Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hobo Dinner


I make this real meal deal about once a month at my house.  It’s one of those budget friendly, easy to make, easy to clean up meals that I am very fond of and is quickly becoming mandatory around here.  I mean it is seriously E-A-S-Y!  As always in my at home world, I shoot for foods that are versatile, flavorful and nutritious with a decent balance of proteins, carbs and veggies, which this one is.  Plus my guy loves it (so do kids and they can help make it) so that is a huge bonus.  This one is all that and a bag of chips! Ok, so chips are optional but that’s beside the point.

I hope you like it as much as we do and will drop back in here or at the At Home Woman community on Facebook with a comment to let me know what you think about this easy foil wrapped yum.  Ohhh…..Did I mention it is easy? *wink*

HOBO DINNER - A REAL MEAL DEAL from AT HOME WOMAN

HOBO DINNER – A REAL MEAL DEAL from AT HOME WOMAN

HOBO DINNER (makes 4-8 servings)

*Note: You can adjust the amount or # of veggies to serve more or less people. Rule of thumb is 3 – 4 oz of protein source, 1/4 – 1/2 cups of each veggie, 1 small ear of corn per person.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken (May also use meat chunks, sausage or cooked beans as the  source)

3-4 medium sized potatoes (peeled and cubed)

2 cups carrots (sliced or cubed)

1 large onion (chopped)

1 can (15-16 oz) green beans

1/2 cup of water or liquid broth/stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Herbs to taste if desired
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Optional add ins or variations:  2 cups – cauliflower, broccoli florets, asparagus spears, leafy greens such as spinach or kale, radish slices, olives, tomatoes (fresh or canned), bell peppers, squash, cooked beans (kidney, pinto, black), 4 – 8 small (about 3″) ears of corn, any other veggie you may like

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Ground Beef & Onion Layers - in foil lined baking dish

Ground Beef & Onion Layers – in foil lined baking dish

Directions: 

Line a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with heavy duty aluminum foil.  Begin layering ingredients in this lined pan, beginning with meat followed by a sprinkling of onions, then the veggies.

 

I like to sprinkle a handful of the onions between each layer and salt each layer as well.  You can put any herbs you may want to use within the layers too.

 

Layers 3 & 4 - Carrots and Green Beans

Layers 3 & 4 – Carrots and Green Beans

Once you have all your ingredients in the pan, add your water or broth/stock to help with moisture and flavor. Cover the filled pan tightly with aluminum foil.  

Hobo Dinner - Ready to cover and go into the oven.

Hobo Dinner – Ready to cover and go into the oven.

Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven until potatoes and carrots are tender and meat is done all the way through. 

Serve with a crusty bread, rolls or cornbread if you like. 

 

Note:  You can also make individual serving pouches, putting enough of each ingredient in a sheet of aluminum foil and wrapping it into a “pouch pocket” with a couple of cubes of ice in each one as the moisture to help it steam in the pouch.  Also makes a good campfire or grill cooked meal. 


Whallah! Supper is on the table and it didn’t take too much work.  Bon A’Petit y’all!

Enjoy your at home world!

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Why I Don’t Give Up


(While in the process of cleaning up my business blog and transferring my more personal articles to this At Home Woman blog, I came upon this article that I originally wrote and posted in June of 2012.  This really does still hold true for me today and God, in all His wonderful perfect timing, knew I needed this reminder right now.  I wanted to share it with my readers here.  I hope some of you will find it encouraging. By the way, my son is now 7 years old and is still teaching me so very much every day. ~ Ginger Moore) 

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(reposted from Neos Creations Skin Care)


There are moments, days even, when I get especially sentimental and deeply thankful for people and things in my life.  Sometimes I have to share it with others because….well….I just want to and I’ve found that it may just inspire someone.

I had one of those days last week, when I not only felt it, I had to share it.  I posted the following status update on my Facebook fan page and Twitter feed.  From the replies and comments that followed, I thought my readers here might like it.  You might even want to click on the social links here and join me for more.

(copied from the Neos Creations Skin Care Facebook page)

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“My son will be 6 years old next week. WOW! Seems like I blinked and he went from teeny tiny little thing to an adventurous little person full of curiosity, observing everything and soaking up everything around him. For those who don’t know my story……

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For 14 years, we prayed, waited and believed the promise that God gave us that He would give us this desire of our hearts.  When everyone around us was saying “It’s not gonna happen”, we ignored their negativity.  We knew it would. Then, much to the surprise of others but not really a surprise to us, I was pregnant and the promise became a reality. This little guy is an answered prayer and a blessing of promise. He’s my greatest gift and my greatest challenge.
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Little did I know, he (my son) would teach me so much and God would use him to grow me in ways I couldn’t imagine. I look at him and am reminded of the possibilities and the promises. I’m reminded how faith can move mountains and how God’s timing is everything. I am reminded and assured of just how much God loves us.  And I’m so very thankful!
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You wonder why I don’t give up and I stand firm, no matter what it is that comes my way?  This is why!” 

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(the end of my post)

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Now I am not going to try to make you think it was easy all those years. Lawdy mercy…NO!  Sometimes it was downright hard. My faith was not always unwavering and there were times that I almost gave up. ALMOST being the key word! When it seems like everything and everyone around you is in direct opposition to you and what you’re believing for, it’s hard not to just throw you hands up and say “I’m done!” But as much as I wanted to I didn’t. I couldn’t. I had to see it through until it manifested. And it did manifest! Not because of great or huge faith because it wasn’t. In fact, sometimes my faith was so small I had a hard time seeing it. It was because of persistent faith and being unwilling to give up.  And just look at what it got me!  It was worth every minute, hour and day of those 14 years.

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Being a person who doesn’t give up easily is part of who I am.  I’m a warrior for what I believe in and am passionate about.  I truly believe if it takes doing the hard things to reach a goal or dream, the results are well worth it.  And you know what?  This same tenacity and passion goes into everything I do and every role I fill, whether it’s being a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a spiritual leader in ministry for Christ, a writer, etc.  Whatever the role is or the seat I’m sitting in, I’m fierce with it.  That’s just how I roll….even if the ground does get bumpy and I veer off target!  I’ve come way too far and overcome far too many things in my life to be any other way. 

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I hope my story inspires you to believe, to stand, to not give up and to push until your deepest desires, dreams and destiny becomes a reality….no matter how big the mountain seems or how long it takes to move it.  Please share this post with someone who may need a little inspiration to keep going.  It may just be the Oomph they need at this very moment.

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God bless y’all!

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Coconut Pecan Frosting


A family favorite, Coconut Pecan Frosting is best known as the frosting used on German Chocolate Cake.  But did you know it’s also great on brownies, cookies, pancakes, waffles, as a pudding topping, on ice cream and more?  But not that “from a can” or “boxed” store bought stuff. NO!  Nothing beats homemade from scratch.  I can (and have been known to) eat it straight from the pan.  Yeah, it’s that good! 

This is my own family recipe for this buttery, sweet oh so delicious frosting.  I’ve had a few requests for it so I thought I would pop it out to you really quickly.  It may look like a complex bite of deliciousness but you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make.   German Chocolate Cake recipe not included. Enjoy!

German Chocolate Cake.

Coconut Pecan Frosting – shown on German Chocolate Cake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COCONUT PECAN FROSTING – makes 3 Cups

Mix together the following in a saucepan:

1 Cup evaporated milk

1 Cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1/2 Cup butter

1 tsp.  vanilla extract

Cook on not higher than medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 12 minutes.  Remove from heat. 

Add: 

1 – 1/3 Cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Beat with mixing spoon until cool and thick.

Enjoy your at home world!

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