Monday, December 17, 2007

Cranberry Chicken Dinner

4 chicken breasts (depending on the size. Some of those mongo Costco ones only need two).

1 package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix

1 Can Cranberries

1 small bottle of Russian Dressing.

Mix everything together so that each breast is equally coated with the cranberry sauce.

This can be frozen for a later meal, or baked at 375 for one hour in a baking dish. (cook with foil for 50 minutes and uncovered for ten)

Voila! Juicy and scrumptious!

THANK YOU Kari, or Lucy...Whoever wants to take credit...LOL

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Snickers Salad (Tastes like Caramel Apples)

6 Granny Smith apples (or any other sour apples). You can use any kind of apples you would like, or whatever is on sale, but IMO the sour ones are best in this dish :)

Peel (or not, it's up to you) the apples and cut into bite sized chunks. Soak in some sort of lemon lime soft drink (Sprite, 7-up, Sierra Mist etc.) This keeps them from browning.

Take 6 frozen snickers bars and smash with a hammer or other hard object. (I suggest using a strong zip lock). You can also use unfrozen and but them into chunks with a sturdy knife.

Think about someone you don't like and whack away.

Drain apples. Stir apples, crushed snickers and large tub of Cool Whip (or if you are cheap like me, the store brand) til combined.
Top with extra Cool Whip and a few pieces of snicker bar.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Bars!

2 cups Bisquick mix (or equivalent)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup raisins (Ick! I leave these out...LOL maybe replace them with Chocolate chips!)

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, beat all bar ingredients except raisins with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in raisins. Pour into pan.
3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
4. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until smooth. Spread over bars.

Cut and enjoy! Store covered in refrigerator.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger root
1/3 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, pressed

8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta (cook of course ;)
1/2 cucumber, scored, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Mix dressing and salad, or leave separate and let people dress their own. It's up to you!

I will post a picture next time I make it

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

No Bake Cookies

2 cups Sugar .................................2 tsp. Vanilla
4 Heaping TBS. Cocoa ................1 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Milk .................................3 cups Quick oats
1 cube Butter Or Margarine (I prefer butter)

Melt the butter first then add the cocoa, sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, Remove from heat. (If you let it boil longer than 30 seconds/a minute your cookies with end up crumbly). Stir in vanilla and peanut butter until melted. Stir in Quick oats. Drop on wax paper by teaspoon or tablespoon (depends what size you want them). Wait a few minutes until they set up, and enjoy!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sugar Cookies (the soft kind!)

2 c. butter (margarine is ok)
3 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 T. Vanilla
7 cups flour
4 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to creamed. I usually add a bit more flour if it is still too sticky. Roll thick, cut and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. Do not brown or they won't be soft.
Frost and decorate.
Sugar Cookie Frosting:

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)
In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired

I always end up adding more flour. And I usually half the recipe because it makes ALOT and overflows out of my mixer. I always get asked for the recipe for these because they are literally the best sugar cookies ever!