Showing posts from July, 2011

Summer Berry Crumble

Even though we're experiencing blistering heat right now, we've got one thing that I always miss in the winter...berries. I mean, I know you can buy berries in the wintertime..but they are much more expensive! So with all these gorgeous summer berries--what do you make? I saw this recipe and knew it was right up my alley. And you know what? Even though it is awesome a few minutes after you pull it out of the's even better the next day cold out of the fridge.

Summer Berry Crumble (adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes) Filling 1 cup strawberries-sliced 1 cup blueberries 1 cup blackberries 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp cornstarch
1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 5 Tbl butter-melted
Oven at 375 Combine first 6 ingredients, then dust with cornstarch-toss to coat. Place into greased baking dish (I used a 9x9). Mix the dry topping ingredients, then…

I now pronounce you Italian Beef Pizza

Mawwige, mawwige is what bwings us togetha... Man, I love The Princess Bride!...and that quote perfectly sums up this pizza. Because it truly is the perfect union of two things that were destined for one another.
What you never thought that Italian Beef and Pizza should be combined? It seemed totally rational to me. They are both italian. *shrugs*
Let me tell you something first before I get to the recipe. Unless you are living in might have's summertime and it's hot. And Missouri has a different kind of hot.  Sure..Arizona, you've got your 107. But it's a dry heat. Here in Missouri we've got humidity. LOTS of it. To the point that at 85 (which seems like it should be almost comfortable) you walk out the front door and feel like you've entered a steam room. Chokes you and soaks you..that's what our humidity does. On days like we've had lately I don't really feel like eating something with a fork, that is hot, and comforting…

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

The cookie aisle is kinda like high school.  The cookies that are eye level are the popular ones. They wear BiG brand names and make you clip coupons to get a better deal on them.  They come in all sorts of different versions-double stuffed, chewy, mint, choc'full'o'chunks, their colors might even vary dependant on the holiday season.  Then you've got that bottom row. They aren't the misfits they are made out to be. They may not have the flashy labels or a huge price tag. They are stable, reliable, constant, dependable, these cookies never let you down. You can count on these cookies to stay the same time after time, season after season. I think there is something to be said for those cookies.
They are understated and awesome.
They are crunchy. They have warmth from the spices. The cookie isn't overly sweet and it allows the icing to guide your tastebuds to a very happy place.
Delicious. That's what they are.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from SmittenKitchen

Ham and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti

And that little piggy cried "DANG that was good!"

Ok, so he probably didn't. But this dish...really good.

Ham & Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti (adapted from

1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 package cremini mushrooms, chopped
couple pats of butter
couple turns of the pan of olive oil
2 cups ham-chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 Tbl butter
3 Tbl olive oil
6 Tbl flour
3 Cups milk-room temp
1 1/2 cups swiss cheese-shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese-shredded
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 box (14 tubes) manicotti-cooked as directed on the box

Got your tubes cooked and set aside? Good...preheat the oven to 350, would ya?

Working on the filling first-add your butter and oil to the pan, get them warm then add your veggies. Once those are softened up, add your chopped ham. I used my leftover ham from my roast (fyi..the recipe is a couple weeks old)-so mine was kinda sweet (still was awesome)-I'd think that those thick sli…

Meet Cotton

Remember when my heart got broken back in March? You'd think I would have recovered by now. But my heart still ached for that silly dog. And even though we had 4 dogs already that keep me busy. 2 cats that keep me busy. 2 human kids that keep me busy. My heart was just NOT happy. And despite the fact that we did not NEED another pet/baby...It wasn't a phase or a random thought I could get to go away...

...Husband finally realized the reason I'd been so down WAS indeed dog related. So I'm pleased to introduce you to Cotton!

 She's my new little Labrador love. Please ignore the no make up and my freakishly large hands (I'd like to blame the angle of the shot, but my hands are kinda wide). We got her on Saturday and she's 7 weeks old. It's been 7 years since I had a puppy..I've forgotten how small they are, how sharp those teeth are, how much potty training sucks...but I'm remembering the love, that delicious puppy breath, that soft belly skin. We&…

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Oatmeal for breakfast means you are eating healthy.
Let's ignore the drippy peanut butter and white chocolate topping. Yes, let's just pretend it's not there and're eating's ok.

Baked Banana Oatmeal (adapted from

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
3/4 cup of milk ( I used 2% )
1 egg
1/2 cup mashed banana ( I keep little containers of mashed nanners in the freezer )

Mix together dry
Whisk together wet
Pour into greased baking dish (I used a 9x4-yes..weird-if you don't have one you could probably use a loaf ban, or just double everything and use a 9x9)
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

You could be perfectly sensible and eat it as is. Or you could be completely ridiculous and melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter w/ a 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and pour it over the top, like I did. I do ridiculous well. Also..since I forgot to add in the brown sugar from the original recipe,…

Quick pictureless post..

Just wanted to check in with you guys to assure you I'll be around soon with some really yummy recipes!
We recently took a family trip to IN (where my family is from)-20 hours total with the two kids was a bit exhausting. Then back in MO where I run our rental business we've had some I'm trying to get new people app'd up and moved in..blah blah.
New things-
Awesome camera (I think I already touched on that)
New flat screen tv for the bedroom
New puppy-whoa what? Yes...Husband finally caved and we got one..she'll get her own post with pictures soon. :)

Not so fond farewells-
My hair girl who was also a tenant who completely screwed us over and trashed the place, bailed on lease, rent, friendship, and *sob* my hair.
Our 52 inch projection screen and wait for it.....Dish network. I'm still adjusting to NOT having Food Network and *sobs* DVR. However we've got the new tv and Netflix through the Wii. Honestly I'm so tv obsessed that it might be he…