Home-Style Cinnamon Rolls

A great snack anytime of the year!

A great snack anytime of the year!

What a sweet smell….

Growing up my father was a very picky eater.  When he was home are diet was made up of hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, meatloaf, roast, and very few other items.  However one thing he always loved was homemade cinnamon rolls.  Since he was a trucker, he spent most of the week gone over the road, so we could eat normal meals thankfully.  But we knew when he came home after a long week, he expected mom to have cinnamon rolls ready and waiting for him!  So most weekends we would make the most amazing cinnamon rolls ever!  Of course they were completely from scratch, and never last more than a day or two in the house.  The recipe I have taken since I have moved out and use myself quite often.  

Are they really that hard to make?

The answer is no, cinnamon rolls get a bad reputation for being extremely difficult to make.  However I have no idea where this idea come from, they are very simple and take little time.  Now they do take about an hour and half to rise, but you are not doing anything with them.  Simply allow them to rise while you go chase the toddler around or crash on the couch for a few minutes.  The best part is this recipe makes about 24 rolls, so if you don’t want that many at once, simply freeze the dough before you cook it! Pull them out later and you have a quick and super easy snack ready and waiting for you!

So now comes the question what is needed to make them?  Well nothing that isn’t in the pantry already.  This recipe makes one batch of 24 rolls.

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Package of Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-2 1/3 Cup Flour

Dough Time

So just like with most dough you are going to want to mix the yeast and warm milk together.  Allow them to sit and have a little party, the yeast is cold and needs to warm up and get all foamy, around five minutes.  Now the party is starting to die down a little so bring in the flour!  Mix only 2 cups of flour in, along with the sugar.  Melt the butter and add that to the mixture along withe the salt.  Add in the eggs, finally add enough of the remaining flour so the dough is no longer sticky!  If you have a toddler they will try and stir the dough with the spoon, have no fear it will be to hard for them to do much of anything!  But its fun to watch them try, or if they are like mine, she tries to flip the dough out of the bowl onto the flour.  

Knead the dough for about 4 minutes until its is elastically!  Yes the little hands will be in here as well, I sometimes will give her a very small portion of dough to play with.  She stays entertained and I can get the dough ready to rise.  In a greased bowl, place the dough in a ball, and cover allow to rise in a warm place until doubled.  This will take about an hour.  

While the dough is rising, go switch the laundry around, watch your favorite soap, or chase the toddler through the house, the choice is yours.  After the dough is risen you should be able to poke it and the indent of your finger should remain.  Now time for my favorite part, punching the dough down!  I feel like such a skilled ninja!  

Roll, Roll, Roll, Your Dough!

So now that you have practice your sharp ninja skills its time to roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Now if you are a cheater like me you will put down some wax paper for easy clean up.  Grease the wax paper with cooking spray, then lightly flour it, this makes sure the dough doesn’t stick.  Roll out the dough into a 12×15, shape.  The now melt 2 TBS of butter and brush the butter all over the dough.  I use a pastry brush and let my toddler handle this part, it makes her feel like an artist!  Now sprinkle sugar all over the dough!  For me the more the better, then sprinkle the cinnamon on top of that!  Be generous, after all they are called cinnamon rolls.  Roll the dough into a tight roll, starting at the top of the long edge and coming down.  So you know have a long snake!

Grease 2 9×13 pans, and cut the dough into sections about 3/4 inch thick.  Place them into the pans about 2 inches apart.  Make sure to leave plenty of room, the dough still needs to rise a second time! Place back in the warm place and allow to double again, about half an hour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until they are a beautiful golden brown color.  Allow to cool and then frost them!  Use my frosting recipe, for an extra sweet taste to them!

A great snack anytime of the year!

A great snack anytime of the year!

Home-Style Cinnamon Rolls
Yields 24
A wonderful Sunday breakfast, or snack throughout the week! They are super easy to make and will warm you from the inside out!
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. Flour 2 Cups
  2. Dry Yeast 1 Package
  3. Warm Milk 1 Cup
  4. Sugar 1/3 Cup
  5. Butter 1/3 Cup
  6. Salt 1/2 tsp
  7. Eggs 2
  8. Flour 2- 2 1/3 Cups
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Instructions
  1. Heat up the milk, do not boil it, just make sure it is nice and warm. Mix it with the dry yeast. Allow to sit for a few minutes for the yeast to warm up!
  2. Mix in the flour and sugar. Add the softened butter to the mix.
  3. Add the salt and eggs, mix thoroughly.
  4. Add enough of the remaining flour so that the dough is no longer sticky.
  5. Grease a bowl and set aside, on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 4 minutes. Place in the greased bowl and cover with a towel, allow to rise in a warm place until doubled. About 1 hour.
  6. Punch down the dough, and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Dough should measure about 12x15.
  7. Melt 2 TBS of butter and brush over the dough.
  8. Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar over the dough, then sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon as well.
  9. Roll the dough into a snake starting at the long end and rolling.
  10. Grease 2 9x13 pans, and cut the snake into 3/4 inch pieces, placing them into the pans about 2 inches apart.
  11. Allow to rise again until doubled, in a warm place.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cook all the way through. Allow to cool and use the glaze to frost them.
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Vanilla Frosting Glaze!

Vanilla Glaze Frosting

Vanilla Glaze Frosting

Simple Glaze

So this post will be short and sweet, I was writing up my beautiful cinnamon roll recipe, and I realized I had put posted my frosting for these rolls.  Now I know that is such a shame!  So here is my ever so simple glaze or frosting that I use for my cinnamon rolls.  Also I use this for some of my cakes or other yummy desserts.  This glaze works wonders, and goes with just about anything!  Bonus, if you want a chocolate glaze simply add 1 TBS of cocoa powder to the recipe to add that extra yummy chocolate flavor.  

So start with 2 Cups of powder sugar, mixed with 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 TBS of milk or water.  I prefer milk I think it works much better, but water does work.  Mix together, add more powder sugar for a thicker glaze, or more milk for a thinner one.  I really like a nice thick glaze so I always end up with way more powdered sugar than milk.  Make sure to taste it before you glaze!  And of course lick the bowl when you are done!  One batch will make enough for one batch of cinnamon rolls, or one small cake!  Feel free to experiment and try new ideas with this recipe!

A great snack anytime of the year!

A great snack anytime of the year!

Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh from the oven!

Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh from the oven!

Grandma’s Recipe!

So everyone knows that grandmas make the best chocolate chip cookies, or any cookie for that fact.  Well that rings true for my family as well, and I have stolen the recipe and am going to give it to you!  Now these are super good, and can easily be super soft and chewy or hard and crunchy!  The choice is always yours.  Chocolate Chip cookies from scratch are always way better than those bought from a store!  Bonus, your house will smell amazing!!!! I haven’t decided is my favorite part of baking the way the house smells, or actually getting to eat the final product?  Either way, both are a win in my book!  

Chewy, or Crunchy?

I had my very own chocolate chip cookie recipe from scratch when I first got married,  however I was informed by my husband, that it was not good enough.  He didn’t like it, however he enjoyed my mother’s cookies.  I told him to make his own cookies than!  Well, needless to say I had to change recipes, and he now thoroughly enjoys my homemade cookies!  But we still have the ago old question which is better chewy cookies or crunchy?  I enjoy a soft, fluffy, chewy cookie, I don’t want to crunch my food!  However, he prefers the harder ones that he can chewy on for a while.   So what do you do?  Two cookie preferences in one house, who gets to win this battle?  Well now we both do!  This cookie recipe is perfect for the different cookie choice, simple cook them a little longer for a more crunchy cookie or cook them a little less for chewy!  We both win, I bake half the batch one way and the other half the other way.  Another fight is now resolved, even though I am clearly right!

Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

So as all my recipes go, we like to keep it simple, something that can be put together in a short amount of time but still taste wonderful!  We have just that, you will need…..

  • 2 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips

So now that you have everything together, most of which is everyday essentials, we can start to bake!  Yes, that is right the time has come to make the best cookie of your life, you will thank yourself in the end, and your hips will hate you!  Sorry, I can’t please both of you, I must pick one, and for me that means the food!  

So the butter will need to be softened, so get that going while we get everything else put together.   Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Now in a medium size bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together.  Add the softened butter to the mixture along with the sugar and brown sugar.  The dough will be kinda dry looking but have no fear!  It will improve when we add the eggs in just a minute.  So add the eggs and mix well, along with the vanilla.  When everything is incorporated properly its time to use a wooden spoon to mix the chocolate chips in!  Don’t use a stand mixer because it will crush the chips and that wouldn’t be very good.

Now on a greased cookie sheet, use whatever size cookie scoop you would like and make some cookies!  Bake for about ten minutes just depends on the size of cookies that you make.  If you don’t have a cookie scoop, simple use to table spoons to get a ball of dough.  Remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.  Now you can eat them!  Make sure to soak up the fresh smell of cookies throughout the house!

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 2
Freshly baked cookies at home are the best, not only does the whole house smell wonderful but they taste amazing!
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Flour 2 1/4 Cup
  2. Baking Soda 1 tsp
  3. Salt 1 tsp
  4. Butter 1 Cup
  5. Sugar 3/4 Cup
  6. Brown Sugar 3/4 Cup
  7. Eggs 2
  8. Vanilla 1 tsp
  9. Chocolate Chips 2 Cups
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. Make sure the butter is softened, and add to the flour mixture. Along with the sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Mix in the eggs thoroughly, along with the vanilla.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the chocolate chips carefully, you don't want to crush them.
  6. Place a tablespoon of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies are golden brown, and are cook thoroughly.
  7. Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire cooling rack. Then enjoy!
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Pretzel Jello Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Summer Dishes!

Summertime is my favorite time of year, because of the fresh warm air, warm weather, and of course the food!  Cook outs are the best,  and the cool desserts made with fresh fruits are always a winner. Which is ironic since this recipe uses frozen strawberries, but hey its the thought that counts.  This recipe has been in my family for years and is at every family get together in the summer.  There is just something wonderful about it, the tartness of the strawberries, mixed with the sweet cool whip middle, and ending with the salty pretzels!  One piece was never enough, I always have to have two!  

Pretzel Salad 

So this begs the question how to make such a wonderful dish, well let me tell you it isn’t hard at all.  And this recipe makes a 9×13 pan which is always enough for a party, or your family.  However it does have to chill over night, so this one you do have to think ahead on, but put the work in now and reward yourself tomorrow.  This will be one less thing to do the day of the party, and that is always a good thing, kids screaming, hubby who knows where, and then finishing the decorating.  Yeah, you will be busy enough so take one more thing off your to do list and tackle this project the night before!  

Now what will you need you ask?  Well that  is a good question!

  • 2 2/3 Cups Crushed Pretzel
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Small Cool Whip
  • 2 Packages of strawberry jello
  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 1 16oz box frozen strawberries

Okay, now that you have taken the time to get everything together and maybe a trip to the store.  You are ready to go!  So there will be of course three layers to this amazing dessert, the pretzel crust, cool whip middle, and the strawberry top.  So first thing is first start at the bottom, the pretzel crust!

Cream 3 TBS of sugar and butter together, add the pretzel and press into a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and allow to cool.  See there is the first layer and it is already done!  Are you dead yet?  I didn’t think so, now for layer two the cool whip layer!

Let’s Get Whipping!

In a bowl mix cream cheese, 1 Cup of sugar and fold in the cool whip!  Spread over the crust.  Wow, 2/3 of the way through, see you are still breathing without a problem.  You only have one more step to do and then you are that much closer to having the perfect party dessert ready!  

In another bowl pour bowling water over jello.  Stir until melted! Add the frozen berries and stir.  When the jello has slightly thickened pour over cream cheese layer.  Chill over night!  TA DA! You are done, another dessert is ready to be put out tomorrow!  The whole process took what a total of maybe 15 minutes.  Remember simpler is almost always better.  Bonus if there are leftovers you get to eat them!  Now take a bow for all that hard work and go take a break!

Pretzel Jello Salad
Serves 24
Super quick and easy! Great summer time dessert, that has all the flavors of summer!
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Crust
  1. Crushed Pretzel 2 2/3 Cup
  2. 3 TBS Sugar
  3. 3/4 Cup Butter
Cool Whip Middle
  1. Cream Cheese 1 (8oz) Pack
  2. Sugar 1 Cup
  3. Cool Whip 1 Small bowl
Jello Topping
  1. Strawberry Jello 2 Packs
  2. Boiling Water 2 Cups
  3. Frozen Strawberries 1 (16oz) Box
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Pretzel Crust
  1. Cream 3 TBS of sugar and butter together, mix in the pretzel and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes allow to cool.
Cool Whip Middle
  1. In a mixing bowl mix cream cheese, 1 Cup of sugar together. Fold in cool whip. Spread over cooled crust.
Jello Topping
  1. In another mixing bowl, pour boiling water over jello, stir until melted.
  2. Add the frozen berries and stir, when the jello has slightly thickened pour over the cool whip middle.
  3. Chill overnight and keep stored in the fridge.
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Easy Peach Pie

Read for the oven peach pie!

Read for the oven peach pie!

My love is for the pie

So a couple of years ago I was asked to make a peach pie for a church event, I had never done this before, I mean I had made pies before but never peach.  I had always thought peach pie sounded so gross, so I had never tried it.  Well I did as I was asked, and made the pie.  I had called my aunt who I was told made a wonderful peach pie.  So I followed her recipe for the most part, without tasting it I took it to church.  I had my mother in law just start talking about how much she loved that pie, not knowing I had made it.  I said I made that one and she was surprised and thought it was so good.  So I thought I better try this, and I loved it!  I thought why haven’t I tried this before!  So after that night I am the pie person to go to for parties.  

Fresh or Canned Peaches?

Now I know there are people out there thinking can you use canned peaches?  The answer is yes of course!  Now I use my home canned peaches and it takes about 2-3 quarts at least to fill the pie.  Just drain off the juice first and then treat them like they are fresh peaches.  Just remember though they already have sugar on them so when it comes to adding sugar you might not need as much.  Fresh I think is always best, but they can be hard to find in the winter, and get kinda pricey so I normally just pull out a few cans and go about my day.  Peach pie is not hard at all, so don’t think its some major event to bake a pie.  After all the saying easy as pie had to come from somewhere!

Pie Time

So now comes the question what is needed to make these pies, will actually it is very very little.  Peaches of course if you use fresh you will need 5-6 on average, or canned is 2-3 quarts.  The pie crust, sugar, and cinnamon.  Yes that is all that is needed.  

So first start by making the bottom pie crust, you can use your favorite recipe, store bought, or my super simple and easy recipe! Once the bottom layer of crust is in and the toddler has eaten some of the dough.  You can go onto preparing the peaches, now if you are using fresh the will need to be peeled, and cut into thin slices.  Try not to eat all of them or the pie will be rather empty.  Maybe the toddler should go watch some TV while you are doing this or they will have a tummy full of peaches and your pie will be very sad looking!  Put the sliced peaches into a big mixing bowl.  Add 1/2 Cup of sugar and about 1 tsp of cinnamon to the peaches.  Make sure to gently mix it together.  If you are using canned peaches add flour to make it more of a thick gravy constancy.  Or else the juices will ruin the crust.  Taste a peach slice to see how they taste, add more sugar and cinnamon as needed.

The filling is in and it looks like a winner!

The filling is in and it looks like a winner!

Fill that Pie!

Fill your pie, yes it will seem very very full, that is okay, because the peaches will really cook down.  Add the top crust and cut small slits in the middle to allow the steam to come out! Now I am going to give away another secret, but don’t tell anyone where you heard it! On top of the crust add a small amount of milk and spread it around with your hands then sprinkle some sugar on there.  This will give your pie a nice golden looking crust, and add extra sweetness!

Bake on 375 degrees for about 30-50 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender!  The serve hot with ice cream!

Read for the oven peach pie!

Read for the oven peach pie!

Peach Pie
Yields 1
This pie is amazing, and only takes minutes to prepare! What a wonderful fall dish for any party!
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Pie Crust
  2. Peaches 5-6 Fresh or 2-3 Quarts Canned
  3. Sugar 1/2 Cup
  4. Cinnamon 1 Tsp
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees
  2. Grease a pie pan and add the bottom crust to the pan.
  3. For fresh peaches, peel and cut them into slices, place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in the sugar and cinnamon with the peaches, adjusting as needed.
  5. Put them into the pie crust and place the top crust over top.
  6. Put some small slits into the crust in order to allow the steam out.
  7. To crisp the crust, add a small amount of milk like 1-2 TBS, evenly over the crust and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 30-50 minutes at 375 degrees, until the crust is golden brown, and the peaches are tender.
Notes
  1. For canned peaches drain the juice off the peaches. Also add flour to thicken the juices that are still left on the peaches. Start with 1/8 of a cup and go from there, it should be a thick sauce.
  2. To avoid it dripping over in the oven, place a cookie sheet under the pie pan. Easier clean up!
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Simple Pie Crust from Scratch

Pie Crust

Crust or not to Crust?

Yes, I know I am full of horrible puns and jokes, but hey you keep coming back for more so they must not be that bad. 🙂 Pie crust, are nothing special but needed for so many recipes, mainly pies, but hey who doesn’t love a good pie?  I don’t know why but I have never enjoyed making a pie crust, they only take 5 minutes and taste really good, but I just don’t like it that well.  So since it is a hated part of the pie process I have this ever so simple pie crust recipe to make things even less painful for me.  

Double or Single?

Something to remember is that there are two different kinds of pie crust out there, double or single.  Now you would think that the double recipe is simple the single recipe just doubled, but you are wrong.  It isn’t and no I don’t know why, but who ever came up with the names didn’t think about that very well.  Anyways a double goes as the base of the pie, you know the part in the pan.  Where as the single goes on top of the pie, which means it is smaller.  Now some pies like pumpkin and pecan don’t use a top crust so you would simply only need the double recipe.  But I will give you both of them so that you can have them at your disopale.   The double will make enough to cover a typical 9 in pie pan, and the single will do the top as well.

For the double you will need:

  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 3 TBS Cold Water

Mix the flour and salt together, blend in the oil thoroughly.  Sprinkle with all of the water and mix together into a ball.  Place the ball between two pieces of wax paper and roll out to fit the pan.  You can place the pan over the dough to make sure it is wide enough, make sure there is extra because of the pans sides.  Remove one piece of wax paper and like a pro flip into the pie pan!  

Single Time

Now that you have the double made and in the pan, along with your pie filling you will need to put a crust on top! And the directions are the same as the double on how to mix it and roll it out.  The only difference is the ingredient amounts.  So for the single crust you will need:

  • 1 Cup Flour + 2TBS
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • 2 TBS Cold Water

Mix the same as the double crust and roll it out.  Place on top of the pie and bake accordingly.  Pie Crust are very simple to make and they don’t require any extra time and effort.  This one has no chilling in the fridge, it works great!

Pie Crust

Double Pie Crust
This pie crust recipe will make enough crust to fit a standard 9 in pie pan on the bottom, for the top crust you will need to use my single crust recipe.
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Flour 1 3/4 Cup
  2. Salt 1 tsp
  3. Oil 1/2 Cup
  4. Cold Water 3 TBS
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour and salt together, then blend in the oil.
  2. Sprinkle with the water and mix together into a ball.
  3. Roll out between two piece of wax paper to desired size, should be slightly bigger than the pie pan you are using.
  4. Remove one piece of wax paper and flip crust into pan and then remove the other piece of wax paper.
  5. Fill with pie filling.
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Single Pie Crust
This is only for the top of the pie, it is not big enough to do the bottom crust, for that you will need to make my double crust recipe.
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Flour 1 Cup + TBS
  2. Salt 1/2 tsp
  3. Oil 1/3 Cup
  4. Water 2 TBS
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour and salt together, blend in the oil.
  2. Sprinkle with the water and mix into a ball.
  3. Place the ball between two pieces of wax paper and roll out to desired size.
  4. Remove one side of the paper and flip onto the pie (that is already filled), and then remove the last piece of wax paper.
  5. Bake according to pie instructions.
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The Ultimate Meatball Recipe!

The Ultimate Meatball Recipe!

Wow, yes that is all I can say!

Wow, yes that is all I can say!

Pregnancy is a funny thing, with my first one I didn’t really like meat, and with this one all I want is meat!  So my latest craving is a meatball sub!  Yes that is right a nice juicy meatball, covered in a marinara sauce, with a layer of that amazing Swiss cheese, all inside a freshly baked bun!  Yes, I am drooling on my keyboard again, however doesn’t that sound wonderful!  The best part is that you can use meatballs for so much more than a simple sub, eat them plain with a BBQ sauce, put them in spaghetti, and so many more uses.  This beef meatball recipe, has no milk or jelly.  Which I have found surprises most people.  It does have bread crumbs but you can easily leave those out!

Meat Time

So for my ultimate meatball recipe, which I have altered from my mothers recipe, and of course made it much better!  She even agrees, 🙂 you will need a pound of hamburger!  Or in my case whatever mystery meat I pull out of my freezer.  We have deer and cow in there and some of the bags didn’t get properly marked so I have no idea which one is which.  But hey they both taste the same to me.  Also you will need bread crumbs, onion, green pepper, dried oregano, an egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

So you don’t even need that many ingredients!  So you have the onion, about half a cup, chopped up along with the green pepper, also about half a cup.  The hamburger is thawed and ready to go.  Get a big mixing bowl and get ready to get messy!  Yes you will be required in stick your hands in the meat and mix everything around, no a wooden spoon will not do the trick!  So get ready!  Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl, and stick your hands in there and squish it all around.  Doesn’t that feel funny, I love doing this.  Mix it thoroughly you don’t want to have all the onion in one ball.

It’s time to make the balls!

Now its time to form the balls!  If you are like me I make mine super big, like golf ball size or bigger.  So have either a baking sheet ready to go or the crock pot.  If you plan ahead they can cook all day in the crock pot, or bake for about an hour in the oven.  Remember the hour is for my size of meatball the smaller ones cook much quicker.  So grab a chunk of meat and roll it into a ball, (that was super hard).  Place on cookie sheet, or crock pot.  Once they are all formed and on there, cook.  For the crock pot low for about 6 hours is more than enough time.  The oven is 350 degrees for an hour for really big ones, and about 20 minutes for the small ones.  

Getting ready for the oven!

Getting ready for the oven!

Once they are done you can do whatever you please, for me I put them on my delicious sub!  But I also will add the super secret family sauce (BBQ), to them while they cook and that makes them super good, to eat as the main dish.  Remember this can be a main dish, a party dish, or a sub!  What you can do with meatballs is endless, don’t let the world tell you what you can and can’t do with meatballs!

The Ultimate Meatball
Yields 24
The ulitmate meatball, has no milk or jelly in it. It is super easy and can be used for a sub, main dish or a great party starter!
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. Ground Beef 1 Pound
  2. Egg 1
  3. Bread Crumbs 1/4 Cup
  4. Chopped Onion 1/2 Cup
  5. Chopped Green Pepper 1/2 Cup
  6. Dried Oregano 1 tsp
  7. Salt 1/2 tsp
  8. Pepper 1/2 tsp
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Instructions
  1. Put everything into a mixing bowl, use your hands and mix it together thoroughly.
  2. Grab a little more than a tablespoon of the mixture and turn it into a ball, place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 Degrees for 25 minutes, or until the middle is no longer pink.
  4. Eat as you choose, on a sub, in spaghetti, or with BBQ sauce.
Notes
  1. If you wish to do them in a crock pot simply place uncooked balls in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours, or until they are done.
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Adapted from Mother, not yours mine
Adapted from Mother, not yours mine
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Perfect Cappuccino Recipe at Home

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The best part of coffee!

The best part of coffee!

Coffee of Cappuccino?

As fall approaches my coffee level goes up, I find myself brewing more and more coffee to help keep me warm! Now don’t get me wrong a good cup of tea or hot chocolate is great, but you can’t beat coffee.  So I started my coffee journey years ago with cappuccinos!  I always wanted to be a coffee drinker ever since I was little, yes I know that is totally weird!  But for me I wanted to enjoy the taste, since I loved the smell.  So my hubby today got me to drink a cappuccino, after all he was really cute and I just couldn’t say no!  😉 And I was hooked, I started drinking them, well then I worked my way up to just plain coffee.  Now don’t get me wrong I still enjoy my plain coffee, but nothing beats the perfect cappuccino!  So my question for you is coffee or cappuccino?

Now I know you are thinking what is this post going to be about, well I will tell you several different ways to make the perfect cappuccino at home!  Now more driving the local coffee shop.  The methods range from a machine to mix, yes I cheat sometimes too!

Cappuccino Take One

So my lovely mother and father gave me way back in high school a cappuccino maker!  Now this just made my day, best present ever!  Yes I still have it and still use it on a regular basis, more through the winter but still.  Now I know you can search the world wide web to the end of the earth to find different machines, they range from what they will do, cost, and size.  Well here is the one that I have and use, now remember I have faithfully used this machine for over 6 years with no issues, bonus it is only $36.93!  Now like I said this one I have the most experience with.  I really enjoy it, plus it is small and compact!  This means it fits so nicely on the counter! Also it is a Mr. Coffee, and you can never go wrong with Mr. Coffee!

So,  now that you have selected you machine and have waited and waited to get it.  It’s time to make the perfect at home cappuccino!  So lets start by finding your favorite coffee grounds.  I personally like really cheap coffee, so I buy the ALDI brand coffee.  Now in your machine add the recommended amount that it suggest, adjust to your liking.  Put the proper amount of water in there and turn it on!  Now I really simplified the instructions for my machine so please read your book thoroughly before you just up and go with it :).  

Now while that starts to brew and make your house smell so wonderful!  Let’s get the milk ready!  So I am not gonna lie I like to add some flavor to my milk, so I take 6oz of milk and add 2oz of my favorite creamer to it!  Personally french vanilla is my taste, everyone else can keep the pumpkin spice!  

When the coffee brews to the steam line, turn the machine from brew to steam and place the cup that has the milk and creamer into the stem stick!  Allow it to warm the milk through; the bottom of the cup should be warm.  This is a good indicator that the milk is ready, or go to desired frothiness! Turn the machine back to the brew to finish brewing the coffee!  Mix the two in a large mug, yes I do mean large or you will make a mess.  And if you like it even sweeter add some good old fashion sugar to the mix!  Enjoy your perfect at home cappuccino recipe!

Cappuccino Take Two

So the first method is probably the best method to make the perfect cappuccino, however it does take the most work and you do have clean up to worry about.  So that takes me to the second method, which is slightly easier, but again slightly less authentic!  So brew your coffee a little stronger than normal, just use your normal Mr. Coffee coffee machine!  Now take the same measurements as before, for the milk and creamer and place them in a microwavable coffee cup, add the desired amount of sugar!!!!!!  Yes some days I have more sugar and creamer than coffee, but oh well it sure does taste good!  Now nuke them in the microwave for about 40 seconds, change this depending on the microwave.  Stir the milk to get the heat nice and even.  Finally add the coffee, stir and enjoy!  The clean up here is much easier and for the slow morning movers such as I, its a lot easier in the morning!

Last But not Least Method

Well this last method I do use in a pinch and in the I have to have it now, kinda day!  It is the simply tried and true method.  You can’t miss this one up, I promise!  Its buying a cappuccino mix. Yes I know that is majorly cheating, but when the kids are screaming and hubby is running late, and you need that pick me up now!  It does work.  Simply follow the instructions on the back of the can.  You just need to find the mix that you enjoy the best, and for me I always add more of the mix than it recommends because I like the stronger flavor!  But this one is the easiest but does require some experimentation to figure out just how you like it!  You can brew these with hot water or hot milk the choose is yours!  The perfect milk cappuccino!  Good Luck.

Coffee shop at home!

Coffee shop at home!

Texas Sheet Cake

Everything is bigger in Texas!

Everything is bigger in Texas!

Bigger in Texas

Now I have only been to Texas once in my life and it was to north of Dallas, so needless to say I haven’t seen much.  But they do say that everything is bigger in Texas.  And from the little I have seen I will say that is true.  So why not have a sheet cake that is bigger as well!  Now this recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember we enjoyed in at the big family get together’s because it would feed a lot of people easily.  And for us that was a good thing!  Since there was 25 of us at the time, now we are closer to I think 35, maybe?  I don’t know I am not stopping to count.  The point being this cake will go a long way!  So it makes it great for a big family or a party!

For the Cake 

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 4 TBS Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

So bring the butter, cocoa, oil and water to a boil.  Make sure to keep it hot!  In another boil mix the rest of the ingredients together in a a big bowl.  Add the boil mixture.  Put in a sheet cake pan (15 1/2 x 10 in) and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

For the Icing

  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 3 TBS Cocoa
  • 3 TBS Buttermilk
  • 1 lbs Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup nuts

Bring the butter, cocoa, and buttermilk to a boil.  Then add the one pound of powder sugar and vanilla to it.  Beat until smooth and add 1 cup of nuts.  The icing will be runny, pour over the hot cake!  Allow to cool and it is ready to serve!

Lets eat!

Lets eat!

Texas Sheet Cake
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Cake! This dessert will feed a crowd!
Cake
  1. Stick Butter 1
  2. Cocoa 4 TBS
  3. Oil 1/2 Cup
  4. Water 1 Cup
  5. Eggs 2
  6. Buttermilk 1/2 cup
  7. Flour 2 Cups
  8. Sugar 2 Cups
  9. Baking Soda 1 tsp
Icing
  1. Stick Butter 1
  2. Cocoa 3 TBS
  3. Buttermilk 6 TBS
  4. Powder Sugar 1 LBS
  5. Vanilla 1 tsp
  6. Nuts 1 Cup
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Instructions
  1. Using the cake ingredients bring to a boil the butter, cocoa, oil, and water. Make sure to keep it hot!
  2. Mix together all the other cake ingredients. Then add the boil mixture. Beat together.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees in a sheet cake pan (15 1/2 x 10 in) for 15 minutes!
  4. For the Icing bring to a boil the stick butter, cocoa, buttermilk.
  5. Once that boils add the powder sugar and vanilla.
  6. Beat until smooth then add the nuts. The icing will be runny.
  7. Spread over the hot cake. Allow to cool then serve.
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Chicken Tacos

Spice things up with a twist on Tacos!

Spice things up with a twist on Tacos! 

Mexican Style

I enjoy many different styles of foods from around the world.  Now rather if I can cook them the proper way, that is a different story.  But thankfully I do have a few recipes that wont totally shame the country they came from.  But please remember that I am American so I cook like one.  Making authentic food from other countries isn’t our strong suit.  But if you want that turkey deep fried let us know!  Anyways I enjoy tacos, we eat them probably twice a month!  So sometimes we like to change it up with a chicken taco!  Now I enjoy them much more than my hubby does, but the toddler enjoys the spice behind it.  No I don’t know where the recipe came from it is something my mom dug out of the deeps of her recipe stack a while back.  

Chicken instead of Beef

If you are like me I use a lot of beef, that could be because we have freezer in the basement full of it!  I mean my brother in law butchered his cow and put 3/4 of it in there to store.  Along with the deer from the winter we got.  So needless to say I have a big deep freezer and so much beef, so it is nice every now and then to use chicken or even pork!  And if I really want to spoil myself I will buy a piece of fish!  Yes I know how this sounds, but living on a budget means eating what we have.  So I can cook hamburger in anyway possible which is a bonus!  

Any who, lets get back to the CHICKEN!  I do enjoy my chicken, so many things you can do with it!  But chicken tacos would be at the top of the list.  Yes, I know I say that about every post, that’s because my list changes depending on my mood, which is more ADHD than my posts!  

What you will need are a few simple ingredients, and feel free to leave out what you don’t like.  

  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Chile in adodo sauce, or just use a hot spice.
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice (I use Water)
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped cilanto fresh
  • 4 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • salt and pepper

To the Stove

So now we shall head over to the stove!  Melt the butter in a large skillet, add the garlic, chipotle and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 cup cilantro.  Bring all this to a boil, add the chicken and simmer on medium low heat.  Make sure to put the lid on the pan to keep all the heat in.  Allow to simmer until the chicken is fully cooked!  Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.  It wants to be in a fort, just like the one the toddler is building right now in your living room.  So make sure not to let the chicken feel left out!  

Increase the sauce heat to medium high and cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup about 5 minutes.  Whisk in the mustard.  Using two forks shredded the chicken, or if you are like me and lazy I sometimes use the shredder on the food processor.  Does it work as well, no but when you are lazy or short on time it will work.  Just cut the chicken into slices first to keep from destroying the machine.  Now return the chicken to the skillet and the remaining cilantro and season with salt and pepper.  Toss everything together so it is coated properly!  Now serve in with whatever topping you please!

Chicken Tacos
Serves 4
A nice twist on the normal beef tacos! Change things up every now and then!
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Butter 3 TBS
  2. Minced Garlic Cloves 4
  3. Chipotle chiles in adodo sauce 2 tsp
  4. Orange juice 1/2 Cup
  5. Worcestershire Sauce 1 TBS
  6. Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves 3/4 Cup
  7. Boneless Chicken Breast 4
  8. Yellow Mustard 1 tsp
  9. Salt and Pepper
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Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet, add garlic and chipotle. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the orange juice, Worchestershire, and 1/2 Cup Cilantro. Bring this to a boil and add the chicken, allowing the simmer covered until chicken is cooked.
  3. Plate the chicken and tent it with foil.
  4. Increase the sauce heat until about 1/4 cup remains, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and whisk in the mustard. Shredded the chicken and toss into the sauce again.
  5. Add remaining cilantro and salt and pepper, coast the chicken and then serve with all the taco toppings desired!
Notes
  1. I use water instead of orange juice.
  2. Feel free to leave out anything that the family doesn't like!
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