Hearty Baked Beans
This is a meal in one and absolutely wonderful. I served it with sweet corn and mashed potatoes. Not that it needed all of that, but I was hungry for mashed potatoes and my husband was hungry for sweet corn, so I fixed it all and had a lot of leftovers. All it really needed was some cornbread for a side.
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
- 2 (16-oz.) cans pork and beans
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (We like Bulls Eye)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6-8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish (or anything comparable to that) with cooking spray.
In large saucepan, brown ground beef, onion and bell pepper. Add rest of ingredients except bacon. Simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish. Crumble bacon over the top. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45-60 minutes. Remove the foil and continue for bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let casserole sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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Orange Monkey Rolls
These rolls are sooo delicious! My husband loves anything orange and this just made his day. They are so quick and easy also.
You can layer them in your bundt pan any way you want. Or you may want to separate the biscuits in half so you have exactly 30 biscuits. I could only buy the tubes with 5 biscuits so I actually used more than I should have and it was too many. If you can find the tubes with 10 biscuits, they are the best.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 3 tubes (10-oz. each) refrigerated biscuits
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, orange juice and zest. Heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Pour into a greased 10-inch fluted tube pan.
Place 12 biscuits on their sides along the perimeter of the pan, overlapping slightly. Arrange remaining biscuits in the same manner, creating two concentric rings, using 10 biscuits for the middle ring and eight biscuits for the inside ring.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately turn upside down onto serving platter. Serve warm.
“Christ sends us out to bring others in.”
Easy Italian Wedding Soup
For me, soup is the ultimate comfort food. And with the Covid-19 pandemic going on right now, we need some comfort. Very easy to make and delicious!
- 2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup medium shell pasta, uncooked
- 16 frozen meatballs, cooked
- 2 cups spinach leaves, finely shredded
- 1 cup pizza sauce
Bring broth and water to boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and meatballs. Return to a boil; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until pasta is done. Do not drain. Reduce heat; stir in spinach and pizza sauce. Cook one to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
“It is better to bite your tongue than to make a biting remark.”
This is rather silly having a recipe for Beanie Weenies, when all you really need to do is open up a couple of cans of baked beans and add some hot dogs. I thought everyone has heard of this, but talking to a friend about it, she said “What are Beanie Weenies”? So, here goes.
When I can’t ever think of what to have for supper, this is what I do. And I usually serve it with cornbread. Awesome Sweet Cornbread
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 all-beef hot dogs
- 2 (15-oz.) cans pork and beans, undrained
- 1/3 cup molasses (you may use brown sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, opt.
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put oil into a large frying pan or dutch oven and allow it to become hot over medium heat. Cut hot dogs into disks and add to oil. Heat over medium heat until hot dogs have crispy edges and caramelization. Drain grease off.
Add rest of ingredients to pan and cook on medium heat until bubbly throughout, even when stirred.
Makes 6 servings.
“Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.”
Quick & Easy Shepherd’s Pie
This is the kind of meal I like when I’m short on time. With purchased pre-made ingredients, you can get that “made from scratch taste”, and your supper will be on the table in less than 30 minutes. “Delicious”!
- 2 (17-oz) pkgs. fully cooked beef tips with gravy (found in the meat department)
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
- 24-oz. pkg. refrigerated mashed potatoes
- 1/2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Cook beef according to package directions. Spoon beef into a lightly greased 11 x 7″ baking pan. Top with corn and peas; set aside.
Cook potatoes according to package directions; spoon potatoes into a bowl. Add cream cheese, butter and garlic powder; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread potato mixture over vegetables; sprinkle with cheese.
Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
“Love the Giver more than the gifts!”
This is absolutely delicious! And so easy to make! The crust is to die for!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Crust (1st layer)
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 stick butter, melted
Mix all together well and press into a 9 x 13 casserole dish. A smaller dish may work as well. (I halved the recipe and put it into an 8 x 8 dish.) Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. (I baked mine until it was starting to brown on top about 30 minutes.) Cool completely.
Filling (2nd layer)
- 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 (8-oz.) cartons Cool Whip
Whip cream cheese and sugar until sugar is dissolved and very creamy. Add Cool Whip and mix well. Put on top of cooled crust.
- 2 (21-oz) cans Blueberry pie filling (strawberry or peach would be really good also)
Carefully spoon pie filling on top of cream cheese filling without getting the two mixed together.
- 1 (8-oz. carton) Cool Whip
Carefully spoon Cool Whip on top of the blueberry pie filling without getting the two mixed together. Top with a few chopped nuts, if desired.
Serves 12 to 15 (depending on how you cut it)
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Bacon & Cheddar Chicken
This is so delicious and so easy to make. Start to finish: 30 minutes.
- 4 bacon strips, chopped
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz. each)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce, divided (We like Bull’s Eye)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Using slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; reserve drippings.
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In same pan, brown chicken in drippings over medium heat, 3-4 minutes per side.
Put chicken into a 11 x 7 casserole dish and brush with 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce. Transfer dish to oven and bake 8 minutes. Take out of oven and spoon the remaining sauce over the chicken; sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Bake until the cheese is melted and a thermometer reads 165 degrees, 4-6 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
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Bacon- Tomato Salad
I served this salad with our steak, and oven fried potatoes for our 4th of July celebration. It is absolutely wonderful! So easy and you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until serving time.
- 12-oz. pkg. iceberg lettuce blend (or use anything you like)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 3/4 cup coleslaw salad dressing
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
In a large bowl, combine lettuce blend and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with cheese and bacon.
Makes 6 servings.
“God’s grace is infinite love expressing itself through infinite goodness.”
Sweet Macaroni Salad
A little different but very delicious! Use any veggies that you like. I even stuck in some cheese chunks. When you make the dressing, you are going to say “this is too much”, but you definitely need it all.
- 16-oz. box elbow macaroni (or any small pasta)
- 3 – 4 carrots, shredded or diced
- 1 small sweet onion, diced (no onion for me)
- 2 or 3 red, green or yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 to 1 cup cider vinegar (I used 1 cup) (Use may use any kind of vinegar you like)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon pepper. opt.
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain well. Combine your cooled macaroni and veggies in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar and vinegar. Make sure the sugar is dissolved and then pour over macaroni and veggies. Season with salt and pepper.
Chill at least 8 hours or overnight to allow dressing to thicken. Mix well before serving.
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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders
This is a super easy meal to fix in a hurry. You can make this BBQ sauce pretty quickly, or you can certainly use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce instead. Having the rotisserie chicken on hand is the key to quick.
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 12 slider buns
- Bread and butter pickles
Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add chicken. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. Spoon onto slider bun half, top with pickles and then top with bun. Serves 6.
“God will either spare you from suffering or give you the grace to bear it.”