Saturday, February 23, 2013

Recipe: Hamburgers with Gravy


1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced thin
1 cup beef broth
1 tbsp cooking sherry


1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into four balls and flatten into patties.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the patties until nicely browned (about 4 minutes each side). Remove the patties to a plate.
3. Gradually mix the beef broth and sherry into the drippings in the skillet. Stir in flour and scrape beef off bottom of pan. Add in the onions. Simmer and stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the gravy thickens.
4. Return the patties to the pan, cover and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Serves 4.
Takes about 45 minutes.
Good with mashed potatoes.

Hit or Miss?

That is the question I often ask myself when it comes to the meal I choose for supper. Will it be a hit or a miss? My daughter and I are easy going and will both eat just about anything. Hubby will eat whatever I make but he doesn't like it all and there are certain things I don't make because he doesn't care for them. My son, well, he's Mister Picky Pants. You never know if he'll eat anything or everything.

I get extra nervous when I try a new recipe. Will anyone like it? Will it turn out how I think it should? Should I have just made something we always eat? Am I wasting my time? LOL See, I told you I get stressed out at this.

I feel the same stress when I try doing something new. I finally worked up enough nerve to try making pie crusts from scratch. Surprisingly, it was way easier than I thought. It's just a few ingredients mixed together then rolled out. It really wasn't complicated and I'm very relieved I finally tried it. I won't have to buy another pie crust again. :)

Anyways, I have a new recipe for you. Check out the next post! Hopefully your family will like it as much as mine did.

Friday, February 15, 2013

9 weeks

That's it! Just 9 weeks till we'll be packing up the last few things and moving to our new home. Unbelieveable! I'm glad it isn't htis weekend because once again it's snowing a lot! Sure doesn't feel like Spring is going ot be here any time soon. 9 weeks is feeling like a really long time away....

But, I'm making more progress. :) I spent some time in the basement last week and packed up some more stuff. I sorted a bunch and tossed a lot too. I still haven't gotten the kids stuff posted for selling so I'm leaning towards just donating it now. I don't think I really want the hassle of trying to sell it. We'll have to wait and see how the weekend goes....

I'm starting to feel like I've got too much going on. I'm tired and can't find the balance I need. Going to have to figure out what I can give up or shorten so I have the time I need to do the things I should be doing. It doesn't help with all these days off from school my daughter has been having due to illness and weather. Seems like she never has a full week of school.

Oi! Onto the weekend....

Monday, February 4, 2013

M&M Review of January

Where did January go??? I remember now, I got sick along with everyone else. Put me two weeks behind on everything. :S Here's a little review of the month gone by.

Meal Planning:
Well, so far my method is working. I didn't miss one day in January, not even when I was sick. Things, of course, changed when that happened as to what we would all feel like eating, but it worked out just fine. I definitely found it helpful to have the list of ideas on the calendar and knowing what I had the day before. Sometimes I have even been able to plan early (like chicken wings for Super Bowl Sunday).

Things are finally settling down and coming together. We had a lot of "paperwork issues" over the last few weeks but the house is officially ours (as of April 17th anyways). It was definitely more stressful than I thought it would be. I really just tried to ignore it all so I wouldn't stress out. As for packing, not much got done. I did really well at the beginning, but then meetings and sickness got in the way of my productivity. Back at it again now though. I got some more stuff organized today and tossed and sorted a bunch more items. Feels good!

So, if January needs a mark, I think I would say B+. I did well at organizing and especially well at meal stuff but the packing didn't go quite as planned.