Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

A friend of mine made this cheesecake many years ago and it still remains a favorite at our house. Put some cool whip on top because it's rich!!

1-1/2 c vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 c confectionary sugar
1/3 c cocoa
1/3 c melted butter
Mix all together and pat out in a greased 9 inch spring form pan. Chill while mixing the filling.
3-8 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
14 oz. can cream of condensed milk
2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add milk, then chips, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and pour into the pan and bake at 300 for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Center will jiggle slightly. Cool for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife between crust and sides of pan. Cool for 3 hours at room temperature. Chill over night. Serve with cool whip.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cabbage Rolls

I have tried several recipes for cabbage rolls and this is the one my family likes the best. These are really good!!

2 heads cabbage
1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. sausage meat
3/4 c chopped onion
2 c cooked rice
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2-30 oz. Cans tomato sauce


Cook the hamburger, sausage and onion. Drain. Put in a bowl and add all the ingredients, except cabbage and tomato sauce. 
Cut cabbage head around the base and put in a large pot of hot water. Remove each leaf and cook until soft enough to fold. Remove to a colander.
 Take each leaf and add a scoop of meat mixture. Fold leaves over and put seam side down into a 9x13 baking dish.
Pour the sauce over the top and cover.
 Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best Fried Rice

I have tried fried rice at restaurants, but I just don't care for them. I was told that a Chinese woman said that the Americans don't make fried rice right, because we put big chunks in our rice, but real Chinese rice has every thing diced up small.

1 lb. cooked pork, I like to use Kielbasa sausage
1 cup diced carrots
2 cups diced onions
5 TBS oil
1 cup cooked peas
2 eggs, lightly beaten
few drops of soy sauce
8 cups of cooked, cold or room temperature rice ( I use my baked brown rice)
1 TBS soy sauce

Put the oil and carrots in a sauce pan and cook a couple of minutes. Add the onions and cook until clear. Add the peas and meat and heat until warm. Add the rice and stir all together.
Mix a few drops of soy sauce in the eggs. Push the rice to the side and put the eggs in the pan. Scramble up and then stir together. (Or you can scramble the eggs up before hand)
Add in 1 TBS soy sauce. Heat through and serve with the Japanese White Sauce or soy sauce.

Tips: I cook my peas and meat the day before and I also scramble my eggs before I start to cook. This way it all goes together quickly.




Japanese White Sauce

I LOVE  fried rice, but not just anyone's. I had found a great recipe online that I make and it's the best I've ever had, even better than any restaurants.  Some people like soy sauce on theirs and some like a sauce. I like soy, but for those who like a sauce, this Japanese White  Sauce gets rave reviews. We first had it at a bible camp and everyone was talking about how good it was. I made some fried rice for a party at work last week and many were asking about this sauce, because they thought it was so good.

4 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
3 TBS lemon juice
1/2 tsp. paprika

Mix all together and refrigerate.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teaching Someone to Sew Book

When my girls were younger and I taught them to sew, this little book was real handy.  This week I am teaching someone else to sew and I got this book out again. Even though all my girls are way past this stage, this is one book that I have kept because it's just so good for teaching someone. It explains all the parts to a sewing machine and how they work and the best part I like, is that there is papers you can run off with mazes on them, that they sew. You take the thread out and let them sew the papers with different designs on them. Each design is the same thing they'll be doing on fabric, like pivoting, curves, stopping and turning at points. This just makes so much sense. When I learned to sew I would get the fabric bogged down and it was aggravating. These papers that you sew,  teaches them to operate the sewing machine before they get the fabric under there. It also has some little things in there for them to make with the patterns included.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clean, Christian Movie Site

There is not much that is good on TV any more, that is, if you are a follower of Christ. Crude humor, bad scenes and cussing is all part of just about every thing on there, and if it's not in the show, it's in the commercials. I heard a preacher recently, who said so many Christians say it doesn't really bother them and how sad that is. We have gotten used to the filth that we don't see it as so any more. He said, "What if we took every single cuss word, every crude remark and bad scene from all the shows that every family watched for one week, and then showed it at church on Sunday." I'm sure we can all agree, that it would not be good. He said, "That is what  you are filling your heart with, every single day." Even though its spread out over all the shows and commercials all week long, it's getting in our heart and it IS effecting us. We don't have a TV in our home, but we do like to watch an occasional movie, but it's hard to find one that you can feel good about.  One of my daughters found  this site. You can buy them or rent them and watch on Amazon as instant play.  They are Christian movies that you can have a good conscience toward God for watching.
Mark 7:20-23 says     And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Whatever we watch, goes in our hearts and what is in our hearts, comes out of us in conversation, attitudes and actions.  If you take notice of the things you watch, see if any of these things are in it and make the choice to glorify God in what you are putting in your heart and the hearts of your family. Just like we can't eat junk food every day and have a healthy body, we can't fill our hearts with  the dirty things of this world, and expect that we can be filled with God's spirit so that he can use us for his glory.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mississippi Mud Pie

This is one of our favorite  summer desserts. It's cool,  easy to put together and it tastes SO good.

2  small packages instant chocolate pudding
9 inch pan of baked brownies
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz cool whip

1st Layer:
Mix together the first package of pudding.  Crumble the brownies up and add most of it to the pudding, reserving some for the topping.  Spread this in a 9x13 pan.
2nd Layer
Mix together the cream cheese,  sugar and 8 oz of cool whip. Spread over pudding mixture.
3rd Layer
Mix the remaining box of pudding with the remaining 4 oz of cool whip. Spread over top. Sprinkle remaining brownie pieces over top and refrigerate for one hour.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Homemade Brown/Chicken Gravy Mix

Instead of buying those instant gravy packs, mix this up and save money. It also tastes better than those packs.
I have been making this for quite a few years now. It tastes better than those packs you buy, it's just as easy to make, and it's cheaper!! I bought these little jars from Wal-Matt and made some labels to go on them. On the front I put the picture of what kind it is, as you see on the left and on the back, I put the directions.

Mix together:
1 jar of beef or chicken bouillon granules
2-1/2 cups plain flour

When you need gravy, just mix:
1/4 cup of mix
1-1/2 cups water
Mix over medium  heat  until thickened, just like you do the packages you buy.
This makes 1-1/2  cups of gravy.
Today I am linking up with Strangers & Pilgrams. To read more homemaking tips and ideas, just head over to her blog.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FINALLY, A Good Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

Vicki's Hush Puppies Recipe
I LOVE hush puppies, but I have never been able to make them as good as the ones at the seafood restaurants. Today we were going to have fish for supper, so I went online to find ANOTHER recipe to try.  I read a lot of reviews and decided to try this one.  It was SO good. I did make some changes, after reading the reviews and they were PERFECT.
2 eggs
1/2 cups  sugar
3/4  cup onion, diced
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup self rising cornmeal
1 tsp. each salt, pepper and onion powder
1/4 cup buttermilk

In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and onion. Stir in the flour, cornmeal and seasonings.
Mix in the buttermilk and drop by teaspoonful's into hot oil and fry until golden brown.


Monday, March 24, 2014

The BEST Caramel Cake

I had bought a book called, Southern Cakes a couple of years ago. I LOVE cookbooks!! Last week I got this one out and looked through it and saw this cake. I have been trying to find a good caramel cake for a couple of years. This one is IT!!  The cake will now be my go to recipe for a yellow cake. It's so moist and light and it isn't crumbly like a lot of homemade cakes.  The icing is so easy to make and it's so good!! 
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Caramel Icing
4  cups brown sugar
3/4  cup butter
10 TBS evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 and grease and flour 2 nine inch pans.
Put the butter and milk in a small pan and heat until melted. Set aside.
Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In another bowl, put the eggs and sugar and beat on high  until thick and light yellow in color. Stir in the flour mixture until the flour disappears. Add vanilla to the milk and butter mixture and then pour into cake batter. Mix well. Pour into the cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. (Trust me to take the 15 minutes or it WILL stick to the pans!) Remove from pans to wire rack.
When completely cool, make icing and spread quickly.

 To make icing:
Put the sugar, butter, vanilla and evaporated milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and adjust the heat so that the frosting boils gently. Let it cook for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it set 10 minutes. Take a wooden spoon and beat it for 2-3 minutes. Ice the cake. If it begins to get  hard and  you can't spread it easily, add a little more evaporate milk over a very low heat.  Stir to soften.
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