Friday, April 26, 2013

Bacon Turtle Burger

Have you seen this??!  It's a Bacon Turtle Burger!  Actually, I would call it a Bacon Turtle Burger Dog, but left the "dog" off because of the link I am sharing.  They don't use the "dog" part.  Anyway, this weekend may be the perfect weekend to try this popular bacon-weaved turtle!  Here's the link:
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Barbecue Sliced Chicken Open-Faced Sandwich

Occasionally we by the rotisserie chickens sold at the grocery store or Walmart.  They're really good - coming in several different flavored varieties.  Last night, I sliced some and made these open-faced sandwiches.  The family really liked them! 

I grilled hamburger buns in a small amount of butter until well toasted, then sliced up the heated chicken, and topped it with heated barbecue sauce (Head Country made in Oklahoma is our favorite!).  Simple and delicious!

The picture is a little bland.  My daughter thought it needed something green on the plate - because of my "always have something green on your plate" rule.  No one wanted a pickle, we had no parsley, and the top of the strawberry she tried as a garnish looked ridiculous!  So, no green, but still good! :)

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vegetable Casserole (Variation #3)

 This has always been one of my favorite side dishes because it was one of my Grandma Sibyl's recipes and one I especially remember her making and serving for holidays (Christmas and Easter).  When I first posted this, I posted her original recipe, plus my variation.  However, yesterday when I was getting it ready for a church potluck meal for today, I realized I had opened up a can of creamed corn instead of regular corn.  Rather than waste it, I decided to try it.  It was delicious!  So, I decided to share this new variation with you.  The other two variations are below, as well. 

Now that I look at the recipes, I realize I have made other changes.  And, as I was actually typing the recipe, I realized I didn't put in the sour cream.  I guess that was a good thing, since I added the creamed corn.  So, maybe this isn't actually a variation, but a whole new recipe!  Yes!  I think so!

Note: This one makes a 9 x 13 inch dish.

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
2 cans French-style green beans (I used regular cut green beans, just cut them with a knife while they were in the can)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
3 -4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small onion, chopped
2 sticks butter (not margarine)
1 small can green chilies
crushed cheese crackers (I used Goldfish, as you can tell!!)
Melt one stick of butter in small saucepan.  Add onions and saute until browned.  While this is sauteing, mix whole kernel corn, creamed corn, both cans of soup, and cheese in large bowl.  Add sauteed onion and butter.  Pour into 9 x 13 inch dish.  Top with crushed cheese crackers.  Can now refrigerate to bake later or bake now.  Before baking, melt stick of butter and pour over top of crackers.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until bubbly.  If refrigerated, it will take 45 min. to an hour.  If cooked immediately, it will take about 30 - 45 min.

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can French-style green beans, drained
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can celery soup
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Cheese nips

Mix together and pour in 9 x 9 dish. Cover with crushed cheese nips. Melt 1/2 stick oleo and pour over nips. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbles, about 30 minutes.

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans French-style green beans, drained
1 - 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
1 - 8 oz. carton sour cream
1 small onion, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I've used all cream of mushroom soup, too)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Cheese flavored crackers, crushed (ex. Cheez-Its, Goldfish, etc.)
2 sticks butter or margarine

In small skillet, cook chopped onion and 1 stick butter or margarine until onions are translucent. In large bowl, combine corn, green beans, chilies, sour cream, soups, and cheese. Mix in cooked onions. Pour ingredients into 9 x 13 casserole dish. Top with crushed crackers. Melt remaining stick of butter and pour over crackers. Bake 45 minutes (or until bubbling) at 350 degrees. 

If you are making it ahead of time, refrigerate casserole until needed. Add crackers and melted butter or margarine just before baking.

I take this casserole to church potluck dinners and serve at Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's family. It always makes me think of Grandma!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blessings and Prayers

With all of the tragedy that has been on our hearts and minds this week - with the bombing in Boston and now with the explosion in West, Texas, we can't help but think of the sadness and loss that so many of our neighbors are facing.  Prayers to everyone who has been affected by these tragedies in any way.
In our area of Southwest Oklahoma, we have been blessed with rain.  Storms that had tornados touching down made their way across our state last night - some causing some damage, but mostly sending much-needed rain to our drought-stricken land.

Looking out the doors of our house we have mini "ponds" of standing water - three inches fell last night and during the wee hours of the morning.  Thank you, God!
Although the temperatures dropped and it feels like a cold, winter day, you can see that the grass is getting green! Some of our garden is planted in the plowed dirt and God watered it for us.  What a blessing!

Be sure to thank God for the rain.  Maybe you didn't need it, but others did.  Be sure to ask God to comfort and strengthen those who are hurting....not just from the Boston and West tragedies, but also those who may be hurting in your own community.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sunday Roast and Veggies

I remember showing this picture on my "Shine Like Stars" blog on a Disney World post, but I just realized I never shared the recipe with you.

This meal was made for my family over Christmas vacation while we were staying in our rent house.  When I went to the store, I bought everything we needed for the meal, plus one big roaster. The house is supplied, but not with big baking pans, so I purchased this disposable aluminum pan. It worked perfectly and our lunch was almost completely ready when we got home from worship on the first Sunday we were there.

Just put your roast (I had two of them.) in the bottom of the pan, and top with potatoes (cut up or whole), carrots, and green beans.  Pour water to about one inch deep and add three spoonfuls of beef base down in the water. (It's like bouillon, but in a paste form and without added salt.).  Bake 4 - 5 hours.  Make gravy with liquid, if desired.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Butter Pecan Gooey Bars

This recipe can be made with any flavor of cake mix.  Most recipes call for a yellow cake mix, but I was wanting to use a butter pecan cake mix and found this recipe.  I made this for a church fellowship cookout yesterday.

Butter Pecan Gooey Bars

1 box butter pecan cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon pur vanilla extract
1 pound powdered sugar 
1 cup chopped pecans (I used less.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  In a large bowl, mix by hand the dry cake mix, 1 egg, and melted butter. Pat into the bottom of the greased pan and set aside. With electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, 2 eggs, and vanilla well. Add confectioners sugar and beat well.  Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. you want the center to be a little gooey, so don't over bake.  It will begin to crackle across the top.  That is perfectly normal!  

(Note:  My oven always takes longer to bake than suggested, but this time I didn't let it bake longer.  I should have! The middle wasn't set.  The outer portions were super, though!  Just need to bake it longer.)  
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crock Pot Baked Steak

YAY!!  A new recipe!!  Aren't you excited??  I am!  I can't remember the last time I actually cooked something new!  And it turned out good, which is even better.

We served this Crock Pot Baked Steak over brown rice.  I baked the rice in the oven - at 350 degrees - for about 30 minutes.  Hey! That's two new things!

Crock Pot Baked Steak
8 tenderized round steaks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1/4 cup water
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

Place tenderized steaks in slow cooker. Add onion soup mix, water and mushroom soup. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
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Bakery Tasting Cakes from a Cake Mix

Like using cake mixes, but want them to taste more like "made from scratch" cakes?  Try this simple substitutions and additions!  I have tried one or two of them in that past, and maybe I've even shared them with you, but in case I haven' they are:

Step 1: Look at the directions on the cake mix.
Step 2: Add one more egg that recipe says (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich).
Step 3: Use melted butter (real butter, not margarine) instead of oil and double the amount.
Step 4: Instead of water, use milk.
Step 5: Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.

Simple, but fabulous!
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuna Biscuit Sandwiches

When our youngest three children were little, this was one of their favorite foods to eat. I made it for them at least once a week. I don't make it very often now, but when I do, they are always excited. It reminds them of their younger days. Our fourth child doesn't like anything with tuna in it, so he's not so excited.
Tuna Biscuit Sandwiches
1 can refrigerated biscuits
1 can tuna, drained
1 - 2 Tablespoons Miracle Whip (or mayo if you prefer)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Dash of celery seed (optional)
Dash of onion powder (optional)
Dash of pepper (optional)
Milk (a little more than 1/2 cup)
Crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flatten out each refrigerated biscuit into a circle (3-4 inches)and place on cookie sheet. In small bowl mix tuna and cheddar cheese. Stir in Miracle Whip or mayo...just enough to make it not quite so dry. Mix in celery seed, onion powder, and pepper if desired. Place a heaping spoonful of tuna mixture in the middle of each biscuit circle. Fold in half and seal edges.

Have milk in small bowl or small flat dish. Dip tuna biscuits into milk and coat with crushed potato chips. You can mash the biscuits down a little bit to help coat them with the crushed chips. Place biscuits on cookie sheet and bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

(Originally posted in November 2009.)
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Central Park Banquet Theme

Our high school's Junior/Senior Banquet was held Saturday night. It was a "Central Park" theme.  I wanted to share a few pictures with you.  I especially liked the centerpiece.  Three vases with silk flowers floating in water, topped by a floating candle.  Then a few votive candles around the larger vases.  Isn't it pretty?  Simple and elegant!  

I also liked the way they had the napkin folded flat, topped by a menu and a banquet invitation.  The whole thing was tied up with a black satin ribbon and a small silk flower bouquet was tucked into the bow.  Again....simple, but elegant.  
Before getting to "Central Park", you had to pass through the "Subway".  Glow in the dark graffiti paint showed each Seniors' name.  The Seniors will get to keep their names.  Cool!
Because my husband was recently appointed to the school board, we were able to attend the banquet.  Kind of fun since our daughter is a Senior!  I stayed out of her view and tried not to go overboard with pictures :).  A teacher snapped this picture of my husband and I.  Any time my eyes are open during a picture with a flash is a rare thing.  I was excited that it turned out pretty good!  He's so handsome :).
My daughter and her friend at the banquet...posing in front of the Central Park street sign.  Beautiful!

Great job, Juniors and Sponsors! And the sponsors' husbands......I heard they worked really hard, too!
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dusting Formula

My mom gave me a new cookbook for my birthday and it had a few natural cleaning recipes that caught my eye.  This one is for dusting.  I'm looking forward to trying it soon!

Dusting Formula
by Lynnita Hufstedler, Lubbock, TX

3/4 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon water

Dip dusting cloth into the olive oil mixture, wring the cloth so it is not dripping and dust furniture.  It will gleam.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

THS Seniors of 2013 - Easter Party

The Senior Class get-togethers will soon be coming to an end because the group will soon be graduating.  Because of that, my daughter and I wanted this Easter party to be extra-fun!  We bought about 300 eggs and painted them with glow-in-the-dark paint on the ends (we had lots of help painting them!).
The class ate ham, chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, corn, macaroni & cheese, and rolls.
The girls that arrived early helped decorated the table with Easter-themed plates, tablecloth, and napkins.

Dessert was ice cream sundaes with waffle bowls, Blue Bell ice cream, and lots of different toppings.
They decorated boiled eggs using Koolaid.... idea we found on Pinterest.
They ended the evening with the egg hunt.  There was a problem, though....The eggs didn't glow because it was a full moon!!!  However, they did show up because they were pastel and easy to see.  (Just kind of sad that they spent so much time painting them for nothing!! Ha ha!)

No matter how old you may be, it's always fun to act like a kid again!  These seniors had fun just being kids :).  I hope they are making memories that will last a life time!
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