Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cinnamon Streusel Cake


Ingredients for Cake
  • Yellow cake or Butter cake Mix
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

Ingredients for Filling
  • 2 tbl Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans
  • 2 tbl of Cake mix

Ingredients for Glaze
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 tbl Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Directions
  1. Combine ingredients for filling in small bowl, and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients, and mix.
  3. Pour 2/3 of batter into greased pan.
  4. Make a layer with the filling.
  5. Cover with remaining cake batter, and bake @375 for 45-55 minutes.
  6. When cake is almost done, make glaze. Pour on cake after it has cooled for 10 minutes or so.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chinese Noodle Chicken


Ingredients


  • Chicken
  • Chinese Noodles
  • Snow Peas
  • Carrots
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Rice
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Onions

Directions

  1. Brown chicken with onions, and a little sauce. When juices run clear, add other vegetables. Add more sauce, and let steam.
  2. Cook noodles, and rice.
  3. When noodles are done, add to chicken & vegetables. Pour rest of sauce in, and heat till simmering.
  4. Serve over rice.

There are some Chinese Noodles that you don't have to cook, you can just put them in and let them steam, and they will soften on their own. So if you can find those, it eliminates a step. Obviously you can add any other vegetables you'd like. The sauce we used tonight was Veri Veri Teriyaki, and everyone seemed to like it (except me, but I am way too picky when it comes to Asian food). I thought I'd break out of my box a little, frustration sets in again, but hopefully it will turn out better next time ;)

My Favorite Green Salad


Ingredients

  • Salad Mix, or lettuce
  • Avacado
  • Broccoli Cole Slaw Mix
  • Honey Roasted Almonds
  • Good Seasons Italian Dressing (I like the packet, and make it myself)

Directions

  1. Put together and mix with dressing.

I like leafy lettuce, so I normally use like the Hearts of Romaine salad, and then I usually add leafy lettuce I have at home. When I make the dressing, I like to use less oil than called for, that way you taste the flavor so much better. I think the almonds are the kicker, soooo yummy! Obviously you can add a billion other things, but this is my favorite combo, nice & simple!

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes


Ingredients

  • 20 Red Potatoes
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbl Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 & 1/2 cubes Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Boil water, then add whole potatoes.
  2. When potatoes are soft, drain and put in to big bowl.
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix.

Monday, May 21, 2007

White Tacos


Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Evap Milk
  • 1 large bag of Fritos
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-2 cans Green Chiles (depending on how much you like green chiles)

Directions

  1. Brown hamburger and onions together.
  2. Add soup and milk, and bring to a boil.
  3. Layer fritos in bottom of casserole dish.
  4. Pour meat mixture over, and top with cheese.
  5. Bake @ 325 for 10-15 minutes.

I like extra fritos, so after it is cooked, I always put some fresh ones on my plate before I serve myself. The good thing about this is it is so fast, seriously maybe a half hour from start to finish. Busy moms can't beat that!

Caprese (with a twist)


Ingredients

  • Mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • French Bread, or Toasted Bread

Directions

  1. Chop Tomatoes and Cheese. Put in bowl, drizzle with Vinegar. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes. Serve on bread or toast.

I think it needed something green, but I didn't have any fresh Basil, or Bay Leaves, or Oregano. My mom poured in some Italian Seasoning, and it was fine, But I really wish I had something fresh in it. I love Caprese, but sometimes it is too much, so I thought this would be a yummy twist for an appetizer. I also thought it would be good in a salad, with a Vinegratte dressing.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Pina Colada Cupcakes


(Pina Colada ones are in the middle)

Ingredients

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Oil (per instructions on box)
  • Eggs (per instructions)
  • Pina Colada Mix (in place of water)
  • Block of Cream Cheese
  • Whip Cream (either Cool Whip, or homemade)
  • Small can Crushed Pineapple
  • Shredded Coconut (toasted if you want)

Directions

  1. Bake cake as directed on box, with Pina Colada mix instead of water.
  2. Mix Cream Cheese, Whip Cream and Pineapple together. Refrigerate.
  3. Spread over cake or cupcakes, then sprinkle with Coconut.

I just kind of made this up today, so we'll see how everyone likes it tonight. My mom makes a great Pina Colada Cake, but I couldn't find the recipe, so I just made it up as I went along. I'll let you know how it turns out! The other cupcakes are the ones from the recipe below.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Strawberry Cream Cake


Ingredients

  • White cake mix
  • Heavy whipping cream- 1 quart
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Strawberries for decoration

Directions

  1. Bake cake mix in a 9 x 13 pan according to directions. Cool.
  2. Whip cream with a little sugar (to taste) and set aside.
  3. Mix cream cheese until soft and fluffy.
  4. Mix in about 1 cup of sliced strawberries and 2 T. of sugar and beat the cheese/strawberry mixture until very well blended.
  5. Blend in about 2 cups of the whipped cream. Spread on cooled cake.
  6. Top with remaining whipped cream and decorate with strawberries. Refrigerate.

You can also bake the cake in round cake pans and layer the cream cheese/strawberry mixture in between the cake layer. Or, split the cake and do 4 layers and frost with the sweetened whipped cream and decorate with berries. It would look really impressive, but not hard to make.

(This recipe is from Holly)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Barbecue Australian Meatloaf


Ingredients

Loaf
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Sausage stuffing (the meat inside the sausage)
  • 1 cup fine Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Onions, medium, chopped fine
  • 1 tbl Curry Powder
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbl Parsley - chopped
  • 1 Egg - beaten
  • 1 tbl Crushed Garlic, or 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
Sauce
  • 1 Onion, chopped very fine
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Dry Red Wine OR Beef Stock
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbl Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 oz Butter

Directions

Loaf

  1. Combine Meats, breadcrumbs, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, curry and egg in large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Mix milk and water together and add to meat mixture a little at a time until smooth but firm.
  3. Shape into loaf and put into greased baking pan.
  4. Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees
Sauce
  1. Saute onions in butter until golden, then add all other ingredients.
  2. Bring slowly to a boil, lower heat and simmer 10 - 15 minutes.
  3. After loaf has cooked for 30 minutes, pour half of the sauce over the meat, return to oven and bake 45 minutes more, basting often with remaining sauce.
  4. Serve loaf hot in thick slices with remaining sauce.

The sauce is also good with ribs or chicken.


I am not a meatloaf person, but I am trying to break out of my mold. This was actually really good, everyone ate it (except Andy, which I fully expected). Give it a try, I promise you won't be disappointed. I also didn't add the Curry powder, because I forgot, and it tasted fine, just so know.

Banana Nut Bread


Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 or 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts (optional)
  • 1 tub Cream Cheese, optional (if added, add 1/4 cup more flour)

Directions
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add beaten egg, then mashed bananas.
  3. Sift dry ingredients, then add to batter.
  4. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Bake for 1 hour @ 325 degrees.

If you double, you can get 30 mini muffins, and 2 loafs out of the batch. It is impossible to screw this recipe up, and it is always delicious!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Beef Stroganoff


Ingredients

  • 2 - 3 pounds Beef (steak, top sirloin, roast, whatever you want)
  • 1-2 tsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 & 1/2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1/2 stick of Butter
  • Rice (however many servings you need)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Slice meat ( I like bite size pieces, you can do strips also). Brown with butter for about 10 minutes on high, then add onions, garlic & soup. Cook over low heat, another 25-35 minutes.
  2. Cook rice
  3. Add sour cream to meat mixture just before serving.


This is one of Jon's favorite meals his mom would make, and I made it for the 1st time tonight. He was so happy, he kept asking what I did wrong though (because he knows it is not my favorite) I had to explain that I was just trying to be nice, plus I needed to make something that actually uses a recipe for this blog, because I have been really bad about it lately. I just realized that most of my meals aren't really recipe meals. I really did this one for Holly ;)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Baked Ziti


Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Ziti
  • 1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • Ground Beef
  • Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
  • Garlic (either fresh, or seasoning)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oregano, Basil, Parsley (if you have it)
Directions

  1. Brown hamburger with onions, garlic, and any other seasonings you want. Start water to boil.
  2. Add tomatoes and sauce to meat, and let simmer, while you are cooking pasta.
  3. Drain pasta, and put in casserole dish. Cover with sauce. Season some more, and spread the Parmesan generously over the top. Cover with foil, and cook @ 350 for 15-20 minutes.