Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sauteed Green Beans

 This is one of Michelle's family's regulars.  Jaron, 10 years old, taught me how to make them.

Sauteed Green Beans

2 cans cut green beans, drained
olive oil
Minced garlic, to taste
Paprika, to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste

Put oil in a large fry pan.  Heat.  Add green beans and spices to taste.  Cook and heat until hot.  

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

 Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite roasted vegetables.  Simple and delicious!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in half

Olive Oil

Kosher or coarse salt


Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drizzle olive oil on the cut sides of the potatoes, then sprinkle with salt and thyme.  You can also sprinkle on some brown sugar if you like to add a little sweetness.  Then turn them over and rub the other side with oil.  Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes or until the cut side is caramelized.  
So yummy!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Crockpot Chicken Thighs


Years ago, I worked with a friend in church who shared this recipe.  She said she made it at least once a week.  She would put it in the crockpot before going to work so her boys would smell it when they came home from school.  It does smell divine as it cooks.  It is easy to throw together and delicious!  Bonus:  You can strain the broth and store it in the freezer to use later as delicious chicken stock.  

Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs, bone in with skin, as many as you want
1 large onion, chopped
Celery stocks, chopped, as many as you want
Carrots, chopped, as many as you want 

4 cups chicken stock
Salt, pepper, sage or poultry seasoning

Season the thighs and put them in the crockpot.  Add the vegetables and chicken stock.  Cook on low for about 8 hours, more or less.  Remove the thighs with a colander spoon.  Next remove the vegetables with the colander spoon.  Arrange all on a plate and salt well.  Let the stock cool, then pour into a quart jar to use later.  Let cool completely in the fridge before labeling and storing in the freezer.  
Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes or cheesy potatoes.  You can also serve the vegetables if desired.  They don't look great, but they taste good.  As you can see, I added some mushrooms this time as well.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Banana Pudding


While Ken had COVID, our cute neighbor left two big cups of this delicious pudding on our doorstep.  We enjoyed it sitting on the front porch, sitting 10 feet apart.  A delicious pudding and a happy memory.

Banana Pudding

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup milk

1 3.4 oz. package instant vanilla pudding

6 cups sweetened whipped cream or 16 oz. tub of Cool Whip

11 oz box vanilla wafers OR Erin used coconut flavored cookies.  They were delicious.

3 bananas, sliced

Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sweetened condensed milk, milk, and pudding mix and continue to whip.  Fold in half of the whipped cream until just combined.  

To assemble the pudding, use a 3-quart straight-sided bowl or you can use individual glasses, Or you can assemble it in a 13 x 9 pan, as shown above. Cover the bottom with vanilla wafers, arranging them in a single layer without overlapping.  Spoon about 1/3 of the pudding mixture.  Cover the pudding with another layer of cookies, then slice bananas on top of the cookies.  Spoon half of the pudding that is left on top of the bananas, then more cookies, then another layer of bananas.  Then spoon the remaining pudding, then another layer of cookies.  Then spread the remaining cream on top. and smooth the surface.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Hawaiian Chicken

 Easy and yummy.

Hawaiian Chicken

2 lbs. chicken breast, cut up

1 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup soy sauce

Mix all together in a crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over hot rice.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Cool Whip Cookies


What a funny recipe!  It was just strange enough, I had to try it.  They were really good. They look like those crunchy crackle cookies, but they're soft and chewy.

Cool Whip Cookies

1 box cake mix, any flavor (lemon, chocolate, red velvet, spice, etc)

1 8oz tub of cool whip

1 egg

Mix together in a bowl.*  Put powdered sugar on a plate.  Drop spoonfuls of the very sticky dough into the powdered sugar, then place on a lined or greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

*Mixing was the hardest part.  The dough is so stiff.  Get your husband to do it.  That's what I did, or use a stand mixer.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Lunch Lady Brownies

Oh man, these were good!  This is a really good recipe and surprisingly easy.  I will be making these again and again.

 Lunch Lady Brownies

1 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup cocoa

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla


1/4 cup butter, soft

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup cocoa

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9x13, then put in parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, cocoa and sugar with a wooden or sturdy spoon.  Mix in the flour well.  Slightly beat the eggs and add them with the vanilla.  Mix until combined and spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Make sure you spread it into the corners.

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.  Frost the brownies while warm

For frosting, put the butter in a bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy.  Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.  Mix until creamy and fluffy.  Spread over the warm brownies.

I recently made a double batch for a family reunion.  They were a hit!