Tuesday, May 26, 2009


If you guys try these recipes let me know what you think, if you have any suggestions, or anything else. Thanks! Oh and PLEASE email me recipes that you like! I really need help.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


This is a tangy meatball recipe from my mom. I grew up with it and love it!

Meatball ingredients:
*You can use precooked/frozen meatballs if you don't want to make them from scratch.

1 lb hamburger
1 c bread crumbs (I substituted this with a cup of oatmeal)
1 c finely chopped onions
1/2 c milk
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. pepper
* I didn't have nutmeg and they still turned out really good.

Meatball sauce ingredients:
3/4 c water
1/4 c white vinegar
1 c ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 heaping tsp. chili powder
3 TB sugar
1/3 c finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp. salt

Thaw hamburger. Mix all hamburger ingredients together in a medium bowl. Use a plastic spoon or your clean hands. Set aside. If you use frozen/already cooked meatballs just thaw in refrigerator or microwave. In a crock pot combine all meatball sauce ingredients. Stir well. Put on warm or low setting. Cover with lid. Stirring occasionally. Start forming meatball mixture into golf ball sized balls. Place 8-12 meatballs on a microwave safe plate. Place in microwave for about 4 1/2 minutes or until cooked all the way through. As the meatballs are finished put in crock pot with the sauce. Once all meatballs are finished leave in crock pot to heat. Stirring occasionally. We like to eat it with rice or baked potatoes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


My mom got this recipe from a lady in her ward who taught it to the young women. It's easy and pretty good. This was technically the first bread recipe I tried on my own. Yeah, I'm still learning and proud of it :).

This recipe makes two loaves.


5 3/4 C all purpose flour
2 TBSP yeast (about three packets)
2 tsp sugar
2 TBSP sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 C oil
Warm water


Dissolve yeast in 1/2 c warm water and about 2 tsp sugar. Combine 2 c of flour, 2 TBSP sugar and salt in large bowl. Add 1 3/4 c warm water, yeast, mixture and cooking oil. Beat with hand mixer until well blended. If you don't have a hand mixer just use a fork or wire whisk to mix. Stir in 3 1/2 c flour, reserving 1/4 c for flouring kneading surface. Mix with wooden spoon until well mixed. Turn dough on floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (approx. 5-10 min). Grease bowl and put dough back in to it. Let it rise until it's doubled in size. Divide in half and put in floured and greased bread pans, let double in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until outside is light, golden brown.


* If you want the crust to be soft, lightly brush butter on the top of the bread right after you take it out of the oven.
* The bread will rise faster if it is near a warm area. I'll turn on the oven and leave it slightly open and place bread near it. To double in size it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
* Do not use wheat flour unless it is all purpose. It comes out dry and stale and does not rise properly. I would suggest getting a completely different recipe to make wheat bread.

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is my favorite salad EVER. It's so good and addicting. The taste is a little strong at times but it's delicious. Here's the recipe:


1 Box (lb) bowtie pasta (mini)
6 0z spinach
1 small can sliced olives
1 can artichoke hearts (not marinated)
4 oz of feta cheese that is already cut up/crumbled
1 Avocado
1 small pkg or about 2 cups of grape tomatoes
1 purple onion
1 bottle Girard's Romano Cheese dressing


The night before you serve salad- Cook pasta and cool. Put salad in a large bowl. Add 1/2 of the bottle of dressing, stir well. Cover and refrigerate over night.

The day of serving salad- Drain olives. Drain and chop artichoke hearts. Cut up avocado in small pieces. Chop purple onion. Add these ingredients along with the spinach, cheese, tomatoes and the rest of the dressing to the pasta. Add ingredients right before serving to keep the ingredients from becoming too soft or mushy.

Important to know:
* The Girard's Romano Cheese dressing is hard to find sometimes. My mom and I have found it at Smith's and Harmon's. We literally drove around to like 5 different stores trying to find it. We haven't used another dressing with it because this stuff is sooo good. If you try it with another dressing and you like it, let me know which kind it was.
* After a day or so the avocado will start getting dark and mushy.
* If you double the recipe still only use 1 purple onion, unless you want it REALLY strong.
* The salad can taste stronger or weaker depending on the particular onion.


Friday, May 15, 2009


Here's the first recipe post. It turned out much better than I thought. It's really good and easy to make and made our home smell like cinnamon.



* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
* 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
* 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 egg, beaten
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup melted butter
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping: In small mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients. Blend with fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Sift 1 1/2 cups sifted flour with baking powder and salt into a bowl. In a medium bowl, beat together beaten egg and 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square or 9-inch layer-cake pan. Sprinkle topping crumb mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Partially cool in pan on wire rack. Cut coffee cake into squares while still warm.

I just doubled the recipe for a 9 x 13 pan.

Here it goes

I am a new mother, and still I guess a new wife. I always thought that I didn't mind cleaning or cooking. Before getting married I was pretty good at cleaning up and keeping things somewhat organized. Over the last year I have found out that I do not like cleaning, at all. I hate doing the dishes, and desperately wish I had a dish washer. I am a clutter queen and I'm really embarrassed that I have to say that. I have gotten better and am working on not being hard on myself for not being good at this.

Cooking is not something I enjoy. I am NOT a natural at this, in any way. I mostly refer to cooking dinner. However I do enjoy baking. Maybe because I like the end result better. I can follow a recipe but really struggle with wanting to cook for my family. However when there is a recipe that is new, sounds good and I know tastes good, it gives me more of an incentive to try it. That is why I decided to create a new blog. As I am not a great organizer I decided to make this my place to organize my favorite recipes and any other random thing that is on my mind, hence the "etc" in the title. If any of you have a recipe (or anything else) that you love PLEASE share it with me. Any advice you have, I need it, so please share :). And so, here it goes...