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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Parmesan Meatloaf by Jackie

*adapted from

2 large eggs
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tsp.  dried basil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 lbs. lean ground beef (I used 90% lean.)
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2-2/3 cup marinara sauce, separated (I used Classico Tomato and Basil.)

In a large bowl, stir eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper until blended. Mix in 2/3 cup marinara sauce, basil, Parmesan, onion and panko.  Add beef and mix well with hands.  Form 1 in thick loaf and place in an aluminum 9x13” baking pan.   Lay a sheet of Reynolds Non-stick aluminum foil over meat.  Pour remaining 2 cups marinara into quart size Ziploc freezer bag.   Place  shredded mozzarella into Ziploc quart size freezer bag.  Place both bags gently on top of wrapped meat.  Cover pan with lid or double wrap it with foil. 

Serve Day Directions:
Thaw completely.   

Preheat oven to 375.  Spread 1/2 cup sauce thinly over the top.  Bake meatloaf until cooked through and meat thermometer registers 160F, 30 to 45 minutes.  
Cut the meatloaf into eight squares and separate the squares slightly.  On each square, spread 2 generous tablespoons sauce, leaving a border of meat visible.  Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of mozzarella cheese in center of sauce.  Return meatloaf to oven. Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake by Beth

8 oz. pasta of choice
1 can cream of chicken soup
¾ c. milk
2 T. Dijon mustard
3 c. cooked chicken, cubed
6 slices deli ham, julienned (I used ¾ c. chopped ham)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T. butter, melted
1 c. Panko breadcrumbs
1 ½ c. Swiss cheese, shredded

Cook pasta in boiling water for 3 min less than directions on box.  Drain and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine soup, milk and mustard until blended.  Add chicken, ham, pasta, salt, and pepper.  Spread pasta mixture into greased 9 x 13 pan.  Top with Swiss cheese.  In a small bowl, combine butter and Panko then sprinkle on top of cheese.  Cover and freeze.

 Day of Serving:
Thaw casserole completely in the fridge.  Bake covered, at 350 for 40-45 min, or until hot and bubbly.  Uncover and broil for 3-4 min, or until the top is golden brown.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Taco Pasta Toss by Jen

*adapted from
Servings: 4
This recipe serves 4 so I made it 1 1/2 times for our group.
1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) taco seasoning mix
1 cup water
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
Assembly:Cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, brown meat with onions in large skillet. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water, corn and salsa. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Drain spaghetti; place in large bowl. Add meat sauce; mix lightly. Top with remaining ingredients.

Optional: Top with shredded lettuce and sour cream

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.  Place meat mixture in a large skillet until heated through, stirring occasionally.  Drain spaghetti; place in large bowl. Add meat sauce; mix lightly. Top with remaining ingredients.  Optional: Top with shredded lettuce and sour cream

Monday, February 4, 2013

No More Perfect Moms

Bear with me, as I share something other than a recipe today. 
               Don't worry, recipes are coming this weekend!                     
Have you ever read a book that you just wanted to share with everyone you knew? 
This is that book for me. 
Have you ever had any of these thoughts:  
Why do all of the moms I know have it all together,
while I struggle to make it through a day with my kids?  
My house is clean...but it will be a mess in 30 minutes.  
God must be so disappointed in me...I didn't read my bible this week.
I love my why does marriage take so much work? 
All I want to do is be a good why do I feel so bad at it? 
If you've thought any of these types of thoughts, then this is a book for you too!  
In January, I was invited to be a part of the book launch team for No More Perfect Moms by Jill Savage. I was excited to do it, because I have struggled with perfectionism for many years and very badly want to break the cycle. I struggle constantly with feeling that I don't measure up, whether it be as a parent, as a wife, as a daughter, or as a daughter of Christ. This book helped me not only to remember that my value in God's eyes is all that matters, but it also gave me practical action steps in each chapter to work on overcoming my desire to be perfect in every aspect of my life.  The author even talks about freezer cooking as a means to help deal with perfectionism in homemaking! 

No More Perfect Moms is an awesome book that talks about every aspect of mothering and of being a woman in general with pure honesty. Jill Savage shares moments from her own life that remind us that most women struggles with the same things that I do. Some are just more willing to let it be known.

If you love a great bargain AND would love to break free of perfectionism, I would encourage you to order the book this week. Keep reading to find out how to get the book plus $100 in free resources for the price of the book.
If you purchase Jill Savage’s new book,  No More Perfect Moms,  anytime between February 3-9 (online or at a store…and yes, electronic versions such as Kindle and Nook count too!) Send a copy of your receipt to Scan it, take a picture of it - just be sure to send it to the email! You'll be given access to well over $100 worth of resources that will help you on your mothering journey - absolutely free!

What will you receive?

6 Sixty Minute Audio Workshops (MP3 format) from Hearts at Home
• Desperate for Wisdom - Dr. Juli Slattery
• How to Fight for Your Marriage - Dr. Juli Slattery
• It is Well with Your Soul - Jennifer Rothschild
• Multiple Intelligences - Dr. Kathy Koch
• Ten Stress Strategies Every Mom Needs - Jill Savage
• The God Who Sees You - Tammy Maltby

4 Printables from Hearts at Home
• 10 Stress Strategies Every Mom Needs
• “Love Is”—I Corinthians 13 for Parents
• Mom Rules
• How to Fight Fair In Marriage

3 Free E-book’s (including PDF, Kindle, iPad, and Nook editions!) from Moody Publishers
• Live Free by Kendra Smiley
• Growing Grateful Kids by Susie Larsen (I LOVE THIS BOOK TOO!!!)
• Real Moms Real Jesus by Jill Savage

1 Contest Entry
You will be entered in a drawing to win hotel accommodations and two Hearts at Home Mom Conference registrations for you and a friend at a conference of your choice! (If unable to attend a conference, a Hearts at Home Conference To-Go will be substituted for the winner and a friend.)

This offer is available for this week only (Feb 3-9)!

Grab a copy of No More Perfect Moms, scan your receipt, email it, and start enjoying your new book PLUS all of the extra bonuses you’ll receive! It’s “mom university” delivered right to your computer!