Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sausage Zucchini Boats

My sister Tayler had recently made some Mexican Zucchini Boats and said how amazing they were, so it got me thinking.  I thought about it for a couple weeks and this is what I came up with.  It was a huge hit at my house and refreshing to have something a little different for dinner.
Sausage Zucchini Boats
1 lb sausage
1/4 cup diced onion
1-2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 small Zucchini

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cut Zucchini in half horizontally and hollow out the middle of each strip.
Dice up the Zucchini that you hollowed out and set aside.
Place your Zucchini boats in a casserole dish and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Brown sausage and onion in a pan.  Add diced Zucchini flesh, garlic and tomatoes.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked and veggies are soft.
Remove from heat. Spoon meat mixture into the Zucchini boats.
Sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella .
Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Garlic Cheese Waffle Biscuits

One night I needed some garlic bread to add to a pasta meal I was serving for dinner.  I was out of bread but found a tube of biscuit in my fridge and started thinking.   It was a hot day so I decided to get out the waffle iron and these beauties were created:

Garlic Cheese Waffle Biscuits
Canned bicuits
String Cheese or Mozzarella cheese cut into small chunks
garlic (or garlic salt)
Parmesan Cheese

Melt about a Tablespoon of butter with a 1/2-1 teaspoon of minced garlic - Set aside
Heat waffle iron and spray with cooking spray.
Cut cheese into pieces about 1/2 inch slices.
Flatten biscuits, place cheese inside the biscuits and wrap the dough around the cheese sealing it.
Place in waffle iron and close the lid.  Do not force it shut.

Wait a couple minutes (check on them)  
I used my green light indicator on the waffle iron.
Once they are golden brown, remove and brush with the garlic butter.
I have made these several times and they are always a hit.
Both of my college kids have called asking for the details.
It is so quick and simple.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Perfect Salad Spinner

A few years ago my friend invited me over to lunch and served the best tasting salad I think I had ever had.  The lettuce was crisp, tasted fresh and was just perfect in the salad.  I asked her what her secret was and she pulled out something I was unfamiliar with..... a SALAD SPINNER.  I was instantly hooked and have been through several of them since then.  Each have been good, but have had some limitations until recently I got this one:

It is the QUICK DRY SALAD SPINNER made by Cave Tools.
It is AMAZING!!!

You can rinse, dry and serve all in the same bowl.
It is lightweight, but sturdy.  I love the locking lid with the drain built right in.
I rinsed my lettuce, then turned the nob a few times to spin it (to which my daughter commented on how fun that looked) and then I poured our the remaining water which was not much and the result was amazing.
This was lettuce we were using for tacos and it was crisp and not one bit watery. It was perfect.
I love that you can also use this to clean other veggies, fruit and pasta.  The locking handle makes it easy to lock and unlock.  Clean up is made easy since the whole thing is dishwasher safe. 
I am in LOVE with this spinner.

You can purchase it on the Cave Tools Website here

Cave Tools is offering my readers 15% off by using the code: SALAD15

You can also find it on here on Amazon and it is on Prime so if you are a member you could get free shipping.

This is the best spinner I have used and can't wait to use it often!



Disclosure: I was given the salad spinner by Cave Tools.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Easy Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

We have been having record high temperatures for our area.  So at almost 100 degrees I was craving soup.  This certainly filled the craving and was perfect for the lack of groceries in the house.  It was pure deliciousness and even better for lunch the next day.

Easy Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup diced onion
2-3 celery stalks, diced
3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups cream or half n half
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
shredded cheese

Place potatoes, garlic, onion, celery in the crockpot and pour the broth over the top.  Add salt and pepper and stir to mix.  Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours or until the potatoes are cooked. Then add the cream and 1/2 cup bacon to the soup. Stir and cook until soup is hot.
Serve with the rest of the bacon bits and shredded cheese.

*I was lacking one potato, so I added about a cup of tater tots as a substitute and they worked awesome!

Easy and delicious!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Simply Square Sliders

As a single full time working mom who doesn't get home until around 7:00 pm each night  I have found dinner to be a huge challenge.  It takes planning and simplifying to get the kids fed quickly and to be able to put something decent on the table.  I hope to share some of the quick delicious meals that have become a staple in our house.  This first one is so easy and delicious that no one believes it when I tell them I am making sliders for dinner.  It is 30 minutes from start to the table.  The kids love them and bonus they freeze well.

Simply Square Sliders
Makes about 24 sliders

2 pounds ground beef
1 Tablespoon dehydrated onions
seasoning salt
slider buns or rolls

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour the onions in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish and spread evenly. 
Add the ground beef to the pan and pat it down evenly into one big patty. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper (whatever you like to use to season hamburger)  
Bake for 20 minutes.  Then remove from the oven and drain off as much grease and water as you can. I usually pat the top with a paper towel to remove as much grease as possible.
Add cheese to the top and put back in the oven.  Just until cheese melts.
Remove from oven cut into squares and put on your buns.
Serve with your favorite condiments and burger fixings.
We add pickles and tomatoes.
Sometimes I will cook up bacon and break it into little pieces. 



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crock Pot London Broil and Gravy

A few weeks ago London Broil was on sale.  I figured it would be great on the grill. The weather had a different idea.  The day I decided to make it a strong storm decided to rage outside so I had to go with another option.  It was simple and turned out delicious.  This recipe is a keeper.

Crock Pot London Broil and Gravy
from I'm Luving This Life

London Broil
2 packets brown gravy mix
2 cups beef broth
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 teaspoon pepper

Place London Broil in the crock pot and pour the rest of the ingredients on top.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring and turning the meat a few times.  When meat is cooked remove and slice into thin pieces.  While you are slicing the meat check your gravy.  I added 1 Tablespoon corn starch mixed with a little water to the gravy mixture to thicken it up a bit.  Return meat to crock pot, stir and heat until gravy is desired consistency.  We ate it over mashed potatoes, but would be good alone, as a hot sandwich or there are so many options.  It is delicious.  My kids kept stealing pieces as I was cutting it up.



Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vive Blood Pressure Monitor: The Little Machine That Does BIG Things.

High blood pressure runs in my family. I've had several family members have serious health issues and some lose their life because of it.  Over the years my blood pressure continued to rise.  Finally, a few years ago I gave in and started taking medication to control it.  The last couple years I have introduced regular exercise and trying to eat better into my life (running has kind of become an addiction).
It has aided in the lowering of the dose of medication I need to take.  The past summer the doctor attempted to take me off of the medication due to my very active lifestyle. but my blood pressure shot right back up.  It turns out it is genetics.  As soon as I went back on the medication it was right back where it should be.  Due to this factor it is important that I keep it monitored. Can't let it get high and I need to watch that it does not get too low (that has happened also).  That is where this great little machine that does big things comes in.

It is a portable device that allows you to accurately track blood pressure from the comfort of home. It features a two user functionality and a 500 combined measurement memory. Measures systolic blood pressure (the pressure in blood vessels when the heart is beating), diastolic blood pressure (the pressure in blood vessels when the heart is resting between beats), and pulse rate (in beats per minute). 
It will also detect and alert you of irregular heartbeats and comes with a 2 year warranty.
My life is so busy that I was rarely checking my blood pressure as often as I should.  I was having to check it at the store and usually I didn't want to wait or I just wanted to get out of the store.  The Vive Blood Pressure Monitor has taken all my excuses away.  It is simple, quick and easy to store.  I  can check it with ease on a regular basis and I love that it will store my readings. 
So if you are like me and need to keep an eye on your or a family member's blood pressure,
You can check it out and order HERE.
It is a great little machine that does big things to help you monitor your blood pressure in order to keep it in a healthy range!
Here's to striving to be the best you!

Disclosure:  I was given the blood pressure monitor as a gift. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.


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