So we have been trying to get the house picked up and cleaned up from all we have let go recently. We were busy much of the day at church, then came home and began working. All of a sudden, it was almost 6 pm. That is late for me to realize that I have not begun dinner. Add to it that we really need a grocery run. Illness recently has prevented it but we did have a few little things and so I threw them together. Easy and quick dinner.
1 – 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (or any ground meat)
1/2 red bell pepper, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, minced
3/4 c cooked rice (I had this leftover so I tossed it in)
salt, pepper, garlic granules, chili powder – to taste (sorry but I just eyeballed it)
Mix it all real well. Divide into balls that fill a well in a muffin tin. Grease the wells of the tin beforehand. Cook in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. If you are using a mini muffin tin, you will want to reduce the cook time.
We added some steamed broccoli and some corn, along with homemade bread for a complete meal. It was on the table in about 35 minutes from when I looked up. And all that was left was in this picture. I had 18 of these to begin with!
Several years ago, the girls’ grandpa bought a smores pizza while we were visiting. Miss L thought it was THE. BEST. THING. EVER. No discussion. She has remained adamant since that smores pizza the best and it is extremely high on her list of favorite foods. Once in a while, we make one just for fun. They are simple and yummy and the girls adore this special treat with special memories.
So, your recipe is basically this:
1 recipe of your favorite sugar cookie dough
1 – 1 1/2 C of your favorite brand/flavor chocolate chips (we used a combo of semi sweet and milk chocolate)
1 1/2 C of mini marshmallows
Spread the cookie dough into a 9 x 13 pan with a rim. Don’t get it too thick. We made our dough and it made a bit too much so we were also able to do a 9 x 9 pan. Cook it according to directions. When you take it out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over it and put it back in for 30 seconds or so. Pull it out and use a spatula to spread the chocolate around. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top. Stick it in the oven again and watch to see them puff up really cute and fun. When they are good and puffy, pull it out and spread the marshmallow as best you can. This is difficult to do but it doesn’t have to be lovely. Just yummy. Cut and enjoy.
We also made a 9 x 9 pan and tried it with cinnamon chips, which you can sometimes find in the baking aisle. I watch for them because they aren’t there all year round. They didn’t spread as well as the chocolate did but it worked okay.
This is late so it may show up as Tuesday. Oh well. Life happens, right?
A couple of days ago we had not yet gone to the grocery store but I knew that tortillas would go great with our lunch of 15 bean soup. So, I pulled Miss E into the kitchen and had her make my grandmother’s tortilla recipe. It was a quick and fun way to prep lunch together and there were several stories to tell about eating these yummy tortillas when I was growing up.
The recipe is simple but the tortillas are nothing like you expect from a store. These are thicker, chewier (it’s a good thing, believe me!), and much more filling than the thin tortillas that are store bought.
Miss E mixed up the dough and then split it into balls. She then rolled each ball out as thin as she could get it. We cook these on an electric griddle that fits four at a time.
We enjoyed them with our soup and then with some butter and honey for dessert. YUM!
- 4 C flour
- 6 T powdered milk
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 1/2 t salt
- 3 T shortening
- 1 C warm water
Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients and then add the water. This will make a softish dough but dry enough to roll out. Separate into 16-20 balls and roll as thin as you can on a floured surface. Cook on a hot, dry griddle. I used an electric griddle on 400 degrees. Cook until the side has some brown spots but not burned. Turn over and do the same.
Last week, I shared a recipe on the blog of a friend for Cranberry-Peach Relish. It was something we came up with a while back but was able to use the recipe to help her out in the weeks after the new addition to their family. Please head over to Thou Shalt Not Whine for this yummy, easy recipe that is refreshing all year round.
So I don’t really know what you would call this but we experimented this evening and liked our results. You might call this fried cheese but we chose to call them cheese fritters. Don’t ask why because I don’t know! It just popped out.
Miss J loved these and is the chef of the hour again.
Truly, all we did was put some grated mozzarella on the griddle which was heated to about 300 and let it brown. When the edges were a dark brown but not burnt we turned them over. If it started folding up and smooshing together, we figured out it was too early to turn them. We let the brown on the other side and then took them off. Once they were a bit cooled, they were perfect for eating.
So, if you are a cheese fan or have one in the house, these are probably the most simple things we have made in a long time. And, as a bonus, they were yummy!
Miss J enjoys learning about doing anything in the kitchen. Recently, we have watched a kids’ baking show on Netflix. This really upped her interested. So, this morning when she asked for donuts for breakfast, guess who made them?
We used the recipe that is the favorite of our family. (Here’s the post with the link to the Family Fun recipe.) But she did the recipe reading, the measuring, the cooking, and the decorating. I acted as the assistant and got out, put away, and cleaned up after the baker. It was fun and she really enjoyed her breakfast. She did, however, need a shower afterwards since decorating can be such all-involving work and leave streaks of icing across your face and in your hair. 🙂
Miss E is quite the cook when she chooses to be. One of her favorite things to make is Honey’s chocolate pie. Named after her great-grandmother, this is a family favorite. She has also begun making it for potluck dinners at church. She made one yesterday for church and it was gone before I got to the dessert table.
Want to make it yourself, now that you have drooled over the computer keyboard?
Here’s the recipe –
- 1 prepared pie crust (this can be a baked pastry crust or a graham cracker crust – both are good)
- 4 T flour
- 1 C sugar
- 4 T cocoa powder
- 2 egg yolks
- dash of salt
- 2 C milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp butter
In a pot, combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, salt and milk. After stirring the eggs and milk together well, add it to the dry ingredients in the pot. Cook it on the stove top over medium or medium high heat. Stir constantly until it thickens. Put in the vanilla and butter. Stir. Let it cool. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Refrigerate until serving. Add whipped cream (Cool Whip) and chocolate curl garnishes if desired prior to serving.
Enjoy this yummy, super-simple treat.