Welcome to The Belly Rules

Friday, May 25, 2018
It's been quite a long time since I've updated or done anything with this blog. I think it's time to get busy and make it so that all of you will be happy to come here and visit. There's been lots going on here at home and I just haven't had the time nor the inclination to work on it. But, it's time to get busy! So, please be patient with me while I try to get everything updated. Thank you all for following along.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
First of all, a huge "Thank You" to all our veterans and those currently serving our country. We wouldn't have what we have without them.
It's been quite a while since I posted, but things have been very busy around here. I have an Aimoo food group and since there's no activity anymore, I'm going to shut it down. But, before I do that, then I'm transferring all the recipes over here. Most of them don't have any pictures. I'll add pictures when I make up the recipes. Hopefully, you all will find something that sounds good. I'll add as many recipes as I can, but after so many, Google decides that I'm spamming myself. LOL! Keep checking back, because I have tons of great recipes. Thank you all for following along!

Saturday, July 25, 2015
It's been quite a while since I updated with new recipes. It's so hot here in Texas that I just haven't felt like being in the kitchen. But, I decided to turn up the AC and get busy. Here are a few recipes for you. I hope you like them!

Friday, June 19, 2015
We've been through Tropical Storm Bill and more flooding. But it looks like it'll be a beautiful weekend. I've got a couple of great recipes that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

The top picture is a Nutella Bundt Cake. Click here for the recipe.
The bottom picture is for Quick Hamburger Buns. You can click here for that recipe.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
We've had some beautiful sunny weather for over a week now. Things seem to be drying out nicely. Thankfully, our drought is over and all water restrictions have been lifted. Unfortunately, for me, it's just too hot to be out and about. Temps are in the mid 90's and it's quite humid. I only go when I have to. So, I have a couple of wonderful recipes for you. I made the Ultimate Pasta Salad last night to go with our hamburgers. Yummy! Then, I baked up some 6 Banana Banana Bread. You won't believe how wonderfully moist it is! I also made some with strawberries.  As always, click on the picture to take you to the recipe. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 31, 2015
It looks like the rain is finally over in Texas. Thankfully! We were lucky that we didn't get the flooding that was in Dallas. But, we live in an apartment and the parking lot has stayed at least an inch under water. Today, the sun is shining and the water has disappeared from the parking lot. At least now, we can take the trash to the dumpster without having to put on rubber boots!
This week I have a couple of recipes that are soooooo good! I know you're going to love them. The Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls will take a bit of time, but they're well worth the effort. The Banana Bread, Bread Pudding is absolutely delicious and a great change from the normal. Click on the pictures to take you to the recipes.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
I've got last night's supper for you all today. Everything came out so good! We had Popeye's Chicken Tenders with Arby's Sauce for dipping and the Ultimate Macaroni Salad on the side.  I just know you'll love all the recipes. Click on the picture to get there.  Hugs to you all!
 Ultimate Macaroni Salad

 Ultimate Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Hey! Look what I found in my new bag of potatoes! Awwwww!

Sunday, May 10. 2015
I'm positive this latest MS relapse is finally over. Thankfully! I've got some wonderful recipes since I can get up and get moving again.  I hope you like them! Click on the picture to take you to the recipe.

 Natchitoches Meat Pies

 Mexican Lasagna

 Italian Style Meatloaf

 Grandmas Doughnuts

Monday, April 13, 2015
As promised, here are 3 recipes that I worked on this weekend. I hope you all enjoy them! Click on the picture to take you to the recipe.

Monday, April 13, 2015
I want to thank you all for sticking with me during this latest MS relapse. It's been a tough one, but I think it's finally remitting. Yay! So, I've been cooking a bit this weekend. Nothing fancy, but at least I'm up and moving. That's a blessing! I hope you enjoy the newest recipes.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It's been a while since I posted anything. Chalk it up to just being lazy. LOL! Anyway, I decided this year that I wasn't going to buy another one of those pre-packaged corned beefs. Too many preservatives for me! So, looking around, I found the perfect recipe. When I was growing up, my Mom always shopped at this wonderful little market which was owned by a nice Jewish family. They made their own corned beef and it was sooooooo good! I haven't had any since I was a kid. Alton Brown (Food Network) has the perfect recipe. I have a dear friend who suggested adding a bottle of Guiness which was a suggestion from an Irish friend of hers. I didn't do that this time, but I will next time!
So, I've posted the recipes for the corned beef (Here), Irish Soda Bread (Here), Guiness Chocolate Cake (Here), Cheeseburger Casserole (Here) and Chicken Pot Pie (Here). Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

I've got 4 yummy recipes for you today. Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Chili Gravy (Here), Guiness Stout Brownies (Here), Fresh Strawberry Cake (Here), and Cinnamon Turnovers (Here).
I know most of us had a Mom who would make the Cinnamon Turnovers out of leftover pie crust dough. They're called by many different name throughout the country, but that's what my Mom called them. 
I know you'll enjoy all these recipes!

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hot Cross Buns

I haven't been doing much over the last few days. But yesterday I wanted some of these, so made some up while it was rainy. Good day for it, too!  You're going to love these! I always use raisins, but I can remember having them when I was a kid and they had candied fruit. Make them either way you prefer. They'll always come out great!  Here's the recipe.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Bakery Style Blueberry  Muffins with Streusel Topping
7-Up Biscuits
Mrs. Dash Chili

I've got some great recipes today. The first one is Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins (Here). They are so moist and yummy!
My sister-in-law gave me the recipe for the 7-Up Biscuits (Here). I'd never heard of them, but OMG! They're great!
I came across some Mrs. Dash Chili seasoning at the store. Usually, I don't buy this kind of thing, but it was on sale, so thought I'd try it. You'll love it! It's great for a night when you're in a rush. Throw in a corn muffin and you've got a great meal. Check it out Here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hamburger Buns for ABM
Zucchini Muffins
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

Wow! I can't believe it's been nearly 10 days since I've posted anything. I've got several great recipes for you. I've been busy baking since it's too cold and miserable outside to do anything. Here in NE Texas it's been below freezing for 3 days now. Yesterday we had freezing rain and sleet and a then there was still a bit of freezing drizzle this morning. Right now everything is melted since it's gotten just above freezing and the sun has peeked through a couple of times. There will be another storm tonight and this time with snow! They're saying we could get up to 3 inches!!! OMG!  So, I'll have lots of times to get all the recipes posted and to try new ones. 
Today, we have some Hamburger Buns for your ABM - Here
Some really yummy Zucchini Muffins - Here
And! A totally wonderful Philly Cheese Steak Pizza - Here

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Beef Wellington
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Ham and Cheese Swirls

This was the Valentine dinner I made for us last night. The very first time I've made a Beef Wellington and it was great!  You can find the recipes Here, Here and Here.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Pasta and Tuna Salad
Spaghetti with Pork and Vegetables

You're going to love these! The Pasta and Tuna Salad is a wonderful break from those recipes with alot of mayonnaise. Great for lunches!  The Spaghetti with Pork and Vegetables is soooooo good! I like it when I really don't want the tomato sauce. You can read more Here and Here.

Friday, February 6, 2015
Check it out!    Here

Friday, February 6, 2015
Boston Brown Bread

As you all know I live in northeast Texas. But I was born and grew up in a town just north of Boston, Mass. Traditionally, a Saturday night supper consisted of hot dogs, baked beans and brown bread. We didn't have it every Saturday night, but at least once a month. I will make this up once in a while. I still love it! You can always buy the brown bread and baked beans in a can, but I prefer to make them myself.  Here's the recipe for the Boston Brown Bread. If you'd like to make your own baked beans, then go here.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Lemonade Pie

After a heavy dinner, this is a nice light dessert. Check it out Here.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Beef Spaghetti Pie Ole
Bourbon Chicken

Today, I have two recipes that hubby and I really love. Neither one takes very long to fix. When you make the Bourbon Chicken, don't do what I did! The very first time I made it, I misread the recipe and added double the bourbon. Wow! It was good, but a bit strong. You can get the recipes Here and Here.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tamale Pie
Swedish Meatballs

These are recipes I've had since right after I first got married. Now, that was a long time ago! I came across them the other day and thought I would make them up so I could post them for you all. You can read more Here and Here.

There's a great giveaway going on. $1500 worth of prizes. Click HERE to enter.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Best German Chocolate Cake
Vermont Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread
Skinny Vegetable Soup

I've got 3 yummy recipes for you today. And, before you wonder - the cake was the one I made for hubby for his birthday back on the 6th. It was long gone before I saw the doctor.  I didn't tell you? I saw the doctor on Monday and she told me to cut back on the goodies. The triglicerides are way too high - along with my weight. So, we have the bread and the soup. You can eat all the soup you want - very low in calories. You read more Here, Here and Here 

Monday, January 19, 2015
Dolly Parton Cabbage Soup &
Tomato Rice Soup

I'm adding a couple more soup recipes. The Dolly Parton Cabbage Soup is from the Cabbage Soup Diet. You can eat as much as you want!   The other one is a Tomato Rice Soup that I made up many years ago because we were broke and these are the ingredients I had in the cabinet. Came out really good!
Read more Here and Here

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Special Vegetable Soup &
Hearty Split Pea Soup

Right now, we're having some really nice weather here in East Texas. But, it's still winter and the weather will get cold again. When it's cold, I want something that's nice warm - like soup. Don't you? These are two of my favorites. I sure hope you like them. Read more Here and Here

I'm really excited to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thank you so much Linda Simpkins. She has a wonderful blog called His Scattered Housewife. You should go and visit!  Now, I need to tell you all 7 things about myself. Are you all ready for this?

#1 - I have Multiple Sclerosis. I've been considered disabled for the last couple of years. But, I will not let this get me down! I still love to cook and collect recipes. I just have to do it on my "good" days. Thankfully, I have more of those then the bad ones. I'm also thankful that the type I have is the least of them - meaning that it progresses very very slowly. Let's hope it stays that way!

#2 - I absolutely love to do crossword puzzles. I always buy a large lot of them to keep me going for several months.

#3 - Hubby and I have been married for 10 1/2 years. (Second marriages for both of us) I have 2 grown children who have given me 7 beautiful grandchildren and 1 adorable great-granddaughter.

#4 - I love cats! When hubby and I first started going out, he really didn't like cats, but I already had one and she adored him! He got past that, and now we have 2 furbabies - Junior and Breeze (or as we lovingly call her - Bugzy). We feed the strays out around our apartment. Right now we've only got 5, but there have been up to 25 out there.  We just hate to see any of them go hungry.

#5 - I also love to crochet when I find some extra time and I love to read. Stephen King is my all time favorite. But, I also like Dean Koontz and John Saul. Wonderful authors!

#6 - I live in northeast Texas - a small town about 80 miles east of Dallas. Originally I'm from a town just north of Boston, Mass. I love New England and miss being there.

#7 - I hate housework! I'd much rather be in the kitchen or in front of the computer. Don't get me wrong - our apartment is clean enough. Hubby is such a sweetheart because he helps so much. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Now, I need to nominate 15 other blogs. Please visit them. I know you'll love them as much as I do! Here we go!
Big Hair and Books
Patti Tucker
New Kid on the Wok
Zag Left
A Complete Waste of Makeup
Frugal Mama & The Sprout
The Allergy Safe Kitchen 
Gypsy Road School 
Life With Lorelai
See Ya in the Gumbo
Mandy's Recipe Box
Kitchen Meets Girl
Recipes for My Boys
The Answer is Chocolate

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Twice Baked Potatoes &
Chunky Potato Soup

I got a whole big bag of potatoes at the store the other day. This was marked down to just $2!!! You know I had to get it!!  Anyway, some of these potatoes had to be used rather quickly, so you've got two recipes that are absolutely yummy!  Read more HERE and HERE

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Tomato Soup

Guess what we're having for supper tonight?! It's cold today and there's nothing better then a hot bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.   This recipe tastes almost exactly like that stuff in the can. You're going to love it!   Read More

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
White Chicken Chili

I do love this! But, I leave out the peppers and add just a 4 oz. can of chopped jalapenos. Like I've said before, hubby and I just can't take all that heat. This recipe was given to me by the same neighbor in Dallas who gave me the Chili Con Carne recipe. I usually put a dollop of sour cream on top.     Read More

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Chili Con Carne

This is a really great chili recipe. I usually only add one jalapeno (if I have them) or a 4 oz. can of the chopped jalapenos. This recipe and the one for the White Chicken Chili was given to me by a friend a whole lot of years ago. She lived next door to us in Dallas. Such a nice lady! But, hubby and I just can't take the heat, so I cut back. For us, it didn't hurt the flavor at all. I most always serve this with cornbread and a dollop of sour cream.   Read More

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Pizza Margherita

You're going to love this! Read More

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Meat Lovers Pizza

If you like a pizza with lots and lots of meat, then this is for you. Hubby loved it! Personally, I'd rather have a little meat and lots of veggies.   Read More

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Italian Meatballs & Spaghetti Sauce

I finally got the sauce right! I've tried so many different recipes and was never quite satisfied. I took several recipes and took a little from each to get the right taste. Can't forget the meatballs! They came out perfect. You can always use 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 Italian sausage.  Read More:

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Leftover Enchiladas

I wanted to fix up something easy tonight since we went to the store this afternoon and I was tired. These came out really good! Normally, I would serve with Spanish Rice and a maybe a salad.  Read More:

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Grandma's Hermits

My Gramma would make these every Autumn. The spice would make the house smell so good! Sometimes she'd make drop cookies and other times she would press the dough into a sheet pan and cut them into squares. Either way, they're great!                                   Read More

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Great Popovers

These are so good with a roast and filled with gravy!  They're even great if you fill them with chicken salad or something like that.                                                                 Read More


  1. You have been nominated for One Lovely Blog Award. Here are the steps:
    Its simple and there are only 3 things. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you,
    Share 7 things about yourself in a blog post on your blog, and nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

  2. Congrats on your likes on Facebook. The soups look divine.


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