Thursday, January 19, 2012

Life since Pinterest - Plus TWO Recipes...

Thanks to my new found Pinterest addiction it appears that my family will be well fed from now on. They have always eaten very well, but now that I have Pins in my life I am able to change up my normal kitchen routine. Tonight I made a delicious cracked pepper turkey breast tenderloin, cheesy hash brown casserole, green beans, and for dessert we had homemade chocolate chip cookies. We should all sleep well tonight with full bellies.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole


2 lbs frozen hash browns
3/4 cup butter - melted and divided
1 t salt
dash of pepper
1/2 chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken soup (10 3/4 oz)
2 cups shredded cheddar (I use mild)
2 cups crushed cornflakes


Stir together potatoes with 1/2 cup butter, salt, pepper, onion, soup and cheese in large bowl.  Por potato mixture into 9x13 baking dish.  Top with cornflakes and remaining melted butter.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup Crisco
2 eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I love milk chocolate chips in mine)


Preheat oven to 375

Stir together flour, salt and baking soda until the ingredients are mixed evenly.  Set bowl aside for later.

In a separate bowl cream the butter and shortening on high until light and fluffy.  Approx 1-3 minutes.  

Add both sugars to the mixture and mix on high for about a minute.  Then add eggs and vanilla, mixing until the mixture is one big happy family.

Stir in the chocolate chips..

Add the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring until you can no longer see the white specks.

Do not over mix!

 oll the dough into balls.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Bake for about  8-10 minutes, or until they show signs of browning, then move to a cooling rack for a few minutes..and then try your hardest to share!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!



  1. Thanks for sharing the cookies...I mean literally!!!! They were delicious...the best ever!

    1. Thank you! I am glad you liked them..they really were delicious! Trey and Kyle wanted me to make more yesterday, but I was out of brown sugar! :)