Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pumpkin Bread

This is a recipe my mom always used when she would make her holiday bread. It's an original Betty Crocker Pumpkin Bread Recipe.. You can you Pumpkin Pie Spices in place of all the spices and you can also add Chocolate chips for that chocolate lover in you!! YUMMY!!

can (15 ounces) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 2/3
cups sugar
cup vegetable oil
teaspoons vanilla
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose or whole wheat flour
cup coarsely chopped nuts
cup raisins, if desired
teaspoons baking soda
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon ground cloves You can use Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of all the spices..

  1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan 9x5x3 inches, with shortening.
  2. Stir together pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pans. ** You can also add Chocolate Chips to the mix for that yummy chocolate goodness!!**
  3. Bake 8-inch loaves 50 to 60 minutes, 9-inch loaf 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.
Makes 2 loaves (24 slices each) 

Crustless Broccoli, Cheese & Bacon Quiche

8 eggs

1/2c milk

1/2 10oz box of frozen Broccoli thawed and drained well

1/2-3/4 C Shredded Cheese

1 pkg. Oscar Mayer Pre-cooked Bacon, crumbled

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Combine Eggs, milk, Salt, Pepper & Garlic Powder and mix well.
Grease a Deep Dish Glass Pie Dish.
Layer Broccoli, Bacon and cheese in the bottom of the pie dish. Pour Mixture over the ingredients in pie dish.
Bake 350 degree for 45-50 mins until knife inserted comes out clean.  Let stand a few mins before serving. Serves 6

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Cheese, Broccoli, Ham, Asparagus Strata

This is just another recipe I made up. I served it w/ a Garden Salad.

2- loaves French Bread

1- 10oz bag Frozen Broccoli

1 Bag of Microwavable Asparagus

1C or More~ Shredded Cheese

2C Ham cut or you can use Lunch meat ham and Tear it up.

8~ Eggs

2C. Milk

I cooked the broccoli & asparagus in the microwave.. I tore & cubed one french loaf into the bottom of a greased 9x13 then layered the broccoli, cut asparagus, ham and cheese. Then added the other loaf on top and topped it w/ the rest of the cheese... I then beat 8 eggs and 2c. of milk together and then poured over mixture and let it sit for 5 mins to absorb the egg mixture into the bread and baked at 375 for 50 mins.

Canned Soup Chowder

I made this recipe up one night and my husband has asked for it quiet often! I always serve it w/ Cornbread and a Salad.

2 ~cans Cream of Potato Soup

2 ~cans Cream of Celery

1 ~ Lg. can Cream of Chicken

1 ~ Lg. can Cream of Mushroom

1 ~ can Cheddar Cheese Soup

1 ~ 10oz bag Frozen Corn

1/2 or more jar. Hormel Real Bacon Pieces

1c. or more Velveeta cheese cubed into small cubes

1c. Milk

Add all ingredients into a Lg. Pot and cook until corn is done and Velveeta is melted..

It makes a lot so I freeze some for later. :-)

Funnel Cake

3 eggs

2 cups milk

1/4 cup white sugar

3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder


In a medium bowl, mix salt, baking powder, and half of the flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream eggs, sugar and milk. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Continue to add remaining flour, but use only enough to achieve desired consistency. Batter will be thin enough to run through a funnel.

In an eight inch skillet, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Put your finger over the bottom opening of the funnel, and fill the funnel with a generous 1/2 cup of the batter. Hold the funnel close to the surface of the oil, and release the batter into the oil while making a circular motion. Fry until golden brown. Use tongs and wide spatula to turn the cake over carefully. Fry the second side one minute. Drain on paper towels, and sprinkle with sifted confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar.

** I always add a couple teaspoons of Vanilla too! **

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Creamy Chicken & Veggies served over Biscuits

With this recipe you can Use my Country Gravy Recipe or you can use the "Biscuit Gravy" packets by McCormick. :-)

2 containers of Refrigerator Flaky Biscuits (I use Pillsbury)
2- Boneless Chicken Breasts, Boiled and chopped. (Or you can use 2 cans of Swanson Chicken Breast)
1- 10 to 16 oz bag of Frozen Mixed veggies w/ Peas, Carrots and corn.
3- Stalks Chopped Celery
4c Country Gravy

Bake Biscuits according to package Directions while Gravy is cooking..
Make Gravy according to directions on packet  (or Use my Recipe below)
Add Chicken and stir to mix in.
Add 3/4 of bag of frozen Veggies
Add Celery
Cook on low until the veggies are cooked and no longer frozen. Once Biscuits are done, Split 2 biscuits in half and lay on the plate face up and top w/ the Creamy Chicken & Veggies. YUM!!

*Country Gravy*
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups milk

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Gradually stir in milk so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. If the gravy becomes too thick, you may thin it with a little more milk.

Crustless Cream Chesse Pumpkin Pie

2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree
4 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups of cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of honey

Grease a 9 inch glass pie plate generously with butter or oil.

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pie plate and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for roughly 45 minutes or until the cheesecake is set and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

The pie can be served with Whipped Cream .

Frito Pie

1- 14 1/2 oz bag of Fritos corn chips
9oz  finely shredded colby jack cheese  or Cheddar Cheese
30oz can of Hormel Chili (no Beans). 

I oiled the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish.. 
Layered a thick layer of chips on the bottom covering it. 
Then put chili on top and then layered some cheese.. Then layered Chips, Chili and cheese. 
Baked in 350 oven for 10mins...

Serving suggestions: Top w/ Shredded Lettuce, Tomato & Sour Cream. So Delicious & Simple!!

Meal Plan Ideas.. :-)

Day 1~  Chicken Tacos & Chicken Tostadas  Serve w/ Refried Beans

Day 2~  BBQ Muffin Cups  Serve w/ a  Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day 3~  Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff  Serve w/ a Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day 4~  Biscuits & Country Gravy  Serve w/ Bacon or Sausage  ( In my blog) 

Day 5~  Chicken Enchiladas Serve w/ Spanish Rice & Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day 6~  Tator Tot Casserole Serve w/ Side Salad  (In my blog)

Day 7~  Honey Lemon Pepper Chicken Serve w/ Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans & Salad  (In my blog)

Day 8~  Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore over Bowtie Pasta Serve w/ Side Salad  (In my Blog)

Day 9~  Hashbrown Casserole Serve w/ Side Salad  (In my Blog)

Day10~ Hot Meatball Sandwiches Serve w/ Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day11~ Loaded Baked Potatoes Serve w/ Side Salad 

Day12~ Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Serve w/ Mashed Potatoes, Corn & Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day13~ Taco Salad  ( I will post simple instructions)

Day14~ Breakfast for Dinner~ Eggs, Bacon or Sausage, Pancakes or French Toast or Waffles.

Day15~ Chili Cheese Dogs Serve w/ Fries & Macaroni and Cheese. (I buy canned Hormel Chili w/ No Beans)

Day16~ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Soup (on the grilled cheese you can add sliced Ham & Tomatoes before cooking)

Day17~ Tilapia Serve w/ Rice & Mixed Veggies ( on the Tilapia I use Seasoned Salt & Lemon Pepper as my spices on it)

Day18~ Spaghetti Bake Serve w/ Side Salad  (In my blog) 

Day19~ Crock Pot Cheeseburgers Serve w/ French Fries  (In my blog)