Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quick snapshot, but OH SO GOOD!!!

This is Shredded Beef for Tacos that I've posted here in the past, but had no photo to go with it. Well, here it is finally. This is a wonderfully easy meal, which seems to be my ongoing theme these days. Just throw the meat in there frozen - it can't get any easier than that!! Let me know if you give it a try.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What fun!!!

I received a fun award this week from a Katie over at Katie's Korner. Thanks again for thinking of me!!!

The rules for this award are to simply answer the questions as I have below using only one word.

Where is your cell phone? Purse
Your hair? Chopped
Your mother? Sick
Your father? Deceased
Your favorite food? Steak
Your dream last night? Forgotten
Your favorite drink? Dr. Pepper
Your dream/goal? Mother
What room are you in? Kitchen
Your hobby? Cooking
Your fear? Sharks
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here
Where were you last night? Church
Something you aren't? Materialistic
Muffins? Orange-Cranberry
Wish list item? Trip
Where did you grow up? Brady
Last thing you did? Carpool
What are you wearing? Clothes
Your TV? Normal
Your pets? Dog
Your friends? Fun
Your life? Joyful
Your mood? Happy
Missing someone? Brother
Vehicle? Enclave
Something you're not wearing? Nailpolish
Your favorite store? Lifeway
Your favorite color? Teal
When was the last time you laughed? Today
Last time you cried? Clueless
Your best friend? Husband
One place that I go over and over? Schools
One person who emails me regularly? MIL
Favorite place to eat? Home

I have chosen to pass this award on to Kim at Stirring the Pot and Julie at The Sporadic Cook.

A true Kid-Pleaser!

Here's a picture to go with an old recipe on here. This is a fun recipe that my kids ask for all the time. It's Burger Bites! Using my MIL's recipe for burgers, we just make them smaller and serve them on Hawaiian Rolls! To make them extra fun, you have to serve them in cute little baskets with french fries or chips on the side. My kids are so crazy that they'll eat these for leftovers the next day!! ;) lol... You'll have to let me know if you ever give these a try!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

100th Anniversary Treats...

This past Sunday our church celebrated it's 100th Anniversary! It was a wonderful time of worship, food, and fun!!! Here's two recipes I took...

White Texas Sheet Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Bring butter and water to a boil. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. Pour the boiling liquid over the flour and sugar and beat well. Add the remaining ingredients and beat well. Pour into a well greased jelly roll pan. (Mine is about 12"x17") Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Cool for 20-30 minutes and spread with frosting.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Bring butter and milk to a boil. Pour over remaining ingredients, adding enough powdered sugar to achieve the consistency you want.

Crispy Butter Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix with "pudding in the mix"
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup Rice Krispies

Blend all ingredients together. Dough will be crumbly. Form into tight 1-inch balls, place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake in 350 oven for 10-12 minutes.

* My non-sweet-eater of a husband really loved this one! It sort of reminds us of the gooey butter cake! Yumm...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A HUGE hit at our house...

I just wanna give a BIG high five to Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe for the awesome Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe. It was such a big hit at my house that it will probably be on our menu rotation for quite a while! You SERIOUSLY need to give this one a try! I promise you won't be disappointed.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little oil until brown but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients (below) together and pour over chicken.

¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
½ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Bake for one hour at 325 degrees. Turn chicken every 15 minutes. If you like extra sauce, make another batch of sauce and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Stir constantly and let cook over medium heat until thickened and reduced - about 6-8 minutes.