Beef and Broccoli


I’ve posted before that we love Asian foods, but we don’t really get them too much. Here’s another one of my favorite recipes. I love beef and broccoli.  Hope you love the recipe ya’ll!

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1.5 lbs steak, thin sliced

1 lb broccoli florets

2 carrots, peeled and cut into  matchsticks

1/2 onion thin sliced

Whisk hoisin, 1/4 cup water, and soy sauce together in a bowl. Set aside. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Heat 1.5 teaspoons oil in a skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add half the beef. Cook until beef is browned around the edges. Transfer to separate bowl.  Repeat until all the beef is cooked. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the skillet over high heat. Add broccoli, carrots, and onion and cook for 30 seconds.  Add remaining water. Cover and let steam until crisp-tender. Push veggies to the side and add ginger garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir into veggies. Return beef and any juices to the skillet. Add sauce and stir until sauce is thick.


Grape BBQ Meat Balls

20632714_10154877346020895_1453483718_n.jpgMeatballs. Who doesn’t love them?? Today I was just trying to hurry and get something ready for lunch. I just didn’t have much time. I’d been thinking about making these for a while…so I decided since I already knew that my day was iffy then I’ll just throw these in the crock pot.

I first came upon this recipe from a girl I went to college with. She invited me to her wedding and I decided I wanted to be there for her. She’s a super sweet girl. Her mother in law to be is from Germany. It was actually the first time I’d been to a Lutheran church too. That sounds weird I guess to all of ya’ll, but here in this area it’s just not on every corner like Baptist and Methodist church buildings. It was such a beautiful church. It turned out to be the perfect wedding. It started snowing outside and it just felt so….perfect. After they married, we went to have their reception and the grooms mother presented these. I was so blown away. I used to be a super picky eater, but she had won me over…and I tried them. The difference was she made her meatballs from scratch and today I just didn’t have the time for that. She ended up giving me the recipe and I have found that this floats around on the internet sometimes. I occasionally see it on Facebook!

1 bag of meatballs (or homemade if you choose)

1 jar of grape jelly

1 bottle of bbq sauce

Mix it all together in a crockpot. I usually put it in there for 3-4 hours on low. Or sometimes I’ll do 1 1/2 hours on high.



Chicken Pot Pie


Boy….the memories. My mother used to make this recipe for me when I was little. I don’t make it nearly enough. However, it’s one of those recipes, I really have to be in the mood for. That was tonight. There’s something about the tangy buttermilk in the dough that just brings this recipe together so perfect. Enjoy it ya’ll.

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup self rising flour

1 stick butter

2 cups chicken broth

3-4 pieces Chicken breasts

cream of chicken soup

3 carrots, cut into pieces

8 oz frozen peas

3 potatoes, cubed

Boil chicken until done. Cook carrots, peas, and potatoes until tender, but firm.  In a glass baking dish put the soup, and chicken broth in. Add veggies and diced chicken. Add salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, add flour, milk, and butter. Mix. Then pour over the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees until browned.

NOTE: IF the mix doesn’t have enough liquid in it, add a little more. Generally, I like to see it almost covering the veggies and chicken.

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Homemade Ice Cream


I try really hard to only make ice cream every blue moon. It’s a little more expensive to make than to buy….but it tastes soooooo much better. Anyway I made this to go with the Peach Cobbler. You know I feel so stupid. I forgot to add the sugar. Who does that? Luckily if you forget to add it you can throw it in later, just make sure it’s melted and not coarse. It’ll work the same. Having cooked for 20 years or more, I’m shocked I made such a silly mistake. However, I laughed and called myself an amateur. LOL!

8 Egg Yolks

2 Cups Sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Cups Milk

2 Cups half and half

4 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons Vanilla

Mix slightly beaten egg yolks with sugar and salt. Scald milk with the cream and half and half. Stir frequently. Add a little milk to the eggs to prevent scrambling. Then add the Egg mixture to the milk mixture. Cook until the mixture forms a coating n the spoon when you pull it up Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Refrigerate overnight or for as little as 2 hours. Follow ice cream maker instructions.

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Peach Cobbler


Nothing says summer like peach cobbler for dessert. It’s a true comfort food. it’s delicious. It’s one of my favorite things about summer.  When I was a little girl, our neighbor used to make this recipe for us. It was really something I looked forward to every year. She made her own canned peaches though. She used true Georgia peaches.

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup butter, melted, divided

28 oz canned peaches

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter 8×8 pan. Whisk together Flour, 1/2 Cup Sugar, and the salt. Add 1/4 Cup Butter. Mix to crumbled. Sprinkle 1/3 mixture on bottom of the pan. Pour in can peaches. If there’s not enough liquid from the can, pour in some water. Enough to mostly cover the peaches. Top with the rest of the flour mix. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup of butter.  Bake 50 minutes.

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Yum Yum


When I make this recipe I usually make half and half. I do this because I only like cherry yum yum, but my husband hates cherries. The littlest bit, he doesn’t care. He likes anything that’s yummy. This is a recipe I’ve had for years. It’s one I grew up making. My grandmother made this recipe for as long as I can remember. I can remember at Thanksgiving having this every year. It’s something I love to make for my family and while I am building new memories, I can think about my old memories too.

1 1/2 sticks melted butter

3 Cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 Cups sugar

2 cans of pie filling of choice

8 oz cream cheese

2 packs of dream whip

1 cup of milk

Mix butter with the graham cracker crumbs. Pour half into a rectangle baking dish. Separately, whip dream whip and milk. Add sugar when thick. Beat in cream cheese. Add half of mix on the crumb mixture. Add the fruit mixture. Then add the other half of the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the crumb mixture. Chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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Cooper’s recreated Apple Cinnamon Chex


My kid loves this chex mix. However, the original recipe calls for dried apples which HE HATES. He says they taste funny and the texture throws him off. One day when I first started making this recipe, the store was out of the dried apples, so I did the next best thing, which was the apple chips. Ever since then, he insists I can’t use the dried apples. Great snack for my littlest guy!!

5 Cups Corn Chex Cereal

1/ 4 Cups Butter

1/3 Cups Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Karo Syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped apple chips

1/2 Cups Vanilla yogurt covered raisins

In a large microwavable bowl add cereal. Separately microwave butter, sugar, karo syrup, and cinnamon until boiling. Pour over cereal. Stir until evenly coated. Microwave 3 minutes, scraping bowl every minute. Stir in apples, microwave 1 minute. Spread on wax paper. Cool for 5 minutes. Add raisins.