Annie’s Cookbook Recipes: Impossible Pie


If you missed the intro to this series check it out here.

Great Grandma had ten children.  Phil, Bill, Agnes, Ruth, Linda, Jerry and Joe (twins), and three others whose names I do not remember. They are not talked about much as they died in a terrible kerosene heater accident, the youngest was only a few months old.  Grandma survived a lot.  Great Grandpa had been a farmer, who put down his plow one day and decided to become a preacher.  No training at all he just started preaching. From what I’ve been told he was amazing to listen preach. 

Grandma was good at doing things that seem impossible; like giving birth to twins (while becoming a grandma herself), after losing three kids in a fire, and while taking care of a husband who had lost his legs to diabetes.  She was a fighter, a God fearing mother, sister, friend, and one of the funnies women I’ve ever known (as long as you didn’t interrupt General Hospital).

So today I give you the impossible:


4 eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 cups milk

1 /2 stick melted butter

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp vanilla

17 oz can coconut angel flake (or cellophane package)

Mix sugar and flour, add eggs. add other ingredients and mix.

Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees

they make own crust



From Great Grandma “Charlie” (Mrs. Annie)

Being called “Charlie” was an old family joke that probably went on a little too long.  Her name was actually Annie, and she was my maternal Great Grandmother.  I am truly blessed that she lived long enough to meet my first child and I have pictures of Great Grandma Charlie, Nana, Mom, Doodlebug and myself.  She passed away at 93 years young, while I was pregnant with daughter number two.  Today I received these in the mail:
Inside was this note:
Momma had sent them in a box full of stuff we had left behind on our last visit.  She was cleaning out some stuff in her kitchen and stumbled upon the small stack of recipe books she was asked to keep for me.
I cried when I opened them to see Great Grandma’s hand written recipes and the clippings that she chose to save from old magazines.
I thought it might be fun to scan some of them and share them with my readers !
With fall arriving and apple picking all around, I picked this one to be the first:
4 medium sized yams (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 large apples
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Scrub yams. do not peel. Cook, covered, in a small amount of boiling water until almost tender (about 20 minutes). Drain and cool. Remove skins and cut into quarters. Cut each apple into eighths; remove core section. Arrange yams and apples in shallow baking pan. Combine butter or margarine, corn syrup and cinnamon; pour over yams and apples. Bake in 375-degree oven 1 hour basting often. Makes about 4 servings.
I tried to find mention of what paper it was printed in or even what year but the only info remaining was the name of Molly Hamill, Staff Writer, left on an article on the back.
If you decide to try this recipe please come back and link up!

Healthy and frugal is saving my sanity

I’m not sure if my Taderbug is just a very ‘active’ kid

I mean she flippin’ jumps up and down like a yip yip dog while trying to ask you for a bowl of cereal

or, if maybe she’s got a little too much dye in her diet but we’re going to try something even if it’s wrong.

Two weeks ago, we took the girls to the grocery store and let them pick out some flavored water.  We avoided aspartame and kept an eye out for too much herbal extras.  Our focus right now isn’t on avoiding sugar, it’s on avoiding food coloring and after choosing a couple different varieties we headed home with about $40 worth of WATER in our cart.

I HATED spending that much on water BUT if it broke her from her normal drinks then it was worth it.

and it did…

which means now this frugal momma needs to find a way to NOT spend $40 in water at the grocery store.

Today we are drinking cucumber lemon water… no sugar… and she IS DRINKING IT!


I filtered the water through my Brita pitcher, cut up a small cuke and shot in a squirt of lemon juice. (My midwife says the lemon is good for the liver.)

Tomorrow, we’ll try cherries and frozen berries!

Power Protein Bars : A recipe for my hubby

SweeeetDaddyD likes to workout.  He chugs down some fruity supplements, all named something macho like MEGAMAN, NITRO, TESTO, OPTI-FLEXA-NANOVAPOROUS-GONNA-MAKE-A-MAN-OUT-OF-YA.  Then he tosses a couple kids up in the air, to show off warm up his biceps, and heads down into the garage for his workout.  Ipod in his ears, he ignores all of us until the end, when he hollers for me to come spot him for his “Skull Crushers”.

**pretend you don’t see me rolling my eyes okay**

I love the new him…  he can move furniture with one hand so I can vacuum.  He no longer huffs and puffs (either in exhaustion or while whining) about loading and unloading the car for me after a trip to my moms house.  His posture is better, his attitude is better, and well…  them biceps ain’t looking too shabby either *wink*.

This new lifestyle has one hard side effect: he needs protein.  A LOT of protein.  This man could eat half a cow for dinner. 

I keep pickled eggs on hand for quick protein packed breakfasts for him.  He switched from regular yogurt to greek yogurt.  He started packing tuna and wraps for his lunches and packing protein bars for his snacks. 

Can I just say those protein bars are EXPENSIVE!  I made him wait until they were 10 for $10 at Kroger because I just could NOT spend that kind of money. 

But my baby was hungry.  He’s not happy when he’s hungry.  There had to be another option.

Homemade Power Bars…. yep, fancy granola bars…

I went to my favorite easy recipe site and found Playgroup Granola Bars. After a few substitutions this is what I had:

Power Bars

Here is the list of ingredients from the original recipe (what I subbed out is in Purple):

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup chocolate whey protein shake mix

1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup ground flax seed

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup raisins (optional) added cranberries, raisins and pecans !

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract



I wrapped each one in a plastic wrap so hubby could just grab it and go!  He’s now shared it with some of his coworkers and I’m thinking I might be making a LOT more of these !

You can mix and match all sorts of goodies inside them!

If you decide to try these, or have made your own recipe before, please share it with us in the comments (links to your blog posts are welcomed!)

Homemade Pizza Crust – Best Pizza Night Ever!

Last week I tweeted out a need for an easy, quick, last minute homemade pizza crust and two wonderful friends sent me back recipes!  Funny thing, it was the same recipe!  Big thanks to @adjunctmom and @rhoni_renee for their help!

Here’s the recipe:

1 package active dry yeast

1 tsp white sugar

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups bread flour

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water,  and let stand until creamy.

Stir in flour, salt and oil. Blend until smooth. Let rest 5 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker’s peel dusted with cornmeal.

**here’s where the recipes varied

@adjunctmom :  bake crust lightly in oven until lightly brown, flip and bake other side… top and finish baking

@rhoni_renee :  Spread with toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes 


It can actually be split into two crusts if you prefer a thinner pizza. 

The night I tweeted for the recipe I tried it, making one thick crust pizza and it was delicious!  My plan was to make pizza for the kids and something else for Hubby and myself but gosh it smelled so good!!!  I brushed my pan with olive oil and sprinkled on some italian herbs and cornmeal so it looked a little more like Domino’s pizza.

This past Saturday we split the dough in half (one for the kids and one for us) and then split the kid’s dough in half again so they could each have their own personal pizza.

Mini Pizza


We decided to take our up a notch:


Taco beef, Taco Sauce, Pace Picante, Green and Red Peppers, Onions, Cheeeeeeeese and Sour Cream (not in the picture).   This mexican pizza was AWESOME!

Next time I’m making homemade alfredo sauce and chicken pizza!


Thanks ladies for the great recipe!

There was a menu plan..and then

I had a plan, and then I squashed it. 

I called my mom today, trying to act like it was all HER idea to start with, and invited myself and all my kids to her house this weekend!

I can get away with stuff like that.  Peanut helps.  He’s little and growing fast so Mom isn’t going to miss a chance to see him.

Yes, I’m totally using it to my advantage.  Terrible isn’t it.


I’m not leaving until Thursday so I still have HALF a week of meals planned out.

Here they are:

Tonight: Crockpot roasted chicken.  (check out our new BlogFrog community, where I just talked about cooking this FROZEN chicken LOL)

Tomorrow: Crockpot Chicken Tetrazzini

Wednesday: Bread Bowls and Chili :  this is our freezer night, where we’ll eat something that I made earlier (OAMC).  The bread bowls will be new from a recipe I found here.

We’ll leave Thursday (does anyone else see me visiting Chik-fil-a on the way to the interstate?) and be back sometime Sunday.

What are the chances my kitchen won’t be a wreck when I get home?  Does your spouse keep things clean while you’re away?

A shortcut to a yummy recipe: One bowl burrito pie

There is a recipe called burrito pie, that I started making last summer, that my husband LOVES. Actually, I love it, and I made it for my IRL buddy Jessica after her baby was born and now she LOVES it!
Burrito Pie
The original recipe is here on .
I do not know how to follow a recipe so mine, pictured above, is made a little differently every time I cook it.
Well, hubby had been requesting it but in my current condition working that hard for a meal that only he and I will eat just was NOT happening.
With the girls gone last week, I decided to see if I could make a shortcut version with the same bang as the original.  It worked!
I made my ground beef, with taco seasoning, as usual.  When it was done, I mixed in a little Pace Picante and some sour cream.   Then instead of making my rice with beef broth like I did before, I broke out a box of Zataran’s Spanish Rice (very spicy!).  Then I heated up a drained can of black beans.  I tossed all three items in a big deep bowl, topped it with cheese, a little lettuce and some taco sauce and handed hubby a big bowl of tortilla chips!
Well, we fought over the last bowl.  He won, simply because Peanut prevents me from eating as fast as he can.
I love one bowl dishes!
What’s your favorite recipe makeover?

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TaderDoodle's Shepherd's Pie … or something like that

duck shepherd's pie at collins pub
Image by poopoorama via Flickr

One of my favorite meals to make is what I CALL
Shepherd’s Pie.
Apparently it is NOT that at all (according to EVERY recipe site out there), it is supposedly more like a Cottage Pie.  One has gravy and maybe even tomatoes, one does not.  Seems everyone has a different idea of what exactly it is.
Mine is quite simply seasoned browned ground beef, mashed potatoes, and corn – give or take a few things depending on what is on hand at the time.
Call it what you will it’s yummy, it’s easy, and it’s the first casserole style dinner I ever saw my husband eat (and he fought me for the last piece).
Potatoes                                          Ground Beef
Onions (or Lipton Secrets)           Corn
Butter, Salt, Pepper, Pie Crust is optional
1. Brown ground beef with onion or recipe secrets, drain and set aside
2. Fix mashed potatoes
3. Pie crust is optional
4. Lay pie crust in casserole dish, layer beef, then potatoes, then corn, a couple pats of butter and top crust.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until crust is done (or until butter melted if no crust)

Shepherd's Pie Recipe Card

4x3 Shepherd's Pie Recipe Card

I recommend using more than just one pound of ground beef.  My dish is pretty big and we’re pretty hungry so I usually will make two pounds, along with a big pot of mashed potatoes.  Any extras can always be saved for later or used in the next nights meal.  (Potato pancakes ROCK!)
I’ve only made it with a pie crust twice, and it was Pillsbury from the refrigerated section.
Do you have a favorite casserole dish that isn’t quite what the normal recipe states? I’d love it if you’d share! I’m terrible at actually following a recipe.

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Baked Sketti Moofins…

(When you say “moofins” think “Swedish Chef”)

On Monday, I announced that today’s menu was going to include a ‘mom-came-up-with-this-so-beware’ recipe that I called “Baked Spaghetti Muffins”.

Since then it has progressed into “Baked Sketti Moofins” because when mommy cooks like this, so random, ain’t got no recipe, winging it even though the oven is smoking, I start to feel like the Swedish Chef. 

My thought was this: if some lady can make mac and cheese in a muffin tin then I can make spaghetti in one. 

My tummy said: put this on a garlic butter biscuit and I’m in!

I’m happy to say it was a hit.  Not that they ate it. They had spaghetti in a bowl.  But they both thought it was the coolest thing ever! The baby and I ate a moofin though.  Two of them actually. 

As you will see they aren’t really moofins… or muffins… just in that shape.  They actually sit on a biscuit.

So, lets start with the basics… you need  a sauce…

Ours was from a jar, with ground beef added.  Next time I’ll add extra tomato sauce so it won’t be quite as thick.
Then there needed to be noodles!

Once again I planned a spaghetti meal without remembering to pick up spaghetti noodles. Ours were angel hair.  I tried to make them a little al dente (per Betty Crocker suggestion) but these noodles cook super fast!  I was cooking while chatting it up with my neighbor and had cooked these in advance.  They came out fine; however, next time I’ll toss them back in the pot with some butter or EVOO and do more to keep them moist.
Then of course, we need the biscuit.  My plan was to use some canned biscuits.  Again, I planned something while just assuming that I had the ingredients.  Out came Betty Crocker again to get a quick basic biscuit recipe.  We opted for the Baking Powder Biscuits….
 Being the terrible short-cut-taker that I am I did NOT knead, OR roll, OR cut… I made a ball, played with it like it was playdoh and patted it into a circle that fit the muffin pan.  This pan was for the big muffins.

Once they were all in the pan, I added a good ole pat of butter and a sprinkle of garlic powder.
Let the layers begin 🙂
Swirl up some noodles into a ‘nest’ and put it on the biscuit.
Then scoop up some sauce. Don’t be afraid to squoosh it down, pile it on, and let it stick way up!
Don’t forget to top it with some cheese!  All I had was shredded Parm, but some mozzarella would have been yummy!  I baked them at 350 degrees (the biscuit recipe wanted it hotter than that, but I had something in the bottom of my oven that was going to smoke… so I turned it down and crossed my fingers)

12 minutes later we had Baked Sketti Moofins!

The test…. will they stay in the MOOF
IN shape?


Why yes they did…  and under that pile of noodles is a very very yummy biscuit!

Tips:  Keep noodles moist, make the sauce a little saucy, and be hungry!