Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Combine some amount of soft butter or margarine with fresh, minced garlic and Italian seasoning to taste and spread on pizza crust. Add liberal amounts of mozzarella cheese or any cheese of your preference. Place sliced Roma tomatoes on top. Add additional Italian seasoning and cheese if desired.
*I apologize for not giving exact measurements but the truth of the matter is, I rarely use measuring cups/spoons and if I do, I usually still end up adding a little something extra. I will be sure to include measurements for recipes that need to be followed to a T though! :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
makes loads of pancakes, enough for four people
1 1/2 cups flour
heaping 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar (if you like sweet, go with 2 HEAPING tablespoons)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
healthy pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups buttermilk (once I used "sour milk" - milk with lemon juice; second time I used buttermilk...I think either will do just fine!)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (in my sweet madness I used 2 tablespoons)
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup golden raisins (I opted for no raisins, but plan to incorporate my homemade chunky applesauce the next time I make these. I am also considering adding blueberries or craisins. I also have an urge to put some butterscotch chips in there, but that might make them too sweet??)
oil or cooking spray (for cooking)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Anyway, pictured above was the delicious result to this recipe:
9 cups Crsipix cereal
1 cup (heaping) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (heaping) chunky peanut butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Melt chocolate chips, add peanut butter and mix well. Combine with cereal. Pour in paper bag (grocery bag) and shake until coated!
- 1 pound of ground beef (browned)
- 1 can of pizza sauce
- 1 can of spaghetti o's
- 1 can of tomato soup
- 1/2 package of noodles (cooked according to package directions)
- 1-2 cups of frozen or canned corn
- 1/2 stick of butter (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- oregano (to taste)
Combine all ingredients and cook for several hours in a slow cooker. Or, if in a bigger hurry, bake in the oven until heated through. I adjust the butter, sugar, pepper, and oregano to my taste each time I make this.
And, as with the Tator Tot Casserole, this is also welcome with fresh, warm bread! Speaking of bread - mine smells WONDERFUL - just 10 minutes left!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So, the story behind this recipe is that I had some ground beef in the freezer that needed to be used up; it was already cooked. I was kind of craving our mom's Tater Tot Casserole, but didn't have tater tots and didn't fee like going to the store to get some. So, I reinvented the old standby. :)
1 pound ground beef, browned
2 large potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
1 cup frozen corn
1 small can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can milk
black pepper and salt to taste
Fry potatoes and mushrooms (feel free to add chopped onions too -- I just didn't have them on hand) in butter until nearly done. Add remaining ingredients and heat thoroughly. Serve with warm, fresh bread. :) This recipe would probably do well cooking in the oven too, but I just used the stove top. This recipe serves about 4 people.
Now, I'll share Mom's original recipe:
2 pounds ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion
2 cups corn or green beans
32 oz. bag Tater Tots
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
Fry ground beef, onion, salt and pepper to taste. Mix remaining ingredients, top with tater tots. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Happy cooking!!! :)
- Oven-safe plates. I use stoneware that is a cross between a plate and a shallow bowl.
- Pizza crust. You can make your own pizza crust or buy a refrigerator crust that you can cut in quarters.
- Pizza sauce.
- All the other toppings your little heart desires. Carmalized onions, chicken, italian sausage, bacon, pineapple, pepperoni, sausage, veggies. You name it!
Prepare your pizza and bake until golden brown. Enjoy!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This cookie recipe comes from a classic recipe that I learned/developed while at work. I make this with one of the residents every time I go back to work for a special treat. :)
The original recipe is as follows, but I made several alterations that I will share with you at the end!
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 small box vanilla pudding (not prepared)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
1 package chocolate chips
Combine all the ingredients and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
The best part of this recipe is that it can be altered in so many ways. The cookies I made today (pictured above) I used chocolate pudding instead of vanilla and used green and blue M&M's in addition to chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. I also added about 1/2 cup chopped almonds and then drizzled chocolate on top after baking. Another excellent alteration is using chocolate fudge pudding and Ande's crushed mints.
I hope you enjoy these and be sure to share any alterations you may choose to make to let us all know if it's any good!!