Onion Soup Mix

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Onion Soup Mix - our favorite herb/spice blend.

2/3 cup dried, minced onion

3 teaspoons parsley flakes

2 teaspoons onion powder

 4 teaspoons dehydrated celery or celery salt

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon  sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

2 Minute Waffle Iron Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Butter the waffle Iron well, place tortilla on bottom, about a 1/2 cup shredded cheese, I use colby/jack mix, then place cooked and sliced chicken on the cheese, then the top tortilla.  Butter the top waffle plate on the iron, close, and wait two minutes.  The tortilla gets nice and brown and crispy on the edges and the cheese is gooey and delicious.  They taste better than Taco Bell quesadillas and cost a lot less!!  My kids love these, and my 11 year old can make these herself.  Yum.

10 Minute Griddle Pork Bites with Italian Spices

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I am all about easy, tasty meals for my family. These pork bites are juicy and tasty. With a electric griddle (or frying pan), heat to 350 degrees and coat with butter or oil. Cut boneless pork ribs into 2 inch sections and place on griddle. Each side takes about 5 minutes, depending on thickness. While cooking, lightly salt, pepper and add dried italian seasoning (oregano, thyme, basil and marjoram) to the pork. Enjoy!

Pecan Pie Bars

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Pecan Pie Bars

 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 cup chopped pecans or pecan halves

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll dough and press in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9x13-inch pan. Firmly press perforations to seal. Bake 8 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pour filling over partially baked crust. Bake 18 to 22 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour, and cut into bars.

This has become one of our traditional desserts at Thanksgiving.

Baked Tacos

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Baked Tacos

First, brown your ground beef and drain completely.

Next,  add refried beans, taco seasoning and about half a can of tomato sauce or tomato soup.

Mix together and scoop into taco shells, (stand them up in a casserole dish).

Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Very easy to make, and the kids like to put them together, and eat them!

Banana Cake (Makes 8x8 pan) Yummy!

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Not only is this Banana Cake recipe easy, it is so YUUMMY!   Seven simple ingredients make up this treat!  

1 2/3 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. water

1 ripe, smashed banana

1/3 c. vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla

Powdered sugar to sprinkle on the top when done!

In large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.  In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar, water, banana, oil and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moitened.  Pour into greased 8x8 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until done in the center.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Yummy served warm!

Chili Beef Noodle Skillet

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a flavorful, hearty meal for the family.  Easy to make.

1 pkg egg noddles

2 lbs ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup chopped celery

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar/can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/2 c. to 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Cook noodles according to package.   Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook beef, onion, celery and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and veggies are tender.  Drain.  Add tomatoes, chili powder, salt and pepper - mix well.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Drain noodles and add into skillet - cook for  a few more minutes.  Sprinke with cheese and serve!   

Family Pie Recipe - (Not to eat!)

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Family Pie Recipe

One handful of FORGIVENESS

one heaping cupful of LOVE

One full pound of UNSELFISHNESS

Mix together smoothly, with complete faith in GOD.  

Add 2 tablespoons of WISDOM and 1 tablespoon

of GOOD NATURE for flavor.

Springkle gererously with THOUGHTFULNESS!

Play Dough - Easy and Fun to make!

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been making play dough for my daughter since she was a year old - she is now ten!  It is easy to make!  Here are two easy recipes.

Play Dough

1 c. flour

1/2 c. salt

1 c. water

1T. oil

2 tsp. cream of tartar

Food coloring if you desire

Mix all ingredients except color in saucepan.  Heat, stirring constantly.  When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and is not sticky, remove pan from heat.  Knead dough add color if you desire.  Let dough cool to room temperature before storing.  Store in air-tight bags or small containers.  

Kool-aid Play Dough

1 c. flour

1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-aid

2 T. cream of tartar

1 T. vegetable oil

1/4 c. salt

1 c water

Mix flour, salt, tarter and Kool-aid in saucepan.  Add water and oil.  Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.  When mixture forms a ball, remove from pan.  Knead until smooth.  Cool to room temperature and store in air-tight bags or containers.    KIDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO TRY TO EAT THIS FORM, SINCE IT HAS THE KOOL AID SMELL!  

Texas Chocolate Cake - Mmmmm!

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This is my all-time favorite chocolate cake!   My mom made this for us growing up, and it was the first cake I made for my husband!  He enjoyed it so much, he requests the cake for his birthday cake each year!   The texture is perfect and the cinnamon is the hidden jewel of this cake!


2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1 stick butter

1/2 c. oil

1 c water

1/2 c. buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tsp. cinnamon

2 tbsp. vanilla

Sift flour and sugar together, mix in cinnamon.  In saucepan, bring butter, oil, cocoa and water to a boil.  Pour over flour and sugar mixture. Add buttermilk, slightly beaten eggs, soda, salt and vanilla.  Mix well!   Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan, two round pans or lined cupcake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes for the 9x13 pan or until done in center.  Round pans take less time as do cupcakes.  Frost with your favorite chocolate icing.    Below is a good icing recipe.

Chocolate Icing:

1 stick butter

4 T. cocoa

1 T. milk

2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. chopped nuts - if desired

Bring butter, cocoa and milk to a rapid boil  Add powdered sugar. Remove from burner and add vanilla and nuts.  Pour over cake while still hot.