Not Your Mama’s Ramen – Lemon Pepper Noodles

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Sometimes you need a meal idea and you need one quickly! This is my version of Ramen noodles only tastier and quicker.

Here is what you will need:

4 C. Leftover Noodles (I used spaghetti)

2 TBSP. Butter

1 TBSP. Lemon Pepper

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

Melt the butter in a skillet on medium high heat. Add the seasonings and stir together until the butter is melted. Add the cold spaghetti to the skillet and stir until the noodles are heated through and coated in the lemon butter.

This recipe is kid approved!

Fast Food Fixes: Cheeseburgers

We live in a small town. When I say small I mean small. The population is less than 600. The only restaurants we have in our little town are a pizza buffet and if you count the grocery/convenience store then we have a sandwich shop. Sometimes we want more than just pizza or a sandwich, but the closest town with any more options is 18 miles away. I have decided it is quicker and usually tastes better to just fix our favorite “fast foods” at home. Here is my version of a simple cheeseburger.

What you will need:

  • 1 pound of 80/20 ground beef (I find this ratio makes the burgers juicier)
  • Dried Minced Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • American Cheese
  • Burger Toppings – Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onion (Whatever your heart/stomach desires)

Start by dividing your meat into 4 equal portions. I divided mine into 3 equal portions and then divided one of the portions into 2 smaller portions. This way my husband and I would have a larger burger and the twins would have smaller slider size burgers. Just do whatever works for your family. Form the meat into patties and season both sides with the onion, garlic, salt, pepper and worcestershire. Turn the heat on medium high and let the burgers cook about 5-6 minutes on each side.

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Try not to flip them excessively or squash them with the spatula because this will make them less juicy.

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Add the cheese to the top of the burgers and let it melt completely.

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Nothing quite like the sight of a cheeseburger with all that melty cheese.

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Drain the patties on a paper towel while you toast your buns.

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Lay your buns out on a cookie sheet and toast under the broiler until they are golden brown.

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Fix your burger up with lots of yummy condiments and serve it up with tater tots and a pickle. Don’t forget the pickle.

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I think I could have this meal cooked, eaten and the dishes washed in the time it would take my husband to drive to town and get us a burger in the drive through.

Buckeye Brownies And Our Little Peanut Plant

I am getting together with my girls tomorrow for another craft day. We just started having these girls day out type craft days and we like to have a potluck lunch that way we don’t have to drop everything and go somewhere to eat. We all live in small towns and it is not productive to drive 20 minutes to the nearest fast food restaurant. I am bringing dessert tomorrow and I thought no girls day could be complete without chocolate! I decided on brownies and then remembered I had some frozen peanut butter cookie dough leftover from Valentines Day. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together? Okay I am sure there is someone out there who doesn’t, but I don’t know them.

What you will need

  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Eggs
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (1/2 of your favorite recipe)

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Mix your brownie mix according to the directions on the package. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Drop your cookie dough on top of the brownie batter. I placed mine strategically at first so each brownie would have a good chunk of cookie in it. I then crumbled the last two cookie dough balls over the top of the entire dish.

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Bake in a preheated oven according to package directions. Enjoy!

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While we are on the subject of peanut butter, I thought I would show everyone a picture of the peanut plant we are growing. I am quite proud of this little plant, because I have no talent when it comes to gardening. We got these little Buddy McNutty peanut growing kits when we went to Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion here in Oklahoma.

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We finally got around to planting it last month. I can’t believe how much it has already grown. I plan on transplanting it and hopefully getting some peanuts to grow. It has been a fun little lesson for the kids on how a plant grows from a seed.

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Garlic Bread with Paprika Hearts

This is a simple technique that was inspired by some of the cake decorating ideas I have seen on Pinterest. The ones where they take a stencil or a cookie cutter and then apply powdered sugar or sprinkles and you are left with a cute design. Here is one example.

I was trying to come up with something cute to serve along side our Valentine’s day lunch. I had already planned to serve garlic bread, so I thought why not use the same technique but with something savory like paprika.

Here is how I did it.

You need

  • Buttered Garlic Bread
  • Paprika
  • Waxed Paper

Preheat your oven to 350. Lay out your garlic bread on a baking sheet. Cut out a rectangle of waxed paper large enough to cover the individual pieces of bread. Cut a heart out of the middle of the rectangle. Lay the waxed paper stencil on top of the bread and sprinkle on the paprika.

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Carefully move the stencil to the other pieces and repeat the process.

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Bake until heated through. Enjoy!

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I think this would be fun to use with cinnamon toast too. I am going to try that in the near future.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

I have the easiest recipe ever for Alfredo sauce! I adapted my version from the Pioneer Woman’s and believe me it tastes just like what you would get in an Italian restaurant. No more of that jarred stuff. I can do spaghetti sauce in a jar, but something has always turned me off of that alfredo sauce in a jar.

Here’s what you need

  • 1 Pound of Fettucini (or other pasta you like)
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup of Parmesan Cheese (I don’t use anything fancy here)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

This recipe reminds me of Truvy’s cuppa, cuppa, cuppa recipe off of Steel Magnolias. Only here it is all ones. One pound, One stick, One cup, One Cup…so easy to remember!

Start by putting your pot of water on to boil for your pasta.

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Then melt your stick of butter in a medium saucepan.

Once the butter is melted add in your heavy cream.

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Whisk that together and add in your Parmesan cheese. Once your pasta water is boiling add your pasta to that pot.

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After your Parmesan cheese is mixed in add salt and pepper to taste.

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If your sauce seems too thick you can thin it down with more heavy cream or some of your pasta water. You want it to be on the thinner side, because it gets thicker as it cools down.

Add your sauce to your pasta and you are ready to eat. My kids love just the noodles and sauce, but I decided to make some Cajun chicken to put on top of the adults pasta. It made it even more out of this world!

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Season the chicken liberally with the seasoning. Place the chicken breast in a hot oiled skillet.

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Let brown on one side and flip over.

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Once the chicken is browned well on both sides, cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium to medium low while you prepare the pasta and sauce.

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When done slice the chicken breast and serve over the pasta and sauce.

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Quilting and Texas Toast Pizzas

I’m so excited! Not only do I get to have a girls day today, but we are going to be learning how to make quilts. I have always wanted to learn to quilt. I just have never taken the time to do it. This is the tutorial we are going to be using. It looks simple enough for a beginning seamstress like myself, but also seems like a great way to make blocks quickly and efficiently for a more advanced quilter.

My husband will be watching our twins while I am with my friends. It is nice to have something easy on hand for him to prepare for lunch. My husband has lots of things he would rather be doing than preparing a gourmet meal, and my kids enjoy fun dad food. Everyone is happy!

Texas Toast Pizzas

  • 8 Slices of Texas Toast Garlic Bread (this recipe can be scaled down or up 1-100 or  whatever suits your fancy)
  • 8 Tbsp. Spaghetti Sauce
  • 8 oz. Grated Mozzerella Cheese
  • Pizza Toppings – Pepperoni, Sausage, Olives, Onions, Bell Peppers, etc.

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To make the pizzas, place your garlic bread on a baking sheet and bake according to package directions.

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Once the bread is done baking. Top the bread with sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Bake in the same preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the toppings are hot.

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My kids love these pizzas. I hope you enjoy them too!