Reuben Casserole Recipe

Reuben Casserole Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sliced deli corned beef coarsely chopped
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut drained
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices Rye bread cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Layer corned beef in the bottom of a lightly greased 9×9 baking dish.
  3. Thoroughly drain sauerkraut and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle over the beef.
  4. Spread salad dressing evenly over the sauerkraut.
  5. Sprinkle Swiss cheese over salad dressing.
  6. Place bread on top; spray lightly with cooking spray.
  7. Bake covered for 20-25 minutes. Remove cover for the last 10 minutes to toast the bread.

Recipe Notes

Adapted From: The Girl Who Ate Everything’s Reuben Casserole.

Baked Potato Pizza Recipe

Baked Potato Pizza Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package 6 ounces pizza crust mix
  • 3 medium unpeeled potatoes baked and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1 cup 8 ounces sour cream
  • 6 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
  • 3 to 5 green onions chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare crust according to package directions.
  3. Press dough into a lightly greased 14-in. pizza pan; build up edges slightly.
  4. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until crust is firm and begins to brown.
  5. Cut potatoes into 1/2-in. cubes.
  6. In a bowl, combine butter, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Add potatoes and toss.
  7. Spread sour cream over crust; top with potato mixture, bacon, onions and cheeses. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
  8. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Taste of Home’s Baked Potato Pizza Recipe.

Wendy’s Copycat Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Wendy’s Copycat Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 15 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounce can light red kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 1.25 ounce package chili seasoning about 7 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef.
  2. Add all ingredients to crock pot and stir well.
  3. Cook 8 hours on low heat.
  4. Serve with saltine crackers, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced onions.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Copycat Wendy’s Chili in the Crockpot Recipe from Raining Hot Coupons.

Ziti Ratatouille Recipe

Ziti Ratatouille Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 green or red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jar 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cans 14 ounces each diced tomatoes with garlic and onions
  • 1 package 8 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 can 6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
  • Grated Parmesean cheese

Instructions

  1. Layer eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, garlic, marinara sauce, and tomatoes in crock pot; cover and cook on low 4 1/2 hours
  2. Stir in pasta and olives; cover and cook on low 25 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Crock-Pot – The Original Slow Cooker: Potluck for All Occasion

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Course Main Course
Cuisine Pasta, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 1-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 16 ounces spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 pound 16 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 2 cups chicken cooked and chopped
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pint 16 ounces tomatoes, diced
  • 1 4 ounce can mild green chilies
  • 1 4 ounce can mushroom stems & pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 small onion diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and stir well.
  3. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Stir well before stirring.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: The Cutest Blog on the Block’s Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.

Pie Iron Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Pie Iron Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Camping, Pie Iron
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated cinnamon rolls

Instructions

  1. Oil or butter your pie iron.
  2. Place the cinnamon rolls in the pie iron – we were able to fit 4 cinnamon rolls in a double pie iron; close the pie iron.
  3. Place the pie iron over what would be medium-low heat, as you want to make sure the inside gets done before the outside burns; flip often.
  4. When done, remove from pie iron and top with frosting or glaze.

Recipe Notes

A roll of cinnamon rolls did not take up much room at all, but provided more than enough for breakfast us (2 adults and 1 child).

Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Macaroni & Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 teaspoons basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  3. In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Using a whisk, add flour, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until mixture is golden color, stirring constantly.
  4. Beat in milk. Continue stirring until mixture begins to boil.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups cheese and basil.
  6. Pour into lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Recipe Notes

Original Recipe: Betty Crocker’s Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese.

Automatically Updating Copyright Year Using PHP

There is an easy way to automatically update your copyright date using PHP so you don’t have to remember to do it every year. This can save you a lot of time if you have very many sites to update.

Current Year

Code

Example 1: &copy; <?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Example 2: Copyright &copy; <?php echo date("Y"); ?> All rights reserved.

Example Output

Example 1: ©
2018

Example 2: Copyright ©
2018 All rights reserved.

Year Range

Code

Example 1: &copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Example 2: Copyright &copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y"); ?> All rights reserved.

Example Output

Example 1: © 2008-
2018

Example 2: Copyright © 2008-
2018 All rights reserved.

Usage

Place the code above wherever you want the copyright date displayed. If you’re using WordPress, you can put this in your child theme’s footer.

Month in Review: April 2018

Aloha and Happy Lei Day!  This was an unexpectedly busy month.  I’m eligible for promotion in the Navy Reserve to the rank of chief (E-7).  As part of that, we found out at the beginning of the month there is a 40-hour course we need to complete in order to even be competitive.  Once I got into the course, I quickly realized it was in fact not a 40-hour course, but a 70-hour one.  That’s where most of my time went this month.


Learning Development

freeCodeCamp

I completed the following items in freeCodeCamp‘s JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section.

  • JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures
  • ES6
  • Regular Expressions
  • Debugging
  • Basic Data Structures

Now I’m working on Basic Algorithm Scripting.  I intend to start working on freeCodeCamp a lot more as of this month, with a goal of at least seven hours a week. 

LinkedIn Learning

I made some progress on the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path in addition to a course on writing by completing:

  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • User Experience for Web Designers
  • Completed UX Foundations:  Accessibility
  • Completed Writing to be Heard on LinkedIn

As I start to work more on freeCodeCamp, that extra time has to come from somewhere.  I’m going to cut back on my LinkedIn Learning courses to a couple hours a week, plus whatever else I can squeeze in.


Projects I Worked On

JavaScript Guessing Game (Fixed Number)

Live Example:  http://geoffreyshilling.com/404
GitHub:  https://github.com/geoffreyshilling/javascript-guessing-game-fixed-number

Progress:  This has been almost done for a while but finally made time to get it knocked out.  I took the photos and added the number of minifigs to the game.  The game has been added to my 404 error page on this site.  I’ll probably make a few tweaks (including adding a photo of the minifigs spread out), but it’s up and working.

Island of Aloha

URL:  https://geoffreyshilling.com/

Purpose:  This is a new personal site for all things non-development, with a focus on Hawai’i and recipes.  I’ve spent a little time checking out what recipe plugins are available and working on a “start here” page.

Mug Monday

Purpose:  I love coffee and the mugs it goes in.  I think it would be fun to get the week started with sharing a different mug each Monday.  Although this won’t be a permanent feature, I have enough to keep it going for at over two years!

Progress:  I experimented during a lunch break and actually got the entire thing working.  There is a “Mug Monday” custom post type that uses a Gutenberg template.


Project Goals for The Month

  • Island of Aloha [Website]. The main goal this month is to do more research and decide on a plugin to use for my recipes.  Once that’s done, it shouldn’t take me too long to get all the posts transferred over from Household Discoveries to Island of Aloha.
  • Mug Monday [Plugin].  I’m hoping to have Mug Monday finished up this month.  It only took me a lunch hour to get it going, but I want to clean some things up a bit.
  • #100DaysOfCode. They say the best way to learn something is by doing.  I had previously started the challenge but it wasn’t working out with my schedule.  I certainly don’t have any more free time, but I’m going to do my #100DaysOfCode working on freeCodeCamp’s challenges from beta.freecodecamp.org.
    I’m just about done with a separate post on this and I will be sharing that in the next couple days.

Ongoing

  • Blogging.  I’ve wanted to start writing for a while, but this month I plan to do it.  My initial goal is to start with one post every 2nd Tuesday of the month and see how that goes.
  • WordPress.org Support Forums.  I haven’t been able to spend much time providing support lately, but I hope to get back into that.  I miss it.  My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes each day in the forums.
  • freeCodeCamp. I’ll be continuing on with the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section, finishing up the ES6 portion this week.

Why I’m Postponing my Monthly Blogging Until May

I've mentioned in the past that I want to start writing more. Since this is a new thing for me, I'll be starting off with a modest goal of one post per month. I was hoping to start this last Tuesday – and I almost made it. The post is almost done, but other priorities have come up that are going to force me to wait until next month to start.

In case you didn't already know, I'm a First Class Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve; that's the rank of E-6. Late last week I found out I'm board eligible. That means there is a slight chance of being promoted to chief (E-7). This is my first time going through the process and I'm learning a lot. One of the things I learned over the weekend is that there is a 40-hour course I need to complete by the end of the month. The website was also down until a couple days ago. Most of the time I would be spending on writing, learning, or developing, will now go to getting course that finished up.

That's what happens when you have a lot of things you're involved with. You have to be flexible and roll with things as they come in.