Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hobo Dinners


Last week, instead of cooking for five or six, I was only cooking for three. That's always weird!  But also, I had just gotten the whole, messy kitchen cleaned up a little while before, so I wasn't wanting to make a mess.  Hobo Dinners came to mind!
The kids have just begun liking cabbage! I'm SOOOOOOOO excited!!  No one else liked it, but me, so a big head of it often went to waste.  Now I can use it all up quickly!
I used a square piece of foil and a few pie tins for the hobo dinners (just used the pie tin for fun).  Each one had a slice off chunk of cabbage, a thinly sliced potato, a thinly sliced carrot, salt, pepper, onion powder, and one or two hamburger patties. (Sprinkle on more salt, pepper, and onion powder (or use real onion) on top of the meat.)
Bacon slices were placed over the top, then the dinners were sealed with the foil.  Some people add Worcestershire sauce, but I didn't want that.
Baked at 350* for 1 1/2 hours.....eaten in 30 minutes (only because it had to cool off before we could begin eating! ha ha!)....and clean up in 5 minutes or less!  Woohoo!!!
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Donuts


Last week we were on vacation. Instead of having a can of biscuits like I thought I had, we had an extra can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I decided to fry them like donuts. The results were DELICIOUS!

Put oil in medium saucepan, filling at least half way up. Heat oil to medium-medium/high (mine was too hot at first). Make a hole in the center of each cinnamon roll. Fry a few donuts at a time, turning to brown both sides. Drain on paper towels. Scrap icing into small bowl and thin it some with milk. Drizzle over the donuts. Serve warm. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cookbook is Coming!

I can't believe I forgot to announce this on the blog! We've been busy with summer and are getting the recipes complied for the publisher! We will let you know more as soon as possible! 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crafts at QMCC 2015


Coming up with crafts for a week at QMCC isn't hard, but finding some new unique ones is sometimes a challenge.  And then sometimes I provide the supplies and the campers come up with something totally unplanned! That's GREAT!
My husband's workplace had chopped down some trees.  No one realized that the insides of the trees were rotting until they came down, so a really strong wind could have toppled the trees at any moment, but much of the tree was cut into logs and for firewood and other projects. I decided to have some small logs cut into chunks to be used at craft time.  One of the campers took the inside of the log out, leaving these bark "frames".  Soon that idea caught on and others did the same! So unique!!
I also went to Lowe's and had planks of wood cut so that campers could do string art. C.J. spent several days working on his craft and will enter it in the fair!
I loved the Oklahoma that Emma and another young girls did! We made a template of the state, she nailed around the outline, and used string to fill it in. It was so cute!
Others did initials, words, shapes...anything they could think of.
Another craft project with string was using buttons and making bracelets. This one turned out really cute! The hemp string is just woven through buttons.  The anchor button is actually on top of another button.  Such a simple, but very cute and easy, project!  
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Pie


This pie was great!!  The crust was a different recipe than I usually use, and I cooked it on the wrong temperature so it was too tough, BUT my son made this crust a few weeks ago and it really is a good recipe. It was just my mistake :).

To me this is an "easy" strawberry pie to make because of the addition of the Jello.  I'll take easy when it's good! 

Strawberry Pie

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1 cup boiling water
 teaspoon strawberry extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3-ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin (perhaps you could use sugar free)
2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, whisking well. Add 1 cup boiling water and extracts. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking often.  Remove from heat. Add gelatin, stirring until smooth. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange strawberries in baked pie crust.  Pour cooled filling over strawberries coating completely.  Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can serve with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip, if desired.  

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Crockpot Mexican Chicken


This may not look appealing in the photo, but EVERYONE in the family really liked this! Usually one of us isn't too crazy about something...especially when it has cream cheese, but they non-cream-cheese-likers didn't mind it one bit!

We used corn tortillas and chips as a base for our Mexican Chicken. You could also use flour tortillas.
If you can't find a frozen Mexican corn blend, then you can add a can of black beans (drained) and a can of green chilies or even chopped bell peppers.

10 chicken breast tenderloins (some were thawed, some frozen. It worked fine, but to insure that it's not too wet, thawed would be best choice) 
2 pkgs frozen corn medley
1 can Rotel
2 tablespoons ranch dip mix
1 tablespoon taco seasoning 
1 pkg cream cheese

Place ingredients into slow cooker and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Mine cooked five. Stir to shred chicken. Serve over chips or in tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and other toppings, as desired.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies are one of my children's favorite cookies, so when we had several of their cousins over Friday night for a husband's side of the family, "Cousin's Camp", we made Monster Cookies.  And the kids were monsters, because there weren't many cookies left!  (We didn't let them over due, but there were just 11 kids here!)

Monster Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup plus, 2 tablespoons, firmly packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 1/2  cups regular oats, uncooked (I used quick oats)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 - 6 ounce package milk chocolate chips
1 cup plain M & M's

Cream butter. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, peanut butter, vanilla, and corn syrup.  Beat well. Add oats, baking soda, and salt stirring well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, about 4 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets or on parchment lined sheets.  Bake at 350 for 12 - 15 minutes.  Centers of cookies will be slightly soft.  Cool slightly on cookie sheets.  Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 2 1/2 dozen.



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