Friday, October 28, 2011

Mom's Zucchini Bread

We went to an orchard last week and I picked a million pounds of zucchini. After we ate all we could handle, I made some bread today ... and grated and froze the rest (in 2 cup portions) for zucchini bread later and later and later. Told you I got a million pounds.


Mix 1 c sugar, 1 c brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1 c oil.  Add 2 c grated zucchini, 3 T vanilla.  Mix in 2 1/4 c flour, 1 t baking soda, 1/4 t baking powder, 3 t cinnamon, 1/2 c nuts.  Bake at 350* for 1 hour. Makes two regular size loaves.

This is the most delicious zucchini bread I've ever had. The brown sugar and all that vanilla ... yum! Next I'm going to try Nettie's Cranberry Nut Bread (in the family cookbook).

Friday, October 21, 2011

White Bean Chili

2-3 chicken breast cooked, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can chicken broth
2 cans white beans rinsed
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 1/2 tsp. powdered garlic
1-2 dashes cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. pepper

20 mins before serving add:
1 c. sour cream (best if you use regular, not light)
Handful of chopped cilantro

Throw it all into the crockpot. Cook on low 5ish hours. 
I love it with cornbread.
Jimi calls it "albino chili"

Monday, October 17, 2011

sloppy joes

I got this recipe years ago from my sister in law.  Actually, Jeff and I weren't even married when I got it.

This is a super easy one, and all 3 of my kids eat these sloppy joes:

1 lb hamburger (browned and drained)
1 can tomato soup
1 can chicken gumbo soup (this is getting a little difficult to find, so I bought some chicken and rice soup, but haven't tried it yet)
1 Tbs ketchup
1 tsp mustard

serve on bun, we like to put cheese on it too.  If you are looking for a good whole wheat store bought hamburger bun, we really like Sara Lee's brand.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesean

This was a hit with the whole entire family. Yum.
(originally found here)

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (I cut mine into strips, to make them into more reasonable serving sizes for the kids)
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 egg, beaten
4-6 slices mozzarella cheese
1 jar (28-ounces) favorite marinara sauce

Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the bottom of the crockpot stoneware.
In a medium bowl, beat egg. In second medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs, spices, and grated Parmesan cheese all together.

Dip chicken in beaten egg and then toss into bread crumb mixture to coat completely on both sides. Place chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot. Place a layer of mozzarella slices on top of breaded chicken breasts. Cover cheese layered chicken with entire jar of sauce.

Place lid of crockpot securely on and turn heat to LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours. Serve over cooked pasta of your choice. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

sunday treat

i love making treats on sunday. since i'm avoiding chocolate because it makes my babies spit up, i had to reach out of my normal chocolate chip cookies, no bakes, etc and find something in my cook book without chocolate and that i didn't have to go to the store for. i found kim's Luscious Lemon Bars. luscious is right! totally dang good. highly recommend. it's found in the family cookbook. if i wasn't lazy, i would post the actual recipe on here. maybe someday i will...

oh, and i only had lemon juice from a jar, so i can only imagine they would be 10x better with fresh lemon juice. but still, soooo yummy. just make sure you don't suck in the powdered sugar on top when you take a bite like i did. you may have a cough attack if you do.