Friday, May 31, 2013

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I have had so many people reach out to me (Thank You!).  Praying for me (and it's working), serving me (I can't express my gratitude for this), and feeding me (yum, yum)!  My sweet friend, Tara, made these delicious Oreo Rice Krispie Treats for me and knew I had to share the recipe with you.  I think she found it on Pinterest, of course!

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
20 regular Oreo cookies, chopped and mashed
6 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
4 Tablespoons butter
white chocolate for drizzle (optional)
Grease a 9 x 13 pan with butter.  Put Rice Krispie Cereal in a large bowl.  Add the chopped, mashed oreo cookies. (You can put the cookies in a zip lock bag and crush with the handle of a knife.  Crumbs should be different sizes from chunky to fine.)  Sir together.

In a medium sauce pan, heat butter and marshmallows together over medium heat, stirring constantly, until they melt together.

Pour melted marshmallows over cereal and oreos and use a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to quickly combine all ingredients.  Spread mixture into the 9 x 13 dish.  Use spatula to press the mixture around the dish and flatten as needed.  Let sit until completely cooled and the drizzle some white chocolate on top.  Let it set until hardened.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Easy Fruit Salad

Easy, Fruit Salad
This fruit salad is so-o-o-o easy and so-o-o-o good.  My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me and everyone loves it.  Hope you will love it too.

Easy Fruit Salad

2 (20 oz.) cans of pineapple chunks (I use the no sugar added)
1 -2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 jar cherries, drained and rinsed
3 bananas, sliced
1 small package vanilla instant pudding (regular or sugar-free)

Drain the pineapple chunks, reserving 1 cup of the juice.  Put the pineapple chunks in a large bowl.  Add the drained mandarin oranges and the drained, rinsed cherries.  Mix the vanilla pudding with the pineapple juice and add to fruit.   Add the bananas right before serving. 

**You can add chopped pecans if you'd like.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Easy Breezy Vegetable Soup

Has it really been since February 12, 2013, that I have shared a recipe.  I do have an excuse--promise!  On February 13, 2013, I was at Institute and tripped on some chairs.  I caught my fall, but almost crushed one of the students.  When I came home, I decided to check myself to see if I might have bruised myself.  As I checked, I found a lump in my breast and you can guess the rest of the story.  I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and started chemotherapy on March 5, 2013.  I'm doing good and know it's in the Lord's hands.  In the meantime I do have lots of recipes to share.  Cancer can't stop me from cooking!  I'll start out with something a little healthy.  This is my sister's easy vegetable soup, and it is delicious.

Easy Breezy Vegetable Soup

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
2 onions, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 package frozen lima/butter beans (I like the baby ones)
1 package frozen corn
1 package frozen cup up okra
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cans water
2 beef bouillon cubes

Brown meat in a little oil.  Add onions.  Cook until onions are soft.  Add tomatoes and seasoning.  Add all the vegetables and 2 cans of water.  Bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are done. (My sister simmers hers for about 1 1/2 hours.)

Serve with cornbread.  Also good served over rice.(You know us Southerners--we love rice!)

I personally did not like so much the corn. Mainly because corn doesn't like me :-)  I would only put in 1/2 the package of corn.  You could also add other veggies that your family might like.  It is really delicious soup and doesn't take much time to prepare.  Yes, I like quick and easy and this soup is both!