Homemade Marshmallows

Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.

I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!

Sandie

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Taco Ground Beef and Rice

I took our ground beef the other night with the intention of making a pot of chili…. only to find out I had used the kidney beans I had to make a pot of Vegetable Soup. That totally messed my dinner plans.

I could have always fallen back on one of my Freezer Meals… yes, I do still have some lol… .but I had already thawed the ground beef so I had to use it.

This meal came to mind and the end result was very well received!

I didn’t take as many “step by step” pictures as I should of because…. well, when I get my camera app open, someone always seems to look so cute that I get pretty distracted and forget what else I am supposed to be taking pictures of originally….. little Miss Lucy lol! She is a joy and is getting so BIG already!

Sandie

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Crescent Rolls

Two days in a row… who would have thought???

This is another one of the quick breakfast ideas I used over the holidays to keep everyone fed and relatively quiet so I could go about my business in relative calm.

It was quick and easy to prepare, even more so because I already had some scramble cooked sausage meat from another recipe I had made.

Sandie

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Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups

Very late…. but I did make it today lol!!!

Over the holiday season, and while Chris was off, I found myself trying to come up with different breakfast ideas. Not that Chris wouldn’t eat peameal and eggs every single day… it was that I didn’t want to have to cook peameal and eggs every single day lol!

I remembered seeing this sort of idea somewhere before and thought this would be the perfect time to try it out!

They turned out so well that I ended up making them at least twice over the holiday season and they will definitely become a regular part of our weekend breakfast rotation!

They don’t look like they would be much of a breakfast but they are surprisingly filling!

Sandie

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Hot Cocoa Mix

I would like to start by apologizing for being absent for so long.  Hopefully this is the end of the absence.  I’m not sure what was different about this Christmas/holiday season, but my holiday hangover has been severe. The exhaustion unbearable. I think the only thing that kept my sanity somewhat in place was Little Lucy. Having the forced breaks so she could do her “business” forced me to take breaks when I normally wouldn’t. At least I had that in my favour lol. Lucy’s sanity saving breaks or not,  I’ve had real trouble recovering from the hustle and bustle,  stress and overall rush of getting ready for Christmas and just had to step back for a bit to recover.  Hopefully I’m done!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season that was spent with family and friends!

This year because I somehow ended up way behind schedule we opted to do a hot cocoa basket for everyone. The base of which is this homemade hot cocoa mix!

It mixes up easy,  tastes wonderful and even mixes better in the cup than regular hot chocolate mixes!

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups dry coffee whitener
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the hot cocoa mix, you place everything in your blender and mix until the coffee whitener is no longer grainy looking and everything is well mixed.

Store in an airtight container or if gifting place in bags with measured amounts.

1/4 cup of the mix to 8 ounces of boiling water makes a perfect cup of hot cocoa!

Sandie

One Pan Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Here is a quick to prepare, hearty dinner. Very little prep time, other than washing, peeling and chopping the vegetables, but you can do that ahead of time and have this meal ready to toss in the oven.

The only trouble I have with the veggie prep is that our hound, Leroy, thinks that every time I am chopping the veggies he should be getting carrots or something and stands there staring at me until I “accidentally” drop something for him lol. Do you know awkward it is trying to get stuff done with someone/something staring at you the whole time lol?

Anyway, this is a quick and delicious meal, quick enough to prepare for any night of the week!

Sandie

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Glazed Meatloaf

Happy Birthday To Me lol! I am writing this post on Thursday so that I can take today off! I actually made this meatloaf on Wednesday and just a note, this recipe makes 2 meatloaves so if you don’t want to make the two rather large meatloaves cut the recipe in half. My freezer meals for the month of December are done… I technically do not have to cook for the whole month of December now but I decided to do a few more so that I won’t have to worry about it for the beginning of January as well lol… the after Christmas hangover season. Today (Thursday) I am going to make a couple of pans of everyone’s favourite “Baked Macaroni,” and that is it… no more cooking until sometime in January… thaw and reheat and that’s it…. woo hoo!

As with most meatloaf recipes, this is quick and easy to mix together and get in the pan and the glaze is just as easy to make and brush on the meatloaf part way through cooking and is absolutely delicious. It also freezes wonderfully so you too can have a freezer meal on hand for those days where you just don’t want to!

Sandie

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