Wednesday, August 25, 2010



I am thankful... thankful that my kids were just sick with something as trivial as a stomache bug.
Thankful for a cozy home... thankful for a loving husband... just all around thankful.


I am LOVING the Leaves scent from Bath and Body works. 
I have it plugged into my wall-flowers in the living room and dining room.
It is the perfect blend of fall scents, "autumnal notes of golden nectar, juicy mandarin and red delicious apple are paired with toasted cinnamon stick, mulled cider spices and freshly harvested red berries."


I am finishing writing down our menu for the week.  Since Travis gets home so late from football he always re-heats whatever we had for dinner.  So, planning my fall menus I try to keep that in mind.  Some dishes are better re-heated than others.  All of the following are leftover worthy (and that's saying alot for me... I HATE leftovers. blah).

Round Steak Sauerbraten served over noodles
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Homeade Sauce (going to try the Pioneer Woman's Recipe!)
Meatloaf served with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli
Taco Lasagna (you will LOVE this recipe!)

That's about a week and a half worth of dinners for us.  Each dish we'll probably get two meals out of.

At the bottom of this post I'll give you the recipes for the Round Steak Sauerbraten and Taco Lasagna. Both are fabulous!



The only picture I've taken since last Friday is of a pot roast I made on Sunday.  Sorry Grandparents... I know that's lame.  I won't even show you the picture of the pot doesn't look very appetizing :)
I will get back into the picture taking groove tomorrow.  Promise!

___________________________________________ are the recipes...

*I was first introduced to this delicious dish back in junior high... my best friend Lindsey's mom made it.  It's turned into a family favorite at our house!*

Taco Lasagna

Step One:
1 lb. hamburger meat, browned
1 medium onion, chopped
6 oz. tomato paste
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 package taco seasoning
1/4 C. water

Combine the above ingredients and simmer until the veggies are tender.

Step Two:
1 1/2 C. Sour Cream (16 oz)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp pepper

Combine and set aside.

Step Three:

4-5 Flour Tortillas (I usually use more)
2-3 C. Jack Cheese
2 C. crushed tortilla chips

In a 9x 13" pan, layer and repeat.

*1/2 of meat mixture
*1/2 of cream sauce
*1/2 of the cheese

Top with crushed chips.
Bake 30 minutes @ 325 degrees.



*My Mom made this recipe growing up.  One of her best friends had given it to her.  You can serve it over egg noodles or mashed potatoes*

Round Steak Sauerbraten

1 1/2 lb. round steak
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. worchestershire
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 bay leaf
2 C. water
1 envelope brown gravy mix.

Cut meat into 1" squares.  Brown in hot oil.  In a shaker jar, mix 1 C. water and gravy mix and shake until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and shake to mix.  Put both liquid and meat into crockpot.  Cook on low 4-6 hours.


Have a great Thursday tomorrow!  We have our first football game tomorrow night... can't wait for our boys to WIN!!! :)  Go Jackets!!!


  1. The Pioneer Woman's meatballs are fabulous...just watch the liquid... the first time I made them they turned out too gooey...had to add more oats. Now I use less liquid.
    Love Ya...

  2. Go, Jackets! Hope your boys do well and stay healthy this year. Our first game is in Chicago this year - exciting. We are traveling from St. Louis to play them. An out of state game is definitely a first for us!

    May God bless you with His peace and His deep grace this season, Ashley.

  3. Hello love!!! I cant WAIT to try some taco lasagna! Quick your babes eat the same stuff that you guys do at dinner? I can RARELY get my kids to eat what we are eating and I end up making peanut butter sandwiches after about 20 minutes of trying to get them to eat...