Saturday, March 10, 2018

Brittany's Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet


  • 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1.5 T ground cumin
  • 1 T. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

1. In a large case iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add ground turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break apart meat and continue cooking approximately 8 minutes until browned. 

2. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to incorporate. 

3. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and water. Stir and cover with a lid for approximately 6-8 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften. Add additional water during this process if needed to keep the meat from drying out. 

4. Remove lid and add additional salt and pepper if needed.  Top with shredded mozzarella and allow it to melt. Remove skillet from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.


Yum! Melissa shared this breadstick recipe with me. They are light and fluffy and easy and my family loved them!


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105 - 110 degrees F°) 
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast 
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • seasonings to taste

In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand-mixer, add warm water, instant yeast, sugar and salt. Stir to combine (using the dough hook if in the stand-mixer) Add 2 cups flour and mix well. Gradually add in the rest of the flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and sticks to your finger a little bit. (Remember to only add up to 4 cups flour total. Adding too much flour will make the breadsticks too dense and not soft.) Cover bowl and allow to rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Remove dough from bowl and place on a clean and lightly-floured surface. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1-inch thick, and cut into 12 strips with a pizza cutter. Roll out each piece of dough into a long rope then twist. Place dough twist onto prepared baking sheet and repeat with the rest of dough, placing side by side on baking sheet. Cover and let rest 30 minutes to rise again until doubled.

Preheat oven to 425° F. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden-brown. Remove from oven and rub a 1/2 stick of butter over the warm breadsticks. Sprinkle tops evenly with Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel Seasoning" or top with Parmesan and garlic salt or the seasonings of your choice. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Balsamic Pork

Mmmmmm ....we made this with the Parmesan rolls, garlic and Parmesan mashed potatoes and a green salad for a recent church event. This pork is really delicious!!


  • 2 T. McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinaigrette 
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • (1) 3 lb. boneless pork roast
Place the pork roast in a slow cooker.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low all day, 8-10 hours. Shred and serve. 

Parmesan Rolls

For a recent church activity, we made these rolls with Balsamic Pork, Parmesan mashed potatoes, and a green salad. It was DELICIOUS!

  • 1 package Rhodes Rolls
  • 1-2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 - 2 c. Parmesan Cheese
Roll a frozen Rhodes Roll in melted butter until its all covered and slightly soft (thawed on the outside). Then roll in the Parmesan cheese, rolling the soft part firmly so that cheese gets embedded in the dough completely covering the roll generously. Then rise and cook according to the Rhodes Rolls package.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DIY Oatmeal Packets

We love eating oatmeal for breakfast, but I don't like buying the individual packets. Way too expensive for such a small amount. I also don't love making it homemade every morning. Too much work on busy school days. But I've discovered the secret to making your own individual packets that everyone can make on their own: you have to blend some of the oatmeal into powder. That's it! That's the creamy difference between the kind you buy in packets and the kind you spend 10 minutes cooking on the stove.

I've been making these DIY Oatmeal Packets at home. My family likes them, they only take adding water and cooking 2 minutes in the microwave, and they are fast and easy to assemble.  And they cost about 1/4 the price of buying them in the store. It's a win-win for us all!


  • 10 cups quick oats 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (Katelee likes to add a bit more brown sugar to hers after she has warmed it up.)
  • 1 cup powdered milk 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 21-24 snack-size zip bags 
  • Other toppings if you desire (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)

Put 6 cups of the oats into a large bowl. Place the remaining 4 cups of oats into a blender. Blend until almost powdery, then pour into the large bowl.

Add the salt, brown sugar, powdered milk, and cinnamon into the large bowl. Mix well until everything is combined.

Measure 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-size plastic baggie and seal.

TO USE DIY INSTANT OATMEAL PACKETS: Pour the packet into a bowl, and add 1 c. water. Heat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Stir and serve.

NOTES: Because the plastic bag doesn’t get wet or dirty, you can reuse it.

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Melissa says, "Another recipe for the blog. I don’t know how this isn’t already on there! These are the only caramel apples we make! They are the best. You will feel like you’re in Disneyland. I also use this caramel recipe to make my caramel chocolate pretzel rods."

Holiday Cheese Ball

Melissa's favorite cheese ball! Jenn loves this recipe, too.


  • 2, 8oz blocks of cream cheese
  • 3 tsp. Bon Appetite* see notes 
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed 
  • 1/4 tsp. dried mustard 
  • 3 green onions chopped 
  • Chopped pecans 
  • Chopped parsley 

Once cream cheese is softened mix *Bon Appetite, dill weed, dried mustard and green onions all together. Then roll into a ball and roll it in the pecans and parsley.

*Notes: they no longer make Bon Appetite seasoning. So I found the spices that is in it and mix those together to get Bon Appetite. I have never figured out the exact measurements to get the 3 tsp you need so it’s always more then I need and I just keep it in a baggie in my seasonings for next time.

To make Bon Appetite

  • 1 TBL celery salt 
  • 1 TBL sugar 
  • 1 tsp. onion powder. 
Mix it all together and then use 3 tsp. for the cheeseball.