Chipped Beef Gravy

This meal was a fantastic ‘standby’ with our large family. It’s easy to make and only takes a few ingredients. I had no idea it would be so difficult to find the packages of the beef, but Walmart came through. I remember years ago my mom got it in little glass jars…..and we saved the jars for our morning juice! Great memories! I’m sure this will bring back memories for you too.

3 (2 oz.) packages Chipped Beef

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

3 cups milk

1. Melt butter in skillet.

2. Add cut up chipped beef

3. Add flour & allow it to thicken

4. Slowly add milk and allow it to thicken after each addition.

5. Add salt & pepper and stir well.

6. Serve on biscuits, toasted bread, mashed potatoes or however you like it.

Hawaiian Chicken

Finding something quick & easy for dinner is always something I look for. This recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in you kitchen. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. I served it with some cooked rice that I flavored with minced garlic, butter & parsley flakes. I served the leftovers with a baked sweet potato and home canned green beans. An hour & 15 minutes may seem like a long time to cook it, but trust me, it will be worth it. The chicken is moist and fork tender. Give it a try!

Hawaiian Chicken

4-6 pieces of chicken breast or tenders
1 can tomato soup, undiluted
1-2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar (white or cider)
1 tsp dry mustard
1 cup pineapple chunks with 2/3 cup juice
1/2 cup green pepper chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion

1. Place chicken in a sprayed 9×13 baking pan.

2. Combine all other ingredients and pour over chicken.

3. Bake, covered, at 375 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Fried Cornmeal Mush is something we had very often growing up. It was cheap, simple and fed all six children and our parents. Mom would fry it slowly until it was slightly browned on both sides and we ate it with butter and syrup.

It has become a breakfast my husband and sons enjoy. It’s so easy to make and very low in calories and carbs. Give it a try and see what you think.

Fried Cornmeal Mush

2 Cups Cornmeal
2 cups cold water
Mix these together in a separate container

6 cups boiling water
2 tsp. Salt

1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.

2. Mix 2 cups cornmeal and cups cold water in a separate container.

3. When water comes to a boil, add the cornmeal & water mixture & stir well.

4. When mixture comes to a boil, turn it to ‘low’ heat. Cover the pan and cook on low for 10 minutes.

5. Butter 2 loaf pans and pour half of cooked mixture into each pan.

6. When cooled, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until completely cold & firm. (I like to let it sit in refrigerator overnight.)

7. When ready to fry it, spray ( I also add a small amount of olive oil) a heavy frying pan ( cast iron is best). Heat fry pan on a medium heat. You do not want it real hot!

8. Take mush out of bread pan and slice.

9. When skillet is heated, add the sliced mush, leaving a small space between each piece so you can turn them. Cook slowly on both side until a light brown crust forms.

19. Serve with butter and warm syrup or however you desire to eat it.

Instant Pot Roast Beef

Roast beef with mashed potatoes is probably one of our family favorites! This can be made in the oven or a slow cooker/crock pot. I love the Instant Pot because it’s quick & I can put it in frozen and not wait hours for it to be done. Give it a try. Only a few simple ingredients.

Instant Pot Beef Roast

2-2.5 lb. Beef roast

4 cups water

4.5 oz. Beef (or Brown) Gravy Mix

1 package (1 oz. ) dry Ranch Dressing mix

1/3 cup prepared Italian Dressing (or 1 pkg. dry Italian Dressing mix)

1. Mix water, gravy mix, ranch dressing mix & Italian dressing in bottom of Instant Pot.

2. Set to sealing & set for 50 minutes pressure. Allow a natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes, then release any pressure left and open Instant Pot. If gravy is too thin, make a slurry of 2 Tbsp water & 2 Tbsp corn starch & add to gravy. Turn to sauté and allow it to thicken while you stir it.

Stuffed Shells…..Meat & Cheese

I don’t know of a pasta dish that this family doesn’t like! So this one was a winner❤️. I looked in 6 stores before I found the shells, and they were not the jumbo shells I wanted. These were about 2 1/2 inches, but they worked. I’m told there is a ‘shortage’ of pasta? Who knew!!! Give my recipe a try and I’m sure you will agree that it is simple but delicious. Serve it with some garlic bread, a salad, veggie, or whatever you choose.

Stuffed Shells…Meat & Cheese

1 lb. Ground Beef

1/2 lb. Italian Sausage

1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup (8 oz) mozzarella cheese cut into small chunks

1/3 cup chopped onion or 2 Tbsp. Minced dried onion

1 Tbsp minced garlic

4 eggs

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp dried parsley (or fresh)

1/2 tsp Oregano

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

2 Tbsp milk

1 pound pasta shells

Large jar pasta sauce

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Parmesan cheese, shredded

1. Cook shells in boiling water ( I added some salt) and boil for 7 minutes.

2. Drain & place in ice water until cool enough to handle, then drain on paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.

3. Mix the meats, bread crumbs, cheeses, milk, eggs & spices together.

4. Form into meatballs that will fit into the partially cooked shells.

5. Spray a baking dish & cover bottom with pasta sauce.

7. Fill each shell and place side by side on the pasta sauce in your baking dish.

8. When dish is filled pour sauce over the top of them.

9.Spread Parmesan cheese over all & then mozzarella cheese.

10.Bake, covered with foil, at 350 for 60-70 minutes.

My Chili Soup

When cold weather hits I get hungry for homemade Chili Soup! I only buy Chili if it’s from Wendy’s, but I prefer my own. It’s easy to make and makes the whole house smell delicious. The ‘secret’ ingredient in mine is the small amount of ground cloves. It just gives it the ‘lift’ that Chili needs. Pair the chili with some cornbread and you have a meal fit for a king!


1 pound ground beef

1/2 lb. Italian Sausage

2 Tbsp dry minced onion, or 1/2 cup chopped fresh onion

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 cans Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed

5 cups (40 oz) crushed canned tomatoes

3 cups (24 oz) tomato juice

2 Tbsp tomato paste

3 small packages Splenda(or 1/4 cup sugar)

1. Brown hamburger & sausage.

2. Add all other ingredients and cook for at least 1 hour.

Debbie’s Double Chocolate Brownie Bites

1 stick + 2 Tbsp. (10 Tbsp.) butter

1 cup white sugar

1/4 tsp. Salt

3/4 cup baking cocoa

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I use semi-sweet)

1. Melt butter in a bowl in the microwave.

2. Remive from microwave and add cocoa, sugar & salt. Mix well with a spoon.

3. Add vanilla & eggs & stir until well mixed.

4. Add flour & chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are combined.

5. Spray a mini muffin pan & add approximately 2 Tbsp of the mix ( I used a small cookie scoop). This makes 24 mini muffins.

6. Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes.

7. Remove from oven to a wire rack for 3-5 minutes then remove from muffin pan. Note: nuts could be added but are optional.

7. Remove from oven to a wire rack for 3-5 minutes then remove from muffin pan. Note: nuts could be added but are optional.