Broccoli Grape Salad

Broccoli Grape Salad

4 cups of raw broccoli florets
2 cups of red, seedless grapes
1 small onion chopped, optional
1/2 cup of fresh sliced celery
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp of sugar
3 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
3/4 cup salted sunflower seeds

In a bowl combine the broccoli, grapes, celery, and onions. In another bowl mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar. Pour over the broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon and sunflower seeds and stir to mix those in. Refrigerate so the dressing has time to chill, about 2 hours. Serves 6.

If you need more, just double the recipe for your family or gathering. This salad has been one that a lot of people love. It is refreshing and very tasty!! Some like to use cauliflower rather than the broccoli or you can use half broccoli and half cauliflower, whatever you prefer! Enjoy!!


Quick and Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

1 1/4 c. white rice
3 cans cream of chicken soup
¼ cup melted butter
1 packet of onion soup mix
Salt and Pepper
Chicken pieces (I like thighs and legs)

Combine rice, soup, onion and pimiento in 13″x9″ casserole. Brush chicken with melted butter and place chicken pieces over rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Uncover, stir rice to prevent drying and bake 15 more minutes. Sprinkle with paprika. Serves 8. Can be stored in refrigerator in advance.

I love this recipe!

Pig Licking Cake

I know – a strange name for a cake, not my idea, but wanted to share it because it is a refreshing cake to make for summer time eating.

2 large cans of mandarin oranges
1 Yellow Cake mix
1 egg
1/4 c. of oil
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 box of Vanilla pudding
1 can of crushed pineapple, drained

Dump 2 large cans (regular size not mini ones) of mandarin oranges into a yellow cake mix with one egg and 1/4 cup of oil.

Bake per temperature on the cake mix box. Let it cool.

Then mix Cool Whip mixed with one box of vanilla pudding and one can of crushed pineapple drained… Mix together.. Spread on cooled cake and keep refrigerated.

Very yummy!

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
… 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
1/4 cup oil

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Toss well to mix.
3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Great for summer gatherings or picnics!

Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes salad

Bake Fried Chicken

Place thawed chicken breast tenderloin strips in a bowl of milk. Let soak for 20-30 min.

Mix in a Gallon Size Ziploc or Large Bowl:
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 T Season All
3/4 tsp Pepper
1 c. Flour
2 tsp. Paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9×13 pan. Melt butter in pre-heated oven.

Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.

Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix. You can either shake the chicken in the bag, until coated, or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.
Place each piece of chicken in the pan.

Cook for 20 min. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 20 more minutes, or until cooked through.

Barn Raising Breakfast

• 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
• 1/2 cup diced onion
• 1 (8-ounce) package crescent roll dough
• 1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated shredded potatoes, browned
• 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
• 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper (optional)
• 6 eggs
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

* In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage and onion until browned.

* Unroll dough and lay flat across bottom of baking dish. Evenly spoon sausage mixture over dough. Top with browned potatoes, 1 cup cheese, and red pepper.

* In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper; pour over red bell pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

* Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until browned and eggs are set. Let cool 5 minutes then serve. Serves 6.


Dorito Chicken Bake

2 cups shredded cooked chicken or 1 lb of browned ground beef
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (divided)
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk (mix with soup)
½ cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (drained)
Sliced black olives, drained
½ packet taco seasoning
1 large bag Doritos
Shredded lettuce
diced tomato

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together shredded chicken, 1 cup of cheese, cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, Ro-tel tomatoes, and taco seasoning. Mix well.

Grease a 2-quart casserole dish, and add a layer of crushed Doritos across the bottom. Top with a layer of the chicken mixture. Add another layer of crushed Doritos, and then add another layer of the chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese. You can add more crushed Doritos on top as well if you wish.

Cover and place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-25 minutes until bubbling hot. Remove from the oven and top with lettuce, tomato, and black olives.
(Makes 4 Servings)