Friday, April 17, 2015

Ranch, cheese, and bacon, potatoes. OH MY !

I use  picture instead of my own because I forgot to take a picture before we started eating it.
 These were so good , my husband gave them a 10.Which is rare for him when it comes to potato dishes. I will be making these quite often.
 Awesome Potatoes
 6  medium potatoes, peeled then cut 1/2 inch cubes
and one can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
one1/4 cups milk
one envelope ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
Finally you need salt & pepper

Instructions :
First step to prepare this easy and delicious recipe is to add the potatoes to a saucepan full of water.   Bring to a boil; then cook between 10 to 12 min . Next  put drained potatoes into a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. In a separate  bowl combine together the soup, milk, salad dressing mix, 1 cup cheese, salt & finally  pepper to taste; then pour over potatoes. 
Next add the crumbled bacon & also the remaining cheese over the top. 
 bake, uncovered, 350 degrees F between 25 to 30 min
 or till potatoes are tender.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Love, Love, Love this Pot Roast.

This is my favorite recipe for pot roast. You put it on in the morning and it ready for dinner that night.
 I have tried others  recipes but always have come back to this one.
1 chuck roast 3 to 4 pounds ( the size really doesn't matter. It can be bigger or smaller)
1 large onion chopped up.
6 to 8 button mushrooms.
 A hand full of the leaves from one stalk of celery or 1 stalk finely chopped.
1 can of mushroom soup
1 package of dried brown gravy mix.
1 tbs of minced garlic
2 full tsp of Italian seasoning (  Don't brush off the top of the measuring spoon when taking it out of the jar.)
about a 1/2 of a cup of fresh parsley leaves.
Mix the mushroom soup,Italian seasoning, and brown gravy together. DON'T ADD WATER . You will get plenty of liquid from the roast.  ( It will make it,s own thick gravy) .  Place your onions and mushroom in the bottom of your crock pot. Add your roast then spread your garlic on top of it. Pour your gravy mixture over the roast .  Add your celery leaves and parsley leaves. If you are using celery stalk add it with the onion. Turn your crock pot on high for three hours then down to low to finish cooking for the rest of the day.
If you have a high watt crock pot you can leave it on low all day. But I have found that giving it that three hours on high real adds to the flavor.

 The next night I cut up the leftover meat then added it back to the gravy, add sour cream to it   Poured it over noddles .  It was wonderful.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Goats are in our future.

Rick and I finally decided to venture into the world of raising goats. We plan to spend this summer getting everything ready for them. My dear friends Heidi and Jan are more then ready to help me along with this crazy plan.
First thing to do is get the side yard fenced in for them. Then comes their shelter, Rick and I are still going back and forth on that one. He wants the front all the way open then add dog igloos. I want the front partially closed  with stalls. It will take a little time, but I think I will win.
We are also looking for things for them to play on. Debbie found us this play slide for 10 dollars, she
 is always on the look out for thing I might  need for the goats. I don't know what I would do with out these ladies! The test will be if they can put up with all my questions.
I just notice I didn't tell you what kind of goats we are getting. Nigerians, I really like the taste of their milk and it great for soap making. Plus they are small and easy to take care of. I am only getting two. Everyone tells me they are addicting," but I am staying at two. "This is a chant I will keep repeating to myself over and over.
I know summer hasn't started yet this year, but I am so looking forward to next year. In the mean time I have a lot to learn. Jan also helped me with that one. She gave me a goat book for dummies. My friends know me so well !