Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion

1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
24 ounces beer
4 vidalia onions (I use walla wallas here in Calgary)

Seasoned flour
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Creamy Chili sauce
1 pint mayonnaise
1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup tomato chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Outback Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons creamed horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash black pepper
1 dash cayenne


---------Alrighty-forthe seasoned flour-----------.
combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne-mix well.
--------Creamychili sauce--------.
combine mayo, sour cream, chili sauce and cayenne-mix well.
Blend everything together well and let sit for 2 hours-refidgerated- or overnight.
--------Andfor the batter---------.
Mix cornstarch, flour and seasonings until well blended.
Add beer and mix well.
Cut about 3/4 inch off top of onion and peel.
Cut into onion 12-16 vertical wedges but do not cut through bottom root end.
Remove about 1 inch of petals from center of onion (You can place the cut onions in cold water for a few hours to help "open" them up -- just make sure that you drain them well).
Dip in seasoned flour and gently shake to remove excess.
Seperate peatls to coat thoroughly with batter.
Gently place in a fryer basket and deep fry at 375-400 for 1 1/2 minutes.
Turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes more or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.
Place onion upright in a shallow bowl and remove center core with a circular cutter or apple corer.
Serve hot with chili sauce and dipping sauce.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sock Snowman

Sock Snowman

How cute are these to make with the little ones?!!!!!!!!!!!

For this craft, you'll need; 
  • a pair of old socks that are crew length, or longer 
  • rice 
  • rubber bands 
  • map pins with heads 
  • buttons 
  • any left over fabric if you want for a scarf. 

irst, cut off the top of the sock from the foot. Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again. Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base. Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman. Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman's neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons. Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap. Or you could use colored argyle socks to create hats and sweaters for your snowman. You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments - twine, bows, ribbons, etc - as needed. 

This is such a quick and easy craft - 10 minutes tops that it would be simple to create a whole family of snowmen for your mantle!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake!!!
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 large box (5.1 ounces) vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
1 8 oz. container cool whip (you won’t use the whole container) or one batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9″X13″ glass baking pan.
Eclair Crust: In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg. Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly. *If the sides of your pan are too greased you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up the sides so make sure to just lightly grease.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (Mine only took 25 minutes.) You may want to check it occasionally-you don’t want to overcook the crust, it will ruin the cake! Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down).

Filling: Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl. In separate bowl make vanilla pudding. Make sure pudding is thick before mixing in with cream cheese. Slowly add pudding to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps. Let cool in fridge.When the crust is completely cooled, pour filling in. Top with layer of cool whip however thick you want it and serve with chocolate syrup. *If you want to make this even better use homemade whipped cream.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

One Hour Yeast Rolls


1 cup of warm water 
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 1/3 cup flour

1.) In a large bowl, mix together warm water, sugar, oil and yeast. Let stand for 15 minutes until yeast mixture is bubbly.

2.) Stir in salt and beaten egg to yeast mixture.

3.) Gradually add flour. Dough will be kind of sticky, but add enough flour until it's manageable. Let dough rest in the bowl for 10 minutes. I cover mine with a towel. This allows the dough to rise more.

4.) Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray (such as Pam) and form dough into balls. Place balls so they don't touch on cookie sheet. Let rise for 20 more minutes.

5.) Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

6.) Mix 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter with honey (to taste) and brush the top of hot rolls with the honey butter.

7.) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
9 oz white chocolate chips
7 oz marshmallow fluff
1 tsp vanilla extract


Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray or line pan with parchment paper

Stir together the sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin, corn syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees F (soft-ball stage).

Remove pan from heat. Stir in white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla until well blended. Pour into a greased, aluminum foil or parchment paper-lined pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cool. Cut fudge into squares.

Pineapple Coconut Cake

1 lemon cake mix or yellow cake mix
1  (3.4 ounce) Instant Lemon or Vanilla or Pinapple Pudding Mix
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups Of Lemon-Lime Carbonated Soda Drink
3/4 cup oil
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
1 - 1 1/2 cup sugar (depending how sweet you would like it)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees. Grease & Flour a 9 X13 or 2 round cake pans. Combine chosen flavor of cake mix and chosen flavor of pudding in a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs and oil, and beat for about 2 minutes. Add the lemon-lime soda and mix until well blended. Pour all into 9 X 13 pans, or split between 2 round pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While cake is baking, in a saucepan, combine margarine/butter, sugar, pineapple, flour & eggs, and cook on low-medium heat until thick.  Add coconut and blend well.

Spread icing over cake while still warm. For a two layer cake, double icing recipe to use as filling.

If anyone has tried this recipe or "specific" variation of it and have a picture they're willing to let me use, please send via private message on facebook. 
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Homemade mushroom brandy cream sauce

 Homemade mushroom brandy cream sauce  

Clean and slice an 8 oz package of mushrooms

Heat in a hot pan part olive oil / butter

Sautée mushrooms golden brown

Add a few tablespoons finely chopped onion -

dash garlic powder and some parsley, salt to 


 Add 1 cup heavy cream and 1-2 tablespoons

 good brandy and bring to a boil to thicken 

and shut off heat. 

Taste it as you go - I definitely used 1 cup

heavy cream and added the brandy slowly

knowing it would be strong at first and that it 

would cook out.. Add a bit more if needed but 

literally that's it..

Great served over filet mignon or other good 

quality steaks or fresh pasta...