Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Potatoes~Crock Pot

Source: adapted from Persnickety Plates
Serves: 4-6

6 pork chops. Thick  cut.
6 medium  potatoes, chopped into large pieces
2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
A dash of garlic, pepper, salt (seasonings) 
1 cup milk
4 heaping tablespoons of corn starch 

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and put the potatoes on the bottom.

Place the pork chops on top of the potatoes.

Mix together the soups, ranch mix, milk, corn starch, seasoning into a large bowl.

Pour on top of the pork chops and cook on High for 8 hours. 

Use the extra sauce as gravy for the pork chops & potatoes.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crock Pot Mongolian Style Beef & Mushrooms

Servings: 4

1 lb beef flank steak, sliced thinly across the grain
1 medium white onions (about 1 cup) or 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thinly (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup light soy sauce 
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 8 oz Package Mushrooms(slice into pieces)
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup cut scallion, in 1 . 5 inch pieces (green onions)
1/3 cup fruity white wine


Slice the flank steak thinly across the grain - the strips should be 2 to 3 inches long each; set aside.

Combine the onion, soy sauce, broth, garlic, hoisin,  ginger, and pepper flakes, then put the mixture into the crock pot.

Put the cornstarch in a large Ziploc bag; add the sliced beef and toss well to coat.

Add the coated beef into the crock pot, gently pushing it into the liquid to cover; pour the white wine over - do NOT stir.

Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours; an hour before you're going to serve, turn the crock pot to high, add the cut scallions, stir, and cook for an additional hour.

Stir, and serve over rice or noodles.

**Did not follow exact recipe I found on line adapted it. Photo was taken by me.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Paleo Sausage Stuffed Peppers

What you need:

  • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage.
  • 5 assorted bell peppers. I went with 2 green, 2 red, 1 yellow.
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, grated or chopped into a “rice” consistency.
  • 1 small (8 ounce) can of tomato paste.
  • 1 small white onion, medium dice.
  • 1/2 head of garlic, minced.
  • 1 small handfull of fresh basil, minced (or 2 tsp. dried).
  • 2 tsp dried oregano.
  • 2 tsp dried thyme.

How you make it:

1. Cut the tops off of your peppers and scoop out and discard the seed, yet do save the tops!
2. Process or chop about half a head of cauliflower into “rice” and put in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add your minced garlic, basil, and dried herbs, and onion to your cauliflower and mix by hand.
4. Use a very hot skillet to lightly brown your sausage. This step is entirely optional based on your motivational level. The sausage will cook just fine in your slow cooker, yet I personally like to hit it with a little sear to take the flavor up a notch.
5. Add your sausage and can of tomato paste to your bowl of seasoned cauliflower and mix by hand. Let the kids do this part, getting hands messy in necessary, a spoon just won’t cut it.
6. Fit as much of your sausage mixture into your peppers as you can. Place your peppers into your slow cooker and loosely place the pepper tops back on. If you have extra meat and cauliflower mixture, just jam in between your peppers and let it cook.

7.  Pre heat oven to 350, add a little water to bottom of baking pan, cover top of pan with foil bake at  for 1 1/2 hours. Or you can Cook on low for 6 hours in crock pot.

**I had some extra mixture left after stuffing all the peppers, I just dumped it in a separate baking dish, covered with foil and baked it along side the pan of peppers. It came out really great to use as a side dish another day or can even pour the mixture over pasta for another meal!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Simple Crock-Pot Cabbage Rolls

This weather makes me want to stay indoors and cook some hot delicious meals, just had this one last night for dinner, it was so good! You can also freeze the cooked cabbage rolls for later meals.

1 Medium Head of Fresh Cabbage
1 Large Onion, diced
2 lbs of Ground Beef
1 Cup Cooked White Rice
3 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Vegeta All Purpose Seasoning  
1 Can Tomato Soup
1 11.5oz Can V8
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

   1. On the stove top, cook rice and set aside.
   2.  Remove the stem from the cabbage and peel each individual leaf back.
   3. Take head of cabbage and place it in a pot of boiling, salted water. Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. As the cabbage leaves loosen, remove them and drain in a colander.
   4. In a pan, cook onions until onions are clear in color.
   5. In a large bowl, add ground beef, eggs, vegeta, cooked onions and rice.
   6. Mix well.
   7. Taking one cabbage leaf at a time, add a spoon or more of the meat mixture. Using your hand, gather the meat on one end of the cabbage leaf and then roll the leaf.
   8. Chop remaining leaves coarsely and place them in the bottom of the pot. Layer the cabbage rolls into the bottom of a crock-pot. Layering as you add until all the meat mixture is used.
   9. In a bowl, mix the tomato soup, Worcestershire and V8 juice.
 10. Pour the mixture on top of the cabbage rolls.
 11. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

**If you don't have a crock pot- Cover baking dish with foil- Bake in oven at 375 for 2 hours.
What's your favorite Fall Or Winter dish to cook?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Easy Crock Pot Chili

I took a chili recipe and modified it to make it more to my liking. This came out delish! Two thumbs up, Yum, Yum!

Total Time- 4 hours 10 Min          
Servings- 8- 10


2 lbs. Ground Beef, browned

1 can (15.5 oz.) Goya Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (15.5 oz.) Goya Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained

1 jar (1lb. 8 oz.) Pasta sauce-( I used store brand, contained tomato, garlic, onion)

1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Beefy Onion Soup Mix

6 tsp. Chili Powder

1 can (6 oz.) Tomato paste

1/2 cup water

Toppings Place Aside: Fritos "Scoop" Corn Chips, Sour cream, Sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients(Except toppings) in slow cooker and cook covered on High for 2 hours, Then set to low for another 2 hours( so 4 hours total cooking time). Serve with Fritos "Scoop" Chips, Sour cream, and Sharp Shredded Cheddar cheese.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Launa's Easy Swedish Meatballs

From Launa:
Here is a Swedish meatball recipe I have used for years. 


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 pound Jimmy Dean sausage (or favorite ground sausage)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 cup milk


Mix all ingredients together for the meat mixture. DO NOT OVER MIX! Roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake AT 350 for 45 minutes or until browned. In a medium bowl mix sauce ingredients together. May be used as main dish served over rice or noodles or as an appetizer served with toothpicks.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Creating The Perfect Sewing Room A New Trend

Sewing has always been a way of life to put clothes on your back. Your mother learned to sew from your grandmother. That changed in the 80′s when clothes became cheap and readily available. Today, once again sewing seems to grow popular and new technologies make sewing an easier task. A new trend is emerging and there’s a growing need for well planned sewing rooms.
Sewing is a great way to express your creativity and, if you truly enjoy it, unwind at the end of a long day. The process of choosing material, piecing it together, and making something beautiful is incredibly satisfying. You owe it to yourself to turn that empty room in your home into a place of your very own. Here’s what you need to create a perfect sewing room:


Your room is where you’ll spend your down time or, if you sew for a living, the better part of your day. It makes sense to slather the walls with a color that you love. You’ll find sites that tell you green is soothing, yellow is invigorating, and so on; pay no attention. Paint the walls in the color that feels right to you. You should know, however, that light colors will make a small room appear larger, and dark colors will make the walls shrink inward.

2.Sewing Table

After you’ve painted your walls, you’re ready to start putting furniture in your room. The very first section to set up is your sewing station. Everything else that you put in the room should be centered around this important area. Ideally, a U-shaped station is the best, an L-shaped station is the second-best, and a long table is the third choice. The size of your table will depend on the size of your room.

3.Cutting Table

Remember that you’re setting up a sewing room for yourself so you don’t have to adjust your fabrics and your machines as you work. Set up a cutting table next to your sewing table for the ultimate in ease. Your cutting table should be counter height as you’ll typically be standing, especially if you work with large decorator fabrics.

4.Pressing Area

If you have enough space in your new room, a pressing area is a convenient thing to have. If you don’t have room for a permanent pressing station, make sure that you leave enough room to set up your ironing board when you need it. You don’t want to have to take your fabric from room to room so that you can press it.


Before you set up anything else, decide on how you will use lighting in the room. Natural lighting is always the best, but most rooms don’t have enough windows to let ample sunlight in. Additionally, you won’t always be sewing when the sun is shining. The more lights you have in your room, the better. An overhead light along with task lights at each station is the most beneficial. Use bulbs that simulate natural lighting to avoid eye strain as you work.


Your chair, unless you sew standing up, is as important as any other aspect of your room. There is no right chair for every sewer. You may find that a wooden chair is the most comfortable, or you may want an ergonomic chair. If you’ll be sewing for hours on end, it’s important that the place you sit supports you correctly. If you’re buying a new chair, be sure to test out several before you make a choice; never purchase a chair sight-unseen.

7.Wall Decor

You may have so many shelves and cubbies that you don’t have room for dramatic paintings, but do save room for an inspiration board. This can be a large corkboard or a big piece of canvas that you’ve covered with your favorite fabric and crossed with ribbon. Use the board to hang pages from magazines or pages you’ve printed from the Internet. You can also hang small swatches of fabric, ribbons or ephemera that you find spur your creative process.


No two people organize a craft room in the same way. A good rule of thumb is to keep the things you use most often nearest your main sewing station. Beyond that suggestion, you are free to organize however you like. Some people like open shelves where everything can be seen at a glance. Others like to store their things in jars and containers. Still other sewers like fabric bins or baskets that can be labeled that keep things out of sight. Look online for inspiration when it comes to organizing your room.
Your new sewing room will be your creative haven. You’ll find yourself drawn to the room as soon as it is set up. Use these tips to create a room that is tailor-made for you, your machinery and your projects. Set up correctly, your new room will serve as inspiration for all of the crafty things that you do.
Jennifer Ryder has always been creative and blogs to help others discover their crafty side. If you want to see more of her creations check out Jenn Ryder on her Google plus and follow her on Twitter @Jenn_Ryder.