Thursday, December 23, 2010

Caramel Party Mix

Just the cereal, ready for the syrup...
All gooey, ready to eat...
Caramel Party Mix

1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
½ cup Butter or Margarine
1/3 cup Corn Syrup

10 cups Assorted Cereals (Example: 4 cups Life, 3 cups Corn Bran Squares, 3 cups Crispix)
Bring first 3 ingredients to boil for 1 minute. Pour over assorted cereals. Put into cookie sheet and let dry. Store in sealed container.

Colored Popcorn

Heidi wanted to bring something to school for their class Christmas party. So, she helped me make this yummy treat. My girls are really helpful in the kitchen. I hope their love for cooking increases. It is fun to cook and bake with them!

Colored Popcorn

2 cups Sugar
½ cup Water
1 Tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Food Coloring
¼ tsp. Salt
1 cup Popcorn, popped

Mix all ingredients, except popcorn, in a pot. Boil for 3 minutes. Pour over popped popcorn. Mix and let sit until dry.

Dumplings

Dumplings

1 cup Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine
1/3 – ½ cup Milk or Water

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together (I don't ever sift my flour). Cut butter or margarine into dry ingredients. Texture should resemble cornmeal. Stir in the milk or water to make a sticky dough. Drop from a spoon on top of stew. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes without lifting the lid.

Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

1.5 lbs Stewing Beef
Flour
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

3 potatoes, peeled & cubed
1/2 large Onion, diced
2 cups Corn, undrained
2 cups Carrots, undrained
1 tin Mushrooms, undrained
2 cups Water

1/2 tsp. Salt
4 Tbsp. Bisto (heaping)
1 Tbsp. Chicken Soup Base (heaping)
2 dashes Worchestershire Sauce

Thaw beef and coat in flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder mixture (whatever amounts you want). Put in slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. Add potatoes - water and cook on high for another 2 hours. Add salt - worchestershire sauce and cook for one more hour on medium.

Mix ingredients for dumplings (http://tasteofhomemade.blogspot.com/2010/12/dumplings.html) and drop by tablespoon full into slow cooker. Replace lid and cook for 1 hour on high or until dumplings are done.

Cinnamon Chips

Ready to go into the oven...

Ready to eat!!...
Cinnamon Chips

Flour Tortilla Shells
Butter, melted
Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture

Brush tortilla shells with butter (just enough to coat) and then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Cut into 8 pieces with pizza cutter. Bake at 350 until golden brown and crispy.

Fruit Salsa

Fruit Salsa

1 container Strawberries
2 Kiwis, cut into pieces
1 Banana, sliced
1 tin Pineapples, drained
1 Apple, cut into pieces
1 small tin Peaches, drained & cut into pieces
2-3 Tbsp. Strawberry Jam

Mix together all fruit and add strawberry jam. You can do however much fruit you want and jam as well. This is one of those "Granny cooking" recipes. :)

Enchiladas

When I make Enchiladas, I usually make 2 recipes and put some into the freezer. It is so handy, and also makes a great meal for a sick friend, a new mom or surprise company. :)

Enchiladas

1 package Flour Tortillas (Sunny Day's are the best)

Filling:
2 lbs. Hamburger
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Water
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tin Pork ‘n’ Beans, undrained



Tomato Sauce:
3 Tbsp. Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
½ cup Onion, chopped
¼ cup Green Pepper, chopped
1 tin (2 lb. 3 oz.) Italian Tomatoes, undrained
1 – 8 oz. tin Tomato Paste
1 Beef Bouillon Cube
¾ cup boiling Water
Dash of Ground Cumin
½ tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated

Fry hamburger until brown. Add garlic, salt, water and chili powder. Add beans. Remove from heat.

In hot oil in skillet, sauté garlic, onion, and green pepper until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix well. Bring to boiling point, stirring over medium heat. Dissolve beef bouillon cube in boiling water. Add beef bouillon, cumin, salt and pepper to the tomato mixture. Simmer, uncovered, and stir occasionally, 5 minutes, to thicken slightly.

Place 1/3 cup filling in center of each tortilla. Roll up. Arrange, seam-side down. In a 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour the tomato sauce over all.

Sprinkle grated cheese over top. Bake for 25 minutes (or until bubbly and heated through) at 350oF.

Makes 12 Enchiladas.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oreo No-Bake Cheesecake

Anyone remember Smitty's Cookies 'n Cream pie? I remember going to Smitty's for coffee with my highschool friends (mmm, that was a long time ago ;)) and usually ordering Cookies 'n Cream pie. Then one day they discountinued this delicious pie and I've been trying to find something similiar ever since. This is the closest I've come so far. :)

OREO No-Bake Cheesecake
45 Oreo Cookies (1 ½ pkg.), divided
¼ cup Margarine, melted
1 pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups Cool Whip (I always make my own whipped cream)
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam. Coarsely chop 15 of the cookies; set aside. Finely crush remaining cookies; mix with margarine. Press onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping and chopped cookies. Spoon over crust; cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Store in refrigerator.

BBQ Potato Skins

I got this recipe off a recipe blog called www.wannalickthespoon.blogspot.com. Thanks to my friend, Cora, for letting me know about this website. Looks like alot of great recipes!! These potatoes are absolutely delicious! My family agreed ;)



BBQ Potato Skins

Slice potatoes into rounds, 1/4 inch thick. Enough to fill a greased cookie sheet. Brush with oil and bake for 25 minutes at 450 (or until potatoes are done). Then slather with Bullseye BBQ sauce and layer with bacon bits, shredded cheese and chopped green onions. Bake another 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve with sour cream, optional. Absolutely delicious!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthday Cake Ideas

Here are some birthday cakes I've made. They are really easy to make! If you'd like instructions, let me know. :)














Monday, November 8, 2010

Cracker Jack Cookies

Ready to bake...

Ready to eat!...
Cracker Jack Cookies

1 cup Margarine
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 cups Oatmeal
1 cup Coconut
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 – 2 cups Chocolate Chips, optional (I didn't put any in)
Mix all ingredients. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes.

Monster Cookies

This morning I told the kids I needed to bake cookies today. I asked them if I should wait until they got home or do it while they were in school. Don't know why I asked, the answer was obvious! ;) They were so excited that they got to help, so we baked cookies while Garry was at a church meeting. I'm sure he'll be happy when he gets home ;)

Ready to bake...

Ready to eat!!...

Monster Cookies


½ cup Margarine
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
½ tsp. Syrup
4 ½ cups Oatmeal
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 cup or 4 boxes Smarties

Mix ingredients in order given. Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fancy French Toast

This recipe is not your ordinary french toast recipe. If you like cinnamon, you gotta try it! My family really loves it!
Dipping Mixture...


Frying in the pan...
Fancy French Toast

2 Eggs
2/3 cup Milk
2 tsp. Sugar
¼ tsp. Salt
½ - 1 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 slices of Bread
Mix together all ingredients, except bread. Dip bread in mixture. Fry on lightly greased hot griddle on both sides. Serve with butter and syrup.

Biscuits

These are really quick and easy to make. Really good with soup, stew or a casserole. I make them right before a meal and serve them when they're warm.

Ready to go into the oven...


Hot and ready to eat! ...

Biscuits

2 cups Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1/3 cup Margarine, melted or Cooking Oil
1 Egg, beaten
2/3 cup Milk
Rub margarine into dry ingredients. Add egg and milk. Do not over mix. Pat out onto floured board ½ - ¾" thick. Cut into square or use a clean soup tin, punctured at the bottom to let air out. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Cream Puffs

These are a real treat, but I don't make them very often. Not sure what I did wrong this last time, they weren't quite as light and fluffy as they usually are.

Ready to go into the oven...
Ready to be cut in half and filled...

Ready to EAT!! ... ;)
Cream Puffs

½ cup Butter
1 cup Water
1 cup Flour
4 Eggs
Filling:
2 cups Whipping Cream
1 pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding

Heat butter and water to boiling point in a saucepan. Stir in flour, stirring constantly until mixture leaves the pan and forms into a ball. Remove from heat; cool. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition until mixture is smooth. Drop from spoon 5 cm apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450oF for 15 minutes, then at 325oF for 25 minutes. Cool slowly away from drafts. Cut off tops with sharp knife. Mix together ingredients for filling. Put in between cream puffs and dust with icing sugar. Serve cold. Makes: 8 large puffs.

Creamy Chicken Fettucini

If you're wondering... NO, I didn't make all these recipes today! lol I just realized I was behind on blogging recipes, so you'll get a few in one day. I hope that's ok ;) This is not a great picture, seeing as it doesn't show any pieces of chicken or broccoli, but I hope you get the idea. :)


Creamy Chicken Fettuccini
500 grams Boneless Chicken Breast (about 3)
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 Carrots, sliced
1 Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, chopped
½ head Cauliflower, pieces
1 bunch Broccoli, pieces
2 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp. Chicken Soup Base Powder
4 Tbsp. Flour
2 cups ½ & ½ Cream
1 cups Milk
Spaghetti Noodles (about 12 servings)
In a large saucepan, fry chicken pieces in butter, until tender. Add all cut veggies and cook 6-8 minutes (Don’t overcook). Add flour and spices, mix well. Add cream and milk slowly. Cook 15 minutes, until it thickened. Meanwhile cook Spaghetti noodles, according to package directions.

German Pancakes (Crepes)

These (or waffles) are my family's favorite for Sunday lunch. They're not my favorite to make on Sunday, but I do it for two reasons: 1. Garry helps me in the kitchen :) 2. because I love to make them happy! :)


German Pancakes (Crepes)
5 large or 6 medium Eggs
3 cups Milk
2 cups Flour
½ tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Margarine, melted
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Heat griddle. Pour enough batter to make a paper thin layer. When browned nicely, turn over. We usually eat these with brown sugar and cream (something my husband grew up with, and I've learned to really enjoy!)

Amaranth Bars

These are so yummy (and healthy), I usually make 2 batches and put them into a large cookie sheet instead of a 9x13 pan. They make a great after-school snack. :)


Amaranth Bars
4 cups puffed Amaranth
1 cup Cashews
1 cup roasted Sunflower Kernels
1 ¾ cup Honey
½ - ¾ cup Peanut Butter
Dried Cranberries, optional

Mix amaranth, sunflower kernels and cashews in large bowl. Melt honey in pot on stove, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour honey over amaranth mixture and stir until well coated. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan and press down evenly. Cool and cut into bars.
* I usually do more peanut butter and less honey.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pizza Buns

Pizza Buns

1 lb. Pepperoni or Hamburger (I used Pepperoni)
1 lb. Bacon, prefried
1 tin Mushrooms, drained
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 medium Green Pepper, chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste
¼ tsp. Oregano (if using Hamburger)
1 – 2 tins Tomato Soup
Mozzarella Cheese
Mix all ingredients, except for cheese. Simmer on low for 30 minutes or bake at 350oF for 1 hour (I always bake mine in the oven, it requires less supervision and doesn't burn on!). Spread hot mixture onto buns and sprinkle cheese over top. For soft buns: broil just until cheese is melted. For crispy buns: bake at 350oF for 13 minutes.

Tip: Works great to make 2 or more recipes and put into margarine containers (single meal portions) in the freezer for a fast, easy meal!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Homemade Noodles

I made homemade noodles yesterday for the noodle soup. My family prefers these over store-bought noodles. They are a bit of work, but very tasty! I don't have a noodle machine, so I cut them all by hand. Here are some step-by-step pictures...


Roll dough out thinly...

Roll it up, as you would for cinnamon buns...

I slice through the roll, through the center, so the noodles aren't so long...

Use LOTS of flour when cutting the noodles up...
Put noodles into a sieve to shake out extra flour...
Cook and rinse with hot water...

Homemade Noodles
6 Eggs
12 Tbsp. Water
3 tsp. Salt
Flour
Note: Use 2 Tbsp. Water for every egg used.

Mix together all ingredients. Roll out with rolling pin until thin. Roll up as if making cinnamon buns and cut into thin slices with a knife. Boil until tender.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Broth cooking...
All ready to be put into the fridge for lots of quick, easy meals...

Chicken Noodle Soup

Stock Pot (¾ full of Water)
4 – 5 lb. Chicken, whole
4 medium Onions, cut into chunks
2 stalks Celery, chopped
3 large Carrots, whole
8 Whole Star Aniseed
2 – 3 tsp. Whole Black Pepper Kernels
8 – 9 Bay Leaves
1 – 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen Parsley
1 cup (or more, I add about another 2/3 cup) Chicken Soup Base
Salt, to taste
Butter, to taste
Noodles
Cook meat for 2 hours in stock pot. Add onions, celery and carrots. Add spice ball containing: Star Aniseed, Black Pepper and Bay Leaves. Add parsley and Chicken Soup Base. Cook together for one hour more. Strain into container. Take out meat, cut up and put into soup. Throw away junk. Add salt and butter. Cook noodles separately, as per package instructions and add to broth. (or check out my next post for Homemade Noodles) :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

White Buns

I had a productive day today, but boy do my legs hurt! I spent alot of time in the kitchen. I baked buns, made Chicken Noodle Soup and homemade noodles for the soup. It feels good getting alot accomplished in one day!

Dough is in bowl to rise:

Rising... ;)


Make dough into buns and place on pan and let rise again...




Baked & ready to eat!! :)




White Buns

4 ½ cups hot Water
1 cup Oil
3 tsp. Salt, heaping
1/3 cup Sugar, rounded
2 Eggs
2 ½ Tbsp. Instant Yeast, rounded
Flour

Mix together water, oil, salt, sugar and eggs. Add 2 cups flour and yeast and mix. Add enough flour (a cup at a time) to make nice dough (so that the dough is not too hard, but not sticky either). Let rise in dough bowl until double in size (about 1 hour). Roll into buns and place on pans. Cover pans with thin plastic and tea towel. Let rise about 1 hour. Bake at 425oF for about 13 minutes or until golden brown.

I'll post the Chicken Noodle Soup and Noodle recipes tomorrow. Too tired now... :)