Homemade Hamburger Buns

.... This is a really fun recipe to make if you want to change things up a bit at your summer grill-out or you can also serve these with your favorite soup, stew or chili during the winter!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup warm Water
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1& 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbls. minced Onion ( or 1/2 an envelope of Onion Soup mix)
  • 2 Eggs ( room temp.)
  • 4 cups Flour (you may need up to a 1/2 cup extra just depending on the day)

Directions: Mix everything except the flour in a big bowl, then add 2 cups of the flour, beat for 2 minuets with beater, then gradually add the rest of the flour – knead – let rise until it has doubled in size –  knead into roll shapes – then let rise again (at least 10 minuets – bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minuets.

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Happy Baking & Bon Appètit!

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Green Smoothie

...Hi Everybody! Sorry for the lack of post lately…been having a bad time of it with my internet access 😦 hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but until then – enjoy this smoothie recipe! 🙂

Refreshing and totally yummy – all while being healthy for you! Just don’t freak out at the strange green color…you’ll get used to it! lol

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Kiwi, Peeled And Sliced
  • 1 whole Ripe Mango, Chopped And Frozen
  • 1-½ cup Lifeway Coconut Chia Kefir (or Almond Milk Or Greek Yogurt)
  • ½ whole Frozen Banana, Sliced
  • 1-½ cup Fresh Spinach

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender (i use a Magic Bullet) until smooth and then serve immediately.

Optional extras to add: Chia seeds, Coconut, or Protein Powder.

Bon Appètit!

Cheesy Carrot Lasagna

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Happy Monday!  This is one of my favorite (comfort-food) type of meals. It’s super easy to throw together, and you can really change things up depending on how you like it…I’ve added things like horse-radish before, but again it just depends on how you prefer you meal to taste : )

Ingredients:

  • 1 box No-Bake Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 large jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 cups diced Carrots
  • 2 cups diced Zucchini
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped Kale
  • 16 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 bag /3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Starting with the noodles, Layer everything on-top of each other. Cover with Mozzarella, then Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minuets.

Crock-Pot Directions:  Just do the same layering thing with all the ingredients that you would normally do, but instead just put it in your crock-pot and then set it on high for 3-4 hours (or until completely heated and bubbling)

Tip: Times in cooking may vary depending on the brand of crock-pot you own, so just adjust your cooking time if you know from experience that it will take more or less time. 🙂

Bon Appètit!

Pot Roast

This has been a recipe that has been our family favorite. It is a hearty meal and is quick to pull together and easy to make. Great for one of those days you don’t have much time, just throw everything in the crock-pot in the morning and it simmers and awaits all ready to go by dinner time. Enjoy!

This is a song by, Kari Jobe, that has encouraged me many times, especially when going through rough times. I thought I would share it with you in hopes that it will bless you as well. Its called, “Steady My Heart” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJi_7f1cpbk

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast Recipe

Pot Roast

  • 1 pound red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3-4 lbs.)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups beef broth

Place potatoes and carrots in a 5 qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, rosemary, garlic salt, thyme and pepper; rub over roast. Place in slow cooker; top with onion and broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.

Yield: 6-8 servings

*picture and recipe from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/melt-in-your-mouth-pot-roast

Bread Bowls (how to make them!)

My goodness, it has been a quite a while since I lasted posted anything, due to the fact that I was having some difficulties with my account. Thanks to my good friend, “Cookin’ Cowgirl” I am back up and running again! 🙂

I found this recipe while browsing the internet for a good bread to make “soup bowls”. I  tried this recipe and really liked it. If your in a hurry this is probably not the day to make “bread bowls”,  they take a while to make. Once I tried to cut the rising time of the bread and it didn’t turn out very good. Make sure when you make this recipe that you allow yourself plenty of time so that you don’t feel rushed.

“He that can have Patience, can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Bread as a Bowl

Bread (How to make  homemade bread bowls)

  • Add 2 1/2 cups of warm water to a large mixing bowl, sprinkle 4 1/2 tsp. yeast into the water, stir until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Add 1 TBSP. salt,1 TBSP. sugar, and 2 TBSP. vegetable oil ti the yeast mixture. Stir well to combine, and then add 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in up to 4 more cups of flour, until a stiff dough is formed. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 10-12 minutes, or until a smooth, elastic consistency is achieved.
  • Lightly coat a large,  clean mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray, and then place the dough inside. Roll it around to coat all the sides with the spray, and then cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Place in a warm area of the kitchen, and allow the dough to rise for one hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Place the dough back onto the floured surface and punch it down to release any air. Divide into 6 equally sized portions and place them on two 9×13 greased cookie sheets and cover with a towel (allow each roll to have plenty of space to rise and expand) Let them rise for 45 minutes.
  • Combine one egg and 1 TBSP. of milk in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Remove the towels from the bread rolls, and use a basting brush to brush each with the milk and egg mixture. This will ensure a golden, crispy texture is achieved. (be careful not to overdo the glaze so that it flows down on the pan, if this happens it will burn on the bottom of the bread bowls) Place cookie sheets in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie sheets from the oven when the bread bowls are golden brown and done. Immediately cut the top about an 1 1/2 inches from the diameter in a full circle of the bread bowl, dig out the inside of the bread bowl until just the outer layer of the bread is left, (be careful not to break the sides of the bowl that will hold the soup in.) I put the bits of bread from each bowl into separate little glass bowls and place it next to each persons soup to eat and add to there soup. To serve ladle soup into each bowl, filling about 3/4 of the way full.

*picture from: http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/recipe-bread-bowl.html/2

Hasselback Potatoes

So i was browsing Pinterest the other evening and saw a recipe for these potatoes and just thought that they looked so good i had to make them ASAP! So anyway, i trotted off to the kitchen to gather all my supply’s (had some fun learning how to make evenly sliced potatoes) and ended up with the most amazing little potatoes on the planet!   Seriously you guys, Go Make Them! 😉

Ingredients:

  • 6 Medium Size Potatoes
  • 2 – 3 Cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tlbs. Butter
  •  Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 220˚C (425˚F). Put the potato on a chopping board, flat side down. Start from one end of the potato, cut almost all the way through, at about 3 to 4 mm intervals.

Arrange the potatoes in a baking tray – (a glass baking dish is the best) and insert the garlic in between the slits of the potatoes. Scatter some butter on top of each one. Then drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over top.

Bake the potatoes (covered with foil for 1/2 the time) for 40 minutes until the potatoes turn lightly crispy and the flesh is soft. – or 1 hour for a more crunchy almost chip like potato.

Bon Appétit!

Original Source

Italian Chicken Soup recipe by The Pioneer Woman

TPW_9662Hey Y’all!

I just wanted to let you in on a favorite soup of mine!  I first tried this recipe last fall, and it is a true crowd pleaser! 🙂

On side note: the reason why I’m not posting the recipe right here & now on Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen, is because The Pioneer Woman has a full length version (with pictures and everything!) already posted on her website….and also, i am working on a crock-pot/slow-cooker version of the recipe!  So anyways!  Head on over there for her fabulous –Recipe for Italian Chicken Soup – and enjoy her amazing recipe! 🙂

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

Hey Everybody! I was board of my “normal” kind-of oatmeal i was eating every morning, so i created a scrumptious new version that is a cinch to throw together!  It’s intensely rich and creamy, so it tastes like a real treat! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick Oats
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk, Almond or Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt (plain, or flavored)
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese

Optional Ingredients:

  • Egg Nog, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1 small Carrot (shredded)
  • Jam, Preserves, fresh or dried Fruit
  • Coconut, Chocolate, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, etc.
  • Maple Syrup, Sugar, Stevia or Honey (sweeten to taste- if needed)

Directions: Beat together all the dairy ingredients, then once you get it to a smooth texture, add your oats, and any other ingredients you would like incorporated, scoop into a dish, cover, and let refrigerate at least 5 hours before devouring!  🙂

Tips & Extra’s :

  • I perfer to use quick oats as apposed to whole/rolled oats, but since that’s just MY preference, you can use whatever you like! 
  • I make this at night before i head to bed so that first thing in the morning i can just grab it out of the fridge on my way out the door to work!  
  • This is a really creamy and dense oatmeal, so don’t think you’ve made it wrong if it appears to have the texture of that similar to a big gluey mess! lol  
  • I find it easier to store this recipe in Mason canning jars, but then again….that might just be me! 🙂

♥ Don’t forget to leave me a comment ↓ below ↓ if you like this recipe! Also, if you change anything when you make it, tell me what you did, and if you liked that better! ~ I’m always looking for new ideas to try!  ♥

Bon Appètit!

You can find a similar idea for this recipe here > http://www.theredheadriter.com/2012/07/overnight-no-cook-refrigerator-oatmeal-muesli/

Pork Roast Supper

Greetings~
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
As the cold, winter season draws near, I find it is time to bring out the steaming, warm meals. This is a hearty dinner and seems quite fitting for those chilly days. Enjoy!

Pork Roast Supper Recipe

Pork Roast Supper

  • 1 tsp. minced, fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. minced, fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp. minced, fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 boneless, lion roast (4 lbs.)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 3 small onions cut into chunks
  • 3 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 3 celery ribs – cut up
  • 6 med. red potatoes cut up

In small bowl, combine herbs, salt, garlic powder, curry powder and pepper. Set aside 1 TBSP. Rub remaining mixture over roast. Place in greased shallow roasting pan. Combine BBQ sauce and mustard; spread over roast. Sprinkle with brown sugar. In resealable bag combine veggies and oil and reserved herb mixture: Toss well arrange vegetables around roast. Pour broth into pan. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for an 1hr. and 40min. or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

*picture from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pork-Roast-Supper

Creamy Corn & Cheese Chowder

Morning Everybody!

This particular chowder has become our family’s “go-to” recipe for a good hearty lunch or supper. – It is pretty easy to whip-up, and it is a total people pleaser!  🙂

If you’d like to see the step-by-step tutorial for this recipe, go to the original post by Ree Drummond found >Here<

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 20 Minutes |  Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 3 slices Bacon, Cut Into Pieces
  • 3 whole Bell Peppers, Finely Diced (red, Yellow, Orange)
  • 5 ears Corn, Kernels Sliced Off
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock Or Broth
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 1 cup (heaping) Grated Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup (heaping) Pepper Jack
  • 1/3 cup Sliced Green Onions
  • Bread Bowls

Directions:  In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onions for a couple of minutes. Add bacon and cook for another minute or so, then add diced bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes. Finally, add corn and cook for a minute.

Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. Pour in broth and stir well. Allow this to thicken for 3 or 4 minutes, then reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half, then cover and allow to simmer/thicken for 15 minutes or so.

Stir in cheeses and green onions. When cheese is melted and the soup is hot, check seasonings. Add salt and pepper as needed.  Ladle into hollowed out (bread) boules and serve immediately.

 Bon Appétit!

-Oh, One last thing! I  will be posting the recipe that i used for the bread boules, and also a crock-pot (revised) version of this recipe in the near future – so keep an eye out! 😉

Photo & Recipe Shared from: The Pioneer Woman.com

Crock-Pot RO*TEL Chicken

Good-Morning Everyone! 

Thought i would share with you all a recipe that came from mom’s expertise experimenting in the kitchen a few weeks ago.  – Leave a comment for me if you find or think of any “perfections” that could be made to it!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Water (you don’t have to add this, but if you use only one can of RO*TEL’s you will probably need it.)
  • 2 cans Original RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
  • 2 cups (shredded/sliced) Colby Jack Cheese (you can use more or less depending on how you like it)

Directions: Now, there are  really two ways of making this recipe…Either way is fine, just your own preference which way you like best. -We do it both ways. 😉

#1.  Spread a can of the RO*TEL into the bottom of the crock-pot first, and THEN place your chicken in on top and cover with the water and second can of RO*TEL.

#2.  Put your chicken in the crock-pot, cover with water, and both cans of RO*TEL.

After you’ve assembled your chicken and toppings, Let cook in Crock-Pot on low/med. for about 6hrs.  Or if you need it done sooner, cook on High for about 3hrs.) – After the chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle the cheese right on top and let it melt there for a bit.   Serve over Rice or with Tortilla Chips and Sour Cream.    Serves approx. 6

Happy Cooking & Bon Appètit!

Disclaimer: This not a paid advertisement. I can assure you that the RO*TEL company has never heard of me before. – i just love their products and want to share!  Over and Out! 😉

Chicken Taco Soup

https://sweetsixteenscountrykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/chicken-taco-soup.jpg?w=300Chicken Taco Soup is possibly the most used recipe of them  all at my house.  -So no worry’s! – it’s a super quick meal to throw together and is guaranteed to make your day! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Black Beans
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can corn  [i prefer the frozen kind, but you can use the canned if you like it better]
  • 1 can diced Tomato’s (size is your preference, we normally use a big can of  med. chunky tomato’s)
  •  10 oz. can of Chicken, or 2 Chicken Breasts[(you’ll shred the chicken) you can cook 2 chicken breasts in water in the crock-pot before-hand and use the broth to base your soup]  Otherwise-
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • Water  (I’ll let you decide how much broth you want)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream

Now, i use both ways, so there really is no wrong….one is just easier! lol

Crock-pot: Combined everything in crock-pot and cook on high until hot and boiling…aprox. 4-6 hours.

Stove-top: Again combined everything together in a large cooking pot, and cook on high for about an hour[it may need more time] (make sure to stir it often so it doesn’t boil-over or burn)

Serve over Tortillas, sprinkled with cheese, and a dollop of sour cream!  🙂

 Happy Cooking & Bon Appètit!

Creamed Tuna and Peas on toast

Good afternoon!

“We do not understand the intricate pattern of the stars in their courses, but we know that He who created them does, and that just as surely as he guides them, he is charting a safe course for us.” ~Billy Graham

Creamed tuna is a quick, easy meal to make. It is good over buttered toast or mash potatoes.

Enjoy!

Creamed Tuna

  • 1 TBSP. butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 1-2 cans tuna
  • frozen peas
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt (amount as desired)
  • pepper (amount as desired)

Melt butter, and then fry the flour in the butter until brown. Add milk and stir. Drop in peas and tuna, and heat until it’s all thick and warm. Add more milk if needed to bring it to the consistency you desire. Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper for taste, then serve over  buttered toast or mashed potatoes.


Mr.E’s Meatball Chowder

A dear older couple that lived near us when we were growing up, used to invite all of us kids over for supper at least once a week, and on cold blustery winter days, their kitchen was the place to be!  You see, Meatball chowder was the only meal that Mrs. E would let Mr. E make without her supervision. lol  – it was his finest dish however, and whenever there was the rumor that Mr. E was to make it we would flock on over to “help” him, aka taste test! 😉   Anyhow, Meatball chowder is just one of those childhood recipes that never gets old and is a sure people please ‘r!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Meatballs  ( we cut them in half, but you don’t have too)
  • 1 tall can V8 Tomato Juice [round about 1  1/2 cups]
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1 tsp. Season Salt
  • 1 tsp. Marjoram
  • 1 tbs. Beef flavoring or very strong broth
  • 3 cups diced Potatoes
  • 3 cups diced Celery
  • 3 cups diced Carrots
  • 1 large diced Onion
  • 1 can Corn

Directions: Combine all the liquids together in a large cooking pot.  Add the spices/salts and let them dissolve/incorporate.  Next add your veggies and meatballs.  Let cook on high for 1 hour  stirring as needed- so as not to burn the pan. 😉

Tips: Mr. E always diced his veggies on the chunky side, and i think that is what made this recipe so hardy.   Also, to thicken you can add 2 tbs. of tapioca; corn starch or whatever you normally use to thicken your chowders.  ( Serves 8-10)

Happy Cooking and Bon Appétit!

Hot Colby Ham Sandwiches

Hello, welcome back!

“When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~Helen Keller

This is one of my favorite sandwiches to make, its easy and good!

Enjoy!

Colby Ham Sandwiches

  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 TBSP. mustard
  • 1 TBSP. dried minced onion
  • 1 TBSP. poppy seeds
  • 2-3 tsp. sugar
  • 9-12 dinner rolls (about 3-inch diameter), sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. sliced ham
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8-12 (as desired) slices or you can use shredded Colby cheese

In a small bowl, combine butter, mustard, onion, poppy seeds and sugar. Place roll bottoms, cut side up, on a large cookie sheet or pan . Top each with Colby cheese, ham and mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with half of the butter mixture. Replace roll tops. Drizzle with remaining butter mixture. Bake, uncovered, @350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Servings: 9-12 sandwiches