Sunday, October 17, 2021

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

 This was a fix it and forget it recipe.  I used brown gravy after reading reviews and we loved it!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

adapted from

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2  packets dry chicken gravy mix or brown gravy mix or a package of each
1 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 t black pepper
1 t minced onions
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t garlic powder

Empty the gravy packets, cream of chicken soup, water and spices in a slow cooker. Whisk until the gravy is smooth. Add chicken breast.

Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Serve on mashed potatoes.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Two Hour Buns or Breadstick

These were SO good and very easy to make.  These would be perfect for a crowd!

Two Hour Buns or Breadstick

Melvin and Beth Ann Beachy Beachy Family Favorites

2 T yeast

2 c water, divided

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c butter

2 eggs

1 t salt

6 c flour

Dissolve yeast in 1 c warm water.  Cream sugar and butter.  Heat 1 c water and add it to butter and sugar mix.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add the yeast mixture, salt and flour and mix well.  Let rise for 1 hour.  

Punch down and make into rolls or breadsticks***  (see below).  Let rise another hour and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.  

Breadsticks:  After the first rise, press the dough onto a rimmed jelly roll pan sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal.  Drizzle melted butter over the dough and sprinkle with Italian season.  Cut into strips with a pizza cutter.  Let rise for 45 minutes-1 hour.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden.  Remove from oven and spread more butter over the top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Return to the oven for a few minutes.  YUM!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Microwave Caramel Corn or Puff Corn

I made this for the Sept 20th Monday night Packer game.  I was shocked to see I had never put this recipe up.  I have been making this for most of my life!  So quick, easy and yummy!

Microwave Caramel Corn or Puff Corn

1 c brown sugar

1 stick butter

1/4 c corn syrup

1/2 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

1 t vanilla

4 qts popped corn or two 5 oz bags of puffed corn(cheese or plain)

Combine all ingredients except baking soda and vanilla and popcorn.  Can do in microwave or on cooktop.  Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.   Take off heat and add baking soda and vanilla.  Stir well.  

Place popcorn or puff corn in a brown paper bag.  Pour in hot syrup a bit at a time and shake well each time.  

Place in microwave and cook for 1 minute and 15 sec.  Take out and shake and cook another 1 minute and 15 seconds.   

Pour on to a cookie sheet and cool.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Peanut Butter Churro Bits

I saw this recipe and started looking for the peanut butter Ritz bits.  I couldn't find them at my HEB stores.  I did find them at Aldi.  These are SO yummy!

Peanut Butter Churro Bits
Adapted from

2 boxes peanut butter ritz or similar(I used Aldi brand)
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.

Place the crackers in a large bowl.  
In a medium saucepan combine butter and brown sugar. Stirring consistently bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Pour this immediately on top of the crackers and stir well.   Pour onto the prepared sheet pan. 

Bake the crackers for 15 minutes, stirring at 7 minutes.  

While the crackers are cooking combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. When the crackers are done remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle as evenly as you can.

Break into pieces after the crackers have cooled. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Sourdough Lemon Loaves

I had a LOT of sourdough started that I needed to use.  Kathleen put this together using the technique she uses for a copycat Starbucks recipe.  I took it to two Bible studies where everyone loved it!

Sourdough Lemon Loaves
adapted greatly from

1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
3 large lemons zested, sectioned and diced, chopped over a bowl to catch the juice
1 teaspoon lemon oil optional or 2 t lemon flavoring
3 cups unbleached flour or whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2  cups sourdough starter fed or unfed
2/3 cup milk lukewarm

For Glaze:
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
2  tablespoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 loaf pans well.

Mix oil, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, juice, and oil in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a third bowl or 2-cup measure, combine the starter and warmed milk.

Add the flour and starter mixtures to the sugar-oil mixture alternately, starting with the flour: 1/3 flour, 1/2 starter, 1/3 flour, 1/2 starter, remaining flour. Scrape as needed, mixing just until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in pan and then finish cooling on a rack or on the serving plate.

Mix up the glaze ingredients to the desired consistency in a small bowl.
Spread the glaze with a spatula over the still warm loaf, letting some drip over the edges.
Cool completely before cutting into slices.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Apple Praline Cake

This was so delicious.  Since it is apple season in the Midwest, PLEASE try this!  You will not be disappointed! 

Apple Praline Cake

adapted slightly from

4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 c chopped pecans
1 c coarsely chopped Nilla Wafer cookies 

1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Coat a 9×13 inch pan with baking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer mix the eggs and sugar on high speed for 5 minutes. Turn mixer to medium and add in the oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and baking powder and mix for another minute. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour until just mixed in and finally add stir in the apples.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave the oven on to make the Praline Crunch

While the cake is cooling spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
Stir in the pecans and cookies and coat with the butter mixture.
Spread evenly onto the prepared pan and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
All the praline crunch to cool on the pan and then break into smaller pieces.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and brown sugar together. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add in the milk, return to a boil and then remove from the heat immediately. Allow this to cool for 15 minutes. Next whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla and pour/spread onto the cooled cake.

Top the frosting with the praline crunch pressing the crunch into the frosting.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Air Fryer Cheese Curds

We recently came back from a 2 week trip to Wisconsin, land of the cheese curds.  We ordered them, deep fried, of course, where ever we could!  We brought some home and had to try them in the air fryer!  So yummy! AND we saved a few calories this way! 

Air Fryer Cheese Curds
adapted from

1 cup all-purpose flour
dash salt
3 large eggs
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
2 cups bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon  paprika
8 ounces cheese curds
Oil spray

Place cheese curds in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.  

Put the flour and salt in a shallow dish.

Place the eggs and Worcestershire sauce in a second shallow dish and whisk well until smooth.

Add the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika to a third shallow dish and whisk to combine.

Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.

While the air fryer is preheating, dip each cheese curd first into the flour, then egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Now, re dip into the egg and then bread crumbs again.  

Place the breaded cheese curds onto a baking sheet and spritz with oil spray. Spritz the air fryer basket with oil spray.

Arrange the cheese curds in a single layer in the air fryer basket.  Air fry for 4-6 minutes, checking around the 4 minute mark and watching every 1 minute after.

Cheese curds should be golden brown and crispy on the outside and the cheese should be melty.   We kept the cheese curds in a 200 degree oven until all batches were done.