Saturday, February 28, 2009

Corn Chowder - Recipe R&R

It's cold and windy here today, so I decided to make Cooking for Comfort's Corn Chowder to help us warm up.

I told Big Daddy I was going to make chowder for supper and he kind of turned his nose up and said, What the heck is chowder? I told him I thought it was a thick soup. Turns out it's any thick and chunky soup so I was pretty close.

Anyway, this turned out really good. I altered the recipe slightly. Instead of 2 cups of milk, I used a can of evaporated milk and then filled the rest of the measuring cup with milk to get to 2 cups. I also used a lot more salt than it called for. And I used a 16 oz. bag of frozen corn instead of the 10 oz.

Kelly's rating - 9
My rating - 8.5

Friday, February 27, 2009

Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese - Recipe R&R

I made All In A Desert Day's Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese.

I started it this afternoon, boiling the milk and flour and seasonings. The vet called and told me my dogs were ready to be picked up (after getting bathed and their shots), so I had to turn off the burner and go pick them up and then start it back boiling again after I got home.

Don't they look pretty?

Anyway, this recipe just goes to show you how one person's taste differs from another. Kelly loved this.

Kelly's rating - 9
My rating - 4

I felt like it didn't have very much flavor. Every time I make homemade mac & cheese, I always wonder why I even bothered - the box stuff always tastes better to me.

I'm going to keep looking for the perfect homemade mac & cheese though. Any ideas?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crock Pot Smoked Sausage & Potatoes

I found this recipe over on I've altered it somewhat.

Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 lbs. red potatoes
1 lb. smoked sausage
8 ozs. cream cheese (softened)
10 1/2 oz. can cream of celery
1 oz. package dry ranch dressing mix

Spray crock pot with Pam. Cut potatoes into wedges or however you like them. Leave skins off or on, whatever you prefer. Throw them in crock pot. Cut sausage into 1/4" slices and throw them into crock pot. In a bowl blend softened cream cheese, cream of celery soup, and dry ranch dressing mix. Pour over potatoes and sausage. Stir. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

This was super, super easy to make and it tasted pretty dang good.

Kelly and I both would rate this a 9.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chicken & Biscuits - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Chicken & Biscuits. My neighbor gave me the recipe a while back. I altered it a little bit.

Here it is:

1/2 Onion Chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Large Can Chicken
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
6 Frozen Biscuits
Salt & Pepper to taste
Garlic Powder - few shakes
Cavender's Greek Seasoning - few shakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 11x7 dish. (Think I used a 2 quart dish.)

Saute onion in butter in skillet. Add chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Cavender's. Add soup, sour cream, milk.

Pour into baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese on top. Arrange biscuits, sprinkle remainder of cheese. Bake for additional 20 minutes or until biscuits are done.

I really like this recipe. The only thing I don't like about it is the biscuits. I think that's exactly what Kelly likes about it though. I would rather have crispy biscuits than soft.

Kelly's rating - 9.5 - 10
My rating - 8.5

Monday, February 23, 2009

Crock Pot Creamed Corn - Recipe R&R

To go along with the pork chops, I made Crock Pot Creamed Corn. I have no idea where I got the recipe from.

Here's the recipe:
32 oz. Frozen Corn
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Stick Butter
Salt & Pepper

Dump corn in crock pot. Cut cream cheese and butter into chunks. Dump in crock pot along with salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 4 hours. Do not cook on high. Serves 12.

I'd rate this about a 9.5.

I also made Cooking During Stolen Moments' Parmesan Popovers.

You can tell how they turned out - hmph!!

Cheesy Pork Chops - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Cheesy Pork Chops. I got the recipe from

Kelly said he'd rate these an 8.5 - isn't that a shocker? He rates almost everything an 8.5.

I'd rate these about a 4.

Good Morning


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Meatloaf - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Jewels in the Kitchen's Meatloaf. I adapted it somewhat.

I had what I thought was close to a pound of ground deer meat. I only used about 1/3 of a cup of Bisquick because I wasn't sure if I had quite a pound of meat. I also added dried minced onion and Cavender's Greek Seasoning. Have y'all ever tried that stuff? It's good stuff.

Since I didn't think I had enough mixture to make a loaf out of it, I just put the mixture into a muffin tin. I really like the way they turned out.

Big Daddy's rating - 8.5
My rating - 8

Strawberry Pretzel Salad - Recipe R&R

This weekend I made Adventures are Better Together's Strawberry Pretzel Salad. I made it to take to our "family fun night." My family gets together once a month and we play games and eat food and visit.

I thought this was pretty good. I'm not much of a Jell-O eater, but Maddie loves it. So I would put some in a bowl and peel off the layer of Jell-O and give that to Maddie and I was left with all the yummy goodness of the salty pretzels mixed with the sweetness of the sugar and creaminess of the cream cheese - yum!

I'd rate this an 8.5.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Beef Nacho Casserole - Recipe R&R

I made Beef Nacho Casserole. I found the recipe over on CookingSpot.

Neither Kelly or I cared for this. It calls for 3/4 cup Miracle Whip, but I used mayo instead. I don't think that's the reason it tasted kind of funky though.

We'd both rate this a 5-6.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'll Miss You, Mary Ann

One of our dogs died this afternoon. Her name was Mary Ann. Here she is pictured with her 10 puppies she had back on August 5, 1998.

I'm going to miss you Mary Ann (aka Mary Mack, Miss Mack, Miss Mack Attack, Macka Macka, Mackarena, Nanny Nan, and all the other trillion things I called her).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lemon Chicken Casserole - Recipe R&R

My sweet niece made this for us back in October when I wasn't doing much cooking. I've adapted the recipe a little bit.

1 Large Can Chicken, Drained
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers
1 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1/2 Stick Melted Butter
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper

I had to take a picture of my can opener. I love that thing. After going through about 4 or 5 manual can openers, I finally found this one.

Onto the recipe.
Dump chicken in medium-sized bowl. I always like to break it up with a fork, so there's not any big chunks. Stir in soup, sour cream and lemon juice. Sprinkle three or four dashes of garlic powder and salt and pepper in there. Mix together. Then pour all into a greased 8 X 11 1/2 casserole dish.

Crush crackers. You probably could get away with using half a sleeve of Ritz crackers, but it's easier for me to just go ahead and crush the whole sleeve without opening the package. Plus, the crackers make this taste good.

Sprinkle poppy seeds over casserole. Drizzle melted butter on top.

Bake @ 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

Big Daddy and I would rate this a 9.5.

Lemon Chicken Casserole

1 Large Can Chicken, Drained
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers
1 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1/2 Stick Melted Butter
Garlic Powder - Few Shakes
Salt & Pepper

Dump drained chicken in medium-sized bowl. Stir in soup, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour all into 8 X 11 1/2 greased casserole dish. Crush crackers. Spread over casserole. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Drizzle casserole with butter. Bake @ 350 about 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

This Sounds Like Something I'd Do


Wordless Wednesday - Trying Again

Why can't I ever make Wordless Wednesday actually wordless?

After what happened to us in October, I've been kind of leery about spreading the news even though I just found out the other day. But I thought, what could it hurt? If anything else, it will get more prayers sent up for me and the baby. So if you're the praying type, please say a little prayer for me and the baby. If all goes well, the baby would be due on October 23rd. That's the same due date they gave me back in 2005 for Maddie. Isn't that odd?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mashed Potatoes - Recipe R&R

To go with the ribs, I made Southern Plate's Mee Mee's Mashed Potatoes.

The picture turned out horrible. The potatoes, however, did not.

These were some of the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten. I had to add a bit more salt.

Kelly and I both would rate these a ...wait for it...a 10!!! Yay!

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs - Recipe R&R

I made Sweet Savory Southern's Crock Pot BBQ Ribs tonight.

I bought boneless pork ribs.

These turned out delicious.

Kelly and I both would rate these an 8.5.

Orange-Strawberry Julius - Recipe R&R

This morning, instead of the usual cheese on toast or frozen waffles for breakfast, I made Adventures Are Better Together's Orange-Strawberry Julius.

I forgot to take a picture of it though.

This stuff was delicious. A little on the sweet side but the frozen strawberries I used already had sugar added to them and then I added two tablespoons of sugar as well.

Maddie drank the whole glass and thought it was yummy!

I'd rate this a 9.5.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Recipe R&R - Penne Alla Vodka

I made Telly's Tasty Tidbits' Penne Alla Vodka. It was super easy to make.

This was absolutely delicious. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Kelly and I both would rate this a 9.

Recipe R&R - Apple Dump Cake

I wanted something sweet to eat, so I made Something New Is Cooking's Apple Dump Cake today.

This calls for a stick of melted butter, but I think it needed more.

I've made Pioneer Woman's Dump Cake before and thought it was absolutely delicious. PW's recipe calls for a stick of margarine and a half a stick of butter and a can of crushed pineapple. Since Kelly doesn't like pineapple, I figured I'd give the apple dump cake a try.

It's pretty good...just a little dry. I think it might have been better using a yellow cake mix too, but that's just me.

I'd rate this a 6.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Recipe R&R - Jenny's Cooking's Texas Chicken Quesadillas

Tonight I made Jenny's Cooking's Texas Chicken Quesadillas.

The recipe calls for 2 chicken breasts. But since I'm a canned chicken kind of girl, I used one large can of chicken. This recipe is to be made in a quesadilla maker. There's also an option to bake these in the oven.

I don't have a quesadilla maker - didn't even know they made such a thing, but I'm kind of behind the times on stuff like that.

I made these by putting a little oil in the skillet and then flopping a big flour tortilla in there and then loading the cheese, cooked chicken and caramelized onions in it and then folding the tortilla in half. My grandpa used to make quesadillas that way.

I think these turned out pretty good. Kelly said I put too many onions on his. He's not a big onion connoisseur. I myself love onions, especially caramelized ones.

Kelly and I both would rate this an 8.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Recipe R&R - Tested ,Tried and True's Honey Glazed Carrots

Tonight I made Tested, Tried and True's Honey Glazed Carrots.

I don't know why I made these because I'm the only person in the house who will eat them and I really only like carrots in a stew.

These tasted okay. Kind of crunchy in the middle. I don't know if they're supposed to be like that or not since I've never cook carrots on their own. Jeez, I got to get out more often or expand my horizons or something.

I'd rate these carrots a 5.

The highlight of the meal, at least for Maddie anyway, was the Spongebob Squarepants macaroni and cheese showcased below in a lovely pot that belonged to my grandmother.

Recipe R&R - Lynn's Kitchen Adventures Crock Pot Roast

Tonight I made Lynn's Kitchen Adventures Crock Pot Roast.

I don't know why every time I cook a roast in the crock pot, it comes out dry. How does that happen?

This recipe calls for chili sauce which my mother-in-law turned me on to. It also calls for beer, which I turned myself onto years ago.

I didn't like this. Not just because the meat was dry, but because it had a weird flavor to me. Maybe it's because of the beer I used, Bud Light Lime, but I honestly don't think so.

Kelly's rating - 6
My rating - 4

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Comment Section

Well, I finally figured out how to get the comment section back to Blogger, but in the process, it deleted some comments. So why don't y'all leave me some more. How am I doing? Is anybody finding the Recipe R&R helpful in any way?

Recipe R&R - Jenny's Cooking's Crock Pot Lasagna

Tonight I made Jenny's Cooking's Crock Pot Lasagna.

This was the easiest lasagna I've ever made.

Our favorite lasagna is from The Neely's. It's called Mama's Lasagna and that's what I usually make. But this lasagna is so much easier to make and tastes just about as good.

Kelly's rating on this lasagna was a 9.
My rating is an 8.5.

Wordless Wednesday - Storm

I took this picture while Maddie and I were driving in my husband's truck on our way to my niece's graduation from nursing school in Lubbock, Texas. You can tell by the date that I took this picture almost two years ago, but I will never forget that day.

I was scared to death. I didn't have a cell phone, and even if I did, I couldn't have called anyone. I remember the wind blowing like crazy and it getting very dark and the rain was coming down in sheets. There was not one single place I could have pulled over when we got into the storm, no shoulder, no houses. Instead of slowing down, I hit the gas thinking I could drive through the storm. I remember coming to a little town called Benjamin and someone in a white van was pulled over and they flashed their lights at me. That's when I saw a teeny, tiny gas station with a carport type of deal over the gas tanks. I pulled in there, pulled Maddie out of her car seat (which was probably not a good idea, but she was screaming at the top of her lungs.) I just held her and prayed that we'd be okay. I felt the back of the truck lift up and shift a little. And then as quickly as it started, it was over.

We made it to the graduation without a second to spare.

So much for wordless, huh? Sorry, but I had to describe what all we went through.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Recipe R&R - Everyday Food Storage's Sour Cream Chili Bake

Tonight I made Everyday Food Storage's Sour Cream Chili Bake. I didn't have ground beef, so I used deer meat. Still got a lot of that stuff in the freezer.

This stuff was really good.

Kelly and I both would give this an 8.5.

Been using my Wii Fit every day. Guess I should start watching what I eat. My original Wii Fit age was 60. Yesterday it was 38. Today it was 34! Don't know really what that means. I know my legs and bobo are sore.

Mammogram Update

So I went today for the diagnostic mammogram. And since I've been playing along with The Diaper Diaries 1 Cor. 7:5 Challenge, I let them know there was a slight possibility I could possibly be pregnant. I have no idea if I am or not. It's not time for me to start or anything - not until next week. But since I had a miscarriage in October, I'm taking every precaution.

Anyway, the radiologist said that since the machine they were going to use today puts off a lot more radiation than the regular mammogram and that a sonogram would probably not show what he was looking for, they didn't do the diagnostic mammogram.

They told me to call whenever I start my period and they'll get me in that week. And if I don't start my period, if I am pregnant, then they want me to come back after the second trimester and they'll cover my belly with the lead apron thing then they'll do the diagnostic mammogram.

But the radiologist said for me not to worry, that the first mammogram kind of looks like shadows (or something like that) and for me to relax.

So that's what I'm going to do. Thanks for all your prayers, and please keep them coming.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Recipe R&R - Tested, Tried and True's Porcupine Meatballs

Tonight I made Tested, Tried and True's Porcupine Meatballs for supper.

Easy to make. I don't have a pressure cooker, so I did the stove-top method. Cooked them in my electric skillet because no matter what kind of skillet I use, I can't get meat to brown on my 1,000-year-old stove.

Big Daddy and I agreed on this one. We'd rate it an 8.

What's really awesome is Maddie ate some of these and we had no leftovers - yay!

Recipe R&R - Cooking For Comfort's Scotcheroos

I made Cooking For Comfort's Scotcheroos because I wanted some chocolate.

Maddie helped me make these this afternoon. I thought they were delicious.

My rating - 8.5

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Recipe R&R - Something New Is Cooking's Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake

Tonight I made Something New Is Cooking's Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake. It was easy enough to throw together. It takes, like, a million years to get my 1,000-year-old stove to boil water, so the majority of time was me waiting on the water to boil so I could cook the egg noodles.

I halfed the recipe. I used canned chicken. I also added a lot more salt than it called for. I didn't put the bread crumbs on it either.

Big Daddy's rating - 8
My rating - 8 to 8.5

In other news, I got a Wii Fit today. I was so excited. Tried it out this afternoon and it said my Wii Fit age is 60.

That's when I stomped it to smithereens.

Also, got my hair done yesterday at The Salon at Remington, which is a cosmetology school. I got highlights and a cut. Sat down in the salon chair at 9:30 and left at 3:00, with my hair wet I might add. Cannot believe it took that long.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Recipe R&R - A Recipe A Day's Monkey Bread

This morning I made A Recipe A Day's Monkey Bread.

Pretty easy to throw together. I think I didn't melt the butter and brown sugar long enough because after this cooled, it was hard as a rock. It was still good though.

I forgot to ask Big Daddy to rate it. But I did ask him what he thought and his answer was, Too sweet. I need to quit asking him stuff.

My rating is about a 7 to an 8.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Recipe R&R - My Yummy Goodness's Dorito Casserole

Tonight I made My Yummy Goodness's Dorito Casserole. It was so easy to make.

I almost forgot to take a picture of it. You can see my 1,000-year-old stove underneath it. Have y'all seen my stove? It's old. I swear it's older than me.

You thought I was joking, I bet. Sadly, I'm not (sniff, sniff.)

Big Daddy's not too fond of Doritos - something I didn't know before I made this casserole. He thought it might have been better if I had used Fritos. I say he doesn't know what he's talking about.

Big Daddy's rating - 7
My rating - 8 to 8.5

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Recipe R&R - Sing For Your Supper's Buffalo Chicken Dip

I was hungry this afternoon. I didn't eat lunch for some reason. So I made Sing For Your Supper's Buffalo Chicken Dip (aka Crack Dip).

(Picture doesn't look very appetizing - sorry)

It calls for two cans of chicken, but I wasn't for sure if that meant two small cans or two large cans. I assumed it meant two small cans, so I just used one large can. Does that make sense?
Anyway, I think maybe I should have used two large cans.

The original recipe over at The Bitten Word actually called for two cups of shredded chicken. I have yet to figure out how many cans of chicken equals a cup, if it's one large can or what. I'm kind of leaning towards one large can equals two cups. But if that's the case, this recipe needs more chicken if you ask me.

Maybe some day I'll actually measure a large can of chicken and see how many cups that is. That would be helpful, wouldn't it? Of course I would get a measuring cup dirty in the process and then I'd have to rinse it out and put it in the dishwasher and blah, blah, blah. Am I the only person who thinks like this?

Anyway, I made some refrigerated bread sticks to eat the dip with.

Oh, yeah and the brand of buffalo sauce I used was Texas Pete Buffalo Sauce. They don't sell any kind of buffalo sauce at Walmart. I didn't even know what buffalo sauce was. I had to look it up on the Internet to figure that out. I'm such a dork. Had to make a special trip to Kroger for it.

Anyway, this stuff is pretty good, but not sure if it's crackalackin. It was a little spicy for me. I'm a big wimp when it comes to spicy stuff. I added extra ranch and extra blue cheese, but it was still on the spicy side.

If Kelly (aka Big Daddy) was home, I bet he'd rate this a 9 or more. I give it a 7 or 8.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Recipe R&R - Cooking For Comfort's Mashed Potato Casserole

Tonight I made Cooking For Comfort's Mashed Potato Casserole as a side dish to go along with the pulled pork.

I used the instant butter & herb mashed potatoes. I also put the bacon and cheddar and french fried onions in there.

Man, I love french fried onions. I eat them out of the can whenever I'm cooking with them. Grosses Big Daddy out. Don't know why. He grosses out when I take a couple of bites out of the cream cheese too. Isn't he weird? I think next time I'll scoop up some cream cheese with a french fried onion and then breathe on him - ha! Wait a minute, that sounds really good - cream cheese and french fried onions - yummy.

Anyway, back to this scrumptious dish.

This stuff was DELICIOUS!

Big Daddy and I both would give this a 9 - awesomeness!

Recipe R&R - Cassie's Ruminations' Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

Tonight I made Cassie's Ruminations' Crock-Pot Pulled Pork.

First of all, I've never cooked a pork shoulder roast in my life. Heck, I've never cooked a pork roast in my life.

I screwed up by putting the barbecue sauce in the crock pot along with the root beer. And I really tried pulling the pork with two forks, but I tired of that and just chopped the rest of it up with a knife.

Big Daddy's rating - 7
My rating - 5

There was something about the taste of this that I didn't really like. I think it was the sweetness of it. I usually like sweet stuff though, so I'm not sure what it was.

Kitchen Wisdom

These crack me up.

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Go to the bakery! Hell, they’ll even decorate it for you!

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant ‘fix-me-up.’

If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too bad. Please recite with me the real woman’s motto: ‘I made it, you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes!’

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Celery? Never heard of it!

Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust, so I don’t..

Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Leftover wine??????????? HELLO!!!!!!!


Wordless Wednesday - I Look Like Mama

Maddie tried my glasses on and said, I look like Mama.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Recipe R&R - Cooking During Stolen Moments Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham

Tonight I made Cooking During Stolen Moments Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham. It was pretty easy to throw together. I used about 3/4 of a Dak canned ham because I like to take short cuts or you could say I'm lazy - either one works.

I either used not enough ham or too many potatoes. This was still good though. I personally could have done without the bread crumbs.

Big Daddy's rating - 8.5
My rating - 7.5

Bundt Pan

Maddie saw this picture and said, "Oooooh, gross!!! Toilet paper in a pie!"

I said, "It's a bundt pan."

She said, "Oooooooh, gross - a butt pan!"

She cracks me up.