Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3.4 oz. package vanilla instant pudding mix
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
2. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add in pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slight golden and set. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lemon Curd Mousse

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
8 ounces Cream Cheese Softened
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 big spoonfuls of lemon curd

Mix cream cheese, vanilla, lemon, sugar, and lemon curd until smooth. Whip up the heavy cream and fold into the lemon mix. Store in an air tight container in the fridge

Friday, July 4, 2014

Schmutz’s Chili

Schmutz’s Chili
3 C pinto beans washed
1 lb ground beef browned
3/4 lb bacon cut up and browned
1 C chopped onion
1 C katchup
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T liquid smoke
3 T white vinegar
1 tsp salt
dash pepper
Cook for 3 hrs in crock pot. Add enough water to cook it all.
I rinse and soak my beans over night. The cook time will depend on how fresh the beans are. I would start them in the morning. Cook them on high and just keep checking them until they are soft.

German Pancakes

German pancakes

6 eggs
3 tbsp butter
1 c flour
1 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
Mix ingredients in blender
Bake in greased casserole dish at 450° for 15-20 minutes

Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Pumpkin Muffins with cream cheese glaze

makes approx-  24 extra large muffins, 36 standard sized muffins, or 3 loaves of bread


3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water
Streusel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar.
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
(optional) 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Cream Chesse Glaze
4oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp milk
blend cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until all mixed in. Add milk one TBSP at a time until you reach a desired glaze consistency. Drizzle on muffins once done baking.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place cupcake/muffin liners in a muffin pan.
Mix the batter...
In a large bowl, gently whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices).
In another large bowl (or the bowl of your electric mixer), add oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. Blend well. Add water and blend until fully incorporated.
While slowly mixing, pour the dry ingredients in with the wet. Mix until just combined.
Make the streusel...
In a medium bowl mix brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nuts (if desired). Pour in the melted butter and stir gently until the mixture is combined, but some small lumps remain.
Scoop muffin batter into prepared pan, filling liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Top each muffin with a spoon full of streusel topping.
Bake muffins 18-20 minutes (for standard sized muffins).
Bake extra large muffins (as pictured) 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, but no wet batter.

Feel free to make this recipe into Pumpkin bread instead of muffins. Divide batter between 3 standard sized loaf pans. Bake loaves (in greased and floured pans) for 50-55 minutes.
This recipe makes a lot of muffins. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, or make some muffins and a loaf of bread.

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Applesauce Oatmeal muffins
½ c. softened butter
¾ c. brown sugar
1 well beaten egg
1c. whole wheat flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. applesauce
1c. quick oats
½ c. raisins (optional)
½ c. nuts (optional)

Mix wet ingredients then all dry and mix well. Put into muffin cups and bake 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.
Makes about 24

Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas

Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas
Mix Together
1 can Cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 C diced Chicken
2 oz Green Chili's diced (optional)
Chopped onions.  I just toss in a quarter cup or so of dehydrated ones
Salt and pepper
3/4 soup can of milk
1/2 pint Sour Cream
1 dozen corn tortillas or flour tortillas whatever size you want
3/4 lb grated cheese.  I just use however much looks good.  Probably more than I should
Pour 1/2 the mixtrue in bottom of cake pan.
Put cheese in tortilla and roll.
Pour the rest of the mixture on top
Bake 350 Degrees for 1/2 an hour or until cheese is melted.