Sunday, October 26, 2008

5 star biscuits

2 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 Tbs baking powder
1/3 c. milk (approx)

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Add eggs and milk. Knead lightly. Bake on ungreased sheet at 450 for 12-15 min.

These are fun to cut out with a star cookie cutter rather than circles!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Feta Artichoke Dip

1 (13.75 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
1 (8 ounce) package crumbled feta
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 ounces pimientos, drained and diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 tomato, chopped
3 green onions, sliced

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 9x9 inch baking dish.
-Combine the artichoke hearts, feta, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, pimientos, and garlic in a bowl; blend thoroughly. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
-Bake in preheated oven until top is lightly brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove and garnish with tomatoes and green onions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


1 Hot Chocolate Mug
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

*This recipe is compliments of Mrs. Kendra Price. Thanks Kendra!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Pineapple-Orange Slush

4 cups sugar
6 cups hot tap water
1 (6-oz) can frozen orange concentrate, undiluted
1 (6-oz) can frozen lemonade, undiluted
1 (46-oz) can pineapple juice
1 (2-liter) bottle lemon-lime soda

Stir together sugar and hot tap water. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Freeze in a 5-quart plastic container (ice cream buckets work well). Thaw at room temp for about 3 hours. At serving time, add lemon-lime soda as desired. Makes 20 1-cup servings.


1 quart lemon sherbet, softened
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (12-oz) can lemon lime soda

In a large bowl stir together sherbet and ice cream. Add soda. Mix well. Spoon into glasses and serve immediately. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Lemon Lime slush drink

1 can (12-ounce size) frozen lemonade, thawed and undiluted
1 can (12-ounce size) frozen limeade, thawed and undiluted
6 cups crushed ice
5 cups lemon-lime soft drink, chilled (e.g., Seven-Up)
lemon sliceslime slices

Process half of the lemonade, limeade, and ice in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour mixture into a 4-quart plastic container. Repeat procedure with other half. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer 30 minutes before serving; break into chunks. Add soft drink; stir until slushy. Garnish, if desired.
serves/makes 10 cups

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mandolyn's Favorite Tortilla Soup

2 Tbl olive oil
Chicken, shredded
¼ cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 can chicken broth
1 can corn, undrained
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 Tbl cilantro

Sauté onion, garlic, chicken and seasonings. Add corn, broth, tomatoes and beans. Simmer. Top with your choice of toppings (e.g. sour cream, grated cheese, avocado, tortilla chips).

Grandma Betty’s Apple Pie Squares

Pie Crust
· 5 cups flour + 1 tsp salt→ stir well
· Add 2 heaping cups shortening → cut into until crumbly
· In a measuring cup → 1 egg + 1Tbl vinegar + water to equal 1 cup; then add to bowl and mix.
· Divide dough in half →roll out and place bottom of cookie sheet; use fork to make holes in dough
· Put apples (peeled & sliced if fresh or 3 cans of apple pie filling); then sprinkle apples with lemon and several dabs of butter
· Add pie crust top → fork or flute edges and fork holes throughout
Bake 425 for 25 minutes→ cool

Combine vanilla, milk and powered sugar to taste→ spread over pie.

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

3 Tomatillo Peppers
1 Jalepeno Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Packet Dry Ranch Mix
¾ cup Mayonnaise
¾ cup Sour Cream
½ cup Buttermilk
1 cup Fresh Cilantro
¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt to Taste
* Mix in blender or food processor; makes 4 cups

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

my favorite easy chicken pot pie

melt 1/3 c butter in a pan
add 1 diced onion and saute'
add 1/3 flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 c. chicken broth
2/3 c milk
2 1/2 c. cubed chicken
add shredded carrots adn peas as desired

Pie crust:
2 c. and 2 T. flour
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c. oil
1/4 c. water

mix until moist. Divide into two parts and roll out between plastic wrap. arrange on pie plate

Pour in pie shell. cover with an upper crust bake 425 for 40 minutes.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Healthy No-Bake Cookies

8 whole wheat graham cracker squares, finely ground
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp, plus 2 tsp honey
4 tsp, unsweetened coconut

Combine ground whole-wheat graham crackers, raisins, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Pat into 8 cookies and press lightly in coconut.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The BEST Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. oil or melted butter
1 egg
1 c. blueberries, frozen (slightly thawed), or fresh

Add flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. In a one cup measuring cup combine oil and egg. Add enough milk to make one cup. Mix this with flour mixture, and add blueberries. Pour into greased muffin tins and add crumbly topping. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 min.

Crumbly Topping
1/2 c. white sugar (or brown sugar)
1/3 c. flour
1/4 c. margarine, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Sprinkle this mixture on muffins before baking.

Truly Egg Puff

10 lg eggs
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 pt small curd cottage cheese
1 lb cheese, cheddar and jack
1 1/2 c butter (no margarine), melted
1-3 cans green chilies

Beat eggs in a bowl until fluffy. Stir in all other ingredients. Grease a 9x13 pan and pour in egg mixture. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Can serve with salsa.

Sour Cream Enchiladas

1 lb. hamburger, chicken, or pork
1 can green chilies
wheat, flour, or corn tortillas
1 1/2 c sour cream
1 med. onion, diced
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
grated cheddar cheese

Cook together the meat, onion, and green chilies. Add the tomato sauce and simmer about 10 minutes. Fill the tortillas with the meat mixture. Roll up and line in 9x13 pan. Mix soup and sour cream. Spread over the tortillas. Cover with grated cheese. Put in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly. About 25 min.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Porcupine meatballs

1 lb hamburger
1/2 c. rice (or 1 c. minute rice)
dash of worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper
dash italian seasoning
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
mix together and form meat balls


add 1 can tomato soup
3/4 can water

cover and simmer for 30 minutes

Friday, June 13, 2008

Raspberry coffeecake

I got this recipe from Heather White's blog, and it is oh so yummy! Thanks Heather!

1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 can raspberry pie filling (any flavor pie filling will work)

Mix first 8 ingredients. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Press 2/3 of batter into bottom of pan. Spread pie filling evenly over batter. Dollop the rest of the batter over the top. (It's pretty sticky, so I take little balls of it, smash it flat like a pancake and then lay it on top. I do this over the entire surface so that it covers more space than just dropping little drops here and there.) Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Drizzle runny icing over the top as soon as it comes out of the oven. (To make icing, mix 3 C. powdered sugar, 1 cube margarine (melted), 1 tsp. vanilla & milk - prepare it RUNNY so that it pours easily over the top of your coffeecake.)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lemon Basil Pasta

8 oz linguine
2 T melted butter
2 T lemon juice
2 tsp basil leaves
3/4 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
2 c. cooked, cubed chicken

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and return pasta to pan. In small bowl, combine butter, lemon juice, basil, garlic and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta, add chicken. Sprinkle cheese over pasta and serve immediately.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Cream Syrup

1 stick of butter (1/2 c.)
1 c. sugar
1 c. whipping cream
1 cap almond flavoring

Melt butter and sugar in sauce pan until smooth, do not boil. Pour in blender and add whipping cream and almond flavoring (or 1 tsp vanilla). blend for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve over french toast or pancakes. Also delicious on crepes!

creme brulee french toast

1/2 c. butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 Tb corn syrup
1 loaf texas toast bread
5 eggs
1 1/2 c half-and-half cream
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

In a small saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture onto large, greased jelly roll pan (18 x 13 x 1 inch). Spread to cover surface. Place 12 slices Texastoast bread in a single layer to cover pan. Mix together eggs, cream, salt, and vanilla. Spoon mixture over each piece of bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 for about 30 min. Remove from pan and serve. If not serving immediately, turn each slice of bread over (this will prevent bread from sticking to the bottom of the pan). Serve with syrup. Makes 12 servings.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yogurt Pie

2- 6 oz yoplait yogurts
1- 3 oz sugar free jello package (same flavor as the yogurt)
1 ctn of cool whip

Mix together and freeze or refrigerate for a tasty treat. You can put it in a pie crust to make a pie if you desire.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Citrus Smoothie

1 cup water
2 T honey
hand full of baby spinach
half an orange
half a lemon
a banana or pear
5 strawberries
ice if you want to thicken

This is the healthiest, most delicious smoothie. Thanks to mom for introducing me to this delicious concoction!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Vegetable Black Bean Burgers

1 can mashed black beans
1/4 c chopped onions
1/3 c corn
1/4 c salsa
1 garlic clove pressed
2 T Parsley or cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
4 whole wheat buns

Mix all together and fry in frying pan. Makes about 4-5

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yummy grape salad

1 package cream cheese (I use low fat & it's still yummy) 8 oz softened
4 Tb brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
Mix all ingredients
2 lbs red seedless grapes


Pineapple fajitas

2 lbs chicken cut in strips
1 Tb olive oil
1 each medium red, green and yellow peppers cut in strips
1 med onion cut in wedges
2 Tb fajita seasoning mix
1/4 c. water
2 Tb honey
1 Tb parsley flakes dried
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. pineapple chunks drained

Cook chicken in oil 4-5 min., add peppers and onion and cook 4-5 min. more. Combine seasoning mix and water in a bowl. Stir in honey, garlic, parsley, and salt and stir into skillet with chicken. Add pineapple and stir for 1-2 min. or until chicken is done.

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 c. soft butter
7 c. flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 c. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix butter, eggs and sugar. Add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder adn salt. Mix in sour cream. Add 1 c. flour at a time. May need more flour when rolling dough. Keep dough thick when cutting cookies out. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sister DeLanges ChocolateCake

Hurrah girls!!We finally have the recipe

1 pkg chocolate cake
1 3 oz vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/3 cup chocolate syrup
3/4 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
3 T. flour
beat 3 to 5 min.
add 6 oz. chocolate chips
and chopped walnuts
Bake 350 degrees for 70 min .  in a greased bundt pan

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hawaiian Dream Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (8-oz) pkg. low-fat cream cheese
1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple
2 small pkgs. instant vanilla pudding
3 cup milk
1 (12-oz) ctn. whipped topping
1 pkg. coconut flakes

Drain crushed pineapple and be sure to squeeze out all of the juice with paper towels and reserve juice for the cake mix. Bake the cake mix according to directions except use pineapple juice instead of water. Let it cool and set aside. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer for 2 minutes or until fluffy and then add pineapple. In seperate bowl, mix pudding with 3 cups of milk and then add to cream cheese mixture. Spread mixture on cool cake and then spread whipped topping on top. Sprinkle top with toasted coconut.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ice Cream Crumb Dessert

2 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup coconut
1 cup copped walnuts or pecans
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 gal. vanilla ice cream

Melt butter and stir in brown sugar, Rice Krispies, coconut, and nuts; mix. Put 2/3 of mixture on bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spread 1/2 gallon of softened vanilla ice cream and sprinkle remaining crumbs on top. Freeze. Cut into squares and serve.

Beef Taco Bake

1 lb ground beef
1 (10 3/4 oz) can tomato soup
1 c salsa
1/2 c milk
6 wheat tortillas (or 8 corn tortillas) cut into 1" pieces
1-1/2 c cheese, shredded

Brown ground beef. Add salsa, soup, milk, tortillas, and 1 cup of cheese to meat. Spoon into a greased baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 min. Top with sour cream.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mexican Chicken and Beans

1 lb chicken breast strips for stir-fry
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn with red and green peppers, unstrained
¼ cup water
Tortillas, if desired
Cook chicken in skillet, stir in seasoning mix, beans, corn and water. Cook for 8-10 min stirring, until sauce is thickened.

Swiss Steak

3 pounds boneless chuck steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
salt and pepper
all purpose flour
2 onions, sliced
1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes

Heat a little oil in a heavy skillet. Brown onion in hot oil, remove, then brown steaks on both sides. Place onion on top of steak, add tomatoes then cover and bake at 350° until tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove steak and onions to hot serving platter.
Serve with gravy made by thickening skillet juices with a little flour blended with cold water to form a smooth paste. Serves 6.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


2 cans fiesta rotel (the kind with the cilantro and lime in it)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. white vinegar
2 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. crushed red pepper (if you like it spicier add more)

Put in the blender and blend until smooth. Tastes a lot like chili's salsa. It is even better a day later.

Mom's Granola

7 C. oats
1/2 C. flour
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. oil
1/2 C. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. coconut
2 C. walnuts
Cook sugar, oil, and water in saucepan. Pour over remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread thin on several baking sheets and bake at 300 for 15 minutes. Mix and respread and keep repeating until golden brown and crunchy.

Add raisins, chocolate chips, cranberries or whatever you want and eat with milk.

Cooked Vanilla Frosting

1 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Flour
1 1/3 C. Milk
1 C. butter - room temperature
1 Tbs. vanilla

Combine sugar and flour in saucepan. Add milk with a wisk. Cook on Medium high stirring constantly until thick and boiling. Turn to low heat and cook 2 mins stirring constantly. Let cool completely. Beat butter until light and fluffy set aside. Add cooked mixture to butter when cooled and beat together. Add vanilla and beat.

I love this frosting because it isn't super sweet. It is really good for cupcakes. It is actually the frosting mom uses for Red Velvet Cake.

Trio Cookies

This recipe was on the back of some Trio Hershey kisses that I bought for Valentine's Day and they are SOOOO worth cheating for. Eat them when they are warm and they are as good as Ben's Cookies!

Trio Cookies

1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. Shortening (I used another stick of butter and it worked too)
1 C. Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 C. plus 2 Tbs. flour divided
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. cocoa (the recipe calls for Hershey's special dark cocoa)
48 Hershey kisses (the cookies look cuter with the swirly kisses)

1. heat oven to 350
2. Beat butter, shortening and sugar until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture.
3. Divide dough mixture into halves. Add remaining 2 tablespoons flour to one half and coca to the other half, blending well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. (Roll together a pinch of vanilla dough and a pinch of chocolate dough for marbled cookies.) Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake 9-11 minutes or until cookie is set. Remove from oven to wire rack. Cool 1 minute. Press chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

King Ranch Chicken

4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 c chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes
1 lb cheese, grated
1 (10oz) bag Doritos, crumbled

Mix all together. Reserve some cheese for the top. Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.

Lemon Basil Pasta

8 oz linguine
2 T melted butter or margarine
2 T lemon juice
2 tsp basil leaves
3/4 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmasan cheese
2 cup cooked, cubed chicken

Cook pasta and set aside. In a small bowl combine butter, lemon juice, basil, garlic and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta, add chicken. Sprinkle cheese over pasta and serve.

Chicken Salad

4 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1 c celery, chopped
1 (20 oz) can pinapple, drained
1/2 cup seedless red or green grapes, cut in half
1 (6 oz) can mandarin oranges
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 T sugar
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine chicken, celery, pineapple, oranges, and grapes in a large bowl. In a seperate bowl mix mayo, sugar and salt/pepper. Fold dressing into chicken mixture until well coated. Serve on croissants.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

5 eggs - beat
Add: 1-1/3 cup oil
1- 16oz can pumpkin
2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp soda
2-3oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
Mix until creamy. Add chocolate chips

Bake 350 degrees for about 30-35 min. You just kind of have to watch and see when they turn golden brown on top.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

2 cup cooked chicken
2 cup ham, chopped
2 cup instant rice
2 cup sour cream
2 cup grated cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
Crushed croutons on top
Stir all together
Bake 350 degrees for 30 min.

Oatmeal Pancakes and Creamy Cinnamon Syrup

2 cup oatmeal
1-1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
dash of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Bring corn syrup, sugar, water and cinnamon to boil, 2-3 min. Cool for 5 min and stir in milk.

Macaroni and Cheese

1/4 cup plus 1 T butter
1 pound elbow macaroni
2 T olive or vegetable oil
3-1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
4 slices American cheese
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1-1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup bread crumbs

preheat oven 375 degrees.
Cook macaroni and set aside. In a small saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter and sprinkle flour over butter. Wisk until mixture is bubbling and lightly brown. Add milk while wisking. Bring to a simmer 3-4 min until smooth and thickened.
Add American, fontina and 1 cup cheddar cheese to the mixture. Remove from heat and stir until cheese melts. Stir in mustard. Pour sauce over macaroni and mix to combine. Transfer macaroni to a 9x13 baking dish.
For the topping, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni and dot with remaining 1 T butter.
Bake for 20 min.

Potato Cheese Soup

Potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cup water
1/2 cup chopped or grated carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp chicken bouillon
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup half and half

Cook vegetables in water and bouillon, until tender. Place 1/4 square butter in pan and add 1/4 cup flour. Add 1/2 cup half and half to thicken. Add to ingredients. Add cheese. Do not boil.


This is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for starting it up. I love new recipes and my family will thank you all at dinner time too!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

getting started

Ok girls!  Share your yummy recipes!  Lets get chubby!!!