Category Archives: RECIPES

Some Of My Favorite Fall Recipes

Some of the ladies that were at the MAM Rock A Bye Baby party asked for the recipes for the Tomato Bisque and Apple Dumplings I served at the party. Both of these recipes are simple to make and taste very delicious. What is your favorite fall recipe?

Tomato Bisque

50 ounce can condensed tomato soup

3 pints half & half

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon oregano 

½ teaspoon basil

½ cup shredded mozzarella

½ cup shredded provolone

Saute onion & tomato in butter. Add all spices. Pour in soup; add half & half. Mix in veggies, heat till hot. Add cheese when serving.


Apple Dumplings

2 whole Granny Smith Apples

2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls

2 sticks Butter

1-½ cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Cinnamon, To Taste

1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda

Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.


Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Are you planning to get the $0.50 Pillsbury cake mixes this week at Giant? Here is one of our favorite bar recipes and it uses a yellow cake mix.

Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix

2 eggs

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup water

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 tablespoon shortening

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of chocolate chips and nuts. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.Melt shortening with the remaining chocolate chips; drizzle over the top. Cut into bars. Yieldabout 3-1/2 dozen.

photo & recipe credit Taste of Home

How To Make Your Own Foaming Handwashing Soap

Do you have any foaming hand soap bottles? Did you know they are super inexpensive and very easy to refill. This would work perfect with the Softsoap ones that were FREE at CVS.

What I love about foaming hand soap is the fact that it is economical because it gives you more suds with less soap. If you have kids who go through hand soap like mine do this is the perfect way to make your soap go a lot further.

Here is how I refill my foaming soap bottle. It takes only two ingredients water and any kind of hand soap. I used the Watermelon Softsoap in the picture. Take the empty foaming soap bottle and pour about 1/2 – 3/4″ of hand soap into it. Then fill with water. Screw the pump back on and gently shake. There you have it, a very inexpensive refill.

Honey “Baked” Chicken

I have made this recipe many times before but always in the oven, today I tried it in the crock pot and loved how easy it was. Often in the oven the sauce gets dark and crispy but it worked perfect in the crock pot. Here is the recipe:

Honey “Baked” Chicken

4 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves (I used boneless)

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

2 Tablespoons, honey

2 teaspoon prepared mustard

Salt and pepper, optional

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and add chicken.

Mix butter, honey and mustard together in a bowl. Pour sauce over chicken.

Cover and cook on Low 5 – 6 hours.

Thursday Crockpot Dinner

Here is the recipe for what I made in the crockpot tonight. I think I like recipes better that don’t require things to be cooked before putting in the crockpot. This was also a little on the dry side so added some sour cream at the end.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

8-oz package spaghetti

1 ½ cups fresh or frozen broccoli

1 lb. uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

10 ¾ oz. can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 4 minutes of the cooking time. Drain.

Sauté the chicken in a nonstick skillet, until no longer pink in the center.

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on Low 1 -2 hours, or until heated through and until cheese is melted.

No Crock Pot Recipe Today

Sorry no crock pot recipe tonight, we had plans and weren’t home for dinner. Look for a crock pot recipe tomorrow.

Tuesdays Crock Pot Dinner

Tonight for dinner I made Creamy Sausage and Potatoes. I liked the flavor the ranch gave the potatoes. There was none leftover  so I will take that as a sign that it was yummy!

Creamy Sausage and Potatoes

3 pounds small potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 pound smoked sausage, cut into ¼ inch slices

8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

10 ¾ ounce cream of celery soup

1 envelope dry ranch salad dressing mix

Place potatoes in slow cooker. Add sausage.

In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, soup and salad dressing mix until smooth. Pour over potatoes and sausage.

Cover and cook on Low 6 – 8 hours, or until the potatoes are tender, stirring half-way through cooking time. Stir again before serving.

Cheesy Slow Cooker Pizza

I made Cheesy Slow Cooker Pizza for dinner tonight from the Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook. It was delicious and I will definitely be making it again.

Cheesy Slow Cooker Pizza

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
half a box rigatoni, cooked
10 3/4 oz. cream of mushroom soup
7-oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained (I omitted these)
3 oz. sliced pepperoni 
16-oz. jar pizza sauce
10 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
10 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
Brown ground beef and onions in saucepan. Drain.
Layer half of each of the following, in the order given, in slow cooker: ground beef and onions, green pepper, noodles cream of mushroom, mushrooms, pepperoni, pizza sauce, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
Cover. Cook on low 3 – 4 hours.
Makes 6-8 servings. 

Dinner In The Crockpot

I’m trying something new this week, my goal is to  make dinner in the crock pot every night Monday – Friday this week. Tonight I have Cheesy Crock Pot Pizza cooking and it smells very delicious. Can’t wait to taste it. I’ll be back later with the results and the recipe.

Homeade Glass Cleaner

I have been making my own glass/window cleaner for quiet some time. I love it much better than Windex and the best part is I can make if for FREE! I got both the alcohol and dish soap free at Rite Aid and the Ammonia was given to me.

This cleaner will give you streak free results on mirrors, widows, and countertops. I use a microfiber cloth like these Microfiber Wonder Cloths ( Set of 4)"" in place of paper towels and I think that they help to make my windows streak free too. I love that these cloths can be washed and reused over and over, reducing the amount of paper towels I need to buy.

Here is the recipe so you can try this fabulous cleaner.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

2 Tablespoons Ammonia

½ cup Rubbing Alcohol

4 cup water

1 teaspoon Dish Detergent

Combine the first three ingredients in spray bottle (approx. 32 oz. size). Add the dish detergent last to prevent lots of suds from forming when adding the water.

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