Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Puff Pancakes


Thanksgiving Puff Pancakes

4 T butter
5 eggs
1 ¼ c milk
1 ¼ c flour
1 t salt
1 T sugar
1 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in 9x13 glass baking dish in oven while waiting to preheat. Mix all ingredients and add batter to baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit (we like fresh strawberries with a little sugar and lemon juice!) and powdered sugar.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Dixie" Pomegranate Salad


DIXIE POMEGRANATE SALAD
From Down South in St George!

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 1/2 cup diced apples

Cool Whip OR vanilla yogurt

METHOD:

Mix the ingredients together with just enough Cool Whip, yogurt or both to coat. Serve chilled.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll-up


•3 Eggs
•1 cup Sugar
•2/3 cup Pumpkin
•1 teaspoon Lemon juice
•3/4 cup All-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon Baking powder
•2 teaspoons Cinnamon
•1 teaspoon Ginger
•1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
•1/2 teaspoon Salt
•.
•Filling:
•8 ounces Cream cheese -- softened
•4 tablespoons Butter -- or margarine
•1 cup Powdered sugar
•1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Preparation:
In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating with an electric mixer until thick and light yellow in color. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased and waxed-paper lined 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350 ° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 minutes. Place cake on clean tea towel sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes longer. From 10- inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside.

While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese and butter; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth.
Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake. Roll up cake (without the towel). Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Slice before serving. Keep leftover slices refrigerated. This pumpkin roll freezes well.

Ghost Chili



Ghost Chili

1 lb chicken breast cut in 1"cubes (3 breasts)
1 med. white onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
14 oz. chicken broth
1 - 15 oz.cans Great Northern beans
2 - 4 oz. cans chopped green chiles
1 tsp salt
1/2 - 1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne (opt)

Saute chicken breast, chopped onion and garlic powder together in a little oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add 1/2 cup milk or cream plus 1 cup sour cream. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Taco Soup


Taco Soup

1 lb hamburger meat
salt and pepper to taste
2 – 16 oz cans kidney beans
1 large can tomato juice
2 large cans whole kernel corn
1 package taco seasoning mix
Garnishes:
Shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
olives
chopped onions
corn chips (I like Doritos best)

INSTRUCTIONS
In a skillet brown hamburger meat and salt and pepper to taste. In a large sauce pan combine hamburger with kidney beans, tomato juice, corn, and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil and let simmer. Serve with desired garnishes

Friday, October 15, 2010

PRETZEL HUGS

Idea #1

Idea #2

This is a great quick treat for parties or to put in bags to deliver to friends!

PRETZEL HUGS

1 bag pretzels
1 pkg. M&Ms
1 pkg. Hershey "Hugs"

Place pretzels (We used the square kind) on baking sheet. Place a Hug on each pretzel and bake at 200 degrees for about 8 minutes (just watch for the Hugs to melt). Remove from oven and promptly place a couple of M&Ms on each pretzel, pressing into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool before serving. At room temperature, this takes SEVERAL hours. I would recommend making these the day before you plan on eating/delivering. You can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

So fun even for young children to make!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

YUMMY Corn Chowder



Chipotle Corn Chowder

■2 slices Bacon, Cut Into 1/2-inch Pieces (or Smaller)
■2 Tablespoons Butter
■1-½ whole Yellow Onion, Diced
■4 Cups frozen corn that you buy from Costco.
■2 whole Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce, Finely Diced
(With children i suggest maybe a half of a pepper in adobo sauce
but the pepper really makes this so awesome!)
■1 whole 4-ounce Can Diced Green Chilies
■32 ounces, fluid Chicken Broth
■1-½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream (I used 2 cups )
■½ teaspoons Kosher Salt (more To Taste)
■3 Tablespoons Corn Meal(I used 5 tablespoons)
■¼ cups Water
Preparation Instructions

Cook bacon and onion till bacon is done.
Add bacon pieces to a pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add butter and melt. Add corn. Stir and cook for one minute. Add both kinds of chilies and stir.

Pour in chicken broth and cream. Add salt. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.

Combine cornmeal (or masa) with water. Stir to combine, then pour into the chowder. Cover and cook for 15 minutes over low heat. If chowder needs more thickening, add another tablespoon of cornmeal mixed with water. Cook for another ten minutes.

Serve with crusty sourdough bread from Kneaders! Soooooo Good!

This recipe is from Pioneer Woman Blog! Its a great recipe!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

PUMPKIN CAKE



Yummy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mindy Powell

2 c white granulated sugar
2 c flour
1 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
2 t nutmeg
1 t salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 c oil
1 29 oz can pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together dry ingredients and beat slowly. Add wet ingredients and beat together until mixed well. Place in a well-greased 9x13 pan and bake for 50 minutes. Let cool and add cream cheese frosting.

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/4 c butter
2 t milk
1 t vanilla
4 c powdered sugar

Let butter and cream cheese come to room temperature. Beat cream cheese, butter, milk & vanilla on low. Add powdered sugar on low slowly until smooth.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Technique for Hard - Boiled EGGS


Technique for hard-boiled eggs:

Choose the right size pot to cook your eggs in: The eggs must not be stacked but be in one (1) layer only. Gently place the eggs in a single layer in a pan with enough cold water to cover eggs completely (approximately by 1 inch of water over the top of the eggs).

Too much water will take too long for the water to get boiling, which can throw off the timing and give you overcooked eggs. Too little water causes parts of the eggs to be exposed and end up undercooked.

If you have 2 or 3 layers of eggs stacked up in a small pot, they may cook unevenly. Use a large pan and limit cooking to two (2) dozen eggs at a time only.

Over high heat, bring water JUST to a rapid boil.

As soon as the water reaches a rapid boil, remove pan from heat and cover egg pan tightly with a lid.

Set timer for 17 minutes for large eggs or 20 minutes for jumbo eggs.

After 17 or 20 minutes (depending on size of your eggs), remove lid and drain off water from the eggs.

Watch the time when cooking the eggs carefully. Overcook causes a green layer to form around the yolk. This layer is caused by a reaction between the iron in the yolk and the sulfur in the white. Heat speeds up this reaction, so the longer your eggs cook, the greater the chance of discoloration.

Stop the cooking process: Transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice cubes and/or cold water. NOTE: While they're in the cold water, a layer of steam develops between the shell and the egg white. The steam helps make peeling an egg much easier.

Let eggs cool at least 10 minutes in cold water, then drain. Either store in refrigerator or peel the eggs (see below for How To Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs Easily).

A quick test to ensure that your eggs are hardboiled: When eggs have cooled, spin them on a hard surface (just like you would spin a top). If the eggs spins quickly without taking off or flying off in one direction, the egg is hard boiled and finished. Undercooked eggs (or uncooked eggs) will have a wobbly and unsteady spin.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Oreo Brownie Ice Cream Cake

My youngest brother Brandon had been craving an
Ice Cream Cake so I decided the perfect time to
make him one would be for his 19th Birthday!!
I had never made an ice cream cake, so this was
my first EXPERIMENT and I chose Brownies because
they are moist!! It turned out SO YUMMY & RICH!!
These are my layers...
Oreo cookie crust (Oreos, butter, sugar)
Cookies & cream ice cream
Brownie
Hot Fudge
Cookies & cream ice cream
Brownie
Fresh whipped cream
I also decorated the cake with chocolate frosting and Oreos

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Banana Cream Pie

CRUST (Pate Brisee)
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/8 c ice water, more if needed
In food processor, combine flour, salt and butter. Pulse until mixture resembles course crumbs. With machine running, add ice water slowly until dough holds together without being wet. Shape dough on a piece of plastic wrap into a flattened disk and refrigerate at least one hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp edges as desired. Prick dough all over with fork. Fill with dry beans or pie weights. (Once you use dry beans, continue using the same ones as your "pie" beans!) Bake until edges are golden, about 25 minutes.
Filling
4 egg yolks
3 c whole milk
2/3 c sugar
5 T cornstarch
1/4 t salt
3-4 bananas
1 c heavy cream
powdered sugar to taste
1 t vanilla
In a bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks and set aside. In a large pan, whisk together milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to simmer (do not boil) and cook, whisking constantly, for 3-4 minutes. Add small amount of milk mixture to egg yolks to temper and then pour entire mixture back into large pan. Cook, whisking constantly, until custard is thick and bubbles appear in center, approximately 2-3 minutes. Transfer to bowl and cover completely with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Cool in fridge. Cut bananas into slices and arrange in rows in the pie crust. Cover with custard. Whip cream, powdered sugar and vanilla and spread on top of custard. Refrigerate for at least one hour!
You can make a coconut cream pie the same way,
just substitute the bananas for toasted coconut!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Phyllo Chicken Wraps

This is my version of what I requested
my mom make on Christmas eve every year!!

Wraps

2 cans (12.5 oz) chicken breast
1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

Sea salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
garlic and onion powder to taste

1 package (8 oz) phyllo dough

1 stick (8 oz) butter melted

Thaw phyllo dough at room temperature for two hours or in fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chicken and shred with fork in mixing bowl. Add soup, sour cream, and seasonings. Carefully unroll phyllo sheets and remove one sheet. (You need to keep sheets covered with plastic wrapper to keep moist or make them very quickly so the phyllo dough does not dry out.) Fold sheet in half and butter top with pastry brush or fingers. (I do this on a plastic cutting board for easy cleanup.) Put a scoop of chicken mixture in middle and carefully wrap up all four sides. Butter top and bottom of wrap and place on buttered cookie sheet. Makes approximately 16 wraps. (I put eight each on a big cookie sheet.) Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Serve with rice pilaf and drizzle with sauce.

Sauce

1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

1 can milk

Sea salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste

2 T fresh parsley

Heat & whisk all ingredients until smooth.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Poppy's Cream Puffs

These are my Dad's famous Cream Puffs!!
2 c water
2 cubes butter
1/2 t salt
2 c flour
8 eggs
2 c heavy cream
1 t pure vanilla extract
powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, add water, butter and salt and bring to a boil. Add flour and stir until thick. Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake 40-50 minutes. Beat heavy cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Let cream puffs cool, split in half and fill with cream right before serving. Dust powdered sugar on top! YUM!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Twice Baked Green Potatoes

My children and Husband Loved these! Success!!!

8 Lg. potatoes
1 lg. head broccoli
4 cups spinach
8 green onions, diced, including green part
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
2 Tbsp. extra virgin Olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
freshly ground pepper

Bake foil wrapped potatoes at 350 for 1 hr., then let cool enough to handle. Chop broccoli into small pieces, and steam for 15 minutes, adding spinach the last 5 minutes of steaming. Cut each potatoe in half and scoop out the potato "guts", being careful to keep skin intact and leaving 1/4" of potatoe all the way around for later use.

Use a hand mixer to blend until smooth the potato "guts", steamed broccoli, onions, spinach, parmesean, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a bit of water if mixture is too thick to blend.

Scoop mixture back into potato skins. Sprinkle with additional parmesean cheese, then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

I also added some shredded cheddar cheese to the tops of mine, and a dallop of sour cream on top. Yummmmy!

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili is inexpensive, nutritious, filling, and a complete protein with brown rice added.
Serve with Cornbread, or chips and shredded cheese.

4 C dry pinto beans, soaked overnight and rinsed well
12 C water
2 C brown rice rinsed well
2 diced yellow onions
4 cans tomato sauce
2 qt. diced tomatoes with juice
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 bay leaves
2 green peppers
1-2 anaheim peppers

In a very large stock pot, bring water and beans to a boil and simmer for 2 hrs. (or longer if old beans) until beans are almost tender. Add all remaining ingredients, simmer for 1 hr. and serve.( I simmered mine about 3 hrs. more) This makes a lot and freezes well for another meal or you can use the next night over baked potatoes.

Delicious "Magleby's" Like Rolls

24 frozen Rhodes Rolls
1/2 c Mayonnaise
1/2 c Butter, melted
1/2 c Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic Salt
Italian Seasoning or Parsley
Place frozen rolls in well greased muffin tin. Spread on mayo then butter. Sprinkle cheese and other spices on top. Let rise according to the directions (usually 5 hours so you need to plan accordingly.) Bake according to the directions on roll package.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Capellini Pomodoro with Fresh Mozzarella

3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T onion flakes

3 T minced garlic

2 cans (14 oz) Italian diced tomatoes

1 t Italian seasoning

2 T brown sugar

salt and pepper
to taste
1 oz fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

1 lb angel hair pasta

12 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
Shaved Parmesan cheese to pass at table
Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil to cook the pasta. While the water is coming to a boil, saute olive oil, onion flakes and garlic over medium heat. Stir in tomatoes and season the sauce with Italian seasoning, brown sugar, salt and pepper to your taste. Simmer 5-10 minutes then stir in basil and turn off heat. While sauce is simmering, add salt to boiling water and cook the pasta to al dente. Drain pasta and add to sauce. Add cubed fresh mozzarella and serve!
Top with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

5 T honey
4 T fresh lime juice
1/2 T chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
8 flour tortillas
1 lb Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 large can of green enchilada sauce
Mix the honey, lime juice, and spices together with the shredded chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Place a scoop of chicken mixture, cheese, and 1 T sauce into middle of a tortilla and roll up. Reserve 1-2 cups of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of rolled enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. I served mine with Mexican rice, corn, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, and salsa. (Can you tell I like sides for my enchiladas?!)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Taco Salad

Taco Salad/Burrito Bars are perfect for entertaining!!
Here is my version of TACO SALAD!
(Adjust amount of ingredients by how many people)
Nacho Cheese Doritos
Lean Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
Green Leaf Lettuce, torn
Corn
Black Beans
Black Olives, sliced
Roma Tomatoes, diced
Guacamole or Avocados, diced
Pico De Gallo
Cilantro
Lite House Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cheese Tortellini with Tomato Balsamic Sauce and Fresh Basil

2 (9 oz) packages refrigerated cheese tortellini
3 T extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 can Italian diced tomatoes

½ t Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

3 T balsamic vinegar

¾ oz fresh basil, chopped

2-4 oz feta cheese, crumbled


Boil water for pasta and cook according to the package directions. In another pan, heat olive oil and garlic, add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Let sauce simmer until tortellini is done. Add basil to sauce and combine with cheese tortellini. Sprinkle feta cheese on top and serve. Serves 4.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sloppy Joes



Sloppy Joes

INGREDIENTS
1 lb hamburger meat
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 can tomato soup
2 tbsp catsup
2 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS
Brown hamburger meat and cook with onion in large saucepan. Add rest of ingredients and simmer until thick.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

chicken Bowtie Pasta Salad


I love to make this salad especially after a busy day at work. Its a salad and meal in one! Enjoy!~

Chicken Bowtie Pasta Salad

4 Chicken Breasts cooked
1 Cup Cashews
1 cup grapes halfed
1 cup pineapple tidbits
2 celery stalks
2 pkgs. pasta (bowties and corkscrews)
green onions(as much as you like) I put about 5
1 cup mayo
light house cole slaw dressing (in the refrigerated part by the produce)

chop everything up and add cooked pasta and cooked and shredded chicken. Add dressing just before serving. serve on rolls or crossants or by itself!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cheesecake Cookie Cups

1 package (24 each) chocolate chip cookie dough
(or you can use your favorite home made recipe)
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
2 t pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
24 muffin paper liners
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 24 liners into muffin cups. Place one piece of cookie dough in each cup. Bake cookie dough for 10 minutes. Beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla in bowl until smooth. Place an ice cream scoop full of cream cheese mixture over each cookie in cup. Turn heat down to 325° F and bake an additional 15 minutes until set. Refrigerate for two hours. Serve plain or with your favorite topping!! (Shown is cherry fruit filling!)

Great Strawberry Lime Topping (good if in season!!)
1 lb fresh strawberries, chopped & hulled
¼ c sugar
2 limes, juice and zest
1 pinch salt
1 T fresh mint (optional)
Combine all ingredients for topping and chill. Place heaping tablespoon on each cheesecake before serving.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Caesar Salad a la Mindy

Change the amount of ingredients
by how large of salad you want!!

Romaine Hearts of Lettuce
Lite House Caesar Dressing
Black Olives
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Croutons
(I like Costco Garlic Focaccia Croutons
or I make my own Wheat Garlic Croutons)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sweet & Savory Mango Wraps

2 large flour tortillas
1/3 c whipped cream cheese
12 strips mango (fresh or from a jar)
2 green onions, green tops only, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
4 oz thinly sliced turkey or ham
Spread cream cheese over tortillas and layer with mango, green onion, bell pepper, and meat. Gently squeeze rolls to secure ingredients and cut into ½” thick slices.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Raspberry "Cheesecake" Cake

This is the cake my mom makes me for
my BIRTHDAY every year!!

CAKE
1 white cake mix
Bake per instructions in large glass baking dish. Cool.

CREAMY TOPPING
1 pint whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 t pure vanilla extract
Whip all ingredients together and frost cake.

RASPBERRY SAUCE
1 package raspberry Deserta
2 c water
1 package frozen raspberries
Mix in sauce pan and chill in fridge until ready to eat!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lemon Sour Cream Pie

Crust
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and place in large glass baking dish. Bake crust for ten minutes.
Filling
1 cup sugar
3 T plus 1-1/2 t cornstarch
1 T grated lemon peel
½ cup lemon juice
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter, cubed
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel, lemon juice, egg yolks and milk in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in butter and cool mixture to room temperature. Stir in sour cream and pour filling into cooled crust.
Topping
1 cup heavy cream
1 t pure vanilla extract
Powder sugar to taste
1 T lemon zest
Beat cream, vanilla, and powder sugar until whipped. Mix in zest and spread over lemon filling. Garnish with lemon twists if desired. Keep in fridge.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fairy Salad

1 cup cream
1 t vanilla
powdered sugar to taste
zest of one lime
1 lb strawberries, sliced
1 carton raspberries
4 containers (4 oz) strawberry yogurt
Whip cream, vanilla, and sugar. Add zest, yogurt, and fruit.
Chill until serving. My daughter calls this "FAIRY SALAD"
because the fairies love to eat fruit and cream!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Luscious Lemon Cupcakes & Lemon Butter Cream Frosting

Cake:
1 c sour cream
1 package lemon cake mix

3/4 c water

3/4 c canola oil

1 t lemon zest

4 eggs

1 dash salt

1 small package lemon instant pudding

Mix ingredients with electric mixer for about two minutes. Line 24 cupcake tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


Frosting:

2 sticks butter, softened
6 c powdered sugar

½ c fresh lemon juice

1-2 t lemon zest

12 strawberries (for garnish)

Beat butter and half of sugar. Add juice and zest and beat until smooth and creamy. Gradually add remaining sugar until frosting is a good consistency. Pipe frosting onto cool cupcakes, and garnish with half of a strawberry (greens on or off) on each cupcake!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies & Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Soft Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 t salt
2 cups sugar
1 t baking soda
2 eggs
4 t baking powder
1 cup sour cream
4 ½ cups flour
1 t pure vanilla extract
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and combine with wet ingredients. Roll into ball. Refrigerate. Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. (Thicker cookies longer.) Cool and frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)

1-2 t milk

8 T butter (room temp)

1 t pure vanilla extract

3-4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cheese and butter.
Add milk, and vanilla. Slowly add sugar until the consistency you want. Beat until smooth.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

Soft, Chewy Cookies
You will never use a different recipe again!!
Mindy Powell

1 c butter flavored Crisco
¾ c white granulated sugar
¾ c light brown sugar
1 t pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 ½ c white flour
1 bag Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
(This is the brand I prefer because they are larger
size
chocolate chips and they taste the BEST!!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pans with cooking spray. Beat Crisco, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until mixed well. Add dry ingredients slowly and then mix in chocolate chips. Use small scooper to place twelve even sized balls on cookie sheet. Bake for exactly 11 minutes. Makes four dozen cookies. (Note: If you half the recipe, still use the full teaspoon of baking soda.)

Creamy Chicken & Cheese

6-8 skinned chicken breasts
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup

1 lb. grated Monterey jack cheese

salt and pepper to taste
1 T parsley flakes

Place chicken in lightly buttered casserole dish (or spray with cooking spray).
Salt and pepper chicken and spoon soups over chicken. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese over chicken. Bake 50 minutes more or until bubbling and cheese is light brown. Serve with rice.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Smokies
1 bottle honey barbecue sauce
14 oz package little smokies
12 oz sliced bacon
1/4 c brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour one half of barbecue sauce into large glass baking dish. Cut bacon strips into thirds. Wrap 1/3 slice bacon around smokie and insert toothpick to hold. Place in dish on top of sauce. Repeat with all smokies and bacon. Top with brown sugar and remainder of barbecue sauce.
Bake 60-80 minutes or until browned. Makes 36 bacon wrapped smokies.
HINT: You can also cut the smokies in half length wise and use another package of bacon and have double the smokies! Great for parties!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mango Limeade

This is one of my FAVORITE Summer drinks!!

Mango Limeade
1 can of frozen limeade (made as directed)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup water

1/3 cup sugar (or to taste)

2 c frozen mangoes

1/2 bottle of Sprite

ice cubes

Garnish with lime slices, if desired

Make up frozen limeade in large pitcher. Fill a blender half way with ice cubes. Add mango, sugar, lime juice, and fill to near the top with limeade. Blend well. Pour this mixture back into the pitcher and stir until blended then add Sprite.
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