Swiss Chicken

A few years ago I joined a food group with some of my friends. We each picked one day out of the week that we would cook for the others family. It was a lot of fun getting and eating new dishes and it was even more fun not having to cook every night of the week, but still getting a nice homemade meal. Unfortunately like all good things, they have to come to an end. Everyone started to move away and the group disbanded. This recipe is one I received from my friend Kristen. It's so simple to make and it's what I would call a Pantry Dish - a dish you can make from everyday items in your pantry.

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
4-5 slices swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 c. milk
1 c. dry stuffing mix
1/3 c. melted butter
Salt and Pepper

Cut chicken into large chunks and place in a greased 8X8 baking dish. Salt and pepper

In a bowl mix soup and milk

Place cheese slices over chicken

Pour soup mixture over chicken

Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top

Drizzle butter over all, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 20 minutes or until stuffing is golden brown and sauce is bubbly.


I thought I would try a new meatloaf recipe the other day, just to change things up a bit. I looked around on the internet and in some cookbooks and came across Paula Deen’s Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe. It looked really really good, so I gave it a try. I tell ya, I don’t know what I did wrong but, it was not good. The outside looked perfect, all nice and crisp but the inside was an ooey gooey mushy glop. At first I thought it wasn’t cooked all the way, so I threw it back in the oven for another 10minutes, that didn’t help. I seriously don’t know what I did, but it had to be me because the reviews were great on this recipe. I don’t know, maybe I was having an off day, maybe it was because I used old hamburger buns instead of plain bread to sop up the grease, or maybe..maybe, well I quess there is no maybe. I just bombed it and my family had a nice dinner of cold cereal.

Mormon Muffins

The Taste of Home magazine used to have an article entitled "I Wish I Had That Recipe...." in which a reader could write in about a recipe they would like to have from a particular restaurant. This recipe come from The Greenery Restaurant. I've been there a few times and these muffins are really good, but they don't give them away, if you want one you have to buy it and they aren't cheap. So I was glad when I saw this recipe published. Now I can have these at home when ever I get a craving.

5 tsp. baking soda
2 c. boiling water
1 c. shortening (I use butter)
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
5 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 quart buttermilk
4 c. All-Bran cereal
2 c. bran flakes
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F

In a bowl, stir baking soda in boiling water until dissolved. Cool.

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening(or butter) and sugar

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl

Add to the creamed mixture

Alternately with the buttermilk. Mix well.

Beat in the baking soda mixture.

Fold in All- Bran

Bran-flakes and nuts.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until muffins tests done.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve with honey butter. Muffin batter will keep in the fridge for 1 week. Which is really a good thing because this recipe make a lot of batter.

Honey Butter

This is so simple to make and a sweet treat on any biscuit, cornbread, muffin or scone.

1/2 c. butter - room temperature

1/3c. honey

In a bowl add butter and honey

Beat until creamy. You can do this by hand or use a mixer

Serve at room temperature.

Pizza Crust

Growing up with very little money, almost everything we had was homemade. That's when making it at home was always cheaper then eating out. My mom would even make cheese. I still remember seeing the ball of cheese wrapped in a cheese cloth hanging in the shower(that part grosses out my husband) letting all the whey drip out of it. Although the bathroom part doesn't sound so good the taste was unbelievable. So when pizza started to become an important staple to my brothers diet my mom learned how to make pizza dough. Although I love my moms cooking and if it wasn't for her I would not be able to cook the way I do. Her dough is not my favorite. It's taken me years to find a dough that has that nice chewy consistency. This recipe is actually from the California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook. I usually quadsixal (I don't think that's a word) this recipe and I get 1 extra large pizza, bread sticks and a dessert pizza(that's my kids favorite).

1 tsp. Yeast
1/2 c. plus 1 Tbsp. warm water (105-110 degrees F)
1 1/2 c. bread flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
plus 1 tsp for coating

In a mixer using a dough hook dissolve the yeast in water and let proof for 5-10 minutes

Add half the flour and mix slighly then add the salt, 1 Tbsp olive oil and the rest of the flour using the lowest speed of your mixer. Mix for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Do not over mix it will cause a tough dough.

lightly oil the inside of a large bowl and place the dough ball in the bowl and seal with plastic wrap so it's air tight. Let rise until doubled in size. The next part in the recipe I don't always do. After punching down the dough from the first rising, recover and place in the fridge overnight(you are going to need to keep in eye on it because it will keep rising in the fridge).

If you've put it in the fridge overnight you need to take your dough out 2hrs before you are ready to assemble your pizza. Using a knife divide your dough into equal portions, place into a greased casserol dish, cover and allow to double in size(they should be smooth and puffy). If you have a pizza stone place it in your oven and preheat to 500 degrees F one hour before cooking.

I like to take a large piece of aluminum foil sprayed with pan to place the dough on and then using my hands form the dough into a circle. If your adventurous you can try tossing it like a professional, just make sure your floor is clean so you can still use the dough after you drop it.
Now here comes the fun part the toppings: pepperoni, olives, cheese, mushrooms, bacon, ham, cinnamon- sugar the list is endless.

This is where my kids love to help.

Cook pizza from 8-18 minutes depending on the size of the pizza. Because my pizzas are so big they usually take closer to the 18 minute mark.

This is the dessert pizza, just a little brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. After it's cooked I drizzle with icing. This never has any leftovers.

Daizy May

Say Hi to our newest family member. Daizy, a cute little boxer puppy. And boy is she a puppy. I forgot how much work it was to have a puppy in the house. She's doing pretty good with the potty training and she doesn't whine to much in her kennel.

Our only problem we seem to be having right now is she thinks Abby is her chew toy.

Although all our kids love her to death. Coco our little shitzhu really hates her. If Daizy tries to get close to her, she'll growl and bite her.