If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Rhonda’s Kitchen ............

Hello everyone
I’m still making salad boxes that stay in our fridge. 
We like having salad whenever we want, toppings for sandwiches and chopped veggies to have with tuna or cottage cheese.  

I cooked an old but favorite recipe - Pampered Chef Taco Ring.  The recipe and variations are all over Pinterest.  
It’s taco meat and cheese, baked inside a ring made of Pillsburg crescent roll dough.  It is easy and good.  

Two of the grandsons were here for taco ring and they both enjoyed it.  

We really like the homemade spreadable butter and I’ve since made a second, bigger batch.  I used 1 pound of softened real butter and beat it with an electric mixer, then mixed in 1 cup of oil.  It’s easy to spread straight from the fridge and doesn’t taste weird like some other purchased butter spreads. 

We had some spreadable butter on this new oatmeal waffle recipe.  It’s a good recipe and one I will keep.  

Another new recipe is this soup recipe..  I saw this recipe in a recent Taste of Home magazine but I changed it up a bit.  
stuffed Pepper Soup this is the Taste of Home link 

Here is my version, and it was a great way to use some of bell pepper harvest. 
My version uses less beef, less brown sugar, more rice and I added onions 

Rhonda’s Stuffed Pepper Soup 
1 pound ground beef- brown and drain
Stir in
1 diced onion
2 cups diced bell peppers
2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 t salt
Almost 1/2 t black pepper 
2 t beef bouillon granules 
1 T brown sugar
Bring to a boil, then cover and just simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the veggies are done to your preference.  We like our veggies still a bit crunchy.  
3 cups cooked rice- stir in and simmer a few more minutes and then serve.  
It makes a lot, more than 2 quarts.  

For the rice- we had taco rice bowls on Sunday and I cooked extra rice knowing I wanted to use it in this recipe.  

We really liked this soup and will make it again.  

I saw a new to me recipe to make almond joy cookies with just 4 ingredients. 

They were very quick to make but my husband and I  both rated them as “just OK”
I’m not sharing the recipe because I won’t be making them again and wouldn’t recommend them,  

But if you do look up this recipe and make them,  I hope you don’t burn half of them like I did 

Tonight’s supper was a good one.  
We had baked green enchiladas.  
My version is very easy- I use just the below ingredients along with a little diced onion.  
Just grease your 13x9 baking pan.  
Add a little of the green enchilada sauce.
Then layer in the corn tortillas, diced cooked chicken, diced onions, grated cheese, green sauce, another layer of tortillas, the rest of the sauce and the rest of the cheese. 
Then bake at 350 about 30-40 minutes or until golden on top and bubbly.  

I didn’t take a photo of the finished casserole but here are the leftovers.  It just looks like a basic casserole when done.  
But it tastes so good! 
I dished up some to take to my parents and the rest will be our supper in a night or two.  

My big project for the last 6 days has been organizing all of my recipes.  
I had recipes in a card box, a stack of printed recipes and 3 notebooks.  
This was what our dining table looked like this morning but it looked lots worse earlier in the week.  
I went through every recipe and discarded quite a few.  
They all ended up in 3 notebook binders that have vinyl pocket sheet protectors.  

The recipes are in 3 categories- main dishes which is all meat or protein entrees, 
Baking which is all breads, desserts, etc. 
sides and misc is all side dishes, non food recipes like bubbles and some old menu plans.  

The 2 old phones on the table are running off our WiFi and earning Swagbucks.  I don’t do Swagbucks too seriously but do try to do them while I’m doing something else.  I can earn a $25 gift certicate without much effort each month or even double that if I work on them more.  

I used decorative paper and stickers from my craft room and reused the notebooks I already had.  I spent a lot of time on these new cookbooks but no money.  

Some of the pages have scrapbook paper and some don’t.  

I trimmed down a lot of the recipes with decorative scissors. 

I’m very happy to have completed this project.  It’s been needing done for quite some time. 
I rediscovered some old favorites I’ve forgotten about and plan to cook again soon. 

My 100 day sewing project has been completely neglected this week.  Last week, I did cut out 5 garments but they are all sitting, waiting to be sewn.  
But that’s my homemaking life.  I do lots but there just isn’t enough free time to do it all.  
Can I get an Amen? 



  1. Hi Rhonda, I love the idea of your recipe stuffed pepper soup. Most of our peppers didn't grow big enough this season to stuff. This would be perfect! I had a failure too on a new to me recipe last week- good but we won't do it again. You just never know until you try.

  2. It all looks so good. I know you were bummed about the burnt candy! Your recipe books look so neat and organized. You will enjoy using them for sure!

  3. Love your idea about homemade spreadable butter! What kind of oil do you use? Can't wait to make it.

  4. I absolutely love posts like this!!! I have heard of the Stuffed Pepper soup recipe recently. It sounds so yummy. I had no idea you could do that with butter. Wow! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Why did your post make me so hungry, lol? I have eaten a nice hot breakfast this morning and just took meatballs from the oven for spaghetti this weekend. I also have baked banana nut bread and gingerbread this morning as well. I have an easy dinner planned for today, with leftovers to go into John's work lunch for tomorrow.

    I love the recipe folders. I really am inspired to do something nicer with mine. Some of my recipes are so old that they are brittle. I need to make copies. I have pocket pages for each category not for individual recipes but I can see that your method would be easier for me to find the recipe I want...I see a winter project ahead!

  6. The recipe idea is great. I have been compiling a cookbook to give to each of our sons and this would be a great way to present it. Though they are guys and probably wouldn't care!

  7. Rhonda, that soup looks mouthwatering! On the menu for the weekend! Mimi xxx

  8. Oh I loved this post!!!!
    And I actually have my recipes in binders like that.
    Sooo love the recipes you shared.
    Have a cozy evening. : )

  9. Okay, I admit that I'm a little relieved that the Almond Joy cookies weren't great. :::hangs head in shame:::
    But you see, I'm an AJ lover and if you had said they tasted amazing, I might have to try making them....and then I'd eat them all.

    Rhonda, I gotta tell you- You must have the best smelling house! You're always whipping up something tasty looking. And with your fancy new recipe binders, I'm thinking there's gonna be even more yummies cooking up over winter!

    Can't wait to see more posts!

  10. You put me to shame girl and I love it!

  11. Rhonda, I love the idea of your cookbooks,they would be nice little books for future generations to have. I have a family favorite cookbook my husband and son got me for Mother's Day years ago. I had write the recipes in for those that are favorites with a little note about each.

  12. Great job on the recipe books. It makes it so much easier to find what you want.
    The taco dish sounds great - what is not to love!
    Sounds like a good one.

  13. I didn't decorate my pages like your beautiful book, but also have a couple of 3-ring binders for recipes. I loved seeing Joanne's cookie recipe on your page. ♥

  14. I am sadly awake at almost 3:00 am now and I am enjoying your blog. It's making me very hungry and I love all the crafting. I'm not so crafty but I have to step it up as my 3 year old is getting into glue and glitter. I really enjoy your blog, it's very homey and cozy. I always read more than 10 articles when I have time to get on here.

  15. Love this idea for cook books. I get so many recipes from the internet these days. Thank you!


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