July 08, 2008

Texas Chocolate Cake

Bring to boil

2 cubes margarine
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa

pour over

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour plus 2 tablespoons
Beat well.

Add 2 eggs one at a time.

Then add
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
Beat well.

Pour into greased baking sheet 11 x 17, and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Ice while warm.

Spinach Craisin Salad

Toss together

1 bag baby spinach
1 bag lettuce
slivered almonds

Place in blender or mix

3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup oil
dash pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Drizzle over lettuces and enjoy right away!

Black Bean Corn Salsa

1 can black beans-rinsed
1 can shopeg (white) corn-drained
2-3 diced roma tomatoes
Chopped cilantro-to taste
1-2 cubed avocados
2-3 cloves finely chopped garlic
juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup Italian Dressing

Mix and enjoy with chips

Caramel Brownies


chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup canned milk
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
4 ounce pecan gems

Spread 1/2 the mixture in a 9 x 12 pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and remove from oven.

Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of mixture.

Unwrap 50 caramels and place in microwave safe bowl.
Cover with 1/3 cup canned milk and microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until mixture is melted and mixed together.
Pour over chocolate chips.

Drop remaining cake mixture by spoonfuls over chocolate chips.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let stand 2 to 3 hours before cutting.

My favorite!

July 06, 2008

Spaghetti Salad

1 pound spaghetti

1 large bottle Italian Dressing
1/2 bottle Salad Supreme (spice section)

Cut into bite size pieces/slices:
radishes, celery carrots, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, olives and any of your favorite veggies.

Cook spaghetti, drain and rinse.
Put in large bowl and marinate overnight in Italian Dressing (I use Zesty Italian)
Add veggies before serving.

This salad is very good warm also. You can throw everything together and eat it right away!

Soft Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients.
Chill throughly
Rollout on floured surface, thick.
Using cookie cutter, cut cookies.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper)
375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Do not allow cookies to turn brown.

Mix with hand mixer
1/4 cup melted margarine
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

powdered sugar to desired consistency of icing.
Add food coloring.