Archive for the 'Weekend' Category

Bisquick Waffles

Monday, September 28th, 2009

We LOVE using our waffle maker on weekend mornings, but sometimes the batter can be tiresome to make.  Solution:  We use Bisquick pancake mix.  I  know, I know – you can’t always get that nice crispy outside that you can when you make the batter from scratch.  Problem solved: just separate the eggs and whip up the egg whites, then fold them in – the whites are the secret to a nice crisp waffle.  😉


2 Cups Bisquick Pancake Mix
1 1/3 Cup Milk
2 Eggs – separated
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil


Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Beat yolks with milk and oil.  Mix yolk mixture in with Bisquick in large bowl.  Gently fold egg whites into batter.  Cook according to waffle iron directions.

We serve these with syrup, fruit and whipped cream…

Italian Zuppa Toscana

Monday, June 8th, 2009

We made this over the weekend and it was AWESOME.  Tastes just like a certain Italian restaurant chain’s version…


1 lb ground sweet Italian sausage
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, diced
6 slices of bacon
2 tsp minced garlic
10 cups water
5 cubes chicken bouillon
1 cup Fate Free Half and Half
4 large potatoes, sliced
1 bunch of kale


1.  Brown the Italian sausage and red pepper flakes in a large pot.  Remove from pot, drain excess fat.  Set aside.
2.  In the same pan, saute’ onion, bacon, and garlic until onions are soft (10-15 min).
3.  Pour in water and add chicken bouillon.  Add potatoes and cook till soft; about 30 minutes.
4.  Add half and  half and cook until heated (about 10 minutes).
5.  Stir in sausage and kale.  Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve.

Cubed Steaks

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

This is simple, oh so good, and CHEAP.  🙂


4 beef cube steaks (4 steaks)
1 small onion, chopped
1 -2 cups sliced mushrooms (quantity is up to you – we like it shroomy)
1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
16 ounce can of beef broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
flour (for dredging)
salt and pepper


1. Salt and pepper both sides of steaks and dredge in flour.
2. Melt butter and olive oil in pan. Saute onions and mushrooms till tender. Transfer to plate.
3. Brown steaks on both sides, transfer to plate.
4. Pour beef broth in skillet to deglaze pan. Add soup and stir to combine.
5. Add steaks, onions and mushrooms to pan. Bring to boil for one minute. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer for one hour.

We usually have these steaks with egg noodles and it is just the best COMFORT FOOD.  🙂

Homemade Waffles

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Do you have a waffle maker? This recipe makes some great waffles for it. We love to make these on Sunday Mornings… This recipe came with the Toastmaster Waffle Maker that I have…


1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbs. Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
3 Eggs Yolks, Beaten
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
3 Egg Whites, Stiffly Beaten


1. Measure dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Blend.
2. Combine egg yolks and milk. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in oil.
3. Carefully fold in egg whites. Do not overmix.
4. Our approximately 1/2 cup batter onto preheated waffle maker (depending on the size of your appliance). Close and bake according to manufacturer’s directions.

We love these with Jam or Syrup or home made Blueberry Syrup (recipe to come soon).