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Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

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Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

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Pizza Mac N Cheese

So you’ve probably seen the macaroni and cheese pizzas but my kids, more like my 5 year old, wanted something different. This is what we came up with.

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 c. Spaghetti sauce (or pizza sauce)
  • 1 pack pepperonis
  • 1-2 c. Shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare macaroni according to box.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Spread the prepared macaroni in the greased pan.

Top with sauce.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Layer pepperonis on top.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Broil for 2-3 minutes if you want a crispy top.

Enjoy!

Serve with a salad and rolls to make a meal.

Sneak Peek: November 14, 2017

Below is a sneak peak at some of my upcoming blog posts.

Stay tuned for some more exciting things to come as well!

Have a blessed day!

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

This recipe is fairly simply and easy to put together. You could leave off the French Fried Onions if you like. I might also try it with some shredded cheese the next time I make it.

If you don’t have an oven proof skillet you could transfer the meat mixture to a 9×13 greased casserole dish and bake.

** I have been informed that is technically a ‘Cottage Pie’ as it does not contain lamb… but you could make this with ground lamb if you like.

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 c. Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1-2 T. olive oil (optional)
  • 2 T.  all purpose flour
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pack Lipton dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 t. dry mustard
  • 1 can of mixed vegetables, corn, or green beans, drained (or use 1-2 c. steamed veggies)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. French’s Fried Onions (optional)
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese (optional)
  • parsley (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350

Brown the hamburger in an oven proof skillet. Drain the grease and rinse, if desired. If you drain the grease you may wish to add olive oil.

Add the flour to the cooked hamburger and heat on low for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the soup, dry soup mix, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, water, and mustard. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat.

Smooth the meat mixture into a layer. Top with the drained veggies. Then spread the mashed potatoes over everything and smooth out to the edges.

Top with the French’s Onions and/or the cheese. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are lightly browned.

Serve HOT!

 

 

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

This is the crockpot version of one of my favorite recipes. I got this recipe from a church dinner. Serve with mashed potatoes and rolls.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

Ingredients:

1 lb ground hamburger, or ground turkey, browned

1-10 or 12 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables, steamed

1 can tomato soup

1 pack onion soup mix, optional

1-2 c. shredded cheese, I usually use cheddar

Directions:

Place the browned ground beef in a crockpot.

Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese.

Cook on low 2-3 hours on low or 1-2 hours on high.

Top with shredded cheese.

Cook 10-20 minutes until cheese melts.

Set to low until ready to serve.

Markdown Meals: Chicken Salad on Croissants

I have been doing a lot of grocery shopping at Walmart just because it is so close to me. Normally I really dislike Walmart and if there was another grocery store closer to me then I’d probably go there but right now Walmart it is.

I happened to pass by the deli section and found these rotisserie chickens marked down to $2.01! I’m not sure what they normally sell for but I grabbed two of them. One Traditional and one Lemon Pepper. I had also snagged a package of mini croissants on the mark down cart for less than $3.00.

Today I used the traditional chicken to make Super Easy Chicken Salad croissants. I served these with some cherry tomatoes on the side for a quick lunch.

Here is the recipe:

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or use 2-3 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 T. Pickle relish (optional)
  • onion, chopped (optional)
  • raisins, chopped apples, chopped nuts or whatever other add-ins you might like (optional)

Directions:

Mix everything together in a bowl. Season to taste. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, in a croissant, or on toast.

It was so simple and so good! You could use whatever seasoned chicken you prefer.

This is just one example of a quick, easy, and delicious meal that you can make on a budget. I spent less that $8.00 for the meal and it fed myself and 6 kids.

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June 18 – 24, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Alice Springs ChickenBaked Potatoes Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers/Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Bacon Wrapped Pork TenderloinMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets,  Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, Fruit

Lunch:

Soup (probably leftover soup), grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Crunchy ChickenMashed Potatoes, Cheesy Squash Casserole

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

June 11 – 17, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, Jelly Toast

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Toast/Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

45 minute spaghetti sauce w/noodles, SaladCheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Tater Tot Casserole, veggies

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Shredded Beef, tortillas, rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Salmon PattiesMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bagels, Cream Cheese, Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Cheddar Chicken,  Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert

Someone passed this recipe to me a while back. I’m not sure where it originally came from but it is so rich I only make it every now and then.

Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 13×9 pan of brownies, cooled
  • 26 oz mini peanut butter cups
  • 4 c. milk
  • 2 packs instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 4 t. vanilla
  • 2 – 8 oz packs frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

Cut peanut butter cups in halves. (Save 1/3 c. for garnish.)

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes.

Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well.

Fold in 1-1/2 packs whipped topping.

Place one third of the brownies in a large glass bowl.

Top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups.

Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top.

Repeat layers twice.

Cover with remaining whipped topping.

Sprinkle with reserved peanut butter cups.

Refrigerate until chilled