Food - Family -Faith

Food - Family -Faith
Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tropical Chicken Salad

This is a delicious Chicken Salad with fruit and nuts.  It is a version of what I consider a gourmet salad and would cost you a high price for a scoop at a deli and you can make a whole bowl at home for the price of one serving at the deli.  It is also good served with crackers for a party or on a sandwich or croissant.

2-13 oz. cans of chicken breasts, drained
1-20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
2 stalks celery finely, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 heaping tablespoons mayonaise
**I use Duke's Light

Mix all ingredients together.  Chill


Deborah H. Bateman
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ham Casserole Recipe

This is a good recipe to use your leftover ham in.

5 cups potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cups ham, diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk

Mix all together and place in a casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 mins. to 1 hour until potatoes are done.  You can garnish the top with grated cheddar cheese if you would like when it is done.  Approx. 6 servings


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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Deviled Egg Recipe

I just got finished making these Deviled Eggs, so I thought I would share the recipe with you.
Mine are in the fridge ready for dinner tomorrow.

1 dozen eggs, boiled
2 heaping tbsp. mayonaise
   **I use Duke's Light
2 heaping tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. mustard
salt & pepper to taste


Put eggs in pot of cold water sprinkle with salt.  Bring to a boil, then cut off heat & put lid on
pot & let sit for 15 minutes.  Pour off hot water & replace with cold water.  Peel eggs, cut in
half longways, remove yolk.  Mash yolk with a fork, add mayo, pickle relish, mustard, salt &
pepper.  Put egg filling in egg whites with a teapoon or pipe it in.  Sprinkle with paprika for


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Sour Cream Pound Cake

I had this cake in the oven while I was typing this recipe.

2 sticks butter
6 eggs
1/4 tsp baking soda mixed into sour cream
8 oz. sour cream
3 cups sugar
3 cups plain flour
1 tbsp. vanilla flavoring

Cream butter, add sugar, add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Add flour one cup at a time and beat well.  Add sour cream mixture.  Add vanilla flavoring.  Put cake into bundt or tube pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Bake for about 1-1/2 hours.

**It helps if you have someone operating the mixer while you add the ingredients.  My granddaughter helped me by operating the mixer while I added everything to the bowl.

   I decided on Strawberry Short Cake for my dessert.


Banana Split Dessert Recipe

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2-8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar
2-8 oz. cool whip
1 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
4-6 bananas, sliced
chopped nuts
marischino cherries

In 13x9 glass baking dish combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.  Cool.  With electric mixer cream the cream cheese add confectioners sugar, stir in 1 container of cool whip.  Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.  Top with a layer of sliced bananas, then a layer of crushed pineapple.  Top with cool whip.  Garnish with cherries and chopped nuts, if desired.  Chill for several hours or overnight.  Cut in squares to serve.


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Friday, April 22, 2011

Squash Casserole Recipe

2 lbs. tender yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup saltine cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice squash and cook with onion in a little bit of water until soft, then drain.  Chop squash with spatula.  Add cracker crumbs, butter and most of the cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat eggs slightly, add cream and mix into squash.  Pour into buttered casserole dish.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees until done. Makes 8 servings.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Broccoli Casserole Recipe

2-10oz. boxes frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 eggs
1 roll Ritz crackers, crushed
2 tbsp. butter, melted

Cook broccoli until partially done, about 5 minutes.  Mix first 5 ingredients all together.  Place in 1-1/2 qt. casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkle top with crushed crackers and drizzle with melted butter.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serves 6

*You can double this recipe & bake it in a 13x9 casserole dish if you are feeding a large crowd.
 **I put the broccoli in the microwave to cook it in the same dish I am going to bake the casserole in.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pineapple Casserole Recipe

This is a great side dish if you have baked ham for your Easter dinner or anytime.

2 lg.cans crushed pineapple, in own juice, drained
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tblsp. plain flour
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 roll ritz crackers, crushed
1 stick margarine or butter, melted

Mix together the sugar and flour, add pineapple and cheese.  Put in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Mix together ritz crackers and butter and spread on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


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Potato Salad

This is enough potato salad for a crowd.
If you need a smaller amount divide everything in half.

1-5lb. bag red potatoes, boiled or steamed then diced
6 boiled eggs, chopped or mashed with a fork
4 heaping tbls. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. mustard
Mayonaise-(I prefer Duke's Light) to desired consistency
Salt & Pepper to taste

Steam potatoes til tender, cool, peel & dice.  Add chopped eggs, picke relish, mustard, mayonaise, salt & pepper.  Sprinkle top with paprika (if desired) for decoration. 


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Dinner Menu

Have you got your Easter Menu together yet?  I thought I would share mine with you, then I will be sharing some of the recipes this week.  Easter is always a fun time at our house.  We go to church, then after church the kids and grand kids come over, we have dinner and then we have an Easter egg hunt for the little ones.  Later in the afternoon we have coffee and dessert.  We make it a family day of celebration to celebrate our risen Lord.  

Baked Ham
Deviled Eggs
Butter Beans or 
Green Bean Casserole
Collard Greens and Cabbage

Chocolate Delight
Strawberry Shortcake using this
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Banana Split Dessert

**I haven't decided which Dessert I will make, but these are the ones I am thinking about.

What are some of your favorite things to make for Easter Dinner?

Here is a good recipe to make with your leftover ham:
Ham Casserole Recipe


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Basic Recipe
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 lg. onion diced
1 (13.25 oz) box Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Penne Pasta
1 (15 oz) jar Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce
1 bag Tyson Grilled Chicken Strips Fajita Style or grilled chicken breasts
1/4-1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
Add More Veggies and Nutrients
1 bag fresh spinach or 1 box frozen chopped spinich, thawed and drained
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half, or 1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, or 1 can sliced mushrooms, drained

Heat oil in pan for a minute or so, then add diced onion saute until clear.  While onion is cooking heat water to boil for pasta and cook pasta according to package directions.  If you want to increase the veggie and nutrient content you can add the spinach to the onion mixture, then add the chicken and cook until the chicken is thawed out.  I usually use the side of the spoon and cut the chicken strips into bite size pieces. If you use the whole chicken breast you can cook them in the oven while making the sauce and then add to the sauce at the end. Then add the Alfredo sauce and milk and simmer until heated through.  If you want to add the tomatoes add them last. Drain Pasta and mix it all together or serve Chicken Alfredo over pasta.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

**If you want you could use boneless skinless chicken breasts and slice them and season them, but I use the Tyson ones for convenience and I like the Fajita flavored, because it makes it more flavorful or I use the Tyson whole grilled chicken breast.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

This is what I call a pantry meal.  You can have the stuff in your pantry then when you need to mix something up in a hurry it is there.  It only takes a few minutes to mix up then put it in the oven and do something else while it's baking.  As a matter of fact mine is in the oven right now while I am typing this post. Sometimes I add the mushrooms and onions and sometimes I make it without them. Either way it is good.

1 13oz. can chicken breast, in water
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup milk  (I use evaporated skim milk-it makes the filling richer)
1 can sliced carrots
1 can sweet peas
1 4oz. can  sliced mushrooms (if desired)
1/2 cup chopped onion (if desired)
2 deep dish pie shells

Mix first 3 ingredients chopping chicken, add peas and carrots, mix thoroughly.  Fill one of the pie shells then put the other pie shell upside down on top of the pie.  Bake at 350degrees for 30-45 minutes.  If you have a speed bake on your oven you can use that, if not preheat the oven to 350, then bake.

Makes 4-6 servings

**If you need to feed more people you can double the recipe and make 2 pies.
That is what I do when I have the kids and grandkids for dinner.

Do you have a quick pantry type meal or chicken pot pie recipe you would like to share with us?  If so, leave it in the comments.


Deborah H. Bateman

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Links to My Favorite Coupon Sites

In this day and time it costs a lot of money to put your favorite dinners on the table. I like using coupons to help cut down on expenses.  Believe me I am not as good at it as some people are, but I am in the learning mode and am interested in saving money to operate my household in any way I legitimately can.  I have been connecting on the internet to quite a few different websites that offer coupons and tips for saving money.  I was asked to share those sites, therefore I am compiling a list of some of the ones I use on this page.  I am sure there are a lot more that I probably don't know about.  I hope this will help you in saving money while giving your family the best meals possible.

Faithful Provisions

Coupon Mom

$5 Dinners

All You

Money Saving Mom

Coupon Diva


The Krazy Coupon Lady

Southern Savers

Coupon Chief

Coupon Cabin

The Frugal Girls

Do you know of any other websites that you use that I have not listed?  If so, please leave a comment and share them with us.
If you have any money saving tips you would like to share please leave a comment.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Taco Salad Recipe

1 head iceburg lettuce
1 tomato chopped
1 lb. hamburger
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup water
1 can light red kidney beans, drained
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Salad Dressing-I prefer Ken's Country French
---You can add any other toppings you like: such as sour cream or salsa.

Brown and chop hamburger, drain.  Add taco seasoning mix & 1/2 cup of water.  Let simmer a few minutes until most of the water is cooked away.  Add kidney beans to meat mixture and let it cool to room temperature.  Chop lettuce. Add tomato, shredded cheese, and hamburger mixture.  You can layer it or mix it all together. Enjoy!


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Monday, April 4, 2011

Chili N Beans - Mexican Style

This is one of our family favorites, especially when the weather turns cold in the fall and winter. I usually make a double recipe, which is shown in this picture, because we like having it reheated the next day.

Chili N Beans - Mexican Style


1 lb. lean ground beef
2 cans Bush's light red kidney beans
1 can Bush's chili hot beans
1 can Hunt's tomato sauce
1 pkg Old El Paso taco seasoning mix (I use 40% less sodium)

Sour Cream
Grated Cheese


Brown ground beef, drain & chop.  Add taco seasoning, tomato sauce and beans.  Simmer until heated through 30 mins. or longer.  Sometimes I put it in the crockpot & simmer on low until time for dinner.
This makes about 6 servings.  I usually double it when I have the kids and grand kids.

This is one of our family favorites.


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