Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Auntie K's Dinner Rolls

A few months ago my Aunt called and told me about a new roll recipe she was making.  She is the bread professional so I could not wait to try it out....they were AMAZING!! The rolls turn out light and delicious!  It was quick and easy to make.  My family thought they were in bread heaven!!
Auntie K's Dinner Rolls
Put in a bowl and set aside:(don't stir)
1/2 C. warm water
Sprinkle 2 T. yeast in water
Sprinkle  2 T. sugar on top
In a stand mixer add the following and mix:
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
Now add the yeast mixture and 4 cups of flour

Add about 4 more cups of flour-l cup at a time-dough should be a little sticky
Mix until the dough is mixed well and forms a ball.

Place the dough in a large greased bowl (or I use the mixing bowl), lightly cover with plastic wrap and let dough double in  size -at least 1 hr.
Shape in to rolls and place on a greased pan
Let rise at least 1/2  hr.
Bake 400 degrees for about 12 minutes-or until golden brown on top and bottom.


*You can make dinner rolls, sweet rolls, scones etc out this dough.
For Cinnamon Rolls-Roll out, spread with butter sprinkle with cinnamon 
and sugar.  Roll up and cut rolls( I use double  thread  to cut rolls)  
You can make your own frosting or I use the Whipped  vanilla frosting 
in the can.

Delicious!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Breakfast Cupcakes

You have probably already heard this, but I am not a breakfast person.  So when I make breakfast it shocks my family!!  They are wondering what is really going on, what the special occasion might be. They absolutely loved this one and it makes a great freezer meal for easy good breakfasts.
Breakfast Cupcakes
from Betty Crocker
1 bag (20-26 oz) bag of shredded hash brown potatoes (thawed)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 eggs
2 Tablespoons milk
3/4 cup diced ham, cooked sausage or crispy cooked bacon pieces
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place a foil liner in each of the 12 regular sized muffin cups.  Spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix the potatoes, oil, salt and pepper.  Divide evenly among cups and press lightly.
Bake 45-55 minutes or until golden brown.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and milk.  I added a dash of pepper.   Then stir in your choice of meat and the cheese.  Firmly press the potatoes in the muffin cups with the bottom of a 1/4 cup measuring cup.  Top each with about 1/4 cup of the egg mixture.
Bake 13-16 minutes or until a knife inserted in the cent of the egg comes out clean.
 Cool 5 minutes and serve or freeze.

I made a double batch and froze half of them!
Will be making more!!
Enjoy!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Italian Ranch Dressing

A few weeks ago I was making a pasta salad and went to my fridge thinking I had some Italian Dressing in there only to open the fridge, do the normal search and come up empty handed.  That's is when I decided to get a bit creative and came up with this recipe...which to my surprise was SO DELICIOUS in the pasta salad, that we started using it on regular salad.  The kids loved it!  It may look daunting because of the ingredient list, but it is pretty quick to whip up a batch.
Italian Ranch Dressing
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Mix together.  Refrigerate and shake or mix before serving.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Faves- Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without dessert and lots of it.  I don't make a lot of pies though out the year, but our Thanksgiving consist of plenty or pies!  Growing up I remember Grandma, my mom and aunts making lots of pies.  You had plenty of great options.  I also remember the men always undoing the top button on their pants to make room for more pie.  HAHA!!  I have carried on the pie tradition anyway and we wear sweats to avoid the pants thing.  My youngest daughter has become my pie maker and this is one of her favorites.  It takes two faves and puts it into one pie.  SO DELICIOUS!!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie
1 baked pie crust
Cream Cheese Layer
1- 8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping
Mix cream cheese, sugar and milk together until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream.
Place mixture in the pie crust.

Chocolate Layer
1 large (6 1/2 cup serving) instant chocolate pudding
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping
Mix the pudding mix with the milk.  Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir into the pudding mix.  Fold in the whipped topping.
Spread over top of cream cheese layer.
If desired grate a small amount of chocolate on top of the pie. Refrigerate for a few hours, if you can wait that long!
Serve with whipped cream on top!!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Faves- Snickers Salad

I was recently discussing Thanksgiving with my cousins. One thing we talked about was sitting at the kid's table for Thanksgiving.  It was the happening place to be, full of entertainment and lots of laughter.  None of us cousins wanted to move on to the adult table.  Our relationships grew and we enjoyed being around each other so much!  Lots of fabulous memories!
Therefore I am excited my kids will have the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with some of their cousins this year.   Snickers Salad is by far my kids most requested item for Thanksgiving dinner and it is a good one!
Snickers Salad

1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping
1 - 3 oz package instant vanilla pudding (french vanilla is so good!)
3-4 apples
3 regular sized Snickers bars
2 cups of milk
miniature marshmallows (about 2 cups)
Core and chop up apples and candy bars.
Mix pudding mix and milk together until smooth. Add apples and candy bars. Fold in the whipped topping and add the desired amount of marshmallows. Serve.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Faves- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Since moving away from Idaho extended family Thanksgivings have been pretty sparse.  This year we are blessed to have family coming and we will get together at my brother's house.  Which leads me in to this requested recipe that I got from my sister in law Nicole.  Another salad I don't make often enough. It is always a hit!!

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
5 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces
3 cups cauliflower, cut into small pieces
1 medium purple onion, chopped
½ cup salted sunflower seeds
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1. Mix broccoli, cauliflower, onion, sunflower seeds and bacon together in a large bowl.
2. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Stir until well coated.
3. Chill for 2-4 hours.

Note: You can use what ever ratio of broccoli/cauliflower you like.  All broccoli or half and half, ect.

The chill time does make a difference. It really allows the flavors to mix nicely.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Faves- Raspberry Pretzel Salad

This is one of those McNee family recipes that seemed to have gotten lost for a few years, but luckily it was found and now one of my family's favorites.  I don't make it often enough so it is a welcomed treat at Thanksgiving.   I promise to update the pictures this year.

Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
3 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
Mix pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.
1st Layer
1- 8 oz cream cheese
1 small can of crushed pineapple
1- 8 oz. whipped topping
Beat cream cheese and pineapple.  Add whipped topping and spread over crust.

2nd Layer
1- 6 oz. raspberry Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 (10 oz.) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in berries. Let stand for a few minutes until semi-set (around 10 minutes). Pour over cream cheese layer. Chill.  
3rd Layer
Cover the top with whipped topping.
Chill and enjoy!!

I would of loved to have had a picture of this salad served, but it was all gone within a couple of minutes.  

*Note: Strawberries also work great.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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