Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

A few posts ago I shared one of my dark secrets…I CANT COOK!!!  I think it is more that I don’t like to cook.  But every so often I find myself in the kitchen preparing a dish for one of our family get together’s, Thanksgiving is one of em.  I usually try at all costs to stay out of the kitchen when the cooking is going on.  It seems to be a family joke.  Once I arrive to the hosts house (my momma’s) I hide with the kids.  This year I was asked to bring the green bean casserole.  This is the same dish I prepared last year.  I guess my family liked it!  Last Thanksgiving I had some complications with the recipe.  I remember my sister saying, “no one can ruin the Green Bean Casserole.  It is a safe recipe.”  Well lil did she know that I would be the first in history to ruin this all time favorite casserole.  I went thru two batches before I got it right.  This year I know I will be able to perfect the casserole dish and get it right the first time.

Here is my easy peasy Green Bean Casserole recipe (you can also get it from the back of the French’s Fried Onions box.)

Ingredient’s:

*1 can Cream of mushroom soup

*3/4 cup of milk

*1/8 tsp black pepper

*2 cans of cut cooked green beans

*1 1/3 cups French’s Fried Onion

Mix the milk and the soup together, then add the pepper and the beans in the casserole dish.  Add 2/3 cup of onions.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

Stir and sprinkle the remaining onions on casserole and cook for 5 minutes

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Jammin’

I love home made jam!  A few years ago while shopping the end aisles at Target I found a jammer!

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I couldnt resist the awesome find and I quickly took it home with me.  I am not one that enjoys being in the kitchen.  In fact I find every excuse possible to stay out of it!  But, making jam is so simple sue with the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker!  In fact I am making some super yummy jam right now!   There are so many benefits to making your own jam.  #1 knowing what is in it!  I use fresh fruit!  Most of the store bought jams and jellies has all those extra additives.  #2 getting to create your own exotic recipes.  #3 home made jam makes a great gift to friends and loved ones.  Who doesn’t like home made???!  One of my favorite jam recipes is so easy peasy!

Raspberry Jam

What you need:

4 pints of Fresh Raspberries

3 Tbsp Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin

1/2 Tsp unsalted butter

2 cups granulated sugar

What to do:

1) clean berries and crush them

2) sprinkle the pectin in the jammer evenly

3) add crushed berries to the jammer spreading evenly over the pectin and the butter then hit the jam button

4) when you hear the beep beep (after the first four minutes) add the sugar gradually

5) preserve the jam in Ball Self Seal jars

Viola! and you got yourself some yummy tummy home made jam!  Share below your favorite jam recipe!

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Shhhh….A secret is revealed!

Future husband please do not read this post!!! Ok now that the room is clear… I want to share a lil secret about myself….I cant cook. . Yup, I admit it, I don’t make extravagant meals and I prefer the nights when my children want chicken nuggets, fish sticks, or just a bowl of cereal. With my crazy, busy life all I want is a quick and simple meal. If I ever do cook, it is probably a holiday or Im trying to impress someone. Tonight , I thought I would get a lil creative. Sadly, it was raining and I couldn’t go to the store after work, and of course I don’t have much in the house. With the challenges I was facing I was still able to come up with something super yummy tummy for my sweet lil baby bellies and mine too! What I am about to share with you is super simple and no hidden secret. Now that the suspense is up, I’ll share…we made Meatball Subs!!!! And of course they were a hit! All this mom did was: Take the meatballs out of the freezer (I told you simple!) Simmer them on the stove in sauce Slice the sub roll open Put 4 or five meatballs on the sub roll Sprinkle cheese And eat! Say yumm! Ok, so I may never win chef of the year, but atleast my kiddos ate with a smile and all it took was 15 minutes of my busy, homework packed night. What I wore at the office today…. I just love this necklace from Apple of my Eye Jewelry. I have never been one to accessorize very well. But with these sweet necklaces by Apple of my Eye I have been able to add that extra touch to my office wear. At the office I wear a lot of black, so this will go with just about anything. Yellow is such a beautiful, vibrant, and friendly color, and hearts just scream LOVE and happiness.
Shirt: Kohls Jeans: Delias Necklace: Apple of My Eye Jewelery 

Kid friendly and yummy tummy

Round these parts we enjoy something we call Family Fun Night or FFN for short.   Our Friday FFN was extra special because we got to share it with my nephew.  I love family fun night’s because it brings us together and helps us to relax after a stressful week of work and school.   A typical family fun night in our home goes a lil something like this:

Pizza dinner, Ice cream sundaes or Root Beer floats, and a movie.  Last night we made home made pizza super easy!

All you need for kid friendly yummy tummy pizza is:

pizza dough

pizza sauce

cheese

pepperoni (toppings)

and three sets of hands (my daughter, my son, my nephew 😉 )

Happy FFN!

  

Do you have a special Family Fun Night?  What activities do you to bring your family together?  Comment below:

Super Easy Smoothies!

About three months ago I started a new diet…well kind of a diet.  I call it the smoothie for most of the week and still enjoy the yummies diet.  I drink a smoothie for breakfast, eat whatever for lunch, and have a smoothie for dinner or a lil something if I cooked a big meal for the kids.  I never deny myself anything that I am craving or want to enjoy.  That wouldn’t be any fun!  If my kiddos are enjoying ice cream, well so do I!  I have found that this is really working for me.  Our consumption of fruits has increased 95% in my house all because of the smoothies!!!    We are still trying to figure out to add more veggies in our smoothies and into our diets, but til then we get our dose veggies while watching our favorite Veggietales. 😉

There really isn’t any science that goes into making a smoothie  and it really is very simple!  I just add what I think tastes good.  Yes!!!!  It is that simple.  I make my smoothies in a blender, using 100% fruit juice and fresh or frozen fruit.  That is it!  Super yummy!  And don’t  forget the kale, wheat grass, or baby spinach!

Every smoothie I have made has been so scrumptious!  Even my kiddos enjoy drinking this fun drink.

I am going to now share with you a recipe for a smoothie I accidentally made yesterday that tastes exactly like the mango pineapple smoothie from McDonald’s, but it is 100 times better and healthier for you because it is all natural!!!!

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

1) 1/2 cup Mango Juice

2) 1 cup frozen Mango and pineapple chunks

That’s it!  Nothing else is needed!  Totally healthy for you!  Just blend in a blender, makes one smoothie.  AND it really does taste like the not so healthy version you can buy at McDonalds.

So here is the weigh in…when I started this smoothie for most of the week and still enjoy the yummies diet back in March of this year I weighed 156 and I now weigh 134.5!!!  I still have a lot to lose and Im sure if I cut out enjoying the extra yummies part I would lose a lot more faster.  However, I still want to enjoy some extras.  I am proud of what I have lost so far and I am having so much fun doing it!  I know that my family is healthier and we enjoy sipping our smoothies while watching our favorite shows or just sitting around laughing with one another!

Comment below and share your favorite smoothie recipes