When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vegetable Beef and Noodle Soup!

This past weekend we celebrated our Saviors birth! We over indulged in food and sweets! Having done so, we paid for it with belly hurts all weekend! Yesterday, before my husband was getting ready for work, we both mentioned how our belly's were still hurting, 3 DAYS after Christmas! I told him that dinner that night was going to be soup and grilled cheese! He totally agreed with it! But, even though we had canned soup in the pantry for such nights as this, I wanted to make some homemade soup! I decided, after reading a couple blogs that I follow, I wanted to try out a recipe for Vegetable Beef Noodle soup. I combined 2 recipes that I had come across and made it my own! It was so delicious!! Now, Emma loves soup but doesn't like Green Beans. She ate every bite, except the green beans that she saw! Eric, my husband, doesn't like chunky veggies but he ate just about the whole bowl I fixed him, (which was 2 cups worth)! Our son Dillon wont even go near soup so he opted for peanut butter sammy. I fell in LOVE with this soup! I made a big pot full and thank goodness I did, I have enough leftovers to last me a couple of days (lunches around here will be very yummy)! I paired this soup with Grilled Cheeses, made my way!! I am giving you a rough recipe! It depends on your taste on how many veggies you want to add! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!!

Vegetable Beef Noodle Soup

3 T Butter ( I use unsalted)
1/2 Onion (diced small)

Add: 1lb Ground Beef ( I use Laura's Lean Beef 8%, this way I don't have to drain the fat off)
Cook until beef is browned.

2 Medium Garlic cloves, Diced

Saute additional 4-5 minutes.


1 Jar of your favorite Spaghetti Sauce
1 Box container of Beef Stock ( I use low sodium organic)
(If you have sauce that's hard to get out of the jar, add some of the stock to the jar and shake, it will clean the jar of the sauce and you wont have to use water or waste sauce!)
1 small can Tomato sauce ( I use no salt added)
1 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes ( I use no salt added)
1 t Onion powder
1 t Garlic powder
1 t Black pepper
1 t Salt ( I use Sea Salt)
1 t Parsley, dried
1 t Oregano, dried
1/2 t Celery Seed

Bring to a Simmer (5-6 minutes)

These are the frozen Veggies that I added, you can change these up according to your taste!

Green Beans
Baby Lima Beans
Butter Beans

If you add too many veggies, the soup will become very thick, we still have noodles to add. I usually add half the bag of each frozen veggie!

1 cup of your favorite noodle. I used mini Ziti!

Bring to a boil for about 15 minutes! The soup will thicken while at the same time the veggies are thawing and adding liquid! It is sooo yummy! I hope you enjoy and make it your own!

Grilled Cheese made my way

Butter your bread on one side and add mayo to the other. Place buttered side down in skillet. Add one slice Colby Cheese (or your favorite), several slices Dill pickles, a few chunks of feta cheese, and another slice of Cheese. Add the other piece of bread cook to liking!!

My daughter and I love to add pickles to our Grilled Cheeses!!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sausage Rolls/Dip

Sausage Rolls/Dip

2 lbs sausage (mild,medium or Hot)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
3 pkgs Crescent Rolls
Cook sausage (do not add spices yet) until cooked through, drain very well, add back to pan. Cook on low heat and add spices. Add all 3 cheeses and mix until well blended and cheeses have melted. Remove from heat. Unroll Crescent Rolls and add 1 spoon full to each one and roll up like you would a crescent roll. Spray each roll with Pam butter or olive oil spray and bake following directions of Crescent Rolls pkg. I cooked mine for 9-10 minutes.

You will not use all of the filling with the rolls. I take the leftover filling and add to a casserole dish, top with cheese and bake till cheese topping is melted. I served these with Frito Scoops and they were delish!!

You can also freeze the filling if you want to use it for future rolls or dip!!

This can be served has a finger food or at a brunch or for Breakfast!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas!!!

I Love Christmas!! Not only do you get to spend time with your family but you get to celebrate the best birthday of the year!! Happy Birthday Jesus!! I hope that you take a minute out of your busy day to thank God for sending his one and only son to be born, and to one day die for our sins.

My family will be meeting at my house on Christmas Eve for a night of food and games and HOT CHOCOLATE!!! Then on Christmas Day my husband and I will get to see the joyous smiles of our 2 children when they open all their gifts! Then, we will make a delicious breakfast and then head to mom's to open presents there and have a very scrumptious dinner!! We decided to have Cornish hens this year instead of Turkey and Ham! What?! No Ham on Christmas?? I know, that was my reaction too, but I think that the Cornish hens are going to be delish!! I will be making the homemade Mac-n-cheese (recipe to follow)! Mom and I will be making a new soup recipe too! Its the soup from the Dixie Stampede show! I hope it turns out good! I will post the recipe once we have tasted it!!

Again, I ask that you take a moment out of your busy day to reflect on the blessings that you have received this year. You may say "What blessings?". You are past due on bills, you or your spouse lost a job, insurance, that second income...or something worse, your house burnt down, you didn't a good report from the doctor, you have lost a loved one... BUT, you are blessed because you are able to breathe another breath, live another day, have the luxury of having a computer and internet to read this! I hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ham Crescent Rolls!

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I know mine did! We had family visiting from out of town and it was a wonderful visit at that!!

The other day I was going through my fridge looking at the leftover ham that we had from Thanksgiving (it was Tuesday)! I had made a simple fried chicken salad for dinner and wanted some kind of bread to go with it. When Kroger had their MEGA 10 event a couple of weeks ago, I stocked up on crescent rolls. So, I came up with this little recipe that I found to be delicious! I used about a cup of diced ham and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. They were the perfect addition to our dinner. They were not stuffed with ham but just enough to get the salty ham taste!! You can change this recipe of anyway you want. Change of the cheese and meat! I love making them with cream cheese and bacon with sun dried tomatoes!! Those are great to parties! I hope you enjoy this recipe and are gearing up for the Christmas season!! It is my favorite season!!!

Ham Crescent Rolls

1 pkg Crescent Rolls
1 Cup diced leftover ham
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Pam Spray

Preheat your oven according to the directions on the Crescent roll pkg. Unroll Crescent rolls and separate. Place a small amount of ham and cheese and roll Crescent rolls up. Place on baking sheet and spray with Pam spray (you can do an egg wash if you wish but this was easier and quicker at the time.). Bake according the the pkg directions and ENJOY!!!!

I hope that you take the upcoming Christmas season to remember what its all about. Not just the presents and decor, but its about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Couponing 101

Here are a few more tips to remember when going to the store and using coupons:
1. Go online to your stores site and see if the have e-coupons to download to your store loyalty card. If they do, then you are able to use a MFG coupons on top of the e-coupon! In my experience, e-coupons do not double. But, if you have a MFG coupon that doubles then you are in good shape!
2. Don't clip coupons for items your normally wouldn't use or eat. That being said, if there is a coupon for a product or food item that you like but don't purchase often because of the price, I would clip the coupons and wait for it to go on sale! That way you can get it for less than what it would be!
3. Sit on your coupons! Not literally! The Sunday that the coupons come out, the MFG wants you to go use it right away! Then, a week or so later they put that item on sale, but you have already used that coupon. Wait for your item to go on sale and then use the coupon so you know you are getting a better price!

I hope this helps a little bit today!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Friday, November 19, 2010

Let's talk Turkey!

As Thanksgiving is approaching us (in less than a week!) I decided to purchase a turkey half the size of the one I am fixing on thanksgiving, to do a test run on the recipe! So, I purchased an 11lb turkey! It took a solid week to thaw out!! I took a stick of softened butter and mixed it with 1 T garlic powder, 1 T onion powder, 3/4 T pepper, 1 t paprika, and 1 T herded poultry seasoning. I donned my gloves and loosed the skin from around the breast and legs of the turkey! I then took spoonfuls of the butter mixture and rubbed it into the breast and legs under the skin and then on top of the skin as well. I drizzled about 2 T evoo in the bottom of my roasting pan and placed the bird in! I will use homemade chicken stock for the next part but since I forgot to thaw it out I used 3/4 of a can of low sodium chicken stock and added it to the pan. I placed the lid on and sent her into the 325 degree oven for 1.5 hours. I took the bird out and added more of the butter mixture to it (this time just on top). I replaced the lid and let her cook for another 1.5 hours. I checked the temp and when it was close to 165 degrees I set the timer for 30 minutes. I was on the phone when the timer went off and was not thinking about what was in the oven, even though the smell was overwhelming in the house! Needless to say it cooked for another 30 minutes. I should have taken it out when the timer went off but I was to involved in the conversation I was having though I can't remember who I was talking to. LOL!
Once she finally came out of the oven, this is how she looked!!

She looked a little rough and I did steal a taste before I took the picture...Still Delicious!!

I hope you take a moment to think back on this past year and look at the blessings you have been given! I know I will!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Couponing 101

I wanted to share with ya'll what I purchased at Kroger a few weeks back when they were having their Mega 10 Event Sale that seemed to last a month!!
There are 4 bottles of Dawn dish detergent. Ever since the oil spill this past summer, I have purchased Dawn, since they donate a portion of sale to help rehabilitate animals that have been affected by oil spills. My family is one of the many animal loving families out there trying to do their part to save wildlife. Kroger had these on a 10 for $10 sale and I purchased 4 (thats all the coupons I had at the time). The coupons value was $.50. Kroger doubles all MFG coupons, everyday, up to $.50. SO, It doubled to a $1 and they were free!!! Wish I could have said the same for the Crest! I only had a $.75 off coupon, which Kroger will not double, so I paid $.25 each for them. Not bad for a box of tooth paste that is normally any where from $2-$3 a box! This is what you can accomplish by using coupons!

I recently had a "Couponing Party" where I taught over 20 ladies how to use coupons! It was a blast and I am getting together another for December! Just to name a couple of pointers while couponing:

1. Make sure you read the coupon. It may say a certain amount off 2 or have a limited size.
2. Ask to see if your store doubles coupons and which days they double. My area Kroger and Publix stores double coupons up to $.50 everyday! I recently found out that there are a couple of stores in my area that will double up to $1 on Saturdays! I will not name the name until I find out for sure! (Don't want to send people to that store with them thinking they can double coupons that they really can't)
3. Make sure you get several papers each week. I usually get 2 papers. On the Sundays that the P&G insert and GM insert are in them I get 4. I have 4 members in my family, so the general rule is 1 for each person of the family. To start out with, I would only get 2 papers. It can become overwhelming at first if you have too many to sort through!

I will be starting some "lessons" on couponing! I hope you tune each to get them!! I will be posting another one tomorrow with some very interesting statistics that you do not want to miss! I was in SHOCK when I read them! Looking forward to READING your replies! And DONT FORGET, I have a new POLL at the bottom of the page for you take!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stretching your Chicken!

If you don't consider yourself a good cook, then I have a recipe for you! This is the easiest Chicken recipe I have. It called for 2 main ingredients! Chicken and Catalina dressing! I went to Sams last week and bought a 10 pk of chicken breast! It gave me 10 huge chicken breast which I divided up. I took 4 and added them to a gallon storage freezer bag and added 1/2 a bottle of Catalina dressing. Which by the way, I purchased the salad dressing as part of the mega 1o event that Kroger ran for 3 weeks. I paid no more than $.65 for each bottle. (Couponing rocks) I then got all the air out of the bag and mushed it around making sure that the chicken was well coated! Then I froze it! I took the other 4 and did the same but with Italian dressing, and the remaining 2 I froze plain. The 2 pks of 4 will give us 2 dinners plus 2 lunches for me the next day. The pk of 2 breast will give us 3 meals. I cant stretch that chicken into chicken taco soup, Chicken pot pie, or Chicken salad. I bought the chicken for $1.88 lb, the cheapest around here for breast! I highly recommend buying you meats in bulk and when you get home with them, dividing them into seperate packages for meals! On this trip I also purchased 5 lbs of Jeannie O Ground Turkey 93/7 for $10.99 (cheap and it was the well known, healthy brand), and over 4.5 lbs of ground Beef 90/10. You can also purchase the storage freezer bags cheap too!! I hope you try this out so you can stretch your dinners out!

Catalina Chicken
4 lg chicken breast
1/2 bottle Catalina dressing

Italian Chicken
4 lg chicken breast
1/2 bottle Italian dressing


~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Homemade Beef Stew (crockpot style)

Its the Season of FALL!!! Halloween is behind us and so is the candy that we consumed! Thanksgiving is coming upon us and its my 2nd favorite Holiday (Christmas is my 1st)! We have a couple of parties coming up (2 of them happen to be my childrens birthdays!!). I love looking out my over-sized window in the living room and seeing all the trees changing their colors! Absolutely breathtaking! During this season, people make Chili over and over and over and over and did I mention over and over again! They get burned out on it! So, instead of throwing some chili in the crockpot this morning, I decided to make homemade Beef Stew! This is one of my hubby's favorite dishes! It is super easy to make and I just throw it in the crockpot and forget about it for a couple of hours! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my hubby does!

Homemade Beef Stew (crockpot style)

1 to 1.5 lbs stewing beef
1 t pepper
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 cup baby carrots (or is you don't have baby carrots you can just cut up some regular carrots)
4 medium Russet potatoes (washed)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 medium onion
1 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 packet Brown Gravy powder mix

Drizzle 1T EVOO in bottom of crockpot. Place stewing beef in bottom of crockpot and sprinkle with 1/4 of the seasoning mix. Stir beef to make sure they are coated with seasonings.

Cube up potatoes into bite size, or the same size as the beef. Sprinkle another 1/4 of the seasonings on top. Pour 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes over potatoes, including juice.

Add carrots and dice your onion up as well. I dice mine into smaller chunks because I have a husband who will eat onions if they are not too big...its a mind thing! Sprinkle remaining seasonings over onions and carrots!

Cook on High for 2 hours. If you are putting this on before you go to work you can start it on low and cook for however many hours you will be gone. I am a stay at home mom so I cook mine on high for 2 hours then turn on low for the remaining 4-5 hours.

You are probably wondering where that Brown Gravy packet is going to go....right?

When you get home from work, sprinkle the Brown Gravy packet over the stew and stir until completely blended. Add about a cup of water if needed! Sometimes, depending on the potatoes you use, it can get thick quick. Let this cook while you are getting the rest of dinner done or changing your clothes or just relaxing for a 10-15 minutes! The Brown Gravy will thicken the stew and give it the beef stew flavors!

Now, we are a family that does not use alot of salt, I didn't add it to my recipe before cooking because I wanted to taste it with the Brown Gravy packet mixed it. They usually contain alot of salt. If you need to add salt, please, by all means do so!! I like to serve this with a crescent roll or homemade biscuits!!

The pictures were taken with my phone, so if they are not clear, I am dearly sorry!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops

This is a little late but better late than never!!

I came up with this recipe and I absolutely love it!!! No need for a veggie side dish when you have your protein stuffed with spinach!!!

4-6 Thin Pork Chops (thick will work but you will need to make in incision in the side and stuff that way, these are actually rolled!)
12 oz Frozen Spinach, do not thaw
2 T EVOO (olive oil)
3 minced Garlic cloves
4-6 T Chicken stock or water
1/2 t each Garlic powder and Black Pepper, and Salt
1 t Onion Powder
1 T minced Sun Dried Tomatoes
4 oz Cream cheese

Saute Garlic in EVOO for a few minutes, Do not let it get brown, it will taste bitter! Add Frozen Spinach and Stock/water. As your spinach thaws, most of the water will evaporate. You want to Spinach to remain moist and not dry nor soaking wet. Add seasonings, sun dried tomatoes, and Cream Cheese and heat till cheese is melted. Take Pork Chops and pound out to make a little thinner but not too thin to wear the filling is going to "break" through. Season pork chops to your liking! Add a heaping spoon full of stuffing mix to chops and fold over. You might need to secure with soaked toothpicks. Stuffing will be oozing out but its oh so good!!! Place chops in baking dish and cover with any remaining spinach mixture! Cover with foil and bake on 400 for 20 minutes. Remove foil, and at this point I added about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, cook an additional 15 minutes or until chops are done. I then squeezed a whole lemon over the chops, This is optional but we loved it! It added a freshness to the dish! I served the chops with homemade Italian Pasta Salad!! I hope you enjoy!!!!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


As I mentioned in my last blog, things will be changing on here! I have recently gotten into couponing! More on that later, but I wanted to share with you my deals that I got today while making a quick trip to the store!

I purchased What would have been over $35 worth of groceries for only $19.15. I wanted to stay under $20 this trip since I needed very little to get us through to the next big shopping trip next week! I took advantage of Kroger's 10 for $10 deals this week. (no you don't have to buy 10 items to get the sale) The following items I purchased:

2 jars Kroger brand pickle spears ( I must has pickles in the house, I am addicted) ($1.99 ea.)
1 jar Kroger brand pickles slices (these pickles I paid full price for :( $1.99)
4 bottles Dawn Dish Detergent ($1.00 ea)
1 Kroger brand cream cheese ($1.00)
1 bag Kroger brand Tortilla chips ($1.00) I actually prefer these over name brand!
1 tub Kroger brand Ranch dip ($1.00)
1 box Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix ($1.00)
3 boxes Crest toothpaste ($1.00 ea)
1 bag Kroger brand shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 block Kroger brand Cheddar Cheese (both of these for 3 for $5 but I just got 2, had a coupon for .50 off 2)
1 pkg ea. White Gravy Seasoning Mix ($1.00), Kroger brand Brown Chili seasoning mix ($.52), and Kroger brand Brown Gravy Mix ($.69)
1 tub Kroger Brand Reduced Fat Sour Cream ($1.00)

My coupons were as follows:
3 $.50 off one Crest Toothpaste (which Kroger doubles to $1.00 making the toothpaste free plus $.5 tax each!)
3 $.25 off one Dawn Dish Soap (which Kroger doubles to $.50 making each bottle $.50 each plus tax)
1 $.50 off one Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap (which Kroger doubles to $1.00 making this bottle free plus tax)
1 $.50 off Kroger Coupon for and 2 Kroger Brand Cheese item (Kroger does not double its own store coupons or e-coupons)

MFG Coupon Saving :$2.25
Bonus Coupon Saving: $2.25 )This is where Kroger doubles the MFG coupon)
Kroger Plus Saving: $12.78
Total Savings: $16.78

Even though I only spent $19.15, I had 22 fuel points added to my card!

Now, I am sharing all this with you for one reason...To show you that you can do just like I have! If you are needed to trim your grocery bill (which besides a mortgage payment, this is the highest bill in the average home) you can do this way!!

Go to Kroger.com and enter your Kroger Plus Saving card # and you can download e-coupons! These are paperless coupons that automatically come off your bill once you scan your card! Make sure you print your coupon list so you can remember what you downloaded! You can use e-coupons plus store coupons (ones they send you in the mail), plus MFG coupons all for one item!! That means you get a ridiculously good deal on groceries!!! I will be posting more as the days go on so make sure you check back! I know I have people reading the blog but I would like for y'all to follow it as well!! I hope this helps someone today!!!

Be sure to check back this evening for our dinner menu recipe : Stuffed Pork Chops with Lemon butter sauce!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Times..They are a changing....and so am I!

As fall is in full force, I can't help but notice while I am driving down our country back roads, the trees are changing the leaves colors and they soon fall to the ground with the slightest wind! I started to think about how a trees' leaves change colors then fall off, and the tree looks bare till spring, when it starts to show signs of life again! I thought about how I could apply this to our lives. There are seasons that God brings us through. Some may seem dark to us but those are the times that God wants us to reach out to him for light. Am I wanting this to be a sermon...No, but I do want to share my thoughts with you! Could it be that God wants us to shed our leaves and allow him to bring forth new life to us? The leaf itself starts out small and green, then it grows to full size and stays that way till cooler weather comes. It then starts to turn beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow! All while it is dying inside. It becomes dry and brittle. And soon, falls to the ground. The tree has to shed its leaves in order to make room for the next leaves to come in spring. Applied to our lives, we start out small and "green". Then, as time goes on in one season, we grow and become full size...in that season of our lives. But, as God works on us to grow, sometimes we refuse...or we start dying inside. We get to comfortable in our daily lives, pushing Him further and further away, little by little. We start "drying out". And soon, our leaves start falling to the ground. We try and cover it up by turning beautiful colors. We say we are fine but on the inside we are longing for something more, greater, fuller, something Alive. We go through our dry season (winter). Where we once were walking around dead on the inside, we are starting to look dead on the outside, we let our selves go. But, God has not forgotten you! We may go through a season of winter, where we feel that nothing is going right, whether your falling behind on bills, or your family is falling apart at the seams, people are becoming disconnected and you want to hide under a rock. All you have to do is turn turn God again. Allow him to bring forth new life if your lives. Just as spring rolls around and new leaves start to form on the trees, in brilliant shades of green, God will start a new leaf on your tree of life! He will turn your sorrow into Joy, your pain into healing, your crying into laughter! This Season too shall pass!
I didn't mean to go on and on but I needed to share my thoughts! My blog will start to change little by little! There will still be recipes posted but I am also adding my thoughts for that day or what is on my mind! I have recently stumbled upon couponing and I must say, I am addictive! I will share my secrets that I have learned and the deals that I have gotten! I look forward to hearing your feedback's and if you are not a follower now, don't be afraid, I don't bite!!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Friday, September 24, 2010


Its is finally fall!! I am ready for cooler weather and watching football! Its time to bring out those crock-pots and put them to work! Today I have in mine, Italian Pork Tenderloin! This is a recipe I came up with when I looked into my pantry and seen a few cans of tomato's left. This past summer we had a garden and planted 27 tomato plants, and boy, did they every grow! We harvested over 500 tomatoes this season! Needless to say, my canning skills developed greatly! I have cabinets and a freezer full of salsa, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian tomatoes and tomato juice! I have stopped purchasing canned tomatoes at the store a couple of months ago! When I seen the 2 cans left I decided to put them to use! One can diced tomatoes and one can Italian diced tomatoes bring this recipe together! I hope you enjoy!

Italian Pork Tenderloin

1 Pork Tenderloin, any size will do
1 can Italian diced tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion, sliced in half moons
2 t onion powder, divided
2 t garlic powder, divided
2 t Italian seasoning, divided
1 t Thyme, divided
4 to 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

In crock-pot pour EVOO. Add sliced onion. Take half of all seasonings and sprinkle on both sides of pork tenderloin. Place tenderloin in crock-pot and add both cans of tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle rest of seasonings on top of tomatoes. Cook on high 4-6 hours or on low 8 hours or until tenderloin is done. This will make a very flavorful sauce. Serve Pork Tenderloin and tomato sauce over a bed a rice! Sauteed Green Beans make a great side dish as well (recipe is in previous posts)! I hope you enjoy!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Monday, September 6, 2010

BBQ Pork Shoulder

Today is Labor day and we normally have a get together with family, but this year family is out of town...So, I decided to put a Pork Shoulder in the oven for me and my family and have BBQ tonight and turn the leftovers into something good the rest of the week! Here is my recipe for my Pork Shoulder! I usually smoke it in our smoker which you could do for around 8 hours! This time I am roasting it in my oven!

1 Pork Shoulder, any size will do.
1 1/2 to 2 cups of special rub (recipe to follow)
2 onions
1 cup Worcestershire sauce (spelling I dont think is correct)
Roasting pan with lid
3 Tbs olive oil

Preheat oven to 225. Drizzle Olive oil in roasting pan, cut onions into thin slices and place in pan. Place pork shoulder in pan and rub the special rub into the pork shoulder. Take W. Sauce and slowly pour over shoulder, being careful of rub. Sprinkle a few onions from the bottom on top. Place lid and place into oven. Cook for 6 hours and then take lid off and turn heat up to 400 and cook for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit about 10-15 minutes. You should be able to remove the shoulder bone very easily. Shred and pour your favorite bbq sauce over and enjoy. Use leftovers for BBQ Pizza or BBQ hoagies! If you make this, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Special Rub:
I generally just pour into a large bowl and mix, I dont measure but this should give you an idea of how much you want to use!

Brown Sugar (1 to 1 ratio)
Hungarian Paprika
Thyme (little amount)
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Chili (slight amount)
Cumin (slight amount)

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sauted Green Beans

We love this recipe!

2 big handfuls Fresh Green Beans or 1 small bag Frozen
Salt/Pepper/Garlic Powder/Onion Powder to taste
2-3 whole Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed
1/2 Onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushroom (optional)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole (optional)
1/2 - 3/4 cup Chicken stock
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 turns of pan EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 T butter

Place a big saute pan or skillet on med heat and add EVOO and butter. When butter is melted, add onion, mushrooms and tomatoes. Saute 3-4 minutes and add garlic. Saute a few more minutes, (do not allow garlic to burn, it will become bitter and ruin the dish) then add Green Beans and turn to coat Green Beans in oil, add seasonings. Saute 5 minutes and then add Chicken stock and cover. Simmer on Med/Low heat for 10 minutes or until the Green Beans are tender enough for you. Remove lid and let simmer until liquid has reduced by half. Turn off heat and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over beans. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then serve! These are awesome and we have them several nights a week! I hope you enjoy this recipe!!
~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~