Sunday, October 31, 2010


2 lb. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb. elbow macaroni
black pepper
1 can beef broth

Brown ground beef, onion and bell pepper in dutch oven over med-high heat. Stir in garlic and soy sauce. Add elbow macaroni, broth, tomato soup and spaghetti sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until macaroni is done and sauce thickens. Season to taste.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Butterfinger Trifle (great for potluck)

8 Butterfinger Candy Bars
2 tubs cool whip
1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/4c. oil
1 1/2c. water
2 boxes chocolate instant pudding mix
4 cups cold milk

Freeze candy bars overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour 13x9 inch baking pan.
Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and water.
Pour into prepared pan and bake until cake is done in center.
Cool Completely.
Remove candy bars from freezer and crush into small pieces. Place back in refrigerator until ready to use.
Mix pudding mix and cold milk. Refrigerate this also.
After cake has cooled, tear cake into small pieces and stir pudding mix into cake until well blended.
Spread 1/2 of cake mixture into the bottom of a punch bowl. Spread 1 tub of Cool Whip on top of cake mixture, then sprinkle 1/2 of the candy bars on top of that. Repeat layers. Refrigerate overnight.

Serves 24
Cost: $ 0.68 cents per serving!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Butterfinger Cookies

½ cup softened butter
¾ cup sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 cup peanut butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ¼ c. self-rising flour
4 Butterfinger candy bars, crushed

Beat butter with mixer on medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg whites. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Add flour to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in candy.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto slightly greased baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes or until browned.

Makes about 48 cookies.
Cost: about 15 cents per cookie.

Saturday, July 10, 2010



1cup self-rising yellow cornmeal
¾ cup self-rising flour
1 egg
½ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons bacon drippings

Put bacon drippings in an iron skillet and heat skillet in oven at 400 degrees until hot.
Meanwhile, mix together cornmeal, flour and chili powder. Stir in egg, milk, pimientos and onions. Pour into hot skillet. Return skillet to oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bread is done in the center and lightly browned on top.

O.K. This is not a recipe, but, it is good info:

What is Green Tea?
What it is and what it can do for you.

So what’s the big deal about green tea? Have you ever heard of one single item with so many health benefits? It seems that everyday we hear more and more about the benefits of drinking green tea, ointments made with green tea, green tea supplements, and the list goes on and on and on. Here are some facts about this little miracle food you may not know.

Green tea is made from the same plant as any other tea, the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is in way the tea is processed and the part of the plant used. Green tea is made using the green leaves of the plant.

Green tea contains something called EGCG, which is found in the extracts from the green tea leaves. EGCG was discovered by the Mayo Clinic for it’s vast range of health benefits. This extract is used to prevent and treat many different kinds of cancers including breast, stomach and skin cancer. A number of laboratory studies have shown that green tea has anti-tumor effects. The Mayo Clinic report, in the journal Cancer Letters, identified the plant substance, EGCG in green tea as a potent killer of prostate cancer cells.

It is also known to improve mental alertness because it contains caffeine, relieve many stomach ailments, including Chron’s Disease, aid in weight loss by boosting the metabolism, it has been especially effective in men who burned as much as twice as many calories utilizing the same workout as they did without the tea. It can help lower cholesterol and prevent skin damage from the sun and a green tea bag can be applied to the skin that has been sunburned for a soothing effect. It can even help prevent tooth decay or a tea bag can be placed on the gums after a tooth has been pulled to help reduce inflammation and stop the bleeding.

Green tea can be brewed as a tea or can be taken in the form of capsules, which can be purchased at your local drug store or department store. There are also ointments that are effective on genital warts.

It appears that green tea is more effective in preventing illnesses, such as cancer, in women than in men, although the reason why isn’t quite clear.

So, there it is, green tea really is a potent little herb. Grab a cup and enjoy!

Sources: The Mayo Clinic