5.31.2014

Chicken Ramen Salad

1/2 head of cabbage
1 pkg chicken ramen noodles 
Sunflower seeds 
Slivered almonds
Canned chicken


Dressing:
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp vinegar 
1/2 Cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Chicken flavor packet

3.18.2014

Lemon Brownies

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, soften
2 eggs
1 TBS. of lemon juice
zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1 tsp.)
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Mix in the butter.  In another bowl whisk the eggs with the lemon juice and zest.  Add to the larger bowl and mix well.  Pour into prepared 8x8 brownie pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

You can double the recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan for 30 mins.  Remove and let cool, then glaze.

GLAZE:
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 TBS. lemon juice
additional lemon zest
stir together

3.17.2014

Angel Food Cake

We love strawberry shortcake at our house.  I have always cooked the angel food cake straight from the box.  I will never do that again after making this scratch angel food cake!  It's delicious and quite easy to make.  Recipe shared from: Ann

1 ½ cups egg whites (10 – 12 large)
¾ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp. cream of tartar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup sugar

In an extra-large mixing bowl allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sift sugar and flour together 3 times; set aside.

Add cream of tartar, salt and vanilla to egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed till soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating till stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

Sift about one-fourth of the dry mixture over beaten egg whites; fold in gently. (If bowl is too full, transfer to a larger bowl.) Repeat, folding in remaining dry mixture by fourths. Pour into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Gently cut through batter to remove any large air pockets.

Bake on the lowest rack in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or till top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake (leave in pan); cool thoroughly. Loosen sides of cake from pan; remove cake.

3.07.2014

Super Soft Sugar Cookies...

SOFT SUGAR COOKIES

1 cup butter
1 cup yogurt or sour cream (I use sour cream)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Combine butter, yogurt, or sour cream, sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes.  Sift together flour 
(I never sift the flour) baking soda, and salt to creamed mixture.  Roll dough out and cut with cookie
cutters.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes (My oven is hot so I only cook them 6 minutes)
or until lightly brown.  Do not overbake.  


BUTTER FROSTING

1/3 cup soft butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla or another extract (I love almond extract for cookies)
2 or 3 tablespoons milk
Food coloring if desired

Beat together with electric mixer until the texture and thickness you want.  

Easy Chicken Tacos...

1 Rotisserie Chicken, deboned and shredded
12 oz brown rice, cooked
1 Cup Frozen Corn
1/2 Ts Salt
1 Cup Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Jar (16oz) Verde Enchilada Sauce (Kroger brand is REALLY good!! That is Smith's)
1 Pkg tortillas (the fresh ones are the best, the ones you get from Costco) or crisp taco shells
Top with:
Sour Cream
Lettuce


Preheat oven to 450. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
Mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Place in the baking dish
Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Let stand 5 minutes. Spoon sour cream onto tortillas, top with chicken mix and lettuce (we always use spinach) 

White Bean and Chicken Chili...

5 cups shredded cooked chicken 
2 cans of chicken broth
1 large jar of salsa (I use mild)
1/2 pound shredded pepper jack cheese
3 cans undrained white beans   (not navy beans or white chili beans)

Use Fritos and sour cream on top if desired when serving.

After shredding the chicken put it back in the crockpot or on a pot on the stove.  Add all of the ingredients and cook until the cheese is melted and the soup is hot.

1.30.2014

Favorite Play Dough Recipe

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 cups water
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cream of tartar
Food Coloring of your choice
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat just until it comes together as a dough and is just slightly sticky. Turn out onto the counter and knead until cool.  It will become less sticky as it cools.  Store in an air tight container or zip lock bag in the fridge.  I usually half the recipe and it makes plenty for 2-3 kids to play with at a time.  

12.08.2013

Zupa's Copycat Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

INGREDIENTS:
3 Tbsp. butter
1 medium onion chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup half and half
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups water
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2.5 lbs cauliflower
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese shredded

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt butter and chopped onion together in a large sauce pan and sauté for approximately 10 minutes over medium heat until onion gets golden in color.
  2. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Heat while stirring for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly add half and half along with the milk. Gradually add and stir the entire time. Following the milk, gradually add water and chicken broth and stir constantly.
  4. Add chopped cauliflower and heat until boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Place contents of sauce pan into blender and blend until smooth. Remove center part of blender cover to allow steam to escape.
  7. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and cheese until melted and smooth.
  8. Serve soup topped with a little cheese for garnish.

11.22.2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c white sugar
½ c oil (I use coconut oil)
1 egg
1 t milk
1 t vanilla
1 c pumpkin
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
½ t salt
½ c chopped pecans (optional)
1 c chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375*
Mix first 5 ingredients together and stir well.Add pumpkin and just stir until incorporated.
Add all the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Fold in Chocolate Chips and nuts. 
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Put in containers while they’re still a little warm. You do not want to overbake them. 

11.15.2013

Carmel Apple Dip

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cup karo syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp. salt

Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until you reach 225 F. Let the carmel cool before dipping your apples.


Apple Orchard Punch

Taken from allrecipes.com

1 (32 oz.) apple juice, chilled
1 can frozen cranberry concentrate
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 liters ginger ale
1 apple

In a large bowl combine apple juice, cranberry concentrate and orange juice.  Mix until concentrate dissolves.  Then slowly add ginger ale.

Thinly slice the apple vertically, forming whole apple slices.  Float apple slices on top of punch.

11.05.2013

Mom's Yummy Yams

3 cups mashed yams (canned-drain juice)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs lightly whipped
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 stick melted butter

Topping:
1/3 stick margarine
1/3 cup flour
3/4-1 cup brown sugar
1/2-3/4 cup chopped nuts of choice

Whip first 7 ingredients together and place in baking dish.  Mix topping and place on top of yams.  Bake on 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

9.25.2013

Better Than Anything Cake

Recipe taken from: Chef in Training



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix-any ingredients it calls for
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz) jar caramel topping
  • 1 (8 oz) container cool whip thawed to room temp
  • 3-6 Heath Candy Bars (I use 10 reese's peanut butter cups chopped, Candace)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bake cake according to directions in a 9x13 pan.
  2. Let cake cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Poke holes in cake with the handle end of a wooden spoon. 
  4. While cake is still warm, slowly pour over sweetened condensed milk over the top making sure some gets in all the holes of the cake.
  5. Next drizzle the caramel topping evenly over the cake slowly, making sure some gets in all the holes as well.
  6. Spread cool whip over the top evenly.
  7. Sprinkle with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup pieces
  8. Store in fridge until ready to eat. Store any leftovers in fridge.

Rice Chex Treat


1 bag marshmallows
1/2 cube butter
1 bag mini m&m's (put in freezer night before)
2 TBS. peanut butter
6 cups rice chex

Melt butter and marshmallows together and add peanut butter.  Remove from heat and stir in 6 cups rice chex.  Put in greased 9x13 pan then sprinkle with m&m's.

Homemade Oreos

2 packages Devil Foods Cake
1 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix ingredients and form into cookie balls on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  When cooled put vanilla frosting in between 2 similar sized cookies.


A sister in my ward made these for a party.  They were the first thing gone!