Posted in Bread and muffins, Recipes

Easy Rolls

A while ago, I was looking for a recipe for biscuits or rolls on Paula Deen’s website.  I found this recipe for Easy Rolls.  They looked easy so I decided to try them.  Once I tried them once, I was hooked.  They have a slightly sweet taste and are so tender.

The Imaginative one tasted one and his response was “M-M-M.”  After you try them, I’m sure you will say the same thing.

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Easy Rolls

Stars of this recipe:

  • 2 cups of Self Rising Flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp. of sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp. of mayonnaise

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together flour and milk.
  3. Add sugar and mayonnaise.
  4. Bake in slightly greased (I use a cooking spray.) muffin tins for 12 to 15 minutes or until brown.

This recipe makes 12 rolls.

This recipe is linked up to Mommy’s Kitchen for Potluck Sunday.

Posted in Pictures

Pictures of the Gateway Arch

This weekend, hubby and I went on a weekend away without the boys.  Our destination was St. Louis.  He had driven through the city many times when he went on his super trips with the Explorer Post (Boy Scouts).  They would go on long trips to places like Yellowstone National Park.  They never stopped so he was fasinated with the Arch. 

Me on the other hand had only been the Arch once in my entire life and that was almost 25 years ago.  I had flown out to Colorado to visit my aunt.  We then drove home and went past the Arch.  I fell asleep soon seeing it.

Here are some pictures of the Arch, inside it, and then the view from it.  Enjoy!

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Posted in Recipes, Side Dishes

Brown sugar carrots

My mom gave us various vegetable seeds last April. My hubby decided to plant some of them.  One of the vegetables was carrots.  Last night, I harvested some of the carrots.  I decided to make brown sugar carrots for dinner.

This recipe is so simple, but the taste is superb.

Brown Sugar Carrots

Stars of the Recipe:

  • carrots cut into circles (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter or margarine
  • 3 Tbsp. of brown sugar (You can add more if you want it sweeter.)
  • 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon

Steps:

  1. Cut up the carrots.  Put in a microwaveable bowl.
  2. Put the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.  You want them tender crisp not mushy.
  4. After they are finished, take the bowl out of the microwave and then stir the syrup up.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.

Posted in Menu planning

Menu for week of July 19 – with recipe

Welcome to my kitchen.

On Thursday of last week, the Imaginative One and I ventured to a local fruit/vegetable stand for their delicious corn on the cob.  While there, I got some fresh green beans so I changed up my menu for the next day.  Instead of making the quick pork lo mein, I opted to make green beans, potatoes, and ham which was something my grandma made often.  It’s budget friendly and easy which are two positives.  I’m moving the quick pork lo mein to this week’s menu.

Later on in the week, my hubby and I are going on a long awaited trip to St. Louis.  We haven’t gone on a vacation by ourselves for nine years.  So I don’t need to plan for much this week.

Green beans, potatoes, and ham

Stars of the recipe:

  • green beans – either two pounds of fresh greens or two to three cans of green beans, drained
  • peeled and diced potatoes – I used four potatoes when I made mine.  You can use more or less.
  • 2 c. diced ham
  • salt to taste

Steps:

  1.  Put the potatoes, green beans, and ham in the crockpot.
  2. Fill the crockpot with water to cover the potatoes, green beans, and ham.  Add salt
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.  Enjoy!

Menu for this week:

Breakfasts:

cereal, mini pancakes, mini bagels

Lunches:

sandwiches, leftovers

Dinners:

Desserts:

Grandma’s White Salad
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies – I found this great recipe on Mommy’s Kitchen blog.  I decided that this would be great to take along on my road trip.  That is if they last until Friday!

What is on your menu for the upcoming week?

For more great menu plans, please visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday!  Have a great week.

Posted in Dessert, Eat at home ingredient spotlight, Family Recipe, Grandma, Holiday/Christmas, Recipes, Salad

Grandma’s White Salad

I have so many memories of this salad.  One of my best memories is from when I worked at Walt Disney World in 1995.  My grandma sent me various family recipes so that I could have a little bit of home while down there.  When Thanksgiving time came, I decided I would make a Thanksgiving meal for my friends and me to share.  We had a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings except we had chicken instead of turkey.  One of the dishes I made was grandma’s white salad.  For two weeks afterward, I would take portions of the Thanksgiving meal to work for my lunches.

That Thanksgiving weekend was also the weekend I almost met Rider Strong and Ben Savage from Boy Meets World.  At Disney-MGM Studios, now Hollywood Studios, they would have celebrities put their hands in cement at the Chinese Theater.  Both Rider and Ben put their hands in the cement and then went to have a talk.  I “ran” along the side of their convertible as they traveled between venues and then ended up sitting behind their families.  Too bad, Fred Savage was not there.  I would have gone up and said hi to him.

My Grandma’s White Salad

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 sm. lemon or lime  jello
  • 2 c. hot water
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of  cream cheese
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of crushed pineapple drained (med. can)
  • 1 & 2/3 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 & ½ c. chopped pecans or walnuts (My grandma used pecans.)
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of Cool Whip

Steps:

  1. Mix jello with water.  Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.
  2. Put in fridge until semi-solid.  Remove and then put in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Chill.

Or how my grandma made it:

  1. Mix jello with water.  Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.
  2. Put the rest in ingredients in an in a flat pan (9 by 13 glass dish).  Put it in the fridge to chill.

This recipe is linked to Mommy’s Kitchen for Potluck Sundays and Eat at Home’s Ingredient spotlight!

Posted in Menu planning

Menu planning week of July 12 with a recipe

The Imaginative One’s birthday went great except for the Wee One not understanding that it was his brother’s special day.  Here is a picture of his cake.  He did all decorating on the cake except for the icing.

Last week, meals that the family enjoyed were the chicken ranch quesadillas, scrambled eggwiches, sloppy joes, and roasted chicken in the crockpot.  I attempted to make the Cantonese sweet and sour chicken in the crockpot.  However, I did not plug in the crockpot so we had to throw the contents away.  I made Johnny Marzetti for dinner instead.

Johnny Marzetti (my grandma’s favorite recipe)

Stars of the recipe

  • 1 (16 oz) box of elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped (or 1/2 of a medium or large onion)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 c. shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella) – optional

Steps:

  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to the directions on the box. Once cooked, drain and add back to the pot.
  2. In a skillet, add the minced garlic. Cook for a minute.
  3. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef. Cook until the hamburger is browned.
  5. Drain the fat.
  6. Add the spaghetti sauce to the skillet. Simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Combine the sauce mixture with the elbow macaroni. Stir to combine.
  8. Enjoy with cheese on top. (It’s optional but almost necessary for extra deliciousness.)

My meals for the week:

Breakfasts:
cereal, mini-pan cakes

Lunch:
sandwiches, leftovers

Dinners:

  • Homemade pizza – Cheese for the Imaginative One and pepperoni for the rest of us
  • Pretzel Chicken – Either from Cooking During Stolen Moments or Rachael Ray – French Fries (frozen or fresh), veggies
  • Asian pork loin (the recipe calls for a pork roast – I have a pork loin in my freezer), mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, or pasta roni, veggies – The recipe is from once a month cooking.
  • Quick pork lo mein, egg drop soup, egg rolls, fortune cookies
  • Left-over Johnny Marzetti
  • left-overs or forge for yourself
  • Dinner at in-laws (Sunday)

For other great menus, visit I’m an organizing junkie for Menu Planning Monday.