Saturday, February 5, 2011

Beef Spaghettie Pie Ole


1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 (10 ounce) can diced canned tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

3/4 cup light dairy sour cream

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese

Pasta Shell:

1 (7 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti

1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


1.Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. In large bowl, whisk together remaining pasta shell ingredients. Add pasta; toss to coat. Arrange pasta in 9-inch pie dish, pressing down and up side to form shell; set aside.

2.Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings. Return beef to skillet; season with 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cumin; stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring occasionally.

3.Reserve 2 tablespoons beef mixture for garnish. Stir sour cream into remaining beef; spoon into pasta shell. Place 1 cup cheese in center, leaving 2-inch border around edge. Spoon reserved beef mixture onto center of cheese; bake in 350 degrees F oven 15 minutes or until heated through.

4.To serve, cut into wedges.

Original Recipe Yield 4 servings

Buffalo Chicken Dip for Game Day

Another Great Game Day Dip...Enjoy!!!!

Original Recipe Yield 5 cups


2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers


1.Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Spinach Dip

This is a great Game Day Dip that eveyone likes and is fast to make and can be made in advance.

Original Recipe Yield 2 cups


1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (.4 ounce) packet dry vegetable soup mix


1.In a medium mixing bowl combine spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise and vegetable soup mix. Mix well. Refrigerate it for 4 hours. Stir before serving.

Devine MeatLoaf


1 pound extra-lean ground beef

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 bunch green onions, diced

4 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms

4 ounces saltine crackers, finely crushed

2 eggs

1 (1.25 ounce) package beef with onion soup mix

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoons brown sugar


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2.In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, green pepper, green onion, mushrooms and saltine crackers. Stir in the eggs and the beef with onion soup mix; mix thoroughly.

3.Press mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.

4.In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the ketchup, yellow mustard and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and pour over the meat mixture, spreading evenly.

5.Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

Free Valentine Cards

Here are some Valentines that you can right click and save to your computer and then print out.
You can use them for school and even give them to your kids teachers and school faculty at your Children's school. Times are tough and this is our way of helping with some of your cost, and the kids can have fun
cutting them out and personalizing them too.

Happy Valentines to you all, and have fun at your parties too.
Remember Teachers really like to be remembered by there students too!
Mom and Dad too, so don't forget them!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Meat Loaf Tips

Making MeatLoaf


Not just delicious, meatloaf is also easy and inexpensive to make. The mixture can be stretched with veggies, bread, and grains. Meatloaf's small amount of meat feeds a large number of people, and all the non-meat additions make the meatloaf taste even more delicious!

Meatloaf Miscellany

For the all-important "meat" part of your meatloaf, pure ground beef might be the standard, but you could also use any combination of ground beef, pork, turkey, veal, lamb, chicken, or sausage. Add fresh or dry bread crumbs, seasoned stuffing mix, crushed crackers, rolled oats, textured vegetable protein, or bulgur that's been plumped in warm water.

In the vegetable department, try:

 Grated carrots or potatoes

•Diced onions, celery, or bell peppers

•Chopped tomatoes or spinach

•Asparagus spears

•Minced garlic

•Canned, roasted, or fresh chiles

•Corn kernels

•Dry soup mixes or dry salad dressing mixes.

Try a little crumbled blue cheese or feta, or grate some Parmesan or Cheddar into the mix. Toss in one or two of your favorite condiments to boot: ketchup, mustard, steak sauce and Worcestershire are just the beginning! Don't forget the fresh or dried herbs; a little spice is nice, too. For really juicy meatloaf, mix in about 1/4 cup of liquid such as broth, vegetable juice, tomato sauce, wine, beer, or milk. Add a beaten egg to help bind the mixture.

To add a little extra excitement to your meatloaf, use half of the meatloaf mixture to form a bottom layer a couple of inches thick, then lay a few rows of long, thin strips of blanched vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, or asparagus spears down the length of it. Use the rest of the meatloaf mixture to cover up the veggies--be sure to seal the edges completely. When you cut into the meatloaf, each slice will have bright, appetizing stripes of color through the middle. You could even try this trick with a few hard-cooked eggs lined up end-to-end!

Lighten Your Loaf

Comfort food does not always have to be super-fattening food. Meatloaf can taste as delicious as it ever was while still being lower in fat. To lighten it up, use half or all ground turkey, use less meat and more veggies, and cook the meatloaf on a rack or broiler pan to allow the grease to drain off (or drain it from a loaf pan midway through baking). You can also buy a disposable aluminum pan and poke holes in the bottom of it: set this pan in a larger baking pan on top of a rack and the grease will still drain off while the loaf cooks.

Hope this information will help make terrific meat loaf!

Valentine Envelopes Crochet

Valentine Envelopes

SIZE: One Size
About 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (14 x 14 cm)


1 Ball (A)
1 Ball (B)
 Crochet Hook - Size H-8
 Large-Eyed Blunt Needles


Exact gauge is not important to this project


With A or B, ch 26.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 25 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 8 in. (20.5 cm) from beginning.

Fasten off.


Bring 3 corners together at center to make Envelope. Sew corners and seams.


With wrong side facing, join contrast color A or B at edge of Envelope ‘flap’. Slip st evenly along flap.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.


ch(s) = chain(s) sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)

E Or Free Coloring Page

This is a free coloring page, all you have to do is right click the picture and save it to your
computer then right print it out to the size you want.
Teachers and Pre-School Teachers you are more than welcome
to print out and use in class.

Happy Valentines to you all and enjoy!!!!

Instant Down Loads

With society being so geared to the fast track, no one wants to wait for anything, everyone wants its now.  The technology of the Internet feeds and supports those wants and needs.  When you buy a book, pattern, music, etc., we could go on an on, you can now down load it and you have it.  Some times I think "Have it Now" isn't always good, but that's another article.

If you look out there, you will see most sites who sell patterns, web sets, clip art, etc., are mostly done with instant down load, so the customer can "Have it Now" and keep doing what they were doing.  With this attitude of "I need it Now" you loose some of the customer service and getting to know your Seller or Buyer, because mostly all communication is electronic (where there is no communication).  When you do hear from your customer it is usually when there is a problem and the customer is mostly up set or at least irritated.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm one who loves to use the instant down loads, it frees me up from having to send out all orders that can be done at the time of purchase. Plus if frees up your time to create new product, work on other things and spend more time with your family.

There are so many ways of doing instant down loads, you can pay and have it programed into your website or you can use a third party that you pay a monthly fee.  Now I have elected to use a third party and the fees for most part are very reasonable and simple to add the code they provide for your product.  With the ID you can add your product to sell on more than one website, your blogs, just where ever you want to sell your product and there is no fee's for selling you just pay your monthly fee. The fee is based on the amount of storage you need.  When you have it programmed to your site it's only on that site, so it limits you some what if you offer your products in more than one place.

You can google instant down load programs and you will get a good selection to research.

Here is a site that many of the pattern lady's use and  you may want to check it out.
Plus with this program you are also able to list your product in there download store which is included in your fee's.

Hope this has been informative and helpful to you all,
Happy Downloading to you all!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Candy Jar Coloring Page

Here is a Free Valentine's Candy Jar for your kids or you to color.
Just right click and save to your computer and then print out.
Happy Coloring and
Happy Valentine's to you!!!!

Teachers and Preschool teachers you are more than welcome to use for your classes.

Happy Valentines.

Re-Sizing Pictures for your Sites

So many times I go to sites, that when I click on the picture and it fills my whole screen, and sometimes you still can't see what the products is.  When you have pictures that large it takes up a lot of space on your site.  I like to keep my Thumb Nails at 150x150 and to enlarge to no more than 250x250. It helps if you start with a clear picture, then you can crop your picture to show just what you want and re size it to the size you want.  Smaller pictures take up less space so you get to show more, and also helps your site upload faster to.

There are some re sizing sites that are on the Web that are free, some have free trials, and the cost is small if you don't have a program. So check out these sites:

This one you can crop, frame and resize for FREE. But you can only do One (1) picture at a time.

This one you can crop add special effects and it's free too.

This  AVS Image converter and you can do multi pictures at one time. Plus AVS has many more programs available too. This program also has a watermark available too.

Happy re sizing to you all.!!!!