Friday, July 6, 2018

Copycat Recipe for Thousand Island Dressing

My hubby likes Thousand Island Dressing and I like to find homemade recipes that tastes just as good, if not better. This is one of those recipes.  It's easy to make up and all the ingredients are things I have in the kitchen.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 TBS ketchup
1 TBS white vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. onion, finely diced
1/8 tsp. salt
dash pepper

Mix all together and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mason Jar Cap

My hubby is a bee keeper and he just extracted our honey last week.  We always put some jars up that are just for gift giving.  I found this cute fabric with bees on it and made some little caps for my jars. They are so cute and easy to make.

For a regular mouth jar cut a 6 inch circle.
For a wide mouth jar cut a 7 inch circle.
Sew the lace around the edge.
Using 1/8th inch wide elastic, cut a piece 8 inches long.
Starting 3/4 inch from the edge, make a stitch and then backspace to hold the elastic in place.
Change to a zig zag stitch and stretch the elastic as you sew all around the edge of the topper.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Long John Silver's Copycat Battered Chicken

I used to LOVE going to Long John Silver's for their fish because I LOVED the batter.  I haven't been in many years, but last week I saw a copycat recipe for the batter and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.  This tastes just like Long John Silver's!!  I read the reviews before trying it and made some changes according to other reviews. Here's the recipe.

1 lb. chicken or fish
3/4 cup plain flour
2 TBS cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 cup water

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the water and stir until combined.
Heat oil to 360-375.
Make sure meat is patted dry. If not, the batter won't stick.
Dip meat in batter and dry until golden brown.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Butter vs. Margarine

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easy Sausage Skillet Meal

A friend of mine gave me some old magazines and this recipe was in one of them.  This is a really good supper. All in one pan, veggies, meat and rice.  I did change some things. I didn't buy red peppers, because we have plenty of  green bell peppers in our freezer from our garden.  I also bought 2 fresh heads of broccoli instead of the frozen and I cooked some extra rice with our dinner on the weekend so that I could just stir it in, as we eat brown rice.  I also cut my sausage smaller than pictured. The whole family agreed that this is a perfect meal and one that we want to put on a regular rotation at home. It was just as good reheated the next day.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 package kielbasa or other smoked sausage, cut into small pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup bell pepper, diced
2 head broccoli, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Heat oil in pan and add crushed garlic and sausage and cook until sausage is browned.
Add pepper, onion, broccoli, chicken broth and tomato sauce and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid is absorbed.
Stir in cooked rice and add cheese. Cover and let set about 5 minutes.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Are You a Follower or Fan of Jesus?

We had gotten this book a few years ago, but one of my daughters got the CD of it.  Hubby and I are listening to this audio book on the way to work. I LOVE it!  He makes you take an honest look at your relationship with God. There are SOOOOO many people who say they love God, yet they live contrary to what his word tells them.  God gave us his word as an instruction book on how he wants us to live.  When you love someone, you want to please them. When you love someone, you don't want to do anything to knowingly hurt them. So how can so many people walk around saying they love God, yet they do things over and over and over that God hates? It's because they are a fan, not a follower.  Kyle describes a fan as someone who sits on the sidelines of a football game. They may paint their face and yell for their team, but they are not a team player. They are a fan.  Many people go to church, put some money in the plate, do some little things around the church, yet when they walk out, it's back to life as usual. Doing what THEY want. Doing what pleases THEM.  If you profess to be a Christian, if you profess to love God, get this book. Find out if you are a fan or a follower. It's so important to know. God says many will stand before him on that judgment day and he'll say, Depart from me. I never knew you. We will all stand before him one day. The most important decision you will ever make, is to make sure you are a follower, not a fan.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Carnation Chicken

This recipe has been around since at least 1964, when it was put on the label of a carnation evaporated milk can.  It's been one of Carnations most requested recipes and I know why. It's SO good. The chicken is tender and the flavor is just right. Even the ones in my family that don't like mushrooms, love this dish.
3-1/2 lbs. of chicken
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2/3 cup Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups onions, sautéed
1 can mushroom stems and pieces
dash paprika
Put butter in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and put in a preheated oven at 425, until just melted.
Dip chicken pieces in flour and put in dish.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Turn chicken over and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until brown and tender.
Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 325.
Combine Carnation milk, soup, cheese, salt and pepper.
Put the onions and mushrooms over chicken and then pour carnation mix over top.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Cover and bake 20 minutes.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Garlic Spread

I tried this recipe yesterday that I got from here,  and the whole family voted it a keeper!! It's full of flavor and perfect on French bread.  She said to use a food processor, but we just diced the garlic and mixed it with a spoon.  I didn't have fresh oregano, so I just used my dried oregano. It was perfect!

2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS basil
2 TBS oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Mix all together and spread on French loaf.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated 350 oven.
*I put it on broil for a couple of minutes to make the edges crispy.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

This was a new recipe I tried for New Years Day and everyone agreed that these were the best rolls we've ever had. They are soft and buttery. They were just as good reheated the next day.  My family loved the spread as well. They said it was like a little dessert with your meal.

2 tsp. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar

1 cup milk, 115 degrees
1-1/2 TBS butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
4 cups plain flour
1 tsp. salt
1 TBS butter, melted to brush the tops

Put  the first 3 ingredients in a  mixer bowl and let set 10 minutes to proof.
Add the milk, butter, sugar, egg and 2 cups flour. Begin kneading.
Add the salt and additional flour until a soft ball forms. Dough should come clean from the sides of  the bowl.
Cover and let rise until double, about an hour and a half.
Punch down and roll out to about half inch thick. I cut mine into squares.
Place on a greased baking sheet.
Let rise until double, about 45 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 13-17 minutes, or until golden on top.
Brush with butter and serve.

Cinnamon Honey Butter
1 stick butter
1/4 cup confectionary sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all together and spread on rolls.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

The other day someone asked me for my macaroni and cheese recipe and I told them it was on my blog. I have been making this for a few  years and I thought I had put it on here, but I had not. So now it's here. Although I don't like macaroni & cheese at all, my family loves it and they LOVE this recipe. This recipe takes a little cooking and mixing, but my family says it's worth it.
2 cups uncooked elbow noodles
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup plain flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook the noodles until done.
Meanwhile, in a  sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour. Slowly add the milk and let it come to a boil. Add the sour cream, Velveeta, parmesan, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Stir and cook until the cheese is melted.
Drain the macaroni and return it to pan and  toss with cheddar cheese.
Pour the cheese and milk mixture over noodles and mix together.
Spoon into a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.

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