Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cheeseburger Paradise Soup by Donna

Okay, fist of all, the name of this soup doesn't really do it justice. It is really good, but tastes nothing like a cheeseburger.


6 potatoes, chopped
1 small carrot-grated
1 small onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 jar chopped jalapenos and 1/2 juice ( I would not put this much. I made it and it was so hot!!!. Be careful with the peppers.)
3 C. water
3 beef bouillon granules
2 heaping Tbs minced garlic
1/8 tsp pepper
2 lbs sausage
2 Tbs butter
5 C. milk
6 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 pkg 16 ounce Velveeta cubed
crumbled bacon

Combine first 9 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In a large skillet cook sausage, drain, add to soup. Stir in 4 cups milk, heat through. In small bowl combine flour and remaining milk until smooth, gradually stir into soup. Bring to boil, stir 2 minutes until thick. Reduce heat. Stir into cheese until melted. Garnish with Bacon!!

*Makes alot. You could freeze half.

Mexican Corn Bread by Donna

This is for Kelly. Sorry it took so long.


1 C. Mozola Corn Oil
2 C. Self Rising Corn meal
1 can of cream style corn
5 Eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
3 Tbs. jalapenos, chopped
3 Tbs. jalapeno juice
2 C. grated onion
2 C. grated cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar

Combine all ingredients, pour mixture in a large skillet or pan. Cook in oven at 450 until brown.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Choc. Chip Banana Muffins(Makes 12 muffins) By: Lindsey

All I can say is DELICIOUS! Above is the picture of took of them fresh out of the oven. Sorry...I could have made it a prettier presentation.

1 1/2 Cup flour(all purpose)

1 Cup Sugar

1 Tsp. baking soda

1 Tsp. salt

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Miracle Whip

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 Cup Choc. Chips(semi sweet morsels)

-Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in big bowl.

-In seperate bowl beat egg, stir in Miracle whip.

-Add to flour mixture

-Stir in mashed bananas

-Spoon into muffin pan(makes 12 muffins)

-Sprinkle choc. chips on top.

-Bake at 375 for 20-25 min.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Apple Salad by Ashley

This is a recipe I received from my sweet friend Joanie. It is a hit and I have made it a million times since she passed it along.



Sugared Almonds (put sliced almond and sugar in skillet, coat almonds until sugar melts, pour onto wax paper)

1 granny Smith apple


1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup olive oil

Angel Hair Pasta by Ashley

This is my go to dish for when new people are coming over for dinner. I have passed this recipe along so many times.


Olive Oil

1 Box of Angel Hair Pasta

Pine Nuts

Minced Garlic 3-4 Cloves

2 Shallots

Fresh Basil

Fresh Parsley

3 tomatoes

1 Container of Feta

1 Package of Parmesan Cheese

Make Angel Hair Pasta according to the package.

Pine Nuts: put on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler for roasting then set aside. These burn fast, so be careful.

Chop: shallots and tomatoes, basil and parsley

Put about 1/4 inch olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium heat. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add parsley and basil. Add tomatoes. (Doesn't need to be in very long).

Drain Pasta. In a large bowl, add pasta, herb mixture, add pine nuts and cheeses and toss together.

Zatarain's Rice and Beans

Okay, before you say "what?" just hear me out. If you have been around our gang very much you know Lindsey, Kimberly, and I cook this at least once a month if not more. It isn't that original, but I had to share it. Red beans and rice will always remind me of sweet times with my family.

1 Family box Zatarain's Rice and Beans
1 Package of Smoked Sausage or Smoked Turkey Sausage
Extra Rice
1 box of Jiffy Cornbread mix
Franks Red Hot Sauce (optional)

Cook Zatarain's according to package. Cook cornbread according to package. While rice and beans are cooking slice sausage and brown in a skillet until cooked on both sides. Also, cook your extra rice. When Zatarain's is finished add sausage. (If you want more rice just add it, if not it is still really good)

Carolina Vegetable Soup by Ashley

I absolutely love this soup. We eat it for days on end. It is a lot of chopping, but so easy and so good.

3 tbsp veg oil

2 cups chopped onions

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup peeled & chopped carrots

1 cup peeled & cubed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 1/2 cup chopped zucchini or gr beans

1 cup fresh, frozen, or canned butter beans

3/4 cup frozen corn kernels

1 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes or1 can

1/2 tsp fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried)

1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (mildly smokey)

4 cups water

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper


In a large soup pot, warm the oil on med heat & saute the onions & garlic about 10 minutes. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, & celery & saute 3 minutes. Add next 6 ingredients. Stir & add water, salt, & pepper. Cover & bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low & simmer 20 minutes.

Corn Dip...Oh my!

Hey! I CANNOT believe I FORGOT to post this. I have had this recipe for a month now. I guess I have been hiding it for myself. Ha ha! Just kidding. My good friend came into town and made this for me. It is so good it is ridiculous. And I am sucker for dips! My wedding had TONS of dips at it just because that is totally me. :)

1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 16oz. bag of FROZEN corn
1 stick of butter
1 jar of jalapenos

Chips of preference BUT fritos are wonderful with this.

1. Melt butter and cream cheese in microwave
2. Add corn, jalapenos, and jalapeno juice(1/2 the jar of juice). Microwave until hot. You will have to continue to stir and reheat if not hot enough. Add more juice if you want it spicier.
3. Eat with Fritos.

You can also bakes this in the oven for 35 min. on 350. Whichever way is faster for you.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Guess what? I found out how to add a label section to the side of the blog!! Yay! So far I have quite a few labels over there. I am sure it will get more detailed than that. Hopefully if any of you are looking for something in particular you can just click on our labels and find what you need. BTW, if it is a main dish and also Italian(or whatever) I have it labeled for both. So, it should come up either way. Alright...peace to all!! :)

Creamy Chicken and Rice By: Lindsey

Hey All!!! All...I mean Y'all!! Ha ha! I made a really good chicken and rice recipe tonight and it was EASY!! It is from the famous "Voice of Truth" cookbook(my mother in law's can cook!). Here it goes!

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/3 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked rice
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken breast
1 cup shredded cheese

Mix soup, water, rice(uncooked), onion powder, and black pepper in baking dish. Top with chicken(uncooked), sprinkle more pepper on top. Cover and bake @ 375 for 1 hour. Uncover and sprinkle chicken with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted.

So here is what I did! Ha ha! I did not have onion powder so I combined minced onion and garlic salt into my recipe. And I did three chicken breasts(don't think that is 1 lb. and a half). I guess it depends on how soupy you want it. I served it with green beans and cresent rolls. You might have to add some salt...but it was tasty!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread By: Lindsey

1 can(10 count) of buttermilk flaky biscuits
3 TBL spoons of melted margarine
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of a loaf pan. Spoon cheese into a small bowl. Cut each biscuit into quarters. One at a time, dip biscuit quarter into melted margarine, then into cheese. Place coated biscuit quarters into loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sweet Mama Rose's Oatmeal Apple Raisin Muffins By: Lindsey

My husband's grandmother, Mama Rose, is so sweet!! Derek says I don't make any of her stuff....and I will tell you why. It is all made from SCRATCH!! Lasagna, brunswick stew, muffins, cakes, etc. Whew!! It is good food, don't get me wrong. But, my goodness...who has time for recipes all from scratch?? So, I am going to try my hardest to start making some of them. This morning I made her Oatmeal Apple Raisin Muffins. Derek loves them and has mentioned to me before about making them. Keep in mind that Mama Rose is diabetic. Which means, that lots of things she makes is healthier for us. Ha! These muffins are a tasty, healthy treat for you and your kiddos. I love muffins! So, it is fun eating them when I know they have ONLY 1/3 cup sugar and apples and raisins in them. Parker, my son, also loved them. I didn't add any butter to the top of his and he ate them like crazy.

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup raisins
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup oil(I used vegetable oil)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon

Beat egg. Stir in remaining ingredients, mixing first to moisten. Pour into 12 greased muffin cups until 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Serve cool or piping hot with butter.