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Tomato Mac & Cheese

Tomato and Mac & Cheese. It’s sounds like a strange combo doesn’t it?! At first, it really did sound crazy to me, but then I thought about it. One of my favorite comfort foods is grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. So why not a Tomato Mac & Cheese? See, not so strange now, is it?

The entire idea behind my recipes as of late, is simplicity. Simple weeknight fall comfort foods. I’m no longer just a mom and housewife. I took a part time job at a school, and although part time, it’s fast paced. It’s a busy busy job, and by the time I’m done there and get home, I’m beat. The last thing I want to think about is dinner. This is where planning ahead, and making things very simple come into play.

This Tomato Mac & Cheese couldn’t be easier. It looks a lot like Dad’s Glop, but don’t get fooled because it’s a totally different flavor. Probably just as easy to prepare though, which is not a bad thing at all. Tired or not, I still need to bring my family around the table. Gathering my family around the table in the evenings, sharing a delicious meal, is so important to me that no matter what, it will not be compromised. With this recipe, you can do it too, and enjoy conversation and reconnecting with your family. To save on precious time, I like to chop my onions and garlic the night before and store them in an air tight container in the fridge. That way when I get home from work, and it’s time to cook dinner, I don’t have to waste precious time chopping the veggies. At this point it’s pretty much a dump and cook recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did, and enjoy some much needed reconnect time with your loved ones.

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Tomato Mac & Cheese Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain any fat if necessary. Season with salt & pepper.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine cooked pasta, the beef mixture, soup, sauce, and milk. Heat mixture over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Campbell's Kitchen

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Pea Salad with Bacon & Creamy Ranch

Long weekends equal lots of fun and food with family and friends! At least it does in my neighborhood, if you can call it a neighborhood out here in the sticks.  We had two full, very busy, yet very fun days with family friends as we wave goodbye to summer and fit in at least one more (or two more in this case) cookout.

And out here in the sticks, we know how to have fun! Labor Day weekend marking not just goodbye to Summer, but also bringing out the first of many bonfires/chimney log fires of the new Fall season coming.

Of course the adults aren’t the only ones having fun. My little guy, Joe, had an absolute blast at his very first “neighborhood” party. If you are new here and don’t know, my son Joe is Autistic and would have never handled this much activity (aka a cookout/party) without getting overloaded and ending in a melt down. So, this is his first very successful party. He had a blast on the playground at our friend’s house, and lasted as long as I did! The score: Mom 1 vs. Melt Downs 0. Awww yea!!! Hang on a sec, I need to victory dance! Of course a lot of thanks goes to his Grandma. She kept up with him and enjoyed herself too. It was a good day!

The really cool fires and the playgrounds aren’t the only thing that bring us folks out here in the sticks together. Oh no, it’s the food! Isn’t it always the food? Our potluck parties (or pitch-ins as the native Hoosiers like to call them) are always incredible! There’s always so much food! Way more than I can justify eating in one sitting. I want to, I just can’t justify it. 😂 Seriously, we had pork loin, ribs, lamb chops, sausages, and of course hot dogs and burgers! My mother in law brought her amazing mac & cheese, and I really need to wiggle that recipe out of her so I can share it with all of you. There was so much more food than what I just listed, including this Pea Salad with Bacon & Creamy Ranch.

This salad is incredible. It’s incredibly easy, incredibly delicious, it has incredible tasty bacon. See? Incredible! It comes together super fast. Although you can substitute real bacon bits for the bacon in this salad if you’re pressed for time, but I seriously recommend cooking bacon and crumbling it. I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven and clean up is a breeze! Just heat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, put your bacon on there and bake it for about 15-20 minutes or until it’s crisp. Then put it on a paper towel lined plate and let it cool before crumbling. Clean up?! What clean up?!

I hope you all get a chance to enjoy this salad as much as I enjoyed sharing it with my friends and family.

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Pea Salad with Bacon & Creamy Ranch Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Salads
Cuisine American
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Course Salads
Cuisine American
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  1. Drain peas in a colander, if necessary. Mine had a little liquid from being frozen, but not much. We don't want that liquid.
  2. In a large bowl add peas, cheese, onion, sunflower kernels, crumbled bacon and ranch dressing. Toss gently to coat.
  3. Add salt & pepper to taste, and toss gently one more time to mix it in.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Dinner Then Dessert

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Cinnamon Toast Snack Mix – #SundaySupper

Well, my lovely SundaySupper family and I have done some great Back to School recipes for you, we gave you Back to School Lunch ideas and some easy, quick Back to School dinner recipes for those hectic extra curricular activities nights, whether it’s sports, choir, band, cheer, drama, you name it! Those nights can get rough when it comes to dinner time.

“What about snacks?!” You may be asking yourself. Don’t worry! We would never leave you hanging! We know these kids come home from school just starving, and need something to hold them over until dinner. At least my kids do, I swear they think they’re dying! 😂 Thanks to our wonderful SundaySupper host for this Back to School Snacks event, Cricket Plunkett from Cricket’s Confections, and the rest of us SundaySupper folks, we’ve got you covered for snacks!

So lets get started, shall we? I’ve got a real simple snack mix that I like to whip up for my kids. It makes a lot, so I don’t have to replenish the self serve snack area very often. For this particular snack, I create individual snacks using those zipper snack bags, and just put them in what I call The Snack Bag. This way, my kids can come home, drop their stuff, and grab their own snack without me having to drop what I may be doing. Some folks  have a whole section of the fridge with different snacks to choose from, but so far my snacks don’t need to take up space in the fridge. For me, that’s a huge bonus!

In this snack mix, I have two different types of cereal consisting of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Vanilla Chex, mini pretzel twists, and later, we add some white chocolate chips. In my recipe ingredients list there are nuts listed, however, my poor Andrea is allergic to all things nuts, so obviously I leave them out. Me, loving all things nuts and not allergic, oh they’d be wonderful in this mix! So feel free to add those or leave them out. I start by taking the cereals and pretzels and tossing them in a bowl. Then I melt the butter, and add honey to the melted butter. Then drizzle that all over the cereal mixture. Toss it really well to coat.

Then spread it out between two baking sheets. I line it with foil for easier clean up. Now it’s ready for the oven. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, stirring once during baking. If you don’t stir at least once, you may end up burning some of it.

Once totally cooled, you can toss your white chocolate chips in, and then store the whole thing in an airtight container, little zipper snack bags, or however you wish to store it. Just make sure it is stored so air won’t get to it.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it. I told you it was easy and quick! And the best part, it’s so good! I have a hard time keeping my hands out of that snack bag. I just constantly remind myself, “that’s for the children!!” 😆

When you’re finished here, you might check out some more ideas for back to school snacks from my #SundaySupper friends:

 

Sunday Supper Best After School Snacks

Cookies

Fall Flavors

Healthy Snacks

Savory Snacks

Sweet Snacks

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Cinnamon Toast Snack Mix Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
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Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil, and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cereals, pretzels and nuts if using; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter and stir in honey. Mix well to combine.
  4. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture and mix well.
  5. Spread between your two prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring once. Cool completely.
  7. Once totally cooled, stir in white chocolate chips.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
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Dad’s Glop – #SundaySupper

Oh my we have been busy with back to school lately haven’t we?! Speaking of busy, things just get busier once school is in full swing. Before you know it there’s sports, and band, and fundraisers, and just all sorts of things going on all year to keep the kids and the parents busy! Thanks to #SundaySupper and our gracious host Em from Life Tastes Good for this back to school dinner event, we’ve got some fresh ideas for those busy weeknight dinners.

This one, is one of my favorites, and my family’s favorite too. Some people call it Goulash, others may call it American Chop Suey, but around here, we call this Dad’s Glop. Doesn’t sound appetizing does it? Well I can assure you it’s amazing. Not just amazing, but it’s quick and perfect for busy dinner nights.

There’s a reason for the unappetizing name though. There were occasional times when my dad would be in charge of dinner. I grew up with both of my parents working, so sometimes mom had to work late, or maybe wasn’t feeling well, or whatever the case that kept her out of the kitchen, and so it was up to dad. I remember asking him what was for dinner, and his answer was…. “Glop!” No joke. That’s what he said. He’s a funny guy, and apparently, this is Glop. My father isn’t just a funny guy, he’s a very simple guy, and folks, cooking doesn’t have to be a gourmet feast. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Simplicity can be so wonderful. Just like my Dad’s Glop. My brother still makes this from time to time for his family. I remember him calling me and asking me “what’s the recipe for Dad’s Glop?” I had to stifle a giggle before I told him how to make it. His response, “That’s it?!” Yea… that’s it.

So how simple? Well, let me show you how simple my dad likes to keep it, and hopefully you’ll give it a try yourself, and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

First, grab a large pot and get some salted water started on the stove to boiling. While you are waiting for the water to boil, you’re going to want to chop up a small – medium onion and about 4 or 5 medium-large garlic cloves. I have a little hand chopper I use for both the onion and the garlic, which saves time for me because I’m really no good with a knife. I can’t do what I see Chefs on TV do. So anyway, you’ll want to brown your ground beef with the onion and garlic until the beef is no longer pink.

Drain your meat if necessary. Depends on how lean your beef is. Then add your favorite pasta sauce (homemade if you can your own would be great!) I like to  use a Tomato & Basil pasta sauce. Just 1 jar will do ya. Then add some black pepper to taste, and about 1-2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. I just sprinkle it in until it looks like that (above). It’s really just to your taste.

Stir that all up in the pan real good and heat it just until it starts to bubble. Then cover it with a lid and lower the heat to simmer. Stir occasionally. By this time, your water should be boiling, or about to. Just dump your elbow noodles in the boiling water and cook as per the directions on the package; drain.

Now combine everything together in that same large pot. Mix it all up really good. Now you are ready to serve!

You can serve this with some cheesy garlic Texas toast, and a quick tossed salad like I did and you have a very family pleasing, quick weeknight meal!

I hope you give this a try, and enjoy Dad’s Glop!

Here are some more idea’s from my #SundaySupper friends!

Back to School Dinners

Beef and Pork

Pastas, Soups, Rice and Stews

Poultry

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Dad's Glop Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus Inspired by my Father, John Soden
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown ground beef with onion and garlic until beef is no longer pink; drain and return to skillet.
  3. Add pasta sauce, pepper, and Italian seasoning to beef in skillet. Mix thoroughly. Bring just to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring ocassionally.
  4. Add elbow macaroni to boiling water and cook according to package directions; drain and return to large pot.
  5. Add beef mixture to macaroni and stir to combine. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To round out this meal, serve with garlic bread and a tossed green salad with your favorite dressing.

From time to time, I add sliced black olives to the beef mixture when I add the sauce. I also like to use ground Italian sausage in place of the ground beef, or half sausage and half beef for a different twist.

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Oven S’mores

Mmm S’mores… do you ever get a hankering for s’mores? My kids and I do, although my kids do more often than I do. We just love these little suckers, and when you get a craving for something, you just got to satisfy it! Most people are aware of this method of making s’mores. That’s what I call it, a method. It’s not really a recipe and no, it was not originally my idea. No clue who thought of it first, but whoever did, great idea!

While I was making these for my kids for probably what was the gazillionth time, I thought to myself, “you know, I’m sure not EVERYONE has thought of this.” So that’s why I’m sharing this with you today. I know, I’m a day late on National S’mores Day, but who cares? That’s the beauty of these s’mores! You don’t need a special day. Is it raining outside, and you can’t have a campfire? Is it too cold? Is it too hot? Is it storming, and your sweet tooth just said “Man we need s’mores!” It’s ok, that’s what these are here on my blog for! So check this out…

First you’re going to want to move your top oven rack to about the second slot from the top. Then turn on your broiler. Next, line a baking sheet with foil or parchment, just to eliminate any extra cleaning. Then take 2 graham cracker sheets and break them in half creating 4 bottoms. Place those on the sheet.

Then, grab your marshmallows, and cut them in half the long way.

Place a marshmallow half on each of the 4 graham bottoms.

Now get your chocolate ready. Just break your candy bar so you have two squares per s’more.

Then stuff the baking sheet under the broiler, and watch very closely. Broil them until the marshmallows are nice and golden. Do not turn your back even for a second or they will burn. The browning process is super fast.

Immediately after you take these out of the oven, place your chocolate on top of the marshmallows. Be careful, those marshmallows are hot.

Then immediately place your graham tops on and moosh it down gently.

Serve immediately, and enjoy the smiles and cheers you will receive! Oh and uh… don’t forget to make one for yourself!

 

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Oven S'mores Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. Move top oven rack so it is two notches down from the top. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up.
  3. Break graham crackers in half so you have 8 squares. Place 4 graham squares on baking sheet.
  4. Cut your marshmallows in half the long way, and place a marshmallow half on each of the 4 graham squares.
  5. Broil until your marshmallows are golden brown. Watch carefully, because they will brown quickly and before you know it, they will burn.
  6. Take them out of the oven and immediate (and carefully) place two chocolate squares on top of marshmallows, then top with the remaining graham squares.
  7. Serve immediately and watch the smiles!
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The Mama’s Ultimate Pizza

Pizza  night. Do any of you have one night a week that’s pizza night? We do around here not just because we love pizza, but because at least once a week we need something speedy. Pizza is a very quick dinner to make. Especially if you simplify things and buy the dough in the refrigerated section of the store. Super easy. Just roll it out, press to fit, and top it with whatever you like.

Here’s one of they ways this mama likes to do pizza. We call this The Mama’s Ultimate Pizza.

First I take out my baking sheet and line it with foil for easy clean up. I really hate doing dishes. Then I spray that lightly with some cooking spray. Then pop your dough out of the can, and starting in the middle of the pan, unroll the dough, and press it and spread it to fit as best you can. See mine, doesn’t have to fit perfectly. It’ll be ok, I promise. Now to ensure that the dough is cooked completely when the entire pizza is done, I slip this into the oven at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes, just to partially cook the crust. You don’t want to cook it completely through at this point. Just give it a little head start. Then set that aside.

Now I prepare my toppings. I brown up some ground Italian sausage. You can go hot or mild on this. I prefer the mild. Don’t forget to drain it.

Then I chop up my bell peppers. I like to use two different colors here just to make it pop. I love the brightness of the red and yellow, but you can choose any bell peppers you want, whatever colors you want. I also had the hubster slice up some red onion. He never cries when he cuts onions. He says “the idea is to not develop an emotional attachment.”  😂

And because we love meat so much, I sliced up some smoked sausage. We also added sliced pepperoni, which was already sliced, and some sliced black olives, neither of which are pictured, and again, those were already sliced. Notice I’m using cheapy paper plates to put my prepped toppings on? Did I mention I hate doing dishes? 🙃

Now the fun part! The layers! Slather on as much or as little sauce as you want, I used store bought pizza sauce. Then some pizza blend cheese, which came already shredded. (Gee, ready made dough, pre-sliced olives, pre-sliced pepperoni, ready sauce and pre-shredded cheese. This recipe was half done before I even got started! SCORE!) A little note about the amount of cheese used, in the written recipe, I was trying to be reasonable on the measurements. Honestly, use as little or as much as you want. Obviously I did! Then I spread on my meats and veggies, and then cover that in more cheese. Sprinkle some Italian seasoning over the top (that was my mom’s idea. Thanks mom!).  Now it’s ready for the oven.

Just look at that slice of happiness! Definitely need a fork for this, but totally worth it! I hope you try it, and enjoy!

 

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The Mama's Ultimate Pizza Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Starting at the center of the baking sheet, unroll dough, pressing it out to fit baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes just to partially bake the crust.
  3. Spread sauce over crust; top with 1 cup of the cheese. Top cheese with meats, olives, onion and bell peppers. Top with remaining 1 cup of the cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the crust is a crisp deep golden brown, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Recipe Notes

For a spicier version, use spicy Italian sausage, and sprinkle the pizza sauce with some crushed red pepper.

Use as much cheese as you like! If you like cheese as much as we do, you'll likely want to use more than 2 cups.

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Rodeo Steak Sandwiches – #SundaySupper

This recipe I am bringing you today just screams “manly”! Doesn’t it? Rodeo, Steak, Sandwich. All three of those are manly food words. Especially steak. What’s more manly than steak?! This sandwich is sure to make your cowboys hoot & holler in delight. The cowgirls are gonna love it too. This recipe is quite simple, yet absolutely delicious! So round ’em up! It’s time for some grub!

Before we get started, I want to say thank you to our gracious #SundaySupper host Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. She’s worked hard to make this event possible and I appreciate her time so much.

For this recipe, I chose to use a boneless top round steak, but you can use pretty much any cut of beef you want. Flank Steak, London Broil, maybe even a brisket. But folks, the most important part of choosing your cut of beef, is make sure you grab Certified Angus Beef® brand. Oh man, I can not tell you how delicious and fresh their beef is. Absolutely perfect for this sandwich.

See that? Now that is a beautiful thing. Thank you Certified Angus Beef® brand, for this beautiful product. Lets just admire it for a minute longer…. 😆. I can’t help it, folks. I am totally a carnivorous person. Ok but seriously, this really is a beauty, but folks you gotta season it. As you can see here, it doesn’t come seasoned, so please, be nice to it and give it some seasoning. Grab your Montreal Steak Seasoning, shake that all over front and back, don’t be shy. Then just kinda rub it in. Give the meat a nice massage, they like that 😉. Then take your sea salt, and grind a some over the meat a couple of turns. The steak seasoning and salt are to taste, none of that is measured. I didn’t use a ton of salt, just a little bit. Set that aside, and we’ll start on the sauce.

This sauce, oh my gosh, this sauce!!! It is so crazy good. These sandwiches would not be what they are without this sauce, and it’s only three little ingredients! Can you believe that?! Just take your Mayo, which I use Mayo made with Olive Oil to cut down on some fat but you can use regular, or light. Do not use Miracle Whip because it will change the overall flavor. You don’t want to do that! Ok so take your Mayo, your horseradish mustard (I use the Walmart brand. It’s incredible!), and a bit of Worcestershire sauce and whisk it up in a bowl. Done. That’s it. Sauce is done. Refrigerate until you’re ready for it. It’s time to grill!

These beauties are happy! And so am I because I don’t have to do this part. I have my own personal Grill Master, which by the way, did an excellent job! These came out perfectly Medium-Rare which is how we like it. I should mention that you really only need about a pound or so for 6 sandwiches. We cooked extra and made some amazing nachos with the left overs. Would be great for quesadilla’s too. Or more sandwiches! I can’t get enough of these sandwiches!

So once you’ve grilled these to your desired doneness, you’re going to slice them real thin. Then butter the insides of your sandwich buns, and assemble your sandwiches. Start with Tomato, onion, sliced steak, and cheese. Then broil them for just a couple minutes until the cheese is melted. Spoon the sauce over the cheese, and top with the top half of your bun, and enjoy!

 

 

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

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Rodeo Steak Sandwiches Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
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Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. Season steak with steak seasoning and salt. Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for about 6-10 minutes on each side. Time will vary depending on your cut and thickness of meat. Grill to desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 140°; medium 155°; well-done 165°.). Keep in mind it will continue to cook while it rests. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing thinly.
  2. Spread butter on inside of buns. Place tomatoes, onion, sliced steak and cheese on bottom buns. Broil 5-6 inches from the heat for about 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together; spoon over cheese and replace bun top, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can use almost any cut of beef in this recipe, for instance flank steak, london broil, or even a beef brisket. Use your favorite cut.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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Simple & Refreshing Fruit Salad

Well hello there folks! I gotta tell ya, this last week has been one to test my patience. So, like everyone I’m sure has done at least once in their life, I had all of my future blog content stored all in one place! Easier to find if it’s in one place right? Yea well, do yourselves a favor right now, just stop reading and take a minute, go back up all of your important files! No really, go ahead. I’ll wait…….

You’ll thank me later. See, what I did, was I accidentally deleted ALL of my future blog posts. All the pictures, and wonderful things I wanted to bring to you all, GONE in an instant! However, good news, I have pretty much recovered, and can start bringing you new yummies!! I mean, I’m still sad over losing all of that work, but hey… I bounced back, and I am here with a stupid easy fruit salad. It’s actually embarrassing to even call it a recipe, because, seriously…. You’ll see 😂.

I believe the point I’m trying to make with this salad, is that not all fruit salads need a dressing. These fruits come together so well, and tastes so refreshing with just their natural flavors. This is so simple and so versatile that you could throw this together at the last minute with little effort. Use your favorite fruits, add more fruits to it, make it what you want it to be.

As you can see here, I chose strawberries, mandarin oranges, and blueberries. These were the fruits I had on hand and this is often how I make this salad. I have used fresh mandarin oranges instead of the canned, but this particular time I used canned. Either one works just as well as the other. If you choose to throw in bananas, make sure you do that right before serving so they don’t get all brown and mushy.

It’s the perfect summer side dish to have with breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for a potluck or cookout, and even as a snack. I hope you enjoy the simplicity of this delicious, refreshing salad as much as I do!

 

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Simple & Refreshing Fruit Salad Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Salads
Cuisine American
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Course Salads
Cuisine American
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  1. In a bowl, toss together strawberries, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and blueberries.
  2. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is very versatile. Add your favorite fruits and berries, like blackberries, raspberries, bananas, pineapple, the list is endless!

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Meatless Chili Pasta Bake

Hello everyone!

It’s a beautiful Tuesday afternoon here in my little corner of the world in the southern half of Indiana. A bit humid though. I love the sunshine, but the humidity I can do without. I am very grateful for my air conditioning. My kids, however, are enjoying playing in the sprinkler. When they are done, they like to towel off and dry in the sun while eating a Fun Pop. Once spring hits, I always make sure I have a package of those in the freezer.

Enough about my day, lets talk about menu planning for just a minute. Do any of you menu plan? I always work out a menu plan before I make my shopping list, and I work by the week. I also only do dinners. I don’t plan breakfast and lunch. Each individual is on their own for that one. I always have everyone’s favorite things on hand though, so it’s easy for them to find breakfast and lunch.

Do any of you do themed menu planning? I absolutely love doing my planning that way, because I get so bored doing it. I mean lets face it, menu planning and grocery shopping are not really the most enjoyable thing to do. They are tasks and they must be done. But why not have fun with it? If I start getting bored I just change up my theme. I do have some constants though that always seem to make it into the plan somewhere. One of those is a meatless night.

I have discovered that lots of people do “Meatless Monday”. My meatless meal may not fall on a Monday, but it’s the same concept. I’ve also discovered that having at least one meatless meal a week, will save money in groceries. One last thing I’ve noticed, when I make a meatless dish, no one seems to notice or even miss it. How cool is that?!

So that’s what I have for you today, a meatless dish that you’re going to want to add to your menu to try. It’s incredibly budget friendly, and so yummy! My son wolfed it down, and then the kids polished off what was left of it the next day for lunch. I served it alongside some corn bread and a tossed crisp green salad. Easy, quick, cheap, and yummy! What could be better?! Let me show you how easy this is…

First you’re going to cook the pasta according to the package directions. Then drain it, and add it back to the pot. Then mix in your chili, salsa and corn.

Transfer that to a 13×9 casserole dish.

Now sprinkle on the cheese.

All that’s left is to pop it in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s bubbly and the cheese is melted.

I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious dish together! We sure did!

A few of my favorite things in this recipe:

  • Pyrex glass 13×9 baking dish – Mine’s blue, and also probably older, but these Pyrex dishes are perfect for just about anything. They don’t absorb food smells or stains, they are dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave & oven safe, and the lid makes taking a dish to a potluck a lot easier!
  • Oxo Good Grips nylon spoon – These are safe for non-stick cookware and also heat resistant up to 400 degrees.
  • Paula Deen cookware – I absolutely love my cookware set. I have had these for quite awhile and still don’t need to replace them. They are very reasonably priced for great cookware.


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Meatless Chili Pasta Bake Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to pot and add in the chili, salsa and corn. Mix well to combine.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Chicken, Veggie & Rice Casserole

After this long weekend and returning to every day life, you’re probably going to be looking for an easy weeknight meal. Well, surprise surprise, I have what you are looking for! Today I’m sharing with you my Chicken, Veggie and Rice casserole. It’s so simple, and just perfect for busy weeknights, or for when you’re just tired and don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen. I mean, you need time to put your feet up and have a glass of wine. I’m just saying.

This recipe calls for cooked chicken, which increases the ease of it. If you already have cooked chicken in your freezer (which I like to keep stocked up on), or if you have leftovers from the night before, great! If you don’t have any already cooked chicken, to keep this recipe simple, you can grab a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store deli. That will do just fine.

All you need to round out this meal is a tossed salad. So lets just jump right in so you can get to relaxing!

A few of my favorite things I used in this recipe:

  • Pyrex 4 qt. glass mixing bowl – I love this giant bowl. I use it to mix casseroles together before putting them in the casserole dish, and I also love it because I can make a huge batch of salads to take to potlucks or to have at any party. Lots of space in this one. Plus Pyrex is non-porous so it won’t absorb food odors, flavors or stains, and it’s oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher safe.
  • Paula Deen Cookware – I absolutely love my cookware set. Paula Deen has many different sets, but this is the one I have and I love it. Always cooks evenly, washes easily, never stains.
  • Pioneer Woman Ceramic Bakeware Set – I just got this set and I adore them! They’re so pretty, not to mention easy to wash.


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Chicken, Veggie & Rice Casserole Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare your rice according to the package directions.
  3. In a very large bowl, combine rice, chicken, soup, milk, carrots, green beans, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Spoon into a 2 1/2 - 3 qt. casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Flip on the broiler, and broil for a minute or two, just to brown the bread crumbs. Watch closely so you don't burn it.
  6. Serve & enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Del Monte.

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