# 1 Requested Recipe

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Chicken and Rice Soup  (click Here for recipe)

5-6 chicken breasts
2 boxes of chicken stock
2 boxes of fast cook Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice
3 cups of milk (not skim but you could use half/half also)
8 oz of Velveeta cheese, cubed

Pour the chicken stock in large pot.  This makes a big pot of soup.  This pot is a wonderful option to use for this soup! It is also great price!

Place chicken breasts in the stock and bring to a boil.  Cook until the breast pull apart easily.  Remove the breasts and let them cool.  Pour the rice and the packet of spices into the boiling water.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add the cheese until melted.

Some people prefer their soup thicker and some thinner.  Pour the milk in a cup at a time and decide if 3 cups works for you.  Just know that it will thicken as it stands so whatever consistency you choose remember it will be thicker in the end.

 Pour in the milk and warm through.  Pull the chicken apart and place back in the the soup pot. Let the soup cook for 5 more minutes.  Serve hot.   

 

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad   (click Here for recipe)

2 c. crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks of butter. melted
2 T. sugar
1 16 oz. frozen strawberries
1 large package of strawberry jello
2 cups of boiling water
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese (softened)
1 container of cool whip
3/4 c. confectioner's sugar
 

Take the first 3 ingredients and combine them.(Elizabeth Jane loves to use our meat tenderizerand put the pretzels in a Ziplock bag to crush them. I prefer to put the pretzels in a bowl and crush them with this hand chopper.)  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.

Beat the cream cheese, cool whip, and confectioner's sugar in a bowl until smooth.  Spread this mixture over the pretzel crust. Elizabeth Jane likes to 

In a small bowl dissolve jello package mixed with 2 cups of boiling water.  Add the strawberries into the jello and stir until evenly distributed.  Put bowl in refrigerator until partially jelled.  Once it is partially jelled pour over the top of the cream cheese mixture.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.  Cut into squares to serve. 

 

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Turkey burgers

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Turkey Burger      Click HERE for printable.

I have to tell you I loved this recipe.  I am going to share my old faithful that is always a hit with the kids.  But our older two tried the new one with me and both said that it was a good recipe!  I would love to hear your feedback.  I did not use the garlic in it...I added it because I wish I would have.  

1 pound of turkey meat
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of oregano
1/2 cup of feta cheese

Place the meat in a bowl and add all the ingredients.  Stir until well blended.
Pat into 4 burgers.  Grill on low/medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side.  To make certain the burger is done use a meat thermometerthat takes absolutely all the guessing out of grilling.  It is one of my favorite cooking tools.  This one is the one I use and I really like it a lot.  

This burger works well with fresh spinach and tomato.  Guacamole would be wonderful on it as well.

 

Old Faithful Turkey Burger      Click HERE for the printable recipe.

1 pound of turkey burger meat
I Tablespoon of spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like hot you could increase this a bit)

Place the meat and all the ingredients into a bowl.  Stir until well blended. Pat into
4 burgers.  Grill on low/medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side.  Use this meat thermometer to make sure the burgers are completely done.  This is the one I use and it is excellent.  

This is a traditional turkey burger and pairs well with your favorite toppings.  Sharp cheddar cheese is delicious on this burger.   Bacon would be a wonderful addition as well.

 

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Mrs. Liz's Tacos

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Liz Parkey is one of may favorite people on the earth.  She is has welcomed me into her home countless times and made space for me at her quilting rack and her sewing machine. We have camped out in her den as she has tried to teach me to knit.

We have done WAY more talking than we ever have done sewing.  Thanks to her I could piece a quilt together if my family were freezing and needed blankets.  I could also throw together a dish rag AND a oven mitt.  None of these would win the county fair, but I could do it.  

Thanks to Liz I am a better person.  I do not say that lightly.  She has made space for me for over 20 years.  There are endless stories that will surface on this website about how she has taught me...be very excited.  

But this recipe is what she has used to gather my entire family.  Every single person in our family will drop all plans to go to Mrs. Liz's if she is fixing tacos.  I need to note she makes her own tortillas.  It is my desire to video her making her own tortillas to share with you! There is nothing like them. (She also makes my favorite cupcakes.) I use this recipe to feed our family plus a few and we usually have a little bit left over.  Typically we are running to the fridge the next day to get to have the leftovers for lunch. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

 

Mrs. Liz's Tacos  (click here for recipe)

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 chopped onion (or equivalent dried and minced
1 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. oregano
1 t. sugar
1/2 chipotle powder
1 medium can of tomato sauce
1 regular sized can of Rotel tomatoes
1/4 cup of water

Brown ground beef and onions in large skillet.  Drain the grease and return to the same deep skillet.  Add all the spices to the meat and stir well.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Put the tomato sauce and Rotel tomatoes and water into the blender until smooth.  Pour this tomato mix into the skillet with the meat mixture.  Let this cook down, uncovered on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  You can melt cheese and put meat in tortilla.  Add your favorite fixings. I like mine best on tortilla chips.  

 

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Nanny's Sausage Balls

 

Ingredients  (click HERE for recipe)

1 lb. ground sausage
1/3 c. Dale's Seasoning
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
2  1/2 Bisquick

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Place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl like thelarge one in this set.  Mix them all completely.  You may need to use your hands to get them all worked in together.

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It should look something like this picture above when you are done mixing.

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After all the ingredients are completely mixed take small amount of the mixture (medium spoonful) into your hand and roll into a ball.  Fill a cookie sheet with the balls.  We use one like this one and it is completely full with one making.  This this cookie sheet works really well for this recipe and costs less than $10!

This picture of our youngest's hand so the sausage ball looks a bit bigger than it actually is.  (If you prefer your sausage balls to be large just allow a few more minutes in your cooking.)  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes.

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They are absolutely the best sausage balls we have ever had.  They also are a GREAT make ahead project.  They can be cooked and cooled completely and then placed in a freezer ziplock bag and frozen to use at a later time.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

 

 

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Steak Kabobs

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STEAK KABOBS (click here for recipe)

Shopping List

2 steaks (any cut but a very thin one)
1 small bag of small golden potatoes
1 small container of whole mushrooms
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of oregano
metal skewers (link at the bottom)

  • Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil and let cook on a boil for 8 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  
  • Cut the steak into bite sized (1 inch) pieces and place in a bowl with the cleaned mushrooms.
  • Put the  oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano in the bowl with the steak and mushrooms. Mix very well.
  • Let sit for at least a couple to hours to marinate in the fridge.
  • Remove the bowl and put the steak, mushrooms and potatoes on the skewers in whatever order you would like.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat.  Grill kabobs for 10-12  minutes. Flip the kabobs one time half-way through.  (adapted from a recipe found on www.letsdishrecipes.com)

 

 

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