Thursday, November 27, 2008

Grandpa's Loaded Cornbread Casserole

I snagged this from Lorie over at Be Different.. act Normal This came from her Grandfather-in-law. He sounds like fun.

"He is Mr. Fix-it, Mr. Build-it AND Mr. Cook it. And he is 85."

What you need:

1&1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 15-ounce cans creamed corn
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup canned french-fried onions

What you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan. In a big bowl, combine the cornmeal, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add the milk, butter and eggs. Mix well. Add the corn and mix well. Pour into the prepared pan. Spread the cheese and bacon evenly over the top. With a fork, push the cheese and bacon into the batter, just submerging it. Sprinkle the onions over the top. Bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. The consistency will be more like that of a casserole than cornbread. (It was pretty cornbread consistency.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tina's Spinach dip

1 pkg.(10oz) Frozen chopped spinach, Thawed and WELL drained
1 Cup. Sour cream
1 Cup. mayonnaise
1 Envelope of Good Season Italian Salad dressing... (the dry season)
1 Can (8oz) water chestnuts, Drained and sliced

MIX all together.. let chill.

I like to serve it in a round bread bowl.. if you cant find one. Put in a dip dish and serve with sliced Baguette Bread

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I thought I'd share a recipe I love but haven't made yet. It's a Filipino noodle dish. yummmos.
Here is the noodle I like. Canton noodle.



1/4 c Cooking oil
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Onion, minced
1 c Meat, boiled (pork, chicken, or shrimp)
1 lg Carrot, cut into thin strips
1 sm Cabbage, shredded
3 tb Soy sauce
3 tb Broth
1 Celery, bunch
8 oz Rice sticks or wheat noodles
1 t Salt
1 t MSG
1 Spring onion, chopped


  1. Saute garlic in cooking oil.
  2. Add onions, meat, carrot and cabbage.
  3. Season with soy sauce and fry for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add broth and simmer, then add celery.
  5. When vegetables are cooked, add rice sticks or noodles and season with salt and MSG.
  6. Garnish with spring onions.
  7. Serve with lemon.


You will need a big frying pan to fit all the ingredients. You may leave out the salt and MSG if you like

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Puppy chow

(of the human kind- please dont give it to your pooch)

Puppy Chow

1box of chex (your choice of flavor, I like rice)
1 1/4 chocolate chips (they say semi sweet, I like milk chocolate)
2/3 c Peanut butter (creamy)
4 1/2 tsp of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional) I have used sugar free vanilla syrup for coffee or left it out
1 2/3 c powdered sugar

1. Large bowl dump in cereal. They say to use a 2 gallon plastic bag for the powdered sugar, I use a big plastic bag.
2. microwave c.chips, PB, butter, and vanilla (optional) on high 1 minute, stir, put in for another 25-30 seconds stir till smooth.
3. mix cereal with microwaved stuff, coating evenly.
4. Place the new mixture into bag, and shake till coated.
5. Dump back into large bowl, & enjoy!

Hash brown Casserole

Hash brown Casserole - Jenn at I hate Whine

1 ( 32oz )pkg Hash Browns (cubed)
1/2 cup melted margarine or butter
1/2 cup sauteed onions ( use the margarine or butter )
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
2 cups (16 oz) sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese ( grated)
salt and pepper to taste
Topping :
2 cups crushed cornflakes
1/4 cup margarine or butter
Mix all together and place in your baking dish . Mix corn flakes and melted butter together and sprinkle over the top.
Bake at 350 for 45 mins or until you see the top is golden brown and crispy.
Like always I never follow this , I just throw in a couple big blobs of sour cream and throw in whatever I feel like for the cheese. I also find that we like it better made with the shredded hash browns that say savory seasoned on the bag. I never put salt in and always shake pepper in and mix it all through. the other thing i do is add a little pepper to the crumb mixture as well as a little garlic powder. Just do whatever sounds good to you, or what you know your husband or kids will eat.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

10 cup cookies

I stole this from Alisha her stuff is always good and I cant wait to try this.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
3 large eggs lightly beaten
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup uncooked quick cooking oats
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup raisins
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350... combine first 4 ingred. in a large mixing bowl, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beating well... Combine flour and next 3 ingred. add to peanut butter mixture, and beat well. Stir in pecans, and remaining ingredients... it says to put it on a lightly greased cookie sheet, but I didn't grease mine... Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden... remove to wire rack to cool (or paper towels :D...)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sweet and Sour Sauce

From Jenn over at I hate whine
She has pics on her site so click if you want to see them :)

Sweet and Sour Sauce :
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Vinegar
2 cups Ketchup
2 cups Water
1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar
Add as much or as little chopped onion as you like.
Add as much garlic powder as you like .
I'll be honest I never ever follow this, I use the list to make sure I don't forget anything . However I just eyeball it for everything , sometimes it's a little more red and sometimes it's a little darker !
All of my kids love it, and for years my daughter would never eat rice unless it was like this. As far as the meatballs , just make them however you usually do .

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bacon & Water Chestnuts

From My SIL, Suzanne..........

Here is a recipe for an appetizer that my dad brought over last Christmas everyone loved them. Nana and Jackie went nuts over them...they couldn't eat is an appetizer...not sure if it is what you are looking for, but in any case, you may want to try them sometime. Love you...

Bacon & Water Chestnuts

2 - 5 oz cans drained whole water chestnuts
1 lb bacon (thin sliced & cut in half)

~Cut any large water chestnuts in half and wrap in bacon using toothpicks to hold.
~Place in 9 X 13 baking dish and bake @ 350 degree for 1 hour.
~Drain grease off.
(Can do the night before and finish up with sauce next day)


~Mix 1 cup white sugar with 2/3 cup catsup, then pour mixture over baked water chestnuts and bake approximately another 30 minutes longer
~ Be careful not to let the sugar burn, so keep checking on them during the 30 minute. ENJOY

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Easy Peasy Chicken Nuggets


Easy Peasy Chicken Nuggets

At least 2 lb of raw chicken cubed or bite sized.
Corn Flakes (4 cups)
Basil (2tsp)
Grated Parmesan Cheese (2 cups)
1/2 cup butter (optional)

Mix corn flakes, basil, Parm, in bowl or bag. Crush them together (great for kids to do) till in small bits. Place in large microwavable bowl set aside.
Chicken can be either dipped in butter to assist in coating or stir in chicken till all coated in mixture. Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes. Stir bottom chicken to top repeat cooking.
Take out and look at nuggets. White all the way through, you are done, if not, cook another three minutes after re stirring.
Serve with your favorite sauces.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I snagged this spaghetti sauce recipe from See Mommy Sew

1/2 c. chopped onion

1 lb. ground beef

3 small cans tomato sauce (8 oz. each)

1 can tomato paste

enough water to make it as thin or thick as you like

4 tsp dried basil (of course, use fresh if you have it)

4 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

salt to taste

3 bay leaves

1 tsp garlic powder (I use freash garlic, instead)

1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. rosemary (I don’t like the pine needly feel of rosemary so I usually grind it up in my coffee grinder)

Brown ground beef and onion. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for an hour or so. You can cook it longer or shorter or use you slow cooker. Like most spaghetti sauces, it’s pretty forgiving. Serve on top of spaghetti noodles with lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and hot, buttery garlic bread on the side.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


From A Baker Dozen...........

Dissolve 1 package (1 Tablespoon) dry yeast in in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm milk, 1 cup cornmeal, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 butter (softened or melted), 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 2 cups of flour.

Beat until smooth. Stir in (approximately) 4 cups flour. Knead until smooth (about 5 minutes). Place in greased bowl; cover and let rise until double, about 1 1/2 hours.

Spray two baking sheets, sprinkle w/ cornmeal. Punch down dough and divide in two. Roll each half into 12" circle and spread with softened butter; cut each circle into 14 to 20 wedges, depending on the size of roll you want. Roll up each wedge, starting at wide end and ending at point.

Place rolls with points down on baking sheets. Cover and let rise until double (about 40 minutes). Preheat oven to 400. Brush crescents with melted butter and sprinkle with cornmeal. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes (more for larger rolls).

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Breakfast Cookie

From A Bakers Dozen.....

I came up with this recipe as a way to help with hectic mornings. I had a vision of a "breakfast cookie" that my children would love. Something that had enough wholesome ingredients that I could feel good about giving it to them. These freeze well. Just fill a ziplock bag with cooled cookies and pop them in the freezer. Pull out the night before and serve with a glass of milk.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients. Fresh ground wheat works well. You can add more nuts and seeds and use less sugar. Think of this as the foundation of the cookie and make any adjustments you see fit.

I make these cookies large and serve with a glass of milk.

Breakfast Cookies:

Cream 1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup peanut butter (I like Adam's- no sugar)
2 cups sugar (white or brown)

add 4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk

combine seperately
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups oats
3/4 cup sunflower seeds

combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix very well. Spoon onto cookie sheet. These have more of a cake texture and will not spread out much during baking. I like to make them big, since they are breakfast cookies.

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until done.

Stand back and enjoy your children's astonished looks as you serve milk cookies for breakfast!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Irish Brown Bread

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole-wehat flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey

1. Heat oven to 425 degree F. In bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, quick oats, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt.

2. In small bowl, mix buttermilk with honey. Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture; stir to combine.

3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and shape into a circle. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

4. Reduce temperature to 400 degree F and bake 15 minutes more or until the bread sounds hollow when you tap it. Let cool 20 minutes.

blueberry oatmeal muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin

Makes: 12 servings Total Time: 30 min
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cups rolled oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup blueberries

1. Grease twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or thirty-six 1-3/4-inch muffins cups, or line them with paper bake cups; set aside. (If you don't have enough muffin pans, bake half the batter at a time. Refrigerate remaining batter.)

2. Stir together flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

3. Combine egg, milk, brown sugar, apple sauce, and vanilla in another bowl. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy.) Fold blueberries into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full.

4. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 16 to 18 minutes for 2-1/2-inch muffins or 10 to 12 minutes for 1-3/4-inch muffins or until done. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes; remove muffins from cups. Serve warm.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

morning glory muffins by Anya

morning glory muffins

6 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 c. oil
4 c. grated carrots
1 c. coconut
1 c. raisons
1 c. chopped nuts ( i used walnuts)
2 c. grated apples
4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
4 c. flour

stir all ingredients together. make as many muffins as desired, baking at 375 degreesfor 20 minutes.
*remember this recipes makes alot of batter and will keep good rerfrigerated for up to 4 weeks.

if you want some breakfast muffins full of healthy goodies, try these!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gina's Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas


1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken (or beef or pork)
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp butter
4-oz can diced green chili peppers (I use Ortega)
3-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
10 3/4 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded jack or cheddar cheese (I use mixed)
1 tbsp minced onions

In a skillet cook the onion in the butter until onion is tender. Remove from heat and add 1 tbsp of green chili peppers (save the rest of peppers for the sauce)

In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, 1 tbsp milk, minced onion and cumin. Add the onion and butter mixture and chicken and stir until mixed. Spoon about 3 tbsp of the mixture onto each tortilla and roll. Place them seam side down in a greased baking dish.

For sauce, in a medium bowl combine the reserved chili peppers, soup, sour cream and 1 cup milk. Pour evenly over the tortillas in the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35 mins or until heated through. Remove foil and sprinkle the top with grated cheese and return to oven and bake until cheese melts, about 5 mins.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Doni's chicken pot pie

**** No Roll Pie Dough *****
ingredients directions

1 ½ cup flour
½ tea salt
1 tea sugar
½ cup oil
2 TBSP cold milk

Mix together in a pie shell and press on sides.

The filling...throw all this in the crust, no need to mix, it does it itself

2-3 chicken breasts diced, cooked
1 bag frozen mixed veggies (I've also used canned)
1 can cream of mushroom or chicken
1 can cream of potato (I've substituted cream of whatever ina pinch)

Put second pie crust on top.

If you are using premade frozen pie crusts, this takes about 35 mins on 350. With the homeade, you are looking at about an hour to an hour and 15mins.

Its so freakin good.

Doni's Crepe-like Pancakes

2 cups milk
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
2 Tablespoons flax meal (optional)
1/2 c. pecans (optional)

Mix, pour batter and spread around to make them as thin as you like, cook till bubbly and flip, eat and enjoy!!

I add all the optional stuff, but that is just my own fooling around with the recipe.