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Rhubarb Cake with Vanilla Sauce (Taste of Home)

I don't know about you but I LOVE RHUBARB!!! I could just eat it with a little bit of salt & be good!! We were raised doing this so it was very rare to have any left to cook with lol.

My mom made this one day (when nobody beat her to the rhubarb ;)and it was great! I was really skeptical about the rhubarb with caramel but after much twisting of my arm I tried it and kept trying it lol!

2 Tbsp. butter softnened (not margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) rhubarb

Streusel Topping:
1/4 sup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter melted

Vanilla Sauce
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl cream butter & sugar. Beat in egg. In a seperate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to cream mixture. Alternately add buttermilk beating just until moist. Fold in rhubarb. Pour into greased 9" square baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar & milk. Bring to a boil. Cook & stir for 2-3 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Serve over cake.


Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Yep I made another taco meal!! This was a TOTAL last minute meal!! But it was easy, it worked, and the kids and hubby were happy so I was happy :)

5 chicken breasts
1 (24 oz) jar of salsa
2 cans corn- drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 taco seasoning packet (optional)
Taco shells
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Mix corn, salsa, and beans. Place chicken in crock pot, dump salsa over the top. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours. When chicken is cooked, shred this is done really easy if you have a mix master with a preetzel tool or you can do it with a fork. Serve on tortilla with cheese & sour cream


Harvest Soup (Carolyn)

My sister made this soup a couple years ago and brought it down and everyone fell in love with it. This uses a TON of stuff out of your garden which most of you are probably picking like crazy right now before everything freezes.

6 cups water
3 potatoes chopped
1 3/4 cup carrots
2 cups celery
3/4 cup onion
4 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dill weed
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup zucchini, chopped
1 cup crookneck chopped
1 1/2 cups corn
1 cup broccoli*
1 cup cauliflower*

Combine water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, salt, pepper, & dill weed. Bring to a boil. Add squashes & corn, cover & simmer 15 minutes. In a seperate pan melt butter, add flour, milk, & chicken broth. Stir gently and constently until well combined. Add cheese melt into sauce. Mix with veggies.

*If you don't want to use broccoli & cauliflower just use extra squash.


Snicker Doodles

Ok so this is the snicker doodle recipe I was talking about before. The one with the snickers wrapped inside Mmmmmm!!!!

Cream together:
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs

1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 3/4- 4 cups flour
Bite size Snickers cut into half
Cinnamon & sugar

Mix well. Let chill for about an hour or until not too sticky.

Roll dough around snickers then in cinnamon & sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.


Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef
1 onion
Drain & season with garlic salt

Put in crock pot with :
1 can corn with liquid
1 can stewed tomatoes + liquid
1 can kidney beans, rinsed + 1 can water
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg. Taco seasoning

Cook on low for 6-7 hours
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and corn chips


Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos (Nicole Kirkbride)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE jalapeno poppers from the deli or from the store but HOLY COW they can be expensive!!! So we tried this and it was great not quite the same but it works plus its so yummy!!

wash and clean jalapenos, then slice them in half lengthwise.
Stuff with cream cheese then wrap with bacon.

Bake at 350 for about an hour or until bacon is cooked.
Easy and Good!! I took these to a baseball game a couple years ago and the MEN loved them! I like to dip mine in ranch to tone down the heat a little. Hope you like these or at least your hubby does :)


Homemade Chili

Ok so I have NEVER made homemade Chili... I know weird huh. But when your given cases and cases from others you just use it right???

So I thought this is the perfect time to try so why not and I threw a recipe together and YUM!!!!! It was a HIT!!!

Brown together:
2 lbs ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped

1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
1-2 tsp. Tabasco sauce (or more

depending on preference)
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic salt
1 pkg. Chili seasoning
4 cans 15 oz. Tomato sauce
4 cans 15 oz. Kidney beans

So since the weather is yucky why not give this a try???


Baked Caramel Popcorn (

Recently I had an all night read-a-thon with my kids. I wanted it to be
lots of fun, and full of lots of yummy food. These are the memories that I want my kids to remember forever and maybe one day do with their kids.

My kids love caramel popcorn but sticky fingers & books don't mix well.
Soooooo I thought we would try a baked aka less sticky caramel popcorn. It
was a hit!!!

The kids lasted until 11:30 and thats about how long the popcorn lasted

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 bags microwave popcorn

Mix butter, brown sugar, corn syrup in the microwave. Until boiling.
Remove from microwave and add vanilla & baking soda (be prepared this will make your caramel rise)

Pour over cooked popcorn. Stir until coated well. Place on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 250 stirring every 15 minutes. The longer you cook, the crispier
it gets. Don't cook longer than 1 hour. I prefer 30-45 minutes, its crunchy
but not too hard!!