Friday, December 01, 2006

Oven Turkey Trick!

Every year do you get discouraged when your turkey comes out dry and or with burned skin??? Well here are two tricks for you that will make sure neither of those happen. Your turkey will come out tender and a nice golden brown without a hint of a burn!

Tip 1: Cook your turkey upsidedown! Yes, that's what I said: upsidedown! This allows all the juices to flow through the breast meat while it cooks in your oven. Your turkey comes out perfect. Fully cooked, yet juicy and tender instead of dry.

Tip 2: Right before you put the turkey in the oven take some vegetable oil and rub a small amount all over the turkey. This will keep the skin from burning while cooking in the oven.

Follow these two tips and you will have a perfect turkey for Thanksgiving day, Christmas or for any other occasion. Impress your family and friends with these tips!

Friday, October 27, 2006

New Olive Oil Trick!!

I learned this great tip from a friend the other day. I was cooking spaghetti and water was about to boil over the top of the pot as it always does when I am boiling something. My friend gave me this great piece of cooking advice she told me that if you add just a little bit of olive oil to the water before you boil it you won't have any boil-over. I was quite skeptical as she told me this, but since attempting it I have been a fan. Try it and I guarantee you will have a lot less cleaning up to do.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Great Shepard's Pie Recipe

Here's a really yummy Shepard's Pie Recipe that my mom passed down to me. I love to serve it with fresh sweet yellow cornbread! Enjoy!

1 or 1 1/2 lbs. hamburg (your choice)
8 or 9 medium-large potatoes
1 can cream corn
1 can regular corn

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown the hamburg in a skillet. Drain leftover grease. Put aside.
3. Peel, cut and boil the potatoes and then mash them. While mashing add 1 cup light butter and salt and pepper to taste to make nice and creamy. Put Aside.
4. Drain the Corn. Put Aside.
5. In a 9 x 9 or 13 x 9 baking pan put the hamburg on the bottom, then layer the corn, then put the mashed potatoes on top.
6. Lightly spread melted butter on top of the potatoe and salt and pepper the top to taste.
7. Put a few slits in the potatoes.
8. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Do not cover.
9. Enjoy!
10. Meal making tip: Serve with sweet yellow cornbread!

Verse of the Day: "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." Hebrews 1:1-3

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Simple Chicken Stir Fry

Here's a great recipe that is delicious and low in fat and calories! It's also quite simple to make, so it doesn't take too much time. I hope you all enjoy this meal!

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
4 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables (without sauce)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup light teriyaki sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; heat. Add chicken; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until browned.
2. Add vegetables; stir-fry until barely tender, 2-3 minutes.
3. Add broth, teriyaki sauce, salt, and pepper; stir-fry until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender-crisp, about 3 minutes longer.
4. Meal-making tip: Serve over cooked rice.

Makes 4 servings. Per Serving: 179 calories; 3 g fat; 3 g fiber (this not including rice)

Verse of the Day: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:17-18

Monday, June 12, 2006

Cleaning that Coffeemaker

I know what everybody thinks about cleaning the coffeemaker. Just wash the pot with your other dishes. Easy. Yes, that is necessary, but what about the deep cleaning that needs to be done every month? Most people don't know about that. Every month your coffeemaker needs to go through a deep clean in order to clean out any built up residue and acid from the coffee. It's not too hard to do and it is very necessary. Here are the steps below to deep clean that coffeemaker:

1. Run a full pot of water through the coffeemaker.
2. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with half a pot of water in the coffeemaker.
3.Turn it on and when it has dripped through so that the bottom is barely covered turn it off.
4. Let it sit for 2 hours.
5. After 2 hours turn the coffeemaker on and let it finish running through.
6. Finish by running 2 full pots of water through the coffeemaker to get all of the vinegar out.

This is a good way to keep that coffeemaker clean and continue to have fresh coffee every morning! If you let that coffeemaker sit for months or even longer and never deep clean it then it builds up with residue and acid. That makes for a not so fresh cup of coffee that is way too acidic! Enjoy your fresh coffee!!

Verse of the Day: "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Good Ole' Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe

Here's an oldie but a goodie that my mom passed down to me. This makes a delicious apple pie! Try it out!


-Pillsbury Pie Crusts
-6 cups thinly sliced and peeled apples (McIntosh I think is best)
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-dash of ground nutmeg
-1 cup sugar


Preheat Oven to 375.
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a big mixing bowl - set aside.
Add the sliced apples to the sugar mixture and mix to coat the fruit. Lay out pie crust in pie plate evenly. Fill it with the fruit mixture. Dot the fruit mixture with butter. Place top crust on the top and flute the edges. (Follow fluting instructions on crust box.) Make a few slice marks in top crust. Brush crust with melted butter. Cover the pie edges with foil to keep the edges from burning. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Take the pie out and remove the foil, then bake for another 20-25 minutes more until crust is golden. Let cool for 30 minutes. ENJOY!!

Serves 8

Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart."

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Great No Bake Cookie Recipe

Feel like cookies but don't feel like baking? Then dont- make these delicious NO BAKE cookies.


part 1
2 cups sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup milk
3 taplespoons cocoa
pinch of salt

part 2
3 cups quaker oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts(optional)


Put part one ingredients in sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute and remove from stove and then add the remaining part 2 ingredients. Stir about 3 minutes and drop by teaspoon unto waxed paper. Enjoy without baking.

Verse of the Day: Romans 8:3 "For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.