OUT OF THIS WORLD CASSEROLE

I made this for dinner tonight. My family LOVED it so I had to share.

WARNING: THIS IS NOT DIET FOOD!!

Cheesy Sour Cream Hamburger Hotdish

INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 oz. package egg noodles, prepared
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. diced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt.
  • 24 oz. jar pasta sauce
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • ⅔ c. Parmesan
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the hamburger while breaking it up. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt and cook for 5 minutes until the hamburger is cooked through. Add the pasta sauce and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, add the cream cheese and microwave for 1 minute.
  • In a sprayed 9″x13″ dish, add the cooked egg noodles, sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan. Mix until well combined. Add the hamburger mixture to the pan and stir until everything is loosely combined.
  • Top with the shredded cheddar and Italian seasoning. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until the hotdish is heated through. Serve immediately.

ENJOY!!

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MEATLOAF ANYONE?

This Meatloaf Recipe is my family’s FAVORITE dinner recipe! They really love it. It really is the Best Ever Meatloaf, and it is so easy to make!!

INGREDIENTS:
Meatloaf:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced small (about ½ cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. onion salt
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
Glaze Topping:
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. mustard

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×5″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together ground beef, onion, eggs, pepper, oats, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, onion salt and tomato sauce in a large bowl, using your hands. Do not overmix.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, sugar and mustard. Spread on top of meatloaf and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15-30 minutes, or until meatloaf is cooked through. Let cool for a few minutes and then slice and serve. Enjoy!

It’s what’s for dinner

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

I love to try new recipes. Especially if they are:

1. Delicious

2. Healthy

This dish fits both requirements. And best of all, my family loves it too!

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS mayo
  • 3 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE:

  • 3 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS cream cheese
  • 1 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Rinse chicken and dry so mayo will stick to it
  3. Baste the mayo onto chicken
  4. Top with shredded cheese
  5. Place in baking dish
  6. Bake uncovered 40-50 minutes
  7. When chicken has 10 minutes left, start your sauce
  8. Combine heavy cream and cream cheese into warm skillet, whisk until mixed thoroughly
  9. Add Parmasean and garlic powder. Whisk until smooth.
  10. Add some bacon but leave some for garnishing chicken
  11. Place chicken on plate and drizzle sauce over it.
  12. Add bacon and enjoy!

Can not stop eating these!

A friend of mine told me about these and so naturally I had to try them.

OREO TRUFFLES

OMG!

These are so amazing it is hard to stop eating them.

Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.😀

INGREDIENTS:

  • 14.3 oz package of Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 12 oz dipping chocolate or candy coating (milk chocolate or vanilla)
  • Additional 2 oz dipping chocolate for drizzling or sprinkle

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pulse oreos in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. (No food processor? No problem. Use your hands to crush cookies into tiny bits). Add crumbs to large mixing bowl.
  2. Slice up cream cheese and drop slices into the mixing bowl. Use the back of a large spoon to smash the cream cheese into the crumbs, stirring and mushing until it has become a thick paste.
  3. Pinch off walnut-sized clumps of the filling and roll into balls. Place on a plate that will fit in your freezer. Roll all of dough and place balls in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Place dipping chocolate in a small deep bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring after each until chocolate is smooth.
  6. Remove oreo truffles from freezer and drop one-by-one into the dipping chocolate.
  7. Use a fork to scoop out the truffle, tapping the bottom of the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Tip the truffle onto the parchment paper. Allow chocolate to set.
  8. If desired, melt additional dipping chocolate using the same microwave method. Stir with a fork and drizzle over the truffles. Allow chocolate to set and store truffles in refrigerator.
  9. Enjoy!

Weight Loss and Me

Hi everyone. A couple of days ago, I looked in the mirror and it hit me. I mean REALLY hit me. I can’t stand the way I look. I mean, I’ve always has issues with my looks but I’m talking weight wise. I’m 5’5, 38 years old, and weigh 165. Ick! I’m overweight. I even checked my BMI. Its 27.5 which falls into the overweight catetgory. If you would like to check yours, here is the link:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Now most of us don’t look like a Victoria Secret model. You know with the sleek arms, flat tummy, tight butt, and slim thigh gap.

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Actually about 90% of us don’t. And some of that percentage don’t want to. But I do.

I know there they are born with great genetics and of course, they can afford to have personal trainers and a good consultant/dietician. Plus free time to exercise. And we can’t forget that there is probably plenty of photoshopping and brushing going on. And possibly even some plastic surgery here and there. All of these things, we are either not born with or is something most of us can not afford. But still, those girls are FIT!

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Most of those things we can’t do anything about unless we have money. But exercise and eating, those are things we can try and control. I say TRY.

With our busy lives, I know how hard it can be to fit in time for exercises. Take me for example, I work 4 days at the hospital and have 3 days off. And sometimes I sub at the local school. Sounds like I have plenty of free time right? HA!

Between trying to write my next book, paying bills, taking care of 3 kids, a husband (he works 7 days a week and one of those days is a double), do housework, help with homework, cook dinner, ensure showers are taken and teeth are brushed, dogs taken out, and any extra domestic duties that need doing, I don’t have a lot of extra time to work out.

And what exercises do you do? There are only about a million different kinds targeting certain things and some people say to do them, some people say don’t do them. How do you know?

And as far as eating right…Have you ever tried to go grocery shopping for strictly healthy stuff? Its expensive. Like 2-3 times more expensive than the junk (and delicious 😋) foods that most of us normally buy. For me feeding 5 people and buying all healthy on a budget is damn near impossible.

Everyone complains about America being overweight and how we need to eat healthier.  But how can we afford to when the healthy stuff skyrockets our grocery bill by at least $100-200 dollars a week. And forget joining weight watchers, nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. That is extremely expensive too. Or at least it is for me. There is Slimfast and Atkind which are cheaper but can get pricey over time. So what can a person do?

I really don’t know. But I know that I am tired of looking in the mirror and being disgusted by what I see. So, I am going to do my best to start a diet. This is what inam going to try first as far as eating healthier:

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And as far as exercise, I’m going to do what I can that will target my trouble areas. Arms, lower tummy, butt, and inner and outer thighs. I’ve got a few exercises picked out but if anyone has any suggestions, Please leave me a comment below. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

I made this for my family last night along with homemade mashed potatoes, white gravy, and French style green beans with a creamy butter sauce. A definite DO for the chicken lovers out there….. 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • Thick chicken breasts
  • Sliced uncooked bacon
  • Shredded cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Cut a “pocket” into the chicken breast, careful not to slice all the way through
  3. Fill the pocket with a slice of bacon and shredded cheese
  4. Bake for 1 hour
  5. Remove and cover with more cheese. *You can add more bacon on top if you want*
  6. Bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is well melted. 

Add your favorites sides and enjoy!