#foodiefriday~~#HappySt.Patrick’sDay~~a day late

Happy St. Patricks Day

Hi, Y’all. I hope you had a great St. Patricks day and didn’t wake up with a major hangover. We had a busy St. Patricks Day, moving my son and his two kids into our rental house.  Luckily I cooked a corned beef in the crock pot and some potatoes and cabbage in another.  This made dinner much easier while we worked on the other house dinner was cooking itself.. I added a pan of Irish soda bread to round out the meal.

I wanted to make Irish Pasties, Colcannon and the Irish soda bread, but since we were busy, I went simpler.

I Made a different take on shepherd’s pie. I will call it my Irish  Shepard’s Pie or Luck of the Irish Pie, even though it’s a casserole, not a pie.

As I said above, I cooked my potatoes, Cabbagee and corned beef in the crockpots.


Here is how I made it.


1 3 pound corned beef brisket

About 6cups cubed potatoes ( I used red ones) Divide cook 4 cups for the fillings and two cups for the topping.

I cabbage chopped

Onion powder, garlic powder, about ½ tsp each

salt, pepper about one tsp each or to taste.

1 can beef broth

1 cup shredded Colby or cheddar cheese.

Cook the corned beef to directions.  Put the chopped potatoes, cabbage and seasonings in another crock pot ( you can use the same but to me it gets too greasy. Add one can of beef broth (  you can use water) once everything is tender turn off.


Shred meat and place into a greased or sprayed baking dish. Put the potatoes and cabbage and spread on top of the beef. Mash the remaining two cups of potatoes with a little milk and butter, spoon into mounds.  Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.


Remove, sprinkle with cheese bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool about 10 minutes and serve with a nice hot pan of Irish soda bread and some glazed carrots.


Now you have your Corned beef and Calconnan in one dish.

I used an Irish Soda bread recipe I found online by googly easy Irish Soda Bread.


I am happy to say my casserole got 5 Purrrs from all the kiddos!

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No, I’m not contributing to the delinquency of a minor.. its Cream soda! Sadly the Soda bread got a unanimous 0 purrs!

Did you wear green and have a traditional Irish meal? What did you make?

#foodiefriday~~Happy #birthday son!~~#brinnertime


Yesterday was my son’s birthday. I won’t say how old since that gives away my age  LOL.  Usually, we do his birthday tonight, but he has to work so we did it earlier in the week.

I always let the kids choose a meal for their birthday. They are usually pretty predictable. He likes what he dubs as brinner.  Simply, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and gravy.  This year I am adding a hashbrown casserole to the mix.  Instead of cake, I usually just make cupcakes since he isn’t a desert fan, but I surprise him this year with his favorite dessert my mom made. Homemade chocolate pie.

I was going to share some  pictures of the dishes and the family enjoying them but life happened and he wasn’t able to do the dinner this week. We are postponing it till next week since my granddaughter Kira is starting cheer camp this week and he had to take her yesterday for her physical and first meeting.

Some people have trouble making gravy getting it either too thick or too thin. I use to have that trouble myself then I finally broke down and used a recipe. Yes, I do use recipes from time to time. Especially now since I have very little memory from day to day.

Here is a simple guide to gravy. ( This is  milk gravy)

Sausage grease( a few tablespoons)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

3 cups milk

I find it’s best to use meat grease. Sausage, bacon, chicken, pork chops all make a delicious gravy. If you are vegetarian use canola or vegetable oil, though it isn’t as rich.

Sprinkle the flour in the grease. It should be a thin creamy paste. Cook a minute to get the floury taste out add, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in milk. Using a whisk cook until thick. You can crumble your sausage in the gravy, but I serve it separately and let everyone crumble how much they want.

I am making home-made biscuits as well. Here is the recipe I use.


Here is the recipe for the Hashbrown casserole that  I am making it’s a copy cat Crackerbarrel one.



Now for the pies. I am cheating using frozen crusts. Mom made those herself. Mine usually falls apart.

I will use this recipe.  Mom used this when she first started making them, of course, she made so many she didn’t need a recipe.


I will top with meringue but not a deep one.

Do you like breakfast for dinner? What’s one of your favorites?

If you can dream it…you can do it.

 #foodiefriday~~ #Popcorn


I love popcorn. There is nothing better than a good movie and popcorn. Nowadays going to the movies is very expensive. Especially if you have kids. I have three grandkids that live next door and two that are over frequently. No way I can take that many to the theater ( besides we don’t have a theater in town, and I don’t have a bus to take them to the nearest one that is 20 miles away.)

Renting movies is an excellent alternative. You can rent from the Redbox or if you have Netflix you have tons of movies with a click of a button.


I happen to have a movie house popcorn machine. My husband uses to have a video store, and he kept the popcorn machine. We use it a lot.  I keep a couple of those shake on seasonings for them to add to their bowls, but sometimes

I like flavored popcorn. Like caramel corn.  I found these recipes on Pinterest and absolutely love them.

My hubby buys me these bags of peanut butter, chocolate, and a caramel fudge popcorn at the tractor supply store. They are quite expensive, so I looked for some homemade versions that were less expensive and of course made more.


Carmel corn is simple.

Pop 8-10 cups of popcorn. ( air popping is a healthier option or you can always pop in a pan on the stove if you can’t afford the other equipment. Or use prepackaged bags and microwave.

You will need for the caramel topping

2 sticks butter

1/2c corn syrup

2 cup brown sugar

1 t baking soda

Bring the first three ingredients to a rolling boil. Add baking soda, pour immediately over popcorn ( I like my corn salted first.) let cool well before serving.

Optional: melt half a bag of chocolate chips. Spread caramel corn onto a couple of baking sheets in a thin layer( I cover with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray first.)  drizzle the melted chocolate over and bake at 350 for ten minutes. ( let cool before serving) Makes 8 – 10 1 cup servings.)

You can add some cashews or peanuts before baking  for another delicious option.

Peanut butter popcorn

Pop 8-10 cups of popcorn put into a large bowl ( I don’t salt this one)

1 stick of butter

1/12 cups brown sugar

1 bag large marshmallows

1 cup of peanut butter ( I usually use creamy, but you can use the crunchy)

In a large glass, microwavable bowl, melt butter and brown sugar. Add marshmallows cook in one-minute intervals, stirring after each until melted. Add peanut butter and mix well until creamy. Pour over popcorn and toss or stir with a large wooden spoon.

Prepare enough cookie sheets to spread corn in one layer with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.  Bake peanut butter corn in 325  ( I have to do 350 my oven doesn’t go lower)  for 10 minutes. Let cool.  Makes 8-10 1 cup servings. ( again you can melt some chocolate and drizzle over this before baking.Yummy)

Here is my Pinterest page with lots of delicious links to recipes some even healthier versions.


Now I think it’s time to pop in a movie and enjoy!


Do you like flavored popcorn? What is your favorite? Have you tried any exotic ones?

#foodiefriday~~Slide on over for #yummy #burgers

Hi Ya’ll! Welcome back or another foodie Friday post. This isn’t what I had planned but I made dinner tonight and it was such a hit I had to share.

I saw a recipe last week on Pinterest for copycat Krystal or Whitecastles. When I went back to get the recipe I couldn’t find the exact one I had liked. I searched and found a few that were doable and decided to try my own idea.

Here is what you need.

1 pound of hamburger (80/20 works best)

1 medium onion( I used a sweet onion)

1 package of brown and serve rolls

2 tbsp  melted butter

12 pieces of cheese

Hamburger seasoning, salt, onion powder

optional pickles, mustard, mayo, catsup

Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 375.

Put hamburger in a gallon plastic storage bag season and squish around until mixed ( keeps your hands from being all gooey) take a rolling-pin and flatten it very thin (about a quarter of an inch) make it a nice rectangle and enough to fit 12 of the dinner rolls.











place on prepared sheet and put in oven and bake









after 20 minutes remove and drain. They should be nearly done but not quite they will cook another 10 minutes.

Now put sautéed onion and cheese slices over the top









cut the dinner rolls in half with a serrated knife putting the bottoms on top of the meat and the tops on another prepared baking sheet. Brush these lightly with melted butter or spray with buttery cooking spray.









Bake according to  roll package I believe about 10 minutes.










Remove from oven and place tops on the yummy burgers. I doubled the recipe since I was feeding six but had about 7 left.









They are pretty filling. I served with pickles and tater tots and let the kids put on their own condiments. The originals have mustard and pickle.

The kids and adults both loved them and said they want them again.


This was an easy meal with little work and easy cleanup.   I will definitely do them  again.

Do you like sliders? Do you have a favorite slider recipe?




#foodiefriday~~Feeling Chip-per


Hi ya’ll. Welcome back to foodie Friday. I hope you are enjoying the posts. What do you think of my new slide? 

I was talking to a friend about healthier snack alternatives to potato chips—one of my biggest downfalls. We came up with several options.

Option one—eat the chips. Yes, you read that right. I don’t mean eat a full family sized bag but get the smaller prepackaged individual ones and eat one bag on occasion( not every day).  You can get a large bag which is sometimes cheaper and bag up the portions into sandwich bags.

Option two—try homemade potato chips and bake them. I like sweet potato chips.. here is the link to the recipe I used. ( My furbaby Molly likes them too)) Carrots make good chips as well.



I do have a mandolin, but a good sharp knife works too.  This works for a regular potato as well. I used the white bakers.

Option three– homemade tortilla chips. I LOVE these. I take a four or corn tortilla spray with olive or buttery cooking spray salt lightly and bake till crispy. I use these for nachos,  or guacamole or just plain ole munching!

Now here is where we go crazy. Fruit and Veggie chips. I have a dehydrator and often try to make apple and banana chips. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.  It takes practice getting it right so I usually snatch a bag at the grocery store on grocery day. A few of these in the afternoon helps me with sweet cravings. Careful though because these can be higher in calories than you think so be sure to look up serving amounts and don’t exceed. That’s the secret…portion control.

And HERE is a real surprise…Kale chips. I was very shocked with this one. I have a big tub made up now. It’s not expensive, and it’s easy. I bought a bunch of kale, but you can probably get it in a bag as well. The bunch was pretty cheap here. I gave 79 cents for mine. I cut off the stems at bottom wash them pat dry. I line a sheet with foil and spray with olive or buttery cooking spray. I always line my pans for easy cleanup.  Cut the little leaves off and lay on the sheet, the bigger one I cut into bite sized pieces ( remove the thick stem or it gets chewy—YUCK!) You can simply season with salt and pepper, or garlic salt but I like taco seasoning. I tried ranch seasoning it wasn’t for me.  Bake in a preheated oven about 350  for 10 minutes or until crispy. They do get sort of a dark color. The do have a bit of a green aftertaste and are crumbly and messy, but I really liked them.

Here is a link to an official recipe if it’s easier than my scattered directions. LOL



I think I will try this next time and see if mine is even better.

Have you ever tried homemade chips before? What are your favorite kinds?


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