Almond Joy Cookies


In my Facebook feed I saw a recipe for cookies.  They were listed as almond joy cookies.  Well Almond Joy candy bars are my very favorite candy bar so I thought to give them a try.  Well after reading the ingredients I could see that I wasn’t going to make them.  The ratio of ingredients seemed a little off like there might be a typo in the recipe.  I decided to google and see if I could find a different recipe for them instead.

I did google and I did find a recipe.

The cookies only have four ingredients so they are super quick.  They were a little bit hard to get off the pan.  I quickly learned to let them sit about a minute before removing but not longer than that.


YUM.  Hubby who doesn’t really like coconut, has been eating them.


They are tasty and do remind me of an Almond Joy candy bar.  I found the recipe at Mom on Time Out blog.  You can follow this link for the recipe.

One of the best things I did to get me out of the rut I felt I was in with cooking was to make a commitment to have a recipe on the blog more frequently.  I’m so glad I did as without that commitment, I likely wouldn’t have tried these…YUM.

Beer Can Chicken


I was at the grocery store the other day and whole chickens were on sale.  I am a person who completely plans our menus over what is on sale so I bought two chickens.  I sure wish I had bought more as it turns out they were only about $4 each!  I’ve told you we don’t buy a lot of meat as we get lots of beef via Hubby’s job on the farm…but chicken at this price is a treat to the palette and a treat for my pocket book too.

As I was driving home I started planning what I would make with the chicken….chicken enchilladas….chicken soup with biscuits…chicken taco soup…beer can chicken.  Oh darn.  We don’t have a outdoor grill anymore.  No beer can chicken for me…but wait.  There has to be a recipe to make it in the oven.

Once home I went straight to the computer hoping to find a recipe…and I did.  This is the recipe I used.

People often talk about how hard it is to cook.  This recipe takes the excuse right away.  It was so easy and honestly, anyone can do it….and you don’t need to purchase a little rack to hold the can and the chicken.  It will balance in place.


Following the recipe I put it in the oven…went to sew…came back, did the next step and then went back to sewing.  Easy-Peasy!  In about an hour and a half I had this…. [Read more...]

What I’m Baking: Pumpkin Bars


South of where we live there is an Amish community.  Periodically I go and visit their shops.  They have a great General Store, Dry Goods place, and of course bakeries. In the last five years or so the thing they have started opening is “bent and dent” stores.  It’s a store for primarily groceries.  All of the things in the store were gotten via over stock or damaged products-meaning there is a dent in the can.  Dented cans don’t bother me.  Occasionally there are things that are past their “sell by” date.  I don’t buy those things but a can with a dent for half the price of town products is okay with me.

On the last time I visited, there was LOTS of cans of pumpkin.  The cans in this case weren’t even dented.  I’m guessing the company made lots hoping to sell them around Thanksgiving time then realized they made too many cans.  The dates were all good on them so I bought several cans.  I make some good pumpkin bread and a good pumpkin roll.  This day although I wanted to make a pumpkin roll I wanted something faster and less messy.  I remember the wonderful pumpkin bars I have bought when I visit the Amish bakery so I grabbed an Amish cookbook and started looking for the recipe….

I found it….But would it be “the” recipe?


I was especially hopeful as it said Anna’s Bakery was the contributor of the recipe….I tried them and ended up with this…..


We tested them and indeed.  It was “the” recipe.  They were really good.  If making them again, I would increase the amount of frosting I make by another half batch.  As is the frosting wasn’t quite as good at covering the bars as I wished it would have been.

As for taste….PERFECT!  This is a really good recipe.

I have several more cans of pumpkin in the cupboard so you can be sure I’ll be making these again.


What I’m Cooking: Ground Beef Grand-Style


We don’t eat fancy here at all.  Simple, tasty, food is my goal.   This is complete that…simple and tasty.  Not real good looking but definitely tasty and best yet, EASY!  Here I paired it with asparagus.

This is a meaty almost thick gravy type bottom with a biscuit over the top.


One of the reasons I love this recipe is that I can make the bottom part over the weekend or the night before then put it in the refrigerator.  On the night I want to serve it, I add the biscuits to the top and toss it in the oven.

Here’s the recipe: [Read more...]