This is Sunday Dinner in a bowl!
With all the veggies and flavor of your favorite pot roast without the cost of buying an expensive roast….well fitting for a Ground Beef Budget.
Pot Roast Soup (Crock Pot Recipe)
- 1 pound of beef stew meat
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup Kitchen Bouquet
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 2 stalks of celery cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 potatoes peeled and cut into larger bite size pieces
- 1 medium onion peeled and cut into large pieces
- 1 can beef consomme
- In a medium bowl mix the stew meat and Kitchen Bouquet coating the meat well. Let this sit and marinade 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle on salt and pepper, stir. Add the flour and coat the meat well. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the meat, brown the meat. (you are not cooking the meat thoroughly just browning it well)
- Add the meat to the crock pot, then layer on carrots, and celery and onions (wait and add the potatoes last).
- In a bowl mix the beef consomme and 1 can of water, pour over the meat and vegetables. Add more water to fill just below the highest layer of vegetables. Layer on the potatoes.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours, remove the lid and stir well and cook for 30 more minutes.
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I was so happy when I found locally grown produce at Walmart the other day.
I had to grab me up some fresh green beans.
In the South our green bean recipe is a lot different than the one you will find in the North.
Here we cook them long and low, add the red potatoes to steam and you have two sides cooked in one pan.
So Southern, So Simple & So Delicious!
Here is how you prepare fresh green beans for cooking:
You will need 1# of fresh green beans and wash, string and break.
Wash them well and to string them break off one tip and pull the string as far as it will go down the seam. Repeat the the other end tearing the string down the other side, discarding the ends and the strings. Break off and discard any discolored areas. Break into approximately 1 1/2 inch pieces if you discover any more strings when breaking tear it down the seam as well. You can also open up a few of the larger bean pods and add the beans and discarding the opened pods.
Southern Style Green Beans With Potatoes
- 1# of fresh green beans, washed, strung and broken
- 3 pieces of bacon
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- salt and pepper
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds or small red (new) potatoes
- (Make sure your saucepan is deep enough to have some head space to hold green beans and potatoes.)
- In a saucepan begin by adding bacon to hot pan. Let this fry until partially cooked, not crisp. Add green beans, cover with water, add chicken bouillon cube. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and check on ever so often adding a little water if needed. Cook for one hour.
- *Before adding the potatoes you need only enough water to cover approximately 1/2 of the green beans. So let it cook down or pour off some if you have to.
- Clean the small red potatoes and cut into bite size pieces, trying to keep them about the same size, leaving the red skin on.Rinse them again. Increase the temperature of the beans bringing them to a boil again. Add to pot, making sure that they are on top of the beans not down in the water, sprinkle with salt and pepper, reduce the temperature to simmer, cover with lid and allow to steam/cook just until fork tender.
**You can also use canned green beans. (I prefer Allens Brand) use 2 14 ounce cans cook for about 30 minutes then add the potatoes as above.
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My intentions were to make this cake from scratch but I didn’t have enough of some of the ingredients so guess what, I had a chocolate cake mix and chocolate icing and that got my mind to rolling ….
If MTV can have Pimp My Ride I can have a series called:
What do you think?
Well, I don’t believe a recipe has to be “From Scratch” to be homemade and it certainly doesn’t have to be made from scratch to be delicious and made with love. Serving this cake can get a little messy but that doesn’t matter it still tastes yummy!
My Memaw didn’t believe a cake was a “cake” unless it was a layered cake. Being the good diabetic (LOL) she was, of course she would eat it but she would make sure you know a cake needed to be in layers. Regardless if this cake is in layers or in a 9×13 pan this recipe is delicious!
By the time I finished taking photos there wasn’t much left of the cake in the plate! It is sooooo good.
So here it goes!
Sorry....I had to take a bite. My mom would make this quite a bit and it didn't last long. She would make two layers and split them into. I did it the easy way and made 3 layers, so no slicing the cake in 1/2.
- 1 chocolate cake mix
- 1 chocolate icing
- 24 marshmallows
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 14 ounces of coconut
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Mix cake as directed on the box. Grease and flour 3 round cake pans and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until done. Cool.
- Once cool, prepare filling. In a sauce pan, pour in the milk and warm slowly add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Add the coconut mixing well. Remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- One the first layer cover with 1/2 of the coconut filling, Top with the second layer cover this layer with the remaining filling. Cover with the last layer of cake.
- You may want to insert toothpicks to hold the cake layers together well before icing.
- Ice top and sides with the chocolate icing.
You can also make this recipe in a 9x13 cake pan, top it with the coconut filling. Because it may be difficult to spread over the filling I would suggest microwaving the icing in the tub in 15 second increments, stirring between the microwaving until it is almost the consistency of hot fudge and then pour and spread on the top.
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This recipe is also shared at The Weekend Dinner Party Extravaganza check it out!
I know back to school mornings can be crazy hectic…packing lunches, breakfast, figuring out what’s for dinner; I am hoping these recipes will make the mornings and the evenings after school a bit easier, more nutritious and fun!
Preparing for the morning the night before can make the morning go much more smoother. Here are a couple of recipes you can start the night before and either have it ready when you wake or ready to mix and cook.
Buttermilk pancakes: Mix the dry ingredients the night before add the rest in the morning while your pan is heating and you have will have some stacks of goodness in no time.
Rise and Shine Oatmeal: Mix this up the night before, place in the crock pot and you will have some wonderful oatmeal all ready to serve and eat in the morning.
What’s For Dinner?
Maybe you are out the door to work, have appointments or have toddlers to take care of and a house to clean. What’s for dinner sometimes is a hard question to answer. Here are a few recipes that you can throw in the crock pot and forget it until dinner time.
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork: This is a favorite around this house!
Homemade Chili: When the weather gets chilly I start thinking chili!
When I was younger my mom was a stay at home mom and she would often have us a fresh baked snack ready and waiting when we walked in the door. Here are 2 of my favorite recipes. Wrap them up and sneak some into the lunchbox and your child will be so surprised and all the other kids will be jealous.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars: This is a school time favorite for me and a favorite at my house!
Over The Top Brownies: Yum…that’s all I need to say.
Make Their Day
Here is a freebie. Surprise them with a sweet little note in their lunchbox. Click on over to Printabelle and print out some adorable notes for their lunchbox.
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Oh wow, making that Red Hot Candy Apple Jelly Recipe made me think of this of this hot spiced cider recipe I got from my friend Heidi a few years back. It is so easy and will fill your house with the smell of the holidays and warm your family and friends with each sip. The hardest part is finding the Red Hots but they more easily found during the holidays and I found them on the candy aisle at Walmart with the movie theater size boxed candies. Grab a bunch because you will want to make more. No need to run out and hunt down a bunch of spices!
If you like my Redneck Wine glass (no this ain’t spiked) my other crafty friend Daphne is making these, just let me know if you want to order some, aren’t they cute? ….just send me an email email@example.com
I have that Redneck Wine Glass sitting on a mug rug made by me, they are so easy to make and would be wonderful handmade Christmas gifts. I will share some ideas on here soon with them.
1 Large jug of Apple Cider or Apple Juice
1 box or bag of Red Hot Candies
Warm up the apple cider/apple juice on the stove top in a large sauce pan. Add the red hots to suit your taste. ( as they dissolve you will see a gritty substance floating on top…don’t worry it will dissolve as it heats up. Once the candies are all melted it’s ready to serve. You can keep this warm in a crock pot and your house will smell like the holidays.
*Apple juice is easier on the budget and more readily available and longer shelf life.