Monday, December 5, 2016

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Hubby and I ran to Target yesterday to pick up some necessities...and all those random items that somehow make their way into the cart.

We were walking down the main aisle at the back of the store and I saw two kids, a girl and boy. Both young, he might have been 5-ish and she maybe 7.
She was standing on the bar at the base of the cart, leaning over the handlebar and he was pushing. He was too short to see over the handle, so she was directing "straight" " a little left" etc.

Passed them and kept on going.
Next thing I hear is a crash and hubby sort of yelling out "Ow! you didn't have to do that!"
I turned around and he was bent over, grabbing his ankle.
The kids had rammed him with the cart. Whoops.

Dad was headed our way.

Here's the part that gets me.
Sadly, in this day and age, my first thought was "oh man, this guy is going to come have a fit that hubby said anything to his precious babies".
So many times now, it's never the kid's fault, and heaven forbid the parent take blame for not watching them.
Then my second thought (as the poor dad was watching gimpy husband and looking at me with wide eyes) was....holy schnikes, he's afraid we are going to sue. (once again, it's the effect of this day and age)
All these thoughts took less than 10 seconds.

Then, I felt totally guilty for all my thoughts because all Dad was concerned about was if hubby was OK, explaining to his kids why this was wrong, and trying to get the little one to apologize.

Hubby has a very deep voice, and when it (rarely) gets raised, it's a scary sound. The little boy was so shy and nervous that he refused to apologize. Understand. Loud voices are super scary to little people.
Hubby looked at the kids and said "it's OK. I got hurt, but it will go away", which I think relaxed the little girl a bit.
Then he joked around with the dad a second about rubbing mud into it and walking it off.

I was proud of the other dad for making his kids aware they did wrong.
I was proud of hubby for biting his lip and joking with the family.
I was proud of everyone for just realizing that kids will do silly things, they certainly didn't mean to hurt anyone. 
More than anything, my faith has been a slight bit restored. Not everyone is "my kids do no wrong" ridiculous.
Hubby has an ugly bruise, but that will go away, everyone involved will remember this little moment that we all feared would be so much worse, worked out just fine.

'Tis the season...remember that in everything you experience.

1 ¼ Lb Ground beef
15 oz Tomato sauce
½ Tsp Salt
Ground black pepper
8 oz Egg noodles
½ Cup Sour Cream
1 ¼ Cup Small curd cottage cheese
½ Cup sliced green onion
1 Cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Brown meat in a large skillet, drain fat
3. Add tomato sauce, ½ Tsp salt and pepper to taste
4. Cook egg noodles until al dente, drain and set aside
5. In medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese
6. Add plenty of pepper
7. Add noodles to sour cream mixture, add green onions
8. Add half of noodles to a 9x13 baking dish
9. Top with half of the meat mixture
10. Sprinkle on half of the grated cheese
11. Repeat
12. Bake 20 minutes


Adapted from: Tasty Kitchen

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week in Review: Week 48: Nov 27, 2016 - Dec 3, 2016

Sunday Nov 27, 2016
Salad (me)
Turkey Sandwich (hubby)

Monday Nov 28, 2016

Tuesday Nov 29, 2016

Wednesday Nov 30, 2016
Baked Potato

Thursday Dec 1, 2016
Steak Tip Salad
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Friday Dec 2, 2016
Hot Dogs

Saturday Dec 3, 2016
Steak Tips
Fried Mushrooms

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mascarpone Berry Cheesecake

A couple of years ago we held a yard sale at Nana's house to share some of her excess with others
(isn't that a clever way to put it?)

We met some true characters...some were fantastic...others, well, let's just say it took 4 of us to keep these two little kids from destroying everything that was put out for sale.

Since it would be running from breakfast past lunch, the aunties and I split up the food duties.
I brought breakfast burritos, Auntie V brought some pulled pork, Auntie A brought all the chip type foods, and Auntie N made sure we had plenty of drinks.
I also made this Pillsbury, well, no meal is complete without something sweet!

1 ½ Cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp butter (melted)
2 Packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (softened)
1 ¼ Cups sugar
12 oz mascarpone cheese (softened)
3 Eggs
2 Tsp grated lemon peel
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 10 oz bags frozen berries (drained)
⅓ Cup jam

1. Heat oven to 350
2. Spray bottom and side of a 9 inch springform pan
3. In small bowl, mix crust ingredients
4. Press crust in bottom of pan
5. Bake 7 minutes or until set
6. Reduce oven temperature to 300
7. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar
8. Beat in mascarpone cheese
9. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended
10. Beat in lemon peel and lemon juice
11. Pour filling over crust
12. Bake 70 minutes
13. Turn oven off, leave door open a minimum of 4 inches, and leave cheesecake for 30 minutes
14. Cool in refrigerator overnight
15. Spoon berries over top of cheesecake
16. Microwave jam 45 seconds or until melted. Drizzle over berries.


No pictures of this cut as I did not take the pan off until we got to Nana's...and then I didn't think about it!! Not to mention the barbarians attacking this!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week in Review: Week 47: Nov 20, 2016 - Nov 26, 2016

Sunday Nov 20, 2016
Celery and Cream Cheese

Monday Nov 21, 2016
Left Overs

Tuesday Nov 22, 2016
Sloppy Joe's

Wednesday Nov 23, 2016
Egg Salad and Tomato Soup

Thursday Nov 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Friday Nov 25, 2016

Saturday Nov 26, 2016
Really late lunch, so, no dinner tonight!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Happy Turkey Day to you all!

I hope everyone got to spend quality time with friends and family today, I sure did!

Today started off with a bang...woke up with the start of a migraine. Panic mode!
Fortunately, I was able to stave it off to be able to make what I needed to make what I needed to make and get through the day. Hubby and the girl child pulled all the prep work together for me in order to keep me back on my track.

As the years go by, and the kids get older (not to mention losing the ones we love) and have their own families to celebrate with, the group gets smaller.
This year, we were about 50% of our normal. Very quiet.
Though, my aunts and I have yet to master the art of COOKING for 50% less people. food.

We had everything one could ask for in front of us. The abundance was a slight bit shameful.

My contributions this year were:
Deviled Eggs
Mashed Potato
Dill Salad
Sweet Potato
Corn Casserole
Pecan Pie
Key Lime Pie

I was bringing the mashed potato.
Could you imagine if my head prevented me from going today?
It's one thing if you tell the host that "oops, the carrots can't make it" but the mashed potato isn't making it? That's Thanksgiving sacrilege!

I could go on and on about cute things that happened, or funny moments...but I know you all had your own!

I am thankful for everyone around me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Anti-Thanksgiving Post

At some point on Thursday or Friday...after everything a whole bunch of cleaning and digesting...I will discuss how fantabulous my Thanksgiving was.
How could it not be?
It will truly be epic. It always is!

But in the meantime...let me let you peek in a little bit on my private life.

My name is Jay and I am a picky eater.
Not just a little picky: massive, annoy all my family and friends kind of picky.
Amazingly, it just seems to get worse as I get older.
Yay me. (please note the deadpan obvious sarcasm)

An article popped up in my FB feed from and it hit home oh-so-much.
5 reasons why (someone other than me!) hates pumpkin.
This article started my spark. I had to fill people in on why Thanksgiving is one of my least favorite food holidays.

My co-workers actually had me run down the list of Thanksgiving foods and my thoughts on all of them. They are also amazed at the amount of stuff I bring to my own Thanksgiving...but, this is the only way to ensure I actually will eat something, (my dishes will be in red)

Turkey: I do not like turkey. I do not eat meat on the bone, Strike 1 and 2 all wrapped up into one featherless friend. At Thanksgiving I will have 1 bite of skin. Done.
Stuffing: Do not eat
Gravy: I like gravy, but not all gravies.
Bread: If they are not burnt, I will eat this.
Carrots: Simply spiced
Stuffed Celery: YUM!
Pumpkin Bread: See link to article above
Deviled Eggs: I would eat them...if I could get to one before they are gone!
Mashed Potato: Forget the turkey, to me, this is the star of the day (but only if I make them)
Sweet Potato: Never tried one. I make them every year, but have never eaten any, My dad has been critically allergic forever, so, we just avoid them.
Relish Tray: No olives for me, I can live without pickles.
Corn Casserole: love love love
Green Bean Casserole: only like this if it is actually made with french cut green beans
Turnip: why, oh why, do people eat this?
Squash: I eat no squash of any kind
Creamed Onions: only if sliced, and not in a glue like gravy.
Dill Salad: mmmmmm
Apple Pie: not a huge fan, but I avoid it for the most part (as I do most desserts not made by me) due to my own artificial sweetner allergy. Easier not to eat it than hope people remember if they used real sugar or not.
Key Lime Pie: No citrus for me
Pecan Pie: The one time of the year I actually get a piece
Pumpkin Pie: see article above

Do you all feel enlightened now?
What is your most fave and/or least fave part of Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Roasted Tomato Soup

It's the pre-thanksgiving countdown!

Popped into the grocery for a couple things to make to eat during the football games yesterday...yowza!
Which then reminded me, I have yet to do my Thanksgiving shopping.
Fortunately, hubby has offered to brave the crowd today or tomorrow during the day...hopefully the crowd will be a bit less.


What are you making this Thanksgiving?

1 Large can roasted tomato
4 ½ Tbsp Olive oil
1 Small onion (diced)
1 ½ Minced garlic
2 Tsp Sugar
1 ½ Tbsp thyme (chopped)
½ Cup Roasted red pepper (chopped)
¾ Cup Water
Salt and Pepper
Basil pesto

1. Add 1 ½ Tbsp oil to a large saucepan
2. Saute onions until translucent and soft
3. Add garlic and thyme to pan
4. Add red peppers, water, sugar, and tomatoes (with juice) and warm through
5. Blend with blender, add salt and pepper to taste
6. Top with basil pesto


Adapted from: What Were Cooking

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