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Sunday, May 15, 2016

John Marzetti Casserole





Have you heard of John Marzetti Casserole before? 

It's a  yummy dish that we ate for school lunches back when I was in school. 
Fond du Lac,Wisconsin.

 It was my favorite lunch day !



 So why is it called John Marzetti


Where did the name come from? 

John Marzetti is a casserole created in the 1920s by the owner of the Marzetti Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.  John Marzetti was the brother of the owner of the Marzetti Restaurant.


Here is how I make it...
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef browned with 1 medium onion chopped. 

Drain then add a large can of tomato sauce.

Drain then add a large can of corn.

Stir in 1 lb. cooked macaroni. 

Spread in a 9 x 13 dish. 

Cube 1 lb. of cheese of choice, pressing half down in the casserole

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve  topped with sour cream ,garlic bread and salad.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Succulent Growing 101

I have always had an obsession with  rock gardens, bonsai, and succulents. They just intrigue me .And best of all they can go for long periods with no care because this girl has crafting A.D.D....And while I have good intentions on faithful watering, it always goes out the window...you feel me, right? ha ha


I use to put pretty flowering plants in my widow boxes, but let me tell you...unless you water them twice a day, they die. I have tried every potting mix, and even those little water holding beads,but nothing worked. 

Now I have added succulents, I never water them anymore, and the best thing is they come back every year in Wisconsin!!WOOHOO...




Do you know how much money I have saved every year on those dang blasted boxes??? Lots....

My motto since I have grandbabies here all week is make it Simple yet Significant...



The variety of shapes, textures, and colors is endless. And they’re beautiful as one in a pot, just as much as they are when multiples are together in a container. 

If succulents don’t get enough sunlight they begin to stretch out.

Succulent leaves don’t live forever. As the plant grows it creates new leaves and the older ones die.

If the leaves are starting to look yellow and  transparent, and feel soggy or mushy to the touch, it’s likely you’ve over watered.

A sign of over watering is the leaves fall off with just a slight bump. 

Soft black spots on the leaves or stem means over watering is getting severe and it will be hard to save your succulent.

Fertilize  with  Cactus/succulent food ... you only need one drop for every gallon of water.

Plant and transplant using Cactus soil


Now I have learned a new trick to get a ton of plants from one...Starting Succulents from Leaves- i love doing this and watching them grow ....you can get so many plants from just one succulent!




You just pull leaves off making sure you get the whole leaf, and lay them on top of a pot filled with soil

When you see  cute little roots, you’re ready to plant!  { takes about one month}

Plant your leaf as shallowly as you can without it falling over.

Mist with water every other day, and watch it grow!!



A neat little trick is to add 1 tsp. of liquid food coloring to 1 cup of water. Drizzle the colored water onto the soil surrounding the base of a plant. Wait 24 hours for the water to absorb. Apply another  dose if the color  was not bright enough.





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Natural Lice and Tick control Doggie Treats

No Fuss Egg Nog Doggie Biscuits

The Pet Anthology | Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth - eliminates fleas and ticks! #health #pets #lifestyle:

You can omit the honey, but I have a little girl with a sweet tooth, and honey is a great natural antibiotic .I use a good local dark clover honey .

This recipe is so dog gone easy, your going to wonder why you ever bought those chemical filled treats from the store!This recipe is a large batch, but you could half it if you choose. I always seem to be giving them away, and my furballs eat them so fast,I could double this recipe and never have enough. 





Ingredients
5 cups whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups milk
2 crushed up multi vitamins2 eggs
2 T. honey
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 T. Diatomaceous earth 

Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. I use a low speed, mix just until dough pulls away from the bowl, and forms a ball. Roll out on a floured surface and cut with a cookie cutter, or use a pizza cutter and cut in strips. Lay on an ungreased cookie sheet close together, but not touching. Bake 10 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven . Cool, and store in an sealed container for up to 6 months.These freeze well also.



Peanut butter is rich in protein, iron, calcium, potassiummagnesium, copper, and Vitamins B3, E, K,and a great source of fiber...my furry kids love it!
Did you know it contains  rich natural oils including omega acids that help kill the bacteria  in your dog’s mouth, which cause bad breath.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mini Mimi Easy Bake Oven Restyled~Baby Baker

Let me introduce to you all my beautiful little grand~princess Violet. She and her older brother are the lights of my life.

What a blessing it is to have grand~babies....I knew it would be wonderful, but never expected this much...

Today we finally got to use her mini mimi easy bake oven.Actually it was mine from long past. I repainted and reloved my Hollie Hobby oven to match my current one so later we can have matching aprons and cook together in pretty pink stoves...it is the simple {cheap} things that make this girl happy.

Here is my oven
 and mixer...
And here is hers...







I whipped up a little chef hat for her using some white posterboard and a  white plastic grocery bag....recycle recycle recycle...