Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie

Mix together:
4 oz cream cheese
1 c powdered sugar
1/3 c creamy peanut butter
1/2 c milk

Fold in:
9 oz. cool whip

Pour in a graham cracker crust (I use Oreo pie crust) and freeze for 6 hours.  Allow pie to thaw about 15 minutes before serving. (Or you can serve it straight from the freezer like I do!)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Affogato Al Caffe

This is such a simple dessert, and if you like Frappucino's, you'll like these.  And they are much easier to make!

Just place a few scoops of ice cream (I always use Chocolate) in a dish or small glass, and pour strong coffee over it.  I usually use about 1/2 cup water to 1/4 cup coffee grounds.  Mmmm

Monday, August 29, 2011

Taco Pie - great for teens and college students

I have made this recipe for college student fellowships and teen nights and it's always a big hit! 
1 lb ground beef - browned
1 pkg taco seasoning
3 cups crushed corn chips
1 cup sour cream
1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg crescent rolls

Roll out crescent rolls in bottom of 9x13 pan.  Top with crushed corn chips.  Mix seasoning with meat and spread meat mixture evenly over corn chips.  Spread sour cream over meat and sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake 20 minutes at 350.  Cut into squares and serve with your favorite taco toppings. (lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, more sour cream, etc)

Sunday, August 21, 2011


4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Apple Pecan Cheesecake

1-1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/4 cup  (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 pkg.  (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
1 tsp.  vanilla
1 cup Sour Cream
4   eggs
3 apples, peeled, chopped
3/4 cup  Chopped Pecans
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 

HEAT oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Mix graham crumbs, butter and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar; press onto bottom of prepared pan.
BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup brown sugar and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust. Mix remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, the apples, pecans and cinnamon; spoon evenly over cheesecake batter.
BAKE 55 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.
Jazz It Up:
For an extra special touch, drizzle caramel ice cream topping over each piece of cheesecake just before serving.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Amy's Secret Apple Crisp Recipe-Joe's Favorite

2 apples, thinly sliced
1 c sugar
2-3 T flour
1-1/2 t cinnamon

1 c flour
1 c brown sugar
1 c marg
1 c oatmeal

Combine apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon and put in 9x9 baking dish.  Mix together topping ingredients and spoon evenly over apple mixture.  Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Beef Taco Skillet

1 pound ground beef

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular or Healthy Request®)
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup water
6 flour tortillas (6-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
Stir the soup, salsa, water and tortillas in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir the beef mixture. Top with the cheese.

Creamy Mexican Fiesta: Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream with the soup.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Apple Dumplings

For 4 dumplings:
Pie crust as prepared according to previous post
2/3 c sugar
1 1/2 c water
2 T butter
1/4 t Cinnamon
4 med apples, peeled and cored

For 6 dumplings:
Pie crust as prepared according to previous post
1 c sugar
2 c water
3 T butter
1/2 t Cinnamon
6 med apples, peeled and cored

Roll out pie crust into 4 or 6 individual circles-big enough to cover the entire apple.  Place one apple in the center of each pie circle.  Fill cavities of apples with cinnamon and sugar, and a small tab of butter (not listed in ingredients above-butter should be about 1/4 T).  Pull edges of pie crust up, moisten and seal.  Place in buttered baking dish. (8 inch square for 4, and small rectangle size for 6). I usually place mine with the edges facing down.  In a sauce pan, boil together sugar, water, butter, and cinnamon for 3 minutes.  Pour mixture over dumplings and bake immediately until crust is golden brown.  About 40-45 minutes at 425.  But keep an eye on them!

Now, for the secret recipe... Hot Ice Cream to serve on top!!
3 c milk
1/3 c flou
3/4 c sugar
1 T vanilla
Sprinkle of salt
2 T butter

Heat 2 cups milk on low.  Mix flour and sugar together.  Add last cup of milk to flour to form a paste.  Add to hot milk and stir until thickened.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Serve hot over apple dumplings.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monkey Bread

4 tubes refrigerated biscuits, quartered (I buy the small tubes of cheap 50 cent biscuits)
1-1/2 t cinnamon
3/4 c sugar

Boil mixture:
1 c sugar
1/4 c br sugar
1/4 c evaporated milk
3/4 c marg
1/2 c pecans (optional)

Roll each quartered biscuit in sugar and cinnamon mixture; put in greased bunt or angel food cake pan.  Bring to boil above mixture and pour over biscuits.  Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sloppy Joes

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, minced
2 T Flour
2 T Brown Sugar
1 t Onion salt
1/4 t Chili Powder
2 T Mustard
1/2 C Ketchup
2 T Vinegar
1/2 t salt
1/2 C Tomato Juice (Or just add a little more ketchup)

In skillet, brown the meat and cook onions together.  Add additional ingredients and simmer until starts to thicken.  Serve on toasted buns.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Best...Tuna Noodle Cassarole

1 can tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c shredded cheddar cheese (I use velveeta)
1 c frozen peas
1/2 c milk
1/2 c mayonnaise
Noodles (cooked)  -  Maybe about half a big bag, or a small bag.
1 c French's french fried onions (optional-it's just as good without)

Mix soup, cheese, milk, and mayo over low heat and bring to boil.  Add tuna and noodles.  Put in cassarole dish and top with french fried onions (if you choose to use them)  Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350. (I usually just mix it together and eat it without baking it, cuz I'm hungry and why bake it if it's already warm?  I guess if you add the french fried onions, you'd want to bake it so they get crispy)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mt Dew Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 vanilla instant pudding (4 serving size)
4 eggs
1/2 c oil
1/2 c water
1/2 c Mt Dew

Mix all ingredients and pour into greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

When cake is almost done, combine the following ingredients and bring to a boil:
1 stick butter
1 c sugar
1/3 c Mt Dew

Keep warm until cake comes out of the over.  When cake is done, pour hot mixture around outside and inside edges of cake.  Let mixture soak into cake for several minutes. Invert cake onto serving plate. Sprinkle with Powdered sugar. 

I really shouldn't do this when I'm hungry!  Now I want to go make one of these!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not your normal Meatloaf...Delicious!

1 lb Ground Beef
1/4 c breadcrumbs
2 T milk
1/3 C BBQ Sauce
1/2 Shredded Cheddar
1 med onion, minced
1/4 c shredded carrot
2 T fresh minced garlic
1 egg
1-2 t salt

Mix all ingredients together and form into 4 individual loaves/patties.  Cook at 375 for 30 minutes. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cheesy Parmesan Popcorn

8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 cup  butter, melted
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 cups  miniature pretzel twists
1 cup Dry Roasted Peanuts (Or you can try mixed nuts!)
TOSS popcorn with butter and cheese.
ADD pretzels and nuts; mix lightly.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Key Lime" Cloud Squares

1-1/3 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs, divided
1/4 cup  butter, melted
3/4 cup boiling water
1 pkg.  (3 oz.) JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
1 cup ice cubes
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup  lime juice
2 cups thawed Whipped Topping
RESERVE 1 Tbsp. graham crumbs. Mix remaining crumbs with butter; press onto bottom of plastic wrap-lined 9-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add ice; stir 2 min. or until thickened. Remove any unmelted ice. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in milk, then lime juice. Add gelatin; mix well. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP. Pour over crust.
REFRIGERATE 6 hours or until firm. Cover with remaining COOL WHIP just before serving; sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Use plastic wrap to remove dessert from pan before cutting into squares.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Magic Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Homemade Sweet and Condensed Milk

1 c plus 2 T dry milk
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c warm water

Beat to blend.  Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Use in any recipe using Sweet and Condensed milk.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cowboy Beef and Bean Skillet

1-1/2 lb. beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
2 slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1   red pepper, chopped
1 can (16 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed
1 can  (15 oz.) butter beans, rinsed
3/4 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
COOK steak strips in deep large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven on medium-high heat 3 min. or just until no longer pink in centers. Remove to plate.
ADD bacon to skillet; cook on medium heat 1 min. Add onions and peppers; mix well. Cook 6 min. or until bacon is done and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in beans and barbecue sauce; simmer on medium-low heat 5 min.
RETURN steak and any juices from plate to skillet; cook 1 to 2 min. or until steak strips are done, stirring occasionally.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Caesar Spinach Dip

1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/3 cup  Caesar Dressing
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1/3 cup chopped red peppers
MIX sour cream and dressing in medium bowl.
RESERVE 1 tsp. cheese. Add remaining cheese to sour cream mixture with spinach and peppers; mix well.
TOP with reserved cheese.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BLT Rollers

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup  KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/2 cup  chopped tomatoes
2 flour tortillas (8 inch)
1/2 cup  shredded romaine lettuce
MIX cream cheese and mayo in medium bowl. Add bacon and tomatoes; mix well.
SPREAD onto tortillas; top with lettuce. Roll up tightly.
CUT each into 7 diagonal slices. 


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Apple Pie

1 Pie Crust

2/3 c brown sugar
1/8 t salt
1 T cornstarch
1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t nutmeg
1 t vanilla

Mix together and put into pie crust.

5 T butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2-3/4 c flour
1 t cinnamon

Mix topping with pastry blender.  Sprinkle over pie.  Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or less.  Put foil over edges of the pie to prevent burning of crust.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.