Thursday, December 19, 2013

Positively Famished: No Ordinary Sloppy Joes

"Positively Famished"...Because so many positive things can come from a great meal with friends and/or family...

I decided to share a recipe again this week because it is definitely that time of year where we are having a lot of parties and get-togethers, and what better time to try a new recipe?! This one is also a quick and easy one for those days when you've been busy working, shopping, planning festivities, etc.  

I actually got this recipe from my husband.  It's definitely a different spin on the good ol' Sloppy Joe.  I still make Sloppy Joes with more of a tomato base to them, but this is by far my favorite and usual go-to recipe.  It might sound strange, but it is so good!

No Ordinary Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 10-1/4 oz can chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • hamburger buns
  1. Season (if desired) and brown hamburger.
  2. Stir in soup (don't add water), ketchup, and mustard.
  3. Reduce heat to med-low and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and spoon into buns.
  5. Enjoy!
So, there you have it.  Easy right?!  It really is pretty tasty too.  Well, I hope you enjoy your Sloppy Joes and be sure to let me know what you think!

I will probably be MIA the next week or so, spending time with family and enjoying this wonderful time of year, so I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a most wonderful New Year!

Do you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share?  Well, send it to me and I will feature it on our blog.  Better yet, consider doing a guest post with us!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Positively Famished: Pizza in a Dish

I love to cook and I wanted to start a new series where I shared a favorite recipe with you from time to time. So many positive things can come from a great meal with family and/or friends! Hence the title of the series, "Positively Famished!"... 

I got this recipe online and I don't quite remember where.  Of course, I tweaked it a bit and made it my own, and it has always been a very popular and favorite dish.  Even my son, Tate, loves it and he is extremely picky, so I know that I am definitely on to something when he will eat it and want seconds besides!  This is definitely a twist on the traditional pasta dishes.

Pizza in a Dish

  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni or your favorite pasta (I like penne)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 (or more) cups spaghetti sauce (any kind will do)
  • 6-8 oz of sliced pepperoni
  • 1 2.25oz can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. In a medium-sized pot, brown ground beef with onion and garlic.
  2. Add sliced pepperoni and olives, and stir.
  3. Add spaghetti sauce and stir.
  4. Add dry ingredients and stir well, and allow to simmer on low.
  5. In the meantime, boil your pasta per package directions.
  6. Drain pasta and stir into meat mixture.
  7. Add shredded cheese to pasta and meat mixture, and stir until melted in.
  8. Remove from heat and serve.
  9. Enjoy!
  • You can also add in any of your other favorite pizza toppings like mushrooms, peppers, etc.
  • I like Barilla pastas; they cook to a perfect al dente.
  • I also like Barilla spaghetti sauces, but Ragu is another favorite of mine.
Well, there you have it!  I hope you enjoy your Pizza in a Dish! Let me know how you like it!

Do you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share?  Well, send it to me and I will feature it on our blog.  Better yet, consider doing a guest post with us!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Put the Glass Down

This post is kind of short and sweet, but I feel it carries a fairly powerful message. I read this fantastic analogy a while back about stress management. We deal with stress in our every-day lives, but this time of year, for various reasons, it can often affect a lot of people a bit more, so I thought it was a great time to share this:

A psychologist walked into a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out range from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed -- incapable of doing anything." 

Remember to put the glass down.