Friday, July 31, 2015

Hubby Friendly Meals (Things he can warm up while I am out of town)

Not this week, but the week after the kiddos and I are going to go to our house in Colorado for a week.  It is one last little trip before we get back into the rhythm of the school year.  My parents and my brother and his family are going also. 

Hubby was supposed to go but work changed one of the big jobs to that week and he is leading it so he has to be there.  We were hoping that he would be able to fly up over the weekend, but it looks like he will be working the weekend also.  Boo!!! 

So... this means my honey will need some food while I am gone and honestly I don't want to spend money on him going out to eat for every meal.  So, I am going to make a few things before I leave so that he will have some nice and easy meals.

Here is a list of what I am leaving for him... just in case you ever leave your spouse home alone.  ;-)

1) Egg Salad (This is a favorite for our family)
2) Tacos
3) Frozen Pizza (He found this at Brookshires for half off and so we snatched it up)
4) Muffins
5) Potato Soup (I know it is hot, but this is something he can reheat easily)
6) Sandwiches (Boring I know but hubby loves them)
7) Burgers
8) Lasagna Rollups
9) ?
10) ?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spanish VBS

I want to start by saying that I go to an amazing church.  The past two years we have helped the local Spanish church plan and hold a VBS.  This is a HUGE undertaking for our children's ministry leaders because they haven't even had time to recover from the VBS at our church.  These ladies do it though and they always have a smile on their faces.  Have I mentioned that they rock???

A few reasons I like helping:

I love that as soon as school was out for the summer my kids started asking if we were going to help again this year.  It is a great experience for them!  They have made so many friends and have learned how blessed they are.

These kids that are coming to VBS have the most gorgeous big brown eyes, they are absolutely beautiful.  While we may not speak the same language and we don't always understand each other we all smile the same. 

I love that I took a little girls hand the other day and led her away from mommy and she happily went with me.  The rest of the night she had her hand in mine wherever we went.  She had never met me before and trusted me completely.

Sandwiches are a big deal!!!  No matter what we served them for dinner (I got to help serve the food also) they were always thankful.  Whether it was hot dogs or sandwiches we heard thank you so many times, no one ever complained about what they got.  I feel like we are often so spoiled that we wouldn't be nearly as thankful as they are.

I love that the parents are really involved.  They follow their kids around and get involved with the activity they are doing.  It makes me happy that there are so many of them who are willing to go out where it is hot and humid and just play the games with the kiddos.  Honestly I think some of the adults like the games as much as the kiddos do. ;-)

Last night my husband was able to meet us, his work schedule has been crazy, and my kiddos were so happy he could come.  After a long and hot day at work he came over to join us, to me this is such an amazing example for our kiddos.  One of the many reasons I adore this man is he has such a kind and giving heart.  I was singing and leaned over to ask him why one of the girls only had on one shoe... he told me the other one broke and that I should go get her a new pair.  That is so incredibly hot!!!  He works so hard for us and is willing to give so much away.  Luckily there was a Bealls nearby so I was able to grab a pair of shoes and be back quickly.  When I got back the little girl was happily playing outside with one shoe on like it was no big deal.  The look on her face when we told her the new shoes were for her was priceless, she told me later they were the most comfortable shoes she had ever had. 

My favorite thing is that these kids (not just this church but ours as well) come in and know that they are loved.  They can forget about all the troubles they have at home and just be kids.  They don't have to worry about mommy and daddy fighting or what they will be eating for their next meal, they can just be happy.   

If you ever have a chance to get involved in something like this do it.  I promise it will change your life!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Bread Twists

These were so delicious and the great thing is they can be made the night before and popped in the oven the next morning!

Dough Ingredients:
1½ cups warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
3½ cups flour
1 tsp Salt
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
5 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze: (I didn't do this glaze, I made my own)
4 ounce cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together.
Let that sit for 5 minutes.
Add flour and salt to the water, sugar, and yeast.
Mix this until smooth and let it raise for 10 minutes. (I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was so easy and worked great!)
Roll out the dough in a large square on a floured surface.
Brush the dough with the butter.
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Sprinkle on top of the melted butter.
Fold the dough in half.
Cut the dough into one inch strips.
A pizza cutter worked great for me!
Twist the one inch strips of dough and place on a cookie sheet.
Let that sit for another 10-15  minutes to raise. (At this point I put mine in the fridge so that I could bake the next morning)
Bake at 400 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the cream cheese glaze, combine softened cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
Mix until combined and smooth.
Drizzle on top of the bread twists.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Menu for 7-27 to 8-2

Last year our church helped a Spanish church in town do a VBS, and this year we are doing it again.  My kids are so excited, they had a blast last year meeting new kids and "helping out".  The only problem is that this one meets in the evening (our church does ours in the morning) so we won't be home for dinner which means I probably won't have many new recipes to offer next week. 

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Homemade Pizza Rolls (NR)

B- Cheesy Baked Egg Toasts (NR)
L- Ham and Cheese Pockets (NR)

B- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (NR)
L- Chicken Bites and Fruit

B- Cereal
L- Cheese Quesadillas

B- Crescent Roll Breakfast Ring (NR)
L- Taco Bowls
D- Butcher Shop With Parents

B- Omelet Breakfast Bites (NR)
L- Pretzel Dogs (NR)
D- ?

B- Country Apple Fritter Bread (NR)
L- Family Meeting For Colorado (Pizza)
D- Leftovers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Studio Movie Grill

So, I know that a lot of you live in big cities however I don't... so when we got a SMG I was thrilled.  I mean honestly this place is a dream!  It combines four of my favorite things, movies, dinner, saving time and saving money.  What else could you ask for.

The theater is really nice, I mean the seats are super comfy.  From the moment you walk in people are there to greet you and make sure the experience is a good one.  I like that you can check in and print your tickets at a kiosk, this means no long lines! The only complaint I would have is that the girls bathroom is on one side and the mens on another... I wish they had one of each on both sides.

Dinner was surprisingly good, I honestly wasn't expecting much.  I liked that we were able order our food and they got it out fairly quickly.  The menu is much more extensive than I had expected and I liked that they had appetizers, main courses, desserts, and even drinks (from the bar).


SMG is a great place to go if you want to slip in a date night during the work week or if you are short on time.  You combine the two things you were probably going to do anyway.  I am all for functionality and getting as much done in as little time as possible.

For me I feel like this place can even save you a little moolah!  Honestly our tickets were about the same price as the other places in town (except Morris Twin Cinema which is my favorite theater EVER).  The food was priced well, they even had a 2 for $25 menu!!!  Plus since you are eating dinner this will save you from buying popcorn and a drink, which you really don't need anyway.  ;-)  Or you could splurge and go eat dinner somewhere else and have dessert while watching your movie...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chicken Spaghetti

I went to a college that catered to the athletes so on game days which was 2-3 times per week they pumped us full of carbs.  Since I was on the meal plan I either had to eat in the cafeteria or spend my "allowance" on going to get something to eat.  My parents gave me a decent amount of money but I had other things I wanted to spend it on. 

Since I decided not to spend my money going out to eat I had to eat in the cafeteria which meant spaghetti!!!  I swear I have never had so much spaghetti in my life, every time there was a game we had spaghetti... chicken or regular either way I got burnt out on it!  In fact to this day I very rarely make (or eat) spaghetti.  I think in my almost nine years of marriage that I have made it a total of 3 times.

This recipe I came up with is great and everyone loved it.  The flavors work well together and it is nice and creamy.  I will make this again, just not too soon.  ;-)

4 large chicken breasts
1 pound thin spaghetti, broken in half
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
1/2 loaf (large) Velveeta
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teasooon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Two 10 3/4-ounce cans cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Almost 1 cup milk
Handful bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add noodles.
While noodles are cooking cut chicken into small cubes.
Brown them in a skillet until they are cooked through.
When the spaghetti is finished cooking, combine with the chicken, Velveeta, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, soup, Rotel, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Stir in a little less than 1 cup of milk.
Place the mixture in a 9 by 13 inch casserole pan and top with 1 cup of cheese and a handful of bread crumbs.
Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Then turn the oven to broil and let it brown slightly!

Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Menu for 7-20 to 7-26

B- Leftover Cinnamon Rolls
L- Chicken Bites and Fruit
D- Chick Fil A

B- Cereal
L- Sandwich and Chips
D- Chicken Spaghetti (NR), Red Lobster Biscuits, Salad

Wednesday (My birthday!!!)
B- Free Breakfast at Denny's
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- ???

B- Yogurt and Fruit
L- Pizza
D- Leftovers

B- Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Pancakes
L- Corn Dogs and Fruit
D- Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Hash Browns

B- Doughnuts
L- Egg Salad
D- Tacos, Beans and Rice

B- Muffins
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shrimp Kabobs

I made these Wednesday night to go along with our Chicken Kabobs (recipe at the bottom) everyone agreed they were good and would have been great if hubby would have taken them off the grill just a minute quicker. 

1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used Ketchup)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and
deveined with tails attached
skewers  (soaked for at least 20 minutes)
In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
Reserve a small amount for basting later.
Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag with shrimp.
Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat grill for medium-low heat.
Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head.
Discard marinade.
Lightly oil grill grate.
Cook shrimp for 5 minutes per side, or until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
 *This recipe was found on, before I could paste the link my computer went crazy and shut itself down.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SOS Creamed Ground Beef

I just realized that even though I made this a few days ago I never posted it on my blog. This week has been very busy with VBS a billion kiddos at the house and fun events at the library.

My grandfather had a dish like this when he was in the military and talked about it fondly... not going to tell you what they called it. Anyway this was delish and served over homemade biscuits it was a nice, easy, comforting meal. 

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cube beef bouillon
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 1/4 cups milk
splash of  Worcestershire sauce
Brown beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Stir in flour, bouillon, seasoned salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Saute all together for approximately 5 minutes or until flour is absorbed.
Gradually stir in milk and Worcestershire sauce.
Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve hot!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Menu for 7-13 to 7-19

This week is Vacation Bible School week at church which the kids and I LOVE, but it kicks my hiney.  I can rock the school year and most of summer like no body's business but for some reason VBS wears me out!  I am using this as my excuse, as to why my menu hasn't been posted yet... or even finished.  I will be filling in the blanks as the week goes on, but for now this is my starting point.

B- Cereal
L- Leftovers
D- Pizza Hut (I had a killer headache/migraine)

B- Waffles and Bacon
L- Sandwiches
D- SOS Ground Beef (NR), Dijon Potatoes, Pea Salad, and Biscuits

B- Cereal
L- Chicken Nuggets, Chips and Berries
D- Honey Chicken Kabobs, Baked Potatoes, Grilled Veggies (NR) and Bread

B- Chocolate Chip Muffins
D- Balsamic Beef Patties, ?

B- Cinnamon Rolls (Daddies Birthday)
L- Tacos and Corn
D- Waiting for Birthday Boy to Decide

B- Quiche

B- Monkey Bread
L- Phillips Parents
D- Leftovers

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bacon Breakfast Casserole

I am sitting here with the worst headache I have ever had, in fact I want to just crawl into bed and cry.  My head is throbbing!  Sadly even though I feel awful I still have responsibility.  Who knew being a grown up was such hard work?

 I mean honestly can't my kids take care of themselves?  (In all actuality they pretty much are taking care of themselves).  The only thing I really have to do is make sure my daughter has on her cheer clothes so she can go to class soon, then pick up the pizza I just ordered from my computer. 

While I would much rather have a home cooked meal Pizza Hut is coming to the rescue today, and if I didn't have to get out to take Belle to cheer I probably would have splurged and had it delivered...  now that my friends is luxury. 

Ok so on to what you are really here for... a recipe.  I made this dish for our Life Group on Sunday.  It is slightly different from the version I usually make and everyone loved it.  Several of the men went back for seconds and one of them even went for thirds but I am keeping his identity a secret.  ;-)  By the time class was over the entire pan was completely empty... it kind of looked like it had been scraped clean.

8 oz of bacon, cooked and then crumbled into small pieces
4 cups of shredded hash browns
1 cup of cheese (I used a Mexican blend, cheddar would be great too)
1 can (12oz) of evaporated milk (we used fat free and turned out fine)
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of Lawry's seasoned salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you are making this right away.
Spray your 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Spread 2 cups of shredded potatoes and 1/4 cup of the onion in the baking pan.
Add half of the bacon (4oz) and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
Then repeat the process again to create a second layer. 
When you have added the second layer, mix the eggs, evaporated milk and Lawry's and pour the mixture evenly on top of the layers.
*If you will be baking this the next morning, cover and refrigerate.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes while covered with foil. (45 minutes was plenty in my oven)
Remove foil and cook for an additional 5 minutes until cheese starts to brown a little bit.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
We were rushed and I forgot to take an after picture.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

4th of July

Since I haven't had a chance to post our 4th of July pictures I thought I would do that now.  4th of July is my favorite holiday, I love everything about it.  The patriotism, the fireworks, the cookouts...  Last year we were in Boston for 4th of July and sadly the fireworks show was rained out because of a hurricane, so this year we were really ready for the festivities.

Every year (except last year) we have friends over to watch fireworks in the parking lot behind our house.  It is a very informal get together but is always loads of fun.  We live in a small town but surprisingly they put on a good fireworks show.  The real treat though is that before the fireworks start their is an air show with two really awesome fighter planes.

In Texas the 4th of July (or in this case the 3rd) can be really humid so of course we need snacks to help with that.  I come fully prepared with popsicles, watermelon, ice cream sandwiches and mini ice cream cones.  We also have sparklers (the reason I have no pics of my kids) which I was lighting for a long time and we have a few smaller fireworks.

This place is huge!!!
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Friends took these pictures of the kiddos.  Nathan was riding his bike so sadly he wasn't in any of the pictures.
So the next day which was actually the 4th of July we went to Jefferson, which is another small town about 40 minutes away.  This was our first time to go there for the firework show.  I loved that this whole celebration reminded me of a scene straight out of Pollyanna.  You know, when they have the Bonanza to raise money for the orphanage?  Anyway  there was a pie/cake auction, several booths, ice cream and of course music. 
They are AMAZING!
This was crazy weather for Texas!
We got to town early so we were able to get a GREAT parking spot and were able to eat before it got crowded.  The restaurant that we picked to have dinner at was serving a smaller menu than normal because of the holiday.  This made me really sad because the entire reason I had picked this place to try was because of the dishes they weren't serving that night.  I will say though that the food was still great and we want to go back when they have the full menu. 
Hmmm.... I'm too lazy to fix this one lol.

After dinner we walked over to the General Store which is a really fun old fashioned store.  They have a soda/ice cream bar, homemade candies and all sorts of neat old fashioned type goodies.  It is one of my favorite places, and we actually ran into a ton of people that we knew.  After stocking up on some candy we went back to the car grabbed our chairs and the game bag (we had about a 90 minute wait) and staked out our spot in the grass.
Comment if you know what game this is!
Belle and her friend Noah waiting for the fireworks to start.
To start off the fireworks they sound a cannon, which a friend had warned us about.  This year they fired the cannon and then several minutes later it fired again... we weren't expecting it the second time and it scared Belle so bad she fell our of her chair.  After we all recovered the show started.  The fireworks were beautiful and were shot right above our heads!  The show lasted a full thirty minutes and was spectacular. 
I have a feeling that Jefferson will be added to our 4th of July traditions! 
What did you do?  How was your weekend?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

While mine didn't turn out to be crinkle cookies the flavor was amazing.  In fact after dinner I offered one to a friend, she took one ate it quickly and then after a few minutes and with an embarrassed look on her face asked for another one.  I didn't tell her that I had already had three by that point in the day...
For some reason mine didn't crack or crinkle like the original post had said they would.  It doesn't matter though because they are still gorgeous.  The texture is slightly thick and almost cakey.  The flavor is just right and isn't too lemony...
These cookies are a hit and I will make them again for sure!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon zest (from about 2 medium lemons)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy (occasionally scrape down bowl throughout entire mixing process if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl).
Mix in egg then blend in egg yolk.
Add lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract and optional yellow food coloring and mix until combined.
With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl.
Scoop dough out about 1 1/2
Tbsp at a time (25g each) and shape into a ball, then drop in powdered sugar and roll to evenly coat. Transfer to a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet, repeat with remaining dough and space cookies 2-inches apart on baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 10 - 13 minutes.
Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an airtight container.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

What a yummy meal!!!  I am so thankful for a wonderful hubby who upon entering the house after a long day at work found me frazzled and yet he stayed completely calm.  That morning I had gone to the grocery store... with three kids... need I say more! 

Anyway I forgot to grab the ranch mix which is a very important part of this dish.  Hubby was sweet enough to run to Brookshire's for me and grab a four pack, "just so I would have extra for next time".  That man rocks!  Not only is he a hottie but he takes really good care of me and the kiddos. 

This pasta was wonderful.  In fact I am gladly eating some of the leftovers today for my lunch.  The kids all loved it, I think the bacon was a huge part of that love, and so did the adults.  I kept the recipe as written and didn't make any changes.  This meal was fast and very simple, perfect for those nights when you are in a rush to get something on the table.

1 pound of pasta
6 strips of bacon, diced
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 packet of ranch seasoning mix
2 cups milk
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into pieces)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Start by cooking your pasta, draining it, and setting it aside.
While you are making your noodles; cook your bacon in a skillet, drain the grease but keep 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in the pan.
Add a tablespoon of butter to the bacon drippings and toss in your chicken breast pieces (cook until no longer pink/browned).
Pour the ranch dressing mix and flour over the chicken then add the 2 cups of milk.
Stir until it is bubbly and thick.
Add the cheese and half of your diced bacon pieces to the pan; stir until melted.
Combine the sauce and pasta noodles together – add salt and pepper to taste.
Top off the dish with the extra bacon pieces and ENJOY!

Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cheeseburger Ring

So delicious.  Husband and all three kids (and myself) loved this meal.  The flavor is wonderful and the presentation makes it look like you spent hours when this dish actually comes together quickly and easily.  This cheeseburger ring would be perfect as your main course or would be a great appetizer at a party. 

I was able to make mine ahead of time which for me is a major plus.  I love being able to have a dish ready to just pop in the oven.  Life is much easier that way.

If you want to make this even prettier add some shredded lettuce or tomatoes to the middle of your ring.  My kids would have a heart attack if they had lettuce anywhere near their food so I left it out.  Either way hubby was seriously impressed with my mad cooking skills... I didn't tell him how simple this was.  Shhh.

2 tubes of crescent rolls
1 pound 93/7 lean hamburger
1/4 cup shredded cheese
cheese slices from the deli
2 tsps. mustard
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp. worcestershire

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Brown hamburger and add onion powder, garlic powder and salt.
Also add 1/4 c ketchup and 2 teaspoons of mustard. 
Stir well and add shredded cheese, heat until the cheese melts.
Separate the rolls into triangles and arrange on a pizza sheet with the points facing outward. 
Next I took the cheese slices and halved them, sticking one on each dough triangle.
Then put one big spoonful of hamburger mix on each slice of cheese.
If you have extra meat just put it in the middle of the crescents it doesn't have to be covered with dough.
Roll them up, bringing the pointed end over the larger end and tucking it underneath.  (You may have to rearrange them a bit to make it tight)
I then sprinkled some more shredded cheese on top.
Bake in the 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.

Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menu for 7-6 to 7-12

B- Breakfast Casserole
L- Corn Dogs
D- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe (NR), French Bread, and Salad

B- Doughnut Birthday Party
L- Chicken Bites and Fruit
D- Cheeseburger Ring (NR), Lemon Potatoes, and Honey Roasted Carrots

B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Quesadillas and Veggies
D- Italian Roast, Cornbread, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Twice Baked Potatoes, Lemon Crackle Cookies (NR)

B- Cereal
L- Sandwiches
D- Chicken, Green Bean and Potato Bake, Macaroni, Rolls and Something Sweet

B- Biscuits, Eggs, and Hash Browns
L- Leftovers
D- Date Night!!!  (Studio Movie Grill)

B- Crossanwich
L- ?
D- ?

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Chicken Tacos, Spanish Rice and Corn
D- Leftovers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Southern Peach Cobbler

Hubby really liked this, however he said that if it was cooked slightly longer and the crust had more crispiness it would be a 10!

8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges 
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Blanch the peaches in boiling water for about 1 minute to make removing the skin easier.
Let cool enough to skin and cut into thin wedges.
Then combine peach wedges with the remaining ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and corn starch).
Mix well and then transfer to a baking dish.
Bake peaches for 10 minutes on 425 degrees.

While the peaches are baking, make the topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup boiling water

Mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Once dry ingredients are mixed well, cut the butter into small pieces and mix in with a pastry blender (or fork/your hands).
The mixture should look crumbly and the butter should be well incorporated.
Then, add the boiling water and stir until everything is combined.
Scoop parts of this mixture and plop on top of the peaches.

3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle evenly on top of cobbler.
Return to the oven for about 30 minutes. (The topping should be golden brown and the peaches bubbling.)
Let cool a bit, and serve warm with creamy vanilla ice cream.

Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cinnamon Apple Pie Recipe

I was asked, kind of last minute, to bring a dessert to a going away party we were attending.  Since I needed some new recipes for the blog I decided to do an apple pie and peach cobbler. 

Hubby is a big apple pie fan and will give me an honest opinion.  He said on a scale of 1-10 this would be an 8.  He said that the last apple pie I made was better, since that was a few years ago, I have no clue where that particular recipe is.  He couldn't really specify what he would change though so he wasn't a whole lot of help. ;-)

I think this is a great recipe, but I will probably go back to my quest to find something he likes better!

1 box prepared pie crust (I made my own)
⅓ cup flour
½ cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Dash salt
8 cups Mcintosh apples, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, reserved
Preheat the oven to 425-degrees.
In a large bowl, toss the apple pieces with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
Let them sit while -preparing the crust.
Line the bottom of a 9inch pie plate with one piece of the crust.
Spoon the apple mixture into the pie plate.
Cut the butter into small pieces and place on top of the pie.
You can prepare your top crust however you like, but at a minimum, add a few slits to allow the steam to escape.
You could also use cute pie top cutters to create a design on top that will make your pies look very beautiful.
Carefully add the top crust and pinch the edges to seal.
Beat the egg in a small bowl.
Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash, and use the egg wash to place any pieces of cut crust you have.
Sprinkle the top of the pie crust with the reserved cinnamon sugar mixture.
Put the pie on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Brush again with egg wash (if needed), and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Remove to a cooling rack and let set for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Menu for 6-29 to 7-5

B- Cereal
L- Leftovers
D- Taco Goyo

B- Yogurt
L- Pasta
D- Italian Burgers (NR), Potato Salad, and Baked Ricotta

B- Doughnuts
L- Grilled Cheese
D- Going Away Party

B- Bacon, Eggs and Pancakes
L- Corn Dogs and Carrots
D- Dinner With Friends

B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Quesadillas
D- Chicken Kabobs, ?

B- French Toast
L- Egg Salad
D- Steak, Baked Potato, Rolls, and Corn on Cob

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Cheeseburger Soup
D- Leftovers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Italian Burgers

These were really good, my oldest son gobbled his up and then asked for more.  For mine and my husbands I also added baked ricotta (the recipe is on my blog) to the top.  The ricotta gave it a nice creamy texture and we both really enjoyed it!  I hope that you will try these soon and let me know what you think.
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1/8 tsp oregano
1 lb ground beef
1/2 c. marinara sauce
4 buns
Butter for buns
In a large bowl combine 1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese and seasonings.
Add beef and mix until combined.
Shape into four patties about 1/2 in thick. 
Grill burgers over medium heat or broil 4 inches from heat sources of 4-5 minutes on each side or until thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and grill covered 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Remove from grill.
Butter inside of each bun and place buns, butter side up, on grill and grill until tops are light golden brown.
Remove from grill, top with burger, top burger with marinara sauce.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

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