Fun Times With The Beckers

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Stromboli of Luv — February 16, 2011

Stromboli of Luv

for the obligatory V-Day Dinner – i thought it would be fun to make one of our most favorite dishes, Stromboli.

and here it is, out of the oven. yummo!

once again, here is the recipe if you are so inclined:
1 roll Pillsbury French Loaf dough
8 oz Smoked Turkey slices (or your favorite flat meat)
1 bunch scallions
1 package bacon crumbles/bacon bits (or be all fancy, and cook your own bacon!)
8 oz – 16 oz Cheese (this time, i used shredded monterey jack)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees
unroll french loaf dough – make sure not to tear
evenly lay out flat meat
finely chop scallions and scatter on top of flat meat
scatter bacon pieces atop
add cheese evenly

Tightly and evenly roll dough into french loaf shape. be sure to secure all seams and ends.
Poke air holes in top of loaf.

Bake for 26-30 minutes.
Slice and enjoy.

or – if you plan to make a heart-shape, make two!

Recipe: Sausage & Peppers, Becker Style — February 3, 2011

Recipe: Sausage & Peppers, Becker Style

i posted this on Facebook, Tuesday:
with the caption: So, maybe I overestimated on how much pasta to cook… Eek!

i had no idea i would receive the nice response that i did. 😉

many asked for the recipe, and let me tell you, it’s oh-so-easy, and one of my most favorites, too. here you go:

1 onion
1 or 2 green peppers (or add red or yellow, but only if you don’t have to take out a loan to buy them)
3 Johnsonville Turkey Sausage links
1 clove of garlic
olive oil
your choice of de-glazing liquid
salt & pepper to taste
mozzarella &/or Parmesan/Romano cheeses

boil water for pasta
heat large skillet with olive oil.
slice up onion and saute in oil until tender
slice up peppers and add to onions (adding oil, salt and pepper as necessary)
cut sausages on the bias and add to onions and peppers

cook as much pasta as you think you need (apparently, i cooked way too much last night)… AND, use whatever kind of pasta you have- angel hair is nice. Penne is really good. tuesday night i had a little of the mini-penne and some pipette, so i dumped those in the boiling bath.

de-glaze your pan as necessary. you may use water, chicken stock or wine – really, whatever is available to you, and suits your taste.

when pasta is ready to be drained, you may use some of the pasta water to help de-glaze as well.

drain pasta, add to onions, peppers and sausage. mix well and serve.

i like to add melted cheese on top.


recipe: Curry Chicken Spread — May 4, 2009

recipe: Curry Chicken Spread

File this under: YUMMO!

as promised I have Miss May’s recipe for the Girls’ Night Curry Chicken Spread… Prepare yourself.

1 c mayonnaise
2 5 ounce cans boned chicken
1 c unsweetened flaked coconut
5 tsp curry powder
2 Tbsp minced onion
Salt to taste.

Drain juice from canned chicken.
In mixing bowl, flake chicken with fork until finely shredded.
Add mayonnaise, coconut, salt, curry powder and onion.
Stir ingredients until mixed well. Salt to taste.

Serve with crackers or bread.

Can also be blended in a food processor for a smooth consistency.

as a non-coconut lover, i think i will omit when i finally do make this. you really can’t tell its in there, but now that i know, i know, and i won’t be able to do it! 😉


mega post + photos + dinner last night — February 24, 2009

mega post + photos + dinner last night

whew… nearing the end of tuesday… FAT Tuesday! fun times, indeed!

i am uploading quite a few photos to PhotoBucket– so here we go:

Lucy had a very fun time celebrating Valentine’s Day with her Jaunty Pink Scarf.

She also spent last Saturday (THOR, too) at Holmes Lake for the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics ( – cheering on Aunt Shelly– brrrrr!!!! Lu got to meet Herbie Husker… so that was exciting

and then, the goofball decided to plunge herself– it was cold… she’s nutty!

in non-dog entertainment, Thursday, we met up with the BFF for some Karaoke!!!

and Megs was so kind as to shoot a shot of the bling… good snaps, Missy!
We had a fun time singing… and being all around goofy!

here is AJ at the NE Bookstore – self-explanatory, i would say….

sooo– for the post about dinner last night… i am finally learning how to work the google reader, and am hooked on these (and many other) blogs…
sixoneseven – where i found a recipe for roasted red pepper soup
and a Friend to Knit With where i found (a) my newly prized dutch oven and (b) a recipe for bread with which to cook in it

so i attempted:

first, with the raising of the bread.
the evening prior (post Oscars) i tried for the wheat version. that yeast must have been bad… no rising here.
so in the a.m. i made a white flour version – by the time i was home from work, it was raising as suggested in the recipe. yea me!

i decided to move forward with BOTH loaves, because, what did i have to lose?
it was like a science experiment in my own oven… (though i had a pretty good idea of the outcome)

then, to the roasting of the red peppers (i added half an orange one… because)

so this is the experiment in the oven…

and this is once sliced– hahaha! (experiment successful – i guess you could say!)
AJ wanted to save the wheat for the dogs– but i fear what that may do to their digestive tract… (and we all know who would receive the brunt of that, don’t we?)

so, i am a slug and didn’t get a photo of the finished rrp soup… but, yum! (i guess i could show you the empty Tupperware in which i ate from for lunch today– but that is probably a bit much for photo realism)

on the soup: i really liked it… not so sure about AJ… but i kind of prefaced his eating it by saying, “if you don’t like it…”… and of course, i made two chicken cutlets because Goodness Forbid i serve a meatless meal… he did say it was “good”… but he’s just a sweet boy, so you really never know.

and, i may be partly to blame – i never actually told him there was a pear (gasp) and carrots (oh, for shame) in the recipe… because i know all too well, that the rrp would never get anywhere near his lips…. i am learning, oh yes, i am learning….

unless of course, the hubs is reading this, and then i would say to that– i’ll only make it when i host the friends for Girls’ Night soon!! 😉 Love you! 😉 (eek!)

btw– i am suddenly a fan of greek yogurt! yum!

so, that’s quite the post… now- to rescue the sewing machine from the fix-it-guy!

Beadles, Sponge Bob, Frisbees and Stromboli — February 10, 2009

Beadles, Sponge Bob, Frisbees and Stromboli

Oh, what a Monday!

First, i had the pleasure of joining my Mom and Grandpa R at the Beadle Center to meet up with some Sixth Graders from Dawes Middle School – the recipients of a Remigio Teaching Excellence Grant… it was cool. I drive by the Beadle Center every morning on my way to work or to help out at the Alpha Chi house… but i had never been inside…

We split into two groups, and I got to join up with my 7th grade health teacher… small world, i tell you! The kids were too funny, i couldn’t help but to capture some snaps:
Touring the Greenhouses

Demonstrating the Venus Flytrap… though, this one doesn’t thrive on human blood

Quote of the day: “Hey, a Pineapple – is that where Sponge Bob lives?”
From the mouths of babes…

The day progressed as normal… as normal as a 55-degree rainy February day (odd)…

I went home to play with the pups… let them have a go at their new PetsMart frisbees we picked up at the Dog Expo, Saturday:

did a bit of sewing (which i hope to blog on in the near future…)

and then created AJ’s most favorite meal– STROMBOLI!
I shall share this with the world, because it’s just that good!


1 roll Pillsbury French Loaf dough
8 oz Smoked Turkey slices (or your favorite flat meat)
1 bunch scallions
1 package bacon crumbles/bacon bits (or be all fancy, and cook your own bacon!)
8 oz – 16 oz Cheese (here, i used Pepper Jack slices)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees
unroll french loaf dough – make sure not to tear
evenly lay out flat meat
finely chop scallions and scatter on top of flat meat
scatter bacon pieces atop
add cheese evenly
*here, i called an audible and added dollops of cream cheese… do as you wish

Tightly and evenly roll dough into french loaf shape. be sure to secure all seams and ends.
Poke air holes in top of loaf.
*again, i added some olive oil prior to baking

Bake for 26-30 minutes.

Play with your dogs while Stromboli bakes:
(Lucy: Extreme Closeup!)

Once finished, spread top with a slight bit of butter to add sheen
slice and enjoy!
*i probably should have left it in the oven for 2:30 longer… but it was already 8:45pm and we were starving!

Other variations include:
ITALIAN – tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella cheese
PHILLY – roast beef, sauteed onions and green peppers and provolone cheese
CLUB – turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar and ranch powdered seasoning

A Tastee Start to February — February 2, 2009

A Tastee Start to February

Super Bowl Fun commenced with some work buddies, and i was feeling all sorts of domestical, so I finally dug out Connie’s recipe for Tastee Burgers (really, they are loose meat sandwiches)… a Lincoln Favorite… and i was worried about the final result, being that I knew some major Tastee Fans would be at the party– I am happy to report, all in attendance felt they were just as good as the Drive-Inn… Even AJ liked them, and i could tell that he was skeptical at best whilst helping me make them.

I may have minced onions, but i won’t mince words… they are greasy… gooey, messy and that’s what makes them oh-so-good, i do believe.
And, due to request, i will include the recipe here… i will warn you, this is a vintage recipe – my copy is a photo copy from a type-written version… yes, before even a word processor! 😉


Use 8 oz. measuring cup with:
4 oz. catsup
3 heaping tsp. prepared mustard
3 heaping tsp. Silver Spring Cream Horseradish
3 level tsp. Worchester Sauce
5 heaping tsp. iodized salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
if this doesn’t fill 8 oz. cup, ADD Catsup to fill.

8 oz. chopped yellow onions (finely chopped)
1 tsp. Accent*
8 oz. Water

5 lbs ground hamburger

Put finely ground beef (lean) in aluminum kettle.
Put 8 oz. cup of seasoning over beef.
Fill measuring cup with 8 oz. warm water and pour into kettle.
Fill cup with 8 oz. finely ground yellow onions.
Add 1 heaping Tsp. Accent on meat.
Mix with wooden spoon.
Put on low heat stirring constantly for 15 minutes.
Increat heat by 1/4 until mix boils.
Let boil for 25 minutes.
Stir often.
Put mustard on bun and very thin sliced dill pickels.
Use slotted spoon to put Tastees on buns.

Recipe may be halved. (and not so sure on why to use the wooden spoon, but we followed to a T.)

* okay- i was unsure what Accent was, but we bought it, tasted it, realized it tastes nothing like salt, but is tasty in its own right. then i just googled it – and found this… ummm… i unknowingly added MSG… and now have a big bottle of it in spice rack… oy vey! i would guess it could be omitted if you are afraid of MSG… EEK!)

I apologize that i do not have photos of the actual cooking or eating process of the tastees (i need to be better at doing that!), but here are some other photos of the fun!

Flat Stanley was very excited for the coin flip!

Jim- the Official Tastee Taster

Our Host, Will, preparing Flat Stanley for the excitement of the 3-D event after the first half

Obligatory Becker Fun Time Photo Op

I was Switzerland on the whole game… i could have gone either way– i am a big fan of Bennie Roethlisberger… as i affectionately call him… but i did receive the Kurt Warner email, and was equally endeared… so, it was a fun game…

oh, and i also promised Becky that i would post my salsa recipe: (prepare yourself, it’s quite good!)


1 can Mexican-style Stewed Tomatoes
3-4 Roma Tomatoes (but yesterday i used a pack of grape tomatoes… go with what looks good and isn’t going to cause you to take out a loan to purchase!)
1 clove garlic
1 bunch cilantro
1 jalapeno (cored and seeded to your heat preference)
Salt & Pepper to taste

I prefer to use a blender. Add stewed tomatoes, sliced tomatoes garlic and jalapeno to blender. Pulse-chop until mixed. tear off top half of cilantro bunch (the part with the leaves) and place in blender, add salt and pepper. Pulse-chop until well mixed. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. YUMMO!
(i also added 1/2 yellow onion, and extra garlic… really, you can make it how you like it!)

Okay- back to the day… and i have to prepare for my trip to the post office– gotta get these into the mail for a Son of a Cousin and a certain Blonde in OKC!

(and it’s also time to send Flat Stanley on his way for more fun adventures!)

Hey How Are Ya? Happy New Year! — January 6, 2009

Hey How Are Ya? Happy New Year!

Ah, 2009. No flying cars to speak of, no aliens that i know of, no threat of impending doom… but then again, i don’t watch the news, so what do i know?

But December did find a way to wrap itself up neatly and tightly. The holidays were, in a word, hitchless… if that is a word. AJ and I even managed to prepare, cook and serve a full Christmas meal for the in-laws! This one-dish girl was able to pull off various sides and even a cheesecake, to boot! yea me! (yea us!)

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure!

12/20/08 – Karaoking at Legends… goofy as always

Christmas Eve at the Belka’s

Miss Sophie modeling the no-sew tu-tu i created (thanks, Meghan!), in which i alluded to back on December 16… isn’t she adorable? and i just want to gobble up that little Chaser! LOVE THEM!
–You can find the how-to at this link

Christmas day with the Becker’s… that’s whats left of the awesome meal we produced!

this is me and my Sweet Susie modeling our new sunglasses from Santa!

And then it was New Year’s Eve… Thanks to The Aten’s for hosting another fun (and meatless) event!

I sure do like things that make noise!

Jonny happily showed off his favorite xmas present… my fave is the protective shoe barrier!

you’ll notice that AJ was not as successful with the big pilsner pull

I like to call this one: “The Before”…

…and of course, this one is: “The After”

Happy 2009 Everyone!!!

Well, We wish all of you (okay, both of you reading this!) a very Happy New Year and wish you nothing but the best for 2009!


Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s — December 16, 2008

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s

Monday nights, AJ works late… and I tend to fill my time with being crafty. Last night, I turned on the Music Choice Traditional Holiday Favorites and began a’mixing.

The plan was to make two batches each of dog biscuits and Grandma B’s Toffee… The dogs is usually quite “helpful” in the kitchen – meaning that THOR mostly watches me from the doorway, and Lucy chews on a bone in the other room… but last night, they must have known that i was making something specifically for the dog world! None of the ingredients are any different than what you would most likely already have in your cupboard, and honestly, people could eat this stuff (though, i probably wouldn’t, but i’m picky like that)… but somehow they knew this was for them! Their noses were all sorts of up in my business. they were applying for “official taste testers,” for sure!

too cute.

Here they are, “helping” me roll out the dough

sitting so politely – hoping for a nibble… but did i give in? oh, no sir!

after sampling from their handy work, they smothered me with kisses

here is a batch of Grandma’s Toffee…. but then, this morning, i found this link and it makes the whole process look so much easier– i just may try it and see… but as my mom says- Grandma’s way is so special– you can’t give that up… no, i won’t… fully.

and then i took some time to fill the pepper mill… and two peppercorns fell out — looking oddly reminiscent of mouse droppings– of which, if you have been reading along with me, is NOT something that makes my day…
Cue: shivers down my spine… uggh!… but, you can see some of the cooling dog biscuits in the background. yea us!

and then, since i had the camera out, i decided to take some photos of some of the latest crafty projects, thanks to my friend, Brooke!

After making a larger version of this one for the Blonde Sister-In-Law’s birthday (and after AJ thought i had made it for us, and asked why i was giving it away), i decided to make a mini version for us… 😉

And then, i found these colored balls at the Hobby Lobby (my obsession continues) and couldn’t resist. so this one was made for the Brunette Sister-In-Law… she know’s she’s getting it — I am just the slug that hasn’t taken it to her yet…

Oh, so much fun with the glue gun lately…

and finally — i’ll let you in on the first stages of my latest craftiness… (thanks to Meghan!)… but i can’t tell you any more because it just happens to be an xmas present for The Cutest Niece In The Whole World… and i would hate to ruin the surprise!!!

ahh… fun times, indeed!