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Perfect Potato Salad

August 17th, 2010

This recipe comes from my mother-in-law and it is so simple and so good!

Ingredients:

8 Potatoes

6 Hard boiled eggs (set one aside for topper)

2 Stalks of celery chopped

2-3 Big spoonfuls of mayo

Squirt of mustard

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Paprika

Directions:

Peel and chop potatoes into 1 inch pieces…

Boil the potatoes 15-20 minutes – you want them soft, but not too soft (keep checking on them!)

Once the potatoes are done, rinse with cold water and set aside.

Cut up one hard boiled egg for a topper (don’t mix in with other ingredients).

Mix mayo and mustard together, then mix in potatoes, eggs, and celery.  Put in the salt and pepper and then the sliced eggs on top. Sprinkle with paprika.

Enjoy with hamburgers and hot dogs!

Today’s post linked up with Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy, and Tuesdays at the Table.

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Strawberry Muffins – Mmmmm…Delish!

June 22nd, 2010

We went strawberry picking, and oh how glorious it was!  A beautiful morning met with the joy of little hands digging through strawberry plants and finding the long-awaited for treasure – fresh strawberries! (You have not tasted strawberries until you have tried them freshly picked!)

A few years ago we made strawberry jam (so easy and yummy) but this year we are freezing the strawberries for over the winter…but not until we gobble some up in a variety of ways!  One of the ways we ate them today? Strawberry Muffins, recipe brought to you by Laura from 10 Million Miles!

Strawberry Muffins

First things first…

The Ingredients:

STRAWBERRIES!!!!!!! 1 Cup full to be precise, chopped.  :)

2 C flour

2/3 C sugar

3 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/3 C soft butter

Zest from 1 lemon

3/4 C milk

1 t. vanilla

1 egg (slightly beaten)

How to Make

Set your oven to 400*

Grease muffin tin.

Sift: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt

Cut in 1/3 C soft butter

Stir in lemon zest

Mix together: the milk, vanilla, egg, and the strawberries

Combine: dry and wet ingredients until just mixed. Fold in strawberries.

Bake: 15 – 18 min. at 400*

Let sit 5 min. to cool before turning out onto rack.

Scrumptious!

Thanks Laura!

One more thing…if you’re like me and in baking goodness mode, then grab one of these super cute aprons for 20% off using code ‘F20APRON‘ !  I love mine and wear it ALL the time!!!  :)

Today’s post is linked up with Tasty Tuesday!

Taco Crescent Bake – Delicious & Easy!

May 2nd, 2009

I originally found this recipe here. It is such an easy dinner to make! Enjoy!

(Sorry for the blurry pics!)

Ingredients:

1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
2 cups crushed corn chips, divided
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

What to do:

Start cooking the ground beef over medium heat…

Unroll crescent dough into a rectangle; press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Seal seams and perforations.

Finish cooking the meat making sure to cook it until it is no longer pink. Drain.
Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle 1 cup corn chips over the crescent rolls.

Spoon the meat sauce over the chips.
Top with sour cream…

cheese…


and remaining chips.

Bake , uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

A salad tops off this yummy dinner!

(Thanks Kaylia!)

It's Hot Outside – Ya'll Need Some Sweet Tea! BEST Southern Sweet Iced Tea Recipe!

April 26th, 2009

I love sweet tea. I lived in the South for awhile and ADORE southern food (shout out to fried okra!) and the sweet tea they are known for.

Are you ready for some real southern sweet tea?! Oh yea, it’s sweet alright…this recipe is straight from a southern granny’s recipe!

Here is what you’ll need:

6 regular tea bags
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups sugar (or 2 cups if you’re really southern)
6 cups cold water

Notice the Luzianne tea – it MUST be Luzianne people!

Here’s what to do:

1. In a large glass measuring cup, place the tea bags and add the baking soda.
2. Pour the boiling water…

…over the tea bags

3. cover and steep for 15 minutes (okay, I didn’t cover it, still works)

4. Take out the tea bags and do not squeeze them. (sort of forgot that part, but eh, no biggie, I just took them out after I poured them in the pitcher)

5. Pour the tea mixture into a 2 quart pitcher; add the sugar and stir.

Oh sweet sugar, how I love thee!
6. Add in the cold water and serve over ice.
Sooooooooooooooo……….. refreshing!

Brings out the southern gal in me everytime!

Top 10 Easy Chocolate Desserts (Who Doesn't Need A Little Chocolate In Their Day?!)

March 13th, 2009

Hi, I’m Lisa from Stop and Smell the Chocolates. We all need a little break from our stressful days, so I’m taking time to enjoy God’s sweet blessings. Come on by and I’ll try to brighten your day a bit. If that happens to involve chocolate, even better!

I’m excited for Sarah Mae – becoming a mommy of 3 lovely children now! Having a baby is hard work, so I am here to help out for a day!

When Sarah Mae asked me to guest post, she suggested coming up with a Top 10 list of chocolate recipes from my blog. What makes her think I like chocolate?? OK – I love chocolate and post chocolate recipes on Fridays.

Since Sarah Mae will be extremely busy taking care of a newborn baby, I know that she won’t have a lot of time or energy to whip up a fabulous chocolate dessert. Then it occurred to me that many moms are very busy and don’t have that time or energy either. Some of you are just looking for something quick and easy, but more homemade than grabbing a box of something from the store.

So, to help bring easy chocolate desserts into your lives, here are my…

Top 10 Easy Chocolate Desserts (in no particular order):

1. Toffee Cookies

2. Cookie Salad

3. Cake Mix Chocolate Cookies

4. Cookies & Cream Dessert

5. Frozen Chocolate Mousse

6. Double Delicious Cookie Bars

7. Chocolate-Coconut Cookies

8. YuMMy Bars

9. Microwave Brownies

10. And from right here at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee: No Bake Cookies

The majority of these recipes take no more effort than making a box mix of brownies, so try out a new recipe today! While you’re at it, make some extra for Sarah Mae – I’m sure she’d appreciate it! :)

Strawberry Amaretto Pastries – YUMMY!

February 6th, 2009

Strawberry Amaretto Pastries (Recipe from The Pampered Chef ®)

I had a pampered chef party a while ago and we made these – soooooo…. delish!!!

Ingredients

1/2 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets (1 sheet), thawed

1/2 cup sliced almonds, divided

2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

1 orange

1 container (8 ounces) sour cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/2 cups thawed, frozen whipped topping

12 large strawberries, sliced

How To Prepare

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold pastry dough onto Large Round Stone. Coarsely grate half of the almonds using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Combine grated almonds and half of the sugar; sprinkle evenly over surface of dough. Lightly press almond mixture into dough using Baker’s Roller®.

2. Using Pizza Cutter, cut dough lengthwise into three strips; cut strips crosswise into four squares for a total of 12 squares. Using Mini-Serving Spatula, separate squares evenly over surface of baking stone. Bake 16-18 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from baking stone; cool completely.

3. Place remaining almonds in Small Oval Baker. Microwave on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring after each 30-second interval; coarsely chop using Food Chopper and set aside. Zest entire orange using Lemon Zester/Scorer. Combine zest and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside.

4. Whisk sour cream, powdered sugar and almond extract in Classic Batter Bowl using Stainless Whisk. Fold in whipped topping using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Slice strawberries using Egg Slicer Plus®. Split open each pastry square; arrange half of the strawberries into bottom of each shell. Top each with about 2 heaping tablespoons of the filling and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Top with remaining sliced strawberries and sprinkle with sugared orange zest. Place tops of pastry shells over filling. Serve immediately.

For more yummy dessert recipes, head on over to Stop & Smell The Chocolates!

Recipe – Bean Dip – Absolutely Delicious!

November 4th, 2008

Ingredients:
1 16 oz. sour cream
1 8 oz. cream cheese
1 large can refried beans
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 packet taco seasoning mix
What to do:
Mix all together in a 9 X 9 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Eat with tortilla chips or Frito’s.
SO yummy!

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Homemade Strawberry Jam; Easier Than You Think!

June 18th, 2008

I have always been intimidated about making my own, homemade jam. The thought of it would send me running from anyone I knew who might ask me if I wanted to make it. I literally thought it was hours of labor, and I just wasn’t into that. Turns out, I was wrong. It’s actually pretty easy too!
Julie, my pastor’s wife, wise woman, and friend told me about a place where I could go and pick fresh strawberries. I had never picked my own strawberries, and truth be told, I didn’t even know you could! However, I went, I picked, and I love it! Then came the inevitable. “Have you ever made strawberry jam?” Julie asked. Oh, what the heck, I thought, I’m game!
It was EASY and FUN and now I feel like a professional JAMMER or something! Here’s all you do (I promise, it’s easy):
What You Need:
  • 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin (picture of package below)
  • Find a place where you can pick your own strawberries, and gather bunches! (Okay, so maybe this part isn’t as easy, but it’s worth it, so find one!)
Mouth watering, aren’t they?
  • Wash them well
  • Slicey dicey!

Slice ‘em up so they are good for mashing (action shot below…)

This is Julie; she’s a serious strawberry slicer!

  • Mush, mush,mush! You can use a potato masher for this.

Here’s the hard part, ready?

  • Follow the directions on the back of the package (it involves mixing the package contents with sugar – really, that’s it).

  • Mix all together

  • Stir for five minutes (this is actually on the back of the package as well)

  • All done; see, I told you it was easy!

Ta Da! Deeeelish!

The homemade jam will last about three weeks. If you want it to last a couple weeks longer just add about 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice or one crushed vitamin C tablet (per batch). You can thank Julie for the tip!

Great uses for this homemade Jam:

  • Topping on toast
  • Topping on ice cream
  • Topping on Pancakes or waffles
  • Topping for Angel Food cake

*Microwave for about 30 seconds to get liquidy

Any other ideas for how you could use the jam?

Recipe – Delicious Yogurt Cake – The Perfect Summer Dessert

June 4th, 2008

This is an easy and delicious summer recipe. Thanks Jen!
What you’ll need:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2, 6 oz. cups strawberry yogurt (or your favorite flavor)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

Follow the directions on the cake box, but only use 1 cup of water

Mix in the yogurt

Put the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 40 minutes.

The Icing

Combine 8 oz. of cool whip and 1, 6 oz. strawberry yogurt and mix with a blender.

Spread over cake.

Soooooooooo….. good, and very moist!

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”
Erma Bombeck


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