Caprese Salad

This is a quick and easy salad, but it has amazing flavor and is so delicious.

You will need

  • Mozzarella pearls
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil, fresh or freeze dried
  • Balsamic Vinegar glaze

In a large bowl add the mozzarella pearls and break apart. Cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces, I use the small tomatoes in different colors and cut in half. Then chop the basil if using fresh and sprinkle on the salad. Probably 4-5 leaves or if using dried 2 teaspoons. The basil is more to taste. If you like more add more, this is your salad.

Then drizzle with the balsamic glaze and mix. Enjoy!

Homemade is Always Better

Many years ago I was on the search for the best lasagna. I found it and I have a blog post that is completely devoted to that.  In finding that recipe I also found the absolute best sauce ever.

I will admit the idea of making my own red sauce for spaghetti or lasagna was never something I thought would be worth doing or easy. Turns out it is both. It takes a while for it to cook so that all the flavors really meld together. But otherwise it is very simple and definitely worth the time. Your will thank me, your family will thank me, and if your dog gets scraps, he will thank me.

It starts with browning the meats with garlic and onion. Then adding diced tomatoes that you have to crush by hand. I don’t know why but this is the way. I tried crushed and it didn’t turn out for me. I tried diced and I didn’t like that either. However open the diced and crush with your ands then add to the pot, perfect! Add spices and let that simmer for an hour!

After an hour of low simmering. You will have the most mouth watering smell floating through your home!

Then cook some pasta and there you go! Perfection on a plate. It’s good on a hunk of French bread. Not sure how I would know that, but I might have had to have a taste or two before serving.

I will be more than happy to share the recipe with you. Just message me your email and I will send it your way. Trust me make the time and try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed except with yourself for not trying homemade earlier.


Too many cookies

I made cookies for my Bible study class. I had tons leftover. My son put a good dent in them. However I was afraid they would get dry and crumbly. I was thinking I would freeze them, but I found a better idea.

Ice cream cookie sandwiches! Yes, I put some vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies and then wrapped them in Saran Wrap. The perfect snack.

It’s a Sausage Ball Kind of Day

We arrived back In Wyoming yesterday evening. This morning we awoke to 7 degree temps and snow. The roads are closed to the ranch, so for the next couple of hours we are stuck in town.

When it’s snowy and nasty out. There is nothing to do but stay inside and of course cook.

I love whipping up a batch of sausage balls. They are easy and fun quick. Since we have been gone for over a week this required a trip to the store.

Now I like my sausage balls spicy. But you can omit the Tabasco and use mild sausage

Sausage Balls

1-2lbs of hot sausage

3-4 drops Tabasco

1 Small pkg finely shredded cheddar cheese

1-2 cups bisquick

Mix sausage, Tabasco, and cheese in a bowl. Then add enough bisquick to bind it together. Roll into balls and bake at 375 until done about 12-15 minutes.