Saturday, July 26, 2008

Monster Cookies

Preheat oven 350

6 eggs
2 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 cup margarine
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking soda
2 2/3 cups peanut butter
9 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 M & M's
1 1/2 Chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients and cook for 12 minutes

Makes a ton of cookies(that's my best guess!)

Cashew chicken with manderine oranges

2 boneless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup sliced celery
1 can maderine oranges
3/4 cup cashews

Srif fry chicken in cooking oil until browned. Add celery and cook for 2 minutes. Mix together broth, soy sauce, orange juice and honey. Add chicken and cook unil thickened. Add oranges and cashews 5 minutes before serving. Do not over stir.

Serve with rice.

Navajo Tacos

These are a family favorite! If you need to make them fast you can use Rhoads frozen rolls for the fry bread(scones). I also will make the beans in the crock pot sometimes and sometimes on the stove. The scone recipe makes quite a few so it is fun to have the leftovers for later.

I use 5 cans of various beans(whichever I have in my cupboard at the time) Usually kidney beans, black beans, white beans, chili beans.(do not drain!!)
1 large can of tomato sauce
1 pkg of either taco or chili seasoning(I like the taco better but I use whatever I've got)
you can add a pound of cooked hamburger or cooked onions.
I have put a can of corn in it and it has been good as well.
Cook it on the stove with lid on med for about 30 minutes and them on low until you are ready to eat. It will be a little runny if you don't let it cook down a little bit.


2 pkgs dry yeast(2 Tbsp)
1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sugar

Mix together and set aside

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2 tsp salt

Mix together in large bowl.

3 eggs beaten
Add to butter/sugar bowl and mix until well blended

Add yeast mixture and 2 cups of flour to the large bowl of other ingredients and beat until smooth

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix.
Let rise for 1 hour
Put dough in refrigerator until cool(you can leave it overnight if you want)
Roll out thin(about 1/4 in.) and cut into squares of desired size
Fry in oil.

Serve with toppings that you normally put on tacos.

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.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Texas Caviar

2 cans black-eyed peas
1 can shoe peg corn
1 can ro-tel (mild or hot)
green pepper, chopped
bunch of green onions
1 small bottle Italian dressing

Mix all ingredients together. Serve with corn chips.

TGIF Brownie obsession

pre-heat oven 350
grease 9 x 13 pan


1 2/3 granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tbsp water
2 bars (4 oz) unsweetened Giradelli baking bar, broken into pieces
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 cup shopped nuts (optional)

Microwave sugar, butter and water in large microwavable bowl on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until it is bubbly, stirring once. Add baking bars; stir until melted.
Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir well add nuts. Pour into prepared 9 x 13 baking pan.
Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack, cut into bars.

To serve

Place brownie in shallow bowl. Top with chocolate sauce(recipe below). Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Drizzle Carmel sauce(recipe below) over the ice cream and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Chocolate sauce

2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
6 oz semi-sweet Giradelli chocolate baking bar(broken into pieces)

Heat the cream with the butter and sugar in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth. Add the chocolate to the cream mixture. Stir over simmering water until it is melted and thoroughly combined. Let cool at room temperature.

Carmel sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
2/3 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp butter

In a saucepan combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Add whipping cream and butter. Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly. Then, reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Cover and cool. Chill in the refrigerator until serving time.

This is so yummy and as far as dietary fact ya right like I want to know that!! I live in my own world and this is carb free and actually makes you lose weight(right??)

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