Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Campin' Lasagna

 I made two pans of lasagna, one I froze, the
other I took camping. I used rigatoni noodles
and put it in 9 x 9 pans. We have never used our oven in the travel trailer because it makes it too hot, so I put the toaster oven outside, placed the lasagna (covered with foil) in it and baked it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes....... perfect. Prepare ahead of time, bake and no clean up. my kinda' dish! You could also use an electric skillet, just drop the foil pan down in the skillet...... still no clean up.

Camping Decor

Were back to camping and that means new signs to add to my decorations. the Pier Pressure came about after I saw a photo my sister had posted of her husband and two sons on a pier fishing. that's a good kind of peer pressure.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Shepard's Pie (Twisted)

I love me some Shepard's Pie but not the calories so I decided to twist the recipe up some. I looked up some recipes that I thought would be close to what I wanted to achieve and then I adjusted them to my taste. I used ground turkey and cauliflower and it was good, five star!

Twisted Shepard's Pie
1 large onion (diced)
1 tablespoon of Parkay butter
1 lb of ground turkey
1 cup of diced carrots
1 cup of diced celery
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground pepper
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of flour
1 large head of cauliflower (trimmed and chopped)
1 tablespoon of Velvetta cheese
1 - 2 cups of shredded Colby cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put cauliflower in a microwave proof dish, add about a cup of water and cover with cling wrap, leaving a 1 inch corner uncovered. Microwave for 9 minutes or until very soft. Meanwhile, saute onions in butter, add turkey and cook until no longer pink. Add carrots and celery, stir until heated through, add salt, pepper, paprika and flour, turn the heat off. Drain cauliflower, add Velvetta and mash until it resembles mashed potatoes, you don't want lumpy potatoes, mash again. Pour turkey mixture into a 11 x 9 baking dish, cover with cauliflower and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Green Bean Casserole by Claudette Leblanc

This is the best green bean casserole I have ever had and it makes a lot!  My Amy got it from her boyfriend's grandmother, Claudette Leblanc from Louisiana. Her secret ingredient is water chestnuts, it gives the casserole a crunch. Amy baked this in a 13" x 9" pan and it was full, a slightly larger pan would probably be better. She adds frozen onion, bell pepper and celery (seasoning mix).

Claudette Leblanc's Green Bean Casserole

3 - 28oz cans of drained French style Green Beans
2 - 6oz cans of french fried onions
1 - 8oz can of water chestnuts (sliced)
2 - 10.5 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup
6 slices of bacon (chopped)
12 oz bag of Pictsweet Seasoning Blend
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Cook bacon till browned, remove, reserve 1 or 2 tablespoons
of bacon fat add 3/4 of the bag of seasoning blend till heated through. Add green beans, soup, water chestnuts, black pepper and a little "Slap Ya Mama or Tony Chachere's", but no salt, mix well. In a greased baking pan layer half of the green bean mixture, onion rings and cheese, repeat the layers. Bake at 350 degrees fro about 25 minutes or until bubbly in the middle.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Painting Shamrocks

I wanted to test painting with a piece of fun foam and Tulip slick paint. I cut a heart out of a piece of paper and drew it onto a piece of brown scrap fun foam. I glued it to a plastic  holder for thread. I stamped on a piece of t-shirt and used a toothpick to draw on a stem. The paint is dimensional fabric paint and is washable. I have found the thicker I put it on it seems sticky after it dries but after washing and drying it is fine. You could also cut a heart from a sponge. This is a great project for kids, PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Crayon Batik

I made me a shirt for St.Patrick's day but I wanted to try crayon batik on a t-shirt and I just so happened to have this shamrock sitting on my desk. I placed a piece of wax paper down on my ironing board, then the t-shirt and then  a shamrock. I took a knife and scraped a crayon all over the shamrock (pic 1), cover it with another piece of wax paper and iron it until it is all melted (pic 2). I could tell that was not going to be enough, so I scraped some more and ironed again. I removed the shamrock, placed a paper towel over the design and ironed again to remove any excess 
crayon. This was quick and fun. I think I will try to just color a shamrock onto a t-shirt and then iron it. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Follow my Rules

I've always told my children if they follow my rules, life is easier, if you fight my rules life is harder. Jesus looked at me and said "Follow my Rules"!