If you are looking for a different way to get the taste of cheeseburgers, try this Cheeseburger muffin recipe.

I tried it recently and it turned out great. I added chopped pickles to one batch for a different taste.

They could be served with a salad for a light dinner or lunch or an appetizer. You could also freeze a batch and warm up as needed for a quick meal or snack.

I used this tutorial to make my own photo canvas. I made 6 canvases for about $60 of materials and less than an hour of time. It will depend on what size you make. The prints at Walgreens were $4 for the 8×10 and $11 for the 11×14.

You may be able to find black canvases at some stores and that would eliminate the step of painting the edges black.

Erin Chase from $5 Dinners is hosting a series in January of 31 Skillet Dinners. Each day of January she will add a new skillet recipe.

Skillet recipes are usually one pot and quick to make.

I have not been using much cream soups in recipes lately partly because of the ingredients and partly because of the increase in prices lately. I have tried a dried mix recipe in the past. I recently tried this recipe. You will probably have most of the ingredients on hand. The only thing I had to purchase was the powdered milk. It was $7 for a box that will make at least 2-3 recipes. Each recipe replaces 9 cans of soup.

I used it to make the following recipe and it turned out great.

Beef Stroganoff Casserole

1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream Of Chicken Soup
8 oz sour cream
12 oz uncooked egg noodles
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Brown ground beef and drain. Boil noodles until tender and drain. Combine soups, sour cream. Add beef and noodles, mix well. Cover with foil and bake in a 10 X 13 dish at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.

Top with Parmesan cheese

Recipe from: Southern Mama Misplaced

If you are looking for a recipe for Christmas morning, or an easy weekend recipe, try this Crockpot French Toast recipe. You could also make it the night before and have breakfast ready to go before work or school.

I made it recently and it turned out great. I just used regular sliced bread and since it is in the liquid for quite awhile it soaks it up and puffs up quite a bit.

I had it on for a couple hours longer than the recommended 6 hours and on warm for a couple hours after that and it was still good.

You could put it on before going to bed and have French toast ready when you get up.

Z!ng is a dining option that opened earlier this year at 3241 42nd St S, Fargo. It is an app based business, which means once you download the app on your mobile device you can place your order online and your order is ready to pick up when you get there. Orders can also be placed in person or by phone (701-356-3822). If you place an order thru the app or by phone you should not have to wait for your order. If you place your order in person, the wait is usually about 5 – 10 minutes unless there are several orders.

The menu is available on Zingdinner.com, the app or in the store. The meals are cooked and packaged and in most cases you only need to warm them up once you get home. For some of the pasta dishes, the pasta will need to be cooked and added to the sauce once you get home. Most meals can be completed within 15 minutes. Menu items can be ordered in single portions or 2, 4 and 6 person portions. They use USDA guidelines for portion sizes and nutritional information can be found on the website.

I recently picked up a few meals and enjoyed the ones I tried. A couple of the meals were for an elderly couple I know. I tried the Swedish Meatball meal and it tasted great. After being warmed up it tasted fresh and homemade.

It is also a great way for smaller households to get the taste of comfort foods that are difficult to make a small amount, such as lasagna.

There are also holiday meal options available for order which are make it possible for smaller parties to have the taste of a home cooked meal without the expense and time to cook a big meal for a few people.

I would recommend Z!ng to anyone that wants a homecooked meal without the time and labor of making it yourself.

Photobook America is offering a voucher to purchase one 11″ x 8.5″ hardcover photobook and receive three more for free. You can either get 4 copies of the same book or 4 different designs.
The books are $69.99 plus shipping.

The voucher is valid until June 28, 2015 so you could purchase the voucher now and make the photobooks later.

Photobooks make great gifts and are also a great way to preserve your memories from holidays and other events.

I recently tried a recipe for Carmelized Onions in the Crockpot. If you like using carmelized onions, it is a great way to have them on hand instead of making them for each recipe.

They can be frozen up to 6 months. The liquid that is left after you have drained the onions can also be frozen to use later. I used some of the liquid last night when making soup.

I used water, beef base powder, about 1/4 cup of the onion liquid, potatoes, corn and noodles to make homemade soup in a few minutes.

If you still have some holiday shopping to finish you may want to shop online on Thursday, December 18. It is Free Shipping Day and over 900 online retailers will be offering free shipping that day.

Click the link above to see which retailers are participating.

I have been toying with the idea of teaching cooking lessons, especially for children. I recently learned of the Healthy Hands Cooking instructor training. I have become a Certified Cooking Instructor.

I will be offering cooking lessons for children ages 2 -13 starting after the first of the year in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Information on the classes offered can be found on my website. Gift certificates are also available. Classes range from $20 – $30 for 1 and 2- hour classes to $150 for 8-hour courses. Birthday parties are available at $150 for up to 10 children.

Checkout my Facebook page for information on upcoming classes.

Please contact me with any questions at (701) 799-1857 or nkvamme03@gmail.com.