Friday, March 13, 2009

Maple Oatmeal drops

Maple Oatmeal Drops

1/2c butter
1 3/4c flour
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2c maple syrup
1/4tsp salt
1/3c sour cream
1 1/4c quick oats

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg, syrup, and sour cream. Beat well.
In a seperate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
Add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats.
Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Makes approx. 4 dozen cookies.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Braised Corned Beef with Maple Syrup

Braised Corned Beef with Maple Syrup

4lbs corned beef
1c maple syrup
1/4c bourbon (optional)

Place brisket on rack in roasting pan and bake at 325 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.
Reduce heat to 275 degrees, cover and bake 2 hours.
Uncover and reserve 1/2c liquid, discard the rest.
Add maple syrup (and bourbon) to liquid and pour over corned beef.
Continue baking, basting frequently for 1 hour.
Serve liquid as sauce when done.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Maple Chicken

Maple Chicken

2lbs chicken, cut into pieces
1/3c flour
1/4c oil
1/2c maple syrup
2Tbs cider vinegar
2Tbs soy sauce (low sodium works fine)
2tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2tsp pepper
1/4tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat chicken with flour.
Using oil, brown chicken for about 5 minutes.
Arrange in 9x12 baking dish. In a small bowl mix together syrup, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, pepper, and paprika. Pour over chicken evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning once during baking.
Cover with foil if browning too quickly.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Maple Bran Muffins

Maple Bran Muffins

1c Flour
1tsp baking soda
1c bran flakes
1/3c raisins
1/2c chopper walnuts
1c maple syrup
1c sour cream
2 eggs

2tsp maple syrup
2tsp melted butter
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease miffin tins and set aside.
Put flour and baking soda into medium sized bowl.
Add bran flakes, raisins, and walnuts.
Combine maple syrup, sour cream and eggs in a seperate bowl, add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
Fill muffin cups.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
Melt butter and syrup and brush over warm muffins, dust with powdered sugar.

It's Maple Syrup Season!

Every Spring, just before the trees start budding, there is a lot of activity in our family. It is maple syrup time. We spend the month of March collecting and boiling sap into yummy syrup. We then have yummy, real, natural maple syrup to use year round. Best of all, we know exactally what is (and isn't) in it! Aside from our own use, we generally make enough to sell as well.

If you are interested in purchasing syrup from me, please send me an email with Maple Syrup as the subject (so I know it isn't spam).

Since it is maple season, enjoy these wonderful recipies using maple syrup!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Country Chicken Chowder

Country Chicken Chowder

· 2 Tbs butter
· 1 ½ lbs chicken, cut to ½ inch pieces
· 2 small onions, chopped
· 2 celery stalks, sliced
· 2 c corn
· 2 cans Cream of Potato Soup, undiluted
· 1 ½ cups chicken broth
· 1 tsp dill
· ½ c half-and-half

· Melt butter in a large skillet.
· Add chicken, cook until browned (not completely cooked – browning keeps from shredding in crock pot).
· Combine all ingredients into slow cooker.
· Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
· Turn off heat, stir in half-and-half. Recover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chili in a crock pot


· 1 lbs ground beef
· 1c chopped onion
· ½ c green pepper, chopper
· 2Tbs garlic powder
· 2 15-ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
· 14-ounce can tomato sauce or
· 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
· 4-5 tsp chili powder
· ½ tsp basil, crushed

· In a large saucepan cook beef, onion, pepper, and garlic powder until meat is browned.
· Combine meat mixture, kidney beans, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, basil, and a sprinkle of black pepper in crock pot. Stir to mix well.
· Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

· Can also be cooked on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

Goes well with corn bread.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Apple Chicken

Apple Chicken

chicken breasts cut in large chunks
3 pats of butter
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cut in approx 1 inch cubes
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
~1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat large skillet on medium heat
Melt butter in skillet
Add chicken and Italian seasoning.
Stir to coat chicken in butter and seasoning
.Stir often so that chicken is cooked evenly.
Add apple chunks after about 8 minutes (when chicken is about halfway done)
When chicken is completely done add cheese and stir 'til it's melted.

Serve over rice or lettuce.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup

3 medium red potatoes, peeled, cut in small cubes
2 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c chopped onion
3 tsp butter
3 tsp all-purpose flour
ground black pepper
3 c milk
1 c Shredded Cheddar cheese
1 c cubed cooked ham
pepper to taste

Directions:Bring water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil; add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain; reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid (add water to measure 1 cup if necessary). Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté chopped onion in the hot butter until tender. Add flour to butter and onion mixture; stir until smooth. Season with a little pepper; continue to cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup of cooking liquid, and milk. Stir well; add cheese and ham. Simmer potato ham soup over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes.Chunky potato ham soup serves 6 to 8.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pork Pot roast and veggies (crock pot)

Pork Pot roast and veggies (crock pot)

2 cans beef broth
2-3lbs Pot Roast
3-4 Carrots (or 1 bag of baby carrots)
5-6 small potatoes
1 onion
Lemon Pepper Seasoning

· Peel and cut up carrots and potatoes. Place in bottom of crock pot.
· Quarter onion and place in crock pot
· Rub lemon pepper seasoning into roast
· Place roast in crock pot fatty side up
· Cover with broth
· Cook on low for 8-10hours
· Remove from heat and serve

To make gravy:
· Put juice from crock pot into a pan on stove and bring to boil.
· In a small container with lid mix 5 Tbs cornstarch with ½ cup cold water. Shake well.
· While stirring continuously, add cornstarch mixture to broth. Return to boiling. As it boils the mixture should start to thicken. Depending on amount of broth, more cornstarch may need to be added. Remember to return to a boil after adding each amount and to keep stirring so lumps to not form.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bruschetta chicken bake - from

Bruschetta chicken bake - from (haven't actually tried this one yet)


1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

HEAT oven to 400ºF.
MIX tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened
LAYER chicken, basil and cheese in 3-qt. casserole or 13x9-inch baking dish.
TOP with stuffing. Bake 30 min. or until chicken is done.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spare Ribs in a crock pot

Spare Ribs in the Crock Pot

3 lb. spare ribs

1 (18 oz.) bottle of barbeque sauce
1/2 c. water
1 lg. onion, chopped
Sprinkle with garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in crock pot.

Cut ribs to fit and layer, switching direction of ribs each time.
Cook in crock pot on medium for 6 to 8 hours.

Kielbasa soup

Kielbasa soup

· ½ lb baby carrots
· 5-6 medium potatoes
· 1 lbs beef kielbasa
· 1 c Great Northern Beans
· 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
· 2 cans chicken broth
· 1 can water (equal to broth can size)

· Cook beans according to directions. Let soak.
· Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
· Cut kielbasa into bite-sized pieces.
· Combine beans, potatoes, kielbasa, vegetable, broth, and water in a crock pot.
· Cook on low 5-6 hours until vegetables are cooked.

Good with bread and butter.

Monday, March 2, 2009

French Casserole

French Casserole

· 1 lb ground hamburger
· 1 onion – diced
· 1 can corn
· 1 package of instant potatoes
· Paprika

· Heat oven to 350°
· Dice onion
· Brown hamburger and onions
· Make instant potatoes according to package directions
· Drain hamburger well
· In 9x9 pan layer hamburger, then corn, then potatoes
· Sprinkle top with paprika
· Bake for 30 min

Enjoy with bread and butter.

Lasagna in a crock pot

Lasagna in a crock pot (haven't tried this one yet - next week)

1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbs garlic powder
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
12 ounces cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
12 ounces lasagna noodles, uncooked
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

· Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in frypan.
· Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and oregano.
· Cook long enough to get it warm.
· Spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker.
· Add a double layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break to fit) and top with cheeses.
· Repeat with sauce, noodles and cheeses until all are used up.
· Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.

Enjoy with Garlic Bread

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
3 cups ham, cooked
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
5 cups potatoes, pared and sliced

· Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat; blend in flour, salt, and pepper.
· Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Remove from heat gradually stir in milk.
· Return to heat; cook until thickened and bubbly.
· Fold in ham, onion, and cheese. Pour over potatoes in a large bowl.
· Stir gently then move into a buttered 13X4-inch baking dish; cover with foil.
· Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
· Uncover and continue to bake for 1 hour.
· Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Ham & Sweet Potatoes in a Crock Pot

Ham & Sweet Potatoes in a Crock Pot

· 6 carrots
· 3 sweet potatoes
· 1 ½ lbs boneless ham
· 1c Maple Syrup

· Peel Carrots and Potatoes and slice in half lengthwise.
· Place carrots and sweet potatoes at the bottom of slow cooker.
· Place ham on top of vegetables
· Pour syrup over ham and vegetables
· Cover, and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

Saturday, February 28, 2009



2 eggs – beaten
¾ cup milk
2/3 cups bread crumbs (or crackers)
¼ cup chopped onions (or just onion power 2TBS)
2 tablespoons parsley
½ teaspoon each of sage, basil, and oregano
1-1 ½ pounds ground beef (I only use 1lbs)
¼ cup ketchup or 1 small can of tomato paste


Turn oven to 350 degrees
Mix eggs, milk, and seasonings
In another bowl mix meat, onion, and breadcrumbs (I use my hands for best blending)
Combine both mixtures into one bowl, mix well, put in pan (8x8, 9x9, or loaf pan – no need to grease).
Bake for approximately one hour
Apply ketchup or tomato paste to top and continue baking for another 10-20 min
Let stand for 5-10 min before serving (helps it to hold together more).

Meatballs in the crock pot

Meatball Subs – Crock pot

Sauce Ingredients:
2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup parsley
1 medium onion
Meatball Ingredients:
2 eggs – beaten
¾ cup milk
2/3 cups bread crumbs (or crackers)
¼ cup chopped onions (or just onion power 2TBS)
2 tablespoons parsley
½ teaspoon each of sage, basil, and oregano
1-1½ pounds ground beef
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
6 Hoagie Rolls

Sauce Directions:
Chop onion in to fine pieces and put all ingredients into crock-pot.
Cook on low for 6 hours.

Meatball Directions:
Mix eggs, milk, and seasonings
In another bowl mix meat and breadcrumbs (I use my hands for best blending)
Combine both mixtures into one bowl. Add more bread crumbs if needed to thicken mixture. It should be slightly gooey, but hold together when rolled into balls.
Roll into golf ball sized balls and put in crock pot. Between each meatball, run hands under cold water to keep mixture from sticking to hands.
Cover each layer of meatballs with sauce before starting next layer.
Cook in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. (if making sauce from recipe above at the same time, no need to cook separately, just cook all at once.
Cut open hoagie roll and insert 4-6 meatballs, Sprinkle cheese across top.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Bean and Potato Soup

Bean and Potato Soup

  • 1-1/2 lbs. cooked, dried,
  • white beans (reserve liquid)
  • 2 qt. cooking liquid (or cooking liquid plus water to equal 2 qts.)
  • 12 oz. pared potatoes, diced
  • 2 c. chopped celery
  • 4 oz. diced onion
  • 2 small minced garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 c. cooked brown rice chopped
  • parsley to garnish


  • In large sauce pan combine beans, liquid, potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • If desired, remove cover and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Pour over 1/4 c. hot rice.
  • Garnish with parsley.

Chicken stew - from

Chicken stew - from

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 large carrot, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
PREMIUM Saltine Crackers

COAT chicken with flour; set aside. Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add chicken, onions and carrots; cook and stir 10 min. or until chicken is evenly browned and vegetables are tender.
ADD tomatoes with their liquid, the zucchini and artichokes; mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer 20 min. Stir in olives. SERVE with crackers

Chicken and Dumplings (or biscuits)

Chicken and Dumplings (or biscuits)

3-4 chicken breasts
1 large pot of water
Chicken Bullion (optional)
2 ¼ c Bisquick
2/3 c Milk

· Boil water and bullion
· Add chicken and cook completely
· When chicken is done cooking, remove from pot
o Mix bisquick and milk until soft dough forms.
o Drop by spoonfuls into boiling water, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes uncovered
o Cover and cook for 10 minutes more.
o Remove from pot

· If making biscuits, mix bisquick and milk until soft dough forms. Drop spoonfuls on an ungreased cookies sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes at 450°.

Serve together with jam or jelly.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

10 minutes from start to table

Quick and easy meals

  • Tuna Boat
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Soup and grilled cheese
  • Chicken fingers and fries
  • Hamburgers and tater tots

Starting a blog for recipes...

So after sharing and receiving recipes galore, I decided to start this blog in an effort to get as many recipes that I have out there to whomever wants them. This will be ongoing, and if you have a recipe that you would like to add, please feel free to let me know.