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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Corn Bread Casserole

Now.  By no means do I claim to be the first person to have invented this little gem or the creator of the idea!  I'm sure it's been done and done.  But, anyway.  This is my EASY version of a meal that my family actually really likes! 

Here's what you need:

2 corn bread mixes (I use the "not sweet" kind)
1 can of Rotel
Some cheese (I use colby/jack - preshredded!)
1 can of corn
1 lb of hamburger meat, browned
Some sour cream (if you want!)

So easy!  Brown your meat (I add in cumin, onion and garlic powder, salt, and chili powder while I'm browning!), make your corn bread mixes as per directions on the package, mix up the meat, corn bread, drained rotel, drained corn, and however much cheese you'd like!  Put it in the pan and bake it according to the directions on the corn bread mixes!  I like to eat it with a little bit of sour cream on top.  Yummmm!  Get creative!  You could put all kinds of stuff in the corn bread mix!  Try sausage or jalapenos (if you like a kick!)

P.S.  This reheats well!

My domestication requires lowered expectations!

On my (what I suppose will be lifelong) quest for total domestication, I am suddenly enjoying cooking.  Hmmm.  Strange.  Baking, new recipes, and the like.  Hamburger Helper should be jealous right about now!
Do not misunderstand me!  I am not referring to the kind of baking that requires a rolling pin (No clue where mine is. I only have one because it was my grandmothers and I keep it for nostalgic reasons.), flour all over the kitchen, or even baking powder.  I am in to what I like to call: CHEATING COOKING!  What is that?  Glad you asked!  Well, this morning I cooked some adorable little breakfast puffs that in some parts of the world might have a name in another language and a nice shiny egg white or butter coating.  Not here.  Here, I simply bought some crescent rolls (the always save, on sale, cheapest ones they had!) and I fried up a little bit of Blue and Gold sausage and added some eggs.  I chopped up some green onion and some mushrooms.  (Not fresh mushrooms.  Just some I had in the fridge in a jar!)  Put it in a bowl, mixed in some shredded cheese (bought it that way.  My cheese grater is rather a lonely little thing!) and a little sour cream and just wrapped the concoction up in the crescent rolls and baked them!  Voila!  Also, I have some potato soup in the crock pot.  (And, I did not chop up ONE SINGLE potato!  I hate peeling and cutting potatoes with a passion!)  Here's the "cheating" recipe for that:  Easy crockpot potato soup recipe It required opening things and dumping them in the crock pot, but this evening, I will be queen of the kitchen as my family raves about what a wonderful meal it is!  (Families rave about lots of easy meals when they are used to Hamburger Helper!) 
In an ideal world, I would honestly love to be one of those wives/moms who cooks organic, from scratch meals, leaves out all gluten and processed foods, grows and cans all our own vegetables, and has no clue what the price of a "Wal-Mart birthday cake" is!  And, my hat is off to those ladies, in all sincerity!! But, alas, I have 3 children (2 of which are in sports), a husband, 2 dogs, 6 bonus children here for about 10 hours a day, and semi-poor time management skills.  So.  I need to cheat!  I need meals that take 5 minutes to throw in a crock pot and taste like I slaved over them for hours!  And, I'm kind of excited about my new found interest!  I'm on the prowl for super easy recipes!!  And, I have decided to share with you all, all of my best findings!
I made extra of my little breakfast puffs so we can eat them on the way to games Saturday, instead of spending $20 or $30 on breakfast from a convenience store!  Thinking ahead! Aren't you proud of me? ;-)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shutter jewelry holder

I love this! I bought an old wooden shutter  a local flea market. I used paperclips (unfolded) to hang my bracelets and necklaces. I hang my dangle earrings right on the shutter.