Thursday, September 25, 2008

Taco Pizza

I invented this recipe about a year ago when I was having a HUGE craving for taco pizza from Pizza on the Run. ( you Powell girls will appreciate this as well as a craving that I have for Taco Johns) Because we live in a super small town and have one fast food restaurant, you at times have to be inventive. My parents have been visiting when I have made this and my dad swears it even better than Pizza on the Run.

1 package Rhodes frozen pizza dough ( you can used the frozen Rhodes bread loaves if you can't find the pizza dough, they are pretty much the same, they contain 3 loaves and will make enough crust for 2 pizzas)

cooking spray
garlic salt

1 to 1/2 lbs hamburger
1 can refried beans ( rosaritas is the best)
1 16 oz jar pace picante salsa (we use the mild kind)

Place bread dough on large cutting board, spray with cooking spray and let thaw and raise for 4-5 hours. Cut 1 loaf and half and combine it with a whole loaf. Roll with a rolling pin to desired size. I have used a jelly roll pan, as well as a 16 inch pizza pan, both are fantastic. Poke holes in the crust with a fork, spray a light coating of cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.

In a large frying pan, brown hamburger and drain fat. Add can of refried beans and 1/2 jar of picante sauce(8 oz). Mix well and spread onto pizza crust.

Bake pizza at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crust is brown and cooked through. Since everyone at my house likes something different, we cut the pizza and then add our own toppings. Here's what we put on ours:

cheddar cheese
sour cream
picante sauce
green onions

I usually make one taco pizza and use the other dough to make a pepperoni pizza because my kids are picky.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baked Potato Soup

When I woke up this morning, it was FREEZING, and I all of the sudden got this craving to make soup for supper tonight. Well as luck would have it, it was 82 degrees outside by the time we actually ATE supper, but this soup actually turned out really good. I had never made it before, I was just looking through cookbooks trying to find something yummy, and sort of easy to make, and this one caught my eye. The true tale sign in our household if something is "good" or not is whether or not Reagie will eat it, and... (drum roll please) SHE DID every drop! So this soup works even for the pickiest of eaters! :)


4-5 large potatoes baked and cooled
2 cups of cheese
8 oz of sour cream
9-10 slices of cooked bacon crumbled
green onions
minced garlic
6 cups of milk
1/2 c. margarine
2/3 c. flour


Once your potatoes are cooled, take the skins off of them, and cut them into pieces. In a frying pan, saute your green onions and garlic in either olive oil or butter. In a big pot melt 1/2 c. margarine and add flour. Mix until smooth. Add milk and stir until it starts to bubble, then add potatoes, bacon, cheese, onion's and garlic. Stir until the cheese has melted and you soup has started to become thick and creamy. Lastly add sour cream. Stir until sour cream has mixed in well, and serve.
I made whole wheat Rhoads Rolls and served them with the soup. It was really good, despite the fact that it was 82 degrees outside. :)

Peanut Butter Squares

This is my friend Tammy's recipe, and we LOVE them! Just a warning however...these things are addictive, and not at all healthy! :)


3/4 c. margarine
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. peanut butter
3/4 tsp. soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oats
Chocolate Chips


1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter


Cream margarine & sugars together. Add eggs & peanut butter, then add remaining ingredients. Spread dough into a bar pan (10 1/2" x 15" works best) Bake at 350
for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle bag of Chocolate Chips on top. Let melt. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar and a little bit of milk together. Pour over top and ENJOY!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Peach Pie With Candied Pecan Topping

½ to 2/3 c granulated sugar
2 T quick cooking tapioca
¼ t ground cinnamon
¼ t ground nutmeg
6 c thinly sliced, peeled peaches
1 t cornstarch
¾ c chopped pecans
Pillsbury Double Pie Crust

1/3 c packed brown sugar
2 T butter
1 T water

1. For filling stir together sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add peaches. Gently toss until coated. Let stand 20 min. If using frozen peaches 45 min.
2. Prepare pastry for double crust pie. Line 9 inch pie plate with ½ pastry.
3. Stir peach mixture, then transfer to pastry lined pie plate. Place top pastry over pie and crimp edges. Cut slits in top crust.
4. Place pie on baking sheet. Cover edge of pie with foil. Bake for 25 min @ 375. (50 min if using frozen fruit) Remove foil. Bake 25-30 min more until pastry is golden and bubbly.
5. Prepare topping: In small saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, water, and cornstarch. Cook and stir till bubbly. Stir in pecans. Spread mixture over warm crust. Bake for 5 min longer.
6. Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Poultry Supreme

8 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg thinly sliced pastrami
8 slices bacon
1 c sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup

Layer pastrami in greased 9X13 pan. Wrap bacon around chicken. Arrange in pan. Blend soup and sour cram and pour over chicken. Bake at 270 for 3 hours. (Mostly I crank the heat to 350 and cook it for 1 hour…but it’s really tender and good cooked the other way) Another variation is to use sliced ham under the chicken, but my kids like it with the pastrami.

German Pancake

My kids love this for breakfast…and its SO EASY. I got this from Heather.

6 Eggs
1 C Milk
½ tsp Salt
1 C Flour
¼ C Butter (½ stick)

Place ½ stick of butter in 9X13 inch glass pan. Place in cool oven, and turn the temp to 425...while butter is melting, combine eggs, milk salt and flour. Blend (mixture will be lumpy). When butter is melted, and bubbling,(and be careful to watch the butter…I’ve burned mine so many times and had to start over…) pour batter into hot pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 425. You’ll know it’s done when the edges are brown. It completely fluffs up on all sides. It’s usually very buttery, but you can always add MORE!?! Joey and Matt like their slices with powdered sugar. My mom likes hers with powdered sugar and fresh lemon. I like mine plain with salt. Kirk likes his with syrup. So…there ya go! Options!

Fruit Pizza

2 c bisquick
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c butter
1 egg
1 4oz cream cheese softened
½ c apple jelly, melted (I never use this)
1/3 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c cool whip or ¾ c whipped cream

Fruit…mandarin orange slices (I use the little canned ones…I pat them dry first) Kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, raspberries, (basically whatever you like, looks pretty and is in season)

Mix Bisquick and sugar, cut in butter until crumbly. Mix in egg until soft dough forms. Pat dough in Pizza Pan 12 inch. Grease pan lightly. Bake until edges start to brown 10-12 min in 375 oven. Cool (do not over bake) Beat cream cheese sugar, vanilla, until smooth. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form (mix together) Spread mixture over cooled crust. Add fruit and brown with melted apple jelly. Refrigerate 2 hours. 8-10 servings (I always layer the fruit decoratively, and I even did an American flag in a rectangle pan one year for the fourth) This is perfect to take to parties, because it looks really impressive, but it’s super easy, and it’s also SUPER tasty.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Megan's Famous Chile!! With Sweet Cornbread...

My favorite Chile recipe…I invented it myself!! It can go along with the 'soup' theme...

1 lb hamburger
1 lb country style sausage
Note: anything canned goes in with all juices, etc…
3 16 oz cans Mexican stewed tomatoes…( I chop them up)
1 large can chile beans or red kidney beans (i use mix it up)
2 small cans same as above (beans)
2 bell peppers red and yellow
½ onion diced
1 tsp hot chile powder or to taste
1packet McCormick chile seasoning
1 can chile con carne (no beans) I prefer Nallys
(wait...don't dump this in...just a little) A jar of Trappy’s peppers…should be in the pickle/olive area of the grocery store. I pour in a little juice and cut up a couple peppers to put in chile. (they’re hot)
(the above ingredients...trappys peppers and chile powder...make it really spicy...if you don't like spicy...HOT...add less.)
This is pivotal to the recipe…and makes it perfect… 1 small can white or yellow hominy

Brown hamburger and sausage, drain fat. Add everything else, and stew for an hour or so. It’s great with a little cheese on top…(what isn’t?) I serve it with warm, sweet, cornbread… here’s the recipe. It’s moist and delicious. Nothing worse than DRY cornbread.

1 ½ C flour
1/3 C granulated sugar
½ C Corn Meal (yellow or white)
1 T baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ C milk
2 eggs
1/3 C vegetable oil
3 T butter melted

Pour into greased 8 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35 min or until lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean.

Sticky Chicken

Seriously...this will be a family favorite!

Note: this sounds so gross…but it is really yummy. I am not a fan of “sweet and sour” but I find this a good alternative.

Dip 6 chicken breasts in 2 beaten eggs. Shake with flour. Brown in oil…(not until done, just browned). Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Arrange in pan and cover with a sauce of…(yep this is the gross part) but try it, you’ll die!

2T soy sauce
1T red wine vinegar
1 ½ C sugar
½ C pineapple juice (I just open a can of pineapple, use 1/2 c of the juice and then serve the pineapple as a side)
6T catsup

Cover and bake at 350 for 45 min. The sugar is not healthy, but I serve it with brown rice, and broccoli. A little bit of the sauce goes a long way for taste, and anyway, I think you’ll like it!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Beef Stroganoff

My mom made this recipe a few years ago when we went to visit them one weekend. It is a great dinner for a cold winter day!!

In a dutch oven, mix:

1 1/2 pounds stew meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1/3 cup of water

Cover with foil and bake at 275 degrees for 3-4 hours.

Right before serving, stir in 1/2 cup sour cream.

Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes

****I have also made this recipe in a crockpot. ( Really I prefer to make it in the crockpot) The only difference is I brown the stew meat before I put it in the crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the sour cream. I cook it on low all day. Way Yummy. A fantastic fix it and forget about it meal!

Taco Soup

Apparently my family really likes Mexican food! I didn't realize I was posting so many Mexican type dishes on here. I'll try and find some others! I got this recipe from my friend Amy, who got it from a Weight Watcher's Recipe book. Funny Huh? This is one of my family's favorite meals during the winter. I seem to make soup a lot when it's cold outside. :) It is probably the easiest thing I make too, and it is really good!


1 lb of ground beef
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 can pinto beans
1 can chili hot beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can stewed tomatoes Mexican flavored
1 can stewed tomatoes Any flavor ( I usually just buy the "regular" flavor)


Cook Hamburger and drain grease. In a crock pot pour Pinto beans, chili beans, corn, and stewed tomatoes. Do not drain any of them. Next add hamburger into the crock pot. Stir mixture together. Add Ranch Dressing Mix and Taco Seasoning. Mix in well. Simmer for about an hour on low/med heat.

Serve with Sour Cream, Cheese, and Fritos, or Corn Chips on top.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I made Lasagna last Saturday because we were asked to feed the missionaries, but they called and canceled. So I froze it and made it for dinner on Monday. Since Monday Chris has asked to have Lasagna for dinner every night!! I guess he liked it? However the kids hated it. They whine and cry when he says can we have Lasagna tonight again. So it wasn't necessarily a hit with my kids, but I liked it when I was little? I guess pleasing 1 out of 3 isn't too bad.


1lb. hamburger
"dash" of Tabasco sauce
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. salt
1 qt. tomatoes with juice
1/4 c. water
16oz. can of tomato sauce
8-10 oz. lasagna noodles
1 large carton cottage cheese
12 oz. mozzarella cheese
8 oz. cheddar cheese
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese


Brown hamburger with chopped onion. Add Tabasco sauce, tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, salt and bay leaves. Let simmer for 1 hour. In a 9/14 pan put 1/4 c. sauce on the bottom, then layer uncooked noodles, half cottage cheese, grated mozzarella & cheddar cheese. Repeat all layers, and add sauce on top. Top with more cheese and Parmesan. Cover with foil. Bake 375 for 1 hour. Let stand 20 min. before cutting into squares. Beware of overflow in your oven. Should serve 12-16 people.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Taylor's Chicken

Healthy, and my family actually liked it! Natalee...I think you and I once hated cilantro together for life, but it was really good in this recipe!
From Taylor, my personal trainer extraordinaire! ~Meg

Note: This only serves two, so I double it for us.

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
1 sliced green onion
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 teaspoon diced cilantro

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and sear for three minutes per side. Add orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, and ginger, stirring to mix. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Before serving, top with green onion, almonds, and cilantro.

Per serving: 179 calories, 25 g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat
Suggestion: serve with brown rice and broccoli…or other fresh green vegetable.

Baked Beef Italian Pie

The recipe cards Natalee hand typed for me 14 years ago...before she could type fast!!!'s lame that I'm posting this, but I do not take credit at all since it came directly from her! Are you out there!? You should post too!

This is one of Kirk's favorite meals from Lynn.

The recipe:

1 Pkg (13 oz) hot roll mix (it's in a box in the baking isle...mostly though you just need a yummy soft dough)
1 Can (16 oz) tomatoes
1 C Chopped Onion
1/3 C Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 1/2 Lbs Ground Beef
1 Tbsp Shortening
1/3 C Chopped Parsley
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 1/2 C Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Prepare hot roll mix as directed on package label or prepare your own recipe using about 4 C flour. Let it rise in warm place until doubled. Punch down and turn out on lightly floured board; knead lightly.

Divide dough into three equal portions. Roll two portions of dough into 9 inch rounds. Fit into bottom and up sides of greased 8 inch layer cake pans. (dough should be no more than 1/8th of an inch thick) roll remaining dough into an 8x12 inch rectangle and cut into strips 1 inch wide.
Meanwhile prepare beef filling y draining tomatoes and setting juice aside. Chop tomatoes coarsely. Cook meat and onion in shortening in skillet until meat is crumbly and has lost its color. Drain off excess fat. Add tomato juice; simmer until liquid evaporates. Stir in Parmesan Cheese, Parsley, Salt, Basil, and Oregano. Cool.

Cover dough in each pan with an equal amount of meat mixture. Top each with an equal amount of chopped tomato and Mozzarella cheese. Cover each with strips of dough in crisscross-lattice fashion. Let rise 15 min. Bake @ 350 for 35 Min. or until golden brown. Remove from pan.

Chicken Enchiladas

This is MY favorite meal, and it's actually really easy to make. I used to be scared to try it because it looks like a lot of work, but it's really not bad at all. In fact it is what we are having for dinner tonight, so I figured I would put it up here since I have the recipe out anyway.


1 whole chicken cooked and de-boned
1 lb grated longhorn cheese
1 can chiles, peeled, roasted & chopped (There is a can of chilies that is sold in the grocery store that actually says this, "peeled, roasted & chopped")
1 med onion, sauteed until tender
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. half and half
8-12 flour tortillas


Mix chicken, 1/2 of cheese, chilies and onion. For those of you who may be "stupid" like me, (I didn't know how to cook a whole chicken....) I'll put those instructions in here too. Place the whole chicken in a pot of water with salt and pepper. Make sure the water covers or almost covers the chicken. Let the chicken cook on the stove top for an hour or so depending on how big your chicken is. Drain the water out, and after it cools, take the meat off the bones. Now you have a cooked de-boned chicken! :) If you don't want to take the time to do all of that, I used to just buy the bags of chicken breasts and cook them and then cut them into little pieces. Wrap a spoonful of your chicken mixture into your flour tortillas and lay them in a greased casserole dish.

In a seperate bowl add your chicken soup, chicken broth, and half and half. Mix together with a wire whisk and then pour sauce over your tortillas and finally top with the rest of your cheese. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Pull-Apart Carmel Coffee Cake

This is a fast, easy recipe. My kids and husband love it and it dosen't last long around our house!

Pull- Apart Carmel Coffee Cake

2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Cut each biscuit into four pieces; arrange evenly in a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Combine the brown sugar, cream and cinnamon; pour over biscuits.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Yield: 12 servings.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know you could probably dedicate an entire blog to recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I have two that I really like, so I'm gonna put them on here. The first recipe was by request. Here ya go Meg. :) My Mom made these all while I was growing up and I STILL love them. I love them right out of the oven, and I love them frozen too. I don't know why, I just do. So here is my Mom's recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.


1 C. shortening (I like just the regular shortening, but you could use the butter flavored as well)
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1/2 C. walnuts
1 pkg Chocolate Chips


Cream together shortening, sugar, (white and brown) eggs, and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients. Beat well and add walnuts and chocolate chips. Roll into balls or drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes depending upon your oven. :)

OK this second recipe has a funny story to it. This recipe is my husband's ex-wife Shannon's recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. This was a sore spot in our marriage for a little while because he likes these better then my mom's cookies. Since Shannon and I have slowly become pretty good "friends", it's now OK that he requests that I make these cookies instead now. Despite the dumb story that accompanies it, they are pretty good cookies.

1 c. butter - put in microwave to soften for 20-25 seconds.
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
1 c. peanut butter
3 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon baking soda


Mix butter, sugar, eggs vanilla and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients with a fork. Add Chocolate Chips (we like the Gharadeli brand of chocolate chips in these cookies.) Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 7 minutes.

Toscana Soup

This soup is Cameron's favorite, it is very similar to the Olive Garden Potato and Sausage Soup.


3 links sweet Italian sausage
2 medium baking potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 to 3 slices bacon, diced
3/4 cup onions, diced
1 medium to large clove garlic, minced
2 cups kale, cut in half, then sliced
2 tablespoons chicken base
4 cups water
1/2 cup whipping cream


Remove sausage from casings; brown in skillet, breaking up until cooked through.
Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.

In a crockpot chicken base, water and potatoes. Simmer until potatoes are tender, usually an hour and a half or so on high heat. Add sausage, bacon and onions, along with kale and cream.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Thanks Natalee for letting me contribute recipes to your blog! This recipe, that I got from my mom, is a HUGE family favorite that my kids request all the time.....and it has broccoli in it......and they actually eat it!!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

2 tbsp butter
3/4 c. chopped onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
6 c. chicken broth
8 oz dry fine egg noodles
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 pkg frozen broccoli
6 c milk
1 lb Velveeta cheese cubed

Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add chicken broth and heat to boiling. Gradually add noodles and salt so broth continues to boil. Cook uncovered 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in broccoli and cook 4 more minutes. Reduce heat and add cheese, milk and pepper. Continue cooking until cheese melts. Stir constantly on medium heat so that you don't scorch your milk and cheese. This is a thin soup, sometimes I will mix a little cornstarch and water and add it at the end to thicken it up a little!

We usually serve this with a fresh green salad and homemade rolls.....ok frozen Rhodes rolls! YUM!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Taco Casserole

This used to be one of my favorite meals when I was a little girl. I made it the other night, and Cameron and Reagan loved it! It's hard to find something they like, let alone that they BOTH like! It's one of those quick and fast meals too.
Happy Cooking!


1 lb hamburger
2 c. chopped lettuce
1 pkg. Taco seasoning mix
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 can refried beans
1 c. grated cheese
1 Tbsp. green chilies
Sliced olives
Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips


Fry hamburger with onion. Drain grease, then add Taco Seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 mins. Lightly grease 2 quart casserole dish. Spread refried beans on the bottom of dish. Sprinkle with chilies, top with meat and cover with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
To serve top each serving with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, olives, sour cream, salsa and crushed tortilla chips.