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I'm a mother of 2 children, Jasmine who is 12 and Brandon who is 9 as of this year, I work for a demolition company in town & enjoy the work i do.

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Toffee

Toffee

Toffee
Toffee

Ingredients:

  • 2 C butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 C almonds chopped
  • 6 T water
  • 2 T light karol syrup
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 8 oz. milk chocolate

Directions:

  • Butter a cookie sheet
  • In medium sauce pan heat butter, sugar,water & syrup
  • Boil till candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees
  • Remove from pan and stir in vanilla and almonds
  • Pour into pan
  • Add chocolate pieces and spread after it has melted
  • Garnish w/ extra almond pieces if you prefer
Lemon cake/bread

Lemon Cake

The best spring, Easter cake (bread) to have!  It’s become a tradition. It maybe a little time consuming but oh so worth it!  Nothing beats a great lemon cake from scratch!

Lemon cake/bread
Lemon cake/bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C. sugar, divided
  • 4 extra large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 C. grated lemon zest (6-8 lemons)
  • 3 C. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3/4 C. squeezed lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 C. buttermilk, room temp
  • 1 t. vanilla

Glaze:

  • 2 C. sifted powder sugar
  • 3 1/2 T. lemon juice

Directions:

  • Preheat oven 350. Grease and flour two loaf pans. Line bottom with parchment paper
  • Cream butter and 2 cups sugar in bowl till light and fluffy (5 min)
  • Add eggs one at a time and lemon zest
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl
  • In another bowl combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla
  • Add the flour and buttermilk alternately to the batter
  • Begin and end with the flour
  • Divide evenly to loaf pans
  • Smooth tops and bake 45 minutes
  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in small pan
  • Cook over low heat till sugar dissolves.
  • When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes
  • Remove cakes and set them on a rack
  • Poke holes in bread so syrup will go through the bread
  • Spoon syrup over the bread
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Mix glaze with a whisk and drizzle over the cake (loaf) and down the sides
Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

A nurse at work gave me this recipe when I was tired of making the traditional zucchini bread.  This is moist and it’s chocolate!

choc zucchini breadIngredients:

  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 C. Nestles Quick powdered chocolate milk (Must Use)
  • 1 C. oil
  • 2 C. grated zucchini
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 C. chopped nuts

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients
  • Divide into 2 greased and floured bread loaves
  • Bake 325 for 1 hour

Carmel Brownies

Got this recipe from Taste of Home magazine. Love it!  If you can’t find Hershey’s carmels you can substitute for Brach’s carmels instead.

caramel brownieIngredients:

  • 2 C. sugar
  • 3/4 C. baking cocoa
  • 1 C. vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C. chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 package (14 oz) Hershey’s carmels
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa, oil, eggs and milk.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder
  • Add to egg mixture and mix until combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of walnuts.
  • Spoon two thirds of the batter into a greased 12-9-2 inch baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 12 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the caramels and condensed milk over low heat until caramels are melted.
  • Pour over baked brownie layer.
  • Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
  • Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer
  • Carefully swirl brownie batter with a knife.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs
  • Cool

Yield 2 dozen

prime rib

Fugulio (prime rib soup)

prime rib
Main Ingredient

This recipe came from my aunt Julie!  This is amazing! Close to a chili but I think better! If you have left over prime rib make this!!  When my family hands down recipes they usually don’t add measurements.  This is pretty fail proof so add how much you want.

Ingredients:

  • Cut prime rib into bite size pieces
  • Chop carrots (a lot)
  • chop an onion
  • Broth from prime rib and add beef broth
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • salt
  • peper
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Stewed Tomatoes

Directions:

  • As you can see there isn’t any measurements for ingredients.  Use your own judgment and add what you believe tastes good.
  • Put all in a pot and simmer
  • Cook small pasta noodles and add to soup after it has simmered