Saturday, November 26, 2011


Well with a name like this I had to try this recipe. This is so simple and very good make sure you have enough time for it to cook, because you have to cook it on low. and it takes 7-10 hours.  Put this on early in the morning and by dinner time your house smells wonderful.  This makes its own juice that you can thicken with a little corn starch, and serve with mashed pot and a side salad. Give this a try, it sounds a little odd but it is great.
1- 4 to 5 lb beef roast (any kind)
1 - pack brown gravy mix (dry)
1 - pack Italian salad dressing mix (dry)
1 - pack ranch dressing mix (dry)
Mix all seasoning together,rub all over roast, then just put the rest of the mix in the crock pot
pour 1/2 cup water, (That's all just 1/2 cup) down the side of the roast.
Cook on LOW for 7 to 10 hours depending on how big your roast is.  The roast is done when its fork tender.
That's It  This couldn't be easier,

Friday, September 23, 2011


Homemade egg noodles are the ultimate comfort food, very easy to make and also inexpensive. I remember helping my grandmother and my mom make these delicious noodles. Today I put all the ingredients into my bread machine and let it do all the work. Add a little more flour if the dough is still to wet.

2 1/2 cups AP flour ( plus a little more to work with)
1 pinch of salt
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup of milk
1 T butter (soft)
Chicken stock for cooking
Stir flour & salt, add egg, milk,and butter
mix together to form dough if dough is to wet add a little more flour
Knead for 5 min. Let rest in a bowl covered with a towel for 10 min.
put some flour on your work surface and roll out then slice ( I use a pizza cutter) let air dry for a least an hour.
Then cook in Chicken or Beef stock or even well salted water. they will puff and float when they are done. after about 5 min of cooking try one. If you use stock it will give the noodles additional flavor, but today I just drained mine and mixed them with butter, fresh thyme, celery salt, and S&P Yum Yum

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Well by now you all know that I love hot dogs.  I thought I would tell you about Smith's hot dogs made in Erie,PA.  These are one of the best hot dogs around, when we go to visit family we make sure we bring back plenty of hot dogs and Ox Roast (not really ox) for the delicious taste of the county fair. More on the Ox Roast sandwich later, right now we're talking Hot Dogs!!

These hot dogs are flavorful, made of the finest quality beef and pork, and are topped off with a "snap" with each bite. Smith Provision Co., Inc. is a manufacturer of premium quality wieners, sausages, deli meats, bacon and award winning hams located in Erie, Pennsylvania where it is owned and operated by the Weber family. If you would like to try your own Smiths hot dog visit the website These nice folks will be happy to ship some to you.  Erie also has Greek sauce, this is kind of like a coney sauce but this is much better in my opinion and has a little kick to it.  Here is my family recipe for Greek sauce that my dad would sell in one of his bars he used to own in Erie.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Alex's Greek Sauce from Erie,PA                                   

1 pound hamburger
2 chopped onions OR 1/2 tsp onion salt and 1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp sweet basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 small can tomato sauce
3/4 cup water
Put everything into a crock pot ( DO NOT BROWN BEEF FIRST) cook all day on low or 1/2 day on high. Enjoy on your hot dog!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Capt's Tavern Riverfront Grill

Well we have added The Capt's Tavern in Daytona Beach Fl to our list of places to go to sit by the water enjoy a cold one,watch the sunset, and enjoy some food
  This place has changed hands a lot of times, and this is the first time for us to stop in. We have heard some negative reviews about Capt's Tavern but as usual we decided to try it for ourselves.

  We we're really surprised we sat outside on the deck overlooking the water, our waiter was nice, even though he corrected my pronunciation of Spanakopita You say potato I say... Oh never mind.

  The food was good and the beer was cold, and the staff was very friendly.  I did feel they were a bit over dressed black pants white long sleeve shirt and a tie. for being in Daytona and in the heart of all the biker bars on Main St.
 It's a tropical place and we thought shorts and a tropical shirt would have gone more with the casual atmosphere. I hope the new owners stick around because we will definitely go back the next time we are in Daytona.

 They have a lot of Greek items on the menu also.  We had the Shrimp Ceviche  and the Spanakopita. both were very tasty, the view as the sun was setting was great.  So if you have tried this place in the past give them another try.  We think you will be surprised. They are located at the end of Main St. across from Boot Hill Saloon and next to Boot Hill Cemetery.
115 Main st
Daytona Beach Fl
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Friday, June 17, 2011


Wow is it Hot down here! It's been in the 90's and we need rain.
  The snowbirds have gone north for the summer so it's pretty quiet where I live.
 Our friend and neighbor Jeanie left the end of May but before she left she made this wonderful peach cake that she shared with us.
 My husband enjoyed it so much he asked for more! I told him you can't ask for more when someone brings you something and he said" watch me" Ha! Ha! He LOVED this cake.
 Jeanie was a real trooper and brought him the rest of the cake and also brought me the recipe (Thank You Jeanie)  So here is the recipe for this Perfect Peach Cake I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did ( even though I didn't get much of it )

2/3 cup butter or margarine,softened
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
4  medium peaches,peeled and chopped, or 3 cups frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and chopped.
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl,beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.  in a medium bowl, stir together the flour,baking soda and salt.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture alternating with the buttermilk, beating until smooth after each addition.  Stir in the peaches by hand .  Pour the batter into the pan.  In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the batter.  Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. serve warm with ice cream.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


We love to be outside as much as possible and if we're outside and on the water that's even better. So it only makes sense to find a restaurant on the water right?
 Caribbean Jacks in Daytona is just the spot to be outside on a beautiful Fl day and enjoy the great food and fantastic water views.
 We like to sit on their deck on the swinging tables. The weather was perfect this is our second time here and we enjoyed it again so I wanted to tell you all about it.
 The atmosphere and the views of the intercoastal waterways are breathtaking. And we love to look at all the yachts in the marina.
 Today we shared the Low country boil. $ 14.99  ( I think they only have this 1 day a week) we had to share because we had been stopping at a few places for appetizers, but if you get a chance to go try the chicken salad its wonderful, and the bananas foster is to die for.
 They are open 7 days a week starting at 11:00 Check out the website for the menu and band schedule.
 Before you head out check out the little gift shop inside the restaurant they have some great t shirts that are very colorful and will remind you of the fantastic time you had at Caribbean Jacks in Daytona Beach Fl.

The above picture is a view from the water taken from Caribbean Jacks website.
The website is

and the phone # is 386-523-3000

This week we're heading over to Sebastian to do some Treasure hunting I will tell you about some places over there that we love to sit outside on the water and enjoy a few cold ones!!


Caribbean Jack's on Urbanspoon

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I am a big fan of potatoes, and I love the Simply Potatoes web site  I have been making these hash brown breakfast cups for Easter for some time now, and I thought I would share this recipe with you for your Easter Brunch. We have to work this year on Easter this is a very busy time for Disney right now. but I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients:3 cups Simply Potatoes® Shredded Hash Browns

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound ground Italian sausage

1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

2 cups (16 ounces) Better'n Eggs®

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1/2 cup Crystal Farms® Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions:1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease 12-cup regular muffin cup pan; set aside. In medium bowl combine Simply Potatoes, butter and salt; mix well. Press about ¼ cup Simply Potatoes mixture into each muffin cup lining bottom and sides. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, brown Italian sausage in 10-inch skillet; drain grease. Add mushrooms and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Fill each baked hash brown cup equally with sausage mixture.

3. In small bowl combine Better’n Eggs® and Italian seasoning; mix well. Pour over sausage mixture, filling each muffin cup equally. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cup comes out clean.

Friday, March 4, 2011


For a quick grab and go breakfast it doesn't get better than this! The kids will  love these little breakfast biscuits.

1. Roll out Hungry Jack Biscuits very flat.

2. Spray muffin pan

3. Place 1 biscuit in each muffin cup.

4. Fry sausage or bacon and place small amount in each biscuit cup.

5. Sprinkle each with chopped green onions or chives.

6. Mix about 3 eggs together and pour equally over meat/egg mixture.

(Don't overfill.!)

7. Place shredded cheese on top of egg mixture.

8. Pinch biscuits in on top slightly.

9. Bake at 400 for about 15 min.

10. Enjoy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner team up for Save the Children

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well, The rain is still coming down here in Fl but I still think it's much better than 10 below 0 and snow that my family in Indiana is having. As part of the Foodbuzz team I have been contacted to help spread the word about raising money for Save the Children and to rediscover the fun of cooking together… and do some good, too

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner ( ) are teaming up to inspire families everywhere to get together in the kitchen and start cooking together. Starting today, parents can join in the Frigidaire Kids' Cooking Academy to get great recipes. It's the ultimate parent resource,featuring daily tips, tasty recipes and how-to videos starring chef and TV personality Mary Sue Milliken. All designed to help involve kids in the kitchen.

When they do, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children to help make sure that more children have access to healthy foods. and promote healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

Plus, to help spread the word, everyone who participates will be entered for a chance to win the daily prize, a kids' apron set, and the grand prize: a new Double Oven Range from Frigidaire.
Here is my own Kid friendly recipe for you to try:


1 coffee mug
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil

4tbsp. flour 3 tbsp choc. chips

4tbsp. sugar some nuts--optional

2tbsp baking cocoa small splash of vanilla

1 egg

Add dry ingredients to mug & mix well. Pour in milk, oil & egg & mix well. Add chips, nuts if using & vanilla, mix well. Place mug in microwave & cook for 3 min. on high. Allow to cool a little & tip out on plate if desired. Enjoy!!

So lets get cookin'! Head to and get inspired to cook with your kids.
I'm also asking all of you to send this post to all your friends and family. Together we can help raise money for Save the Children. No Child should go hungry.

Thanks for all your help.
Thanks to Everyone

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


My Aunt Shirley gave this recipe to my mom a long time ago and I remember my mom baking this cake often,  When we went to Erie last fall to visit, my Aunt brought this cake over and it brought back so many memories,  It's super easy to make and I think you all will enjoy it as much as we do.

Applesauce Bundt Cake.

1 box yellow cake mix
1-11/2 cups applesauce--cinnamon flavored is really good in this

Mix all together & pour half of batter in prepared bundt pan. mix 1/4 cup sugar with some cinnamon & sprinkle over batter, add rest of batter.Bake at  350 for about 50 min. or till toothpick comes out clean. I butter and  dust the pan with sugar instead of flour. My mom added chunks of butter & chopped walnuts with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Dust with powder sugar when cool. Enjoy!!

Well it's going to be in the 30's again this week I really think i should move further south (Ha Ha)