Yummy Hot Tomato Juice


Yummy Hot Tomato Juice
Recipe type: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Cuisine: American
  • 1 can (64 oz) tomato juice
  • ½ C butter or margarine
  • ½ t Worcestershire sauce
  1. Pour the tomato juice into a large pan.
  2. Add the butter and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Over high heat bring to a rapid boil.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  5. Place in freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. To reheat, remove soup from freezer container by running under some warm water.
  7. Cover the bottom only of a large saucepan with water.
  8. Place soup in the pan.
  9. Heat on medium until boiling, stirring occasionally.


All in One Breakfast Rollups


All in One Breakfast Rollups
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 Ham steak cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 C frozen southern style hash browns, thawed
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ C salsa
  • 1 pkg (6 in size) tortillas
  • 1 C shredded Mexican style cheese
  • Wax paper
  • Freezer bags
  1. Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. When hot add the ham and hash browns.
  3. Cook until they are both beginning to brown.
  4. Place the salsa in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the eggs and stir until mixed together.
  6. Pour the salsa mixture in with the ham mixture.
  7. Leave heat on medium high and cook until the eggs have set.
  8. Place a tortilla flat.
  9. Place about 4 T of the ham mixture down the center of the tortilla.
  10. Roll the tortilla up completely.
  11. Continue until all the tortillas are used.
  12. Wrap each roll-up in wax paper.
  13. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
  14. When ready to eat remove from the freezer and unwrap.
  15. Place each roll-up on a microwave safe plate and cover with paper towel.
  16. Microwave 2 minutes on high or until the burrito is as heated as you like.


Pancakes On The Go


Pancakes On The Go
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 2½ C milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ C canola oil
  • 1 T of vanilla
  • ¼ t salt
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C Wheat flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • Enough flour to thicken batter to your liking.
  1. Place the wet ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix well. Add the salt and sugar and beat until smooth. Add flour and baking powder and beat again until smooth. Add enough all purpose flour to thicken to your liking.
  2. Heat a pan or griddle over medium heat,
  3. Griddle is hot enough when a drop of water dances on the griddle.
  4. Pour about ½ C batter onto hot griddle.
  5. Cook until pancake begins to bubble and edges begin to dry.
  6. Flip and cook about 2 minutes or until both sides are lightly brown.
  7. Continue cooking until all the batter is used.
  8. Cool pancakes completely.
  9. Place a piece of wax paper on a flat surface.
  10. Place a pancake onto the wax paper.
  11. Place another piece of wax paper on top of the pancake.
  12. Then another pancake and continue until all the pancakes are used alternating with wax paper and pancakes.
  13. Place into a freezer bag and freeze up to 6 months.
  14. To reheat, just drop into the toaster.
  15. Toast 2 cycles if necessary.


Quick Tips to Save Money at The Grocery Store

Everything is getting more expensive today. From gas to groceries, our hard-earned dollars are challenged to stretch further. Now, we may be able to ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put gas in our cars. But, we have to eat. There’s no getting around that. So, we have to find ways to spend less on groceries while still getting the things that we need to feed ourselves and our families. Here are six money saving tips to try the next time you go grocery shopping.

  1. Clip coupons. They put those in the newspaper for a reason. If there are new items you want to try, use a coupon to get it at a discount. If you like it, you have saved some money. On the other hand, if you don’t take a liking to it, you didn’t pay full price. For me, coupons save an average of ten or more dollars per visit. That’s money in my pocket that I can put towards gas for the car.  I use coupons.com.  I have found that for what I am buying, they have a lot of coupons for products I use all the time. We have an infant and they always have coupons for diapers 🙂 
  2. Buy more staples than prepared foods. It is easier to buy a box of macaroni and cheese, but is it more economical? A large box of macaroni and a block of cheese will make more servings for your family than one box of prepared macaroni and cheese. The next time you go shopping and pick up a box or bag of an already prepared item, ask yourself if you can make that at home for less. If you can, then put that item back in favor of less expensive staples.  Check out our recipe for delicious Mac & Cheese.
  3. Buy in bulk. Consider the food items that you use most often. Cereals, meats, vegetables, condiments, juices, and paper products can be bought in bulk usually at a lower price at food warehouses like Costco, BJ’s, and Sams Club. If you have a coupon, you’ll save even more money. 
  4. Don’t shop when you are hungry. This is a definite no-no. Shopping on an empty stomach means that you will pick up more things than you need. You are more likely to pick up that bag of chocolate chip cookies or that box of donuts when the growling gets underway. 
  5. Take a grocery list with you. This is another protection against picking up things that are too costly. Check your cabinets and the fridge to see what you need and write them down. Remember, the goal is to stick to the list as much as possible. 
  6. Shop at the same stores. This is more of a frustration reliever. In a new store, you spend most of your time looking for things and walking up and down every aisle, which oftentimes leads to forgetting an item or two. Going to the same store each time makes you more familiar with the prices so you can estimate your bill as you write your grocery list.


Rising prices don’t have to mean a lean dinner table. There are ways to make your food dollar go further and if you take the time to implement the ideas listed above as well as others of your own, you’ll see savings each and every time you shop.



Mac & Cheese

My children like it best if I just serve it to them right after mixing the cheese in.  They say it tastes better.  Other people tell me they like it baked.


Mac & Cheese
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
  • 2 Cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 1½ Cups Velveeta Cheese (I use the Sharp version)
  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  1. In pot bring water to boil with salt to taste, and once the water is boiling add macaroni.
  2. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Do not rinse.
  3. In pot mix together milk and cheese.
  4. Cook until cheese is mostly melted and add salt.
  5. Add noodles to pot and mix well.
  6. Put in casserole pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.


Strawberry Surprise Freezer Jam


Strawberry Surprise Freezer Jam
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 1 pint boxes of fresh strawberries, washed, drained and hulls removed
  • 2½ Cups of fresh pineapple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 7 Cups sugar
  • 2 packages (1¾ oz) powdered pectin
  • 1 Cups cold water
  • 4 pint freezer containers with lids
  1. Place strawberries in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Use a potato masher to crush the strawberries.
  3. Measure out 2½ Cups strawberries and place in a separate bowl and add pineapple to strawberries.
  4. Add in sugar slowly and combined completely.
  5. Place the cold water in a saucepan over medium heat and add pectic and bring to boil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour the water mixture into with the fruit.
  8. Stir well to combine.
  9. Continue stirring 4 minutes.
  10. Pour into the pt freezer containers and cover.
  11. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
  12. Freeze after 24 hours.
  13. Jam will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  14. To use, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  15. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Rice Salad

Better Than Potato Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
  • 4 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 8 radishes -- slice
  • 4 eggs -- hard-cook, chop
  • 1 medium cucumber -- chopped
  • 2 cups celery -- thinly sliced
  • ½ cup onion -- chop
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine rice, radishes, eggs, cucumber, celery and onion.
  2. Combine mayo, mustard and salt.
  3. Pour over rice mixture and mix well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hour

Black Beans and Sausage

Black Beans And Sausage
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion -- chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can black beans -- undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 pound pork sausage -- cooked and sliced
  1. In a skillet add oil and onions and saute for 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, oregano, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in cooked rice and sausage.

Biscuits with Ham Butter

Biscuits with Ham Butter
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg -- lightly beaten
  • 1 cup ham -- cube
  • ½ cup softened butter
  1. Mix together sour cream and egg and whisk together.
  2. Add in flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
  3. Knead on lightly floured surface for 30 seconds.
  4. Roll to ½ inch thickness and cut with biscuit cutter.
  5. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 425°F~ for 11 minutes or until lightly browned
  7. In blender combine butter and ham and blend until ham is minced and it is all mixed well.
  8. Spread over warm biscuits

American Barbecue Sandwiches

All-American Barbecue Sandwiches
Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: American
  • 4½ pounds ground beef
  • 1½ cups onion -- chopped
  • 2¼ cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 18 hamburger buns
  1. Brown ground beef and onion.
  2. Drain off grease.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and stir well.
  4. Serve on buns