Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mom's Frog Eye Salad

This is such a creamy salad. To me this salad screams summer! This salad is so yummy and refreshing it could even be a dessert!

8 ounces acini di pepe pasta, uncooked
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve 1/4 c. juice)
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cups Cool Whip
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup coconut (optional)


1.Cook pasta in boiling water 11 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water.
2.In large bowl, beat reserved pineapple juice, milk, sugar and pudding for 2 minutes.
3.Gently stir in pasta,and remaining ingredients.
4. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mango Chicken and Rice

I forgot to take a picture so here is a picture from Sisters Cafe.

This recipe is so yummy and easy, it seriously took 3 minutes to make! Beau said that he wants me to make it everyday for the rest of our married life...he LOVED it! I got the recipe from Sisters Cafe.

4-5 chicken breasts (boneless and skinlesless)

1 can corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 cups mango salsa

Cumin to taste

Lemon Pepper to taste

Put chicken breasts in crock pot. Add spices. Cover and cook chicken until tender. Shred chicken on a plate and return to crock pot. Save juices in separate bowl.

Add corn, beans and salsa. More salsa can be added to taste. If mixture seems dry, add some of reserved juices.

Serve over coconut jasmine rice for that Rumbi Island Grill taste. Garnish with cilantro or parsely, if desired.

*You could use regular salsa for a Mexican taste and serve over regular rice or tortilla chips.

***To make the coconut rice I used coconut milk. I did 1 1/2 cups rice to 3 cups coconut milk)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Heavenly Bundt Cake

box chocolate cake mix (I like the Devil's Food kind)
1 small package instant chocolate pudding
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C oil
3/4 C water

Mix these together then add:

4 eggs (mixed one at a time)
Fold in 8 Oz Sour Cream
Add 1 C chocolate chips
1 tsp Vanilla

Put in a very well buttered and then floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 Min. (Till fork comes out clean)

Leave in the pan 1 hour to cool and then remove from pan

Glaze Recipe:

6 TBS Cocoa powder
5 TBS Butter (melted)
Combine these then add
2 C Powdered Sugar
1/4 C Very Hot Water

Pour the glaze with a spoon all over the cake. (If I have extra I dump the rest in the hole in the middle of the bundt.)
Also if you are in the mood for a vanilla bundt cake you can make it using white cake mix, vanilla pudding and white chocolate chips.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Chicken Poppy Seed Salad

Sorry about the picture, I forgot to take one until we were half way threw it! It was delicious!! I found this recipe at Sisters Cafe...

The Salad
Spinach leaves
Romaine leaves
Grilled chicken, sliced (grill with lots of lemon pepper seasoning)
Red onion, sliced thinly
Crispy bacon, crumbled
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Toasted almonds (or you can sugar the almonds. Put sliced almonds
in a pan with lots of granulated sugar (about equal amounts). Cook on medium heat until sugar melts, coating the almonds as they brown.)
The best part... The Dressing:

1 1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tb Maui or Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cups canola oil
3 Tb poppy seeds

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a blender, then slowly add the oil, blending until thick. Stir in poppy seeds. Toss all ingredients together with generous amount of dressing before serving.

*This makes a lot of dressing! If you need a really big salad for a party then start with a large bunch of spinach, large head of romaine, 4 chicken breasts, 1 lb bacon, etc. I rarely make a salad that big so that is why there are no "amounts". So have fun with it - you're going to love it!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pasta Salad

This is an oh my gosh kind of salad. This is seriously the best salad in the whole world. I made it for my husband, Beau's graduation. It is so tasty. I love the sugaring of the pecans....delicious. Everyone that try's it asks for 2nds, and 3rd's. When making this salad you must use Lite House Ceaser Salad dressing, it does not taste good with the other brands. Try it and let me know what you think!

1 cup chopped pecans or slivered almonds
½ cup sugar
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 bag bow tie pasta, cooked
2 grilled chicken breasts (Grill with garlic salt)
Fresh grated parmesan cheese 1 cup
Caesar salad dressing (must be lite house) 1 bottle
Heat pecans with sugar in a frying pan until lightly browned. Set aside. Combine lettuce, pasta, cheese, chicken, and pecans. Chill add dressing just before serving.

Mom's Bread

This is my mother-in=laws recipe for bread. It is so yummy. It was written out on my sister-in-law Ruby's blog! Hopefully they don't mind. Holy cow this recipe was good and easy!!! It seriously took about 45 minutes to make!

In a Pyrex glass combine and let double:
2 T yeast
2 T sugar
1 cup warm water

While the yeast is rising combine in a large bowl or mixer the following:
10 cups flour ( I use 1 cup of wheat)
1/2 cup sugar
1 T salt
Then add the bubbly yeast mixture with the following:
3 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil
mix by hand for about 5 minutes or with a mixer on low for 2 minutes.
Let rise till doubled. It took about 20 minutes.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. The rolls bake for about 10 to 20 minutes depending on how many you put on your cookie sheet. Brush melted butter over the rolls as soon as you take them out of the oven.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Uncle Sam's Carrot Cake

Photo from my sister-in-law Ruby because I forgot to take one

I have been craving carrot cake for the longest time! I finally was able to find this awesome recipe from It seriously is the best carrot cake that I have EVER had it is delicious!!!

3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup raisins
My folders:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 9X13 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
Pour into prepared 9X13 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Check with toothpick.
Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp lemon extract (or could use almond extract, or orange extract)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the lemon and vanilla extracts, then gradually stir in the powderd sugar.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pizza Night

I found this amazing dough recipe at My Kitchen Cafe. I have always used home-aid dough but this was quick and easy. The recipe is as follows:

Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

3 cups flour, more or less
1 tablespoon honey, heaping
1 tablespoon oil, heaping
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. (If using a pizza stone, let stone heat for at least 30 minutes in the oven before baking pizza.) Mix all pizza dough ingredients together, except the flour. Add flour and knead for a bit then put into pan (or use a pizza peel and pizza stone). If baking in a sheet pan, bake for about 12 minutes (checking often) until crust is browned and cheese is golden and bubbly.Makes 1 large pizza.

The sauce that My Kitchen Cafe used was also equally amazing.

Homemade Pizza Sauce
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Crushed red pepper (optional)

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until desired consistency. I leave mine slightly chunky. On the seasonings, I just sprinkle them in to taste. When using Crush red pepper only use a few flakes because it gives a nice kick to the sauce to use it. I also substitute for whatever I don't have: basil leaves for oregano, garlic salt for garlic powder, etc. This recipe is open to interpretation. Use what you like and it will be delicious.