2.13.2016

Ranch BLT Salad

Ranch BLT Salad

8 ounces rotini or other short pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 package Ranch dressing mix
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup tomatoes
1 avocado cubed
1 cup cubed cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
 
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, Ranch dressing mix and milk.
3. Stir pasta into dressing mixture, along with tomatoes, cheese, avocado, bacon, and chicken.
4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
5. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. If making the day before, stir in lettuce just before serving.

Texas Cake and Carmel Icing

Texas Cake with Carmel Icing

Texas Cake
Boil & add to below mixture warm.
   1 cup butter or margarine
   1/4 cup cocoa
   1 cup water

Mix
   2 1/2 cups flour
   2 cups sugar
   3/4 to 1 cup sour cream
   1 teaspoon baking soda
   2 eggs
   1 tsp vanilla

Bake at 400 for 18 minutes in a greased cookie sheet.

Carmel Icing - this is my great-grandma Nola Larsen's recipe
1 cube maragine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup milk. Bring to boil again. Cool to lukewarm and then add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.  Frost cake and enjoy!



Chocolate Pancakes/Waffles

Chocolate Waffles/Pancakes

1/2 cup margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together until mostly smooth.  Cook until golden brown. Enjoy!

2.13.2014

Brownies!

My friend from Ukraine makes these brownies and they are to die for. Perfect combination of chocolate, sweet, and a touch of salt. The only problem is she doesn't have a time and temperature. When I asked about that she just said "until they are done." So she gave me a guess and that's what is in this recipe so just make sure you check it and "cook it til it's done!" The other good thing about these is they are flexible with what type of ingredients you use. She taught me to substitute all the butter for coconut oil and she also uses caco and sugar in the raw. So they are healthy-er. They are seriously so good! You have to make them!

(Ok that's not my pic, but a picture makes a blog post better and doesn't this make you want to go eat make brownies?!)

BROWNIES

Cream together:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Combine:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients into wet. Not the other way around.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.


So good!

Make these!

Now!

12.06.2013

Crepes

Crepes

Batter:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon oil

Combine everything in a bowl. Beat till well mixed. Heat a lightly greased small skillet. Spoon in about 2 Tablespoons or so of batter; remove from heat; lift and tilt skillet to spread batter. Return to heat. Once it starts to bubble flip it over and cook the other side. Serve hot.

Filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat filling ingredients together. Spread onto the crepes like butter. Place strawberries on filling. Roll up like a burrito and enjoy.

Toppings....This is where you get to be creative! Here are some things we have tried:
Most fresh or canned fruits
Jam
Butter & Powdered Sugar
Nutella
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Yogurt
You get the idea :)

12.05.2013

Cake Mix Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Cake Mix Butterscotch Chip Cookies

1 cake mix any kind
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix all together. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet or spread all over sheet for pan cookies (turns out super fluffy like a yummy cake). Drop cookies bake 10 minutes. Pan cookies bake 15-18 minutes.

12.04.2013

Chicken Salad Cups & Pop Ups Rolls

Chicken Salad Cups 

1 1/2 Cups Cooked, Cubed Chicken
2 Tablespoons Salad Dressing
Dash Ground Ginger
1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Batch Pop Up Roll Recipe

Heat oven to 375. Grease a muffin pan and put a spoonful of pop up roll dough in each cup. Mix other ingredients together in a small bowl. Spoon chicken mixture into muffin cups on top of dough. Bake 14 to 19 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Enjoy!

Pop Up Rolls

3 Cups Flour (may need an extra spoonful so it isn't so sticky)
4 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Milk
6 Tablespoons Sugar
3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

Mix all together in a bowl. Drop on cookie sheet by spoonful. Bake at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Other uses:
Mini Hamburgers-just like Chicken Salad Cups but make taco meat instead of chicken salad mixture
BBQ Chicken Cups
Pizza Crust-spread as thin as possible

Dumplings

11.17.2012

Lazy Man Toast and Special K Treats

This is what we had at Bunco Thursday night: Lazy Man Toast & Cinnamon and Sugar French Toast with either Maple, Strawberry, or Raspberry syrup and for dessert Special K Treats.

I haven't posted anything on any blogs for over a year now I have posted how many times? 3 in 1 week.  I go through stages I guess ;)  Anyways I love this time of year.  Especially Egg Nog.

Lazy Man Toast

Pour Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog into container. Dip bread in it. Cook like french toast.

We really like this too bad it is seasonal.  We call it lazy man toast because you don't have to break an egg, pour the milk, add spices, then beat it all together. Just one simple step.

Special K Treats

Mix until melted:
1 1/2 cubes margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add until melted:
1 16 oz bag miniature marshmallows (can use large marshmallows but they melt slower so treat is harder)

Remove from heat. Stir in about 5 to 6 cups Special K cereal to desired consitency. Drop onto wax paper. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

11.08.2012

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Yes I am on this kick of homemade mixes. This is for Hamburger Helper. I haven't made any yet but I am going to in just a second for lunch. Here is the site where I found it http://chickensintheroad.com/cooking/homemade-hamburger-helper/ 
Hope you enjoy!

11.06.2012

Mixes, Mixes, Mixes

Slade's formula comes in a gallon container.  I am going to make these mixes in them for my Bunco prizes next week.  I like them because they are cheap and preservative free.  I thought I would share with everyone. Enjoy!


Recipe for Multiple Batches (3) of Homemade Yellow Cake Mix:

6 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups non-fat dry milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and non-fat dry milk. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Yellow Cake Mix:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and non-fat dry milk. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Cake directions:

4 cups Homemade Yellow Cake Mix or all of Single Batch
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs

Place Homemade Yellow Cake Mix in a bowl. Add water, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Combine with an electric mixer then beat two more minutes. Pour into a greased and floured cake pan. Bake at 350-degrees, using these baking times (watch carefully as your oven may vary–test for doneness using a toothpick):

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

Don’t over bake! You’ll dry out your cake.
  
Recipe for Multiple Batches (2) of Homemade White Cake Mix:

5 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade White Cake Mix:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. (This mix will fit in a quart-size baggie, just barely.) Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Cake directions:

5 cups Homemade White Cake Mix or all of Single Batch
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup shortening
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all the ingredients. Beat to mix on low, and then beat on high for two minutes. Pour into greased, floured cake pans. Bake at 350-degrees.

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

Don’t over bake! You’ll dry out your cake.

Recipe for Multiple Batches (2) of Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix:
5 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Cake directions:

5 1/3 cups Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix or all of Single Batch
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup shortening
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all the ingredients. Beat to mix on low, and then beat on high for two minutes. Pour into greased, floured cake pans. Bake at 350-degrees.

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

Don’t over bake! You’ll dry out your cake.



Recipe for Multiple Batches (2) of Homemade Spice Cake Mix:

5 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Spice Cake Mix:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup non-fat dried milk or powdered buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice

Combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Cake directions:
5 1/3 cups Homemade Spice Cake Mix or all of Single Batch
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup shortening
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all the ingredients. Beat to mix on low, and then beat on high for two minutes. Pour into greased, floured cake pans. Bake at 350-degrees.

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

Don’t over bake! You’ll dry out your cake.



Recipe for Multiple Batches (4) of Homemade Corn Bread Mix:

4 cups yellow corn meal
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Store in a plastic bag or tightly covered container at room temperature. May store at room temperature for up to six months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Corn Bread Mix:

1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Store in a plastic bag or tightly covered container at room temperature. May store at room temperature for up to six months.

Corn Bread directions:

2 1/3 cups Corn Bread Mix or all of Single Batch
1 egg
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons softened shortening

Beat for 1 minute or until smooth. Pour into a greased 8x8x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 425°F for 20 to 25 minutes. Check to see if it is done by inserting a knife into the center. If the knife comes out clean, it is done.

(You can also make corn muffins by baking them in muffin tins for 15 min. at 425 degrees)

Recipe for Multiple Batches (4) of Homemade Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix:

4 Cups Flour
1 Cup White Sugar
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
3 Cups Chocolate Chips

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie. Keep well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix:

1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

Mix together and store in a quart size Ziploc bag.  Keep well in pantry for months.

Chocolate Chip Cookie directions:

2 1/2 cups Homemade Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix or all of Single Batch
1 Stick Softened Butter
1 Large Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Recipe for Multiple Batches (4) of Homemade Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies Mix:

6 Cups Flour
3 Cups White Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies Mix:

1 1/2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Mix together and store in a quart size ziploc bag.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Sugar Cookie directions:

2 1/4 cups Homemade Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies Mix or all of Single Batch
1 Stick Softened Butter
1 Large Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Recipe for Multiple Batches (3) of Homemade Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookies Mix:

3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
4 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
3 teaspoons Cinnamon

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookies Mix:

1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Mix together and store in a quart size ziploc bag.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Oatmeal Cookie directions:

3 1/2 cups Homemade Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookies Mix or all of Single Batch
1 Stick Softened Butter
1 Large Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Optional: 1/2 Cup Raisins and/or Nuts

Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Recipe for Multiple Batches (4) of Homemade Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookies Mix:

7 Cups Flour
3 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons Ground Ginger
2 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
4 teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
4 teaspoons Ground Cloves

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookies Mix:

1 3/4 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

Mix together and store in a quart size ziploc bag.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Gingerbread Cookies mix directions:

2 3/4 cups Homemade Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookies Mix or all of Single Batch
1 Stick Softened Butter
1 Large Egg
1/8 Cup Molasses

Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Recipe for Multiple Batches (5) of Homemade Betty Crocker Brownie Mix:

5 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 2/3 Cups Cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.  These should stay fresh in your pantry for at least 6 months.  To extend the freshness, store in your freezer for up to a year.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Betty Crocker Brownie Mix:

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

Mix all these ingredients together with a whisk and dump them into a zipper bag.  Keeps well in pantry for months.

Brownie directions:

2 cups Homemade Betty Crocker Brownie Mix or all of Single Batch
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

*To customize your mixes, add milk or dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, or what ever kinds of add-ins you like in your brownies!
Recipe for Multiple Batches (4) of Homemade Muffin Mix:

8 cups flour
2 2/3 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 tsp salt
3 cups sugar

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.   Keeps well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Muffin Mix:

2 cups flour
2/3 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.   Keeps well in pantry for months.

Plain muffins:

2 3/4 cups Homemade Muffin Mix or all of Single Batch
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil

Bake 15-18 min at 400 degrees

Optional Streusel Topping:

1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp butter

Cut the butter into the flour/brown sugar mix.  Pour half of muffin mix into half of muffin cups.  Sprinkle half of the streusel, then cover with the rest of the muffin mix, and finally top with the rest of the streusel.

Blueberry Muffins:

2 3/4 cups Homemade Muffin Mix or all of Single Batch
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp vanilla

Bake 15-18 min at 400 degrees

*To customize your mixes, add milk or dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, or what ever kinds of add-ins you like in your Muffins!
Recipe for Multiple Batches (8) of Homemade Pancake/Waffle Mix:

8 cups flour (I usually use 1 cup whole wheat and 7 cups normal flour)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.   Keeps well in pantry for months.

Recipe for Single Batch of Homemade Pancake/Waffle Mix:
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together and store in an airtight, labeled container or baggie.   Keeps well in pantry for months.

To Make Pancakes:
1 cup mix
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix all together then cook on griddle.


To Make Waffles:


1 1/4 cups of mix
1 cup water
1 egg
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
 
Mix all together then cook on waffle iron.