Sunday, November 6, 2011

EASY Cream Cheese Brownies

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 family size box brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom
only of 9x13-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In
small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed
until smooth. Set aside. Make brownie batter as directed on box.
Spread 3/4 of brownie batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls
evenly onto brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over
filling. Cut through mixture with knife several times for marbled
design. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until
toothpick inserted in brownie 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost
clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Store covered in

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Creamy Italian Chicken

by Erika Davis
1 pkg cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 pkt of dry Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
4 chicken breasts
Cream the top 3 ingredients and pour over the chicken.  You can cook this in the crock pot or covered in the oven.  When it's cooked, shred the chicken and serve over rice or noodles.  Easy peasy and SUPER tasty!  (Marion here- I've even used a bottle of italian salad dressing when I don't have a pkt.  It works and is yummy too!)

Payson 1st Wards YUMMY Easy Quick Homemade Bread

10 1/2 cups white bread flour (do not use all-purpose flour)

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 rounded tablespoons saf-instant yeast
3 tablespoons liquid lecithin*
4 cups hot tap water

Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl(not your mixers bowl). In your mixers bowl, add lecithin and water. Then add your dry ingredients to the mixers bowl. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. If dough is too dry, add more water. If dough is too moist, add more flour. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add water or flour to the dough after it has finished mixing.) Spray counter and pans with PAM. A little spray on your hands helps too. Shape loaves and cover with a dish towel. Let raise for up to 25 minutes. (My bread is often ready to bake faster than 25 minutes) Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. This recipe makes four loaves of bread.

*Squeeze or pour approx 3 tablespoons of lecithin directly into the bowl. Do not measure. The lecithin will stick forever!!!

For whole wheat bread, use the same recipe but add one cup applesauce as part of the hot tap water. Mix for ten minutes.
Recipe will make 4 large bread braids. It will make 2 large cookie sheets FULL of rolls or bread sticks. It will make 2 large cookie sheets of sweet rolls rolls.
***This recipe was taught to the Payson 1st Ward Relief Society by Pantry Secrets several years ago. For more information visit

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Caramel Apples

Fantabulous Caramel
1 C butter
2-1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1 C light corn syrup
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1 T vanilla
Melt butter in a large sauce pan.  Dissolve brown sugar in butter.  Add salt.  Slowly stir in corn syrup over medium-high heat.  Add sweetened condensed milk.  Cook to firm ball stage, 245 degrees (250 is TOO hard!!!).  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Dip prepared apples in caramel (spoon caramel onto apple if pan isn't deep enough) and let drip a little over the pan.  Place on parchment paper (NOT WAX PAPER- the caramel and chocolate will stick :()  If you aren't dipping the apples a second time in chocolate, you can roll in nuts or whatever other toppings you like while the caramel is still warm.  Let cool.
Once the apples are cool, you can dip again in melted white or milk chocolate.  Let drip a little before placing on parchment.  You can roll in toppings or drizzle them with chocolate.  Follow the same directions for pretzel rods.
Each batch makes about 30 SMALL apples.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

7th Ward Holiday Favorites!!!

1 package California Blend Vegetables
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 egg.
1/4 cup dried onion. Or green onion
1 cup grated cheese
1 box Stove Top Stuffing
1 cup butter
9x13 pan put bag of frozen veggies.
Mix soup, egg and onions together. Pour over veggies
Sprinkle on grated cheese.
Melt 1 cup butter and stir with stuffing and spread on top
Bake at 350' uncovered for 30 minutes.

2- 8oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped onions, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1T seasoned salt (Lawry's), 3/4 cup crushed pineapple
Mix together all ingredients, roll in chopped walnuts and store in fridge.
1- 1/2 lbs hamburger or sausage
1 onion
2 T soy sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 can mushrooms drained
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 can sliced water chestnuts
Cut top off 3 "sugar baby" pumpkins. Scoop out, use permanent marker to paint
Face on pumpkin if desired. Put food in pumpkin. Put lid on. Set pumpkins on
Baking tray. Bake at 350' for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

1 lb. Shortening (2 cups)
4 cups flour
1 t salt
7 1/2 oz water
Mix together (after 1 minute you knead it with your hands) roll out for pie crust
Makes 3 - 2 crust pies or 6 - 1 crust pies

4 or 5 sweet potatoes
2 T butter
2 T brown sugar
Layer 2:
8 oz. cream cheese
2 T sour cream
Layer 3:
2 T sugar
1/2 cup graham crackers
2 T butter
Pecan halves
Layer 1: Bake the sweet potatoes then mash and mix with butter and brown sugar.
Spread in casserole dish which has been sprayed with Pam.
Layer 2: Have cream cheese at room temperature. Blend with sour cream, then
Spread on top of sweet potatoes.
Layer 3: Brown on top of stove the sugar, crushed Graham crackers and butter.
Sprinkle on top of cream cheese layer. Garnish with pecan halves. Bake at 350
Degrees for 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brown Sugar Sausage Chili


   2- 15 oz cans black beans,    
   2 - 15 oz cans white beans  
   2 -15 oz cans kidney beans,   
   4 cup(s) canned tomato sauce, I use 1 can of Hunt's sauce   
   2 -15 oz cans diced tomatoes,   
   1  onion (chopped)   
1 Tbsp ground cumin   
1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar   
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, just a sprinkle :) to taste   
1 tsp chili powder   
4 cup(s) water, more if needed   
1 pound(s) raw turkey sausage   

Cook Sausage, add diced onion, cooked until soft.  Add drained beans, tomatoes and sauce.  Add water and spices and sugar.  Add salt as needed.  Heat.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 RS Retreat Book Reviews

"Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larsen
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
"Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

Monday, September 12, 2011

KISS Retreat 2011 Recipes

Pork recipe by Cheryl Phillips
1 pork roast (5-8 lbs)
1 can pepsi
1 C brown sugar
1 C salsa
Put pork roast in crock pot. Pour 1 can of Pepsi over roast, add 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of salsa over roast. Cook on low heat for 8-12 hours. Shred pork, put in bowl. Drain juices in separate bowl. Chill. Next day remove fat off the top of the reserved juice, add 2 cups of juice to pork. Reheat, ready to eat as burrito or salad. Enjoy.

Breakfast Casserole by Cheryl Phillips
1 pk sausage or bacon cooked, drained and crumbled or chopped
* 10 eggs lightly beaten
* 3 C light cream
* 1 t salt
* chopped green onions
* 1 t dry mustard
16 oz day old bread (I like french bread) cubed
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz shredded swiss cheese
*= egg mixture
Grease pan. Line pan with bread. Sprinkle with cheeses and breakfast meat. Pour *Egg mixture over bread. Cover with foil. Sit overnight in refrigerator. Preheat oven. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Sweet Rice by Karma Hemuli (a friend of Marion)
Saute in a large skillet:
3 T oil
1 onion, chopped
Once the onions are cooked add:
2 & 3/4 C rice
Stir to coat the rice. Then add:
5 C chicken broth
1/3 C sugar
1/2 bunch cilantro finely chopped.
Cover and simmer until all of the moisture is absorbed. You may also put the broth, sugar and cilantro in the rice cooker and add the rice/onion/oil mixture to the rice cooker and cook it in the rice cooker. This will serve 15-20.

Black Beans by Marion McClellan
~2 lbs dry black beans, soaked and cooked FIRST!! ;)
~ 1-1/2 C tomato sauce, flavored or plain ( I use 1/2 of a can of Hunt's Spaghetti sauce)
1 heaping T of fresh garlic
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 T ground cumin
1 onions, chopped
1/8 C chicken bullion
water as needed, at least 2 cups to start with.
Let all cook together on low on the stove, in a LARGE crock pot or roasting pan. This will FILL your large crock pot!

Tomatillo Ranch By Marion McClellan
~2 C ranch dressing
1 bunch cilantro
1-2 tomatillo
2 T lime juice
1-2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, if desired
Put in a blender and blend until smooth

3rd ward salsa recipes

Garden Salsa
1/4 bunch cilantro
3 jalapenos
2 medium onions
3 bell peppers
10 medium to large tomatoes
1 - 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 can green chilies, chopped

Chop or process all veggies in a food processor. Add tomato sauce, garlic salt, black pepper and chilies. Stir well. Will keep in fridge for 7-10 days.

Apple Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

4 (7 inch) flour tortillas
1 TB sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray tortillas with water, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and bake on baking stone for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Cook on rack.

2 medium Granny Smith apples, finely chopped
1 c. strawberries, sliced
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 small orange
2 TB brown sugar
2 TB apple jelly

Mix apples, strawberries, and kiwi together. Mix orange zest and juice, brown sugar and jelly together and add to fruit. stir well. Serve with cinnamon chips.

Hot Jessica's Spinach Dip
1 (9 oz) box frozen spinach, chopped, thawed, and drained
1 (8 oz) pk cream cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. green onion, chopped

Mix spinach and creamy stuff first. Add additional ingredients. Put into 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve with crackers or chips.

Caramel Apple Dip

8 oz cream cheese
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 TB milk to thin (optional)
Toffee bits to taste

Mix together first four ingredients. Sprinkle with toffee bits. Serve with apples.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August food storage recipes


1 cup diced onion

2 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups lentils, rinsed

4 cups chicken stock

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cups mild taco sauce or chili sauce

2 chopped green or red sweet bell peppers


1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

2 cup grated zucchini

Fry up onion and garlic, (then add zucc if desired). Add washed & drained lentils, stock, cumin and taco sauce. Boil 15-20 mins. Add peppers and cook liquid out further and lentils to desired softness.

Tortilla Shells (good for about 16)

Monterey Jack Cheese



Sour Cream


Fresh tomatoes

APPLE CRISP (works with other fruit too)

8 cups peeled and cut apple (peach, rhubarb or berries work great too)

With apples, throw in 2T lemon juice and toss as you cut up the apples to keep them from turning brown.

Put fruit in a 9x13 or two 8x8's -which works great for giving one to a neighbor :)


¾ c sugar

1 ¾ c water

3 T cornstarch

1 ½ tsp vanilla

Cook until thickened & clear

Pour sauce over the fruit


¾ c melted marg

1 c flour

1 ¾ c oats

1 c brown sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

Mix until crumbly and spread on fruit (don't mix too much – you want it "chunky" - not a solid glob!). Put the 9x13 on a larger cookie sheet to catch spills in the oven :).

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.


NOTE: With peaches I find I need to add about ½ T cornstarch when making the sauce and I like to add ½ tsp nutmeg

Mounds Brownies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2-3 T cocoa
3 eggs
7 oz coconut
1 1/4 cups sugar
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flour
12 oz milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚.
Mix butter, eggs, sugar, flour and cocoa together.
Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake 25 minutes.
Do not over bake. While the brownie layer is baking
mix together the coconut and sweetened condensed
milk. When the brownie layer is done pour the
coconut mixture on top. Bake for 15 minutes
or until it is golden around the edges.
As soon as you take the pan out of the oven sprinkle
the chocolate chips on top. When they are melted
spread over the brownies. Cool before serving.

Homeade Oreo's

Chocolate Cake Mix
2/3 cup crisco
2 eggs
Bake 350˚ 8-10 minutes.
1 cup powdered suger
4 tbl soft butter
1 package cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What to do with Powdered Milk—Dry Non-Instant/ July

Sweetened Condensed Milk
1.Combine in a bowl:
¾ C non-instant dry milk powder
¾ C sugar
2. Combine in a blender or mixer:
                  ½ C hot tap water
                  4 TBS butter
3. Turn on the blender or mixer and add the milk mixture to the water. Blend until smooth.
Caramel Popcorn
¼ C butter
1 C brown sugar
½ C light corn syrup
2/3 C sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp vanilla
5 quarts popped popcorn
In a saucepan, combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly until mixture come to soft ball stage (234˚ F to 238˚ F). Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
Whipped Topping
1.Place a metal or glass bowl in the freezer to chill.
2.Remove the bowl from the freezer. Combine in the chilled bowl:
         ½ C cold water
         ½ C non-instant dry milk powder
3.Beat until stiff
4.Add ½ C sugar slowly while beating
5.Add 1 TBS lemon juice and beat only until mixed in
(optional: add ½ tsp vanilla with the water and milk powder; omit the lemon juice)
Raspberry Pretzel Dessert
2 C crushed pretzels
3 TBS sugar
¾ C butter
Mix together and press in bottom of 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
8 oz cream cheese
½ C powdered sugar
2 cups mini marshmallows
Melt in microwave or double boiler. Cool. Pour over crust.
2- 3 oz pkgs raspberry jello
2 ½ C boiling water
raspberries (frozen or fresh)
Dissolve jello in boiling water. Cool in fridge then add raspberries. When jello has thickened pour on top of cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate. Top with whipped topping.
1.Reserve ½ C buttermilk from the bottom of a jug, from the grocery store (or purchase packets of buttermilk starter culture from a dairy supplier. Store dairy cultures in freezer).
2.Mix together:
3 C warm water
1 C non-instant dry milk powder
3. Combine the milk with the buttermilk starter (in the same jug from the store).
4. Cover the jug or jar with a clean cloth and let stand at room temperature until it "clabbers" (about 10 hours in winter, 5 hours in summer, or 12-24 hours for packets of starter culture).
5. After it clabbers, store in the refridgerator.
6. Save ½ C at the bottom of the jug to start a new batch. It may be necessary to occasionally use a fresh "start" from the grocery store or a starter culture.
    Makes approximately 4 cups.
[Note: A buttermilk substitute can also be made by curdling milk with lemon juice, but it can't be stored because the lemon juice will continue to sour the milk until it is unappealing.]
Buttermilk Biscuits
2 C flour
2 TBS sugar
1 rounded TBS baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter (1 cube)
Using a pastry blender or food processor, mix dry ingredients, add butter, combine until crumbly.
1 egg
1 C buttermilk
Combine eggs and buttermilk. Add slowly to flour mixture and pulse processor or stir just until moistened. Pour onto a heavily floured surface, knead a few times, folding over each time. Roll out about 1 inch thick, cut with 3" round biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased bun pan (aluminum cookie sheet). Bake at 450˚F for 10 to 14 minutes. They should be just lightly browned. Makes 12 biscuits.
Fruit Smoothie
1.Combine in blender:
   2 C canned fruit with juice (or 1 C fresh fruit, 1 C water and sugar to taste)
   ¾ C non-instant milk powder
   1-2 drops almond flavoring
2. Add 2 C ice and blend.
Extreme Sherbet
1. Dissolve 3 oz. package jello, any flavor (lime is our favorite)
   1 C boiling water
2. Blend gelatin with:
   1 C sugar
   2 C cold water
   ½ C lime or lemon juice
3. Freeze until mushy
4. Beat until light and fluffy
5. Freeze again

Saturday, July 2, 2011

4th Ward's Father's Day gift

The bishop's wife in the 4th ward made these for the dads. WOW is all I can say! Here is the link to the website that she used for the idea

Thursday, June 30, 2011

8th Ward's FABULOUS Freezer Meals

Mexican Chicken
2 lbs. Frozen boneless, chicken breasts o tenderloins
16 oz. Jar salsa
2-3 Cloves fresh garlic, pressed
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 can black olives, drained and sliced (optional)
1 can of black beans

Place frozen chicken into gallon freezer bag. Add remaining ingredients.
Squeeze air out of bag and freeze. Chicken will marinate as it defrosts.
Place either in crockopt or 9x13 pan. If cooking in oven, thaw, baked uncovered
at 375 for 45 min, or in crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken, if juice is
too runny- thicken with cornstarch. Season with salt and pepper to taste. serve
on tortillas as burritos with rice, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.
*Can use boneless pork

Teriyaki Chicken
2lbs. Frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenderloins
10oz. Bottle teriyaki sauce
1TBsp vinegar
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1/2 C. lg. can pineapple tidbits
1 green pepper, cut in chunks (optional)

Place all ingredients into gallon freezer bag, squeeze air out of bag and freeze.
(Thaw if cooking in oven). Bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes. or n crock pot for 4-6
hours. Cut cooked chicken into small chuncks. If juice is too runny -thicken with cornstarch.
Serve over rice or noodles.
*Can use boneless pork

One Dish Chicken-in-a-Bag
3-4 Chicken Breasts (cut up in 2 inch chunks) Or Whole CHicken
5 Potatoes (peel and cut in chunks
2 cups baby carrots
1/2 cup onions- chopped (optional)

1 8oz. Cream cheese- softened
2 cans Cream of chicken soup
1/2-1 can milk
1/4 cup dried parsley
Mix together in a bowl, and add chicken, potatoes, carrots and onoins.
Season w/1tsp. Garlic salt 1/2 tsp Pepper and salt to taste

Pour into a Large oven bag, secure the end and put a 9x13 pan. With a
sharp knife, cut several slits on top of bag, allowing steam to escape>
Bake for 1 1/2 hours @ 350 or until the potatoes are soft.( I will squeeze
a potato, and if soft - it's done)
* If you are feeding a arger family, just add more chicken and potatoes,
and add another can of soup.
**If using a whole chicken, seasoning the chicken, then put chicken in
the bag first, then add the mixed ingredients around the chicken.

Double Chocolate Brownies
1pkg.(18.25oz) brownie mix(plus ingredients to make "cake-like brownies")
2 C. cold milk
2pkgs.(3.4oz. each)white chocolate instant pudding or cheesecake flavor pudding
2 C. thawed, frozen whipped topping(Cool Whip or generic brand)
2-3 toffee bars - coarsely chopped(Scor or Health Bars)
Additional whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan w/ vegetable spray. prepare brownies
according to pkg to make cake-like brownies. Bake and cool. In another bowl
mix milk, pudding, and cool whip. Spread over brownies, then add another
layer of cool whip and sprinkle with toffee pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

DROP Dead Salads!!!

Thai Beef Salad
3/4 t Thai fish sauce
1/2 t crushed black pepper corns
1 1/2 t sweet chili sauce
1/2 c fresh lime juice
2 T brown sugar
2 T fish sauce
1 T Sweet Chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T light soy sauce
1/4 C canola oil
1 lbs flank steak, trimmed
1 1/2 C red onion, sliced
1 C grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
6 C romaine lettuce
1 1/4 C English cucumber, sliced
1 red chili pepper, seeded and julienned
1/4 C fresh cilantro, chopped
2 T fresh mint, chopped
Directions- Combine marinade and put over steak.  Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Grill or broil marinated steak to desired doneness.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Slice steak.  Combine dressing ingredients.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss with dressing.  Top with steak, cilantro and mint.  There are 35 points for the whole thing :)  If you have 12 servings, each serving has a points value of 3.
Sweet Potato Salad
2 1/2 pounds yams, peeled and diced
2 t olive oil
1/4 C pecans, chopped and toasted
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C green onions, chopped
1 T canned chipotle in adobo
3 T canola oil
1 T shallots or red onion, minced
2 T fresh lime juice
2 t red wine vinegar
2 t honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Toss the yams with the 2 t olive oil and place on a sprayed baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees until tender, about 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool.  While these are cooling, place the dressing ingredients, except the canola oil, into a blender or food processor.  Blend.  While blending, add the canola oil in slowly.  When the potatoes are cool, toss with remaining ingredients.  Pour the dressing over the top.  This had 47 points for the whole thing.  If you make 12 servings, there are 3 points in each serving.

Awesome Black Forest Cake

by- Kim Robison
Add in order
½ C shortening
2/3 C cocoa
2 C Sugar
1 C hot water
1 C buttermilk
2 C flour
2 t baking soda
½ t salt
1 t vanilla
2 lg eggs

Bake in 2- 8” round cake pans at 350 for 30-35 min. Let cakes cool for 5 min and remove from pans. Let cool 10 min and then wrap in plastic wrap. Let cool then refrigerate or freeze.
Cherry Filling
2- 15oz Bing cherries
1 t almond extract
2 T cornstarch
Simmer until thick, let cool
Chocolate Cream filling
1 C cream
1 C Semi sweet chocolate chips
Warm on stove, do not boil. Remove from heat and stir until chocolate is all melted. Refrigerate until chilled and then whip until thick.
Whipping cream:
Whip 3 C cream and sweeten to taste (~¾ C Sugar)
Slice cakes in two. Place the first half down
¼ of the plain whipped cream & ½ of the cherries
2n d ½ of cake (you should probably insert a few toothpicks at this point)
Chocolate whipped cream
3rd ½ of cake
¼ of the plain whipped cream and ½ of cherries
4th of the cake (you should probably insert a few toothpicks at this point)
Frost with remaining whipping cream
Sprinkle with chocolate shaved rolls. Refrigerate!
15 pts for 1/16th of the cake and 20 pst for 1/12th

Variation for Michelle’s Birthday cake by:Marion McClellan
For Michelle’s birthday cake, I made the cakes for the black forest cake. I trippled the chocolate cream filing and put it in between all of the layers. For the frosting I made a chocolate version of the a red velvet cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet Cake Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 - 8 ounce (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 C cocoa (½ in the cream cheese mixture and ½ in the whipping cream)
Cream Cheese Frosting: In your food processor, or with a hand mixer, process the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl. Then, in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. With a large spatula, gently but quickly fold a little of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining whipped cream, in two stages. If the frosting is not thick enough to spread, cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour, or until it is firm enough to spread.
I frosted the cakes and then made another batch of ganache to pour over the refrigerated frosted cake. (1 C semisweet chocolate chips, ½ C cream, 2 T butter). I let it drizzle down the sides.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crock Pot Lasagna

Basic Lasagna Recipe
1 box lasagna noodles (12 count)
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 egg
15 oz. Ricotta cheese
2 c. Mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1 T parsley
salt &pepper to taste.
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Brown beef, drain. Add spaghetti sauce. In medium bowl, mix egg, cheeses (reserve 1/2 cup mozzerella), salt & pepper.
Place 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce mixture in crockpot. Add one layer of lasagna noodles (you may have to cut them down to fit). Top with 1/2 sauce mixture, then 1/2 the cheese mixture. Repeat layers and top with remaining mozzerella cheese. Cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1 1/2- 2hours.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

12th Branch Dessert Cookbook

A healthy alternative
1 c agave
½ tsp nutmeg
½ c butter – one stick
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
¼ tsp salt
1 c applesauce
1 tsp soda
1 ¾ c quick cooking oats
2 ¼ c whole wheat flour or oat flour
1 c chocolate chips
Mix together agave, butter, egg, applesauce, and soda. Add flour, nutmeg,cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Add quick oats and chocolate chips. Mix well. On parchment-lined cookie sheet, drop by heaping teaspoonfuls of dough. Bake in a preheated oven at 325° for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove from cookie sheet with spatula and place on countertop or cooling rack to cook completely. Note: These cookies store well.

Anna Mae Alvari
½ c sugar
¼ c cornstarch
4 eggs
2 ½ c orange juice
In a saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in the eggs. Add the orange juice. Cook over low heat until smooth and thickened. Do not let the custard boil or it will curdle. Spoon it into dessert dishes. Chill. Makes 6 servings.

Anna Mae ALvari
2 C farina
1 c evaporated milk
½ c dry egg mix
1 ½ c flour (sifted)
2/3 c sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 chopped candied fruit
1 ½ c water
½ c cooking oil
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease 5 x 9 or 9 x 13 pan lined with wax paper. Mix farina, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nuts, dry egg mix and fruit together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix evaporated milk, water and oil. Add it to dry ingredients and stir until mixed. Pour into greased pan. Bake 40 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

Anna Mae Alvari
Coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Place the caramels in a bowl, and head in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until melted and bubbly. Some microwaves may take longer. Stir in peanuts, and pour out onto the prepared baking sheet. Press as thinly as you can. Cool completely, then break into pieces.

Microwave Apple Crisp
Anna Mae Alvari
24 medium tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced
2/3 c packed brown sugar
2/3 cup rolled oats
½ c bisquick mix
3 TBSP butter or margarine, softened
¾ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp nutmeg
In an ungreased 2 quart microwavable casserole or 8-inch square microwavable dish, arrange apple slices. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Microwave uncovered on High 7 to 10 minutes, rotating dish ½ turn after 5 minutes, until apples are done.

Pears and cranberries with maple syrup
Anna Mae Alvari
2 whole pears
3 TBSP dried cranberries
2 TBSP maple syrup
Chopped pecans
Whipped cream to garnish
Peel and core pears, cut them in half. Place cut side down in microwave dish, add cranberries. Drizzle maple syrup over top. Place in microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Turn over and cook for another 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

Jell-o triple berry dessert
Anna Mae Alvari
1- 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
¼ c sugar
Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
1 c cool whip, thawed
1 sm pkg strawberry jell-o
¾ c boiling water
2 c ice cubes
2 c sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
Sponge Cake
Beat cream cheese, and sugar in bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add juice and rind of lemon and stir. Fold in cool whip. In another bowl dissolve jell-o in boiling water. Stir in ice cubes, stirring until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice cubes. Add strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Pour half the jelly mixture into 10 inch store bought sponge cake. Spoon over
cream cheese filling. Top with remaining gelatin mixture and refrigerate. Makes 8 servings.

Anna Mae Alvari
Mix Oreo baking crumbs with melted butter and press on bottom and one inch up the sides of 9" spring form pan. Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Add eggs one at a time and mix on low speed after each addition just until blended. Stir melted chocolate and caramels. Pour into crust. Bake at 350° for 45 – 50 minutes or until center is almost set if using a silver spring form pan or bake at 325° for 45 – 50 minutes if using dark non-stick spring form pan. Cover cake with miniature marshmallows, chocolate chunks and chopped pecans. Broil to brown slightly. Cool to room temperature, the refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Serves 12.

Anna Mae Alvari
1 cup (2 cubes) butter, melted
2 C Brown Sugar, Firmly packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Beat together. Add:
1 C oatmeal
3 C flour or enough to thicken to rolled cookie
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Chocolate Filling:
12 OZ Chocolate Chips
1 Can Sweetened double Condensed milk
Mix together in heavy pan. Add
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
1 cup nuts (optional)
Stir together. Put of the dough into a 9x13" cake pan and press it down into the pan.Pour chocolate filling over dough and top with the rest of the dough. Bake 350° for 20-25 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE

Anna Mae Alvari
1 C sour cream with
1 tsp baking soda
1 C shortening (liquid is fine)
1 ½ C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Flour (enough to roll dough) you can also make softer dough and drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 – 12 minutes. Note: These cookies are delicious plain, but I have added nuts, nuts and chopped maraschino cherries or other flavorings as desired. They work well either way.Use dried fruits in large cans you may have in storage. Add a handful or two of dried strawberries to strawberry Jell-O. They will absorb the liquid from the Jell-O. Dried bananas would go well with strawberries also. Add a handful or two of dried raspberries to raspberry Jell-O. Dried raspberries added to peaches or pineapple in cobbler works very well. Dried blueberries add to muffin mix, pancake or waffle mixes are good. Blueberries will color your dough blue but not hurt the flavor. Experiment with other dried foods and combinations!

Anna Mae Alvari
4 c whole wheat or white flour
2 c sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 pkg chocolate chips
2 tsp allspice
Mix together: flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Then add chocolate chips and chopped nuts. If desired you can also substitute 1 cup oatmeal for 1 cup flour and add 1 cup raisins. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 40 minutes or until done. This makes a very large cake.

Anna Mae Alvari
1 ½ c oil
3 eggs
2 c sugar
1 cup pineapple, crushed & drained
2 c raw grated carrots
½ c flour
1 c chopped nuts
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
Mix together sugar, oil, eggs, pineapple, carrots, and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together – flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to sugar mixture and stir. Then add nuts. Pour into cake pan. Bake in preheated oven 350° for 40 minutes or until done. This makes a very large cake. Variations: can add 1 cup oatmeal, any kind of nuts or 1 c raisins or chocolate chips.
Carrot Cake Frosting:
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 cube butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
3 ½ c powdered sugar
Beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost cake. If desired can sprinkle with shredded coconut over top of frosted cake.

Anna Mae Alvari - (from her mission)
3 English toffee candy bars, crushed, divided (14 oz each)
3 C vanilla ice cream, softened, divided
1 - 9 inch chocolate crumb crust
½ c canned or cooked pumpkin
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Combine two-thirds of the crushed candy bars with two cups ice cream. Spoon into crust and freeze for 1 hour. In a bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining ice cream. Spoon over ice cream layer in crust. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy bars. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or up to 2 months. Remove from freezer 10 – 15 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.

Anna Mae Alvari - (from her mission)
1 ½ c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 ½ c finely shredded uncooked sweet potato (about 1 med potato)
¼ c hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ c cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
1 c chopped pecans
½ c butter or margarine
1 1/3 c sugar
2 cans evaporated milk
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 2/3 c flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl beat oil and sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sweet potato, water and vanilla. Mix well. In a small mixing bowl beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into the sweet potato mixture. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add to potato mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour into 3 greased 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350° for 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks. For frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan, whisk in sugar, milk and egg yolks until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10 – 12 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir in the coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool slightly. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with a third of the frosting. Repeat other two layers. Makes 10 – 12 servings.

Carolyn Davidson
1 can eagle brand milk
1 pkg milk chocolate chocolate chips
1 cup nuts chopped
½ bag miniature marshmallows
Pour eagle brand milk and chocolate chips in bowl. Microwave until chocolate is melted about 2-3 minutes. You don't want it hot. Add the nuts and marshmallows and mix well. Butter waxed paper (2 sheets) and pour the mixture in a line on the two sheets. Roll each sheet up forming a log. Put in refrigerator until cold. Slice into pieces and enjoy.

Carolyn Davidson
1 box German Chocolate cake mix
1 14 oz. Bag caramel candies
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
1 stick margarine
1 cup chopped pecans
1 small bag chocolate chips
Mix cake mix according to instructions on box. Bake ½ of cake mix in 9" x 13" pan at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Melt caramels, margarine and condensed milk together. Be careful not to scorch. Spread caramel mixture over baked cake layer, then top with remaining cake batter. Top with pecans and chocolate chips. Bake 30 minutes at 350.

Carolyn Davidson
4 ½ cups of sugar
1 large can evaporated milk
1 1/3 cubes of butter
Boil these three ingredients for 8 min at a rolling boil.
8 oz of large marshmallows
18 oz milk chocolate chips
1 t vanilla
pinch of salt
Put marshmallows and chocolate chips in large mixing bowl. Pour the boiled mixture over them while beating with mixer at low speed. Continue beating until they are all melted. Add vanilla, pinch of salt, and nuts and mix well.Butter a 9x13 pan and pour the fudge mixture into the pan. Put into the refrigerator to cool.

Carolyn Davidson
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 14 oz can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. In 13x9 pan melt butter in over.
2. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over butter. Pour Eagle Brand evenly over crumbs. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts if desires; press down gently with a fork.
3. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows; press down gently with a fork. Bake 2 minutes more. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.

Carolyn Davidson
Beat till fluffy:
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 – 16 oz can pumpkin
Mix together and then add to above:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Soda
Spread in an ungreased 10x15x1 pan. (Cookie Sheet) Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool and frost with:
1 3 oz pkg cream cheese softened
½ cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Blend cream cheese and butter together. Add vanilla and powdered sugar.

Iris Madson
1 ½ C boiling water
1 C oatmeal.
½ C shortening or 1 square margarine
1 C white sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Pour boiling water over oatmeal. Let stand for 20 minutes until cool. Cream shortening or margarine, sugars and eggs. Add oatmeal mixture and beat. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Grease and flour a large baking pan. Bake 375° for 35 minutes.
1 C evaporated milk
½ C margarine
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 C coconut
1 C chopped pecans
Combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, about 12 minutes. Add coconut and pecans. Cool, beating occasionally until spreading consistency.

Iris Madson
2 c sugar
½ tsp salt
½ c milk
1 tbsp vanilla
½ c margarine
3 tbsp cocoa
3 – 4 c oatmeal
Combine the first 6 ingredients in saucepan. Cook until bubbly. Boil for 1 – 2 minutes until sugar is well dissolved. Remove from heat. Add oatmeal and stir well. Spoon onto waxed paper in small mounds. Let set. Can add peanuts, raisins, or coconut if desired.

Iris Madson
1 yellow cake mix
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ c vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ c sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375°. Mix sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside. In a bowl mix together cake mix, vanilla, oil and eggs until dough is formed. Shape cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake 8 -10 minute or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool.

Gladys Loveless
1 c sugar
1 c light syrup
Bring these two ingredient to a good boil and then immediately pour over the next three ingredients. (It gets hard if boiled too long).
1 c peanut butter
3 c rice krispies
1 c raw peanuts
6 oz chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips
Spread on top, cool, cut into squares.
6 oz vanilla chips (white) can be substituted for chocolate chips.

Gladys Loveless
1 c soft butter dash of salt
½ c powdered sugar
2 c flour
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Press into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
4 eggs, beaten
2 c sugar
¼ c flour 6 tbsp lemon juice
Combine flour and sugar. Mix in beaten eggs and lemon juice. Pour onto the slightly cooled crust. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Gladys Loveless
1 cup soft shortening
1 ½ c sugar
2 eggs
2 ¾ c sifted flour
1 tsp soda
1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
Set oven at 400°. Into a large mixing bowl put shortening, sugar, and eggs. Beat until light and creamy. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt. Stir into shortening mixture. Roll dough into balls the size of large marbles, and then roll into mixture of 3 TBSP sugar and 2 TSP cinnamon. Chilling the dough makes rolling easier. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes. Makes 60 cookies

Gladys Loveless
2/3 c shortening
2 c flour
2/3 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 beaten egg
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup finely grated carrots
Blend sugar and shortening. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Add carrots and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Add 1 TBSP or less milk if dough is too stiff. Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Ice while warm with butter cream, orange cream or cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 c butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese room temperature
2-3 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
With an electric mixer, mix butter and cream cheese together for about 3 minute on medium speed until very smooth. Add vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar until you get the desired sweetness and thickness. Spread on cookies with knife or spatula.

Butter Cream Frosting
4 c powdered sugar
½ c butter softened
½ c shortening
2 – 3 tbsp milk
½ tsp vanilla
In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in milk and vanilla on medium speed until smooth.
Orange cream frosting
4 c powdered sugar
½ c butter softened
½ c shortening
2 – 3 tbsp milk
1 Tsp orange juice
In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in milk and orange juice on medium speed until smooth.

2 egg whites (at room temperature)
14 oz sweetened flaked coconut
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
Preheat oven to 325°. Line two large cookie sheets with wax paper. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. In large bowl blend together coconut, condensed milk and vanilla and salt. Gently fold into the beaten egg whites a little at a time until mixed together. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a well greased cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake in oven until tops of macaroons are golden and toasted, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets with a thin spatula. Store in an airtight container.

3 ½ c flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ¼ tsp cinnamon
1 ¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cloves
1 tbsp ginger
¼ c sugar
1 egg
¼ c molasses
2 sticks soft butter or margarine
In large bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and set aside. In another bowl cream butter, sugar and molasses until well blended. Add egg and blend until light and fluffy. On lowest speed of mixer, beat in half of the flour beating on the lowest setting. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining flour mixture until well combined. Line two cookie sheets with waxed paper. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and roll into sheets. Place on cookie sheets and put in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into desired shapes, placing once more on cookie sheets. Put into freezer again for 15 minutes. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 12 – 15 minutes.

Carolyn Yeates (Lela Hemingway's daughter)
3 C diced fresh rhubarb
2 C sliced fresh strawberries
3 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
1 ¼ C sugar
Mix all the ingredients together and place in an uncooked pie shell. Place top crust on and make a couple of slits for venting, seal and flute edges. Brush the top with beaten egg white or water and sprinkle with sugar. Place pie in 375° oven and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Carolyn Yeates (Lela Hemingway's daughter)
2 C creamy peanut butter
½ C butter (softened)
4 C powdered sugar
3 C rice krispies
1 ½ C semi sweet choc chips
1 ½ C milk choc chips
slab of paraffin wax
Cream together peanut butter and softened butter. Mix well. Add powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Add rice krispies to mixture and mix together with your hands until it is well incorporated. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper, roll peanut butter into ½ inch balls and place onto wax paper. Chill in freezer until cold and firm. Melt wax and chocolate chips in double boiler or small sauce pan and keep pan on stove on low heat while dipping with balls. Dip balls thoroughly in chocolate and place back on cookie sheet and keep chilled until firm.

Lela Hemingway
3 sticks butter or margarine
5 C all-purpose flour
1 ½ C sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 eggs
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon extract
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp almond extract
Mix butter or margarine and sugar in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, vanilla extract, lemon extract and almond extract. Mix well. In another bowl combine flour, cream or tartar, salt, baking soda and nutmeg. Mix well. Slowly add flour mixture to other mixture. Mix well. Place dough in a greased bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Roll dough on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake on a greased cookie sheet in a preheated 350° oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 60 cookies.

Lela Hemingway
1 ½ C sugar
1 ½ C packed brown sugar
1 ½ C butter Crisco
2 large eggs
1 ¾ C solid pack pumpkin
2 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ C oats 1
2 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ C chopped walnuts
In bowl cream sugars and butter Crisco. Mix in eggs. Add pumpkin and vanilla and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. And then add a little at a time to pumpkin mixture making sure to blend completely. Stir in oatmeal, chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by teaspoon on pan. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm and light brown. Makes 9 to 10 dozen. NOTE: You can add 1 cup raisins (optional).

Lela Hemingway
4 eggs
1 ½ c finely shredded carrots
1 c pumpkin
1 c cooking oil
2 c flour sifted
2 c sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ raisins (optional)
Cream cheese frosting:
1-- 3 oz pkg cream cheese
¼ c butter or margarine
2 x sifted powdered sugar
¾ c chopped nuts
NOTE:-- If raisins are to be used, spread them out on a platter and lightly sprinkle flour on top – this prevents the raisins from bunching in clusters and they won't stick to the bottom of the batter.To make cake: In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add pumpkin, carrots, oil and sugar. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla; mix until moistened. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes. Preheat oven at 350°. Fold raisins into batter. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake 40 – 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. To make frosting: Soften cheese, butter or margarine. Beat until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle with nuts.

Lela Hemingway
1 ½ c butter, softened
3 c sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
5 eggs
2 c flour
1 c cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
24 small (1 ½ inch) YORK peppermint patties, unwrapped
Heat oven to 350°. (If using a glass pan, 325°.) Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan. In large bowl with spoon or wire whisk, stir together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, stir until well blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend well. Reserve 2 cups batter and set aside. Spread remaining batter in prepared pan. Arrange peppermint patties in single layer over batter, about ½ inch apart. Spread reserved 2 cups of batter over patties. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until brownies begin to bull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan or wire rack. Cut into squares. Makes about 36 brownies.

Lela Hemingway
Bars:1 pkg devil's food cake
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 tsp almond extract
2 eggs, beaten
1 c sugar
1/3 c milk
5 tbsp butter
6 squares semi-sweet chocolate (chopped coarsely)
Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan. In a large bowl, combine all bar ingredients: stir until well blended. Pour and spread into pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean 25-35 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat: stir in chocolate until smooth. Pour and spread over warm bars. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Lela Hemingway
1 c butter, softened
¾ c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ c flour
1 c oats uncooked
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt (optional)
Decorator frosting or glaze
Holiday candies
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add combined flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Divide the dough into four pieces and wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour. Heat over to 350°. Roll dough onto lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with assorted floured 2-3 inch cookie cutters or cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet with spatula. For name tag hole, cut hole in cookie with drinking straw before baking. Bake 12 – 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool. Decorate by writing names on cookies or add other decorations with frosting or glaze. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Lela Hemingway
4 ½ c uncooked oats
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
¾ c butter, softened
½ c corn syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
½ tsp salt (optional)
1 12 oz pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
2/3 c chopped nuts (Optional)
Heat oven to 400°. Grease 15x10 inch jelly roll pan. Combine oats, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Firmly press mixture into prepared pan. Bake about18 minutes or until mixture is brown and bubbly. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle chocolate morsels evenly over toffee. Let stand 10 minutes. Spread chocolate evenly over toffee. Sprinkle with nuts. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place. Makes about 6 dozen.

Lela Hemingway
2 C BUTTER, softened
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add remaining ingredients except powdered sugar and mix well. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in powdered sugar. Bake for 12- 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar is desired. Makes about 4 ½ dozen cookies.

Lela Hemingway
1 c butter softened
½ tsp salt (optional)
1 ¼ c firmly packed brown sugar
2 ½ c uncooked oats
½ c granulated sugar
1 12 oz pkg choc chips
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped nuts
1 ¾ c flour
1 tsp baking soda
Heat oven to 375°. Beat butter, and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla, beat well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts. Mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 - 10 minutes for a chewy cookie or 12 - 13 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookies sheet and remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Lillian Renfroe
2 boxes of Carrot Cake Mix
1 large can of pumpkin
1 package Chocolate Chips
Mix all ingredients together and spoon cookies onto cookie sheet. Bake 350° for 10-12 minutes.

Lillian Renfroe
4 Cups peeled, cored and sliced apples (about 6 apples)
Vegetable oil spray
½ C light brown sugar
½ C flour
¾ C rolled oats
¾ tsp each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
1/3 C butter or margarine (cut into small pieces)
Heat oven 350°. Spray 8" square pan with vegetable oil. Place apples in pan. In a bowl blend sugar, flour, oats, spices and margarine together until crumbly. Spread over apples. Bake for 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Lillian Renfroe
3 Cups All Bran cereal
2 ½ cups warm water
1 box Betty Crocker low fat Brownies Mix
1 ½ tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix water and the All Bran cereal together and let stand for 2 minutes. Add the brownie mix and baking soda. Mix well. Grease a mini loaf or cup cake tins. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Note: These muffins will keep in the freezer.

Margo Nielson
2 c flour
2 c sugar
2 tsp baking soda
½ c cocoa
½ tsp salt
1 c cooking oil
1 c buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 c boiling water
Mix flour, sugar, soda, salt and cocoa. Blend in oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix well. Add eggs, one at a time. Add boiling water and mix well. Bake in a greased pan at 350° for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Very moist and delicious.

Margo Nielson
3 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ sticks butter
2/3 c shortening
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c granulated sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Measure 4 cups, adding more flour if necessary: set these dry ingredients aside. Using an electric mixer cream butter and shortening then add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Shape dough into a roll 12" long by 3" in diameter. (If dough gets too gooey to handle, wrap it in wax paper and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes.) Divide the roll into thirds and wrap each third in wax paper. Place 1 roll in the refrigerator and chill at least overnight (or speed things up by chilling in the freezer). To freeze the 2 other rolls, wrap them individually in aluminum foil, label and freeze for up to six months.
Baking Directions: Cut into ¾ inch thick pieces, then cut into quarters. Place 1 ½ inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven 400° for 5 – 8 minutes for thawed dough and 8 – 10 minutes for frozen dough. Each roll makes 2 dozen cookies.
SUGAR COOKIES: Sprinkle cookies generously with sugar before baking
CHOCOLATE COOKIES: Add 4-1 oz squares of melted and cooled, unsweetened chocolate to the dough mixture after beating in the eggs.
BUTTERSCOTCH-NUT COOKIES: Substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar. After beating in the eggs, stir in 1 cup well chopped nuts.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES: Add 1 to 2 cups chocolate chips to the dough mixture before adding flour.
PEANUT-BUTTER COOKIES:Omit vanilla. Sift 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg into the dry ingredients. Decrease shortening to ½ cup and blend in ½ cup peanut butter before adding the sugars.
COCONUT COOKIES: Add 2 cups shredded coconut after the beaten eggs.
LEMON-NUT COOKIES: Replace vanilla with lemon extract plus 1½ tbsp grated lemon peel. Add 1 cup nuts after the eggs.
ALMOND COOKIES: Replace vanilla with almond extract. Add 1½ cups finely ground almonds after the eggs.

Margo Nielson
If you can't find graham flour at your local health food store, substitute whole-wheat flour
1 c graham flour
1 c whole wheat flour
8 tbsp butter
½ c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ c honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 – 3 tbsp warm water
Sift flour, cut in butter. Mix in sugar and baking powder. Stir in honey, then egg and mix well. Slowly add water, tossing and mixing well before adding more (stop adding water when the dough is moist enough – but not sticky—to form a ball) Knead on well-floured surface for 1 minute or until the dough holds together enough to be rolled. Roll to 1/8 – ¼ inch thick and then cut into 3 inch squares using a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Space squares slightly apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Prick the top with a fork. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Margo Nielson
4 tbsp shortening
4 tbsp butter
1/3 c sugar
½ tsp SALT
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 ¼ c flour
Cream together shortening and butter: gradually beat in sugar until creamed. Vigorously beat in salt, vanilla and egg. Sift in flour and mix thoroughly. Drop dough from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Flour the bottom of a glass and flatten each cookies. Bake at 370° for 8 – 10 minutes or until delicately browned around the edges. Cool on rack.

Margo Nielson
Equals a 15 ounce can
1 c evaporated milk
3 tbsp instant nonfat dry milk
1 tbsp sugar
7/8 cup Light corn syrup
Pour approximately ½ cup of evaporated milk into a small saucepan and blend in the dry milk and sugar. Heat to thoroughly dissolve the sugar. Pour in remaining milk and syrup. Blend well. Use in place of a 15 ounce can of commercial sweetened condensed milk.

Margo Nielson
1 quart milk at room temperature
1 heaping tbsp plain commercial yogurt at room temperature
Pour milk into a pot: heat and stir over med-low heat until it boils. Remove from heat. Fill kitchen sink partially with cold water. Immerse the pot in the water to cool the milk temperature down to a lukewarm 110°. Stir the milk occasionally so that the cooling will be even. To determine 110° either use a thermometer or pinky test: immerse your little finger into the milk, swish it around once then count slowly to 10, (if the liquid is comfortably warm, but not cool enough to be on a par with your own 98° body temperature) it is 110°. If the liquid's heat makes you remove your finger, let it cool down further before retesting. When the milk is 110° remove the pot from the water. Working quickly, stir in the commercial yogurt into a small mixing bowl, slowly mix in about 1 cup of the warm milk. Gradually pour and blend the bowl's mixture back into the pot of milk, stirring continually as you pour. Pour the contents of the pot into whatever container you will use for incubating. When set, refrigerate the yogurt about 5 hours before serving. Yogurt will keep in fridge for about 2 weeks. Incubate yogurt for about 10 hours – 2 hours more if you like a tart taste – 2 hours less if you like a milder flavor. Incubate in oven: Pour contents of the pot of yogurt-infused milk equally into 4 small 8 oz jars putting the lids on loosely. Place jars in a large high-sided pan (for example roaster pan), with lukewarm water in the pan that is level of the yogurt level. Place in a preheated 100° oven. Close the door and then turn the oven off. Leave yogurt in oven for 8 – 12 hours depending on how mild or tart you want it to be and do not open door during this time. No peeking.
Yogurt Flavorings:
After the yogurt has set you can stir in any one of the following flavorings.
Measurements are given for one 8 oz serving of yogurt.
GRANOLA: Stir in to taste. Add 2 tsp honey
SUGAR OR HONEY: 2 tsp sugar or honey per cup of yogurt

Pudding Mixes
Margo Nielson
Each batch of mix makes enough for 30 half-cup servings OR five – 9" pies
T o m a k e m i x e s : Combine all the ingredients given under one of the following flavors. Sift the ingredients and pack them into a 1 ½ quart jar and cover tightly. Tape cooking directions to the jar. Stores indefinitely at room temperature.
C o o k i n g d i r e c t i o n s – m a k e s 6 h a l f c u p s e r v i n g s : Measure out the specific amount of mix into a saucepan.
Stir in 2 ¾ cups of milk until blended. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Let the pudding simmer – boil for 1 minute while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in 1 to 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract. If you like pudding extra rich, swirl in 2 Tbsp butter until melted. Pour the pudding in six ½ c pudding glasses and let cool. Can serve warm or chilled.
P i e-f i l l i n g d i r e c t i o n s : Prepare any pudding below as directed but do not let it boil. Cool, stirring not and then, for 10 minutes. Pour the filling into a cooled, baked 9-inch pie shell. Chill until firm and serve topped with whipped cream.

1 2/3 C SUGAR
Measure out 2/3 cup of mix.
2/3 C SHREDDED COCONUT. Prepare as directed except replace vanilla extract with ½ tsp coconut extract. Make 7 servings.
BUTTERSCOTCH: SIFT AND STORE 1 7/8 cups firmly packed brown sugar, 1 ½ cups cornstarch and ½ tsp salt. Measure out ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp of mix. Cook as directed, swirling in 3 tbsp butter, not optional, do not use margarine, along with the vanilla.
CHOCOLATE PUDDING MIX: Sift and store 3 cups sugar, 1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 ¼ cups cornstarch, and ½ teaspoon salt. Measure out 1 cup of mix.

Margo Nielson
Choose any of the flavors below and use with the instructions that follow. No cooking is necessary. Makes 6 – 7 servings. Directions: Pour the cold water into a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin atop the water; let it soak for 5 minutes without stirring. Add the boiling water, sugar and salt. Stir until the gelatin and sugar dissolve. Let cool to lukewarm. Stir in the juice(s), the rind (when called for) and, if necessary, the drops of food coloring. Pour the mixture into dessert glasses or into a mold. Chill until jelled.


Marilyn Larsen
Cookie Dough:
½ c butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 egg ½ c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ c flour
½ c baking cocoa
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt ½ c chopped pecans
18 – 22 large marshmallows, halved
¼ c butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 c powdered sugar
3 – 6 tbsp condensed milk
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Drop by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6 minutes. Press a marshmallow half; cut side down, onto each cookie. Bake 2 minutes longer or until the marshmallow is softened. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate, stir until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar. Add enough condensed milk to achieve spreading consistency. Transfer frosting to a pastry or plastic bag. Cut a small hole in one corner of bag. Pipe over cookies. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Marilyn Larsen
1 c sugar
1 c light corn syrup
½ c peanut butter
5 c crisp rice cereal
2 c pretzel sticks
1 c plain M&M's
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add the cereal, pretzels and M&M's; stir until coated. Press into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 pan. Cut into bars.

Ground Raisin Cookies
Marlene Peterson
1 C Shortening
2 ½ C Sugar
3 eggs (Beaten)
1 C Sour or buttermilk
5 C sifted flour
1 tsp ground cloves
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 small tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
2 pounds raisins
Sift flour several times. Add milk alternately with dry ingredients. Add 2 pounds raisins, washed and drained. Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake 350° for 12- 15 minutes. Can substitute with cranapple-pineapple instead of raisins.

Raisin filled cookies
Marlene Peterson
4 eggs
2 C Shortening
4 C Sugar
12 C flour
2 C Milk
8 tsp baking powder
4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 tsp vanilla
6 c ground raisins
6 tbsp Flour
4tsp lemon juice
2 c nuts (if desired)
8 tbsp butter
3 c sugar
6 c water
In saucepan, combine raisins, and other ingredients for filling. Cook until thick. Let cool completely before using as a filling for cookies. For dough, whisk baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour together. Cream together shortening and sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add milk alternately with flour mixture. Roll dough very thin. Cut with a cookie cutter and spread one cookie with filling. Place another cookie on top to make a sandwich, pinching edges together. Bake 350° for 10- 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Apple Pudding
Marlene Peterson
2 C sugar
2 Eggs
½ c butter or margarine
4 c shredded apples (unpeeled)
2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Raisins, dates Nuts
Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and mix together. Add dry ingredients and then stir in apples. If desired add raisins, dates or nuts. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake 350° for 45 minutes. Top with caramel sauce or lemon sauce, or whipped cream. This pudding can be frozen.

Primary Punch
Marlene Peterson
to make 5 gallons punch:
Cherry punch 4 packages
Orange punch 4 packages
Sugar 8 cups
Lemon juice (small can) 1 can
Pineapple Juice 1 large can
7-up 1 small can
to make 15 gallons punch:
Cherry punch 12 packages
Orange Punch 12 packages
Sugar 24 cups
Lemon juice (small can) 3 cans
Pine apple juice (lg can) 3 large cans
7-up 3 small cans
Blend together. Refrigerate.

Teena Searle
2 ½ C cooked rice
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 ½ C heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla
C brown sugar
½ tsp nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
½ tsp cinnamon
½ C raisins
Mix together all ingredients. Pour into a lightly greased crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low for 4-6 hours. Stir once during the last 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Teena Searle
1 15 oz can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 box spice cake mix
1 pkg chocolate chips
Mix together pumpkin and spice cake until well blended. Add chocolate chips to mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes.

Phoebe Leach
½ c butter
1½ c graham cracker crumbs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 c chocolate chips
1 c coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Miniature marshmallows
1 cup dark brown sugar
Melt butter in a 12 x 9 inch pan. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over butter. Pour milk over crumbs. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. Sprinkle with marshmallows if chewier bar is desired. Press all ingredients down gently. Bake at 350° for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.

Teena Searle
1 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
2 ½ c flour
2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
2 t vanilla
¾ c cocoa
2 eggs
48 rolos
Beat sugars and butter until fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa and soda. Add vanilla and eggs to mixture. Add flour mixture and blend well. For each cookie (with floured hands) shape about 1 Tbsp of dough around 1 Rolo, covering it completely. It will be just smaller than a golf ball. Place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Bake at 375° for 7 – 10 minutes or until cookie is slightly cracked.

Teena Searle1 graham cracker crust
1 box chocolate fudge instant pudding
½ c powdered sugar
½ c peanut butter
Prepare pudding as per box directions. Mix powdered sugar and peanut butter together. Place in bottom of graham cracker pie shell. Pour chocolate pudding over and refrigerate until set.

Sarah Johns
3 oz pkg lemon Jell-o
1 can evaporated milk (Chilled in fridge)
32 graham cracker squares finely crushed
1 - 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1 c sugar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cube butter, melted
In a small mixing bowl, dissolve Jell-o win 1 c boiling water. Refrigerate until partially set. Mix crushed graham crackers with 2 Tbsp sugar and melted butter.Press half into bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. In a large bowl whip chilled milk until stiff peaks form. In a medium bowl mix cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat partially set gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat into cream cheese mixture. Combine this mixture with the whipped evaporated milk and beat until fluffy. Pour into prepared crust and sprinkle the remaining graham cracker crumbs on top. Refrigerate until set (1-2 hours). Note: This makes a lot and I sometimes use a larger pan then 9 x 13 to make it go farther.

Sarah Johns
1 small pkg cherry Jell-o
1 c diced apples
1 ½ c water
1 c diced celery
1 c ground cranberries
1 c chopped walnuts or pecans
1 c sugar
In a medium saucepan, combine ground cranberries and sugar. Boil for two minutes. Add Jell-o mix and stir until dissolved. Stir in water. Add the apples, celery and nuts and mix well. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve. My family loves this with thanksgiving dinner but it tastes great with any meal.

Sarah Johns
1 c brown sugar
4 c sifted flour
1 c white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 c shortening
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs (beaten)
1 c chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 small can crushed pineapple (drained)
Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Cream shortening and sugar. Add well beaten egg and pineapple to creamed mixture and blend well. Add vanilla and mix. Combine dry ingredients with creamed mixture, mixing well. Mix in nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 - 7 minutes or until golden brown. Place on cooling rack or waxed paper to cool.

Sarah Johns
1 C sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Mix in rolled oats and coconut. Roll cookie mixture into 1" balls and coat each ball with sugar. Put on light greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.

Teddy Ross
1 C flour
¾ tsp salt
1 c sugar
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ c solid shortening
2/3 c milk
2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla
½ c chocolate syrup
½ c warm water
1/3 c sugar
Blend all cake ingredients at full speed with electric mixer. Beat 2 minutes. Pour into a 2 quart greased casserole dish. Spoon topping over batter. Bake 350 for 40-50 minutes.

Teddy Ross
1 c light karo syrup
1 cube butter
1 16 oz. pkg brown sugar
Cook to soft ball stage. Cool. Dip apples. Makes about 20 medium apples.

Teddy Ross
1 c pineapple drained
1 pkg cool whip
1 carton cottage cheese
1 pkg orange Jell-OMix together pineapple, cool whip and cottage cheese. Sprinkle Jell-o and blend with other ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to eat.