Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dana's Easy cream Cheese Pie

Our friend Dana has the easiest, tastiest recipe for pie that we have ever tried. We made a cherry and a blueberry for CHRISTmas dinner and they were a hit with everyone who had a slice. Try it for yourself. One bite and you'll be hooked.

(blueberry pie filling was used on this pie)

Dana's Easy Cream Cheese Pie
2 (8 oz) pkg. softened cream cheese
2 cups sugar
1 (16 oz) container cool whip
2 deep dish graham cracker crumb crusts
2 cans each of pie filling (flavor to your choice; we like blueberry and cherry)

In a small bowl mix together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in cool whip. Divide batter evenly and pour into pie shells. Top each pie with canned pie filling. Chill for 1-2 hours.Serve chilled. Yields: 2 pies

Click HERE for printable recipe

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Shepherd's Pie

Trying to utilize our CHRISTmas leftovers, I thought today would be a great day to make a shepherd's pie. I added a little extra ingredients that make it different from the usual shepherds pie, but none the taste just as great.

Christmas Shepherd's Pie

1/2 lb. cooked turkey - diced
1 can whole kernel corn - drained
1 1/4 cup leftover cooked green beans
2 cups leftover cooked stuffing
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1 (12oz) jar chicken gravy
1/2 c. jellied cranberry sauce - sliced
1 pkg. mashed potatoes - prepared (or 2 cups leftover prepared mashed potatoes)
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350* Grease a 2-3 qt. casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine turkey, corn, green beans, stuffing, sage and gravy.

Stir to mix well (ok, I admit it doesn't look too appealing, but trust me on this.)

Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Layer cranberry slices on top of turkey mixture.

Next spread prepared mashed potatoes over cranberries.

Top with a layer of grated cheese.

Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.

Click HERE for printable recipe

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shelby Lynn's Favorite Oatmeal Doggie Cookies

I haven't had much time to do any baking the past few weeks with all that's going on, so when tonight gave way to some extra spare time, I started working on our fur babies Christmas gifts. We have one dog (Shelby Lynn) that has completely turned her nose up on store bought treats, so in order to give her something special I have to make them for her. Geesh! Picky little thing *grin.* But I love her. So here is one of her favorite things to snack on...

Shelby Lynn's Favorite Oatmeal Doggie Cookies

1 c. uncooked oatmeal
¾ c. cornmeal
3 c. whole wheat flour
¾ c. powdered milk
½ c. margarine
1 tsp. bouillon granules
1 ½ cup homemade chicken broth
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 325*

Dissolve bouillon in meat broth, then pour into a large mixing bowl.

Add margarine & oatmeal & stir. Let sit 5 minutes to cool.

tir in powdered milk, cornmeal & egg.

Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth.

Roll dough out to 1/2" thickness & cut into shapes freehand or using a cookie cutter.

Place onto a silpat lined or greased cookie sheet.

Bake 50- 60 minutes, allow to cool & dry out until hard.

ield: Using a 3" dog bone cookie cutter I average about 35-37 cookies.

Click HERE for printable recipe