Enjoy a romantic Valentines Surf and Turf that is not only easy to do but fun to do as well. Decorate the table using items you have around the house.
In my short YouTube video I showed a Valentines Surf and Turf dinner along with the DIY decorations for this special day.
So easy you can even do it in your Pajama bottoms.
1 Ribeye cooked the way you like it
Parmesan crusted Shrimp about 30 to 40 medium size
Gnocchi with Roasted Tomatoes
Wine and water a few decorations and you have yourself a Romantic Meal that is within your budget.
I hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day as much as we will..
This year I wanted to make and give Christmas presents to my family and friends.
This recipe and the others that are linked to this one can be made for any occasion. Today I’m using the 3 Steps For making Brown Sugar Lip Scrub for my neighbors and daughters for Christmas gifts.
Lip scrubs are not only sweet tasting they are great for your lips. They rub the dead cells off your lips making them smooth and kissable.
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So let’s get started.
1 part Honey
1 part Coconut oil
1 part Brown Sugar
Clear Empty Jars
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Spoon the Brown Sugar Lip Scrub mixture into clean well sanitized jars.
I used empty baby food jars that I cleaned out and them sanitized them by adding them into a pot of boiling water.
I keep my jar of Brown Sugar Lip Scrub on the bathroom counter and use it daily. I love how my lips feel after I use this scrub.
I taped ChapStick to the side of the jar as an added gift.
We started a neighborhood archery club. For a while we called it by our street name; but one of us kept asking where’d it go after every shot. So the new name was born.
By the way that person nearly always shot their arrow exactly where they intended it to go.
Each week one of us will make snacks for the group. This week was my turn.
I made crostini’s topped with Roasted Red Peppers and Pesto as well as Prosciutto. I also made a refreshing drink using Frozen Fruit and Ginger Ale.
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Archery Club Snacks…. it was mythings2do… Make it your thing 2 do too..
So as many of you know I have a meat grinder and I like to grind my own meat. Oh you didn’t know that? Aww well then you’ll want to read The Step by Step Guide to Grinding Meat .
This week I pulled a Pork Roast out of the freezer. I stared at it for a while trying to think of what to do with this roast. You see there’s only the two of us and neither one of us wants to eat the same thing every day until it’s all gone..
Well a quick trip to the grocery store for some staples and ideas. 30 minutes later I had it.
The 7 meals I came up with include lunches for work because try as hard as we could we just couldn’t eat it all in one setting.. LOL.
I bought a 7.35 Pound Pork Roast. For the rest of the ingredients , I already had everything in the fridge or pantry. On day one prepare the roast for the week cutting what needs to be cut in advance. you’ll see just keep reading..
Spinach and Feta Meatballs with Quinoa and Brown Rice
7 ounces Feta with Mediterranean herbs
4 ounces Baby Spinach
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/2 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
First things first. Break out the Meat Grinder and grind 2 pounds of your Pork Roast. When I’m mixing seasonings and other ingredients for my meatballs I like to run the meat through twice. The first time I run the meat through using the largest grinding plate. Then I mix everything except the bread crumbs in a bowl.
Now I run everything through the meat grinder again using the next size down grinding plate. This will incorporate the ingredients into the meat..
Yum.. Aww it smells so good at this point.
The last time I made meat balls I made colossal size meatballs using an ice cream scooper. This time I wanted them to be a bit smaller so I used my tablespoon.
I was able to get 24 meatballs on my pan.
I preheated my oven to 400 and cooked the meatballs for 30 minutes.
In the meantime I made Quinoa and Brown rice. Just followed the instructions on the side of the box for that one.
I made a brown sauce from scratch to put over my meatballs once I had them on the plate.
Sorry I couldn’t help myself.. lol. Ok on a serious note Day two’s Dinner is Chops that I cut from the Pork Roast.. I sliced these when I cut the 2 pounds off the roast for the meatballs we had. Then placed them between wax paper, put them in a gallon size ziplock bag and into the fridge they went. Now a couple of things.. One I’m not a Butcher so no I didn’t cut these perfectly like a Butcher would.. Two.. It was free to do..
For this dinner I simply made sure that my meat was completly dry. It makes for better cooking and if you pan fry this you dont want a lot of stuff popping back onto you while your cooking.. trust me…
2 tbsp Light Brown Sugar ( I like how it caramelizes the meat)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes ( more if you really like it spicy hot)
Pinch Salt and Black Pepper
Mix this together in the bowl and coat both sides of the chops
I like to do a 2 step cooking method with chops especially when I’m making more than one chop and cant fit them all in the pan at the same time.
I pan fried the chops using of course my Compound Butter and a tiny bit of plain Butter.
I know it looks like a lot of butter … but I used this for 4 chops.
I pan fried these for 3 minutes on each side. In the meantime I pre-heated my oven to 350.
After frying for a total of 6 minutes I placed the chops in the oven for an additional 20 minutes making this about a total of just under 30 minutes to cook them entirely.
Now my chops are cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Again I’m not a professional and as of yet do not own a meat cutter so my cutting isnt perfect. If yours are cut thicker then of course cook them longer. I would say to still use the same time on top of the stove only let them cook longer in the oven..
And this is how they looked when they were done…..
Yes they taste as good as they look… Ok let’s move on to day three and the half of pork roast we still have left..
Time to cook the half Roast we have.
So what I did the day that I cut all this up was to add seasonings that I really like into a gallon size ziplock, put the roast into it and added water.. If I had stock I probably would have used that instead of water..
In my ziplock I have Salt, a mix of Black and Red Peppercorns, Garlic powder, Minced Onions, Cumin,and Steak seasoning. I didn’t measure these out just put them into the palm of my hand and into the bag they went.
That got put into the fridge to hang out for a couple of days.
This morning I took it out and poured everything into my crockpot. The marinade and all. Set that puppy for an 8 hour cook… sit back or whatever for 8 hours…
When your roast is finished cooking, cut some slices for tomorrow nights dinner.. We are making Panini’s!! Also you might be tempted to get rid of all that good juice your roast was cooking in… Don’t… We will use some of that for the final dinner. Oh yea this is a no waste Roast.. lol
Today we are going to take those slices that were cut up and make Panini’s !!
Panini’s are so simple to make. You can really put anything you like on them. I’m currently baking some bread for tonight’s Panini’s.
Once the bread is cooled some I’ll cut slices and top with my roast and some Pepper Jack cheese, some mayo and Romaine lettuce.
I’m making a very simple Panini. Stick them into my Panini press and vola we have Panini’s.
Tiffany will probably make a veggie as a side.. She insist on eating a veggie with every dinner.. lol
No worries I’m not in distress.
It’s what’s for dinner tonight.. lol
You know those Patties we made days ago and put away? The ones we made when we made our meatballs? Yea those.. Well they are going to be tonight’s dinner..
Pan fry them for minutes on both sides.
While they are cooking we are going to make a quick pan gravy with the juices we kept from Day Fours dinner.
2 Tbl butter
2 Tbl All Purpose Flour
Melt the butter in a pan then add the flour. Cook this for at least one minute stirring occasionally. Once the flour taste has been cooked out instead of adding water or stock add 1 -2 cups of the juices that was saved from the crockpot. stir this until thickened.
Now for the assembly. Unless someone snuck into the kitchen overnight and ate the rest of the bread you should still have some left over.. Slice some pieces, top with a patty and ladle your gravy on top of that.. S.O.S Serve..
We are finally at the end of our Roast.
I know the title says 7 meals and it’s right.. I’m a HUGE fan of Ramen. For two of my lunches during the week I cut up some of the cooked roast and added it to a bowl of Ramen.
Now while I’ve really enjoyed all the ways I’ve cooked and served my Roast this week… I think next week we are eating chicken.. lol
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Join me as I make crepes for the first time in honor of this special day. Nutella Crepes is mythings2do today.. Make this your thing 2 do too.
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A month of romance with hearts, candles, and love spread all throughout the house. Well on the door anyway.. lol..
This year I wanted to make a decoration for our door and spend the least amount of money as I possibly could.
So off to the Dollar Tree I went.
I picked up a round Wreath, small bag of Flour, and Salt.
At home I already had nail polish for painting, hot glue, and yarn for the flowers.
For the hearts I followed instructions to make salt dough and used my heart cookie cutter to cut out the hearts.
Once the hearts are out of the oven and cooled, I used finger nail polish I already had and painted the hearts. Of course you can use paints but I like how shiny the hearts look using the nail polish.
Once all of these were dry I hot glued the hearts all around the wreath.
In my YouTube video I show how I made the flowers that I have on the wreath. Click here to watch the video.
I used a size E hook and Worsted Weight yarn
sc in 2nd chain from hook.
2 sc in next 2 chains.
2 hdc in nest 2 chains
2 dc in remaining chains
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Roll into a flower and sew the end.
Using the same crochet hook, I used a spring time green for the lea
sc in 2nd chain from hook.
hdc in next chain, in next 2 chains dc and in last chain 7 dc. Now working on the other side of the leaf, dc in next 2 chains, hdc in next chain and in last chain sc. Slip stitch to the first sc and end leaving a long tail for sewing under the flower.
I hot glued the flowers and hearts to the wreath, added a ribbon for hanging and there we go..
It’s laundry day again and wouldn’t you know it, I’m out of laundry detergent..
Well it has been a year since I purchased any laundry detergent… No I don’t stockpile gallons or even boxes of detergent.
There are several wonderful things about natural laundry detergent. I save money, my clothes smell awesome. Did I already say I save money?? LOL Seriously though. I don’t have to worry about any allergic reaction to the contents of my detergent and it’s safe for all washers.
Ok so let’s get started with whats inside this fantastic detergent. To make this easy just watch my Youtube video to this blog click here.
1 Box of Borax
1 box of Laundry booster
1 box of Baking Soda
1 box of Zote
1 container of Oxyclean
1 container Scent Booster Beads
I use half of all the ingredients . It’s easier to mix together and the container I use to hold it all will only hold half. Once all the ingredients are mixed use only 2 tablespoons per load.
I want to sat enjoy but if I’m honest.. I love washing my clothes. I love drying them too. That’s as far as it goes.
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The question isn’t why grind your own meat. The question is why aren’t you already doing it?
For the price of a package of ground meat, I buy a roast or loin and can use that package of meat for two or more meals. Another plus for me is adding spices I love without worrying that my pre-ground, pre-seasoned meat will have spices that I don’t love in it.
I’m not going to bore you with a lot of written stuff.. Instead see how much fun I had making this beautiful dish by clicking YouTube
After seeing the video and you want to have your own meat grinder click here to find one on Amazon.
Click Easy to make Homemade Pasta and add your favorite alfredo sauce to finish the meal.
My favorite part of baking is licking the bowl, beaters, spatula…. But when your recipe calls for eggs you can’t do that… Well good news!! Not only is this recipe easy it also doesn’t use eggs so lick away my friends lick away!!
When I first found this recipe I was excited by how simple it was and how versatile it is as well. You can roll it out and cut out your cookies or make tiny balls roll them in sugar and drop them on your pan. Frost them with Royal Icing or sprinkle more sugar on top.. Which every way you decide to make them, you will enjoy eating them as much as I have enjoyed both making and eating them..
In my YouTube video I added sugared orange zest on top of some cookies before baking and on others I added toasted chopped Hazel nuts.
Ok enough talking.. They are cookies. They are addictive.. Well for me they are I just cant stop baking and eating them. So let’s get going with the ingredients and directions.
I used homemade butter click here to see how I made it.
In a stand mixer mix together the Cream Cheese, Butter, Sugar, and Vanilla.
Mix until nice and smooth….Then slowly add the Flour and Baking soda.. When I say slowly trust me I mean slow down the mixer or you’ll be wearing flour.
At this point decide if you want to cut out cookies or make rolled cookies.
If you want to cut out cookies put the bowl with your cookie dough in the refrigerator for an hour. Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into your desired shape and place on baking sheets with parchment paper on it, about 3 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes them move to wire racks to cool completely.
Now if you want rolled balls of cookies you don’t have to refrigerate the dough if you don’t want to.. I used a tsp measuring spoon and rolled the dough into balls, placed them on a baking sheet with parchment paper on it, about an inch or so apart. Just for kicks I used my fork to add a design. As above Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cook on baking sheet for about 2 minutes them move them to wire racks to cool.
When my button cookies were completely cooled I put them in mason jars to give as gifts and of course to keep for myself.
Which ever way you decide to bake your cookies, make sure to lick the beater!!
Easy To Make Sugar Cookies was My Thing 2 Do… Make it Your Thing 2 Do Too..
Leave me a comment on how much you enjoyed licking the bowl.. I mean eating the cookies..
I’ve been thinking about making my own butter for a while now. So why haven’t I? Simple, I thought it was ubber hard to do. Turns out making your own butter isn’t hard at all. So grab your gloves, bucket and churn. I’m kidding. All you need is a stand mixer, heavy cream and about 15 minutes.
Why make my own butter when I can just go to the store and buy it? It’s pretty simple actually. I love butter.. real butter not the yellow stuff that comes in those tubs. Don’t get me wrong margarine has it’s place in some things but butter… real butter that’s what I grew up eating and love so very much. You see my mom is German and eating open faced sandwiches with meat or jam on German bread or Brotchen with sweet creamy butter was what we had for breakfast.
The benefits to making your own butter? Other than the satisfaction you get from making it?? You know exactly what’s in it.. And hey plus you get buttermilk out of the deal too.. I made my butter without salt. That was/is a personal choice.
Put the buttermilk in a container like a Mason Jar and refrigerate for no more than 3 weeks. Put your newly made butter in a container of your choice and refrigerate for no more than 3 weeks if you can keep it that long.. I know mine wont last that long. Mine might last a week.. maybe.. probably not though. I plan on do some baking.
Is butter good for you? Butter like anything else you eat should be eaten in moderation. Don’t be afraid of butter. Of course if you’re reading this you already know how good butter is and you’re here to learn how to make it for yourself.. So let’s get to it..
Let’s learn How To Make Butter Like A Pro!!
1 3/4 cups Heavy Cream
Container to keep your butter in.
Mason Jar for the buttermilk
Mix on high…
It starts to look like Whipped Cream. If you’re making whipped cream you can add sugar at this point, whip a little more than stop. But we are making butter so keep on going..
Now we have curdled cream.. This is what we want.. see the buttermilk at the bottom of the bowl??
You know you have butter when it’s all stuck to your mixers whisk like this…
Place the butter in the fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
Find a container to put your newly made butter in and enjoy!!
Keep your eye on my blog. I’ll be making compound butter soon using the butter I’ve made myself.
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