Archive for September, 2007

Cinnamon Butter

Posted on September 30, 2007. Filed under: Breakfast, Brunch |


Texas Road House is known for their delicious rolls. Here is the sweet butter to go along with them!

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 C. sweetened condensed milk (chilled)
1/2 tsp. corn syrup
3/4 to 1 tsp. cinnamon (to taste)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture is smooth. Serve with hot rolls or muffins. This may be stored in the refrigerator.

Source:  cat lover at MomsMenu

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Danielle Bean’s Royal Icing for Cookies

Posted on September 29, 2007. Filed under: Cookies |

The perfect icing for decorating cut-out cookies. It dries quickly and very hard.

2 egg whites (to avoid bacteria, I use re-constituted, dried, pasteurized egg whites)
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice (I’ve skipped this ingredient before and it worked just fine)
1/4 tsp salt

Combine egg whites, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat at high speed for several minutes, until the mixture holds soft peaks. Frost cookies and let air dry completely before packing in an airtight container.

Source:  Danielle Bean

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Hearty Alphabet Soup

Posted on September 28, 2007. Filed under: Soups |

Hearty Alphabet Soup

1/2 lb. stew meat
1 (1 lb) can stewed tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 pkg, dry onion soup mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen mixed vegetables, partially thawed
1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta

Cut beef into small bite size pieces. In a crockpot combine meat with stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and soup mix. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours. Turn to HIGH and add vegetables that have been partially thawed and the pasta. Cover and cook on HIGH 30 minutes or till vegetables are done. Makes 6 servings

Source:  cat lover at MomsMenu 

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Spicy Shredded Chicken

Posted on September 27, 2007. Filed under: Chicken, Slow-Cooker |

*Spicy Shredded Chicken
8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 5-6 breast halves)
3/4 C. enchilada sauce
1/4 to 1/2 C. salsa
2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbl. cilantro
chili powder (to taste)

Place chicken in crockpot and cover with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on Low for 8 hours. The chicken will shred on it’s own as it cooks. You might have to stir it once or twice to “break it up”. *It is only as spicy as you want it to be!

Try this chicken in a flour tortilla or on taco chips, on a salad.  For a family of six, the recipe above will stretch for 3 or 4 meals (maybe 2 dinners and 2 lunches). Have tacos for dinner, tostadas or nachos for lunch with the left overs on a salad or tucked into an enchilada casserole.


Via scmom at Bless Us O Lord

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Lizzie-boo’s Beef and Barley Soup (Slow Cooker)

Posted on September 23, 2007. Filed under: Beef, Reviewed, Slow-Cooker, Soups |

Beef and Barley Soup (Crockpot)

2 lbs. stew meat, cut into cubes

1/4 cup flour

4 Tbsp. oil

3/4 cup pearl barley (not quick barley)

3 carrots, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into half coins

1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled

1/2 tsp. dried savory, crumbled

2 cans (14 oz. each) low-sodium beef broth

Dredge the meat with flour. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Drain any remaining oil.

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours or until beef and barley are tender.

Taste for seasoning; add additional salt or thyme if you wish (but I never see the need).

Serve with crusty bread.

Note: can also be cooked on stovetop, cooking time about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. May need to add water to thin to desired consistency.

Source: Lizzie-boo at Family Corner and MomsMenu

Review:  Excellent soup.

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Mish’s Coffee Cake

Posted on September 23, 2007. Filed under: Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes |

1 package yellow cake mix
1 small instant vanillia pudding
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanillia
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts
4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix ingredients together for 6-8 minutes on at a high speed. Grease bundt pan well. Layer cake in thirds with filling each layer. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350. Cool for 5-8 minutes before removing from the pan. Drizzle with glaze if desired.

Just a note: in my oven it took a bit longer for it to cook so you will need to check to make sure it cooks all the way.

Source: Family Corner What Did You Do Frugal Today forum

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Greek Farmer’s Bread

Posted on September 10, 2007. Filed under: Bread |

16 ounces unbleached white flour
4 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
Put the flour in a bowl. Make a well in the middle. Put the yeast and the sugar in the well. Pour water over. Mix slightly. Cover and put in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Knead, adding the salt and oil, to a smooth elastic dough. Cover and put in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Knead thoroughly and place on a baking sheet. Cover and put in a warm place for 15 minutes. Put in a cold oven and turn oven on to 375F.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Let cool 20 minutes before slicing.

Source: Jealous Hands

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Amish Chicken and Noodles

Posted on September 2, 2007. Filed under: Casseroles, Chicken |

Amish Chicken Casserole

8 oz. wide egg noodles
1/2 c. butter
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced (I didn’t use these)
1/3 c. flour
2 c. chicken broth
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. cooked chicken, cut into cubes (mine was shredded)
generous pinch of rubbed sage

Cook noodles as directed on package. Melt butter and cook mushrooms in a large skillet until lightly browned. Stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, broth and seasonings; cook and stir sauce constantly until thickened.

Combined sauce, noodles and chicken. Adjust seasonings to taste. Place in a 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Source: Cook4fun at Family Corner

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