Recipes and Stories for a Full, Filled Life

John 10:10 - Jesus said, "I came that they (you and me) may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance - to the full, til it overflows.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Potato Patties

Try this recipe next time you have left-over mashed potatoes.

2 eggs
About 2 c. left-over mashed potatoes (with the added milk, butter and seasonings)
3-4 chopped green onions
salt and pepper to taste
oil and butter for cooking

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add potatoes, onions and seasonings. Mix well. Heat about 1 T. oil and 1T. butter over medium heat in large fry pan. Form potato mixture into about 8 patties (mixture will be very soft). Cook in pan until golden on each side.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

That's My King!

Happy Easter!

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Easter Sunday will be here in 3 days. I enjoy making a big meal for family and having a candy/treasure hunt outside. Hopefully the snow will be gone by then! But the most important part about Easter is Jesus' victory over death. The Bible says: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life". Have a blessed Easter celebrating the Savior's resurrection.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you..." I Peter 1:3-4

Monday, April 18, 2011

Date Bars

I used Medjool Dates from the date farm. Any dates will do! The most common dates from the grocery store are Deglet Noor.
1 egg
½ c. sugar
½ c. butter, melted
1 c. chopped dates
¼ c. chopped pecans
½ c. flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 325˚. Mix egg, sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl. Add dates and nuts. Mix together flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Add to date mixture. Stir until just mixed. Spread into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan. Bake 30 minutes at 325˚ or until done. Cool. Cut into bars. Roll in powdered sugar.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How 'bout a date??

I have a new appreciation for dates!! We recently toured Shield's Date Garden near Palm Springs, CA. They have about 17 varieties of dates to sample. Yum! There is a video where the story of dates is told. Many man-hours go into date production. The 40 feet or higher trees must be climbed (ladders are permanently attached to some trees)to be hand pollinated. As the fruit begins to grow on the trees, they must be climbed again, thinned (to improve quality and size of dates)and covered with bags to protect the fruit. When the fruit is ready to pick, it does not all ripen at the same time, so the trees must be climbed and reclimbed many times. A single tree can produce 100 pounds or more per year, and may bear for a hundred years. I'll be making date bars soon and will share the recipe!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Currant Cookies

I love chocolate!--But these cookies do not have chocolate as an ingredient--but I still love them! This recipe is found on page 144 of my cookbook. Find dried currants near the raisins at your grocery store.

1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. real butter
1 c. oil
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
3½ c. flour

2 c rice krispies
1 c. dried currants
1 c. quick oats

In a mixer, cream together the sugars, butter and oil. Add egg and vanilla. Combine salt, cream of tartar, soda and flour. Add to creamed mixture until incorporated. Stir in rice krispies, currants and oats. Drop by tablespoonfuls 3” apart on lightly greased sheets. Bake 350˚ 8-10 minutes or until set and very lightly browned.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cabbage and Kielbasa

This is easy and cheap! I like serving it with fresh fruit.
1-2 T. oil
1 large onion, chopped
about 10 c. shredded cabbage
about ½ pound kielbasa, cut
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, cook onion in oil until tender. Add cabbage, season with salt and pepper. Place kielbasa on top. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook on medium-low until cabbage is tender as desired, stirring occasionally.