Friday, August 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY - Personalized Sterling Silver Stamped Necklace and Team Colors Sports Bracelet

Sports Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, Sisters, Girlfriends!
No kids in sports?  Support your favorite pro team!
Don't follow sports?  There are great mom and grandma options too!

Nykole is a "sports mom" herself and she is from IOWA!

Nykole's Boutique has as design for everyone. There are just a few of what she offers. She has almost any sport or cheer/dance and everything color your can think of.  

Personalized Sterling Silver Stamped Necklaces

Team Colors Sports Bracelets

For my celebration of 20,000 likes on Facebook Nykole has graciously offered one of EACH to give to one of my fans! (Drawing ends Sunday at midnight!)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #110

Welcome to the

Foodie Friends Friday

Linky Party!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dehydrating Tomato Skins to Make Tomato Powder

Waste not, want not!

So you've made some Roasted Marinara Sauce and have some extra bits of skins, seeds, and other goodies that didn't make the cut? It's really simple to make tomato powder.  The uses are endless. Mix even amounts of powdered tomato and water to make your own tomato paste.  Add the powder to soups and stews for some added tomato flavor. I thought this would also be good added to meatloaf mixtures.  I am sure you can come up with even more ideas!

Dehydrating Tomato Skins to Make Tomato Powder

Roasted Marinara Sauce Leftover Bits
Tomato skins removed during your canning process.

Roasted Marinara Sauce

Some of you have asked for my roasted marinara recipe and so I will offer a guide on how I make it. There are no exact measurement as each batch can be different depending on the intensity of the flavor of your tomatoes, onions, and peppers.  I make each batch and taste it until I am satisfied. 

You'll notice no garlic in my recipe.  Italian ladies everywhere are shaking their heads.  You are welcome to add it to your sauce.  My husband cannot have garlic so I do not use it and it is still very tasty.

Roasted Marinara Sauce

Red and Yellow Tomatoes (need to be mostly reds due to acid level needed)
Green  or Yellow Peppers (1-2 per baking dish)
Sweet Yellow Onions (1-2 per baking dish)
Olive Oil
Fresh Basil (good handful if using 3 baking dishes)
Fresh Oregano (small handful if using 3 baking dishes)
Fresh Parsley (optional) (small handful if using 3 baking dishes)
Cayenne Pepper (few dashes per batch)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grilled Honey Rosemary Glazed Pork

Grilled Honey Rosemary Glazed Pork 

1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh Rosemary
1-1/2 pound pork tenderloin
olive oil
salt and pepper

Mix together honey, 1 T olive oil and Rosemary in a small sauce pan.  Use the 3 teaspoon measure if you like more Rosemary flavor.
 Bring to boil and cook for 30 seconds.  
Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pat pork dry and brush with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
Grill over medium-hot fire for about 15 minutes turning every few minutes so all sides get time on the grates.   Brush on honey Rosemary glaze, continue to turn and glaze for another 5 minutes or until meat thermometer reads at least 145 degrees.  This is pork's new safety standard.  This cut of meat can go a little higher and will still be tender. 

Rest your meat under a foil tent for 3-5 minutes. Slice.  As you can see mine was still juicy so I poured the juices back over the meat when I served it. 

Use this glaze on other cuts of pork (change the cooking times) or even chicken!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #107

Welcome to the

Foodie Friends Friday

Linky Party!!

Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

If you are tired of the same ol' meat dish try this. It is a twist on my meatloaf patties recipe. So good my husband licked the pan. Yep, he sure did! (See photo at the bottom.)

Check out the freezer friendly and gluten free options too.

Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy                                               Printable Recipe

Salisbury Steak ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup fine diced onion (or equivalent grated)
3-1/2 Tablespoons quinoa flakes (or bread crumbs)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Gravy ingredients:
1 to 1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2-3 Tablespoons flour (use higher amount if you like it thicker) (use oat flour for GF)
2 cups beef broth (or chicken with 1/2 teaspoon Kitchen bouquet (aff link))
salt and pepper to taste

Monday, August 4, 2014

20 Ground Beef Meals for the Freezer are as easy as 1-2-3-4

Having a stockpile of freezer meals is invaluable especially when you get sick for a few days, are having surgery, had a baby, or don’t feel like cooking. 

Freezer meals are also a great strategy for saving money (when foods are bought or grown in bulk,) saving you prep time, and feeding our families nutritious home-cooked food.