Menu Plan Monday–March 30

Starting March 2nd, We’re going to give this a shot. I used to be so good at planning meals and something happened–and then I found out by way of a food journal, my system doesn’t tolerate MSG–so I’m making thing from scratch to avoid the nasty stuff! And since we’re moving soon, I also would like to need to empty … Read More

Tackle It Tuesday–Homemade Laundry Detergent

Phil and Zane are allergic to Tide, and laundry detergents are so expensive. So last year I bought a kit from for like $35. We’re a family of 3, and I have to do all of Phil’s work clothes as well, which at times come home soaked in diesel fuel and when he works on our cars, oil, grease, … Read More

Copy Stovetop Recipe

I cannot tolerate MSG. I’ve not blogged about it because I feared people would think I jumped on the “allergy” bandwagon but after months and months of journaling my food and after speaking with my doctor, it’s official. I can’t eat MSG. I’ll be blogging more about it soon. For now, I’m trying to find food without MSG. Do you … Read More

Tackle It Tuesday–Stuffed Peppers and Cabbage

Scroll down for the Freezer Stuffed Pepper and Cabbage recipe! I’ve been “food hording” as Toni likes to joke. Over the summer, we went blueberry picking and both of us put up blueberry jelly. Plus pineapple-jalapeno jelly. (which is great on sesame seed bagels with cream cheese!) OH YUM! Then she gives me this EASY apple butter recipe and brings … Read More

Homemade Old Bay, Dips, and Tuna Cakes

I thought I blogged about this? I searched the blog and couldn’t find it so I guess I intended to, but didn’t. Some time ago, in a land far, far away. Oh. Wait. Let me start again. Sometime in the recent past, I can’t remember when–I keep reading that’s part of this thyroid nonsense I’m dealing with, Phil made Tuna … Read More

Sliced Tomatoes

To make your tomatoes taste like they were fresh picked from your backyard vine do this: Sprinkle on some rice vinegar. I’ve used seasoned rice vinegar as well. Lightly salt and pepper. Sprinkle a little sugar on top. Delicious!! Photo Credit

Leftover Stew

Don’t forget to Name That Picture! * * * * * Leftover Garlic Chuck Roast Stew Leftover garlic chuck roast (including the onions)3 Beef bouillon cubes2 c Hot water2-4 Potatoes (I like the peels left on)2 Ribs celeryA small head of cabbage5 Carrots8 oz Tomato sauceSalt and pepperThrow it all into your crock pot

Garlic Chuck Roast

No. We’re not roasting Chuck the dog. Thank God. We’re roasting chuck, the cow. Or Chuck the roast? Click here to see nice diagram of beef cuts. So. On with the garlic. If you don’t like garlic, move right along. Don’t stop here, nothing to see. I promise, you will hate this. I like to ward off the vampires so … Read More

Roasted Potato Soup. Otherwise known as OMG is this good soup.

I used more than one potato, but I forgot to take a picture until now. Potatoes (about 2lbs)1 big onion or 2 small onionsLittle chunk of butter10 cloves garlicSalt and PepperExtra Virgin Olive Oil (I used garlic infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil)6 cups chicken stock2 Tablespoons flour1/2 cup milk or half and half Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut up … Read More

Beef Things with Spicy Dipping Sauce

I started with this package of frozen “seasoned shaved beef slices” You could probably fry up some flank steak or any kind of thin shaved or sliced beef. Use your imagination. I was out of Rice-a-roni, so I looked up a recipe for a copy version, tweaked it to my taste buds and went at it. Then I put some … Read More