Thursday, July 29, 2010

Turkey Salsa Grill

Okay....these are delicious!  Trust me!!!
2 slices bread (a hearty white bread works best)
2 Kraft singles
1 T thick and chunky salsa (Taco Bell salsa is good, but Costco salsa is best!)
2 slices turkey deli meat

Put down in this order: bread, cheese, salsa, turkey, cheese, bread.
Butter outsides and cook in skillet till golden.

This recipe is from the Cooking Light Magazine.  This is the "easier" version.

1 lb medium cooked shrimp
1/2 c coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1 T minced seeded jalapeño pepper
24 (6-inch)white corn tortillas
3/4 c chopped tomato
1/2 c light sour cream
1/2 c chopped green onions
2 limes, quartered

-Heat up shrimp in a skillet with some salt and pepper, just until heated through, do not over cook since they're already cooked.
-Add to shrimp the cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeño pepper, tossing well to coat.
-Heat tortillas in large ziploc bag in microwave. Double up tortillas-one always breaks and makes a mess-so in your 2 tortillas spoon a little of the shrimp mixture; top with 1 tablespoon tomato, 2 teaspoons sour cream, and 2 teaspoons onions.

-Makes 10-12 tacos.

Rice Krispy Treats

Okay, these aren't your grandma's rice krispy treats!

2 sticks butter
1/2 brown sugar
1//2 white sugar
1 pkg (10 oz) marshmallows
6 c rice cereal

Microwave butter and sugar for 2 1/2 minutes.  Stir in marshmallows.  Microwave 2 minutes.  Stir in rice cereal.  Pour into 9x13 pan and cool.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Baked Spaghetti

Upon request....Kim's awesomely easy baked spaghetti  :)  You do realize I'm giving away my best kept secrets....for free!  This is great for a family get-together or a potluck dinner and its always a hit. 

1 c chopped onion
1 c chopped green pepper
1 T butter
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (4 oz) mushrooms
1 can (2 1/2 oz) sliced olives, drained
2 tsp dried oregano
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
12 oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 c shredded cheddar
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c water
1/4 c parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, brown ground beef.  Drain and set aside.  In same pan, saute onion and green pepper in butter until tender.  Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, and oregano.  Add ground beef.  Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 9x13 baking dish.  Top with half of the sauce mixture.  Sprinkle with 1 cup cheddar cheese.  Repeat layers.  Mix the soup and water until smooth.  Pour over the casserole.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake uncovered at 250 for 30 - 35 minutes or until heated through.

*Note:  It's also great with Italian sausage!

Serves 12

Orange Julius

Best splash of the summer!

1 - 6oz can orange juce or 2 peaches - or both!
1/2 c milk
1/2 c water
1/4 c sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
5-6 ice cubes

Mix all in a blender and....whala!

Fresh Summer Salsa

It's that time of year again.....fresh salsa!  Mmmmmmm....I can taste it already!!!

1 can black beans
1 cup corn, canned or frozen.  If using canned, drain
1 - 14oz can diced green chilies
1 can olives, chopped or sliced
8 - 9 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, diced
1 med red onion, chopped
2 T red wine vinegar
1/4 bunch cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Optional:  hominy and red bell pepper
Salt to taste
Tortilla chips to dip!

Peanut Butter Bars

Watch out!  I'm having a HUGE carb/sugar craving this week and these are WAY addicting!

3/4 c butter
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c creamy peanut butter
1/2 t salt
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1 c creamy peanut butter
Chocolate Frosting (Betty Crocker whipped is amazing!...Chocoate butter cream is good too!)

Mix together first 8 ingredients until combined.  Add flour and oats.  Mix well.  Spread in bottom of 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 10 - 12 mins.  Spread 1 c peanut butter on top of the hot bars carefully.  You may want to let them cool for just a few minutes so the peanut butter will spread easier.  Frost with chocolate frosting or melted chocolate chips work great too.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Margarita Chicken Salad

Did you ever think to use a drink mix as a marinade?  Well, surprise surprise!

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 C margarita drink mix (without alcohol)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp lime zest
1/2 C mayonnaise
2 T lime juice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
4 med. tomatoes
2 med. avocadoes, halved and sliced
1/2 med red onion, sliced

1.  Place chicken in a plastic bag set in shallow dish.  In bowl combine margarita mix, cumin, and lime zest.  Pour over chicken; seal bag.  Regrigerate 2 - 8 hours.  Drain marinade and discard.
2.  Grill chicken for 12 - 15 minutes turning once halfway through grilling.
3.  In med. bowl combine mayonnaise, lime juice, and cayenne.  Slice or cube chicken.  Add to mayonnaise mixture.  Gently toss.  Line plates with tomato slices.  Top tomatoes with chicken, avocados, and red onion.  Sprinkle with black pepper.

Black Bean and Salsa Salad

1 - 12 oz can corn, drained
1 - 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 C chopped celery
1/2 C chopped green onion
1/2 C chopped fresh cilantro
1 - 14 oz can S&W ready cut salsa
3/4 C lite red wine vinegar dressing

Combine first 5 ingredients.  Combine salsa and dressing.  Pour over salad and toss well.  Cover and chill.
*Note:  You can't always find S&W salsa.  I've used S&W tomato garden mild Mexican sauce and it works fine, or substitute Old El Paso salsa.

Toscana soup
Cook 1 large onion on med-high till golden.
add 2 large clovces to the onion half way in.
add 1/2 pkg bacon cooked and crumbled.
add and cook 1 pound Italian sausage with onion.
(You can cook sausage before if you would like to drain the fat)
Add 2 cans chicken broth
1 quart water bring to boil
add 2 C cubed red potatoes.
Right before potatoes are soft add
1 C heavy whipping cream
2 C chopped kale
ENJOY!!!! My kids love it, thanks Julie for this recipe

Natalie's Meatballs
(Our Sunday Special)

25 - 30 Italian style beef meatballs (Costco)
4 T worchestershire sauce
2/3 C vinegar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 C ketchup
1/2 C water
4 T Jamaica me sauce (found at cosco, HOT)
1 sliced onion
2 C sliced peppers (any will do)
Place in crockpot for 3 hours on high or till church is over. Serve over rice.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken Wraps

Another Schofield family summer favorite!

4 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt; divided
1/2 C balsamic vinegar; divided
1 1/4 lb chicken breast tenders
2 C red bell pepper strips
2 C vertically sliced onion
Provolone cheese; sliced
1/8 tsp black pepper
Tortillas of flatbread

1.  Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. 
2.  Sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt over chicken.  Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. 
3.  Add 1/4 c vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until chicken is done and vinegar is syrupy.
4.  Remove chicken mixture from the pan; cover and keep warm.
5.  Wipe pan clean with paper towel.
6.  Return pan to med-high heat; add remaining 2 tsp oil.  Add bell pepper and onion; saute 7 minutes or until tender.
7.  Stir in remaining 1/4 tsp salt and remaining 1/4 c vinegar; cook 1 minute or until vinegar is syrupy.
8.  Arrange chicken mixture evenly over tortillas, flatbread, or focaccia bread; top with pepper mixture
9.  Arrange cheese over pepper mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper
10.  If using focaccia bread, place a cast iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwichs; let stand 5 minutes.


2 1/4 C. Flour
2 C Sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 C oil (I use 1 c applesacuse and 1/2 oil)
2 tsp. Cinn
3 C. grated carrots

Mix dry in 1 bowl and wet in another bowl.  Beat together till smooth (be careful not to over mix)
Bake in 9X12 45 min on 350.  Cake will be brown on top, make sure center is cook through.  Cool and Frost

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz. room temp. cream cheese
1/4 C butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 pound bag powder sugar

Mix till smooth.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Erin's Raspberry Topped Lemon Pie

What would my family do without one of my best friends and one of the best cooks I know...Erin!!!  If you love raspberries and you love lemon....then watch out!

1 (9in) graham cracker pie crust
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen red raspberries in syrup, thawed
1 T cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c lemon juice from concentrate
2 drops yellow food coloring
whipped cream (you can use a whipped topping, but it's not nearly as good!)

Preheat oven to 350.  In saucepan, combine raspberries and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened.  In bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and food coloring.  Pour into crust, bake 8 minutes.  Spoon raspberry mixture over top.  Chill 4 hours.  Spread with whipped cream and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Better Than Anything Cake (Well...almost anything!)

I made this for the girl's basketball team for Nicki's birthday and it was a HUGE hit!  I made two of them and they were gone in literally seconds!

1 pkg Betty Crocker SuperMoist German Chocolate Cake Mix
Water, oil, and eggs as called for on mix directions
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 16oz jar caramel topping
1 8oz cool whip, thawed
1 bag toffee chips or skor candy bars chopped up

Heat oven to 350.  Make and bake cake as directed on box, for 9x13 pan.  Cool for 15 minutes.  Poke top of cake all over with handle of wooden spoon or straw.  Drizzle with milk evenly; let stand until milk is absorbed.  Drizzle with caramel (I only use half the jar because it's too sweet).  Run knife along sides of pan to loosen cake.  Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.  Spread cool whip over top then sprinkle with toffee.  Store in fridge till ready to eat.  (I also drizzle a little more caramel on some hot fudge over the top!)

Erin's Yummy Chili Dogs

1 lb hamburger
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
1 jar chili sauce
1 T mustard
1/2 tsp dried minced onion
a little water
1 pkg chili mix
1 can pinto beans, drained
hot dogs

Brown hamburger and add all ingredients (except hot dogs, buns and cheese!)  Cook well.  Cook hot dogs.  Place hot dogs in buns and spoon chili generously over the top.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Orange Sherbet Salad

Okay, I'm not a huge jello salad fan, but this one is way YUMMY and perfect for summer!

1 6oz. pkg orange jello
2 c boiling water
1 pint orange sherbet
1 11oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1 20oz can crushed pineapple, drained

Mix jello and boiling water till dissolved.  Add sherbet and stir until melted.  Add oranges and pineapple and pour into a 2 quart dish.  Chill 4 - 6 hours.  Can add cool whip to top.

Double the Meat Cobb Salad

My favorite marinade turns this salad upside down!  This is our favorite Sunday dinner of the summer!

2 lb flank steak
8 pieces chicken tenders
Grape tomatoes
2 bunches watercress-trimmed (any lettuce will do)
8 strips bacon (or bacon bits if you're in a crunch)
1 lemon, zest and juiced
Salt and pepper
Blue cheese (or Feta)

3 cloves garlic - minced
2 T montreal steak seasoning
2 T hot sauce
4 T worchestershire
4T red wine vinegar (or balsamic)
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil

Marinate meat for at least 15 minutes prior to grilling!
Serve over salad sprinkled with lemon juice and red wine vinegar for dressing

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DeVonya's Chocolate Chip Cake


1 box devil's food cake mix
1 large pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 c sour cream
1 c vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c warm water
1 pkg semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, and water.  Stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.  Bake 50 to 55 minutes.  Cool cake thoroughly in pan, invert and remove from pan.

I like to sprinkle it with some powdered sugar AFTER it has cooled.  It's also great with strawberry pie filling on the side!

Sticky Finger Quesodillas (Wingers)

 Okay...these aren't the original...but they're just about as close as it gets!  These are always a hit... especially with the kids!


breaded chicken pieces (like nuggets, only better) cooked as directed
Winger's Sauce (1 lb. brown sugar, 1 c Frank's Red Hot Sauce...simmer together for 10 min.)
pico de Gallo
shredded Lettuce
pepper jack cheese, sliced
flour tortillas

Coat cooked chicken in Winger's sauce, then slice.  Arrange on 1/2 of tortilla.  Top with pico de gallo, lettuce, and cheese.  Fold tortillas over and heat in skillet on both sides till slightly crisp and brown and cheese is melted.  Serve with Winger's dipping sauce:  1 part Winger's sauce to 3 parts ranch dressing)

These are always a hit....especially with the kids!

Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing


1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 c oil
4 T lemon juice
3 tsp garlic powder

Blend until well incorporated.  Goes great on salad with Romaine lettuce, swiss, parmesan, almonds, bacon, and grape tomatoes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

What goes perfect with homemade ice-cream and makes it even that much better?  Lots and LOTS of homemade hot fudge!
This stuff is amazing!  And goes great with bananas if you need a quick late night snack.  Just ask Kim and Nicki.  But be always have way more bananas left over than you do hot fudge!
(Picture and recipe by "Delicious Dales")

1/4 c butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients over low heat in saucepan until combined.  Pour into jars or other container.  Store in fridge. - You  may want to double this's THAT good!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Roma Nelson's Homemade Ice Cream

I can't believe I found it after all these years!  I don't know if ya'll remember this, or even if you've had the chance to try it before...but let me tell you it's heaven in a cup!!!  We're in charge of the ice cream for the 4th ('s Utah and being as the 4th is on a Sunday it's technially the 3rd!).  I've been craving homemade ice cream for weeks now and Tara just happened to have an ice cream maker  :)  Now the only problem is deciding on what flavors to make.  (Don't worry Tara, I've got the strawberry covered  *wink)


4 eggs
2 1/4 c sugar
5 c milk
4 c heaving whipping cream
4 1/2 vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
If you're adding fruit - deduct the amount of crushed fruit you add from the amount of milk)

Whip eggs well.  Add sugar to whipped eggs gradually.  Keep whipping till thick.  Continue to beat until very stiff (don't forget to get the edges).  Add remaining ingredients and mix.  Pour into ice cream maker and freeze till done.  (Follow your ice cream maker instructions)

It also makes AMAZING ice cream cookie sandwiches!!!!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Brownies

For those who don't want too much chocolate overload....


1/3 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Cream butter and peanut butter in bowl until fluffy.
Add sugars gradually, beating constantly.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Blend in dry ingredients and vanilla.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour into greased 9 inch square pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until brownies test done.
Cut into squares.

Makes 1 dozen brownies.

Chicken Hungarian Goulash

This is one of Josh and Dakotas new favorite pasta dishes... It sounds weird but is oh so Delicious!!!!


2 whole chicken breasts chopped (more if bigger family) :)
Salt and pepper
1/2 c. oil
1 lg. onion, sliced (about 1 cup) or chopped which ever you prefer
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 c. tomato sauce (or 15 oz can)
1/2 pkg. (1/2 lb.) egg noodles, cooked and drained ( whole bag depending on size of family)
1 (1 lb.) can tomatoes (I run it through the blender because josh doesn't like them to be big chunks) (you can also use Italian style tomatoes for a little bit more flavor.
3 tsp. chicken bouillon or 2 or 3 cubes
2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. thyme (leaves or dried spice)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 c. (8 oz.) dairy sour cream, at room temperature

To Prepare Chicken:

1. Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and pepper; coat with flour. In large skillet, brown in oil.
2. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons drippings.
3. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is tender.
1. In a separate pot add tomato sauce, tomatoes, bouillon, paprika, thyme and pepper.
2. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Uncover; remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes.
4. Stir in sour cream; add slowly to mixture in the pot, stirring constantly until sour cream is thoroughly blended.
5. Heat through without boiling.
6. Add Chicken to the sauce.
Serve over noodles. Makes 6 to 8 servings. (will make more depending on amount of chicken and noodles used.)