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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

I loved Mom's sweet baked crispy carrots for Sunday dinners.  I still make them in a small baking dish.

 I dump the mini carrot bag or my favorite the cut on the angle circle carrots into the pan.  I then add a few spoonfools of soft butter and stir to coat the carrots and the bottom of the pain.  Sprinkle the carrots with salt and pepper.  Bake at 375 until just softened.  Add about 1/8 cup brown sugar or a few tablespoons and stir into the carrots.  Bake for another 10 minutes until carrots are crispy and almost carmelized. 

I tried a carrot recipe that tastes similar but you make it in a pan on the stove.  It was quick and easy and delicious!



•16 ounces baby carrots

•2 tablespoons butter

•1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

•1 cup water

•dash salt

•pepper, to taste


In a medium saucepan, combine the baby carrots with remaining ingredients. Stir to blend ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling (uncovered) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until carrots are tender and the liquid has evaporated.

Meat Loaf

I talked to Vaness the other day and she said No No loves meat loaf but she has never made it for him.  I told her it is pretty easy and I would post my quick at home made up recipe. There are endless possibilities of other yummy additions but here is the basic recipe.


1.5 lbs hamburger
1 egg
2 pieces of bread crumbled
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 squirt mustart
1 squirt ketchup
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped or grated onion
1/2 tsp of oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic
(lipton onion soup mix might be good too)

Mix ingredients in a large bowl and then place in a bread pan.  Smooth the meat on top so it is not too scary bumpy looking.  Cover the entire top with about a 1/2 inch of ketchup.  It is really good carmelized after baking the whole time on top.  Bake for about an hour at 350 degrees.  You may need to carefully drain a little of the grease out near the end and then bake 15 mins more.

If you choose to make mini meatloafs in muffin tins spray the tins first.  Bake only for about 1/2 the time.
 Pinterest had a piped topping of mashed potatoes on top of the cupcake meatloafs and baked until browned like shepherds pie.  Looked adorable. Maybe a little green pea on top!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

White Chicken Chili

Had this soup at our friends the Hawkleys and loved it!  I know the Aunts make it too!  I had to make dinner for a family and put chicken in the crockpot with some broth.  Then I pulled it out shredded it and sauted it as below and added everything back in the crockpot for a few hours.  Fresh cut from the cob corn made it HEAVEN!!!!  We also like a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese and crushed corn chips on top!
In a large pot saute:
1lb chicken cubed or shredded
1medium onion
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbl vegetable oil

2 cans great northern beans drained
1 can chicken broth
2- 4 oz cans of green chiles
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup corn optional

Bring it all to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30minutes.
add sour cream and a little milk if it needs to be thinned.
Serve with cheese on top and tortilla chips

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

My new favorite way to make my kids eat vegetables! 

1/2 head of cauliflower cut up small
4 potatoes peeled and chopped

Boil seperately until softened.  Drain cauliflower and mash then drain again.  Drain potatoes and mash.  Add cauliflower to potatoes and season as you like for mashed potatoes.

Steel Cut Oats

My new favorite breakfast for an early morning is Steel Cut Oats.  I never liked oatmeal that much until this year.  I love it now.  But it must have good cinnamon and vanilla flavor and yummy fruit for on top!
I have been buying Jamba juice oatmeal and figured out how to make it on my own.  I buy the Steel Cut Oats from the bin section of Winco?  It is much cheaper than buying it in the oatmeal section.  But regular oats would be good too.


Fill your crockpot about half full of water then grab a big piece of foil and squish it up for a big glass bowl to sit on.  You want water between your bowl and the crockpot and that is how I do it.  Kind of like double broil style. 
Find a bowl that is big enough for about 3 1/2 cups of water and fits in your crockpot with the lid on.

1 cup steel cut oats
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup milk or half and half
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 cup brown sugar

Combine ingredients in bowl and place in crockpot with water 1/2 way up the bowl and cook on low all night 8-9 hrs.  Yummy in the morning.  Add toppings of choice.  I love more brown sugar butter and milk or pie filling blueberries or blackberries, banannas etc.

Butterscotch Zuchinni Bread

It is Zuchinni season!  We love to fry them up or boil them and mash them with milk and cheese and salt and pepper.  I also have tested many recipes for bread and this is my new favorite!  The pudding makes it so moist and adds flavor!  I tried sugar free the small box and it worked good too!  I also love the little chewy texture of the oatmeal!  ENJOY!!!



3 eggs

1 cup oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 package (3.4-ounce size) butterscotch pudding mix

1 cup nuts, raisins or dates


Mix bread ingredients. Pour into 2 greased, floured, wax paper lined pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 F degrees.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Grandma Jones' Chicken Noodle Soup

1chopped onion
1 T. butter
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken
2 dry chicken gravy mixes
3 cooked and diced chicken breast
Homemade egg noodles

Saute onion in butter until brown. Add chicken broth and cream of chicken. Slowly wisk in dry gravy packets.  You may need to add some water to make sure there is enough soup to cook the noodles. Let simmer 15 min. Add diced chicken. Soup must be hot so the noodles can cook in it.  Slowly add uncooked egg noddles. Cover and simmer for a few minutes before serving.

6 eggs
2 tsp. salt

Beat eggs and add salt. Add flour little by little until the dough is firm but sticky. Chill dough for 15min. Roll and cut dough into thin noodles. Add noodles to the soup until cooked and puffed up.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

S'Mores Bars

S'Mores Bars

Mix in bowl:
2 cups finely crushed graham crackers.
2 cups flour
1 teaspon baking powder
1/4 teaspon salt

Cream in separate bowl:
2 cubes of softened butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten

Set aside:
1 (7 oz) tub of marshmallow cream
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Then combine the dry ingredients with the creamed mixture. Mix together. Pat about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spread the marshmallow whip on next. Then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Next sprinkle the rest of the dough mixture over the top.

Bake at 350 (or 325 for metal or non stick pans) for 30 minutes or until done. Do not overbake.
You have been warned that these are addicting and ridiculously unhealthy. Worth it??? YES.

Posted by: Rachelle

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creamy Spinach Shells

Don't let the word "spinach" scare you, this is so yummy!
3 Tbs. Olive oil
2 minced cloves of garlic
1 minced onion
salt & pepper
1 box chopped spinach
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 container ricotta cheese
1/2 cup italian blend cheese
2 beaten egg yolks
1 lb. shell pasta
1 can of your favorite pasta sauce (I like ragu sundried tomatoe and basil)


Cook and drain pasta while preparing spinach

Thaw spinach and pat dry with a paper towel. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Saute oinion and garlic until soften. Add the spinach. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add spinach mixture to pasta. Mix in the ricotta and italian cheeses. Turn on low heat and add egg yolks. Heat until egg is cooked in.

Heat up your favorite marinara sauce.

To serve,  add marinara sauce to your plate followed by creamy spinach shells and top with italian blend cheese. Delish!

-Camille Bryant

(Altered, fast, cheap version of Rachael Ray's Baked Shells Casserole. If you want to bake it you put a layer of marinara sauce on your pan then add the shells then put another layer or marinara, top with cheese and back for a few minutes. I don't bake it because I hate washing dishes so I refuse to cook and bake something.)

BLT Spaghetti

BLT (Bacon, leek, tomatoe) Spaghetti

2 leek
2 Tbs. olive-oil
10 slices bacon (cut in half both ways, lengthwise and width)
2 clove minced garlic
1 large can whole or cut tomatoes (i get the garlic basil seasoned ones)
1 box thin spaghetti
grated parmesan cheese


Cook and drain spaghetti while you make the sauce.

Trim tough tops and root from the leeks. Halve them lengthwise and thinly slice. Wash and separate in a strainer. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Crisp the bacon. Add the leeks and garlic, cook for a few minutes until soft. Add tomatoes, including puree. Mash the tomatoes. (I add about 1/2 cup of marinara sauce or tomatoe paste to thinken, if I have it.)

Add the BLT sauce to the pasta, toss, and serve topped with parmesan.

-Camille Bryant

(This is a altered cheap version of Rachael Ray's recipe)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sheilah's Mint Brownies

Brownie layer:
-4 oz unsweetened chocolate
-1 c. butter
Melt together in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until barely melted- once the butter is hot it will help melt the rest of the chocolate by stirring.. do not overcook.) Set aside.
In a mixer, beat until a little fluffly:
-4 eggs
-2 c. sugar
-1 c. flour
Then add the chocolate/butter mixture (which should now be slightly cooled down by setting aside). Mix together and pour in a greased/floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes. Cool.

Mint layer:
-3 c. powdered sugar
-6 T. softened butter
-4-6 T. milk
-1 tsp. mint flavoring
-3-4 drops of green food coloring
Beat ingredients together and frost over brownies, refrigerate until the mint layer is set, about 30 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting Layer:
-1/4 c. softened butter
-1/3 c. cocoa powder
-1/4 tsp. salt
-1/3 c. milk (more or less)
-1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
-3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
Beat ingredients together, and frost over the other brownie layers. Let set before cutting brownies into bars.

Posted by: Rachelle (This is my mother in law's recipe, and they are super yummy!)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Easy Cheesey Enchiladas

-1 can of canned chicken (12.5 oz, we get the Kirkland brand from Costco)
-1/4 c. diced onion (optional)
-1/4 c. diced bell pepper (optional)
-seasonings: salt, pepper, salsa, cumin, cayenne, etc.
-6 flour tortillas (small sized, like for soft tacos)
-1 can of enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso brand)
-grated cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350. Drain water off the canned chicken. In a sauce pan, lightly oil it or spray with pam and then toss in your drained canned chicken. Cook on medium heat until it is warmed through. Season it with what you like.. i used all of the above, but just use what you have on hand. Push the chicken to one half of the skillet, and spray the other half again and toss in the onion and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes, and then stir together with the chicken. remove from heat. In another skillet, cook your flour tortillas one at a time in about a teaspon of butter for each one.. flip and cook both sides, just until they are soft and heated through. In a small baking dish, spread about 1/3 a cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan. Now, roll your enchiladas... lay out a cooked tortilla.. add 1/6 of the chicken mixture, sprinkle with cheddar cheese, and roll up. Lay in the baking dish and continue with the next tortilla. Once all are rolled, pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle the top with more cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and the sauce starts to bubble. Yummy topped with sour cream.

**Side note: I had never cooked with canned chicken until recently.. I just thought it sounded gross. Well Scott bought a case of it at Costco and started making chicken tacos with a can of chicken seasoned with salsa. I couldn't believe how easy and yummy it was! Now we are always stocked up on canned chicken and I can't believe that I didn't find out this secret before! These enchiladas literally take about 15 minutes to prepare and they are so yummy.

-Scott & Rachelle

Sunday, May 1, 2011


1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into quarters

Garlic Ranch dressing

1 tomato, minced

1 green apple, chopped (or a pear)

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 cup cooked bacon, crumbled

1 cup candied pecans, chopped


On each salad plate, place 1 wedge of lettuce turned on its side. Pour dressing on wedge. Sprinkle with tomatoes, green apple, candied pecans, crumbled blue cheese, and crumbled bacon.

I love the wedge at Johnny Carinos.  I usually omit the tomatoes because I hate them =)


Large pork roast
1 jar salsa
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 to 1 can Dr. Pepper or Coke

Place in crockpot and cook on low for 8-10hrs.  Meat should fall apart and shred for tacos, burritos or salads. 

Add rice, black beans, cilantro, lime, cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and you have a delicious copy cat of Cafe Rio.


To make it easy buy a Pad Thai box in the Chinese section at the grocery store.  It is a box with the rice noodles and sauce.  It usually costs about $3.50 and feeds only 2 people at my house!
You will also need to buy: green onions, unsalted peanuts, chicken, eggs, bean sprouts
It sounds crazy but it grows on you and is really good.  Order it at a Thai restaurant sometime.

Follow the directions on the box. Soak your noodles in boiled water. Don't soak until the noodle is soft enough to eat, or it will turn into mush in the wok. Just do it until it’s pliable and almost edible, like very al dente pasta, then drain well.
While your noodles are soaking, saute thinly cut chicken in large fry pan or wok.  Push to the side of pan and scramble a few eggs.  Then add your noodles and follow box directions and add sauce and other ingredients.  Yummy!



2 cups crushed pretzels

3/4 cup butter, melted

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,


1 cup white sugar 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped

topping, thawed

2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry or raspberry

flavored gelatin

2 cups boiling water

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen

strawberries or raspberries


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.

4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
Make sure your cream cheese is all the way to the edges of the pan & sealed (to keep the jello from seeping under the cream cheese & making the crust soggy).

5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries or raspberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.


We never ate asparagus growing up.  I always enjoy it as my side in restaurants.  So I have been making it myself finally.
  Did you know you snap the end off by bending the ends until they snap.  This saves only the tender asparagus.  It is really easy to overcook asparagus and make is soggy gross.  You cook it only for a few minutes to make it tender. 

I like to throw it in about a Tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and toss it for a few minutes with salt, pepper or soy sauce.  It should be bright green and still a little crunchy but not raw.

You can roast them in the oven for a few minutes or microwave them or boil them.  If you boil them drop them in cold water after about 3 minutes to stop the cooking process. 

Try it you will like it!  It is the fancy brocolli!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Roasted Vegetables

Clean, slice or cube (if needed) any vegetable of your choice, or a variety of veggies. Here are a few of our favorites:
-Bell Pepper
-Red Potatoes (need microwaved or steamed for a few minutes first to cook evenly with other veggies.)
-Zucchini or other squash

Toss your veggies in a large bowl with a little bit of olive oil, and seasonings. We like any of the following: salt/pepper, lemon pepper, seasoned salt, dry ranch seasoning, parmesan cheese, fresh lemon juice, garlic salt, the list goes on and on.

Dump it onto a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake on the top rack at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until barely done.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Not Your Average Meatloaf

1/2 c. diced yellow onion
1/2 c. bell pepper, any color
2 lbs raw ground hamburger
2 eggs
1 6 oz box of Chicken Stove Top
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Salt & Pepper

Heat oven to 350. Saute your onion and bell pepper in a small skillet, only for a couple of minutes. Set aside, let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile in a new (large) bowl, stir together the eggs, Stove Top and water and let sit a few minutes. Add the hamburger, cilantro, and onion/bell pepper to the Stove Top mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix with your hands. Shape into two medium loaves or one large one. (I do two and freeze one for another meal.) You can either mold it into a bread pan, or shape into a rounded loaf and bake in a cake pan, it will hold its shape. Put into the preheated oven and bake for about an hour... then check with your meat thermometer. Overcooked meatloaf is no bueno! It usually only needs a little while longer after that first hour.
**While meatloaf is baking, mix about a half a cup of ketchup with a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, a tablespoon of soy sauce, and a dash of cayenne pepper. When meatloaf is done, spoon this topping over the top, and put back in the oven on broil until it bubbles. Don't burn!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Stuffed Bell Peppers

1.5 lb ground turkey
1/3 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. shredded cheese
1 box Zatarain's instant dirty rice
1/2 C. tomato paste
4 to 6 large green bell peppers

Mix turkey, onion, cheese, rice, tomator paste. Hollow out green peppers and stuff with mixture. Bake @ 350 for 45 - 60 minutes. Kelli suggested to brown the meat first to insure it is cooked through.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

-Teriyaki Chicken Alfredo-

1 jar alfredo sauce
2 chicken breasts
1 head broccoli
1/3 c. teriyaki sauce (we like yoshido's from costco)
1 pkg fettucine pasta, cooked.
dash of cayenne pepper, optional

Slice your chicken breast into small strips. Begin sauteing in a large skillet. Cut and break your broccoli into bite sized pieces. When the chicken is almost done cooking, throw the broccoli into the skillet. Cook until broccoli is barely done. Add the teriyaki sauce (and cayenne pepper if you like it) and saute together for a few minutes. Add the alfredo sauce, and turn on low to let simmer. Serve over the fettucine noodles.

By: Scott Hurd

Monday, October 25, 2010


I am so into these yummy waffles lately, I have been eating them for weeks now! I just make a batch and freeze the leftovers so I can pop em in the toaster on other mornings later in the week.

-Whole Wheat Waffles-
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 c. milk
1/3 c. oil

I have been topping them with mom's sugar free orange sauce (it's in the recipe box Leah put together). They are also yummy with homemade blueberry sauce, or maple syrup of course.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Brocolli Brown Rice Casserole

cook 2 cups brown rice, steam 1 crown of fresh broccoli

In a bowl mix:
2 eggs
1/2 c. onion
1/2 c. water
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix all above ingredients and then add the rice to the mixture. Spray a casserole pan and pour in rice mixture. Line broccoli around the edge of the rice in a square. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until egg is cooked and rice is fluffy. Sprinkle middle of casserole with grated cheese and bake about 2 minutes more until cheese is melted.

(I love this rice with Fish for dinner)

Vegetable Pizza

2-3 crescent roll packages to fill your cookie sheet pan. Bake for 7 mins or until golden brown.
Let this cool.
Cut up vegetables in small pieces for topping. Some ideas: cucumbers, carrots, olives, avocado, purple onion or green onion, green or red bell peppers, Broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini.

1 8 oz cream cheese
1/2 ranch seasoning packet
1/8 cup sour cream

mix together and spread on top of crescent crust. Add your vegetables all over and can top with grated cheese if desired.

Caramel Corn

1 cube butter
1 lb brown sugar
1 Cup light karo syrup

Boil and then add 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Continue to boil until it gets to the soft ball stage. (this is where you test a little drop in cold water and see if it sticks together in a soft ball)

Add to a big bowl of popped popcorn. I like it with lots of caramel.

German Pancakes

1 cube margarine (melted) 1 cup milk
6 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray Texas Sheet Cake pan with pam and then pour melted butter onto pan. Mix eggs, flour, milk and salt; pour onto pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

Caramel Syrup:
1 cube butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Mix butter,milk,sugar and cornstarch in pan. Bring to a boil stirring continuously and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and baking soda.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Garlicky broccoli

2 bushels of broccoli
canned minced garlic

cut broccoli into bite sized pieces. fry with lots of butter and garlic. add salt and pepper. broccoli will shrink a lot so plan more than you think you'll need. cook until soft and some are almost black.
(this is elise's favorite!)

posted by: natalie

leesy's deep fried squash

about a half cup flour
yummy spices (garlic, onion, parsley)
salt and pepper
1 squash, zuchinni

mix flour, spices, and s&p. add milk til it makes a paste (about pancake batter consistancy). slice squash THINLY. dip and fry.
we like to eat this as a side dish and dip them in teriyaki or soy sauce, but dad and kelli like them with ranch.

Funeral Potatoes

(Natalie Jones)

12 potatoes, boiled and peeled, or 2 lb package of frozen shredded hash browns
2 Tbs melted butter
1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic and onioin salt
dried chives or green onions
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups Corn Flakes
2 Tbs melted butter
2 Tbs. Shredded Cheese

Layer pan with frozen hash browns or boiled potatoes shredded or cubed (food processor is the ultimate shredder).
Pour melted butter over potatoes.
In bowl, mix cream soup, milk, sour cream, cheese, onions/chives, and seasonings.
Pour mixture over potatoes in pan and gently stir together with fork.
Bake at 375 for 20 min or until mixture bubbles.
In new bowl combine topping ingredients.
Sprinkle over top of potatoes and bake another 20 min or until bubbly and toasted on top.

I love to make mom's baked chicken with this!

Posted by Natalie

Peanut Butter Cookies

(Natalie Jones)
I worked forever on this recipe to make it perfect cuz I usually don't like peanut butter cookies. So, if you hate it, don't tell me!

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c shortening
1/4 c butter
1 egg

Mix in bowl.

1 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix in bowl.

Mix both mixtured together. Roll into balls. Squish with fork in a criss-cross.
Bake at 350 for 9 to 10 min.

If you want an extra yummy treat, dip bottom half of cookie in chocolate and set on wax paper to harden. Eat like that, or use 2 to make the best ice cream sandwich ever!

Posted by Natalie

Holly Candy

(Natalie Jones) Elise's FAVORITE treat!

1 stick butter
bag of big marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
corn flakes
green food coloring (opt.)
Red hots (opt.)

Melt first 3 ingredients in pan; add green food coloring if wanted to look like holly leaves. Add 5 cups corn flakes. Drop on wax paper. Make clusters. Add 3 red hots in center of candy to look like holly.

Posted by Natalie

Buttermilk Pancake Syrup

(I think this is Sis. Buhler's recipe) It is sooo good! You will never go back to maple syrup again!

1/2 c buttermilk
1 c sugar
1 cube butter/margarine
1 T karo syrup (white)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

In 3 qt. pan bring buttermilk, sugar, margarine, Karo syrup, & soda to a boil. Boil 5 min. Remove from heat & add vanilla. Remove from heat. Should be foamy and white on top. Serve.

I usually put the leftovers in a mason jar, and refrigerate it. I am not sure if it has to be refrigerated though.

Posted by Natalie

Orange Julius

(Mary Jones)

6 oz. can frozen orange juice
1 c milk
1/2 c sugar
1 c water
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
10-12 ice cubes

Mix well in blender. Serve at once.

Posted by Natalie

People Chow (Puppy Chow)

(I think this is Tylene's recipe but I'm not sure)

1 (6 0z.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/4 c. peanut butter
6 c. Chex cereal
1 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips & peanut butter together in microwave 10-15 sec and stir. Repeat until melted. Or melt on stove in double boiler. If it gets burnt or hard and not smooth, add some crisco (elise's culinary arts trick). Gently stir in cereal. Coat well. Sprinkle powdered sugar over mixture. Coat well. Refrigerate in big ziploc bag.

Posted by Natalie

My Favorite Fruit Dips!

(Natalie Jones)


1 c sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 c sour cream
1 Tbs sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c whipping cream (or frozen whipped cream to be speedy and cheap)

In blender, combine: strawberries, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Blend til smooth.
In separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipping cream or whipped cream into strawberry mixture (low setting on blender). Refrigerate before serving.


vanilla pudding mix
vanilla extract
frozen whipped cream
cream cheese
brown sugar

Use any combination of ingredients for easy dip. When using pudding, be sure to use milk!
If you don't have pudding, use brown sugar and vanilla, and it will be more of a caramel dip. Let set up some before serving.

Posted by Natalie

Meatball Stroganoff

(Natalie Jones)

1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 c soft bread crumbs
2 Tbs chopped onion
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 lb ground beef
2 Tbs flour
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 big can cream of mushroom soup
Mushrooms (I dont like them, but Dad does:) )
3/4 c water
1/3 c sour cream
Hot Cooked Egg Noodles

Combine first 6 ingredients. Defrost beef if you need to and mix in with mixture well. Shape into balls. Coat meatballs in flour (usually brown paper baggie to shake or just roll in a bowl). Brown meatballs in a large skillet. Drain all excess grease. Return meatballs to pan. Add cream of mushroom soup and water over meatballs. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20-25 min or until meat is done stirring occassionally. Stir in sour cream. Heat until sour cream is hot, but DO NO BOIL. Serve over noodles.
You can sautee the mushrooms and then add them into the sauce or serve them on top separately.

Posted by Natalie

Lemon Chicken

(Heather Kelsey)

5 chicken breasts(boneless skinless)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup brown sugar

Soak chicken in lemon juice. Cut chicken in small cubes. Heat up 1/8 inch oil in frying pan. Mix dry ingredients in bag and shake chicken in it. Brown chicken on all sides in oil. Put in 13x9 pan. Sprinkle 3 mor Tbsp lemon on chicken. Pour chicken broth over chicken. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of chicken. Bake 375 for about 30 minutes.
Serve with rice or mashed spuds.

Cafe Rio Creamy Cilantro Dressing

f1 (16 oz.) Jar Green Salsa
1 pkg. Dry Ranch Dressing
1/2 C. Sour Cream
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
1 C. Cilantro (chopped)
1 tsp. Minced Garlic
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 C. Sugar

Mix all ingredients together in blender. Blend until smooth. Chill. Serve.

Posted by Natalie

Honey Mustard Chicken

(Natalie Jones) I tried something new the other Sunday & this is what it became! Try it out! It is super yummy!

Chicken to cover bottom of 9"/13" pan (defrosted)
1 cup honey
1 cup prepared mustard
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried parsley
salt and pepper
(double ingredients for extra sauce)

Mix honey, mustard, basil, paprika, & parsley in bowl. Layer chicken on bottom of pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken. Pour honey mustard mixture over top of chicken. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes or until chicken is done. Shred chicken in pan (I usually just use 2 forks like I would with mom's bbq ckicken).
Serve over rice or in a sandwich.

Posted by Natalie

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

(Mary Jones)

1 lb. fresh broccoli, or 10oz. frozen
2 c. chicken broth (2 cups water and bouillon cube)
3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
4 T. flour
1 lb. Velveeta cheese
1/4 t. salt

Cook broccoli in chicken broth until tender. Make a sauce with butter, flour, and milk. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add broccoli and broth. Season. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Posted by Natalie

Cornmeal Enchiladas

(Mary Jones)

3 c. cornmeal
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. shotening
Hot Water

Make a soft dough and make into patties, fry.

To make sauce use cooked hamburger, tomatoe juice, and chili powder.Top with sour cream, grated cheese, lettuce.

Posted by Natalie

Sweet and Sour Chicken

(Mary Jones)

1 lb. boneless chicken, cut in cubes
2 T. oil
1 garlic cloved minced
1 C. green pepper strips
1 C. carrot strips
1 1/4 C. chicken bouillon (broth)
1/4 C. soy sauce
3 T. vinegar
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 can chunk pineapple in juice (8oz.)

Brown chicken in oil. Add garlic, green peppers, and carrots. Saute breifly. Add bouillon, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, and pineapple with juice. Bring to a boil. Serve over rice with sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. catsup
2 T. white vinegar
1 1/4 C. pineapple juice
1 T. soy sauce
1/3 C. brown sugar

Heat until thickened. Serve warm.

Posted by Natalie

El Dorado Casserole

(Mary Jones)

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion grated/cut up
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
2 8oz. cans tomato sauce
1 C. sliced black olives

Brown meat and onion and mix in other ingredients.

1/2 pt. sour cream
1/2 pt. cottage cheese
1 small can green chilis diced
corn tortillas (or flour)
1/2 lb. grated Jack cheese


Layer in casserole:
1/2 meat
1/2 sour cream
1/2 sour cream
1/2 meat
Cheese on top

Bake uncovered at 350 for 35 min.

Posted by Natalie


(Mary Jones)

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
2 T. chopped parsley
1 T. worcestershire
1 egg slightly beaten
1 tsp. salt

Mix thoroughly 1/2 c. soup and remaining ingredients. Shape firmly into loaf. Place in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 for 1 1/4 hrs. Blend remaining soup 1/4 c. water 2 T. drippings. Heat; stir often. Serve with loaf.

Posted by Natalie

Popcorn Balls

(Mary Jones)

6 qts. popped corn
1 c. sugar
1 small pkg jello
1 c. karo

Cook until mixture begins to boil. Remove from stove. Pour over popped corn. Make into balls.

Posted by Natalie

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

(Mary Jones)

2 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs


Add 1 1/2 c. milk
Add 1 1/4 c. oil
1 1/2 tsp. almond, vanilla, & butter extracts

4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt (opt.)
1 1/2 tsp. bkg pwd
3 T poppy seed
3 med loaf pans lined with wax paper on bottom.

Grease and flour pans. Bake at 350 for 45min-1hr. Don't let cool. Glaze while hot.

Orange Juice 1/4 C. (more diluted)Add suger (about 3/4)and 3 extracts 1/2 tsp.

Spoon over top. Let it cool in pans. Loosen edges with knife.

Posted by Natalie

Microwave Lemon Meringue

(Mary Jones)
She hand wrote this one, so sorry if it seems incomplete or confusing!

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 T flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

mix in bowl

3 egg yolks
3 T butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cup boiling water

Pour water over dry
Whip, microwave til thick & clear. Stir occasionally.
Beat yolk, add some hot mixture, add eggs to bowl. Heat again in microwave. When hot & thick add butter and lemon.

(This is exactly what mom wrote, so try & figure it out cuz it looks like she used it a lot--seeing the condition it is in)

Posted by Natalie

Lemon Fluff

This is quick and easy! Grandma's favorite dessert for guests!

(Grandma Jones)

1 Package (3oz.) lemon jello
1 cup hot water (NO MORE)
1 can chilled evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Juice from 1 lemon
graham cracker crumbs

Pour 2/3 of graham cracker crumbs into bottom of cake pan.

Mix jello and water and set aside. Keep at room temp. Do not let set up yet.

Beat evaporated milk until fluffy in large bowl. Add sugar while beating. Add lemon juice, jello mixture, and vanilla. Pour over crumbs. Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs on top.

Refrigerate before serving.

(Other flavors of jello can be used without the lemon juice!)

(Grandma Jones)

Posted by Natalie

Monday, July 19, 2010

Texas Caviar

This is so good! Heather made it for Vanessa's Reception.

1 can white beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can black eyed peas
1-2 cans sliced olives
1-2 tomatoes diced
Avacado (to taste)
green onions (to taste)
Italian dressing mix (package directions)

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Chill and serve with chips or on mexican food.
(the longer refrigerated the better it is)

By Heather Kelsey

Posted by Camille Bryant

Chicken and Veggie Alfredo

1 tbs. butter
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1/2 thin sliced onion
6-8 sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup diced or sliced sun dried tomatoes
2 cups cooked broccoli
(other veggies you like sauteed)
1 can alfredo sauce
2-4 grilled chicken breast
one bag of your favorite pasta cooked
(i like bow ties)

Heat skillet with butter. Sautee garlic and onions until light brown. Add all other vegetables and sautee until cooked. Add alfredo sauce heat until warm. Serve vegetable sauce and chicken on pasta.

(I don't like freash tomatoes and I a lot of you don't either, you should still try the sun dried tomatoes because they are sweet and yummy. I get the dried ones not the ones canned in olive oil but they are probably good too.)

By Camille Bryant