Mountain man breakfast

Bacon or sausage                                hash browns
eggs                                                     cheese

brown meat.   Remove most of the grease from pan and add hash browns.   Cook hash browns till brown.   In separate bowl crack eggs and mix up.  Add to meat and hash browns and cook till eggs are not wet.   Melt cheese on top and serve.

Fresh hash browns

Use leftover baked potatoes that have cooled.  In sauce pan melt a cube of butter.   Grate the cold baked potatoes into the pan.  Add salt and pepper.  Don’t over mix or they will turn to mush.   Brown potatoes on the bottom then flip them over to brown other side.   Then separate until all potatoes are browned to desired color.

Fluffy mashed potatoes

Dice potatoes into even ½ inch squares.  In large pan cover with water and salt and then boil till potatoes are soft.   Drain all water.   In mixer add soft potatoes, milk, and salt.  Beat on high till lumps are gone.  Add more milk or salt to desired taste and texture.

Candy carrots

Baby carrots                                        butter
Brown sugar

Add ingredients into microwave safe bowl.  Microwave till carrots are soft about 5 min.

Sugared pineapple

Pineapple (cut up)                               2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar

In sauce pan melt butter.  Once melted add brown sugar and pineapple.  Cook on medium heat until pineapple is soft.

Warm bean dip

In microwave safe bowl add 1 can refried beans, large amounts of salsa, and grated cheese.   Microwave, stirring often, till cheese is melted and dip is smooth.  Serve with corn chips. 

7 Layer Bean Dip

7 Layer Bean Dip (from above)

In 9 X 13 pan add the following items, in order, and keeping separate layers.
  1. 2 cans re-fried beans
  2. guacamole
  3. 1 tub sour cream mixed with 1 packet taco seasoning
  4. shredded cheese
  5. sliced olives (Bethany leaves these off)
  6. diced tomatoes
  7. fresh green onions (or chives)

7 Layer Bean Dip (from side)

How To Make a 7 Layer Bean Dip

Layer #1 and Layer #2 - In a 9 x 13 pan, spread a layer of re-fried beans and a layer of guacamole

Layer #3 - In a tub of sour cream mix 1 packet of taco seasoning

Layer #4 - Spread a layer of shredded cheese

Layer #5 - Spread of layer of sliced olives

Bethany doesn't like olives so this step gets skipped in our home

Layer #6 - Spread a layer of diced tomatoes

Layer #7 - Spread a layer of fresh green onions (or chives)

Final Product

7 Layer Bean Dip (from above)

7 Layer Bean Dip (from side)

Funeral Potatoes

Shredded hash browns                       2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 tub sour cream                                  ½ cube of melted butter
shredded cheese                                  salt and pepper

in 9 X 13 pan mix all ingredients.   Cook at 350 for 1 hour.

Spiced new potatoes

Small red or yellow potatoes              Italian seasoning
Salt                                                      garlic powder
Olive oil

Cut potatoes into small evenly sized pieces.   In large bag add spices, potatoes, and oil.  Shake till evenly coated.  Put on cookie sheet and cook at 350 till potatoes are soft.  Should be about 30-45 min depending on how big the pieces are.


Roast                                                   carrots
Onion, Sliced                                      pepper, sliced
Garlic powder                                     salt
Ground pepper                                    onion salt
Beef bouillon

In Crockpot put vegetables in a layer at the bottom of the pot.   Put roast on top.  Add a nice layer of all the seasonings on top.   Turn on high with lid on.   If meat is frozen cook for 6-7 hours.  If meat is thawed cook for 4-5 hours.   Don’t lift lid!

Meat Loaf

(will vary slightly depending on mood)

Hamburger                                          Onion
Pepper                                                 Grated Cheese
1 can tomato sauce                              1 egg
Bread crumbs                                      ground pepper
Salt                                                      garlic powder
Onion powder                                     season salt

Mince onion and pepper into small pieces.  Mix everything else in bowl.  Things without amounts will vary depending on what looks good.   Either cook right away or put in Freezer bags and freeze till ready to use.  Cook in 9 x 13 pan at 350 for a hour.   Drain extra grease before serving.

Chili (crock pot)

2 cans Small red chili beans                2 cans diced tomatoes
Hamburger                                          Chili seasoning packet
Onion                                                  bell pepper

Sauté diced onions and pepper.   Brown hamburger and drain grease.   Add to crock pot with all cans (don’t drain)  and seasoning packet.  Mix and then cook 3+ hours without lifting lid.

Chili Cheese and toast

Bread                                                  Nalley chili
Shredded or sliced cheese

Make toast.  Once cooked, cover with cheese then top with hot chili.  

Home Made French Bread Pizza

French bread                                       Pizza sauce
Shredded cheese                                 Pepperoni
Other toppings liked on Pizza

Slice French bread.   Have each person add sause, cheese, and toppings to taste.  Cook on cookie sheet at 350 till cheese melts

Oreo pudding pie

1 pkg Oreos                                         1/3 cup sugar
½ butter                                               Chocolate pudding

Crush Oreo cookies.  Combine crushed cookies, sugar, and melted butter.   Press into pie pan.  Cool in fridge.   Add pudding made according to package instructions.  Chill in fridge until set.

Creamy chicken noodle casserole

Medium egg noodles                          2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk                                           Cheese
Cooked chicken (either boiled, canned, or fresh)

Make egg noodles according to package directions.   In separate pan mix cream of chicken soup, milk, and chicken.  Warm then mix into noodles.  Add cheese to taste.

Banana pudding pie

1 pkg grahm crackers                          1/3 cup sugar
½ butter                                               banana pudding
Banana sliced

Combine crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter.   Press into pie pan.  Cool in fridge.   Add pudding made according to package instructions.   Add sliced bananas on top of pan for looks or mixed into pudding.  Chill in fridge until set.


Salt                                                      onion powder
Pepper                                                 garlic
Any other meat seasoning you like

Pre marinate steak with olive oil and spices.   Poke holes in the entire meat with 2 forks.  Turn over add more spices and poke again.   Let sit at least an hour before cooking.

Chicken Enchiladas

Cooked chicken (either boiled, canned, or fresh)
2 cans cream of chicken soup             1 cup milk
Cheese, lots                                         Tortillas          

Shred chicken into small pieces.  Add to cream of chicken soup and milk.  On each tortillas add some chicken mixture and cheese.  Roll up.  Once they are all rolled up add left over sauce on the top making sure all parts of tortillas have sauce on them.  Sprinkle cheese on top.   Cook at 350 until cheese is melted.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

10 lbs potatoes                                                1 ½ lb hamburger
6 to 8 cups white sauce                                   salt and pepper

Peel and slice potatoes.  Brown hamburger and drain.   Make white sauce and mix into hamburger.  Layer in 9 X 13 pans in layers of potatoes, hamburger and sauce) cheeses, and salt and pepper.   Cover with extra white sauce.  Bake covered at 350 for 30 min.  Uncover and cook for additional hour.

Fruit Dip

8 oz cream cheese                               8 oz cool whip
8 oz marshmallow cream

Cream together till smooth.  Serves well with all fruit.

Broccoli salad

1 small bunch broccoli                          1 cup raisins
Small red onion (diced)                        grapes cup in half
Red apples diced                                 ½ cup Miracle Whip
½ cup sunflower seeds                         ¼ cup sugar
½ jar bacon bits                                   1 tablespoon vinegar

Combine broccoli, onions, and raisings.  Stir together Miracle Ship, sugar, and vinegar.  Once smooth mix with fruit and vegetables.   Just before serving add bacon bits and sunflower seeds.

Hamburger Stroganoff

1 lb ground beef                                  2 cans cream of mushroom soup
Sprinkling of beef bouillon                   ½ container sour cream
½ cup milk                                          cooked egg noodles

Brown ground beef, drain fat.  Stir in soup, milk, and boulion.  Warm till bubbling lightly.   Take off heat and add sour cream.  Serve over cooked egg noodles.


½ pound hamburger                            2 cans western style chili beans
Lots of cheese                                     tortillas

Brown hamburger and drain grease.  In separate bowl mash beans with potato smasher.  Combine beans, hamburger, and cheese.  Cook till cheese is melted.   Roll into warmed tortillas.

Nestle’s Toll-House Cookie Dough

(Modification from the Nestle’s Toll – House Cookies, minus the eggs)

1 ½ cups salted butter                         4 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar                                    2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup brown sugar                              1 ½ teaspoons soda
Chocolate chips                                   1 tablespoon vanilla

Blend butter, sugars, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients.

Soft sugar cookies

(for cookie cutters)

1 cup shortening                                  1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar                                        2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs                                                  7 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla                              1 cup milk

Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and baking powder.  Alternate adding flour and milk to creamed mixture.  Roll thick.  Bake at 375 for 6-10 minutes.

Nestle’s Toll-House Cookies

1 ½ cups butter                                   4 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar                                    2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup brown sugar                              1 ½ teaspoons soda
3 eggs                                                  1 tablespoon vanilla
Chocolate chips

Blend butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients.  Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.

To make cookie dough, just leave out the eggs and change the butter to salted butter.

Soft Drop Sugar Cookies

1 cup shortening                                  1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar                                        1 teaspoon soda
3 eggs                                                  4 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk                                  1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix.  Alternate dry ingredients and milk.  Drop onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 10 minutes or light brown.  

Rhubarb Crunch

(Kenneth loves crunch alone)

2 cup flour                                           1 1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cup brown sugar                         1 cup melted butter
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix till crumble.  Put ½ on bottom of 9 X 13 pan.  Add layer of 4 cups cut-up rhubarb.

Sauce:  1 cup sugar                              2 tablespoons cornstarch
            1 cup water                             1 teaspoon vanilla
            1 cup strawberry jam

Cook until clear and thick.  Pour over rhubarb.  Cover with rest of crumbs.

Bake at 375 for 40 min.  

Pumpkin Cake

 (Bethany’s Favorite)

1 large can pumpkin                            1 can evaporated milk
3 eggs                                                  1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sugar                                          1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger                               ½ teaspoon allspice

Mix together,  Pour into 9 X 13 pan.  Sprinkle 1 yellow cake mix over the top.   Melt 1 ½ cubes margarine and pour evenly over top.  Bake at 325 for 1 hour.

Pie Crust

2 ½ cups flour                                     1 table spoon vinegar
1 cup shortening                                  ¼ cup cold water
1 egg                                                   dash of salt

Cut flour and shortening together until small size crumbs.   Mix egg, vinegar, and water together.  Add to flour mixture.  DON’T OVER MIX.  Roll out on well-floured board to fit pie pans.  Makes 1 two-crust pie or two single crust pies.

Peanut Butter Fingers

¾ cup butter                                        ¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar                              2 eggs
¾ cup peanut butter                            ¾ teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon salt                                   1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups flour                                     1 ½ cups oats

Cream shortening and sugars.   Add eggs.  Mix in peanut butter and dry ingredients.   Should be moist but not sticky.  Put on ungreased cookie sheet.  Pat smooth with damp hands.  Bake at 375 for 10-15 min.  Don’t over bake!  Spread ¾ cup peanut butter while still hot.   Top with fudge icing. 

Fudge Icing:    ½ cup butter                1 lb powdered sugar
                        3 tablespoons cocoa    1 teaspoon vanilla
                        Pinch of salt                milk

Boil together butter, cocoa, and salt.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla.   Mix together adding milk slowly to desired thickness.   Spread over peanut butter while warm. 

No bake Cheese Cake

1 Pkg. Graham Crackers                          1/3 cup Sugar
8 Tbs Butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk         1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz cream cheese                                1/3 cup lemon juice

Combine crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter.   Press into pie pan.  Cool in fridge.   Beat together softened cream cheese and milk.  Mix in lemon juice and vanilla.  Pour into shell.  Cool several hours then serve.

Pink Salad

1 can mandarin oranges                      1 can fruit cocktail
2 sliced banana’s                                1 container Cool Whip
¼ package small marshmallows          1/2 packet red jello

Mix fruit together then drain all juice.  Add cool whip and marshmallows.   Add the jello slowly till you get the desired color.

Jello cake

1 boxed cake mix
1 Jello package
1 Cool Whip

Make boxed cake mix according to package directions.  While cooking make Jello according to directions on package.  Once cooked and taken out of oven, immediately poke holes in cake (chopsticks work great).  Let cool in fridge till Jello is set and cake is cold the whole way through.  Ice with Cool Whip.

Good combinations are
Chocolate and cherry Jello

Vanilla and any Jello

Impossible Pie

2 cups milk                              1 cup Bisquick or pancake mix
4 eggs                                      4 cups shredded cheese
1 cup meat (ham, sausage, or anything else you want)

Blend milk, eggs, and Bisquick in blender.  Pour into greased square cake pan.  Mix in cheese and meat.  Double batch fits 9 X 13 cake pan.  Bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes.  

Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup milk                               1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons yeast                 1 teaspoon sugar
3 eggs                                      ¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt                       6 tablespoons vegetable oil
7 cups flour                             6 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar                   1 teaspoon cinnamon

Scald milk.  Cool till warm.   Add water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar.  Beat in eggs.  Add ¾ cup sugar, salt, oil, and flour.  Beat well.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk (1 ½ hours)  Roll dough to rectangle 15 X 30  Melt butter and spread on dough.  Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on dough.  Add nuts and/or raisins, if wanted.   Roll up and but into 1 inch slices.   Place on greased cake pan.   Let rise 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Makes about 3 dozen. 

Rowan Brownies

1 cup butter                             4 eggs
2 cups sugar                            3 teaspoons vanilla
5 tablespoons cocoa                1 ½ cups flour

Melt butter.  Mix in sugar, cocoa, eggs, and vanilla.   Mix in flour.  Smooth into a greased and floured 9 X 13 cake pan.   Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt white chocolate chips with half-and-half, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and melted white chocolate. Pour half of batter over crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan, and again spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over the top. Swirl batter with the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from pan. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce.

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