Our New Family Recipe Blog

Check out our new blog. I’ve been working on it for several weeks now.  I’m documenting our favorite recipes along with the ones I’d like to try, one day.  Take a minute and check  it out here.


Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

This is sort of my own creation.  I’ve taken 2 different recipes and turned them into this.  One of the recipes is from the America’s Test Kitchen book and the other was from a friend who had a recipe for a casserole.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

2 medium red (any color you like) bell peppers.  chopped in 3/4″ pieces

1 cup cooked brown rice

3/4 # ground chuck (80% is what I like)

1 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, pressed

1 sm can diced tomatoes, drained, reserve 1/4 cup

2 t dried parsley

1 1/4 c. of Monterey Jack/ Colby Cheese, shredded

1/4 c ketchup

salt and pepper to taste

First,  cook pepper pieces in the microwave for several minutes just until soften slightly. Meanwhile, cook meat, onion, garlic in oil.   Once that is cooked add the drained tomatoes, peppers, rice, 1/2 the cheese, parsley, then season to taste, mixing these ingredients well.  Put in a prepared casserole dish and mix the topping ingredients.  Stir together the ketchup with the reserved tomato juice, spread this on top of the casserole and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350* for 25-35 minutes or until hot.

4 servings

Weight Watchers  6pts per serving


Italian Sub Relish Recipe

This is soooo good!  You can put this on any sandwich and turn it into something great!  It’s easy and healthy too.

2 med. tomatoes, chopped

1 med. red onion, chopped

3 T. olive oil

1 T. red wine vinegar

2 t. dried parsley

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1 t. dried basil

1/4 t. red pepper flakes

pinch of oregano

Combined and refrigerate for an hour or more.  Add to subs or sandwiches.  Check here for the original recipe.


Pretzel Bites

Maybe you know this about me, maybe you don’t, but I like to try new recipes.  Here’s this Christmas seasons new recipe.  So easy that Nathan played a big part in making them.

Here’s the recipe:

one bag pretzels

one bag Hershey’s kisses (we chose dark chocolate)

one bag m&ms

Stack the kisses on the pretzels and heat in a 350* oven for about 5 minutes then press a m&m into the kiss.  Cool and eat.

Chocolate Coconut Ball Recipe

One of the fun things I did on vacation with all the driving time was to read through some old recipe books.  This recipe came from one of those community recipe books either from a church or other organization.  I cut up many books and saved only the “must try” recipes.  Here my first experiment.  These are delicious and if you like mounds bars, I think the recipe is very close to the same.  They are a hit in our house.  Yum.

Chocolate Coconut Balls

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

32oz bag of powdered sugar

2 cups finely chopped walnuts (original recipe called for pecans)

3 cups flaked coconut

2 bags of dark chocolate chips

Combine first six ingredients.  Blend until smooth. Chill over night.  Shape into nut size balls. Refrigerate until ready to dip.  Melt chocolate in microwave or in double boiler. Dip each ball in chocolate and place on wax paper.  Keep balls cool.  Makes 80-100.   Freezes well.

Baby Cupcakes

We just went to a baby shower this last Sunday. I made these cupcakes. They were quite a big of work. Mom actually make the cupcakes, and I decorated them.

I made the pacifiers out of starbursts. I heated them a little in the microwave to soften them and then rolled them flat, and shaped them while they were pliable. The shower wasn’t for twins, but I made two baby cupcakes so they’red be more than one to eat.

Homemade Bath Salts

Last fall the ladies from church got together and made homemade bath salts.  I really enjoyed mine and finally made a batch at home.

Here’s the recipe I used:

2 parts Epson salts

1 part sea salt

1 part baking soda

1/4 teaspoon glycerine

food coloring (optional)

essential oil of your choice (I used orange, about 10 drops)

mix thoroughly and store in clean glass jar.  Use 1/4-1/2 cup per bath.  Soothes sore muscles and softens skin.

Lucious Truffles


I have just made some wonderful chocolate, oreo truffles! They are dielicious! < I spelled it that way on purpose. :P It is a very simple recipe. I mixed up creme cheese and crushed oreo’s together and then put them in the freezer overnight in ball shapes. Then mom and I coated them in melted chocolate: a recipe for happiness!

This is just some random picture taken while I was making the truffles. I thought it was so hilarious I just had to throw it in. Nathan is such a goof!

Homemade Potato Rolls

by Beth

Amish Potato Rolls

1 c. mashed potato

1 c. sugar

½ c. butter

3 eggs, beaten

1 ½ t. salt

2 packages yeast

1 c. warm water

5 cups flour

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water, then add it to the mixture. Stir in about 3 cups flour. Add remaining flour while kneading. Knead until no longer sticky but still moist. Let rise until double.

Preheat oven to 325*. Roll out dough to 3/4″-1″ thickness. Cut into bun shapes with round cookie or biscuit cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Let rise until puffy but not doubled. Brush with milk. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Yields: 3 dozen

Prep time; 40 min.

Cook time: 40 min.

This recipe comes from Food Network. It is an Amish recipe.  Kayla made this batch and probably took the picture :o)

Dill Pickle recipe

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Favorite Dill Pickles  

16-20 small pickling cucumbers (about 3#)

2 cups white vinegar

2 cups water

2 Tbsp pickling salt

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

4 large heads fresh dill or 2 Tbsp dried

4 small cloves garlic

2 tsp mustard seeds

1. Cut a thin slice from the ends of each cucumber

2. Combine vinegar, water, salt and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

3. Remove hot jars from canner. Place 1 head fresh dill or 1 ½ tsp dill seed, 1 clove garlic and ½ tsp mustard seed in to each pint jar. Pack cucumbers into jars and pour boiling vinegar mixture over cucumbers to within ½ inch of rim. Process for 10 minutes for pint jars and 15 minutes for quart jars.

Makes 4 pint jars.

This recipe is from the Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving pg133

Cream Cheese Squares

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a recipe…

I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for a while.  I use to love the cream cheese danish from the Safeway Bakery.  It’s not the same but a great substitute to be able to make at home.  Definately a special holiday treat :)  Find the recipe here.

Garden Fresh Salsa

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a recipe…

4-5 medium ripe tomatoes, diced

1 medium white onion ,diced

3-5 garlic cloves, pressed

1 jalapeno, diced very fine

cilantro leaves, ½ bunch chopped finely

juice of one lime (or 1 T of lemon juice)

salt to taste

ground black pepper

This is a quick recipe with fresh ingredients and tastes great!

Refreshing lemonade

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a recipe…

We’ve had a lemon tree almost our entire  married lives.  Here’s our favorite recipe for lemonade:

1 cup lemon juice ( 5 to 7 lemons depending on size)

1 cup sugar

6 cups water

combine, ice, and enjoy :)

Kayla’s Banana Boat



a recipe… by Kayla

Take one banana and not cutting all the way through, make a ‘v’ down the center, taking out a little of the fruit. In your hole, put peanut butter and sprinkle chocolate chips or m&m’s on top.

Next, insert three big marshmallows on three clean toothpicks and insert them in the banana!


(originally taken from the USPS coloring book)