Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Zippy Shrimp Spread

Now that I am a grandma. Holiday meals are up to me to plan and prepare. So I've been trying new food on the boys each holiday meal. This Christmas I tried a new appetizer that I found in Taste of Home Christmas Classics. It probably would have worked if Jess hadn't seen the canned shrimp, but he did so no one wanted to try it. Except for all of us old people and Hollie. I will not make this for my family again but I will be making it for parties. I'll probably tweak the ingredients a bit add some more horseradish and a little dill to the cream cheese. It only took about 10 minutes to prepare. It was a very easy recipe:) Enjoy!

2 packages(8 ounces each)cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 tespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 bottle(12 ounces) seafood sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 cans 6(ounces each)tiny shrimp, rinsed and drained
minced fresh parsley
assorted crackers

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the seasoned salt,Worcestershire sauce and onion powder. Spread onto a 13-in. platter.

Combine seafood sauce and horseradish; spread over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with shrimp and parsley. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

You Are a Gingerbread House

A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bewitching Blueberry Pancakes

When I was little I used to visit my grandma a lot. She had some really cool books for me to read. One of my favorites was Old Black Witch by Wende & Harry Devlin . I just loved that crabby old witch that wasn't really as mean as she wanted people to think. In the back of the book was a recipe for blueberry pancakes so I begged my grandma to make them and she did, but I had to help. That day I learned how to make pancakes and I learned that I really don't like blueberries very much. but I can always substitute another fruit like apples or strawberries. HB loves blueberries so this recipe is for him;)

Bewitching Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted fat or oil
1/2 cup washed blueberries

As you stir in the blueberries (this is the magic part) say three times:

Gobble dee gook
With a wooden spoon,
The laugh of a toad
At the height of the moon!

Pour on a hot griddle and watch.

You can make things disappear just like the Old Black Witch. Put three pancakes in front of any hungry boy or girl and watch them go.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

You Are a Caramel Crunch Donut

You're a complex creature, and you're guilty of complicating things for fun.
You've been known to sit around pondering the meaning of life...
Or at times, pondering the meaning of your doughnut.
To frost or not to frost? To fill or not to fill? These are your eternal questions.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Raw Apple Cake

I love apple cake, I posted my grandma's recipe last year. Now it's time for My Step-mother's recipe. This recipe has nuts (Grandma couldn't eat nuts). Whenever she makes this cake I eat too much:) I really like to eat it for breakfast on Christmas morning. Better than a donut.


Mix well ( I use electric mixer)
1 c margarine
2 c sugar

2 eggs
1 c water (mix well again 1 or 2 minutes)

1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon or 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 c flour
2 tsp soda (mix again)

Stir In:
4 c sliced apples

Put in 9 x 13 pan. Before baking top with brown sugar and nuts. (There is no measurement for this, I like quite a bit of it. Probably 1 c brown sugar at least and 1 c nuts. But it is all optional.)

Bake at 325 degree for 1 hour.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Mom's Meatballs

Around here the favorite meal is Spaghetti and Meatballs. My boys won't touch a frozen meatball. And they always tell me that so and so's meatballs weren't as good. I think I have spoiled them. The only thing I do that is all that different is I don't brown the meatballs before cooking them in the sauce. And I don't add pork. I like them better that way. JM is wanting to know how to cook so this recipe is for her:)

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 package crackers, crushed
1 egg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Mix together with your hands.

Roll meatballs into desired size. (I use a large melon baller to make my meatballs.) Add enough of your favorite sauce to cover meatballs in Dutch oven. Simmer on low heat about 2 hours. Pour on top of pasta or make some meatball sandwiches and enjoy. For spaghetti I also add chunks of Italian sausage with the meatballs.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Your Fortune Is

The best way to save face, is to keep the lower part of it shut.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Breakfast Casserole

Last night we had breakfast for supper. Some of my friends think it is strange, but the kids love it. Two of my boys didn't come over last night so I didn't make everything I had planned. No cinnamon rolls and no hashbrowns:( But I did make biscuits and sausage gravy and a breakfast casserole.

I first had this at my dads house a few years ago. So this year I asked my step-mom for the recipe. She had 4 different ones so I copied down 2 of them and brought them home. I decided to use a little from each recipe and make my own version. If HB liked mushrooms I would have added some to make it just a little tastier. Everyone liked it and I will be making it more often. Maybe even for breakfast someday. By the way the leftovers make great breakfast burritos.

1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 cup diced ham
10 slices bacon, crumbled
1 cup shredded cheese- any kind
8 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
fresh parsley, chopped

Sprinkle onion, ham, bacon, and cheese into a 9x13 baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients and beat to mix. Pour over mixture already in dish. Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour. Casserole is done when knife inserted comes out clean. Sprinkle parsley on top and serve.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Chicken Enchiladas

I made Enchiladas for our family dinner tonight. This was my second attempt and everyone gave them a thumbs up. I made three different kinds and all three were awesome. This was something new for the whole family so I didn't have a recipe. I looked at other recipe's on the internet to see what was in them. But each recipe called for canned soup and I can't eat most canned soup so I left that out. Needless to say the first attempt was a bit dry. As of yesterday I still hadn't figured how to make it better. Then my mom found a recipe in a Betty Crocker Holiday cookbook for Seafood Enchiladas. It called for chicken broth and had a decent looking recipe for the sauce so I borrowed it. I made chicken, ground beef, and ground beef with chorizo. There were nine of us tonight and about 30 enchiladas. Right now there are two leftover. It was a Mmmm good night.

Cheese Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
1 (8oz) container sour cream
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Cook onion and garlic in butter 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Stir in flour until all flour is blended with butter. Stir in broth and sour cream until smooth. Heat to boiling; cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Pour one cup sauce in bottom of 13x9 inch glass baking dish.

2 1/2 pounds cooked, shredded chicken breasts
1 cup cheese sauce
10 tortilla shells

Mix chicken and sauce together. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture onto each tortilla. Roll up tortillas; place seam side down on sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly. Before serving spoon some taco sauce down middle of enchiladas.


The ground beef enchiladas I made the same way with 2 pounds ground beef,one medium onion, 1 cup of sauce, and 1/2 package of taco seasoning.

And the chorizo and ground beef was 1 pound chorizo, 1 pound ground beef cooked and drained. 1 cup of sauce.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Grandma Helen's Pizza

We have a family dinner on Sundays. Last week we made homemade pizza. When I was little I thought you could only get pizza at the Italian resturants. Then along came Pizza Hut. But when I was about 10 we went to my grandmas for dinner and she made pizzas. It was great and I watched how she did it. My mother doesn't make pizza but I have ever since my kids were little. I never knew how she made the crust so I always bought the kind you mix up from a box. I'm gald I found this recipe:) To feed my family I have to make 4 cookie sheet size pizzas. HB don't like mushrooms, and I don't like pepperoni. So each pizza is different. The boys like taco the best.

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
2/3 cups milk

1 pound italian sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup cheese

Brown meat and drain off excess fat. Set aside.

Mix ingredients for crust, form into ball and roll out onto floured surface. Place on greased pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Spread sauce evenly on crust. Add meat, onions, and mushrooms. sprinkle cheese over top. Bake at 450 degrees till crust is lightly brown and center is hot.
bake at 450 degrees till done.