Everyday Mom's Meals: Weekend Company {Guest Blogger Dawn}

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekend Company {Guest Blogger Dawn}

Happy Weekend! I hope your week went well and you are looking forward to some fun this weekend. Maybe even some "fun in the sun"! However you plan to spend your weekend, I hope it's happy and safe!

Today's guest is a fellow blogger and a super friend to EMM. You can always find her sharing something delicious at Church Supper; and someone I'm so happy to have joining me. Grab a cup of coffee, or a glass of iced tea, and please welcome Dawn...

Hello to everyone here at Everyday Mom's Meals! Thank you so much Krista for hosting me today, I am a faithful Everyday Mom's Meals fan, and pretty excited about appearing here!  My name is Dawn, and I write the blog Addicted to Recipes
I started writing my blog in January 2012, in conjunction with my one and only New Year's resolution, to try one new recipe a week and then blog about it. By blogging about it, I figured I would stick with the resolution - 6 months in and going strong! I have now discovered this entire new blogging community and I am hooked! So many wonderful people in "blog-land", so much inspiration, and I am having tonnes of fun :-)
I am married to a most wonderful man, and we have two amazing boys. I'm home on maternity leave until August, and the extra time at home has really helped me with my cooking resolution. Today I will be sharing with you a new recipe that I recently tried for the first time...and it was a huge hit with my boys!

A few days ago, I had my LAST duty day of the school year at preschool. I cannot believe that the school year is nearly OVER. Where did that year go? Our oldest will be starting KINDERGARTEN in September! Didn't I just have him? Seems like yesterday, not 5 years ago!
That last duty day also happened to be a dreadfully dreary day. We're caught in some wicked weather system that is dumping rain, rain, rain on us. It was a homemade chicken noodle soup kind of day, but with my necessity to be at school, I didn't have the time to put it together. So it became spaghetti night, or so I thought.

Once school was over for the day, I had NO DESIRE to make spaghetti. But what could I do with the ground beef that I had laid out? Meatloaf? My boys would LOVE that...me, not so much. What to do, what to do. I thought about my Dad's "Hash" recipe (which essentially is a whole bunch of stuff hashed together...with a ground beef base and add in all the leftovers from the fridge) - but we are all out of leftovers. So then I thought about Hamburger Helper. I've seen it on TV many times, never tried making it on my own. A quick little google search, read through some recipes, and found one to base dinner on. The recipe I used was found at Food.com, and modified to include more vegetables. Here is my version:

Homemade Hamburger Helper
1/2 lb ground beef
1 lb macaroni
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash red pepper flakes
Cook the pasta according to the directions. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, cook the ground beef over medium in a large skillet. Cook until the meat is browned. Add in all the dry seasonings (including the flour) and stir until combined.
Add in the milk, tomato sauce and peas. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, stir until melted. Add in the macaroni, stir to combine. Serve immediately.

This was an absolute HIT. Our five year old had THREE helpings. And my husband loved it too.  He didn't want to share the leftovers for lunch the next day, he wanted them all to himself. This could easily be a new go-to recpe for us in place of spaghetti! Yay!!

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The Better Baker said...

Looks terrific - thanks to both of you for sharing!!! I can't imagine how you busy moms with kids at home manage to blog, but am ever so glad you do! =D

Addicted to Recipes said...

Thank you so much! I'm a little worried about how I might keep up once I go back to work (in August)...hopefully I can fit it all in, I would miss everyone!