Million Dollar Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 pint strawberries (quartered)
1 sweet onion (small) - rings
10-12 fresh mushrooms - sliced
1 avocado
candied almonds- slivered ( small pkg)

Candy almonds in skillet by adding 3-5 tbsp sugar and almonds in skillet constantly stirring till golden. Set aside on wax paper.

3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sugar ( I use a little less )
2 TBSP. red wine vinegar
2 TBSP poppy seed

Note : 2nd best salad- Very well liked, you'll never bring any home from a potluck.

Festive Tossed Salad

12c. mixed salad greens ( Spring Mix)
3/4 c. dried cranberries
4 oz feta cheese
Candied Walnuts
dressing ( I use a little less dressing than it makes up or add more greens)

Toss together and Serve.

Candied Walnuts:
1 c. chopped Walnuts
1/2 c. or less sugar

Put walnuts and sugar in skillet. At Med. heat and constantly stirring to candy walnuts. Set aside on wax paper to cool.

Mix dressing together:
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. veg. oil
1/2 c. Fresh parsley sprigs
1/2 c. chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 TBSP. sugar
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

note: I have not found another salad that can beat this recipe.


Accordian Potatoes

8 lg red potatoes
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
1 Tbs chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves

Carefully slice each potato thinly without cutting all the way through.
Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish and cover with waxed paper.
Cook in microwave on high 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with tip of knife.
Transfer potatoes to metal baking pan.
Carefully drizzle oil between slices.
Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper.
Roast in oven 25 min. or until lightly browned.
Transfer potatoes to platter.
Sprinkle with herbs.

Tip: An easy trick to ensure that potatoes are sliced as far down as possible without cutting through to the other side is to rest potatoes, one at a time, in the bowl of a wooden spoon and slice down until the knife can't go any farther.


Snicker Bar Apple Salad

6 Granny Smith apples
6 Snicker Bars
1 tub Cool Whip

Dice unpeeled apples into large bowl.
Cut Snicker bars into bite size pieces and mix with apples.
Fold in container of Cool Whip.


Bourbon Buttercream Frosting

This recipe is for a 3 layer chocolate cake.

1 C butter
2 (16 oz) pkgs powdered sugar
1/3 C Bourbon
1/3 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
chopped pecans (optional)

Beat butter at medium until creamy
Gradually add powdered sugar, milk, and bourbon
Spread on each layer and on sides of cake
Spread pecans on sides

Chocolate Cake

This is a 3 layer 9" cake.

1 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C butter - softened
1 (16 oz) pkg light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8oz) pkg sour cream
1 C HOT water
2 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second intervals until melted (stays glossy and keeps shape)
Beat butter and sugar at medium speed about 5 minutes
Add eggs 1 at a time - beating until blended after each egg
Add melted chocolate - beating until blended
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt
Gradually add to chocolate mixture, alternating with sour cream - beginning and ending with flour
Gradually add 1 C HOT water in slow, steady stream
Beat at low speed just until blended
Stir in vanilla
Spoon into greased and floured 9" pans (3)
Bake at 350 for 25-30 min


School Snack

8 cups Chex
3/4 c brown sugar
6 T. margarine
3 T. Karo syrup (light)
1/4 t. baking soda

cook sugar, margarine, syrup together in the microwave for 1-2 mins. until the sugar is dissolved stir in the soda and pour it over the cereal---cook in the microwave for 3 mins. stirring every min. Cool on a cookie sheet

My family loves this snack and it is quick and easy!!!

Monster Cookies

2/3 lb. butter (21 1/3 T)
3 c. brown sugar
2 2/3 c. white sugar
3/4 T. white syrup
8 eggs
2/3 T. Vanilla
2 lbs. peanut butter
5 1/3 t. baking soda
12 c. instant oatmeal
choc. chips (1-2 cups)
Big bag of peanut m and m's, plain m and m's use about 3/4ths of each bag

Mix butter and sugar--add egg,syrup, and vanilla. Stir in peanut butter. In a separate bowl, mix oatmeal and soda, then add o the peanut butter mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients. Drop with an ice cream scoop or large scoops of a tablespoon on a greased pan flatten slightly. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins. Let them firm up on the pan

I love to make these when I know that I will have a lot of company. I freeze them and pull them out as I need them. It makes a ton of cookies. Enjoy!


Oatmeal Bake

6 C. quick oats
1 C. sugar
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
2 C. milk
1 C. veg. oil
4 eggs slightly beaten

Bake at 350 for 25-35 mins. Don't over cook or it will be to dry

Combine all, pour into greased pan, bake, and serve with additional milk

Also, good as a dessert with ice cream

Can be halved or doubled easily


Taco Soup

I've been asked to post this recipe. I got it from Lauren a few years ago and it is always a hit.

1 1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey
small onion
1 can white corn
1 can yellow corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can red beans
1 1/2 c. water
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. taco seasoning
2 cans Ro-tel
2 cans diced tomatoes

Brown the meat with the onion and then put all together in a large pot or crock pot. Leave the juices from all the canned goods.


Pineapple Upside-down Biscuits

This is a yummy,casual dessert and an easy one for the kids to help make.

1 (10-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temp.
10 maraschino cherries
1(12-ounce) package refrigerated biscuits (10 count)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Grease 10 cups of a muffin tin. Strain the crushed pineapple, save the juice for later. Combine the pineapple, sugar, and butter and mix well. Divide the pineapple mixture among the muffin cups. Place a cherry ( if you wish and have them on hand) in the center of each muffin cup, making sure the cherry hits the bottom of the cup. Place a biscuit in each cup on top of pineapple mixture. Spoon 1 teaspoon reserved pineapple juice over each biscuit. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Invert the pan onto a plate or lift biscuits out and spoon out any pineapple mixture that is in bottom of muffin cup. Serve warm. Yummy comfort food!


Chicken Buffalo Dip

Chicken Buffalo Dip

3 chicken breast
2 - 8 oz. cream cheese (set out ahead to get soft)
1 cup buffalo sauce (Frank's)
2 cups. shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. ranch dressing

Boil chicken, let cool and shred chicken. Then add buffalo sauce to the chicken. ( This can be done a day ahead) Spray 9 X 13 pan with Pam and spread cream cheese on bottom of pan. Then put chicken on top of cream cheese. Then spread ranch dressing over chicken and top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 30 min.


Granola---Quick and easy

8 C. old fashion oats
3C. wheat germ or 2 pkg. shredded wheat (big squares)
4C. bran flakes

1C honey
1C maple syrup
2/3 oil

Mix the wet ingredients together and bring to a boil in the microwave and then add the vanilla
Pour over the oatmeal-flake mixture and put it on a jelly roll pan---Cook in the oven at 300 for 6-8 mins. stir it and cook another 6-8 mins.

Note: I half the recipe and use the shredded wheat--cooking time depends on you and your oven---I like mine soft so I only cook for 6 mins

Enjoy it with yogurt, as your cereal, fruit and add ins are always good too (coconut, nuts, raisins, craisins ect.)


Grape Salad

I was shocked at how delicious this is. It really is a dessert.

3-31/2 lbs. red grapes, seedless (may be sliced in half if you wish; I don't)
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans

Wash and stem grapes; set aside
Mix sour cream, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla by hand until blended
Stir grapes into mixture and pour into large serving bowl
For topping combine brown sugar and pecans
Sprinkle topping over grapes and cover tightly
Chill overnight

Makes approx. 15 servings

Pork Chop Casserole

1 can apple pie filling ( with cinnamon is good)
4-5 thin boneless pork chops, browned
1 box seasoned stuffing mix, prepared according to directions

Pour pie filling into greased 9x13 casserole dish
Top with browned pork chops
Spread prepared stuffing mix over chops
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
Uncover and bake 10-15 more minutes

Spinach Salad

This dressing is so good that even Kelley will eat spinach and that says a lot! My friend, Majken, introduced me to this salad. Everything she cooks is good!

Fresh spinach plus 2 or 3 of the following ingredients.
sliced mango
red onion,sliced thinly
fresh strawberries, sliced
cherry tomatoes
dried cranberries (craisins)
pine nuts

Toss salad with dressing.

4 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 packet Splenda ( may use equivalent sugar)
salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the above ingredients and pour over spinach.

Coconut Cream Pie

This is my family's favorite dessert

3/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut
1 9" deep dish baked pie shell

In sauce pan combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually add in milk. Cook and stir over med. heat until bubbly, then cook for 2 minutes. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks, stir and then return mixture to pan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add butter and stir til butter is melted. Add vanilla and coconut and stir. Pour into baked pie crust. Spread the meringue on top (get the recipe somewhere else, if you don't know how to make it, so I don't have to type it!), sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over meringue and bake until meringue is light brown (about 12-15 min. at 350 degree) Cool. This is better served cold.

Frozen Dessert

This is so easy and can be made ahead, and frozen until needed. Run cutting knife through hot water to make slicing easier.

1 can Strawberry Pie filling
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large Cool Whip

Mix, pour into freezable container, and store in freezer until needed.

Stonewall Kitchen's Pumpkin Pancakes

2 c. flour
2 T. brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. salt
1 3/4 c milk
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 large egg
2 T. veg. oil
Combine dry ingredients and mix with wire whisk: set aside. In a large bowl, beat milk. pumpkin, egg and oil. Gradually add the dry ingredients. The batter will be lumpy. Cook on griddle and serve warm. We enjoy these with fresh whipped cream, maple syrup, and fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas, and strawberries are out favorite) Also, I make Pumpkin Bread with the remaining pumpkin

Best Ever Banana Muffins

3 large bananas
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter (I use the real thing)
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup choc. chips

Mix dry ingredients together and then add to the rest.
Bake at 350 for 15-18 mins.
Makes a dozen.

Lasagna - Pioneer Woman style

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 lb hot breakfast sausage
2 cloves minced garlic
2 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes
2 6 oz cans tomato paste
2 Tbs parsley flakes
2 Tbs diced basil
1 tsp salt
3 C low fat cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
10 oz pkg lasagna noodles

In a skillet, combine ground beef, sausage and minced garlic.
Cook until brown.
Drain off about half of the fat.
Add whole tomatoes and tomato paste.
Add parsley, basil, and salt.
Mix thoroughly and simmer, uncovered about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While simmering, boil noodles al dente.
When finished cooking, drain, rinse with cool water, and lay flat on sheet of aluminum foil.
Wile meat mixture and noodles are cooking, mix 3 C cottage cheese with 2 beaten eggs.
Add Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes, and 1 tsp. salt.
Mix together well.
Build assembly line of: meat mixture, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese mixture, and cooked lasagna noodles.
Lay 4 noodles in the bottom of pan, overlapping as you go.
Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over noodles.
Lay half pound mozzarella cheese slices on top.
Spread a little less than half of the meat mixture over the mozzarella cheese slices.
Repeat process.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Southwest Ranch Dip

8oz cream cheese, softened
8oz sour cream
1 packet Ranch dressing mix (1oz)
1 can RoTel with green chilies, well-drained
2 Tbs cilantro
1 Tbs lime juice

Process all ingredients in food processor until smooth and well blended.
Serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips.

makes about 2 1/2 cups


1 C light corn syrup
1 C sugar
1 C creamy peanut butter
6 C Rice Krispies
6 oz butterscotch chips
6 oz chocolate chips

Bring syrup and sugar to boil.
Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter.
Pour over Rice Krispies.
Pat into greased 9X13X2.
Melt chips.
Spread over bars.

This is a favorite of Brad and I. Nelda G. used to make this when we were kids and we would eat so much we would be sick....but it's oh so worth it!

Cream Cheese Bars

1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 stick melted butter
1 egg

Mix all 3 ingredients, spread in bottom of 9X13X2

8 oz cream cheese
2 eggs
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients, pour on top.
Bake 350 for 30 min.

Should be a little "giggle" when coming out of the oven.

Spaghetti Pie

1 box angel hair pasta
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 pkg sausage
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, whipped
1 lg container cottage cheese
mozzarella cheese

Cook noodles and drain.
Cook sausage.
Mix cooked sausage and sauce.
Add whipped eggs to noodles.
Mix sausage & sauce and noodles.
Spread in 9X13X2 pan.
Add cottage cheese.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 for 20 min.

Chicken Enchiladas

5 ckn breast, cooked
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 C chopped cooked onion (sauted in butter)
1 can green chilies (4oz)
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 C milk

Chop or shred ckn; place in large bowl.
Add cream cheese, onion, green chilies, spices, milk.
Spoon into tortillas.
Place in 9X13X2

1 lb Velveeta
1 can Cream of Ckn soup
1 can green chilies
1 C milk
8 oz sour cream

Melt cheese.
Add soup & chilies.
Stir in milk & sour cream.
Pour over pan of enchiladas.

Bake 350 for 30 min.

Earthquake Cake

1 C flaked coconut
1 C chopped pecans
1 pkg german chocolate cake mix
1 stick butter
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Spread coconut on bottom of well greased pan.
Spread pecans over coconut.
Prepare cake mix as described on box.
Pour over pecans.
Mix softened butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
Drop from spoon in dollops onto top of cake batter.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 min.

Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes

night before (at least 8 hours)
2 C oats
2 C buttermilk

combine and refrigerate overnight

1/2 stick butter (room temp.)
1/2 C flour
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

mix ingredients into oats/buttermilk
pour onto griddle

makes approx. 12 pancakes

(thank you Teresa for passing this on to me!)