Sunday, October 30, 2011


Mimosa Sunday with the future Combie's (wedding date 5/26/11), cheers!

2/3 TJ's Blanc de Blancs (sparkling wine) + 1/3 OJ = Mimosa

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homemade Canned Chili

Homemade "canned" chili is homemade, but I used canned items to make it. It was DELISH and very easy. Makes great leftovers.

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1 small can of Tomato Sauce
1.5 lbs. Ground Turkey
1 7oz. can of Green Chiles
2 cans Pinto Beans, drained
2 cans White Beans, drained
1 can Beef Broth
1 can petite diced Tomatoes
2.5 Tbsp Gebhards Seasoning (Chili Powder)
1 Bay Leaf
4 dashes of Tabasco

Heat olive oil in a large pot, add chopped onion. After about 4 minutes of stirring onion add Ground Turkey and 1 Tbsp garlic salt stirring occasionally until Turkey has browned. Add tomato sauce, stir for about a minute. Add all of your other ingredients to pot. Bring to a boil then simmer 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve.

If chili is not thicken enough mix a little corn starch with water and add to mixture stirring for at least one minute.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Taco Casserole

My BFF pinned this recipe, I adapted the ingredients to what I had on hand and added a few more things. The best thing about casseroles is you can completely change them up and make them your own. Now it probably isn't as low cal as weight watchers but that's okay. It was super delish, Joe gave it a thumbs up. I suggest you try it my way or the original weight watchers way.
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 c onions, chopped
1/2 c bell peppers, chopped
1 16 oz. can of pinto beans (you could subsitute black beans)
1 small can green chiles
1 clove garlic
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
8 taco bell mild packets
1 c sour cream
1 c low-fat cottage cheese
1.5 c tortilla chips, broken up (1 cup for the bottom, 1/2 c for top)
1.5 c cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup for mixture, 1/2 c for top)
3/4 c salsa

Heat oven to 400. Spray cooking spray on bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish; set aside. In a skillet,
cook chicken, onion, peppers, and garlic clove cook until tender. Add seasoning mix, drained pinto beans, green chiles and taco bell mild sauce; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese; set aside. Place 1 cup of broken chips in the bottom of casserole dish. Add meat mixture to cover the chips, then cover the meat with sour cream/cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and crushed chips. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted. Top with 3/4 cup salsa if desired.

Makes 8- 1 Cup Servings

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Joe and sunny's don't mix

Joseph: hey babe at school

me: Hi Babe.

Joseph: how is your day

me: Good, it's so sunny outside. Kinda nice.

Joseph: yes a very nice day

me: I think I need a new pair of sunglasses, do you love yours?

Joseph: I do love mine what kind are you thinking about getting

me: I'm thinking the kind I don't lose at the bank for a week and not know they are missing. That sounds like the best me. Missing anything Jojo?

Joseph: :-|  :-/ <3  :-o   :D I thought I left them somewhere safe  IM SORRY HONEY

me: meh

Meaty Meatloaf

I have always wanted to make a meatloaf, but have been intimidated by the massive meatiness of the loaf. I looked at a few recipes online, they all seemed to have ketchup which I am not a fan of, unless for the purpose of dipping french fries. I perused for about 30 minutes and decided I would just make up my own. The common thing for most meatloaf recipes was ground beef and egg. You can definitely adapt this recipe to your own style. I may use crushed up cheese crackers instead of bread crumbs next time (my mother in laws secret ingredient). * It was one of the easiest things I've ever made.

2.5 lbs ground beef
2 eggs
1 8oz can of Tomato sauce (reserve two tablespoons for top of loaf)
1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1 package french onion soup mix
1 tsp of garlic salt

Combine all ingredients together minus the reserve two Tbsp. of tomato sauce. Place in baking dish and form, cover with reserve tomato sauce. Place in fridge for 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, lower oven temp to 350 and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove any drippings for gravy, Let cool about 10 minutes, serve with homemade mashed potatoes and homemade meat gravy.


*My meatloaf took a dive of the counter onto the floor, luckily I had just swept, I scraped the top layer off and put bake in the oven for 5 minutes on broil to kill any germs...AWKWARD. The meatloaf was still delish.

(what didn't make it back in the oven)

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