cousin. I love you sweetheart and you will be a wonderful mom.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and dont forget to live, laugh and love every second that you breath today.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Italian Sausage Tortelini Soup

Hi everyone, so last night for dinner I made this incredible soup that my friend and Issy's babysitter from back when she was an infant gave me. I changed up a few things to it but kept a lot of key ingredients. My husband loved this and he isn't much of a soup eater. Dont get me wrong he likes soup but if he had his way it would be chicken fried steak and mashed "tators" every day of the week. So here is the recipe and I hope you all enjoy this as my family did.


1 pound of sausage, I used half hot Italian sausage and half sweet Italian sausage
2 small onions or 1 large one
1 medium bell pepper
1 Celery stalk
2 cloves of garlic
1 large zucchini
1 large carrot
5 cups of beef stock or broth, I used beef bullion cubes
2 large to medium tomatoes diced or you can use canned
1 can of tomato sauce
Tortellini 3 cheese you can use fresh or frozen
extra virgin olive oil
dutch oven or a large stock pot

I didnt use salt and pepper because I used bullion so I didnt need to add more salt and because I used spicy Italian sausage I didn't use pepper.


Before you get started cooking anything go ahead and dice up your veggies, I like a fine to a little bit smaller than bite sized dice but you dice them up how you like them. After all the veggies are diced, grab your dutch oven or stock pot and add a tablespoon of evoo, and your sausage (with the casings removed). As the sausage is browning but still pink add in all your veggies and cook them with the sausage until the veggies are translucent and the sausage is cooked. Next add your seasonings and stock and tomato sauce. Let the soup come to a boil and add your tortellini cook for about 8 minutes, and its ready to serve. You can grate some Parmesan cheese over the top or keep it plain. Serve with some crusty bread and a side salad and you are ready for a wonderful soup that cost pennies to make.
I hope you all enjoy this one as we did, thank you very much Kathy for this recipe its definitely part of our weekly menu. I hope you all have a great day and live, laugh and love through the tough times.

Quick Tip:
To save a few bucks when your grocery shopping, try to buy things that you can make into more than one meal. For example if you buy a roasting chicken you can have a roasted chicken dinner one night and then the next night maybe a chicken pot pie with it and then maybe chicken salad for lunch or chicken salad sandwiches. That way there can you use up your leftovers and save a few bucks on meals.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Breakfast Casserole

Hello everyone, sorry this blog is coming at you late in the day. I will make up for it one day maybe do two recipes in one blog. Anyway last night we had a breakfast for dinner and here is how I made it.


Half pound of sweet italian sausage
Half pound of hot italitan sausage
4-6 slices of pre cooked bacon ( I just baked mine off in the oven before I got started)
4-6 medium potatoes diced
Half of a bag of frozen onions and bell peppers
1/4 cup of shredded cheese of your preference I used cheddar
about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil give or take
6 medium eggs
1/4 cup of milk

Instructions:Grab a large skillet and add your extra virgin olive oil and brown up your tators. When they are finished browning put them in a dish off to the side and brown up your sausage and peppers. Drain and put aside. Add your potatoes to a casserole dish and then add your sausage and peppers. From there Grab a medium sized bowl and crack your eggs and beat them with the milk. Next add the beaten eggs and sprinkle with the cheese. Dice up your bacon and sprinkle that over the top. Pre heat your oven to 350 and bake for about 45 minutes or until the eggs are firm. I served this with garlic toast and a side salad. This would also be good with a bowl of fruit salad too. Its quick and easy and I hope you and your family enjoy it as mine did. Until next time everyone, live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

After your potatoes are finished browning go ahead and put them in your casserole dish. Its best to layer it that way because it saves you time in the long run.

Have a great day everyone!

Here is the Video that you can follow along with:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Twice baked sweet potatoes with candied bacon

Hi everyone, so last night I made a very fall inspired meal and today I am going to share one of the recipes from that meal with you. I found this recipe in the Woman's World and I thought it would be easy enough to do since I had all the ingredients for it. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as my family did.


5-8 large sweet potatoes
2 cookie sheets lined with tin foil
2 teaspoons of chili powder2 teaspoons of cinnamonsalt and pepper to taste4 slices of bacon1 egg2 pats of unsalted butter melted1/2 cup brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab one of your tin foil lined cookie sheets and cut your sweet potatoes in half. Do not peel them ! Leave your oven on tooBake until the meat of the sweet potato is soft. Let cool for about 15 -20 minutes. Next peel the skins off and mash the potatoes. Add your egg and butter and then the chili powder, salt and pepper and cinnamon and mix.After the potatoes are mixed set aside. Grab a plate and coat the bacon on both sides with the brown sugar and place on the cookie sheet and bake for about 15-18 minutes. When the bacon is done cut it in little pieces. Put your potatoes in a casserole dish of if you have a souffle dish that will work perfectly. Add your bacon on the top and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Serve this with chicken or by itself. Its a wonderful fall recipe that is quick and easy as well as healthy too. I hope you all have a wonderful fall day and live, laugh and love too.

Quick Tip:
If you peel your sweet potatoes before baking them the outside will get rock hard and the inside will be soft. I learned this lesson when I made this recipe last night, I had to put it all in my food processor for about 5 minutes on high just so there wouldn't be any hard bits through it. If you let the sweet potatoes cool and then peel them with your hands you will be much better off than I was lol.

Friday, October 1, 2010

MishMawsh Chili

Hi everyone, I am back. Sorry its been so long since I put up a new blog. Everyone has been sick and I haven't been cooking much because of that. So on to today's blog, chili. This is my very own recipe and I used to make this every morning when I worked in a deli. So let me share this recipe with you all and as always adjust it as you see fit.
The secret to making good chili is the layering of the flavors. For example if you don't season the beans or the meat it doesn't matter how you season anything else or how much it will still be bland and it will still taste as though it needs something. So here we go to making my mishmawsh chili!


1 large onion
1 pound of ground beef
1 half pound of dried beans or 2 cans of beans drained. I used black beans but use whatever you want
2 cans of seasoned diced tomatoes
3 jarred jalapenos, you can use fresh if you prefer, I was making this for my whole family including the kids and they dont like the heat from the fresh ones.
4 teaspoons of taco seasoning
2 teaspoons of garlic and onion powders
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
and a Crock pot


Grab your crock pot and make sure its not plugged in yet and throw in your beans and 1 can of tomatoes, next add 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning, salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon of onion and garlic powder and mix all together.
Next grab a large skillet and throw in the extra virgin olive oil, heat it just to warm and throw in your onion diced, I like a fine dice and your ground beef. I used 95 percent lean but you can use what you like. You could even use ground chicken or turkey. Next add your
jalapenos diced. When the ground beef is almost cooked through add your tomatoes and the rest of your seasonings and let the flavors melt together. Now its time to add the meat mixture to the beans in your crock pot. Stir together and add two cups of water seasoned with salt and pepper and taco seasoning and chili powder. Yes I even season the water. Cook on high for about 3 hours or cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Serve it up with a sprinkling of cheese or green onions. I made a cheddar corn bread to go with this but you can serve it up with whatever you like. I hope you enjoy and I hope you all take the time to live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

Did you know if you cook with lean cuts of ground beef you dont have to drain the fat, because there is no fat to drain. So that way you dont lose any of the flavor either. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chicken Noodle and Barley Soup

Hello everyone, Sunday night we had a roasted chicken for dinner. We wound up with a lot of leftovers from that dinner. For last night's dinner I noticed we are all getting the sniffles and my husband is sounding like he's coming down with a cold. So last night's dinner was a no brainer, chicken soup. Here is how I made it, feel free to change it or swap ingredients to your liking.


2 cups of chopped chicken
2 cups of cooked carrots
1 diced onion
1 diced garlic clove
2 stalks of celery diced
2 chicken flavored bullion cubes
half cup of egg noodles
half cup of barley
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of oregano


Grab a large dutch oven or a large pot, drizzle about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and heat up add onion, celery and garlic. On about a medium low heat sweat the veggies until they are soft and add your chicken and carrots. Mix in some salt and pepper and oregano. Dissolve your bullion cubes in hot water in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken flavored water and bring to a boil, next add in your barley and noodles. Cook on medium low heat until the noodles and barley is done. Serve with crackers and a salad and you have a yummy and healthy meal. My family loved this so much we had no leftovers, yipppeeee. Now to figure out what is for dinner tonight, maybe home made spaghetti sauce with meatballs? Perhaps. Take care everyone and make sure you take the time to live, laugh and love too.

Quick Tip:

Want a healthy snack that wont kill your calories for the day, heat up your broiler to about 500. take a tomato slice it in half and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese, mrs dash tomato and basil flavored and broil just until the topping on the tomato is golden brown. Its so gooey and yummy you will tricked in thinking your eating something naughty.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mishmawsh random thoughts

Hi everyone, today is going to be a bit different and on a different course. As you all may have guessed I Kinda like cooking. However a very long time ago I used to like writing too, nothing too fancy just what was on my mind at the time. I was feeling a bit nostalgic and I was listening to some music that I enjoyed back when I was probably between 6-8 th grades. "I Remember You" by Skid Row. Back then when I listened to it I had a huge crush on Sebastian Bach and I thought the whole band was pretty hot. It was also pretty hot back in the day for the "rough" rocker types to have power ballads, its a like a hair band's signature and very similar to the foo foo singers like Celine, Mariah and Whitney. I always knew what the song was about but never really listened to it with grown up ears. After really listening and watching the video again after all these years, I found it very heartbreaking and it made me think. Think about what if that was one of us? If you dont know what the video is about its about a homeless man and among a few personal items is a picture he carries with him always of the love his life. Anyway I strongly suggest to look it up on youtube to see the whole thing. What if the love of our life is gone from your life and what if we were homeless? What if we ran into that person again being homeless and have nothing to give them but our undying love? Would they accept us? Everyone faces different challenges in life and it makes us who we are. I am not the same person I was when I was 14 years old, I am similar and a semi more grown up version. I say semi because of my refusal to completely grow up and stop having fun lol but grown up nonetheless and as I should be. Sometimes during the process of growing up our feelings about some people never change. What if you missed your only chance at true love and all you have are memories of what could have been? What if you never realize where your heart really is until its too late? Sometimes we take for granted the people in our lives because they are there at that moment and we feel they will always be there. If there is one thing I learned being a grown up is just because someone is there now doesn't mean they always will be. Same thing can be said for love, love is more than just a feeling ( excuse the ill pun to the song) its what you do, what you work at and what everyone wants to strive for. Love is hard work but its worth it, sometimes the heart wants what it wants. Take the homeless man in the video, he has nothing, no home, no job, no family and now no love of his life either and yet he still holds on to a picture of his true love. I wonder if the girl in the picture knew how much he loved her or would she care? This man has nothing to offer her but his love for her and him. It sounds so hopeless to love someone when every single odd is stacked against you. Is that the time to fight harder? What if you lost the fight simply because of your circumstances, then what? Too many questions, I like to think in my romantic heart of hearts that he does run into her again and she is shocked to see him living the way he does but thrilled to see him again. I think that they connect on a much deeper level than they did before and he gets back on his feet again because of her and they wind up married with 3 children and live in a modest house and take yearly vacations. They live blissfully happy until they die together in their 90s with their family by their side. Sure it might sound like a pipe dream but come on its soo sad I want this guy to have a happy ending so I made it up but it doesnt mean it cant happen. Anyway I know this was a goofy type of post but that is just who I am and that is just how I roll. Until tomorrow live, laugh and love you never know what to expect from me .

Friday, September 17, 2010

Made in a Jiffy Casserole

Hi everyone, ok so its Friday and who in the world wants to cook on a Friday? I know I dont. I have something that you can do to re vamp your leftovers and you dont need a lot of extra ingredients just use what you have. Today I am making spaghetti casserole and here is how you make it.


left over spaghetti and sauce
1 diced garlic clove
Shredded Parmesan cheese and Shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can of diced tomatoes and the juice


Grab a large casserole dish and put your spaghetti and sauce in there and add your diced tomatoes and garlic. Next sprinkle the top with the cheeses and Bake on 350 for about 30 minutes or so just until the spaghetti and sauce is heated through and the cheeses created a crust. Serve with a salad and dinner is ready.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and take time to live laugh and love. See you Monday !

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Hello everyone, so today is my husband's birthday and I will have no recipe today, because I am going to be cooking up a storm all his favorites. Chicken fried Steak, fried tators, and pico de gallo, and a salad. Along with a cheesecake and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I know its a very ambitious menu lol but he is worth every bit of it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and make sure you live, laugh and love every second of every day. Be well everyone! Happy Mexican Independence Day as well.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chicken ala King Casserole

Hello everyone, so this morning I am just going to jump right into the recipe. Everyone has their own versions of Chicken ala King and some of them can be really really good and some others are an epic culinary fail. This is my version of chicken ala king and I am not quite sure I can call it chicken ala king so how about we say my version of it. As always if you do not like something I put in here by all means change it to something you do like and make it all your own.


2 skinned and de boned cooked chicken breasts chopped
12 oz package of frozen mixed veggies
1 whole onion chopped
1 diced garlic clove minced
1 bell pepper diced
1 stalk of celery diced
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of chicken broth or stock
2 cups of cooked egg noodles
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of Shredded Cheese
1 handful of fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste


Grab a large to medium casserole pan and spray it with cooking spray. Put your cooked and diced chicken breast in the pan. Add your frozen veggies they will cook as the casserole bakes. In a small skillet saute all your diced veggies just until soft and add them over the frozen veggies. Add your cooked egg noodles and the cream soups and mix well. From there add your chicken broth or stock and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Add salt and pepper to your taste and sprinkle the top with your cheeses and then top it with the parsley for color. Pre heat your oven to 350 and bake for about 30-40 minutes until the frozen veggies are cooked. You can serve this alone or with a salad or some nice dinner rolls. Whatever you choose.

I hope you all have fun with this recipe and dont be afraid to make it your own. If you like an extra amount of heat add some hot peppers to it too. I hope this recipe will become of use to you all. Make sure you live, laugh and love every single day.

This recipe is dedicated to a very good friend of mine "Doreen-Bob" thanks for the tip on doing a casserole recipe! Love ya

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Beef Gravy/sauce

Hello everyone, I am sorry this post is coming up later than I would have liked it to be. I was very perplexed as to what to put up for a recipe today. I Decided to put up my gravy for roast beef or beef stew or any beef related recipe.


1 envelope of french onion soup mix
2 beef bullion cubes
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic finely diced to a mince
1 large red onion
2 stalks of celery minced
2 carrots cleaned, peeled and minced
8 ounces of fresh mushrooms halved
fresh herbs of rosemary, oregano, and thyme
salt and pepper to taste


After all your veggies are all minced and chopped. Grab a large bowl and add your soup mix and bullion cubes to 3 cups of hot water.
Heat up a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil and add all your veggies, cook them just until soft and add them to the dissolved soup mix and bullion. Stir them around and add in your herbs. Now you have a gravy or a sauce that goes great with any red meat dish, you could even use this for steak. I used this to cook with the roast beef I made the other night, not only did it give the meat a wonderful flavor it was used to keep the meat moist and tender.

If any of you have any recipe ideas you can email me at Heatherzblueyez@aol.com or you can contact me through facebook or leave a comment here. I hope you all have a great day and remember to live, laugh and love.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Honey Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was crazy busy and Monday and possibly Tuesday will be just as busy however is should slow down the middle of the week. Anyway, I made a very fallish yummy meal tonight and I would like share one of the things I made with you today. Honey Mustard roasted red potatoes, yeah I know its a mouthful but its super easy to make and soooo tasty.


1-2 pounds of cleaned red potatoes with skin on.
2. 3-4 pats of butter
3. One large clove of garlic or two small cloves of garlic
4. 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
5. Salt and pepper to taste
6. 1-1 and half teaspoons of honey
7. 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, the grainy kind not the smooth kind


Cut your potatoes in bite sized quarters, depending on the size of the potato cut about 6 times.
Put your potatoes in a large bowl.
Melt your butter in the microwave.
While the butter is still warm add your honey.
after the honey has dissolved add the mustard and oregano and salt and pepper to taste
finely dice your garlic you dont want any really big chunks because you want your potatoes coated.
add your garlic to the butter and honey mixture blend well
drizzle over your red potatoes
Mix the honey mustard mixture and the potatoes well and put in a casserole dish, I used a glass pyrex dish.
Bake on 350 for about an hour you can serve this alone or with a whole meal. I had this with roast beef and honey glazed
carrots. My family really enjoyed this tonight, they are already asking me to make these again.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine. Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe for my roast beef I made tonight. Until then I hope you all take the time to live, laugh and love.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Why I am going to be MIA tomorrow and was today

Hello everyone, I am sorry I had no blog up today or tomorrow. My husband had a doctor's appointment today for his arthritis. For those of you who also follow his blog as well as mine, you probably already know this. At any rate tomorrow he has to run all over hell and creation for tests. Its possible he could have fibromyalgia as well as arthritis. I am sure most of you with families and husbands understand this. At any rate feel free to check out my previous posts if you havent already.
I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow and make sure you live, laugh and love even when there are times you dont feel like it, do it anyway because I said so lol. Take care everyone

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Hello everyone, I hope you all have had a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. Today I thought I would kick us off with a comfort recipe for those days when all rules should be broken. We are making bacon cheeseburger casserole and here is how you do it.


1 pound of ground beef, we use the 95 or more percent lean.
1 clove of garlic
1 large onion
Half a block of Velveeta
two cups of shredded cheese we use a blend of cheddar and colby
6 slices of bacon
12 ounce package of french fries
9x9 casserole dish
1 Green pepper
1 Red pepper
1 pound of mushrooms


Dice finely all your veggies. Heat a skillet with extra virgin olive oil and add your meat and diced veggies. When the meat is brown drain and mix in your cheeses over low heat. While waiting for the cheeses to melt pre cook your bacon and spray cooking spray on your casserole dish and add your french fries. When the cheeses are melted add your meat and cheese mixture over the top. Crumble up your pre cooked bacon slices and sprinkle over the top. Bake on 350 for about 20-40 minutes, just until the french fries are cooked and the cheeses created a crust. Serve with a tossed salad or some crusty bread. This is one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes and I hope you and your family enjoy it as well. Until we chat tomorrow make sure you live, laugh and love every single day.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ramblings/ Rant

Hi everyone, it was way too hot here yesterday for me think of a blog. I am sorry I missed you guys. We took our a/c down a couple of weeks ago and thought that a few days wasn't worth trying to put back up so we just roasted instead. I am at a loss for ideas for recipes so if any of you have any ideas for recipes for me to try out let me know. I already received one recipe from a friend of mine that I want to try but its a soup so I might work on that sometime next week when it will be cooler.
So how was everyone's first day back to school? I love looking at people's pictures that they put up on facebook of their kids. They are so adorable.
I really dont have much to yack about today, I am really tired and very chill today since the temps today are much more comfortable than they were yesterday. I know I have housework to catch up on. I think next year we wont take the a/c down until the middle of September because the past few days have been so awful. I know in the southern parts of the country its hotter and I know that they would love to have weather like we had the past few days, I can already hear it. However when you live in the south do you expect to have Maine winters? I didnt think so, so why here in Maine when we complain about having temps in the mid 90's people say well that is comfy weather? Maybe for you it is but most folks that live here in Maine have lived here their whole lives and the average temp for this time of year is 76 and that is just the way it is. People that live here are used to it just like people in the south are used to 100 degree temps for this time of year.
I didn't put this blog up so people could judge me and how I do things, I put this blog together so maybe it will help someone who doesn't know how to cook or for someone somewhere to find some use for it. I understand when you put yourself out there you get feedback that is not wanted I totally get that. Its just sometimes its not necessary to go out of your way to be a complete ass about it either. If its not constructive I really have no time for it. I have more to do with my day than worry about some random person spouting off just to hear themselves talk without really offering any solutions. Because of this reason I have thought a few times about just taking this blog down and being done with it, because its intended purpose was to offer ideas/suggestions for something different to cook and get motivation to get myself on a healthy way of life. Anyway my rant is over, I do appreciate all of the readers though. Everyone has opinions just like they have assholes. You just have to take the good with the bad I guess. Well everyone I hope you have a great labor day weekend, be safe and live, laugh and love whenever you can.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

No Recipe today

Hi everyone, so today was the first day of school here in Augusta. I am so excited for my oldest daughter and I cannot wait for my little one's first day of school in a couple more years. Time flies by way too fast and before you know it you are the proud mama or daddy sitting in the audience watching your child walking across the stage to get her or his diploma from high school, then college. When I was younger I thought time stood still and I couldn't wait to be a grown up. Now time doesn't slow down enough for me. My oldest daughter will be 8 years old in October and I know to some people that is just the beginning, but to me the beginning with her is the moment I found I was pregnant for her. I have enjoyed my children so much that 8 years flew by and my baby who would always wake up greeting the world with a smile, no matter if she was sick or not is now in the second grade and I have to wake her up to get up for school. She fights and protests and tells me she wishes she had one more day of summer, I only wish I had one more day where she would wake up as easily as she did when she was a baby. My youngest daughter, well she cannot wait for school to start, she's a lot like her father always has been. Even when she was a baby and couldn't even walk yet she knew if she didn't like something or someone she would let the whole world know it and not apologize for it lol. Now that she is 3 and starting to use her words better, I am finding comic relief with everything she says and does because she is so witty ( like her father). She looked at him the other day when he was scolding her about something and she changed the subject awful fast when she looked at Toby and said "daddy I bootiful." lol I have a feeling she will be the class clown making everyone laugh driving the teachers nuts but because she is so much like her father she is also very smart and I am sure teachers will love her too. I know I am rambling , but it just amazes how fast time goes by and it amazes me how my oldest daughter Isabella is exactly like me in every way possible and Bailey is exactly like her father. I hope you all have a wonderful day, stay cool and live, laugh and love because there is going to come a day when today is the past and you will miss this. take care

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Fall Inspired Recipe

Hello everyone. So for here in Augusta school starts tomorrow and even though its hotter than a firecracker out there, we know that its not going to last much longer. So I have a recipe that I am sure most of you have on hand this is just the way I do it.
We are making roasted chicken the mishmawsh way lol.


A roasting chicken 4-5 pounds depending on how many people your feeding. (cleaned rinsed out and dried off with paper towels)
A lemon or an orange
Poultry herbs like rosemary, sage and tyme
4 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
4 carrots
4 stalks of celery
A Large roasting pan
Italian seasoning
onion and garlic powder


After you clean and rinse and dry your bird put him on a plate and layer your roasting pan with the carrots and celery. Your creating a rack to put your chicken on or if you have a rack you can use that too.
Then you want to rub the chicken with extra virgin olive oil be very generous with this. Next you want to salt and pepper your chicken liberally, inside and out and then stuff the chicken with the lemon or orange and the herbs, garlic and onions.
Next you want to mix your onion and garlic powder and italian seasoning together and rub it generously all over the chicken. Pre heat your oven to 350 and bake for about 3-4 hours . I use a meat thermometer, I stick it in between the breast and the leg of the chicken and when it reads 180 degrees its done.

Sure it may be easier to go to the grocery store and get a all ready made roasted chicken but sometimes to make it ourselves and be creative with it is a lot more fun. Its a lot less expensive too. I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe and have fun with it in the process. Until we chat tomorrow I hope you all live, laugh and love today.

Monday, August 30, 2010

update and Mishmawsh chicken tender recipe

Hi everyone, I am sorry I am late putting this blog up today, I have been pretty busy with some other things. Anyway I want to say before I get started that I am in no way a chef or a trained cook of any sorts. I just love to cook and I love making new things for my family all the time. That alone does not make me an expert by any stretch of the imagination. If that is what your looking for then I guess you have come to the wrong place lol. On the other hand I want to thank you all for your wonderful comments on facebook, feel free to leave a comment here as well.
Now on to my update, as most of you know I have been counting my calories and remaining active. As a result of my new lifestyle I have lost 20 pounds. This isnt a diet, this is going to be long term for me so that is why I call it a lifestyle, diets are for people who are just not ready for long term and go on a diet for a while and then stop. I am not planning on stopping, my plan is to do this until I am pushing up daises.
Now on to the recipe segment of this blog. Either friday or saturday night I had some boneless skinless chicken breast I needed to cook, I wanted to make something yummy but healthy at the same time and so I came up with mishmawsh chicken tenders.


4-6 chicken breasts
1 cup of greek plain yogurt
1/4 cup of skim milk
salt and pepper
Garlic Herb seasoning about a teaspoon I dont measure anything
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
A cookie sheet lined with tin foil, I had to use two but it depends on how much chicken you have
about a cup and half to two cups of crushed cashews


Cut your chicken breasts down the length of the meat, you want them to be long like chicken tenders or you could cut them in bite sized pieces for chicken nuggets.
Season the meat with salt and pepper.
In a bowl mix together the greek yogurt and skim milk and add your chicken to it.
Let the chicken sit for about 1-2 hours in your refrigerator, over night would be best but an hour is good if you dont have the time to wait.
In a separate bowl mix Parmesan cheese, garlic and herb seasoning and the crushed cashews together.
You need a dry hand and a wet hand, with your dry hand take one piece of your chicken out and with your dry hand coat it front and back with your dry mixture of cheese and cashews, shake off the excess and place on your cookie sheet. Continue to do this until all of your chicken is coated. Pre heat your oven to 400 and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
You can serve this with couscous, rice, sweet potato fries, Cole slaw whatever you like. My family really enjoyed this and are begging me to make this again. My husband told me I had to share this with you all lol those were my plans anyway. By the end of the year we are looking into getting a video recorder and I will have video to go along with this blog so you can follow along. That may help some of you who want to try these recipes.
Until tomorrow I hope you all live, laugh and love take care everyone.

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Secret Recipe

Super Secret Recipe



Hello everyone, I am sorry I didn't have a blog up yesterday there was a lot of things I needed to catch up on around the house. Mainly Bailey's clothes she has a ton of them I had to go through them all. It took me four hours to complete this task, with just a lunch break in the middle.
So today I figured I would give you guys a treat, I do not share this recipe with anyone. So today you all get to have my recipe for my marinara sauce. I am part Italian on my father's side of the family but being Italian doesn't mean you know how to cook, although most Italians will admit that they all like the flavors like the garlic, the herbs and of course the many veggies that traditional Italian recipes have in them, veggies and fish are traditional Italian foods as well. I am sure the list goes on and on. With that being said this is truly my recipe I didn't look this recipe up and no one told me the recipe this is just what I like in my marinara/spaghetti sauce. I hope you all enjoy it as well.


A mix of cherry tomatoes and reg. tomatoes, we usually use the ones right from our garden. You will want at least 12.
5 cloves of garlic
fresh basil about 5 leaves
plain tomato sauce ( I make my own and I will save that for another recipe in the coming weeks)
You will need 32 ounces.
1 large onion or two small onions
1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 orange pepper and 1 yellow pepper
1 summer squash
1 banana pepper ( or you could use any hot pepper if you like yours hot)
1 zucchini (optional)
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
half of a pound of mushrooms
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
tin foil lined cookie sheet


Dice all your veggies up except for the tomatoes you will want to quarter those. Put them on the cookie sheet and sprinkle salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil over the top. Roast at 475 for about 20-25 minutes. Take out your veggies and peel the skin from the tomatoes. Put veggies in a food processor or a blender. Blend until smooth if you like a smooth sauce if you like yours chunky just pulse until it looks like something you would like.
In a large pot add your tomato sauce, basil another clove of garlic and the veggies you just blended. Cook on a low heat for about 3 hours just until the flavors concentrate. Cool and either serve it right away or store it in your freezer for up to 6 mos.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe my family loves it when I make homemade sauces like this and I hope yours will too. Have fun with this you can use any combination of veggies you and your family likes. So everyone get in the kitchen have fun and make some memories and while your at it live, love and laugh while your at it.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Super Secret Recipe

Hello everyone, I am sorry I didn't have a blog up yesterday there was a lot of things I needed to catch up on around the house. Mainly Bailey's clothes she has a ton of them I had to go through them all. It took me four hours to complete this task, with just a lunch break in the middle.
So today I figured I would give you guys a treat, I do not share this recipe with anyone. So today you all get to have my recipe for my marinara sauce. I am part Italian on my father's side of the family but being Italian doesn't mean you know how to cook, although most Italians will admit that they all like the flavors like the garlic, the herbs and of course the many veggies that traditional Italian recipes have in them, veggies and fish are traditional Italian foods as well. I am sure the list goes on and on. With that being said this is truly my recipe I didn't look this recipe up and no one told me the recipe this is just what I like in my marinara/spaghetti sauce. I hope you all enjoy it as well.


A mix of cherry tomatoes and reg. tomatoes, we usually use the ones right from our garden. You will want at least 12.
5 cloves of garlic
fresh basil about 5 leaves
plain tomato sauce ( I make my own and I will save that for another recipe in the coming weeks)
You will need 32 ounces.
1 large onion or two small onions
1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 orange pepper and 1 yellow pepper
1 summer squash
1 banana pepper ( or you could use any hot pepper if you like yours hot)
1 zucchini (optional)
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
half of a pound of mushrooms
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
tin foil lined cookie sheet


Dice all your veggies up except for the tomatoes you will want to quarter those. Put them on the cookie sheet and sprinkle salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil over the top. Roast at 475 for about 20-25 minutes. Take out your veggies and peel the skin from the tomatoes. Put veggies in a food processor or a blender. Blend until smooth if you like a smooth sauce if you like yours chunky just pulse until it looks like something you would like.
In a large pot add your tomato sauce, basil another clove of garlic and the veggies you just blended. Cook on a low heat for about 3 hours just until the flavors concentrate. Cool and either serve it right away or store it in your freezer for up to 6 mos.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe my family loves it when I make homemade sauces like this and I hope yours will too. Have fun with this you can use any combination of veggies you and your family likes. So everyone get in the kitchen have fun and make some memories and while your at it live, love and laugh while your at it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Diet Buster Pork Chops

I know this following recipe is not for the calorie counters or for the ones on a special kind of diet, but every so often we like to indulge just a little. Everything in moderation is the name of the game and I don't eat like this every single day even when I wasn't counting calories I couldn't eat this way. However my husband loves this artery clogging little jems and I hope, in moderation you do too. I call these bacon wrapped pork chops and its my recipe today on mishmawsh and other things.

4 to 6 pork chops (bone in) figure one chop per person
2. about a pound to a half pound of bacon depending on how many you are feeding, figure two slices of bacon per chop.
3. Seasonings of your choice, I like using salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
4. Cookie sheet lined with tin foil


Grab your pork chops and give them a rinse with cold water set on a plate with a paper towel try to dry them off as best as you can. From there you need to season them on both sides. Next take a slice of bacon and wrap it horizontal across the pork chop and then add another strip of bacon vertically making a lower case "t" shape. Continue doing the same process until you have all your pork chops seasoned and wrapped with bacon.
Set your oven to about 350 to 375 depending on your oven for about 25-30 minutes depending on how thick your pork chops are.


You could serve this with white potatoes, sweet potatoes with a side salad or with some nice steamed veggies or all of the above.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I hope you all live, laugh and love.

Here is a Video I made Using a Honey Glaze:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Homemade Hummus

Hello everyone, we had a very busy and very productive weekend. I hope you all had a joyous weekend as well. Ok so as promised to one of my friends we will be making hummus today. A lot of people make it differently because hummus is one of those things you can throw anything into and it will turn out really delicious. This blog is going to be two recipes in one simply because to have a traditional hummus you have to have tahini paste. So lets get started on the tahini paste first.

 For the tahini paste you will need the following ingredients:
1. Sesame seeds about 16 ounces or more depending on how much you want to make
2. extra virgin olive oil, I cannot tell you how much you have to eyeball it until its the consistency of peanut butter.
Toast your sesame seeds in the oven on 350 for about 10- 15 minutes on a cookie sheet the purpose of this is to roast the seeds just until golden brown and it doesnt take long so keep checking because they burn easy. When the seeds are finished toasting, grab your blender or food processor and put your seeds in there and add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil just to give it some liquid to blend easily. Blend until smooth and looks like peanut butter add some minced garlic if you want to and put in a storage bowl with a lid it keeps for about 6 mos in your fridge.

Now for your hummus you will need:

1. chick peas or garbonzo beans they are the same thing, 1 can unless you are making this for a crowd then you want to adjust this to accommodate a group.
2. extra virgin olive oil
3. any kind of veggie, I use sun dried tomatoes, garlic, carrots, celery, red bell pepper , half of a jalapeno and a red onion.
4. Tahini paste about a quarter cup to a half cup you just need to eyeball it.
UPDATE:  You can use whatever flavor combination you like just make sure to keep it simple because too many flavors at once wont turn out well in this recipe so here is the video on how I made Lemon and garlic Hummas.

Start off by dicing up all your veggies except the sun dried tomatoes put them to one side. Put your diced veggies on a cookie sheet and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Preheat your oven to 375 and roast the veggies for about 45 minutes.
Next add your chick peas to a blender or a food processor, then your roasted veggies and sun dried tomatoes. Add some extra virgin olive oil and tahini paste. Blend until smooth, pour your hummus in a food storage container or if your taking to a party pour it into a serving dish and you have a delicious and healthy dip for veggies, crackers or you can put it on sandwiches instead of mayo.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Until we meet back here tomorrow I hope you all live, laugh and love.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Update alert

Hi everyone, I know I said I would have a hummus recipe up for today's post, but I decided that Monday would be better to post it. We have a lot going on this weekend and it starts today. We are doing my oldest child's school shopping today, tomorrow I am going to get my tuna salad ready for tuna sandwiches for my cousin's baby shower on Sunday plus I am making Macaroni and cheese too. So in light of the busy weekend ahead of me and trying to make sure Isabella has everything she needs for school, I have laundry to do tomorrow too.
Last night I found myself missing my girls when they were babies. The time has flown by and I guess that is a good thing because that means I have been having a good time being their mom. I wouldn't trade that for anything. Everything I have ever done since my oldest child was born has been for them. Even if some in my family didn't agree with my decisions at the time, I did what I felt was right for my kids. I am not the best mother in the world and I probably wont win any awards because I know I have made my fair share of mistakes along this journey. I feel that I get rewarded for my hard work when a teacher tells me that Isabella is such a joy to have in class and when friends and neighbors tell me what sweet children I have. That is when I know my husband and I have done our very best. Sure we don't have perfect children because we are not perfect ourselves. I just hope one day when I am gone my girls have the best memories of their father and me and maybe even pass some things down to their families that we enjoyed as a family as well. Hence for this blog, I love to cook and always have. I plan on making a special cook book for the girls of all their favorite foods that I cook them as children. So that way no matter where they are in the world, how near or far they are I want them to know they will never be too far from my heart, even when I die.
I hope you all have a great safe weekend and live,laugh and love whenever you can because its such a short time we are here on this earth.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New blog post

Hello everyone. Today I dont have a recipe because my oldest daughter is not feeling well. She was up late last night getting sick and again this morning. So I am on mommy duty today. Stay tuned for tomorrow though I will have a hummus recipe. I hope this day finds you well and I hope you live, laugh and love.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Steak Tacos

Hi everyone, so continuing with the left over theme. Have you ever cooked up one of those family packs of steaks thinking that you could use it for left overs with other meals but that never turned out to be the case? Or maybe your interested in doing something different with your steak but hitting a creative block when it comes to cooking. Well I have a solution for you, when life gives you left over steak, make tacos. To start you will need about a pound of left over steak, onion, banana pepper if you don't have a banana pepper you can use a Serrano pepper or jalapeno. Chili powder, salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomato, taco shells, shredded cheese and salsa. Start off by sweating your onion and pepper in extra virgin olive oil, what sweating means is basically heating the veggies up where they release their juices but not to the point they brown. From here you want to dice up your steak in smaller than bite sided pieces put them in a bowl mix in chili powder salt and pepper, to add extra moisture I added the juices from the steak as well to give it added flavor as well as tenderness. Add your steak and chili powder seasoning to your veggies until warmed then add your taco seasoning, just follow the directions on the package. While that is thickening up dice up your tomatoes, lettuce and grab your taco shells. When the meat mixture is finished add your meat cheese and veggies, I top mine off with salsa, but if you are not watching calories like I am go ahead and add sour cream if you must, I wont look lol. Now you are ready to enjoy your steak tacos, they were a huge hit with my family and we are planning to make steak taco sandwiches too. I hope you your family enjoy them as much as mine did. I hope this gives you all some ideas on what to do with your left over steak. Until we meet tomorrow, I hope you live, laugh and love every day.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

french bread pizza

Hello everyone, sorry this blog was coming up late this morning. Today we are going to talk about what to do with the spaghetti sauce left over from the night before. I dont know about your house but in mine I make just enough spaghetti but way too much sauce. Here is a use that is helpful quick and easy and your kids will never know its good for them. Here is what you will need: A loaf of french bread, extra virgin olive oil, any blend of shredded cheese of your choosing, oregano, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni or any other assorted toppings your family likes. and last but not least your left over spaghetti sauce. For starters you want to crisp up your french bread, if you dont like crispy bread just skip this step. Slice your bread down the the middle of the loaf and drizzle both halves with extra virgin olive oil, you want to dice up some garlic too and sprinkle that on both halves as well. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes on 350 when you start to smell the bread and garlic its probably done. Bring it out of the oven and slather both halves with the left over spaghetti sauce sprinkle with your cheese and put your assorted toppings on it. Next add your oregano and bake on 350 for about 15-20 minutes just until the cheese is melted. Slice it up and serve with either a side salad or some veggies and dinner is served. I hope you enjoy this recipe as my family does, its very rare we get either take out or one of those frozen french bread pizzas because we prefer this one, its quick and easy and easier on the wallet as well. Take care everyone and make sure you live, laugh and love.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meatloaf Remake

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. As the summer nears to a close, I have been thinking about how to make my favorite comfort meals for the colder months that wont be too loaded down in calories. I don't know the numbers or anything but I know this recipe is much healthier than how I used to make it. What is it ? you ask , meatloaf. So here is an idea that I hope you all enjoy and my family does too. You will need 90 percent lean ground beef or turkey breast make sure its all 100 percent breast meat. Some companies like to throw in the fat from the turkey which defeats the purpose of eating healthy and also watch out for the same thing chicken. Ok back to my meatloaf, you will need a cup of instant oats (not flavored), 1 cup of beef bullion low sodium dissolved in water. All these veggies you want minced, garlic, celery, carrot and onion. Mix the veggies together with the meat and oats and add an egg and the bullion, if it seems a little wet add more oats and add 2 tablespoons or more depending on if it turns dry of tomato sauce (low sodium). Add seasonings of oregano, basil, pepper and a touch of salt to your taste. After your mixture is all mixed up add it to a loaf pan top with fresh tomato slices and Parmesan cheese. Bake for an hour on 350. You can serve this with a salad and green beans or baked sweet potatoes whatever you and your family likes. My family likes baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon and green beans cooked in lemon juice. I hope you enjoy this recipe and I hope for all of those like myself that are watching calories can still enjoy a few small comforts we all enjoy in the fall and winter months. I hope you all take care and live , laugh and love along your journey.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Hello everyone, today I dont have a recipe for you all but I have some news. I have lost another 3 pounds this week! So that is a total of 17 pounds! I am so excited and I am never hungry I just fill up on healthy things throughout the day and I dont deprive myself of anything, I just eat smaller portions of it along with tons of fruits and veggies. This is just encouraging me to keep doing what I am doing. Thank you all again for your support, I know I have been saying that a lot lately but you have no idea how honored and how much I appreciate you all being there. Who needs to spend the money at weight watchers when I have my own little support group on my blog. In the coming weeks look for a recipe on how to make your own hummus. My friend Doreen suggested I do one with homemade tahini, so be on the look out for that. Until Monday guys and dolls I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and live, laugh and love while your at it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Caprese Salad with garlic infused Extra virgin olive oil and Garlic Bread

Hi everyone, sorry there was no post yesterday I was just not feeling all too well. I am feeling much better today and I have a recipe for you that sounds difficult but is probably the easiest thing to throw together on a hot day or any day for that matter. All you need is extra virgin olive oil, two cloves of garlic, tomatoes sliced, mozzarella cheese fresh works best but you can flub a bit and use mozzarella string cheese I wont tell on you. And you will need basil and a nice Italian bread or crusty bread of your choice. Grab a large plate and layer your sliced tomatoes with your sliced mozzarella and in between the slices of cheese and tomato add a piece of basil. From there you want to grab your garlic cloves and give them a good smack to get the skin off but don't chop them add them whole to a small sauce pan and a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil depending on how many you are serving. If you are only making it for one or two people you might want to have one clove of garlic to one tablespoon of evoo. Put the oil and garlic on a medium heat and only heat through until its warmed, you don't want the oil to pop. Remove the garlic and put aside. Drizzle the evoo over the tomatoes basil and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle some oregano over the top. Next slice your bread, figure one slice per person put them on a cookie sheet and spray cooking spray on the tops just so they brown in the oven, next add the garlic you used in your oil, you want to mince it though so you can sprinkle it over your bread. Preheat your oven to 350 and when you start to smell garlic bread its probably ready if not close to it, your bread is ready when its toasted. I like to sprinkle my salad and my bread with Parmesan cheese to give it an extra little yum factor. I hope you and your family enjoys this recipe as mine did. Until next time I hope you all live, laugh and love.