Easy Roast Beef Sandwiches

Hubby really loves Arby’s, and I hate it. I don’t like roast beef, and the smell of Arby’s makes me gag. So when my mom passed this easy dinner idea on to me, I had to seriously think about whether to make it. I knew that Hubby would like it, but I wasn’t sure about myself. I decided to risk it, and now it’s become an easy meal in my rotation.

It’s like a homemade version of Arby’s!

Cast of Ingredients:
Deli sliced roast beef
Sliced provolone cheese (or colby jack, american, swiss, etc)

Rolls (I have used both hoagie rolls and potato rolls)
Dijon mustard

Slice the rolls and smear mustard on one half of each roll.

Put slices of cheese on one half of the rolls.

Add roast beef on the other half of the rolls. (I used two slices per roll)

Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melty. I’ve also broiled these for about 3-4 minutes, and then baked to keep warm. Either way is good, I just choose to bake them since I have to keep a closer eye on the broiler.

Eat and enjoy! I served with mac and cheese shells.

Ham and Cheddar Noodle Bake

This is one of our favorite go-to meals. I know we both like it, and it’s like the epitome of comfort food.
It’s adapted from Tasty Kitchen, and the recipe can be found at this link.
Cast of Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow noodles (or penne or other pasta)
     2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups diced ham
1 cup frozen or canned corn 
Cook the pasta until al dente.
Melt the butter in a skillet.
Add flour and milk and whisk until combined.
Grease a 9×9 casserole dish.
Put the cooked noodles in the dish.
Add cheese to the milk mixture and mix until melted.
Pour cheese mixture on top of noodles.
Top with ham and corn, and mix all until well combined.
Add more cheddar on top of the noodles for extra delicious cheesy goodness.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Sunday Suppers

Sorry I’m a little late this morning! Hubby and I were at a wedding yesterday, so I’ve been pretty busy!

For the next three weeks, I’m substituting for another piano teacher who is on vacation. That means I have almost twice as many students, so I’m very busy! So everything I make will be fast and easy.


Monday: Roast beef sandwiches with mac and cheese

Tuesday: Tuscani Tuesday from Pizza Hut

Wednesday: Cheesy pork chops with rice and broccoli (from 5dollardinners.com)

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Hamburg crescent roll pie







Simple Meatball Subs

Easy Friday night dinners are a must. After a long week, I want something low-stress.  Who am I kidding? I want something low-stress every day! That’s what I’m all about. But especially on Friday!

This week Hubby has to work late on Friday, so this is something easy to throw together right when he gets home.

Cast of Ingredients:
6-10 meatballs (2 per sub)
1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup of grated mozzerella/Italian blend cheese (you could used sliced sandwich cheese as well)
Hoagie rolls

If your meatballs are frozen like mine, thaw them.
Let them simmer on low with the spaghetti sauce. Feel free to add garlic, Italian seasonings, basil, etc.

Put cheese on one half of each roll. Feel free to add garlic and basil too!

Bake at 450 for 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melty.

Slice meatballs in half and put about 2 meatballs (4 halves) on each sub.

Add spaghetti sauce and more cheese on top.
Don’t forget napkins because this is pretty messy!

There you have it, my easy Friday night dinner.

Super Easy BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Hubby is from Memphis, which means that there’s a pretty high standard for BBQ in our family. They take their barbecue seriously, and there are definite rules for what makes acceptable barbecue. Thankfully, this got the thumbs up from hubby. It also got a thumbs up from me for being so easy!

Cast of Ingredients:
Pork tenderloin (mine was about 2 pounds)
1/2 bottle of barbecue sauce (I used Kraft honey barbecue)

Put the tenderloin in the crock pot.

Cover the tenderloin with barbecue sauce.

Turn the crock pot on low for 8 hours. When you come home, it smells yummy and looks like this (Yes, I know, I’m a fabulous photographer)

Use two forks to shred the pork.

Serve on rolls to make sandwiches, or any other way you like. Tacos, salad, the possibilities are endless!

I served this with mac and cheese for a deliciously Southern meal.

“What Should I Read Next” Wednesday

Good morning everyone.

I’ve been a busy reader this week, so I’ll probably make some of these reviews a little shorter.

If you’ve read anything good lately, leave me a comment and let me know! I’m always looking for suggestions.

Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis HiggsThese two novels go together, following the lives of the same characters. I have read and enjoyed many of Higg’s novels, and these were no different. Higgs has a rare talent for writing Christian fiction that is realistic and relevant, without being preachy. These two books tell the story of Lady Elizabeth Kerr, a common Highlander who marries into an upper class family.  Her husband, Lord Donald, is unfaithful to her, and his mother is unwelcoming to Elizabeth.  As Donald tries to prove his love for Elizabeth, he joins the Jacobite uprising against King George, causing his family to be ostracized and branded as traitors. Throughout the uprising and afterwards, Elizabeth remains loyal to her mother-in-law, serving her and helping her in any way possible.  Elizabeth struggles in a journey of faith as she learns to trust again.

Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain– This novel comes before Kiss River, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. I had no idea! Also, Her Mother’s Shadow (next in this post), comes after Kiss River. So, it’s a little series of 3! Keeper of the Light opens with the murder of small-town saint, Annie O’Neill. Dr. Olivia Simon fails to save her life after Annie is shot, setting into play a complicated chain of events. Olivia’s husband Paul is in love with Annie, though he has hidden the truth about their relationship. Olivia befriends Annie’s husband Alec in an attempt to understand why she can’t measure up to Annie in Paul’s view.  Alec struggles to parent his two children, Clay and Lacy, while dealing with his grief and coming to understand the truth about his wife.

Her Mother’s Shadow by Diane Chamberlain– The third book in the trilogy, this novel delves deeper into Lacey O’Neill’s struggle to deal with her mother’s infidelity and murder. When Lacey’s childhood friend Jessica dies in a car accident, Lacy is shocked to find that Jessica has left guardianship of her daughter Mackenzie to Lacey. Mackenzie is bitter and scared, and Lacey tries to relate with her, while at the same time dealing with the parole of her mother’s murderer.  Mackenzie begins to find happiness again while working with Clay (Lacey’s brother) in his work training dogs. Lacey also brings up the past when she decides to contact Mackenzie’s father Bobby, who never knew of her existence.  Meanwhile, Lacey struggles to decide between Bobby, the former bad boy, and Rick, a lawyer she’s been dating, but has no attraction towards.

Again, Chamberlain weaves together universal themes such as rebellion, forgiveness, and second chances.  Her characters are complex and deal with realistic human problems.  Their emotions are beautifully portrayed, as well as their struggles to make the right choices.

Falling Home by Karen WhiteFalling Home is a beautifully written and evocative novel. Cassie Madison ran away from home and heartbreak, and hasn’t returned for 15 years. She finally comes home to visit her father before he dies, but she is determined that it is a temporary visit.  She fights against the pull of family and familiar faces, determined to be different than the teenager she was when she left home.

This novel was a beautiful story about acceptance, family, and home.  Cassie fights against herself and those she loves, but they never stop loving her. The values of her childhood are strong, and she cannot help but realize that she has grown up and moved past her earlier heartache.  Her emotions are very realistic, and the interactions with her family are believable. I really enjoyed this novel, and I am looking forward to reading more by Karen White.

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks– Wow! Brooks is an amazingly talented author, and Caleb’s Crossing did not disappoint. It is a historical novel based on Caleb, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.  This novel is told from the perspective of Bethia Mayfield, a preacher’s daughter who grows up on the island now known as Martha’s Vineyard.  Bethia and Caleb are friends from childhood, and she teaches him how to read and introduces him to the world of knowledge and of her English religion. Bethia struggles to bridge the gap between the passion she sees in Native American worship with her own austere religious practices.  Bethia also seeks an education, but her father denies her due to her gender. She seeks out other methods of educating herself, and the novel follows both Bethia’s growth and Caleb’s “crossing” into another culture.

Although this novel is not entirely factual, I feel as if the characters are real and breathing. Brooks uses historical fact, mixes it with fiction, and serves up a beautiful tale of friendship, prejudice, and passion. Their emotions and conflicts are believable, as well as the judgmental society they must struggle against.

Meatball Stroganoff

Dinner last night was meatball stroganoff. Basically, this is like hamburger stroganoff, with the hamburger formed into meatballs instead of just being ground beef.

Why would I do this, you ask? Because I made meatballs a couple of months ago, and they’ve been in the freezer waiting to be eaten. Hubby is on my case about cleaning out the freezer. Hence, meatball stroganoff.

Cast of Ingredients:
4-6 Meatballs (you can use frozen, or make your own. Someday I’ll give you my recipe for homemade meatballs)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk or water
Egg noodles

Thaw meatballs if frozen, or bake them if meat is raw.
Mix cream of mushroom soup with milk/water.

Add meatballs to the soup mixture.

Simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Add sour cream and mix together right before serving.
Meanwhile, boil egg noodles until al dente.
Drain noodles and serve meatballs and gravy over the noodles.

I served this with roasted broccoli. One of Hubby’s favorite ways to eat broccoli!

Here’s how:

Cast of Ingredients:
     1 head of broccoli
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 
Toss the broccoli with olive oil, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.

Roast at 400 for 15-20 mins.

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Hey everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend! We sure did here.

My piano recital on Saturday went really well. I was really proud of all the kids who worked so hard! It’s so fun to see them succeed. Then Hubby and I had a date night! We ate at Chili’s and went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I actually really liked it, though I’ve heard mixed reviews about it.

This recipe I made on Friday night. I modified it from The Pioneer Woman’s original recipe. Not that I’m saying her recipes aren’t great the way they are! But I changed it to fit more for 2 people, as well as what ingredients I have in the pantry.

So, here we go! And again, my picture taking didn’t work out. I’ll try to do better this week, I promise.

Cast of Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 chopped onion
1 eight oz can of tomato sauce
8 ounces of egg noodles
1/2 sour cream
2 tablespoons Philadelphia cooking creme
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef and onion until cooked through, and drain the grease.
Add the tomato sauce to the meat and let simmer on low.
Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and cooking creme. (If you don’t have cooking creme, just use cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, as the Pioneer Woman suggests)
Mix the cooked egg noodles with the sour cream mixture, and place in an 8×8 casserole dish.
Dump the ground beef mixture on the noodles, and mix everything together.
Top with the cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Yum! We love simple, comfort foods, and this is definitely one of them. Enjoy!

Sunday Suppers

Another week, another meal plan!

Here you go:

Monday- Meatball Stroganoff, served with roasted broccoli

Tuesday- BBQ Pork sandwiches (in the crock pot)

Wednesday- Dinner with Hubby’s parents

Thursday- Meatball subs

Friday- Ham and cheddar noodle bake (modified from The Pioneer Woman)

Saturday- BBQ Pork with corn on the cob

Creamy Penne with Squash

Here’s  a quick run-down of this recipe I made last night. And yes, I failed at taking pictures. I was in a hurry, but I’m sorry!

I’ll try to do better next time. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Creamy Penne with Squash:

Cast of Ingredients:
2 squash or zucchini
8 oz of penne pasta (or other noodles)
5 oz feta cheese
1/2 cup of half-and-half
1 diced tomato

Boil water and begin cooking penne noodles.
While the noodles are cooking, grate the 2 squash or zucchini. I used squash. Here is my one successful picture for this recipe! If you’ve never grated squash before, it’s pretty easy. Cut off the ends of the squash. Push the cut end onto the grater, and rub back and forth over a bowl. See? Easy, just like I promised.


When the penne is almost done cooking, add the grated squash/zucchini into the pot for about 3 minutes.
Drain the pasta and squash/zucchini.
Add diced tomato and half-and-half to the pot, and heat through.
Before serving, dump in the feta cheese, and mix it in well.

This was SO good! Hubby had no idea there was even squash in it, so it was a good way to sneak in a vegetable. Creamy, cheesy, and delicious!


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