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I could just eat this for dinner…
1 block soft cream cheese
1 can artichokes, drained
1 package of frozen crab (thawed)
1/2 C mayo
1/2 C parm cheese
garlic to taste =)

blend all together and pour into baking dish
bake @350 till hot…eh about 30-40 min

My dear friend Mel has made these cookies for years. She uses them for Christmas, valentines day, and even as a crust for the best fruit pizza you will ever have. I have always loved these cookies, and wondered if it was all in my head…or if these really were the best thing since sliced bread. However, when I started making them, folks threw themselves at the feet of the cookie platter and I realized….yup those are some real good cookies.
I always make a double batch, and they are best when served with the homemade cream cheese frosting (or as the base of a fruit pizza of course). They also get softer as they sit in an airtight container all frosted and beautiful…my favorite

Beat together:
1C softened butter
1C sugar
2 eggs
3C flour
1t baking soda
1t vanilla
1/2t salt

Roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes…not too thin
bake @ 375 for about 10 min depending on the size of your cookie.

frost with:
mix together with mixer
2C powder sugar
3oz cream cheese
1T butter, soft
1t vanilla

ps..the dough can also be frozen up to 3 months

I have a dear friend named Angelene.  She often produced many tasty delights in her kitchen, and had a knack for hospitality fit for a queen.  I have so many great memories of their family and mine, and though it is a wonderful and exciting thing to see God move in people’s lives….the tough part is when God moves people’s lives away from you. Like states away! God is always good…and he blesses us with unique friendships along the way….and then we must say “See you soon, or later, or whenever we possibly can”!  I learned so much from this lady, who’s family is now serving the Lord in Indiana,  and acquired many recipes along the way, this is a family favorite.

1/2 C butter

1/2 C shortening

1 1/4 C packed brown sugar

1/2 C malted milk powder

2T choc syrup

1T vanilla

Beat together and then add

1 egg


2C flour

1t baking soda

1/2t salt

sift together

gradually add to the wet ingredients

then add

1 1/2 C semi-sweet choc chunks

1C choc chips

Drop by T on cookie sheet, bake 10 min @ 375

So Stinkin Good

It has become a tradition in our home for us to give cookie dough as Christmas gifts. Family members look forward to it, and teachers have even jokingly fought over who would get the “Hill kid” in their class and thus received the coveted cookie dough for Christmas. I love it also, having homemade wonderful loveliness frozen in a sweet little roll in the freezer and ready for me to pop those little wonders in the oven.  Just follow the recipe  and right before the baking part, put the dough in a freezer safe tub, or roll it in freezer paper and tie the ends with raffia.  Then freeze for up to 3 months. Many of you have asked, so here are some of our best…

Jaiden Leigh’s White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies
(adapted from the Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook)
sift together
1 3/4 C flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
set aside, then in mixer with paddle attachment mix
2T unsalted butter
3/4 C shortening
1 1/4 C packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1T vanilla
after well blended, add dry ingredients, then stir in
8oz quality white chocolate chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
drop by T on cookie sheet and bake @350 for 15 min

These are by far one of the best cookies we have ever had. Don’t be fooled by the fact there is not a single butterscotch ingredient in them, they are fab. And it seems like you have placed little pillows of white chocolate in the center of each cookie…yum

Grammy’s Chocolate Cookies
not to be confused with my grammy…I have no clue who’s grammy this recipe came from but she is welcome in my home anytime!

Sift together
2C + 2T flour
1t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3/4 C cocoa powder
set aside

Mix with paddle attachment the following
10oz unsalted room temp butter
2 lg eggs
2C sugar
2t vanilla
mix well then add dry ingredients, mix till well incorporated
chill in fridge for 1 hour
preheat oven to 350
scoop by Tablespoon and form into ball, roll balls in sugar and bake 10-12 min cool 5 min, transfer to cooling rack
Your life will never be the same after you try these ones!

Levi Mac’s Cowboy Cookies
sift together
2C flour
1t baking soda
1t salt
1/2 t baking powder
set aside
mix together with paddle attachment the following
2 sticks softened unsalted butter
3/4C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
then add 2 eggs one at a time
then add 1t vanilla
add flour mixture and also add 1 1/2 C oats
then add
6oz semi-sweet choc chips
3/4C pecans
1/2C shredded coconut
drop by Tablespoon full on cookie sheet and bake 11-13 min @350

White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Sift together
2C flour
3/4t cinnamon
3/4t salt
3/4t baking soda
set aside
blend the following with paddle attachment
1C butter
3/4 C sugar
1 1/4 C brown sugar
then add 2 eggs, one at a time
1t vanilla
then add dry flour mixture
mix till well incorporated
add 3 1/2 C oats
1C dried cherries
1C white chocolate chips
mix till well incorporated
drop by tablespoon full on cookie sheet and bake 12-14 min @ 350

Glass cleaner

1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 cup water

1T white vinegar or ammonia, whatever you prefer

All purpose Cleaner

1T ammonia

1T clear laundry soap ( I use the concentrate that I make)

2 cups water

couple drops of essential oil if you would like, I have tried lilac and it is lovely!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4  Cups – hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup –
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

about 9lbs boneless country style ribs

3 cups ketsup

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 T ground minced garlic cloves (about 14)

1 1/2 T dry mustard

1 1/2 t black pepper

Divide meat among 3 gallon size freezer bags

mix together rest of  ingredients and divide among 3 quart size freezer bags.

Freeze together up to 3 months

Defrost in fridge

dump into crock pot and cook all day (meat and sauce)


1 lb sausage browned

1 lb diced hash brown potatoes, cooked (you can cook these in the oven or stove top)

12 eggs scrambled and cooked(you may add some milk if you prefer)

any veggies you may wish to add (green pepper, red peppers, onion, mushrooms  etc.) cooked till tender

Mix together with 1-2 cups cheddar cheese, and 1/2 cup or more ( to taste) of salsa

Stuff into tortilla shells and roll , closing up both ends.

place in gallon size freezer bag or wrap individually.

freeze up to 3 months

reheat in microwave or oven

serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream

6 slices of cinnamon swirl bread, cubed

8 oz cream cheese, cubed

1 (21oz) can blueberry pie filling (or homemade)

6 large eggs

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 cup milk

1/2 t cinnamon

Butter 8 x 8 pan

spread half the bread cubes on bottom of pan

scatter cream cheese cubes over bread

top with half the pie filling

top with remaining bread cubes

mix eggs, syrup, and milk and pour over top

cover with the rest of the pie filling and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cover and freeze up to 3 months

defrost in fridge and bake covered 30 min, uncover and bake another 30 min.

Serve with syrup if desired

Recipe makes 24 servings~ This one is so easy and great for company.

24 boneless skinless chicken breasts

salt & pepper

season chicken with salt and pepper and place in baking pan that has been sprayed with pam

1 pound bacon

Cook bacon and crumble it

sprinkle it evenly over chicken breasts

In a bowl mix together:

3/4 cup dijon mustard

3/4 cup honey

6T corn syrup

6T mayo

Combine and divide evenly among pans, pouring over chicken

3 cups cheddar cheese

Divide evenly among pans, sprinkling on chicken

Cover and Freeze up to 3 months

Defrost in fridge and bake loosley covered at 350 for about  30-45min or until chicken is done