FAGE Yogurt – Diabetic and Gluten Free Friendly


Yogurt is something that, I feel, you have to acquire a taste for.  I have always despised yogurt until recently.  Because of it's many health benefits, I'm learning to like it.  Then, I was told, by the owner of this ranch, Amy, who is a very sweet woman I might add, about  FAGE, a Greek yogurt. She said it was delicious and that I MUST get my … [Read more...]

Baked Squash Casserole

Baked Squash Casserole

I'm actually not a fan of squash but everyone I know loves it.  I try to cook it often for my family and for the cowboys but get tired of the same ol' fried squash.  I decided this time around to try some baked squash.  I fed the cowboys today and must have done something right with the recipe because the entire casserole dish was empty!  Makes me … [Read more...]

Breaded Boneless Pork Chops

Breaded Boneless Pork Chops

Another meal here on the ranch, only 5 more days to go.  I NEVER cook pork chops or chicken for cowboys.  We get our beef furnished with our job so I might as well use that right?  But I needed a break from beef and decided to cook pork chops. Now of course, I had to fry them.  I mean, I'm feeding a bunch of hungry cowboys and they don't want … [Read more...]

Asian Beef & Broccoli With Noodles

asian beef broccoli with noodles

Asian stir fry, never been a fan until now!!!  I have to say that this was my favorite recipe out of all the beef ones I did this week.  I didn't know what to expect using the ramen noodles but was very happy with this dish!  And it wasn't just me either, the entire family  loved it.  I'm telling you, I have hard time getting my oldest to eat … [Read more...]

Steaks with Mushrooms, Blue Cheese & Frizzled Shallots

steaks with mushrooms blue cheese frizzled shallots

Not as healthy as the Beef Rolls but using lean cuts of beef does make a difference.  If you're not sure on what qualifies as a lean cut of beef, check out the lean beef section at Beef, it's what's for dinner.  They have a handy wallet card for download so that you can carry with when you go to pick out your cuts of beef. I had a few problems … [Read more...]

Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook TSV at QVC


Today only, you can get Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook for $16.58! It's QVC's Today Special Value and only lasts one day at that price. NOT a member? Signing up is EASY! If you do, you'll get a $10 credit! (for new members only) Let me know if you sign up for the first time! Would love to welcome you to the QVC family:)  If you want to know … [Read more...]

Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook TSV at QVC

Today only, you can get Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook for $16.58! It's QVC's Today Special Value and only lasts one day at that price. NOT a member? Signing up is EASY! If you do, you'll get a $10 credit! (for new members only) Let me know if you sign up for the first time! Would love to welcome you to the QVC family:)  If you want to know … [Read more...]

Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro

Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro

As a cowboy's wife, we tend to eat a lot of beef (it's furnished with our job) so trying to create healthier meals out of beef is important to me.  This week, I'll be bringing you three healthier beef recipes thanks to 'Beef, It's What's for Dinner'. Today's recipe was fun to make and very quick.  It was also quite a shock to see my oldest son … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Homemade Pancakes Recipe – Basics

old fashion homemade pancakes

We are breakfast eaters around here so I can't really afford to buy premade stuff like those bags full of pancakes or boxes of waffles.  It's much cheaper to make my own from scratch and I have to say, much better tasting in my opinion.  They are very simple to make and even had my toddler help throw some powdered sugar on top for fun!  We eat … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Cake that Melts in Your Mouth

Hot Fudge Cake

And makes your eyes roll back into your head. Yep, this hot fudge cake is that good. Add some Vanilla Bean Ice cream and you're in heaven!  My girl Tara shared this recipe and now I'm passing it on to you.  If you don't know Deal Seeking Mom, you need to.  She's beautiful, smart, and is always smiling & giving off such positive … [Read more...]

Easy Apple Turnovers with Canned Biscuits

apple turnovers

Just bringing you easy and affordable recipes these days huh!  To make these Apple Turnovers from scratch would be divine but since many of us don't have the time, I found a shortcut from the coolest cookbook ever, 101 Things to Do with Canned Biscuits!  These only take a few minutes to prepare and about the same amount of time to cook. I love … [Read more...]

A Side of Hashbrown Casserole with Fresh Chives

Side of hashbrown casserole with fresh chives

Sounds slightly fancy but it's actually VERY easy to make and really not fancy at  Casseroles are making a comeback which is not a surprise with our current economic situation so when I can find a good casserole that is cost friendly and easy, I run with it full speed ahead. This recipe calls for frozen diced hash browns in a bag but … [Read more...]

Pork Roast with Apples and Pears


A fantastic way to use up leftover crockpot pork roast! Simple, tasty and sure to warm up any tummy that's thinking, "Come on already...isn't winter over yet? It's time to move onto pasta salads and grilled chicken!!!" Ingredients 1 lb leftover pork roast 1 granny smith apple 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup apple juice 1/4 cup syrup or … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Ragu Italiano Spaghetti


Please welcome my guest poster Amanda! I LOVE spaghetti! I seriously could eat it every other night! Here is my favorite way to make it fresh and organically! This recipe is for a family of 11, so adjust to your family size. INGREDIENTS 2 16oz boxes of Spaghetti Noodles 2# Natural Beef Dash Italian Seasonings Stock Pan Wok Pan Food … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Pasta with Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese


I know first hand how some people tend to react to shrimp and cheese but there are some tasty dishes out there including this one with one of my favorites types of cheese, Parmesan. INGREDIENTS: 1 pound large raw shrimp, shelled and deveined 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 1-1/2 cups onions, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (16 ounces) diced … [Read more...]

Addressing the Reader Feedback from Survey


Well, I must say that I should have put on my big girl panties before reading the feedback.  I knew there was going to be criticism and all but geez.  There were a lot of great compliments too and I appreciate all of it, just wasn't quite prepared to hear some of it I guess.  I know that this is MY blog and it needs to make me happy first but since … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cake


Here’s a last-minute delicious gift idea – Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cake! Make your loved one a sweet dessert without all of the calories.   This recipe from Chef Chris Malon that will make your sweetheart love you more because they can indulge on some sweetness without  packing on the pounds. INGREDIENTS: •1¼ cups cake flour •¾ cup … [Read more...]

Savory Korean Style Pancakes


The following is a guest post: Jerry is the epitome of cooking without a plan. As a matter of fact, he secretly wishes he could participate in an Iron Chef America episode, simply because it is one place where he wouldn't feel at all out of place. Not knowing the ingredients beforehand doesn't make him nervous at all. Of course, the reality is that … [Read more...]

Super-Easy Cereal Bars


Meet guest poster Dana from The Homesteading Housewife: YOU might know Dana from her appearance on Wife Swap but she also happens to be a great cook! I run our small family farm almost by myself because the Man-of-My-Dreams is working out of state.  There is always something going on.  I have 5 kids.  I have 5 hungry kids!  So I am always thrilled … [Read more...]

Meet Amy from Mom Advice


Amy has a wonderful site,, that includes everything from reviews to wonderful, inexpensive recipes. She's a stay at home mom, like myself, and also happens to be one of the Eleven Moms.  Not only is she a super nice person, she truly does a lot for people and her Big Give during the holidays was a HUGE success.  She was able to bring … [Read more...]

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Rice Casserole


Just another side dish, nothing fancy.  You can substitute the Velveeta cheese with something else.  I used a little bit of Mexican cheese instead myself.  Be on the lookout for an iPod Touch giveaway here or on my cowboy blog 'cause it's coming soon! Might be better to subscribe;) INGREDIENTS 1 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli & … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake


My middle son loves chocolate but my oldest is not so fond of it so I have always have to find a middle ground.  I found this Chocolate Bundt Cake that fits in the middle perfectly because it's still chocolate but not as sweet as a chocolate cake.  We made this last night and it takes not time to prepare.  It was really good! INGREDIENTS: 1 c. … [Read more...]

Gel Pro Chef’s Mat


This give is part of the Bloggy Giveaways!  Go check it out for hundreds of other giveaways.  (starts at 8am CST). The gel comfort technology in the Gel Pro Chef’s Mat alleviates nagging foot & back pain, so that you can enjoy your time standing there cooking, or washing dishes! I love it. I had this in my holiday gift guide and it was a … [Read more...]

White Chili


Isn't slow cooking the best?    This is a wonderful White Chili recipe submitted by a friend of a friend of mine! INGREDIENTS: 1 lb cubed boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 medium onion, chopped 1 ½ tsp garlic powder (I use ½ tsp crushed garlic) 1 T vegetable oil 2 cans (15.5 oz each) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (14.5 oz) … [Read more...]

Paula Deen’s Crab and Spinach Casserole


Paula Deen's recipes are the best and this one is no exception.  My internet has been down for over a day so hopefully things will get back to normal soon! INGREDIENTS 2 10-oz packages of frozen leaf spinach (thawed and drained) 1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp grated yellow onion 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups … [Read more...]

Mixin’ It Up with My Wooden Spoon

So if you don't already know, I have my own Blog Talk Radio show called Mixin' it up with My Wooden Spoon, on the Eleven Moms channel. No, I haven't done a show yet because frankly, I'm a little skeered!  I'll be scheduling one soon enough though and hope that you guys all listen in when I do have one so that I don't look like a total loser … [Read more...]

Gluten Free White Bread for Bread Machines


Many requests have been made to add gluten free recipes here and while I don't do that sort of cooking, I am happy to oblige and bring you the first of many.  Since I'm a bread junkie, I found this one for your eating pleasure. This recipe is done in a bread machine but I'd imagine that you could cook this in the oven too just being careful as far … [Read more...]