Coconut Pecan Snickerdoodles


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

and a cinnamon sugar mix to roll dough in, about a 1 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
Mix in flour well then add coconut and pecans to mixture.
Chill Mixture.
Roll into balls about walnut size, roll around in sugar and cinnamon mix, then place on cookie sheet.
Bake for about 13 minutes or until light golden brown.


Submitted by Chelsea A.


Chicken Spaghetti


Ingredients:
8oz Velveeta Cheese
1 large can of cream of chicken
1lb chicken, boneless
1lb spaghetti noodles
1/2 stick of butter (optional)
1 small onion
48oz chicken broth
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

To boil the chicken, add 48 ounces of chicken broth and a diced small onion to a pot. Supplement with water if needed. Once chicken is cooked, remove chicken and cube (or shred SEE AN EASY WAY HERE). Add back to broth for a few minutes on low. Now, you will remove all chicken and onions from the broth, best done by a fine mesh strainer (one in picture is about 3 inches wide). SAVE YOUR BROTH to cook noodles in!
Next, add cubed chicken and onions to the cream of chicken and bring to a simmer. Add in your 4 ounces of cubed Velveeta and stir until melted.

Time to cook the noodles. To do this, use the same broth you boiled the chicken and onions in. You may have to supplement with water at this point. Grease a large glass dish to bake the spaghetti in.
Once the noodles are al dente, remove from broth with tongs so that some off the broth also gets carried over into the glass dish. (In other words, don't strain until the noodles are dry).

Now it's time to mix the creamy chicken mixture into the noodles. Spoon the mixture onto the noodles.

Next, gently fold the noodles and mixture until mostly distributed.

Cut butter into thin pads and top the spaghetti with it(optional). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until spaghetti starts to brown.

Chicken Fried Steak


4 Cubed steaks about 1/4 pound each
2 Cups flour
2 Cups milk
1 Tbs salt
2 tsp pepper
Cooking Oil
Iron skillet (or a good frying pan)

This is my simple frying batter that I have used in many of my other recipes on this page. So simple! On a plate, mix your salt, pepper, and flour together.(A true Southerner, like my cousin Carol, will yell at me and ask why I didn't use buttermilk. ;)) In a bowl, mix your milk and egg. Here is a photo of my prep station:
     Go ahead and get your grease ready. You will need it to be about 1 inch deep. Turn it on about 7. Okay, now you are ready to batter the meat. Double dipping is what will get you a nice thick and crunchy crust. Dip in milk, flour, milk, then flour again. Don't shake off the excess flour!!!!! Let it stay on, trust me, it will get soaked up as it sits and waits for the grease!
   Once the grease is hot enough, gently add the steaks. They will shrink, so you are good to cram as many as you can in there. I managed to get all 4 steaks in.
Fry for 3 minutes, then gently flip. Fry for 4 minutes on each side after the first flip. If they still don't look golden in color and crunchy, crank up the heat and fry on high for an additional 1 minute or less on each side. This cooking time will get your steaks well done. Check to make sure it's done then remove steaks! So, use less time if you want them pink. 

Chicken Fried Steak *aka Cubed Steak for Southern Folk.



Ingredients:
4 Cubed steaks about 1/4 pound each
2 Cups flour
2 Cups milk
1 Tbs salt
2 tsp pepper
Cooking Oil
Iron skillet (or a good frying pan)

This is my simple frying batter that I have used in many of my other recipes on this page. So simple! On a plate, mix your salt, pepper, and flour together.(A true Southerner, like my cousin Carol, will yell at me and ask why I didn't use buttermilk. ;)) In a bowl, mix your milk and egg. Here is a photo of my prep station:
     Go ahead and get your grease ready. You will need it to be about 1 inch deep. Turn it on about 7. Okay, now you are ready to batter the meat. Double dipping is what will get you a nice thick and crunchy crust. Dip in milk, flour, milk, then flour again. Don't shake off the excess flour!!!!! Let it stay on, trust me, it will get soaked up as it sits and waits for the grease!
   Once the grease is hot enough, gently add the steaks. They will shrink, so you are good to cram as many as you can in there. I managed to get all 4 steaks in.
Fry for 3 minutes, then gently flip. Fry for 4 minutes on each side after the first flip. If they still don't look golden in color and crunchy, crank up the heat and fry on high for an additional 1 minute or less on each side. This cooking time will get your steaks well done. Check to make sure it's done then remove steaks! So, use less time if you want them pink. 

Corn On The Cob in The Microwave - Done in 8 minutes


Items needed:
Damp cloth or paper towel
Corn still in husks

Dampen a paper towel or towel and place in microwave. Place corn on top of it and cook. Here is your time chart:


Ears     Minutes
1          1.5
2          3-4
3          5-6
4          7-8
5          8.5
6          8-9

Turn corn over half way through cooking.  Keep corn in husks and wrap in foil for an additional 4 or 5 minutes. Then all you have to do is peel and eat!

Easy 15 Minute Rice Pilaf



2 cups brown rice (Minute Rice brand)
1 3/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery salt (or garlic salt)
1/4 tsp thyme


Toast almonds then crush them. I put a paper plate upside down over the almonds on a cutting board then use a mallet. Like you see in photo.
Follow directs on the Minute Rice box to cook rice except you will use beef broth instead of water. After you add rice to broth, add all of your ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover and wait for the rice to soak up all of the juices. Salt to taste if you find that you need to. This is the most simple rice pilaf you will find!
Special Note* I've always preferred to cook rice the old fashion way instead of using Minute Rice. It just tastes better to me! So, if you have more time (about 25 minutes) try it with the real rice!

BS or Genius? Baking a Cake Using Coke Instead of Milk & Eggs

 Ingredients: 
Chocolate Cake mix
1 liter Cherry Coke (some to cook with and some to drink :) )
 Eggs (optional) you can replace eggs also using 2 Tbs of coke per egg.
Oil
Follow instructions on the cake mix box replacing milk and eggs with coke. My mix called for 1 1/2 cups of milk and 3 eggs. I used 1 1/2 c Coke and 2 eggs plus 2 Tbs more Coke to replace the 1 egg.

 Here is the claim:
 I was hoping to make a "Cherry Chocolate Cake" and it turned out FANTASTIC except for the "cherry" part. There was no flavor of cherry anywhere to be found! The cake was so moist it was falling apart. I used a chocolate frosting with bits of fudge in it which added a yummy richness to it. It was a hit! I give this a "Genius" rating! Perfect for those with a milk or egg allergy.

Submitted By: Madison G.

Freezing Fresh Peaches - Step By Step


Items needed:
Peaches
cutting board
sharp knife
boiling water
bowl of ice water
cling wrap
shallow pan(s)

    Before we get going, let me start by telling you that this is not a beauty contest. Not all of your peaches will be nice to you and allow you to open them up and rip their pit out without a fight. I had about 3 peachy little ass holes do this to me. Now you know.

    Prepare a large pot of boiling water big enough to submerge 4 peaches in. Also, near your stove have a large bowl of icy water ready. Then you will need a cutting board, sharp knife, and a pan lined with cling wrap OR wax paper.

Step 1: On the bottom of the peach, cut a shallow "X" into the skin.
Step 2: Gently put about 4 peaches at a time into the pot of boiling water for 60 seconds.
 Step 3: Remove peaches and immediately place them into the ice water.
Step 4: After the peaches cool for a minute or so, remove the skin from the peach by using the "X" you cut earlier.
Step 5: Cut, from top to bottom, a ring around the peach. Cut all the way to the pit. Then pull peach apart to remove pit. This is when the mess will happen, especially if the peach is ripe.

Step 6: Cut peaches into slices and place on a lined pan or cookie sheet and cover with cling wrap.
See the little ass holes on the upper right? Don't let them hurt your feelings. It happens.
Step 7: Stick them in the freezer for about an hour. Remove from sheet and seal them in a baggie removing most of the air. Viola! Easy enough, right?







BS or Genius? Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps

From this LINK
We bought these straps out of a desperate attempt to move some really heavy stuff with minimal people during a move. My dryer is HEAVY. My China cabinet is also HEAVY. Like back breaking heavy. We have moved numerous times. When I say numerous I really mean too many times.

These straps really do work. We have saved our backs and sanity because of these. The power of leverage! I could sound like an infomercial, that is how much I love these things. Cannot and will not move without them. If I lose my straps I would go buy more before I move again. We hired a company last year to help move and they went to purchase a set after using ours. The only place, besides the web, I know have these are Home Depot.

GENIUS!

BS or Genius? Cleaning a glass top stove with baking soda.

Here is the Pin:
This Pin is LINKED TO
Okay, now it's MY turn. My stove has had a buildup of grease left by the former owner that just WON'T come off. Even after a scrub and a razor scraping there is still a residue and darkened area from grease.

Blogger states that all you need is a bowl of hot soapy water, towel, baking soda and per her recommendation, gloves.

Okay, CHECK! Minus the gloves because, seriously...it's baking soda guys, not acid.

Soak the towel in hot soapy water, CHECK! Minus the bowl because I have a sink for that purpose.

Onward to the next step!
Sprinkle the baking soda around generously, CHECK! With the help of a tiny assistant.

Lay the saturated towel on to of the stove. CHECK!

Okay, let it sit for 15 minutes. Check.
Check after 15....let sit for another 15...
Checked again...let it sit for 2 hours....
Time to unveil my success, -I hoped.

 This is after I cleaned up the wet baking soda.
Still there, is the ring of despair. This is after I put in some elbow grease and really gave it a scrub with the wet baking soda, turned paste.

All dry and mostly shiny, except for the parts that weren't...
I give this a BS. BS. BS.
Why 3?
Because it makes a ridiculous mess that could have been avoided had I used my regular cleaner with a razor. Also note: You will most likely be cleaning off of the floor too.
Boo.

Blackened Tilapia (Large Portion Recipe)

Ingredients:
9 tilapia filets
1 1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp Cumin
3 T olive oil

Directions:
Wisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. Lightly coat filets on both sides with dry mixture. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes on both sides.

**Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. I left out the pepper this time because it was too spicy. And of course you don't have to make 9 filets at a time. Just adjust dry mixture and oil accordingly.

Submitted by: Chelsea A.

Italian Sausage and Pasta Casserole



Ingredients:
1 lb Italian Sausage
1 Zucchini
7 oz penne pasta uncooked (3/4 box)
1/2 cup cheddar jack cheese (grated)
1 Jar spaghetti sauce

Cook pasta until done but still slightly firm. Brown sausage and remove from pan, leaving the grease in pan. Slice zucchini into thin quartered pieces and saute them until tender in the grease from sausage. If you need more grease add 1 tsp olive oil. Mix sauce, sausage, and zucchini together. Cook together on medium for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Gently mix the meat mixture and the pasta together. Add 1/4 cup cheese into mixture. Pour into casserole dish and add the other 1/4 cup of cheese to the top of the casserole. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes.




It was so good that the kids didn't pick out the zucchini! A win for our house!
I took my sister on her first couponing trip with me and we bought a ton of pasta. This recipe was a successful attempt at something new and to also decrease my pasta stock. I hope you all like it too!

Serves: 4-6
Cost: $10

Simple and Fast Cheese Quesadillas

Ingredients: 
2 string cheese sticks 
1 flour tortilla 
1 tsp Butter 

Directions: Cut up cheese sticks and put the pieces evenly on half of the tortilla. Butter a frying pan, turn stove eye on med-high heat, fold the tortilla in half and carefully place the quesadilla in frying pan. When cheese melts enough to stick, flip quesadilla. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Cut into strips and serve! Very kid friendly and easy recipe! You can easily add veggies or meat to your liking.

Submitted By: Natalie S.

Best Way to Cook Frozen Green Beans

1 Package of frozen green beans
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Clove minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry rosemary
2 Tablespoons water

Add package of green beans to skillet. Stir in all ingredients except water. Cook on medium/high until the beans start to soften then add water. This helps from scorching the beans and adds steam to cook faster. Saute for about 20-30 minutes or until beans are tender to your liking.
*I forgot to add rosemary to the picture but its an important element so don't forget it!

Crockpot Pork Loin


2 Pork Loins
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tsp onion powder

Place the loins into a crockpot. Whisk together all ingredients and pour over pork. Cook on high for 4 hours. Pork should be tender enough to pull apart, that is when you know it is done.


Homemade Meatball Sub


1.5 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup minced parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups breadcrumbs
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 of a yellow onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 pack of hoagie buns
Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Line 2 large pans with foil and add meatballs, which should be no large than 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. If they are too big they will take too long to cook and cause the bottom to burn. Cook for about 30 minutes. When done, simmer meatballs in marinara for about 10 minutes. This makes enough for about 8-10 large sub sandwiches. We ate half and froze the rest for another night to make spaghetti!