Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hamburger Soup

Jennifer S.

There are plenty of versions out there for Hamburger Soup, but this is the one that I made today in the crock pot for a sick friend of mine. Feel free to tweak it to your liking and enjoy it with some homemade bread or rolls.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 white onion, small dice
1 tbs garlic, minced (I use the jarred kind)
1 tbs Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

32-oz beef broth
2 10-oz cans of tomato soup
1 "can" of water
1 15-oz can corn, drained
1 15-oz can green beans, drained
1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans, NOT drained
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (I used the kind with green chilies added)
1 12-oz bag frozen peas and carrots
1 tbs sugar (optional). I find it takes the bitter taste out of the tomato

1/2 cup alphabet noodles, dried and uncooked
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Brown beef, onions, and garlic together in a pan. Drain off extra grease and add seasonings to meat.
In a large crock pot set on high add the broth, soup, water, corn, beans, tomatoes, and peas and carrots. Add the meat mixture and stir. Add sugar, if using
Cover and let soup come to a boil, stir well and add in the noodles. Stir and turn down heat to low for about 30-60 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Serve topped with Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Additional add ins to tweak your recipe:
1/2 head of shredded cabbage (added when you add the pasta)
2 cups zucchini, chopped (added when you add the pasta)
Instead of the cans of veggies replace them with a giant bag of mixed veggies from the frozen food section
2 cups russet potatoes, peeled and diced. Added with the veggies
Make it vegetarian by not adding the beef
1 15-oz can white beans in the place of the red kidney beans
Use left over shredded roast beef in the place of the ground beef
Use Hot Italian Sausage in place of the ground beef
Use 2 cups of V8 juice in the place of the tomato soup
Add 2 cups of broccoli/cauliflower when adding pasta
What ever else your imagination comes up with!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jenn's Banana Bread

Jenn's Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Grease 3 large loaf pans
Mix together 1/4 C flour
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Coat loaf pans with butter and flour mixture and set aside
Use left over flour mixture with dry ingredients 
Liquid ingredients:
Cream together
3/4 C butter, softened
3 C sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 C applesauce
OR just use 6 ripe bananas and no applesauce 
16 oz container of sour cream
Dry ingredients:
Whisk together
4 1/2 C flour using any left over from coating pans
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamon OR all spice
1 tsp salt
1 TBS baking soda
Add dry ingredients a little at a time to wet ingredients until well combined.
Divide between loaf pans. Place loaf pans on a baking sheet and place in the center of preheated oven.
Bake for 60-75 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Rotate baking sheet halfway through bake time.
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and place on cooling rack. Cover with towel until completely cooled. Wrap in plastic.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo on Spaghetti Squash

I made this for a church potluck as I am not eating carbs right now and wanted to be sure to take something I knew that I could eat. Turns out all the gluten free peeps enjoyed having something to eat too!

1 large Spaghetti Squash- cooked and shredded.  Cut in half with the seeds scooped out. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60. I drizzled mine with olive oil, salt and pepper.
1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
 Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce 
 1 cup Italian Cheese Blend
salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
In a 13x9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray add the cooked spaghetti squash, chicken, and broccoli.
Pour on Alfredo sauce.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly and hot. If you like the top browned you can uncover the last 10-15 of baking.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

8 Can Soup (Packed with Potassium)

Jennifer S.

Make it from a Can Soup has been around for a long time, and no two recipes are identical, but they basically amount to this:
7-8 cans of whatever you want. Don’t drain the cans. Just add them into the pot.
 Some kind of cheese stirred in at the end. Velveeta isn't fancy, but it sure is tasty in this soup!

Recently a friend of mine was in the hospital for a very low potassium level and I was looking for something that was jammed packed with just that! SO I looked up some foods high in potassium and thought hey most if not all of those are in 7- Can Soup, but I reached just a step further and added the canned pumpkin, you'd never know it was in there!


  • 2 cans (15-ounce, each) Chili Con Carne (your favorite brand with both meat and kidney beans)
  • 1 can (15-ounce) Black Beans
  • 1 can (15-ounce) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-ounce) Corn (I Used Fiesta Variety)
  • 1 can (10 Ounce) Rotel
  • 1 can (15-ounce) Pumpkin Puree (NOT pie mix)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Powdered Oregano
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, Cubed

  • Without draining the cans, empty all cans, and seasonings into a large crock pot set to high heat.
    Stir WELL.
    Bring to a boil, 1-2 hours, then reduce the heat to low.
    Stir occasionally, stuff likes to sink to the bottom of the crock pot, and stick to the sides. 
    Check seasonings before adding cheese. I added more pepper (Fresh cracked) for balance.
    Dice the cheese and stir it into the soup until melted.
    Serve immediately.

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    Pumpkin Pound Cake

    Jennifer S.

    Pumpkin goodness in a delicious, moist cake. This simple pound cake recipe uses pumpkin pie spice and the convenience of canned pumpkin to create the flavors of fall.


    Pound Cake

    3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves)

    Sift all dry ingredients together and set aside.

    2 cups sugar
    1 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup vegetable shortening, softened
    3 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    15 oz. canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
    3/4 cup milk

    Combine sugar, butter, and shortening in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy and light in color. Continue beating, adding eggs one at a time, until well mixed. Add vanilla and pumpkin; continue beating until well mixed, mixture may look "curdled".
    Add flour mixture alternately with 3/4 cup milk; beat at low speed until well mixed.

    Spoon batter into greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.


    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
    1 tsp vanilla
    4 to 5 TBS milk

    Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and 1 TBS of milk at-a-time for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Glaze cooled cake.

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Turkey Tortilla Soup

    Jennifer S.

    This is a FANTASTIC way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or any holiday.
    My husband even had seconds, and he NEVER EVER has seconds on soup!!

    2 TBS olive oil
    1 cup white onion, finely diced
    6 cups turkey or chicken stock
    2-3 cups leftover turkey, diced up
    2 cups frozen corn, or 1 15-oz can, drained
    1 15-oz can black beans, I didn't drain mine
    1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (Mexican style optional)
    2 4-oz cans diced green chilies
    1 15-oz can of red OR green enchilada sauce OR one envelope of enchilada sauce seasoning
    2 cups spinach, sliced into ribbons
    salt, pepper to taste
    Couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce (optional)
    1 TBS of sugar
    green onions
    sour cream
    shredded cheese
    fried tortilla strips or tortilla chips

    In a large stock pot on med-high heat saute onions in the olive oil.
    Add stock, turkey, corn, beans, tomatoes, chilies, enchilada sauce or seasoning, Tabasco (if desired), and salt and pepper.
    Bring to a boil, turn to med-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    Add spinach and sugar.
    Cover and let simmer until spinach is wilted. Another 10 minutes.
    Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
    Serve in a bowl topped with green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips or chips.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014



    Yield: 24 waffles (4x5 in waffles)
    • 3 cups flour
    • 2 TBS baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2  cup sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 3/4 cup oil
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • 1 TBS vanilla


    Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
    Beat the eggs until light and fluffy and pale yellow
    Mix together the eggs, milk/buttermilk, oil and vanilla, stir slightly
    Add to dry ingredients and mix well
    Preheat waffle iron, spray with a light coat of cooking spray (the first time should be the only time you need to do this).
    Use a measuring cup or gravy ladle (approx 1/3 to 1/2 cup size) and ladle batter into waffle iron. Cook waffles according to manufacturer directions.
    Keep warm in a 200 degree oven in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    Top with room temperature butter and hot maple syrup!
    Or toppings of your choice:
    Any fresh fruit you love!
    Toasted nuts
    Toasted coconut 
    Chocolate syrup
    Flavored syrups
    Chocolate chips
    Pie filling, any flavor, heated up
    Peanut butter
    Jam or Jelly
    Whipped topping
    Cream cheese, plain or flavored
    Ice cream
    Powdered sugar
    Bacon crumbles
    Cinnamon/sugar mix
    And so on and so forth...

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    Ginger Ale Chicken in a Crock Pot

    12-oz can of Ginger Ale with real ginger listed as an ingredient
    1/3 cup Teriyaki sauce
    1/2 tsp powdered ginger, or 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
    3-4 cloves of garlic finely minced
    1/2 tsp sesame oil, optional
    1/4 tsp garlic salt
    1/2 tsp Kosher salt
    10-12 cracks of ground pepper
    pinch of red chili flakes
    6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2-3 TBS corn starch
    1/2 cup cold water

    Place chicken in crock pot.
    Combine all sauce ingredients EXCEPT for the corn starch and water.
    Pour over chicken.
    Cook on low for 6-8 hours OR on high for 3-4 hours.
    Remove chicken from crock pot and slice thin or shred.
    Turn crock pot to high (if cooking on low).
    Stir together the corn starch and cold water and add to juices in crock pot and stir well.
    Replace lid to crock pot for 15-20 minutes until juices thicken into a sauce.
    Serve with hot cooked rice and some steamed veggies.
    Be sure to drizzle with the sauce! MMM

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    No Bake Eclair Cake

    One box graham crackers, any flavor. I used honey flavor. I think I may try chocolate next time.
    1 3.4-oz package of Vanilla or French Vanilla INSTANT pudding mix
    2 1/2 cups cold milk
    1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
    1 tub chocolate cake frosting

    Whip cream to stiff peaks stage and set aside in fridge.
    Make pudding with 2 1/2 cups cold milk. Set in fridge for 30 minutes.
    Fold together whipped cream and pudding.
    In a 13x9 pan line bottom with a layer of graham crackers, use a serrated knife to cut them to fit, if needed.
    Use half of the pudding mixture on top of graham crackers. Smooth out.
    Place another layer of graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Cut any to fit if needed.
    Use last of pudding mix and smooth out.
    For last layer of graham crackers make sure you use the "FLAT" side of the cracker facing up (so you can see it). Cut any if needed.
    Take lid and foil off of frosting tub.
    Microwave for 20 seconds, stir well.
    Pour over graham crackers and smooth to the edges of pan.
    Cover with plastic wrap. My pan comes with a snap on lid.
    Refrigerate over night.
    Cut and serve. Enjoy!!

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Katie Munson

    Here is the recipe for the amazing crock pot  buffalo chicken dip from the potluck.
    1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded (include a little bit of the skin for flavor)
    1 12-oz bottle of buffalo hot sauce
    16-oz of cream cheese, softened in the microwave
    16-oz shredded pepper jack cheese
    8-oz sour cream
    Corn chips
    Cut veggies
    Put everything, except chips and veggies, into crock pot stir well and allow that to simmer on low for 1-2 hours until the cheese is soft and can mix well. Give it all another good stir and enjoy!
    Tastes awesome with chips or veggies or just on a fork!!
    Thank you to Katie Munson for passing the recipe on to me!!