Copycat Rice A Roni

Rice-A-Roni is one of those things I always buy that just seems natural.  I quit buying most things from a  box a couple of years ago, but just never could bring myself to give this one up.  Until last week.  I took the plunge and nobody in my family even noticed that it was homemade….it was THAT close to the original.  YUM!

Here is what you need

Spaghetti noodles

1 Cup rice

3 tsp chicken bullion

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

2 TBS butter

2 Cups water.

20130929-192232.jpgBreak up your spaghetti noodles until you have 1/2 cup of pieces.

20130929-192246.jpgPut your rice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and spaghetti noodles in your pan.

20130929-192300.jpgMelt your butter in the microwave and then pour over your ingredients.  Cook until the rice and spaghetti begin to brown.  Don’t burn it!  Stir constantly. Set aside.


Pour your water into a saucepan and boil.  Add your rice mixture to the boiling water.  Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Until all the water has been absorbed.)



Stir and fluff.

Enjoy!!!! 🙂

Green Bean Bundles

A sweet friend from MOPS shared this recipe with me and I fell in LOVE.  It’s a fabulous recipe used as a side dish or appetizer and works great prepared in advance.  It’s also a great recipe this time of year because you can find fresh green beans on sale!


What you need:

2 cans whole green beans, drained

1lb bacon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

4 clover garlic, minced

Cut each strip of bacon into 2 or 3 even pieces, depending on length of bacon. Spread each piece with your finger to thin and stretch it slightly. Take 5 or 6 whole green beans and place them in the center of each bacon piece, them roll bacon around beans and put seam side down in a single layer in the bottom of a greased casserole dish. In a small saucepan, mix together brown sugar, butter, and garlic; bring to slight boil. (Can also do this in the microwave.) Drizzle over bundles. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Seriously, my mouth is watering just looking at this picture!  Bacon for life!


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