Friday, July 31, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Pie, with recipe

I was looking for something quick and easy for dinner last Friday and came across this in my cookbook. Serve with fried potatoes or french fries. 

I made this one other time- in 2011, click HERE. This is another Betty Crocker Recipe-here.

Hubby and I ate it at dinner time. Q was here around 730 when I warmed it up for him. I asked him if he wanted ketchup, mustard or pickles...his response as he shoveled it in: "I don't even know what it is". 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta, with recipe

MMMM I am getting hungry just blogging about this. I made this last year for the first time- click here.
This is so good...I think I need to double it next time...

This was adapted from Betty Crocker- HERE

1 lb chicken breasts*
6 slices of Bacon, cooked and diced*
2 to 3 Cloves of Garlic finely chopped
1 package of Ranch Dressing mix (1 oz)
1 can of creamy chicken soup (10 oz)
1 cup Sour Cream
pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
8 oz of spaghetti, cooked*

*I am sure I used more chicken, I KNOW I used more bacon and I used a whole box of pasta...not just 8 oz. 

Spray 4 qt slow cooker with cooking spray, place chicken in cooker
In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients, except the pasta, pour over chicken.
Cover.Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 3 to 4 hours)
When there is 15 minutes left, make the pasta according to the boxes directions. Unless you want it a little al dente, then cook it  1 or 2 minutes shy of what the box says.
Just before serving, shred the chicken with 2 forks then toss the creamy chicken mixture with the pasta. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cinnamon Bread Delight, with recipe

I wanted to make Q his bread this weekend. It's super easy and tasty. I use the recipe from
Here are my prior posts on it- Click HERE

Cinnamon Bread Delight

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 (5.1 oz package) Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
 1 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 tablespoons Cinnamon Sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, grease 2 loaf pans. Sprinkle the Cinnamon Sugar in the loaf pans in the bottoms and sides if there is excess. 

2. In a large bowl mix the Dry Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Pudding Mix, Baking Soda & Powder, Salt and Cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients: Milk, Vegetable Oil, Applesauce, Eggs and Vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Divide batter between 2 pans.

3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf pan comes out clean. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Breakfast Pies, with Recipe

I changed this up a bit from the original recipe- I used bacon and ham. This reheated very well and I enjoyed the left overs at work. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dutch Oven Sprite Chicken, with recipe

I didn't think it particularly think it tasted like Sprite- but it was tasty. Q said, maybe if we didn't put it in we would notice a change in the taste. 

Dutch Oven Chicken, Life in the loft house

4 carrots, cut in 4 inch length (Or just use baby carrots)

6-8 potatoes, diced

1/2 lb. bacon

8 boneless chicken breasts

1/2 cube butter or margarine

1/2 can 7-Up or Sprite

seasoning salt

Garlic Powder

Dice and fry 1/2 lb bacon in 14 inch dutch oven or on

stove top. Set bacon aside. Leave grease in. Coat

chicken breasts in flour and brown in bacon grease.

(Add oil if necessary.) Add bacon to chicken. Season

liberally with seasoning salt, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Put vegetables on top of chicken. Add 1/2 cube

butter, 1 cup water and 1/2 can of 7-Up. Cover and cook over coals 45 minutes to 1 hour. (Or, bake in

covered casserole dish @ 350 degrees for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.)

You can open and stir occasionally and get more flavor on the vegetables.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cocoa Cola Cake, with recipe

I had this cake for the 1st time at Cracker Barrel several years ago and always wanted to try I made it for Hubby for Father's Day.
I recently received an email from The Country Cook Blog and decided to make it.  Go take a peek at her blog for the recipe...I will tell you I used more than the recommended amount of Cocoa Cola.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Applesauce Pancakes, with recipe

Applesauce Pancakes,
Super easy- Tastes like Fall =-)

2 cups dry pancake mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup milk
1.In a large bowl, stir together pancake mix and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the pancake mix. Add the eggs, applesauce, lemon juice and milk; stir until smooth.
2.Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Weekend Pizza- July 3 2015

I made some pizza a few weekends ago- if you go
Here and HERE you can see my directions on how I made it  :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teriyaki Pork Roast, with recipe

Teriyaki Pork Roast- I found this recipe in my favorite cook book- the Fix it and Forget it Christmas Cookbook.  I had to ask Jen for some apple juice- I only needed 3/4 cup and she usually has it for the small fries. I omitted the sugar in the original recipe- didn't want it to be too sweet.

I had put the bag of corn on the stove...Chet has a "thing" for greens. He was reaching up to investigate, tugged on the greens of the husk and it fell on him. 

3/4 cup Apple Juice
2 Tbsp Spy Sauce
1 Tbsp Vinegar
Ginger, Garlic Powder & Pepper- I just dump it in
3 lb Pork Loin Roast

2 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch
3 Tbsp Flour

Grease Crock Pot & add Pork to Crock.
Combine apple juice, soy sauce, vinegar and spices in a bowl- mix.
Pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Remove roast and keep warm. 
In a saucepan, combine cornstarch & cold water until smooth. Stir in juices from roast. Bring to a boil, cook & stir for a few minutes, until thickened. Serve with roast. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Streusel Rhubarb Bread, with recipe

We had a bunch of Rhubarb from this year's Rhubarb crop- so I decided I should try a new recipe or two...I made this Rhubarb Bread from Land o'Lakes.
I hear it was a big hit ;)


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup orange juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 stalks (1 1/2 cups) fresh rhubarb, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces*


2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 8x4-inch loaf pan; set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add orange juice and eggs; beat at low speed just until mixed. (Mixture will look slightly curdled.) Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Gently stir in rhubarb. (Batter will be thick.)

Reserve 1 1/2 cups batter.  Spread remaining batter into prepared pan. 

Combine all streusel ingredients in bowl; stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half of streusel over batter in pan; gently press into batter. Carefully spread reserved batter into pan; top with remaining streusel. Press streusel into batter.

Bake 65-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Just in case

From my friend Jennifer :)

"I wanted to share with all of you.  The gofundme seen below is an account I helped set up for a dear friend of mine.  She had an amazing experience at CCF main campus and was so thankful for the Ronald McDonald house while her surviving son stayed in the NICU.

I am asking that you please share their story, as you never know who is able to help them during this difficult time.
I appreciate this so much.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Easy Beef Wellington, with recipe

Made Hubby Father's day dinner the Saturday night before. One of his favorites- Beef Wellington. 

I went to take the temp and it looks like a Vampire got to it... haha

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


• 2 filet mignon, 1-inch thick (This year I bought a Filet loin)
• 2 sheets puff pastry-1 box has 2 sheets  (I used one per loin)
• Salt and pepper to taste (I use some garlic and onion powder too) 
• 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
• 1 egg

1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.

2. Season meat generously with salt and pepper. (and whatever else you want)

3. Pre-heat a medium (10-inch) non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add butter and swirl in pan to melt. 

4. Cook meat on both sides for about 3 minutes until well-browned, then brown the edges. Note: Regularly check the internal temperature of the filet, they should not be cooked past 120F at the center.*** Allow filet to cool, then wrap in plastic and chill for at least a couple of hours.

5. Heat oven to 400F. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water (egg wash). 

6. Wrap the filet in puff pastry. Brush with egg wash, and bake in center of oven until golden brown; about 30 minutes. 
(I just wrap it to make sure all the meat is covered to seal in all of the juice.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies, with recipe

I have had this recipe in the vault forevah lol so the time came to make them for my guys.
They were like fudge- very yummy.