Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mock Chop Suey {Large Family Food}

I love old time favorites when it comes to recipes. This one's been in the family for 60+ years.

Mock Chop Suey

1 1/2 pound ground beef (I use venison)
2 onions, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup water
4 T. chop suey sauce (soy sauce)
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of chicken
1/2 cup uncooked regular rice
salt and pepper
1 bag chow mein noodles

Brown meat, onions and celery in bacon grease (or lard).  Place in large casserole.  Add remaining ingredients except noodles; mix well.  Bake, covered, at 325 degrees for 1 hour, 20 minutes.  Remove cover; top with chow mein noodles.  Bake for 10 minutes longer until noodles have crisped.

I like to save on dishes by browning the meat and baking the casserole in the same pot.  I use Lodge Enameled Cast Iron all the time.

I have the YouTube version of this recipe available, too.

Share your favorite frugal family casserole in the comments below.  I'd love to try out a new recipe or two.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Large Family Laundry Routine

I've talked before about how I use my laundry routine as part of our homeschool, especially with my little ones.

We don't just learn in the laundry room, sometimes I actually DO laundry.  

No matter the size of your family, LAUNDRY HAPPENS!!

I've tried many methods over the years from scheduling laundry days to delegating it to older children.  Schedules - aarrgh - don't get me started.  They're so restricting and what if Monday is laundry day and you're invited to a homeschool get together.  Then what?  Do you transfer laundry to Tuesday?  But that just screws up Tuesday's schedule.  Do you wait for the next Monday to do laundry again?  Of course not - the laundry room would explode.

How about delegating?  That worked OK until Downy was used as laundry soap.  After all my t-shirts lost their shape, I delegated myself back to the laundry room.  And besides, I love washing clothes and I actually missed doing laundry.

NOW, I've settled into a laundry routine.  My routine keeps me moving on auto pilot.  

Morning - Wake up, collect laundry, sort, start load, coffee, get dressed.

Noon - Laundry switch, 2nd load if needed, lunch.

Afternoon - Fold and stack on dryer.

After supper - Put away.

Next day - Repeat.

If you like watching other people do laundry and want all the details of my large family laundry routine, I have a video on my YouTube channel, A Country Life.  I yak on and on about washing only dirty clothes, my favorite bleach and folding immediately.

What's your favorite household chore?  I want to hear from all the other laundry lovers out there -  I can't be the only one.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Crazy Huge Muffin Baking Day.....100+

I got it in my head that I wanted to bake 100 muffins.  Why?  So I could feed them to my hungry family plus the extra crew that's around for cranberry harvest.  Emily was standing idle at the moment I had my muffin baking epiphany so I grabbed her and put her to work mixing and filling and baking.  Of course, I was instrumental in the process.  I didn't make her do all the work.

We had fun over filling muffin cups, balancing hot muffin pans on surfaces not meant for hot muffin pans, and creating a huge pile of dishes for Amber to wash.  It was a good day.  And in the end (which is a different end than in the video) we counted 105 muffins.  

Three of these recipes are old standbys.  The recipes are already on the blog.  Only one is new(er).


Power Muffins was the newbie recipe.  Both times I made them I had to make substitutions for some of the Greek yogurt.  I used plain Greek + honey, then I used plain Greek + honey + sour cream + vanilla yogurt.  Both batches turned out great so it seems to be a forgiving recipe.  No fussy cooking for this mama.

Are you crazy for muffins?  What's your favorite flavor?  I'd love to know.

Watch Emily and I make 100+ muffins.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Delicious Venison Meatloaf Basic Recipe

Meatloaf is a favorite comfort food of mine, but I just can't make it with ground beef because it's too fatty.  We hunt big time!!  And put a pile of deer in the freezer each fall.  Venison is the perfect ground meat for meatloaf because it's not fatty and won't leave a pool of grease behind.

This is my basic recipe for 1 pound of meat.  I adjust the amounts depending on how big a loaf I want to make.  It's very forgiving, too.  In my video you'll see that I started with 3.25 pounds of venison.  I tripled the extra ingredients and it turned out perfectly.

Basic Meatloaf Recipe (per pound of meat)

1 egg
2 T. water
1/3 c. ketchup
6 T. bread crumbs (or a heaping 1/3 cup)
1 T. dried minced onion
2 tsp. beef bouillon paste or granules

Mix together with meat.  Place in greased loaf pans or pan of choice.  Top with additional ketchup to taste.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until meat tests done.  Usually mine is in for another 10 minutes.

Here's the full action video if you're interested.

A Country Life YouTube Channel

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pizza Burger Mix :: Easy Large Family Lunch

Seems just when breakfast is finally cleaned up everyone is hungry for lunch.  And whether you have 3 kids or 12 staring at you wondering what's for lunch, having something quick and easy is a necessity.  This Pizza Burger Mix is quick and easy to prepare and keeps well in the fridge for 1 week or frozen for 3 months.

Pizza Burger Mix
1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion chopped
3/4 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 can tomato soup
1/2 t. oregano
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
Chopped black olives, optional

Brown burger, onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Drain grease if needed.  In medium bowl mix together soup and oregano, add meat mixture.  Cool slightly.  Add cheese (and olives) and stir gently.  Spread mix on split English muffins and broil 4 inches from heat for about 5 minutes.  We like ours quite dark on top and the muffin nicely toasted.  Makes enough to spread on one 6 pack of muffins - 12 pizza burgers.

Favorite Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

When I make these I always double or triple the recipe.  Warren and Nick can and will eat 4 pizza burgers at one meal.

Affiliate Links included in post.  I make Pizza Burgers in this vlog.

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