Humbled Housewife

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dog Run Shade {Shower Curtain Style}

The hottest months are fast approaching and the dog needs some shade.  We've used tarps in the past, but as I was taking down the shower curtain over the weekend I realized it would work great for the dog run!  Shower rings and all. ☺ 






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Ingredients

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (halved lengthwise)
2 ham steaks (remove any bones)
8-10 slices of swiss cheese
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
3 Tbsp. melted butter

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray.  Layer the chicken, ham and cheese.  In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and butter.  Stir well then spread it evenly over the cheese.



Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until juices run clear. 
 

Enjoy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cowboy's Delight

Today was a rainy, Valentine's day and I thought something warm and hearty sounded good for dinner.  I knew the kids would come home from school with sugar highs and want some good food.

So I pulled out the trusty crock pot and got to work preparing something yummy.  

When I was a child in elementary school, one of my favorite school lunches was 'Cowboy's Delight'.  It's basically a delicious version of goulash.  This was back when the cooks actually prepared our meals from scratch and served them hot and fresh.  I don't think most schools do that anymore.  Anyway, today I made it by accident while experimenting.  When I took that first bite, the memories came flooding back.  I never want to forget this recipe!

So here it is:

Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 14.5 oz. can beef broth
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. dried chopped onion
2 tsp. garlic (crushed, chopped or minced)
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
salt & pepper
12 oz. package of macaroni
1/2 - 1  cup water
 
 
Put everything except the macaroni and water in the crock pot.  Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.  30 minutes prior to serving, stir in the uncooked macaroni and water and let cook through.  If you want a more soupy consistency, you can add more broth or tomato juice when you add the macaroni.  Serve with breadsticks found here if you'd like.
 
 
 
Enjoy!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Crock Pot Beef Stew

It has been snowing for days!!  It's been cold and wet and all I've wanted to cook is comfort foods.  Needless to say, I am loving my crock pot this week! ☺
 
Today it's beef stew!
 
Ingredients
 
carrots
celery
potatoes
1 onion (optional)
1-1 1/2 lbs. stew meat
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of tomato soup
1 envelope of dry onion soup mix
 
 

 
Spray the inside of the crock pot with a non-stick cooking spray.
 
Cut the vegetables into bite size pieces and layer at least one cup of each in the crock pot.  I almost always put an onion in my stew, but this recipe has onion soup mix already so it's your choice.
 


 
 
In a skillet, brown the sides of the stew meat in butter or oil.  I sprinkle about a tablespoon of flour over the meat while it's browning.  Once the sides are brown (the center should still be pink), place the meat over the vegetables in the crock pot.
 
 
 
In a separate bowl, combine the soups and soup mix and stir well.  Pour over the meat and spread it around.
 
 
 


Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low.  It smells delicious!
 
 
Stir and serve with crackers or bread. 
 
 
Enjoy!
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes

Ingredients
 
8 chicken thighs
1 can cream of chicken soup
3 large red potatoes (thinly sliced)
1 large onion (chopped)
3-4 stalks celery (diced)
1 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper
 
Spray the inside of your crock pot with a non-stick cooking spray.
 
Layer the potatoes, onion and celery and sprinkle with paprika, salt & pepper.  Place four thighs on top and spread the soup over them.  Then add the other four thighs.  Salt and pepper the thighs on top, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
 

 
 
 
Serve with a slotted spoon to eliminate the juices.
 
If you like cheese, smother with cheese while it's hot and let it melt.
 
EnJoY!
 
 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Homemade Breadsticks

Ingredients
 
3 1/2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 cups hot water
 
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour (reserve the rest for later) and the remaining ingredients.  Mix well, then slowly add the rest of the flour.  Knead into a ball and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes. 
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pour 1/2 stick of melted butter into a 13x9 pan. 
 
Roll dough out onto a flat surface and cut into strips (about 2 inches wide).  Fold and twist each strip and line them up in the pan.  Sprinkle with garlic salt and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 
 
Let cool and ENJOY!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

I have always cooked chicken fajitas in a skillet over a stove top.  Until now!
 
Tonight I tried BAKING them and wonder why I've never baked them before.  The chicken was moist and the fajitas were so flavorful!  I will never go back to a skillet after making them this way.
 
What you'll need:
 
1-1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken (cut into strips)
2-3 bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 large onion, sliced into strips
1/2 package taco or fajita seasoning
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup salsa
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 
Place all the ingredients in a gallon size Ziploc bag, seal it tight and mix it all up.  Shake it, massage it, throw it around.....just mix it up well.
 
Feel free to let it marinate for awhile or make several bags at once and freeze them.  
 
Open the bag and pour it all out into a 13x9 casserole dish.  Place it in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.  Check the center of the chicken before serving to make sure it's cooked through.  The smaller strips cook fairly quick, but the thicker ones take about 10-15 minutes longer to cook through.
 
Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings. 
 
 
I used bigger than normal strips of chicken only because I was in a hurry, but they were still very moist and yummy!
 
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!



(updated with a prettier picture) ☺