Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pumpkin Roll

We're having a little New Year's gathering tonight (I don't think we can even call it party). I have corned beef and red potatoes in the crock pot and some other goodies but the one thing I made that I never have before is a pumpkin roll. I've wanted to make one for some time but never got around to it. I used Barb's recipe at Bless Us Oh Lord and it came out perfect. Happy New Year to all!

T. G. I. Friday's Broccoli-Cheese Soup

I received a copy-cat cookbook from a lady at work for Christmas, and I couldn't wait to use it. My husband had been asking for a broccoli-cheese soup for about a month now. This one is super easy and quick! It's definitely a keeper in our house. YUM!

4 cups water
2 cups potato, peeled and diced
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup diced onion
2-10oz. packages frozen chopped broccoli
2-10.75oz. cans cream of chicken soup
1 pound Velveeta, cubed

1. Combine the water, potato, bouillon cubes, onion and broccoli in a large heave saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the potato and broccoli are tender.

2. Add the canned soup and the cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted and smooth. Simmer for 15 minutes; the soup should thicken.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spiced Pecans

1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl beat the egg white with the water. Stir in the pecans, mixing until well moistened.
In a small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the moistened nuts. Spread nuts on prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Be careful not to overcook and burn the nuts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cookie Two

Yesterday's venture: snowball cookies!
I'm not sure if I'll get to any baking today - we're having a guest all day - much better than baking!!

Sloppy Joes

Dan had a hankering for Sloppy Joes last night. We didn't have a can so I looked in my cookbook and there was a homemade recipe for it. I thought it would turn out gross as I normally don't care for this sandwich but it was good. I would definitely make this over buying a the canned stuff.

1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
8-oz can tomato sauce
2 tbls water
1 to 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Dash of hot sauce (I omitted but Dan put on his)

In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and sweet pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Serve on rolls, buns, or bread.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Moving Back Towards the Kitchen

Well this poor little cooking blog has been QUITE dead lately.  I've been doing nothing to help either!  I am pregnant with our third (which I never really announced here) and slowly moving into the second trimester.  Which means that I'm also slowly moving back into the kitchen.   
Up first?
Why, Christmas baking of course!  Though you probably can't really call these baking...but they are delicious!

Spread out some pretzels on a cookie sheet.  Unwrap Rolos candy and place on top.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

Immediately place an M&M on each one.  If you use half a walnut, they taste just like those turtle candies.