Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bust out the green beer and the shamrock bead necklaces, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Me? I’ll be sitting at home, wearing my customary green outfit and eating leftover Shepherd’s pie. Sounds like my kind of party!

Don’t forget to wear green, you don’t want to get pinched!

Anyways, back to the food. Mmmm food… I grew up eating shepherd’s pie with my mom, although her version was a bit different than this.

Shepherd’s pie has always been a favorite meal for me. What’s not to love? Flavorful meat and veggie filling all topped with glorious mashed potatoes. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie”


Taco Taters

One of the downfalls of cooking for two people (our toddler hardly counts) is that sometimes I get a little carried away and we basically have to eat leftovers for an entire week. That can get a little tedious and so trying to revamp leftovers has become a fun game for me so we don’t lose our minds eating the same thing over and over again.

Last week, I made tacos… a lot of tacos. So many tacos.

To get creative with the taco meat I decided to slap it on some baked potatoes as a hearty and tasty alternative. Continue reading “Taco Taters”

Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part Two

Remember that delicious Zesty Italian Beef I made yesterday? Of course you do!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting this delicious beef take a look!


Dinner #1- a comforting plateful of mashed potatoes, creamed peas, and a huge pile of beef with the broth spooned all over the meat and potatoes. Swoon worthy!

Dinner #2- a groan inducing beef sandwich with the most flavorful broth to dip it in!

So this is love, hmmm…


These were some homemade hoagie buns I attempted, but I would say that I definitely need to work on that recipe a bit more. These rolls were quite tasty but the dough was a little tricky.

Oh well, that just means I have an excuse to keep practicing!


Pile on the meat and spoon yourself a bowl of broth to dip. I wish I had an extra jar of banana peppers on hand as a topping, but I didn’t think far enough in advance. This is my life.

And, because I couldn’t bring myself to think of any other side, grab a handful of fresh veggies for a good crunch.

Sometimes I am super lazy… ultra lazy.

I can deal with being lazy.


The flavor in this meat is so delightfully tangy and unlike any other recipe I have tasted.

If you have any reservations against trying it, don’t fret! It is wonderful, glorious, and mouth watering!

Enjoy my lovelies


Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part One

The days are cooling down and I am practically beside myself with glee.

Fall is the BEST time of the year. Don’t try to tell me otherwise, I’ll fight you!

Cooler weather means I can wear comfy sweaters, eat warm comforting soup, and enjoy the beautiful change happening to the leaves outside.

Warm comfy clothes makes me happy.

Comfort food makes me happy.

Food makes me happy.

I’m glad we cleared that up.

On the topic of food, this Zesty Italian beef makes me VERY happy! When I first tried it I was worried that I had made a terrible mistake and ruined an entire roast, but thank goodness I was not disappointed!

Sure, it sounds a bit strange to cook a roast with a whole jar of pickled peppers but for goodness sake if it didn’t result in the most tender and seriously flavorful meat you ever did taste! Continue reading “Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part One”

Stovetop Stuffing Meatloaf

Poor meatloaf always gets a bad rap but you know what? It deserves better, raise the poor little meatloaf up on a pedestal and give it the recognition it deserves! Not only has it withstood the test of time but there are so many ways to customize it to fit your likes and dislikes.

Mix up the flavors by adding different veggies, different seasonings, different combinations of meat and toppings. Be the Picasso of meatloaf!

Here is just one delicious variation of this dinner time classic.

Do you enjoy those stupidly delightful boxes of Stovetop stuffing? Me too, so I put it into a meatloaf.

Say what?

Yes, you heard me. Continue reading “Stovetop Stuffing Meatloaf”

All-American Cheeseburger

When you visit a new restaurant what is the first thing you try on the menu? I can tell you what I pick most of the time- A good ol’ cheeseburger and french fries. If that restaurant can give me a juicy, cheesy, delightfully charred burger on a fresh sturdy bun then they have my stamp of approval.

What do you picture when you think of a classic cheese burger? A hearty sized burger, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onion, bacon (if I’m lucky enough to find a restaurant with turkey bacon) and pickles. Simple and perfect. Continue reading “All-American Cheeseburger”

Creamy Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas

After making enchilada sauce the other day I followed it up with these drop dead amazing enchiladas.

Let me say that again… amazing!

When I visit a new Mexican restaurant one of the first things I try on the menu are the enchiladas. If you give me a fantastic plate of enchiladas then you are my new best friend.

Spicy, flavorful, cheesy, and plate lickin’ good!

Continue reading “Creamy Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas”

Barbecue Sloppy Joes with Horseradish Coleslaw

Growing up, I recall my mom making slopping joes by basically dumping in mustard, ketchup, and other seasonings until she liked the way it tasted. If we were lucky, there was a can of Manwich that made it extra special. Thankfully, I have my own kitchen to experiment in and now I have hit the nail on the head with these lil’ joes.

One of my favorite memories from when I was little was going to Ryan’s buffet and making a “Messy Jessi” this was my genius creation: tortilla, taco meat, nacho cheese, tortilla, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and olives. So messy that I needed to use a fork. I thought of a brilliant plan to open a restaurant called “Messy Jessi’s” and serve the messiest foods possible. I was a brilliant 8 year old.

Making these sloppy joes today took me on a trip down memory lane because I would have definitely included these bad boys on the menu. My dear husband mows them down without a fork but I don’t dare attempt it without one. Continue reading “Barbecue Sloppy Joes with Horseradish Coleslaw”

Leftover Pot Roast Soup

Remember that delightful pot roast I shared with you the other day? Of course you do! Well, it has been reborn into an amazingly delicious, and wallet friendly meal that will feed an army!

You want to give new life to your leftovers? Turn it into soup.

I’m pretty sure that was my mothers answer to most leftovers. Leftover chicken? Chicken and noodle soup! Leftover beef? Beef and noodles or vegetable beef soup! And so on… Turning your leftovers into soup is a great way to bring new life to sad leftovers. Not to mention it is a great way to stretch your meals when the wallet is feeling a little light.

With my pot roast I turned it into a delicious vegetable beef soup and oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to have big containers of this waiting for me in our freezer. Chock full of vegetables and all of the wonderful flavors from the pot roast made this soup so flavorful!

Psssst! Here is another bonus- it’s super healthy! Continue reading “Leftover Pot Roast Soup”

Classic Pot Roast

What says “home cooked meal” better than a delicious, fall-apart, pot roast? If there is any meal you want to master it is the classic pot roast. Everything cooks together slow and low to create a delightfully tender roast and perfect vegetables to go with it.

My choice of meat always depends on the sales at our grocery market so I leave the cut of beef up to you. Today, I used a cheap rump roast but guess what… it was still delicious and tender by supper time!

The best part of this meal? How simple it is to make! Simple ingredients, very few steps, and wonderful results. Yummy! Continue reading “Classic Pot Roast”