Thursday, August 07, 2014

Stuffed Peppers

This is a recipe that can easily be changed to suit your mood.

Basic Recipe
1# ground beef
1 cup instant rice
1 egg
1 can tomato sauce
About 5 green bell peppers for stuffing

Mix first 4 ingredients stuff in peppers, top with an additional can of tomato sauce and bake at 350 for about an hour.

What I usually add:

2 T taco seasoning
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 medium onion minced
The tops of a couple peppers minced
About 1 celery stalk minced

Sometimes I'll go all sneaky chef on my kids and throw in some shreded zucchini.  I've also omitted the taco seasoning and used marinara instead of the tomato sauce.  The possibilities are endless.

If you have a Pampered Chef Deep Dish covered baker you can microwave this for about 25 minutes and then let it sit in the microwave for an additional 15 minutes.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

One person's trash is another's treasure

I love getting bags of scraps from other people, there are so many possibilities. This quilt was made entirely out of other people scraps. The broken dishes blocks are from a small sandwich bag full of "waste triangles" and the borders are from random scraps. I love it! This will be going on my wall of small quilts.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Challenge for 2013

I taught myself to knit back when Alex was a baby because I wanted to use wool soakers with my cloth diapers and wasn't willing to pay $50+ for one. Since that time I have knitted mostly dishcloths and scrubbies. This year I decided it was time to expand my knitting horizons and made a goal to learn to knit socks. I started by buying a knitting class from Craftsy. Next I bought some yarn and some impossibly tiny needles. Finally this weekend my friend Angela and I sat down together and started working on some socks. This is how far I've gotten up until now. I have actually knitted about twice this much but I spent about as much time ripping stitches as I did knitting. The other picture is of Angela trying to get the hang of knitting of 5 needles rather than the usual 2.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brown Sugar Granola

I originally got this recipe from The Hillbilly Housewife but when I went looking for it recently she had changed the recipe.  Here is the original recipe that my kids and I love.

Brown Sugar Granola

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried fruits (optional)
1/2 cup nuts or seeds (optional, we like almonds)

In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugar and water together.  Stir well and let it simmer for a 2-3 minutes.  Add the salt, oatmeal and cinnamon stir until evenly coated.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool in the pan, then break into pieces.  Add any fruit or nuts (I like to bake the nuts right in the granola) and store in an airtight container.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Easy Street Step 7 and 8

I'm chugging along on finishing up Easy Street.  I have most of step 7 done and have started the A blocks for step 8.  I didn't get as much sewing done this weekend as I hoped because I completely reorganized the kids playroom and book storage which took up most of my time.  I was lucky enough to sew with Kathy and Barb Saturday night for a few hours and Angela for a few hours on Sunday afternoon.

This week Oreo has decided that she is quilting quality control!  As you can see she inspected my blocks in progress to make sure the workmanship was up to snuff and then she moved on to the ironing board to oversee that step aslo :)

I'm very excited to get to finally meet Bonnie this Thursday at her lecture in Cottonwood.  I have been a fan of her's for about 7 years now and it will be nice to finally meet her.

I'm posting this as part of Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link-up.  You can see the other quilts in progress here
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

My First Influenster Box

I love trying out new products, especially when I get to try them for free!  Just before Christmas I got my first Vox box in the mail from influenster.  So far we have tried out the hairbrush which has microfiber bristles to help dry your hair faster.  Abbie gives it a thumbs up.  Not pictured is the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine because it is in my purse because I wore it the other day.  The other item not pictured is the Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal that I brought to work and will have it for breakfast next week.  I'll let you know how it tastes.

Easy Street Clue 6

As the name of the mystery suggests this weeks clue was very easy. I finished it today in record time. This weeks clue has us cutting triangles which makes me suspect that this quilt will be on point.