Thursday, August 25, 2011

Easy Swiss Steak

Another Crock Pot meal…yay!  This one was simple and easy.  I just threw it all in the pot together and then gave it a good stir and let it cook away.  It turned out really good.  We actually served it as tacos with all the fixins .  But I can see that it would be very yummy over potatoes…we’ll probably give that a try next time.

I used diced tomatoes and my steak was thin.  I don’t know if you can even by an inch thick cube steak!?..

Recipe taken from – Thalian Society’s Cookbook

2 lbs. beef round steak, 1 inch thick
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
1 tsp. pepper
1 sm. Onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt

Pound steak with meat mallet if not tenderized.  Trim off excess fat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cut into serving pieces.  Place in crock pot.  Add tomatoes and onions.  Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.  Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Try this tender steak and make your own dinner combo.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lemon Squares

We were craving something sweet one night so I was looking for an easy recipe to make from one of my cookbooks and this one sounded easy enough.  I like most lemon desserts so when I saw this one in the cookbook and with a star by it from my mom I thought I’d mark it to try.  It was interesting when I started pulling out all the ingredients.  Not at all what I thought….I didn’t read the ingredients beforehand just the title!  Even though it’s not your typical lemon square it was yummy.  Hubby gave it a 10!

The only change I made was I used 1 c of coconut because that’s all I had!

Recipe taken from – Heart of the Home (1982)

1 ½ c flour
½ c brown sugar
1 stick butter

2 eggs
1 c brown sugar
1 ¼ c coconut
½ c chopped pecans
2 Tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 c powdered sugar

Mix pastry ingredients to fine crumbs.  Pat into 9x13x2 inch pan.  Bake 10 minutes at 275 degrees.  Beat eggs well and add rest of ingredients.  Pour over pastry.  Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Mix glaze ingredients and pour over baked cookies while still hot.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Inspirational Quotes

Inspiration taken from – Thalian Society’s Cookbook

~  Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.

~  A closed mouth gathers no feet.

~  The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Green Enchiladas

I was taking a risk that these enchiladas would be good when I made them and they were!  Call me crazy but I made them for the first time taking them to friends for dinner.  Luckily they were good or I would have been embarrassed.  I chose these because they looked super easy and they were easier than any enchilada recipe I have.

I followed the recipe except for I seasoned my meat with salt, pepper, garlic, Tony’s, and cumin.  Everything else was the same.  I got 9 enchiladas using flour tortillas.  The topping seemed to make a lot but I guess it wasn’t too much because no one complained.

My mom made a note by this recipe to substitute chicken for beef.  Maybe next time I’ll try that out!

Recipe taken from – Heart of the Home (1982)

1 lb Monterey Jack cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can green chilies, drained
8 oz. sour cream
1 lb ground meat
1 onion, chopped
10 flour or corn tortillas
Dash of oregano
Cumin and garlic powder

Grate cheese, chop chilies and mix with soup and sour cream.  Mix well and set aside.  Brown ground meat with onions; add spices.  Put portion of meat mixture in each tortilla and roll up.  Pout in 9x13 in baking dish.  Pour sauce over top.  Bake 20-30 minutes at 350.  Makes 10.

Looking for an easy enchilada recipe then this one is for you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Recipe for a Happy Marriage

I love it!  I think we all need a little reminder ever now and then of precious marriage is and what a gift from God it is.  I would add 1 gallon of prayer to this "recipe".  I've heard that no one is going to pray for you more than your mom and spouse.  (which I believe)  So, if you don't pray for your spouse daily start today because if you're not praying for them they may not be getting prayed for regularly.

Recipe taken from – Texas State Foster Parents (1989)

1 c consideration
1 c courtesy
2 c milk of human kindness
2 c flattery, carefully concealed
1 gal faith in God and each other
2 c praise
1 small pinch of in-laws
1 reasonable budget
1 generous dash of cooperation
3 tsp pure extract of “I am sorry”
1 c contentment
1 c confidence
1 large or several small hobbies
1 c blindness to each other’s faults

Kitchen Tip Tuesday

I don't have a ton of kitchen tips but I have a good one for you today that I learned several years ago.  I don't remember where I read it but I'm just glad I did!

You know how when you make bacon your whole house smells like bacon for what seems like forever!  All you need to do is put a small cup of vinegar on your stove top and it helps absorb the bacon smell.  It really does work.  I just turn on the vent and have my vinegar out and then a bacon smell free home!  Don't get me wrong I love my bacon as much as the next person just not the lingering smell of it in my house for what seems like 24 hours!

I just have some vinegar in a small container with a lid so I put it in my pantry when I'm done and take it out the next time I make bacon.

Find more kitchen tips at Tammy's Recipes..

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

When we were visiting my family at Christmas my grandmother had one of these cakes that she bought at a church fundraiser.  It was good and I remember my dad saying my great grandma made the best.  I wish I remembered having hers but I don’t.  So, I thought I’d give this recipe a try to see how it compared.  I enjoyed it and the other people that ate it said the enjoyed it.

I followed recipe exactly.  Next time though I think I’ll double the filling and make the glaze a little thicker.  I also used a Bundt pan.

Recipe taken from – Heritage Cookbook (1976)

1 pkg yellow butter cake mix
1 c dairy sour cream
½ c cooking oil
¼ c sugar
¼ c water
4 eggs

2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl, blend cake mix, sour cream, oil, sugar and eggs.  Beat at high speed for 2 minutes.  Pour 2/3 of the batter in a gresed and floured 10” tube pan.  Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle over batter in pan.  Spread remaining batter evenly over filling mixture.  Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes, until cake springs back when touched lightly.  Cool right side up for about 25 minutes, then remove from pan.  Glaze blend: 1 c confectioners sugar and 2 Tbsp milk.  Drizzle over cake.

Two ladies submitted this recipe and one lady uses 1 c chopped pecans in filling mix.

My friend told me this was a good addition to her morning coffee so bake it up today and enjoy with a cup of joe!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back to it....

Hey everyone!  I know I've been MIA for a couple weeks but I have some good recipes coming up this week to share so stay tuned.  It's hard for me to sit at the computer sometimes. Thanks to the encouragement I got recently of someone saying they had tried some of the recipes and enjoyed them this gave me the push I needed to get these recipes up!

I also might be changing the direction of the blog from just "oldie" recipes to recipes I find and try on the internet.  I love trying new recipes because I get so bored of the same ole same ole.  So, I'm always trying new recipes and when I find a good one I want to share it with everyone so they can try it too.  Stay tuned for those additional recipes.