Thursday, April 23, 2009


I think Melissa has called and asked me for the chili recipe about 800 times so its time I posted it.
Making chili soup can be very controversial. There is always the question of is it really chili if there are noodles in it. It looks like Brians chili is non-noodle. I like it either way but we grew up eating it with noodles. I think that with eight kids in the family, the noodles made it go farther. So if you are a non-noodle chili person, just add some more beans and leave out the pasta.
Start out by crumbling a pound and a half of ground beef into a frying pan. I’ll feel better if you use the same pan you fried eggs in for breakfast and didn’t wash it.
Take a large onion.
And dice into pieces.
The hamburger should be nicely browned.
Dice up three stalks of celery
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And add these to the hamburger. I love these food scrapers!
Add about 1Tablespoon of salt.
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Here’s the part where you have to make a decision. You can either use two large cans of diced tomatoes or I like to use my own canned tomatoes.Also add a quart of water to the pan.
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Then add two cans of chili beans and one can of Bush’s beans. I usually use the plain Bush beans but didn’t have any. These grillin ones were really good!
Now add one can of tomato soup. Here again, I use my home canned tomato soup. Have you ever made this stuff? I got the recipe from my daughters mother-in-law or my son-in-law’s mother. I’ll share it with you all this fall when I make 50 jars of the stuff.
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Pour in 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of chili powder. Add more if you like it spicier. You can pour in some tabasco sauce if you want to heat it up a bit.
By now your hamburger mixture should be cooked up. Go ahead and dump it into your large kettle of tomato base.
Now I like to let this simmer on really low heat for a couple hours. It really helps the flavor and thickens it up.
Ok here comes the controversy. I cooked up one cup of pasta and added them to the soup. If you have different opinions about this you can always cook up the noodles and serve them on the side for people to add as they like.
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Add a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese and eat!
1 1/2 lbs hamburger
1 onion
3 stalks celery
2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 cans chili beans
1 quart water
1 can Bush’s beans
1 can tomato soup
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 Teaspoons sugar
1 cup macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
Brown hamburger. Add onions and celery and let simmer. Pour tomatoes, beans, and tomato soup into a large kettle. Add salt, chili powder and sugar. Simmer on low heat for a couple hours. Add noodles if desired.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lazy Daisy Cake

This is a cake my family grew up eating. I don’t make it very often because it is so hard not to eat a whole row at a time!


Pour four eggs into a large mixing bowl.


My assistant adds 2 cups of sugar


And 2 teaspoons of vanilla



Now this needs to beat until it thickens, which takes 4-5 minutes.


In a seperate bowl, pour in 2 cups of flour


1/2 teaspoon salt


And 2 teaspoons of baking powder


Combine these ingredients.


And add them to the egg mixture. Beat just until flour is moistened.


Put 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup butter into a saucepan and heat to boiling.


Add to your batter and beat until well combined.



Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. I like to use the spray stuff, especially for the stoneware pans.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Now for the ooey gooey stuff:

In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup half & half

2 cups flaked coconut


Mix this all together


And spread it on your still warm cake. Make sure it has cooled down enough or else it will all run to the sides.


This is the part where you don’t want to turn your back. Place under the oven broiler and broil until lightly browned. This only takes a few minutes but if you forget to watch it, the smoke will start rolling out. It burns really easy!


A moist cake with chewy crunchy frosting. Now come and help us eat it up!


4 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick, about 4-5 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and add to egg mixture. Beat just until combined.

In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to boiling. Add to batter and beat until combined. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.


1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup half & half

2 cups flaked coconut

Combine and spread over warm cake. Broil until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds. Philippians 4:7

Cole Slaw

I have been using this recipe for cole slaw for a long time.


Start out by shredding about 5 cups of cabbage and 1 cup of carrots. I used the food processor but the bags of pre-shredded stuff works great too.

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Measure out 1/2 cup miracle whip, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp salt.

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Pour 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar into measuring cup. Add to bowl.

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Add about a teaspoon of celery seed and give it all a good stir.

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Pour the dressing over the slaw and stir well. Allow enough time for it to sit for a good hour as it juices up.

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Refrigerate until ready to serve. It goes great with fried chicken, potatoes & gravy and frozen creamed corn

from last summer’s garden. MMMMMMMMM

Cole Slaw

About 5-6 cups of shredded cabbage and carrots

1/2 cup Miracle Whip

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp celery seed.

Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10