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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

This weekend was a blur.

I officially have a stress fracture. So no running for me.

We looked at 8 million more homes- The good news being we think we have narrowed it down to 4 million.

And I pretended to do laundry but really read like 8 Nora Roberts bodice rippers.

Today was a little bit better because I finally made this yummy treat.

Look at all that cheesy goodness!

 Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

Adapted from The Lady with the Red Rocker

1 tbsp olive oil

1lb lean ground beef (Rich almost shat himself when he saw real beef in our home)

1 whole onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

1 cup beef broth

1/4 cup steak sauce (we used garlic and herb flavored)

S&P to taste

Cheese sauce

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

rolls of some kind (we used french bread)

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil and add beef. Cook for about 5 minutes or until browned. While meat cooks, melt butter in a sauce pan, add flour and whisk in milk. Stir in pepper jack and allow mixture to thicken.

2. Add in peppers, onions, and cook until soft, cooking for another 5 minutes.

3. Add broth, steak sauce, season and cook until bubbling. Reduce to a simmer and let cook another 5-10 minutes. Toast the roll, bun, or whatever carb you use to get this in your tummy.

4. Top carb with meat mixture, pour cheese over the top and sandwich it up.

** I left the cheese mix on the burner because I have no patience and it just worked better that way.**

Spicy Sweet Potato Boats

My foot is still bothering me and instead of risking an ice bath I decided to stick to a arm circuit so that I could still get credit for my activity in my virtual boot camp.

Since I am the unluckiest person alive I am sure I will not be winning the cash prize at the end. But it was still a fun workout and one I could do at home. My favorite kind.

 It also allowed me to be the one to clean up the chocolate milk that exploded in our trashcan.

Lucky me.

 Being home meant I could monitor the sweet potatoes that had to cook for a whole hour.

So much longer then I think sweet potatoes should take.

It was worth it in the end.

But for some reason there was leftover filling.

I never understand how that happens.

**Photo taken after I ate most of the leftover filling**

Spicy Sweet Potato Boats (serves two or four depending if you have a salad)

2 sweet potatoes

3 spicy turkey sausage links

1/2 cup sweet onion

1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach

1 tbsp butter

1/4 teaspoon sage

1 wedge laughing cow swiss cheese

1/2 cup of Pepper Jack Cheese

S&P to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cover a baking sheet with foil and top with a wire rack. Pierce sweet potatoes with a knife multiple times and place on top of wire rack. Cook for 35-60 minutes. -Mine took the whole 60.

2. While cooking remove sausage from casing and cook in skillet until brown.  Remove sausage with a slated spoon, leaving grease to cook onions.

3. Add 1 tbsp butter to sausage grease, add onions, sage and spinach and let cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are golden. Remove from heat, I just poured it in with the sausage.

4. When sweet potatoes are cooked and slightly cooled, cut in half length wise and spoon out potato filling into a bowl. I left a small layer so that the skin would not collapse. I also used a oven mitt to hold the pototoes because I am impatient. Use a fork or potato masher to mash.

5. Add wedge of laughing cow – the original recipe calls for sour cream and that sounded yuck so I did not use it- and mix until incorporated. Add sausage, and onion mixture, S&P to your liking. Put mixture back into the sweet potato skin.

6. Set oven to broil. Top boats with Pepper Jack Cheese, and broil for 4 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

I am not sure how the hubby will like it but he went weeknight golfing so his opinion is moo.

Mini Chicken Pot Pie

We finally finished leftovers from Easter.

So I no longer have an excuse for not cooking.

I even remembered to get the chicken out to thaw so I figure this meal is meant to be.

Mini Chicken Pot Pie

1 tube of refrigerated biscuits (10)

2 boneless skinless chicken breast (cooked and cubed)

1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1 1/2 cups frozen vegetable medley

teaspoon onion powder

teaspoon dried  parsley flakes

couple grinds black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin tin, and press biscuits into cup making little bowls.

2. Mix chicken, soup, cheese, veggies, cheese and spices together. Spoon into biscuit bowls.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Rich gets credit for cooking the chicken since he is evil helpful and made me an ice bucket for my sore foot.

I lasted about 10 seconds.

I am seriously impressed with people who take ice baths.

I am having serious arch pain when I run, and walk.

WebMD says stress fracture. I should probably actually go to a doctor before panicking.

Things I did

1. We got married.

It was pretty fabulous.

2. Ran the Princess Half Marathon

And set my a PB of 1:59:58.

I was aiming for under 2 hours and I got there (barely).

3. Ran the Gasparilla Half a week later.

And did it pretty close to my Princess time.

2:00:17.

4. Celebrated a birthday.

God gave me the gift of the Hunger Games movie.

It did not suck.

5. Looked at 8 MILLION homes.

Seriously I am pretty sure if there was a home for sale in Central Florida we looked at it.

6. Got my running buddy back!!!

I do not want to insult my wedding but this was also pretty fabulous.

7. Ate my weight in Jalapeno Hummus.

8. Joined a virtual bootcamp.

See number 7.

It felt like I was super busy but when I put it in a list it seems lame.

But I will continue to use my wedding as an excuse for my lame brain.

Emily

Easter Sunday

She has risen!

That is right I am a C and E blogger.

 

We had a very fabulous Easter weekend.

We exchanged Easter baskets and ate a yummy breakfast with my brother.

 

Breakfast Pizza

Screwmosa or a modriver which every you prefer.

 

French Toast Casserole ala Paula Dean

The rest of our family is north so we were unable to bless them with our presence.

I hope everyone has wonderful day!

Breakfast Pizza 

1 tube Refrigerated Pizza dough (or homemade dough)

1 lb rolled hot breakfast sausage

I can Rotel canned tomatoes (we used the habanero kind)

1 1/2 cups mozzarella

1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar

4 eggs

6 strips of cooked bacon

S & P

* you can always add peppers, onions, mushrooms*

Preheat oven to 350

1. Spread dough in a 13 x 9 baking dish, making sure that dough evenly covers and raises about 2 inches on the sides.

2. Brown sausage, drain and add to dough with the tomatoes, and top with 1 cup each of mozz and cheddar. Bake for about 10 minutes.

3. Beat eggs, add S & P and spread on top of sausage mixture. Cook for another 15 minutes or until eggs set.

Top with bacon and remaining cheese.

Christmas Eve

I started off this fabulous Christmas Eve with a long run.

I wanted to get in 11 but my body had other ideas

so only 8.

I came home to yummy feta and spinach omelet. I am not sure what feta obsession is lately.

But no bacon…apparently someone had finished the bacon.

We have a big day planned with a fun holiday dinner with some friends and my family.

I hope you enjoy your time with family and loved ones.

As my Christmas gift to you I leave you with a yummy copy cat recipe.

Copy Cat Red Lobster Biscuits

makes about a dozen

2 1/2 cups Bisquick

4 tbsp cold butter

1 cup cheddar cheese

3/4 cup milk

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Glaze

3 tbsp butter

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and grease a cookie sheet.

1. Combine Bisquick with cold butter and mix together with two forks, or a pastry cutter if you are fancy. There should be small butter lumps when you mix everything together.

2. Add the cheese, milk and garlic and mix by hand until combined.

3. Put about 1/4 cup portions of dough onto cookie liner and bake for 13-15 minutes, or the tops are light brown.

4. Melt butter in a separate bowl and add garlic and parsley.

5. When biscuits are done spread butter mixture over the top.

Try not to eat them all.

They are even better on the second day.

xoxo,

Emily

Feta and Spinach Chicken Rolls

Happy day before the day before Christmas.

If you are still at a loss for what to get me.

I want this.

Feta and Spinach Chicken rolls

2 chicken breasts pounded thin

handful of fresh spinach

1/2 cup feta

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons olive oil vinaigrette

2 cups fresh green beans

1/4 cup sliced onion

s & p to taste

Preheat oven to 375.

1. Mix olive oil, italian seasoning and garlic powder in a separate bowl.

2. Spread olive oil mixture on chicken breasts and top with spinach and feta. Roll up and if needed secure with toothpick.

3. Place vinaigrette in a 8 x 8 baking dish, add green beans, onions and place chicken on top.

4. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until juices run clean.

I am super excited to see what Santa brings.

I want a Garmin running watch but I think Santa brought me a wedding bill instead.

xoxo,

Emily

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