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Skillet Meatloaf

Skillet Meatloaf

Quick and easy skillet meatloaf  makes for a delicious weeknight meal. With only 10 ingredients, it can be done in less than 20 minutes!

Skillet Meatloaf Ingredients

1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup bread crumbs
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 lb ground beef
1 – 8oz can tomato sauce
3 green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. mustard
Combine egg, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add ground beef and mix until well combined. Form meat mixture into four patties. Add to a nonstick skillet on medium heat, cooking 2-3 minutes per side. Remove cooked patties from pan. Replace pan to stove top on medium heat and stir together tomato sauce, green onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Add meat patties on top of sauce and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Spoon sauce over patties and serve.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: 4 meatloaf patties

Apple Pancakes

It just so happens that two special events collide – Johnny Appleseed Day and National Pancake day. On September 26th, every year we celebrate the two. On this very day, in 1774, John Chapman (known as Johnny Appleseed) was born in Massachusetts. He is celebrated throughout much of the Midwest for planting apple trees across the area. THANK YOU JOHNNY!

What better way to celebrate this special collision of “holidays” than with Apple Pancakes?

Apple Pancakes are fluffy and sweet with a touch of cinnamon – ideal for a chilly Sunday morning in the fall. And who doesn’t love their home smelling like spicy apples all day?

Apple Pancake Recipe

2 Apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced, and cubed (we like to use tart baking apples)
6 Tablespoons butter, cubed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
Pancake batter (prepared as directed for 6-8 pancakes)

  1. Add apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a frying pan on medium heat.
  2. Cook apples until tender and they begin to puff up. Butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon will be bubbly.
  3. Remove apples from heat and cool slightly.
  4. Stir cooked apples into pancake batter.
  5. Heat griddle to medium heat.
  6. Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter mixture on heated griddle (per pancake).
  7. Cook until golden brown (flipping once bubbles begin to rise and burst).

Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6-8 medium sized pancakes

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is a great first recipe to try in your new electric pressure cooker. It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and lets you work out all of your pressure cooker nerves and fears. It will help you practice using the “Quick Release” of the pressure valve and become familiar with all of the fun pressure cooker functions.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

1 pound of Elbow Macaroni (small, 16 ounce box)
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups water
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 ounces cubed american or processed cheese ( we used Kraft Velveeta)
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup heavy cream

With the unit unplugged and off, add the noodles, butter, salt, and 4 cups of water to the pressure cooker’s removable inner pot. Secure the lid, making sure it is turned to “closed” and the float valve on the lid is turned to “airtight.” Plug the unit in, and select the “Rice” setting – five minutes. The pressure cooker display will blink five times, then illuminate.

What you can expect: As the pressure begins to build in the unit, you will hear a hissing, and see steam being released through the pressure cooker’s lid. Please be careful, as it is very hot. Once the pressure cooker has built up enough pressure, the display will change to “P” and begin counting down the cooking time. In this case, five minutes. Once the cooking time has passed, the pressure cooker will automatically switch to the “keep warm” setting and will begin releasing steam. This is called the “natural release.” For some recipes, like this macaroni and cheese recipe, you’ll need to “Quick Release” the pressure. This is done in cases where things can become over-cooked easily like pasta and meat.

To “Quick Release” the pressure, wear an oven mitt and manually switch the float valve from “airtight” to “exhaust”. When doing this, be careful to keep clear of the steam and where the steam releases.

Once the steam is all released, carefully turn the lid to “open” and remove the lid from the unit. If the lid doesn’t turn easily, there is more pressure to be released. Wait several minutes until the remainder of the pressure is naturally released though the valve.

Once the lid is removed, stir in the remaining ingredients (cheeses, pepper, and heavy cream) until well combined and serve.

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

1 pound of Elbow Macaroni (small, 16 ounce box)
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups water
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 ounces cubed american or processed cheese (we used Kraft Velveeta)
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup heavy cream

In a pressure cooker, add macaroni, salt, butter and water. Place lid on slow cooker, ensure the pressure valve is set to “airtight”, and set to the “Rice” setting or 5 minutes. Once done cooking, carefully “quick release” the pressure. Then add the remaining ingredients (cheeses, pepper, and cream), stir until combined, then serve. We recommend moving the finished macaroni and cheese to a serving bowl as the pressure cooker unit will be very hot.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes (including pressurizing the pressure cooker)
Yield: 8 Servings

Enjoy!

Funnel Cakes

Satisfy the inner child in everyone by making your own funnel cakes! Get out your deep fryer and get your hands on some basic pantry ingredients: flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, milk, and other things that you already probably have lying around in your kitchen. You’ll also want to make sure you have a large plastic bag on hand; it can help to have another pair of hands as well to help with the pouring of batter. Funnel cakes are surprisingly easy to make with a little bit of patience and some sugar!

Ingredients:
Oil for frying
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 1/2 T. sugar
3/4 t. baking powder
1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
powdered sugar

  1. Heat oil to 360° F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well blended.
  5. Pour batter into a large, plastic bag. Cut a corner of the bag, diagonal, about 3/4″. Pinch the hole shut until ready to drizzle into the oil.
  6. Carefully drizzle the desired amount of batter into the hot oil (about 1/4 – 1/2 c.). Try to maintain a continuous stream of batter for best results.
  7. Set aside the bag of batter, again pinching the hole shut.
  8. Turn the funnel cake in the oil to ensure even browning. Fry 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4-5 Funnel Cakes

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Ribs have never been easier than with this slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe. Season and brown the ribs on a weekend morning, and then let them marinate in the slow cooker during the day while you go on a road trip, get some errands done, or just relax. Eight hours later, the ribs will be perfectly flavored and practically falling off the bone. We especially love the tang of chili sauce mixed with sweet brown sugar

Ingredients
4 lbs. pork baby back ribs
salt & pepper to taste
2 c. ketchup
1 c. chili sauce
1-2 c. packed brown sugar
4 T. vinegar
2 t. dried oregano
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season ribs with salt and pepper and place in a shallow baking pan.
  3. Brown them in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn them over, and brown another 15 minutes. Drain fat.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
  5. Place ribs in a slow cooker. Pour sauce over the ribs, and stir to coat.
  6. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the ribs are tender.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Yield: 4-5 servings

Enjoy!

Lazy Day Freezer Stew

Keep a few bags of lazy day freezer stew in the fridge for those weeknights when you want a filling meal without any cooking. Hearty stew ingredients like beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions can be sealed in a freezer bag and stored for up to four months. When you’re ready to eat, just throw it in the slow cooker. This is a great recipe to keep in mind for meals with lots of leftovers; it’s easy to substitute beef with turkey, for example, or leave out a few of the vegetables. Just toss in whatever you have on hand, and you have yourself a bag of lazy day freezer stew!

Ingredients:
4 lbs. cubed stew beef
4 cups baby red potatoes, cut in ½
10 oz. pkg dried lima beans
4 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca
Salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce (1/2 can in each bag)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 cups baby carrots
2 onions, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped

  1. Split all the ingredients between two 1-gallon freezer bags and store in the freezer until your next “lazy day” (up to four months!). Label each one gallon bag with the date, name of recipe, and cooking instructions.
  2. When you’re ready to use it, empty the contents into a slow cooker, add 1 cup of water, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice or noodles, or alone as a hearty soup. Enjoy!

Classic Waffles

Take brunch back to the basics with classic waffles. With the right waffle iron, you can make delicious, fluffy waffles in minutes. And for this recipe, you only need the most basic of pantry ingredients. Pull out flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, and a few other kitchen staples, mix them together, and let breakfast begin! Want to add a little something extra to these classic waffles? Toss a handful of nuts on the batter before closing the waffle iron, or add strawberries, blueberries, or bananas on top of your freshly made waffle. Finish it off with a dollop of whipped cream for a real morning treat!

Ingredients:
1 ½ c. flour
½ c. cornstarch
2 T. cornmeal
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 T. sugar
1 ¾ c. milk
½ t. vanilla extract
½ c. butter, melted

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
  2. With a mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form, add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk and vanilla.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, stir milk mixture into flour mixture until all ingredients are moistened (do not over-mix, small lumps are fine). Stir in the butter and fold in beaten egg whites until combined.
  5. Pour batter onto preheated waffle iron. Waffles should be golden and crispy after 3-5 minutes on high (different waffle irons may vary, so check your first batch closely).

Makes approximately 8 medium/large waffles.

Genius Cleaning Tricks with Pantry Basics

If you have vinegar, olive oil, and dryer sheets in your pantry, you have the tools to try these genius cleaning tricks using just the pantry basics! Common household items are usually our best defense against stains, dirt, and mildew. There’s no need for expensive cleaning solution or bad-smelling chemicals when you have these cleaning tricks up your sleeve!

Use vinegar and olive oil to remove water rings

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We told you–vinegar is our favorite tool for cleaning tricks! The next time a guest or child leaves a sweating glass of water on your coffee table, take care of the ring with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and olive oil. Use a soft cloth to rub the mixture with the wood grain, and then use a different cloth to shine it up.

Let your microwave clean itself with water and lemon juice

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Have stubborn stains on your microwave walls? Don’t waste your time scrubbing them; simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and lemon juice and heat it up for five minutes. The sweet-smelling condensation will loosen stains on the microwave, making it easy to wipe down the microwave after it’s cooled down.

 Shine a faucet with used dryer sheets

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Save the dryer sheet after your latest load of laundry and use it to buff up your metal faucets. Just like lint clings to the sheets in the dryer, dust and hair will cling to the dryer sheet as you run it over sink and shower faucets.

Fluff mildewing towels with vinegar

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White vinegar may be the single most useful cleaning product in your home. If your towels have lost their bounce or smell like mildew, add a cup of white vinegar to your next load of laundry. Then, run a second cycle with hot water and a 1/2 cup of baking soda to wash out the vinegar smell. One more cycle and then the towels are ready to be dried!

Remove labels with orange essential oil

Avoid the frustration of slowly picking at a sticky label as you try to remove it from your new plate or appliance. Instead, pour a few drips of orange essential oil over the sticky price tag or large label, and simply peel the label off after the stickiness has been softened by the oil! Plus, the sweet smell is a big bonus too!

 

Fun Holiday Gifts You Have to See

They’re cute, useful, and let’s face it…just plain fun! Watch this video to see our favorite fun holiday gifts.


blog_buttonFrom penguin-patterned onesie pajamas to hysterical foot slippers, our affordable picks will put a smile on any Grinch’s face. We love our funny emoji pillows, which are a perfect gift for teenagers. Want to encourage the man around the house to do some more chores? We have a unique toilet brush holder for you! Find all these gifts and more with Ginny’s.