Monday, February 23, 2009

Netta's Niche - Favorite Recipes

My friend, Sarah, pointed out that I had listed salt
twice on the
Choc. Cake recipe. Only add it once!
I updated the recipe.

THANKS, Sarah!!!!

Jesus has done such amazing things in so many lives this weekend...
and He's teaching me new things about getting out of the classic
procrastination mode that plagues certain areas of my life.

HOWEVER, more about that later! (is anyone else finding that
funny, or just me!? ha!)

Seriously, though, writing about that takes more concentration
than my home/life will allow at the moment. Instead, I'll answer
the request of several of my Facebook friends who have requested
some recipes. (Not that I'm a famous cook, just a constant, frugal
one with lotsa people to keep fed and hopefully some even happy!
Keeping all 7 of us pleased about the menu is not always possible!)

Every home needs a crock pot (slow cooker!).
Here's a couple of my favorites and then some other recipes, too.

my version of a recipe taken from this cookbook...

4-6 boneless chicken breasts
4 chicken bouillon cubes
4 cups of water
2 or 3 celery sticks cut into small pieces
4 or more carrots cut into small round slices
oregano and/or italian seasonings
Also, left over corn or peas are yummy, too.

1 recipe for biscuits
(you can use bisquick, I just make'um homemade)

Put all ingredients EXCEPT DUMPLINGS into
crock pot and cook for approx. 6-8 hrs. on low.
Then, turn on High and add spoonfuls of dumpling
mix to the top of cooked chicken mixture.
Cover & cook for approx. 35 minutes.
Don't open the lid until biscuits are done.

Serve immediately.

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2 bags of Turkey Meatballs (from Aldi)
2 jars of pasta sauce & 1/2 jar of water
extra Italian Seasonings

Cook on low for at least 4 hrs.
Since the meatballs are already cooked, the
crockpot thaws them out and the flavors of
meat & sauce blend together.

Then serve over spaghetti noodles
(I cook them ahead of time & store them in the frig with
some olive oil mixed in. Then I just nuke'um up & serve)
Crazy Easy!


(Our weekly tradition that dates back to my childhood, except my Mom
put it in the oven on time bake. But I'm addicted to the Crock Pot!)

Any cut & size of Beef Roast (cheap cuts work fine!)
Season with steak pepper, onion & garlic powder and
braise on a hot skillet.
(Braise means to brown on the outside for a couple of
minutes per side. This keeps the juices in while it's roasting.)

Fill crock pot 2/3 full of potatoes cut into lg. chunks
and carrots cut into large pieces
and sliced or diced onion
Place braised beef on the top and add at least 1 Cup of liquid.
Cook for at least 6 hrs. on high or much longer on low.

Liquid ideas:
water, flat cola, beef broth, 1 bouillon cubes & 1 C water
or even tomato juice or dice tomotatoes

When you get home from church, mmm, the smell meets you
before you even open the door! It's ready! NO WAITING!


(I made this up based on an idea from my Husband! and his
Mom's Beef Doritos Casserole)

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken, cooked & shredded or diced
1 can (15 oz) cream corn
2 cans (15 oz) cream of chicken soup
4 oz green chili or green salsa verde
1/2 C (or more) of Ranch Dressings
1 bag of Ranch flavored Doritos, crushed (my boys like doing this!)
1/2 (or more) C Shredded cheese
Minced onion (or onion powder)
garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin

-Mix everything EXCEPT CHEESE, together
-Place in greased 9x13 pan
-Cover the top with cheese
-Bake at 350 f approx 30 min.
Longer if everything is cold to begin with

Yummy to serve with rice and cornbread, sliced tomatoes
and ice-tea. mmmm

(My Mom & friend, Jodi, make this more than I do!)

1 onion chopped
garlic powder or minced garlic
1 T olive oil
2 t chili powder
1 t oregano
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes or diced works, too
5 chicken bouillon cubes
5 C water
1 can corn
1 can hominy (or just use another can of corn)
1 4 oz. can chopped green chili peppers
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked & chopped or shredded
crushed tortilla chips
Mexican flavored cheese (or any other shredded cheese)

Mix everything EXCEPT fresh cilantro.
Cook on MED heat until almost boiling.

Serve with crushed tortilla chips, fresh cilantro and shredded


(My Mom used to pack 2 pieces of this in my lunch cuz my friend,
Wendy, & I LOVED this cake. I still make it... often! mmm)

Mix- 1 & 3/4 C boiling water with 1 C uncooked oatmeal
let it sit for 10 minutes

Mix- 1 C brown sugar 1 C sugar
1 stick of butter 2 eggs

Stir together-
1 & 3/4 C flour
1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt
1 T cocoa powder

Add ALL three mixtures together and stir in 1/2 bag of
chocolate chips. Pour into 9x13 greased pan and the
sprinkle remaining 1/2 of choc. chips on the top.
(You can also add crushed walnuts on the top)

Bake at 350 for approx. 40 minutes.

Do NOT frost this cake. It stands alone!
(And makes any day a party! Right, Wendy?)

Friday, February 20, 2009


I sat down to write a few more random thoughts, but clicked over to
my husband blog first. It's just so stinkin' good!
He wrote a comparison of our lives BEFORE moving to DETROIT
and AFTER the move (coming up on 5 years ago!).

I just figured that you might enjoy seeing a snippet of our lives
then & now!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Random Ramblings - Bits & Pieces

Just for a few moments I've jumped outa the fast lane that
I've been zooming down.... Oh, I've written several blogs
in the last couple of weeks, but they never left my head!

Here's some random thoughts that have been spinning
around my little brain... spinning next to the cute little
mouse that runs on the wheel inside of there, too! ha!

* Rubbing Alcohol is my fav cleaner for all hard surfaces-
except wood! Works great on tile, counters, bathrooms,
grease, hairspray build-up, etc!

*"Organize your Life" articles in magazine make me wanna
spit! They say stupid stuff like, "put all sheets for double
beds on one shelf of your linen closet and all queen size
sheets on another shelf of that closet.'
WHAT IF YOU don't HAVE A linen closet?
or cupboard? or SHELF?

* I still really like winter and would be OK if it snowed a
few more times... even if this angers everyone I know! ha!

* Planning parties (b-day, bridal showers, etc) around a theme
makes even the simplest things meaningful & awesome.

* Making a new friend that feels like an old one is rare -

* I'm still addicted to my crockpot and just found out that
a friend is giving me her "huge" slow cooker cuz she's only
used it once! SWEET! Thank you!

* Having a multi-cultural name is kinda cool.
African Americans use "Netta" often and so do Arabs!
God knew I'd need this name!

* My favorite reason for going to the mall is to let my big girls
shop and my little boys play at the playland. (If I shop we
all get bored & frustrated within seconds!) Thank goodness
for ebay!

* Saving money is fun. Although it's more necessary than ever,
it's become a sport... and I'm actually enjoying it!

* Target is STILL my favorite store!

*Playing the piano at church is a blast! (it's a huge, old
almost-baby-grand piano) Our worship band is rockin' too!
I almost stood up on the bench and played with my feet!
(well, not exactly! ha!)

* Paying bills on-line with our bank bill-pay is SO
much easier than writing checks & mailing them!

*Finally seriously considering seeing a specialized
Dentist who treats TMJ... 24/7 pain is getting the
best of me... and my mouth splint is old & has a hole now!

* I really like living in Detroit! (That's GOD!)

* Seeing Jesus change lives is so awesome! Being involved
in the lives of ladies at Real Church is so much fun and
so rewarding!

* I'm not teaching Wednesday Night Bible Study for the
next 6 weeks and I'm so excited to sit, learn & grow
under my friend's ministry! :)

* Recently purchased a canvas to begin a 2009 collage
of answered prayer & God's faithfulness! Far too
quickly I (and you, too) forget the zillions of things
Jesus does for us (and that doesn't even count the
bazillion we don't even know about!...
and I intend to remember more of them and give
praise more often!
(and possibly come up w/a cool piece of art, too!)

What steps are you taking to keep your heart & head
focused on JESUS and His faithfulness?

Isaiah 26:3
"You will keep in perfect peace him
whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You."