Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun Food Friday- Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

My mom used to make this dish when I was a kid and I loved it.  So I decided to make it, but to amp it up a bit.  So I make the meat mixture like I make our hamburgers, mixing them with seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, and I add bacon, you can never go wrong adding bacon, right? :)  It's quickly become one of our family's favorite, so I thought I'd share it with you.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:  Milk, Bisquick, Ground Beef, Cheese, Worcestershire Sauce, Steak Seasoning, Bacon, Onion, Eggs, Tomato

Dice up a small onion

Grill the onion in a little butter

To a small bowl add the ground beef

Then add 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce...

And some steak seasoning  (if you don't have steak seasoning you can just add salt & pepper)

Using your hands smash together...

Until all combined

Then just add the meat mixture to the onions..

And cook until the meat is all browned

Add the bacon (if your bacon is not previously cooked you can cook it along with the meat)

Drain the meat...

Add pour into the bottom of a greased pie dish
 
Cover the meat with cheese

Then mix together 1 cup of milk...

1/2 cup of Bisquick

And 2 eggs

Stir until all combined

Then just pour that over the cheese

Give it a minute to soak down into the meat mixture.  Then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when put in the middle

While it's baking diced up a tomato to put on top 

All cooked and ready to devour!

Put it on a plate, top with tomatoes and you are good to go

Jonathan was a fan

As was David :)

And Micah, well, Micah likes anything with the word pie in it :)
 
Bacon Cheeseburger Pie
1 small onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
Steak Seasoning (or salt & pepper)
6 slices of bacon, cooked and cut up
1 1/2 cup cheese, grated (I use Colby-Jack but you can use whatever you would put on a hamburger)

1 cup milk
1/2 Bisquick
2 eggs
1 tomato, diced

In a hot skillet grill the onion in some butter.  In a bowl combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning.  Add to the onion and cook until meat is browned, add the bacon.  Drain the meat and pour into the bottom of a greased pie dish.  Top with cheese.  Mix together the milk, Bisquick and eggs.  Pour over the top of the cheese and let it settle into the meat mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.  Top with tomato.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life with the Bussis'- 2.26.14

I feel like a broken record here because all I really have to tell you is it was another week of not nice weather and being stuck indoors. :)  Thursday wasn't nice, Friday was absolutely horrible (we were supposed to go to some friends' house for a game night but the Sheriff issued a statement asking people to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary so we decided game night probably wasn't necessary :)), and we thought Saturday would be nice because it was sunny but it was so windy it was still too cold to play outside.  So play inside we did.
Brought out the pool and the balls again.  This time Micah joined in on the fun



And since Micah joined in on the fun eventually all the balls ended up outside the pool and the pool ended up upside-down...

With Micah and Jonathan underneath (notice the two lumps :))

They had lots of fun and had to show Daddy when he came home from lunch (Micah is once again underneath)

Playing indoors means lots of reading
 
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Playing indoors also means lots of climbing and one of their new favorite things to climb on is the piano bench and then they give us a concert :)
And then the rest of my pictures revolve around eating I realized which is really the only other thing we did this week, so I guess it makes sense :)
 
 Pasta with red sauce, always a hit :)
David woke up one morning with crazy hair

While I was taking David's picture Jonathan kept saying "cheese" so I took his picture too

Such a silly guy
Last night we decided to go out to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.  We had a gift card from returning our soda cans and we discovered that Tuesday is Kids Night there and Kids meals are $1.99 so it was our kind of night :)

 
Jonathan and David were very excited to get to drink out of a cup with a straw.  David was definitely better at it, Jonathan kept tipping his cup up and spilling milk through the straw hole.  But he was very independent and most of the time refused to let me help him :)
Micah saw me taking his brothers' picture and insisted on me taking a picture of him drinking his milk like a big boy :).  And then he pulls an awful face :)  Silly guy
 

We had so much fun.  I told Steve it's so nice to just go do normal family things like go out to dinner.  It's quite an ordeal, but totally worth it.

And finally, I was in the nursery on Sunday night and it ended up being only my boys in there so I decided to make a video of them saying hi to send my mom and it turned out so cute I thought I'd share it with you :)
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Have a great week!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fun Food Friday- Bran and Applesause Muffins

The boys in this household are big fans of muffins for breakfast.  When we got married Steve's mom gave me this applesauce muffin recipe because it was one of Steve's favorites.  And then another one of Steve's favorites is Bran muffins and I found this recipe in the coupon section of the newspaper and it looked good and was a pretty healthy version of Bran muffins so I tried it and it's really good.  So I thought I'd share those two recipes with you today.  I almost always double my muffin recipes and then just freeze some of them (if I make a single recipe, with the 4 boys in this house they only last a couple days :)).  So that's why I'm using more ingredients in the picture than the recipe calls for. :)
Okay, first off, Bran muffins.  Now this recipe calls for Raisin Bran but my husband absolutely detests raisins, so I went through the huge trouble of picking out all the raisins.  Why did I not just buy Bran cereal without raisins you ask, because it was $1 more than the ones with raisins and I'm Dutch and didn't think it would be that bad picking out the raisins.  Yeah, next time I'm definitely spending the extra $1. :) 
Ingredients: Butter, Eggs, Bran Cereal, Brown Sugar, Applesauce, Milk, Flour, Salt, Baking Powder (note that in the picture I have baking soda but while I was making it I realized it was supposed to be Baking Powder :))

In a small bowl mix the cereal and milk.  Let stand for 3 minutes.

In a bigger bowl mix together flour...

Baking powder...

and salt

Mix together

Smash up the cereal (I used a potato masher but you can also use a fork)

To the cereal mixture add beaten eggs...

Brown sugar...
 
and melted butter. 
You are also supposed to add applesauce here and I'm not sure if I just forgot to take a picture of it or if I just plain forgot to add it (I made these a few weeks ago).  I remember they tasted fine so I'm thinking I just forgot to take a picture. :)
 
Mix all together
 
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients...

and mix until all combined

Scoop into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

I recently discovered that I have a convection capability on my oven, oh my goodness, it has changed my life!  Well, at least it's changed my muffins and cookies.  :)  So if you have that ability on your oven, I highly recommend it!

Enjoy!
 
Applesauce Muffins
These muffins are not "quite" as healthy as the Bran muffins (they use a little more butter and sugar :)), but oh boy, they are yummy.  The applesauce makes them so moist!
 
Ingredients: Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Applesauce

To a mixing bowl add softened butter...

And sugar

Cream together
Micah is very proud that he can turn the mixer on all by himself and he's pretty good, he knows you first turn it on slow so the sugar doesn't fly everywhere and then you can turn it up.  Such a good little helper!

Beat the eggs in a cup...

And add to the creamed mixture

And mix

Then add the applesauce

And mix

We had another little helper come join us (he didn't last long)

Then add the flour...

Baking powder...

Baking soda...

Salt...

and cinnamon

Slowly mix together...

Until all combined.  Then I mix it on high for another minute till it's nice and fluffy
 
Then just scoop into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
 
Don't forget to lick the spatula :)

Cool and enjoy!!
 
Bran Muffins
2 cups Raisin Bran cereal (or plain bran cereal if you detest raisins like my husband)
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cups flour
1 TBS baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 TBS butter, melted
 
Mix together cereal and milk, let stand for 3 minutes.  In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.  Smash up the cereal, then add egg, applesauce, sugar and butter, stir together.  Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture, stir until just moistened (batter will be lumpy).  Scoop into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
 
Applesauce Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
 
Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add applesauce, flour, salt, powder, soda and cinnamon.  Mix until all combined, the mix for another minute until fluffy.  Scoop into muffins tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.