more recipes for the recipe book.

Cowboy-Quiche

While I absolutely adore my Biscuits and Gravy Casserole I love Pioneer Woman's Cowboy Quiche even more. Bacon, fried onions (I don't caramelize them, but just brown them up good), creamy egg mixture with sage laced through it.

Cream-Cheese-Apple-Braid

One of those super simple delicious desserts that went over famously by our small group on Sunday evenings, when we meet for Bible study.

Creamy-Swiss-Chicken-Bake

This easy chicken bake is downright fabulous. I mean, come on. Mix the ingredients, spread over chicken breasts and bake. Surprisingly, the flavors meld well together.

Crusty-Grilled-Cheeese-Sand

I found this recipe in a Pampered Chef pamphlet that I modified a bit to accommodate our tastes. What I did keep the same were the garlic and parmesan cheese combined with the butter that crusts up the bread on the outside as the cheese melts inside. Wonderful!

Harvest-Breakfast-Braid

I made this breakfast braid for the Elevate (the K-5 kids) Volunteers at our church. It was a big hit with the volunteers, not so much for Jeff and I. I decided what I didn't like was the hot sausage with the sweet marmalade and apples so next time I make it I'm going to use a sage or plain sausage.


pumpkin cobbler.

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Pumpkin Cobbler. Yum! This was another small group dessert. It, however, was not a hit because most of small group are not pumpkin fans. Yay! More for me, because I am a fan! I was very glad there were leftovers. This is my favorite pumpkin dessert, even over pumpkin pie with cool whip. And what is even better is Pumpkin Cobbler is super easy to bake.

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aunt shirley's carrot cake.

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A few weeks ago I made Aunt Shirley's Carrot Cake, a favorite recipe of my dad's, for our small group that we host on Sunday evenings. I think this recipe has become small groups favorite recipe of all time - just like that. It was, to put it mildly, AMAZING!

I must confess something though.

I added a cup of carrots to the original recipe. Please, don't hate me. I mean what do you do with an extra cup of shredded carrots when you misjudge how many carrots might make just 2 cups. I overcame. I adapted - the recipe, that is.

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Enjoy!


jalapeno chicken melts

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Jarrod made these the other day and when I called him to ask how they turned out he was so excited by how good they were - like - 'we need to make these regularly good' and then when I had one for lunch - oh my - good is just a mediocre word for the flavor and taste of this slightly spicy, cajun chicken melt. The chicken melt would be just fine without the cajun mayo but main that mayo, topped with chopped pickled jalapeno's takes this chicken melt over the top!

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Enjoy!


cheesy smoked sausage and potato casserole

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I put this casserole together  ahead of time, refrigerated it and the boys pulled it out to bake it. It turned out tasty. And something that will probably be a go to recipe for us, especially in these coming cooler temperatures. And who doesn't love casseroles. Served with a side of our favorite homemade Caesar Salad (with homemade dressing). Totally yum!

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The Monetrey Jack Pepper cheese along with the Sharp tanginess of the cheddar absolutely made the dish. We are a family that loves cheese...as our waist lines are evident...but, go try this anyway. It's good!


cinnamon cheesecake bars

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Yes, I know. It has been for-like-ever that I've posted a recipe...

Oh my! Can you say, "Soooo good!" I did! One of my favorite parts was the cinnimon infused graham cracker crust - loved it. While the recipe calls for plain ole graham crackers I must confess that while I did add in the cinnamon I also used cinnimon graham crackers for the total impact of cinnamon flavor. And small group loved it. Because you know they are my guinnea pigs (is there another analogy I can use besides...) for anything dessert. For me, with my backwards taste buds cinnamon is still one of those flavors that my buds (and me) love.

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And these really should be named cinnamon-infused cheesecake bars.


breakfast potatoes & chorizo with red chili hollandaise

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Jeff and I worked together to cook up this new recipe for dinner last night, Breakfast Potatoes and Chorizo with Red Chile Hollandaise. We served this up with scrambled eggs and John and I had sliced tomatoes on our plate.

While chorizo smells pretty spicy it isn't an overly spicy Mexican sausage, but it is very tasty. We boiled the potatoes until almost done so they would brown nicely in the cast iron skillet. Red onions gave the dish an added bite, but again not too spicy.

Then there was the hollandaise we drizzled on the top. Oh my!!!! This is the best hollandaise sauce I've ever eaten - so, so yummy, creamy, and just a hint of spice from the chipolte and cayanne pepper, which was highlighted with the juice and zest of lime. Amazing flavor!

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My plate looked wonderful, with the drizzled hollandaise and the chopped pickled jalapeno's for just another layer of flavor. Jeff did an awesome job on the scrabbled eggs, creamy and silky smooth. YUM!

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Enjoy!


the hot italian submarine.

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The boys did a stupendous job preparing these sub sandwiches. The tanginess from the pizza sauce to the crunch and flavor of the vegetables to the spiciness of the hot italian sausages on a bed of buttery roll, all smothered in melted, stringy, mozzarella cheese. So good!

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These subs are definitely another keeper. We just keep hitting them out of the park.


italian chicken and vegetable skillet.

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Full-bodied fantastic flavors fill the taste buds while eating this delightful, decadent dinner. I served the chicken and vegetables, with garlic and italian flavors bursting through the entire dish, over a small portion of spaghetti. The spaghetti could certainly be left off the menu, out of the dish, of the plate, or ignored.

This dish is super easy with the most difficult process, chopping the plethora of vegetables - zucchini, mushrooms, and onions. The vegetables continue with fire-roasted tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes - oh my!!!

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I'm sure this will go in our 'at least monthly' rotation, just cause it is packed full of goodness and the boys would have no problem preparing this dish. We have another keeper!