Tuesday, May 29, 2012


                                          I do not have a name for these, one is a recipe from Pintrest

              Purchased crescent rolls


              Chocolate bar or choc. bits

              Unroll crescents. Spread Nutella to cover leaving 1/8 inch on sides uncovered.

              Break up chocolate bar . Placing three or four  triangles on the widest part of the

              crescent. and three triangles in the next row.

              Roll up the crescent and bake according to package directions.

              If using choc. bits, scatter them on the nutella and re roll. Follow above directions.

              For easiest removal, place on parchment paper.

              Purchased crescent rolls

             Sprinkle with your favorite shredded cheese. Re roll. Bake according to package directions.

             For easy removal, place on parchment paper  [ Non stick foil can be used]

              These cheese crescents are great dipped in marinara sauce.

              Your kids will like these as much as adult. Enjoy!



Monday, May 21, 2012


           Never use White Vinegar in foods or use in any cooking.

           White Vinegar is great for sanitizing your kitchen counter,full strenght, cleaning your

           dispose all--dump a tray of ice cubes and 1/2 cuo white vinegar over them.

            Great for cleanig your washing machine. Just  measure 1 1/2 cups and add to

           a medium sized load, and let the cycle run through to the end.

            White Vinegar can also be added to the wash when doing laundry. Makes colored clothes

            look brighter and white clothes sparkle.Add 1/4 cup along with regular laundry soap.

            If you are painting keep a dish or two of vinegar around to help bannish oders.

                                                        Apple Cider Vinegar

             Apple cider vinegar is used in cooking, it perks up the taste of soups and sauces without

            using salt---just a splash! Apple cider vinegar helps digest some vegetables,

             Sprinkle it on cabbage, beans, spinach, and beans.

             Cider Vinegar comes in many flavors.

             It is good for you. Has lots of vitamins and minerals.



                                  Have you ever tried "frying or baking cheese"?

          On medium low heat, let your pan heat up first--then drop 1 rounded Tablespoon shredded

         cheese, [ any kind, I use Mexican or Taco seasoned]

         This works best on nonstick pans, but I used a stainless steel, no oil or spray.

         Cheese gets bubbly and melts in a circle. Slides out of you pan, or comes out easily

          with a spatula. Yummy!

          To bake--drop same amount on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

           Every oven heats differently, bake at 250* til melted. Watch carefully. It will turn

           crispy in 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

                                         Making Cookies ??

            Buy a package of mix----such as Betty Crocker, if peanut butter, add choc chips

            to batter or make :peanut butter blossoms. Much faster then from scratch. And as good.

            If oatmeal is your choice add choc bits, nuts raisins, coconut, nuts.

            If sugar--divide mixed cookie dough and color with food coloring.

           Possibilities are endless, very easy

Thursday, May 17, 2012


                                                   Here are 2 easy Appetizers or Snacks

             Cheesy Chili Squares

            In a bowl mix together
            3 Cups of shredded Monetary Jack cheese

           1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

              Pour half of the cheeses in a greased 8x8 baking dish.  

             Sprinkle 2 cans chopped chili's , drained [4 oz each]

             Add the remaining cheeses.

              In another bowl, beat 2 eggs

             Add 2 Tablespoons milk and 1 Tablespoon flour.

             Stir together and pour over the cheese.

             Bake at 375* [350* for glass] 30 minutes, or until set.

            Cool slightly. Cut into small squares. Serve warm

                                                           Cranberry Meatballs

              1 Package of frozen meatballs------any brand, what ever you prefer, Turkey, Italian

              Cool according to direction on package.

              1 Can[16oz] of jellied cranberry sauce

              1 Cup ketchup

              3 Tablespoons brown sugar
              1 Tablespoon lemon juice

              *n large sauce pan comb8ine all 4 ingredients. Cook stirring frequently, until the

               cranberry sauce is melted. Add meatballs and heat thoroughly

                           Good luck. I am sure you will enjoy both these dishes. Leave your comments.


Sunday, May 6, 2012


                                              Potato Soup

        3 Medium Potatoes----cut into 1 inch cubes  [can be white or red potatoes]

        Bring 2 cups water to Boil. Add potatoes and cook till tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup

        cooking liquid, adding water if needed.

        Peel and finely chop 1 onion. Cook onion with 3 tablespoons butter in soup pot

        till onion is translucent.

        Add 3 tablespoons all purpose flour to soup pot

        Season with Red Pepper Flakes and black pepper     [1/8 teaspoon, about]

         Cook this 3 to 4 minutes.

        Slowly add potatoes, Cooking liquid, 3 Cups milk and 1/2 teaspoon sugar to soup pot.

        Stir well. Add 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese and 1 cup chopped cooked ham.

        Simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

                    This is delicious. Serve with your favorite bread. Let me know if you liked it.


Pantry Basics

                                         More Basics For Your Pantry

 Bakers Chocolate and Choclate chips

Barbque sauce

Non-stick spray

Nuts [Almonds,walnuts and/ pecans]


Non-stick foil

Parchment paper

Saran wrap

Cake  and brownie mixes

Sweetened condensed  milk

Evaporated milk

                                        These are items you should have on hand, when Holiday baking

                  time is here--you will be prepared. Some of the above listed come sale priced at a time you

                  might not need them, but that is the time to buy.That way your pantry shelves ar always well

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Did you know...

                                               Using Your Microwave  As  A  Dynamic Duo

Baked  potatoes can be microwaved for 12 minutes [4 med.] then crisped up in a 450 * oven  for 15 minutes.

When you make an Apple pie -----microwave for 7 to 10 minutes [9"] then bake at 425* for 13 minutes.
Saves time and avoids heating up your kitchen.This will not work with refrigerated pie crust, such as PPillsbury], the crust just gets out of shape.

Warm pancake syrup....For 1 cup of syrup  1/12 to 2 minutes on reheat button

Soften frozen ice cream....on Warm for 1 1/2 Min

Use your microwaves to bake apples...covering them with WAXED paper for 12 to 14 minutes.

                                                               DID YOU KNOW----

By adding 1 tablespoon flour to a cake mix......instant whoopee pies! [not moist or pudding mix]

You can make BBQ chicken pizza at home...Just cut cooked chicken and cooked  sliced onion
  and add BBQ sauce, simmer together 1 minute. Place on pizza , bake..

Use coleslaw mix to add to soup for flavor and filler.

If you do any baking at all these are some items you need to have in the pantry, aside from the spices mentioned earlier;
             black pepper
             canola oil
            olive oil
            whole cloves and ground cloves
            bay leaves
            chicken broth

            More to follow.....