Monday, May 29, 2017

Brittany's Easy Maple Syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T. maple (Don't use maple extract, it won't taste as strong. Use real maple.)
Mix together sugar and water and stir constantly over heat. Right when it starts to boil, remove from heat and add the maple extract. Tip: Make sure you are watching and stirring or it will boil over.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Brittany shared this treat. They look yummy!!

  • 1 bag of square pretzels
  • 2 bags Rolo candies
  • 1 bag M&Ms
Spread pretzels on a tinfoil-lined cookie sheet.  Add a Rolo on top of each pretzel. Bake in the oven 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees. You want the Rolos soft but not melting.  Take out of oven and immediately push an M&M down into the middle of each Rolo. Cool and enjoy!

Roasted Vegetables or potatoes

Delicious side dish to any meal!

Roasted vegetables:

  • red onion
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • other veggies of choice
  • olive oil or vegetable oil
  • seasonings of choice
Dice up all the vegetables the same size and coat them in oil and salt and pepper (and other seasonings if desired). Bake them until cooked through. 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 

Roasted potatoes:
  • sweet potatoes or red potatoes
  • oil
  • seasonings of choice
Dice the potatoes into cubes. Coat in oil and salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes or until soft and cooked through. 

Brittany's Muddy Buddies

Brittany has revised the original recipe to be even better!


  • 1 regular box Chex mix
  • 2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. margarine
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar
Make normally as directed and dump as much powdered sugar as you like. Yum!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana

Melissa shared this quick and yummy soup recipe with me. My family really enjoyed it!


  • Italian sausage, about 1 pound
  • 1 onion, minced
  • garlic to taste (1-2 tsp, minced)
  • Carton of chicken broth
  • milk
  • package of gnocchi
  • a few handfuls of kale, washed and chopped
  • salt 
  • pepper 
  • Parmesan cheese

In a big pot, brown the italian sausage. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until fragrant. Add the carton of chicken broth and some milk (as much as you want to make the soup as thin or as thick as you prefer). Bring to a boil. Toss in the package of gnocchi and a few big handfuls of kale. Cook until gnocchi floats and kale wilts (3-5 minutes). Add salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese to taste. Done!

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

Melissa shared this fantastic recipe with all of us. She says they are a bit more work, but worth the effort! Click HERE for the full recipe!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ham Casserole

I found a recipe for a similar casserole online and tweaked and changed until it worked best for us. Here is the final result. My family really likes this one!


  • 5 or 6 small to medium russet potatoes
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped 
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 
  • 4 1/2 cups water 
  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham 
  • About 1/2 a red bell pepper, chopped
  • About 1/2 a small onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter 
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Place potatoes, celery, and carrot in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 9x13 baking dish.

3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir ham, red bell pepper, and onion until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer ham mixture to baking dish and mix with potatoes.

4. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a clean skillet; cook and stir flour in melted butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese; stir until melted. Pour cheese mixture over ham and potatoes.

5. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Allow casserole to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.