Sunday, March 31, 2013

Amazing Cranberry Salad

This is a great side dish to accompany any meal. We all liked it.

Amazing Cranberry Salad

  • 2 C. fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. chopped nuts
  • 2 sm. apples, cut up
  • 2 C. mini marshmallows
  • 1 sm. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 pkg. whipped topping(like dream whip)
  • 1/2 C. milk

Mix cranberries and sugar and let stand. Mix whipped topping and milk. Beat. Fold ingredients with whipped topping and milk mixture. Chill and serve.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sol's Honey Rolls

I made these on the Saturday before we left for Israel. I had been on the phone talking to Kathleen about what I was making and she was hungry. She and Jenna got in the car and drove the 6 hours home for dinner and a night in their own beds! This recipe makes about 4 dozen, depending on how big you make your rolls. These were very tasty!
 Sol's Honey Rolls    1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup honey
1/2 Cup butter [1 stick]
2 Tsp salt
1 -2 tablespoons granulated sugar*
2 packages. dry yeast
1/2 Cup warm water [110�-115�F]
2 large eggs lightly beaten
6- 6 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
Heat the milk, add butter and salt. Set aside while butter melts. Stir in the honey.

In another bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit until yeast is completely dissolved, about 6-7 minutes.

Combine milk mixture with yeast mixture. And stir in the beaten eggs.   Beat in 4 cups flour. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft, but not sticky dough.

Place dough in greased bowl, turning to coat both sides. Cover and allow dough to rise 1 hour. Punch dough down, and allow to rise another hour.

Punch down again, and shape dough into rolls. Let it rise again 45 minutes to an hour or until doubled in volume. Preheat your oven to 375F and bake rolls for 25 minutes or until a deep golden brown. For a very soft crust, brush rolls with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
Note: You could omit the sugar from this recipe altogether. I sometimes use about a teaspoon of the honey called for in the recipe to feed the yeast instead of the sugar.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Olive Garden Copy Cat Salad Dressing

I think this is a great copy cat recipe. I did add a bit of sugar since I thought it needed it. Try it and see!

Olive Garden Copy Cat Salad Dressing

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

3 tablespoons Miracle Whip

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 -2 tablespoon water

1/2 t sugar(Beth's addition)

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cheerio Bars

I made these to take in to school for my class. Everyone loved them--who doesn't like cheerios and peanut butter?

Cheerio Bars

16 oz marshmallows
1 stick butter
1 c peanut butter
12 oz Cheerios

Put marshmallows and one stick of butter  in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave it for 2 minutes. Watch that the marshmallows don’t puff out and come over the edge of the bowl. Stir.

Add 1 cup of peanut butter. Microwave for about 1.5 minutes. Take out and stir. Stir until the mix is smooth with not lumps and the marshmallows are all melted. You may need to microwave it a bit longer depending on the wattage on your microwave.

Add cereal.  Stir. Put it all in a 9 x 13 pan that has been greased. Let sit a bit and WA-LA….you have Cheerio bars.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cranberry Sourdough Coffee Cake

I used my sourdough starter to make this. I took it to school and also to church for treats. Everyone loved it and I will make it again. Simple to put together.

Cranberry Sourdough Coffee Cake

Taste of Home


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup Sourdough Starter

2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant French vanilla pudding mix(Beth use vanilla pudding)

1/2 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup dried cranberries


1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a bowl, combine the first 14 ingredients; mix well. Fold in dried cranberries. Pour into a greased and sugared 10-in. tube or fluted tube pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 325° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

I put this in the crockpot before school one morning and cooked it on low. I put the chicken in frozen and it cooked for 8 hours. Very good.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

1 and ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces

   3-4 garlic cloves, minced

   28 oz diced tomatoes

   6 oz tomato paste

   ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced

   ½ green bell pepper, thinly sliced

   1 small onion, diced

   1 tsp dried oregano

   1 tsp dried basil

   1 tsp salt

   ½ tsp pepper

   1 bay leaf

   ¼ cup water

   1 package of your favorite pasta, prepared as directed on box


1.     Start by seasoning chicken well with salt and pepper. Add the rest of ingredients EXCEPT for the pasta. Stir well to combine.

2.    Cover and set crockpot on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.

3.    Serve over a bed of your favorite pasta.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Breakfast Casserole

I am BACK! Had a wonderful trip to the Holy Land and will never look at the Bible the same again! Not quite back in the kitchen since I caught a major cold/bronchitis while in Israel. Thankfully I had cooked up a bunch of new recipes before we left! I don't remember where I got this recipe, but it is a keeper. I love to have my breakfast ready to go in the morning since I walk out the door at 7!
Breakfast Casserole

1 onion (chopped)
1 8oz can sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 pound Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage

1 pint Land 'o Lakes Whipping Cream
2 cups Shredded Cheese
10 Eggs
Vegetable Spray
Cayenne Pepper

Chop medium onion  and add to 8 oz. can of drained mushrooms. Saute in butter in the microwave or on the stovetop until soft. Set aside.

Whip up a mixture of 8-10 eggs and 1 pint whipping cream, salt and pepper and
set aside.

Brown in frying pan 1 lb. package bulk Jimmy Dean (or any brand pure meat) sausage until pink is gone.

Spray 9x13 pan with pam or other spray.Pour in thin layer of egg mixture, cover with sausage mixture, sprinkle with sauteed mushrooms and onions. Cover with 2 cups shredded cheese  and then pour egg mixture evenly over top.  Bake at 350 until brown, 20-25 minutes.

Cut into squares as needed and re-heat in microwave...makes breakfast for several mornings. Can also be individually "baggied" and stored in freezer for up to a couple of weeks for handy use!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gnocchi in Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Hello there! I'm Jenna, Beth's daughter, coming over from Jenna's Journey to share a new recipe I recently found. I'm so excited to be doing a guest post while my mom is out of the country! My sister and I are away at college near Oklahoma City, which makes it difficult to cook as much as we are used to! We came across gnocchi the other day while we were grocery shopping so we decided to try to cook with it--dorm style! Kathleen and I both commented on how simple it was to make and how yummy it turned out!
Gnocchi in Parmesan Garlic Sauce
My Life as a Mrs. 

1 pound gnocchi (or other pasta)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2 cloves garlic, grated (Jenna's notes: we probably used a little more!)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup cooking liquid (Jenna's notes: I saved and used nearly 1 cup)
fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to the package instructions, salting the water. Be sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute (stirring constantly). Add the cooked and drained gnocchi, top with Parmesan, and cooking liquid. Stir until nice and creamy. Reduce head to a low simmer and allow the liquid to reduce (about 3-4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blog Break

I will be taking a blog break for a few weeks.  Don and I are preparing to go to Israel over Spring Break.  We are really excited about this opportunity.  Look for posts to resume mid March.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

I ended up doubling this recipe since I had more than 2 cups of cauliflower 'rice' after processing it. I made 24 mini muffins and 1 pizza crust that I baked and then topped with pepperoni, sauce and cheese and baked. Next time, I will add salt and pepper and possibly pizza toppings into the batter. I liked them.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Yield: Makes 24 Cauliflower Pizza Bites

  • 2 Cups Grated Cauliflower (washed, dried and grated using a food processor or cheese grater by hand until rice-like or thinner – Note – Approximately one head of cauliflower)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1 Tsp oregano
  • 2 Tsp parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (Optional)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.
  2. Using a healthy cooking oil spray your mini muffin tin.
  3. In a hot frying pan, add olive oil and  stir fry the “cauliflower rice” until the cauliflower is slightly translucent Place in a bowl and let cool.
  4. Place all other ingredients the food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. In a bowl combine both the “cauliflower rice” and blended ingredients. Mix completely.
  6. Evenly spoon mixture into your muffin tin molds. Press pizza dough down evenly and firmly
  7. Place in your oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pizza bites from the oven and let set until cool (This is also very important – let these pizza bites set in their pan for 5 – 10 minutes before removing – If you take them out while they are too hot they will break).
  9. Once cool remove from muffin tin (either by tipping them out OR by running a thin knife down along the side and popping them out).
  10. Use organic, natural pizza or pasta sauce for dipping.

Tips – Here are my main tips to make your pizza bites crusty:
  1. Make sure your cauliflower is dry after washing.
  2. Bake until crust-like. If you peak at your crust at the recommended cooking time and they are not golden… cook longer.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Rocky Road Candy

These were very quick to put together. I liked that it made a 9 x 13 pan. Try these for a quick and delicious treat!

Rocky Road Candy

1 12oz Pkg of Semi-Sweet Choc. Morsels
1 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Tbsp of Butter
2 Cups of Salted Spanish Peanuts
1 10 1/2 Pkg of Mini Marshmallow

On top of double boiler, over boiling water, melt chocolate, condensed milk and butter. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine nuts and marshmallows; Fold in chocolate mixture

Spread in a buttered 9X13 pan.

Chill for 2 hours or until firm- cut into squares and store at room temperature.