Archive for February, 2010

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 c flour

Cinnamon Schmear

  • 1 c butter, softened but not melted
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8oz pkg cream cheese
  • 2-3 c powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk

Dough: Add 1 cup of flour, yeast, and sugar to mixing bowl.  Warm milk, water and 1/4 c butter in microwave for about 1 minute or until warm to wrist.  Add this to flour mixture and mix for about 2-3 minutes.  Add egg, pudding mix, and salt.  Add flour 1/2 c at time until soft dough forms.  Knead in mixer for at least 5 minutes.  Let rise for about 1 hour or until dough doubles.

Make schmear: In a medium bowl, combine 1 c butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out risen dough on floured surface.  Spread schmear over surface (can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to look perfect!).  Roll up length-wise and seal edges.  Slice rolled dough with a sharp knife, or I actually prefer to use string or dental floss.  (Ask me about this sometime, if you’ve never seen this done.)  Place slices (I get 16 large rolls) on greased pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.  Spread with cream cheese frosting.  If you want the frosting to stay thick, wait until rolls are completely cooled.  I like my frosting to drip down into the rolls though 😀

Frosting: Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk in mixer and whip until nice and fluffy.

Before 2nd rise

After 2nd rise

Right out of the oven

oh my

all that yummy gooeyness on the bottom

And just for the record…I’m beginning to get the impression that you guys think I cook it up big at every meal….

So just to set the record straight…this is what we had for lunch today:

And no, these are NOT homemade….just from a box in the frozen section of Walmart!

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Creamy Garlic Alfredo

Feel like having a lil’ Italian tonight?  How about this?!

Creamy Garlic Alfredo

  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c mushrooms, sliced


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pizza seasoning or italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • fresh grated parmesan
  • salt & pepper to taste

Brown chicken in butter along with the chopped green onions.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside.  Add mushrooms.  Cook for another few minutes.  Slice chicken and set all this aside.

Cook fettucine (or your favorite pasta – I used angel hair pasta in this picture)

In same pan, melt butter.  Add flour and brown for about 3 minutes.  Slowly add chicken broth to form a thickened sauce.  Stir in sour cream, garlic powder, pizza seasoning or italian seasoning.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over cooked pasta.  Add chicken, onions and mushrooms.  Top with grated parmesan.

**And if you don’t feel like using the boneless chicken breasts, you can pre-packaged grilled chicken!  I actually had some of this on hand and it was wonderful!!**

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Meme’s Banana Bread

This post will have a banana bread recipe in it, but I’m mostly going to be talking about a very special lady in my life.  She’s the 3rd of 4 children, my mom’s younger sister.  Her name is Kim Anderson, but to me she’s Aunt Meme.  As the story goes, everyone called her Kimmy, but when I came along, the first born grandchild & niece, I couldn’t say Kimmy – I said Meme and so she has been Meme ever since.

Here is her Sr. picture and this is what she wrote on the back:

Shara, To my favorite niece, so that you won’t forget me while I am away.  Love ya,  Aunt Meme

She and my Uncle Curt were married right after she graduated high school and then moved to North Carolina – where he was stationed for the Army.

I look fully please in this picture 😀


And she birthed these stunningly handsome boys! (from left to right: Kyle, Skylar, Kenny, & Clint)

She was also mom to a whole passel of boys at the same children’s home where my parents worked.  She is awesome!  They are now living in Glencoe again.  My Uncle Curt is the pastor at Glencoe Church of Christ.

Soooo on Saturday, Meme & Curt came over to Momma’s because she had her grandkids, Kai & Karissa (Kenny’s 2 kiddos), the same ages as Cade & Rae, and they LOVE to play together.

Momma & I made pizza; Rae helped!

And then we spent the rest of the afternoon visiting.  Mike, Daddy, & Uncle Curt played cards and talked religion…lol

Momma, Meme & I sat at the table and chatted.  Well, they were actually working on quilt squares and I watched.

However, that afternoon was revealing and healing.  If you’ve read enough of this blog, you know I struggle with depression, especially this time of the year.  It was so good to be out of my house, to be in a different environment, to be around family.  As we were talking, my mom said, “You two may not look anything alike (meaning me and Meme), but you might as well have the same DNA.”  I always knew we were similar, but not as much as I found out that day.  We’ve always struggled with our weight, lived in the shadows of beautiful siblings (seriously: both my sister & brother have been models), and now the struggles of being pastors’ wives.  It was healing.

This helped, too:

Momma made this delicious cheesecake.  She said it’s all part of her evil plan to bring us home more!  (Mike LOVES cheesecake!)

And finally, here’s the banana bread, actually it’s Meme’s 😀

Meme’s Banana Bread

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 3 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 overripe bananas
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 12oz container sour cream
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease 3 loaf pans.  Combine flour, salt, and baking soda is a large bowl.  In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas and mix on medium-high for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Fold in your optional add-ins.  Divide batter between the three loaf pans.  Bake for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

I threw in some blueberries in one batch – yummo!

I love you, Aunt Meme!!

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Banana Muffins

Hello Friends!  I had a fantastic weekend in Oklahoma, but I’ll post more about that tomorrow.  Tonight I wanted to share this muffin recipe with you:

Banana Muffins

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 nuts, chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line or grease 2 muffin tins.  In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In your mixing bowl, with wire whisk attachment, whip bananas and sugar together at medium-high speed for at least 3 minutes.  Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Fold in optional ingredients (nuts, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips).  Fill muffin tins about halfway.  Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

I used Reese’s peanut butter chips in these – I love the taste of peanut butter and bananas together.  The kids loved them too!  They polished off a whole pan when they came home from school today 😀

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Oooooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain…..

From my parent’s porch – looking west.

I’m going home, Friends.  I’m gonna see my momma & daddy.  My brother Colt & nephew, Canton.  Gonna see Mike’s parents, too.  They just moved back to Tulsa.

Gonna eat some steak.  Gonna have some birthday cake.  This weekend is my daddy’s b’day and I share a b’day with my lil’ nephew Canton on March 5th.

Daddy & Momma

Colt and lil’ Canton

And my baby sister, Katrina – with her girls.  She and her family don’t live in Oklahoma now, but I wish she did.  I miss her, and Austin and the girls and the new little one that’s gonna arrive in July.  I love you, Katrina!

This was my birthday, Canton’s Birth Day, almost 3 years ago. 😀

And this is the whole lot of us…back in February of ’08

I love my family!

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Rice Krispie Treats

It’s been a rough day.  Clarky ended up having a temp this afternoon, too.


I needed some comfort food.  Rice Krispie Treats.

Soft.  Gooey.  Sweet.  Yummy.  Easy.

Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 package of mini marshmallows (I find that they melt faster)
  • 5 c crispy rice cereal

Spray a 9×13 pan.  In a large sauce pan, heat butter over medium heat .  Add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted.  Remove from heat and stir in cereal.  Dump mixture into pan and with greased hands or paper from a stick of butter, press down.  Try not to eat the whole pan 😀

This is my favorite picture….I love the way the top treat droops in the middle.  Soft and gooey…mmmm!

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I was overwhelmed by kindness this morning.

I’ve been dealing with Healthwave, Kansas’ state insurance for children and mom’s.  It’s been frustrating.  I’ve shed a lot of tears.  Healthwave is typically a great program.  We’ve had surgery, stitches, countless dr appointments, etc – without having to pay a cent except for the monthly premium.  However, I found out in January, by pure accident, that they had dropped the kids.  That they’d had no insurance since November, actually.  I’ve been dealing with it ever since.

So now, Reagan has been sick.  And she’s not getting any better.  I was stressing about whether to even take her to the doctor – because of the money.  Mike finally just convinced me to go – that Reagan is just too frail and if we wait any longer she could be in the hospital.  So, I called and we went.  I knew she had bronchitis, but I didn’t know she was dehydrated.  I was nervous the whole time, because I knew I needed to tell Dr. Starkey about having no insurance and I knew I’d need to ask him about paying with cash, etc.  I hate dealing with this kind of stuff.  But I did.  I braved up and told him about the insurance and how I go about paying cash,etc.

He told me that he doesn’t take money from pastor’s families.  That he’ll take whatever the insurance pays, but that’s it.  He said that giving tithing only for minister’s to give it back to him just doesn’t make since.  Typically, Dr. Starkey is  laid-back, easy-going kind of guy.  But with this he was firm.

It was almost too much.  I could barely hold the tears back until I got in the van.

God is good.  And sometimes, even His kids are good, too.

Thank you, God.  Thank you, Dr. Starkey.

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It’s been a looooong weekend and Monday.  Reagan is still not feeling well.  Temperature is low though – questioning whether to keep her home or not….I don’t like being the adult sometimes.

We typically have Mexican food on Monday’s but I just wasn’t feelin’ it tonight.  Weird, I know.  And I really, really, really like Mexican food, too.  So we had chili – I knew that the boys’ would eat it 😀


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • House seasoning (or salt & pepper)
  • 1 pkt of chili seasoning
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can corn (do not drain)
  • 1 can kidney beans

Brown beef and season well with House Seasoning (or salt & pepper).  Drain and put into medium to large sauce pan.  In blender, mix tomatoes, corn, and all seasonings.  Add this to the beef in the sauce pan.  Next add kidney beans.  Simmer all for at least 20 minutes.  We like to eat ours with Frito’s and cheese 😀 (or french fries and cheese!)

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Sick Days

Friends, I’m just gonna lay it out there:  I’M SICK OF MY KIDS BEING SICK!!!!!

We are now on day 3 of Reagan being sick.

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Cream Cheese Butter Cookies

Cream Cheese. Butter. Cookies. amen.

Oh man, do I love these cookies!  I love making them. cutting them out. baking them. decorating them. eating them.  They are the perfect cookie for all the holidays.  I’ve made them for Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Halloween, birthdays, etc.

Cream Cheese Butter Cookies

  • 1 8oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 c butter (can use margarine, but really better with butter)
  • 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 1/2 c flour


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2-3 c powder sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • food coloring, optional

Cream together cream cheese, butter, flavorings, and sugar.  Add baking powder and flour, making sure dough is thoroughly mixed.  Refrigerate at least a couple of hours or until firm and you are ready to use.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll out medium sized amounts on floured surface.  Cut into desired shapes.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool and then decorate with frosting.

Frosting:  Cream together all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.  Add more powdered sugar if you want a thicker frosting.

The one you probably can’t read says I love Mike 😀

And sometimes our hearts are broken (hopefully not this year, though!!)


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