Sunday, June 29, 2008

Water punch

Makes 5 quarts

1 Tbsp lemon extract
1 Tbsp citric acid
5 quarts of water (ice included)
2 1/2 cups sugar

fresh lemons on top.

Easy triple chocolate cake

1 pkg dark chocolate cake mix
1 pkg chocolate pudding (3.9 oz)
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

cook in bunt pan at 350 for 45 - 50 minutes. Let cool on rack for 25 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar.

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls


Mix and let rise to double 2 times.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup water
1/2 package instant vanilla pudding(1/2 of 3.4 oz)
1 cup milk
1 egg beaten
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/2 tsp yeast


1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar


4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter softened butter
1 1/2 powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp milk

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fruit Salad

2 cans pineapple tidbits
2 cans mandarin oranges
2 cans fruit cocktail
Fudge striped cookies
2 sm. packages vanilla instant pudding
2 cups buttermilk
12 oz. whipped topping

Drain fruit well. Combine dry pudding mix with buttermilk. Fold in whipped topping. Add fruit. Mix in broken fudge striped cookies. Top with more cookies.

Very fruity chicken salad

4 boneless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Salad oil
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits drained
2 11oz. cans mandarine oranges drained
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
3 cups uncooked pasta shells
1 1/2 cup celery
enough mayo to coat the pasta and fruit.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in ziploc bag. Combine vinegar, oil, juice & salt. Combine and pour over chicken marinate in fridge for 1-2 hours. Drain & discard maranade. Start boiling water. Meanwhile saute chicken on high until cooked. Place in large serving bowl and put in fridge to chill. Boil pasta, rinse in bowl. Pour into bowl with chicken. Add fruit, celery & almonds. Mix well, add mayo chill and serve several hours or overnight.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Best alfredo sauce ever (no I am serious the best!)

Melt 2 cubes of butter in large pot. When melted, add 1/2 block cream cheese (4oz) cut into cubes. Whisk together and add 2 pints(1 quart) whipping cream, 1 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. garlic salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 little sprinkles of nutmeg and freshly ground pepper to taste. Heat thoroughly and pour over 2 lbs pasta(drained but NOT rinsed)

* you can thicken the sauce more if you like by adding Parmesan cheese powder from a jar.

Pastures of heaven salad

This salad has quickly become one of our favorite salads!

1 bunch baby spinach
1 head of Boston or green lettuce
1 cup fresh raspberries or strawberries
1 can madarin oranges(drained)
1/2 cup candied almonds


1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. raspberry vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 clove garlic minced
1/3 cup orange juice
salt and pepper

Mix well and set aside. A few minutes before serving, shake and pour over salad.

To candy almonds, sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp white sugar and almonds in small skillet; Stir and cook over medium heat until coated.

Baby Back Ribs

These are the best ribs ever. I got the recipe from a friend in Portland and haven't made them for years but this weekend mom made them and I have to share the love!!

1 cup catsup
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. tabasco

Combine sauce in pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes.

Pour some sauce on ribs and wrap individually in tin foil. Cook for a minimum of 2 hours (cook as long as possible on 300 degrees)

Broil or BBQ the last 20 minutes without tin foil.

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