Monday, September 23, 2013

Grandpa Lou's Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Mix all ingredients together until combined, then roll into one inch balls.
Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle each ball of dough with granulated sugar then press down with end of dinner fork to make lines in top of each cookie (before baking) .
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easy Baked Lemon Chicken

 This came out really moist with a light lemon flavor...thumbs up! :)

Lemon Chicken Recipe (taken from
"Fresh lemon juice makes this quick and easy chicken dinner exceptionally mouth-watering. For a crunchier crust, skip covering the baking dish with foil."
3 large skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Arrange chicken breasts in a large baking dish. Pour water, olive oil, and lemon juice over chicken; sprinkle with bread crumbs, garlic powder, parsley, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cut a few slits in foil to vent.
3. Bake chicken breasts in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

This is the most amazing recipe! The bread bakes up wonderfully in a 9 inch cake pan, and comes out with a moist inside also. I make this recipe every year! This is a recipe I found on
Please see notes below**

**I spray pans with non-stick spray before filling. I only use 2 CUPS of Raisins, it is plenty enough! I bake the bread for a FULL 75 minutes...after 60 minutes I cover the bread with foil all around the edges so they do not get too brown.

1/2 cup white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round cast iron skillet or a 9 inch round baking or cake pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour (reserving 1 tablespoon), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds. In a small bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk and sour cream. Stir the liquid mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Knead dough in bowl about 10 to 12 strokes. Dough will be sticky. Place the dough in the prepared skillet or pan and pat down. Cut a 4x3/4 inch deep slit in the top of the bread. Dust with reserved flour
3. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 65 to 75 minutes. Let cool and turn bread onto a wire rack.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 I found this recipe at
It turned out really well as you can see by my picture. :)

Cinnamon Swirl Bread


  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; set aside.
  2. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 1 cup sugar. Combine egg, milk, and oil; add to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened.
  3. Pour half of the batter into pan. Sprinkle with half the reserved cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Draw a knife through batter to marble.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap in foil and let sit overnight before slicing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This is a delicious sweet type bread/cake that came out really nice. I did have to cook it longer than the time mentioned..about 10 minutes longer for a knife drawn from the center to come out clean (to make sure it was cooked well enough in the middle). This would be a great treat to have with tea, or a late morning snack when having a friend over :) Easy to make, and not fussy at all! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Apple Crunch Pie

A new favorite in our house!
Apple Crunch Pie

Apple mixture
½ c sugar
3 T flour
¾ t cinnamon
½ t salt
5 med. apples

After mixing together apple mixture place into pie pan on top of bottom crust you will be using. (I cheat and use Pillsbury's ready made two layer crust that you can get at the grocery store)

Make crumb topping as follows:

crumb topping
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
½ c flour
½ c quick cooking rolled oats
½ c butter, cold
cut together with a pastry mixture
Mix well and place crumb topping on top of apple mixture, then cover with second layer of crust. Make slits into top layer of crust for venting. (I usually use tiny cookie cutters to make pretty designs)

Bake 375 for 50-55 min
Make sure you keep an eye on the crust as it is cooking...about midway or so through cooking, I usually wrap the top edges around the pie with tin foil to prevent over browning or burning.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice
One pound of beef chuck chopped meat
1 cup of chopped small onions
1 cup of chopped small green pepper
1 box (14 ounce size) Minute Rice
Tablespoon of Butter
4 Cups of tomato sauce (your favorite jar sauce)
2 Cups Boiling hot water

In Frying Pan on stove:
Brown One Pound of Beef Chuck Chopped then put into a pot
Next, in Frying Pan, Brown 1 Cup of Onions and
Brown 1 Cup Green Pepper..when browned, add the onions and pepper to the pot with the ground meat.
Brown One Box (14 ounce size) of Minute Rice in Frying Pan (I add about a tablespoon of butter and brown the rice on low or medium heat)

Add rice to pot that has the green peppers, onions and beef already.
Put 4 cups of tomato sauce (I use any good jar sauce)into Pot.
Then add 2 cups of Boiling water to pot.
Mix well over heat. Let stand about a half hour. Rice is done.

This is my Mother in Law's recipe. It is delicious! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Country White Bread

Delicious toasted with butter!

Country White Bread


* 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
* 2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, oil and 3 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Divide in half and shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dipped Gingersnaps!

These are the BEST cookies, I promise! :) These are from Taste Of Home:

Dipped Gingersnaps  

87 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar
  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) HERSHEY®’S Premier White Chips 
  • 1/4 Cup Shortening                                             
    • In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in eggs. Stir in molasses. Combine
    • the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed
    • mixture and mix well.
    • Shape into 3/4-in. balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking
    • sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cookie springs back when
    • touched lightly. Remove to wire racks to cool.
    • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip cookies halfway
    • into the melted chips; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand
    • until set. Yield: about 14-1/2 dozen.

    Nutrition Facts: 2 cookies equals 128 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chicken Casserole

 I made this recipe for my family tonight and it was delicious! :)


Chicken Kathleen


  • 1 (10 ounce) package yellow rice, cooked
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed
  • 1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups dried bread crumbs, seasoned


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Spread rice evenly over the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cubed chicken evenly over rice, then sprinkle the broccoli over the chicken. Mix soup and milk together, and pour mixture evenly over chicken/broccoli mixture. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the soup.
  3. Melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan or skillet over low heat; add bread crumbs and mix completely together. Spoon mixture evenly over cheese layer in baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cheese Macaroni

This is what I call it, but my daughter insists it is called Macaroni and Cheese! ;)

4 cups of Rotini or your favorite Pasta
12 Ounces shredded Cheddar Cheese, sharp or mild
1/2 stick butter cut up

Boil pasta till cooked
drain, then transfer into another pot.
Add Cheese and butter..
stir till all melted and mixed well.

Enjoy! :)