Savory Sundays: an easy eat.

Tonight I made a very simple, delicious meal. I love my pastas and went for the quick Spaghetti tonight. I think I only spent a total of 30 minutes cooking tonight. Also, I cheated. Yes, I admit it! I didn’t make homemade tonight. I bought a pound of lean hamburger, a pound of spaghetti, and Ragu traditional sauce. So what if I cheated! It was good. And no complaints. Everyone enjoyed it. Oh, here’s a tip! If you have a problem getting your little ones to eat spaghetti sauce because the little ‘green’ things, onion pieces, or tomatoes… try Ragu traditional spaghetti sauce. It has all the good spices and veggies in it, but the little ones can’t see them. It’s always a hit at my house! I paired my sketti with a fresh, hand tossed salad and bread. Yummy.


30 Day Memoirs: The tale of a picture #4

Reading Hy Vee seasons Volume 4 Issue 5

Reading Hy Vee seasons Volume 4 Issue 5

Thanksgiving is coming fast! Are you ready? I know I am! I always look forward to getting my Hy Vee Season book in the mail. It always has loads of information on the latest season with great gift ideas, decorations, and recipes. I received the Fall 2010 Seasons Book, Volume 4- Issue recently and found easy recipes that are to die for! And I got it right in time for the holiday. On page 23, Hy Vee shares quick side dishes and desert. I found Festive Green Beans that look so yummy and really easy to make.

What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? Will you be cooking a big meal? Want some great ideas? I suggest you grab up a Hy Vee Seasons Book. They don’t cost a dime and have lots of helpful ideas.

Want to try out the Festive Green Beans like me? Here’s how to do it!

Saute fresh or high-quality frozen green beans in a little olive oil until crisp tender. The oil will make the vegetables glisten. Transfer the beans to a serving dish and top them with chopped pecans and dried cranberries. And Walla! A yummy, easy to make, decorative side dish. Enjoy!

Best Bread

Image via allrecipes.comMy neighbor was nice enough to give me a Magic Chef bread machine. I have wanted one for a while but didn’t want to fork out the cash for it. Well now that I have one, I have been experimenting with it and all kinds of bread recipes. I made some excellent banana bread very easily but didn’t have as much luck with basic white bread. I came out good tasting and edible but the crust just wasn’t as good as I thought it could be. I used my cook books and the magic chef instruction booklet to reference for recipes and still didn’t get it the way I wanted it. I finally decided to look online and found by searching Google: recipe for bread machine bread. does allow site membership but it wasn’t required. I also hand my hands full with supper when I submitted my search for the bread recipe. Within 60 seconds of searching, I found their site and the link took me directly to the right page and I was able to scribble it down, throw it in the bread machine, and resume supper. Thank goodness it was easy to find the recipe and get supper down all in one go! I have bookmarked and will be using it frequently. If you need a quick solution to a meal check out! By the way, the bread was perfect!

Tostada Bowls

Mexican food is a family favorite in my household. We love eating out too, but sometimes we like to all hang out at home and enjoy the same great food as well. Getting authentic tasting Mexican food can be very difficult. We are also extremely limited in shopping. Our only grocery stores are Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, and Aldi. I usually shop at Wal-Mart or Hy-Vee.

I decided I wanted to have Taco Salads at home, only one problem I don’t exactly have the equipment to make taco salad shells. They can be fried or baked and made very easily with either a piece to sit the shell into in the oven, or a metal piece to use in a fryer. I do not have either. And I am not positive where to purchase. So, I had to go on a search for Taco Salad shells at the store. I was at our local Hy-Vee in Kirksville and did not find any. I then went to Wal-Mart and was lucky enough to find Rio Rancho Tostada Bowls. The package comes with Four 6″ Bowls. The shelf was packed with them. Me, knowing how shells easily break, opened the boxes before I put them in my cart. And, to know surprise, the first five that I took off the shelf were broken inside the box. I can’t tell you whether it was fault of the stock man, delivery personal, or the manufacturer. It could simply be poor packaging. The shells are stacked, wrapped in plastic, and have a piece of cardboard around them. That’s it. Eventually I found a box that had shells in good condition and purchased it. I took them home and made Taco Salads. They were really easy to use. I preheated the over 350 degrees and placed them on a cookie sheet, baked them for 2 minutes, and then stuffed them. The shells were delicious.

Overall, Rio Rancho Tostada Bowls are a great product. I think some changes could be made with the package. I also recommend opening the box to check them at your local market prior to purchasing them. Rio Rancho also has a stamp on the box for a mail-in-rebate. It really isn’t a rebate per say, instead a $1 off coupon. You just have to clip your UPC and fill out the form and mail them in for the coupon. I liked the product and will probably purchase it again because nothing else is available. And… I am still on a search for the tool to make them at home.