Beef Tips with my favorite rice

One of my favorite meals has always been beef tips and rice. Over the years, as I have grown, my tastes have changed, but still my favorite meal has stayed the same.

It all started with my mom. I am sure most of us can trace our favorite meals back to something our mom cooked. These remind us of home, our childhood, and memories. All the things we are fond to think back on. Back to my mom though, she was a whiz of making supper out of nothing.  However, this was not one of those times. I can remember many times we have had things which were close to beef tips, but never was.  She decided to use the last of the rice and stew meat. She also made her own gravy.  I was not expecting the result. It was truly amazing and I couldn’t wait for her to make it again.  Surely there were other times she made this but the first time is what sticks in my mind.

I wanted to share this experience with my daughter and husband. My first few attempts were not as successful as I would have liked. There was something I was missing and I could not figure it out. The rice always clumped together and made a very sticky mess. Even by following the directions on the package the rice was still sticky. My quest continued for the best beef tips.

Finally, I found the perfect rice for this dish. I happened to stumble upon it at my first blog conference. Riceland was one of the sponsors for both the conference and the Saturday lunch I attended. At the lunch we all got a box of some of Riceland’s products. One of which, I had not heard of, was Riceland Gold Parboiled Long Grain Rice.20161031_114906

I didn’t know how I wanted to use it. The rice sat in my freezer waiting for me to figure how to put into use. Then the light went off in my head. You haven’t tried this for beef tips. At first it seemed a little scary because I do not have a great track record of cooking rice. If you have the same problem this rice should be your go to.  When this was cooked the rice was so tender and the best part… it didn’t become one sticky mess!! Y’all in that instant this rice became my favorite.

Fast forward four years and I am still using this rice. Now when my daughter sees me get this out of the freezer she knows it is time to have her favorite supper too. I wanted to share our super easy recipe for beef tips and rice since you spent all this time reading with me. I cook for a family of three and enough to have leftovers the next day so it will be different if you just want to cook a single meal. Just reduce the amounts accordingly.


2 lbs of stew meat

1 ½ cartons of unsalted beef stock

3 tablespoons of better than boullion beef base

Brown gravy (enough to make 3 cups) mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Put your meat into the crockpot and season. Add the beef stock, brown gravy, and beef base. Stir well. Set on high for 6 hours.

In the last 30 minutes of the cook time, cook your Riceland Gold rice according to the back of the package.  I cook 6 servings of the rice.  But instead of using water use the correct amount of beef stock.

Put rice in bottom of bowl and add the meat and gravy to the top. It is really that simple.


You can buy the Riceland Gold rice here. What is your favorite rice?

Until we next meet,


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Pizza Pasta Casserole

This week I hit a point where I had not clue what to cook for supper. (For people not from the South this is what might be called dinner or evening meal.) Stuck in grocery store trying to figure out something, I had the bright idea to call Hubby and have him check out my Pinterest board to try something new. Never again will I make this mistake! It took five phone calls and three texts later to get one which was Pizza Casserole. (Click the link!)

Most meals cooked here has to do double duty by becoming lunch the next day to help us save some extra change for a family vacation. This means doubling most recipes which can be tricky especially when I forget how much I am buying. This happened to me this time. After about an hour walking around the store trying to find a signal to makes the calls and waiting on the texts, I was just about at my wits end.  When the text with the list arrived, quick as I could the ingredients were snatched up and off to home. Only when everything was laid out did I find there was not enough of some ingredients but there was no way I was going back to the store. So make sure you have the correct amount.

Sometimes you just want something yummy and new. 

I did take some liberties with the recipe. Garlic and onion are a favorite in our family. Well, garlic is but Glitter Bug doesn’t really care for onions however, any chance available I slip things in she doesn’t like to expand her tastes such as onions and mushrooms.

Did you click the recipe?  Good,that is where you can get how to make the Pizza Casserole.  Mine doesn’t look anything like the original however, if the way it disappeared is any indication this will be something I will be cooking again. Some of the things I will be changing are adding a little more cheese to help bind it together since I made a double batch. Maybe add some green olives and fresh mushrooms. 
Final product. 

What have you tried lately?

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Roll Ups/Pin Wheels

We have had a nice little break from the heat this week, however, today it returns. I guess all good things have to end sometime. 
    Last week I was looking for something to do for supper(dinner) which would not require heating the house. Glitter Bug asked if she could pick out what we were having. This was great for me since it was her turn to pick family dinner. She picked roll ups. Now we call them roll ups but most people call them pin wheels. They are not the most healthy things to eat but every great once in while I don’t mind making them. (I must say I have been told by my husband family this is what I am to bring to every family function.) They are super easy to make as well as no cooking!!
Just a few ingredients. 
 Here is the list of what I used:
2 8oz packages of reduced fat cream cheese
2 small green onions cut up
1 TBS of homemade ranchmix
1/2 package of diced ham 
1/2 can of black olives 
1 package of tortillas.
Put all into a food processor and chop. Spread mixture over tortillas. Chill for one hour. Cut into slices, serve. 
   You can use whatever you want in the cream cheese mixture. My family loves olives and ham. You could try to sneak veggies into the mixture if you have trouble with anyone in your family eating them. Everything is mixed together, so throwing a couple of veggies in may not hurt. Have fun and experiment and let me know. 
Until we next meet,

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Tis the Season

Another Thanksgiving came and has gone. By now the last remnants of the huge dinner shared by so many family members are gone. Now it is time for the next holiday: Christmas.
If you are like me you are looking forward to this with happy abandonment. Not for the commercialization but for the wonderful opportunities this season has to offer. Of course cooking, baking goods, decorating your house inside and out with cheer. I have noticed already pictures on Facebook (yes Facebook) showing trees dressed in their holiday trappings.
Then you have all the special movies and TV shows which come along with this time of the year. At my house it is a tradition to watch the old Rakin and Bass cartoons. Maybe some are not familiar with those names but if I said “Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer,” or “Frosty the Snowman” you might remember them. My midget and I get all comfy and snuggled on the couch and enjoy them the week before Christmas. Oh boy does it sound like so much fun?
I would love to have you all share some of your family traditions!!! So lets hear them!
For now I must go tackle some of the housework before it comes to get me.

Until we next meet,

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Husband, Cooking, and a Three year old

I think the title of this post says it all. Okay, maybe not everything but it does make you think of what could go wrong. I have to say though nothing went wrong last night. I came home to some wonderful smells coming out of the front door. As I started walking up the house, a little midget head and a Daddy head poke out the front door and shout “I love you!” Now that is something awesome to come home to. We get inside and I found the source of the good smell: roast and homemade mash potatoes. How lucky am I? Even my midget loved what Daddy cooked. I felt extremely blessed.

Speaking of blessed, I may need all of blessing I can get. This week on my day off I am planning to make real Shepard’s pie. I have the lamb just hoping it turns out good. I will take pictures and let you know how it turns out for us.

Until we next meet,

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New Year, new things

The New Year has rolled around and then there are all those resolutions everyone makes. I don’t if you can say I made those however, I have decided to make some permanent changes in my life and hoping I can make them stay.
I want to spend more time with my daughter. Don’t get me wrong I do spend time with her but for the first three years of her life I was working two jobs just trying to keep the family afloat. Which means I missed out on a lot of stuff. Like seeing her eat some foods for the first time. Or learning new things. And finding out what she was into. I don’t want to be one of those mothers who spends all her time at work or at home but rather a balance of both.

I also want to become better organized with my house. I have already have made huge strides in this area. The real test is going to be when I start really unpacking from my move. I have been unpacking here and there but now is the time to get busy. With the organizing, I am hoping to have more time to do crafts like learning to knit, quilting and my writing. I already know how to crochet so yay. Just want to make more time with for things I like to do.

Maybe even take a cooking class. I think it would be fun. I do not think my town offers anything for the community wich would be cool so I will have to travel to a close by town. Texarkana is bigger (much bigger) than where I live, however, I am not even sure they offer anything like that. If you guys have any ideas of getting something like this started please let me know.

Well, unpacking and my daughter calls.

Until we next meet,

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