French Onion Beef Casserole

I completely forgot about dinner the other night. It was about 2 hours before and I still had no clue what I was going to make.  I had a look in the freezer and on the pantry shelf and came out with ground beef, macaroni noodles and French onion soup mix and decided to combine them with some green onion, minced garlic, broth and grated parmesan for a casserole that had both Chris and Dillon cleaning their plates!



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My Christmas Preview

As usual I have made a long list of Christmas gifts I want to make…. especially now that Chris and I are grandparents. I thought I would give a preview of these in the hopes it will keep me motivated lol!

Kim found some pictures of ideas for me for her and hubby!

She found what is called a “Skoodie” that she would like and a skeleton scarf set! I wouldn’t mind one of those scarves for myself!

She found a few things for my son-in-law as well as something else I’d like to try…

This is what she found…

And I’d like to combine the next few pictures into a sword display. I thought I could use a wood burner for the fancy stuff on the blade

Now… for our granddaughter lol… I have already started on a fluffy hoodie for her with teddy bear ears… and I want to try making the pictures below on my scroll saw!

And finally, here are a few things I want to make for other family members. I thought I could again use the wood burner on the shield below.

Another long list of things to do. Hopefully if I start soon I will accomplish all of it…and anything else I decide on!

Wish me luck lol!


Spicy Pork Ramen Noodle Dinner

When I made Pork Tenderloin the other night, I made two, knowing I was planning on make this recipe later in the week.  I wanted to have something quick to make for the day I had my out of town doctor’s appointment because they always leave me completely exhausted.  This seemed like a perfect way to make use of the leftover pork tenderloin from the other night!



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INSTAPOT Honey Garlic Chicken

Earlier this week I decided I wanted to try something else in the Instapot for dinner.  I knew I had a package of chicken breasts in the freezer so I grabbed them and made this delicious Honey Garlic Chicken that I served over rice, well, rice for Chris…. Pasta for Dillon lol!

No matter what it was served on this was a definite clean their plates kind of meal!  They both really like that sort of meal!



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Pork Tenderloin with Gravy

Again, this isn’t a summer meal but I cooked it anyway.  I so prefer cool/cold weather cooking… casseroles, slow cooked roasts, and that sort of thing.  There are so many comfort foods that are more suited for the cooler weather and I can’t wait to get back to that kind of cooking.

While the crock pot produces some wonderful meals without heating up the kitchen, I find you still don’t feel like eating anything that “heavy” during the summer months. I think this recipe qualifies as that type of meal but it didn’t stop Chris and Dillon from digging in!

I use this same recipe to cook a beef roast because it always comes out tender and very flavourful.



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Tulle Toy Hammock

With all the toys and stuffies Kim received through baby showers and baby gifts, she needs somewhere to store them all. She sent me a few pictures of the type of toy hammock she would like, so I bought the tulle and other things I was going to need to make one for her/my granddaughter!

I used 58″ tulle so there will be lots of room for her stuffies.  I only had a few stuffies laying around the house so you can’t really see how well it works.  I will try to get Kim to take a picture once it’s up at their place to show better how it works!


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Feta & Garlic Burgers

Here is another easy homemade burger recipe.  I have been having fun experimenting with different combinations since I got the Patty Press at Christmas.  There are just so many different ways to make a burger…. what type of meat, cheese, all the add ins… the possibilities are endless! This is just one of the combinations I made for dinner the other night!

I served them with some crinkled dollar chips I made in the air fryer!



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