Homemade Meatball Sub Soup

Recently, I have been searching for soups. They typically can be easy meals for families on the go……simmer all day in the crock pot.

This is my latest finding: Homemade Meatball Soup!

Notes: – Used lots more cheese, No crushed tomatoes…cans of tomato puree/sauce, no onion…onion powder, put all ingredients into the crockpot (one bowl…less clean up). Also, I made a double batch and will freeze the leftovers.

1. Follow the recipe above and make homemade meatballs.

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2. While meatballs are baking, add all other ingredients into the crockpot to heat. Once meatballs are cooked, add to soup. I let simmer the day before, then put into the refrigerator overnight. This morning, started heating on low again and will be ready for dinner.

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3. From Panera, I purchased a loaf of Asiago Bread (sliced thin) and Sourdough Bread Bowls.

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4.  Added soup to a bowl and to a sourdough bowl. Preheat oven to 350°. This is your choice on how you would like to serve the soup.

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5. Place shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each.  If placing soup in a bowl, add slices of bread on top…my choice was Asiago.

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6.   Then place slices of mozzarella cheese on top.

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7. Place in oven and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Then remove from oven.

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8. Enjoy!

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A delicious soup for fall/winter weather. And the best is coming home to this comfort-food dinner after a long day.

Happy Eating!

 

Spooky Mummy Hotdogs

Miss Modhousewife loves hotdogs; and requested them for lunch today. Being in a festive Halloween mood (and with a little help from Pinterest), I created Spooky Mummy Hotdogs. Such an easy recipe (clean up simple too), that the whole family will enjoy.

1. Ingredients: Hotdogs & Crescent Rolls (Preheat oven to 375°)

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2. There are two ways to make mummies: straight or cut legs and arms.

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3. With a pizza slicer, cut the crescent roll dough into strips.

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4. Wrap hotdogs with dough slices. Then place into oven for 13-15 minutes or until dough is golden-brown.

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5. Remove from oven. Then make fun faces with ketchup or mustard. Enjoy this spooky lunch!

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Happy Halloween!

Boo Burgers

Here is my secret to great burgers…. Use 75-80% lean ground chuck and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix the meat with 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder/salt, onion powder and ground pepper (all to your taste). Mix and make into patties. Then freeze for about 10 minutes before grilling (this will keep the meat from falling apart). Grilling these burgers will cut out the extra fat, but they will still remain the juiciest burgers EVER!!!!!

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To create Boo Burgers, cut out scary faces from the cheese slices. Then add onto burgers right before taking them off the grill. This is an easy way to create a Halloween dish.

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Happy Halloween!

 

Skillet Cookie

While working out yesterday evening, I made the mistake of watching an episode of Pioneer Woman. She was making Skillet Cookie Sundaes…and the recipe looked so easy and delicious.

Instead of using her recipe, I used the cookie dough recipe on a bag of Tollhouse Chocolate Chips. I used a stick of Crisco Butter and pre-heated the oven to 350°.

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After following the directions, fill a cast-iron skilled with the dough. Use Baker’s Joy to grease the skillet. Then place in oven for 40 minutes.

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When baking time is complete, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

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Finally, dress it any way you want! I was out of ice cream but had Klondike Bars. So I sliced one bar in half, placed it on top of one cookie slice and drizzled chocolate sauce on top. OMG!!!!!!!

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Enjoy!

 

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu….Magnifique!

I was so tired of my chicken recipes; and of course, I started searching Pinterest. Some recipes caught my eye, so I combined a few to make my own signature Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Ingredients: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 2 eggs, swiss cheese, smoked deli ham, Italian breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese. Not pictured: dijon mustard, garlic/salt mix, pepper and toothpicks.

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Recipe:

1.  Pound chicken breasts until flat filets.

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2. Spread dijon mustard on filets.

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3. Place slices of ham and swiss cheese on filets.

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4. Roll filets and hold them in place with 2 or 3 toothpicks.

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5. In one bowl, beat 2 eggs and set aside. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 breadcrumbs, salt/garlic, pepper. Then coat rolls in egg and then coat in breadcrumb mixture.

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6. Preheat oven to 375°. Place rolls on a greased baking dish and place in oven for 40 minutes. The turn broil on high for last 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Watch carefully!

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7. Remember to remove the toothpicks! (Also, the picture was not good, but the chicken did cook through.)

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Enjoy!

30A Is The Place To Stay!…….Beach Photos

One last 30A post! To remember this vacation, we had family photos taken on Rosemary Beach. The sunset and beach created the most breathtaking scenery; and a wonderful photographer and friend captured these beautiful moments for us.

If you are staying in the Florida Panhandle or South Alabama area, I highly recommend Micha Everett Photography for the most beautiful photos (family, engagement, wedding, etc.). Micha is an amazing and outgoing woman with tons of talent. Our photo session was a blast!

Here is a preview:

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I can’t wait to see the rest…..there were so many great poses and fun ideas! Visit Micha Everett Photography on Facebook too! Micha, you are wonderful and next time drinks are on me!

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I wish you all happy vacations!

 

 

 

30A Is The Place To Stay! Part III (Recreation)

30A (and the Destin area) is filled with so many fun-family activities. There’s never a boring moment, even when relaxing at the beach.

Beaches
-Water rentals: Each beach has paddle boarding and boat rentals (2-hour rental minimum).

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-Relaxing: Most beaches offer rental chairs and umbrellas (rent by the day or week).

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-Bring your own fun: Cornhole, Wiffle Ball, Boogie Boards, Rafting, Snorkeling

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Transportation
Along 30A, everyone either brings or rents bikes.

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Shopping
-Farmers’ Market (Every Sunday from 10am – 1pm at Rosemary Beach…and some Thursdays too)

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-Each 30A beach has it’s own shopping district (very high-end).

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-Seafood Markets (Goatfeathers)

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Kid Fun
-30A beaches will have afternoon children’s activities during the week. They also have evening camps posted too!

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Nightlife
Each 30A beach has free outdoor movies/concerts and firework displays.

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Destin
While we were in Destin, we enjoyed the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise for our lil buc.

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We also enjoyed more shopping and two restaurants.

Shopping:
-Silver Sands Premium Outlets
-Destin Commons
-Grand Boulevard

And a shopping trip to Destin would not be complete without a visit to Alvin’s Island for souvenirs.

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Eats:

To celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, Mr. Modhousewife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Beach Walk Cafe. The food and the ocean view were incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic getaway.

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And finally we enjoyed a great lunch at a well-known Destin establishment, Hog’s Breath.

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We really enjoyed 30A and Destin; and I believe your family would love this beautiful area of Florida too!

Happy Vacation!

30A Is The Place To Stay! Part II (Eateries)

My review of 30A continues today with the fantastic local eateries. What I first noticed about this area is the lack of commercial restaurants (no Starbucks, etc). Everything is unique; and the food could not be more fresh….especially the seafood.

So let’s take a restaurant tour by beach!

Inlet Beach:

Donut Hole
For a wonderful breakfast or just picking up donuts, this is a vacation must! The food and donuts are incredible; and the service is always friendly and fast. Warning: No reservations and you may have to wait a half hour to be seated…..but it’s worth the wait.
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Rosemary Beach: 

Amavida Coffee & Tea
Since Starbucks was not an option on 30A, my morning coffee worries where over when I found Amavida. It was just a 2 block walk from the rental house; and it’s in the center of Rosemary Beach’s shopping district. They have a variety of hot, cold and frozen coffees. Plus, you are able to enjoy chai, smoothies, juices and lots of pastries. (There is also a Seaside Beach location.)

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Cowgirl Kitchen
This western-style cafe is great casual spot for lunch or dinner (Seaside location only open until 3pm). We enjoyed their famous fish tacos, avocado BLT and the kid’s hot dog:) Plus, we ran into neighbors there….what a small world!

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Sugar Shak
When in Rome….. The Sugar Shak is a must when at Rosemary Beach. It’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Candy from wall to ceiling; and the most usual to unusual candy ever seen (the chocolate covered bugs was interesting). Plus, enjoy all sorts of ice cream desserts….cones, sundaes and shakes. The kids will love this candy paradise.

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Seacrest Beach:

The Sweet Peddler
This is the Sugar Shak’s competition; and my preferred sweets shop! It was right outside our house community; and my daughter could have spent hours here!

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Alys Beach:

George’s
We were unable to eat here, but it’s on my “to-eat” list for our next visit!

Seagrove Beach: 

Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta
Sometimes you just want the old classics…..pizza and beer! One night driving home from Seaside Beach, I noticed Angelina’s and decided do to some investigating. After reviewing the menu, the family thought pizza and salad would be a great dinner. The thin pizza and salads were incredible (Breadsticks are to die for!). Plus, they had homemade comfort food such a chicken parmesan! Highly recommend Angelina’s.

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Seaside Beach:

Bud and Alley’s 
This was my favorite restaurant of the vacation. The ambiance and food is the best kept secret on the Emerald Coast. They are famous for their crab cakes; and I am already missing that buttery, crunchy taste….whole lump crab was melt in your mouth delicious. They take reservations!

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 Great Southern Cafe
If you love grits, this is your place! I tried grits for the first time at Great Southern; and I can’t wait to eat cheesy grits again (I will try to replicate the recipe soon). Their menu is filled with southern specialties; and if you don’t get there early, expect a 1 to 2 hour wait. Also, I got to eat dinner with my bestie Sheryl Crow at Great Southern.

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Pickles, Food Trucks, Bud and Alley’s Taco Bar/Pizza Bar, Shrimp Shack
For quick eats, try these seaside places at Seaside Beach.

Pickles: Best cheeseburgers and fries around.

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Food Trucks: The trucks carry all the foods you can imagine: drinks, bbq, grilled cheese, etc.

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Bud and Alley’s Taco & Pizza Bars: The fish tacos looked amazing; and I wish I had been able to try the pizza:(

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Shrimp Shak: Best Lobster Roll EVER!

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So if you were wondering if we ate are way through 30A, you would be correct. It was worth gaining 5 lbs.

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Happy Eating!

P.S. We did eat in a few nights; and I will be posting some fabulous new recipes very soon.

30A Is The Place To Stay!

My family just returned from a wonderful vacation; and stayed along the Florida Emerald Coast area most commonly referred to as 30A. Scenic Highway 30A is 30 miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County.

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Throughout this week, I will be blogging about the lodging, recreation and eateries on 30A (including a few Destin locations too). Today, I am writing on accommodations.

We stayed on the boarder of Seacrest/Rosemary Beaches in a rental housing community called, “The Water’s Edge at Seacrest Beach”. This area is filled with condos and houses that can accommodate small to even the largest families.

We stayed in this rental houseand my favorite amenities included the full kitchen, large bedrooms, easy beach access and private pool. Plus, the house came with beach rental chairs and umbrella.

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For other rental properties to review click here.

We were so happy with this location and housing that we plan to visit many more times in the future.

Loving Florida!

Easy Homemade Lasagna!

Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes to make. And this recipe is easy! Here is my step-by-step instructions!

Ingredients: Lasagna pan, 1 box of lasagna noodles, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 large can tomato puree, 1 lb. Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, onion power, garlic powder and oregano.

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1. Start creating meat sauce by frying sweet Italian sausage (Found at the meat counter of your local grocery store).

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2. Combine tomato sauce, puree, fried sausage and spices to your liking into greased crock pot. Best to cook on low for all-day cooking.

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3. Boil lasagna noodles on high for 10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.

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4. Time to prepare lasagna. Grease pan and spread meat sauce on the bottom.

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5. Place noodles on the first layer of meat sauce. Then start layering in this order: noodles, meat sauce, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

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6. After layering is complete..add some oregano. It’s ready for a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. If frozen, defrost for a few hours before placing in oven.

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7. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes and serve!

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Enjoy!