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Lots of Birthday Celebrations

We  had 6 birthdays in July to celebrate.

My birthday was the 9th and my daughter, Kayli made this for my birthday dinner.

Stuffed red peppers!

They were delicious.

These cupcake sized desserts were so heavenly.

One of the guys that I work with brought these in for my birthday at work.

His wife saw that it was my birthday on Facebook and made them for us.

So sweet!

Thank you Connie!!

For my son, Nic’s Birthday on the 18th, I made a chicken fried steak dinner, with mashed potatoes and gravy.

One of his favorite meals.

Here is the Pioneer Woman’s Recipe that I used:

Recipe: Chicken Fried Steak

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 25 Minutes  |  Difficulty: Easy  |  Servings: 8

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  • 3 pounds Cube Steak (tenderized Round Steak That’s Been Extra Tenderized)
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk, Plus Up To 2 Cups For Gravy
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • LOTS Of Black Pepper. Lots.
  • Canola Oil, For Frying
  • Salt And Pepper, For Both Meat And Gravy

Preparation Instructions

Begin with an assembly line of dishes for the meat: milk mixed with egg in one; flour mixed with spices in one; meat in one; then have one clean plate at the end to receive the breaded meat.

Work one piece of meat at a time. Season both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in the milk/egg mixture. Next, place the meat on the plate of seasoned flour. Turn to coat thoroughly. Place the meat back into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat. Place back in the flour and turn to coat.
(So: wet mixture/dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture.) Place breaded meat on the clean plate, then repeat with remaining meat.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in a few sprinkles of flour to make sure it’s sufficiently hot. Cook meat, three pieces at a time, until edges start to look golden brown; around 2 to 2 1/2 minutes each side.

Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Repeat until all meat is cooked.


After all meat is fried, pour off the grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the pan, return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup grease back to the pan. Allow grease to heat up.

Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour evenly over the grease. Using a whisk, mix flour with grease, creating a golden-brown paste. Keep cooking until it reaches a deep golden brown color. If paste seems more oily than pasty, sprinkle in another tablespoon of flour and whisk.

Whisking constantly, pour in milk. Cook to thicken the gravy. Be prepared to add more milk if it becomes overly thick. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until gravy is smooth and thick. Be sure to taste to make sure gravy is sufficiently seasoned.

Serve meat next to a big side of mashed potatoes. Pour gravy over the whole shebang!

Kennedy turned 5, Michael turned 2, and Hudson turned 1

and Big Ran turned 48, all on the 31st!

Don’t they look festive in their Mexican hats?

Michael loved wearing his.

Hudson was more interested in the singing and clapping that the waiters were doing.

Grandpa and his birthday grandkids.

We have been very busy to say the least.

More fun times to come!

More later…………..Sally

My Recipe For Spaghetti

“Noodles are not only amazing, but delicious.” -Jula Child

 Everyone has a favorite spaghetti sauce that they make, so I thought that I would share mine.

Here are the ingredients I use. 

Get the pasta boiling and the sauce warming….. 

Next thing you know, you are eating Italian style!! 

Lots and lots of  shaved parmesan cheese, please.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb ground beef, turkey, or pork

1/2 large onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large can crushed tomatoes

Spices:  salt, pepper, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder

Spaghetti Noodles, Tagliatelle Pasta Nests, Or any pasta you have lying around

Parmesan Cheese     

 Directions to make it:

Brown your meat in skillet.  Add your onions.  Cook until onions are tender.  Add garlic.  Pour in crushed tomatoes.  Add the spices to your taste.  I usually add about 1 tablespoon of basil and oregano. Garlic powder only if you think you need more garlic.  Just a pinch of the red pepper flakes.  And salt and pepper to taste.

That’s the sauce!!

For the pasta:

Just add pasta to salted, olive oiled, boiling water.  Taste the pasta to test when it is done.

After both the pasta and the sauce are done, I add a little of the pasta water to the sauce.  Drain the pasta.  Add parmesan cheese to the pasta.  Then add them together.  Top with more parmesan cheese.



More later………..Sally  

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