Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cheerio Blobs

1 c. corn syrup
1 c. sugar

Cook in saucepan until boiling. Then allow to boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add:

1 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over 5 c. Cheerios and mix until well coated. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to cool.

From: Good Things Utah Guest Host - Laura Powell

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fruit Pizza

Roll out a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough onto a pizza pan. Cook according to package directions. Let cool. Then top with cream cheese frosting and fruit. Let chill, cut into slices and serve.

8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

Fruit options:
Mandarin Oranges

Monday, October 27, 2008

Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 small onion, chopped
6 tblsp. butter
6 tblsp. unsifted flour
3 c. water
5 c. fresh broccoli, cut into large bite-size pieces
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 c. half & half

In a large pot, cook onion in butter until tender; stir in flour until smooth. Slowly add the water while whisking. Then add bouillon cubes, broccoli, and Worcestershire sauce. Don't worry, it will look like a lot of broccoli and not a lot of liquid. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and slowly add half & half. Then add cheese one handful at a time, stirring each addition until melted before adding the next handful. Return to the lowest heat setting possible until ready to serve, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let the soup boil once you've added the cheese, or it will curdle and separate. Serves approximately 8 people.

From: Hillary McCormack

Apple Crisp

8 medium apples (I use granny smith)
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oats
1 c. butter or margarine
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat the sides and bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with butter or margarine. Peel and core apples. Slice apples and place in coated baking dish. At this point you may want to put a few tablespoons of water (no more than 3) in the dish with the apples to keep them moist while baking. Mix the brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Mix in butter until totally incorporated and mixture is in very small "pea-size" crumbs - sometimes it is easiest to use your hands. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples in the baking dish. Bake 30-40 minutes until the apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

From: Andrea Jensen

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

YUMMY Carrot Cake

This is the best carrot cake I've EVER had! YUMMY!!!

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. oil
3 c. grated raw carrots
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Raisins (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and mix. Then add carrots and optional raisins; mix. Then add eggs one at a time, mixing in between each one. Bake in floured bundt pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Top with cream cheese frosting and chopped nuts.

3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

From: Sandra Cooley

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

4 c. chicken, cooked and shredded or cubed
2 c. celery, chopped
2 c. grapes, halved
1 c. cashews
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 c. mayo

Mix everything together and serve on croissants. YUM!!!

From: ?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Recipe Helps

Here's a very cool website that you can type in the ingredients you have and it will give you a recipe including those ingredients. I haven't tried any of these, but I just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who wants to know and try it. If you do, leave a comment and let me know how it went!


Did you know?

DID YOU KNOW? (Some of these are cooking related and some are not, but just bear with me! It's all good info!)

*Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it.

*Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

*Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

*Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

*Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

*To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

*For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

*Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

*Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

*Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

*Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

*Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

*Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

*Newspaper weeds away: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

*Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

*No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

*Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-row openings.

*Reducing Static Cling: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! .... static is gone.

*Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

*Foggy Windshield? Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

*Reopening envelope: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

*Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

*Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

*Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS: The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material . I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!

***** Learn something new everyday! *********

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spanish Rice

1 box Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn, drained

Prepare Rice-A-Roni to box instructions. And when you add the tomatoes, add a can of corn too. If you want, you can add a pound of cooked ground beef also. Yummy and easy!

From: Me

Octopus Hotdogs

Don't be freaked out by the title, it's just a fun new way to eat a hotdog!

Cut each hot dog almost in half lengthwise, leaving ¾ inch uncut at the top. Turn hot dog sideways and do the same so that there are four "legs" to the octopus. Place in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes (or until dogs are cooked). The "legs" will curl. Place on plate head up, then you can add squirts of mustard or ketchup for eyes. Use your imagination!

From: Good Things Utah

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Italian Pasta Salad

1 lb. colorful bowtie pasta
1 can olives, sliced
1 large tomato, diced
Cubed cheddar and mozzarella cheese (about the same amount as the olives and tomatoes)

Mix together and add Italian dressing. YUMMY!!! (You don't need to chill this. It can be served immediately so it's a little warm or you can chill it. Either way!)

From: Laura Dieckmann

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Citrus Grove Punch

3 c. sugar
2 c. water
6 c. orange juice, chilled
6 c. grapefruit juice, chilled
1 ½ c. limeaid, chilled (I added a little more, to taste)
1 liter ginger ale, chilled

In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; cook for 5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until cool. Combine juices and sugar mixture; mix well. Just before serving, stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice.

From: Heather White

Cheesecake Brownies

Prepare 1 package of regular fudge brownie mix according to the directions on the box. Spread brownie mix in the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. Beat together the following ingredients in a bowl until smooth:

1 package of cream cheese (room temperature)
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar

Add spoonfuls of cheesecake mixture to brownies. With a knife, make swirls in the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

From: My friend Fiddle's Recipe Blog

Monday, June 2, 2008

Chex Muddy Buddies

9 c. chex cereal
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Measure cereal into large bowl; set aside. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in bowl, uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon plastic baggie; add powdered sugar. Seal bag well; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

From: Chex Box

Classic White Sauce

1 tblsp. butter
1 tblsp. flour
1 c. milk
1/3 tsp. salt

2 tblsp. butter
2 tblsp. flour
1 c. milk
1/3 tsp. salt

2 tblsp. butter
3 1/2 tblsp. flour
1 c. milk
1/3 tsp. salt

*Add 2 c. cheese for cheese sauce.
*Add 1/2 - 1 c. vegetables for soup. (Broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, peas, etc.)

From: Paula Pack

Friday, May 30, 2008


I forget about these and don't make them very often, but they're sure good!

3 chicken breasts
2 green peppers
1 onion
1 tomato
1 packet Lawry's Fajita seasoning

Cut the chicken breasts into strips and cook in olive oil. Then remove from pan and in the same pan, cook the green peppers and onion until tender. Add the chicken back in, the seasoning packet and 1/4 c. water. Bring to boil and then turn down to low and sit for 3-5 minutes just simmering. Add the tomato slices and let it sit about 1-2 minutes. Serve a scoop of stuff in the middle of a tortilla with sour cream on the top. Roll up and enjoy! (You can use whatever seasoning you like, but we really like the Lawry's. And you can also use ground beef or steak. We just prefer chicken. You can do guacamole or salsa too. Be creative!)

From: Me

Monday, May 19, 2008

Orange Knots

12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 medium orange rind, grated
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tblsp. butter, melted
3 tblsp. orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix grated orange rind with sugar. Roll each roll into a 9-inch rope. Tie in a loose knot. Roll each knot in melted butter and then in rind/sugar mixture. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size. Remove wrap. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Brush with citrus glaze while still warm.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sherbet Surprise

1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
1/2 gallon raspberry sherbet

Soften and stir together. Add cut up bananas, fresh cut strawberries and fresh raspberries. Refreeze. Thaw a little before serving.

From: Mom


1 c. sugar
1 c. Karo syrup
2 tblsp. butter

Put in pan and bring to boil while stirring on medium heat. When first bubbles appear, take off stove and stir in 1 c. peanut butter. (Do NOT heat longer than first bubbles or they will turn out too hard.) Then add to 7 c. Rice Krispies and mix well. Pour into buttered 9x13 pan and press well. Melt 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips and 1 1/2 c. butterscotch chips together. Spread on top. Let set.
If you are like me and don't like butterscotch, just do 3 c. of chocolate chips instead. Way better in my opinion!

From: Mom

Viva La Chicken

12 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2" strips
1 roasted chicken, skinned, deboned & cubed or shredded
1 c. milk
1 onion, chopped
1 - 8 oz. green chili salsa (mild)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 lb. grated cheese

In bowl, mix soup, milk, salsa and onion together to make sauce. Grease 9x13 pan. Put 2-3 tblsp. of water on bottom of pan. Spoon 1/3 of sauce into pan and spread evenly. Add a layer of tortilla strips. Then a layer of chicken, followed by a layer of cheese. Repeat those layers again. (Sauce, tortillas, chicken, cheese.) Top with a final layer of sauce. Bake covered with tinfoil for 45 minutes at 325 degrees. Then uncover and bake for 15 minutes more.

From: Mom

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chicken Won-ton Salad

1 head lettuce (you can do a mix of romaine & iceberg or just pick one)
Slivered almonds
Green onions
Fried won-tons
Chicken (cooked, cubed and browned in soy sauce)

1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

From: Heather White

Monday, May 5, 2008

Lemon Crumb Muffins

This recipe makes a huge batch so either be prepared to share with friends and neighbors. You can also store the batter in your refrigerator so you can make fresh ones each morning. These are really good and keep really well.

6 c. flour
4 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
8 eggs
2 c. sour cream
2 c. butter, melted
3 tblsp. grated lemon peel
2 tblsp. lemon juice

3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. cold butter

1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. lemon juice

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, butter, lemon peel and juice. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins.

Yield: 40 muffins
From: Taste of Home Magazine

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

1 chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. peanut butter chips
4 ¼ c. cold milk, divided
½ c. whipping cream
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 small pkgs. Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 small carton Cool Whip
8 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 x 2” baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a heavy saucepan, combine chips, ¼ c. milk and ½ c. cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Place the remaining milk in a mixing bowl; beat in pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes. Place pudding in the fridge for 3-4 minutes to set up a bit.

To assemble, crumble half of the cake into a 4 qt. Trifle bowl or large bowl. Layer with half of the peanut butter sauce, pudding, Cool Whip and ½ of the crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; repeat layers ending with Cool Whip and remaining ½ of crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

From: Heather White

Artichoke Dip

1 (13 3/4-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts (make sure they are NOT the marinated ones.)
1 c. fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies

Combine all ingredients in baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or heat in a crock pot. Serve warm with tortilla chips or piece of French bread (I prefer it with bread!).

From: Heather White

Zella's Poppy Seed Bread

3 eggs
1 1/8 c. oil
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. milk
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. butter extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tblsp. poppy seeds

Beat eggs, oil & sugar. Add flour, salt, baking powder & milk. Then, add extracts and poppy seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in two bread pans or 3 pans for smaller loaves.

1/4 c. orange juice
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. butter, almond & vanilla extracts
Prick bread while warm and drizzle glaze over entire bread. (I double the glaze when making 3 loaves).

From: Heather White