Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Brownies with a Twist

I was looking for a quick dessert and tried this.  It is rich, but so yummy!

Brownies with a Twist
adapted from

1 box brownie mix  and ingredients on box
1/2 can Sweetened condensed milk
1 bag chocolate chips

Prepare and bake brownies according to instructions on box.

Once baked, poke holes throughout baked brownies with a knife.

While brownies are hot, pour 1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk over brownies. Use a spatula to spread milk evenly.

Sprinkle bag of chocolate chips over brownies and put back in the oven for 5 minutes.  Take out and quickly spread the chocolate over the top.  

Let cool and cut into small pieces.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Breakfast in a Bundt Pan

I made this when we had company.  While the flavor was good, it stuck to the pan, even after I sprayed it well.  I would use goop to coat the pan next time.  It was a bit 'heavy' but I think I would try the recipe again.

Breakfast in a Bundt Pan

6 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 cups self rising flour
2 1/4 cups cheddar cheese, divided
10 slices bacon cooked and finely crumbled *could use 3/4 c ham or cooked sausage
2 1/4 cups heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter melted
1 tsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a standard size bundt pan with cooking spray. Do this generously. or use Goop(found here) Set aside.

In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Scramble in a skillet over medium-high heat until firm. Set aside to cool.

In a medium size mixing bowl, use a fork to mix together the flour with 1 cup  cheese and ½ cup bacon. Make a well in the center and add the cream. Using a fork gradually work the cream through the dry ingredients until moistened.

Sprinkle 2 Tbsp reserved bacon and ¼ cupcheese evenly on the bottom of the bundt pan.

Use a regular 4-oz ice cream scoop to divide the dough. Scoop ½ of the biscuit batter onto the bottom of the pan.Use the back of a spoon or offset spatula to spread and flatten the dough slightly.

Sprinkle the biscuit dough with ½ cup cheese, scrambled eggs, remaining bacon crumbles then top with ½ cup cheese. Scoop the remaining biscuit dough over the filling. Flatten and spread slightly.
Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough comes back clean.

Rest in the pan for 5 minutes then turn onto a cake plate.

Mix together the melted butter and chopped chives. Brush the bread on all sides.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dinner Rolls in 30 Minutes

 These were THE best quick rolls.  They were soft and fluffy and really only took 30 minutes.  

Dinner Rolls in 30 Minutes

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water 
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbs active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3 1/2 cups flour 

In the bowl of  a stand mixer, combine the warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes until the mixture looks puffy.

Add 2 cups flour, salt, and egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook, and mix.  Add the remaining flour gradually.

Knead it  until it becomes smooth ball. 

Shape dough into 12 balls and place in a 9x13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, and heat your oven to 400F.

Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are just golden brown.  Remove from oven, and brush tops with butter.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Pork Loin Roast

I got two pork loin roasts at a good price the other day.  Found this recipe and played with it a bit.  Don thought it to be a bit dry, but if you pour the sauce over it, it wasn't at all.  

Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Pork Loin Roast

1 3 pound pork loin roast
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon sriracha mustard (opt)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
several drops hot sauce or pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup butter, sliced in Tablespoons

Place the pork loin in the crock pot. Place butter over top of the roast.  Whisk together all the remaining ingredients and pour over pork loin. 

Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5. Serve sauce from pot over meat .  Makes 6 to 8 servings 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

No Soup Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

I was looking for a potato recipe with no soup in it.  Came upon this one and added the french fried onions.  We liked it!

No Soup Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

1 26-30 ounce bag of frozen hash browns thawed
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sweet yellow onion diced small
2 cloves garlic minced
2 ½ Tbsp All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded  Cheddar cheese
3 green onions sliced
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 c french fried onions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

In a medium stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted add the diced onions and cook until softened.

Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the flour and whisk for an additional 2-3 minutes.

While whisking, slowly add the broth and milk. Continue to whisk until thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat.

Add the shredded potatoes to the saucepan with the sauce. Add the sour cream, cheese, and green onions.

Stir until well combined and pour into the prepared baking dish.  Top with french fried onions, if desired.
Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly and lightly golden.


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Churro Bars

These bars were over the top delicious!  We all loved them.  They were easy to make, too.

Churro Bars

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups  Brown Sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt butter and bring to a boil. Stir butter, or swirl pan continuously until it reaches an amber color. Remove from heat and allow butter to cool for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine butter and brown sugar and stir to combine. Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt and stir until smooth. Finally, add in flour and mix until just incorporated. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk granulated sugar and ground cinnamon together.

Sprinkle half of cinnamon sugar evenly into bottom of prepared pan.  Press dough on top of cinnamon sugar.

Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar on top and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden.
Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Buttery, Cheese, Garlic Bread Machine Rolls

These were very tasty--and best served hot!  They do warm up well.

Buttery, Cheese, Garlic Bread Machine Rolls

adapted greatly from

For rolls
1 cup milk
1 large egg
4 T butter
3 cups all purpose flour 
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For garlic butter
4 T butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt

6 string cheese sticks (each cut into thirds to get a total of 18 pieces)** Beth used 1" x 1" chunks of mozzarella cheese

Place milk, egg, butter, flour, sugar salt and yeast into the bread machine pan.  Set it for dough setting and start.  

In the mean time, place remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a small microwavable bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in garlic powder, dry parsley and salt. 

Brush the bottom and sides a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with a light coating of the garlic butter and set aside.

After the dough is done, transfer onto a work surface, cute into 18 equal pieces. Gently roll each piece into a loose ball, pat into 3-inch disc, place one piece of  cheese, fold the dough over to enclose the cheese, press the edges with your fingertips to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and cheese.

Place dough in the prepared pan, in 3 rolls of 6. Brush the tops lightly with a coating of garlic butter (if butter has thickened, then microwave for a few seconds to melt ). Wrap pan tightly with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brush the roll tops again with a coating of garlic butter.

Place pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are deep golden.

Remove pan from oven, place on a wire rack and immediately brush the roll again with a coating of garlic butter 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

This was a tasty coleslaw.  It was very creamy, so I would add more coleslaw mix or see the bold at the end of the recipe.

Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

1 14 oz. bag 3-color coleslaw mix
1 large apple chopped
½ c. dried cranberries
½ c. chopped walnuts
4 green onions sliced

¾ c. lowfat mayo
¾ c. plain yogurt 
6 Tbsp. honey
¾ tsp. dried, ground ginger

Combine coleslaw ingredients in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and mix well.
Pour dressing over coleslaw and stir until evenly coated.
*For a less creamy coleslaw, use ½ c. mayo, ½ c. plain yogurt, ¼ c. honey, and ½ tsp. ginger.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

I was having company and knew she loved chocolate.  I had everything on hand.  So yummy!

Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

For the brownie layer
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces
1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Oreo cheesecake layer
16 ounces cream cheese (2 blocks), softened
2/3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
16 ounces Oreo chocolate creme sandwich cookies (1 family-size package), broken into pieces

Make the brownie layer:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and lightly mist a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.

Melt butter.  Add sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir until combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition until completely incorporated.  Stir in the flour and vanilla, and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly before topping with cheesecake mixture.

Make the Oreo cheesecake layer:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.  Stir on low speed until completely incorporated.  Stir in the cream and vanilla, and pour the mixture over the partially baked brownies.

Top with Oreos and bake for 15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F, and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set around the edges and just barely jiggly towards the center.

Cool completely (or preferably, chill overnight) before cutting into bars.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers

 I made these to go with grilled steak.  They were delicious!  Will do this again for sure!

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers
adapted from

3  pounds large shrimp
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
4 t dried parsley finely chopped 
10 cloves garlic minced
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1teaspoon black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper adjust to spice preference

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, garlic, and spices to a small mixing bowl and whisk together.

Place the shrimp in a bowl and pour 3/4 of the marinade on top of the shrimp. Mix together gently until the shrimp are well coated.

Cover the bowl and marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes to an hour.

Thread the shrimp on the skewers and make sure to get all the good garlic and herbs from the bowl and spread on to the shrimp.

Heat a grill or grill pan on medium high heat.

Once the grill is hot, place the shrimp skewers on the grill and cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes each side, or until they turn pink and opaque. This took longer for me!
Remove the shrimp to a plate and spoon the remaining marinade on top before serving

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Crock Pot Mississippi Beef and Noodles

This turned out so very yummy.  Even Kathleen, who rarely eats meat ate TWO servings!

Crock Pot Mississippi Beef and  Noodles

adapted from

3 lbs beef roast, cut into pieces and fat trimmed
1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix
1 Packet Brown Gravy Mix
1/4 Cup Butter
6 Pepperoncini Beth used 1/4 c sliced and 1/4 c juice
3 1/2 Cups Beef Broth
2-12 oz Bags Reames Frozen Egg Noodles

Place roast in a 6 quart slow cooker.  Sprinkle with mixes and place butter in the middle of the roast
Place pepperoncinis and juice around the roast.  Pourbroth around the outside of the roast.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours until fork tender.

Taking two forks, shred roast and mix well with juices.  Add frozen noodles, mixing well to submerge noodles in liquid.

Cover and cook on high for 1-1.5 hours until noodles are tender.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Rice Krispie Treats

I was looking for a different rice krispie recipe.  This was the BOMB!  

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Rice Krispie Treats

4 tbsp. salted butter
5 c. mini marshmallows
5 c. Rice Krispies cereal
1  12 oz pkg. white chocolate chips divided
1 c. dried cranberries divided
1 c. chopped pecans divided

In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add mini marshmallows, stirring until soft and melted.
Stir in cereal, 1 c. white chocolate chips, 3/4 c. dried cranberries, and 3/4 c. chopped pecans.

Press evenly into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13-inch pan.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the remaining white chocolate chips at 20-second intervals until melted and smooth.  Drizzle over the bars. Beth put in a qt ziploc bag and cut the end off to drizzle.  Sprinkle with remaining cranberries and pecans.
Allow to set, and cut.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

One Pan Greek Chicken

 This was quick and easy to put together.  We really liked it.  I used what I had on hand(see bold)

One Pan Greek Chicken

adapted from

1 red pepper cut into 2 inch pieces
1 yellow pepper cut into 2 inch pieces
1  onion cut into eighths
2 cups cherry tomatoes or 2 c chopped tomatoes
1 can artichoke hearts, drained
1 lemon sliced
2 large chicken breasts, cut in half and then half again horizontally
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp  paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried
2/3 cup kalamata olives 1 can black olives
1/4 cup chopped feta 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large baking sheet or roasting tray, add the chopped peppers, onions, artichoke hearts, lemon wedges and tomatoes.

In a bowl whisk together the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, paprika and oregano. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the veggies, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until well coated. Place the chicken pieces on top of the veggies and brush sauce. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, add in the feta, chopped basil and olives. Pour the remaining sauce over the tray and return to the oven to bake for another 5-10 minutes. Check the chicken to ensure its no longer pink. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Friday, September 3, 2021


 Kathleen has made this at least 3 times already this season.  I don't drink coffee so have had this over tea.  It is very good.


1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Cold brew coffee--or tea
Optional: pumpkin spice to sprinkle on top

In a bowl, combine whipping cream, pumpkin, vanilla syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix together with a hand mixer for 5 minutes, or until thick and frothy.

Add cold brew coffee over ice, sweeten if you like, and then add pumpkin cream over top. 1-2 tablespoons of the pumpkin cream goes a long way flavor wise!

TIP: This recipe makes a LOT, plenty for leftovers to use another day!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


I used the last of my frozen rhubarb to make this.  We LOVED it!  Served it with cool whip!


adapted slightly from
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup vegetable or neutral oil
1/4 cup milk
3 cups rhubarb, chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, chopped
powdered sugar to top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  
Coat springform pan with cooking spray.

In stand mixer, whip egg whites to firm peaks

In separate large bowl, mix egg yolks, oil, milk, and mix with whisk.  Add in 1 1/2 cups of chopped rhubarb.  Using an immersion blender, blend rhubarb until incorporated into liquid.  Whisk in 1/3 c sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add flour 1/4 cups at a time and mix well.  Fold in egg whites and gently mix.

Pour batter into springform container.   Add the rest of the  rhubarb uniformly and allow to sit on top.
Sprinkle 1/2 c sugar over the top evenly.    Evenly spread butter over top.
Bake 45 minutes.

Use a toothpick and place directly in center. If it comes out clean, remove. If not, bake for 5 more minutes and try again. Repeat until done.

Once done, cool for at least two hours.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.