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Amish Style Macaroni Salad 

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I absolutely LOVE Amish Macaroni Salad.  I usually purchase it at the grocery store.  But recently have decided to try to make it on my own.  I went searching through recipes.  However, most of the recipes had at least 2 cups of Mayo.  So I adjusted and took away ingredients that my family doesn’t necessarily like.  This is what I came up with.  Even my husband likes it and he really doesn’t care for Macaroni salad at ALL!

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Uncooked elbow macaroni  (or use whatever type of noodle you prefer)
3 to 4 hard-boiled eggs-Chopped
2 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish
1 Small Onion-Chopped
1 Small Red Bell Pepper-Chopped
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 cup salad dressing ( I use Miracle Whip)

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Cook Macaroni according to package directions or until tender. Drain and set aside.

2. In a Large bowl combine eggs, onion, red bell pepper and relish.

3.  In a small bowl combine salad dressing, mustard, white sugar and vinegar.

4.  Pour salad dressing mixture over veggies and add pasta.  Stir until evenly combine and coated.  Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Note:  I have made this using just one large bowl and combine all ingredients until well coated.  It turned out just the same. 🙂

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~Enjoy!~

Frozen Glitter Grapes

So Good!  So easy to make!  Perfect during the summer.

Ingredients:

Bunch of Grapes
1 (3 ounce package) Jell-o gelatin Any flavor of your choice, not prepared.  Generic works just as well.

Directions:

1. Rinse Grapes under water.  Patting almost dry with a paper towel.  You don’t want them dry….you need some moisture on them for the gelatin to stick.

2.  Roll a bunch of grapes in 1/3 of the box of gelatin.  After you have a grape coated put onto a plate and continue until all grapes are done.    Adding Gelatin as it gets low. ( I used lime Jell-0 Gelatin)

3.  Place in freezer for a couple of hours.  Then they are ready to enjoy.

~Enjoy!~

Note:  I tried placing the gelatin in a baggie and putting the grapes into the bag and just tossing.  It really didn’t get all the grapes coated to my liking.    So I just ended up rolling 4 or 5 at a time on a plate until all were coated.

Candied Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Who says you can’t have sweet potatoes any time of the year!  I love having sweet potato anything-any time of the year!

Ingredients:

1 can (15 oz.) yams/sweet potatoes, drained
1 1/3 cups packed Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1-1/4 cups AP (All Purpose) flour
1-1/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 heaping teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 cup Milk

For the “Candied Frosting”:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 Cups Marshmallow Fluff
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups Powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Milk (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with liners.  Set aside.

2. In a small/medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg .  Set aside.

3.  Drain Yams and beat with mixture until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes…

4. Beat in Brown Sugar and egg until smooth. Add in Vanilla and melted Butter.

5.  Add in flour mixture until just combine.

6. Once flour is combine add in milk.

7.  Fill cupcake liners with batter.  I use a quarter of a cup to measure in my batter.

8.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  The cupcakes will be brown, and spongy in the center when done.

9.  Let cupcakes cool completely before icing.

Directions for the “Candied frosting”:

1. Beat Softened butter until smooth.

2. Beat in 2 cups of the Marshmallow fluff.

3.  Next add Vanilla and then add a cup at a time of powered sugar.

4. You can adjust the consistency if you want it thicker add more powered sugar.  Want it thinner add a teaspoon or so of milk.  I do not use milk at all.

~Enjoy!~

This recipe is linked to:

Overnight Macaroons

I am very honored (and thankful) to Lori for sending me this recipe.  She actually sent me a lot of recipes and I intend to try them all!  This recipe did NOT disappoint at all!  Matter of fact I couldn’t keep my hands away from them-Gee, Thanks Lori! 🙂

These are really fun to make.  This would be a good recipe to teach kids how to bake.

Ingredients:

4 Cups Oatmeal
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Almond Extract

Directions:

The night before mix together the oatmeal,  sugar and oil.  Cover and let set out overnight.  (This is where the ‘overnight’ comes in )

The next morning mix in the beaten eggs, salt and almond extract.

I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper to bake them.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Note:  These little cookies spread.  But they are supposed to.  They get a little crunchy around the edges…but they have a great chewy middle.  Please keep in mind that oven temps vary.  Mine was done at 12 minutes.

After the cookies were done baking I let the rest on the parchment paper for a few minutes.  I then peeled them off and placed them on wax paper to cool.

Thanks Again, Lori!  Even my VERY VERY picky eater loved the cookies!

~Enjoy!~

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclair Cake

Chocolate and Peanut Butter!  Two great taste that go GREAT together!

Ingredients:

1 (14.4 oz) box Chocolate Graham Crackers
2- 3.5 ounce packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1- 8 ounce tub cool whip (softened)
1-16 ounce tub chocolate frosting (I used a Milk Chocolate frosting)

Directions:

1. Spray a 13 x 9 pan lightly with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl whip together the milk,vanilla pudding, vanilla extract, and peanut butter until smooth and thick.  Fold in softened whipped topping.

3. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers.

4. Repeat with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.

5. Zap the jar of frosting in the microwave about 25 to 30 seconds.

6. Stir frosting and then pour on top of last layer of graham crackers.  Spreading evenly.

7. Cover and chill 4 hours.  6 hours is actually better and overnight is best.

Note:  You can whip this up by hand using a whisk or you can use an electric mixer.  I prefer to use a whisk.  It makes it the cake fluffy.

~Enjoy!~

Strawberry Frosting Fudge

This is a super fun way to get the kids in the kitchen to help!  My 7 year old son absolutely LOVED helping mom make some Valentine’s Day Fudge!

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) can of strawberry frosting
1- 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon Strawberry extract

Directions:

1.  Spray 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray and line with Wax paper.

2.  Melt White Chocolate Chips in Microwave until melted.  Being careful not to burn the chips.

3.  Quickly and evenly stir in the frosting and Strawberry extract.

4.  Pour into prepared pan.  Top with Sprinkles!

5. Let set-and serve.  Can be cut into cute shapes using cookie cutters or just cut into squares.

6. Store in a airtight container up to  7 days.

~Enjoy!~

Simple Veggie Wrap

So Yummy and wonderfully simple

Ingredients:

2 ounces Garlic and herb Cream Cheese
3  tablespoons  Mayo
3  tablespoons  Dijon mustard
shredded lettuce
thinly sliced veggies:  you can use tomato, and red pepper, cucumber, mushrooms,  and red onion just to name a few.
tortillas (You can also use flat-out bread)

Directions:

Mix together cream cheese, mayo and Dijon until smooth.

Spread a layer of the cream cheese mixture in the middle of the tortillas.    Then layer with lettuces and whatever veggies you plan on using.  Remember to thinly slice your veggies.

Dab the ends of the tortilla with some of the cream cheese mixture.  This seals it.

Roll the tortilla tightly and cut diagonally to the size that you want your wraps.

This would be so good at a pot luck, party or get together.

~Enjoy!~

Homemade Pancakes

This is my recipe for homemade pancakes.  I do make a lot to freeze and for left overs.  So the Ingredients may sound like a lot.  We just stretch it out to suit our family of 6 needs.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus  2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 5 cups milk
  • 4 egg
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.  Let Eggs also set out and come to room temperature.

2. In a Large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Creating a well in the center.

3. Pour the eggs, melted butter, milk and vanilla extract in the center of the well.

4.  Mix until smooth.  We like the batter consistency of our pancakes to not be to thick or to thin.  So add more milk a little at a time            to get the consistency you like.

5.  Pour batter (I use a quarter of a cup measuring cup…I do not fill it full) onto medium/high heat lightly oiled griddle.  Brown on both sides.  Serve hot!

Notes:  This recipe is made for freezing and for feeding a family of 6.  Which includes 3 growing boys.  You can spice this recipe up by adding Chocolate chips (my kids favorite) smashed bananas, nuts of  any kind, blueberries.  I have added strawberries to pancakes, which happens to be my daughters favorite.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

~Enjoy!~

Let’s Get Cookin’ Top 5 Recipes of 2011

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to 2012!  So far so good for us.  I thought I would share the top 5 recipes from my blog.  Plus, I will share my personal favorites.

Top 5 Recipes

1. Snicker’s Pie

2. Homemade Pudding Pops

3. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

4.  The “Best” Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge!

5. Red Velvet Cheesecake!

My Personal Favorites!

Luck ‘O The Irish Brownies

Irresistible Chocolate Chip Muffins

Eclair Cake

Pizza Lasagna

And my husband’s personal favorite! Snickerdoodle Brownies!

Thank you all for checking out my recipes!  And please be sure to comment and let me know if you make anything that you found on this blog!   Have a wonderful and prosperous 2012!

Pizza Lasagna

This has also been called a Casserole.  However, my daughter thought Lasagna was more fitting.

Ingredients:

1 bag of Egg Noodles **See NOTES**
1- 2 pound 13 ounce jar Spaghetti  sauce (I used Chunky Ragu’ Tomato, Garlic & Onion)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 lbs sausage ( I use Jimmy Dean Regular Pork Sausage)
Pepperoni ( I used about approx. 34 pepperonis)
Directions:
1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Brown sausage and boil noodles until soft.  Drain Sausage and Noodles.
2.  Layering
**You can chose to layer in whatever order you wish.  
This is how I layered mine.  
I would however start out with the thin layer of sauce for the bottom.**
In the bottom of a  9 X 13 Glass dish Spread a layer of the tomato sauce.
Next sprinkle about 3/4 cup sausage.
Then layer with half of the noodles.
Next use half of what is left of the sausage.
Then half of the remaining sauce.
Layer the rest of the noodles.
Next comes the cheese, use half of it.
And then the rest of the sausage.
Pour on the remaining sauce.
Sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
And FINALLY top with the pepperoni.
3. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
4. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool 15 to 20.   If you must cut into sooner, please be aware that it will fall apart.  Letting it set lets it jell together so it will not fall apart and go all wonky on you. 🙂
Notes:  **You can use any kind of pasta to your linking.  Bow tie, spiral, Radiatore,  etc.  I just prefer to use egg noodles.**
***You can also add to ingredients easily to this such as mushrooms, olives, onions.  We prefer just as the recipe states.  Using the ingredients/brands that I stated.***
~Enjoy!~
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