Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Apricot Delight

I found this recipe in an old family cookbook. It was called Apricot Cheese Delight but I couldn't figure out the cheese part because there isn't any in the recipe. I did some searching and found that the original recipe called for cheddar cheese to be sprinkled over top. My Aunt must have decided this wasn't a great addition and dropped it from the recipe, without changing the name. I decided to try it the way she submitted it in the cookbook and change the name, my family wasn't thrilled about the idea of cheese on this, but we all loved the delicious jello recipe!-Sarah

15 oz. apricots, drained and chopped *reserve juice
20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained *reserve juice
6 oz. orange Jello
2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

  • Dissolve Jello in water and add 1 cup of the reserved juice. Chill until slightly thickened.
  • Fold in fruit and marshmallows. Pour into lightly greased 7x11 pan. Chill until firm and spread with fruit topping. 
fruit topping:
1/3 cup sugar
3 T. flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup reserved juice 
2 T. butter
half of 8 oz. container Cool Whip
  • Combine sugar, flour, egg and juice in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stir in butter. Cool and fold in Cool Whip.
  • Spread over Jello and chill until firm. 
*The reserved fruit juice should be 2 cups total. Make note that 1 cup is used in the jello and the other cup is used in the topping.

Breakfast egg biscuit Bake

I adapted this recipe from one I found through Pinterest. It's a really unique way to serve the same breakfast ingredients. So many different combination options with this one.-Sarah

cheddar biscuits
2 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
6 T. chilled butter, cubed
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded cheddar

  • Mix dry ingredients together, cut in butter until course crumbs. Add wet ingredients (and cheddar) and mix gently. 
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface. Cut into circles and bake on greased baking sheet at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 

1 pound bacon (cooked and crumbled) or sausage cooked and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper

  • Divide biscuits in half, placing the bottom halves in a greased 9x13 pan. 
  • Layer with meat and cheese, replace biscuit tops.
  • Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over biscuits, allow to sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees, covered for about 40 minutes until eggs are set. 

Miracle Bars

This is a great recipe I found on the blog bacon in my pocket, I love how fun and quick these are! My family couldn't get enough of them either. The fudgy filling is awesome!-Sarah

1 box white cake mix (not made according to directions)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 T. butter

  • In a bowl mix the dry cake mix, eggs and oil just until a dough forms.
  • Microwave chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Stir until smooth.
  • Pat 2/3rds of the dough into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Spread chocolate over dough and top with remaining dough. (make flat shapes with your hands and lay over the chocolate layer) 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. 

Chocolate Wacky Cake

I found this recipe in an old family cookbook. My grandma had submitted it. I've made it many times over the years. I love that it's quick and easy to whip up and makes a smaller cake when you don't want tons of leftovers.-Sarah

In a 8x8 pan mix together:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 T. baking cocoa
1/2 t. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt

Make 3 holes in the flour mixture and pour one ingredient into each hole:
1 T vanilla
1 T. vinegar
5 T. oil

Pour 1 cup warm water over all and mix well. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. We like ours frosted with 5 minute chocolate frosting!

Kids Love it Casserole

Not sure about the name on this recipe, I pulled it from an old Taste of Home magazine. We really enjoyed the flavors of this easy dish.-Sarah

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8 oz. tomato sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1/2 t. salt
1 t. Italian seasoning
7 oz. macaroni or shell pasta, cooked
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  • Cook beef, onion and garlic, drain.
  • Add the next seven ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients except Parmesan. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and sprinkle with Parmesan. 
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until bubbly. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Peanut Butter Pie

I was going through my Grandma's recipes and found this recipe.  I have never had a peanut butter pie and thought it was time to try one.  This turned out very good...it is like peanut butter cheesecake and very easy to make! -Kristin

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 T. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
  • Mix together these crust ingredients and press into a pie pan and refrigerate.
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup half and half
10 ounce container of Cool Whip
Shaved Chocolate, desired amount and optional
  • Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together.
  • Add the powdered sugar and half and half, beat well.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Place in the pie shell.
  • Top with shaved chocolate.
  • Chill the pie in refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I found this recipe off of Pinterest and the original recipe is from here Brown Eyed Baker.  I knew this recipe would be great because it combines 3 of my favorite things...Peanut butter, bananas and chocolate :) -Kristin

2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the banana, peanut butter, sugars, milk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold together until completely combined. 
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. 
  • Bake 60-75 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. 
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then remove and cool completely.