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What is that green stuff?

So like most children in America it can be hard to get them to eat foods that might be good for them. In a world where parents try harder and harder to be a childs friend instead of well…. parent they cave and give a child whatever they want instead of teaching them to eat things they should. I of course would love to say my children are not picky in any way and eat and like anything I put in front of them but that would be a half lie. They do eat what I serve them but if they don’t like it they don’t ave to ask for seconds. I totally get catering to what you know your child will eat with out a fight but I am not for fixing my 4 year old Kraft mac and cheese and  my 8 year old the 5 foot subway sub every night while Hubby and I eat something different. So when i saw RR take my fav thanksgiving traditions and turn it in to mac and cheese. I was so inspired. So here is what came out of all this jabbering.

Spinach and artichoke mac and cheese with bacon.

6-8 slices of bacon

1lb of tube pasta

2 tbs of butter

3 tbs of flour

half and onion chopped

2 cloves of minced garlic

salt and pepper.

a few grates of fresh or like 1/8 tsp of nutmeg.

10 oz ( or one box) frozen chopped spinach  defrosted and wrung dry

1 can or one box of frozen quartered artichoke hearts ( I cut mine a little more)

2 1/2 cups of cheese ( I chose Smoked fontina. I think a smoked cheese is great in this.)  reserve a bit for the top

2 cups of milk

1 cup of  chicken stock.

Directions

Get your pasta going in a LARGE pot of salted water. Dont let them over cook. You want them to keep their shape. So take one out at about 8 min and taste the bite. to chewy go another like 2 min. Strain it and set aside.

Chop up your bacon and toss it in another pot and let it cook up. Pull it out when almost all the pieces look done. Place it on some paper towels to get rid of some of the grease. Pour almost all  the bacon fat out of your pan leave about 2 Tbs. If you are like me I poured all of it out in to a coffee mug and measured 2 tbs back in to the pan.

To the bacon fat and your butter on med heat till melted then add your onion and garlic and cook till soft with salt and pepper. When the onions are soft sprinkle in your flour and cook that up till it smells kind of nutty. Not crazy… nutty. You know what I mean. Constantly whisking, slowly add your chicken stock and let it thicken up. Then add half your milk, still whisking, let that thicken up add the rest of your milk and keep whisking till it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Sprinkle in your spinach and artichokes. Add your nutmeg and bacon and stir to coat.

Add 2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir to  just combined.

spray a baking dish with  non stick spray ( unless you don’t mind scrubbing cheese off your pans.)and pour the noodles in. Then top the noodles with  the cheese sauce and careful mix the noodles and sauce together. Top with your reserved cheese and put it under the broiler to make it all bubbly. Pull it  out let it cool and enjoy. I would say with some garlic bread or those knots I was supposed to post a couple months ago. Sorry :/

Any way I can get my guys to eat almost anything if I put bacon in it and smother it with cheese. I love that this is kind of a rounded meal in a bowl. I should have used whole grain pasta but I didn’t have any in my cupboard. Let me know what you think. I miss you guys. I hope I still have at least one reader.

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Happy mom = a better world for all.

what do you get when you combined a box of pancake mix, a 2 lb box of strawberries and whipped cream? A happy momma!

the night before chop up your straw berries and mix them with a 1/2 cup of sugar.  cover and pu tin the fridge  till
morning.

Make your batter as per the box instructions for waffles.

I happen to have a hand me down  cheap belgian waffle iron soo I am lucky.

Spray your iron with no stick spray. I dont care if it says it is non stick they will stick if you dont spray it.  Ok fine dont spray it see what happens. I don’t care.  they are your waffles. I pour about a cup of batter in to my iron, close it and let it go for  FULL 5 min. NO PEEKING! if your waffle iron is stil letting steam out after 5 min give it another min or 2 to  let the steam calm down. Not to much though or you will have burnt waffles. Blah

Ok waffles are done take them out of the iron put them on a plate and top with 2 scoops or strawberries and some whipped cream.  the only thing that could make this better would be some bacon. YUM!

Now i know you are saying ” wth sd2cb? i know how to make waffles! what do you think i am an idiot?” No I don’t. I think that some people  *cough* my husband *cough* are very uhm… brainy… and need very detailed instructions on doing simple things… even though i doubt any dudes read this blog maybe a few women need that type of instruction. either way there it is… now go to goodwill or salvation army and find your self a poor lonely unwanted waffle iron… i think that’s where my mom got the one she gave me. stop looking at the waffle picture and go!!!!

Blessings!

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Pelmeni a.k.a. yummy meat stuffed dough.

So I always have a storage of ground beef in my freezer. I wanted to make something new for dinner. Something other then tacos or burritos or meatloaf ya know? so I googled “ground beef filled….” then i got this.  They are Russian yummies.  I am rambling.  I am not Russian in heritage ( that i know of) but my husband is. they eat a dish called veraniki  in his house  growing up. So he wanted  to try pelmeni. After much research on pelmeni i came up with this combo.

Dough

2cups of flour (start with 2 you might need more depending)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of water or milk

1/2 tsp of  salt

Mix the flour, eggs, water or milk and the salt. Let the dough rest 30 min to 1 hour and make the filling.

Filling

1lb of ground meat ( I used all beef but most of the recipes i saw used 1/3 ground pork and 2/3 ground beef)

1 carrot diced very very fine you could even shred it

1 medium onion diced.

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 tsp of black pepper

2 tsp salt

I cooked the carrot with the onion and salt and pepper. Then I added the garlic at the last minute. Let that cool a little then mix it with the uncooked meat. Add more 1tsp of salt and pepper to the meat mix too.

Roll out the dough thin ( no not paper but thin) You will need more flour it will try to stick to your table or counter. then cut out as many circle as you can ( I used an empty green bean can they say it is the perfect size). fill each little circle with a tsp of meat filling. Lightly touch the edge of the dough circle with a finger dipped in water and seal the whole baby up. Make sure you do it good so they dont pop open in the broth.

Broth

1 box of beef stock and an equal portion of water

2 bay leaves

a handful of peppercorns

Bring this mix to a low boil and add 6-7  pelmeni let em boil for 8 min. take em out with a slotted spoon. and place them in a very low oven while you finish the others.

You can eat these with their broth or with sour cream. Some people say soy sauce or mustard or vinegar but… thats not for me.  Also shots of Vodka are good with these.  🙂

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J.O.B. Taco salad

In my family we make taco salad. no not that crap in a taco bowl. This is salad in a bowl.  Ok here is it.

Cook up 1.5 – 2lbs of ground beef  with salt and pepper.

Get bag of iceburg salad mix stuff the one with cabage and carrots.

2 tomatos

2 ripe avocados

a cup of cheddar

nacho cheese doritos

and some ranch dressing

Pile some salad in your bowl top with a scoop of meat a sprinkling of cheese some diced tomato and dice avocado. crumble some chips on top and  add some ranch. YUM. I cant wait to eat it. Now this is a top secret family recipe.  please dont share it with to many folks. And yes you may say “EW sd2cb that sounds gross…” but it is good and can be healthy if you make.

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peach cobbler and roasted garlic…. not together…

So when husband and I 1st got married he would talk about how much he loved peach cobbler and how his mom used to make it for him. blah blah blah. I broke down and hustled the lady for her recipe. here it is.

M.I.L. peach cobbler.

1/2 Cup sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

1 Tbls cornstarch

1/4 tsp cinnamon

4 Cups sliced peaches

1 Cup flour

3 Tbls shortening

1 Tbls sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 Cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch and cinnamon in 2 qt. sauce pan. Stir in peaches and lemon juice. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Pour into ungreased 2 qt. casserole; keep peach mixture hot in oven.

Cut shortening into flour, 1 tbls sugar, baking powder and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk. Drop dough by 6 spoonfuls onto hot peach mixture. Bake until topping is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream!

I made this again tonight. It is so good and so simple and easy.  I use frozen peaches ( defrosted of course) But I have used canned and it turns out just as good.

I also made some devilishly good roasted garlic smashed potatoes.

step one chop  the top of the garlic off. About a quarter of an inch in to the cloves.  wrap the whole thing in foil and bake at 400° for 30 min or until squishy. I do not recommend doing this at the same time your cobbler is cooking. you risk having garlicky peach cobbler. Uhm thats not yummy.

When i t is cool enough to handle squeeze the goodness out of the whole massive garlic then smash into some taters. MMM Oh add butter and milk… and whatever else you like in your taters. Ova heeya we like a little cream cheese. mmmm i think i am hungry again and need to go eat some left overs.

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