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Dec 23, 2010

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken

You will need:
vegetables (any mix you like!)
Flavoring ( whatever "Cream of ____" you like)
Chicken breasts

crushed garlic
herbs (don't put in until last hour of cooking)
salt & pepper

Throw all the veggies in the crock pot first,
then dice up the chicken pieces & throw those in,
Then pour on the soup,
and put on the lid!

Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

I made some pasta to go with it & called it a meal!

cheesy rolls

 You will need:
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup cheese, shredded (any kind)
1 tube canned refrigerator biscuit, plain or buttermilk (8-10 biscuits)

To make:
Melt butter & combine with parmesan cheese, basil, & garlic in small bowl.
Put the shredded cheese in a separate bowl. Remove biscuit dough from can & separate into individual biscuit rounds. Flatten each one & place a little shredded cheese in the center, folding the dough around the cheese to form a ball.
Pinch dough together to enclose the cheese.
Dip the ball into melted butter mixture & roll it around to cover completely.
Place on baking sheet  at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown.

These are fabulous with lasagna or spaghetti!

Dec 22, 2010

Kringle's Cutouts

Ready to make some fabulous sugar cookies?!

You will need:
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

To make:
Cream the butter, sugar, milk & vanilla in a large bowl at medium speed.
Beat in the egg
Combine flour & baking powder in a separate bowl & then add to creamed mixture.
Take all that & separate it into 2 balls & cover & refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 375, roll out half the dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a floured surface & cut into shapes.
Place each cookie about 2 inches apart, bake 7-9 minutes.

Frost & decorate!

Dec 21, 2010

Rosemary Chicken

One of the BEST marinade's you'll ever have!
This is one of my ALL TIME favorite dishes to make.
You know those ones where you make when you have a large amount of people coming over and need to make sure you make something that is a SURE hit.
Yep, this is one of those!

You will need:
4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
juice of 1 lemon
4 Tbsp EVOO
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
fresh rosemary sprigs
salt & pepper

To make:
Place chicken in 9X13 baking dish.
Mix together the lemon juice, EVOO,
 garlic & rosemary sprigs & pour all over chicken.
Season with s&p. 

Cover with plastic wrap & marinate 2 hours at least in fridge.

Bring chicken to room temp. before grilling.

Place on grill until thoroughly cooked.

Enjoy your amazing cooking skills!

Dec 19, 2010

Easy Egg Noodle's

Easy Egg Noodle Side Dish

3 cups egg noodles
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/4- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the egg noodles according to package & drain.
Return to hot pan & stir in butter.
Sprinkle on garlic salt, pepper, & parsely.
Stir to coat, then stir in Parmesan & serve!

Baked Chicken

This is probably the easiest recipe ever, but I have never made baked chicken!
So I found a quick, yummy one!

Here it is:
4 chicken breasts ( you can do either skin/bone or boneless/skinless) I did the latter.
1/4 cup butter, melted
1-2 tsp. seasoned salt

To make:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray dish with nonstick cooking spray
Rinse chicken with cool water & pat dry
Place chicken in dish & brush it with all the melted butter.
Sprinkle the seasoned salt all over it.
Throw it in the oven for 50-60 minutes or cooked through.

Add any sides you want with it!
I did large butter noodles w/ garlic mashed potatoes

Dec 18, 2010

Baked Potato Soup

I love making this soup, it is super easy, & really fills you up!

You will need:
2 large  baking potatoes
3 Tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (optional)
1/3 cup butter (optional)
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill OR 1/4 tsp. dried dill
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cups milk
3/4 cup american or cheddar cheese ( i like to add more!)
4 slices bacon, crispy cooked & crumbled

To make:
Prick potatoes & put them in 425 degree oven for 40-60 minutes.
Let cool completely
Cut potatoes in half & scoop out each potato.
Discard skins.

In a large saucepan, cook 3 Tbsp. green onions in butter until tender. Then stir in flour, dill, s&p. Add milk all at once. Cook & stir until thickened & bubbly.
Be careful not to have the milk burn the bottom.
Add potato pulp & 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese.
Stir until cheese melts.

Ladle up into bowls & garnish with more cheese & the crumbled bacon!

Tip: I love to get some yummy thick french bread slices to use to dip!

BEST Winter Chili

This is the EASIEST recipe and by far my ABSOLUTE favorite chili recipe!
It is my go to on cold winter nights and I often find myself craving it.
It can be made in the crock pot which is what I usually do,
I love smelling it cooking throughout the day and making the house smell good.
Or you can cook it on the stovetop!

What you'll need

2 pounds hamburger meat
1 can of dark red kidney beans
1 can of chili beans- any variety you like
1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce
2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
1-2 Tablespoons minced onion (according to your preference)
1 Tablespoon chili powder, adding more as needed

To make

This recipe can either be made on the stove or in a crock pot.
You also can add anything else you like in your chili!

Cook & drain hamburger meat.
Throw everything else into a crock pot and cook low for 4 hours or stovetop cook it and let simmer for 30 minutes. 

Remember to add as much chili powder as you like starting with 1 Tbsp and working up to your comfort level.


Also great paired with cornbread, garlic toast, or rolls!

Dec 14, 2010

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Rice Krispies


This is one of my all time favorite Christmas time treats to make!
They are SO simple & quick!

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies
chocolate & butterscotch chips

To make:

Bring the corn syrup & brown sugar to a boil, then turn off heat.
Add the PB until it dissolves & is creamy.
Add the rice krispies & stir, stir, stir!

Put in a 9 X 13 pan & sprinkle butterscotch & chocolate chips all over the top.
Put the whole thing in the oven just long enough for the chips to melt a little.
Then spread chips all over top & let cool completely before you dive in to savor your deliciousness!

Dec 9, 2010


I LOVE making Goulash on a cold winter day. My dad used to make it all the time & the love of it has been passed on to me.

1 pound elbow macaroni
2 pound ground round ( can also use ground turkey)
1 large onion diced
1/2 small green pepper diced
2-3 tablespoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 large cans of diced or stewed tomatoes in tomato juice

1. Brown ground meat with the onion, pepper and garlic.
2. Add canned tomatoes w/ juice
3. Let simmer for about 1-2 hrs
4. Cook Macaroni

Dec 1, 2010

lemon glazed rings

For the cookies:
3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for surface
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp coarse salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
3 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

For the glaze:
3 cups confectioners' sugar
7 to 8 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (4 lemons worth)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp nonpareils for sprinkling

To make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Make the cookies: combine flour, baking powder, & salt in bowl. Pulse sugar & zest in a food processor until combined, about 2 minutes.

Beat sugar-zest mixture & butter in a mixer on medium speed until pale & fluffy (2 minutes).
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each one. Add vanilla & lemon juice. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, & beat until combined.

Scoop 1 Tbsp dough & transfer to lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 4 inch rope. Bring ends together, overlapping a little, & press together to form a ring. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer rings to parchment lined baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until pale golden on bottoms & edges (about 18 minutes). Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Now make the glaze:
Whisk together confectioners' sugar & lemon juice in small bowl until smooth. Dip the top side of each cookie into glaze, letting the excess run off. Return cookies to wire rack, glaze side up, & sprinkle with nonpareils. Let dry all the way.

They can be stored at room temp for 3 days & makes about 6 dozen!