Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cream Puff in a Pan

With my mother's permission I am posting one her most requested desserts!

Cream Puff in a pan
1 c. water
1/2 c. butter (real)
1 c. flour
6 eggs
2 small boxes or 1 large box of you favorite pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. cream cheese
1 container of cool whip
*Chocolate syrup - optional
*crushed walnuts or pecans - optional

In a small kettle bring water and butter to a boil. Once boiling remove from the burner and add flour. Stirring rapidly the mixture will fall away from the sides of your kettle. Beat eggs in, one at a time. Once mixed well spread into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. When removed from the oven you will find a crust with many "hills/bubbles" etc. This is normal. Cool completely.

Mix together pudding, milk, and cream cheese. Spread over top of the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set. Top with a layer of cool whip. To dress them up a bit, we drizzle chocolate syrup on the cool whip and sprinkle with crushed walnuts or pecans.

Store covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


It's Saturday! I love to catch up on house chores and baking on the weekends. We don't have to have 10 ingredients, slave in the kitchen for hours for this traditional, been around forever, smile creating treat! I'm sure each and everyone of you knows this recipe....but I figured why not share it anyway!

Rice Krispie Bars
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal

    Melt butter and marshmallows. I use the microwave but the stove top works too. Be sure to stir often. I add a splash of vanilla flavoring to my gooey melted mixture. Stir in 6 cups of rice krispies. Today I used Kellogg's but the generic brands taste just as good.

Pat into a buttered 9x13 pan. Store covered so the bars keep their moisture. These bars can be easily decorated with colored sugars, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and so forth. Today I made the original recipe with no extras.

Although I have this recipe in my memory you can also find it on the cereal box! :-)

This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. It is the nylon knife sold by Pampered Chef. At first I thought a plastic knife what good is this....I've realized it has done a lot of good. Not to mention it main purpose which protects all our new pans we got as wedding gifts from getting knife marks that eventually rust. If you don't already have one, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hamburger Crescent Rolls

I had hamburger thawing at home, not sure what to make for supper! Thanks to my friends on Facebook I got some great ideas- tacos, lasanga, goulash, tator tot hotdish, chili, etc All these wonderful ideas helped me make my menu for the week. Aside from these ideas I had two rolls of Crescent Rolls in the fridge that needed to be used up. I like a good housewife I whipped up a new idea!

Hamburger Crescent Rolls
1 1/2 pounds hamburger
1 Onion - chopped
1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 rolls Crescent Rolls

Brown hamburger with chopped onion. Add shredded cabbage cook until soft. Sprinkle with cheese and stir well. Unroll the crescent rolls triangles, I stretched them a little to hold more of the meat mixture. Place the desired amount of filling near the bottom edge of the triangle and roll them up! I baked mine on a baking sheet *sprayed with Pam* for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

The guys ate them with ketchup, I however mixed a little horseradish with a fat free mayo and a couple drops of vinegar for a nice creamy dipping sauce.

The nice thing about this kind of recipe is that it's more of an "idea" than recipe. Use your imagination mix ingredients together you like wrap them up and bake em. It's a win-win idea!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Favorite" Pork Chops

When I ask my brother what he would like for supper, he always replies one of two things...crab legs or "favorite" pork chops with the lemons! My family absolutely loves these chops, my husband on the other hand....not so much! I'm going to share the recipe anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Lemon ChopsPork Chops
Onion - slices
Lemon - slices
Brown Sugar
Worcestershire sauce

Lay desired number of pork chops in a baking dish. Add a little water to the pan similiar to the amount used in a roast...just a very shallow amount. Next layer one solid slice of an onion then a slice of lemon on top of each chop. Top with a homemade sauce made of mainly ketchup, squirt of mustard, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, and enough brown sugar to sweeten the mixture. (This sauce is similiar to what I use to make bbq's.)

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until chops are done!

*Note: We actually eat the lemon and onion with the chop, they are super yummy!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy-Hoppy Easter!

Happy Easter

We hosted our very first holiday- Easter this past Sunday. The host(s) gennerally take care of the main course of the meal and our guests bring dishes to pass. Our menu was: baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, lettuce/apple salad, veggie tray, cupcakes galore, deviled eggs, easter candy etc.

I whipped up two different flavors of cupcakes chocolate and vanilla. Each decorated as an easter basket or a bunny.

We had one "hunter" and a good hunter he was! Grady who is 19 months old absolutely loved hunting for eggs! Here are a few pictures of him in action. *It was so windy out, we had our hunt in the house.

Grady is our Godson so we gave him a special gift: Johnny Tractor place setting with a talking Scooby-Doo card. He absolutely love it!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and that you all remembered the reason for the season.