And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to be full. Psalms 78:24-25

October 24, 2010

Homemade Apple Cider

This afternoon after church, I made some of this Apple Cider for my wonderful husband.  In the Fall, this is his FAVORITE drink, so, I thought that I would be extra nice and show my love for him.

Step 1: Rapidly Boil 1 hour

Step 2:  Reduce Heat and simmer 2 hours

Step 3: Remove from heat, cool, and strain

Step 4:  Drink Up!

 This recipe is a WINNER in my house.  We added some caramel to it, and YUMMY!

October 16, 2010

Caramel Apple Biscuit Pops

Sorry I haven't been on in awhile.  Life has gotten the better of me.

In the spirit of Fall, I ran across this recipe that is a 'must try' sometime soon.  I love to bake, bake and bake some more... here is the recipe, it comes from Pillsbury.
 picture taken from here

July 31, 2010

Breakfast Tacos

6 tortillas
8 eggs
2 Tbsp Milk
1/4 c chopped spinach (fresh or frozen, thawed)
6 bacon slices, cooked & crumbled (I used Canadian Bacon)
Shredded cheese
Ranch Dressing

Scramble eggs with the milk with the spinach tossed in.  Heat tortillas as directed on package.  Arrange small bowls (or mix the bacon and eggs together - this is what I did), on the table for each ingredient so you can pick and choose what to put in the tortilla and fold into a delicious breakfast taco.

I wish I remembered to get a picture of it before diving it, for sure next time.

This recipe was taken from The Source Book, pg. 26 -

April 30, 2010

African Chicken Treat

This may seem like a strange meal, but, let me tell you that it is very

1 1/2 c water
2 tsp chicken bouillon granules (I used a cube, it's all I had)
2 onions, thinly sliced (I used one and just chopped it up)
1 red bell pepper, sliced (once again, I chopped it)
1 green bell pepper, sliced (same as above)
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced (once again, chopped)
8 chicken thighs, skinned
1/2 c extra crunchy peanut butter (I used regular crunchy p.b.)
crushed chili pepper of your choice (I left this out, I am not fond of heat)

Combine water, chicken bouillon, celery, onions and peppers in slow cooker.  Spread p.butter over both sides of chicken pieces (I just tossed it in after the chicken and mixed -- touching raw chicken makes me squirm).  Sprinkle with chili pepper.  Place on top of ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hrs.  Serves 4.

This recipe came from Fix-It-and Forget-It
I wish I could get a pic on here, but neither of my cameras are working at the moment :-(

April 28, 2010

Shirley's Bread... again

Ok, once again, here is my ALL time favorite bread recipe... YUUUUMY!

Shirley's Bread click on the link to get to the recipe.  You can also cut it in half too (that is how I have to make it, cause it won't all fit in by bowl if I don't)

My kids aren't fond of whole wheat bread, but they just can't get enough of this bread.  I made some on Monday, and I am about to pull a third loaf out of my freezer... talk about awsome, wholesome, delicious bread!

Don't freak out... the dough is supposed to be like cookie dough... I never have made a bread that is supposed to be this sticky, but tastes SOOOOOOO yummy.

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March 24, 2010

Three - Bean Casserole

Makes 8 servings
Prep: 20 min; Bake: 45 min

1 pound bulk pork sausage
2 stalks , medium, celery, sliced (1 cup)
1 medium onion (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 (28-ounce) cans (each) baked beans, in tomato-sauce
1 (15-ounce) can lima beans or butter-beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons honey or packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce

1. Heat oven to 400°.
2. Cook sausage, celery, onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
3. Mix sausage mixture and remaining ingredients in ungreased 3-quart casserole. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes, stirring once, until hot and bubbly.

Slow Cooker Directions: Substitute 1/2 cup ketchup for the tomato sauce. Decrease honey to 1 tablespoon. Cook sausage, celery, onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Mix sausage mixture and remaining ingredients in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat setting 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes to blend flavors.

** Now, I have to admit, I was in such a hurry to make this recipe, that I forgot to add the brown sugar, vinegar, ground mustard, and the red pepper sauce, BUT it was still a very tasty dish**

From "Betty Crocker's Complete Cookbook, Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, 9th Edition." Text Copyright 2000 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sloppy Joe Bake

Makes 6 servings

1 pound ground beef
1 (15-ounce) can Original-Style sloppy joe sauce
2 cups Original Bisquick®
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
1 egg
4 slices process American cheese, cut diagonally in half

1. Heat oven to 375°. Grease round pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Make beef and sloppy joe sauce as directed on can.
2. Stir Bisquick, milk, margarine and egg until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom and up side of pan to within 1/4 inch of rim. Spoon beef mixture evenly over dough.
3. Bake uncovered 25 minutes. Arrange cheese triangles on beef mixture. Bake about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

HIGH ALTITUDE (3500 to 6500 feet): Heat oven to 400°.

From "Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook." Text Copyright 2000 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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February 22, 2010

Mexi - Tortilla Casserole

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 lb ground pork (I used beef)
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 c shredded cheese
2 c tortilla chips
1/2 c sour cream (I used plain yogurt)
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies, drained
2 Tbsp minced cilantro

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Heat oil in large skillet over med heat.  Cook and stir onion 5 minutes or until tender.  Brown meat, stirring to seperate.  Drain fat.  Stir in tomatoes with juice, pregano, salt, cumin, and pepper.  Spoon into 11x7 inch casserole.  Sprinkle with cheese; arrange tortilla chips over cheese.  Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese emlts.  Combine sour cream and chilies; mix until well blended.  Drop by tablespoonfulls onto baked casserole.  Sprinkle with cinlantro.  Makes 6 servings. 


Serves a family of 6-8  (For extra hungry teens, double this recipe)  taken from Pantry Principles

2 ½ c. Old Fashioned Oats
½ t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
½ c. any dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, raisins, chopped prunes, chopped apricots, etc.)
¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)

Soak oats in milk overnight.  Mix dry ingredients in another bowl.  Mix eggs, honey, and vanilla into oats.  Combine and mix everything until just barely moistened.  Pour into a buttered 9 inch round cake pan.   Bake in a 350F oven for 30-35 min. Test with a toothpick for doneness.

Hint: This recipe may be made through step 2 the night before. Cover and refrigerate wet ingredients. Cover dry ingredients.

Menu Feb 21-27

  Breakfast:  Oatmeal
  Lunch: Leftovers or PBJ/H sandwiches
  Dinner:  Mexi-Tortilla Casserole

  Breakfast:  Oatcake
  Lunch:  Egg Salad Sandwiches
  Dinner:  Creamy Potato Soup
  Breakfast:  Cream of Wheat
  Lunch:  Bulgar Wheat
  Dinner:  PBJ/H Sanwiches

  Breakfast:  Bulgar Wheat
  Lunch:  Ramen Noodles w/veggies
  Dinner:  Lentil Chili

  Breakfast:  Rice Cereal
  Lunch:  Nachos
  Dinner:  N/A -- we get to go to a dinner

  Breakfast:  Oats Groats
  Lunch:  Tuna Salad Sanwiches
  Dinner:  Pirate Stew

  Breakfast:  Waffles
  Lunch:  Pizza
  Dinner:  Cheasy Vegetable Strata

as I make the recipes, I will post them :)

Silly Spaghetti Casserole

This dish was a HIT with the kids.  You can't tell, but those are stars that I cut out of an orange bell pepper with a small cookie cutter.  I got this recipe from one of my NEW cookbooks, Cooking for Kids Bible.

Nonstick cooking spray
8 oz uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
1/4 c finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c cholesterol-free egg product (or 1 large egg)
3/4 lb lean ground beef/turkey/chicken
1/3 c chopped onion
2 c pasta sauce
1/2 (10 oz) pkg frozen cut spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 green, yellow, orange or red bell pepper, cored and seeded

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Spray 8-inch square baking dish (you can use a casserole dish too) with cooking spray.  Cook spaghetti according to pkg directions, omit salt and oil.  Drain.  Return spaghetti to saucepan; cool slightly.  Add Parmesan cheese and egg.  Toss until well mixed.  Place in prepared baking dish.  Spray large non-stick skillet with cooking spray.  Brown beef and onion in skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat.  Drain fat.  Stir in pasta sauce and spinach.  Spoon on top of spaghetti mixture.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Use small cookie cutter to cut decorative shapes from bell pepper.  Arrange on top of cheese.  Cover with foil.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until bubbling.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Cut into squares.  Makes 6 servings.

February 19, 2010


Don't let the name fool you.  There won't be any HOOTing going on in the house during or after consumption.  Also, you are probaly thinking, What in the world is Hootenanny?  Well, it is a cross between a pancake and french toast. Who would have thought that you would start out a breakfast (besides a shake or smoothie) in a blender?

First, pull out the blender and add...
1 c milk
1 c whole wheat flour
6 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
Mix on HIGH till well blended,
and you get this...
Heat oven to 425*F.  When oven is preheated put an empty 9x13 cake pan on to heat, when hot add butter.  When butter is melted, pour in egg mixture, and This is what you will get...
Bake for 20 minutes, and you will get this...
Now, it is time to serve and eat.  Top with applesauce, jam, or syrup
this recipe came from Pantry Principles by Kathryn Louis

February 14, 2010

Breakfast Sundaes

For Valentine's Day, I thought that I would make a special breakfast for my family. So, here it is...

Homemade Yogurt
Chopped Almonds
My kids loved it.  It is quick and simple and most of all, very healthy

Homemade Yogurt

3-3/4 c warm water
1 2/3 c instant nonfat dry milk
-- or you can use 4 c milk instead of the water and powdered milk--
2-4 Tbsp store bought, plain yogurt w/live cultures (read label to be sure there are live cultures)

In a large bowl, combine water and powdered milk.  Stir very well and let sit for a few minutes.  All powdered milk should be dissolved.  Heat milk over medium heat until it reaches 180*F.  This kills off any bacteria.  Remove from heat and stove and allow to cool to 110*F.  If the milk is any hotter, it will kill the yogurt cultures.  Add the store bought yogurt to the warm milk, stir well until yogurt is dissolved completely.  Carefully pour the mixture into a very clean, quart-sized canning jar.  Incubate the yogurt in the oven which is set to about 100*F -between warm and 200*F (my electric oven has a warming temp) for 6-8 hours or until set almost as thick as store bought yogurt.  Chill and eat. 

I buy a big container of plain yogurt, use the 2-4 Tbps and then freeze the rest of the yogurt (I use ice cube trays - 1 Tbsp for each cube).  Once they are frozen, I remove and put into a freezer bag and store in the freezer.  When I am ready to make some more yogurt, I pull out the cubes and let them thaw while I am heating the milk.

Homemade Granola

1/2 c butter (1 stick)
1 c brown sugar
1/4 c water
4 c rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375*F.  In large 4 qt pot, melt the butter and sugar in the water.  Stir well and let simmer for a few minutes.  Remove from heat add the oats into the pot, making sure the oats get evenly coated.  Spread the Granola out on a cookie sheet (one with sides).  Bake it for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool, then break into small pieces.  To store, put it into an airtight container or a gallon sized Ziplock bag.  You can add nuts, dried fruit or some cinnamon to it if you like as well.  Great for breakfast or snack

February 11, 2010

Kitchen Helps

clip art taken from Sassyarts

I was browsing online yesterday to see if I can get some ideas on how to re-organize my recipes and cute ways to do them. While browsing a sight, I found this cute template for a Pie Chart from Martha Stewart. While on her site, I also found these cute charts for Cooks Helper. Now, I am not really a fan of hers, but I do glean off some of her ideas

February 10, 2010

East Peasy Veggie Spuds

This is an oldie but goodie in my house.

4 potatoes
1 bag frozen veggie medley
1 can cream of celery,cheese, or broccoli soup
1/8-1/4 c milk
cheese to taste

Clean and scrub the spuds. Pierce them and then throw them into the microwave to cook. While they are cooking away in the microwave; get a medium sauce pan and throw in the veggies, add the soup, and milk. Stir it all together. Once everything is warm, toss in some cheese, stir until it has completely melted. Once the spuds are done, split them open and top with the veggie sauce. you can top with bacon bits if you like. This is a very filling meal in itself.

February 09, 2010

Spanish Rice

3 c cooked brown rice
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 Serrano pepper, chopped (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz tomato sauce

Lightly brown onion, peppers, and garlic in oil. Add all other ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.


Once again, this recipe was taken from Pantry Principles.
8-12 oz chicken breasts, sliced thin
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 limes, juice and zest (reserve)
2 bell peppers, sliced
1 onion, sliced (I minced mine)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ancho chili (I used regular chili powder)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 c orange juice
1 Serrano pepper
8-12 whole wheat or corn tortillas
Marinade chicken, peppers, onion, garlic, chili, spices, lime zest, and orange juice. Stir-fry, sprinkle lime juice all over and serve. Warm tortillas in a hot oven wrapped in foil for 10-15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, spinach, sour cream, salsa, etc.

February 08, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This one is soooooo good. It tastes just like Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. I got this recipe from Hillbilly Housewife.

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup tap water

2 cups sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Find a 2 quart saucepan. In it, mix the cocoa and water with a wire whisk or fork. Heat the chocolate water over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and boil for a full 3 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat.

Blender Mayonnaise

1 c veggie oil
1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
1 tsp prepared mustard (I used dry powdered mustard)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg or 2 egg yolks

In a blender, combine egg or egg yolks, mustard, salt, vinegar/lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp of the oil. Blend for 30 seconds. With blender still running, slowly drizzle (this is the crucial step) remaining oil into mixture until all the oil is used and mixture is thick. Taste and adjust seasoning. Makes 1 cup.

I purposely ran out of Mayonnaise and needed some, so I made my own... I can't remember where I got this recipe from, but it sure is yummy.

February 01, 2010

Shirley's Bread

Ok, here is a SUPERly Delicious good bread recipe. This recipe came from a friend of mine's mom. I am sooo endebted to her for this recipe.

This recipe make 6 large loaves or 8 medium loaves

1/3 c dry yeast
1/3 c sugar
1 1/2 c warm water
7 1/4 c hot water
3 Tbsp salt
1 c oil
1 c honey
1/2 c gluten flour
1/2 c flax seed flour
1/2 c seven grain cereal
20 c whole wheat flour (approx)

Mix suage into the 1 1/2 c warm water. Mix yeast into sugar mixture. Let stand 10-15 minutes. While yeast is standing, combine hot water and 10 1/2 c of wheat flour into bread mixer. Mix on low speed until well blended. Add salt, oil. and honey. Continue to mix until well blended. Add flax seed flour, seven grain cereal, and the gluten flour to mix and blend. Add prepared yeast to mixture and blend thoroughly. Add approximately 9 more cupd of wheat flour to mixture or until dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl and is the consistancy of cookie dough. Knead for 10 minutes on low spead. Spray 6 bread pans with cooking spray. Divide into 6 equal portions. MOld into loaves and place in pans. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for approximately 1/2 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 26 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans. Put on rack to cool.

Pasta Alla Cece

This is another recipe from Pantry Principles. Once again, I forgot to get a picture of it, sorry.
4 c cooked garbanzo/lima beans
1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
1 can black olives, quartered (I used sliced)
1 Tbsp capers (optional)
2 Tbps olive oil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
plenty of fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1 c chicken broth
32 oz. crushed tomatoes (I used diced)
1/2 c chopped parsley
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
Start a pot water boiling add the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, saute the garlic and red peppers in the olive oil. Add the beans, thyme, salt and pepper continuing to saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth, artichokes, olives, capers, and tomatoes. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Stir in the parsely and top with Parmesan cheese. (I left them seperate, just for my kids sake... I did want them to eat and not turn up their noses).

January 14, 2010

Veggie Soup with Barley (crock pot)

Yet, another recipe from Kate's Kitchen, and her cookbook, Pantry Principles...

2 c white, garbanzo, or lima beans, soaked (I used can)
1/4 c pearl barley
1 onion, chopped (I used 1/2 of an onion)
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 red potatoes, cubed
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes
4 c water or broth (I used 1/2 beef broth and 1/2 water)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne

Saute veggies in oil and place in crock pot. Add everything else except salt. Cook on high for 3 hours. Add salt. Serve with sliced bread, rolls, or bread sticks. Top with cheese.

Once again, my family loved it.

January 13, 2010

Chicken Chasseur

12-16-oz chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 c chicken broth
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 c flour
1/4 c cream

In a large skillet, brown chicken and remove from pan. Add onions and garlic and saute until soft. Mix flour with cream until smooth. Add all ingredients and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

I wish I got a picture of this dish, but it got put away before I could get it.
This recipe is from Kate's Kitchen from her cookbook, The Pantry Principles.

January 11, 2010

Calico Beans

1/2 c. of any 3-5 different beans - or how every many you want (if using dry, soak overnight)
1 onion. chopped
6 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 lb. fresh spinach, sliced thin
broth or water to cover

Saute onion, carrot, celery, and peppers in oil until softened. Place everything except spinach into crock pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Add spinach during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve and sprinkle with cheese.

I modified this recipe a bit, and I also turned it into more of a soup. This is a very good dish, especially when paired up with homemade dinner rolls or bread.

I got this recipe from Kate's Kitchen from her cookbook, The Pantry Principles.

January 05, 2010

Stove Top Mac and Cheese

2 c elbow macaroni
1/4 c butter
1/4 c flour or a little more (I use wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch pepper
2 c milk
2 c shredded cheese (or more, depends on taste)

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; cook until bubbly. Gradually add milk; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaronil; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat.

My kids love this. It is so easy to make as well. Tastes so much better than the box kind

Black and White Truffles

1 pkg (1-lb 2-oz) creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
36-oz almond bark (vanilla flavored candy coating)
1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vegetable oil

Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. Place cookies in a large food processor. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses until consistency of fine crumbs (I put them in a zip-lock bag and took a rolling pin or a mallet to them to crush them). In a large bowl, stir cookie crumbs and cream cheese until well blended and mixture forms a dough like consistency.

Chop 8-oz of the almond bark; stir into dough mixture. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place on cookie sheets. Freeze 30 minutes or until very firm.

In a small microwaveable bowl (or you can do this on the stove in a medium pot), microwave half of the remaining 28-oz candy coating on High for 90 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.

Remove half of the balls from the freezer. Using 2 forks, dip and roll each ball in coating; return to cookie sheet. Melt remaining candy coating; dip remaining balls.

In a 1-qt resealable freezer plastic bag, place chocolate and oil; seal bag. Microwave on High 35-50 seconds, squeezing chips in bag every 15 seconds, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Cut small tip from bottom corner of bag. Drizzle chocolate over truffles. If desired, sprinkle with cocoa. Refrigerate 30-45 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store covered in refrigerator.

Prep Time: 30 min Start-Finish: 1 hr 45 min Makes: 6 dozen Recipe was taken from Betty Crocker

Festive Vanilla Fudge

1 bag (12-oz) white chocolate chips
1/4 c whipping cream
1 Tbsp honey
3/4 c red and green candies

Line bottom and sides of 8-inch pan with foil, leaving foil overhanging 2 opposite sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.

In a large microwavable bowl, mix chips, cream and honey. Microwave on High about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Cool about 30 minutes or until just slightly warm. Quickly stir in 1/2 c of the candies. Spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c candies over the top; press lightly into top. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until completely set.

Remove fudge from pan onto cutting board by lifting with foil; peel back foil. With a large sharp knife, cut into 4 rectangles. Cut each rectangle crosswise into 8 pieces.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Start-Finish 1 hr 10 min Makes 32 candies From Betty Crocker