Amish Broccoli Salad

P1090036-001I love broccoli Salad!! It is one of my favorite things to make at parties or church pot lucks and is always a huge hit. I have my own recipe I use of course, but I came across this wonderful delight on Facebook and decided to share it with  you all because it tasted so good. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment or tip in the comment section below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chopped broccoli
  • 1 lb chopped cauliflower (chopped into very small chunks)
  • 1/lb bacon, fried and crumbled  (about 7 slices) This can be optional if you don;t like meat.
  • 2 cups grated Smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar OR to make it diabetic friendly you can use Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/cup sugar
    (this is optional…but the sweet taste is popular in this)
  • 1/tsp salt, OR to taste

Directions:

  1. In large salad bowl, combine broccoli, cauliflower, bacon and 11/cups Smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese.
  2. In medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar or liquid sweetener and salt.
  3. Stir the creamy mixture into the broccoli salad.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  5. Cover the salad bowl with plastic wrap and chill before serving.

Variations:

  • Leave out the cauliflower and use only broccoli.
  • Add some chopped or sliced red onions.
  • Replace the cauliflower with diced cooked chicken.
  • Maybe add in some chopped, hard boiled eggs.

It really is that simple….no cooking!!

Yield:  12 servings

  • 1 serving
  • 302.9 calories
  • 25.7 g protein
  • 25.7 g fat
  • 1.6 g fiber

4.1 g net carbs 

Source: Low Carb News

Halloween Spider Eggs

picXnMZgaThese little spider eggs are so cute and easy to make I just had to share this recipe with you. I cannot take credit for this, but I couldn’t keep it to myself. I hope you enjoy and include the kids in on it. It will be a fun project for the whole family.

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • black olive, whole

Directions:

  1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Slip out yolks and mash.
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cut whole olive in half lengthwise
  4. Put one half on mashed yolk for the spiders body.
  5. Thinly slice the other half for the spiders legs. Put three legs on each side

Sweet Cream Filled Crescent Rolls

IMG_20130907_085640This simple, yet sweet filled crescent rolls satisfied that early morning sweet tooth in our house. These are great for breakfast on Christmas morning or for a potluck dinner as dessert. I hope you enjoy these as much as our family did. We give this recipe a thumbs up!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Pillsbury Butter Crescent rolls
  • 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cinnamon & Sugar, (about a 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon)

Directions:

1. Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on the bottom of an UN-greased cookie sheet.IMG_20130907_0908132. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread the mixture over crescent rolls.

3. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over sweet filling mixture.

4. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

IMG_20130907_0915035. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes.

6. Remove and cool for ten minutes. Slice according to crescent roll pre-cut lines or cut into squares and serve.

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7.  Add printed recipe to your cook book!!

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Quick Egg Omelet

PA1010_Omelette_for_a_Crowd_lgThis little trick has been floating around the web for ages now so I thought it was worthy of adding to this site. I have personally done this and it always turns out to be fabulous and our family/friends love being able to wake up and toss a bag into some water so they do not have to wait on us to wake up if they are hungry.

Preparing everything the night before:

  1. Get a sharpie and write everyone’s name (that wants an omelet) on their own individual bag.
  2. Crack two eggs into each bag and shake well. I personally like to whisk mine in a bowl with some milk and then pour it in.
  3. Set out ingredients such as: Cheese, ham, onions (any kind), peppers, mushrooms, spinach, jalapeño’s of course, etc…
  4. Note: We dice up tomatoes and put in a bowl next to the salsa in the fridge and make sure they know where it is in case they want to add those in the morning as well.
  5. Have each person add their own ingredients to their bags and shake well.
  6. Remove as much excess air as possible, seal and place in refrigerator for in the morning.
  7. Set out a large boiling pot on the stove along with some tongs to remove the bag from the boiling water.
  8. Optional: Set out a box of hash-browns, oil and a skillet in case they want to prepare hash-browns with their eggs. OR buy the frozen hash brown patties and let them know its in the freezer.
  9. Place paper plates, cups, napkins and eating utensils on the table. (Less clean up for you if you use throw away dishes while company is in town.)

The next morning:

  1. Fill pot 3/4 the way full and bring to a full rolling boil. If cooking hash-browns, start these when you set the water to boil.
  2. Add entire bag to the water and boil for 13 minutes. (You can usually boil 6-8 omelets in a large pot.)
  3. After 13 minutes exactly, remove the bag and cut open. The omelet will slide out easily onto the plate.
  4. Serve with hash-browns or fresh fruit and everyone is happy, happy, happy!
  5. One other option would be to heat some tortillas and then add the egg to it and wrap it up for a yummy breakfast wrap.

You can also do this for yourself while you get ready for work as the eggs boil and enjoy a healthy breakfast at home verses McDonald’s or some other fast food joint. Always a great way to save money!!

 

 

Crock Pot Potato Soup

1001936_541982989184638_2098806308_nAnother favorite off face book!

Crock pot Potato Soup

Ingredients:
1 26-30 ounce bag frozen hash browns (plain)
2 14 ounce cans non-fat chicken broth
1 10-3/4 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp pepper
1 – 8 ounce pkg low-fat (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
1 cup fat-free milk

Directions:

  1. Add first 5 ingredients to crock pot and cook on high for an hour
  2. Stir and then turn to low for another hour.
  3. Add cream cheese, and cook another 1/2 hour or until cheese can be stirred into mixture.
  4. Add milk and cook 10 – 15 minutes longer.

Optional: Garnish with chopped green onion and bacon bits. (Add 1 pt for garnish) (Or Jalapeño’s)
Variation: Use frozen Country potatoes or Potatoes O’Brien in place of the hash browns. Or for low carb use cauliflower!

 

Cucumber Subs

1012809_10201400564405518_1062402159_nAnother fabulous Face Book Recipe being passed around.

Cucumber subs with turkey, green onions and Laughing Cow cheese!

I am sure you could use what ever ingredients you desire for this yummy sub without the bread!!

Cracker Barrel Dumplings

1013890_10200863318699054_1458301716_nIngredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup butterMilk, A Bit Less Than A Full Cup (you can use regular milk if needed)
  • 2 quarts Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Cooked Chicken

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
  2. Heavily flour a work surface. You’ll need a rolling-pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface.
  3. Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling-pin. Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings in squares about 2″x2″. It’s okay for them not to be exact. Just eye-ball it. Some will be bigger, some smaller, some shaped funny.
  4. Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate. Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings.
  5. To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy tasting. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and you’re done!

Heaven In A Bowl

524604_10201069057831137_917655754_nIngredients:

  • 1 fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2 packages (13 ounces each) miniature peanut butter cups
  • 4 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup creamy Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cartons (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

  1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; stir in peanut butter chips. Bake in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.
  2. Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in 1-1/2 cartons whipped topping.
  3. Place a third of the brownies in a 5-qt. glass bowl; top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups.

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Body Fat Flush & Detox

1005274_4411007373893_483318409_nSkinny Body Fat Flush and Detox

1 cucumber
1 lemon
2 limes
1 bunch of mint

Slice them all and divide the ingredients between four 24 oz water bottles and fill them up with filtered water. Drink daily Not only does this taste delicious and help flush fat, but it also counts toward your daily water intake!

Lemons: Help in the absorption of sugars and calcium and cuts down your cravings for sweets.

Cucumbers act as a diuretic and flush fat cells. It is alkalizing to the body (if you have an alkaline body, no diseases can live there), and increase your energy levels.

Limes promote a healthy digestive tract.

1075394_4493447793518_1768536218_oEach Quart Mason jar holds 24 oz of water and you can put the lid on and stick it in the fridge to stay cold!!

Source: Facebook

Pickled Jalapeño Eggs

I wish I could claim this fabulous recipe, but I can’t. This recipe was found at Texas Recipes.

tumblr_m874h85bZy1rqi3klIngredients:

  • 18 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp dill seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 (8 ounce) can whole jalapeno peppers, sliced (save the juice)
  • 3 Habanero peppers, diced
  • 2 tbsp red pepper
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (optional)
  • Half Gallon Wide Mouth Jars
Directions: 

  1. Put peeled eggs in a 2 1/2 quart jar (if you use more eggs you will need a bigger jar).
  2. Boil all ingredients including juice from jalapeno can (except eggs, of course) for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour hot mixture over eggs until eggs are covered.
  4. Add hot water to jar to fill if needed. Seal jar.
  5. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 weeks before using. The longer they stand, the stronger the flavor.
  6. Note: for a stronger flavor, poke hole in the eggs with a toothpick before marinating.

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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever!

peanut butter fudgeIngredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar and milk to a boil.
  2. Boil two and a half minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in PB and vanilla.
  4. That’s it.

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Outback Steak House Bloomin Onion

1003891_10201593616988771_2012295279_nBatter

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 24 ounces beer
  • 4 Vidalia onions

Seasoned flour

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Creamy Chili sauce

  • 1 pint mayonnaise
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 cup tomato chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Combine mayo, sour cream, chili sauce and cayenne-mix well.

Outback Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons creamed horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 dash cayenne

Blend everything together well and let sit for 2 hours-refrigerated – or overnight.

Directions For the Batter

  1. Mix cornstarch, flour and seasonings until well blended.
  2. Add beer and mix well.
  3. Cut about 3/4 inch off top of onion and peel.
  4. Cut into onion 12-16 vertical wedges, but do not cut through bottom root end.
  5. Remove about 1 inch of petals from center of onion (You can place the cut onions in cold water for a few hours to help “open” them up — just make sure that you drain them well).
  6. Dip in seasoned flour and gently shake to remove excess.
  7. Separate petals to coat thoroughly with batter.
  8. Gently place in a fryer basket and deep fry at 375-400 degrees for 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes more or until golden brown
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Place onion upright in a shallow bowl and remove center core with a circular cutter or apple core cutter.
  12. Serve hot with chili sauce and dipping sauce.

Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

976034Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced

Directions

  1. Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Cool completely.
  2. Frost cake with whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.

Note: We use red raspberries instead of strawberries as they are more round and even in size.

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Patriotic Cheese Cake

flag cakeIngredients

  • 1 quart strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (4 serving size) JELL-O Brand Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) loaf pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Slice 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve the remaining 3 cups strawberries; set aside. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mixes in large bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate 5 min. or until gelatin is slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
  2. Meanwhile, line bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with wire whisk or electric mixer until well blended; gently stir in whipped topping. Spread over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on cream cheese mixture to resemble the stripes of a flag. Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on cream cheese mixture for the stars. Store any leftover dessert in refrigerator.

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Pizza Balls

394519_10151630456245086_354695161_nIngredients:

  • 3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)
  • 60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
  • Block of cheese (Colby/Monterey Jack or Chedder)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 jar pizza sauce

Directions:

Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares. Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top (Like in the picture) Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll. Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 18 to 20 mins. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping. ENJOY!!

Apple Pie Cookies!

apcookcov-650x552Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of frozen Pillsbury Pie Crust (2 sheets per box)
  • Approx. 1 Can of Apple Pie Filling (just enough for a thin layer)
  • Approx. 1 Cup of Caramel Sauce (just enough for a light coating)
  • 1 Egg..for egg-wash
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon/Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Nutmeg
  • Flour just for sprinkling
  • A round cookie cutter..any size you like, cookie cutter set

Directions:

  1. Lay out a sheet of Pie Crust, sprinkle it with some flour and slightly roll it out, just to increase its surface area.
  2. Pour some of the Caramel Sauce (Just enough to coat the crust) onto the crust and evenly spread it around, creating a thin layer of caramel…
  3. Coarsely chop the Apple Pie Filling into small pieces…
  4. Top the caramel layer with a layer of the chopped up Apple Pie Filling, making sure not to add too much pie filling…
  5. Roll out the second sheet of Pie Crust the same size as the first sheet, and slice it into strips…
  6. Create a lattice crust (just like on a pie) for the top of the pie filling…DON’T do what I did and create the lattice on the counter, it’s not fun getting it on top of the bottom crust..ugh!    Create your lattice on top of the actual filling, as if it were a pie!
  7. Dip your cookie cutter into some egg wash and cut out your Pie Cookies…
  8. Brush the tops of them with some egg wash and sprinkle them with the Cinnamon Sugar and Nutmeg..
  9. Place them onto a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for approx. 20-25 minutes, until they’re golden and firm.   Let them cool just a little..

For an awesome recipe on canning your own apple pie filling for such occasions, click here.

Recipe provided by: OhBiteIt.com

Sweet Heart Cup Cakes

481782_564654050253595_1532670107_nIngredients:

1 package cake mix, chocolate
1 package strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 package pudding, chocolate
Fresh mint sprigs,optional but awesome

Directions:

1. Prepare cupcakes according to package and let cool. Using a paring knife, core out a well down into each cupcake, for your strawberry to fit into. Prepare your pudding according to the package. Let set until nice and pudding-y (solid – wet gloopy pudding will ruin the cupcakes, so don’t be in a rush, let the pudding firm up!)

2. Stick the strawberry pointy side down into your cupcakes. Take the piece of the cupcake that you cut out, and place it on top of the strawberry, after you push it down into the cupcake.

3. Top liberally with pudding in leu of frosting.

4. Add a sprig of mint if you like.  I think it adds a certain something, and my neighbor had some growing in her kitchen and shared…but don’t go out and buy some.

5. I cut each cupcake in half and set it on a plate, because presentation is everything with these suckers. They are DELICIOUS and super easy!

Recipe provided by: Little Mom on a Prairie