Posts from the ‘Recipes’ Category

Ham & Mac N Cheese Bake


  • 1/2 of lg pkg of uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups ham, cubed
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup very old cheddar (also called extra old cheddar)
  • 3/4 cup old cheddar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • salt to taste
  • crushed crackers to cover top (or bread crumbs mixed with butter)


  1. boil your noodles al dente and drain
  2. place the noodles into a 9×13 casserole dish
  3. in saucepan, melt butter and when liquified add flour and let cook, stirring to cook flour in better about 1 minute
  4. add 1/2 of milk and whisk till no lumps, then add the sour cream, yogurt, and milk alternately ensuring it’s smooth and well combined before adding next ingredients
  5. add the cheese to the saucepan and blend well and let it melt, then add salt to taste
  6. pour the sauce and ham into the casserole dish and mix with noodles
  7. in a bowl or measuring cup, mix the cottage cheese, parsley and parmesan cheese then add it to the casserole dish
  8. mix everything in the dish, then top with crackers or bread crumbs
  9. bake at 350F for about 1/2 hour or until top becomes golden

recipe by: r2bcluvs2cook


Alfredo Sausage and Pirogie Skillet

Wow this was so simple to make, and it tasted good… it’s not gourmet but it’s easy and filling and my 3 year old and husband loved it.


  • 3 bratwurst sausages, cases removed
  • 1 bag frozen Pirogies – I used chive and sour cream flavor
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies – we like corn/green beans/peas/carrot mix
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce


  1. cook sausage and break into bits in large skillet on medium heat
  2. add pirogies to skillet, mixing well with the sausage, and cook until pirogies begin to brown
  3. add frozen veggies and mix well, cooking until begin to thaw (cover with a lid if desired to help quicken cooking time, just make sure to stir often)
  4. add alfredo sauce and mix well in skillet to coat everything, then let simmer on low about 15 minutes or until pirogies and veggies are cooked

recipe by: r2bcluvs2cook


Parsnip Soup

After all the treats and lavish meals of the holidays, I really wanted something more simple today… so I tried Martha Stewart’s Parsnip Soup recipe for lunch. My husband, who usually dislikes most soups, actually ate 2 bowls and my 3 yr old ate a small bowl too! This recipe is a great way use up parsnips and leeks… definitely will make this again.


Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

So, I have all these pumpkins in my little garden this year and I decided to make a pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner. I found lots of recipes for pies from scratch and while they all looked good, I decided on the one for which I have all ingredients on hand… I won’t taste it till this weekend, but so far it baked up very nicely and spells tasty.

So, basically you have some baked pumpkin – pureed – add some spices and cream or evaporated milk, and eggs… and off you go. The recipe called for cardamom, which I didn’t have so I just left it out… and even though I drained my pumpkin overnight, it was still a bit watery so I didn’t include all the milk the recipe called for, but my pumpkin pie filling still seemed very thin… but it baked up okay! Also, my hubby picked up graham cracker crust instead of pie crust so… hm…. interesting.

Here’s the link for the pumpkin pie recipe I used on Simply Recipes.

so, we tried the pie last night – very good! the spices weren’t overpowering and personally I could have used a bit more…everyone enjoyed it!

Big Batch Cinnamon Rolls

The rolls I originally reviewed were pretty good, but I’ve sense found a recipe we LOVE! The first post is listed at the end of this post…but I really do recommend you try this one pronto!


Since we are staying home this holiday, my husband has been missing his mom’s cinnamon rolls… and my mother in law makes awesome cinnamon rolls – but she doesn’t frost/ice them…but I love that stuff so I did mine.

I have never made cinnamon rolls – honestly I’ve been a little afraid LOL, but I gave it a go anyway as a nice Christmas gesture to hubby. The recipe I used is for a big batch of rolls – it made 2 large pans.  These tasted really good but I do think I waited a bit too long to frost them as I let them cool and they got a bit hard on the outside edges … I think I should have frosted them right out of the oven. I will have to ask my MIL how she keeps her unfrosted ones from getting hard on the edges… I love them nice and soft. These baked up very nicely and won’t last long I’m sure!

My daughter helped me (she’s 3 yrs old) – and boy she loaded on the sugar and we added some maple flavoring and dried cherries since I had them on hand … yum!

I wasn’t sure how to roll these things and I was told to use string to cut them, but that did not work for me … when I rolled the dough, it seemed they were too loose, but I let them rise about an hour on the tray before baking and they seemed to be fine.

I even took some pictures I was so impressed with myself… ! I plan to make these again, but will freeze them unfrosted for quick cooking on holiday weekends (especially since my goal for 2013 is to begin freezer cooking)!