Jan 292015
 

Healthy Solutions Savory Meatloaf

Well as most of you know, we love our meatloaf and when we got a challenge to try Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Blogger Recipe Challenge, we leaped on it! They have all sorts of different spice blends to compliment everything from poultry to steak and even pork and if the rest of their blends is as flavorful as the meatloaf one we tried, I’m hooked…. When we received our packet in the mail, the first thing I had to do was open it and taste the blended seasoning to decide what kind of meatloaf to whoop up for Husband and I to enjoy and I knew exactly what it would take! With the flavor of onion, garlic and parsley, it had to be Italian style with some creamy, cheesy egg noodles on the side much to Kenny’s liking!

So now I was Ready, Set and Cooking!

The meatloaf was awesome with the noodles!

The meatloaf was awesome with the noodles!

 

Healthy Solutions Savory Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce + extra for topping
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup of Healthy Solutions Spice Blend for meatloaf
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated Asiago cheese
Instructions
  1. Crumble meat into a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, seasoning and cheese; mix.
  3. Combine the ¼ cup tomato sauce with the water and beaten egg.
  4. Pour over meat mixture and mix to combine.
  5. Shape and place in baking dish sprayed with cooking oil.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 1-1/2 hours, spreading top with extra sauce during the last 15 minutes.
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

I have been given a sample from Healthy Solutions Spice Blends to try and all opinions are my own. However, I do have to add one more thing and that is, Kenny and I both are looking forward to some awesome sandwiches made from this awesome meatloaf!!!!

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Jan 232015
 

Baked Tater Skins

STOP right there! Don’t throw away another potato peel, either white or sweet before reading this. Some of you might already be doing this, but for me, I just tried it not long ago and they are a tasty delight with hamburgers or sandwiches! As most of you know, we live out in the boondocks and garbage collection is not an option unless you want to pay out the ying-yang,,, not us old retired fogies! For one thing, all vegetable waste goes to the compost pit if it’s not something to my chicken’s taste buds and all meat waste products goes to either the cats or to our dog Jingles; no wonder she’s getting so fat but she does like her people food……..

Goes great with burgers!

Goes great with burgers!

A while back, I saw this idea and was intrigued because as you know, most of our nutrition in potatoes is in the skin and I as I did know that, (always eat the skin of my baked taters ;) I never thought to save the skins when I peel them for mashed potatoes. Now my daughter tells me she leaves the skin on even for mashed, but I’m sorry folks, mine have to be without lumps and nice and fluffy, oh YES! I also found, that when I peel them all I have to do is take the potato peels and put them in an air tight container, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, toss to coat and keep them in the frig for future use; usually within a couple of days. Another plus factor here is that you can do the same thing with your sweets and when it’s time to cook them off, just season with a little ginger and brown sugar; shouldn’t be doing this as it is almost supper time and it’s making me even more hungry, stomach is already growling GRRRRR!

Kenny likes a little ketchup! You know!

Kenny likes a little ketchup! You know!

Baked Tater Skins
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Ingredients
  • Peelings from baking potatoes that have been scrubbed clean and all dark spots removed
  • Olive oil to coat lightly, DO NOT overdose!
  • Your favorite seasoning such as seasoning salt, Italian spice mix or just plain old sea salt
Instructions
  1. Spread oiled potato skins on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. Bake in a 350-375 degree oven until desired crispness is achieved, about 10-15 minutes for me, turning after about 5 or so minutes.
  4. Drain on paper towels.

Hope you enjoy and we’ll be back soon if all this rain today does not cause us to get out of Dodge…………..

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Jan 172015
 

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Honestly folks, I have not intended to stay away for so long but sometimes life is just thata-way! They say that life is like a bowl of cherries and during the last couple of months it’s had it’s ups and downs. Husband’s heart has been all a flutter…off and on for a little while now and no, not because of me, ha ha! With several trips to the doctor and one to the hospital for some tests, we are now working on getting him back to the norm, whatever that is for him, but I still gotta love him! Between that and decorating for Christmas along with a big Christmas dinner with the local family and then of course, daughter and family down for a visit from Indiana after that, everything has been all out of whack along with husband’s heart.

Our team from Indiana...

Our team from Indiana…

Never even got started to get our house back to normal until this past Monday and the 40 some odd boxes of Christmas decor is packed up and awaiting another year to brighten our home and our hearts with holiday cheer! With over 30 animated and musical toys for all to play with, no one could be bored in this house no matter what room they were in. This includes my outhouse bathroom that sports an outhouse decorated with lights and Santa shouting out little sayings while he sits on the throne when you press the button!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell's!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell’s!

Now, about the cherries I told you about and as I said, I probably will never make these little treats again; I’m not a cherry lover anyway so this gives me a good excuse to avoid the task and go on to easier things to make when I’m running such a tight schedule. Everybody did love them and I have to admit that the coating over the cherries was much to my liking and so that put another idea in my head for later on. But I did want to share this recipe with you with a couple of my changes to hopefully make your experience a little easier. It would also be a nice gift for that someone special for the next upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day!!!!

They tastes as good as the look!

They tastes as good as the look!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
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Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teas vanilla extract
  • ¼ teas salt
  • 4-1/4 cups powered sugar + more for dusting hands
  • 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries
  • 1 small bag semisweet chocolate pieces of your choice (next time, if there is one, I will use dark chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in the milk, vanilla and salt.
  3. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the sugar.
  4. Dust hands with the extra powdered sugar, using more as needed and cover each cherry with about 2 tablespoonfuls of the sugar mixture; refrigerate for a few minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate pieces in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds (chips do not all have to be completely melted before removing); remove and stir to completely melt.
  6. At this point you can either drop each cherry into the chocolate, one by one to coat and removing with two forks to a piece of parchment paper to cool or as I did, messily drizzle the chocolate over the cherries, ha ha!
  7. Refrigerate until serving time..........

Hope you enjoy and have fun ;)

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