Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Leftover Spaghetti Pie







Lunch today,  Leftover Spaghetti Pie.

As I looked in the refrigerator today, I am trying to keep the leftovers to a minimum, so I can buy the good eats for during the holiday. Usually I have a nice cold snap during the holidays and water, drinks and some produce can sit in the chilly garage. Of course these last few weeks in Ga, have been warm.

I found a quart of leftover spaghetti, and then I thought...hmmm.. like a pizza pie. I had about 1/4 jar of sauce hanging out. 1/2 onion already diced up, and I sauteed some breakfast sausage and split it in half and with my all time favorite (SPINACH), and some cheese, I had it made.

I have these great pans, I actually found them at the goodwill. They are like a set of Pizza Hut Deep Dish Pans. They are so seasoned and they seem to heat up so nice and always crispy.

I also have a wonderful habit of using parchment paper. It keeps everything from sticking, and I can keep a watch on browning, but just pulling up a side. It also is great for no mess clean up.



Leftover Spaghetti Pie

Ingredients:

2 cups of leftover spaghetti

2 eggs

spaghetti sauce (this is optional too) I didn't really taste it will all my toppings. 

Toppings (what ever you like)
I used onion, mushrooms, a 1/4 cup of sausage crumbles, spinach and mozzarella cheese.

Instructions:

1) Spray a non stick pizza pan (or use parchment)

2) Mix the 2 cups of spaghetti with 2 eggs.

3) Spread into the pizza pan.

4) Put on toppings.

5) 400 oven for 15-20 minutes.. until the crust is brown and the cheese melts.

See the brown 


We had to eat ours with a fork, because we couldn't let it cool.
It was very filling and I even have some left for the crew when they get home today.



 I really like it, and I hope if you give it a try you will. Maybe what I write may help you rethink leftovers. I love trying such new stuff.
Hopefully next week, I will get to make a few new things. I found some cool cookie recipes. I will give them a shot.

Until, next time..enjoy your holidays.. kick your feet up, pop some music on and relax......It really is just that simple..
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Songs of Christmas Past




Merry Christmas.  

Just sitting here reminiscing about my childhood and the Christmas Holiday. I think we took them alot more seriously than they do these days. These days, they make shopping the thing and they speed us along. 
These weeks before Christmas were made for enjoying family and friends. Always church was a big part of it, in my home. We would have the annual church Christmas Pageant. The baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and let's not forget all the manger animals, I am sure that I was a few. 
There was also midnight mass on Christmas Eve. I was always ready for that one. We would sing beautiful songs, the church lights would be lowered to show the lights and the candles all lit. I found it to always be so comforting and beautiful. You could actually feel God in the room. I would look around and see all my family and friends and remember how lucky I was. Then we would all head home. Laughing all the way, usually all bundled up and in the snow. The church was a few blocks away, and we would never even think of pulling the car out for something that short away.  
We would all get home, wet from the snow, because you know, someone always slipped and fell. One time, I was talking so much (me, yea right) and not looking where I was going, ran smack into a telephone pole. About knocked myself out. Big old knot for Santa. We would hang up the jackets, jammies on and in the bed we went. Just laying there listening for Santa. My parents never pre-wrapped and put them under the tree. Well a few times they did and my older brother thought they were all to be his and opened every one of them. So needless to say that was the end of that.
Christmas would come early enough, let us say around 4am. My siblings and I would run to see what Santa brought and the Christmas songs would be playing. 

Here are a few I like to remember the most.

"White Christmas" Bing Crosby


We kept our Christmas ornaments in some cardboard boxes up in the
hallway in probably an 4x4 space..now I have 20 tubs. We would just love when we would start pulling things down. My father would get the 6ft ladder out and slowly hand down the dusty boxes that contained the most treasured things in the world. Well we were little...


"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer".. Gene Autry

Then we can't forget back when we were younger, these favorite shows would come on all the time before Christmas. We would all plan the entire days around when it came on. A quick dinner, a quick bath, jammies, your spot on the couch and a blanket and snuggle into a great family show.

"Frosty The Snowman"

Another great favorite for us children, was Frosty the Snowman... I am sure that we all sang along. These shows have endured for years and years. Actually my littlest, still believes..and Frosty is one of his favorites. Like Paddy said today, "This is my favorite time of the year" Keep that "child like flame" burning in your heart. Open it up wide and feel the season.

"The Grinch"

Ooops seems I am stuck a bit on some great Christmas Classics.

Who doesn't know every word to the song? And having the last name Lynch, I like to  transpose Grinch into Lynch and sing this to my husband, when he is a crabby man... that is true love...

"Silent Night"

Silent Night. This one actually holds so many memories of my childhood. I have 3 sisters and two brothers. I have two younger sisters than myself. My father always loved to line the last little three of us up and have us sing this for him. We of course would push, shove and put on a show. Just brings tears of when things were so simple as being a child. Then this song also brought us to midnight mass over at Trinity Lutheran. Where many of my friends were there to share the joy of the Christmas Seasons. I remember those fondly.

"O Tannenbaum"
"O Christmas Tree"

Who doesn't remember this one we all thought we could speak German. 

  • As we would pull the Christmas stuff out. We would sit the boxes down where of course, all of us would start digging. My father would get the lights out. I can remember all sort of lights. We at one time had the figure heads (Santa, angel) 


    then the snow ball ones, 

    and of course the large size regular ones. With the thick green cord and large plugs. 
     After the lights were on, then we would start placing ornaments. We had all sorts then too. When we were little we always had handmade ones. At Ruffner church we learned about chrismon trees


    This an actual newspaper clipping of us doing the tree. I am upfront on the left and my sister is behind me.

    and there would be those ornaments. Jacobs symbols, picture frame ornaments. Of course a hand print in flour clay to hang on the tree. I had three favorites. A heavy angel kneeling and two elves. Kinda looked like the elf on the shelf. I would hang them low, so I could lay under the tree and play. 



     My mother had a friend, Virginia Johnson, and she would always make handmade ornaments for each one of us kids, every single year.
    She was one of the most craftiest people I have ever known. She would attach such cute things to our gifts too.  This is not mine, but a picture of what mine looked like. 

    I haven't been able to go home in years and I am sure that all these things are probably gone or old and broken. That now they are just a fond part of my memories. 

    Which makes me think of that Christmas show, about the ornament. "Noel" 
    In the story, he gets taken out year, after year and then put up for many years. In the story it shows the memories, the love, the hope,the season.... and in the end he falls to the floor and shatters...and he becomes a great light out into the world...

    Just like God's love, and to have his son, Jesus, born in a manger....to go out and spread...love, hope, and the season....

    Merry Christmas To You and All your family and friends.

    Love

    PS
    One last throw back from the 60-70. The pull light Santa lapel pin.
     

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Breakfast Hotpockets (Quick and Easy)







This is a batch that I made today. I have a big family so after these cool I will just put on in a sandwich bag and the lot into a gallon bag in the fridge and by the end of the day, they will be gone.

I do all kinds of combinations on days when I feel like making some for the week. Ham and cheese, Pepperoni and cheese about anything you like.

What makes these quick is that you use the grands or the generic jumbo biscuits (I don't like the ones with the layers, because they come apart.)

Of course with the ham and cheese or the pepperoni pizza kind, there is no reason to even heat up anything unless you are going to elaborate in the ingredients, peppers, onions, garlic, spinach....

Breakfast Hot Pocket  (8)

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1/4 of minced onion
5 little sweet peppers
a handful of spinach (cut in strips. I roll it all up and then just cut thin strips)
1/4 cup of shredded cheese

Instructions:

1) After prepping the veggies, saute them in a pan. When they are soft and the spinach has wilted then add the scrambled eggs.. Scramble as usual. When finished just leave in pan.

2) On a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, take each biscuit ( I do them one at a time.) Stretch out to at least 5 inch circle.

3) Place one big tablespoon in the middle of circle, put a little cheese on top.

4) At this point you could just roll up and make a big ball and put sealed end down on the parchment. I folded over and then placed on parchment sealed and took a fork and sealed the entire edge.

5) Poke all with a fork for venting on top.

6) Baked at 350 for 10 minutes, keep in until they are brown.



Be sure to let them cool. They are very hot. Do not put them up hot, they will get all steamy and soggy.  Also if you freeze lay them separate on a cookie sheet and pre-freeze them. Then pop them into a freezer bag.

I love that I cook my own things. My kids all love hot pockets but there again, we really don't know what we are eating. Sodium levels are out the roof. So again, even though I used the biscuits I still feel okay as to all the veggies I snuck in.

You can also do this with a batch of dough. We make dough all the time. A little time on the weekend can mean a quick meal during those hectic times.

As I post this, next week is Thanksgiving. I will be posting my entire dinner.. just for the heck of it..

Until then ... It really is just that simple. Make is simple, enjoy what you do.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions Casserole - ish







I have found a great way on how to use a few leftovers and make an ordinary meal taste even better.
This week I did a bunch of freezer meals and one of them was the Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions.

 Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions



Ingredients:

5 Italian Sausage Links

1 nice green pepper or I used about 8 of the sweet Peppers (I had them in the fridge) slice them up.

1 really large onion (I sliced them length wise like strips to match the peppers)

1 12oz jar of tomato sauce (can or jar) (if you have any leftover sauce- use it)

Instructions:

1) Poke the Italian Sausage Links and then saute them in a pan. When they are done, cool a bit and then cut into chunks.

2) In the pan with a little olive oil, start the onions, peppers and when they are soft, dump back in the sausage and the tomato sauce. Saute for a bit to warm through.

At this point you can layer into a 9x13 and freeze for a meal. You can eat this on pasta, or even hogie rolls with a bit of cheese.

We however are going to use this for the Casserole-ish....

Onward.....

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions Casserole - ish

Ingredients:

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions (all ready) (warm it up)

Bread (any kind of bread. I used my leftover hamburger buns. But you could use any kind.)

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese


Garlic Salt

Olive Oil

Instructions:

1) Rub your pan with Olive Oil, this will make a crispy bottom to your bread layer.

2) Lay in the buns inside up.



3) Sprinkle a thin layer of motzerella cheese on top.



4) Put this pan in the oven at 400 for about 5 minutes, so the cheese melts and the bottom is a little crusty.

5) Remove pan from oven and gently empty put the warm Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Mixture on the top.

6) Sprinkle with the rest of the Mozzarella cheese on top.



7) Pop back into oven and let it come together and the cheese brown a bit. check the bottom to make sure they don't burn.



This was very good, the bottom was so crusty and crunchy. The sausage and peppers was very good.  I also found out that instead of eating three sandwiches, they became open faced sandwiches. Actually saved on how much bread we actually ate.

I can see this for meatballs, sloppy joes, and even bq. Great family style way to eat a meal.

See sometimes, the easy stuff is just delicious. It really is just this simple.

Well I am off to get my kid to bed, just wanted to do quick share...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Pop Tart Maker..... (new gadget)






Sooo... coming from the Queen of Gadgets House...That is my name to myself. I find such delight in the small cool stuff. Must have been all those years raising kids.

We found this one ...marked down..yea, for reals.. for 5 bucks.. wow, can't imagine why and 5 bucks is in my price range..and of course I got space for it...not...

The Pop Tart Maker.. on a stick.
The thing is you cut your pastry and push in the molds, fill with a filling,

ATTENTION
********(we used raspberry jam- which you need to be super careful, cause when it is hot it is like molten lava.)
YOU MUST LET COOL.

Then you put a top piece of pastry and shove a stick in it. I did it the instruction way the first time.
 See aren't they cute.. They are about 3"by 2" in size. I used one box of pastry with two pastry round pieces and I made 28 of these babies.

Cute, and quick. Was fun for the kids and for the newness.


Me, of course I have to find something else to do with it. Thinking I will get some pizza dough tomorrow, make a mixture of sauce, cheese, minced pepperoni and bammmm...

Pizza Rolls.. YEA BABY..

Good thing will be there will be very little preservatives and I will use whole wheat crust.. hmmm.. Maybe a bit healthy.


I will get back with you this week and share what I did.

So here is to a great weekend.. It is now 80 again here in GA.. trying to squeeze in a few more days in my pool.


Have a great one.. and It really is that simple.,...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Cake (3 ingredients)







This was the first attempt at a recipe, that I saw a while back. I tried to find it again, but alot of them had eggs, butter and stuff. This one only has three ingredients.
I am going to share again. If it is your recipe, holler at me and I will tag it. This is just too good not to share.

Pumpkin Cake

1 15oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

2-3 tsp of pumpkin spice

1 cake mix (light color)

Instructions:

1) Spray a 9x13 cake pan with pam spray or layer with parchment.

2) Mix can of pumpkin, and spice into the dry cake mix. Stir until all the powder flour of the cake mix is gone. This batter will be thick.

3) Pour into pan and spread it out, as far as you can get it, and gently.

4) 350 for about 30 minutes, then check for browness..and doneness. If the knife comes out clean.

I couldn't get enough of this. I squirted a little whip cream on top and yummy, yummy I was eating it again at 3am.

This I researched.  A regular yellow cake mix has like 800 something calories and the pumpkin is like 240 and I got like 15 nice size pieces which would average about 80 calories...you could make cup cakes and what average about 50 a cup cake.. and think of the vitamins and the fiber...

This is one of the easiest desserts I have made in a long time. I will be doing it again soon.

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely fall. Here in GA we are climbing back up into the 80's shewww..

Well gotta hop out to the bus stop, for my baby.. take care.. and really keep it easy.. it is that simple...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Turkey Salad - quick and single serving







Today, I was hungry for something cold and would fill me up. I had made a turkey breast this weekend, and before I served it I took about 1/3 of the breast and put it up. I am a pushover for a nice salad.

I am also in love with these, different colored sweet peppers. You can eat them raw, stuff them, cut them in half, use as scoops. They are very crispy and crunchy and refreshing.

So I began my hunt in my fridge to create a single portion of turkey salad. But as I finished it actually with the veggies, made enough for two . Next time I make it I think I will create a larger size. My problem is with kids, is one day they like it and gobble it all up, and then the next you make enough and they don't touch it.. go figure...

Turkey Salad

1/3 turkey breast (3oz maybe)
1/4 diced carrots
1/4 diced celery (today I had no celery so I subbed for sugar snap peas)
1/4 cup diced onion (real small)
1/4 of crushed pineapple (drain a bit)
1tbs of light mayonnaise

Instructions

 1) Cut the turkey very small, it makes it more, spreads it out into a bit for every bite.
2) Mix everything together.
3) Salt and Pepper to taste.

Eat how you would like it.

I actually cut my sweet peppers open in half and scooped it on top of them. I ate 4 peppers which gave me 8 filled scoops and I was truly full. It was a very filling dish, cold and refreshing. I would say one of my lighter dishes.




The best part is that I still have half for tomorrow, unless I share with my husband. Hmmmmm, gotta think about that.

I am taking simple stuff you have in a fridge, pantry and stuff leftover and making a completely different meal and taste.
It really is just that simple


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