Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

This is just as easy as the traditional Rice Krispie treats, but uses caramel in place of marshmallows and tastes much richer!!  You can buy the caramel in 5 lb. blocks.  I get mine at a Mennonite store, but it is also sold on Amazon.

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut caramel into slabs for easier melting and place into deep sided pan with butter and milk or half & half. Melt over medium low heat. Stir in cereal. Spread into greased 9" square pan and let cool.
  2. If you would like, you can melt the chocolate chips over low heat and drizzle over the top. Refrigerate to set.
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Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

These actually have more the consistency of muffins, but they are wonderful, regardless!  I make them for me and our grandsons with raisins, but substitute chocolate chips for the raisins for my husband.

Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you are using a baking stone, place that in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter. You can make up a large batch and store it at this point, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  3. Add sour cream, milk and raisins or chocolate chips, stirring just until combined.
  4. If you are not using a baking stone, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out onto baking sheet (I use a 2 oz. scoop). Bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then drizzle with glaze.
  5. This will make 11-12 mini muffins. Just use a 1 oz. scoop and bake in the mini muffin maker for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The biscuit ingredients before adding the milk, sour cream, and raisins or chocolate chips measures 1 3/4 cups and weighs about 236 grams, so if you want to, you can mix up a big batch of the flour mixture, store in the refrigerator or freezer, then measure out just what you need and continue with the recipe.

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Alana’s Alfredo Sauce

This is the recipe my daughter-in-law gave me.  She says that she tweaks the ingredients, such as salt, pepper and garlic. Also, she prefers more parmesan, but our son (her husband) prefers it this way, so it is a personal preference.

Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and sautee garlic until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and ingredients are blended.
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Creamed Potatoes with Peas

This was always a favorite of mine as we were growing up.  It is kind of like a thick cream of potato soup.  I like to make this for my lunch sometimes.

Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put about 2 cups of water into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir until smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, milk and heavy cream, and continue stirring until thickened to desired consistency and smooth. Add to peas and cream sauce to potatoes. Stir together and serve.
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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Crockpot Creamed Corn

Very, very easy and tasty!  I replaced my other creamed corn recipe with this one!

Crockpot Creamed Corn
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Crockpot Creamed Corn
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8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Easy Flatbread

This recipe is so quick and easy, it can be made in about half an hour.  We use it in place of bread for sandwiches or just eaten plain.  We are hooked on it!

If you would like the bread to be flatter, you can leave out the baking powder.

Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Optional: If you are using garlic, finely mince garlic and saute briefly in medium hot skillet with some olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. If you have sauteed garlic or onions to add to the bread, this is a good time to add them. Add yogurt. Add olive oil as needed for a nice soft, easy to use dough.
  3. Heat cast iron griddle or skillet to medium high heat (5 on my gas stove).
  4. Divide dough into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, then roll out flat into a circle, 1/8" thick or less. Brush a little olive oil onto skillet or griddle and add a flatbread. Cook 1 minute on each side, then remove to a dinner plate and keep covered with clean dish towel to keep warm as you finish with the remaining flatbreads.
  5. While it is cooking, you can be rolling out the next flatbread and cook as described above until all are cooked.
Recipe Notes

This would also be good with seeds added to the dough, such as caraway, fennel, sesame, finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, and/or with garlic or onion, minced and sauteed, then added to the flour mixture.  The seeds can be added to the dough, or sprinkled on top of the dough as you are rolling it out into rounds, then use the rolling pin to press them into the dough as you are shaping it.

Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, it is safe for most people with wheat allergies.  It does, however, contain gluten.  If you know you have a wheat allergy or wheat intolerance, eat at your own discretion.

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Chili Dip

This recipe came from a friend many years ago.  It is super quick and easy and is always popular!  Only 3 ingredients!  This is about the only way I would ever eat Velveeta.

Chili Dip
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Chili Dip
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  1. Heat together until cheese is melted and serve warm with tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes

I used to make this frequently with Hormel canned chili.  However, I have since discovered I am allergic to wheat and soy, both of which are in this chili.  : (  So I came up with this recipe instead, which we like even better and is healthier because it doesn't have the preservatives and chemicals:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

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Sour Cream Dip

This recipe came from my brother-in-law’s sister, Monica.  This is super quick and easy!  I took it to a family get-together yesterday and it was very popular!  Serve this with tortilla chips.

Sour Cream Dip
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Sour Cream Dip
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in 9x13" glass dish, beginning with sour cream and cream cheese mixture and ending with olives. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Fred for 60 people

This was a recipe that the cooks used to make at our church camp.  They didn’t have a name for it, so when someone asked, they would say “Fred”.  Super easy and good!

Fred for 60 people
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60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fred for 60 people
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Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make graham cracker crust with graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press crust into bottom of large sheet cake pan. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread pudding over crust. Then top with whipped topping and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Serve!
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