Thursday, March 11, 2010

Homemade Veggie Soup

There are a ton of possibilities with Vegetable Soup! This is my favorite combination!!
Dice all veggies and put into large stew / stock pot & fill with water, along with about 5 Beef Bullion Cubes.

Simmer stew meat in water & (I go over board here) 6 beef bullion cubes. Simmer until tender (I usually do this for a few hours, make sure you continue to add water).

Allow soup to boil (continue to add water), while the meat is simmering.

Green Beans
Salt & Pepper
My Mother adds 1 can of tomato paste....which gives it a great flavor!

So I made this today and I got caught! I don't normally use frozen veggies, but the local grocery had Bird's Eye Veggies 10 for $10. I couldn't go wrong buying them pre-diced, plus it saved me so much time!!! My daughter walked thru the kitchen and said, "OMG Mom, I've never seen you use frozen veggies". I laughed and said "Well at least the green beans, tators and onions are fresh".

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Oreo Cookie Dessert

1 box Oreo Crumbs
(or 1 lg bag crushed Oreo's)
1 stick Butter
1 (8oz) Cream Cheese
2 (8oz) Cool Whip
1 lg Instant Chocolate Pudding

1st layer
Melt Butter - mix with Oreo Crumbs press into bottom of 13x9 pan to form bottom layer of crust (save enough to sprinkle on top layer)

2nd layer
Mix Cream Cheese & 1 container Cool Whip
Beat until mixed, spread w/ fingers carefully

3rd layer
Make pudding according to the directions
Pour over

4th layer
1 container of Cool Whip - Spread

Sprinkle with non-buttered Oreo Crumbs - refrigerate and serve chilled

Grandma Blevins Custard Pie

4 slightly beaten Eggs
1/2 c Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/8 tsp Almond Extract
2 1/2 c Scalded Milk (when milk forms a film on the top layer)

Pour mixture into chilled pie shell, sprinkle with nutmeg

bake 400 degrees 25-30 minutes

Snicker Salad

1 - 5 oz package instant Vanilla Pudding
1 c milk
1-12 oz container of Cool Whip
6 Apples peeled and diced
6 Snicker Bars
1/4 of Grapes

Prepare pudding w/ 1 cup milk - blend w/ Cool Whip

Add Snickers, Apples & Grapes and serve cold!

Dish Pan Cookies

Another family favorite during the holidays!!!

2 c Brown Sugar
2 c White Sugar
2 c Oil
4 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla

Mix together and add:
4 c Flour
1 1/2 c Oats
2 tsp Soda
4 c Corn Flakes
1 tsp Salt

Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees

(these are a harder cookie, but GREAT for dunking in milk!)

No Bake Cookies

Mix in medium size saucepan

2 c Sugar
1/2 c Butter
1/2 c Milk
1/2 c Cocoa

Mixture forms a liquid - add 1 tbsp crunchy Peanut Butter

Bring to a boil - do not allow to burn - cool 2-3 minutes


1 tsp Vanilla
3 c Un-Cooked Oats
Dash of Salt

Drop by teaspoons full on waxed paper (we place inside freezer / fridge until hard)

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Another one of my Mom's best cookies

1 c Brown Sugar - packed
1 lb Soft Butter
5 c Flour

Combine, knead with hands and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

Roll 1/4" and cut into shapes, if desired

Bake 20-25 minutes at 300

Aunt Brenda's Chocolate Star Cookies

1 c Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 c Creamy Peanut Butter

mix together and add

2 cups Bisquick Mix
1 tsp Vanilla

Roll into balls

Bake 5-6 mins at 350 degrees (watch them, they burn easily)

After you pull them out, place a chocolate star in the center

Horse Shoe Cookies

Christmas is the only time our Mom makes these cookies and they are ALWAYS worth the wait!
3 eggs slightly beaten
3/4 lb margarine
3/4 lb butter
1/2 lb sour cream
pinch of salt
1 pkg yeast
1 1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
7 c flour
dissolve yeast in sour cream - add rest of ingredients
refrigerate at least 1 hr
roll into powdered sugar
1 stiff egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 lb graham crackers-crushed
1 lb walnut pieces, crushed
enough milk to moisten
Mom would cut the dough with a round measuring 1 cup (metal w/ handle type)
take a tablespoon or so of the filling and place in the dough, pinch and shape into a horse shoe
bake at 350 for 14-16 mins
sprinkle with powder sugar

7-Up Cake

Another Easter Favorite!!!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 package vanilla pudding
3 eggs
1/3 c veggie oil

Mix above and make as directed


1 c crushed pineapple
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 box confectioner sugar
1 can coconut

Warm icing and pour over cake after it has cooled, but still slightly warm

Great Grandma Ella's Fruit Cake

1 1/2 c Shortening
4 1/2 c Sugar
6 Eggs
6 1/2 c Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
3 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Cloves
2 tsp All Spice
1 c Raisins
3 tbsp Cocoa
1 pkg Dates
2 c Walnuts
2 sm Jars of Cherries
1 c Buttermilk
1 c Blackberry Jam
1/4 c Black Pepper
2 tsp grated Orange Peel

Cream shortening, add sugar, eggs & milk
Add dry ingredients

grease & flour pan 350 until it rises - about 1 hr
then 300 for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs

Put pie pan of water to add moisture during the last hour

Soak in grape juice - store and cover in a white cloth (aka the pillow case) Mom always kept in the basement fridge and would go down and continually soak in grape juice .....

Terry's "Peanut Buster" Dessert

19 Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 - 12oz container of Cool Whip
1- 11 3/4 o jar hot fudge ice cream topping
1 c salted peanuts

cut 1 ice cream sandwich in half - place 1 whole & 1 half sandwich along short side of un-greased 13x9 pan. Arrange 8 sandwiches in opposite directions throughout the rest of the pan. Spread with 1/2 of cool whip, spoon fudge topping by teaspoons onto whipped topping, sprinkle with peanuts.
Repeat Layers

Cover and freeze. Keeps up to 2 months.

Remove from freezer 20 minutes prior to serving. Cut into squares

Makes 12-15 servings (or 2 for my hubby)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

This is a great Easter cake!!!

2 c Flour
2 c Sugar
2/3 c Baking Cocoa
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 eggs
1 C Milk
2/3 c Veggie Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C Brewed Coffee, Room Temp


1 (2 oz) pkg Cream Cheese - softened
1/4 c Creamy Peanut Butter
2 c Confectioner Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips Optional sprinkled on top

grease 13"x9" pan bake at 350 for 35-40 mins

Store in the refrigerator

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ranch Potato Casserole {From Jen's Grandma Val’s Recipe Box}

6-8 Medium Red Potatoes {2-2 ½ #}

½ cup Sour Cream

½ cup ranch style dressing

¼ cup bacon bits or cooked crumbled bacon

2 Tbsp. minced parsley

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups crushed corn flakes

¼ cup butter {melted}

Cook potatoes until tender; quarter {leave skin on} and set aside.

Combine sour cream, dressing, bacon, parsley & 1 cup cheese.

Place potatoes in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Pour sour cream mixture over potatoes and gently toss.

Top with ½ cup cheese

Combine corn flakes & butter – sprinkle over casserole

Bake 350 degrees – 40-45 minutes

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mom's Corn Bread (oh so yummy!)

1 1/4 c Flour
3/4 c Cornmeal
1/4 c Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 c Milk
1/4 c veggie oil
1 egg
bake 400 degree in lightly greased cast iron skillet 20-25 mins