Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Monday, October 29, 2018

Corn Bread Casserole


The holidays are near and even if they aren't at this time, people still enjoy comfort food that's easy to make. Corn Bread Casserole can really be made any time of the year whether you're eating chili, sausage and potatoes, or you just feel like eating something with corn bread.

Since it's so easy to make and you can make it with ingredients that you most likely already have, this is the perfect dish to take to a potluck or to eat at Thanksgiving time.




Everything pictured are just the ingredients I already had on hand. I am
not making any money by promoting, I probably just got them on a good sale.
Ingredients

1 Box of Corn Bread mix- I used Jiffy
1 cup sour cream
1 can of creamed corn
1 can of regular canned corn (drained)
1 stick of butter or a half cup

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.
Melt the butter in microwave.
In an oven safe casserole dish, mix all ingredients together. Stir well.
Pop into the oven for 40 minutes or until top is starting to brown.

For, what I hope are obvious reasons, don't eat until the casserole has cooled down and isn't mouth blistering hot. A nice warm will do fine.


Easy Peasy! It's ridiculous how easy it is to make this dish and it's sure to be a hit!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Green Stuff-Jello Salad


Several months ago, I was trying out the macro diet, which was something I had only just learned about the week I started doing it. Long story short, the macro diet consists of trying to reach your daily fat, fiber, carb and protein intake. I was easily getting in my carbs and fats, but was having a difficult time reaching my protein goals.

One day I looked up foods with high protein and found out that cottage cheese was one of them. I like cottage cheese alright, but I was having a difficult time eating it plain. I was glad when I remembered something that my grandma always makes for Thanksgiving that I absolutely loved. Green stuff!

What exactly is Green Stuff, you ask? I'm not really sure what the official name of it is, we've just always called it Green Stuff, but it's kind of like a Sea Foam salad, but much easier to make. For this recipe, we usually use lime Jello and add canned pears or pineapple, but today, I've changed the recipe up a bit in the pictures. 



Ingredients:

1 24 oz container of cottage cheese
1 8 oz container of whipped topping (It has to be from a tub or it won't set right.)
1 3oz packet of lime flavored gelatin
1 can crushed pineapples or pears (drained)(optional)
1/2 cup of crushed pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

Mix container of cottage cheese with flavored geletin until.
Once mixed, fold in whipped topping.
Mix in fruit and nuts.

You can either eat it as is or put it into the fridge for it to solidify and then serve that way.

This recipe is so versatile, too. For the pictures, I used strawberry jello, pecans, and sliced strawberries. You can make your jello salad with any flavor and still find a good combination.




So what do you think? Is this something that you think you'd want to try? I know that it seems weird, especially since it's a sweet dessert with cottage cheese, but many good desserts and salads are made with cream cheese and really, the only difference is that the cottage cheese is in curds instead of blended smoothly.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

I Want to Get Back In Shape - A Fitness Plan That's Sure to Work?


     How did I let myself get this way? When I look in the mirror, I don't think that I look that bad, but my pictures tell me a different story. My scale says the same thing and my clothes protest a little whenever I get dressed.

I'm the tanned one on the left. 
   

      Does this story feel similar to you? I used to be in very good shape. I was a very outgoing, competitive, hyper child. I would always participate in P.E. and whenever we did races or some sort of game for church activities, I tried to always win. If I weighed more than I was supposed to, it never showed because I was strong and toned.

We dressed up for Halloween at our Fall Retreat. I'm in the middle. 
   


 Somewhere in time, I stopped moving so much. I calmed down. I really didn't eat any different, because, well, ice cream. I know how to diet because I've dieted my whole life. My mom has done every diet and so my sisters and I did every diet with her. (within normalcy for a teenager- no diet pills or extreme food loss.) My biggest problem has been inactivity.

      Did you know that when you have a low metabolism, your body temperature is lower than the average? My body temperature stays around 95 or 96 degrees. I've told my doctor that, so she did a thyroid test on me. It came back normal. I have no other health issues that cause me to be heavier, so it comes down to inactivity. There are all sorts of websites you can check out regarding this. Just type in, "Why is my body temperature low" and first you'll see, "Are you outside in the winter with no coat?" and then you'll see something about low metabolism.

     Do you know what helps raise metabolism? Exercise. Movement. Muscles. In the very first article I found when I typed in, "How to raise your metabolism", they give 10 different ways to increase it. This is what it says:


Here are 10 easy ways to increase your metabolism.
  1. Eat Plenty of Protein at Every Meal...
  2. Drink More Cold Water. ...
  3. Do a High-Intensity Workout. ...
  4. Lift Heavy Things. ...
  5. Stand up More. ...
  6. Drink Green Tea or Oolong Tea. ...
  7. Eat Spicy Foods. ...
  8. Get a Good Night's Sleep....
  9. Drink Coffee...
  10. Replace Cooking Fats With Coconut Oil...
If you read the article that's highlighted above, it will give you more explanation to why these work. In case you want to see more proof- although, who's to say that it's really proof if found on the Internet? I found this article from the Men's Journal, but many of the points are similar from the first list I showed you.

The 17 Best Ways to Fire up Your Metabolism

1. Pump iron
2. Move around more
3. Eat a variety of whole foods
4. Don’t go too low in calories or carbs
5. Use cheat meals strategically
6. Make sure you're not starving yourself
7. Do the right kind of cardio
8. Load up on water
9. Maintain lean muscle mass
10. Utilize HIIT training
11. Eat protein, especially at breakfast
12. Consider supplements
13. Eat, then sweat
14. Eat frequently
15. Consider drinking coffee
16. Spice things up
17. Get quality sleep
There's obviously more to these points, so please, click the link above to read through all of them. I know that when they say to eat more, they really mean to eat about six smaller calorie meals a day. I've done one diet that it seemed like most of my town had been doing. The idea is to eat one small 100 or 200 calorie meal in the morning. Three hours later, eat a 400 calorie meal, then alternate. The diet would change based on your height, weight, build, and gender because regardless of what the world is saying today, there is still a HUGE difference between men and women's anatomy so things are a little different.

      One of the easiest diets that I've ever done has been the macro diet. If you want to figure out how figure out your macros, I wrote a blog post all about it, but one of the bloggers from the support group I'm in talks about all of the time! I'm going to do a shout out here. If you're interested, visit her page at https://patienceconsistency.com/ . She has different recipes that are macro friendly and delicious listed out and she can help you go farther than I can. The only reason why I didn't stick with this one is because I vacationed and just sort of stopped doing it, but I will restart again, someday. If you want a life style change where you can eat pretty much anything, this is a good one for you.

     So what does all of this have to do with me? I'm not a fitness or diet writer, I write about mom things and what is going on with me. I've noticed that my attention isn't what it should be. I've also noticed that I'm not as strong as I was before. My eight and four year old are getting harder to wrestle with when we play so I know that I'm getting weaker. I need to get back into shape so that one day, my kids won't discover my weakness and tie me to the chair and run the house like they're the boss. I want to be able to play with them without getting tired out or losing interest.

My husband took some pictures of me and the kids 
for mother's day and I hated every single one of them. 
I tried my hardest to hide behind them,but that didn't
 cover up my arms or my double chin. 
      My  daughter, who is only six, is really starting to notice body image. She asked me one day if she was going to get fat. Then the next day, she asked me if I used to be small like her. That is a HUGE eye opener. I want to be able to model to her that with hard work and dedication, she doesn't have to worry about getting overweight. We can't keep telling ourselves that it's ok if someone is heavier, because it's not. There are so many people with health problems related to obesity and it CAN negatively affect your family. If I take any pictures with my kids, I want it with just our faces. Anything below the neck reminds me of how big I've gotten. I don't feel bad about myself and don't have pity parties, I've just accepted my weight as who I am, but that's where I'm wrong.

       It's time for me to take action, again. I made that promise to myself last year, but this year is different. This year, I have you. Accountability is so important when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and more importantly when trying to start up a healthier life style. Can you help me with that? It's out in the open now, I can't not do what I said I will do without looking stupid.

      This is my plan: For now, I'm going to try walking at least 10,000 steps a day and add a little bit of strength training. Nothing too drastic because if I start out with too much to do, I'm going to get burned out quickly. I'm not going to post about my results every day, but I will make a quick update at the end of the week to tell you how I'm doing. This is the year that I get back on track-even if the year is already more than half over.

     So what do you say? Will you help keep me accountable? Would anyone else like to join in?


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Appetizers and Sweet Ideas for the Super Bowl or any Pot Luck

  It's that time of year. The day where people who care about football and those who don't come together to root for opposing teams in a friendly rivalry. If you are like me, you don't really care who wins so you root for the team opposite of those you care about just to get some competition in, or you mostly come for the  commercials, half-time show, and most importantly, the appetizers.

      If you've ever been to a potluck or have had to bring a dish to pass, chances are, you have a go-to snack that you like to bring that's easy to make. If you have hosted an event, you may go one step further and provide a meat dish. 

      I realize, however, that there are some of you who are out there adulating for the first time or are very new to this. Maybe you are attending your first event where you can't rely on your mom to bring something and you are looking for an easy dish to pass. Or maybe, just maybe, you want to venture out and bring something new, something different. Well, I hope that I can help you choose something easy and tasty by making you a list to choose from. Here are some of my favorites as well as suggestions from friends. 

Disclaimer- Not all recipes are mine. The recipes with links are recipes that I found on Pinterest or other websites.


1. BBQ Nachos-
 Ok, so we have this restaurant near me that sells BBQ Nachos- They are amazing, but pricey. One day, we ordered from there and I thought, "You know, these are good, I wonder if I can make them at home?" So I tried it.



Ok, so Sam's Club used to have a pulled pork product that I used to love to buy for this occasion, but they stopped selling it, for some reason. The last time I went, I ended up buying this, and it worked just as well and you can sauce it up, how you'd like. This is the link to it.
If you're going to have a lot of friends and family over, you might want to make two  or more of these. Basically, warm this meat up or throw it into a crock pot to warm. 

Then you'll want to provide toppings:

Jalapeno Peppers- You can find a jar of them in the Mexican food aisle or even find some in the pickle aisle (not always). Get the kind that say they are for nachos because they are already sliced up.

Green Onion- This is a pain in the butt to cut up if you don't have the right knives or cutting apparatus, but they do add to the flavor.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese- buy some already shredded or shred it yourself.

Diced tomatoes- Better if fresh

Sour Cream- I think the Daisy squeeze is easiest.

Tortilla chips- I like the kind that are more authentic, but Tostitos are good, too.


Set up a station and have people layer them how they want. Enjoy! 

2. Deviled Eggs- How could something so easy and delicious have such an evil name? You can use this recipe, or use mine, which is basically, sort of the same.

Here's my Recipe:

Put some eggs in a pot of water. Put the pot onto the stove and turn the fire on. Bring water to a boil and once water is boiled, turn off the heat and wait for water to cool. It would be a BAD idea to reach into the boiling water.


You're going to cut the eggs in half, so be mindful of the amount of eggs that you boil- assuming they all turn out perfect, is going to be doubled, in the end. Do you really want to boil 24 eggs for 48? Decide how many you want or have room for when you bring your dish.

Once the water has cooled, pull egg out, bounce it around on the counter to crack the egg in several places, then try to gently peel away the shell. Once all shells are peeled and some grumbles are made along the way because some eggs didn't want to be separated from their shells and are a complete mess, rinse off the eggs in case any tiny fragments remain.

Then, hold the egg on a flat surface and with a knife, cut the egg in half, the long way. You will know if it's cut the wrong way if the bottom is not the same size as the top.

Carefully pop out the yolk and place it in a separate bowl. Do this with each remaining egg. Place egg whites in an egg container or lay nicely in container with hole side facing up.

If you want to be fancy, you can actually color the egg whites to match your teams colors. The process is here. You can use the recipe listed there, too, if you want, but I prefer no relish. I also don't wait for the eggs to sit for 15 minutes, more like 1, maybe 2.


So now you have all the egg yolks in one bowl, this is what I do next:

Grab some of the miracle whip or mayo that's in your fridge. Grab a hunk of it with a large spoon and throw it into the bowl with egg yolks.  Next, grab some mustard and squeeze the mustard into the same bowl, start with a 2 second squeeze. Next, mix it all together. If it's too dry, add some more mayo. If it's too mayo-y, add another squeeze or two of mustard. Do this until you get the desired consistency and taste.

Once the mixture tastes as desired, grab a plastic gallon baggie. Snip off a small portion at the corner of the bag. Add mixture. Squeeze mixture over the hole in the white yolks. Swirl it until each egg has a pleasing aesthetic look. Last, grab your hidden shaker of paprika, the one that you bought because your mom had one, but you didn't know why you needed it. Open that can and gently shake the can over the eggs, too much paprika and you'll wonder why you took the time to dye the eggs if you were just going to cover it with brownish red powder.

You're finished!

3. 
Jalapeno/Banana Pepper Poppers- These are super delicious. When I was pregnant, this was my favorite thing to eat. They are super easy and give you the spicy kick that you need. If you want to make these, you can click here for the recipe. I have also made them with Banana Peppers because I had a ton of them in my garden. They are still flavorful, but are more mild, which is nice when you have children around. 


4. Brownie Peanut Butter Pie- This is one of my favorite desserts, but I don't make it unless I know we will have guests to help eat it because it is so rich and so good. I could eat this all by myself in one, very long day.

The recipe, here, has you use a refrigerated pie crust- which is good, but if you want complete awesomeness, make yourself a graham cracker pie crust.


5. Chocolate Lush- This is pure awesomeness. I don't know if this is the real name, but my Grandma Sue has made this for us forever. It's chocolate, it's cream cheese, it's awesome.

What you need: Refrigerated pie crust or graham cracker crust from above. You're going to need to bake them as instructed. Once cool, mix together chocolate pudding. I have also used butterscotch because my husband doesn't like chocolate.

With a mixer, cream together 1 package of cream cheese, a small container of Cool Whip, and a cup of sugar. You can use powdered sugar, but I like the grainy texture of the sugar.

After the crust has cooled, layer the cream cheese over the bottom. Then add chocolate pudding, and then add a layer of cool whip over the pudding. Sprinkle chocolate chips or butterscotch chips over the top depending on what flavor pudding you used.


6. Cheese Balls- I don't know what it is, but at some point in your life, or at least for me, you're going to love cream cheese. Not only that, you're going to love things mixed with cream cheese. And what's better than things mixed with cream cheese? You've guessed it, being able to dip things in to things made with cream cheese. I don't have one specific recipe, but this link right here, is going to give you a list of 25 recipes for cheese balls. Yum!


So grab a box of crackers, the ingredients to your cheeseball recipe, and share away!

7. Buffalo Chicken Dip-I have only made this dish in a pie pan for my husband and I to eat as dinner. My friends say you can make it in a crockpot which means that it is portable!

If you want it right then and there at home, you can make this as follows: Preheat over to 400.

In a bowl, mix 2 cans of precooked chicken- you can find these next to the tuna. 1/2 cup buffalo sauce- same aisle as regular condiments. 1/2 cup of ranch. 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. 2 packages of cream cheese.

I use my kitchen mixer to blend all the ingredients together. If you want the dip to be spicier, add some more buffalo sauce, creamier, add more ranch.

Once mixed, pour the dip into a pie plate or some other casserole dish that you have. Shred cheddar cheese over the top until covered evenly.

Place dish in oven for 20 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.

Wait for dip to cool and then eat with chips or crackers. In the summer time, we like to slice up some fresh cucumber from the garden and dip it with that. Some other people use celery.

If you want the crock pot recipe, click here.




8. Veggie Pizza- This dish is something that I've always been skeptical about, until I tried it. I mean, it's understandable; when I see a veggie dish at a party, I roll my eyes. But this is something that you shouldn't knock until you've tried it.

So, most of the recipes that I have looked online, want you to add ranch dressing seasoning. If you want to try it that way, then click here.

If you want to try my recipe, this is what you need to do.

Preheat the oven according to the temperature of a package of crescent rolls. 1 package makes about a 5x7 pan. If you want more to bring, buy more cans. Open the package and unroll the crescent rolls- if you buy the pizza dough rolls, this works too and it's less to rearrange to fit into the dish. Layer the dough to a greased oven safe dish and cook the dough as long as it takes to look cooked- usually 7-10 minutes for my oven. You want it to begin browning, but not be burnt or doughy.

Take it out of the oven when it looks pleasing. Set to the side and cool.

In a bowl, mix together a package of cream cheese, a good hunk of mayo- like a 1/2 cup, 1tsp of garlic salt, 1 tsp of dill weed (Probably in your mother's spice cabinet)- 1/4 tsp of pepper. Spread it evenly over cooled roll crust. If you've doubled the dough, double this mix.

Veggies- Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Cut them up. I like to find the prepackaged bags in the veggie aisle that is on the shelf next to the lettuce that's getting misted because all the ingredients are together. Cut those up into small pieces like you're a pro at doing it. Sprinkle over the dough and mix.

If you're one of those weird people- I mean, if you are someone who likes olives, throw some of those after they've been cut up. If you like mushrooms, do the same. If there is some other veggie that sounds like it might be good that others might also agree upon, throw them on too.

Sprinkle with cheese and cut into slices.


9. Cake Pops- If you like cake, frosting, and chocolate, you'll like Cake Balls. The best part of cake balls is that they are really hard to mess up, unless you don't know how to dip things in chocolate, but even then, it doesn't matter how it looks, only how it tastes, right? They are also very versatile. You can make them with all sorts of flavors. You can make it below, or use this link for pictures and more ideas. 

Ex: Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, chocolate coating. One of my husbands favorites is carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, white chocolate coating. Lemon cake, white frosting or white cake, lemon frosting, and white chocolate coating. The possibilities are endless.

Bake a chocolate cake mix per instruction on box. Or you can make a cake mix from a box and mix it with a diet soda- less calories, and bake it at the same temp until you can poke it with a tooth pick and nothing comes out.

So, you're cake is baked and it has cooled. Awesome. Now, grab your favorite container of frosting- we have chocolate cake, so lets add chocolate frosting. Mix them both together. You can cut the cake and then put it in a bowl and mix it with frosting, or you could empty the jar of frosting onto the cake and squish it together with clean hands. It doesn't matter how you do it, just make sure your hands are washed and the cake gets mixed really well with frosting. You're going to end up with a cake goo lump in a bowl or dish.

Now you're going to roll this cake goo into little balls and place them on cookie sheets. Once a sheet is filled, place it in the freezer for a 1/2 hours.

Melt some chocolate until it can be easily stirred and looks like a puddle of chocolatey oil. Dip frozen ball of cake into chocolate and place onto the same sheet or a different one. Wait for the chocolate to dry before touching it again.

I've found that using a plastic fork and snapping out the middle to tines makes it easier to dip the balls.

For some reason, white chocolate or any other kind doesn't melt as well, so if you use that kind of chocolate, you have to work quickly.


10. Fruit Pizza- This is also incredibly easy to make, but it can be pricey depending on the season because fruit is expensive.

I usually buy two packages of sugar cookie dough and lay them out onto a greased cookie or pizza sheet until the sheet is evenly covered. Bake at 350 or whatever the temp is on the dough instructions until the dough looks like a golden cookie- not brown because sugar cookies are supposed to be whitish/golden and brown means burnt.

While the cookie cools, mix together a package of cream cheese, a small container of cool whip, and a cup of sugar. You can use powdered sugar for a smoother mix, but I like the grainy texture.  Once cookie has cooled, pour mixture onto cookie and smooth it evenly. 

Add slices of your favorite fruit. I like to line mine out in rows. Usually I add, mandarin oranges, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and kiwi. It's your choice of which fruit you like and you can place it on however you like. It's your pizza! 

I've also have seen recipes that used peanut butter cookie dough and they lined it with a peanut butter filling, which is the same as the filling above, they just added peanut butter, and then layered it with bananas and apple 

Keep cool until served. 



     Now, you are ready to try something new or maybe spice your old dish up. No matter what event you're going to, you can use these recipes and they will be a hit.... unless it's somewhere fancy. You might want to try something different if it is. 

      Did you see some of your favorites? Is there something that wasn't here that you think should be mentioned? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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