Wednesday, April 30, 2008


If you love something, set it free;

if it comes back it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was.

I'M BACK, with APPLE PIE as a peace offering.

SORRY for my absence, it won't happen again!



2 plum tomatoes chopped
1T. fresh snipped oregano
1 avocado peeled and chopped
1T. olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1T red or white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic minced
4o. feta cheese, coarse crumble
1 T. fresh snipped parsley
Pita or Tortilla chips

In a medium bowl combine tomatoes,avocado, onion. garlic, parsley oregano, oil and vinegar. Stir gently to mix. Gently stir in feta cheese. Cover and chill for 2 hours or up to 6. Makes 12 1/4 cup servings.
Haven't tried it myself, just thought it looked good! :)
perfect for a summer BBQ

Spinach Dip

(sister Hiers shared this with me)
SO good! I do have the Olive Garden dip recipe but I think I like this one BETTER!

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach (heat and drain)
14 oz. can artichoke hearts - chopped fine
1/4 c. mayo
1/4 c. sour cream
8oz. cream cheese softened
1/3 c. parmesan cheese (grated)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper

mix and heat to serve with pita chips


I hesitate posting this because there isn't an actual recipe. BUT, it's on our menu for the week and it's good. SO, i'll share.
Make rice. I prefer basmati but you can do whatever your family likes.
Put rice on the plate then top with La Choy crunchy noodles.
THEN top with chicken sauce (can of cream of chicken. cooked chicken shredded. thinned with milk. heated in a sauce pan)
After you top rice and noodles with chicken sauce, top it with................
mandarin oranges
sunflower seeds
Pretty much whatever sounds good to YOU!
Hope this recipe makes sense. It's really very simple! give it a try

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 small can Mountain Dew
Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.
I took this from my friend Emily. She says they're YUMMY. I have the supplies and plan to make them this weekend. I thought they looked SCRUMPTIOUS!


Slow Cooker Chicken

This is the EASIEST way to cook chicken, and the result is very tender and delicious.


1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika


Wad three pieces of aluminum foil into 3 to 4 inch balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crumbled aluminum foil. Set the slow cooker to High for 1 hour, then turn down to Low for about 8 to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
Bon Bon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Easy Black Forest Cake

Easy Black Forest Cake

Unsweetened cocoa

1 (18.25-oz.) package devil's food cake mix

1 (3.4-oz.) package chocolate instant pudding mix

3 large eggs

1 1/4 cups milk

1 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 (1.55-oz.) milk chocolate bars, chopped

1 (24.3-oz.) container ready-to-eat cheesecake filling, divided

1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling, divided

2 (16-oz.) cans chocolate fudge frosting

chocolate covered cherries, halved (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, and dust with cocoa. Set aside.
2. Beat cake mix and next 7 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in chopped chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake at 350° for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and chill cake layers at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
4. Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread one-third of cheesecake filling over cake; top with one-third of cherry pie filling. Repeat procedure twice with remaining cheesecake filling and cherry filling. Place final cake layer on top of cake; cut side down. Spread chocolate fudge frosting on top and sides of cake. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator.
(instead of cream cheese filling, I use whipped (heavy) cream)
Bon Bon

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

(Rachael, this is what I was going to serve you for breakfast on Saturday...mmmm...)

Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
1/2 t. cinnamon
8 slices bread
3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 eggs, beaten
2 T. milk
4 T. butter, optional
2 T. powdered sugar, sifted In a small bowl

combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon; mix until smooth. Spread one side of each slice of bread evenly with the cream cheese mixture. On the cream cheese side of four slices of bread, layer with some sliced strawberries evenly over the surface of each slice. Top each slice with a remaining slice of bread, pressing the cream cheese side down onto the strawberries. Press together gently to seal berries inside sandwich.In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs and milk; mix well and set aside.Preheat oven to 200°F. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and place in oven. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray or melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Dip strawberry sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to soak each side. Place soaked sandwich in the hot skillet and cook on each side until browned. Remove sandwich from skillet and place on baking sheet in warm oven and repeat until all sandwiches are cooked.Just before serving, cut each sandwich diagonally; top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Serve with Warm Strawberry Syrup (see recipe below) or maple syrup. Serves four.
Warm Strawberry Syrup
1/2 C. maple syrup
2 T. orange juice
3/4 C. pureed strawberries
In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, orange juice and pureed strawberries. Heat mixture over medium heat for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring frequently. Serve while warm.Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Bon Bon

To DIE for Vanilla Cake

To Die For Vanilla Cake

1 box white cake mix1 (3 oz.)

box instant vanilla pudding

2 c. sour cream

5 eggs

1 c. melted butter

1 t. vanilla

2 c. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F.In a large bowl, beat first 6 ingredients until well blended. Mixture will be thick. Stir in white chocolate chips. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake at 350° F. for 55 - 60 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with a glaze.

Cheese Enchilada Stack

Cheese Enchilada Stack

12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters

12 ounces sharp chedder cheese, grated

1 (150z) can enchilada sauce

1 (4oz) can green chilies

1 can black beans

1 bag frozen corn


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray square 8x8 baking pan. Line pan with layer of corn tortillas. Top with 1/3 sauce, cheese, chilies, black beans and corn. Repeat three or so times. Bake until bubbly.


Texan's King Ranch Chicken

Texan's King Ranch Chicken


6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken
8 ounces sour cream

1 cup medium heat salsa

5 ounces heavy cream
1 lb shredded colby - monterey jack cheese
, divided
1 (5 ounce) can sliced black olives
1 (12 ounce) bag tortilla chips


1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

2. Take 1/2 the bag of chips and layer them on the bottom of a greased 13" x 9" x 2" casserole dish. Then place shredded chicken atop the layer of chips. Layer half of the cheese on top of the chicken.

3. In a separate bowl, prepare sauce. Combine salsa, sour cream, cream of chicken, evaporated milk (or heavy cream), and olives and mix well. Pour over casserole, then add the remaining cheese on top. Cook for 1 hour, or until the top is brown and bubbly. Check it when there is about 15 minutes left--you may want to cover with foil for remainder of cook time.
Bon Bon

Monday, April 21, 2008

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
a.k.a. Texas Sheet Cake or Mormon Brownies
(It's another pot-luck crowd pleaser!)

(I got this recipe from my dear friend Joni about 8 years ago. Thanks for sharing!)

In mixing bowl sift together:
2 cups flour
3 1/2 Tbsp. baking cocoa
2 cups sugar

In saucepan melt together:
1 stick butter
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup oil

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add:
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 10x15 1/2 baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Frost while still warm with following recipe:

Frosting: (make while cake is baking)
In saucepan over medium heat, mix and boil for one minute:
1 stick butter
6 Tbsp. buttermilk
3 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa

Cool to room temp. and add:
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat until smooth and pour over cake.

Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
1 cup diced celery
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 can condensed tomato soup
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. pepper

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet. Drain. Add remaining ingredients, stir thoroughly, cover and simmer 1 hour. OR (my preferred method) After cooking the meat, dump everything in a crockpot and leave it on low all day. Sometimes it turns out a little watery--I just stir in a little flour to thicken it up before serving on hamburger buns and topping with shredded cheddar or a slice of american cheese. I know it's a lot of ingredients, but don't worry--it's super easy and pretty popular at potlucks!


Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls

Made fresh this morning...can you smell 'em?We like LOTS of frosting - you don't have to put this much on...YUM!
Warning: they are OOEY-GOOEY and oh so CHEWY!!!
1/2 c warm water
1 T yeast
1 T sugar
Let the yeast rise in the water and sugar for about 10 minutes.
1 t salt
1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c oil
3 c flour (or so)
Mix in mixer until dough is not too sticky to handle. Knead for about 4 minutes and let rise for a couple of hours. (I usually place in a bowl, cover with saran wrap and an elastic and let it rise in my fridge overnight. If you do this you need to take it out a couple hours before you roll them out) Roll out the dough and spread with a genereous amount of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up and slice. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let it rise for another 30 min - to an hour. Bake at 375 for 25-30 min. Frost with frosting.
3 c powdered sugar
1 stick butter
1 T vanilla
5 T heavy cream
I know they seem time consuming...but really, they are worth it! I like to do these on a Saturday or non-school day.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chicken Cordon Bleu


1/4 cup chicken broth
5 teaspoons butter, melted
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 thin slices ham
4 slices of swiss cheese


Preheat oven to 350°. Place broth in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at high 15 seconds or until warm. Stir in butter and garlic. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and paprika in a medium shallow bowl; set aside.

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and pound each to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt, oregano, and pepper. Top each breast half with 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of swiss cheese. Roll up each breast half jelly-roll fashion. Dip each roll in chicken broth mixture; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place rolls, seam side down, in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour remaining broth mixture over chicken.

Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until juices run clear and tops are golden.

Family Favorite - YUM! Bon Bon

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Strawberry season is almost upon us, can you believe it? Here is a yummy smoothie after coming home with those fresh, juicy strawberries. It's DELISH!

Strawberry Agua Fresca
blend water, fresh strawberries, lime juice and a little sugar.
4 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
6 cups hulled strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Bon Bon

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bowties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

1 (12 ounce) package bow tie pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage it is evenly browned. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, cream, and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir cooked pasta into sauce, and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.
Bon Bon

fiesta chicken update

i made Bon Bons fiesta chicken last night...DELICIOUS!
i highly recommend it!
one question...with the can of corn and beans, was I supposed to drain them or throw it all in?
either way, it's enjoyable!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad
grilled chicken strips
sliced red onion
romaine lettuce
feta cheese
black olives
Greek Salad dressing
Serve with pita wedges.
Bon Bon

Sunday, April 13, 2008


this might be a Utah thing, it might be an acquired taste. perhaps it's just a childhood memory.
Whatever it is, I like it. SO, give it a try....I know it sounds scary but it's good, I promise!

1 cup crushed pretzels

3 T. sugar

1/2 c. butter soft-melty

pat into 9X13 glass pan

bake 350 for 10 minutes


8oz. cream cheese

1 c. sugar

mix until soft

fold in 8oz. cool whip


Drain large can of crushed pineapple (save juice)

put on top of cream cheese layer


6oz. raspberry jello (big box)

2 c. HOT water

pineapple juice plus enough water to = 1 1/4 c.

pour into jello

put in bowl in fridge to set a little


pour on top of crushed pineapple and refrigerate



here is the recipe for the school-lunch

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs

Mix together

2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Blend with creamed mixture

Spread on large cookie sheet

Bake 375 for 15 minutes cool slightly

Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over cookie

1 square of butter melted
4 T. baking cocoa
3 1/2 T. of powdered sugar
6 T. milk
dash of salt

Blend together spread on cookie
(or buy chocolate frosting)

T. Scrumptious

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tried and True!

Broccoli and Tomato White Pizza
This was our dinner tonight. It was YUMMY!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

easy SALSA

i have had this salsa recipe for years. I think it's from Dawn
2 cans plain stewed tomato's (10oz.)
blend with 1 small can diced green chili's and 1 small onion.
then add 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 T. dried parsley

(you can add tomatoes AFTER blending if you want it with more chunks) I do half and half.

it's super easy and quite tasty. FYI, it's always better the second day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Broccoli and Tomato White Pizza

My kids get tired of the traditional red sauce pizza so we often make this pizza and everyone loves it! (I'll throw spinach and feta cheese on there sometimes as well)

pizza crust
2 sliced roma tomatoes
1 stalk of finely chopped broccoli
1 8oz. bag mozzarella cheese
freshly grated parmasean cheese
olive oil
Spread dough for pizza crust (I make my own but you can buy it too). Brush olive oil over the top and spread a thin layer of moz cheese. Layer tomatoes, broccoli and the rest of the moz. cheese. Sprinkle with parmasean cheese and bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes or so.
Pizza crust:
1 T yeast
1 c warm water
2 t sugar
2 T oil
1 t salt
2-3 c flour

Monday, April 7, 2008

Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

Is there ANYTHING better than chocolate and peanutbutter?


1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
1-3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips, divided


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Stir together butter and sugar in large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat with spoon or whisk until well blended. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture, stirring until well blended. Reserve 1/2 cup peanut butter chips for glaze; stir remaining chips into batter. Spread batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. prepare PEANUT BUTTER CHIP GLAZE; drizzle over brownies. Let stand until glaze is set. Cut into squares. About 32 brownies.


1. Combine 1/2 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips (reserved from brownies), 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and 2 tablespoons milk in small microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 45 seconds; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Gradually add 1/4 cup powdered sugar, beating with whisk until smooth. About 1/2 cup glaze.

Bon Bon


i stole (with permission) this recipe from my friend Becky. She use to make these for us when we were neighbors and they are DELICIOUS!!!

1 container cool whip strawberries (for garnish)
1 package (15 oz.) brownie mix
chocolate shavings (for garnish)
3 medium bananas
orange zest curls (for garnish)
1 ¼ cups cold milk
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Bake according to package directions
(to make these individual desserts, I baked portions of batter in ~1c. ramekins).
Cool completely. Slice bananas 1/8-1/4 inch thick and place in a single layer on top of brownie. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 ¼ c up milk with pudding mix until mixture just begins to thicken. Gently fold in 2 ½ cups of the cool whip. Garnish with grated chocolate, fanned strawberries and orange zest curls.Enjoy!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

dEsSert piZzA

sugar cookie dough, store bought or homemade
8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
fruit slices (whatever you like. i use kiwi, pineapple and berries)
greased cookie sheet or pizza pan

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
press the dough out into a large thin circle.
Bake it for about 8 minutes.
mix together the sugar, vanilla, and softened cream cheese until it is smooth.
spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust.
Now, put the fruit on top in any design that you want.

This is a delicious little summer dessert!!!



Combine- 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup shortening and 3 ripe banana's. Beat with mixer until well blended. Add 2 eggs. Beat 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup cold water. Then add 2 1/2cups flour, 1tsp. soda, 1 tsp. salt. Beat 2 minutes--pour into 2 greased loaf pans.

Bake 350 for 45 minutes

Truly S.

Chocolate, Strawberry Panini

Dessert Sandwiches anyone???
( I'm into sandwiches lately...)

1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
12 slices store bought pound cake (approx. 1/2 in. thick)
6-8 fresh strawberries thinly sliced*
Butter flavored cooking spray

1.) Heat panini grill or Foreman grill
2.) Spread Nutella over one side of the pound cake slices. Arrange the strawberries over 6 of the slices. Cover the remaining cake slices chocolate side down.
3.) Place the sandwiches on the cooking surface and grill for about 2 minutes or until golden brown grill marks appear on both sides. Cut in half to serve.
*bananas would also be screaming with the strawberries or without!

Bon Bon

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Yummy Fruit Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

(2) 7 oz. jars marshmallow fluff

Beat cream cheese in mixing bowl until creamy. Add fluff and mix until smooth! Yummy with all kinds of fruit!

Montana Panini

1/4 cup ranch
1 small avocado pitted, peeled, and mashed
12 slices sourdough bread, 1/2 inch thick
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3/4 lb thinly sliced cooked turkey (from deli)
12 slices turkey bacon, crisply cooked and broken in half
(I used regular bacon)
1 large tomato, sliced
6 slices Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese

1. In small bowl, mix ranch and avocado.
2. Spread 1 side of each bread slice with butter. On work surface, place 6 bread slices butter sides down; top with turkey, bacon, tomato, cheese and dressing mixture. Top with remaining bread slices, butter sides up.
3. In 12-inch skillet, place sandwiches. Cover and cook over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until bread is crisp and cheese is melted.
MMMMM......Bon Bon

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fiesta Chicken

This is SUPER easy and really yummy.
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans black beans
2 cans corn
1 can salsa
mexican cheese
sour cream
Place chicken in a 9x13 pan and cover with beans, corn and salsa. Bake in oven at 375 for close to an hour. (I check chicken by cutting into one) Sprinkle with cheese over the top and bake for another 15 minutes or so. Serve with sour cream on top. YUM! Bon Bon

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Perfect MOIST Chocolate Cake

2 c flour

2 c sugar

3/4 c Hershey's Cocoa

2 t baking soda

2 eggs

1 t salt

1 c buttermilk

1 c oil

1 1/2 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees, grease two round cake pans, place all ingredients into a bowl, mix at medium speed until well blended, pour into pans, bake for 40 min or so, test with toothpick, allow to cool, frost with yummy frosting to follow.

Chocolate Frosting

2 3/4 c powdered sugar

6 T cocoa powder

6 T butter

5 T heavy cream

1 T vanilla

YUMMY in my TUMMY -- Bon Bon


TRULY WICKED good friend (and chef)!
(This is what Truly looks like after she's tried one of my recipes!)
Many happy returns of the day!
Love, GG

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sausage and Egg Casserole

I dedicate this recipe to GG and all the fun memories making this dish...It's FUNNER together, right GG?

6 slices bread, cubed
1 pound sausage, browned, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
8 each eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon, salt
pepper to taste
Cube bread and place evenly in greased 9x13 pan or baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with sausage and cheese. Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over ingredients in pan. May cover and chill overnight. (if left overnight, remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before baking). Bake 45 minutes at 325 degrees or until set. Cut into squares to serve. Serves8 to 10