Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sure-fire Scorched Pot Repair

Have you ever "ruined" a good pot because you've scorched it? Yesterday I was trying out a new recipe for the crock pot...pinto beans. By the way... Awwwwwe-Som! (I'll share Friday) and it was pretty full. I knew better, but I turned it on high. "Oh, I'll just turn it on high for about an hour and I'll turn it back down to low and let it finish. Uh, yeah right! I totally forgot. The bean "juice" bubbled from under the lid and down the sides and inside the metal part. I came home to an awful smell. The beans were fantastic. The scorched smell? Not so much.

After we had dinner, and I'm about to wash the dishes I take the crock out of the metal housing and look inside. Ugh! G-R-O-S-S !!! (spell it, it's way more effective).

Not to worry, by now I'm a pro at this (ask me how). Here's what it looked like....
See? G-R-O-S-S !

Poor old Polly, (you name your kitchen appliances too, don't you? No? hmmmm, pity) is really old but still works and isn't yet ready to put out to pasture, so I go to the laundry room, grab a couple of dryer sheets, put them in the bottom of the pot, pour a little water in there (maybe 1/4 of the way up) and let it sit overnight. Here's the result...

See? Cool huh? This trick hasn't failed me yet! It doesn't matter what dryer sheet you use, cheaper is better, but I used Downy - smelled good while doing it's job and took care of the scorched smell too :) I just used the "spent" drying sheet to wipe it up, and then rinsed it out.

Do you have a favorite kitchen trick? I'd love to hear it! Share with us all in the comments.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Really Easy Beef Pot Pie and my first Zaycon Foods purchase

I got a lot (40 lbs!) of super-lean ground beef last weekend from Zaycon Foods. I also got 40 lbs of fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts too, but recipes with those are for another day. (Thanks Rondi for picking it up for me! )
If you don't know about Zaycon Foods (until recently I didn't either) they sell quality meat products at certain times throughout the year and at a designated location you can pick it up after you have placed your order. The prices are not bad. In fact, the chicken breasts...which I might add were H-U-G-E... were 1.52 a lb. Really! The cheapest I've been able to find 'em at the grocery stores have been $1.89 a pound so I couldn't pass this up.
The deal is, though, you have to buy the box which is 40 lbs. But that's easily fixed if you can't use that much. Just find a friend to go in halfsies with you. I must say, I was impressed with the quality of the meats. We had grilled burgers the first night. (Couldn't wait to try it out). The ground beef is lean. A winner!

Before I get to the pot pie recipe, just in case you might be interested in taking advantage of their deals, I have a link for you. If you mention me, and if you order from them, I will get a dollar credit to my next purchase. It costs nothing to register and this gets you on their email list so you can be alerted to sales events coming to your area (they're all over the U.S.). So, yes, I'm asking you to use me, but you don't have to. Use this link Zaycon Foods to sign up.

Ok, now to the recipe. I usually make chicken pot pies, but my husband is a real beef eater so I figured I'd surprise him with a beef pot pie, seeing how I have all this ground beef... LOL
It is super easy, and he really enjoyed it. It's a definite keeper.

I didn't make my own pie crusts, which made it even quicker, but you certainly could use your own favorite recipe for that. This recipe makes two pies which is perfect for dinner tonight, and one for the freezer for another night!

Pastry for 2 double crust pies (I used Pillsbury)
1 1/4 cups diced celery
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef

One a lightly floured surface, roll out one crust to fit a 9 inch pie plate.
In a large bowl, mix the carrots, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
Crumble the (raw) ground beef over mixture and mix well. Just get your hands in it and squish and moosh away!
Spoon half of the mixture into the pie pan. Then top with another rolled out pie crust. Crimp the edges and cut some slashes on the top crust for vents.
Do the same for the other two pie crusts, making two pies.
Cover and freeze one pie (dinner for another night)
Bake your other pie at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 and bake 1 hour.

To use the frozen pie, remove from freezer about 35 minutes before baking. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 75 minutes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


This is the day set aside for prayer, for you.

If you have a prayer request, please list it in the comments below. You don't have to give any information you don't feel comfortable with. (A simple "unspoken" comment is sufficient).
If you would like to pray, then please pray for the comment above yours.

Also, if you would like to share a "praise" for a blessing you have received please feel free to leave a comment so we can all rejoice with you!

Dear friends, I would like to add a prayer request today. Our friends in the farming communities hit by the drought really need rain. I would ask that when you think of it, send prayers for the weather. Their livelihood depends on their crops and they are suffering. This condition not only affects the farmers, but it will ultimately affect the whole country.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Pinterest Picks

By now, I'm pretty sure most of the world at least knows about Pinterest...right?
Pinterest single handedly brought over 163,000 page hits for my Pecan Pie Cake recipe !
So yes, I love Pinterest. But not just for sending me new friends, but I find so many great ideas there.
And that's why I thought I'd take a day out of the week and share my top 5 picks for the week. Just in case you don't follow me (you really should, ya know) and didn't see these any where else.

Do you pin? I'd love to see what you found!

(Tea party favors galore!)



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