Black Friday Give-Away hosted by Food Storage Moms

Hey Y’all

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is only a week away, can you believe it? There’s the turkey and fixins’ to buy. The house to clean and all the cooking. Hopefully you’ll have time to sit with the family to eat. Then there’s Christmas! Trim the tree, start the baking and then there’s the shopping! We have finished most of our shopping for the grands and the adult children should be easy (cash and gift cards, it’s the way to go, man). I am actually planning on going Black Friday shopping at one store that is offering a phone that I’ve been wanting for .96¬Ę! I KNOW! It’s crazy! Wish me luck. ūüėȬ† I’ll let you know if I was able to drag myself out of bed early enough to make it.

In the meantime, I am pleased to announce that I am participating in my very FIRST GIVE-AWAY! Hosted by my friend Linda Loosli @ Food Storage Moms. She has invited a group of Twelve Bloggers to give ONE LUCKY READER the chance to WIN $500! That’s a lot of Christmas presents y’all. So, what are you waiting for? Get on down there and link up to win! Good Luck!

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Linda @foodstoragemoms

Katie @clarkscondensed

Kristin @dizzybusyandhungry

Jen @yummyhealthyeasy

Britni @partyplaypin

Sandra @adashofsanity

Kimberly @mammy2grammy

Stephanie @conferencecallstomeatballs

Mary Ellen @thatsmyhome

Allie @fabfixes

Wanda Ann @memoriesbythemile

Debbie @kneadedcreations

Black Friday is soon approaching — one of the craziest days of the year where people’s true colors really shine! Battling crowds, fighting to get one of five heavily discounted TVs, and waking up before the sun even rises…what could be better?!

Truth be told, there are some great deals to be found on Black Friday, and many of them can be found on online. All you have to do is be at your computer and hope you can click on the deal fast enough — no crazy crowds necessary.

Whether or not you are planning to shop on Black Friday or not, Linda from Food Storage Moms and some of her favorite blogging friends want to help you out this Holiday season. One of you lucky readers will walk with away with a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

This giveaway will run from November 21st through November 27th — ending right before Black Friday! Good luck!

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Baked Spaghetti Casserole

When I was a little girl, spaghetti came out of a green box that looked an awful lot like the macaroni and cheese box except the macaroni and cheese box was blue and the spaghetti box was green. I don’t remember Mama ever putting meat in the spaghetti sauce and it wasn’t until I moved out on my own that I started experimenting with adding things like¬†ground beef, onion, bell pepper and mushrooms¬†to make the tomato sauce with the added seasoning packet taste better. I really liked the seasonings that came out of that packet. I just¬†wanted more stuff in my sauce.

Then after I married husband number one and received a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, I started making a one-hour homemade sauce. (I know, all the little Italian ladies who cooked their sauces all day long just rolled their eyes at me.) But, I was a working Mom with a husband and two kids to feed after a long shift at the hospital and Rachael Ray hadn’t started cooking up 30 Minute Meals yet. So, I was as they say here in the South, (Texas is in the Southern half of the United States of America).¬†walkin’ in¬†high cotton.

Then husband number two came along who wouldn’t eat a vegetable if his life depended on it. God rest his soul. So, I quit cooking much at all for a very long time. About ten years to be exact. Thank goodness I got out of my slump. LOL Y’all wouldn’t have recognized the woman I was about a year ago. It’s a God thing, I’m sure of it, that I’m here typing this post to y’all today. And I’m really really happy to be doing it.

Now that I’m wiser (and older). I have discovered that I really don’t care for red sauce at all. Well except for my Sister in Law, Sharon’s awesome sauce. (I’ll have to share that recipe with you¬†too.)¬†I’m more of an Alfredo sauce girl. But, I do use a red based sauce for two recipes. My Grammy’s Lasagna and this little Spaghetti Casserole recipe that I have adapted¬†from Mom’s Pantry Kitchen. It’s not a true spaghetti sauce like the little Italian ladies would’ve made, but boy oh boy is it good, especially the second day. (Why is it spaghetti and stew always taste better the next day?) (Inquiring minds need to know).

This is how I made it:

ground beef and onions

I cooked the spaghetti according to the package directions and browned the ground beef and onions with a little salt and pepper. And I did it all at the same time. I CAN multi-task!

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I drained the ground beef and the spaghetti. Then I set the spaghetti aside and poured the ground beef into the pot that the spaghetti cooked in because for some reason I’m having issues with judging how big a pan I need to use these days to keep from getting “stuff” all over the stove. After that I added the undiluted soups, salt, pepper, garlic powder (you could use fresh minced or the jar stuff if you wanna), and the Italian seasoning.

Then I stirred the ground beef, soups and seasonings together until they looked like this. YUM!

Then I stirred the ground beef, soups and seasonings together until they looked like this. YUM!

ground beef mixture and spaghetti

I took the drained spaghetti and dumped it into the pan with the ground beef mixture.

Then I tossed in the spaghetti to make sure it was all nice and coated with that yummy sauce.

Then I tossed the spaghetti about to make sure it was all nice and coated with that yummy sauce.

After which I divided it into my two little Temp-Tations Casserole dishes. Making us two very generous meals.

After which I divided it into my two prepared  little Temp-Tations Casserole dishes. Making us two very generous meals.

I sprinkled a handful of shredded cheese (I used Italian blend, but any shredded cheese would do, maybe even Parmesan) onto each casserole. I covered one with the lid that came with my Temp-Tations set. (Can you tell I LOVE this product?) Then, I popped the other one in the oven at 400* for about 20-30 minutes.

I sprinkled a handful of shredded cheese (I used Italian blend, but any shredded cheese would do, maybe even Parmesan) onto each casserole. I covered one with the lid that came with my Temp-Tations set. (Can you tell I LOVE this product?) and set it aside to cool before I put it in the refrigerator. Then, I popped the other one in the oven at 400* for about 20-30 minutes.

This is what it looked like when it came out of the oven. Hot and bubbly, cheesy delicious!

This is what it looked like when it came out of the oven. Hot and bubbly, cheesy delicious!

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

I hope you’ll try this recipe soon and let me know what you think.

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You can find the original Mom’s Pantry Kitchen¬†recipe here

I hope you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving. As a gift from me to you, please accept this Free Printable Recipe Card.

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Penne Pasta Chicken & Veggie Re-Run

Saturday Night I had my daughter, son in law and the 3 Ham boys over for supper. We had Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Chile con Queso and Guacamole My Way.

When I made the Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole I boiled a colossal chicken. It weighed over 4 pounds. I used 3 cups of the cooked chicken it produced in the casserole and still had 3 cups to use somewhere else. I was going to freeze it but in my hurry to get ready for church¬†Sunday, I forgot. I also had leftover Chile con Queso that I knew I couldn’t eat all of and the Cowboy doesn’t eat it. He’s not a big cheese eater.

So tonight, while I was visiting Stacey Little’s blog, Southern Bite to register to win a copy of Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate’s new cookbook, Come Home to Supper,¬†I happened across this recipe Stacey posted a few years ago called Chicken Spaghetti Remix and WaLLy! It hit me.¬†Stacey’s recipe¬†calls for¬†chicken, ‚ąö, Velveeta¬†and Ro-Tel tomatoes that I had used in my¬†Chile con Queso¬†‚ąö and ‚ąö. It sounded like supper was in the works.

Then while perusing the fridge to see what else I could throw into the mix I found some fresh sliced mushrooms and red onion that needed to be used and I had saved some diced bell pepper and celery in the freezer for such an occasion as this and a recipe was born.

I came up with the name for this recipe because I love Johnny Carrino’s, Penne Pasta Alfredo with Shrimp and my Bigmama used to make a cake (I know this is pasta and not a cake, bear with me a second ūüôā ) it was a white cake with a hot Hershey’s syrup poured on top. My Uncle would ask her to make it for every occasion. So, it affectionately became named the Re-Run cake. So, I decided since this was made from things leftover from another meal or found in the fridge that needed to be used. It would be called a Re-Run. That may not make any sense to anyone else but it makes sense to me. ūüėÄ

Here’s How I Made It:

the pasta

First, I boiled the pasta in salted water according to the package directions and drained it. Then set it to the side.

sauteed veggies

Then I sautéed the veggies in margarine, adding a little salt and pepper.

add in the chicken

After they were tender, I added in the chicken to warm it up.

the sauce

Then I put a can of cream of chicken soup and the leftover Chile con Queso in the pan and stirred it to combine until the Queso was melted. Then I added in some half n half and a little heavy cream and warmed it through.

everybody in the pot

I added the pasta and veggie and chicken into the pot and stirred to combine.

the finished product

I poured everything into a casserole that had been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, sprinkled it with a little more grated cheese and baked it in a 350* oven for about 30 minutes. Until it was hot and bubbly.

On the plate

I hope you’ll try this recipe soon and please let me know if y’all like it.
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Here’s a Free, Printable Recipe Card just for y’all. Click on the card to be taken to a new window where you can click and save to your computer or copy! Enjoy!

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Source: adapted from Stacey Little’s Southern Bite’s Chicken Spaghetti Remix

Guest Blog: Megan from Crafty Meggy. Halloween Witches Hats and Brooms!

Hey Y’all, Welcome to The Blog Swap Meet!
If you’re here visiting from Crafty Meggy or any of the other blogs that are participating in the Blog Swap Meet, Welcome to Mammy 2 Grammy. I’m just so happy to have you here!

I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to Megan. She is a stay at home¬†Mom of three boys and a¬†part-time photographer.¬†Her blog is called “Crafty Meggy” and let me tell you she has some really “crafty” ideas on her blog. I just know you’ll love what she has to share with you today and just in time for Halloween too. So without further ado, y’all meet my friend Megan.

Hello there! I am so excited to be here with Kim today guesting on her blog!

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I have a fun and easy Halloween treat to share with you. I was looking for some cute treats to make for my kids’ therapists and teachers and came across these cute ideas on pinterest:

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They’re cute, right? I thought so! ūüôā (Click image to go to the original post.)

Here’s a list of the supplies you need to make these:

* Hershey’s Kisses

*Grasshopper cookies

*Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

*Pretzel sticks

* Purple frosting (In my case the store I went to didn’t have purple frosting and I had green on hand so I just used it. You could also make your own purple from white frosting if you want to, but I wasn’t too set on using purple. I thought green looked good too.)

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First I created the witches hats. All I did was put a cookie down, put a dab of green frosting on the top of it, in the middle, then placed the Kiss on top of the frosting. Actually, I more like smashed the Kiss down on top of the frosting so it would spread out all around the Kiss. The frosting works as a glue to keep the Kiss in place.

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I love how they turned out! I texted a picture to my husband while he was at work and he was like, “What are those supposed to be?!!” LOL I thought it was a no brainer, what do you think? ūüôā

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The brooms proved to be a little bit trickier. I wanted them to look nice and clean, but if I pushed too hard on the pretzel it would break the peanut butter cup in half completely. I also learned that if you break a pretzel in half and use the broken end to make the whole for the broom handle part it worked better than using an unbroken end of the pretzel. I don’t know why, but that’s how I got these ones to not break.

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Do they look like brooms?

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After they were all finished being made I put them in Ziplock sandwich bags. I cut off the top part of the bag and tied them with some purple ribbon.

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I made this cute little box with a handle and the witch with my Silhouette Cameo. It turned out so much better than I thought it would!

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I put the treats inside the box and on the opposite side of the handle where the witch was I put a strip of Martha Stewart’s wide tip glue pen (you can buy it at Michaels, but I couldn’t find a link for it so this one is to amazon. It might be a better deal if you don’t have a coupon for Michaels.). If you let the glue dry clear before attaching it then it becomes removable. That way you can open it and reopen it as many times as you want. Here’s a close up of the dried glue:

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Don’t you just LOVE it? I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but it really turned out so much cuter than I had thought it would!! And Brynnan’s therapist LOVED it! She called me and said thank you and told me how cute it was. I love it when people appreciate the gifts I make them! It makes all the crazy crafting worth it! ūüôā

I bought all of these shapes used on the little box in the Silhouette Online Store. I’ll put links for each of them at the end of the post. I wanted to explain how I made the box different from the shape you get in the store. It is a box that comes with all sides so it can be completely closed, but, since I wanted it to remain upright with the treats in it I decided to modify it a little bit. If you’re interested in making a box the way I did I’ll come back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to make it. I hope you’ll stop by then!!

Thanks for having me guest on your blog, Kim! I love “meeting” new blogging friends and their readers! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!! I’d love it if you would come over to my blog and check it out!

Silhouette shapes used for this project:

Chubby Witch with Broom

Conversation Bubbles

Trick or Treat phrase

Box with Handle

Below the collage are links to all of the posts that participated in our Blog Swap Meet: Halloween Party Treats!

Stop by and visit them all!

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Food Storage Moms posted on Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Dizzy Busy and Hungry posted on Food Storage Moms

Craft Dictator posted on If You Can Read You Can Cook

If You Can Read You Can Cook posted on Craft Dictator

Confections + Coffee posted on Honesty’s Protegee

Honesty’s Protegee posted on Confections + Coffee

Soda Pop Avenue posted on Cynfully Wonderful

Cynfully Wonderful posted on Soda Pop Avenue

Cooking the Recipe posted on Creative Southern Home

Creative Southern Home posted on Cooking the Recipe

Mammy2Grammy posted on Crafty Meggy

Crafty Meggy posted on Mammy2Grammy