Carrot Soup


This is another soup that tastes great with a grilled cheese sandwich!


Makes about 4 servings

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup half and half

1 1/2 vegetable broth

2 1/2 cups sliced carrots

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon 5 spice seasoning

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Shake of Parsley, Basil, Cayenne Pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste


Steam carrots until tender

In a stock pot, melt butter over medium heat

Stir in flour

Add half and half all at once and mix well

Stir in broth and carrots

I use my hand blender to blend into a creamy soup

Season with celery salt, nutmeg, 5 spice, brown sugar, parsley, basil, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper

Simmer 20-25 minutes



Ham & Potato Casserole


This is a great way to use up holiday ham.  There were no leftovers in our house of this dish!


Makes 6 servings

3⁄4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons margarine

1 tablespoon flour
1 dash pepper

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1⁄4 cup mayonnaise

2 cups potatoes, cooked and diced
3 cups ham, cooked and diced

Bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cook onion in margarine until tender

Stir in flour and pepper

Add milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly

Reduce heat and add cheese and mayonnaise

Stir until cheese melts

Add potatoes and ham

Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish

Top with bread crumbs


Bake for 30 minutes covered



Baked Pineapple


I have made this 3 times in the last few weeks!  Very easy to make and never any leftovers!  You can also dish this up as a dessert!


This recipe makes about 4 servings

1 (20 Ounce) can of Pineapple, I like to use Tidbits.

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

20 Ritz crackers, crushed


Preheat oven to 350

Drain pineapple and reserve juice.

Combine pineapple, 3 tablespoons juice, sugar, butter, flour and cheese

Mix well and spoon into a 9×9 greased baking dish

Top with crushed crackers

Bake 30 minutes till bubbly


Dirt Dessert


This is my daughters recipe. Its fun to make and always a hit!


Makes 10 cups

1 (3.9oz) package of chocolate flavored instant pudding

2 cups cold, fresh milk

8 ounce tub whipped topping

15 or more, Oreo cookies finely crushed and divided in half

Gummy worms

10 clear plastic cups (6-7 oz size)


Whisk pudding mix and milk in a large bowl for 2 minutes

Let stand 5 minutes

Stir in whipped topping and ½ of the cookie crumbs

Spoon mixture evenly into cups

Only fill about half way

Top with remaining cookie crumbs

Refrigerate for about an hour

Top with worms right before serving



If you do a Google Image Search for Dirt Dessert you will find many different ways to use this basic recipe for other party themes.