Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ranch Pork Chops


  • 6-8 thinly sliced pork chops

  • 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing powder

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup [See how to make your own here]

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup


  • Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.

  • Add pork chops.

  • Sprinkle ranch dressing powder evenly over the pork.

  • Add soups and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, depending on your crock pot

  • Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Crock Pot Lasagna

This recipe is so good. I like to throw the ingredients in a gallon ziploc bag and freeze until I'm ready to cook it but if you need it to be pretty its probably better to prepare on the day its to be consumed.

Crock Pot Lasagna

  • 1 lb Italian sausage or hamburger meat

  • 1/2 C water

  • 2 jars (each 24 oz.) spaghetti sauce [I make my spaghetti sauce from scratch]

  • 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 box lasagna noodles (not no-boil noodles)

  • 1 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated

  • 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese

Brown sausage in large skillet. Make sure to break it up as you would ground beef - about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the spaghetti sauce and water and bring to a simmer.

In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, salt and pepper.

Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray, or line with a crock pot liner.  Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the slow-cooker. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles., You will have to break some to make fit. Circle pot + rectangle noodles = not very good fit!

Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top with about 2 cups of the sauce, then sprinkle with about 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat the layers until ingredients run out or crock pot is full.

Cook on low 4-6 hours!

click here for the recipe for the bread! Amish Potato rolls!

I would love to see how your lasagna turned out!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Support the cause: Children need school supplies

Sorry for being so MIA! I have been so busy doing stuff for my business Bobbie Jo Stewart Crib Creations <--(check me out) and stuff around the house. My fish are having [making?] babies <--(fascinating to watch) and my 4 month old is on strike against naps. Nonetheless, I am going to try and be more proactive on here! Meanwhile please feel free to support this cause for children who need school supplies!

I encourage you to 'attend' this event!

I won't as you to buy my products, but I would love it if you promote my business page ( on your facebook to get the word out!

Beta Fish Breeding

So my husband and i have a couple Beta fish. I grew up around fish, so i knew that when a male Beta makes bubbles at the top of the water, the bubbles are for him to put eggs in. So naturally, when my male beta that we call "Mr. Bubbles" started making bubbles, my husband and i went on over to the store and got a female. Well to be completely honest we got a male because i wasnt paying attention and had to go back later and get a female. If you don't know, the females are "ugly". They have small dainty fins and they typically are whitish and not very colorful. The males are big and beautiful. So we put the female in a glass jar and let it float in the top of the water so the male could get used to her and not kill her right away (If you don't know, male betas are very aggressive and will kill any fish they come near). After a day we let her loose, and he beat her up. I couldn't watch. I understand it's the circle of life but the circle of life didn't put them together, I yesterday when i went to go check on them, they were doing the "baby dance". Basically after chasing her and nipping at her and tearing her up, he will wrap his body around her and "squeeze" her and her eggs will fall out. He will then get the eggs and put them in the bubbles and take care of them. He will eventually kill her so when i saw they weren't "dancing" anymore, she was very stressed out... i finally just took her out so she could live. Now if/when these babies come i have no idea what i'm going to do with them, but i will definitely have to separate them once they get a little older, since the males are so aggressive. Check out the "baby dance" ...Yes i got it on camera! Yes, really! Live FISH PORN! I was totally a peeping Tom throughout the dance but i was fascinated.

  Edited to add: WHen reading I learned that if the babies are together from birth+ they wont be aggressive towards eachother. I put the babies in a large tank, and I am waiting to see if that is true. It would be more than awesome to have a large tank full of bettas. Right now they are too small to take pics of, but I will definitely add pics of the babies sooN!

Monday, August 12, 2013

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