Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blueberry Biscuit Bites

I found a similar recipe on the internet and changed it to suite our tastes. I love how these turned out! So moist and flaky, the blueberries are sweet and juicy. I like to drizzle a powdered sugar glaze over them for a special touch.-Sarah

2 cups flour
3 T. sugar
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cream of tarter
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup cold butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 t. vanilla
1 cup blueberries

  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. 
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla stirring until just mixed, fold in blueberries.
  • Scoop up a small amount of dough and roll into a ball. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees about 10 minutes.

Oreo Cupcakes

These were a hit when I made them recently! They are really yummy and really easy to make.-Sarah

1 box chocolate cake mix + ingredients to make cake mix
1 bag Oreos
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

  • Make cake mix according to directions. Place 1 whole Oreo on bottom of each lined cupcake cup.
  • Take half of remaining Oreo's and roughly chop, fold into cake batter. Spoon batter into cupcake liners. 
  • Bake about 15 minutes.
  • Beat butter and cream cheese until well mixed. Add vanilla and powdered sugar until fluffy. 
  • Place remaining Oreo's into a food processor and process until fine crumbs. Fold into frosting.

Whipped Vanilla Frosting

I have always wanted a really delicious creamy white frosting that I could count on when needed. This recipe was a great find. It went perfectly on the white cake I made, and I can't wait to use it again I found this recipe on kitchensimplicity.-Sarah

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. milk
1 t. vanilla

  • Beat butter until pale and creamy, about 6 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and beat about 6 more minutes.

White Cake

I found this recipe on allrecipes when I was looking for a delicious white cake to bake. It got great reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. I was really happy with the results and would make this again!-Sarah

1 boxed white cake mix
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 t. salt
1 1/3 cups water
1 cup sour cream
2 T. oil
1 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla extract
4 egg whites

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Stir together the cake mix, flour, sugar and salt until well combined.
  • Pour in the water, sour cream, oil, extracts and egg whites. 
  • Beat with mixer on low until well combined, about 4 minutes.
  • Pour into greased and floured pan. I used 2, 9" round cake pans.
  • Bake about 20 minutes.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Homemade Magic Shell

I love recipes that are homemade versions of a store bought item! My family loves Magic Shell but I don't love the price, I knew I had to try this recipe when I saw it on mennonitegirlscancook. I tried it out and it worked perfectly! It will harden when it sits but turns to liquid with a little microwaving. That is, if you have any leftovers.-Sarah

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
3 T. coconut oil
1/4 t. vanilla

  • In a microwave safe bowl heat chocolate chips and coconut oil until just melted. Stir in vanilla until smooth.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

This is a Taste of Home recipe that I'm so glad I tried. I always have lots of blueberries in the freezer and this is a tasty way to use some up. These had a wonderful flavor and were gobbled up quickly in my house.-Sarah

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup blueberries

  • Combine wet ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Fold in blueberries.
  • I found it helpful to cook these at a lower temperature. The sour cream makes the batter very thick.
  • These would be awesome with our blueberry sauce! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Spicy Cheese Soup

This is a fantastic soup from my friend Donna.  My girls had this at her house and told me I had to make it!  It is  spicy but a good spice that is toned down well with with the oyster crackers and sour cream.  Very good!!!!-Kristin

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
1 pound Velveeta processed cheese, cubed
1 (8 3/4 oz.) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (opt.)
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chillies, undrained
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/2-1 envelope taco seasoning, according to taste

Oyster crackers
Sour cream
  • Mix all in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  • Serve with the oyster crackers and sour cream.

Cranberry Salsa Dip with Cream Cheese

My friend Donna made this dip for our New Years Eve party.  This is one of those dips that some will like a lot and others won't like at all.  I am posting it because I think it is awesome.  I love the ginger flavor in the cranberries.  It is very unique, tasty and very addicting if you like the flavor combo!  -Kristin

This recipe is so good! I made it with 1 T. of ginger and thought it was perfect because I'm not the hugest ginger fan but if you are then go for it!-Sarah

1 (12-ounce bag) or 3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 small (approximately 2 tablespoons) jalapeno peppers
cored, seeded and minced (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh
cilantro, minced
2 tablespoons finely-grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
1/8 cup sugar

Wheat Thin crackers to serve with
  • Rinse, drain, and pick over cranberries, (discarding all that are soft or bruised). Place them in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not mushy. 
  • Place crushed cranberries in a bowl; mix together with green onions, jalapeno peppers, sugar, cilantro leaves, ginger, and lemon juice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors develop (salsa will be too sharp and tart to begin with).
  • Mix together the cream cheese with the sugar and spread over the bottom of a pie plate.
  • When the salsa is ready place that over top of the cream cheese and serve with crackers.