black beans & chicken

So here is to quick and easy.
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chicken, drained
1 packet taco seasonings mix according to directions.

Super yummy for tacos or on a salad.
This is a good one for food storage.


Homemade Ice Cream

I have had several requests for our Ice Cream recipe from friends, so I thought I would share it here as well.
We mix it in the Kitchen Aid, then pour it into the ice cream maker. We use a machine that will hold about 5 Cups of liquid.

Cream together:
4 eggs (Yes RAW eggs!!)
2 1/2 cups sugar

1 pint cream
1 quart 1/2 & 1/2
4 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Pour into Ice Cream Machine cylinder and add milk up to fill line.
Add your ice around the cylinder, layered with rock salt, and turn on. Make sure to keep adding salt as it goes, very important!!!

This recipe makes a nice thick ice cream that does not melt super fast. And when put in the freezer it does not freeze SOLID like others we have tried. It only has to sit for a minute before you can scoop it.

Add in ideas:
  • chocolate syrup
  • crushed pineapple
  • strawberry jam (Or any other kind. We like peach)
  • any kind of fruit puree
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate covered peanuts
Or just eat it plain...which is my favorite way!! :D


Chocolate Waffle Cookies

During the summer I am all about recipes that don't heat up my whole kitchen. These chocolate cookies are cooked in the waffle iron, I usually always have the ingredients on hand, and they are delicious!

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

1/2 c. butter
6 T. cocoa
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. flour

Melt butter and cocoa in a small pan. Combine eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Mix well. Add cocoa mixture. Add flour, stir well. Drop by spoonfuls (I use the Pampered Chef small scoop) on a hot waffle iron. Close cover and bake on medium heat for 2 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting (homemade or store bought). Makes about 2 dozen cookies. YUM!


Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn

Anyone who has been to my parents house on a Friday night movie night knows about Gail Thueson's famous popcorn. This stuff is so good. I must warn you though - don't sit down to watch a movie with a bowl full in your lap...you might just find that you topped it off by yourself by the end of the movie!!! (I'm not speaking from experience of course...)

1 cube butter
1 C. gran. sugar
1 C. brown sugar

Cook and stir above ingredients constantly on med heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and stir in half a package of mini marshmallows. Stir until it's creamy, then pour over 2 bowls of popped popcorn(1 C. unpopped). Use two forks to stir in the hot caramel, wait until it cools, and enjoy!