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Hello everyone, I'm Cindi, aka "domestic goddess", and I consider myself to be a country girl at heart. I'm also a mother to 3 daughters, and I have 1 granddaughter. Being a counrty gal, I enjoy preparing down-home country meals for my family. I also enjoy sharing recipes with others, collecting cookbooks, reading about the paranormal, and spending time with my family.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Berry Bread

This actually is a dessert which my family enjoys on those
hot summer days. Just mix the thawed, frozen, sweetened
strawberries with the cream, and served over torn pieces
of white bread.

Berry Bread

3-1/2 lbs. sliced frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
white bread, homemade or store bought, torn into small pieces

n a large bowl, add the 3-1/2 lbs. (thawed) sweetened sliced strawberries.

Stir in heavy cream until blended.

Chill in the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1-2 hours.

In serving bowls, add torn pieces of homemade, or store bought white bread.

Pour desired amounts of the berry mixture over each bowl of bread.

Note: If using your own frozen strawberries, you may need to add a bit more granulated sugar, but according to taste. Do this before adding the cream.
The amount of strawberries and cream added; depends upon you.

More pix of the berry bread, can be viewed at the following site:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
4 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1/2 cup chopped pecans
vanilla ice cream
Reddi Wip (or) Cool Whip Whipped Topping

To make the crust - In a bowl mix together, the oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, and salt.

Cut in the pieces of butter, with either a fork or pastry blender, until mixture becomes crumbly (like a streusel topping).

Press half of the crumb mixture into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. (I probably added 2/3's of the crumb mixture.)
To make the filling - In a large saucepan (I used a 3-quart saucepan), add the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and water. Stir until blended, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat; stirring continuously, and until the mixture thickens. The mixture should thicken within 3 minutes. (At least mine did.)

Once the mixture has thickened, thoroughly stir in the extracts and pie filling.

Now spread the rhubarb over the crust, then spoon the cooked pie filling on top, and sprinkle on the remaining crumb mixture.

Lastly, top the crumb mixture with the chopped pecans.

Bake in a 350º oven for 45-55 minutes.
(I baked mine for 55 minutes.)

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
(Refrigerate any leftovers.)                   

Enjoy refrigerated leftovers with either Reddi Wip,
or Cool Whip Whipped Topping.

Yields: 7 - 8 servings

Friday, May 23, 2014

Iced Caramel Latte

I've made this delicious iced caramel latte several times.
I've also made it using the caramel ice cream topping,
and also with the caramel sundae syrup, but I have to say...
I really didn't care for the caramel sundae syrup.
So when making this caramel latte, be sure to use the
caramel ice cream topping, like Hershey's.
It gave this latte a nice rich caramel flavor that I enjoyed.

Iced Caramel Latte

3-1/2 to 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons hot water (which I heated on top the stove)
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping (I used Hershey's)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
ice cubes

In a tall beverage glass, add the coffee granules and hot water; until coffee is dissolved.

Add the caramel ice cream topping; stir well to combine.

Add the milk and water; stir until combined.

Add ice to the glass; and serve immediately.

Yields: 11.5-ounces (or 1-1/4 cups)

Note: Not quite sure how much coffee granules to add when making this latte? I've experimented several times trying to decide what would be the right the amount to add. If adding the 4 teaspoons, I've found the coffee does taste a bit stronger, but it doesn't seem to over power the taste of the caramel topping that's in it, but... after letting the latte sit for a while, and letting the ice cubes melt a bit into the coffee. I found the coffee didn't taste as strong, and I still could taste the caramel topping in it. And when I added less coffee granules, (the 3-1/2 teaspoons) I found I didn't have to let the coffee sit, and let the ice cubes melt just a bit, so the coffee didn't taste as strong. I was able to enjoy the latte immediately. So the amount of instant coffee granules you decide to add, I'll leave that up to you!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cream of Broccoli and Mushroom Soup

This is a quick, easy, hearty, creamy vegetable soup to put
together. This soup can be made using just 8 ounces of frozen
chopped broccoli, and 1 (4 ounce) can of sliced mushrooms,
if desired.

Cream of Broccoli and Mushroom Soup

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of broccoli soup

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
2-1/2 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen chopped broccoli
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
black pepper, season according to taste
2 (4 ounce) cans mushroom stems and pieces, drained

In a large stock-pot, add the cans of soup.

Gradually stir in the milk.

Add the frozen broccoli and remaining ingredients, and stir.

Cook soup over low heat until it's heated through; stirring often.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve.

Yields: 7 servings.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yaaay, my first blue ribbon from Just A Pinch!

Hey everyone, I am so excited, as this past week I won my very
1st blue ribbon at one of my favorite recipe sites, JustAPinch,
for Grandma Richter's Wilted Lettuce Salad, a really delicious
salad that was originally made by son-in-law's grandmother.

Here's the link to the recipe and site...


This recipe is also posted here on my blog!