Six months away

In exactly six months we will celebrate Christmas. I especially enjoy the Christmas season which leads up to that big day for all of the memories, cheer, ambiance, food, smells, and lights; for me that is the best time of year. I’m anxiously awaiting Autumn because that will signify the beginning of the holiday season; I love when October arrives.

To celebrate Christmas in June I am sharing this recipe with you. Santa loves these!!

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The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Twelve – Our Final Month of Our Challenge

Well…we have come to the final month of our cook-through challenge.

So to end it I really want to have another

*Wildcard month*

That means only one thing: you can make any recipes from the cookbook which you haven’t made so far during this challenge

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

Thank you for following along on this adventure!!

I hope you were able to try out some new recipes in the past year and have lots of fun and creativity in your cooking/baking.  I made several from my cookbook even though I didn’t write up complete posts here on my blog and I have added them to my rotation of recipes.

Here are a few images of those goodies –

Homemade chocolate cake with homemade peanut butter icing – better than any boxed cake mix and tub of icing!!

Crumb-Topped Apple Pie – so good!!

Homemade Caramel Corn – once you start eating this you won’t be able to stop!!

I substituted Venison for Beef in this yummy Fajita mixture

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Eleven

Spring is around the corner and we often think of lighter food fare for our menus at this time of year.  We’ve been eating ‘heavier’ comfort foods for several months now and want to change up our menus a bit.

For this month lets grab those Eggs

We are fortunate to have Amish neighbors who sell free-range chicken eggs.  They are so much better than the ones you buy in the store.  There is a quality difference in them.  We will buy several dozen at a time because we eat eggs everyday for breakfast and I love to have breakfast food for supper at times as well.  And since I enjoy baking homemade items I certainly need them for my recipes too.

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Ten

When I think of February I often think of a local community spaghetti supper which is a fund-raising event.

So for this month let us all make some

Pasta recipes

You may even want to challenge yourself to make homemade pasta noodles and/or garlic bread recipes

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Nine

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2018 and month nine of our challenge.  Wow!  We’re almost completely through a year in our cookbook challenge.

For this month I’ve decided to go with

quick bread recipes

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

*Last post of 2017* {recipe included!}

As we wind down here in Two Thousand Seventeen I want to Thank all of you for following along and reading my posts throughout the past several years.  I am happy when I find that my posts touch others or help you in some small way (even if it is only a photo or recipe).

I want to share another recipe of mine, which I’ve recently perfected for us to enjoy, and hope that you may have an opportunity this upcoming weekend to try it for yourself.  Whether you are celebrating the beginning of a new year in the comfort of your own home or out in the bitter cold with loved ones as you share a tradition of watching something fall from the sky or rise up a pole I wish you good health, happiness, and much peace in the year to come.

Mary’s Chex Mix

Preheat oven to 265 degrees

Ingredients

4 cups rice chex & 4 cups corn chex (or use your favorite flavor combinations)

1 1/2 cups salted peanuts

1 1/2 cups pretzels (wheels or sticks)

1 stick unsalted butter (use a good quality butter if you are able to)

2 tsp lemon juice

7 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 tsp season salt

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Directions

Place cereal, peanuts, and pretzels in a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Melt the stick of butter in a medium saucepan/pot on your stove on low heat; add your other ingredients and whisk all together.  When it is warmed a bit you may wish to dip in a piece or two of cereal to taste the mixture and adjust the ingredients as you wish.

When heated through (not boiling) pour over your cereal mixture and mix well.

Bake for a total of 45 minutes (approx.) and stir every 15 minutes.  I baked at 265 degrees for the first 30 minutes and then lowered the temperature to 255 degrees for the last 15 minutes and all seemed to be absorbed well into the cereal.

WARNING!!!!

This is very addictive!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Eight

Yeah – December has arrived!  That means we are at month eight of our Cooking-Through Cookbook Challenge and you probably know already which category I’ve chosen; don’t you?!

December only means one food for devouring by children of all ages:

COOKIES!!!

When I dream of Christmas I always dream of cookies and I’m sure you do too.  We all have our holiday favorites which we’ve been enjoying for generations in our families but you may want to go outside of that box for this month and enjoy some other new cookie recipes which are in your chosen cookbook for this challenge you are participating in.  I have recently acquired a couple of vintage cookie cookbooks and have been drooling over them for months so I’m hoping to also include a few of those recipes for us this holiday season.

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

Even Charlie Brown loves snack mix

When I found this among my Grandmother’s clipped recipes I was excited because I love Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang for their holiday specials. Since Thanksgiving is less than a week away (ABC will have the Gang on Wednesday evening) and Christmas is right around the corner I thought it would be great to share this. I have looked on Amazon for the seasoning packets and they do still exist.  But I certainly prefer making food with fresh ingredients without the added preservatives.

I have been searching online to find the first version of this which was actually called ‘Party Mix’ and have found various versions of the recipe which has differences in the amounts of the ingredients (and bagel chips weren’t part of the first recipe which began in the early 1950’s).  I plan to try one of those this weekend.  There are so many versions on the internet from so many people; the possibilities are truly endless for this  ‘Party Mix.’ A search for ‘vintage cereal box 1950’s images’ is so interesting too.  I recall some of those cereal boxes from my childhood.  Do you have any memories to share regarding your family’s much loved version of this snack mix?

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chipper Goodness

I just had to make these cookies.  For some reason which I am associating with a friend, I kept saying Chocolate Chipper all week at various times and had those two words stuck in my brain.

 

I substituted unsalted butter for shortening, baked them at 350 degrees for 12 minutes and allowed them to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  I found that chilling the dough between baking batches was a good thing and I added both milk chocolate and peanut butter chips.  Yummy!!

So addicted to cookies lately!

What are you baking these days?

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Seven

My most favorite time of the year has arrived.  When November 1st rolls around I know that the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas has come.  I enjoy the food and ambiance of this season better than any other time of year.

For November there couldn’t be any other category for our challenge than:

Pies and Pie Crusts

When you think of Thanksgiving you most certainly think of homemade-from-scratch pies alongside that yummy Turkey or Ham (or at least I do :0) ).  This month’s category gives you an opportunity to bake and share some pies when you celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  Pumpkin is always on the top of my list but there are many other pies out there that are just as scrumptious.  And nothing beats a homemade pie crust.  It is so simple to get together that you’ll be asking yourself why you’ve been buying those pre-made ones from the grocery store (the secret is ice cold water and other cold ingredients to get it just perfect when blended together).  Last Autumn I had shared a Pumpkin Pie recipe and story which can be found at this link, if you’re interested.

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking and Baking!!

🙂

From My Grandmother’s Recipe Box : Molasses Cookies

I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking in the past several weeks; however, not anything new from my Cooking-Through Cookbook choice for the year.

Last week I made a new recipe of Chocolate Chip cookies and my first-ever batch of Ginger cookies.  Both were from my one Allrecipes magazine and they were really good.

Today I decided to make my first-ever batch of Molasses cookies.  I’ve been wanting to bake Molasses cookies for a while now.  I found the recipe which belonged to my Grandmother and decided that was the one to make.  I used a mild-flavored brand of molasses called ‘Grandma’s Molasses’ and followed the recipe as written but without the cloves.  I didn’t take any photos while mixing the batter but I have photos below after chilling it.

 

I baked them for 10 minutes and allowed them to cool on the sheet for 3 minutes before moving them to the cooling rack.

My husband said that he likes the Ginger cookies better than these (and there was molasses in those cookies as well as ginger added to these cookies but the amounts were different for each cookie).  Maybe it’s the type of molasses used but I don’t care for the flavor of these so much either.  I don’t recall my Grandmother baking these and if she did I don’t remember eating them (I was a rather picky-eater as a child so Molasses wasn’t something I would have enjoyed at that time of my life).  I do want to try other Molasses cookie recipes though to see if I will like any of those better than these.

Try them and let me know what you think.

Update on 10/22/2017: After allowing the cookies to sit for a day I’ve discovered that the flavor is much better than it was yesterday and I do enjoy the cookies.

 🙂

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Six

I’m releasing this category a day early because I keep myself away from the computer and internet on Sundays, for the most part.  This gives you all an opportunity to jump right into the next month’s category, one day earlier! 🙂

When October begins for me it means that the cooler weather is about to set-in and comfort foods are my go-to recipes.

I thought what better category for October could there be other than:

Soups and Stews

My crockpots are often used for these types of Autumn and Winter foods.  They are perfect for those days when you are busy with other things and activities with your families and you can always make extras to freeze for other busy days.

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Five

Welcome to month five of our cooking-through cookbook challenge.

I hope you’re having fun!

This time of year for us is when Autumn is beginning to come around and Fairs are in full swing.  Baking and comfort foods are about to take center stage in our kitchens.

So for September let us enjoy:

homemade-from-scratch cakes

This includes any frosting recipes that you may find in your book to go along with those homemade cakes you’re about to bake.

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking & Baking!!

🙂

Homemade Chicken and Waffles

I recently shared a recipe about the homemade waffles which we made for our Chicken and Waffles dinner.

I don’t always think about sharing recipes of some of the foods which I’ve eaten for years but which are considered regional/ethnic foods of my rural area and family heritage.  Chicken and Waffles is one of them.  It’s actually a very simple meal to get together and truly a “from scratch” meal.  Don’t knock it until you try it!  You will find that it is very good over freshly made homemade waffles.  🙂

The ingredients list is quite short and we tend to make it after we’ve roasted a chicken in the oven and have leftovers.  Take some left over or recently cooked chicken, cut into smaller pieces, and some chicken broth (either homemade or canned) and put both in a medium size pot (you can made as much or as little as you want).  Get that heated and to a boil on your stove; now you need a thickening agent.  We take equal parts cold water and flour and whisk together in a bowl until it’s smooth.  Once you have that (start with 3/4 cup cold water and 3/4 cup flour; you can always make more) whisked together you will just whisk it slowly into your boiling chicken/broth mixture on the stove.  Add it gradually because you may not need all of it to get to the consistency that you desire; really it is your choice on how thick you want the chicken mixture to be.  I think when it coats a spoon nicely it is good.  I don’t like it to be too thick and chunky; but if you prefer that, go for it.  Once it is as thick as you want just keep it heated on the stove (don’t let it burn/stick to your pot), and stir it occasionally, while you make your waffles.  Add some salt and pepper to your chicken mixture if you desire or add it to your plate at the table; your choice.

That’s all there is to it.

Serve over your favorite waffles and enjoy!

 I just thought of ham, potatoes and green beans – have you heard of it?

What about Shoo-Fly pie? Have you heard of that one?!

Those are other Pennsylvania German/Pennsylvania Dutch recipes commonly made here.

Stay tuned…

Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge : Homemade Waffles

We needed Waffles for our Chicken and Waffles so I opened my Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook which I’m cooking-through and made their recipe for Easy Waffles.  We’ve made homemade waffles before and I wanted to try another recipe. These are quick to get together and we had 12 waffles made with all that batter.  What a great tasty waffle recipe! 😊

Enjoy!

 

 

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Four

We now have been cooking-through our books for three months and have enjoyed various recipes.  I have been enjoying this challenge especially since I’ve really been looking at certain sections of the book and reading various recipes which I’ve been overlooking for many years.  Even though I’m not making every recipe in my book I am actually concentrating on a particular section each month and determining which recipes to try.  I think that having a full month to actually look at certain recipes is a good thing for me.

For August I’m introducing something unique to my challenge:

*it’s a Wildcard month*

That means only one thing: you can make any recipes from the cookbook which you haven’t made so far during this challenge

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

Makin’ relish

I haven’t had much time to cook-through my recipe book lately to keep up with my cook-through challenge.  Summer has become a busy time for us.

Now it’s relish makin’ time.  Zucchini Relish to be exact.  This is so simple to make and the best tastin’ relish.  I’m using our own home grown zucchini and onions but I had to buy the peppers since ours aren’t ready yet.

I’ve been making this relish since 2015 from the Ball Blue Book.

 

The veggies are sitting in salt water for now.  In a couple of hours they will be ready to be cooked with the vinegar and spices for canning.

We are having a better year with our garden compared to 2016 and have been preserving many things.  We will be very busy when our tomatoes begin to ripen.  We have 6 Roma tomato plants and plan to can a lot of them.  We also have 4 others for eating and they are all growing quite well along with everything else.

I hope to find time soon to make some new recipes for the cook-through challenge.  As I said in the beginning we will make as many recipes from our books as time allows.  And summer isn’t allowing me much time for that!

 Happy summer!

The Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge: Month Three

I hope that you found the challenge of chicken and beef recipes exciting and made some yummy food last month!

For July lets dig through our books for some yummy

Appetizers and Beverages

I encourage you to have fun, take photos, share your food with others and link your blog posts back to this post on my site so that we all can see what you are making and enjoying.  It is not a requirement to have a blog to join-in on this.   I’d love to see your comments though if you are participating.

I know that you will find satisfaction in various ways by choosing your own ingredients and creating healthy dishes in your own kitchen.  A good home-cooked meal is always a great centerpiece at any gathering and shows your feelings towards others. 🙂

(To read more detailed information concerning the cook-through challenge please go to this link: Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge)

Happy Cooking!!

🙂

Easy Homemade Rice Pilaf

I enjoy various flavored rice and Rice Pilaf is one of them.

I have found a quick, easy and tasty way to make a homemade Rice Pilaf which tastes much like one of those packs found in the store.  I have the ingredients on hand and you probably do too.

Ingredients

long-grain rice (not quick cooking); I love Uncle Ben’s because it tastes great and cooks perfectly every time!

chicken bouillon cubes (or another flavor you enjoy)

Directions

Mix together the ingredients needed as stated on the box of the rice and for each cup of water add one bouillon cube to the pot

Cook your rice as stated on the box and your bouillon cubes will dissolve and flavor your rice

My husband doesn’t like white rice unflavored but he loves this one since I’ve begun making it this way.  It has great flavor and you can always add any other ingredients which you enjoy.  We both think this tastes like the packs of Rice Pilaf with flavorings that we were buying.

Enjoy!