Saturday, November 28, 2009


20 ounces cranberry juice
10 ounces apple juice
3 3/4 ounces pineapple juice, frozen concentrate -- thawed
3 3/4 ounces lemonade, frozen concentrate -- thawed
3 cinnamon sticks

In a large saucepan combine juices, concentrates and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add water if desired. Serve hot or cold


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crock Pot Apple Butter

10 c. peeled and sliced Jonathan apples (don't add any water)
5 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all of the above and cook in crock pot on low for 10-12 hours. (Cook overnight and wake up to a wonderful smell!) Then uncover and cook an additional 2-4 hours on high until apple butter is thick. Pour into hot canning jars leaving 1/4 inch head space and seal or pour into jar and simply refrigerate. Yields about 4 1/2 pints.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pork Burrito Salad

Our entire family LOVES Cafe Rio so when we found this recipe we
just had to try it out! ENJOY! Hmmmmmm

Cafe Rio Knock-Off Pork Burrito/Salad

Pork Burritos/Salad:
1 pork roast (shoulder approx 3-4lbs) or butt
2 cans coke
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 small cans of diced chilis
1 (14 OZ can of tomato sauce)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin

Mix ingredients in crock pot. Add roast. Cook the night before on low for 6-7 hours. Shred pork the next morning, put back in crockpot and let marinade for 4-5 hours on warm.

Costco has a great uncooked tortillas. (pk of 40)
2-3 cans of black or pinto beans
2-3 cups of rice of your choice
1 can of green chili enchilada sauce
2-4 cups of mozzarella cheese (depends on if you like a lot of cheese inside and on top)

If you want to make a salad do not use the enchilada sauce and mozzarella cheese from above, instead add: 2 bags of greens

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing:
1 cup mayo (full fat not light)
1 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Recipe Dressing
Mix 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cloves garlic (minced)
3 tomatillos (quartered)

Mix all ingredients in blender until well blended. Chill before serving.

Don't forget tortilla strips for the top of the salad!(you can buy the tortilla strips in a bag at SMITHS in front of their deli meats.)

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Favorite Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!

My Favorite GOOSEBERRY PATCH Cookbook is Slow-Cooker Recipes! Check out page 128! My Mexicali Beef Soft Tacos Recipe made it into their recipe book! I've been buying Gooseberry Patch Recipe Books and items from their website forever! I love all the fun stories, pictures and crafts! Its just one of those "feel good" websites! Check them out!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Broccolli-Cauliflower Soup

My family will all be here this weekend and this Broccoli Cauliflower Soup recipe is my favorite "go to" for a crowd! The Spike seasoning makes this soup taste wonderfully new to your taste buds and helps to keep down the salt! Even children love this soup!

1 chopped onion
1 bunch broccoli, cut up into bite sized pieces
1 bunch cauliflower, cut up into bite sized pieces
1-2 tbsp all purpose SPIKE (original)
1 cup butter
1 cup flour
¼ tsp pepper
8 cups milk
2 cups medium cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook onion, broccoli and cauliflower until tender and sprinkle with SPIKE (I use 2-3 TBSP). While vegetables are cooking make the soup part. In a large saucepan, melt butter and mix with flour and pepper (no salt because of the SPIKE). Add milk slowly and stir constantly until thickened. Add cheese. Empty water from broccoli and pour mixture into soup. You could also put the Spike in with the sauce as you make it rather than the veggies.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie

Ahhh I love fall and all the great foods that come with it! This recipe is our family favorite! I've made it for so many years now and we never get tired of it! ENJOY!

Chicken Pot Pie

3-4 cut up carrots
5-6 cut up potatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 package frozen peas
1 package frozen corn
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp salt

2-4 pre-made pie crust sheets Or make your own pastry pie crust.

1 cup butter, melted
6 tsp chicken bullion (with no MSG)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
5 ¼ cups water
2 cups milk

Cook carrots, potatoes, and onion on stovetop until soft but not mushy. Add peas when vegetables are done. Boil chicken breasts and salt for 1-2 hours. Break up chicken into pieces when done and set aside. For filling: In a large sauce pan combine melted butter, flour, chicken bullion, salt and pepper. Let it cook for a little bit to warm up the flour and then add water and milk. Stir constantly with a wire whisk until thick. Add chicken and vegetables when thickened to a gravy. Pour mixture into pie crusts and fill pie full then top with another crust and cut a slit in the top. Bake pies in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
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