Hot, Tired, & Smells Like Onions

We are back from our vacation and I’m been trying to catch up on laundry, work, email, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, and did I mention laundry.  I think I have done more laundry since we have been back than I did last month!  We were only gone for a week what gives, did someone come into my house and wear all our clothes while we were gone?

Today after going through my fridge I decided I needed to cook up the hamburger that was in there.  I sauteed some onions and garlic in my dutch oven and crumbled up about 10 pounds of ground beef.    If you haven’t tried browning ground beef in a dutch oven you should try, you can get so much more cooked up and in less time that a skillet.   I put a tiny bit of olive or coconut oil into the bottom of the pot, throw in some chopped onions, and some crushed garlic.  As they start to carmalize throw in your ground beef, add whatever seasonings you like and stir it up.  Let it cook for a bit then stir occasionally until its all browned.  Then drain and package.  I freeze it in one pound packages for later.

Once I got cooking I couldn’t stop.  I had found a gluten free bread recipe at Gluten Free Cooking School.  I threw together the flour mix she suggested, luckily I had it all on hand.  I have been trying to bake with different flours, we are slowly getting to gluten free in our home.  This bread smelled amazing while baking and I’m just about to slice it.

So while the bread dough was rising I thought I’d try out my newest kitchen gadget, Wilton’s mini pie press.  I made homemade ham and cheese hot pockets.  These turned out so yummy.  Hubby and both boys were my guinea pigs and they loved them.  “These are better than that frozen crap” was one of the comments I received.   They also have now decided that I need to make egg & sausage, pizza, meatball, chicken pot pie, veggie, and fruit ones.  So next weekend I am going to get the boys to help and we can make the ones they want and freeze them.  These will be great for lunches or quick snacks for the boys.

I also started a roast in the roaster with a red wine sauce.  I can smell it and its making me hungry and I just ate!  I made this same type of roast last night and it was a big hit, the flavor was amazing.  It was tender and juicy and you could cut it with a fork.

While getting the roast ready my hubby came in and had the nerve to ask “What’s for dinner”.  Dinner really?  I have been in the kitchen prepping and cooking and now he wants dinner.  LOL I totally forgot that I needed to feed everyone tonight!  I had no idea what I was going to feed them I have been in my own little kitchen world that I hadn’t even thought about dinner.  Well precooked hamburger to the rescue…Mustgo it is!

You are probably wonder what Mustgo is, I know the first time I heard my hubby and my mother in law talking about it I did.  Well it’s really a very simple dish as they put it.  My mother in law had to feed 5 kids and 2 adults and leftovers were shoved in the fridge and on Mustgo night, everything in the fridge Must Go in the pot, hence the name Mustgo.  Typically she threw ground beef, elbow macaroni and whaever veggies were in the fridge as leftovers, and tomatoe juice and brought it to a boil then served.  I do it a bit differently,


1 lb Ground Beef
1 can Corn
1 can Peas or Green beans (whichever I have on hand)
1 46 oz can Tomato juice
1 bag Elbow Macaroni (or whatever pasta you have on hand)
 Salt & Pepper to taste

Brown ground beef and drain.  Cook pasta and drain.  Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.  Serve.

You can modify this with whatever veggies you want and they can be fresh, frozen, or canned.

 Now that I’m done cooking for the evening the title makes much more sense don’t you think?  It’s the end of the day and I’m hot from being in the kitchen with the oven and several burners going, I’m tired since I’ve been in there all day, and yup I smell like onions!