Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Flower shaped Sugar Cookies!

Flower shaped Sugar Cookies!

Sugar cookies are perfect anytime of the year!  And with a little one running around they make a perfect craft time for a day!  My toddler loves to help cut out and decorate the super soft sugar cookies!

Cookie Time!

I could not make a sugar cookie to save my life until I found this recipe!  This has been the perfect recipe and a life savor for me.  Anytime I feel like be artsy, I simply pull out this recipe and start decorating!  Bonus it makes 3-6 dozen cookies, depending on the size!  And they freeze really well.

  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cup Self Rising Flour (I have a substitute)

So I don’t keep self rising flour on hand, but I did find this substitute that works just the same and has no negative effect on these wonderful cookies!

****Substitute each cup of self-rising flour with 1  1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 salt in a measuring cup then finish filling with all-purpose flour.  For every half a cup 1/2 cup; 3/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt, than fill with flour.*****

Mixing Time

  1. In  a large bowl cream butter and powder sugar together until light and fluffy!  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually add the flour.  Divide the dough in half and cover in the fridge for 2 hours.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll out one portion to 3/16 in thick and place cut out cookies on a ungreased cookie sheet!  Make sure to leave the dough you are not using in the fridge it will be really sticky if it gets to warm!
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 5-7 minutes, cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet!  This is very important do not skip this step!  I hate leaving things on the cookie sheet, but this is a vital step to success!  The cookies will not be golden brown, they will still be a pale color.
  4. Now either frost or add colored sprinkles!

If you have a toddler, chances are that you will not get all of them frosted before one or two magically go missing!  Or they will eat the frosting straight from the tube!  The little joys of a toddler.

Snowflake Sugar Cookie!

Snowflake Sugar Cookie!

Chinese! Sweet and Sour Chicken!

A simple Chinese recipe!

A simple Chinese recipe!

I am a huge Chinese food fan!  Like I would eat it several times a week, but my husband is more a couple times a year.  So we settle on me making it at home.  Sweet and Sour Chicken, is one my all time favorites.  So I searched on Pinterest, yes I am addicted, until I found what I was looking for.   From living in the country I was not able to run to the store to buy whatever the recipe was calling for, so I have learned to alter recipes to my liking.  I had a recipe that did not have pineapple juice in it.  Then I finally stumbled upon this little gem.  It does make a mess of your kitchen, but it is so worth it!

The Sauce

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup White Vinegar
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 Soy Sauce
  • 1 T Ketchup
  • 2 T Flour

So to make this sauce is not to hard, just takes some time.  Mix everything together over medium heat and allow to bubble to thicken.  This needs constant stirring to avoid burning.  If  you are wanting it to thicken faster simply add a little more flour.

Fried Chicken

Now while that gets cooking lets make the chicken.  Chop up some chicken breast into bit sized cubes.  I recommend half a chicken breast per person.  Make an egg wash, which is simply 2 eggs beaten together.  Have a cup of flour and some corn starch.  Mix 3 TBS of corn starch per cup of flour.  Heat a quart of oil up in a frying pan to about 350 degrees.  While the oil heats up coat the chicken in the flour mixture and then the egg wash, and now back to the flour.  When the oil is heated up, place the chicken in there to fry.  Allow to get golden brown, make sure to cut a few pieces open to ensure they are done!  Don’t forget to stir the sauce while all this is going on.

Veggies

Now while this is all going on heat up 2 TBS of oil in a medium frying pan.  And saute the veggies of your choose, I recommend onion, bell pepper, and corn.  Cook til its everything is nice and tender.

Putting it together!

I didn’t make a special section for this, but make sure to cook some rice.  I just use the simple instant 5 minute rice.  Now that everything is done and the kitchen is a mess, its time to plate it!  I recommend putting a layer of rice, the veggies, chicken, and topping with the sauce!  This is a very filling meal!  If you think its a lot to do at once, I recommend having a friend help you the first couple of times.  After a few times I promise it isn’t so bad, and you figure out a method that works for you.  Good Luck!  This does make great leftovers!

A simple Chinese recipe!

A simple Chinese recipe

 

 

Grilled Honey BBQ Chicken

Honey BBQ Chicken, ready to eat!

Honey BBQ Chicken, ready to eat!

This home-style Honey BBQ Chicken, will melt in your mouth its so good!  The bonus is how quick and easy it is.  It can be done on the grill or allowed to simmer all day in the crock pot!  Make sure to have extra napkins on hand, it might be messy, but so worth it!

Country Living

So when I first got married I was 19 and we moved to the country, which in itself was a shock to me.  I have always been a country girl at heart, but never lived 45 minutes from town!  So with the new territory came finding new meals.  I could no longer say, I don’t want to cook lets order out.  That was no longer an option.  So everyday I would look online to try and find new supper ideas that were quick and easy.  Also that had little clean up, I hate cleaning my kitchen.  Since we got married in June, that meant the grill was my new best friend.  One day I came across this little gem, no I don’t remember were I got it, sorry.  But I thought hey that sounds easy and yummy, so I gave it a go!

Honey BBQ Chicken

  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 4 Chicken breast or thighs

Here we go!  So I would start by getting the chicken thawed and ready to go.  I normally use Chicken breast because they are cheap, but it is even better with bone on chicken!  To cook the bone on chicken without burning it, I recommend baking in the oven at 350, til it is almost done.  This will give the chicken a good flavor without being chard on the grill.  But you can do it all the way through on the grill.

Freshly grilled chicken!  Ready for the sauce!

Freshly grilled chicken! Ready for the sauce!

So melt the butter on the stove, and add the chopped up onion, allow to cook the onion.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and allow to boil lightly.  Make sure to stir often, to avoid burning.  Then put the chicken on the grill and brush the sauce on.  Allow the chicken to cook, and every so often add some more sauce.  Make sure to leave some extra sauce for dipping the finished chicken in!  This meal goes great with corn on the cob!  Once the chicken is cooked allow to rest for 5 minutes to finish allow the juices to mix properly.  Then Enjoy!  That is such an easy recipe and is always a crowd winner!  The sauce can be varied to individual taste!  Sometimes I will add a touch of hot sauce to add a nice kick to it!

Bonus, do this in wings in the oven before game day!  Will be a crowd hit!

Honey BBQ Chicken, ready to eat!

Honey BBQ Chicken, ready to eat!

 

Melt in your mouth Chocolate Cake!

Slice of Cake!

Slice of Cake!

Big Family

So I came from what I thought was a big family, six of us in total.  Well then I married my husband and there are nine people, before in laws and grandchildren in his family.  So yeah, this was a bit of a shock, just so many people!  But that is okay, they are great, and I enjoy the time with them.  But with having a big family means having big family meals and get togethers.  So his youngest brother is leaving for college in a few days, and his parents came up from Texas to take him there.  Well, with all that going on at once, means family time.  So we had them all over for supper last night, and not all the family was even in town.  We had 8 adults and our toddler, at the table.  I am not used to cooking in quite the big of bulk, so I turned to the ever so easy tacos!!!  I find they feed a lot for so little.

You can’t have dinner without dessert.  So after realizing this is grocery week, and there is not a lot in the house, I found enough ingredients to put together my famous chocolate cake!  This is a melt in your mouth kinda cake!  The best part is I had leftover peanut butter filling from my cookie sandwiches last week, to use for frosting!!!  It was such a success!!  Supper was a hit and so was the dessert, win, win!

Cake Time

Now this recipe comes from the good woman over at Chickens in the road! I stumbled upon this recipe awhile back, and thought that sounds pretty easy, and it was! Since finding this recipe I never buy a chocolate cake mix ever!  I simply pull this one out and whip it up real quick!  This time I was able to make it while the toddler took a nap!  Bonus for mommy!

  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter (2 Sticks)
  • 1 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 2/3 Cup Milk

Let’s get Mixing!

So as you can see the ingredients are nothing special, most of them you should have in the pantry.  This is why it makes such a great last minute dessert, there is nothing special that you have to have!  So heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease your cake pan.  You can use whatever style you would like, I normally do a bunt pan.  In a medium bowl mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In another bowl beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

Add flour mixture and milk, beat again.  Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake: bunt pan 50 minutes, cupcakes 15-20, 9×13 30 minutes, and round cake pans 30-35 minutes.  These are approximate times so just watch it carefully.   The toothpick should come out clean.

****Do Not Open the Oven in the First 15 Minutes of Baking the Cake Will Fall!!!!*****

Take out of the oven and allow to cool!  See how easy that was, nothing hard about that one!  Plus is so amazing!

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting!

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting!

 

Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops

These is a wonderful Crock Pot Recipe!

These is a wonderful Crock Pot Recipe!

Crock Pot’s Rule!

So I am a huge Crock Pot fan, there is nothing better than putting a meal in the crock pot during the day and not worrying about it.  Here is my Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops!  How wonderful do they look!  The best part is they cook all day, so if you work, pop them in before you leave and they are done when you get home.  Serve over noodle or rice.  Or like the picture shown serve with mashed potatoes and a veggie!  Wow this is making my mouth water just thinking about this!

Let’s Get Crocking!

Yeah, yeah, I know bad pun, but hey that is what I am here for.  I like to think you cracked a little smile at that one.  So like I said there is nothing to these, your little one can even help put this one together!

  • 4 Pork chops
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Cups Mushrooms (I don’t like mushrooms, so I leave them out!)
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can Chicken Soup
  • 3/4 Cup Beef Broth

So there are a far amount of ingredients to this recipe, but I promise it will melt in your mouth like no other!  So preheat the oil in over medium heat and season the pork with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.  Brown the pork and add the broth to the pan along with the soups.  Which to release any brown bits in the pan!  This is were the good flavor is stored.  Lay onion and mushrooms in the bottom of the Crock Pot.  Top with pork and pour soup mixture over top.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until pork is tender.  Serve over rice or noodles.  Or make mashed potatoes and a veggie!  See that was such an easy meal!

These is a wonderful Crock Pot Recipe!

These is a wonderful Crock Pot Recipe!

 

Chocolate Crinkles a Dream Come True

There are not words for a properly done cookie!

There are not words for a properly done cookie!

Cookie Troubles

So these are a cookie that I grew up on, plain and simple.  My mother made chocolate crinkles often, simply because they made a lot and with teenage boys that was the key.  So when I got married I wrote down a lot of her recipes to take with me.  This being one of them, but every time I made this cookie they turned out hard as a rock, I mean you could literally use it as a hammer.  So I decided I was not meant to make this cookie.

So I wanted them one day and my sister was over, she said she would make them for me.  I thought great, she read over my recipe and laughed at me.  I couldn’t figure out why, then she told me the cookies would never turn out right, I had written down 4 cups of sugar instead of 2 Cups!  That is why they were so hard!  I fixed the recipe and now they turn out perfect every time!

Cookie Time

So like I said these make a lot of cookies like between 5-6 dozen!  So beware when you make them, they will freeze properly though so that helps.  They are not hard to make but they do require some time, with that many to bake it always takes awhile, unless you have a double oven.  In that case I am super jealous of you and wish for you to give it to me! 🙂 Oh I am just kidding, someday in my dream house, when we are super rich I will get my double oven.  Or at least that is what hubby keeps telling me.  Now lets get down to business!

  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Cups of Sugar (Don’t mess this up!)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Powder Sugar

Okay!  Who is ready to get started!   First lets mix the oil, coco, and sugar.  Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.  You can use a stand mixer on low, however I find doing it by hand works best.  Also I don’t have a hand mixer I burnt mine up trying to double a batch of cheesecake.  Now back to the cookies, add the vanilla and flour one cup at a time.Add the baking powder and salt to the mixture.

Changing the Recipe! 

Now most recipes say to chill overnight or for several hours, and I say don’t do it.  The dough is sticker if you don’t do it, however they cook better when it is fresh and warm.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Now take the powder sugar and put it in a bowl, you will use it to roll the dough in.  Drop a teaspoonful of dough into the powder sugar and roll it around!  It feels so sticky!!! Place them on a greased cookie sheet, roughly 2 inches apart, they will spread just a hair.  Bake 10-12 minutes!  Remove to cooling rack and allow the smell to fill your house!   YUM!  You can never get enough of these cookies.  Bonus, put them with some ice cream for an even sweeter treat!

And if you have a toddler make sure to watch them closely while they cool, the little hands reach up on the table to get the cookies.  No matter how much you think they are out of reach the sticky little fingers always manage to snitch one!  The powder sugar trail is a good give away.

Some much goodness in one cookie

Some much goodness in one cookie

 

Waffles Come and Get Them

Waffles

Delicious Waffles!

It’s Breakfast Time

So as many of you know I am not a morning person.  I need one of those coffee cups that says not awake til here, and the line is at the bottom.  So since I know I am a lazy morning person, I tend to make them in the evening!  Typically we eat them for supper and then use them for breakfast.  But if you are the up with the birds kinda person go for it in the morning, just don’t ask me for help!  They stay great in the fridge for up to a week, no we don’t keep them that long.  They typically are gone to fast!  But they work wonderful in the freezer as well.  Bonus!!!! Freeze them and use them for a teething baby, they can chew on it to help them feel better.  When they get a chunk off it is so soft and small they can simply eat it.  Still be smart when you allow your child to teeth on anything.

Let’s get some Waffles

They mix up in a flash!  The longest time is allowing them to cook, you will need a waffle iron!  The kind just depends on if you want round waffles or square waffles. 🙂  I have round ones!  The advantage to square is they fit in the toaster a lot better!  Keeps them crunchy.

  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 T Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Oil

It makes roughly 6 or so big waffles!  So are you ready for the instructions?  Can you handle them?  Well the truth is, just like the pancakes mix everything together.  I recommend using a whisk to get everything incorporated properly!  Take a scoop, or I use a 1 cup measuring cup and poor about 3/4 cups in the middle of the waffle iron.  Follow the proper instructions according to the waffle iron!  Top as you choose!

Waffles

Top them how you like!

Homemade Brownies that Taste Like Bakery!

brownies

Homemade brownies that taste just like the store bought!

Stop The Search!

My husband will eat almost anything, but when it comes to his sweets he is very very picky!  I don’t know how many times I have heard, my mother or grandmother make that better.  I have spent so much time perfecting and finding recipes that can beat them!  Now you are wondering why don’t I just ask them for the recipe, well getting recipes from them is like pulling teeth.  So after months of searching I finally found the ONE!  Thank you Nest Skills for this recipe! I appropriate it so much.

Brownies that are just like the store bought

So these are so simple and I haven’t found one to top them, also they can be used for so many different things.  I often turn them into buck eyed brownies, which I will be adding that recipe very shortly!  They are the perfect brownie, if you like them softer cook them a little less, and if you are more into the crunchy brownie bake a little longer!  Which makes them perfect for my family, I prefer them a little more crunchy and hubby likes them softer.  So depending on my mood I can cook them either way!  My hubby likes the homemade brownies that are from a box, which for a life long baker is an insult!  So I had to make it my mission to find a recipe that was better for him.  And guess what, I WIN!!!!  He likes mine better!!!

Major bonus you can mix the dry ingredients together and give it as a gift!  Attach a little card saying how to cook them and it makes the perfect little thank you gift.  Or simply store it on a shelf for later, making it even quicker to mix up!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×9 pan to avoid sticking!  Mix all the dry ingredients together, be careful the cocoa powder makes it very dusty!  Simply add the other ingredients into and mix well.  Bake for 20-25 minutes and make sure the toothpick comes out clean!  Remember what I said before that the making them soft or crunchy!  And of course, the toddler will lick the bowl clean.  Make sure to get the picture it is worth it!  Don’t forget to top it with powder sugar!  Oh and the toddler will get into that as well.  The memories are so worth it now!

****This recipe doubles wonderfully!!!  Put it in a 9×13 pan instead and it will bake a little longer.*****

brownies

Homemade brownies that taste just like the store bought!

Smothered Roast Sandwich!

Supper Time

This is a filling meal and a timeless classic!

Say What…..

So I know this doesn’t look very appetizing to everyone!  A smothered roast sandwich is the best way to go and here in the country this is a 5 start meal on the plate.  This is for several reasons: 1) it has gravy involved! 2) It will fill you up quickly and cheaply. 3) It feeds a lot of people easy!

Now for some people they don’t care about any of that, but trust me in the country when you find out you have all the workers, which are hungry men, are coming in for supper.  You need something that will feed a lot of people and quickly at that!  So this is the perfect meal.  The only thing that takes a while to cook is the roast, but you can have one cooked ahead of time and in the fridge ready to go.

How to cook a Roast

Now I grew up eating roast, my father didn’t like very many things, but roast was one thing he loved.  So we ate a lot of it.  Now I got kinda roasted out from that, but since we butcher our own deer we need to use everything from it.  Each yes means the roast as well.  So I am always looking for new and better ways to eat it.  And this is something my husband suggested that I do, so I threw it all together and it turned out amazing!!!

I put mine in the crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours just depending on the size.  I place 1/4 cup water in the bottom of the crock pot, along with a cut up onion.  The onion does not need to be in small pieces it is simply for flavor.  Then I season as so….

  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Now this was a small roast, so for a bigger one it might need a little seasoning.  I turned on the crock pot and walked away, in a couple of hours I tempted it to see how it was coming.  Nope, still not done so leave it alone.

Roast

Almost done, just sit back and let it smell up the house!!!

It’s Gravy Time!

So for the life of me I could not make a gravy the proper way, and then while I was resting yesterday on the couch I had Rachael Ray on, which I normally don’t watch.  But anyways she was making a gravy and for some reason it simply clicked!  I know understood everything.

So to start make the Ru, which is equal parts fat and flour.  So for my fat I used the broth from the roast for flavor reasons.  Mixed with equal amount of flour and I had the perfect Ru!  Now put it on the stove with some beef broth and milk.  I normally use half broth half milk.  You can buy the broth in a box, but unfortunately I didn’t have broth so I used just milk.  It does not taste as good, but will work.  then add salt and pepper to taste, allow the mixture to come to a slight boil, this is what will make the gravy thick!  Stir often so it does not burn.  If more beef flavor is needed add a beef flavor pack.

What’s Left

So the only items left is the toast, which I hope you can handle if not let me know!  The corn, which has instructions on the bag, or can whichever you use.  We freeze our own sweet corn every year, so we get the extra good farm flavor!!!  Lastly, the mashed potatoes, now everyone does this differently but if you are wondering how to make fresh let me tell you!  Peel and slice up some potatoes, my rule of thumb is one person if they are on the bigger side.  But you can never have to many mashed potatoes!  Put them in some water and bring to a boil, awhile to boil until they turn soft, you should be able to stick a fork in them easily.  Then drain the water off and add some milk, more if you like them really creamy, less if you like them thicker.  But it does not take a lot either way. Remember you can always add more!  Along with some salt and butter, again to your taste.  I would say a pinch of salt and maybe 1 TBS of butter.

Sandwich Time

Okay, now that everything is made its the easy part!  Making the sandwich, oh by the way cut the roast into thin slices for the sandwich!  Put down a piece of toast, then roast, mashed potatoes, corn, and top with the gravy!  Now its time to enjoy!!!  Let me know what you think!

Supper Time

This is a filling meal and a timeless classic!

Chocolate Frosting/ Glaze!

Long Story Short

So as I had mention in an early post that I had made some donuts.  Well you can’t have donuts without frosting!  So I didn’t have any chocolate chips to make the normal chocolate frosting, my hubby has decided to eat all of them.  So now what, I started looking through the internet for the answer.  And all the recipes have either something with coconut, which I don’t keep on hand.  Or another unknown ingredient that I have never heard of.  As my mother says it I live in Hickville!  The town is rather small and we don’t get very many unique ingredients down here.  So I finally found one that has coco powder and normal everyday items in it!!  A simple coco powder chocolate glaze!  So I felt the need to share!

Recipe

Remember keep it simple!  So that is just what I did, I found the recipe on at epicurious.com which I have used several times for different recipes.

  • 1 1/2 cups Powder Sugar
  • 4 TBS Coco Powder
  • 2 TBS Milk (Water will Work)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Mix everything together until it is the thickness you desire.  For a cake glaze I recommend a slightly thinner version and for the doughnuts I recommend a slightly thicker one!

How to thicken is simple add more powder sugar, but remember a little goes a long ways.  And to thin to do the opposite add more milk or water.

donuts

A Perfect looking donuts! With a beautiful chocolate frosting.

Look at that pretty coco powder chocolate glaze!  Don’t forget to check out my new doughnut recipe as well!!!  You have to have something to glaze!