Archive for March, 2011

Skillet Beef & Peanut Butter Cookies

Hi Y’all,

Hope ya’ll had a good spring break!! Mine was awesome, I was not ready for it to end, and I’m not very happy about starting back to school…again, but with school comes busy days and quick lunches!

Mom and I fixed Skillet Tomatoe Beef Pasta, she found it in a magazine, I’m not sure what one, but it was really good, then I made some peanut butter cookies!

Skillet Tomato Beef Pasta

6 oz. uncooked pasta (such as penne, spirals, macaroni or shells)
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) French style green beans, drained (cut green beans may be substituted)
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. basil
salt and pepper to taste
cheese, (cheddar, mozeralla or your choice)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.

2. Brown beef and onion in large skillet while pasta is cooking; drain.

3. Season beef with oregano, garlic salt, basil, salt and pepper.

4. Add beans and tomatoes; mix well. Add pasta and heat through.

Put just enough grated cheese to cover the top. (optional) Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Serve with salad, asparagus and garlic toast.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 egg
1 cup peanut butter (creamy)
1 cup white sugar
Heat oven to 350.

In bowl, put all ingredients together mix well, if it is to moist add more sugar, roll in 1 in. balls, leave 1 inch on all sides because they will spread, and place on ungreased cookie sheet, lightly press down with fork.

Cook at 350 for 10 min. they will be very soft when you get them out but DON’T TOUCH them just leave them out at room tempature for about 10 min. or until firm.


Anna-Lisa showed us how to make these, and she has posted them before, but I thought I would, just for good measure!!

Lydia and I were just talking about trying them with brown sugar….we’ll have to do that sometime, if you do tell us what you think 🙂

These cookies are so Amazing!! And since they are wheat free my whole family can eat them. Sorry I don’t have any pictures…they disappeared so fast I didn’t have time to get the camera! 🙂 Ha, ha! (My mom and brother are allergic to wheat.)

P.S. These cookies are great dunked in hot coffee for a quick breakfast!! I’ve actually done that before. 🙂 But don’t tell my Mom!!

~Amanda Grace

6 oz. uncooked pasta  = $2.18
1 lb. ground beef – $3.34 lb
1 onion= $0.78
1 can French style green beans =$0.50
1 can  diced tomatoes =$0.62
cheese = $1.75
Total =  $9.17/3 = $3.o6 a serving


Dad’s Treat

Wow! What a week! I have to say this was the best spring break, and since I’m pretty sure I’m never going back to school, my last spring break was the best I have ever had!

Last week, my dad treated my mom, sisters and grandmother and I to a three day shopping trip Colorado! Talk about fun!!! It was his idea, so he and my brothers held down the fort, while we literally shopped ’till we dropped in Castle Rock and Colorado Springs! We also got to stay at The Broadmoor and have a morning at the spa too! I truly am just a lucky girl, y’all!

Speaking of y’all – I always forget, but my Texas/Southern accent so stands out in Colorado. Nearly everyone I spoke too would either would stop and give me an inquisitive look, or ask me where I’m from. My sisters thought it was pretty funny to say the least. 🙂

Anyway, we came back Thursday night and my dad just added to the love with a scrumptious, outta this world steak that was hot and ready when we walked in! I’m just so glad I have a dad that cooks! yumm, yumm, yumm!!

So, here’s dad’s treat to us, after treating us like royalty for the week!

Ribeye Steaks
Wilted Spinach Salad
Garlic Baked Potatoes
Homemade Bread (he bought it from a benefit bake sale.)

Since this meal was homeraised steak I’m not doing the cost – however, I just wanted to share with y’all the meal!

Thaw or buy as many steaks as you need to feed your guests/family. Place thawed steaks on a hot grill. (my dad uses a Traeger Grill and it is the best in my family’s opinion!)

Before turning steaks, sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning, flip and cook to desired consistency. Remember 160 degrees is medium (my mom and I’s personal preference, the rest of the them like it medium-rare)

Wilted Spinach Salad Dressing
1/2 c. Italian dressing
1/4 c. Catalina dressing
2 T. vinegar
1 can. mandarin oranges
1 tsp. sugar
salt and pepper to taste

In saucepan, add all ingredients – DRAINING the mandarin orange juice into the saucepan and adding the oranges to the bowl of fresh spinach. Simmer all ingredients until thickens, and pour hot over spinach, mandarin oranges and sliced almonds. Toss and serve warm.

Garlic Baked Potatoes
Irish potatoes
cooking spray
garlic salt

wash each potato, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook until done in the oven at 350 degrees. (these are wonderful!!! Serve with simply butter for heavenly spuds!)

I know this is a different post that usual – but wanted to share what a lucky girl I am! I also am striving to get back into the swing of life after spring break, because Colorado was just the beginning of the awesome week – on the same night as this supper…

My brother RA proposed to his girlfriend, who also happens to be one of my favorite people in the world, Kristen Odom…and she said YES!

So this summer, I’m getting a new sister! My entire family is ecstatic, and it is making trying to concentrate on school very challenging! I’d much rather be helping Kristen plan the wedding!!!

I’d love to hear what y’all did for spring break – and what beef your dad’s cook for y’all!

I simply love comments – so have a great week and I look forward to hearing from you!


Pint Size Chicken-Fried Beef Burgers

Wow! What a busy week! With the nice weather we’ve been having, we try to ride as much as we can. We had our first Texas Jr. High rodeo this past weekend, the first of the season. All in all, it went pretty well. We both compete in 6 events. We team rope together, Amanda heads and I (Lydia) heels. Then we run barrels, poles, tie goats, breakaway and ribbon rope. I’ve been competing since I was 5 years old, and Amanda since she was 3.

Between the two of us, we haul 6 horses to every rodeo, and last weekend we had two performances in one day. So we saddled and unsaddled 24 times over the course of Saturday. Dad had a meeting near Dallas, and had to miss last weeks, but Mom, Myles (16) and Ike (5) were there to help us and cheer us one. And RA, (my brother) who lives on our other ranch and his girlfriend Kristen got to come too!

Amanda and Mom were brainstorming on what to cook last week. Mom had ground beef thawed & some wonderful frozen rolls out to cook…Amanda thought of frying the beef patties & “wah-lah”, Pint Size Chicken-Fried Beef Burgers were born!!

Well, we tried it and it was REALLY good!! We loved it! Hope you will as well!! 🙂

Pint Size Chicken-Fried Beef Burgers
1lb. ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Mustard, Mayonaise,Ketchup
Frozen rolls from your freezer section

Start by cooking rolls. Homemade would be great! We used “White Texas Rolls”, instead of hamburger buns. It turned out really good, they were in the freezer section at the grocery store. If you can not find them, any rolls will work. Just read directions on back. These are hot roll size, so this will make an extra small burger.

Make patties: we made them smaller than regular burgers, the size of a pint jar lid. Beat eggs and milk together and dip patties, then dip them in flour, & repeat. ( You can dip them once but we thought they were better double dipped.)


Put in fryer, we use a “Cool Daddy”, and let cook about 7 or 8 minutes or until golden brown. Season with Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Cut up vegetables and just make a burger.

This was easy and really fun, maybe not as healthy as Amy would do it, but you need something fried every once in a while!! 😀

Serve with fresh fruit, vegetables, chips or whatever. ENJOY!!
~Lydia and Amanda

ground beef – $3.29
eggs – $o.17
milk – $0.20
veggies $1.75
Frozen rolls $2.49
Total:  $7.70/8 = $0.96

Oklahoma-Style Beef Manicotti

A warm welcome to the new visitors are stopping by thanks to the newspaper article today in the Oklahoma State University O’Colly. Hope you’re enjoying finding out more about my passion for agriculture and most especially beef promotion.

Today I wanted to post something with ag facts about Oklahoma. Since I am a student here at OSU, I’ve learned neat agriculture aspects about this state.

Oklahoma is the 5th largest beef producing state and the 5th largest producer of wheat, and the 27th most agriculturally producing state.  In my capstone class for Agricultural Communications we produce a magazine, Cowboy Journal and my professor Shelly Sitton says that if we write stories about cattle or wheat, you’re writing stories that our audience will pay attention too.

A few weeks ago I invented a new manicotti recipe using two of these main Oklahoma ingredients. Beef and wheat-pasta.I hope you enjoy it! This was made with spinach, but if you try it with something else, let me know! I don’t think you can mess this up! 🙂

For Oklahoma-Style Beef Manicotti you’ll need:

1 box (8 oz) manicotti
2 T. oil
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 bag (6 0z) fresh spinach
2 c. roast, cooked and chopped (could sub. ground hamburger)
2 eggs
15 oz. ricotta cheese
2 T. basil, dried
1 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz) Italian sauce jar
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
Cheddar Cheese

Boil manicotti for 7 min; drain and rinse in cool water. In a large skillet add oil, garlic and onions saute until onions caramelize, add roast and spinach. Allow to warm through and only slightly cook the spinach. In large mixing bowl add rest of ingredients, plus the meat/spinach mixture except for the cheddar cheese and Italian sauce. Stir well.

Take warm shells and fill with mixture. In baking pan pour 1/2 of the Italian sauce on the bottom of the pan,  lay filled shells and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered, and for 5-10 minutes uncovered.

Serve hot with a spinach salad and garlic bread for a yummy easy, at home manicotti using two ingredients that make an daily economical impact on  the ag families and the state of Oklahoma as whole! 🙂

I love hearing from y’all, so if you have any questions or inquiries please leave a comment!


Next week is spring break – countin’ down the days! Have an wonderful week,




Manicotti pasta: $2.05
Onion: $0.70
Spinach: $3.10
2 c. roast: $3.50
Eggs: $0.30
Cheeses: 3.00
Italian sauce: $1.75
Seasonings: $1.73
Total: $16.13/4 = $4.03 a serving




Lydia & Amanda’s Meatloaf

Meat Loaf

Hello from the Brown Girls,

We are Amanda and Lydia Brown: age’s 12 and 14, sisters of Amy Brown and daughters of Rob A. & Talley Brown. We live on a ranch several miles outside of Stinnett, Texas, U.S.A.,

Amy has asked us to ‘guest post’ on Fridays, as you know, and we are really excited about it! 🙂 We are not the best cooks in the world…by far…and have been known to burn a few things now and again…but we get by! 🙂 We would much rather ride then cook any day but since it has to be done we try to make dishes that are quick and easy so there’s not as much to clean up at the end. Roast Beef sandwiches are our specialty in the ‘easy catagory’, but since everyone has had those one time or another, and knows how to make them, we will not be putting them on the website (plus, Amy would’nt let us!). We eat beef everyday: Breakfast, Lunch and (if we don’t eat cereal) Super. We both believe that beef is the number one source of protein, very healthy for you, and if prepared correctly, tastes great!!



Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is also easy and are about to give you a recipe the is really Good!! We always double our recipes at home, but we are giving it to you for just one loaf, but it is just as good doubled.

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (we don’t use Worcestershire so we substitute with amino acids, if you do make sure and only put 1 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup crushed cornflakes (we didn’t have cornflakes so we used Corn Chex, you could also use Rice Chex, or even Rice Krispies)
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (the more liquid the better my mom says)

Mix all ingredients together except for ketchup (mix very well). Put into a greased 2 quart baking dish. Cover top with ketchup. Bake at 350`F. for 1 hour or until done.
As you can see in the picture I spaced my loaves leaving room on all sides, it cooks better this way and you want to make sure and get the meat loaf done. 🙂 Serves 6

Green Beans

My Mom makes the green Beans all the time, they are really tasty and don’t take long! 🙂

1 bag of fresh green beans

beef bacon bits

garlic salt

Brother Ike, 5  going back for seconds!

Cook green beans in water (take them off burner while they still have a little crunch to them) soak them in about 1/4 to 1/2 stick of butter, (the more butter the better in my opinion), add beef bacon bits, salt pepper to taste, and garlic salt. May want to add a tid-bit of beef bacon grease for more flavoring. Allow beans to sit & “get happy” for awhile & they are even tastier!! These are really easy and taste really good!

Mashed Potatoes

10 Irish potatoes
Sour Cream
Whipping cream

Cut potatoes (you may peel them if you please, but we leave the skin) to where they are all around the same size, put them in enough boiling water to just cover the top of the potatoes. Cook until they are soft when you prick them with a fork. (One trick for better mashed potatoes, from our Great Grandmother, Valda Brown, is to warm the butter & milk together before pouring onto heated potatoes.) Melt 3/4 to 1 stick butter in microwave (again the more butter the better) pour over potatoes along with a spoon full of sour cream, about 1/2 cup of whipping cream and about that much milk. Add the salt and pepper and then mash, if they are to dry just add more milk until you get what you want.


Hope you enjoy this post and have a Wonderful Day.

Amanda and Lydia ~