February 20, 2011

My Entryway - Golden Walls, a Recipe and a Tip

Yesterday I put on the second coat of yellow paint on the entryway walls and tomorrow I start the faux finish on the walls.  Notice the radiator.  I will be painting it a light, pale yellow when I am done with the walls. 

With everything that is going on in the world, it is nice to play with paint and relax. 

Now for the recipe.  I buy hot dogs.  I buy them on sale, with coupons and I buy the ones that are lean and without the nitrates in them.  Here is a casserole that my family loves.  It is one of those Saturday night dinner kind of recipes. 

Corn Dog Casserole - this is my simple version

1 lb. hot dogs
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 - 8.5 oz. pkgs Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Slice the hot dogs linkwise and brown in a little butter or oil.  In the meantime mix the eggs, milk and the corn muffin mixes.  Pour this mixture into a greased (I spray with Pam) baking dish - 3 quart size works great.  Then top with the browned hot dogs and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

This tastes just like a corn dog and without the deep fried mess.

The original recipe calls for sliced celery and onions that you brown with the hot dogs and it also calls for sage.  My son doesn't like the celery and the onions.  I don't use sage as I didn't notice that it did much for the flavor and it turned the corn muffin mixture green.  Not very appetizing.  Also, the original recipe called for 2 cups of grated cheese on top.  I leave it off as we like it without the cheese.  This is a very frugal main dish.

I like to serve this with baked beans and it tastes really, really good.

Ground Beef Cooking Tip

Here is a great way to cook 5 lbs. of ground beef all at once. 

Remove the ground beef from the package and loosely crumble into your crockpot. 

Turn the crockpot to low.  You can stir the meat during cooking if you want to.  7 hours later (depending on your crockpot), drain the meat.  You can rinse the burger crumbles and crumble them smaller after they've been drained.  Let the meat cool and then package into ziplocks for the freezer.


Maureen said...

Well done on the paint choice it looks so fresh and clean.
Do you add any liquid at all to the crock pot ????

Martha said...


Don't add any liquid. This is the easiest and least messy way of cooking up a bunch of ground beef or as you say in the Land of Oz - minced beef. Actually minced beef sounds better.

Sharon said...

I love the entrance way! I love curves, and the color looks great!