Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dutch Oven or Casserole Dish!

Great meal that tastes really good!!
Easy to make too!
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Dutch Oven Enchiladas

1 lb. of Hamburger
1 medium Onion, diced
1 10 oz. Cans of Enchilada Sauce (Red or Green)
1 can of Tomato Soup (do not mix as labeled)
1 can of Refried Beans
1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
6 Tortillas

Brown the hamburger with the diced onion inside. Start with the refried beans and layer each item in a tortilla. Only use have of the cheese and save the enchilada sauce for the end. When each tortilla is filled place them in a sprayed casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and pour the enchilada sauce all over! Bake for 30 minutes on 350 in the Oven. Can be done in a dutch oven! Do this for 1-2 hours.

Note* This recipe can be doubled for a larger group.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

For the One Who Is On the Go!

If you want quick and easy this is for you!
This is one of the fasted and easiest meals I have made for a while.
Great for a night when everyone is one the go.
It tastes delicious for something so simple!
Serve it with a side of vegetables and your meal is complete! Dinner tonight!

Quick Stroganoff!

1 lb. Hamburger
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 8 oz. Carton of Sour Cream
1 pkg. Wide Egg Noodles

Brown your hamburger; drain the fat off. Pour the soup and sour cream in skillet with the hamburger and warm. Serve on top f or mixed with the cooked noodles. Top with grated cheese if you desire!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Yogurt Fruit Salad

Here is my great taste for this beautiful Tuesday!
This is a salad that you can take anywhere!
It is so sweet and yummy you will want to go back for seconds!

Large container of Vanilla Yogurt
Pack of Vanilla Pudding
Container of Cool Whip
Bag of Frozen Fruit (mixed berries or mango/pineapple/peach mix)


This is so easy! All you need to do is mix all of these together and wah la! It tastes so good. This makes enough for a large group so if you want a smaller serving only do half of each ingredient! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

25 Manners to Help Teach Your Kids

Since I am in the middle of starting a family and raising children things like this always interest me. I thought I would share this to help those out in the same situation. These are all great ideas!

Manner #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12

Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14

Don't call people mean names.

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

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Chicken Finger Lovin'

After a long weekend I am back to share you a great recipe!
I was gone to watch my sister in the state basketball championship and she played great!
These are some chicken fingers I made and they were so good!
The garlic salt and seasoning salt tops it off. Try them for dinner for something different!

8 Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 cups Ritz or Club Crackers, crushed
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Seasoning Salt
1 cup Plain Yogurt or Butter

Wash, and pat the chicken dry and then cut them into strips. Combine in a shallow pan the crackers cheese and salts. Coat each chicken strip with the yogurt (or melted butter) and then dip in the crumb mixture. Arrange the chicken on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Recipe adapted from Little Valley Neighborhood Cookbook

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's So Easy with Rhodes Rolls

Who doesn't love Rhode's Rolls?
I love them - you can do so much with them and they taste great.
Quick and easy for any recipe. Make this great pizza with your Rhode's Rolls!

BBQ Chicken Pizza


6 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls, thawed & risen
6 ounce Chicken breast, skinless and diced
1 cup Barbecue Sauce, halved
1 cup  Mozzarella cheese, grated (optional)
1/2 Onion, chopped
1/2 Green Pepper, chopped
1/2 Red Pepper, chopped
1/2 Red Tomato, diced

Lightly spray your frying pan with non-stick cooking spray. Quickly cook diced chicken, onion, and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove from heat. 

Combine rolls into a ball. Roll into a 13-inch circle to fit a 12-inch pizza pan, place dough in pan, and pre-bake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Spread remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over pre-baked crust. 

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese if desired. Arrange chicken/onion mixture, peppers, and tomatoes on top. Bake at 350° F for 10-15 minutes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Strawberry Spring Salad

This salad is so delicious to start the spring out!
Where I live there is still a foot of snow outside! But making this salad makes it feel more like springtime to me!

Bunch of Romaine Lettuce
10 Strawberries
1 Avocado
1/2 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Your choice of a Vinaigrette or Poppy-seed Dressing

Rinse and chop all of your lettuce. Place this in a bowl. Slice your strawberries and avocado. Top the lettuce with your strawberries and avocado. Sprinkle over the top your cheese. Pour your favorite dressing on top and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Financial Freedom

I am almost finished with a great book! I you want to know anything about finances or just read about some advice I think it is great! I have always been interested in finance books. They are so intriguing to me. This one is good on all levels. It has a lot of ideas that can help anyone at any point of their lives. 

The Title is: Financial Freedom 
by Janene Baadsgaard

Check it out! Find the image on the right column and click to see more of it.

White Chocolate!

Drum Roll.... Here is the Great Taste for the week!
I made this for Valentine's Day and I think it has become one of my favorite pies ever! It was so good and the white chocolate made it that much better!
I think next time I need to take a dessert somewhere I am going to double the recipe and make it as fruit bars. 
Make a graham cracker crust in the bottom of a big cookie sheet and then making the pie topping on the top. 
Doesn't that sound like a good idea? Enjoy the pie recipe!

White Chocolate Berry Pie

5 Squares (1 oz. each) White Baking Chocolate, divided
2 Tbsp. Milk
3 oz. of Cream cheese, soft
1/3 cup Confectioners' Sugar
1 tsp. Grated Orange peel, optional
1 cup Whipping Cream, whipped
1 Graham Cracker Crust, 9 inches
2 cups Sliced Fresh Strawberries

In a microwave melt 4 squares of chocolate with your milk. Cool this to room temperature. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a small mixing bowl until it is smooth. Beat in the orange peel and melted chocolate. 

Fold in the whipped cream. Spread this into the crust. Arrange your strawberries over the top. Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the top of the berries 

(I put this melted chocolate in a Ziploc bag and then cut the corner off just a little bit. This made it so easy to drizzle all over the top of the pie because it doesn't pour out of the bowl that easy. ) 

Refrigerate your pie for at least 1 hour. Eat and Enjoy! Makes 8 servings. 
Recipe adapted from Best of Country Pies

Monday, February 18, 2013

Those Incredible Eggs

My mom makes these for events quite often and they are always gone before you know it.
So I decided to try for myself when I had to take a platter!
The same thing happened and they were gone so fast!  
People love these deviled eggs - try them today!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's recipe! I am so excited to announce the great taste for the week! One of my most favorite recipes I have tried this week and it is so good! It looks amazing!

Deviled Eggs

12 Eggs
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 cup Sweet Relish
Dash of Onion Salt

Boil your eggs in boiling water for 12-14 minutes. Make sure you are certain they are ready inside! When you finish boiling them run them in cool water and they are easy to shell. When you have all of your eggs shelled cut them all in two. Dig out the egg yolks and place them in a bowl while you place the egg whites on a  platter. Smash all your egg yolks very finely with a fork. Add the miracle whip and sweet relish and mix well. Mix in the onion salt, salt, and pepper to your liking. Place a scoop of the yolk mixture in each egg hole. Sprinkle with paprika on top and enjoy your eggs!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Your Lifesavers!

I feel like every one who cooks or bakes should have this list for emergencies! These have saved me so many times! When you need some help come here to Great Tastes Tuesdays and click the Emergency Substitutions on the right hand column!

Emergency Substitutions

Bacon, 1 Slice, crisp cooked, crumbled    1 Tbsp. Cooked Bacon Pieces
Baking Powder, 1 tsp.                           1/2 tsp. Cream of Tarter plus 1/4 
                                                            tsp. Baking Soda
Balsamic Vinegar, 1 Tbsp.                      1 Tbsp. Cider or Red Vinegar plus 
                                                            plus 1/2 tsp. Sugar
Bread Crumbs, fine and dry 1/4 cup       3/4 cup soft Bread Crumbs or 1/4 
                                                            cup cracker crumbs
Broth, Beef or Chicken, 1 cup                 1 tsp. or cube of Beef or Chicken 
                                                            Bouillon +1 c. water
Butter, 1 cup                                         1 cup Shortening plus 1/4 tsp. Salt 
                                                            if desired
Buttermilk, 1 cup                                   1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice or Vinegar 
                                                            and milk to make 1 c.
Chocolate, Semisweet, 1 oz.                   3 Tbsp. Semisweet chocolate               
                                                            pieces or 1 oz.unsweetened     
                                                            chocolate plus 1 Tbsp. granulated  
                                                            sugar OR 1 Tbsp. unsweetened   
                                                            Cocoa powder plus 2 tsp. Sugar  
                                                            and 2 tsp. Shortening.
Chocolate, sweet Baking, 4 oz.               1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 
                                                            powder plus 1/3 cup granulated 
                                                            sugar and 3 Tbsp. shortening
Chocolate, unsweetened, 1 oz.               3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa 
                                                            powder plus 1 Tbsp. cooking oil or 
                                                            shortening melted
Cornstarch, 1 Tbsp. (for thickening)        2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
Corn Syrup (light), 1 cup                        1 cup granulated Sugar plus 1/4 
                                                             cup of water    
Egg, 1 whole                                          2 egg Whites or 2 egg yolks, or 
                                                            1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg 
                                                            product, frozen      
Flour, cake, 1 cup                                        1 cup minus 2 Tbsp. of all purpose   
Flour, self-rising, 1 cup                           1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 tsp. 
                                                             Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp. Salt, and 
                                                            1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
Garlic, 1 clove                                        1/2 tsp. Bottled minced Garlic or 
                                                            1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder

Friday, February 15, 2013

Scones for Dinner!

When I was younger my mother made these for one of my birthday parties. Everyone loved them! And they have been one of my favorites ever since. I don't know what the actual name for them are, but these are what I call Navajo tacos!

What I call a Navajo Taco

5 Rhodes Rolls
1 can of Chile
1/2 lb. Ground Beef
Shredded Cheese
2-3 Tomatoes
Vegetable Oil

Cut the rolls in two and let them rise for a couple hours. If they are frozen let them thaw first and then cut them and let them rise. Brown the ground beef and salt and pepper. Warm the Chile. 

Fill a small pot with about 1 inch of vegetable oil and get it very hot. After you have it very hot turn it down to medium low or it will burn the dough. Roll out your roll dough on a floured surface as big as you can get them. Fry them in your vegetable oil one at a time until both sides are lightly brown. These will make your scones. 

Dice your tomatoes and chop your lettuce. Place these on a plate. When you are ready to serve start with the scones on the bottom and pile everything else on top. These are delicious! Serves about 4. Double if you need to. Have butter and honey around for some treats on your scones!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oreo's for Valentine's Day!

Oreo cookies are the best! Add a little milk and they are a weakness of mine for sure!
Why not make some homemade Oreo's for your loved ones today! This will be a treat for them!
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Oreo Cookies

1 Box of Devil's Food Cake Mix
3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
2 Eggs
1 (8 oz.) package of Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup of Butter
2 Tbsp. Vanilla
2 cups of Powdered Sugar

In a large bowl combine the cake mix, 3/4 cup of Crisco and eggs. Chill about 10 minutes. Roll into small bowls (3/4 inches - they are better when they are smaller). Place these on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Don't bake them longer or they are just crunchy and not soft. Then they don't taste good. Cool your cookies. 

For the filling beat your cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix together. Spread the milling on the bottom of one cookie and then place another cookie on the other side. This makes about 2 dozen cookies! Enjoy!

Make them heart shaped for a great Valentine's treat!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Turkey Leftovers?!

Do you have any turkey in your freezer? 
Here is a great dish to use that leftover turkey.
This tastes so good, and all the spices make it yummy!

Turkey Casserole

1 cup of Butter
3/4 cup of Chopped Onion
3/4 cup of Chopped Celery (carrots work if you don't have celery on hand)
6 cups of Bread Crumbs
1/2 tsp. Sage
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
2 cups of Cooked Turkey
1/2 cup of Milk
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 cup of Bread Crumbs
2 Tbsp. Butter

1. Melt your butter in a medium saucepan; add the onion and celery. Cook until they are tender. 
2. Combine the bread cubes and spices. Pour the butter, celery, and onion mixture over the bread cubes and toss. 
3. Put this mixture (the dressing) on the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Cut the cooked turkey into pieces and layer in on top of the dressing. 
4. Mix together and milk and cream of chicken soup. Spread this over the top of the turkey.
5. Melt the 2 Tbsp. of butter and add the bread crumbs. Stir with a fork and sprinkle on top of the casserole.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

*Note: You can use 2 boxes of stuffing mix in place of the bread cubes and spices.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kitchen Set

Click here to buy this way cute children's kitchen set made by Great Tastes Tuesdays! This set includes an apron, oven mitten, and hot pad! Great for a birthday coming up, Easter, Christmas or any gift!

Grandma's Best Salad!!

Drum Roll...... Here is our great taste for Tuesday!
This was one of the salads my grandma would make!
It is so good! I really like the cranberry and nuts together.
It makes a great tasting mix!

Spinach Balsamic Vinaigrette

A bunch of Spinach
Romaine Lettuce
Grated Cheese  (Parmesan, mozzarella, or american)
Slivered Almonds (or if you would like pecans or walnuts)
Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mix as much of each of these ingredients together as you would like and enjoy!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Raspberry Dream

Make a smoothy for you Valentine! 
Something easy and refreshing is always a treat!

1 can of Peaches
1 cup of Frozen Raspberries
1 Tbsp. of Sugar
1/8 cup of Orange Juice
2 Tbsp. of Raspberry Jam

Open the can of peaches and pour them in a bowl. Leave in as much water/syrup as you want with the syrup, I leave about half, but this helps to add more liquid to your smoothy. Place your bowl of peaches in the freezer for a little while. When your peaches are about frozen pull them out and add these to your blender. Add everything else to your blender and mix them all together until well blended. Serve and enjoy. This makes 2 yummy servings!

Spice it Up a Bit

It doesn't cost much to spice up your holiday decor!

Friday, February 8, 2013

I am excited to announce our new item at Great Tastes Tuesdays!

 Adult and child apron sets!!! This is the funnest package deal for you and your child. These aprons turn out so cute and children love that they match you!!! They are so fun for little girls and boys to play make-believe in their kitchens. For the set (2 items) it is only 18.99!!! 

Make this a gift for anybody! Mothers day, birthdays or any holiday - they will love them. I do custom orders also. So if you have any boy or girl that wants to pick their own material that would work too! Sold separately adult aprons are $12.00 and children aprons are $ $9.00, Click here to go to our shop and order today! 

1. Chevron Love - pink and turquoise

2. Country Fling - black and red

3. Golden Flower - grey and golden yellow

4. Simple Spring - light yellow and a tanish gray color

Sweet Cinnamon

My grandma passed away a few weeks ago and a great friend of mine brought me some delicious cookies!
They were so good I wanted to try them myself and share them with everyone.
Snickerdoodles are always a great treat to have around. 
The cinnamon tops it off!


1 cup of Butter
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 3/4 cup of Flour
2 tsp. Cream of Tarter
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 tsps. Cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter 1 1/2 cups of your sugar and both of the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl. Combine the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Chill the dough and also an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge. 

Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl. Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Coat these by gantly rolling the ball of dough in the sugar mixture. Place on the chilled ungreased cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan immediately and place on a cookie rack to cool! Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Switch From Soup to Casserole

This was so delicious! It is like chicken noodle soup in casserole style.
Something a little different that hits the spot! 
I love chicken noodle soup and so I loved this!

Chicken Noodle Casserole


1 cups of celery and carrots chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 pounds chicken legs and/or thighs
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 slice bread
1 12 ounce package jumbo or extra-large egg noodles
1 8 ounce container sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons fresh parsley


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a pot on your stove cook two-thirds of the celery and two-thirds of the onion in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add thawed chicken, pepper, and salt; cook for 2 minutes. Add 6 cups of water. Bring to these all to a boil and then reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

2. Meanwhile, for your topping, tear the bread in small pieces. Finely chop remaining celery, carrots and onion. In a small bowl toss together the bread, celery and onion; set aside.

3. With a slotted spoon transfer your chicken to a cutting board to cool slightly. Add the noodles to the simmering broth; boil gently for 7 to 8 minutes just until they are tender, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon transfer noodles, celery, and onion to a 3-quart baking dish.

4. For the sauce, in a bowl whisk together sour cream dip and flour. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth until smooth. Add sauce to broth in Dutch oven; cook and stir until boiling.

5. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into thin slices and add them to the noodles in your sprayed dish. Gently stir in sauce. Sprinkle with topping, then lightly coat with cooking spray.

6.Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes until casserole is heated through and topping begins to brown. Top with parsley just before serving

Recipe Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Just Add Some Pineapple!

Here is a great way to make chicken!
Add some pineapple and a little more and it tastes great. Spice up your rice a little bit by serving this with it!

Pineapple Chicken


  • 1 1/2
    pounds Boneless Chicken thighs
  • 1
    Red Sweet Pepper, cut in strips (optional)
  • 1
    Pineapple, cored, peeled, and cut in large chunks or 1 large can of Pineapple, chunks
  • 1
    Serrano Pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3/4
    cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1
    Tbsp. packed Brown Sugar


1.Rub  a little olive oil all over your chicken and then sprinkle your chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt. ON a grill or something like a George Foreman brown the chicken on both sides. Place in a skillet on medium to low heat with it covered and cook for 12 minutes, until it's tender and no longer pink.
2.For sauce, in second skillet cook sweet pepper in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil over medium-high heat 3 minutes; set aside. Add the pineapple; cook 5 minutes or until brown. Add serrano pepper; cook 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk and brown sugar; heat through. Serve sauce with peppers over chicken. Makes 4 servings. 

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