Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Special Sandwiches

Aka, Schlotzsky's clones.

So very good and simple, we love Schlotzsky's but it's almost 2 hours away. We don't love it that much. I was determined to make a clone of our favorite sandwich and it worked, it's just like the Pastrami on Sourdough!

2 Slices Sourdough Bread
A few slices of high quality beef pastrami, shaved
1 slice of swiss cheese
1 tsp or tablespoon (according to your taste) of whole grain mustard
Butter for toasting

Coat outside of bread pieces with a little bit of butter, a spray butter works really well here. Coat inside of bread with mustard, it is important that you use whole grain it can be hard to find but it's worth it. If you want it really spicy coat both pieces of bread with the mustard, personally I like only one. Place bread buttered side down in a skillet set to medium heat, place cheese, meat, and other piece of bread on top. Grill on both sides until toasty.

I know it sounds too easy, but it really is delicious!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Menu Plan

No post last week. I'm still haven't computer issues, hopefully that will be worked out soon.

Sunday: My special sandwiches (recipe will hopefully be posted later)

Monday: Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce

Tuesday: Taco Lasagna

Wednesday: Big Salad Night

Thursday: New recipe night

Friday: Date Night

Saturday: TBA in other words I have no idea! haha

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cajun Dirty Rice

A very good and filling dinner. It's kinda spicy so you might want to leave out the cayenne pepper and use a mild sausage if you have kids.
This is a dish that could easily be doubled or tripled to feed and crowd.

1 1/2 cups Rice, uncooked (I used Minute rice)
1/2 pound Sausage
1/2 cup Onion, diced
1/2 cup Celery, diced
1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoons dried Parsley
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 cup Chicken Broth or Stock
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Cheese if you want, we love anything with cheese!

Cook rice according to package directions set aside to cool.

Heat Olive Oil in large skillet. Add Sausage, onion, celery, bell pepper. Cook until sausage is nicely browned. Add the rest of the ingredients including rice. Stir until liquid is absorbed and rice is heated through. We like cheesy dirty rice so we added just a bit of cheese at the end, that is entirely optional.

This makes a great freezer meal, which is why I used minute rice. Cook everything but the rice and chicken stock, freeze that in portions. All you have to do on the night you eat it is cook your rice. Then heat your meat mixture with chicken stock and rice and you are done! Super simple way to have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes.

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Garage Sale find!

I had been wanting a headboard for Becca's bed for quite some time. I thought we were going to have to make one, there was no way I was paying several hundred dollars for a new one. Until I found a great yard sale, sorry I forgot to take the before prior to my first spray paint pass.

It was so cute and curvy. Looked like a great piece except for the fact that it was Oak. I never have like the heavy wood grain and dark color of oak, but that can be changed.

Isn't is beautiful! Best part it was only $10! It ended up costing a total of right at $20 with the spray paint. It's important on a piece that will get lots of use to use a high quality paint. Becca likes to read books in bed so I know she will lean on it a lot.
Head on over to see Rhonda at Southern Hospitality for a thrifting party.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Computer Issues.

Sorry, I haven't been around. I'm having major computer issues and blogger is the worst offender. It keeps freezing and my only option is to restart my computer. It's fine as long as I don't sign in, which is odd. I will do my menu plan post, I promise.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This week will be a little different. Monday we will be going out to eat to help save Chuck on NBC. It is a show that is written very well and I would be sad to see it leave. I feel like if I can do anything to help save it I should.

Sunday: Orzo Salad

Monday: Subway, part of the save Chuck campaign.

Tuesday: Chicken Quesadillas (maybe one week it's on the plan I'll actually make it)

Wednesday: Big Salad

Thursday: Mexican Pizza knock-off, my version of the Taco Bell favorite

Firday: Date Night

Saturday: Pizza

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Gettin' Crafty

Another spray paint post, yay! This isn't only about spray paint though. I had a set of frames that aren't completely hideous but I'm tired of looking at them as is, and I have five of them. Believe me I've learned my lesson, table top frames are best if there aren't a million just like them in the same house.

Hi! That's me and my husband six months before we got married. I would give anything to look like that again, without the bangs. In comes trusty white spray paint to the rescue, for the frame not me. :)

Ahh, much better! My dilemma started here, what do I do with my newly updated frame. Have you seen some of the 3-D artwork around lately, I thought maybe I could create some myself. So I headed to hobby lobby to see if I could find some neat key's or maybe some keyholes I could use. This is what I found.

So cute! A whole set waiting for different projects. It is missing one key because I forgot to take a picture before I painted it, oops. Best of all metalwork was 50% off that week (it is a lot wait till it goes on sale to buy) so I got all five for $6.00. Not bad!
I didn't want to paint the back of the frame, instead I wanted a little bit of pattern. In comes trusty scrapbook paper. On sale at hobby lobby that week for a quarter a sheet. Another great score.
The end result.

A cute project if I do say so myself.

Cost break down:
Frame, free had for years
Spray paint, free left over from another job
Key, $1.20
Scrapbook paper, 25 cents

Not bad for $1.45! Just wait till the piece it will sit on is painted, you won't want to miss it.

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