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On top of ol' smokey...

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all covered with cheese....Sunday over spaghetti.
Tuesday night (leftovers) Meatball Sliders
Meatballs. Basically my Husband's Holy Grail food. And for 7 years (7 looooong years) I've been searching. Turning over every rock, peeking into every Italian kitchen, and trying over and over and over again.
Too tough.
Not enough breadcrumbs.
Not tender enough.
Too meaty.
Too bready.
It seemed a hopeless battle.
But I was determined to keep trying.
This past Sunday I made a meatball that surpassed all prior attempts...a meatball to which my Husband has bestowed the ULTIMATE honor. "Better than my Mom's".
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Finally.

It is a prep you probably haven't seen/used before-but it's what worked for me.

Meatballs (adapted from Jfolse)

1lb ground beef (80/20)
1lb ground pork
6 eggs
1 cup minced onion
1 cup minced celery
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
1/4 cup chopped basil
6 slices bread (I had honey 7 grain wheat)

Creamed spinach and peas

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I'm no Popeye. Nope, can't do the straight spinach thing. I can do it in a cheesy dip with artichokes, I can do it snuck into a lasagna, heck, I can even blend it into a smoothie (Green Monsters!). And I'm the same way with peas. Just can't do them on their own. My old boss told me that "no good food is green"-he was even opposed to green jello. That's how hardcore he was. But I went through my freezer the other day and there was ALOT of green. My feeble attempt at healthy eating and incorporating more veggies into our meals staring blankly at me in the frozen tundra.
Last night's dinner needed something green...it was roast, with mashed potatoes. It needed another veggie...or at least I thought it needed another.

So..I took looked up creamed peas...I know that I've heard of it..couldn't find what I was looking for. And I had 4 bags of peas in the freezer. Then I looked up creamed spinach and it let me to The Pioneer Woman (who is awesome, as…

Homemade Ricotta

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I wanted something sweet after dinner...but nothing too sweet..I wanted something creamy...and I happened to have some homemade ricotta..so I slapped it on a One-Hour Roll with some blackberry jam. Yum.

I've got lasagna cupcakes on the menu this week (SO excited! Stay tuned!)-and the other day at the grocery I got the stuff I needed...I thought...I got home and had forgotten the ricotta.  Our local grocery is really just a bread and milk stop...and ricotta (which isn't cheap anyway) is generally 75 cents to a dollar more expensive. Thanks Rural Living!  *sigh* So I decided to channel my inner Donna Reed and just do it myself. I'd seen it done on tv. My Dad makes cheese from goat's milk (way better than commercial cheese)-so it CAN be done.

I'm never buying ricotta again. Making it at home you can control alot of things...the amount of moisture (do you want a looser, creamier, cheese or a tighter, spreadable, cheese) and salt content. And in a life where I generally…

Sweet potato jalapeno cornbread

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This stuff right here...yeah. Delicious. As in truly, lovely, divine.
I'll admit, it made me make inappropriate mouth noises. I couldn't help it. They were completely involuntary...but they came out anyway. In akward..mmmmmms, and ooohs, and maybe even a couple of oh yeeaaahs.

It paired perfectly with the ham I'd roasted and the mashed potatoes for dinner last night. It's got the sweetness and orange-ness of fall (which is upon us-yay!!), and the subtle spice and warmth of the peppers and cumin.


Sweet Potato Jalapeno Cornbread (adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen)
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp cajun seasoning
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 packet instant mashed sweet potatoes (cooked and cooled)
6 jalapeno peppers-seeded and diced finely
2 eggs
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup olive oil

Oven at 400
Grease an 8x8 pan
Whisk together dry ingredients
Combine wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
Then com…

Italian Style Mac and Beef

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Ok, I know, I KNOW there isn't much appetizing about this picture. Well..maybe the clementines in the background? But this dinner was super easy, very fast, and the children INHALED it.
And it's from my new favorite cookbook...seriously 101 different recipes using mac and cheese. There is even a cake recipe in there. I kid you not!

Italian Style Mac and Beef (adapted from here)
1lb ground beef
1/2 onion-chopped
1 container sliced mushrooms
1 cup water
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1 box mac and cheese

Brown the beef, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until soft. Add water, spaghetti sauce, and cheese packet, stir. Bring to a simmer-add macaroni noodles, then simmer for 7 minutes or until noodles are done.

No really..that's it. And even though pictures don't do it justice...it's really good. And when the kids are eating it and asking for more and more...I'm not gonna complain!

CJane's 30 day bran muffins

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I won't go into in this post how much I love CJane. I won't go into depth on how I look forward to her blog daily. How she makes me laugh. How her vlog is the one of my favorite parts of the week. I truly think that if we lived closer, we'd be the best of friends. She'd bring her kids over and they'd play with mine, she'd gently chide me for my coffee habit (since Mormons generally don't drink coffee), and we'd go shopping for muu-muus. But since we do live so far away, and since our friendship is basically just in my head, I have to settle for these muffins. These muffins which she touted are 30 day muffins because that is "how long the covered batter can last in your fridge without going gloopy, glopy, or sprinkled with blackish green bumps." And with that phrase alone simultaneously made me pee my pants and challenged me culinarily. Now, we're addicted to them. These muffins are good. They are chock full of good for you bran and fiber (…