{ghostly} Sheppard’s Pie {Jen Cooks}

P1010489  My good friend Jen is back sharing another one of her family favs. I did not have the success that she did with my ghost. However, the Holiday Spirit is there and the dish was a hit with the boys.

1 lb ground beef (I use turkey)

1 onion, chopped

1 (12oz) bag frozen veggies

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 jar beef gravy

1 3/4 c chicken or beef broth

2 T butter

1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 c milk

2 1/4 c mashed potatoes

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375. Brown meat & onion, set aside 12 peas, add remaining veggies, tomatoes, gravy to beef mix. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 8-10 mins. Add egg to potatoes, mix well. Put beef mix in a casserole dish, mound potatoes in 6 “ghost” shapes. Use peas as eyes. Bake 20-25 mins. 

Happy Halloween!! mama bird

Pumpkin Chili

CoolClips_vc100642 For this edition of Souper Sunday it is Halloween week and it’s all about the PUMPKIN!! I am so excited to re-share my friend Michelle’s Pumpkin Chili Recipe. It may inspire you to whip up something fun for Halloween!! It is so odd, I know, but really yummy!! Give it a try!!

1 T. canola oil

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)

1  can cannellini beans

1 can black beans

2- 28 oz. chopped tomatoes (I like a ton of tomatoes)

1 can  pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)

7 oz. chopped green chilies

1 can chicken broth

1 T. cumin

1 T. chili powder

1 t. sugar

1 t. salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 t. unsweetened cocoa

Saute garlic and onion in oil. Add meat and brown. Add remaining ingredients, cover; simmer for approx. an hour- stirring occasionally. This also works great in the crock pot. Enjoy!!

trick or treat! mama bird

Mantel {FALL} Makeover

IMG_4589 Even though FALL is NOT in the air this week (82 today). I decided it was time to do a Mantel Makeover to celebrate my FAV season. This makeover only cost me $6. for the Halloween banner, everything else, I already had!! My fav part of the whole mantel is the Candy Pumpkin Tree that Jack and I made this afternoon, with left over candy, pumpkin candy corn that he had to have! (and didn’t like, did I mention during the melt down in Wally he had “needing” the afore mentioned candy corn, I told him he wouldn’t like it!!) Branches we collected in the yard and some festive ribbon I had on hand.  Cute, don’t ya think?

IMG_4591 Hubs suggested I make an apple necklace for the deer. I may just take that challenge. Any suggestions?

Are you doing any FALL/Harvest/ Halloween Makeovers?

xoxo, Mama Bird

up next…

Carmel Apple Cake &

Front Door {Harvest} Makeover!!

Weekly Run Down {countdown to Halloween}

This week is hopefully going to be a bit easier than last. I have a few new recipes to try out and a few less cakes to bake! This week Apple Cake with orange syrup and Carmel Icing!! yum-yum (will share recipe later this week!). Also, Jen is sharing her Ghostly Sheppard’s Pie and I will be re-posting PUMPKIN CHILI both perfect for Halloween!! Look for lots of new cakes & cupcakes as well!!

On our menu:

Monday~ Sausage & Lentil Soup (Carrabba’s inspired)

Tuesday~ Portabella Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

Wednesday~ Leftovers (Mama is working late)

Thursday~ Baked Ziti

Friday~ Pumpkin Patch & Pizza!!

What’s on your Menu?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Souper Sunday! {Sausage & Lentil}

Fall is back and along with the change of the season, I am back to my Souper Sunday Meal Planning. I make a big pot of soup, stew or chowder every Sunday for a great Family Night Meal as well as a perfect add on to week day lunches. Tonight’s meal is inspired by Carrabba’s  Sausage & Lentil soup.

1 lb sweet Italian sausage, browned & drained

1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
6 cups chicken broth
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cloves garlic
2 cups dry lentils

salt, pepper, red pepper, basil, oregano, thyme & parsley  to taste
Brown Italian sausage, drain and put in crock pot. Sauté all veggies in sausage drippings, add to crock pot.  Add all remaining ingredients to crock pot. Set on low and enjoy.

Do you have a FAMILY FAV Soup or Stew you’d like to share? I would LOVE to feature YOU on SOUPER SUNDAY.
xoxo, Mama Bird

Harvest Pork Tenderloin {Crockpot}

I was inspired this week to do ALL new recipes! I found a yummy looking pork recipe and thought it would be great. My goal was to use meat from the freezer and groceries I had on hand so as always I had to switch up the recipe a bit. 
Layer in the crockpot:
3 sweet potatoes, sliced med-thin
1 sweet onion sliced
1 t curry powder
Pork Tenderloin
1 to 2 T Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup (molasses or maple syrup would work)
1 t curry powder/ salt to taste
4 small apples, sliced
1/2 c dried cranberries
2/3 c chicken broth
I started this after lunch and turned the pot on high for 4hrs. Normally I would do on low all day. It was great! VERY FALL!! Loved it!
xoxo, Mama Bird

Sherry Chicken {Crockpot}

Love, love, love my crockpot! It is a busy Moms lifesaver. I work late 2 days a week and the crockpot allows me the ability to make a great dinner in typically under 15mins first thing in the morning. Hubs comes home to a wonderful smelling house (always earns me some brownie points!) This morning I had frozen boneless/skinless chicken breast that I tossed in the crockpot with onion and carrots. It smells yummy!!

Boneless/skinless chicken breast

1/2 lg onion, thinly sliced

2 carrots, sliced

1 T  21 Seasoning Salute (Trader Joe’s spice mix)

1 cup water

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/4 to 1/2 cup sherry

4 oz cream cheese

Place everything EXCEPT cream cheese in slow cooker, set on low and cook all day. About a hour prior to eating stir in cream cheese. Serve over egg noodles or rice. 

xoxo, Mama Bird

eat your Brussels Sprouts!

Brussels Sprouts immediately make most people tum up their noses. This recipe will change your opinion on these little green balls of goodness. I promise!
1 1/2 lbs Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut in half or quartered based on size
3 Tb olive oil
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 400 In large bowl mix the above ingredients. Pour out onto a foil covered rimmed cookie sheet cut side down (key to a perfect roasting!) Bake 25-35 mins shaking pan every 7 mins. Cook until deep brown. Can be served hot or room temp. Serve with balsamic vinegar. DELISH!!

Lazy 5 Ranch

Saturday we had “Family Day” and we went to the LAZY 5 RANCH in Mooresville, NC. This place is so awesome! It is a drive-thru or ride-thru ZOO! I personally like it much better as the wild-life is LITERALLY in your face!! It was such a great day, mid- November and it was 70+ degrees. I highly recommend visiting our friends at Lazy 5! Next time, we hope to go with friends and we will do the wagon ride! Can’t wait!!

The camera is not on zoom, this guy was an inch from me!

Check out the horns on this dude!

Love Giraffes!!

Jack LOVED looking at them all! Especially the baby deer!!

This fellas eyes just tripped me out