Monday, May 16, 2011 | By: Jamie Gardner

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This was really good! It isn't PF Chang's quality, but I will definitely make this again. It was really easy and I thought it was good and ALL my kids ate it with very little complaining from Jake. That is a big deal!Sweet & Sour Chicken
From: Sun Bird seasoning packet

1 1/2 lbs. chicken, cut in strips
1/4 c cornstarch, 1 3/4 c water; divided, 2 T Soy sauce
2 T. oil
1 green bell pepper, 1 onion; cubed, 2 carrots; diagonally sliced
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c catsup
1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
3 cups cooked rice

1. Combine cornstarch, 1/4 cup water and soy sauces; add chicken. Marinate 5 minutes, coating chicken with mixture
2. In large skillet or wok, heat oil. Remove chicken from marinade with slotted spoon and stir-fry until browned; remove from pan.
3. Stir fry vegetables ( I used broccoli instead of green peppers and I LOVED it.) Return chicken to pan.
4. Combine seasoning packet, sugar, catsup, and 1 1/2 cups water; blend well. Add to chicken mixture and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
5. Add pineapple chinks and heat. Serve over rice. Makes 6 servings, 1 cup each
Saturday, May 14, 2011 | By: Jamie Gardner

Cheese Potato Soup

Cheese Potato Soup

From: Lindsay Dunn

4 c. cubed potatoes

1 c grated carrots

1 c chopped celery

½ onion chopped

3 chicken bullion cubes

Boil all of the above in 4 cups water until tender, and then add 3 ½ cups milk.

In a small saucepan melt 1 cube butter; ½ cup flour, and 1 T mustard. Stir till paste.

When soup is to a boil add the mixture from the saucepan. Stir until thickened.

Add 1 lb. Velveeta cheese that is cubed into small pieces. Let melt, stirring every few minutes.

Sloppy Joes

I know what you are saying WOW! Jamie those look like the most AMAZING sloppy joes ever. Well, they are! I got this recipe from Ryan's mom. They are the best sloppy joes I have ever tried and I consider myself a expert in this field. HA! HA!
Sloppy Joes

1 lb ground hamburger
2 cans Chicken Gumbo soup
Ketchup to taste

Brown your hamburger and drain. Add the soup and ketchup. Cook for a few more minutes so that everything gets heated up. You could very easily do this in your crock pot. I would just brown my hamburger first and combine in the crock pot on low 2-4 hours. Serve with cheese, chips, or potato salad.

Amazing Brownies

These are my new favorite dessert! They are mini brownie bites with amazing frosting on top. They come in all different flavors and they are the perfect size. The best part is they are only .35 a piece. Cookies & Cream are my favorite!!!
Amazing Desserts
Robin & Sharon Offley

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | By: Jamie Gardner

Banana Bread

I got this recipe from Tandi Davis and it is by far my favorite. It is so easy!

1 square butter
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
3 bananas, mashed
2 eggs

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix four, salt, and soda in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients with the creamed mixture, alternating with mashed bananas. Bake at 325* for 60 minutes for one regular sized loaf pan, 55 minutes for 2 half loaves, 45 minutes for 4 mini loaves. Bread is done when top is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

Tortilla Soup in the Crock Pot

This was delicious!! I will make this again for sure! It was super easy and my family loved it.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 cans (14 oz) chicken broth
2 cans (14 oz) stewed tomatoes, chopped with liquid
1 c. medium salsa
2 T. dried cilantro
1 T. ground cumin
3 - 4 flour or corn tortillas, cut into 1/2 inch strips. I would fry these in a little oil or go to Costa Vida and buy a bag of there tortilla strips.
cheese , grated

Combine all ingredients except tortilla strips and cheese in greased 4 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat 4-6 hours or on low heat 8-10 hours. Ladle hot soup into individual serving bowls over strips of flour tortilla and shredded cheese. Makes 6-8 servings

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 | By: Jamie Gardner

Navajo Tacos

Navajo Tacos
I make these the easy way, but they are still really delicious. Here's what I do:
I thaw out Rhodes rolls for a couple of hours. Then I roll them out into circles.

Then I fry them on hot canola oil.

They cook fast!

Then I top them with Nalley's Chili, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. We also do butter and honey for dessert.