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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple Bread Pudding

6 cups of bread cut into chunks
2 cups diced apples, you want to use an apple that is good for baking
3 cups milk
4 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together apples and bread.  In separate large bowl whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, then add bread and apples.  Mix together well. Pour into an 11×7 or about that pan.  Place that an into a 9×13 pan and fill the outer pan (9×13 pan) with about 1 inch of water. Your size of pan does not matter so much, as long as the pan with the bread mixture can fit into a pan with water into it. You are creating a water bath, which is important in giving this bread pudding its texture. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheeseburger Casserole

Looking for a tasty meal to serve this week to your family? Then check out this yummy casserole made from favorites such as ground beef, cheese and pasta. Always a winner at our home.

6 ounces uncooked rotini pasta (about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons oil
1 ½ cups onions (finely chopped)
1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
1lb lean ground beef
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped dill pickles

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13” inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, drain.
Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and cook while breaking up into chunks with a spoon or spatula until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste, and then add the tomatoes and mustard. Let the mixture bubble gently until it is slightly thickened (about 2 minutes).
Step 3: Toss the meat mixture with the cooked pasta and spread it into the prepared baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake until the cheese has melted (about 15 minutes). Remove from the oven, sprinkle the chopped dill pickles over the top and serve.
(Makes 4 Servings)

recipe source here

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 10 Jobs

I am participating in a new fun post where many other bloggers are joining together at a top 10 post hosted by The Lieber family. It is fun because it allows me to think about what jobs I would love to do if I could do anything so here goes

(1) I would love to work in the mental health field as a life coach or therapist
(2) teacher
(3) day care provider
(4) chef
(5) pie maker
(6) home designer
(7) lawyer
(8) hostess with the mostess
(9) singer
(10) writer

Claritin Teams up with Kaboom

Parents! Vote Now to Help Kids Have More Fun - One Playspace at a Time
As parents, we spend a lot of time discovering creative ways to nurture our children's curiosity. Luckily, being outdoors provides the perfect landscape, fueling young imaginations and creating endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and creativity. Children's Claritin hopes to inspire parents to create innovative play spaces in their backyards, and communities.
Children's Claritin also believes in the benefits of outdoor activity for children, and wants to help children get the most out of every day! They're teaming up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to help bring innovative playspaces to communities in need and you can help! By voting, you can help them pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. What's Imagination Playground™? See imagination at play - watch last year's winner enjoying Imagination Playground™.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sloppy Joe Hoagies

2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped (optional - I just grabbed some that I had chopped and frozen)
2 small cans of tomato sauce
1 can of water
1/4 cup of BBQ Sauce (any kind that you got for cheap will do)
2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (any will do)
2 Tablespoons of Mustard
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt
Brown your beef or turkey in a pan.  Add onion and green pepper -cook until soft. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on any kind of buns you have on hand.

Frugal tip: Buy buns or hoagie rolls when they get clearanced out because of their date. Then pop them in the freezer. Pull out only what you need for dinner. Place in the oven around  350 degrees (or along side your french fries) until thawed and warmed through. It is that easy.

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