Nutty Chocolate Chip Picnic Cake

Another Courtney favorite, it’s kind of like the coffee cake that she likes only chocolate.  One great thing about this cake is that it doesn’t require frosting so if you’re in a hurry, it’s the perfect recipe.  The recipe comes from Betty Crocker. 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Sauce

a Courtney favorite! from Betty Crocker. 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef 3 medium onions, chopped 2 cups sliced mushrooms (I leave these out) 6 cloves garlic, pressed 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce (I add a little more tomato sauce, 1 – 2 of … Continue reading

Classic Minestrone

First time making this one, looks and smells great!  The weekly pot of soup.  (Another recipe pulled from a magazine so long ago that I can’t remember which one.) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 1 large celery stalk, diced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 … Continue reading

S’More Cups

A brand new Pampered Chef recipe from their brand new cookbook, “Simply Sweet”. I am the Girl’s Camp Cook again this year and I made these treats for our camp kickoff tonight. 7 whole graham crackers (about 1 cup finely crushed) 1/4 cup powdered sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 4 (1.55 oz each) bars milk … Continue reading

Easiest Pulled Pork Ever!

I had been experimenting with different pulled pork recipes but could never find the flavor that I liked.  One day I tried this as an experiment,  not expecting much since it seemed too easy and of course found the flavor I was looking for. Take one pork loin about 3 – 4 pounds and place … Continue reading

Black Bean and Rice Soup

A Johnson family favorite, this week’s pot of soup and one of my “go to” recipes.  The recipe came in a cookbook with out first crock pot. 1 medium onion, chopped 3 carrots, thinly sliced 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading

Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies

A Pampered Chef recipe for my sister-in-law Mary;  I have never made these myself (yet!) but have eaten them and they are delicious! 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided 1 (18 – 21 oz) package brownie mix, plus ingredients to make cake like brownies 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, … Continue reading