Jan 25, 2014

Spaghetti and Tomatoes

Spaghetti and Tomatoes - The Senseless Housewife

Spaghetti and Tomatoes
by The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 8 servings

2 lbs browned ground beef
1 box spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
2 quart jars diced tomatoes
1 can black olives, sliced
1 jar sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, diced
2 tbsp minced garlic
olive oil

garlic powder
italian seasonings
sea salt
red pepper flakes (just a pinch)

Cook and drain spaghetti noodles, add back to pot.

Put 3 tbsp olive oil in skillet, saute onion, peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic about 5 minutes.Add ground beef and brown. Drain and add to the pot with noodles.

Add tomatoes with their juice, olives and season to taste with spices. Heat through.

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Spoon Batter Bread

Spoon Batter Bread

Spoon Batter Bread
By Hillbilly Housewife

This is a very old recipe. It has been around for at least a hundred years, probably longer.

1-1/2 cups tap water
3 tablespoons margarine
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/3 cups milk
2 medium eggs

Bring the tap water and margarine to a boil on the stove, or in the microwave. While it is heating, combine the cornmeal, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Pour the boiling water into the cornmeal mixture. Stir it up quickly with a whisk to prevent lumps. The cornmeal will swell up and absorb the water.

Slowly add the milk to the hot cornmeal. If you add it too fast it will wind up lumpy,. So slowly stir in the milk, a little at a time. When all the milk is added, break the eggs into the bowl and beat up the batter until the eggs are well incorporated. Then turn the batter into a well oiled 2-quart casserole.

Bake the bread at 375° for about 40 minutes. The top will be nicely browned and the mixture will jiggle a little bit when you shake the pan.

Variation:  Add in 1 cup of frozen corn.

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Jan 19, 2014

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance - The Senseless Housewife
My dancing partner

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance

1. Grab your partner - mine is a fluffy, furry throw pillow with a cow print, hence the name of the dance (: You could use a regular pillow though

2. Sit in your chair, get nice n comfy. Throw your partner down on the ground at your feet and place feet flat on him.

3. Turn on some toe tapping music. I like to listen to cotton-eyed joe, (my partner loves that song haha)

4. Start tapping your toes to the music. Tap the toes by lifting the toes up off the pillow (keep your heels and balls of feet down) and dropping the toes back down. Repeat 8 times for each foot.

5. Curl the toes and grab the furry fabric (or pillowcase if your partner isnt furry) Kinda like trying to lift the pillow, then release. Repeat 8 times for each foot.

6. Extend your left leg and raise left foot off the pillow. Circle the ankle by drawing an imaginary circle with the toes, 4 times to the right, then 4 times to the left. Now flex the ankle, straighten knee and point the toes toward the knee. You should feel the calf muscle stretching. Release and repeat 4 times as well. Repeat with other leg.

7. Now that were all warmed up its Dancing time! With feet pressed lightly into the pillow lift your heel and roll to the ball of your foot, then roll back to heel. I alternate rolling one foot then the other, but you could do it in unison too, whatever feels good to you. When you really start getting into it try adding in toe tapping or curling while doing the foot dance. Do this for a good minute or two. 

YEEHAW!! That was fun wasn't it, now pick up your partner, dust him off, fluff him back up so he's ready for next time and go drink some water. I try and do this dance every few hours if I am sitting for long periods.

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Quick and Easy Garlic Bread Sticks

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread Sticks

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread Sticks
Hillbilly Housewife
Yield: 6 servings

3 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry italian seasoning 
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 C milk
1/2 C butter (1 stick)
1 tsp additional garlic powder

Place the butter in a 9 by 13-inch pan. Place the pan in the oven and set to preheat to 425° When the butter is melted, carefully remove the pan from the oven. It will be very hot, so don’t burn yourself. Sprinkle the second teaspoon of garlic powder into the pan

Combine flour, salt, garlic powder, italian seasoning and baking powder. Add milk and stir with a big spoon until you get a ball of dough that leaves the sides of the bowl. You may have to dust the ball of dough with a little flour if it seems sticky to you. Gently knead the ball of dough right there in the bowl about 5 or 6 times.

Turn dough on the counter or on waxed paper. Using a rolling pin roll the dough out into a rectangle shape. You are aiming for a rectangle that will fit into a 9 by 13-inch pan. Cut the dough into narrow strips and lay them in the pan, flip them over so they are coated in butter. Sprinkle with a bit of parmesan cheese if desired.

Return pan to oven (use gloves pan will still be hot) and bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

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Homemade Cracker Jacks

Homemade Cracker Jacks

Homemade Cracker Jacks
Yield: 4 quarts

1/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. organic sugar
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. molasses
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. each walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts
8 c. popped popcorn

Mix first 5 ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until it reaches 260 F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and nuts. Pour over popcorn and stir gently to coat evenly. Cool on oiled baking sheet. Separate into clusters.

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