Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stuffed Peppers!

It's what was for dinner. I've been lazy in menu-planning, but this idea just popped into my head today, so after the gym I ran to the store, picked up some green peppers ($1 a piece!) and then looked up a recipe. It was a great base recipe, even though I made a couple of changes. It was easy to make, delicious, cheap and healthy. What more could I ask for?

I substituted brown rice for white rice. Mmmmm.
I don't normally like green peppers. They have a weird taste that isn't my favorite, but I steamed them before I stuffed them with the meat mixture. I think the steaming plus the baking helped take that weird taste away, leaving a mild, almost cucumberish flavor.

I was surprised how much I liked these! I'll definitely make these again.

Adapted from Stuffed Peppers at allrecipes.com
1lb ground beef (I had a little more)
Medium onion, chopped
3 tsp minced garlic
1 c. uncooked brown rice
1&1/2 c. water
1/2 c. chicken stock (I just made a ton of my own last week after roasting a chicken. I've been searching for ways to use it all up!)
6 green bell peppers
1 (15oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
pinches basil, oregano, paprika and thyme

1. Saute onion and garlic 2-3 minutes. Brown hamburger (I seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika), drain oil.
2. Cook brown rice in rice cooker according to directions. My directions say to cook 1 c. brown rice with 2 c. liquid (water and chicken stock, to add some more flavor). The original recipe says to only make a 1/2 c of rice, but my rice cooker has it's own little personality and "burns" the bottom of my rice, so I made a cup just to be safe.
3. Mix hamburger and rice until there is a good mix of what you want. I wanted to have a good ratio of rice to hamburger. I'd say I used about 3/4 c. of rice to my approx. 1.25 lbs of hamburger. Mix tomato sauce until good consistency (from my 15 oz can, I probably used about 3/4s of it. We use this to make pizza sauce, so I saved the rest.); then add Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and any seasonings your heart desires. I found some parm cheese in the back of our cheese/meats drawer, so I grated some of that and added it as well.
4. Rinse peppers, cut tops off and scoop insides out. Make sure they can stand up on their own and not tip over. Steam for 8-10 minutes (comments on the recipe said they could also be blanched with similar effects), then fill with meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Top with Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

always, the grants

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Back to reality

The trip down to Moses was short-lived. It was soooo nice to get out of Spokane and spend time with family. Hilda had loads and loads of fresh fruit, desserts and other goodies. It was heart-breaking to come home. :( After church, we had a relaxing day. The kids played with bubbles, and we enjoyed the beautiful weather!

We even hit a couple palindromes!

It's good to be home, though we'd rather be with family. We're looking forward to our trip to Texas. Lots of time with family in the past couple of weeks. We love it!
always, the grants

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Wedding!

Hubby's little brother got hitched this weekend! We had a great time celebrating their love and their starting a new journey together! It was a simple backyard wedding with just immediate family, and it was great. The weather was perfect, the food good and the company even better.

Guess who didn't want to get up!
Can't get enough of this adoooooorable face!
Half-way through the infamous Flow-Bee cut.
"Sooooo excited!"

Welcome to the fam, New Mrs. G!

always, the grants

Friday, July 27, 2012

The wonderful city of...

Here's to a weekend in Moses.

Check out that amazing hair!!
always, the grants

Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's that time of year...

To get my emissions checked. Very exciting, I know.

Kate also took me out for frozen yogurt for my birthday. She's amazing! Thank heaven for her.


always, the grants

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


All of my books are here!! I've never been so excited to read textbooks!

always, suzi

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'm 22!

VaLynn & Darron gave us some chocolates for taking their kids for the weekend (A fair trade, I'd say! Babysitting for chocolate? I'll take it!), and they were the cutest (and yummiest) things ever! From our dear Chocolate Apothecary (drool). I couldn't stop taking pictures of that CUTE ZEBRA. He was as tasty as he was cute.

His little tail was ADORABLE!

Gone already!
Strawberry and Chocolate...a match made in heaven.

These were sooooo good. Thanks guys!
Brad & chocolate, that's all I need on my birthday!
always, the grants

1st day of school!

Okay, well technically it's the second. He's my big boy. :) Off to catch the bus!
And get his B.S. This quarter he has mirco and entymology. Ooooo.

always, the grants

Friday, July 20, 2012

Moses Day 1!

We're spending this weekend in Moses Lake with the Woolley kids. We're all excited!

On the way Peter Pan wasn't working. Shucks! Good thing it's a 2-DVD set, one with the movie, one with games!
Matching aprons. Cuuuuute.

We made FOUR batches of homemade ice cream. Yum!
The ice cream machine is pretty loud.
Helping Grandma like a good boy.

Alex got a little chooclate on her nose. How did that happen? We had a great chocolate fight following this. Hahaha.
Picking apricots are Muriel's.

Shadow pics on the way home!
There was a thunderstorm coming when we got there and weren't able to go to the Surf n' Slide. It was a good day, and we had a lot of fun!

always, the grants

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Temple Service

Lending a helping hand to the gardens at the temple.

always, the grants

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday with the Ws

I can't get enough of this adorable little kid! We love having dinner at the Woolleys'!
Excited to read the Book of Mormon!
We sure do love our little nieces and nephews.
always, the grants