My Family’s Favorite Homemade Pancake Recipe

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My family loves pancakes. My kids always loved them for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. My husband doesn’t like to eat them as often as the kids always did. He loves blueberry pancakes, though. With no syrup. Me? I like extra real maple syrup on mine.  :)


blueberry pancakes


I like to have a bunch of pancakes in the freezer. Flash freeze the pancakes on a cookie sheet, then bag them. Or put waxed paper between the layers of pancakes so they don’t stick together.


freezer pancakes


That way, everyone can get their own for breakfasts or lunches. Or even snacks!


My Family's Favorite Homemade Pancake Recipe


 My Family’s Favorite Homemade Pancake Recipe

1 1/3 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons oil

1 cup milk


Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside

In another bowl, beat the egg. Add the oil & milk.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Batter will be a little lumpy.

Drop 1/3 cup of batter onto a lightly greased, hot pan or griddle. Cook until bubbles form on the top of pancake, about 2 minutes. Flip, and cook an additional 2 minutes, or until golden brown.


Makes 8-10 pancakes

Recipe can be doubled, or tripled. I usually triple it.

For mini pancakes, use 1 tablespoon of batter


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Resurrection Rolls – a Yummy, Sweet Dinner Roll for Easter or Anytime!


We have been making these rolls for years now. I don’t even remember how long, but it seems like they have always been part of our Easter celebration. Since we started celebrating Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we can no longer eat these on Easter. In fact, last year, these rolls were the most missed aspect of our former Easter Celebrations. So this year, I made them before Passover. The kids were so happy!



Resurrection Rolls

1 roll Refrigerated Crescent Roll dough, in the tube
8 marshmallows
2 TBS melted butter
4 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

We never measure. In fact, I, personally, have not made these in awhile, as the kids take over and want to do it all themselves. Leftover butter and cinnamon sugar can be used on toast, so we don’t mind if there are leftovers.



Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. To assemble, separate the crescent roll dough.




Dip a marshmallow into the melted butter, then into the cinnamon sugar.



Place onto the crescent roll. Seal the edges of the crescent roll securely.




If they are not sealed well, the marshmallow will leak out onto the cookie sheet while baking.

Bake according to package directions.




As you can see, some of ours opened while baking. That’s ok, they are still delicious!



So yummy!

You can tell the Easter story while assembling these rolls, that is, in fact, why they are called Resurrection Rolls. As your assembling the rolls, tell the kids that the marshmallow represents Jesus. The melted butter and the cinnamon sugar represent the oil and spices they anointed Jesus with. The crescent roll represents the tomb. After cooking, the empty roll represents the empty tomb.

My kids would actually eat these everyday, they are that good. Everyone that I have served these to, loves them. You will be glad you tried them, even if it’s not around Easter time when you make them.


Resurrection Rolls - a Yummy, Sweet Dinner Roll for Easter or Anytime!

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

My whole family loves this Taco Pasta Salad. I’ve been making it for over 10 years now.  This recipe is from the July/August 2006 issue of Country Woman Magazine. Everyone that I have served it to, loves it. Hope you do too!


Taco Pasta Salad Recipe



Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1  1/4 cups mayonnaise
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
3  3/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
3  3/4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground mustard
7 cups torn iceberg lettuce
1 – 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cups crushed nacho tortilla chips


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning; heat through.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, sugar and mustard; set aside.

3. Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Add beef and mayonnaise mixture; toss to coat. Add lettuce, tomatoes and cheese; toss to combine. Sprinkle with tortilla chips.

Serves 12-14


Taco Pasta Salad Recipe


Linda’s Notes:

  • You can use any bite size pasta. I have also used elbow, shells and other shaped pasta. They all work well.
  • I don’t like mustard, so I don’t use it.
  • I have used all kinds of lettuce, not just iceberg. I use raw spinach, too.
  • You can also use plain tortilla chips. Or none. I often serve this without chips.
  • We like to sprinkle the cheese on the top, instead of stirring in.
  • It’s delicious served warm like the recipe says. I also make this ahead of time and refrigerate. Served cold with or without chips it makes a great summer meal.



Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip


I made this Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip last week, and my family devoured it! Of course, my family loves anything with bacon. lol I went grocery shopping today and bought more supplies to make it for them again this weekend.



Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip


Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip



1/2 pound bacon, chopped or crumbled
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip


Combine all ingredients until well blended. Place into oven proof bowl (see notes below), smoothing the top.


Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip


Bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes. Time will vary according to the size of your bowl or pan. The bacon is already cooked, so you just need it to be hot and the cheese melty.


Serve warm with your favorite crackers.


Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip


Linda’s Notes:


I divided this recipe into two of the bowls shown in the pictures, each with about 1 1/4 cups of dip before baking. You could use a larger bowl, or even a 9×5 pan, and adjust the cooking time.


I used turkey bacon, but you could certainly use pork bacon.


You can also serve this with chips, instead of crackers. A pita chip would be great with it.


It’s so good!


Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

You Call THAT a Serving Size?!


My family laughs at serving sizes.

My kids laugh.

My husband laughs.


I hear “You call THAT a serving size?!” all the time!


I am the only one in my family that cares about serving sizes. Well, of the family members that still live at home. A couple of my adult kids now care about serving sizes, although they didn’t when they were younger.


You Call THAT a Serving Size?!


You Call THAT a Serving Size?!


I have to say that I agree with my family. Sometimes! Some of the serving sizes are laughable. Like the serving size of a banana is 1/2 of one. Or 3 crackers. Who only eats three crackers with their soup? Of course, if you are having one serving of cheese, which a one ounce serving is about the size of a pair of dice, then 3 crackers would be proportionate.


I have always tried to teach my kids to eat healthy foods. I did let them have sugar snacks, too, I just tried to teach them moderation. That mostly worked until they got old enough to have money. Then they would run to the store and buy lots of junk food. Then proceed to eat it in front of me, “Look! I’m more then the serving size!”. lol They outgrew that, thankfully. They figured out that they would never have money for anything else if that kept spending all their money on junk food. An important lesson to learn for when they start doing their own grocery shopping.


Despite my family laughing at serving sizes, I still try to fight the good fight to try to teach them healthy eating. And that it’s ok to have snacks sometimes, too, in modest portions. Because how sad would life be without baking (& eating!) cookies with your kids, having birthday cake, wedding cake, and mom or grandma’s special dessert?


So if your family is like mine and laughs at serving sizes, just keep reminding them. Telling them, and showing them, what the correct servings sizes are will sink in eventually. Maybe not until they are adults, but you will have set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating.



Homemade Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe

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I don’t normally buy cream soups, so this is perfect for me to keep on hand for cooking.

I had some cubed steaks in the freezer from our 1/2 cow that we bought. I put them in the crockpot with the soup made from this mix. They were so good!

When we have deer meat, I also like to cook it in the crockpot with this cream soup. Any meat, actually, is good cooked in this cream soup.

I don’t like mushrooms, so this cream soup is perfect for me to use in place of cream of mushroom soup in recipes.


Homemade Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe


Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe

2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine these and store in an airtight container.

To use for soup, combine 1/3 C mix and 1-1/2 C water. Bring to a boil while stirring often. Add a vegetable for more flavor, such as diced celery, sliced mushrooms , or some diced broccoli.

To substitute for canned cream soup: Mix 1/3 cup mix with 1 1/4 cups water. Boil for a few minutes, stirring well to prevent sticking.

The chicken bouillon can be replace with beef, or vegetable.

If you only have bouillon cubes, you can unwrap the cubes, place in a zip top freezer bag, and crush.


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12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again


Everyone in my family has their favorite foods that they like to eat all the time. So I find myself make these recipes again and again.


I hope you find some new favorites for your family!


12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again


12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again


Cincinnati-Style Chili – This chili served over spaghetti is so good! It has a different taste to it than the chili with beans that is eaten like a soup/stew. I didn’t put a lot of cheese on it for the picture so you could actually see the chili, but cheese piled high and covering it all is the traditional way to serve Cincinnati-Style Chili.

Cincinnati Style Chili


Jag – is a recipe I got from my mother in law years ago. They got it from a lady from Portugal when she made it for them. They said she made hers with fish. Jag is an easy, one pan dish that everyone will love. Even kids!


Jag One Pan Rice Dish Recipe


Skillet Sausage Pasta – This easy skillet dinner is so good! My whole family loves it.


Skillet Sausage Pasta


Chicken Pasta Salad – I’ve been making this recipe for over 20 years. It’s one of our favorite summer meals. So good!


Chicken Pasta Salad


Macaroni Salad – This is the best macaroni salad I have ever had! I got this recipe about 10 years ago from an email group I was in. It has just the right balance of vinegar and sugar.


Macaroni Salad



Fried Green Tomatoes – This is a southern dish that others in the country are finding out about. My husband loves these! He would pick all the tomatoes in our garden when they were green if I let him! Sliced green tomatoes freeze great, so we can enjoy these all winter.


fried green tomatoes


World’s Easiest Candy – This candy is a favorite of my whole family, and everyone that we have given it to. Like the name says, it the easiest candy to make.


World's Easiest Candy


Chocolate Marble Loaf – I started making this recipe over 30 years ago. This cake baked in a loaf pan is so moist and delicious. You don’t frost it, though. Served with whipped cream, and maybe a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and it’s a dessert great for the family and company alike.


Chocolate Marble Loaf


Gluten Free Applesauce Gingerbread – I love making this around the holidays as these are the flavors that are usually served that time of year. I have made this cake with regular all purpose wheat flour and gluten free all purpose flour. It’s yummy either way.


Gluten Free Applesauce Gingerbread


Brownies are a favorite of many, many people. Including my family! This recipe makes 2 13×9 pans of brownies. If you are not serving them to a crowd, brownies freeze great. Frozen brownies thaw quickly at room temperature so are very convenient to have on had for when friends visit.


Brownies for a Crowd


Banana Bread – This recipe can be made with wheat flour (white) or can be made gluten free. And it tastes great either way!


Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe


Quick, Easy No Bake Granola Bars – So easy & so good!


Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars