Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Beef Pot Roast

A classic and family favorite!

4 lb beef roast
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup beef broth (I use bullion cubes to make this)
8 small potatoes, cut in half (I use red potatoes)
8 medium carrots, cut in fourths
1 tsp thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1. Cook beef in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides.
2. Rub thyme, oregano and garlic into meat
3. Place potatoes and carrots in the crockpot, place beef on vegetables.
4. Pour beef broth into crockpot.
5. Cover and cook on low setting 8 to 10 hours.

Special Rice Krispie Treats

This was also from my email recipe exchange! Thanks Jacque Dresen

1 cup karo syrup

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

Heat in microwave at 1 minute intervals (stirring in between) until sugar is dissolved (maybe about 6-8 minutes).

Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies and fold until all is coated. Put in greased pan and pat down to be flat on top.

½ bag of chocolate chips

½ bag of butterscotch chips

Melt together in the microwave stirring occasionally. Spread on top of Rice Krispies. Let cool.


Beer Dip

This was from Rachel Beauchamp in our email recipe exchange! I have not tried this yet!!

1 packet dry ranch mix

1 cream cheese

3-4 cups shredded cheddar (or your favorite) cheese

½ cup beer

Mix and serve with pretzels or chips or crackers


This lasagna recipe is from Susan. This is GREAT lasagna! I have not tried to make it on my own yet!

Meat Mixtures

3 lbs ground beef






Cook and drain

Add 4 tablespoons bread crumbs

2 raw eggs

4 hard boiled eggs (chopped)

Ricotta cheese mix

24 oz ricotta cheese


1 T basil

4 hard boiled eggs

a few bread crumbs


1 can tomatoes juice

2 large cans tomatoes sauce (28 oz each)

3 small cans of tomatoes paste

a little parmesan cheese



Sprinkle dried onions and garlic powder in sauce

9x13 pan

1 – Sauce

2 – Cooked noodles

3 – Mozzarella cheese

4 – Hamburger mixture (use hands and sprinkle)

5 – Ricotta cheese mixture

6 – Parmesan cheese (Kraft)

7 – Cooked noodles

8 – Mozzarella cheese

9 – Meat mixture

10 – Not much sauce

11 – Parmesan cheese

12 – Ricotta cheese mixture

13 – Noodles

14 – Sauce (cover noodles so you can’t see the noodles)

Cover with foil and back at 350 degrees for 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Note – a single batch makes a 9x13 and a 8x8 pan.

Doubling recipe

3 - 12 oz mozzarella

3 – cremette 1 lb boxes of noodles

Chicken and Spinach Lasanga

This was from a women I used to work with, Jean. Very good...but also pretty time consuming and mine was soupy! Mark just requested this again so it must have tasted really good!!

1 white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 cups chicken broth
3-4 cups cooked, cubed chicken
16 oz mushrooms, cut up
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 pkg lasagna noodles
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2 - 10 oz pkg of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Make ricotta cheese mixture; combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 c parmesan, 2 eggs, and a little salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce; Melt butter in a large saucepan. Saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms. Stir in flour and salt, whisk until smooth. Gradually add the broth and milk, stirring with whisk until smooth. Over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of parmesan, add basil and pepper. Set aside.

3. Cook noodles

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray.

5. Layers;
A. 1/3 sauce, noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese mixture, all the chicken
B. 1/3 sauce, noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese mixture, all the spinach
C. 2 cups mozzarella, 1/3 sauce. 1/2 cup parmesan, parsley

6. Cover and bake 35-40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Fast Chicken Divan

I found this on

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen
broccoli florets or chopped
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 (10.75 ounce) cans
condensed cream of chicken
soup, undiluted
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons butter or
margarine, melted
1 tablespoon sliced pimento
1. Cook the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute; drain. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish; top with chicken. Combine soup, mayonnaise and lemon juice; spread over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with pimientos if desired.

Mushroom Chicken Parmesan

I made this years ago....I can't remember it! That must mean it was not as good as others or I would have made it again!! Let me know what you think when you give it a try!

6 skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour for
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms,
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
cheese for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Rinse and dry the chicken breast halves. Dip each in melted butter, then coat/dredge in flour.
3. Place coated chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add cream to just cover. Top with sliced mushrooms and grated Parmesan cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

Taco Pie

Found this on filling!!

1 (8 ounce) package
refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pound ground beef
1 (1 ounce) package taco
seasoning mix
1 (16 ounce) container sour
8 ounces shredded Mexican-
style cheese blend
1 (14.5 ounce) package
crushed tortilla chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lay crescent dough flat on the bottom of a square cake pan and bake according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the taco seasoning and stir together well. When dough is done, remove from oven and place meat mixture on top, then layer with sour cream and cheese, and then top off with the crushed nacho chips.
4. Return to oven and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

I love tuna salads and this is my favorite!!

16 ounces macaroni
2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
1 (15 ounce) can peas, drained
1 (15 ounce) can carrots,
1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch
-style dressing mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, tuna, peas and carrots.
3. Whisk together the salad dressing mix, mayonnaise and milk. Stir into pasta mixture. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Bacon Tater Bake

Found this on

2 (10.75 ounce) cans
condensed cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 large onion, chopped
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked
and crumbled
1 (32 ounce) package tater tots
1. In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream and onion. Add the bacon and Tater Tots; stir until combined.
2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake 8-10 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Creamy Candy Bar Dessert

I made this last year for Labor Day with the Sigler family. Very sweet and rich! I cut the pieces too big...people will only want a small piece.

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
(about 32 squares)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine,
1 (12 ounce) jar hot fudge ice
cream topping

1/2 cup cold milk
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant
vanilla or chocolate pudding
2 (16 ounce) containers frozen
whipped topping, thawed
6 Snickers ® candy,
chopped, divided
1. In a bowl, combine the crumb and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. dish. In a small saucepan, heat the fudge topping over low heat until warmed; pour evenly over crust. Cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and whipped topping for 2-3 minutes or until stiff, scraping sides of bowl often. stir in three-fourths of the candy bar pieces. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining candy bar pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. Refrigerate leftovers.

Candy Bar Freezer Dessert

Here is a recipe from haven't tried it yet but it looks tasty!

2 cups crushed graham
1 cup crushed saltines
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups cold milk
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant
vanilla pudding mix
2 pints butter pecan ice cream,
1 (8 ounce) carton frozen
whipped topping, thawed
1 (2.1 ounce) bar
Candy Bar, chopped
1. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and butter. Pat three-fourths of the mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. dish. Refrigerate.
2. In a bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Stir in ice cream until blended. Spread over crust. Spoon whipped topping over pudding layer; spread evenly over top.
3. Combine the chopped candy bar and the remaining crumb mixture; sprinkle over the whipped topping. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours.

Nelson Christmas Cookies

Here are all of Susan's Christmas cookies that she bakes every year!!  I have not made this but I can
testify that they are very yummy!!

Butter Balls

o 1 cup butter
o 2 cups flour
o 1/4 tsp salt
o 1/2 cup powdered sugar
o 1 T vanilla
o 1 tsp almond ext
o 1/2 cup chopped pecans
o powdered & colored sugar

Cream butter; add sugar gradually; blend in salt,
almond and vanilla extracts, flour and nuts. Shape 1
tsp balls. Bake at 325 degrees; for 20 min on greased
cookie sheet. Roll the tops onto powdered and colored
sugar while still warm. Yield: 4 - 4 ½ dozen

Peanut Blossoms
o 48 Hershey kisses
o 1/2 cup shortening
o 3/4 cup peanut butter
o 1/3 cup sugar
o 1/3 cup brown sugar
o 1 egg
o 2 T milk
o 1 tsp vanilla
o 1 1/2 cup flour
o 1 tsp baking soda
o 1/2 tsp salt
o granulated sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees;. Remove wrappers from
chocolates. Beat shortening and peanut butter in lrg
bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown
sugar and beat fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla;
beat well. Stir flower, soda and salt, gradually beat
into peanut butter mixture. Shape dough into 1”
balls. Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie
sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.
Immediately press kiss into center of each cookie.
Cool on wire rack. Yield: 4 dozen

o 1 cup butter
o 1/2 cup – 1 T sugar
o 1 egg
o 1/4 tsp salt
o 1 tsp vanilla
o 1/2 tsp almond extract
o 2 1/2 cup flour
o colored sugar

Cream butter; add sugar. Blend in egg, salt, extracts
and flour. Knead dough in hands until soft and
pliable. Press dough onto ungreased cookie sheets;
decorate as desired. Bake at 400 degrees; about 8
minutes. Yield: 6 dozen

Peanut Squares

Mix together:
o 2 1/4 cup flour
o 3 tsp baking powder
o 1 tsp salt

Cream in mixing bowl:
o 1/2 cup Crisco
o 1 cup sugar

In separate bowl
o 1 cup milk
o 1 tsp vanilla

Alternate dry ingredients and milk mixture to creamed
ingredients. Mix well. In separate bowl…beat 4 egg
whites and ½ cup sugar. Fold them gently into batter.
Grease and Flour 9x13” pan. Bake at 350˚ for
40-50 minutes.

o 1 1/3 cup margarine
o 5 1/4 cup powdered sugar
o 6 egg yolks
o 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Roll in 3 bags ground blanched peanuts on all sides
after frosting.


o 12 oz butterscotch chips
o 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
o 1 square unsweetened chocolate

After melted combine 2-3 medium size cans of chow mein
noodles. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Let
cool. Store in refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Easy Roll Sugar Cookies
o 1 cup butter
o 1 cup sugar
o 2 egg yolks
o 1 tsp vanilla
o 1/2 tsp salt
o 3 cups flour
o 1 tsp baking powder

Cream butter; add sugar gradually; mix in egg yolks
and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients and milk;
chill. Roll 1/8” thick on lightly floured surface;
cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie
sheet. Bake at 350 degrees; for 8-10 minutes. Decorate
when cool. Yield: 5 dozen

Sugar Cookie Frosting
o 1 tsp almond extract
o 2 egg whites
o 2-1/4 cup sugar
o 1/4 cup light corn syrup.

Beat egg whites until they hold soft peak. Add sugar
gradually; beat until sugar is dissolved and frosting
stands in peaks. Add syrup and beat 1 minute. Divide
and color with food coloring. Chill when not in use.

Paradise Punch

I served this at Gabby's Parent/Child Dedication party. Yummy!

1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 package frozen strawberries, partially thawed
3 quarts ginger ale, chilled
Crushed ice

Put lemonade, strawberries and pineapple in blender container and run at high speed until completely smooth. Fruit mixture can be made in advance and stored covered in refrigerator.
Just before serving, combine with ginger ale and pour over ice.
Makes 1 gallon or 32 servings.

Christmas Cookies (links)

Here are links to Christmas cookie recipes....I have not made any of them but it is a great list to have!

1-2-3 Cookies 7 Layer Cookies Allie Nelson's Famous Snickerdoodle Cookies Almond Crescent Shortbread Amish Sugar Cookies Andies Candies Cookies Angel Crisps Angenets Applesauce Cookies Apricot Fold-Overs Aunt Edy's Molasses Crinkles Auntie Linda's Ginger Gems Bakeless Dream Cookies Banana Drop Cookies Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World Biscotti Biscotti Blueberry Cookies Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies Bronwnies Brown Sugar Shortbread Brownie Cookies Brownie Delight Brownies Buccaneer Snowballs Buried Cherry Cookies Butter Cookies Butter Nut Balls Butterballs Butterscotch Haystacks C.O.P. Cookies Candy Cane Cookies Candy Cookies Caramel Shortbread Cheesecake Brownies Cherry Buns Cherry Crowns Cherry Winks Chewies Chewy Noels Chinese Chews/Haystacks Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Chip Meltaways Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Chocolate Christmas Trees Chocolate Cream Cheese Squares Chocolate Crinkles Chocolate Mint Snow-Top Cookies Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no bake) Chocolate Snowball Cookies Chocolate Streusel Bars Chocolate Sundae Cookies Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars Choco-Scotch Crunchies Choose A Cookie Dough Recipe Christmas Crackers Christmas Crunch Bars Christmas Ginger Snaps Christmas Macaroons Christmas Mice Cookies Christmas Shaped Cookies Church Window Cookies Coconut Cookies Congo Squares Cookie in a Jar Corn Flakes Cookies Cornflake Christmas Wreaths Cowboy Cookies (oatmeal) Cream Cheese Cookies with Apricot Filling Crème De Menthe Chocolate Squares Crème Wafers Crescent Cookies Crispy Crunchies Date Nut Balls Date-nut Pinwheel Cookies Diabetic Peanut Butter Cookies Disgustingly Rich Brownies Doodles Double chocolate chip cookies Double-Chocolate Crinkles Eatmore Cookies Eggnog Cookies Elizabeth's Sugar Cookies Elves Quick Fudge Brownies Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Emily's Best Brownies Famous Oatmeal Cookies Firemen Cookies Fluffy Shortbread Cookies Forgotten Cookies Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies Fruit Cake Cookies Fruitcake Squares Fry Pan Cookies Gems Ginger Cookies Ginger Crinkles Gingerbread Baby Gingerbread Cookies with Butter Cream Icing Gingerbread Men Gingerbread Men Ginny's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Glory's Golden Graham Squares Glory's Sugar Cookies Gramma Chapman's chocolate coconut drops Grandma Elsie's Zimt (cinnamon) Cookies Grandma J's Butter Cookies Grandma Olson's Parkay Cookies Great Grandmothers Sugar Cookies Gum Drop Cookies Gumdrop Gems Haystack Cookies Ho-Ho Bars Holiday Cereal Snaps Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies Holiday Raisin Walnut Bars Holly Cookies Hungarian Cookies (Little Nut Rolls) Ice Box Cookies Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies Italian Cookies Jacob's Peppermint Snowballs Jam Bars Jessica's Famous Brownies Jessie's Chocolate Chip Cookies Jubilee Jumbles Juliet's Peanut Butter Blossoms Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies Kentucky Colonels Kiefle (cream cheese cookies with jam filling) Kifflings Kiss Cookies Lacy Swedish Almond Wafers Lemon Angel Bar Cookies Lemon Bars Lemon Cake Cookies Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies Lemon Squares Linzer Tarts Log Cabin Cookies Luscious Lemon Squares M&M Cookies Magic Cookie Bars Melt in Your Mouth Cutout Sugar Cookies Melting Shortbread Meme's Cream Cheese Cookies Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies Mincemeat Cookies Mincemeat Goodies Molasses Cookies Molasses Forest Cookies Molasses Sugar Cookies Mom Mom's Crescent Cookies Mom-Mom's Ginger Cookies Mom's Nutmeg Sugar Cookies Mom's Old Fashion 'Puffy' Sugar Cookies Monster Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies Nana's Famous Soft Southern Cookies Nitey Nite Cookies No Bake Chocolate Cookies No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No-Bake Cookies Norwegian Sugar Cookies Nut Balls Oatmeal Bars Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Nut Cookies Oatmeal Coconut Crisps Oatmeal Cookies Oatmeal Scotchies Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Ooey Gooey Caramel Chocolate Dunk Ooey Gooey Squares Orange Slice Cookies Parking Lot Cookies Peanut Blossoms Peanut Butter Bars Peanut Butter Blossoms Peanut Butter Cereal Cookies Peanut Butter Chewies Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut butter fingers Peanut Butter Reindeer Peanut Butter Surprises Peanut Marshmallow Cookies Pecan Puff Cookies Peppermint Snowballs Peppernuts Persimmon Cookies Persimmon Cookies Petey's Yummy Spicy Almond Thins Pfeffernuesse Pffefferneuse Cookies Pineapple Filled Cookies Pizzelles Potato Chip Cookies Potato Flake Cookies Praline Cookies Praline Strips Pterodactyl Nests Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Chip Cookies Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Cookies Queen Biscuits Quick Cookies Raised Sugar Cookies Raisin Filled Oatmeal Bars Raspberry Meringue Bars Really Peanutty Butter Cookies Reese`s Brownies Reese's Peanut Butter Bars Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies Rich Lemon Bars Ricotta Cheese Cookies Royal Almond Christmas Bars Rudolph Cinnamon Cookies Russian Tea Cookies Russian Teacakes Samantha & Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Cookies Sand Art Brownies Santa Claus Cookie Pops Santa Claus Cookies Santa's Butterscotch Melts Santa's Shorts Santa's Special Squares Scotch Cakes Scotch Shortbread Scotcharoos Scotcheroos Seven Layer Cookies Short Bread Cookies Shortbread Skor Squares Snicker Doodle Cookies Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles Snow Balls Sour Cream Apple Squares Sour Cream Christmas Cookies Special K Cookies Spice Cookies Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Spritz Cookies Stained Glass Window Cookies Stir & Drop Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Swedish Pepparkakor (Pepper Cake) Cookies Swedish Sugar Cookies Sweet Marie's Swiss Treats Taralle (Italian Cookies) Tea Time Tassies Texas Brownies The Best Shortbread in The World Thumbprint Cookies Thumbprint Cookies Toffee Squares Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies Traditional Gingerbread Men Cookies Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Vanilla Waffer Balls Walnut Butter Cookies Walnut Crumb Bars White Chip Chocolate Cookies Wild Oatmeal Cookies Will's Famous Apple Jack Cookies Yummy Yummy Peanut Butter Blossoms