Sunday, December 30, 2012

Grandma's Beef Stroganoff

6 Tbsp
2 tsp
1/2 tsp
Beef tenderloin, round steak, trim fat
2 1/2 pounds
1/2 cup
Onion, minced
1 cup
1 cup
Cream of chicken soup
2 cups
Mushrooms, canned
8 oz
Sour cream
2 cups
Wide egg noodles

  1. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together and pound meat, tenderize, with this mixture on both sides.
  2. Cut meat into chunks and brown in butter in a large pot.
  3. Take meat out and brown onion in the same pot.  Add 1 cup water and scrape bottom of the pan.
  4. Add chicken soup and mushrooms.  Return the meat to the pan and cook 1/2 hour.
  5. Just before serving add sour cream and Do Not Boil.  Serve over wide egg noodles.
This recipe does take some time and TLC, but when it's done right it is so wonderful.  It is my Grandma's famous recipe that we have been making for years.
 Mix flour, salt, and pepper together.
 Pound flour mixture into beef, on both sides to tenderize.

 Cut meat into chunks, brown in sauce pan with butter.
 Take meat out of the pan and caramelize the minced onion.
 Add water and scrape bottom of the pan.
Add chicken soup and mushrooms.  Then return the meat to the pan and cook on low for 30 minutes.  While this is cooking prepare your noodles.
Just before serving add the sour cream.
 Serve over cooked egg noodles.  Yum!

Simply Amazing Corn and Bean Salsa

Black-eyed peas
1 can
Pinto Beans
1 can
Pimentos, chopped
1 small jar
Onion, chopped
1 small jar
Celery, chopped
1 cup
Green pepper, chopped
1 cup
Mixed yellow and white corn
1 cup
Jalapenos, chopped 
optional, to taste
optional, to taste
1 tsp.
1/2 tsp.
1 Tbsp
Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup
1/2 cup
1/2 cup

  1. Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Prepare the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients into a saucepan and bringing to a boil.
  3. Pour dressing over bean mixture.  For best results marinate overnight in refrigerator.  Drain excess juice before serving with chips.  Or serve as a side salad.
This is an ALL-TIME favorite!  The ingredients may seem weird when you are making it, but trust me it even makes the pickiest eaters happy!
 Chop up your pepper, onion, and celery.  Drain and rinse your canned goods.
Combine chopped veggies in a large bowl (pepper, onion, celery).
 Add your canned veggies (beans, black eye-peas, pimentos, corn,.
Make the dressing on the stove.  Combine sugar, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and water.  Bring to a boil 
 Once boiling remove from stove and pour over prepared vegetables.
 For best results allow to marinade over night.  Drain majority of liquid before serving with chips.  Enjoy!

No-Bake Cheesecake

Cream cheese, softened
1-8oz package
1/3 cup
Cool whip, thawed
8 oz
Graham cracker crust

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with a wire whisk or mixer until smooth.
  2. Gently stir in whipped topping and spoon into crust.
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Another super easy and quick dessert, with only a few ingredients.

 Beat sugar and cream cheese together.
 Add in cool whip to this mixture.
 Place mixture in pre-made graham cracker crust and refrigerate for 3 hours before serving and you have the perfect dessert!


Lemon Cake Bars

Angle food cake mix
1 box
Lemon pie filling
1 can
Powdered sugar
to garnish with

  1. Mix angle food cake and lemon pie filling together with a spoon.  Just until wet, do not over stir.
  2. Bake in a 9x13 cake pan at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  3. As they are cooling, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
These bars only take 2 ingredients, which makes them super quick and easy.  They are a light and refreshing lemony dessert!
 Mix the angel food cake and lemon filling together, just until moist.  Do not over stir.  Then place in a 9x13 cake pan.
 Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 Sift powdered sugar over while they are cooling.

 Cut and serve!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Character Costume

2 spools of Tulle (The spool I buy is 5.75 inches wide and 25 yards long) 
Elastic (knit 3/4 inch)
Needle and thread
Goop or any kind of sturdy glue

My daughter is very into Elmo right now, but of course he is a boy, so I wanted to make a girly version of Elmo for her.  Needless to say, she absolutely loved her costume and still like to wear it months later.  You could take this concept and make it for many different characters!
1.  Cut your all your tulle to the length you want it.  Our costume hung right under her armpits, so I measured from there to a little below her knees.
2.  Cut your elastic the right size.  We did around her chest, right under her arm pits.  Then stitch your elastic together.  Going over it a few times to make sure it is sturdy.
3.  Begin tying your tulle around your elastic (Just a simple knot), with the tulle pointing down, to create a dress.
 Note the stitching is going up and down and few times. I used a zig sag stitch.
4. Just keep tying the tulle all the way around the elastic.
 Until you have gone all the way around to the fullness you want.
5.  Next cut your ribbon to the proper length for straps.  Put the costume on your child to get the right placement and measurement.  Pin in place.  Take off your child and sew the straps on with the same color thread as your tulle.  I just sewed right over the tulle and elastic for the straps.

6.  Cut out your characters face out of felt.  Honestly my husband is a better drawer than me, so I had him draw it on the felt and then I cut it out.  You could also trace from a picture.  Once it is cut out, use "Goop" or any super sturdy glue to glue in on the front of your costume, right on the top layer of tulle.
7.  Now that it is done, you may need to trim the bottom to make all the tulle even.  Enjoy!!

*I made matching curly cue bows to make it even more adorable!  Click on the picture to link to the tutorial.*

Dried beef dip

Cream cheese
2-8 oz pkg
Green onions, sliced thin
1 bunch
Chipped Beef, chopped fine
10 oz

  1. Cut up green onions very thin.  Cut up dried beef very fine.
  2. Mix with cream cheese.
  3. Severe in a bowl with crackers.
Only a few ingredients and you have on very addicting party dip!


Pulled Pork

Pork tenderloin
3 pounds
1 can
BBQ Sauce 
(I like Sweet Baby Ray’s-Hickory & Brown Sugar)
1-18 oz 

  1. Trim fat off roast and place in appropriate sized slow cooker
  2. Pour cola over the roast.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until falling apart and cooked through.
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker and shred.  Drain out juice from slow cooker.
  5. Return meat to slow cooker and add BBQ sauce.  Serve warm on buns with your favorite sides like fries, baked beans, cole slaw, etc...

 This recipe is super easy and only takes 3 ingredients!  You can make it with a pork shoulder also, but the tenderloin has a lot less fat, which equals a lot less work : )  It's pictured with 2 cans of coke, but one actually did the trick.  You can use whatever your favorite BBQ sauce is to finish it off, mine is Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar.
 Place the tenderloin in the crock-pot and cover about 1/2 way with coke.
 Cook on low for 6 hours, or until falling apart and cooked through.
Then dump out the coke and shred the pork.  Place back in crock-pot.
 Cover with as much BBQ sauce as you like.  Serve on buns.