Friday, June 22, 2007

crock pot roast (a la robin)

so the best thing i ever bought with my wedding money (wink, wink) was the fix it and leave it 5 ingredients only recipe book from costco. it is amazing. and it only calls for 5 ingredients! none of these exotic things that you have to search for! it has been fantastic. i highly recommend it.

just last sunday i made my own roast recipe (it's not hard, honestly!).

the night before i cut up potatoes, onions and carrots. i then added olive oil to a large freezer ziplock back. i added salt and pepper and garlic salt. then i added the vegetables and mixed them around and placed them in the fridge over night.

in the morning i added my roast and the vegetables. some more salt, pepper and garlic and about 5 hours later on low we had an amazing feast. i think it really made it more flavorful to leave the vegetables marinating overnight (although i was just going for fast on sunday morning! not necessarily tasty!) the carrots were slightly undercooked and crunchy... my dad reminded me i should have added a cup of water! so there you go... my super easy crock pot invention! ha ha. i know you are all uber impressed.

p.s. catherine just might kill me but i am in charge of making fancy schmancy cupcakes for a bridal shower next month so if anyone has a killer recipe please let me know! i found the magnolia recipe already and may test it out!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

This is a good chance for me to try some new crock pot recipes, I love using it but don't have a lot of great ones.

I already posted my best crock pot recipe, with the mexican stuff. If you want to check it out the labels are crock pot, pork, or mexican. It's called Chalupa Mix.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Italian Crockpot Chicken

This is one of the easiest crockpot recipes I know. The nice thing is the ingredients are things I always have on hand, and because it doesn't take long to cook, you can decide to make it in the afternoon when you're trying to come up with what to make for dinner.

4-5 chicken breasts (I like to cut them into strips)
1 8oz pkg. cream cheese (I usually only use 1/2, I like it less creamy)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian dressing mix

Place chicken in crockpot. In a saucepan, place cream cheese and soups. Heat until melted, then add Italian mix. Pour over chicken. Cook on low 3-4 hours (depending on your slow cooker). Serve over rice.


Chicken Casablanca

Okay, I am such a loser - I haven't contributed to this blog in almost 2 months. Sorry! I will try to be better.

This recipe is straight out of the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. I would have never tried this recipe if a friend hadn't told me about it (some of the combinations of ingredients might sound a little different) but it is actually really, really good. The cinnamon and cumin give it such a great flavor, and I like it because it's a little different from your basic meat and potatoes crockpot recipes. If you want some more spice, add a dash of cayenne pepper too!


2 tbsp oil
2 small or 1 large onion
1 tsp ground ginger
3 garlic cloves
3 carrots, diced
2 large potatoes, diced
2 1/2 - 3 lbs skinless chicken pieces
1/2 ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raisins
14 1/2 oz can chopped tomatoes
2 small zucchini, sliced
15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained

1. Saute onions, ginger, and garlic in oil in skillet. Transfer to slow cooker. Add carrots and potatoes

2. Brown chicken in reserved oil. Add chicken to slow cooker. (I usually skip browning the chicken - it works both ways.)

3. Combine seasoning in separate bowl. Sprinkle over chicken and vegetables. Add raisins and tomatoes.

4. Cover. Cook on high 4-6 hours, low 8-10.

5. Add sliced zucchini and beans 30 minutes before serving.

6. Serve over rice or couscous.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I know we've moved on but I just tried this recipe tonight and it is awesome! There are couple twists from your usual cookie recipe.

2 eggs
1 c butter
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla

Mix on high for 4 minutes. Add:

3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix again, just until the flour is blended. Add and mix by hand:

1 1/2 bags milk chocolate chips
1 c chopped walnuts

Bake at 290 for 20-25 min. until they are just barely starting to brown.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

new category for June 16th

CROCKPOT/SLOW COOKER is our new category. This should be a good one, it is so nice to be able to make dinner in the morning when the day seems relatively sane. It doesn't necessarily have to be dinner, just anything you cook in it. Here we go again!

famous tanner sugar cookies

well, they aren't famous here yet... but they will be.


  • 1/2 C shortening (i like to use the shortening bars, less messy and easy to store)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T milk
  • zest of 1 lemon (this is the secret ingredient that makes these cookies AMAZING!)
    • cream ingredients, add:
      • 2 C flour
      • 1 t baking powder
      • 1/4 t salt (+pinch more)
      • 1/2 t baking soda
i like to roll a little ball of dough in my hand and place it on the cookie sheet. i then use the bottom of a glass cup, dip the bottom in a bowl of sugar and then use that glass bottom to press the round ball of dough into a flat round cookie. hopefully this makes sense! it's easy, it's quick and no need for cookie cutters!

here is the next secret: set your timer and only cook them for exactly 5 minutes @ 375. i know they'll look kind of pale and undercooked, but leave them on the cookie sheet until the next batch comes out. they'll keep cooking a little on the sheet and then you can put them on a cooling rack. this makes for perfectly soft sugar cookies!

Friday, June 15, 2007

four in one cookies

i'm not sure exactly why these are called four in one since there are really three big ingredients (oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips) so realistically it should be three in one... but hey, i didn't write it! this has been a tanner favorite for a very long time.


  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. oatmeal (i add more)
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1 pkg. chocolate chips
pretty simple, mix them up and bake them for 6-10 minutes on 350.

HuGe & aMaZiNG TRiPLe CHoCoLaTe CHiP CooKieS

4 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 C. soft butter
1 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbs. vanilla
1 C. milk chocolate chips
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. white chocolate chips

*heat oven to 375

combine flour, baking powder, and soda... set aside

beat butter and sugars together until creamy
beat in eggs and vanilla

gradually add dry ingredients
stir in chips

drop by level 1/4 C. about 2 inches apart
bake 12 to 14 minutes until golden brown
cool on sheet for 2 minutes and move to a wire rack

Thursday, June 14, 2007

last chance to post cookies

yum, yum, yum... I want to try all of the ones that have been posted, but I am moving on tuesday and so I haven't been baking much. I do plan on gaining 50 pounds when we move in our new house from trying all these desserts. :)

On saturday we will have a new category, so if you haven't posted one yet - here's your chance.

(for you ladies that check this blog often, but haven't posted, START POSTING!) we would love to have your recipes, or at least your comments.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

All right everyone, here is the best cookie recipes I know of, it's my grandmothers and Bob loves them so much he makes them all the time! It's made with pudding mix so the texture is perfect. It calls for chocolate pudding mix, but we use cheesecake pudding to get the best tasting chocolate chip cookies ever!!!
3 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c butter room temp.
1 1/2 c brown sugar
6 oz pkg chocolate pudding mix
3 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 bag milk chocolate chips

Mix in med. bowl:
flour, baking soda, salt

Mix in a Large bowl:
butter, brown sugar

Mix in a small bowl:
pudding, eggs, vanilla

Mix small bowl into large bowl, mix medium bowl into large bowl, add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Classic Sugar Cookies

I love this recipe because it tastes great but doesn't need to chill before you roll out the dough, my kids aren't fans of that step.

1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 c. flour

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add sour cream, then the dry ingredients. Roll out, cut, bake, and eat! Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes. Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting or glaze, I don't have a favorite so if any one else likes a particular one, post it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

labels labels labels

just a quick reminder that will help this blog be super easy to follow... when you submit a recipe please use the label section at the bottom. label it appropriately (for now, cookies) and then we can use the labels to search through all the recipes rather than scrolling through weeks of archives! thanks a ton. i updated all the entries thus far! let me know if you have any questions. i'm excited about all of these cookie ideas!!

waffle cookie

this is a cookie that you make on a waffle iron. My kids love these and think they are fun to make.

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, melted
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 c unsweeted
1 c. chopped walnuts, opt.

In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and butter together. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Then mix in the flour, cocoa, and nuts. Preheat the waffle iron. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto the iron (if it is a large iron you can do four cookie on the iron at a time). You can also do large ones and break it up into pieces.

Kim C

George W. Bush Cowboy Cookies

My friend gave me this recipe. I grew up having cowboy cookies but these are taken to a whole new lever. They are SOOOO good! And yes these are GW Bush's favorite cookies!

3 sticks butter/marg. 3 c. chocolate chips (1 1/2 c milk chocolate chips/ 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1 1/2 c sugar 2 c. oats
1 1/2 c. b.sugar 2 c. shredded coconut
3 eggs 2 c. Pecans, slightly chopped
1 T. Vanilla
3 c. flour
1 T. b. powder
1 T. b soda
1 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon

In a bowl combine flour, powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl cream butter and sugars. Beat eggs and vanilla and add to butter mixture. Add dry ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut, and pecans ( you may have to dig in with you hands...this makes a lot, but don't worry it taste great and who doesn't like a bit of dough).
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Kim Campbell

Nauvoo Gingerbread Cookies

This is my VERY favorite gingerbread recipe. You can freeze them and they are even better, the favor improves.

1 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
3/4 c. lard (butter)
1/2 c hot water
2 eggs
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. ginger (I live to use fresh and grate it fine)
6 c.flour

Combine first four ingredients, rinse molasses out of the cupe with hot water. Add the eggs and mix. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until firm. Roll out and cut. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Eat or freeze and eat them frozen!
Kim Campbell

Pumpkin Bars

This really is straight out of Better homes and Gardens. I make it with whole wheat pastry flour so I don't feel guilty if the kids have seconds (or thirds, or...)

Combine: 2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Stir in: 4 beaten eggs
1 16-oz can pumpkin
1 cup oil

Spread in 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350.

Awesome with cream cheese frosting - it definitely frosts best when it's cool!

Beat: 6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 teapoons vanilla

Add and beat: about 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Peanut Butter Bars

3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. peanut butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Cream all these together, then add:

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. rolled oats (the quick kind)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

Mix and press evenly into a large sheet cake pan. Bake at 375 for 10 min, just until they are lightly browned. Let cool, and frost with canned frosting. The frosting makes a big difference, our favorite is the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge kind, it's in a blue can.

Somebody brings these every time we have a scrapbook night with my friends, and we can devour the whole pan in a few hours, they are our favorite! They were also the favorite treat of my sunday school class last year and I always get asked for the recipe. Just try and see if you can stop eating them.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Chocolate Chip Cookies

(People always ask me for this recipe-it's from the Betty Crocker cookbook)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup stick margarine or butter, softened
(I use 1 stick margarine and 1 stick butter and let them soften on the counter-I think that this is and the cooking time are the most important parts of the recipe as far as the consistancy of the cookie.)

1 large egg

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 pkg (12 ounces) chocolate chips (2 cups)

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees

2. Mix sugars, margarine and egg in large. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
**I cook them for 8-8.5 minutes. They look a little underdone when you take them out, but they continue to cook a little on the hot cookie sheet.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Another easy, good recipe!

Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
Reese's mini Peanut Butter Cups (24)

Mix the cookie mix as directed. Drop spoon fulls into an ungreased mini muffin pan (the dough should be evenly distributed in the 24 spots). Bake at 375 for about 11 minutes (just until they are barely starting to turn brown). As soon as they come out of the oven press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. Let cool and enjoy!

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

I've been making these for years because they are so good!

3/4 cup Crisco Butter Stick
1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbs. Vanilla
2 Tbs. Milk
1 Egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
Chocolate Chips

Mix together the Crisco butter stick, brown sugar, vanilla and milk. Add the egg and mix. Add the flour baking soda and salt and mix well. Add as many chocolate chips as you like (I like a lot!) and stir together. Drop spoon fulls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

The “Real Snickerdoodle” Recipe
These are super easy and so good! A sure hit every time!!!

Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix (in the bag)
Mini- bite sized Snickers (24)

Mix the cookie mix as directed on the bag. Unwrap the mini Snickers. Using a medium cookie scoop (or a spoon), scoop the dough into your hand and flatten it. Place a Snickers onto the flattened dough and wrap the dough around it. Then roll it into a ball with your hands, making sure all of the Snickers is covered. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350ยบ for 10-12 minutes (until cookies are just barely turning brown). Cool about 10 minutes before putting the glaze on.

1 cup powdered sugar
2 TBS. unsweetened cocoa
1 TBS. milk

Mix with wire whisk and drizzle on top while cookies are still warm.