recipes“To cook or not to cook…this is the question…..” “I am afraid to mess up or burn something when I cook….” “I cannot cook….” RECIPES- Theses are all sayings that I hear often from those around me. Through this recipe page I will strive to help you take these phrases out of your vocabulary. Cooking is fun and an experiment! The best part is you can tweak recipes to fit you or your families taste buds. Weekly we will strive to post recipes that are easy to follow, shopping list to carry to the store, and occasional videos to help with basic techniques. EAT TO LIVE OR LIVE TO EAT- recipes that will help you EAT TO LIVE. I believe we are stewards over the bodies God has blessed us with so we need to take care of ourselves. We can be good stewards by watching the things we put in our bodies. You can cook food that is healthy and taste good. Eating healthier can be expensive but we will either pay for it now in groceries or we will pay for it later in medical bills and prescriptions. The choice is yours! RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
  • 2 Eggs 1 Tbs of White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Flour 4 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 ¾ Cups of Milk ¼ tsp of salt
  • ½ Cup of Vegetable Oil ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  1. Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
  2. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.

Wacky Cake
  • 3 Cups of Flour 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ Cup of Cocoa ½ cup of Cooking Oil
  • 2 Cups of Sugar 2 TBS of Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. of Baking Soda 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon (Optional) 2 Cups of Cold Water
  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. Sift ingredients into a 9X13 cake pan. Make three holes in dry ingredients.
  3. Into one hole add oil, in the second hole vinegar, and the last hole vanilla. Pour the cold water over all the ingredients
  4. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork until smooth.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes

Sloppy Joe Slidders
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef 1 Tbs of Chili Powder
  • ¾ a cup of Ketchup 1 Tbs of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbs of Vegetable Oil 1 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring frequently, until the beef begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chili powder and 1 teaspoon salt, and continue cooking until the meat is cooked through, 2 minutes more. Drain off any excess liquid.
  3. Stir in the ketchup, sugar, vinegar and ½ cup water and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  4. Scoop some sauce onto 1 half of each slider bun

Puppy Chow
  • 9 cups crispy rice cereal squares
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups confectioners' sugar
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
  3. Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.

Pigs N Blanket
  • 1 (8-oz.) can Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls SAVE $
  • 24 fully cooked little sausages
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles.
  2. Place 1 sausage on shortest side of each triangle; roll up to opposite point. Place, point side down, on greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375°F. for 11 to 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.

Pepperoni Breadsticks
  • 1 tube Pillsbury pizza crust
  • 40 pepperoni slices
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • Optional: marinara sauce for dipping
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Spread pizza dough out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut the dough into 10 equal size rectangles.
  3. Arrange 4 pepperoni slices on each rectangle and top with a mozzarella cheese.
  4. Roll up the pizza dough, enclosing the cheese & pepperonis, pinching the seams closed.
  5. Melt the butter and add the garlic powder and dried parsley. Brush the pizza sticks with the butter.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Enjoy warm with a side of marinara sauce for dipping if desired

Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup of Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  1. Beat the egg in bowl. Add peanut butter & sugar. Beat until it clings together.
  2. Form into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with a fork.
  3. Bake at 375 for about 9 minutes and let cool before removing from the pan.

Orange Julius
  • 1 6oz can of Frozen Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • ½ Cup of Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • Ice Cubes
  1. Combine juice, milk, water, sugar, and vanilla in a blender. Then add ice cubes until mixture becomes slushy.

Money Bread
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup of White Sugar
  • 4 (12oz) cans of biscuits
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ Cups of Milk
  • 4 Tbs of Butter
  • 1 Tbs of Cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the biscuits into quarters and roll into balls. Combine ⅔ cup of the sugar, 1½ teaspoons of the cinnamon, the cardamom and the zest from 1 orange in a shallow dish. Roll the biscuit balls in the mixture. Place the coated balls in the pan, sprinkling some of the mixtures over the balls occasionally while filling the pan.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the remaining ⅓ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon and the vanilla. Warm, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining orange zest and pour over the top of the biscuit balls.
  4. Bake until the top of the bread is golden and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit at least 5 minutes. Unmold the monkey bread onto a cake plate. Slice or pull apart to serve.

Mini Egg Muffins
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
  • Your choice of filling. Example: Onions, Bacon Bits, Sausage
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F. BEAT eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in medium bowl until well-blended. ADD cheese and filling; mix well.
  2. SPOON evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, about ¼ cup each.
  3. BAKE in 350°F oven until just set, 20 to 22 minutes. COOL on wire rack 5 minutes. REMOVE from cups; serve warm.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Serves: 4 Dozen
  • ½ Cup Butter or Margarine
  • ½ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1¼ Cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Teaspoon Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  1. Thoroughly cream butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture.
  3. Shape in 1-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar.
  4. Place 2 inches apart on uncreased cookie sheet.
  5. Press 5 peanut halves atop each or crisscross with fork tines.
  6. Bake at 375* for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Cool slightly; remove from pan.

One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 40 slices Pepperoni
  • 24 oz jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 3 cup Penne Pasta
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1½ cup shredded Mozzarella
  1. Brown ground beef and onion in a large, oven proof skillet and drain excess fat.
  2. Add 25 slices of pepperoni and spaghetti sauce.
  3. Add pasta and water, stir and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the most of the liquid is absorbed and pasta is tender.
  5. Remove lid and sprinkle top with cheese and remaining pepperoni.
  6. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned.

Chicken Marsala
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  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • (1/2 t dried thyme, 1 T olive oil)
  • ½ c diced onions
  • 6 oz pre-sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • (1/4 c Marsala wine, ½ c chicken broth)
  • 1 packet mushroom gravy mix
  1. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Lasagna "Your Way"
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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This is one of my favorite recipes because it us so easy because you don't have to cook the lasagna noodles. Also you can add your own Tome Twist because there are so many ways you can make it fit your families taste buds! Have fun...Make it your way!!
  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey or diced chicken)
  • 1 jar (32oz) Spaghetti Sauce (your favorite kind)
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese or Cottage Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 16 oz Mozzarella Cheese (or Cheddar Cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese)
  • 1 cup vegetable of your choice (frozen broccoli, fresh spinach, onion, or etc), optional
  • ½ tsp. parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz Uncooked lasagna noodles
  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef until done; drain off the fat. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix well. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the Ricotta cheese, 8oz of mozzarella cheese, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, and vegetable of your choice.
  3. In a 9x13 pan put ½ cup water in bottom of pan.
  4. Next, layer the ingredients as follows; layer uncooked noodles, cheese mixture, meat mixture. Repeat the layers two more times.
  5. On top of the last meat layer, sprinkle remaining 8oz of cheese on top of the lasagna.
  6. Cover pan with aluminum foil and Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
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This is an old recipe I used to make all the time for my family. Comfort food that will make you smile and keep your heart warm. The best part about it is that is makes enough for two pot pies so you can bless a neighbor, friend, or family member with the other pot pie!
  • 2 Deep Dish Foil Pie Pans
  • 2 Pkg of Pie Crust
  • 1 pkg of chicken tenders or chicken breast (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 bag of mixed vegetables
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of cheddars cheese (or your favorite)
  • Salt, Pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Season your chicken tender to taste and bake in the oven for 15-20 min or until done.
  2. In a large pot, combine the cream of chicken, water, and mixed vegetable. Bring to a boil. Once the chicken it cooked, let it cool. After it is cooled cut it up into 1 inch chunks and add to the cream of chicken mixture.
  3. Cook the cream of chicken mixture an additional 10minutes to cook the vegetables. While it is cooking, remove the pie crust from the package and lay evenly one pie crust on the bottom of the foil pan. (Ensure that the place evenly inside of the pan and press the crust to fit the pan)
  4. When the filling mixture is finished cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Season the mixture to taste.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the pie crust, dividing evenly. Then place the remaining pie crust on top of the pot pie. Fold the overlapping crust under the bottom crust. Then take a for to squeeze the pie crust closed.
  6. Take a knife and cut 4 slits into the top of the crust. Bake your pot pie for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is cook thoroughly.

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas
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  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1jar (16 oz.) Thick & Chunky Salsa, divided
  • 1-1/2cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 12 flour tortillas (6 inch)
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Return meat to skillet. Stir in ½ cup each salsa and cheese.
  3. SPREAD ½ cup of the remaining salsa onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish. Spoon meat mixture down centers of tortillas; roll up. Place, seam-sides down, in baking dish; top with remaining salsa and cheese.
  4. BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

Cheesy Spaghetti Bake
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  • 4 cups penne pasta, uncooked (or your favorite Pasta)
  • 1lb. lean ground beef
  • 1onion, chopped
  • 1jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1jar (24 oz.) Alfredo sauce
  • 1tsp. Italian seasoning or Salt/Pepper
  • 1-1/3cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. HEAT oven 375°F.
  2. COOK pasta as directed on package.
  3. MEANWHILE, brown ground beef with vegetables in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Add sauce and seasoning; mix well. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  4. DRAIN pasta. Add to sauce; mix well. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with cheese.
  5. BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until heated through.

Ranch Bacon Dip
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup mayo or miracle whip
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ cup bacon bits ( optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley or dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ garlic powder
  1. Soften the cream cheese in microwave. Combine all ingredient with a whisk until combined.

Baked Chicken
This is one of my favorite and easiest meals to make at home. My favorite pieces are chicken thighs and chicken wings. Also one of my favorite meals is Tacos... So in this recipe I will combine both. Feel free to use your favorite piece of chicken and seasoning to take a simple dish and make it extraordinary!!
  • 1 pkg of chicken wings
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  1. Combine all ingredients (except water) in bowl and ensure chicken is well coated with seasoning.
  2. Place the chicken in one layer in a glass or foil baking pan. Add the water to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cover pan with foil and place pan in a 350 degree oven for 1½ hours. Enjoy!

Cookie Cake Your Way
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  • 2 and ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer ½ milk, ½ semi sweet)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a foil or glass pyrex pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until no flour clumps remain. Fold in the chocolate chips. Press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes until the edges begin to brown. You may cover the cake with foil to prevent browning, if preferred. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack completely if you plan to decorate it with frosting.

  • 3 cups cucumbers, small
  • 1 cup dill, fresh sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup onion
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  1. Place dill, garlic, and onion in a large mason jar. Fill jar to top with cucumbers.
  2. Meanwhile, place the water, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in small saucepan over high heat.
  3. Whisk until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour hot liquid over cucumbers.
  4. Cool slightly, then place top on jar and refrigerate overnight.

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Other desired seasonings
  1. Slice the potatoes into wedges of desired size.
  2. Soak in a bowl of cool water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Be sure to submerge your fries.
  3. Drain the water and pat fries dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a large bowl, toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and desired seasonings.
  5. Spread out onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Be sure not to overcrowd your fries. You may need to use 2 sheet trays.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

  • 28 ounces turkey or beef, lean
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, fresh
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • 1 rolls & toppings as desired
  • 1 salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  1. Preheat grill to medium or oven to bake at 350.
  2. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and diced jalapeno.
  3. Combine meat, salt & pepper, and minced onion. Divide meat into 4 even pieces (7oz each). Take ¼ of the cream cheese mixture and flatten it into a pancake shape. Wrap beef or turkey around the cheese ensuring the cheese mixture is completely covered. Brush each burger with a little bit of olive oil.
  4. TO GRILL: Grill burgers over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until completely cooked. (Turkey should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees and beef should reach 160 degrees)
  5. TO BAKE: Place burgers in a baking dish or baking pan in a 350 degree oven until completely cooked. (Turkey should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees and beef should reach 160 degrees)

Old Fashioned Pancakes
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups of milk
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon white suga
  1. Instructions: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
  4. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake.
  5. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Fruit Salsa
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  • 3 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 can of sliced pineapple
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • Juice from the can of pineapple
  • I tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ Sugar
  • ½ stick of Butter
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  1. Dice apples, pineapple, and strawberries into small dices.
  2. Mix with juice from pineapple and honey and refrigerate for one hour to combine flavors.
  3. Cut tortillas into triangles and brush with butter.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until crispy.



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