Sunday, April 28, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs


Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs
1 head cauliflower, cut into 1/2 -1 inch florets
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

 Preheat oven to 400Âș.
Toss florets with olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese. Spread in a single layer on jelly roll sheet lined with nonstick foil. Season with salt and pepper. (since I use a lot of cheese I often don't need the salt) Roast 30-40 minutes, until nicely browned.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Three Musketeers Shot

Can you say YUMMY????

Healthy Popsicles



Healthy Popsicles! I'm so making these when it gets warm out.. would be great if you have kids too!!!

Ingredients:

 3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced thin
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.

When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out.

DIY Taco, Onion Soup & Ranch Dressing

Make your own Ranch, Dry Onion Soup Mix and Taco Seasoning and store in small mason jars....This is soooo much HEALTHIER than those you buy at the store!! They ...contain a TON of stuff that is not good for you!!

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Taco Seasoning:
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt
Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

Dry Onion Soup Mix:
2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

Ranch:
5 tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoons parsley flakes
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stuffed Cabbage



1 Head of Cabbage
3 Cups Tomato Juice
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 egg
1/2 C. uncooked brown or white rice
1 envelope Onion soup mix
1 lb. Ground Turkey or Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Peel 8-12 big Leaves off the Cabbage head and place in a microwave safe dish. Cover in about an inch of water and microwave on high for 2 min.

In a mixing bowl combine tomato sauce, egg, turkey or beef, rice, onion soup, and cheese, and mix with fingers until well combined.

Grease your crock pot with some Pam cooking spray.

Carefully place a ball of the meat mixture into the middle of each cabbage leaf and roll up into a ball, and place on the bottom of your crock pot seam side down. Do this until all your meat mixture is gone.

After you have all your cabbage rolls in the crock pot, pour the 3 cups of Tomato Juice on top.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Millionaire Pie

MILLIONAIRE PIE (credit to Hillbilly Recipes FB page) 

1 can Eagle Brand milk
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 lg. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. pecans
... 8 oz. Cool Whip
2 graham cracker crusts

Stir milk and lemon juice together with a spoon until thick. Mix with pineapple, pecans and Cool Whip. Pile into the graham cracker crusts. Chill for 2 hours. This will keep for days.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak


2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (1 ounce) packet dry au jus mix
3/4 cup water

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk using your hands. Shape into 8 patties.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the patties in flour just to coat, and quickly brown on both sides in the hot skillet. Place browned patties into the slow cooker stacking alternately like a pyramid. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, au jus mix, and water. Pour over the meat. Cook on the Low setting for 4 or 5 hours, until ground beef is well done.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Apple Fritters



1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped apple

Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon. Stir in milk and egg until just combined. Fold in apple. Pour oil into skillet so that it is approximately 1 1/2 deep. Heat oil on high. Oil is ready when a little dough thrown in floats to top. Carefully add dough to oil in heaping teaspoons. Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned. Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack. Make glaze by stirring milk and powdered sugar together in a small bowl. Drizzle over apple fritters. Wait approximately 3 minutes for glaze to harden, then flip fritters and drizzle glaze over the other side. Best served warm.

Keep in mind that you can also use bananas, instead of apples.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Homemade Febreze


What you'll need:
1/8 Cup of fabric softener (I used Downy April Fresh)
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot tap water
Spray bottle (I used my empty 27 oz. Febreze bottle)

Preparation:
Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Fill spray bottle with hot tap water and shake well. Don't forget to twist the nozzle over to the LOCK position if you're using a Febreze bottle, or you might fall on your hiney. Now go spray every fabric surface in your house and take a nap on your very comfortable and now un-stinky couch. :)

Store-bought Febreze: $5.59
Homemade Febreze: $0.15
Total Savings: $5.44 OR 97.3%!

Fried Rice


3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)
3 T. sesame oil
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 t. minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 c. diced meat of your choice (optional) Try chicken, pork or shrimp. Leftovers work great.

 On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated.

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli


1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consumme
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cooled sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
Hot cooked rice

Directions
1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consumme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce from the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine. (If your sauce is not thickening, try bringing your sauce to a boil on the stovetop with the corn starch mixture. Boil until your desired consistency is reached).
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice. Brown is best for your health!!


Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake


Cake & filling
2 (8 oz. each) pkgs. refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
21 oz. can cherry pie filling

Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent dough and arrange 12 of the triangles in a circle with wide ends toward the outside edge of the Large Round Stone - the points will not meet in the center. Lightly flour and roll out the seams making a 14" circle with a 3" hole in the center. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg & vanilla and spread over dough. Top with pie filling. Cut each of the 4 remaining triangles into thirds (starting at the wide end opposite the point and cutting lengthwise to the point). Arrange over filling evenly in spoke-like pattern. Press ends to seal at center and outer edges. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Mix powdered sugar and milk until glaze consistency and drizzle over coffee cake.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chocolate Eclair Cake

You know, if I made and ate even some of these recipes, I wouldn't fit through a doorway, but I love to bake and share.  Enjoy!




1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 large box (5.1 ounces) vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
1 8 oz. container cool whip (you won’t use the whole container)
or one batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9″X13″ glass baking pan.

  Eclair Crust: In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg. Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly. *If the sides of your pan are too greased you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up the sides so make sure to just lightly grease.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (Mine only took 25 minutes.) You may want to check it occasionally-you don’t want to overcook the crust, it will ruin the cake! Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down).

  Filling: Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl. In separate bowl make vanilla pudding. Make sure pudding is thick before mixing in with cream cheese. Slowly add pudding to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps. Let cool in fridge. When the crust is completely cooled, pour filling in. Top with layer of cool whip however thick you want it and serve with chocolate syrup. *If you want to make this even better use homemade whipped cream.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Easy Garden Obelisk


Tools

  • Ruler
  • Handsaw or jigsaw
  • Straightedge

Materials

  • 3 - 6-ft white fan trellises
  • Colonial ball top
  • White cable ties
  • 6-in terra-cotta pot
  • Liquid Nails adhesive
  • Valspar satin spray paint, White
  • Valspar spray paint, Frosty Berry

    Step 1

     Mark trellis ends
    Lay a straightedge even with the tips of the outside trellis slats and mark straight lines on the ends of the slats. Then jigsaw the ends so the flared end of the trellis rests stable on a flat surface.

    Step 2

     Trim trellis edges
    Trim the ends of the horizontal pieces to extend no more than 3/4 inch beyond the vertical pieces.

    Step 3

      Attach trellises
    Stand the three trellises with the narrow ends up. Use cable ties to loosely attach the trellises where the horizontal bars meet. When finished, tighten all the ties to secure the trellises together.

    Step 4

     Top with Pot
    Paint the terra-cotta pot and colonial ball top with white spray paint. Add an accent color (we used Frosty Berry) to the pot as desired. When the paint is dry, attach the finial to the pot with an exterior adhesive, such as Liquid Nails.
    Customer comments

Garlic Cheese Pull-Aparts


16 frozen white dinner rolls [I used Rhodes]
1 stick of melted butter
2/3 plus 1/4 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese [divided]
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil/Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder


Remove the frozen dinner rolls from the freezer and place onto a plate.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to sit on the counter for 30-45 minutes or so, until the rolls have thawed enough to cut.
Place the rolls onto a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, cut each roll into quarters. 


Melt one stick of butter in the microwave, yes, that's right kids, one whole stick!  Don't worry, we're sharing this bread.... stir the melted butter and seasonings together until blended.


Add the quartered rolls to the butter, and toss gently to coat.  Bread dough is sticky, so, you may need to use your hands to gently pull the pieces apart if necessary.  You don't want the dough to form clumps, or it will effect how it bakes.  This is really the only way to mess-up this recipe....very important!  Next, add 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan-Romano cheese reserving the rest for the top.  Toss until each piece is coated.


You can bake this bread in any shape you like, but, today, I chose a loaf pan.  Layer the dough quarters evenly in a standard 9x3x2 inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray.  The dough pieces naturally stick together due to the butter and cheese, but, gently pull apart any clumps of dough.  We want to be certain the bread bakes evenly.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese on top and a sprinkle of parsley for color.  Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  This will keep the bread from sticking to the plastic wrap as it rises.  


Allow to rise in a draft free, warm place for 2-2 1/2 hours. Then, remove the plastic wrap, and place into a 350°F preheated oven.


Bake at 350°F for 18 minutes, then check the top.  If baking in a loaf, you may need to lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the bread to prevent the cheese and butter on top from over browning while the inside of the loaf fully bakes.  Continue to bake the bread for another 5-7 minutes,  until the center is completely done. Approximately, 23-25 minutes total, depending on your oven.  Test the center of the rolls using a cake tester, or toothpick to be certain the bread is cooked all the way through before removing it from the oven.  My favorite way to serve this bread?  Straight from the pan piping hot! Yield: one loaf  or 16 servings [4 pieces]

State Fair Funnel Cakes


Who can deny that they love going to state and county fairs for the delicious (if slightly unhealthy) foods.  Enjoy!

State Fair Funnel Cakes

Ingredients:
3 large EGGS
1/4 cup Sugar
2 cups milk
3 2/3 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Vegetable oil

Instructions:
Beat eggs and sugar together and then add the milk slowly--beat. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Pour batter into a funnel and at the same time, use your finger to plug the hole. In a large cast iron pot, add 2 inches of oil to the bottom.

When the oil becomes hot, move your hand over the pot and slowly release your finger so the batter can start cooking.

Move the funnel around to make designs.

Brown on both sides--then immediately remove and drain extremely well.

Top with cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar as a topping.

Non-Toxic Weed Killer


I am not sure if this will work but I intend to find out. My yard is starting to look like a yellow sea.
 
Dandelion Season ==>> NON-toxic Weed Killer Recipe ==>> Good to use in yards with Pets & Children roaming around

1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. table salt
1/2 t. Dawn liquid dish soap

Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle.
Spray weeds thoroughly.

1/2 gallon for around $6.40
Works better than Round Up - kills weeds on 1st application.

The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of its protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe to use a yard used by pets.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Easy Yeast Rolls





 Ingredients:
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 t. salt
3 T. softened butter
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour

Method
Put warm water, yeast and 2 T. of the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Let sit 15 min. (should be bubbly). Add next 4 ingredients, adding flour 1/2 c. at a time up to 4 cups.  Beat with dough hook and mix until soft dough forms (should not be sticky). Put out onto floured board and knead a few times until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place approx. 45 minutes. Punch down and turn out onto floured board. Shape into 12 rolls and place in greased 13x9 in. baking pan. Let rise again about 30 minutes. Bake 350 for 20 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with butter. Recipe is easily doubled.


Angelfood and Pineapple Cake



Take a box of Angel Food Cake mix (just the contents of the box, no need to follow the directions on the box), & combine it with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice.
(No need to use a mixer, just stir it by hand) When you do this, something magical happens.
The mixture starts to froth & it turns into an amazingly airy, fluffy bowl of deliciousness right before your eyes.
Once it's all mixed up, simply pour it into a 9 x 13 cake pan & bake 350 for 30 minutes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pecan Caramel Turtles


4 oz. pecan halves
24 unwrapped Kraft Caramels
1 tsp. shortening
... 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Cover cookies sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side exposed. Lightly grease foil with vegetable oil spray. Place 3 pecan halves in a Y shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel candy in the center of each Y. Bake just until caramel is melted, about 9 to 10 minutes.
Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat just until chocolate is melted. Spread over candies and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Note To Self:  Triple this recipe  :)

Pizza Balls


3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 per can),
56 pepperoni slices,
block of Colby cheese (or use Mozzarella)
1 beaten egg,
Parmesan, Italian seasoning, Garlic powder,
1 jar marinara or pizza sauce

Directions:
1) Cut the block of cheese into 28 squares.
2) Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
3) Gather up the edges of the biscuit.
4) Line up the rolls in a greased 9x13 in pan.
5) Brush with beaten egg.
Sprinkle with parmesan,
Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
6)Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes.

Use the pizza sauce for dipping

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Baked French Toast



1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
...
1 loaf Texas toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

 Directions:

1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of Texas Toast
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
11. Serve with warm maple syrup

Taco Pie


1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 package taco seasoning or homemade
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (you could also use left over mashed potatoes and omit the butter and milk)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add milk and 2 tablespoon taco seasoning.
Remove from heat and add potato flakes until incorporated. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown.

In a medium skillet, cook beef and onions until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa and remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut and serve with sour cream.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Olive Garden Breadsticks (copycat)


Ingredients              

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.
  2. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.
  3. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not over knead!
  4. Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks.
  6. In microwave, combine the following: 1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine), 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoons salt.
  7. After bread sticks have cooked for 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake. Bake for 5-8 more minutes.
  8. Immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.

Crispy Ritz Cracker & Cheese Chicken


2 lbs. chicken tenders or 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dried parsley

Sauce:
1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon butter

Crush crackers. If using chicken breasts and not tenders, cut each chicken breast into 3 large pieces. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk and then the cheese. Press the cheese into the chicken with your fingers. Then press the cheesy coated chicken into the cracker crumbs and press it in.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy.

In a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot. Serve over the chicken.

Homemade Grout Cleaner


7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar - throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two... then scrub

This will work for tile countertops, bath tubs  shower enclosures too.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Homemade Mosquito Repellant


Combine in a 16 oz...
bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbs. of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake.
Disclaimer:  I haven't made this formula and have no idea if it really works, but I intend to try it. If anyone knows if it works or has tried this recipe, please comment below.  Thanks    :)
 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Unique cake idea - Great for Birthdays


Who needs a birthday cake idea? Bake small various colored cake balls. After they are finished, place in white cake mix and bake as directed! The outcome is beautiful!!
  • You color white cake mix with gel colors in seperate little bowls. Use the cake pop baker (as seen on TV). They shape like balls, not cupcake cause what it doesn't show is the ball maker has a top pan too. I cook the balls for only 7 minutes. It's enough to hold together but not over cook for when you put them in the next pan with cake mix.


Apple Pie In A Crockpot

This sounds so easy to make and can you imagine having a big scoop of the hot apple concoction in a bowl with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and maybe even some freshly whipped cream. Sounds like heaven to me.
 

8 tart apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/4 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t nutmeg
... 3/4 cup milk
2 T butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c Bisquick
1 c Bisquick
1/3 c brown sugar
3 T cold butter

In a bowl, toss apples with spices. Place in greased crockpot.Combine milk, soft butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and 1/2 cup Bisquick. Spoon over apples.Combine 1 cup Bisquick and brown sugar. With pastry cutter, cut cold butter in and combine til crumbly. Sprinkle over top of apple mixture. Cover.Cook on low 6 to 7 hours or until apples soften.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster's recipe)


 
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. This IS the recipe.

1 pack buttermilk biscuit mix (I used Bisquick, about 1 1/2cups)
1 1/2cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c...up milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oregano (you can omit or use less)
3/4 tsp garlic salt

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray cooking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. Put biscuit mix, cheese and milk in a bowl and mix well to form a sticky dough.
3. Using spoon, drop lumps of dough onto cookie sheets 1.5in apart. Bake for 10min.
4. In a bowl, melt butter and mix with oregano and garlic salt.
5. When the timer goes off, take them out and brush with butter mixture and bake 5min at 400F and another 5-6min at 350F.
6. Transfer into a plate and serves immediately.

Taco Bake


Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
* water as called for on back of seasoning packet
... 3 large flour tortillas (8-inch size)
1/2 cup Salsa Con Queso
1 1/2-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
Directions:
Brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease.
Add in taco seasoning and water (following directions on back of seasoning packet).
Once the taco meat is ready, turn off heat and add in 1/2 cup salsa con queso.
Give it a good stir until thoroughly combined.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Layer the bottom of the pan with a flour tortilla.
Now add about 1/3 of the ground beef taco filling on the first layer.
Then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
Continue until you are done with all the layers: another tortilla, more taco mixture, more cheese.
Bake at 350F degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
Until cheese is melted and edges are slightly golden brown.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
Then slice and serve.


Zucchini Parmessan Crisps

This recipe can be made as an appetizer or a side dish with dinner

1 lb. zucchini or squash (about 2 medium-sized)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan (heaping)
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (heaping)
1 tablespoon olive oil
... 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste


 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable spray.

Slice zucchini or squash into 1/4 inch-thick rounds. Toss rounds with oil, coating well.

In a wide bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Place rounds in parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides of each round, pressing to adhere. The mixture will not completely cover each round, but provides a light coating on each side.

Place rounds in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the rounds.

Bake for about 22 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. (There is no need to flip them during baking -- they crisp up on both sides as is.)



Jalapeno Popper Dip


Super easy to make and oh so good.

2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, grated
... 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
2-4 ounce cans chopped jalapenos

Mix it all up and put into a 9-inch round dish. Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips.


Pizza Casserole



1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
2 (3 ounce) packages sliced pepperoni

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13 casserole dish.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown, drain grease. Mix in the cooked pasta and pasta sauce. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

In a bowl, mix the cottage cheese, olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.

Spoon the cheese mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture. Top with pepperoni slices.

Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.


Batter - Just like Long John Silver's


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons cornstarch
...
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups hot water (Kerry says to use ginger ale instead of water)

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, sift dry ingredients. Add the water and mix together very well. Completely cover and coat 8 fish or chicken fillets with the batter. Deep fry until golden brown.
YUMMY!!!

Garlic Parmessan Pull-Apart Bread


1 can of refrigerated Grands biscuits (not the flaky layers)
1/2 stick of butter
... 3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (I omitted)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Throw the cold stick of butter in a bundt pan and let it melt in the preheating oven.
While the butter melts, cut the Grands biscuits into quarters. In a bowl, toss the biscuit pieces, garlic, Italian Seasoning, and Parmesan cheese together.
Once the butter is melted, add the biscuit mixture, sprinkling with any cheese and garlic that gets left behind in the bowl.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 22 minutes until golden brown. Turn out on a dish and enjoy!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Snake Repellant

I'm going to try this, put it in a sprayer and spray all around the house and yard. I really hate snakes. Also, if you find snake holes in your yard, try dropping in a few moth balls.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bacon Cheddar Puffs



1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
... 4 large eggs
1 cup Sargento Fine Shredded Sharp or Mild Cheddar Cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
1/2 tsp. onion salt or powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine milk and butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is simmering. Add flour all at once; continue to cook, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.

Beat in 1 egg until mixture is smooth. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding just 1 egg at a time, beating until thoroughly combined. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop heaping teaspoons of mixture onto greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.