Thursday, April 26, 2007

Chicken & Rice (onion flavored)

  • Chicken
  • Rice (however many servings you use for your family, I used 8)
  • 3 packages Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • 1 Large tub Sour cream, 1 small tub
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Mix flour and 1 package soup mix together. Cover chicken with mixture, and brown in frying pan on both sides.
  2. Cook rice, then mix in sour cream and remaining soup mix. Salt & Pepper.
  3. Put rice in casserole dish, and put chicken on top. Cover with tin foil, and cook @ 350 until chicken is finished, about 30 - 45 minutes.

This is a meal I learned from my mother-in-law, but she always used pork chops, but I have a hard time with my pork chops being really dry, so I tried chicken tonight and it worked great!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fried Chicken & Country Gravy

Fried Chicken


  • Chicken ( I use the tenderloins from Costco)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tbl Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 2 cups Bread Crumbs (I usually use Progresso Italian Style, because that's what I have in my kitchen)
  • 1/2 stick of Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Mix flour, Lawry's, Bread Crumbs, salt and pepper together in bowl.
  2. Melt butter in frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Dip chicken in water, then coat with batter, and put in frying pan. I like it crispy, so I cook it on high for a few minutes at the end, so both sides get crunchy.

Country Gravy


  • 4-6 tbl Flour
  • 1-3 cups Milk (depends on how many people you are feeding)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp Butter

  1. In the pan you fried your chicken (with any leftover grease or breading pieces), melt your butter on medium and sprinkle the flour all over. Let the flour brown for a few minutes, and season with salt & pepper.
  2. Turn heat up to high, and slowly whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring rather consistently. Then remove from heat. The gravy will thicken as it cools.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

(not so crazy about this picture,
but I wanted to show this cute cake
plate I painted the other night!)


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup Milk - Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups oats soaked in milk


  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels, nuts and oatmeal.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until almost done. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Turkey Casserole

Check out the steam coming
off the food, way cool!

  • pre-cooked Turkey Breast (my family usually uses a pound)
  • 2 cans Cream of Celery
  • 1 & 1/2 cans Cream of Chicken
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 1 bag frozen Peas
  • 2 boxes Stuffing
  1. Cook peas, (I usually do this in the microwave, saves time), and stuffing (in the microwave too).
  2. Cube Turkey.
  3. Put Turkey, Onions, Peas, and Soup in casserole dish and mix well.
  4. Cover with Stuffing, then cover with tin foil and cook @ 350 until bubbly. Usually about 30 minutes.

This was my dad's favorite meal, I made it for him the night before he passed away, so it took me a long time to make it again, but everyone loves it. It is so good the next day as leftovers, and I am not a leftover person! My kids were fighting last night over who got to take the leftovers to school for lunch today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fiesta Night ( my kids favorite)

Taco Salad (for Kristy)
Meat, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avacado,
Cool Ranch, Ranch Dressing
  • Ground Beef
  • 2 packets of Taco seasoning (I like McCormick's, it has a kick)
  • Chopped onions
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Avacado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chips (Fritos, tortilla, or my personal favorite Cool Ranch Doritos)
  • Taco Shells
  • Tortillas
  • Refried Beans
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Salsa


  1. Brown hamburger with onions, about half way through add seasoning and Kidney Beans, drain the beans first, but I always leave a little juice, it makes it more moist.
  2. Assemble salad, tacos or burritos.

The best thing about this meal is everyone can make it however they like. Below are pictures of the different tacos in our family. Sometime they do the double decker with a tortilla on the outside. I am the only one who likes the salad. I usually mix some of the meat mixture in with the refried beans, that way my boys have to eat the kidney beans, and they always like it like that, but if I just put the meat mixture alone on, they freak out. Who knows?

Meat, Beans & Salsa

Meat, Beans, Salsa & Cheese

Meat, beans, Cheese & Avacados
(Matoes on the side)

The Works

Friday, April 13, 2007

Strawberry Delight


  • Regular size can of Crushed Pineapple
  • Regular size tub of Cool Whip
  • Regular size tub of Cottage Cheese
  • Regular size box of Strawberry Jello


  1. Drain pineapple. Then mix all ingredients together. Put in the fridge, and let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving, but it can be left in overnight.

This is so simple, and so yummy. Everytime I make it, it is gone. I usually double the recipe. You can also use any flavor of jello, but I like Strawberry the best!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Chicken Enchiladas


  • 6-8 Chicken breasts (depending on size)
  • 1 Large Onion, or bag of frozen chopped onions
  • 1 small tub of Sour Cream
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 brick of Cream Cheese
  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Can of diced Green Chiles
  • Can of Chicken Broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Cook chicken in skillet, with onions and a touch of butter. Season with salt & pepper. When it cools, shred it, or chop into small pieces.
  2. Mix Cream of Chicken, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, and Green Chiles together. Then add chicken and onions.
  3. In a pan, lay a bottom layer of tortillas (pour some chicken broth on them), then chicken mixture, then cheese. Now start layers again, until you run out. I usually get 3 layers. I also put broth on each layer of tortillas, not soaking, but just wet enough to give it more moisture.
  4. Cover with tinfoil, and bake @ 350 for 25-35 minutes, until bubbly.

You can also use canned shredded chicken, or it is really good with shredded rotisserie chicken, if you feel like shredding that. My family loves it served with corn, most of them mix it all up with the corn, and we always serve tortilla chips with it, it is best to scoop it up with!

P.S. I make these all the time for parties, or to take to someone. I always liked them, and then last year at our family Christmas Party, my brother-in-law (D), complimented me on them, so I know they must have be good, cause his wife is a fabulous cook. I felt really good about myself that night ;)

Monday, April 9, 2007

Spaghetti & Meatballs


  • 1 Pound lean ground beef
  • 1 lrg Onion (or bag of frozen chopped onions)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-5 pieces of bread
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Oregano, and Parsley Flakes to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
Mash ingredients together, then roll into balls. You can either put them in a pan, and bake them @ 350 for 25-40 mintues, until done, or fry them in a pan on a low heat, until cooked all the way through. After they are cooked, I put them in my sauce and let simmer for a few hours before serving.

P.S. Kids love making meatballs, Cooper made them today, and had a ball!

Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 - 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large can Tomatoe Sauce
  • 1 -2 cans Tomatoe Paste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 8 leaves fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup water
  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown garlic lightly. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour in water and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-3 hours stirring occasionally so it doesn't stick to bottom of pan. If you aren't adding meatballs, add a piece of Italian Sausage, or ground beef for a meatier taste. The longer it simmers, the better!

The good thing about Spaghetti Sauce, is you can add anything you have at home. Sometimes I put in carrots, sometimes celery. If you like mushrooms, put them in, peppers... It is also great with fresh tomatoes. Also, if you don't have time to make sauce, get a good store bought one, then add a bunch of garlic, onions, cheese, tomatoes, whatever you have, to make it taste more homemade. That's what I did tonight, because I spent so much time watching Cooper make the meatballs! No one even noticed! ;)

Fruit Tarts

So yummy, I look forward to Spring when there is fabulous fresh fruit, so I can make these. The best thing is even my kids love them, so it is a healthy sweet treat! When you are low on time, just use Sugar cookies from your Grocery store's bakery.

Sugar cookies

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Beat together white and brown sugars, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon extract to mix well.
  3. Sift together nutmeg, flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and soda. Add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture.
  4. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough 2 1/2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. With the back of the spoon, spread round and round making the outer edge of the cookies a little thicker than the center. Sprinkle generously with the reserved white sugar and place a fat raisin in the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake about 10 minutes. For softer cookies, bake in hot oven (425 degrees F (220 degrees C)) for about 8 minutes or until no indentation remains when you touch the center of the cookie with your fingertip. Remove cookies and cool on racks.

  • 1 tub Cool Whip (fat free, or lowfat is fine)
  • 1 brick Cream Cheese (fat free, or lowfat is fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar (optional)
Mix together, and spread on cookie. It also makes a great fruit dip!

Now just put on whatever fruit you have or want.


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Easiest Chicken Ever!

Buffy helped with dinner,
plus we were in a rush,
hence it does not look so pretty!

Ok, this is the actual recipe. After reading, scroll down to see what can be added or omitted.


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup crushed buttery round cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place eggs and cracker crumbs in two separate shallow bowls. Mix cracker crumbs with garlic salt and pepper. Dip chicken in the eggs, then dredge in the crumb mixture to coat.
  3. Arrange coated chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place pieces of butter around the chicken.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

I have never dipped it in egg, I just always use water.
I have never added the garlic salt.
I only use one stick of butter, which is 1/2 cup I think. It's always perfect!

So today at about 4:00 I realized I hadn't even begun to think about dinner yet, so I pulled out the great frozen boneless chicken tenderloins from Costco, and know that I'll figure something out. Fast forward to 5:30, crap I still have to make dinner. Enter Buffy, "Mom will you make the yummy chicken with crackers and stuffing for dinner?" We were way short on Ritz, we only had about a half a sleeve, so I put the chicken (still pretty frozen) in the pan, sprinkled with bread crumbs, dumped some frozen chopped onions, s&p, then Buffy crushed the crackers, add stick of butter, cut into pieces. Cover and cook, 30 minutes later, delish! While that was happening, I popped Stove Top stuffing in the microwave, then veggies, Dinner is served! I love not having to think about it, it always tastes good! Now a little secret for the stuffing, add chopped apples, or grapes, or chopped celery or onions if you have them, and no one will know it's Stove Top! 10 minutes in the microwave, I'm serious, it is that easy! Empty plates all around the dinner table.