Search This Blog

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lemon rolls

WARNING:  These ARE SO STINKING GOOD!  OHHHH My heavens be warned if you love lemon you will not be able to keep your fingers off these. I never said they were calorie free, infact I consider these rolls dessert rolls.


24 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
Zest from 4 Whole Lemons (reserve lemons for glaze)
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 C. Butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:

2 C. Powdered Sugar
2 Tbls. melted butter
4 Lemons Juiced
Mix lemon zest with sugar. Cut rolls in half  (yes they will seem small but will fluff up yummy and perfect sized) and place in a sprayed  1/2 sheet pan with 8 rows of 6.   Drizzle melted butter over rolls. Sprinkle with lemon zest/sugar mixture, reserving 1/2 of mixture to sprinkle on just before baking. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap. Sprinkle on remaining mixture. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes. Combine glaze ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over pull-aparts when slightly warm but not completely cool.
This Recipe is from:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turkey Brine

This recipe comes from

3 cups Apple Cider
2 gallons Cold Water
4 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1-1/2 cup Kosher Salt
2 cups Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
5 whole Bay Leaves
 Peel Of Three Large 
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover. 
  2. Allow to cool completely, then pour into a large brining bag or pot. Place uncooked turkey in brine solution, then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours. 

    When ready to roast turkey, remove turkey from brine. Submerge turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside. 

    Discard brine. Remove turkey from clean water, pat dry, and cook according to your normal roasting method.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Canning Applesauce

this isn't really a recipe, but more of a reminder of how we can our 70 pints of applesauce every year.

Wash Apples and quarter them. Place apples into a  large stock pot, about 3/4 full. Boil for 15 minutes. Run cooked apples in grinder. Once it has been turned into applesauce add 2-2 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tbls cinnamon. Stir. Fill washed jars with sauce.


Bring water level in canner up most of the way on jars. Place on burner for about 13 minutes on med high. Once rattelingis heard turn down heat slightly and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 12 minutes to bring temp down. Remove lid and jars carefully, repeat.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cherry delight

2 c. Ground Grahm crackers
1/3 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Melted butter
2 Tbls. Honey

2 -8oz. Cream cheese, softened
2 c. Powdered sugar
1 c. Chopped peanuts

16. Oz. Cool whip
2 cans cherry pie filling

●Preheat oven to 375°. Mix crackers, sugar, butter, and honey and press into a 9*13 pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.
●Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and nuts til fluffy 3-5 minutes. Spread over cooled crust. Cover with cool whip than spread on cherries. Refrigerate.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Angel Bisquits

My husband and I tried perfecting biscuits for YEARS!  We finally have the perfect recipe, these are light and fluffy and we NEVER had any problems with them being dry or coming out wrong...I think they are the perfect biscuit.  We love using these for Bisquits and Gravy for sunday morning breakfasts.


5 tsp. Yeast
4 Tbls. Warm Water
5 1/2 cups flour
4 Tbls. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
6 tsp. Baking powder
2/3 c. Shortening, chilled
2 cups Buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with non stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl activate the yeast with the water, set aside. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and the shortening until it resembles  course crumbs. Add the buttermilk and activated yeast just until mixed. Poor onto a flower surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness, cut into circles. Place on the parchment paper and bake for 13 minutes.
Makes 24 bisquits

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Broccoli Salad

2 heads Of broccoli
1 lb. Bacon crumbled
2 C. Shredded chedder cheese
1 1/2 C. Mayonnaise
1/2 C sugar
2 Tbls. Vinegar

Cook bacon crumble, chop broccoli and combine with cheese into bowl. Make deessing and toss the salad til coated. Keep rrefeigerated.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Creamy Ground Beef Enchiladas

2 Pounds ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
1 7-oz. can green chilies
1 package (1.2 oz) taco seasoning
2 cans cream of chicken soup
16 oz. sour cream
3 cups cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
16 small flour tortillas
1 C. salsa

Preheat oven to 375*.  In skillet brown beef, drain off oils.  Add half the can of green chillies, salt and taco season, cook til all meat is coated.  Meanwhile combine soup, sour cream and remaining chilies.  Lay out tortillas and add equal amounts of meat onto each tortilla, and a handful of cheese per tortilla.  Place half the cream sauce into the bottom of a 9*13 pan.  Fold and place seam side down into the pan the enchiladas.  Top with remaining sauce and than layer with cheese.  Bake for 25 minutes til cheese is melted. Remove from oven and spread the salsa ontop.

Creamy Coleslaw

From Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

1 head Green or Red cabbage, sliced
1/2 Pound baby Carrots
1 C. mayonnaise
2 Tbls. vinegar
4-5 Tbls. sugar
1 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. salt

Slice cabbage place in large bowl.  In ninja shred carrots and add to cabbage.  Place remaining ingredients in the bowl and stir til combined.  Refrigerate.  Best if chilled for 2-24 hours.

Salmon Patties with honey mustard

Being from Alaska we do a lot of fishing in the summertime...We feel like were spoiled being able to pull Salmon out of the river for FREE.  because we are able to catch so many of those beauties we do a lot of canning.  On those nights when I've forgotten to pull out meat and it's 4:30pm and I realize I have nothing planned for dinner, I revert to making salmon patties quite often, my kids devour them, and they are fast!

2 pints drained salmon (we can our own)
2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 tsp. dillweed
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2-1 C. Italian bread crumbs

Honey Mustard Sauce
1/4 C. Honey
1 Tbls. mustard

Dill Mayo
1/2 C. Mayo
1 Tbls Dill

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients with hands.  Shape into 14 patties.  In a skillet heat 1/2 inch of oil til hot, place patties and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes each side.  Serve with honey mustard.


2 C. water
1 C. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C. flour
8 eggs
2 large packages of vanilla pudding prepared.

Glaze (may be halved)
8 oz. chocolate chips
6 Tbls. butter
3 C. powdered sugar
6 Tbls. hot water

Preheat oven to 400*.  In a medium saucepan combine water, butter, and salt.  Bring to boiling.  Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously, cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each one.  Place mixture in piping bag and cut the tip of bag with a 3/4 inch opening.  Pipe 24-30  strips onto sprayed cookie sheet.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Transfer to cooling rack to cool.  With a piping bag and large open tip, pipe in pudding.  Dip filled Eclairs into glaze and let cool.

Make glaze by melting chocolate and butter in microwave safe bowl til melted.  stir til smooth.  Beat in powdered sugar and hot water until smooth.

Perfectly Easy Crepe's

Crepes can seem like a daunting task, but when I make them my kids think it's their birthday or that I might be recognizing them as kings and queens for the day.  Although they seem fancy, this variety is super fast due to the fact that I use my nutri bullet to blend the ingredients, takes like 10 seconds, seriously, than I just pour from the cup I  blended it in, no mess and hardly and clean up.  Makes it so we can enjoy them all that more often!

2 eggs
1 C. Flour
3/4 C. Milk
1/2 C. water
3 Tbls. melted butter
2 Tbls Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

In large nutri-bullet cup place all ingredients and blend for 15 seconds.  Heat skillet over medium high heat (I do 2 notches above medium).  Spray skillet in between each Crepe'.  Ladle a scoop of mix into skillet turning pan to coat the bottom.  let cook for 1 minute, with spatula turn crepe over and cook for 30 second more.  slide onto plate.

We like to use a small amount of nutella with bananas or strawberries.  Whipped cream and fruit, or just a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

French Toast

Better Homes and Gardens Must have Recipe

4 eggs
1 C. milk
1 Tbls. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
9 pieces of bread

combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon with whisk.  Heat a skillet and spray with cooking spray.  quickly dip bread into mix and place on skillet.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side til done.

Coconut Raspberry Bread

Recipe comes from  My Sister in Law made this and her husband said it was so addictive he was calling it crack bread.  

For the Bread:
3 Cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. coconut milk
1 C. melted coconut oil
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. coconut extract
1 C. sweetened flake coconut
2 C. fresh raspberries

For the Glaze:
2 C. powdered Sugar
3 Tbls. coconut milk (more or less for desired consistency)
1 tsp. coconut extract

Preheat oven to 350*.  Spray 14 mega mini (7_8) mini) loaf pans with cooking spray.  In Kitchen Aid combine milk, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and coconut extract.  Add flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.  On low add coconut and raspberries.  pour into prepared pans and cook for 27 (34 for mini) minutes.  Place on cooling rack and cool, remove from pans.  While cooling make glaze.  Combine all ingredients with whisk, and drizzle over the  bread.  

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

1 12-ounce package chocolate chips
1/2 C. butter
1 8-ounce carton Sour Cream
4 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar

In microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips and butter.  Cool for a few minutes.  Add in sour cream.  Add powdered sugar beating til smooth.  Store in refrigerator.

(I have always loved this recipe for the frosting on my birthday cakes, yum!

Banana Bread

This is one of my kids favorite after school snacks,  This recipe comes out of The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

5 Ripe bananas
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 C. oil
2 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2atsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon, heaping
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 handfuls chocolate chips

Spray with cooking spay the insides of 4 mini loaf pans.  Prehead oven to 350*.  In Kitchen Aid place peeled bananas and mash, add sugar, eggs and oil til combined.  Add remaining ingredients and blend til mixed.  Separate batter into pans and bake for 35 minutes.  If using extra small mini loaf pans (this recipe makes 9) bake for only 27 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


I got this recipe from my neighbor Karen Ellis, i look forward to trying it. She says they are the best ever!
1 ½ times this recipe for a large cookie sheet.

1 cup butter, melted
4 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
3 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5-6 candy bars, chopped in fairly large pieces

Beat together sugar and butter.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.

Stir in chopped up candy bars.

Spread in greased 9 x 13 pan.  

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

If you 1 ½ times the recipe, bake at 340 for 30-40 minutes.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

6 oz strawberry jello
2 cups boiling water
2 cups salted pretzels
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
8 oz. tub coolwhip
1 lb. strawberries

*Preheat oven to 350*. combine strawberry jello with the water and stir until dissolved.  Set aside to cool to room temperature.
*Crush pretzels in a zip lock back.  in a saucepan melt butter than add 1/4 cup sugar, stir.  Mix in pretzels.  Transfer to 9*13 pan press into bottom and bake 10 minutes, than cool.
*While pretzel is cooling use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.  Fold in whipped cream.  Spread mixture over cooled pretzels and pressing all the way to the edge to create a seal.  refrigerate 30 minutes.
*Slice the strawberries and than stir them into jello.  Poor and spread jello mixture evenly over cooled cream cheese layer, and refrigerate until jello is set about 4 hours.

Chocolate Cake and Frosting

Sift Together into a large bowl:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Put in saucepan:

1 cup butter
3 Tbls. cocoa
1 cup water

cook over low heat and stir until smooth and boiling.
pout hot mixture over flour mixture.

1/2 cup. buttermilk
2 eggs
1 Tbls. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon, optional

pour into a 9*13 pan, bake for 30 minutes at 350*

Put into saucepan, stir and bring to a boil:

1/2 cup butter
3 Tbls. cocoa
3 Tbls. milk

5 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbls. vanilla

Mix.  It will be slightly runny.  Pour immediatley over hot cake.  Add nuts additionaly if desired.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Crockpot White Chili

1 pound dry white beans
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 cubes chix bouillion
1 1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tsp. Siracha
2 - 4 ounce cans greeen chilis
1/2 cup medium red salsa
2 cans whole kernal corn drained
1 Tbsp lime juice

shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
tortilla chips
Sour cream
Diced avocadoes


Add dry beans to slow cooker and fill the cooker with water...cook on high heat for 5 hours, turn off and let sit until ready to make soup.  For soup drain almost all the liquid from the beans reserving about 2 cups.

Chop raw chicken and add to pot along with onion, garlic, boullion and spices.  Cook on high for 5 hours. Turn off cooker and add cream cheese use whisk til blended. Add salsa, corn, lime, siracha and chilis. Stir and serve.

Serve with crushed chips, sour cream, montery jack cheese and diced avocado.

Lava Cake Black Bean Brownies

OK so I'm keeping this recipe on here for 1 reason, I need to tweak it.  I've made it twice like this and theres just something off about it, too oily and dense.  I love the idea of using black beans in place of flour, but the ratio is off.  Be warned these are ok, but not something I would rave about yet.  When I get around to getting this recipe right I will take this ho hum post off of the site and just leave you with a yummy almost flour less brownie.

1 cup coconut oil or  i have used vegetable
2-15 oz can black beans (with the liquid)
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
2 tablespoon corn starch

Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9*13 baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine the  oil and black beans (dont drain) in a food processor, I use a ninja blender.  Pulse until smooth.

Add sugar and choc cips and blend until smooth, might look slightly lumpy. Add remaining ingredients and blend til smooth.  Pour into pan, i usually sprinkle the top with additional choc chips and bake for 50-55 minutes, brownies will be set but not firm. Served warm they are like lava cake.