November 23, 2012

Hot Chicken Salad

This recipe is from my mother-in-law and I really like it a lot. It is really more of a casserole, than a salad. Someone was feeling creative when they named it.  This recipe is a great way to use up left-over chicken or turkey, or just to make from scratch the first time. It is super easy and fast. My whole family craves this and I know you will love it too.

2 cups cooked chicken, or turkey
4 boiled eggs, chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped green onions
3 cups cooked rice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup sliced almonds [optional]
grated cheese
crushed plain potato chips

The only thing I don't like about this recipe is the 1 1/2 cans of cream of chicken soup.  That is very inconvenient.  I am wondering if a family size cream of chicken soup can would work. I haven't experimented with this recipe enough.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a separate bowl, then pour it into a 9 X 13 baking dish. Add the cheese, almonds, and potato chips last, then bake. 

That is it!  Super easy prep and so good!!

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

October 07, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

These are my favorite cookies.  There is something calming and comforting about a peanut butter cookie.  These always turn out wonderful.  I know you will love them.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla


Mix butter and peanut butter for 30 seconds.  Add 1/2 cup of the flour, sugars, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla.  Add in the remaining flour.  Cover and chill if needed for easier handling.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar.  Cris-Cross each dough ball with a fork.

Bake at 375 oven for 9 minutes.  Makes about 3 dozen.

February 10, 2012


1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 TB dried Italian seasoning
3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 container of cottage cheese
1 egg
1 32 oz.jar of spaghetti sauce
9 lasagna noodles
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, brown meats with onion and seasoning.
 In a bowl, blend mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, egg, and a dash of parsley for color.

Spread sauce in the bottom of a 13 X 9 baking dish.

Arrange one layer of cooked lasagna noodles over sauce.  Layer with sauce, meat, then cheese mixture, -repeat 2 more times

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

February 06, 2012

Best Pancakes and Waffles

Best Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 Tbls. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbl oil

Fry on a hot griddle at 375 -400 degrees.  For extra delicious-ness oil the griddle with left over bacon grease. 

Best Waffles

3 1/2 cups flour
2 Tbl. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oil

January 06, 2012

To Die For Pot Roast

1 beef roast (any kind)
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix (dry)
1 pkg. brown gravy mix (dry)
1 pkg Italian dressing mix ( dry)
1 1/2 cup warm water

Place roast in crock-pot.  Sprinkle contents of all 3 envelopes over roast.  Pour water in bottom of crock-pot.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

{Recipe credit to Amber Rust.} 

January 03, 2012

Enchilada Pie

One of our birthday traditions is that the birthday person can choose what we are having for dinner.  Alyssa who just had a birthday chose Enchilada Pie...and she is my one that won't eat tacos because they are too spicy...but she loves  this.

This is a super easy to put together meal with only 5 main ingredients

* 2 cans of Enchilada Sauce
* 1 can tomato soup
* cheese
* flour tortillas

* black olives, green onions, etc..are optionals

This recipe is a layering recipe much like lasagna.  In fact, my younger girls always mix up the names enchilada and lasagna..even tho one is Mexican food and the other is Italian food.

First spoon a little bit of enchilada sauce into the bottom of your casserole dish.  This will keep the flour tortillas from sticking to the bottom and help the sauce to be distributed through out the dish.

Fry up about 1 lb. of hamburger.  This amount is very "suit to your needs" amount.  A little bit goes a long way, or if you want it more "meaty" fry up 2 lbs. Drain the grease.

Add the remaining enchilada sauce (2 cans) to the cooked hamburger and mix well.

Next you will begin layering your tortillas/enchilada sauce/ cheese...

Tear up your tortillas like this and layer them a little, then add your sauce...

and then the cheese & repeat those layers

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered with tinfoil.