Roo's Casa

Cheesesteak Sandwich
June 25, 2009, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Recipes

steak sandwich We had these yummy Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches last night. I forgot what kind of steak to buy so I used sirloin that I sliced as thinly as I could.  I also made the Moomie’s Buns for the rolls and served them with homemade french fries.  The recipe can be found on


Martha’s Moist Devil’s Food Cake
June 21, 2009, 2:12 am
Filed under: Recipes

marthas chocolate cake I made this Moist Devil’s Food Cake from Martha Stewart tonight.  I have made it before and can’t make up my mind on if it is a repeat or not.  It was moist this time since I took it out sooner than the recipe stated.  It wasn’t very sweet though. It was pretty simple to make though and I had all of the ingredients on hand.  I also only made 1/4 of the recipe.  I would really prefer a sweeter cake and not have to depend on the frosting so much.

Lupine in Trouble
June 17, 2009, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Gardening

bigsbug We bought a lupine about 3 weeks ago and it has been slowly dying.  I found some of the bugs on the right on the plant itself and suspected that the plant’s poor health had to do with them.  I dug the plant up and found tons of those unidentified bugs and rolly-pollies all over the roots.  I plant to take it to the nursery where I purchased it to ask for some tips on what to do with my plant.  I will post more when I find out what can be done.

June 16, 2009, 12:36 am
Filed under: Activity, Games, Summer

boomerang My son has been really interested in boomerangs lately so I decided to look around for ways to make one.  I found this video online which showed an easy way to make one.  The video tutorial uses paint stirring sticks so we headed over to the Home Depot.  The problem was that the sticks are now really thick so we just decided to try the fat popsicle sticks.  Ours didn’t really come back to us the way the boomerang in the video did, but we still had fun trying.  This boomerang does come back about halfway.  It could just be the way we are throwing it.  Overall, it was a fun and easy activity using up things we already had in the house.

Mexican Rice
June 15, 2009, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Gluten Free, Recipes

ric We made this Mexican rice to go along with our tacos last night. It was pretty good.  The recipe came from Recipe Zaar.








12 oz. tomatoes, I bought canned and then drained them

1 medium white onion, chopped

3 jalapenos, remove seeds and chop, I left these out since we have young kids

2 cups white rice, rinsed well

1/3 cup oil, we used olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1.5 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350. 

1. Process the tomatoes and onion in a food processor.  Reserve 2 cups of this mixture. I didn’t have enough to make 2 cups, but it still worked.

2.  Heat the oil in a 12 inch tall pot over medium high for 2 minutes. Add and cook the rice in the oil for 6-8 minutes, or until it is golden.

3.  Add garlic and jalapenos and cook for about 1.5 minutes over medium heat. 

4.  Add broth, tomato mixture, tomato paste, and salt over medium high. Bring to a boil.

5.   Bake in a covered dish for 30-35 minutes. Make sure to stir the rice after 20 minutes. 

6.  Stir in cilantro after baking and serve.

Sloppy Joes and Moomie’s Buns
June 10, 2009, 2:55 am
Filed under: Recipes









Tonight we had this Rachel Ray recipe for Sloppy Joes.

I do make some changes to the recipe. The recipe I use is as follows:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne ( I leave this out if it is for kids)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce,( 8- ounce) can

Cook the meat in the olive oil on medium high heat.  Once the meat is pretty much cooked, add in the vegetables.  Next mix the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce,  and all of the spices in a bowl and then pour it into the meat.  Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes.  Serve on buns.

Moomie’s Buns

These are great buns!  We use them whenever we eat burgers and I even use this dough recipe for cinnamon rolls.  

1 cup water

2 tbsp. butter

1 egg

3 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. yeast

Place all of the ingredients into a bread maker and make on the dough cycle.  When the cycle is complete, form medium sized round discs of the dough.  The size depends on what you like.  Cover the buns with a towel for 30 minutes. Bake in the oven at 375 for about 12 minutes.

Food Man
June 8, 2009, 4:06 am
Filed under: Kids, Recipes

This is Food Man. My son saw this idea at the library and insisted on making him when we got home.