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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bacon-Wrapped Lit'l Smokies

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I'm a crispy bacon girl so after the cooking time is done I'll put it under the broiler for just a few minutes in order to crisp up the bacon a bit.  

Bacon-Wrapped Lit’l Smokies

1 (16-oz) package Lit’l Smokies
1 pound of bacon
brown sugar


Cut the bacon into third’s and wrap each lit’l smokie and use toothpick to hold the bacon. Place the wrapped smokies on a baking sheet. When you are done wrapping all smokies sprinkle them with brown sugar. I use enough to evenly cover all of them.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bake the smokies in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until all bacon is crisp and brown sugar is melted.

About 6 servings

Note: If you use 2 packages of Bacon and Smokies this will fill a jelly roll pan.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Virgin Banana Pina Colada

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This is for a few friends that asked me to give them this recipe.  It's been a lot easier to just post them here. Do you remember those frozen bananas that I use for my banana bread?  It works great for this too.  I also replace the lite coconut milk with cream of coconut.  The brand I'm familiar with is called Coco-Lopez.  Good stuff!

Virgin Banana Pina Colada

2 very ripe bananas
1 cup diced fresh pineapple, plus 4 wedges for garnish
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup "lite" coconut milk
3 cups ice cubes


Puree bananas, diced pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and ice in a blender. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple wedges.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Black Bottom Cupcakes

photo by Deb M.
Recipe from Ang K.

My friend from High School would bring these almost every home game for volleyball.  I'm a sucker for cream cheese and these are just lovely.  

Black Bottom Cupcakes

1 ½ c. sifted flour
1 c. sugar
¼ c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 c. water
5 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Sift together the sifted flour, sugar, cocoa, soda & salt. Combine water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Add to sifted ingredients. Fill 24 lined muffin cups 1/3 full, then add 1 tsp of cream filling on top of each. Sprinkle with dash of sugar and chopped nuts. Bake at 350 degrees – 25 to 30 min.

Cream Cheese Filling

Combine 1 8 oz pkg. cream cheese
1 lightly beaten egg
½ c. sugar
dash of salt
Add 1 – 6 oz pkg chocolate chips

Monday, July 23, 2012

Uncooked Cookies

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I've had a lot of uncooked cookies in my lifetime and I have too one with chocolate and another with just peanut butter.  Both are fabulous.  Just a side note:  I never use margarine anymore in any recipes even if it calls for it.  If you're going to make this fattening of a cookie you might as well just go for the real stuff!

Uncooked Cookies

1 cube margarine
½ c. milk
3 Tbsp. Cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
3 c. oats

Melt margarine, milk, cocoa, vanilla & sugar (rolling boil 1 min). Add peanut butter & oats. Mix
Drop by spoonful on wax paper and let cool.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Easy Goulash

I'm not sure where I found this but my mom used to make something similar when we were a kid.  I hated the stewed tomatoes but they are not so bad if you cut them into tiny bits while in the can.  Kids like it because it's like eating mac and cheese and spaghetti in one meal.  Top it off with some freshly shredded parmesan.

Easy Goulash

1 lb. hamburger
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
Onions (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Season salt
1 sm. pkg. shell macaroni
Mushrooms (optional)

Brown hamburger with onions. Drain. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer. Boil water and cook shell macaroni until tender. Drain and add to hamburger mixture. Serve warm.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cheese Ball

Recipe from Julie M.

Now this little gem of a recipe is from my sister-in-law.  I hope she's okay with me posting this because by far this is THE BEST cheese ball you'll ever taste.  I've made it a handful of times and even then there is something that she does to make it taste magical.  My SIL's are great....every single one of them are awesome cooks and always have the greatest recipes.

Cheese Ball

2 -8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 t. mustard
1t. Bon Appetite
Mix all together and form into a ball. Roll in chopped nuts. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rice Krispy Delight

Recipe from Jahaza M.

This is an easy dessert to throw together.  It is different than anything I've ever had and I love the taste of the coconut, walnuts and brown sugar mixture.

Rice Krispy Delight

2 c. Rice Krispies
1 c. coconut
1 c. chopped walnuts
Mix above three ingredients in large bowl and set aside.

1 cube melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
In a sauce pan melt butter and stir in brown sugar until it's incorporated. (you can also nuke the butter in the microwave also). Then pour over Rice Krispy mixture and stir.

Vanilla Ice Cream (1/2 gallon)
Danish Dessert
Frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries

Take your Vanilla Ice cream and layer it in a 9x13 pan distributing the ice cream evenly over the bottom of the pan. Top with Rice Krispy mixture that was set aside. Chill in freezer until ready to use.

In the pudding section of the grocery store there is something called Danish Dessert. It comes in strawberry or raspberry. Make the fruit sauce according to directions and add the strawberries or raspberries to your liking and serve over the individual servings.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Salmon Loaf

Recipe from Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

This is yet again one of those recipes where it was in the old cookbook and when they revised it they dropped it.  I love this recipe but my family does not.  I think it's just the name that turns them off, oh yeah, and the fact that it is fish.  They will eat fish if it's recognizable, just not this recipe.  Try it out tell me what you think.  One more thing, it says to use the canned salmon.  If you do this you will be sorting through the mess of bone fragments and who knows what else unless you can find one that has taken the bones out already.  The alternative which I HIGHLY suggest is to bake your own fish without season in the oven then flake it after it cools down.

Salmon Loaf

1 1-pound can salmon, drained and flaked
2 cups soft bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 slightly beaten egg
Piquant Sauce

In a bowl, combine salmon, crumbs, chopped onion, butter and salt.  Combine milk and egg; add to salmon mixture and mix thoroughly.  Shape into a loaf on a greased shallow baking pan or in 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4-inch loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  Serve with Piquant Sauce or creamed peas.  Makes 3 or 4 servings.

Piquant Sauce

Cook 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion in 3 Tablespoons butter until tender, but not brown.  Blend in 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and dash pepper.  Add 1 1/4 cups milk and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.  Cook, stirring constantly, till sauce thicken and bubbles.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

50 recipes

I've almost hit the 50 mark of recipes.  My goal for this year was to get 50 recipes scrapbooked and placed in my ever expanding recipe book.  Thank you to everyone that has submitted pics.  PLEASE keep them coming.  Even if you're pic is not selected for the blog I'm using them for the recipe book.  Please leave your feedback if you're looking for something specific because there is a 90% chance that I will have something in all my recipe books.  I'm only posting my loose recipes and I have a ton of other books that I will be more than happy to refer you to.  If you have friends that love cooking refer them to the site...the more the merrier and faster I can get my project done!

I have some original recipes too that I haven't posted yet because that would require me to actually measure out the ingredients.  Maybe I will have to give estimates and the basis of it and you can be creative and play with them...we'll see.  I will try to work them out because they are household staples of ours.  I would eventually like to give this to my daughters when they get old enough to move out of the house.  I remember when I was first married I would constantly call my Mom for her recipes.  Something of a treasure to pass down.

Monday, July 9, 2012

White Chocolate, Pecan and Craisin Cookies

                                                                         Photo: Bri L.

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It's funny I have many different cookie recipes and I love them all for different reasons.  If you're going for taste this is bakery cookie at it's finest and plus you get to melt your butter so you don't have worry about getting the consistency of your butter perfect.  I imagine if you want to switch the craisins and pecans out it would make a great white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.  Walnuts work great in a pinch too.  I didn't have whole wheat flour on hand so I just used 2 cups of flour.

White Chocolate, Pecan and Craisin Cookies

1 cup of flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup pecan pieces
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup of craisins

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl then set aside. Beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla with a mixer until creamy.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until just mixed. Stir in the craisins, pecans, and white chocolate chips by hand. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased or lined baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges look golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 4-5 minutes (so cookies can set) before moving to a rack. Enjoy.