Monday, April 10, 2017

Beer Bread

This bread is so simple! And very yum! (I hate beer, but I love this bread!)


  • a can of beer
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • butter
Mix the first three together.  Put in a well-greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.  When done, rub butter on the top!  (the butter part isn't needed, but it does make tasty!)

Homemade Turkey Sausage

I've made my own low-fat sausage for years.  It's super easy and very tasty! (everything I make is tasty!)


  • a pound of frozen ground turkey, thawed
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1 t gr. sage
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
Mix all together and either shape into links or patties or grind it up for Breakfast Sweet Potato Sausage Hash!

Breakfast Sweet Potato Sausage Hash

Soooo good!  Takes a little while to cook the potatoes, but it's worth it!


  • a few sweet potatoes, washed and cubed very small, skins on
  • 1 pound of homemade sausage (or store-bought)
  • onion, chopped small
  • mushrooms, chopped
  • olive oil
  • Mrs. Dash chipotle seasoning
Cook up your sausage in a small pot.  Pour some olive oil in your non-stick pan and saute potato cubes, onions, and mushrooms. Cook until soft (around 20-30 min). Then add some of the Mrs. Dash, and then add your sausage.  And done!  Yum!

Sweet Potato Burritos

I saw this recipe on Facebook in the comment section of a post. I can't credit her (she made it up) as I have no idea who she is, but these are seriously great!  Thank you random internet person for such a great recipe!


  •  a warmed tortilla (I warm them in a pan)
  • a baked sweet potato (smashed up)
  • rice
  • black beans
  • refried beans with cumin stirred in
  • salsa
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • black olives
  • avocado
  • whatever else you like
Just roll it up and eat it! If you don't want refried beans, then add the cumin to the sweet potato.

You can add cheese or sour cream or whatever you like, but it's really good with either of those, too!

3-Cheese Lasagna

This is a staple in my house on Christmas.  Though I thought I'd get a little crazy and make some last night!

Get yourself some of this:

-9 lasagna noodles
-9x13 pan
-1 regular sized jar of Ragu (or any sauce that's your fav--we love the parmesan & romano or the mushroom one or the chunky garden one or the green pepper one---okay they ALL are good!)
-1 regular sized container of small curd cottage cheese
-1 bag (2 C) shredded mozzarella
-1/2 - 1 container of parmesan cheese (depending on your liking)
-garlic powder

Then do this:

  • Boil the noodles. Then dry the noodles.
  • Mix together all the cheeses, minus 1/2 C of mozzarella & sprinkle garlic powder into the cheeses (as much as you like)
  • Layer: small amount of sauce on bottom, then noodles, then cheeses, then sauce, then repeat.
  • Top with 1/2 C mozzarella.  
  • Bake 350 degrees around 20 min.
  • Let sit approx. 20 min. on top of stove so it's less soupy.
  • EAT IT!  With some garlic bread!
  • Enjoy how delicious it is!
That's it! Yummy!  

Best Ever Rice Pudding

Have you ever had Kozy Shack rice pudding?  This tastes similar!  Damn this is soooooo good!


2 cups water
1 cup rice (short grain works the best, but any will do)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 cups milk (any kind, as long as it’s not nonfat)
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 cup  sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon for sprinkling


  • In a large saucepan, place the water, rice, salt and butter, stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed most of the water, leaving behind no more than a bit of thick, starchy water. Be careful not to overcook the rice.
  • While the rice is cooking, in a separate, medium-size saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and cook over medium heat until the mixture is simmering (about 2 minutes). Once the rice in the separate saucepan is cooked, pour the simmering milk mixture over the rice
  • Cook the rice and milk mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed most of the milk mixture and the entire mixture has thickened and begins to appear pudding-like, about 15 minutes more. The pudding will thicken as it cools, and will set in the refrigerator. Add the vanilla, and mix to combine.
  • Divide the pudding among 6 small heat-safe containers, sprinkle with ground cinnamon to taste, cover and refrigerate until set, at least an hour.  (I just used my casserole dish with a lid)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Quick and Easy Fruity Tootie Salad

I made this last night because I didn't have crap in the house other than lettuce to make a traditional lettuce salad.  Now I only want to eat this kind!!

Serves 4 adults (with HUGE portions)

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 3 fresh mandarin oranges (cuties?) or 2-3 cans
  • 4 fat apples (your favorite kind)
I always wash my lettuce in my lettuce washer, so I cut my head of lettuce in half, then each half in half again.  I grab the quarter head and slice in small bite-sized pieces over my strainer and wash the lettuce.  Then I spin it (oh yeah, it's a salad spinner, I forgot the name of it LOL) and place in a big ass bowl (normally, I would place each quarter in a mixing bowl for each person or a huge plate).  After all lettuce is washed and spun and put into the big bowl, I segment the cuties and keep them whole and throw them in (I mean whole segments).  Then cut the apples up into bit sized pieces (I cute straight lines around the core and slice from there).

Mix it all up, and plate it for each person (make sure everyone has apples and oranges).  I used olive oil, salt and pepper on mine and my husband's and my oldest, and my youngest used bacon Catalina dressing.  You can use poppyseed (this pairs great with fruit!) or whatever you like.

I am in love with this salad and while it's easy, it's good for you and DEEELISH!