Friday, October 21, 2011


I may be addicted. Good post day!

Happy Halloween :)

So, with Jack-O-Lanterns... comes PUMPKIN SEEDS!

After you clean out the pumpkin guts, rinse them in a colander and spread them out on a cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with salt and put in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy. I'm eating them right now. Yep, they're almost gone.

Spectacular Split Pea and Ham

Happy Fall!
It's a completely wonderful stormy day today!
Blowing and raining, and a PERFECT day to curl up with tea, a blanket, and a bowl of soup.
If only I had a great recipe for soup!

Split Pea and Ham in the Slow Cooker

What you'll need:
1 Package Green Split Peas
2 Ham Hocks
3 chopped Carrots
3 chopped sticks of Celery
1 chopped Onion
Herbs of your choice (for seasoning... I feel this is really up to the cook. I like Thyme).
5 Cups of Water

Rinse the peas and place in slow cooker. Place ham hocks on top of peas, and add seasoning, carrots, celery, and onions. Cover with water. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.

When done, peel meat off ham hocks and cut up the larger pieces. 

Soup may dry out, so it's ok to add water to thin it out, just remember to season accordingly.

This soup is really yummy! I love soup days :)

Bangin' Baked Meatballs

Today is my day off, and while I most definitely have things to do with my spare time, I would much rather be in my cozy bed, blogging to my hearts content. As I was going through my food pictures, I found pics from a meal I never blogged! It was so good too, ad very quick!

So, without further ado, here it is!

Baked Meatballs and Mozzarella

What you'll need:
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Egg
Bread Crumbs (about 1/4 cup)
1 Jar Marinara
Shredded Mixed Italian Cheese
Italian Seasoning
1 Can Olives
Olive Oil

In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, egg, seasoning, and breadcrumbs.

 Using your clean hands, mix together well.

Roll into 2 in (roughly) balls. Heat up a large frying pan, and coat in a thin layer of olive oil.

When pan is hot, place meat balls in pan, and sear well on all sides.

Make sure meatballs are mostly cooked through (dark brown on the outside, and a solid ball).

In a casserole dish, place meatballs and cover with marinara and sliced olives.

Cover entire dish with cheese mix, and place in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. 

And there you have it!

Serve alone, or with pasta of your choice. These are AMAZING... I think I need to eat lunch :)