Count Midnight

We’d like to introduce you to Count Midnight !

You can tell by the picture why we named him Count Midnight !

He was a stray that started hanging around. It took us around a year for him to start trusting us. Then we noticed that he had a problem with one of his front legs. It looked like pus was coming out from puncture marks. Even though he had started to let us pet him a little bit, we had never picked him up. But with that infected leg, we knew we had to take the next step of picking him up and putting him in a carrier to see our vet. We got him to our vet who went ahead and treated his leg and gave him his shots while he was under getting neutered. We kept him inside while he recovered. During his recovery time, he got to know our other cats and what life was like on the inside of the house. At that time, we had thought that we weren’t going to adopt any more cats, we just wanted to make sure he was good to go on his own. The day came when it was okay to let him out and when we opened the door for him to leave he just sat there and looked at us like we were crazy. He had got a taste of what life was like on the inside and he was never going back outside again ! When we saw how much he wanted to stay inside we knew that the other cats had gained a new brother ! We were surprised when he took such a liking to our dog Benny.

(Sorry Benny’s decapitated-looking in this photo.)

He absolutely adores Benny ! He follows him around like a shadow. We never imagined that a cat off the streets and a dog from the shelter would become buddies. Count Midnight has been with us a little over a year now, making life a little more interesting and wonderful !

Asian Ground Pork And Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil (we used toasted sesame oil)
  • 10 oz. (10 packed cups) baby spinach (we just got two 5 oz. bags of spinach and didn’t bother measuring it to see if it produced 10 packed cups worth)
  • Cooked rice or rice noodles (we used white rice)

Directions

  1. Take a 12-inch skillet out and place it on the stovetop. Set the heat to medium-high and once the skillet’s hot, add in the ground pork and salt. Breaking up the meat in the process, cook the pork for 5 to 7 minutes or until it’s fully cooked.
  2. While the pork’s cooking, make the dressing by taking a small mixing bowl out and whisking together in it: the lime juice, white vinegar, fish sauce, granulated sugar, and the sesame oil.
  3. Once the pork’s cooked, take two tablespoons of the dressing and pour it into the skillet. Take half of the spinach and add that to the skillet as well. Once the spinach has wilted down some, add the other half of the spinach to the skillet, tossing the spinach pork mixture around in the skillet until all the spinach has wilted (should take only a minute or so to achieve). Take the skillet off the heat and pour the remaining dressing into the skillet, tossing the pork and spinach in the dressing. Serve the skillet mixture over your choice of rice or rice noodles and enjoy !

This turned out to be a good tasting recipe even if it’s not the best looking one we’ve ever made. We think it could be improved a little but otherwise we’d be willing to make it again !

We got this recipe from Fine Cooking.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Fine Cooking.

Hope you enjoy life !

Chicken And Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken or ready-to-eat chicken breasts, skinned, boned and chopped (we used rotisserie chicken breasts and just tore the meat into strips)
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing (the recipe recommended Kraft balsamic vinaigrette but we used Newman’s Own balsamic vinaigrette) or to taste

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl out and add everything but the dressing to it, giving everything a quick stir. Now pour the dressing in, tossing everything together so the ingredients are all distributed as well as being equally coated in the dressing. Put a lid on the bowl and refrigerate the salad until you’re ready to eat.

This may not be the best looking dish but it’s definitely a tasty dish. The dressing will make your chicken look like it’s gone to the tanning salon !

We don’t know where we got this recipe from.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Kraft or Newman’s Own.

Hope you enjoy life !

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half (if the green beans looked too long then we cut them into thirds rather than just cutting them in half)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter (we used 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper (we used Mrs. Dash lemon pepper)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (we used kosher salt)

Directions

  1. Place the green beans in a large skillet, adding enough salted water (we used table salt to salt the water) to cover the green beans afterwards (when the green beans started to float we figured that was enough water). Turn the heat up high enough for boiling to occur. Turn the heat down to medium-low* and let the beans simmer long enough for them to start to soften, roughly 5 minutes*. Drain the water out of the skillet and return the skillet (with the green beans still in the skillet) to the stovetop. Toss the butter into the skillet and cook, stirring constantly,  long enough for the butter to get melted (they suggest this make take 2 to 3 minutes to achieve).
  2. Throw the garlic into the skillet, stirring constantly just long enough for the garlic to get tender and fragrant (the original recipe suggests this will take 3 to 4 minutes to achieve). Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the lemon pepper and salt, making sure that all the green beans get tossed in the seasoning.

*We turned the heat down to low while the green beans were simmering for 5 minutes and then turned it back up to medium-low afterwards.

We got this recipe from Allrecipes.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Mrs. Dash or Allrecipes.

Spicy Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 to 5 pounds) (we had to buy two separate pieces of chuck roast that equaled 4 to 5 pounds total)
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) sliced pepperoncini, undrained
  • 1 jar (8 oz.) pickled jalapeño slices, drained (the smallest jar we could find was 12 oz. but we decided to use all the pickled jalapeño slices in it since we like the heat that the pickled jalapeños bring)
  • 1 bottle (12 oz.) beer (we used Corona)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split (we used hamburger buns with seeds on them)
  • 12 slices provolone cheese (we used smoked provolone cheese slices)

Directions

  1. Take a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker out. Cut the chuck roast in half and place it in the slow cooker (since we bought two separate piece we didn’t cut them in half, we just put them straight into the slow cooker). Add in the following ingredients to the slow cooker: chopped onions, pepperoncini slices (juice included), jalapeño slices, beer, soup mix, garlic, and pepper.
  2. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on LOW heat for 8-10 hours or until the meat’s tender.
  3. Take the meat out of the slow cooker and skim the fat from the cooking liquid (we didn’t skim the fat out). When the meat’s cooled down enough for you to handle, take two forks and start shredding up the meat, placing the shredded meat back in the slow cooker afterwards, stirring it around so that the other components are evenly distributed. Leave the meat in the slow cooker just long enough for it to get heated and enjoy!

The original recipe recommends serving ½ cup of the meat mixture on each roll (we didn’t measure how much meat we used) with one slice of cheese (we used two but it’s still a tasty sandwich with one slice of cheese).

This is one of our favorite sandwich recipes that we’ve ever tried. The meat’s tender, you do get a nice spiciness thanks to the jalapeño and pepperoncini slices, and the provolone gets all melted and gooey after being laid on top of the hot beef mixture. The sandwich is pretty juicy though so it’s probably better that you toast the buns to avoid them getting soggy.

We wish we could tell you where we got this recipe from but we’ve had it for years so we don’t know where we got this from.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention Corona.

Hope you enjoy life !

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes (we used chicken thighs)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (we used a 3-inch jalapeño and we left the seeds in)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (we used smoked paprika)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (we used Hunt’s Crushed Tomatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Basmati rice, for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping

Directions

  1. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt* and ¼ teaspoon pepper* over the chicken. Take a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker out and mix together in it: the garlic, ginger, jalapeño, paprika, coriander, tomatoes, heavy cream, and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss the chicken into the slow cooker, stirring the chicken around so it’s fully coated in the tomato mixture.
  2. Put a lid on your slow cooker and let the dish cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours. 15 minutes prior to the 4 hour mark, take the lid off just long enough to add in the peas, putting the lid back on afterwards. Serve the slow cooker mixture over rice and top individual portions with the cilantro.

*We didn’t measure how much salt and pepper we sprinkled over the chicken, we just made sure it was well seasoned.

This turned out to be a really tasty dish ! Choosing to use smoked paprika gave the dish a smoky flavor it wouldn’t have had otherwise but the smokiness didn’t overwhelm the other flavors either.

We got this recipe from Food Network.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Food Network or Hunt’s.

Tuscan Lentil Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (we used Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained (we used one diced can of tomatoes and another can of petite cut diced tomatoes with zesty jalapeños)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt (we used kosher salt)
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (we used cayenne)
  • 1 bag (5 or 6 oz.) fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped (we didn’t chop ours)
  • Shaved or shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (we shredded ours)

Directions

  1. Take a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker out and spray the inside of it with cooking spray. Add everything to the slow cooker (stirring to mix)) except the spinach and cheese.
  2. Put the lid on the slow cooker and let the stew cook on LOW heat for 8 to 10 hours.
  3. After those 8 to 10 hours pass, add the spinach into the slow cooker, putting the lid back on afterwards. Allow the stew to cook for another 5 minutes or however long it takes for the spinach to get wilted. Sprinkle the cheese on each individual serving and enjoy !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention Swanson.

Hope you enjoy life !