Thursday, June 22, 2017

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

It's summertime...time for cold salads you can make ahead and grab out of the frig on busy days. I like this easy recipe, as it can be a side for burgers and sandwiches, or is great alone as a meal.

You can add other veggies, whatever you have on hand actually, but I make it just the way it is...such a perfect combo of flavors and textures!

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

4 oz. pasta, cooked and drained (about 2 c. cooked)
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1/2 c. chopped red onion
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 to 3/4 c. mayo ( I tend to use 3/4 c.)

Mix altogether and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday's with Mom 7 Layer Salad

One of my favorite salads that my mom used to make was the old fashioned, ever present pot luck favorite....THE 7 Layer Salad!

This salad was present at just about every function up north while I was growing up, right beside the hot dish and jello. It's such an easy salad to bring anywhere, and of course it tastes GREAT!

I'm not so sure about the 7 layers though. This used to bother me when I was I would count the layers and always came up with more than were in the salad! Mom's recipe has 8 if you count the topping as one layer, and the cheese as another layer. And most people throw whatever they have on hand chopped eggs, tomatoes, etc. making even more layers!

Regardless of how many layers, it's always a hit. It looks beautiful in a glass bowl, but back then, I ALWAYS saw it in a 9x13 pan, and that's how I make it too. 

7 Layer Salad

1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 package frozen peas,thawed
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped red or green pepper

1 1/4 c. real mayo
2/3 c. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. sugar

In a 9 x13 glass pan, layer the lettuce, onion, peas, bacon,celery and peppers. Mix the mayo, Parmesan cheese and sugar. Spread over all, and sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Refrigerate until chilled.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stovetop Chicken Casserole

Every once in awhile I get hungry for some chicken and stuffing. Usually I make home made stuffing  just for the holidays when we have company..... as Brent is not a fan of stuffing of any kind. But who wants to wait that long? So I usually make this when he won't be home for supper, and it hits the spot!

Stovetop Chicken Casserole

1 2/3 c. water
1 pkg. Stovetop dressing
1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut in small bite size pieces
1/3 c. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
(you can add some shredded cheddar on top before serving if desired)

Place chicken in a 9 x 13 greased pan. Combine the soup and sour cream and spoon on top of chicken. Mix the stuffing with the water and pour on top of all. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until chicken is done.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Texas Sheet Cake for 2

Oh my! Look at that icing.

This will satisfy any chocolate craving.

I used to love to make Texas Sheet Cake, but it makes such a BIG pan. With just the 2 of us..... that can be DANGEROUS!

I was so happy when I found this recipe that makes just 2 single servings ....and actually each one is enough for 2 servings. They are so rich, half of one is just about right. 

IF you can save the other half for later, that is.

Texas Sheet Cake for 2

3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. water

Microwave until melted and cocoa powder is dissolved. Stir and set aside.

1/4 c. plus 1 Tbsp. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder

Mix dry ingredients and add to cocoa mixture.

1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. buttermilk

Mix egg, vanilla and buttermilk and add to the rest of the mixture. Pour into 2 greased 8 oz. ramekins. Bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool just a bit. While still slightly warm, pour frosting on top:

1 Tbsp. melted butter
2 tsp. cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 c. powdered sugar ( I added a bit more)
2 T. chopped pecans ( I omitted)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday's with Mom .....Swedish Nut Cake

My mom loved walnuts and pecans, and usually leaned towards recipes that featured them, like this Swedish Nut Cake. The frosting is covered with them, and some are also included inside the cake. You are sure to get some in every bite!

This is a super moist cake, as it has a can of pineapple WITH juice. It's a great dessert for any occasion, but mom often made it for company. She always kept bags of nuts in the freezer, and I do too. It's so handy to have them on hand for recipes like this one...and for snacking of course!

Swedish Nut Cake

1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
 10 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
1 egg
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Mix well and pour into a 9" greased pan. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. 

When cool frost with:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar

Mix well and spread on top of cake. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Throwback Thursday....Oatmeal Sticks

It's Throwback's one of my favorite cookie recipes....Oatmeal Sticks...enjoy!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Have you ever tried these?

You should.

Oatmeal sticks are a shortbread type cookie, riiiiiiiiich and buttery.

And lets talk about that brown sugar....I think the star of the cookie....the flavor just comes through!

They are perfect with a glass of milk, cup of coffee, and actually just on their own. I can't make them very often, as Brent and I eat the batch in a day or two!

But...... oatmeal is good for you, right?

Oatmeal Sticks

3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. butter softened
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. oatmeal
2 c. flour
powdered sugar for sprinkling

Mix the butter and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Roll out to 1/2" thickness. Cut into strips 2" long by 3/4" wide. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes on parchment lined cookie sheets. Dust with powdered sugar.( I cut some of them longer...about 4")

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lemon Ritz Treats

These are VERY sweet, but oh so good!

They look so pretty for the holidays.

And, if you like lemon, you will love them!

Lemon Ritz Treats

Lemon Frosting
Ritz crackers
white chocolate melts

Spread lemon frosting on a Ritz, top with another Ritz, and dip in melted white chocolate. Shake on sprinkles and let harden. Store in airtight container in the frig.