Yummy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Last Christmas, I found this recipe in the Food Network magazine.  I loved the hint of orange in these cookies and the ease of the recipe.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 and 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and confectioners’ sugar until fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and orange zest.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and then add it to butter mixture.  Stir until well incorporated.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll tablespoons into balls and flatten; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Menu plan Monday – Week of September 27

Monday – chicken cordon bleu (freezer), veggies, biscuits

Tuesday – ham in crockpot, scalloped potatoes, veggie

Wednesday – breakfast burritos, hash browns, fruit

Thursday – grilled cheese sandwiches, soup (TBA which kind of soup)

Friday – homemade hamburger helper, veggie, rolls

Saturday – left-overs

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Skyline Chili

I found this recipe on Crockpot Tuesdays.  Cincinnati is known for it’s Skyline Chili which is a sweet chili instead of a spicy chili.  I live an hour away from Cincinnati so there are lots of Skyline Chili restaurants around.  In fact, there are two Skyline Chili restaurants within five miles of my house.  Eating there can get expensive so I decided making it at home would be more cost effective plus I know what’s in my food.

Since I found the recipe, I have made it three times.  It was delicious the first time I made it.  However, the second time it was too runny so it wasn’t as good.  So when I made it for the third time, I decided to put a teeny less water in it.  It ended up being thicker and as delicious as it was the first time.

Skyline chili is eaten in 5 ways.

1-way:  chili
2-way:  spaghetti with chili
3-way:  spaghetti with chili and shredded cheddar cheese
4-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese and onions OR red kidney beans
5-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, onions, and red kidney beans

Stars of the Recipe

  • 2 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz. tomato paste (1 1/3 cans)
  • 5 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. steak sauce
  • 4 cups water (I used more like 3 and 3/4ths cup instead.)


  1. Brown ground beef lightly on stovetop.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
  3. Stir well, and cook on low for 12 hours or longer.


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Menu Planning Monday – Week of September 20

Today is hubby’s birthday.  Two weeks ago, I did not make the spaghetti carbonara so I’m going to make it for his birthday dinner.  He is really excited because that is one of his favorite meals.

Monday – spaghetti carbonara, garlic bread, salad

Tuesday – pancakes, bacon

Wednesdaylemon chicken (freezer), lemon basil pasta, salad or veggies, rolls

Thursdaytaco soup with cheese quesadillas

FridaySkyline chili over spaghetti, cornbread, salad or veggie

Saturday – I will be the only one here so I’m on my own.

Spanish style chicken noodle soup

I’ve been making this soup for the past few years.  I saw Rachael Ray cooking it up on her cooking show and decided I wanted to try it.  During the Lent season, I’ve made it to share with the members of my former church when we’ve had soup Wednesdays.  They always loved it.  In fact, during this past Lent season, I sent home leftovers with a couple people.

The thing I love about this soup is that instead of regular egg noodles, you use orzo pasta which is sort of like rice but is in reality pasta.  I also like that it has black beans in it.

Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium-size carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (about a palmful) chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf, use fresh if available
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 pound chicken tenders or chicken cutlets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes or 1 28-ounce diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta


  1. Put all of the ingredients except for orzo pasta in the crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. A half hour before serving, put the orzo pasta in the soup so that it can cook.
  4. Serve.

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