Saturday, December 28, 2019

Big Momma's Roast



Big Momma's Roast is AMAZING!
It is cooked all day in this crazy good sauce she throws on top
of it and it just soaks it all up!
The sauce is not a barbecue sauce but more of a rich brown sugar 
mixed with tomato sauce creation!
I literally crave it in the winter time.
It has to be served with mashed potatoes and it has to have 
veggies cooked with it.

Big Momma is the BEST!
She has some super talented grandchildren 
from all over the country. She travels around to watch their sporting
events, witness their talented works and support each of them through
their high school and college careers.

Thank you Big Momma for allowing me to share this yummy recipe!





Friday, December 20, 2019

What I Know About Heaven


What I know about heaven. 
I know my soul began there and that I will return there once 
my work is completed here on earth.
I know my loved ones who have already left this earth will be waiting for me.
I know it is beyond beautiful and fulfills every dream we could imagine as
God's prescence, love and light floods far and wide.
I know there is only love in heaven.
There are no negative thoughts, no pain and no suffering.
Everything is renewed and everything is good.
I know I will learn when I go home to heaven.
I will learn by viewing my life on earth.
I will learn by seeing how my actions effected others both negatively and positively.
I know I will continue to do my soul work in heaven.
I will continue to love and pray for those still on earth and I will begin preparing for my loved ones to arrive. I know I will dance with the angels, bask in the light and delight 
in the wonder of the prescence of Jesus. 
It will be amazingly beautiful and spectacular beyond my imagination. 
But until I return, I will do my best to live my life to honor God.
I will continue to be perpetually grateful for all of the coutless blessings 
God has given to me.
This is what I know about heaven.



Saturday, November 16, 2019

Fresher Than Fresh Organic Salsa



Pick up some fresh organic tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeƱos and onion from the market.


Cook your tomatoes in a small pot with just enough water to cover them.
Bring to a low boil and cook for about 10 minutes just until the skins start to separate.
Let it cool and then remove the skin. Set aside.



Crush your diced onions and peppers.


Add cilantro and crush into onions and peppers.
In a medium bowl add your cooked tomatoes and using a fork and knife chop them up to your desired texture. I like mine pretty diced up but others may like their salsa chunky. 
Add your mixture of onions, peppers and cilantro to the tomatoes.
Season with seal salt and pepper if desired.
DONE!
Serve it up with some amazing chips and ENJOY!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Chicken Flautas







Who doesn't like a big plate of chicken flautas to munch on
during a football game and or a Saturday night movie date!
These flautas are so easy and really do satisfy the munchies!

Chicken Flautas

Instructions
3 fresh jalapeƱos
1 bunch of cilantro chopped
1 2c bag of shredded cheddar cheese
1 2c bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
12 flour or corn tortillas
1 small onion chopped and sauted in 1/2 stick of butter, adding cumin to taste.
Canola Oil in Spray Can


Heat your oven to 375. Spray a large metal baking pan.
Take one tortilla at a time, spray both sides and then add chicken, onions, cilantro and cheese.
Slowly roll the tortilla up and place seam side down on the baking pan. Continue until all 12 tortillas are rolled. Give the flautas an extra spray of oil to generously coat the tortilla so the crisp up nicely.
Place in the oven and keep an eye on them until the start to slightly brown and crisp up. Check after 15 minutes and then continue cooking in 5 minute increments until the cheese is melted and the flautas are crisp.  Plate them up and sprinkle more cilantro on the top. Serve with your favorite salsa, sour cream and guacamole for dipping!

You will also want to make this Salsa


And this Queso

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Wedding Cake




Cherry Cake
1 cup sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/3 cups of tap water
1 cup sour cream (whole milk)
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 1/4 tsp Almond extract (organic)
1 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract (organic)
4 medium egg whites
Dash of Cinnamon
1 box of white cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and cut in quarters

Directions
Grease and flour pans to be used.
Preheat oven to 325.
Gently stir the cake mix, flour, salt and sugar in a medium size bowl.
Add to the bowl water, oil, sour cream, extracts, cinnamon, cherries and egg whites. Beat on low for about 3 minutes.
Pour into greased pans and bake until tops are brown about 25 minutes.
Test with a toothpick to see if it is done before bringing out of the oven.
Cool on wire racks.
Ice with your favorite icing recipe and decorate as you wish!
My daughter loves to make a simple butter cream frosting and really loads it up. This is amazing and we love to store it in the refrigerator and bring out about 15 minutes before serving! 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Beet Salad


This is your new and sassy alternative to potato salad!
It is so simple, easy to prepare and pretty darn healthy!
It is at it's peak when it's had a few hours 
to chill in the frig before serving it up to the crowd.

I love it with a great brisket or a nice grilled chicken breast.


Beet Salad
 3 Uncooked Organic Beets (I prefer the golden color)
3/4 C of Mayo
1/2 C Chopped Green Onion
1 Tbls of White Wine Vinegar
Sea Salt to taste
Cracked Pepper to taste

Wash and wrap the beets in foil and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Unwrap from foil and
slice the beets into rounds as if you were slicing a tomato. The skin will pull right off the rounds. Cut into bite size chunks and add to a medium size bowl. Add the onion to the bowl. In a small bowl whisk mayo and vinegar until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold the mayo mixture into the bowl of beets. Refrigerate covered for a few hours and then stir again before serving. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sometimes I Just NEED To Be Silly






I just can't help myself.
I mean really I can't.
I am silly, really silly.
I have passed this on to my children.
It can really annoy my husband and yet, 
I still can't help myself.

Sometimes I just NEED to be silly.




Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prayers For Our Children


If you were to ask a mother what her greatest fear was most likely she will
respond in some manner in regards to the safety and care of her children.
It does not change even when they become adults and even
when they have children of their own.
We mamas are a rare breed indeed. We have an innate sense of protecting our offspring at all costs. We will do whatever it takes to keep our children safe, loved, healthy and happy. 
Sometimes, at no fault of our own, we can not keep them safe from the evils of this complicated world we now live in. Sometimes all we can do is
drop on our knees and pray to God.
We pray, and beg, plead and bargain with God on behalf of our children. 
Do you know that a mother's prayers for her children are the strongest and fastest prayers to reach heavens door? It's true. God hears us and although He may not always answer our pleads and prayers exactly as we asked but we must always try to remember that He alwways has a divine plan and that we must learn to trust His will even when it breaks us and brings us to our knees in the deepest pain imaginable. We must trust that one day, when we go back to Him, we will come to understand His reasonings for our sufferings. In my heart I know that we are here to LOVE and LEARN in this life.
Everything we do can bring love and everything we experience we can learn from. Each lesson only brings us closer to God.  So keep on praying my dear friends and keep on leaning on each other but most importanly lean on God. 

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Here is a beautiful prayer from the Mother’s Manual, by Fr. A. Francis Coomes S.J.

Holy Mother Mary,
Who by virtue of your divine motherhood,
Hast become mother of us all
I place the charge which God has given me,
under your loving protection.
Be a Protecting Mother to my children.
Guard their bodies and keep them
in health and strength.
Guard their minds and keep their thoughts ever holy
in the sight of their Creator and God.
Guard their hearts and keep them pure and strong
and happy in the love of God.
Guard always their souls and ever preserve in them,
faithfully, the glorious image of God
whom they received in Holy Baptism.
Always Mother, protect them and keep them
under your Mothering care.
Supply in your all-wise motherhood,
for my poor human deficiencies
and protect them from all evil.
Amen.
Queen of the Most Holy Family,
Pray for us.




Monday, January 21, 2019

Bolognese Sauce




This is my favorite meat sauce to dump on my favorite pasta!
It is simple but hearty and the cream just makes it, well let's just say it is heavenly!
It is a great sauce to use in lasagna or shells. To make a large amount enough for a lasagna, I would probably double the recipe.  An Italian mama can never have enough red sauce stored up and this will freeze with no issues.
My favorite thing is to cook my sauce the day before as it gives even more time for the flavors to really marry.  I love a great meat sauce and when you serve this baby up you better have some amazing bread to sop it up with! 



Bolognese Sauce

1 pound of ground beef or Italian sausage
2 14oz cans of tomato sauce (Pomi or Cento)
3 large garlic gloves minced
1 cup of red wine
2 Tbls of freshly chopped basil
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar
3/4 to 1 cup of half and half

Brown meat, drain and set aside in the refrigerator while you are cooking the sauce. Add the remaining ingredients except the half and half into a stock pot and simmer on low covered for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Add the cooked meat and half and half into sauce and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!



Here are some other Italian Recipes to try!

Organic Tomato, Onion and Mushroom Sauce




Calzone




Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Morning Recipe!


This is an all-time favorite at
Mama Holli's house.

ALL THE TIME
ALL DAY
It is a tradition to serve these
Christmas morning
while we open our gifts but this recipe is not reserved
only for special occasions!

These puppies also make a wonderful
manly appetizer!
The menfolk just love to munch
on these while standing in front
of the TV watching some
kind of sporting event.
I pull them out of the freezer and zap
in the microwave for a quick kiddo breakfast.

The best thing about this recipe is that
it can be made ahead and frozen
until ready to use!
HOLD ON COWGIRLS....
Here we go!
 Easy Ingredients
1 pound of mild pork sausage
(This Texas Mama uses only Jimmy Dean)
2 cans of crescent rolls
(Pillsbury - YUM)
1 block of cream cheese, softened
(Philadelphia - Going for it - No fat free)

Sausage Crescent Rolls
Brown and drain sausage. Add cream cheese to sausage.  Spray baking sheet.  Open rolls but do not separate triangles.  You will make 2 loaves from these rolls.  Place 4 triangles together on a baking sheet.  Press out the perforated holes to seal as one piece. (Now you can buy them in sheets but either will work) Spread half of the sausage mixture on top.  Cover with the remaining 4 triangles pressed together.  With your finger press all around the edges to seal the top and bottom pieces of dough.  Repeat the procedure to make the second loaf. 

Mama Denise in Texas brushes egg whites over the tops of the loaves and  sprinkles poppy seed over the egg whites. I don't do that step but if you feel like being a little fancy then go for it!  Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Slice loaves and serve hot.  You may let them cool on a wire rack and place them single layer in a Ziploc bag and freeze.  No need to thaw just reheat on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees. 


I like to spice this up a bit and I add 
1 Tbs. green chilies 
and 1/3 cup of pepper jack cheese 
to the sausage and cream cheese! 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lana's Mexican Casserole - A Tex-Mex Recipe



When I was a little girl growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, 
my mom would whip up this ridiculously yummy Tex Mex meal and we 
were all just so happy to see it come out of the oven! 
Lana and Darin Del Monte lived across the street, 
and this was Lana's recipe! It has such a creamy sauce 
that strangely and perfectly compliments the beef and beans.
I promise you it will be a hit and the cook will be 
sneaking the leftovers on the next day for breakfast! 

Ingredients
2 lbs of ground beef
12 corn tortillas
1 can of evaporated milk
1 can of green chilis
1 can of refried beans
1 can of cream of chicken
1/2 stick of butter or margarine
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper



Directions
In a skillet, brown the meat with the chopped onions and add salt and pepper.
Drain off the grease and set aside.

To prepare the sauce combine soup, milk, green chilis, and one cup of cheese in a medium bowl, stir together and set aside.

In a small pot heat refried beans and 1/2 stick of butter to soften. 
Take off heat and set aside.

In a skillet or medium pot add a few tablespoons of olive oil and heat on medium.
Soften tortillas one at a time in the oil, turning once, and then place on a paper towel to remove excess oil. You want the tortillas to be pliable and not crisp.

Spray a casserole dish with oil to lightly coat.
Create each enchilada by adding meat and then topping it with a few tablespoons 
of the sauce. Continue this until the casserole dish is completely full of enchiladas. If you have extra meat leftover just fill in the spaces between the enchiladas. (see photo below)

Spread the softens beans over all of the enchiladas.
Dump the remaining yummy sauce over the beans and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top!
Bake covered with foil for about 30 minutes at 350℉. Remove the foil and then cook an adittional 10-15 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and cheese is gooey! 

I like to serve this with some really great tortilla chips and my homemade salsa and guacamole! If I am trying to be healthy I will add a green salad. 


There ya go! Enjoy!


Making the enchiladas one by one!


Extra meat? No problemo! 
Load it up baby!


Beans on top!


Sauce on top of beans and then comes the cheese!



Ready for the oven!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lobster Salad



Can we just take a moment to just pay homage to this 
amazing sea creature, the lobster!
Oh MY!
Yep it's pretty amazing to munch on a nice lobster tail!
I can just slap on some butter and squeeze half a lemon
on this bad boy and I am golden all week!
Many years ago we took a vacation in Maine with the kids.
It was just heavenly! 
We skipped along the ocean, ate way too much ice cream, 
pie, fresh berries and LOBSTER!
It is just too easy to eat in Maine!
It is ridiculously reasonably priced, fresh out of the water
and readily available at just about any food establishment both fancy and not fancy!
Oh it is just heavenly I tell you!
This was my first experience with a legit......
LOBSTER ROLL!
Oh yes!
They have these hot dog rolls that split on the side and look like 
folded pieces of thick Texas Toast!
Then they stuff these grilled butter rolls with LOBSTER SALAD!
Oh and it is just amazingly yummy and so easy to prepare!
So when Sprouts has a summer sale on lobster tails I load up the buggy!
Check out this easy recipe my friends!

                                         

Lobster Salad

3 or MORE lobster tails
1 organic lemon
sea slat and cracked pepper to taste
1/4 cup of mayo
dash of paprika 


Cook your lobster tails until done. I just throw mine on the grill and wait for them to turn red!
It usually takes about 10-12 minutes.  Once cooled, take the meat out of the tails, cut into bite-sized chunks and throw into a bowl. Add the mayo and the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper and toss. You can add less lemon and less mayo depending on your preference. Add a dash of paprika cover and place in the refrigerator to chill before serving. You can serve it on a bed of greens or toast up a bun and load it up. Either way it is just the perfect summer treat! Pour up a nice glass of Chablis and there ya go mamas! YUM!