Whoopie Pies

I have been making Whoopie Pies, using this recipe, for over 26 years.  There are a lot of recipes for these little babies out there with numerous flavor variations but I always gravitate back to this one.  So good! For cakes: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon…

Tuna Casserole

This is not your typical Tuna Casserole, at least not by the standards in my family.  Such an easy meal.  I serve this with Jalapeno Cheddar Bread and steamed vegetables and honestly it’s a hit every single time. Yield:  This recipe will feed 6-8 people 1 17.6 oz package of Tri Color Farafelle (bow tie…

Caramellow Cookie Bars

These are gooey and crazy good.   3/4 cup of butter, melted 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanut butter chips 1 cup mini marshmallows (if I have regular size marshmallows on hand I use them, just pull them into four pieces each and drop onto…

Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

This is the most requested bread in our household.  One loaf lasts about 5 minutes. *Note – this is a bread machine recipe Yield:  1 loaf 1 1/4 cups water 4 1/4 cups bread flour 2 Tablespoons Sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter – cold and cubed 1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese…

Chicken Picante

I love making this dish.  I can throw it in the oven quick when I get home from work and by the time I change and prepare the rest of the meal, the chicken is done. Yield:  4 servings 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 cup chunky salsa 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/4 cup sour…

Adventures In Life (#2)

Can we talk about eyebrows for a minute?  I have the bushiest eyebrows of anyone I know.  When I was little my great grandmother made me promise her never to pluck them or god forbid remove them altogether and draw them on.  Well, being only about 4 when I was confronted with this apparently very…

Adventures In Life (#1)

This is one of my daughters favorite stories to tell if she is trying to embarrass me.  Britt, I am beating you to the punch this time! I know I’m not the only woman plagued by facial hair, but at times I honestly feel that I was born with a little more testosterone than most…

Adventures In Cooking (#2)

It was the summer of 1985.  My husband and I were living in Saratoga Wyoming in a house (down by the river), now affectionately referred to as “The Hamburger House” (the house was converted sometime later into a little restaurant with that name). One beautiful morning, my husbands grandmother stopped by to give us some…

Adventures In Cooking (#1)

I was young when I got married. One week before my 17th birthday I was standing in the courthouse in Rawlins Wyoming  next to a good looking kid who was doing everything he could to keep from passing out.  What a time that was. I had a little experience cooking and certainly a lot of…

Teriyaki Chicken

I recently had a hankering for teriyaki chicken and after looking at the pathetic selection of bottled teriyaki sauce (not to mention the price) in the grocery stores I decided it was time to make my own.  This sauce (the base recipe) can be modified very easily to your own personal tastes and desires by…

Brown Gravy

I am definitely a gravy fan and this recipe is easy and good!   Once you start making your own gravy you will never go back to pre-packaged (whether jar or powder) again!  This is a great meatloaf sauce. Yield:  approximately 4 cups (8 portions) 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup flour 1 clove…

Banana Bread

This bread melts in your mouth! Yield: 1 loaf 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter – room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs (beaten) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup mashed bananas (3 VERY ripe bananas will do the trick.  The more “over ripe” the fruit, the better the banana flavor for cooking – and…