A perfect hygge Sunday morning


It’s the little things….

A perfect cup of coffee

Your favorite candle burning

The smell of bacon cooking

Rain hitting the windows

And your kids sleeping safe in their beds….

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Best Meatballs Ever


My thing is, I like to take bits and pieces of recipes and give them my own touch. I’ll call this one Gia’s Meatballs. They came out so moist and had such a great flavor to them. Ok listen, here is the deal, I always give or take some of these ingredients. To me cooking is not an exact science and sometimes I don’t always have all of these ingredients in my cupboard. So you can play around with it until you master it yourself.

1 lb ground beef (80% lean meat)

1 chopped green bell pepper

1 chopped Vidalia onion

2 tbsp of minced garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp each of onion and garlic powder

1 1/2 tbsp basil

1 tbsp parsley

1 tbsp oregano

1 cup of bread crumbs

2 eggs

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I usually put some of the meatballs right into my sauce for flavor and then I pan fry the rest but this time I baked them in the oven and they happen to come out a lot juicier and they weren’t fried in grease.

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Homemade quick and easy lasagna


Okay here it goes my recipe for quick and easy homemade lasagna. I am no chef but I must say my cooking isn’t all that bad. I have a very busy schedule and really don’t have the time to go all out on making big dinners so I like to whip up good belly sticking homemade full your tummy meals. On the menu tonight was lasagna.

Just keep in mind, I always season to taste. I actually think that is my whole motto in life. I season to taste just about everything I do!

Homemade Quick and Easy Lasagna

Lasagna Filling

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 lb. Sweet Sausage

12 pkg. of fresh chopped mushrooms

1  onion chopped yellow onion

16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

16 oz Whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp pepper

9 cooked lasagna noodles(perfect fit for an 8×12 pan)

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Brown ground beef and sausage and drain

Saute mushrooms and onion(I usually melt 1 tbsp of butter in the bottom of the pan)

Mix all cheeses, eggs, and spices – set aside

Quick Sauce

The sauce is something you can actually make ahead of time or if you are in a real rush buy a jar of Ragu traditional and 3 – 32 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, add all together and let cook about 1 hour and half before time. I like to brown some garlic on the bottom before adding the jar and cans of sauce. What really gives it a good flavor is about 3/4 of a cup of parmesan cheese. Kid you not it adds a lot of flavor.

Directions

Layer the bottom of your pan with 3 lasagna noodles.

Spread cheese mixture on top. We like it cheesy so I usually add extra shredded mozzarella on top of the cheese mixture as well.

Spread browned meat/mushroom, onion mix next.

Dribble sauce on top of that.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Repeat starting with the layered noodles.

When you put your last(3rd row of noodles down, only finish it with sauce and mozzarella cheese).

Don’t use too much sauce throughout because it will get watery!!

Remember season to taste! Don’t be afraid to use extra spices! A little extra flavor never killed anyone. I use hardly any salt because

it’s bad for your blood pressure!!

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Easy mini cheese cake and pumpkin pies


These were so easy to make and everyone loved how they tasted! I have two little guys ages 8 and 9, I’m in school full-time working on my associates in Human Services, and I work from home and substitute teach at the elementary school! I really have no time for fussing around with timely recipes so things like this work perfect into my schedule!

For the mini cheese cake pies:

Jello brand boxed cheese cake mix(follow instructions)

Pillsbury premade pie crust(2 come in a package in the dairy section of your grocery store)

Roll out and use flour for a light dusting so it won’t stick to the cutting bored

Use a round biscuit cutter to make circles to fit for a mini muffin pan.

Grease the mini muffin pan with butter flavor cooking spray. Line muffin pans with the pastry cutouts. Remove from oven when done and let cool.

Mean while when your baking the mini pie crusts, prepare your cheese cake filling. Pour in pie crust and chill.

You can top with a fruit dressing, caramel or chocolate syrup.

Mini pumpkin pies

I like to use Libby’s  pumpkin pie mix rather than the pure pumpkin. I like the taste better and it’s actually less work.

Follow instructions for pie mix and pour into mini pie shells before cooking them. I also like to top the pumpkin pies with nuts.

These were quick and easy deserts that had a nice presentation as well!