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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mountain Man Omelete

We made this Tuesday morning for breakfast and it was delicious. I did precook the bacon and sausage at home so I only warmed them when I got the veggies soft, it just made for quicker prep and with small children that is essential. We had enough left overs to throw in the cooler and reheat the next morning.
1 lb. country sausage 2 cups chopped; mushrooms
1 lb.bacon 18 eggs
1 large yellow onion; diced 3/4 cup milk
3 cloves garlic; minced salt and pepper to taste
1 green bell pepper; chopped 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1 red bell pepper; diced picante sauce

Heat a 12" Dutch oven using 20-22 briquettes bottom until hot. Add sausage to oven and fry until brown. Remove sausage from oven. Cut bacon into 1 inch slices. Add to Dutch oven and fry until brown. Add sausage, onions, garlic, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Saute until vegetables are tender. Whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour eggs over vegetable mixture. Cover and bake using 8 briquettes bottom and 14-16 briquettes top for 20 minutes until eggs are set up. Cover top with cheese and replace lid. Let stand until cheese is melted.

Serve topped with picante sauce.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pocket Bread

My mom used the make these when I was a kid. They are great with almost any sandwich fixings and sooo much better than anything you can buy at the store.

2 Pkgs Yeast

1/2 C. Warm Water

4 C. Warm Milk

1/3 C. Oil

1 Tbsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Sugar

10 C. Flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water, add all ingredients to mixer along with 6 of the cups of flour and beat until smooth. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until you get a good consistency. Raise for 1 hour then divide into 16 balls. Allow balls to rise on counter for 30 minutes more. Roll each ball out into a 8-9" circle and place on cookie sheets 2 at a time and allow to rise for 30 minutes more then bake at 450 for 10 minutes.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Campfire Eclairs

The pictures are rough but it was dark outside around a campfire this week. The eclairs were delicious, we enjoyed them two nights we were there.

2 cans croissant rolls
1 package(4) pre-made vanilla pudding
1 container chocolate frosting
1 can whipped topping

You will need a 1 inch wood dowel. Rub the end of the dowel with cooking oil or spray with pam. Wrap croissant around the end of the dowel and cook over coals/campfire for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and no longer gooey. Let cool for a minute or two then gently pull off the dowel. Fill 3/4 full with vanilla pudding then squirt whipped topping in open end. Spread chocolate frosting on the outside of the eclair, enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chex Treat Mix

One handful is never enough of this good stuff.

3 cubes of butter - 1 1/2 cups (no margarine)
2 cups sugar
2 cups light Karo Syrup

Place all ingredients into a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 4-6 minutes.

1 large box of Golden Grahams Cereal
1 large box of Corn Chex
1/4 package coconut (optional)
1 package sliced almonds (optional)

Mix all dry cereal, nuts and coconut in large bowl. Pour cooked butter mixture over cereal. Gently mix and pour onto 3-4 lightly greased jelly roll pans. When completely cooled, place in cellophane bags to give away, or put into serving bowls.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Won Ton Salad

This salad is a light and delicious. My mom made it for us growing up. It's perfect for a girls night in.

1 lb. Chicken, cooked & diced
1 head lettuce-chopped
4 green onions-chopped
1/2 C. sunflower seeds or 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 cucumber-diced
1 avocado-diced
1 pkg won tons-fried

1/4- 1/2 c sugar (to taste)
4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. Olive oil
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1/4 c. cider vinegar

Assemble salad, right before serving pour dressing and toss. Add won tons. Serve.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fruit Pizza

It was raining outside today so the kids and I made a treat together.
I've never done fruit pizza before, but we will definitely do it again!
That bite I took was as good as it looks, trust me!

Depending on the size pan you're using and how thick you like your crust you'll need 1-2 rolls of sugar cookie dough. We used a cookie sheet and 1 large roll was perfect, two smaller 16 ounce would work as well. Press the dough onto your baking pan. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Mine was done at 11. Let cool completely.For the "sauce" as the kids called it, mix one 8 ounce package cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, one 8 ounce carton whipped topping and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Make sure the cream cheese is softened, beat it first then slowly add sugar and whipped topping.Decide what fruit you want to decorate with. We chose grapes, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwi & mandarin oranges. I cut our pizza into pieces, slathered on some "sauce" and let the kids go to town. They all agreed it was delicious.Crust:

Two 16 ounce pre-made rolls of sugar cookie dough.
Bake in preheated oven @ 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes.

One 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
One 8 ounce container whipped topping
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese and slowly add sugar and whipped topping so the sauce is smooth.

Your favorite fruit

Mandarin Oranges

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

At my husbands company pool party this month we enjoyed this refreshing fruit salad, it had a simple dressing that really made all the flavors pop, and it was so good! Thanks to Patty for sharing her dressing.



1/3 cantaloupe, cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
1 (16 ounce) container strawberries, quartered (about 3 cups)
5 medium kiwis, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 2 1/2 cups)


3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves


Cut up fruit and put into a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix honey, lime juice, zest, and mint. Right before serving, pour the dressing over the fruit and toss gently to combine.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oatmeal Cake

This recipe is so gooey and delicious I'm salivating just thinking about it. The recipe is one from my next door neighbor (Caralun Anderson) growing up. You'll want to try this one out.

1 1/c C. Boiling Water
1 C. oatmeal
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Margarine
2 Eggs
1 1/2 C. Flour
1 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Nutmeg

Pour Water over oats and let set. In a separate bowl cream sugar and margarine, then add eggs and vanilla. Add the Oat's & water to the mixture and cream all of them together. Next add the flour and spices and mix well. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

1/2 C. Margarine
1 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Evaporated Milk
2 C. Coconut
1 C. Chopped Walnuts
Bring Margarine, milk and sugar to a boil, then add coconut and nuts. Spread over warm cake and broil for 1-2 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delicious Guacamole

Ummm, umm, um!
That says it all.

6 ripe avocados, diced
4 green onions, finely chopped
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 lime, juice only
1/4 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 packets McCormick Guacamole Seasoning

Mix all ingredients together and serve with tortilla chips.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

These were so good. Perfect for summer grilling. As soon as I saw them over at Family Favorite Recipes I knew I had to give em a try, they did not disappoint.

4 chicken breasts
1 bottle Teriyaki sauce (we used Lawry's brand)
3/4 c. brown sugar
4 slices deli ham
1 can sliced pineapple (or you can use fresh which would be even better)
4 slices Pepper Jack cheese
4 large hamburger buns

Pound chicken breasts until they are about 1/4" thick all around. Place in a large Ziploc bag. Combine Teriyaki sauce and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 of the mixture to the bag with the chicken and seal tightly. Place bag in refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours. Separate remaining Teriyaki mixture into 2 separate bowls (to prevent cross contamination use 2 separate brushes too)-- one for the pineapple, one for the chicken. Open pineapple can and save a little of the juice in a bowl. Place chicken and pineapple on the grill (medium heat). Brush with Teriyaki sauce every few minutes until chicken and pineapple are done-- try to only flip the chicken and pineapple once. Either on the grill or in a frying pan, cook ham with a little of the pineapple juice until it becomes nice and hot. Slice open hamburger buns and place a piece of cooked chicken on each bottom bun. Top with cheese, ham, grilled pineapple, and bun top. Serve immediately with remaining grilled pineapple.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cordon Bleu Pillows

At the recommendation of a friend, I made these for the first time a few nights ago and my kids loved them. More please was the consensus around here.

12 Rhodes White Dinner Rolls, thawed
2 cups cooked and diced chicken breast (shredded rotisserie chicken works well too)
1 cup cooked and diced ham
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 packet Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
sesame seeds
or bread crumbs

Combine two rolls and flatten into an 8-inch circle. Mix together chicken, ham, cheese and seasonings. Place 1/6th of the filling in the center of each circle. Pull edges up around filling and pinch together to seal. Place on a cookie sheet or in jumbo muffin tins. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds or bread crumbs. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes. Remove wrap and bake at 350° F 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

Cream sauce:
1 can cream of chicken of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
1 tablespoon mayo
Milk (add till desired consistency)

Combine ingredients in sauce pan and cook over medium heat until heated through.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Whipped Strawberry Sensation

I tried this at a baby shower a few weeks ago and it was so refreshing and delicious. A serious hit. I think when I make it, I may put another layer of the crust in between, you can never have to many Oreo's, right?

4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Line 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Mash 2 cups of the strawberries in large bowl. Add condensed milk, juice and 2 cups of the whipped topping; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Mix chopped cookies and butter. Spoon over whipped topping mixture. Cover with ends of foil and gently press cookie mixture into whipped topping mixture. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.

Invert dessert onto serving plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Spread remaining whipped topping onto top and sides of dessert. Slice remaining 2 cups strawberries; arrange over dessert. Store leftovers in freezer.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Grilled Corn on the Cobb

I love stopping by the local corn stands this time of year.
Grilling corn is always a fun and simple alternative to boiling it.

6 ears corn
6 Tbsp. Butter
Salt and pepper

Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Spread a Tablespoon of butter on each ear of corn, add a dash of salt and pepper all over. Close the husks and cover in aluminum foil. Grill on high heat for 30 minutes, rotating occasionally for more even cooking, until tender.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meatball Subs

This is a real hit whenever I dish it up. They're quick and easy too.

2 lbs meatballs ( I get mine at Costco)
1 jar marinara
1 green pepper (sliced)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 container mushrooms 8 oz (sliced)
2 Tbsp Butter
Provolone/Mozzarella cheese slices or shreds
Hero Rolls

In a skillet melt butter and saute peppers, onions & mushrooms until tender and caramelized, remove from skillet. Warm meatballs on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes then add the marinara and reduce heat, bring to a simmer. Open & toast hero rolls then lightly butter. On a baking sheet add meatball mixture to hero roll and top with veggies & sliced cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes in oven until melted. Enjoy. You can omit the veggies for those with a more picky palate.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shredded Catalina Chicken

This is a quick and easy recipie my kids love.

1 Rotisserie Chicken (shredded)
1 small jar apricot jam
1 small bottle Catalina dressing (Russian dressing works well too)
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix

Combine jam, dressing and soup mix in bowl, pour over shredded chicken and mix well. Warm in the oven at 350 for 30-40 minutes or on the stove top over medium heat until warm through. Serve over baked potatoes or rice. Garnish with cheese if desired.