Monday, January 28, 2013

Guest Post from A Grace Full Life

Guest Post from A Grace Full Life

I didn't know this was a humor blog!!
I mean, I knew my friend here at Peanut Layne was funny.
By the way, I know her real name.
But wasn't sure if I should share it here or if she does.
So she will be "Peanut" for the purposes of this post and the Witness Protection Program that she may or may not be a part of.
Anyway, I am a little nervous with me guest posting at a cool funny blog.
Because my blog, is more about diy, and cheap ways to make your house look, well...less cheap.
So I hope I do "Peanut" proud today.
Because I really like her so I know I would really like all of you as well.
My name is Kari and for the past 2.5 years I have been blogging over at
Like I said above, I blog about crafting on the cheap, decorating your house on a budget and just basically getting throughh life in a tough economy.
I met "Peanut" through Twitter this fall and we have become fast friends and now are IRL (in real life) friends by crossing over to the Facebook personal page realm.
There is only one other blogger that I did that for that I hadn't met in real life so that tells ya something.
About my irrational fears.
And my instinct that "Peanut" is one amazing lady.
We have established she is a female on here, right?
Please say I am not giving THAT away.
I am totally in awe of anyone who has more than 2 children.
I have two and it is haaaarrrrd at times.
So I give huge props to her and all you other 3+ kids mommas out there.
Hell, if you have only one, I am in awe.
Mom's rock.
And when I found out "Peanut" was struggling with some health issues, I was more than happy to help out.
Now for the dilemma about what to write about so as not to turn away any of her readers or make them feel like they are getting their money's worth.
Not that you are paying for this post or any other for that matter because I am pretty sure you would ask for a refund after this one.
So I thought I would write about what I know best: being a cheapskate.
And a big part of that is making dinner for my family while trying not to break the bank.
I started a series at my blog called Four Ingredient Recipes about 2 years ago and it has been a huge hit.
Four ingredients.
Thats it.
And usually under 30 minutes prep/cook time.
Here is a recipe I have never shared before.
I found it in a cookbook years ago at a garage sale, of all places.
I can't remember for the life of me what exact book it is from but this is a huge hit in our home.
Asian Beef and Noodles

Ok the only thing that makes this sorta Asian is the Ramen noodles.
I know.
Just go with it.
And I swear its delicious.
1) 1 pound ground beef
2) 2-3 oz. packages ramen noodles, divided
3) 2 C. h2o ( water doesn’t count so there are actually 5 ingredients)
4) 1 package frozen broccoli (it calls for 2 C. but you could use more or less depending on how much you like broccoli)
5) 4-6 green onion, chopped
Brown the beef then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Season the beef with one of the seasoning packets from the Ramen. Set aside. Wipe the drippings from the skillet with a paper towel. In same skillet, combine the broccoli, ramen noodles (broken up) and the remaining seasoning packet. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, Cover and simmer 3 minutes or until noodles and veggies are tender. Return beef to skillet and add green onion. Heat thoroughly and serve immediately.
Thanks so much for humoring me and reading all the way to the end here!
I hope to see "Peanut" back on the blog soon and it was so nice to meet all of you!


  1. I LOVE THIS. Thanks for sharing.

  2. i might swap lamb for that beef and make this tonight - thanks! (not a fan of beef)

  3. Love this! awesome guest post:)

  4. You are such a great friend and you are hysterical, love your recipe, would love it for dinner! Nettie Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog, I am following now!

  5. Anything made under 30 min and with the word Asian in it definitely sings to my heart! :D

  6. Love this post, and the new recipe to try. Just what I needed today.

  7. Four ingredients? Even I think I can handle this recipe!
    Tracy @ Momaical

  8. I'm totally making this tonight.... :) There are 2 aussie girls who now have a books series in that vein and guess what it's called!

  9. Aww I love all of you who posted!I hope you like the recipe!


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