Some Favorite Recipes

Shrimp & Rice

1 cp raw rice, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 1/2 can Rotel, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup water 1/2 stick butter (melted), 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, little garlic or garlic powder

Saute onions in a little butter, Spray your casserole dish with Pam, Combine all the ingredients, bake @350 for an hour.

Optional.. 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

Italian Sausage and Pasta

1pound of Italian sausage, 1 bag of broccoli, 1 can roasted garlic chicken broth, 1 box bow tie pasta, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese

Brown sausage, cook pasta and broccoli according to directions on package (yes, I used the microwave to cook the broccoli)  Combine ingredients and pour the broth over it (I usually heat the broth in a bowl first).  Everyone can add as much parmesan and mozzarella cheese as they want.  (Since I can’t have dairy I try to leave it off most meals and let my family add it if they want.)

Dream Cookies

Cookies:  1 cup butter (softened), 1 cp sugar, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp cream (or milk) 2 eggs (well beaten) 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 to 3 1/4 cups flour

Cream together butter and sugar in mixing bowl.  Dissolve baking soda in the cream(or milk) and add to creamed mixture, mix well.  Add eggs & baking powder and mix.  Add flour in 1/2 cp at a time, add enough to make the dough stiff.  Roll dough 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter.  Bake at 350 until lightly browned. (my old stove used to be 10 to 12 minutes, my current one anywhere from 9 to 15 minutes)  Usually makes around 45 cookies, if you make them thinner you’ll get more but remember to reduce your cooking time, the cookies are more like a shortbread, not a thin sugar cookie.

Frosting:  3 oz cream cheese (softened) 1/2 cp butter (softened), 2 Tbsp milk, 1tsp almond extract & powdered sugar

Blend 1/2 cp butter, cream cheese, milk & extract in bowl (this is also when I add food coloring).  Beat in enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency.  (I usually get a knife and practice spreading on one of the broken cookies, if it’s too thick I add more powdered sugar, the more sugar you add the thinner it gets.)

Frost cookies and store in airtight container in fridge!!

Warning!!!!!  Give some of these cookies to a friend or otherwise you’ll find yourself having them for breakfast, lunch and supper!!

Let me know what you think if you make them.

Sausage Balls

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese shredded (optional use pepper jack cheese)
  • 3 cups Bisquick (biscuit baking mix)  You can use 2 cups but we like them to be more like sausage biscuits.
  • 1/4 cup milk  – you may need to add more


  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground sausage, biscuit baking mix and shredded cheese.
  • Use Pampered Chef scoop to scoop balls onto baking sheet
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the sausage is cooked through entirely.
  • Remove and serve with syrup or jelly

Virginia Lasagna

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 32 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/2 cup of water
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 8 oz lasagna noodles
  1. Brown beef & drain fat.
  2. Add sauce and water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in bowl the cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Use a baking dish and  and pour 3/4 cup of sauce on bottom,.  Layer with noodles, pour 3/4 cup of sauce on top.
  5. Add half of cheese mixture.
  6. Repeat with 3/4 cup sauce, noodles, 3/4 cup sauce, cheese mixture.   Layer until all the ingredients are gone, leaving the sauce on top.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes @ 350
  8. Take foil off and bake another 10 minutes.

I use the Pampered Chef baking stone to cook our lasagna