Monday, December 23, 2013

Soft Sugar Cookies

These cookies are soft and have a yummy flavor!  They are a Hislop family favorite; the recipe comes from Grandma's friend Eddie Ward.  When I was growing up, my mom would decorate them very nicely with frosting. I don't really like to use or eat frosting, so I sprinkle them with jello powder and they take on the color and flavor of the jello.

Cut together with knives (I use my Bosch):
5 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 C. butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder

Make a well in the center and add:
1 C. sour cream, to which 1 tsp. baking soda has been added
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix.  Refrigerate a little before rolling out and cutting.
Bake at 425° for 4-6 min.  Do not let edges get brown.
If you are using jello, you might want to cover your pan with aluminum foil. If not, it washes.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Taco Soup

Stephen loved this - had seconds and left-overs, always a good sign.
Very easy and very quick!

originally from High Heels & Grills

1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 can pinto beans (drained & rinsed)
1 can petite diced tomatoes (I prefer to puree these a bit:)
1 can sweet corn (drained)
1 can chicken breast (drained)
2 cans cream of chicken (or 1 for a runnier/more red sauce)
1 can green enchilada sauce (I do 1/2, we're wimpy)
1 can chicken broth
Taco seasoning

Dump all in one pot, heat until warm and mixed, serve!

Ramen Cuisine

Mom and Dad would never eat this because it has Top Ramen in it, but I've had recent cravings for Asian food and this perfectly satisfies me!

1-2 pkg. Chicken Top Ramen (depending on how many noodles you want)
1/2 yellow onion
1 head broccoli
Shredded carrots
1/2 red pepper
(Any other veggies you feel like adding - squash, zucchini, etc.)
2 chicken breasts
Teriyaki Sauce: 1/4 c. soy sauce, 1 c. water, water+cornstarch, then stuff = honey, brown sugar, pineapple juice, chicken broth, ginger, salt/pepper, garlic powder, etc.,

1. Cut up all veggies to desired size then stir fry in chicken broth/water/oil until tender
2. Cut up chicken to small bite-size pieces. I like to flavor a little with Italian seasoning or salt/pepper
3. Cook Top Ramen according to package directions
4. Combine all the above: veggies, chicken, and Top Ramen
5. While simmering, make the Teriyaki Sauce. Then combine all together and enjoy!