Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beef Porcupines

Because, how could I not include a recipe with a name like this?!


Gather the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Form into small meat balls and place in hot oil.

Brown the meat balls, turning frequently.

Add the sauce and water and mix well.

This is what the looked like when they were finished.

They tasted great!  I actually found this recipe all over the internet (many different takes on the sauce) and many people served them with mashed potatoes.  I cooked up a few roasted potatoes, but they are totally not necessary with all that rice.  I would have taken a picture of my plate, but they looked better in the pan!


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup rice (I did NOT use instant)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
2 T oil
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce (I used a 13oz box of chopped tomatoes with basil - that's all I had)
1 cup water

Mix beef, rice, onions and seasonings.  Form into small meatballs.  Brown in hot oil, turning frequently.  Add tomato sauce and water.  Mix well.  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Grandma's recipe says it serves four.  I used just over one pound of ground beef and five of us had it for dinner and there were leftovers.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

I really was going to try to hold off on decorating until after Thanksgiving, but I just can't!  Yesterday I started on the sun porch.  It was a miserable HUMID cloudy rainy 66 degree day, so it wasn't feeling much like Christmas, but I kept at it.

I changed the chalkboard.

I brought up the tree.  The sun porch tree, that is.  This is not THE tree.  That one will come later.  

I got out all the red and white decorations.

And wouldn't you know it?  I need more!!  :)

Next up, checking, replacing, repairing all the lights.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apple Dessert

Today starts a new round of Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.  For this round, I'm going to try a new recipe each week.

This one comes from a collection of recipes I have from my grandmother on my dad's side.  This is from one of her relatives.  Her aunt? sister? cousin?  I'm not sure.

NORWEGIAN PIE  I know.  We're on the letter "A", but I've been wanting to try this recipe and there are Apples in it!

I had to run to the store for baking powder and apples.

I had a helper join me for part of the pie making.

The dough was thick and I actually ended up using my hands!

Also had to run to the store for ice cream!

First recipe = success!  I don't know why it's called "pie".  It was more like a giant cookie, but it was excellent!  I might be the only one that thinks so.  The kids didn't try it and Mike wasn't so sure about it.  I think he was expecting ACTUAL pie!  More for me!  :D

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Friday, November 14, 2014

How Many Days 'til Christmas?!

Anyone else as excited about Christmas time as I am??  I love this time of year.  I'm TRYING to hold out on decorating until Thanksgiving weekend.  I'm trying to enjoy this season for a bit before diving right in to Christmas.  I can't help but listen to Christmas music though.

I listen when I'm upstairs in the kitchen.  When I'm painting the dressers for our room.  When I'm working on crafts.  When I'm in the car.  

I can't wait to start decorating!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

do it Yourself

Earlier this week I brought all the pumpkins in from the front porch.  (That is, all but the three Jack-o-Lanterns someone stole!)

 {Here are six of the eight sugar pumpkins we grew this year}

I cleaned them up, cut them in quarters and threw them in the oven for a bit.

I ended up with 16 cups of pureed pumpkin.

I'm so excited not to have to buy any canned pumpkin this year.  I can't wait to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin....

I threw away the seeds from the first three pumpkins I baked and felt like I'd just thrown away good food.  I cleaned, seasoned and baked the seeds from the second three for a snack.  They didn't turn out as good as I'd hoped, but, hey - Free snack!

I love that all this was free.  I saved the seeds from pumpkins last year to plant in the garden this year, so I didn't even have to buy the seeds.  I love having a huge collection of food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves that we grew or bought from local farms.  It's almost hard to part with it!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Day 31

First ever family themed Halloween.  I think even the boys are excited about trying it again next year!
It was a lot of work though...We'll just have to start earlier next year!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Off With Their Heads!

Day 29

MORE sewing!  Today I started with two thrift store skirts, cut them up and sewed them into one new skirt.

Then I cut a WalMart flat sheet ($4.97!) into strips and sewed it all around the edge of the new skirt.

I used the lining from the black skirt and painted on yellow stripes.

The painted piece will be sewed to the front center of the skirt.  It will have to wait till tomorrow though.  Sewing + tired does not usually work out!

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