I have a few recipes that I really enjoy, mainly ’cause they’re easy and I know they taste good! Over time I’ll post recipes so you can try them to. Enjoy!

Mom’s Chili: This is one of my favorite things to eat on a cold day.

Ingredients: 1lb ground beef (lean), 1 med. onion diced (more or less depending on how much you like onions), chili seasoning, 1 can kidney beans, 2 cans tomatoes (I like the Del Monte Diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chilies), optional add 1 can of tomato sauce

Directions: Brown your meat, drain, cook in onion, add chili seasoning coating well, add in kidney beans and diced tomatoes. Cook ’til hot, enjoy with corn chips and cheese. I like to use the Tortilla scoops. Also sour cream is very tastey with this chili.

Dad’s Fruit Salad: A holiday favorite that everyone will enjoy! (You can make it anytime though.)

Ingredients: (If you don’t like an ingredient, don’t use it) 1 jar maraschino cherries, 1 can cherry pie filling, 3 bananas (sliced), 1 big can of pineapple tidbits, 4 small cans canned mandarin oranges, 1 large rugged halves canned peaches (NOT in heavy syrup – use all the liquid from this can), 1 large can of grapefruit pieces (red and white grapefruit in one can), 4 fresh apples (choose your favorite or a few favorites), 1 bag frozen strawberries, 1 bag frozen blueberries, 1 bag frozen black/raspberries, 1 can of whole cranberries cranberry sauce

Directions: mix it all up in a big bowl, serve and enjoy! You may want to let the frozen fruits to thaw some before serving.

Optional Toppings: shredded coconut, chopped pecans, whipped cream

Left Over Chicken Casserole: If you have some extra chicken left over (ours is always from eating crock-pot chicken the day before) this is a great dish to make the next day!

Ingredients: left over chicken (whatever you have), butter, 1 onion chopped, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 can milk, salt (to taste), curry powder (to taste), rice

Directions: Preheat oven to 350*. Put chicken in a casserole dish, saute onion in butter, pour on top of chicken. Mix soup, milk, salt and curry powder; pour all over chicken and onion. Bake for 1 hour. Serve on top of rice.

Easter Cookies with a Lesson: My grandmother saw this recipe in the newspaper yesterday. I love the lesson they put with it. It’ll be great to do with Hannah when she is older and can understand. I may try it before then though to see how it turns out for myself.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: 1 cup shelled pecan halves, Plastic zipper bag, Wooden spoon, 1tsp vinegar, 3 egg whites, Pinch of salt, 1 cup sugar, Tape, Bible

Directions: In the beginning, preheat oven to 300 degrees. (It is important to do this in advance. Don’t wait until you’re half finished with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper bag and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with electric mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn off the oven. You must not open the oven door until the next morning. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

Go to bed! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.