Sep 30, 2010

Yummy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Last Christmas, I found this recipe in the Food Network magazine.  I loved the hint of orange in these cookies and the ease of the recipe.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 tsp. orange zest

  • 2 and 1/4 c. flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and confectioners' sugar until fluffy.

  2. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and orange zest.

  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and then add it to butter mixture.  Stir until well incorporated.

  4. Chill for 30 minutes.

  5. Roll tablespoons into balls and flatten; sprinkle with coarse sugar. 

  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Sep 27, 2010

Menu plan Monday - Week of September 27

Monday - chicken cordon bleu (freezer), veggies, biscuits

Tuesday - ham in crockpot, scalloped potatoes, veggie

Wednesday - breakfast burritos, hash browns, fruit

Thursday - grilled cheese sandwiches, soup (TBA which kind of soup)

Friday - homemade hamburger helper, veggie, rolls

Saturday - left-overs

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Sep 24, 2010

Skyline Chili

I found this recipe on Crockpot Tuesdays.  Cincinnati is known for it's Skyline Chili which is a sweet chili instead of a spicy chili.  I live an hour away from Cincinnati so there are lots of Skyline Chili restaurants around.  In fact, there are two Skyline Chili restaurants within five miles of my house.  Eating there can get expensive so I decided making it at home would be more cost effective plus I know what's in my food.

Since I found the recipe, I have made it three times.  It was delicious the first time I made it.  However, the second time it was too runny so it wasn't as good.  So when I made it for the third time, I decided to put a teeny less water in it.  It ended up being thicker and as delicious as it was the first time.

Skyline chili is eaten in 5 ways.

1-way:  chili
2-way:  spaghetti with chili
3-way:  spaghetti with chili and shredded cheddar cheese
4-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese and onions OR red kidney beans
5-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, onions, and red kidney beans

Stars of the Recipe

  • 2 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce

  • 8 oz. tomato paste (1 1/3 cans)

  • 5 tbsp. chili powder

  • 2 1/2 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. allspice

  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tsp. black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 2 tsp. steak sauce

  • 4 cups water (I used more like 3 and 3/4ths cup instead.) 


  1. Brown ground beef lightly on stovetop.

  2. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.

  3. Stir well, and cook on low for 12 hours or longer.


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Sep 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #11 - Imaginative One's Pictures #2 - Sky

My 7 year old took these pictures.  I think they are neat looking.

This post is linked to Wordless Wedneday at And Miles to Go Before I Sleep.

Sep 20, 2010

Menu Planning Monday - Week of September 20

Today is hubby's birthday.  Two weeks ago, I did not make the spaghetti carbonara so I'm going to make it for his birthday dinner.  He is really excited because that is one of his favorite meals.

Monday - spaghetti carbonara, garlic bread, salad

Tuesday - pancakes, bacon

Wednesday - lemon chicken (freezer), lemon basil pasta, salad or veggies, rolls

Thursday - taco soup with cheese quesadillas

Friday - Skyline chili over spaghetti, cornbread, salad or veggie

Saturday - I will be the only one here so I'm on my own.

Sep 17, 2010

Spanish style chicken noodle soup

I've been making this soup for the past few years.  I saw Rachael Ray cooking it up on her cooking show and decided I wanted to try it.  During the Lent season, I've made it to share with the members of my former church when we've had soup Wednesdays.  They always loved it.  In fact, during this past Lent season, I sent home leftovers with a couple people.

The thing I love about this soup is that instead of regular egg noodles, you use orzo pasta which is sort of like rice but is in reality pasta.  I also like that it has black beans in it.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium-size carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (about a palmful) chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf, use fresh if available
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 pound chicken tenders or chicken cutlets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes or 1 28-ounce diced tomatoes 
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta

  1. Put all of the ingredients except for orzo pasta in the crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. A half hour before serving, put the orzo pasta in the soup so that it can cook.
  4. Enjoy!

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Sep 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #10 - Sunrise

Last week, I posted a picture of an animal's tongue.  None of the guesses were correct.

This tongue:

belongs to a GIRAFFE!

This was my view this morning as I parked at work.  Luckily I had the camera with me.

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Sep 13, 2010

Menu Planning Monday - Week of September 13 (with recipe)

Monday - ravoli lasagna (freezer), salad, garlic bread or Italian breadsticks

Tuesday - Chicken and cornbread dumplings (The $5 dollar mom’s cookbook pg 97) - I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time.  I’m finally going to get around to making it.

Wednesday - pork chops, peas, applesauce (recipe to follow)

Thursday - shimmy and roast Italian chicken, crash hot potato, veggie

Friday - White Castle Sliders, chip or fries, raw veggies

Saturday - left-overs

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7-up pork chops

  • 4 to 6 pork chops

  • 12 oz. can 7 up, Sprite, or lemon lime soda

  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

  1. Place chops in baking dish.

  2. Pour soda over chops and sprinkle with dry soup mix.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Sep 9, 2010

Aunt Janet's Pecan Tarts

These pecan tarts envoke a lot of memories when I eat these.  I can remember going to her farm with my grandparents for family get togethers.  I can visualize food being laid out on the island in the kitchen or members of the family either sitting outside eating their dinner or sitting around their dining room table.  I can see their pond with the weeping willow right by the driveway and the pine trees around the perimeter of the pond. 

Many times these get togethers involved my great aunt making these delicious pecan tarts.  We lost another member of our family to cancer this past weekend.  Since then, I was thinking about these pecan tarts because they remind me of my family and growing up; however, I couldn't remember where I put the recipe.

This evening, I decided to cut out some box top for educaiton labels.  When I opened the drawer that I kept those box tops in, I found the recipe for the pecan tarts.  I had put it in there so I wouldn't lose it.

To make the pastry:

  • 1/2 c. butter softened

  • 1 3oz. package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 c. flour

  1. Mix ingredients well, chill. 

  2. Form into 24 small balls and place in lightly buttered (or sprayed with cooking spray) muffin tins.  I use the mini muffin tin.

  3. Chill again. 

  4. Shape with thumb and press against up to fit bottom and up the sides.

To Make the filling:

  • dash of salt

  • 1 tsp. butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 2/3 c. chopped pecans

  • 3/4 c. brown sugar

  1. Add sugar to butter and mix well.

  2. Then add egg and salt.  Combine thoroughly.

  3. Add nuts; mix well.

  4. Fill tart shells 2/3 full.

  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust is slightly brown. 

  6. Remove from pan while warm.

Makes 2 dozen.  These can be frozen.

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Sep 7, 2010

Waffle House Waffles

Delicious!!!!  When I found this recipe on Copy Cat Recipes, I knew I needed to put this on my September meal plan.  My hubby loves Waffle House waffles with hash browns covered, smoothered, and chunked a.k.a hash browns with American cheese, onions, and diced ham.  When I made this for dinner, I also made those hash browns.  Our bellies were very happy after that dinner.

Warning:  You need to make the batter ahead of time because it needs to be chilled overnight or during the day.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 & 1/2 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 T. sugar

  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened

  • 2 Tbsp. shortening

  • 1/2 cup half & half

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla


  1. Mix the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.

  2. In another medium bowl beat the egg.

  3. Add the sugar, butter and shortening and mix well with a mixer until smooth.

  4. Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla, and mix well.

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while beating and mix until smooth.

After you chill it overnight or for 8 hours:  (Make sure you cover it.)

  1. Take batter out of fridge about half hour before you make them.

  2. Be sure you iron is well oiled and hot, and pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup batter and cook 3-4 minutes. until golden brown.

  3. If you want to make the pecan waffles just sprinkle pecan halves over batter right after pouring.

On my waffle iron, it only made 3 waffles.  Next time I'm going to double the recipe so I can freeze some of the waffles.  They were that delicious.

On my waffle, I put butter and blueberry syrup that I got while in St. Louis on it.  Yummy!

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Sep 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #9 - Guess who's tongue this is

I'm going to interrupt the Imaginative One's theme to show you this really cool pic I took over the weekend.  Can you guess which animal this tongue belongs to?

The answer will be in next week's post.
Edited to add:  So far the guesses have been an alpaca and camel.  Neither of those guesses are correct.

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Sep 5, 2010

Menu Planning Monday - Week of September 6

Monday - TBA probably turkey burgers and chips

Tuesday - waffle house waffles, hash browns smothered, covered, and chunked

Wednesday - on your own day

Thursday - steak, fried potatoes, veggie

Friday - Spanish style chicken noodle soup, biscuits

Saturday -  spaghetti carbonara, Cheddar Bay biscuits, salad

Sep 3, 2010

Crockpot Baked Potatoes

I had read you could cook backed potatoes in the crockpot but I was skeptical on whether it worked or not.  Since baked potatoes were on my meal plan for Thursday night, I decided to test out if you could cook them in the crockpot or not.  I am no longer a skeptic because it really worked.  My hubby even told me that they were delicious.

Stars of the recipe:

  • russet potatoes - (I didn't put a quantity because it depends on how many you want to make.)

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • salt


  1. Wash the potatoes and then poke the potatoes.

  2. Wrap each individual potato in foil and then place in the crockpot.

  3. Put about 1 to  Tbsp. of water in the bottom of the crockpot.

  4. Turn the crockpot on low and cook the potatoes for about 4.5 hours.

  5. When they are finished, unwrap them and put in a bowl. 

  6. Douse them with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) just to lightly coat them.

  7. Sprinkle them with salt.

  8. Enjoy with your favorite baked potato toppings.

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