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Green Smoothies


As of late I have been enjoying some “Green Smoothies”.  It is a great way to get fruits and vegetables in your day and feel satisfied as well.  I like to have my green smoothie mid-morning.  

Here is the recipe that I have been using:


1/4 cup shredded carrots

1 cup fresh, organic spinach (look out Popeye)

1 small orange (or 1/2 if  a large orange) peeled

1 small apple (cored and chopped – no need to peel

1/2 small cucumber (those Persian kind – but I found these at Costco and they almost look like pickles.  They are so small I put two in. ) Cut off the ends and cut into large chunks.  No need to peel.

1/2 banana

1 cup frozen mangos

a little water to ease in blending

IMG_20130623_093427_784Once you have everything in the blender – start her up.  After everything looks like it is starting to blend, put the blender on for 2 minutes.

IMG_20130623_093526_677The 2 minute time factor is very important as it really takes time to blend all the ingredients fully.  Besides – who wants to have a smoothie and end up with spinach in their teeth.

Enjoy!!!!!!! If you make this smoothie I would love to hear how you like it.

Weekly Menu for the Week of June 24 – 28

At long last I am again posting menus on the blog.  I have been keeping to this routine all along, but have not posted them here in a while.  Saturday and Sunday the boys cook – usually BBQ – that leaves the week to me.  So here is what is cooking at my Haus!

Monday: Cashew Chicken, rice, and green beans

Tuesday: Sloppy Joes on bun, chips, cucumber slices

Wednesday: Stuffed Shells and a green salad

Thursday:  Green Chile and Chicken Enchiladas, rice and refried beans

Friday: Hobo Hamburgers (a complete meal in a foil pouch made in the crockpot)

As always, I will post the menus as I make them in case you find something here you like and may want to try.  If you do try something – let me know what you think.  Happy Cooking!

Chuck Wagon Mac

If you are looking for an easy – yet kid friendly – meal then look no further.  Chuck Wagon Mac is actually a recipe from the back of the Kraft Mac n’ Cheese box from many, many years ago with a few alterations.  The great thing about cooking yourself is you can add what you like and leave out what you don’t. 🙂


1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bell pepper – which ever color you like – mine was orange

1 small onion chopped

I box Mac n’ Cheese

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

1 can corn

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

a dash of Cayenne Pepper



Place the ground beef in a pan and start to brown.  Add the bell pepper, celery, and onion and continue to stir occasionally until vegetables are softened and the meat is brown.



In the meantime start making the Mac n’ Cheese according to the package instructions.  While the Pasta is cooking, add the tomato paste and the tomato sauce to the meat mixture.  I also add about 1/2 can of water as well.



Add salt, pepper and the remaining spices to the sauce and let it simmer.  After about 10 minutes, add the drained can of corn.

2013-03-20_16-53-09_207Here is my Mac n’ Cheese – ready to be added to the sauce.

2013-03-20_16-55-52_881Once you have added the Mac n’ Cheese give everything a good stir to combine and the meal is ready to eat.  Easy enough and tasty too!




Menu for the Week: March 4 – March 8

Here is whats cooking at my Haus this week….

Monday: Kielbasa Sausage, mashed potatoes and dressing (my husband felt like having Thanksgiving dinner this weekend and made a turkey roast with all the trimmings so that is why the mashed potatoes and dressing as sides.  He cooks on the weekend so I don’t complain. 🙂

Tuesday:  I have a board meeting to attend so the boys will be having leftovers

Wednesday: Easy Chicken Alfredo, Tortellini, green salad

Thursday: Meatball Sandwiches, side salad

Friday: Hawaiian Pizza

I will post the recipes as I make them – hope you have a great week!  If you ever try any of my recipes, let me know how they turn out and what you think.

Chocolate and Recess Chip Donughts

2013-02-24_08-34-46_70Last weekend my son woke up with a craving for doughnuts.  He has such a sweet tooth that he even asked for this mini doughnut maker for Christmas a few years ago.

2013-02-24_08-59-42_858We have definitely got our use out of this gift as we have made doughnuts several times.  It makes 6 mini doughnuts at a time and they take about 5 minutes.  This time we used a recipe  I found on the Boomtown Sisters Blog. You can find the recipe here. We did not have any Cinnamon Chips on hand (actually I have never heard of them before) so we used mini chocolate chips and recess chips instead.  They turned out really good and we had enough for breakfast and for snacks the next few days.

Making my own doughnuts is not something I ever really though of doing, but with this nifty gadget it is really no problem at all!


This is a very simple, yet delicious recipe that is perfect comfort food.  I served it tonight with mashed potatoes and corn.


1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

1/2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon ketchup

dash of pepper



Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place all ingredients into a mediums size bowl and use a fork/or hands to mix until combined.

2013-02-19_15-23-43_835Once combined, form into a loaf and place in a covered baking dish.  Mine is from Pampered Chef and does not require any greasing.  I would recommend spraying your covered baker with cooking spray.


Place in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes until brown and crispy on the  outside and no longer pink on the inside. I forgot to take a picture of the completed meatloaf.  I will try to post a picture the next time I make it.  I hope you enjoy!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

How did you spend your day?  Ours started out with heart shaped pancakes, bacon, and cranberry apple juice in fancy glasses.

015For dinner we had Pepperoni Pizza, antipasta salad and pink frozen lemonades.  I cut the pepperoni’s with my kitchen scissors and made them into heart shapes.  Here is a photo before the Pizza went into the oven.

016Here is my son’s slice.

017Here is a photo of our festive table.

018We had a nice relaxing dinner and are now enjoying our chocolate cake for dessert.  I hope you all had a wonderful day surrounded by those you love! I hope I brought you some ideas for next year.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.





Crockpot Chili

Let me start by saying I apologize for not having any pictures to show for this recipe, but it is pretty easy.


1 pound lean ground beef

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cans of beans drained and rinsed (I used 1 can black beans, 2 cans pinto beans)

1 can crushed tomatoes (I put mine through the food processor as my boys don’t like tomato chunks)

1 cup of beef broth or water

1 small can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

a dash of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like things)

1/4 teaspoon salt


Brown the ground beef in a pan, add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes.  Spray the crockpot with cooking spray for easy cleanup later.  Add the ground beef/onion mixture along with the remaining ingredients.  Stir until everything is combined.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

Serve with the following for toppings:  sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream.  You can also serve the leftovers as chili dogs, or over baked potatoes.



Angel Chicken


Tonight’s menu was Angel Chicken served over penne pasta.  The recipe came from the Crockin’ Girls website.  If you have not yet checked out this website you are really missing out on some fabulous crock pot meals.  You can visit their site here.

The best part of this meal is it is a dump and go recipe – the best there is!


4 – 6 chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter

1/2 package of dry Italian salad dressing mix

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup of dry white wine

4 ounces of cream cheese with onions and chives

pepper to taste


Put all ingredients into the crock pot.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  That is it!  It doesn’t get any easier.  Cook penne pasta to serve with your Angel Chicken – it’s heavenly!!!!!

Menu for the Week February 4 – February 8

Here is what is cooking at my Haus this week:

Monday: Angel Chicken, salad, garlic bread

Tuesday: Leftovers for the boys (I have a business meeting)

Wednesday: Beef Stew, rolls

Thursday: Spaghetti for the boys (I am attending a retirement party for a coworker)

Friday: Beef and Bean Casserole

As always, I will post the recipes for the week as I prepare them.  Happy cooking!