New Blog Awards – I Feel So Blessed!


So much of modern American cuisine comes out of French cooking that it’s hard to overstate its influence. Although we may think of the legendary chef and TV host Julia Child as an All-American chef, Child’s signature influences were from French cuisine and how it could be translated to fit the American home. On the other hand, we may have the impression that French cooking is only for the high-minded chef or that it’s too complicated to pull off regularly. Fortunately, we’ve got a recipe for you today that proves that this is simply not true.

You may have never heard of this delicious recipe for Gratin Parmentier but it has gone hugely viral online. It includes many common ingredients combined in a creative way and once you make it, it’s sure to become a staple. Let’s get started!




  • 3 potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 package of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch of paprika
  • 1 large bag of shredded mozzarella
  • bechamel sauce
  • salt
  • pepper


  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg


1. Before anything else, we’re going to make a basic béchamel sauce for use later in the recipe! First, get a medium saucepan and melt your butter over medium-low heat. Add in flour and stir it all up until it gets smooth. Keep cooking your mixture until it all turns a light golden color, for about six or seven minutes.

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2. In the meantime, heat your milk in a separate pan until it’s almost at a boil. Once it’s hot enough, gradually add your hot milk one cup at a time to the butter, continually whisking the entire time until it’s smooth. Once all the milk is incorporated, bring the whole thing to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring it constantly. Season it at the end with salt and nutmeg and you’re good to go!

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3. Now that your sauce is ready, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next, get a big bowl and throw in your package of beef along with your chopped parsley and paprika. Add a little bit of salt and pepper as well. Once all the ingredients are together, mix together all the ingredients until they’re evenly combined.

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4. Next, peel three potatoes and boil them until they’re semi-soft, around seven minutes. Once they’re ready, take them out and chop them into slices, arranging them around the bottom of a round glass baking dish. Lay one layer flat on the bottom and arrange another layer around the sides as well.

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5. After that, get your meat mixture and work it into ice cream scoop-sized meatballs—the entire thing should form about 15 meatballs. Next, arrange them on your slices of potato that you laid out earlier.

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6. Once you’ve got your meatballs placed together, use your remaining slices of potato to put walls between the meatballs so each one has its own compartment. Pour your béchamel sauce into each one of the “compartments” until it’s relatively full and top the entire thing with a thin layer of shredded mozzarella.

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7. Finally, throw the entire dish in your preheated oven for 15 minutes. Once it’s done, you’ll have a deliciously cheesy and creamy French casserole-style dish that the whole family will love!

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I do not know what to say to all of the wonderful ladies who are honoring me with these great blog awards. I have never really fit in anywhere before and to finally be able to make connections with women as great as these, is truly and honor! I have been blessed enough to get three more awards for my little blog. All I can say is wow! I am truly astonished that anyone would pay my blog and thoughts any mind, but I am so happy to know that someone is listening out there and I am not just talking to myself as usual.
First up, Melanie, a fellow mom of of four over at My Side of Life has given me another sweet “Sunshine Award” to add to the list and I can’t thank her enough. I hope everyone will go over and say hi to her!
I would like to pass this Sunshine Award on to the following bloggers:
To claim this award all you have to do is make a post thanking the person who gave it to you and passing it along to 12 other blogs that bring Sunshine to your life.

Next up are the Versatile Blogger and Sugar Doll awards. These were both bestowed upon me by the great and mighty Melissa over at The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom. Now, she was a cheater so I get to be a little bit of a cheater too. 😛 I love her blog though and you should run right over and love it too. Thank-you hun!
The rules of this award are as follows:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to fifteen bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.
 The rules of the Sugar Doll award are:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 10 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 10 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.
However, in an effort to save my poor hand some typing and in following with the lovely lady who gave me these two awards, I am going to tell you 10 things about myself and pick 15 bloggers who will receive both awards. So, 10 things about me:
  1. I cry at everything. The Simpsons, Hallmark Commercials, you name it and it probably makes me cry.
  2. I am totally and undeniably afraid of birds. (Yes, I know it is crazy.) 
  3. I worked as a cab driver for about two years.
  4. I adore Chinese food and could eat it 24/7 if allowed. 
  5. My mom is my best friend.
  6. I procrastinate far more than I should when it comes to important things.
  7. I love to watch Spongebob
  8. I was kicked out of 1st grade. (It was the only time I ever got in  trouble though.)
  9. I can’t stand the heat, but have lived in Florida my whole life.
  10. I taught my boys to use the bathroom sitting down and have no idea how they learned to do it the manly way lol.


The 15 blogs I want to pass these two awards on to are:
Meggie over at Hoosier Farm Babe proves every day that even farm girls can be absolutely fabulous! She was kind enough to pass on the Blog With Substance award to me and I hope you all will stop by and say hi to her too. Meggie, you are the sweetest thing and I thank-you kindly for the award.

The Rules:

•Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
•Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.
•Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.

My Blogging Philosophy, Motivation and Experience in 5 Words:
“When one must one can!”
The 10 blogs that I will be passing this wonderful award onto are:
The last blog award, but certainly not the least was given to me by the ever so frugal Keli over at Feeding Four. This amazing lady strives to feed her whole family on only $25 a week. How amazing is that? Stop by her blog and see how she does it! Thank-you so much Keli, I truly appreciate the award.

Guidelines for this award are:

1) accept award
2) Post award image and a link back to me!
3) Award six bloggers this wonderful award and let them know they got it!

The six bloggers I have chosen for this award are:

Again, I want to thank all of the beautiful women who gave be these awesome blog awards! I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but I certainly do appreciate them. Even if it did take me two days to write this post. 🙂


  1. Oh wow!! Congrats on your awards 🙂 Thanks for passing them on to me as well! Hope you have a fantastic and Safe Holiday weekend!!!! Thanks again!

  2. Aren't you a sweetheart!? Thanks for passing on your award to me. It means a lot! 🙂

    Have a great 4th of July weekend! 🙂

  3. Wow! I'm so impressed that you passed on these awards…there are so many! I just came by to tell you that I finally posted to thank you for passing one on to me, but I decided not to pass mine on because it was going to take forever…now I feel bad 🙂

    Big congrats on all of your awards!

    And thanks again 🙂


  4. You are all more than welcome. I am just so thankful that my tiny blog was able to pass on these awards to such inspiring women and in some cases men.

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