Sunday, March 28, 2010

Green Bean Bundles

'Dressed up' green beans for Easter dinner... easy AND make ahead! ( I did NOT say anything about healthy - just yummy!)

Green Bean Bundles

2 cans whole green beans

bacon, uncooked

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, melted

3/4 teaspoon minced garlic

salt & pepper to taste

Wrap 8 to 10 green beans in a bundle with 1/3 strip of bacon. (Secure with toothpick, if necessary.) Place bundles in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over bundles. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. (Or cook immediately.) Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Easter Activity for Children

Teach your children the REAL meaning of Easter. What better way to explain the resurrection?

JESUS IN THE TOMB - SUNDAY: Jesus promised that He would rise from the dead on the third day. He rose on the third day, Easter Sunday.

Supplies: Crescent rolls, marshmallows, cinnamon, margarine

Directions: Take one marshmallow and dip it in melted butter or margarine. Then roll the marshmallow in cinnamon. Have the children place the marshmallow in the center of the triangle of dough. Have them fold the dough around the marshmallow, so that the Marshmallow is "buried" in its tomb. Bake the crescent roll according to the directions on the package. Have the children take the role of the guards at Jesus's tomb. Have them stand guard at the oven. Take the roll out of the tomb (oven) and let it cool. The marshmallow will be gone; just like Jesus's body was gone!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Strawberry Muffins

Quick, easy and YUMMY - What more could you ask for??? Try different fruit/yogurt combinations: Blueberries & lemon yogurt or blueberry yogurt or Bananas & strawberry/banana yogurt or Peaches & peach yogurt.... get the picture?

Strawberry Muffins
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
1 carton strawberry yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped strawberries
grated orange zest, optional

Combine ingredients; stir to mix. Spoon into greased muffin pans. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool in muffin pans 10 minutes. Yield: 12 muffins. (These are vey moist muffins!)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sweet and Sour Beef Stew

Don't let the name fool you.. this beef stew is different, but delicious! If you like BBQ, you'll like this. Give it a try.. its easy to make and will literally cook itself after you get it going.

Sweet and Sour Beef Stew
1 pound beef stew meat, browned in 1 tablespoon oil
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup sliced onion
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Hot cooked egg noodles

Brown stew meat in oil in large Dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients except cornstarch and noodles. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer and simmer for 2 hours. (Or put in crock pot on LOW for 8 hours.) Add cornstarch and cook until mixture thickens. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.