Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Peanut Butter Bars ~tastes like Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars

1 cup peanut butter
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup melted margarine
3 cups powdered sugar

I use my food processor to crush graham crackers to crumbs.

Add melted margarine...

And the peanut butter.

Mix in the powdered sugar.

Continue mixing until it looks like this.

Press into a 9" x 13" pan.

Melt together
6 oz. chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter

Spread melted chocolate mixture over the peanut butter base.

Cut into bite size pieces.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo on Pasta

1/4 cup butter
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp. (or less) cajun seasoning
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Some "mies en plas" is required, 
as once you start the preparation, it will go quickly.

Mince the garlic.
Slice the onion.
Measure the ingredients.

Melt butter in a large skillet.
Saute shrimp for a minute or two.
Add garlic and onion.
Cook for another minute and remove from the pan.

To the remaining butter in the pan, stir in the flour and cajun seasoning.
Stir together to form a ball of paste.
Gradually whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened.
Return the shrimp to the pan.
Season with salt and lemon juice.
Be careful to not overcook the shrimp. This causes them to be tough and rubbery.

Serve over cooked pasta.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Tip of the Day ~How to Make a Heart Cake without a Heart Pan

With Valentine's Day this coming weekend, 
you may be thinking about making a special dessert.
Perhaps you have seen this idea on your facebook newsfeed or on pinterest.

These directions are from the Boys and Girls cookbook 
that I used as a child when I was in 4-H.

pinterest image
Be sure that you if you use an 8x8 inch square pan,
that you use a round pan that is 8 inches in diameter.

Grease and flour the pans and divide your cake mix batter 
between the square and the round pans.

Bake the square layer 30 to 35 minutes and the round layer for 35 to 40 minutes 
or until the toothpick comes clean.

Decorate the cake with pink frosting with red accents.
This idea can be used for Mother's Day too, as shown here.

Happy Valentine's Day from the Old Farmhouse.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Slowcooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup
6 large potatoes
1 large onion
4 cups chicken stock
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup half and half cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fresh chives
8 slices bacon

sour cream
shredded cheddar

Peel potatoes and cut in 1/2 inch cubes.

Chop onions and mince the garlic.

Fry the bacon until crisp and crumble.

Combine the first seven ingredients in your slowcooker.
Cook on high for four hours.
Mash potatoes.
Stir in the half and half cream, the cheese and chives.

Garnish with sour cream, bacon and shredded cheddar.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Slowcooker Taco Soup

2 pounds ground beef
2 medium onions, diced
1 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
1 can light kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans diced green chilies
1 can black olives, drained and sliced
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. ranch salad dressing mix

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet. Drain. Place in the lined slowcooker.  Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilies, olives, and seasonings. 

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, 
cheese, green onions and jalapenos.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Baked Ziti and Veggies

Baked Ziti and Veggies


4 oz. uncooked ziti (I used Rice Shells as shown in the photo)
1 TBS olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow squash
1 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped tomato
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
2 TBS chopped fresh basil
2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup part-skim ricottta cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Rinse. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In an 8-inch baking dish, spray with cooking spray.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to pan. Add squash, zucchini and onion; saute 5 minutes.

Add tomato and garlic; saute 3 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, herbs, 1/2 tsp salt and crushed red pepper.

Combine ricotta, remaining salt and egg. Stir into pasta mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned.

Serves 4. (Serving size: approx. 1 1/2 cups)

Nutritional Information:

Calories 301
Fat 312.1 g
Sat Fat 5.3 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 16.5 g
Carbohydrate 32.8 g (if using regular pasta)
Fiber 4.1 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 640 mg
Calcium 291 mg

(Recipe and nutrititional information taken from

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday's Tip of the Day ~Organize your Projects for the New Year

When you purchase new bedding 
or linens for your table,
you will find them packaged in neat plastic pouches.

These neat plastic pouches have a zipper closure.
They come in various sizes and are perfect for keeping your
patterns, fabrics and notions together for craft and your other DIY projects.

Since they are see-through,
you know at a glance what's inside.

I often keep the equipment I need inside the bag, too...
scissors, needles, tracing pencil, DMC floss, etc.

I can grab a bag and go
when I know I will be waiting for an appointment...
or riding in the car.

I got a lot of hand stitching done just waiting for our girls
when it was my turn to drive the carpool.

Because I have "crafting ADD" I usually have
several projects going at once!

So, I keep these bags in a basket in my Studio.
Then, I can choose my project based on my mood.

If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to be more organized,
take advantage of these bags.
They're free!