Sunday, August 30, 2009


½ butter or margarine
2 C warm water
2 package dry yeast
5 C. Flour (sifted)
½ C Sugar
2 t. salt
2 beaten eggs

Dissolve the sugar in the water, then sprinkle in the yeast. Wait until it’s activated. Add the softened butter, eggs and salt, mix gently. Slowly add the sifted flour until dough forms. Cover and let rise in refrigerator. Knead on floured board and cut into any kind of roll shape. (My mom used to use a glass to cut out circles, fold it in half and put in muffin tins. Then put a dab of butter in between each fold.) Let rise until doubled and bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until brown.


2 cups pumpkin puree
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 ½ C. white sugar
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 t salt
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 C. chopped pecans
½ C. margarine (or butter ? ) melted
1 8 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9x13 baking pan
Combine the pumpkin evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well and spread into the prepared pan.
Mix the yellow cake mix with the melted butter and pecans. Sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin mixture.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top is turning light brown.
Top cooled cake with whipped topping when ready to serve.

Friday, August 28, 2009


1 T. yeast
1 ½ C. warm water
2 T. sugar
½ tsp. salt
3 C. flour
½ C. butter, melted
Garlic powder
Parmesan cheese (grated in the little package is best)

Mix first 5 ingredients with a spoon for 3 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes. Pour about half of the melted butter onto a jelly roll pan and distribute to all corners. Spread dough out on the pan, working it evenly into all corners. Spread remaining butter on dough. Top with garlic powder and cheese. Cut into 1-inch strips with a pizza cutter. Let rise for 10-20 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.


½ lb. ground sausage
¼ C. butter
1/3 C. flour
3 ¼ milk
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning
Biscuits (can be refrigerator Pillsbury Grands, or you can make them from scratch)

Brown the sausage. Drain and reserve 1 T. of the drippings. Set aside. Add butter to reserved drippings. Melt butter over low heat. Add flour, whisking until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. While stirring, gradually add milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in seasonings and sausage. Cook over low heat for a few minutes until flavors blend. Serve over open biscuits.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


1 ¼ Cup sugar, divided
1 C. Flour
7 T. cocoa, divided
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp . salt
½ c. milk
1/3 C. butter, melted
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ C. + 1 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/4 C. hot water

In a medium bowl, combine ¾ C sugar, the flour, 3 T. of the cocoa, the baking powder and salt. Blend in milk, butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into a square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine remaining ½ C. sugar, brown sugar and 4 T. cocoa. Sprinkle cocoa mixture over cake batter. Pour hot water over the top. DO NOT STIR.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Let stand 15 minutes. Spoon into dessert dishes. Top with ice cream and spoon fudge sauce over the ice cream. (Our favorite flavors of ice cream with this dessert are mint chocolate chip, cherry cordial, and peppermint.)


3 c. flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 t. almond flavor
1 1/2 t. butter flavor
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1 c. and 2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients well for 2 minutes. Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake for 60 minutes. (Sometimes it takes longer - bake until until brown on top - don't overbake!) Cool in the pans for 10 minutes - then take out of pans.

1/4 c. fresh orange juice
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond flavor
1/2 t. vegetable oil

Heat in saucepan until sugar melts. Prick top of bread - cover with glaze (I cover the entire loaf in glaze).

This is a great one to make for a party - it's not too sweet, but soooo good.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


2 green bell peppers
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 lg. yellow onions
1 can chopped jalapeƱos
1 can chopped green chilies
2 to 4 Chicken Breasts or 2 med. Steaks

Cook meat in fry pan, place on plate
and cool- thinly slice or shred meat.

Thinly slice peppers and onions and fry until semi-soft (Add small amounts of water, cover/steam to keep from burning) Add cooked meat, jalapeƱos and chilies- simmer 10 min.

Serve in warmed flour tortillas, can add shredded cheese.

Friday, August 21, 2009


4 Chicken Breasts
1 bottle your favorite spaghetti sauce
4 slices mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
2 eggs beaten

Breading: Flour, seasoning salt, pepper, oregano

Dip chicken breasts in egg and then in flour mixture,
Fry in hot oil in frying pan until browned.
Pour sauce in casserole dish, place chicken in sauce.
Top each breast with a slice of mozzarella and
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake @ 350 for 35 min.
(Cheese will be bubbly)

Thursday, August 20, 2009


2 c. cooked mashed carrots
2 c. shortening or butter
2 c. sugar
4 ½ c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 pinches of salt
2 eggs

Mix shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well. Add carrots and dry ingredients alternately. Will be stiff. Drop by Tbs. onto greased cookie sheet. Bake @350 for 12 min.

1 orange
Powdered sugar

Grate finely only the colored part of the orange peel. Cut and squeeze juice into bowl. Add powdered sugar to frosting consistency. Frost on waxed paper.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


16 c. air popped popcorn
30 large marshmallows or 3 cups small marshmallows
1 cube of margarine
1 cup brown sugar (packed)

Pop popcorn and put in large bowl. Melt marshmallows, margarine and brown sugar in saucepan. Pour over popcorn. Mix with buttered hands and form into balls.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


1 yellow cake mix
1 can crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 lg. pig vanilla pudding
Cool Whip

Cook pineapple and sugar together in saucepan. Bake yellow cake as directed. 10 min. before it is done, remove and pour pineapple mixture over cake. Bake an additional 10 min. Prepare pudding. Cool cake completely. Spread vanilla pudding over top of cake. Top with layer of Cool Whip. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts. Enjoy!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onions
3 c. water
2 -26oz cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
2-16oz cans kidney beans, undrained
1-16oz can tomato sauce
1 envelope of taco seasoning mix
2 small avocados, peeled, seeded & chopped
Grated cheddar cheese
corn chips
sour cream

In large saucepan, cok ground beef & onion until meat is browned. Drain off any excess fat. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer soup, covered for 15 min. Add avocado just before serving. Top with the other toppings!

Friday, August 14, 2009


1 Roasting chicken (4-5 lbs)
A bunch of Fresh Rosemary(or sage, thyme or combination of 3)
1 lemon
Kitchen string
Some softened butter
Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Rinse inside & outside of chicken. Towel dry. Stuff fresh herbs into chicken cavity. Poke holes in lemon with knife or fork and stuff lemon inside too. Truss (tie) chicken, tucking in wings & legs. Rub chicken with softened butter. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place in roasting pan & roast for 20 min @ the 425 temp. This sears the skin & seals the juices. Reduce oven temp to 350 and cook for 15 minutes PER POUND (a 4 lb chicken cooks for an ADDITIONAL
hour, a 5lb chicken for an additional hour & 15 min.,etc.)
Remove from oven and let sit for 15 min.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Banana Split Brownie Pizza

1 pkg brownie mix
2 pkg. cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
banana slices
strawberry slices
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 TBS margarine

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare brownie mix according to directions. Put batter in a pizza pan and bake for 15-20 min or until set. Cool to room temperature. Mix cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread over brownie crust. Top with fruit & chopped nuts. Melt chocolate & butter together, stirring until smooth. (I have used choc. chips & just melted those)Drizzle over pizza. Chill. Cut into wedges with pizza cutter!

Super Easy Bean/Beef Burritos

1-2 lbs of extra lean ground beef (brown with a little chopped onion)
1-2 TBS of ground cumin
1 TBS of garlic salt
1 - 2 TBS of chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1 small can of tomato sauce (add 1 can of water)
1 can of refried beans
Let all ingredients simmer together. Spoon into flour tortillas, add cheese,
sour cream, sliced avocado, chopped tomatoes, etc…

Strawberry Layered Dessert

Step 1
Mix together:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts
Cook on a cookie sheet (toss often) and
bake for 15 minutes @ 350 degrees

Step 2
Mix with a beater:
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Step 3
1 pkg. of Strawberry Danish Dessert
(prep. as directed for fruit sauce)
1 qt. of fresh sliced strawberries
(or 1 pkg. frozen)

Layer in oblong glass dish:
Step #1, #2, #1, #2, and finally #3
Chill overnight in the fridge.
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