Friday, December 31, 2010

Apple Muffins

We got this recipe from a family friend, Staci, years ago, and today I remembered it. I whipped these up for breakfast, and I can't believe I don't make them more often! They are delicious! My husband said, "These are way better than any muffin that comes out of a box. They are so fluffy!" I was glad he liked them, my 10 month-old devoured one, and I enjoyed a few myself.
1 1/2 C flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C sugar
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 C milk
1/2 C applesauce

Stir flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. Add remaining ingredients. Blend together. Bake at 350* for 18-20 minutes.

Remove muffins from pan and let cool 5ish minutes. Dip muffin top in melted butter and cinnamon and sugar mixture. Yum!
Yields 1 dozen muffins

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Philly Joes

Kim got this recipe from a friend of hers, and she of course shared it with us. I will be honest, in the beginning we were a bit hesitant. The ingredients seem sort of random, and the finished product isn't the most beautiful meal you've ever seen. It is a twist on a philly cheese steak sandwich, and Candice added the 'Joe' part because it is the consistency of a sloppy joe. It is so so good! And, of course, easy!

1 lb. ground beef
1 diced onion (I don't love onion, so I only use about 1/4-1/3 of an onion)
1 diced green pepper
1 small pkg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1-2 diced tomatoes
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
4 oz. cream cheese (surprise! another recipe with cream cheese!)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 10 minutes or until pepper is soft. While the pepper and onion and meat are simmering, chop your other ingredients. Once the pepper is soft, add remaining ingredients and serve on deli buns. They are a little difficult to pick up and eat, so we use a fork to eat them. Yum, yum!

Cheese Ball

This is the yummiest and easiest cheese ball I have ever made. I got this recipe from my adorable friend Mindy and I have never made another kind since.
This is a fun treat to have at parties and would be perfect to munch on before your New Years Eve Dinner. It's as simple as this.
Beat together:
1 brick cream cheese
1/2 jar of Old English
(those little glass jars of cheese you see by the crackers
but never knew what they were used for.)
Sprinkle in some Garlic powder to taste
Roll into a ball and cover with chopped walnuts
Serve with Ritz crackers or Wheat Thins

Twice Baked Potatoes

Nicki gave me this recipe once upon a time and since that day in time I have made them on several occasions (mostly family parties) and every time they are a huge hit! They're not a lot of work, you just have to plan ahead so you have time to let them cool so you can bake them twice.

(picture found here)

2 lg. potatoes--baked and cooled
2 slices of bacon
2 green onions--diced
4 Tbs. butter
1/2 c. sour cream
2 Tbs. milk
6 Tbs. shredded cheddar

**Sautee bacon and onions together and scoop and drain on a paper towel.
**Scoop out cooled potatoes (I cut mine in half and scoop them) and line empty potato skins on a foil lined pan
*In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and whip until smooth and creamy.
*Scoop filling back into potato skins and top with more shredded cheddar
*Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until cheese is melted and potatoes are warmed through.

We make these in great quantity for family meals and I tend to just estimate the ingredients until I get the consistency I want, so don't feel like you have to have everything exact!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spinach Artichoke Dip

My friend Hollie is a FABULOUS cook! She shared this recipe with me and Marnie and we just can't get enough. For a Christmas snack I made this at my mom's and they all thought it was heavenly! Here ya go!

(Another lovely cell phone picture)

1 oz. cream cheese
(What? Another recipe with Cream cheese? :D)
1 C. (more or less to your preference) chopped frozen spinach
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (drained & chopped)
1/2 to 1 C. grated Parmesan cheese (again, depends on your taste)
1 garlic clove crushed
Mayo (like a heaping spoonful or 2)

*Stir together, spread in the bottom of square baking dish.
*Bake on 350 for 20-30 mnutes (until heated through)
*Serve warm (or Michael says cold) with tortilla chips or crackers.

I doubled this recipe at my mom's for a thicker dip and there were about 8 of us.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Salsa Tacos

I just threw this in and thought maybe everyone else is rushing around with last-minute Christmas details like I am, so here's something simple for tonight! All you need is 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use 2 because it's just me and my husband) and some salsa. I use Pace because it's our favorite, but any kind will do. Throw it in the crockpot (for 2 chicken breasts I use about 1-2 cups of salsa) and cook all day. Shread or chunk the chicken after it's cooked, stir it around with the salsa, and serve! I think these are best in the raw tortillas you cook yourself, but my husband likes them in hard shells. Serve with cheese, cilantro, tomato, avocado, and sour cream. Done! This is the easiest recipe ever, and it is so nice for when you're in a hurry and just want to throw something in. Enjoy!
image found here

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hoot-n-Annies aka German Pancakes have always been a favorite around the Howe household. When I introduced Matt to them for the first time he thought he was in heaven. He would eat them every day if I'd make them, but Saturdays are about the only day he gets to eat this delectable breakfast treat. :)

There are many a Hoot-n-Annie recipe out there...

Here's our version:

6 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cube of butter
(I was recently been told 1/2 a cube works just as well!)

**Place butter in a 9x13 pan and set in preheating oven to melt.
Mix all other ingredients into a large bowl.
When butter is melted pour the batter into the pan.
(Another option is to spoon into muffin tins for individual ones!)
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until the edges are golden and fluffy!
Serve with powdered sugar and/or syrup!
(We like both, at the same time!)

Orange Julius

1/2 can orange juice concentrate

1 c. milk

1 c. water

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. sugar

**Combine in blender and blend until smooth

**Add 2 handfuls of ice and blend again.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Super Simple Pizza Sauce

This is my mom's oldie, but goodie recipe for homemade pizza sauce. It's my favorite and so stinkin' easy to throw together. I took a picture of my whole pizza, because I thought it was a little bit more exciting. :)

1 can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. crushed basil
1/4 tsp. oregano

**Stir together!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The BEST marinara sauce

My sis-in-law served an LDS mission in Italy and she taught me this super simple red sauce that she learned there. It is my go-to for a quick but yummy dinner. I use it with pasta, ravioli, tortellini, chicken Parmesan......I could go on but I'll stop now so you can get to the facts.

This is all it takes folks! Seriously!
If you don't like chunks use 2 cans of pureed tomatoes.
Or if you like bigger chunks just use regular diced tomatoes. I am all about the petite diced ones. I literally buy them by the case!
Oh and that is basil peeking out from the back row. I think it's one of the more shy spices. Heehee. You can also use fresh garlic if you would like, but I am in love with the little jar!!

So you throw it all in the pot!! Aaaaaaand your done.
Ok not quite.
I have no actual measurements I just throw in garlic and basil and grate the Parm over the pot until it all looks good. I do this all first before I get the pasta going. You want it to simmer for as long as possible. The longer the better!!

Here it is. Steaming right out of the pot. YUM!

Sorry it's blurry but I knew you were dying to see my plate of tortellini. Knowing the 'administrator' of this awesome blog she'll have it removed by midnight. Oh well.

I serve this up with a tossed salad and some yummy bread and we are good to go! And my Mr. will just eat the leftovers with a spoon. It's really just that good! Enjoy!


This is Kim adding some measurements for those of you that prefer to know a general amount. :)

1 can of petite diced tomatoes (I puree mine in the blender for no chunks!)
1 can tomato sauce
2-3 crushed garlic cloves
1/4 c. basil (more to taste--I use the dry spice)
1/2 c. grated or powder Parmesan Cheese (more to taste)

Spinach Salad

I got this yummy salad recipe from my sis-in-law Lisa and it has become a Howe family fave!!

1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 bunch spinach (I remove the stems)
1 purple onion, sliced into thin rings
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
8 oz. swiss cheese, shredded
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 c. salad oil
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 T. poppy seeds (optional)

Toss all the salad ingredients into a large bowl. Combine the dressing ingredients and whisk until combined. Add the dressing just before serving or serve on the side. It is delish!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chocolate Mousse aka Mississippi Mud

I got this recipe from Marnie and Carla. It is my FAVORITE treat they make and I use this recipe any time I'm supposed to take a dessert somewhere. It also contains my two favorite ingredients: Cream Cheese & Cool Whip! :)

1 cube of butter
1 c. flour
1 Tbs. Sugar
(You can double it if you like a thicker crust like I do!)
**Cut together and press into a Pammed 9x13 pan
**Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes

8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 c. powdered sugar
**Beat together
**Pour over cooled crust and let set for 15 minutes

1 sm. instant vanilla pudding
1 sm. instant chocolate pudding
3 c. Milk
**Beat together
**Pour over cream cheese filling

Top with 8 oz. Cool Whip

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

So, Mindy actually told me about this recipe and it's actually found on the back of the Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup can, but she altered it just a little bit. Since I'm making it (even though I stole it from her) I'm posting it. :)
Combine in bowl:
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
(I will swear until the ends of the earth that only Campbell's will do!)
1 1/3 c. water, milk, or chicken broth
3/4 c. uncooked rice (I used Calrose)
1-2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

Pour over:
4 chicken breasts
placed in a Pammed 9x13 pan.

Cover with foil and bake at 375* for 50-60 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked. Top with more cheese and cook until cheese is melted.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Growing up, Nicki and Kim always made cookies on Sunday afternoons. So every Sunday, after dinner, I am in the mood for cookies. I don't end up making them very often, but when I do, this is my favorite recipe. 

1 yellow cake mix (I have used yellow, lemon, and white and they always turn out great)
1 small pkg. instant butterscotch pudding
2/3 C. rolled oats
Mix above ingredients together.
Add in:
1/2 C. oil
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. water
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 bag Chocolate chips (I usually use more. You be the judge)
(Good chocolate chips are a must. I recommend my personal fav, Ghirardelli)
Bake at 350 for 8-10 mins
Do NOT over bake! It's hard to tell when they're done since the color is already golden, but don't ever bake them longer than 10 minutes. Unless, of course, you like a crunchy cookie. 
Happy Sunday baking!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Beef Stew

I have always turned up my nose at stew, but after the pickiest sister Candice stamped it with her approval, I thought I'd better try it! This recipe comes from our sister-in-law, Tif, and is quick and easy and, best of all, a crock-pot recipe. My fave!

(Not my picture. Image from here. I'll be honest...mine didn't look very appetizing (the color of the broth turned me off), so I opted for this image instead).


1 lb. stew meat

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can of corn--with the juice

3-4 potatoes, peeled, washed, and chunked

1 C. diced carrots

1 can (use one of the cream cans) filled with water.

Dehydrated or minced onion to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything in the crock-pot and cook on low all day. About 5 minutes before we ate, I threw in a cup or so of frozen peas (I didn't want them to get soggy from cooking all day). The stew was really hearty and filling and a perfect meal for a chilly day!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winger's Chicken

I got this recipe from my old neighbor, Kristen. We were instantly fans of it! And, best of all, it only requires 4 ingredients!

8-10 pre-breaded chicken tenders (you can bread you're own if you're more ambitious than I am).
3/4 C. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Frank's Original Hot Sauce 
2 Tbsp. Water

Place chicken on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350*. Turn chicken over and bake for another 10-12 minutes.
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, hot sauce, and water. Bring to a boil and whisk together. When the brown sugar has melted, put chicken in a bowl with a lid, pour sauce over chicken, and shake to coat all chicken. 
 Place chicken back on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 more minutes so that the sauce kind of glazes and almost crunches on the chicken.
Serve! We like this with either baked potatoes or oven fries (recipe for oven fries below).


Oven Fries

Once upon a time, Nicki found this recipe, and she and I have loved it ever since.

4-5 medium sized potatoes, washed
1-2 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
salt and pepper to taste or Lowry's seasoning salt

Once cut potatoes into steak fry-sized pieces. I use my Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter, and it works really well. 
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray before putting your fries on the sheet. Pour oil over the fries and toss well. Salt and pepper or season the fries and toss again. 
Cook at 450* for 10-12 minutes, turn with a spatula, and cook for 10-12 more minutes. You can cook them longer if you like them crunchy or shorter if you like them softer. We eat these quite often at our house because they're easy, fast, somewhat healthy, and seem to go well with almost anything!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meatballs & Gravy

This is one of my mom's recipes, and it's one of our favorites. It's one of mine and my husband's favorite Sunday meals.
Michael took this of his plate right before dinner. Not the best picture. As I'm sure you've noticed, we Howe girls are not pro food-photographers.

1 lb. hamburger
1 egg
bread crumbs
dehydrated or some minced onion
salt and pepper

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 pkg. brown gravy mix 

In a bowl, combine raw hamburger, egg, some bread crumbs, and the onion. There are truly no measurments for the bread crumbs and onion. I would guess about 1/4 C. bread crumbs and 1/8 C. onion, but it is totally up to you and depends on how oniony you want it. Add salt and pepper.
Using your hands (it kind of grosses me out, but you can wash up afterwards :), mix the meat mixture together, roll into golf ball-sized balls, and drop onto a cookie sheet. 
Broil meat for 8-10 minutes, turn meatballs over, and broil for another 8-10 minutes. When the meatballs are browned, transfer them to a casserole dish (one that has a lid).

For the gravy, mix together soup and gravy packet. I like to add some milk to thin it a little bit. Pour gravy mixture over meatballs, and bake at 350* for about 30 minutes or until soup is bubbly.

Serve over mashed potatoes.

We really love this. Obviously. I wouldn't post something we didn't love.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chicken Pillows

Hi. My name is Kim, and I am addicted to cream cheese! :)

(Okay, so this isn't the best picture. I had dinner all cleaned up and the left overs packed away for my lunch tomorrow when I thought about posting the recipe. I'll try to get a better one next time I make them!)

In bowl combine and mix with beater:
2 chicken breasts (cooked and chunked)
(Alternative: 1 can of canned chicken and just mix with a fork)
4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/4-1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese (you can leave this out if you prefer)
Salt & Pepper

**Spread mixture on the wide end of Pillsbury crescent roll (I like to use the Big & Flaky) and roll up. Place on a Pammed baking sheet and bake at 350* for 17-20 minutes until crescent rolls are golden brown.

*I usually roll these (uncooked) in melted butter and then in crushed up Stove Top (chicken flavor) mix. Today I was just too lazy. :)

*We serve ours with 1 can Cream of Chicken soup mixed with 1 C. sour cream warmed up.
(Matt puts it on like a gravy, I like to dip mine.)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Heavenly Pieces

Oh. My. Melt in your mouth!

These cookies always remind me of Christmas (I think it's thanks to Elliott's back room Christmas parties)! I decided to make some to take to school tomorrow, soI thought I may as well post them while I was at it! This recipe is from my Aunt Lynette--my mom and all of her sisters have the best recipes!

Beat together:
2 cubes of butter (softened)
3/4 C. Cornstarch
1 C. flour
1/2 C. powdered sugar

Dough should be smooth and creamy

*Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
(More like scrape off teaspoon and then I smoothed the tops of mine a little bit with my fingers)
*Bake at 350* for 13-15 minutes

I made mine fairly small and they puffed up just a little bit.

The bottoms should just be starting to brown when they're done!
The picture doesn't really help.

3 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

P.S. My sisters and I may or may not have a small obsession with cream cheese! :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010


When we were little we love, love, LOVED going to our Aunt Mary's house to sleep over. First of all, she is the BOMB aunt and second of all, she always made us her famous (at least in our family) crepes for breakfast! They are simple and sweet, but we adore them!

Now whenever we get together at my mom's house the making of breakfast usually falls on my shoulders and everyone's vote is usually crepes. So here is our easy crepe recipe with a few pictures of some of the steps.

In a liquid measuring cup combine:
3 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

*Whisk together--I usually add a little bit more milk once I have it mixed up because you'll want your batter thin enough to spread it around your pan.

*Heat a frying pan (or a crepe pan) on medium low heat.
*Pam the pan when warm.
*Pour a small amount of batter (about 1/4 the size of your pan) in the middle or to one side.
*Roll the pan around spreading your batter evenly across the pan.
*When the edges start to curl, flip it over and cook it for 30 seconds to a minute.
*Put on a plate, spread butter, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar (pre-mixed), roll up, and EAT!

**We also love to add warm apple sauce to these and eat them with a fork.
**Also delicious with bavarian cream & fruit!

Pour the batter into a pammed pan.

Roll the pan around by the handle spreading out the batter evenly.
Flip it over when the edges start to curl (this one has just been flipped)
Spread butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar

Fold over one edge...

Roll it up and VOILA!