Friday, August 22, 2014


In the Spirit of Femininity: Easy Recipes

The winner of the giveaway from Monday (Tea Packet) is...
#22 - Tonya! 

The winner of the giveaway from Tuesday (Willow Tree Minerals) is...
#18 - Sarah Beth! 

Congrats! Please leave a comment with your emails so I and Willow Tree Minerals can get in touch with you.

Winners selected with a random number generator.

Today, we have Crystal Willis on the blog! She will is sharing some marvelous (and easy!) recipes for your families. Hit the kitchen, girls! We have a special giveaway too!


She giveth meat to her household.....Proverbs 31:15

If you were to ask me or my daughters where we spend the most time in our homes, we'd say "in the kitchen."  I really do enjoy cooking and looking at cookbooks or cooking magazines.  It's always fun to me to  try new recipes and search for that extra special recipe.  This love of cooking started during my childhood, all thanks to my mother who diligently and patiently taught me.  Unfortunately, a great deal of cooking knowledge has been lost through the years.  In 1955 McDonald's only had nine locations nationwide.  Restaurant meals were just for special occasions.  Back then, most girls were required to take a home economics class while attending high school.  Cooking was a necessity and may I add, a source of pride.  Now restaurants abound and the sales or prepared meals have increased, while cooking knowledge for young ladies has decreased. Have you ever heard the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach?" This means if you are going to be a wife and mother someday, you had better learn to be a great cook!

So why cook when there is McDonalds?  Cooking is a skill that you can learn so that you can minister to your family and others.  A hearty meal can revive and refresh people.  Oh the fragrance of apple pie, fresh baked bread, cookies, roasted turkey etc....! These aromas make the atmosphere of your home so homey and inviting.  It is a welcome mat for our families after a hectic day and is a reminder to them that we care.  Also, cooking and hospitality always go hand in hand.  Somehow taking a meal together encourages friendship and close ties and if the food tastes good, it makes the time together even more enjoyable.   Furthermore, you can be a blessing to others by taking comfort foods to someone who is ill or in need, you can cook for church activities, or make a treat for someone just to let them know they are special. 

So how do you get started?  First of all, I don't profess to be an expert on anything, I have just experimented and dabbled with recipes through the years.  I would highly recommend that you purchase a good all around cookbook  like the Complete Guide to Country Cooking by Taste of Home or  Betty Crocker Cooking Basics  or Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  Another thing that I have enjoyed doing is checking cookbooks out at the library or visiting and of course, Pinterest!  Read through the recipe first and make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and cooking utensils.  Slowly purchase new cooking supplies and before you know it you will be set.

Here are some very simple recipes to help you get started.

Chocolate Mousse Pie
1   8 ounce cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
Chocolate or rainbow sprinkles
Additional whipped topping
Chocolate chips, melted

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and cocoa real well.  Beat in the milk and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in the whipped topping.  Spoon into the crust.  Cover and freeze for one hour.  Garnish with additional whipped topping, you can use RediWhip. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.  You may also melt some chocolate chips and drizzle over it.  Yields:  8 servings

Kentucky Biscuits
2 cups flour                                                    1 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder               1/2 cup butter, cold
1/2 teaspoon baking soda                         3/4 cup buttermilk
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.  Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Mix in the buttermilk.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 10 times.  Roll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 10- 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Yields: 12 biscuits

Tater Tot Bake
1 pound of ground beef        16 oz. frozen tater tots
1 small onion, chopped         10 oz. can of cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon salt                        2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pepper             1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In  a skillet, cook the beef and onion, until the beef is browned.  Season the beef mixture with salt and pepper.  Transfer to a greased 13x9 pan.  Arrange the tater tots on top.  In a bowl, mix the soup and milk together.  Pour over the tater tots.  Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Yields: 8 servings

Butter Pecan Granola Cereal

1 cup brown sugar                              
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter                                          
6 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons vanilla extract               
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup water                                       
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring sugar, butter, vanilla, water and cinnamon to a boil in a medium saucepan.
In a big bowl mix oatmeal, pecans and coconut.  Pour the sugar mixture over the oatmeal and stir until well mixed.  Spread the mixture over a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  When it is dry and the moisture is gone, then the cereal is done.  Cool.  Store in an airtight container.   Serve with milk.
Yields: 8 servings

Italian Pasta Salad
16 oz. medium shell pasta                 1 can (6 oz.) ripe olives, sliced
10 oz. sliced pepperoni, halved        8 oz. bottle Italian salad dressing
4 mozzarella cheese sticks, sliced     2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 medium tomatoes, chopped          1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 medium green pepper, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain.  Place in a large bowl; add pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and olives.  Add salad dressing, oregano and pepper; toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours.  Yields:  12 servings

I hope this will be a good start to the joy of cooking.  Remember even the best cooks, no matter how experienced they are, have cooking failures.  Don't get discouraged if something doesn't come out right.  The more proficient you become in the kitchen, the fewer failures you will have. Just keep on trying and you'll get it!

Here is Alicia when she was 4 years old.  She turned the mixer on too high and puff went the flour. I am happy to say that she is a wonderful cook now!

Happy Cooking!

And now for our giveaway!

A deluxe cooking package, complete with an apron, spatula, coffee mug, and muffin mix! 

Here is how to enter:
(Enter once or take advantage of every entry for more chances!)
  • Leave a comment saying which recipe you are most likely to try.
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  • Leave a comment. Butter or margarine?
  • Leave a comment. Vanilla or almond?

Winner generated and announced on Monday the 25th. Check back to see if you won!

Thank you, Crystal (Mom!) for this marvelous post and giveaway!


  1. My email is
    So excited I won!!!

  2. wow, all these recipes look amazing!! I can't wait to try the Italian Pasta Salad recipe and the Kentucky Biscuits!

  3. Umm.... I would probably have to say vanilla, but almond is great too! :)

  4. I will be most likely to try the Kentucky Biscuits :)
    My Google Plus user namer is Sierra Hull(Or Sierra faith)
    My Facebook user name is Sierra Faith
    BUTTER!!! (Or Coconut oil)
    Definitely vanilla:) My mom makes her own vanilla!

  5. Vanilla or Almond totally depends on the recipe..... Almond is amazing in sugar cookies!

  6. I follow you on google+! My username is Sarah Jungling

  7. Your mom is simply amazing! I already follow you :O)

  8. Kentucky Biscuits, butter and vanilla! My username is Lauren K. Lotter. I follow this blog and I follow you on Google+ :)

  9. I think the chocolate mousse pie looks amazingly good! That would be first on my list :)

  10. I am a FB fan. Deanna Stevens is me!

  11. Give me Butter, there is NO margarine in my house...

  12. vanilla OR almond, either are wonderful. I'm more apt to have vanilla. Great give-a-way gifts . Thanks!

  13. I commented but haven't seen them come up so I'll try again, all in one :)

    I would try the chocolate Mousse first, looks so yummy!

    Fan on Facebook. username., Deanna Stevens

    I only us Butter no margarine in my frig...

    I will use Vanilla or almond. Vanilla most likely.

    thanks for the wonderful gifts in you give a way :)

  14. I think I would most want to try the butter pecan granola cereal.

  15. I pretty much always use margarine, unless the recipe has to have butter.

  16. Definitely vanilla!

  17. I think I'd like to try Butter Pecan Granola Cereal...I'm always looking for new granola recipes!
    Google Friend Connect--Esther Filbrun
    Google+--Esther Filbrun
    Facebook--Esther Filbrun (have been for a long time)
    Butter. Margarine ONLY if I really need something on my bread and there is no butter.
    Vanilla. Although almond is pretty nice too when mixed with cherries.

    (And I hope it's okay that I put this all in one comment instead of a whole lot of different ones....)

  18. My email is I am thankful to have won. Thank you!

  19. I will try the granola recipe. Looks great! Butter and vanilla are my choices.

  20. Ooo, the pasta salad looks yummy... May have to try that one. Fun post! :-)

  21. 1. Probably the cereal one. :)

    2. Butter

    3. Vanilla

  22. Kentucky Biscuits.

  23. Thanks for the great post Crystal and Alicia. Butter should ALWAYS be used, not margarine ( in my opinion). Maybe coconut oil ( I'm still learning about that-yes even old ladies keep trying) . Vanilla is my all time fave but almond in cherry pie is excellent. I personally have eaten Crystal's Chocolate Mousse Pie--soo good and simple :0) Lots of Love in Christ

  24. LOVE the picture of a budding cook. Love Ya both

  25. I am going to try butter pecan granola cereal!!!! I am going to use vanilla and butter! Gotta love 'em! I am SOOOO super duper excited!!!!!!! Thanks a million!!! I CANT WAIT!!!


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