Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Buffalo Bleu Burgers

This is a go-to favorite for burgers~ you can use beef, chicken or turkey

1 lb. ground meat

4 Tbsp. buffalo wing sauce

1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles

1/4 cup diced celery


Mix all ingredients together and shape into burgers or meatballs. Cook


I usually double or triple the batch. I make half burgers and half meatballs. I freeze the meatballs for another meal. Top with whatever toppings you like. I enjoy bleu cheese dressing, tomatoes and lettuce on mine.

My Amish Macaroni Salad

This has got to be the best macaroni salad out there~ I've been using this recipe for years.

2 cups uncooked macaroni (this makes 4 cups cooked)

1/2 small onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 carrot, diced

1/4 green bell pepper, diced

2 t. sweet relish

2 cups mayonnaise (don't use Marzetti's)

3 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/3 cup sugar

2 t apple cider vinegar

1/4 t salt

1/2 t celery seed

1-2 hard cooked eggs (sliced)


Cook pasta and drain well. Dice veggies, sit aside. Combine mayo, mustard, sugar and vinegar. Whisk well. Allow sugar to blend so it is not grainy. Once this is smooth, add pasta and veggies. Stir to mix well. When serving, I top the pasta with sliced hard cooked eggs. Some versions of this recipe has the egg combined. I think it looks better placed on top of the pasta.


You can eliminate any of the veggies that are not to your liking. Also, you can use dill relish. Either way is fine. I've used both!


Monday, January 13, 2014

UCTD, Migraines and Black Seed Oil

I'm still on the journey of finding the perfect and natural combination of vitamins and minerals to control these migraines. I have been using the Black Seed Oil for several months now, and the first two migraines went away completely within a few minutes. At the first sign of the migraine, I take a tsp of Black Seed Oil and a tsp of honey mixed together. I do this several times a day. As time went on, it was working less and less. Last week it did not help at all, that I could tell. I have gone from migraines lasting 20+ days a month to 4 days a month. I don't rely solely on the vitamins for reducing the amount. I have also changed my eating habits. So, just maybe it is working in that sense. I have found the Black Seed Oil in a gel cap at Swanson's vitamins. I still try and take this every day. It does cause me to have the "burps"....not too pleasant, I might add.
I'm all but convinced that my migraines are hormone related, even though every specialist says they are connected to my UCTD. It's funny, I get them every 3 weeks like clockwork~hmmmm!!!
I'm considering a hormone balancing tea by Herbs & Oils World. http://frugallysustainable.com/2013/10/balance-hormones-naturally-a-womens-hormone-balancing-herbal-remedy/
It's worth a shot. I hope to have better results. I really don't mind a tea, in fact, I love tea. I'll get back to you on this one~

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Maple-Chili Marinade for pork or chicken

4-6 bone in pork chops or 4 boneless chicken breasts

4 Tbsp. water

2 Tbsp. chili powder

3 Tbsp maple syrup

2 t. salt

Pour over chops or chicken. Marinate. To serve: thaw, discard marinade, grill or bake.


I double or triple this recipe and use for my freezer meals. I use gallon baggies to freeze.

Sloppy Tamale Pie

Serves 6-8

1 1/2 lb. ground beef

1 carrot shredded

1 zucchini shredded

1 onion chopped

1 bell pepper chopped

2 cup corn

1 can sliced olives, drained

1 pkg taco seasoning or 2 tbsp if using homemade

2 (15oz) cans of tomato sauce

Brown beef and onion. Cool. Place in crockpot or freezer bag. Add remaining ingredients. If freezing, lay flat and freeze. To serve, thaw and place in crockpot 4-6 hours. If frozen, cut off bag and cook 6-8 hours.


I don't shred my veggies, I chop them in bite sized pieces. I also double this recipe so I have at least 2 separate meals.

Serve with cornbread.

Monday, October 21, 2013

NC BBQ Sauce for Pork or Chicken

Serves 4-6

1/2 t salt

1/2 t. celery seed

1/8 t cinnamon

1/8 t cider vinegar

1/4 cup catsup

1/4 t chili powder

1/4 t nutmeg

1/4 t sugar

sprinkle of red pepper flakes

2 lbs pork loin (chopped into bite sized pieces) OR

4 boneless chicken breasts (chopped into bite sized pieces

Place all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag and lay flat to freeze. To cook: thaw and place in crockpot for 4-6 hours. Or, you can place in crockpot frozen, but cook 6-8 hours.

Serve with slaw on buns.

Chicken Taco Soup

Serves 5-6

1 onion, chopped

1 can chili beans (do not drain)

1 can black beans (rinse and drain)

1 can corn (drained)

1- 8oz tomato sauce

2 cans diced tomatoes (with chilies or any other flavor ok)

1 can of chilies

2 Tbsp. taco seasoning (or 1 packet) **

3 boneless chicken breasts ( I chop these in bite sized pieces)

Combine in freezer bag. Lay flat to freeze.

To cook: thaw meal and place in crockpot. Cook on low 4-6 hrs. You can put this in the crock frozen. Just cut away the freezer bag. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Serve with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or any other favorite topping. I like to make 2 batches of this at a time.