Monday, August 30, 2021

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Blue

I made this up from a few recipes I saw. I had all the ingredients on hand. We liked it and some ate it over rice.

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Blue

3-4 chicken breasts, cubed

ham pieces to cover chicken( I used left over spiral cut ham that I had frozen)

swiss cheese to cover

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 c milk

salt and pepper

1 box stove top(or other brand) stuffing, dry

1 stick butter, melted

Prepare crockpot with liner or spray with cooking spray.  

Place cubed chicken in the crockpot.   Cover with ham and then top with swiss cheese.

Mix milk, soup and salt and pepper together.  Pour over the cheese.  

Sprinkle dry stuffing over the soup mixture and drizzle the butter over that.  

Cook for 4-6 hours on low or high 2-3 hours.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

I needed something quick and easy before we had Bible study here one night.  I had all the ingredients for this.   We liked it.  I adapted the recipe by deleting the mayo and adding more dressing.  

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

adapted from

1 lb ground beef
1 cup Thousand Island dressing
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup sweet pickles, diced
1 cup yellow onions, diced
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
4 large sesame seed hamburger buns
1 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded. optional

Cook the ground beef, drain and add Thousand Island dressing, salt and pepper to the pan.
Stir well until all of the ground beef is coated in the dressing.  Add the diced pickles and diced onions to the pan.  Stir well again and reduce heat to low.

Toast the buns.

Add the shredded cheddar to the ground beef pan and stir just until the cheese is combined with the meat.
Spoon the ground beef mixture on to the bottom buns.

Sprinkle shredded lettuce on top of the meat and then cover with top bun.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Summer Broccoli Salad

I saw this recipe and knew we had to try it.  We LIKED it!   The blueberries and apples made us think SUMMER!

Summer Broccoli Salad

1 ½ pounds fresh broccoli cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup fresh blueberries
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 large apple chopped into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the homemade dressing:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt I use full fat, low fat will also work
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Place broccoli, blueberries, red onion, cranberries, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. In a small bowl, toss apple with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add to the big bowl with the salad.

In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Salad may be served immediately or refrigerated until serving. It will last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Saltgrass Steakhouse Bread for the Bread Maker

Don and I had gone to Saltgrass after church a few weeks ago and that visit made me want to make bread!  I wanted to use my bread maker, so I greatly adapted a recipe.   We LOVED it!

Saltgrass Steakhouse Bread  for the Bread Maker

1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 cup diet dark soda, flat
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1-2 teaspoons lemon juiced
1/4 cup honey
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dry active yeast

To the bread maker, add all ingredients according to your directions.  I start with liquids and end up with yeast.    Set it on dough setting and let run.  

When the dough is ready, place it on a floured board and cut in half.  Form into two round loaves and place them on greased cookie sheets.   Score twice on top of each loaf with a knife, 2 1/2 inches long.  
Cover loosely and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.  

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.   Rub with butter after taking out of oven.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Banana Cream Coffee Cake

 I found this and had all the ingredients to make it for church a few weeks ago.  It was liked by all!

Banana Cream Coffee Cake

Recipes(Amish) on Face Book

1 box yellow or white cake mix
1 3.4 ounce box banana cream pudding
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix the cake mix, pudding, milk, bananas, sour cream and eggs for a couple minutes with an electric mixer.

Pour half of the batter in the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, walnuts and cinnamon.  Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over the cake mixture.

Add the rest of the batter and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until done.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Whatchamacallit Candy Bar Copycat

These were a tasty bar.  My caramel got too hard, so see my notes in bold.  

Whatchamacallit Candy Bar Copycat

adapted from

1 12.3 oz box Peanut Butter Captain Crunch or Reese Puff Cereal
4 cups miniature marshmallows
11 tbs salted butter, divided
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cupbrown sugar

For the Crunch Layer

Coat an 9 x 13 baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
Melt 3 tbs butter in a large saucepan.  Add 4 cups mini marshmallows stirring constantly until completely melted.  Remove from heat.  Add cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir until all the cereal is coated. Turn that mixture into the greased baking dish and press the cereal mixture down.

For the Caramel Layer

In a medium sized bowl melt one stick of butter in the microwave. Add the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and  brown sugar and whisk until combined. Microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. 

Test for doneness by dropping a bit of the caramel in ice cold water.  If it can be formed into a ball, it is done.  If the caramel is too soft microwave it for another 30 seconds. You want it the consistency of peanut butter. Allow the caramel to cool for about 10-15 minutes so it is spreadable. Spread the caramel mixture over the peanut butter cereal mixture.** Err on it being too soft.  I cooked it for 6 min as per original post.  The caramel was too hard after putting it on the bars. 

For the Chocolate Layer

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute.  Stir well and spread on top of caramel mixture.    Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Nana’s Famous Green Beans

 I had about 2 pounds of fresh beans to cook.  This was a great tasty recipe!

 Nana’s Famous Green Beans

6 slices of bacon
2 pounds of rinsed and trimmed fresh green beans
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat in a heavy 3 qt saucepan until the bacon is fully rendered.    Add the onions to the grease and saute with bacon until transparent.
Add green beans and pepper and stir well.  Add chicken broth and reduce heat to low.

Cover and continue cooking the green beans for 30 minutes up to two hours, stirring occasionally. Make sure there is liquid in the bottom of your pot so that the beans don’t get scorched.

Check for seasoning levels and add salt and pepper if necessary.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Dora's Rice Krispie Bars

 This recipe is from an elderly friend from Racine, WI.  We have been making these  since I was a kid.  I had some cookies and cream Rice Krispies and used them in this recipe--you can see the dark spots in the picture.  They were delicious!

Dora's Rice Krispie Bars

24 oz marshmallows(or more) 

12 c Rice Krispies

1 stick butter

Melt butter and then add marshmallows and stir until melted.   Add cereal and press into a buttered 9 x 13 pan.  These are very thick.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Pumpkin Bread

This was a great, easy tasty recipe.  It is from my newest Amish cookbook.  

Pumpkin Bread

Beachy Bulk Foods

3 c sugar

1 c vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1/4 c water

3 1/2 c flour

2 t baking soda

2 t salt

1 t baking powder

1 t nutmeg

1 t allspice

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t cloves

In a large bowl, mix together shortening and sugar.  Beat well.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Divide into 2 greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 40-60 min.  

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Large Batch Homemade Mac and Cheese

I had a 32 oz box of macaroni that I wanted to make.  I took the recipe and made it a large batch!  I had leftover brisket that we mixed with Dr Pepper BBQ sauce and served it over the mac and cheese.  YUMMO!

Large Batch Homemade Mac and Cheese 

32 oz elbow macaroni uncooked

Cheese Sauce:
8 T butter
1/2 c flour
2 t sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder 
4 cup  milk
1cup sour cream 
8 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 t pepper

Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Be sure to add ¼ tsp salt to the water used to boil the noodles. Drain, and set aside.

Mix flour, pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add flour mixture and whisk to combine.
Cook for 1 minute until mixture is slightly brown.  Add 1 cup milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
Add sour cream  and whisk until smooth.

Cook on medium-high heat until the mixture is thickened (about 3-5 minutes). Do not let it boil.
Once mixture is thick (sticks to the back of the spatula), reduce heat to low and add cheese. Whisk until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Taste and add more salt/seasoning if desired.

Add cooked pasta to the pot of cheese sauce and stir until the sauce is evenly distributed.

Let the mac and cheese cool for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese sauce has thickened a little bit and sticks to the noodles. 
Serve warm!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

This is a delicious bbq sauce.  we mixed it with leftover brisket and served it over mac and cheese!

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
adapted slightly from

12 oz Dr. Pepper We used diet
2 cups ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquide smoke
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic We used garlic flakes

Add all ingredients to a large sauce pan and whisk to combine.
Place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often until mixture just starts to bubble.
Lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Hawaiian Bread For Bread Machine

 This made great toast!  I didn't really taste a lot of pineapple/sweetness.  Maybe next time I would do 1 cup juice and 1/4 c milk.

Hawaiian Bread For Bread Machine
adapted from

6 oz can pineapple juice
1 egg
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4  tablespoons sugar
4 cups flour 
1/2 cup milk
2  teaspoons yeast

Place ingredients in bread pan in order listed.

Insert bread pan into bread machine and set to light crust, two pound loaf.

Check after a minute or two and see if dough looks too dry. If so, add another tablespoon of milk. If dough looks too wet, add a tablespoon or two of flour.

Allow bread machine to work. As soon as bread is done remove and allow to cool completely before cutting. Store in airtight container or bag. See post for helpful tips on baking and cutting bread.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Patriotic Snack Mix

Jenna made this for her July 4th trip to the beach.  Very tasty.

Patriotic Snack Mix

adapted from

1 cup red candy melts
1 cup blue candy melts
8 cups Rice Chex cereal divided
6 Tbsp confectioners sugar divided We used way more
1 shareable bag ,red white & blue M&Ms
2bags white chocolate covered pretzels  We used Flipz

In a microwave safe bowl melt red candy melts on 30 second increments --stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

While the candy is melting place 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar in a large zip close baggie, and lay out a piece of parchment or wax paper for cooling the cereal.  

Pour the melted chocolate over 4 cups of Rice Chex.  Stir to coat.  Spoon the cereal into the baggie and gently toss and shake the bag to coat the cereal with powdered sugar. 

Spread evenly across the prepared wax paper or parchment to cool and harden.

Repeat with the blue candy melts and second cup of Chex.

In a large bowl combine the Chex,  pretzels and  M&M’s.  Gently stir to evenly distribute & serve!
Store in an airtight container.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Marinated Charred Green Beans

We doubled this recipe and were glad we did.   I loved the ease of making these on the grill.  I think we had the grill temperature too low so we cooked them longer.  

Marinated Charred Green Beans
Eating Well July/August 2021

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
12 ounces green beans, trimmed

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Place beans in a grill basket. Grill, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Monday, August 2, 2021

French Onion Zoodle Bake

 I had this recipe or one similar in my try file for a long time.  I finally made it and we really liked it!

French Onion Zoodle Bake

adapted from

2 1/2 cups zucchini noodles 
1 sweet onion, sliced thinly
1 teaspoon granulated splenda
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup beef broth 
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup fontina or parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter. Place onion into skillet and cook for a few minutes. Add salt, pepper, sugar/splenda, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes. Add beef broth and cook until onions are golden brown about 12 minutes.   Add zucchini noodles to this and mix well.  

Place noodle mix in baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.   Top with cheese and place in the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.