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Homemade Snow Cones: 3 Ingredient Syrup Recipe

By | Baking, Cooking, Dessert, Frozen Treats, Home Page Categories, Home Recipes, Kid Friendly/Special Events, No Bake, Special, Sweet Treats | 76 Comments

Summer is here! The heat is on! The kids are running around like crazy and begging for something to do! Sound familiar? Well I have the perfect solution for you…Homemade Snow Cones!

Why in the world would you want to make your own snow cones? Well, of course it’s fun…and it’s easy…and it only takes 4 ingredients, all of which you probably already have on hand, 3 ingredients for the syrup plus ice! Read More

Homemade Hand Pies: Secret Recipe Club

By | Baking, Dessert, Mini Desserts, Pies/Tarts | 29 Comments

It’s hard to believe how fast time goes. I am already on the second month of the Secret Recipe Club that was created by Amanda’s Cooking to bring together food bloggers. Last month I shared Chocolate Doughnuts. We are assigned another food blogger, we dive into their blog and “try” to decide what to bake, cook and share with our readers.

My secret blogger this month is Jen from Beantown Baker! Jen and I have actually met in real life, last Fall when while in New York City for the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Holiday Bake-off. Jen is an amazing baker! Did you see the Snitch Cake Pops that I shared last week? Yep, those were Jen’s! When I spotted these Strawberry Hand Pies I knew right away I wanted to give them a try.  I followed Jen’s recipe for the pastry dough, and I agree with her, the dough is easy to work with and taste really good too.

One of the reasons I wanted to give the Hand Pies a try, besides the fact they looked amazing, is that I received some Oregon Fruit last week. I first found out about Oregon Fruit when I attended BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta a couple months ago. They sell lots of different fruits, Blueberries, Blackberries and Cherries to name a few.

Let’s make some Homemade Hand Pies

After mixing the pastry dough {recipe below}, roll it out and cut with a 2 or 3 inch round cutter. I used an antique cutter that has a scalloped edge, but a plain round cutter works perfect too. The dough should be 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.

After the circles are cut, roll each of them as thin as possible, trying to keep them as round as you can.

I made Cherry and Blueberry filling. This filling is also REALLY good on french toast, pancakes or even on your ice cream sundae! Jen made her Hand Pies with Strawberry filling. If you happen to have extra strawberries, grab her recipe for Strawberry Hand Pies.


Homemade Hand Pies


  • Pastry Dough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 beaten egg mixed with 1-2 teaspoons water
  • Filling
  • 1 can Oregon Fruit {cherries, blueberries or other fruit}
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Pastry Dough Instructions
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or your hands
  4. Make a well in the middle and add the milk, mix with a spatula until combined
  5. Turn dough onto floured table, and knead about 10-20 times
  6. Roll out, turning often so it does not stick, until dough is about 1/3 – 1/2 inch thick
  7. Cut with a round cookie cutter
  8. Roll each circle until thin
  9. Cherry or Blueberry Filling
  10. Drain fruit, and pour juice or water into a heavy saucepan
  11. Whisk in cornstarch
  12. Add fruit and cook until thick and bubbly
  13. Use a potato masher to break down fruit
  14. Let filling cool {you can put it in the fridge to hurry up the cooling}
  15. Add 1-2 tablespoons of fruit to middle of pastry dough circle
  16. Brush with egg and water mixture
  17. Fold over and seal with a fork {dip fork into flour if it gets sticky}
  18. Brush outside with egg and water mixture
  19. Using a sharp knife, cut 2 or 3 small slits in pie
  20. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown

Disclosure: Oregon Fruit sent me some fruit to try. They did not pay me to post or require that I share with my readers. The opinions are all my own.

Gratitude Journal: I’m thankful for my safe return from Colorado, where I attended the Savvy Blogging Summit and learned a TON!!


Homemade for the Holidays: Christmas Cookies

By | Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Crafts, DIY Projects, Drop Cookies, Holidays, Sweet Treats, Tasty Holiday Gifts | 12 Comments

Welcome to Homemade for the Holidays! I’ve heard from a lot of you, that you have tried some of the recipes in this series. I’m just thrilled that you are all enjoying them!

Today I have Christmas Cookies for you, not just your ordinary cookies but some that you add to these adorable containers.

Let me tell you! You will be the hit of the neighborhood if you take some homemade goodies in these containers! They will still be talking about you at the Fourth of July Parade!!

Here is what you will need for the Rudolph Container

  • 1 rectangle plastic container (I bought Ziploc, 3 in a package at Target for $3)
  • 1 piece of brown felt
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 plastic headband
  • eyes – either google eyes or buttons (I used white buttons with a smaller black button for the pupil)
  • nose – I used a large red button, you could also use a red pompom ball or something like that


I started with the face, measure your container (width) and cut a square from the felt, then fold it in half and cut on the diagonal to form the triangle. Put the eyes and nose on, I used my hot glue gun. Then glue the whole face to the container. Next, cut one of the pipe cleaners, you will need 2 – 3 inch pieces. Wrap the full length pipe cleaner around the headband, then wrap the small pieces (one for each antler)

Fill your container with cookies or other goodies, add the lid, then add the headband.

Here is what you will need for the Santa Container

  • 1 rectangle plastic container
  • scrapbook paper – hat, brim of hat and mustache
  • cotton balls


Cut the hat, brim of hat and mustache out of the scrapbook paper and glue onto the container lid with a glue stick. Add the cotton balls for the beard and hat, I used my hot glue gun.

Fill your container with cookies or other goodies, add the lid.

Sugar Cut-out Cookie Recipe:

  • 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Butter – real
  • 1 + 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs


Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Cream in eggs. Whisk together dry ingredients. Alternate dry ingredients with sour cream, ending with sour cream.

Chill dough. Roll out thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Peanut Butter  Blossom Cookie Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter, creamy
  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavor Crisco or Butter
  • 1 + 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 + 3/4 cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda


Combine Peanut Butter, Crisco, Sugar, Milk and Vanilla in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Beat in Egg. Combine dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture. Chill dough. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

While the cookies are baking, unwrap the Candy Kisses. Immediately add a kiss to the top of each cookie.

In case you run out of time, like I usually do, I also wanted to share these cute cookie boxes that Wilton sells.

Are you new? Let me catch you up on the Homemade for the Holidays Series

Homemade Peanut Butter CupsCranberry BreadCupcake Wrapper Tutorial ~ Christmas Cheese Ball

Homemade Christmas OrnamentsSanta Pretzel Rods ~ Cupcakes in a Jar ~ Christmas Cookie Containers

Linking to…Made By You Monday

Homemade Chicken N’ Noodles and our Menu Plan

By | Cooking, Main Dishes, Menu Planning | 12 Comments

Homemade Chicken N’ Noodles…an oldie but goodie!

I’ve shared this recipe before, it’s been a long time though, in fact, May 2009! I think it’s time to share again…don’t you think?

I’ve made Chicken N’ Noodles lots of different ways, but I always seem to keep coming back to this recipe. When you boil the chicken, it just adds so much more flavor to the Noodles.


Homemade Chicken ‘N’ Noodles

Homemade Chicken ‘N’ Noodles recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 1 whole chicken (I buy mine at Aldi’s, usually around $4)
  • Onions, celery and carrots, chopped roughly
  • Salt, Pepper, Parsely flakes (any other seasoning you like)
  • 2 bags of wide noodles
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can of milk


  1. Place chicken in a very large pot with vegetables and cover with water.
  2. Add seasonings.
  3. Bring to boil, and allow to boil for about 30 minutes, then turn to low and cook for 2-3 more hours. This will make a really great stock, that you will use to cook the noodles.
  4. Drain chicken, saving stock. You don’t need the veggies, they are just for flavor.
  5. Cook noodles in stock, drain, save stock.
  6. While the noodles are cooking you can de-bone the chicken.
  7. Add soup and milk to the noodles.
  8. Stir in chicken pieces. You may need to add a little stock to the Chicken N’ Noodles, if they are too dry.

Serve with Mashed Potatoes, a Veggie and some rolls for a perfect hearty meal that your family is sure to love!

Our Weekly Menu Plan:

25 ~ Chicken N’ Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

26 ~ Tuna Casserole

27 ~ Beef & Bean Chimichangas ($5 Dinners recipe) and Salad

28 ~ Italian Dunkers, Soup

29 ~ Sloppy Joes and Oven Fries

30 ~ Halloween Party

31 ~ Trick or Treat Night – Leftovers from Party

I’m linking to…Eat at Home


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