Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Best Cinnamon Rolls


 I have tried a lot of cinnamon roll recipes, but we like this one the best. I can't imagine it getting any better than this. I got the recipe and picture from here. If you want to see a detailed post on each step for how to make these rolls, just go to the link and she shows you in detail how to make these.  I don't put mine on parchment paper and they come out of the pan just fine.  I also don't mix the egg, oil and buttermilk separately. I just put it all in the bowl and add the flour last and mine rise and bake up beautifully.  I also don't have fresh lemon juice so I just used my lemon juice in the bottle and I also added more cream cheese and a little more sugar to my icing, after reading that a true cinnabon has equal amounts of butter and cream cheese.

3/4 cup water, 115 degrees

2-1/4 tsp. yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 egg

1/3 cup oil

1 tsp. salt

4-1/2 cups plain flour


Mix the yeast and water and let set 5 minutes.

Add the sugar, buttermilk, egg and oil. Mix together.

Add the salt and then half the flour. Add additional flour 1/4 cup at a time until  the dough leaves the edges of the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and let rise until double, about an hour and a half.



1/2 cup soft butter

1-1/4 cups brown sugar

2-1/2 TBS cinnamon

2 TBS cornstarch

Roll the dough out on the counter to a thin rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough and then sprinkle with mixture.  Roll up tightly.  Using dental floss, cut every 2 inches and place in a greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and let rise 1-1/2 hours or until edges almost touch.

Bake for  about 17 minutes at 350, or until the top starts to brown.



4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 TBS corn syrup

1-1/2 cups confectionary sugar

Mix together and spread a thin layer on rolls, fresh out of the oven. Wait about 5 minutes and spread the rest.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

This is now my new favorite soup. I love stuffed bell peppers, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. We  all voted it to be a keeper.  I started out with this recipe, but changed it up just a bit. It says to cook it in a crock pot, but we just cooked it like a normal soup on top of the stove.  I added garlic cloves and  sausage to it. We thought it was perfect!
1/2 lb. hamburger
1/2 lb. sausage
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups diced bell pepper
3 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 cup cooked rice

Brown your beef and sausage with the onion. Drain and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it simmer for one hour. This is good served with cornbread.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mexican Cornbread

Someone told me about Mexican Cornbread and how good it was so I decided to give it a try. After doing some searching and reading comments, I started with the basic recipe from here and did some adding to that others said was good additions. The original  recipe makes a 9x13 but I cut it in half to make an 8 inch skillet. The changes I made to this recipe is that I added jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and minced onions.  This was a big hit at our house. If you want it hotter, just add more jalapenos.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 of 15 oz can cream corn
1-1/2 oz. chopped green chili peppers, drained
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. jalapeno, with seeds, diced
2 TBS minced onions
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 300. Grease an 8 inch pan or cast iron skillet.

Beat the butter and sugar together.

Add eggs.

Blend in corn, chilies, cheeses, jalapeno, onion.

Add cornmeal and flour, salt and baking powder.

Pour into pan and bake one hour or until done.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Banana Pudding

I made this banana pudding this past weekend and everyone said it's the best they've ever had. I don't like banana pudding, so I'm trusting their opinions.  I got this picture and recipe from here.   I didn't change a thing about the recipe.

8oz block cream cheese
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups milk
5 oz box instant vanilla pudding
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz cool whip
box vanilla wafers
4 bananas

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Add both milks, the pudding and vanilla.
Fold in half of the cool whip.
In a 9x13 pan, cover the bottom with vanilla wafers.
Slice bananas and cover the wafers with them.
Spoon the pudding mixture over top.
Spread the rest of the cool whip over top and chill.
Optional: You can crush some wafers and sprinkle on top.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

I have tried several different sloppy joe recipes and this one is the best. My search is over. I can't imagine what would make them taste any better.  It's just the perfect blend. This is another recipe from Ree Drummond. Her recipe was for 2-1/2 lbs of hamburger, but I buy mine in 1-1/2 lb packs so I wrote this recipe to those measurements.

1-1/2 lbs hamburger

1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

1/3 cup onion, diced

1 cup ketchup

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 TBS brown sugar

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. mustard

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook the hamburger, onion and bell pepper. Drain.

Add remaining ingredients and let simmer 20 minutes.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Great Purse Organizer

I  was complaining to someone one day about my purse and how it was driving me crazy. I love being organized and having my stuff all in the bottom of my purse and having to fumble around to find it, drove me crazy.  My friend told me there was this purse organizer on QVC and I should take a look at it. I did and I bought it. I am not disappointed. I LOVE this thing. It has so many pockets and not only that, but the pockets on the outside of your purse or even the inside of the purse around this insert, are extra space. Every thing has a place now in my purse. No more fumbling around for it.  You can lift this out and put it in another purse and you are ready to go. There is a short video on this site if you want to see how it works. There are several colors you can order as well. It has a zipper so you can also use this for travel or organizing your drawers. It costs $22 plus $3 shipping. It's well worth the price!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roasted Tomatoes

I tried this recipe last night and it was very good. They are so easy to cook and full of flavor. In just 10 minutes you can prepare, cook and have them on the table.

Cut tomatoes in half horizontally.
Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, minced garlic and parmesan cheese.
Put under broiler for 8 minutes.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cabbage Kielbasa Skillet Dinner

 This is a favorite meal around here. It's simple to cook and very flavorful. Don't leave the bell pepper out. It really adds some flavor to it.

1 c chopped onion

1 c chopped  bell pepper

2 tsp. butter

1 lb. kielbasa

6 c chopped cabbage

1/2 c chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste


Sauté the onion and bell pepper in butter  until tender.

Add sausage and cook until browned.

Add cabbage, broth, salt and pepper.

Cover and cook 8 minutes or until cabbage is tender.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Page Up Gadget

I LOVE these things. You can put one page or many pages in them and it holds them up for you. It's just like when you hold papers in your hand to read, it's slightly curved so it holds them just right. This does not take up much space at all on your desk. There are different designs. Some have objects in them like a fish or shells, some have sports things on them, or the plain ones as seen in the picture. You can buy them here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hamburger Cooking Tool

One of my daughters bought this for me for my birthday and I LOVE it. She had someone who cooks a lot highly recommend this, so she thought I would like it too, since I love to cook as well. When you are cooking hamburger or sausage, this makes it so easy. Instead of using a spoon, where you only have the one, curved edge, you have 5 of them at one time chopping it up. You can buy expensive ones online, but Wal-Mart has them in the kitchen tools department for just $3.97. I also saw some over by the Hamburger Helper in the grocery side.
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