Posts Tagged ‘Food’

My Favorite Mac and Cheese

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I went with another of our family favorite holiday recipes – the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had!

1 8-oz box elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

1/2 c. mayonanaise

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 small jar chopped pimento, drained

1 small onion, chopped

12 oz grated cheddar cheese

1 stick melted butter

2 c. crushed cheese crackers, such as Cheese Nips

Mix together everything but the last 2 ingredients and pour into a a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Mix crackers and butter, spread over top of casserole.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.


Recipe Zaar

My absolute favorite recipe website is  I stumbled across it months ago, and I’ve gotten so many great recipes from it!  My favorite feature is the fact that you can search by preparation method – slow cooker, OMAC, etc., but they have so many different search options.  It’s a lot of fun and so useful!


I am so thankful for cooking, and for cooking for my family…for some people that might sound like a nightmare, but to me, it’s something great, especially after after our house flooded in Hurricane Ike and I was without a kitchen for months!

I guess I’m something of an unlikely chef.  I never cooked when I was growing up.  I didn’t even have any interest in really trying to.  When I got married, my poor husband got the point of just asking what kind of Hamburger Helper we were having for dinner that night – it was all we ate!  I literally didn’t know how to boil an egg.  When I finally got tired of that, I started experimenting…that was worse.  Some nights dinner was inedible.  But over time, I started learning what sounded good and what didn’t, and my experiments got better.  Now I love to cook and bake…if anything, my husband gets tired of me experimenting because I don’t cook his old favorites often enough!  It’s relaxing to go into the kitchen, whip up something yummy, and hear my husband and kids say, “Wow!  This is really good.”

Sour Cream Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

This is a holiday favorite at our house!  I also make it for a lot of church potlucks – that way I get a little bit, and the rest goes home with someone else – otherwise I would eat way more than I need to!  LOL


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

4 tbsp sugar

1/2 stick melted butter


3 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

5 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract


1 1/2 cups sour cream

4 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Praline Sauce:

2 tbsp light brown sugar

2 tbsp corn starch

1 cup dark corn syrup

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.

For crust, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter – pat into bottom and sides of a springform pan.

For filling, beat together cream cheese and sugar; beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla; pour filling into crust and bake for 1 hour.

Remove cake from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

For topping, mix sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until well blended; spread over top of warm cheesecake and return to oven for 5 minutes.

Cool cake to room temperature in pan, then cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, loosen cake from pan with a knife, then remove sides of pan. 

To make sauce, mix brown sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan; add in corn syrup and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick; remove from heat, stir in nuts and vanilla, and cool slightly.  Pour over cheesecake before serving.


Menu Plan Monday – Nov. 16th

Monday’s Lunch: easy taco casserole, Dinner: spaghetti

Tuesday’s Lunch: chili dogs, Dinner: baked ricotta bowls

Wednesday’s Lunch: leftovers (spaghetti), Dinner: chicken and black bean enchiladas

Thursday’s Lunch: chili dogs, Dinner: soup and sandwiches  (Note: If you haven’t guessed, Thursday is my busiest day of the week!)

Friday’s Lunch: leftovers (chicken and black bean enchiladas), Dinner: EAT OUT!

Saturday’s Lunch: Church event, we will eat there, Dinner: soup and sandwiches

Sunday’s Lunch: fried raviolli, Sunday’s Dinner: chicken and green chili straws

Taco Soup

This is a quick and easy favorite at our house, and it’s on my menu plan for this week.  This also freezes well, so sometimes I’ll make a double batch and save some for later.  Enjoy!

1 lb. ground beef

1 can each of corn, chili beans, dark kidney beans, light kidney beans, diced tomatoes

1 package of taco seasoning (I use Taco Bell)

1 package dry ranch dressing mix

Brown and drain ground beef and add taco seasoning according to package directions.  In a separate pan, mix all other ingredients.  Add beef mixture when done.  Add 1 can of water.  Heat through.  Serve over tortilla chips and top with cheese and sour cream.


Another Menu Plan Monday

This is going to be a crazy week…work, training at work, church events, and my 1st meeting with my college advisor…this week the menu’s all about quick and easy food!

Monday’s Lunch: chicken ricotta bowls (new recipe), Dinner: piergoies with kielbasa

Tuesday’s Lunch: tuna sandwiches, Dinner: baked chicken

Wednesday’s Lunch: lasagna, Dinner: chicken and sausage sandwiches

Thursday’s Lunch: tuna sandwiches, Dinner: pot pies with rice

Friday’s Lunch: leftovers – lasagna, Dinner: leftovers – chicken and sausage sandwiches

Saturday’s Lunch: taco soup, Dinner: baked chicken

Sunday’s Lunch: Meal @ church, Dinner: leftovers – taco soup

Just a note…tomorrow is my first Tasty Tuesday – I’ll be posting my taco soup recipe from this week’s menu.  It’s really quick and easy, and my family loves it!

My First Menu Plan Monday

Monday’s Lunch: cheesy potato soup,  Monday’s Dinner: chicken and chorizo sandwiches

Tuesday’s Lunch: Cuban chicken wraps,  Tuesday’s Dinner: slow cooker pot roast

Wednesday’s Lunch: beef empandas,  Wednesday’s Dinner: leftovers (chicken and chorizo sandwiches)

Thursday’s Lunch: stuffed chicken breast,  Thurdsday’s Dinner: hamburgers

Friday’s Lunch:  sandwiches,  Friday’s Dinner: spaghetti

Saturday’s Lunch: hamburgers,  Saturday’s Dinner:  salisbury streak

Sunday’s Lunch:  leftovers (spaghetti), Sunday’s Dinner: sandwichs

Snacks and other goodies:  cream cheese brownies, roasted red pepper hummus