What I’m Baking: Sour Cream Raisin Bars


I’ll admit.  I bought a cook book at the thrift store again.  I had kind of tried discouraging myself for buying anymore but I see them and can’t resist.  In my defense, they are only $2-$3 each.  That’s WAY less than the cost of a magazine….and I gave up and RARELY buy a magazine anymore.  I used to buy them all the time.  Now I buy one about once a year.  I’ve learned to carry an old magazine or quilt book in my busy bag and look at it when I’m wanting a magazine fix in the waiting room.

Anyway…this is the one I caved and bought.


Here’s who put it together….Cook-book-2

This is the first recipe I made from the book…. Sour Cream Raisin Bars…. [Read more...]

What I’m Making: Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes


In my Facebook feed I regularly see recipes.  I kind of like it as more of the recipes are quick….  Recently I saw a recipe for Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes.  They looked good and I knew I wanted to make them.  I got the hamburger from the freezer.  I grabbed an onion and green pepper from the garden.  I had everything going and Hubby came home.  He went straight to the computer…I could have trumped him and told him I wanted the computer for the recipe but instead decided to “wing it”!

Here’s what I did….

2 pounds of hamburger browned along with a chopped green pepper and a chopped onion.

I didn’t have fresh mushrooms so threw in a can of mushrooms (we’re fancy like that-HA)


Then I tried to remember what the spices were that the recipe suggested.  Hmm…

All I could remember was 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.  I added that.  Next…2 Tablespoons of beef bullion.

That’s were I was stuck….Should I kick Hubby off the computer..NOPE.  I can wing this.    I added a 1/2 package (4 oz) of cream cheese.  I didn’t know if that’s what the recipe called for but it sounded good.

I buttered the top half of the buns and put the hamburger concoction on top of the other bun half.  I put a cheese slice on top and broiled it in the oven for just a minute or two until the cheese was melted.


Tops on and ready to eat…don’t they look yummy? [Read more...]

What I’m Cooking: Huevos Rancheros


I was talking on the phone to Kayla the other day and she said she had just tried the easiest recipe ever.  Well that had me listening.  Who doesn’t want an easy recipe?

She said she changes it up depending on the mood and time.  So here goes….She said, “Take a can of beans and one pint of salsa and put that in a pan on the stove and heat it up.  The poach some eggs into it-done.  Then we eat in tortillas, over cornbread or on rice.”  Well she said that she changes it depending on time so I did change it….

I started by frying some sausage.  While that was frying I chopped an onion and a green pepper and fried them with the sausage.  I added the pint of salsa and the can of black beans.   I also had a left over ear of sweetcorn so I cut that corn off the cob and added it too.  In a short bit I had this…


While my mixture was really hot I made a couple divots in the mixture and cracked eggs into them.


I put the cover on the pan and left it sit while the eggs poached in the mixture.  Here’s how it looked…. [Read more...]

Instant Pot Taco Pasta


I recently joined a Facebook Group that is for Instant Pot users.  It’s called Instant Pot Recipes Only.  You can find it here.  I had gotten in a bit of a rut making the same things over and over in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  I thought the Facebook group might be just what I needed to get me out of the rut.

I followed the group for several weeks.  People were making chicken in MANY different ways….ribs…soups….I had tried all that and had recipes that I liked for it.  Then one day I saw a recipe for Taco Pasta.  It only had six ingredients and only took five minutes once the pot was up to pressure….um, yes, I would try that!!  I ended up trying it out on the childcare kids….and they liked it!

I apologize for not getting a better “on the plate” photo but I was “mid childcare” when I snapped this and it was the best picture I could get.


It reminds me of a taco flavored hamburger helper…I changed the original recipe up so here’s the revised recipe. [Read more...]