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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 country 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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cookies I made for Christmas!

These are the cookies I made for Christmas this year.

Cherry-Nut Slices
Chinese Almond Cookies
Black Forest Cherry Cookies
Kisses Candy Cane Blossoms
Confetti Peanut Butter Cookies

Jenny's C'mas Cake for Dec. 26, 2010

This is the cake our daughter Jen made for our day
after Christmas celebration.  Isn't this a cute cake!

This is our daughter Jenny who made the cake.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

I submitted this recipe to Reiman Publications. This recipe can be found in the following cookbooks... 2003 Country Woman Christmas Cookbook, as well as the Taste of Home 2004 Treasury of Christmas Recipes. These Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies are spectacular!

Photo by: Taste of Home

Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Vanilla frosting
Assorted colored crystal sugar
Candy sprinkles

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla extract.

Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until firm, and edges are golden brown. (I baked my cookies in a 350 degree oven.)

Cool for 1 minute (on baking sheets), before removing from pans to wire rack to cool completely.

Frost and decorate as desired.

About: 4-1/2 dozen cookies.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Domestic Goddess Chili

This chili recipe is from the 1989 tv show "Roseanne".
It's a hearty kind of chili with a little bit of a bite!

Domestic Goddess Chili

2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (8 ounce) jars taco sauce, mild or medium
2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
shredded cheddar cheese, to garnish chili
tortilla chips, to scoop up chili

Cook ground beef in a Dutch oven over high heat; stirring to break up meat, until no longer pink (for 3 minutes).

Add onions; cook and stirring until translucent (for 2 minutes).

Stir in chili powder and garlic; cook one minute.

Stir in tomato sauce and taco sauce. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat, and simmer (uncovered) for 10 minutes.

Stir in the kidney beans and heat through.

Top each bowl with shredded cheddar cheese, and scoop up the chili with the tortilla chips.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Note: This recipe states to add 1/4 cup of chili powder, and yes, that's exactly how much I put in my chili.

Hamburger -Vegetable Soup

With a few cans of soup, some fresh vegetables, and a bit of ground beef, this made for one heck of a hearty soup!

Hamburger-Vegetable Soup

3/4 lb. ground beef
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small to medium sized onion, chopped
1 cup (cut-up) russet potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
About 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced baby carrots
salt & pepper, add according to taste
2 soup cans of water
1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed tomato soup
1 (11.25 oz.) can condensed bean with bacon soup
1 (10.5 oz.) can condensed vegetable soup with beef stock

In a skillet, brown the ground. While the meat is browning,

season it with a bit of salt and pepper. (If need be, add a bit 
of vegetable oil to cook the meat.) Drain off any excess grease,
and set meat aside.

In a large stock pot over medium-low heat,
add 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

To the pot, add the onion, carrots, and the potatoes.
Season the vegetables with a bit of salt and pepper.
Sauté the vegetables for about 6 minutes.

Add the cooked beef, canned soups and water to the pot,
and stir.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low
simmer, and simmer the soup for 30 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken (or Turkey) Soup

This is a quick, easy, delicious soup to throw together. You can use either cooked chicken or cooked turkey for this recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed the soup topped with sour cream, green onions and tortilla chips.

Buffalo Chicken (or Turkey) Soup

3 (10.5 oz.) cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup chicken wing sauce (from a bottle)
freshly cracked black pepper (add according to taste)
4 cups cut-up cooked chicken, or turkey
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Soup Garnishings:
sour cream (or chives-n-onion sour cream)
tortilla chips (whole or crushed)
sliced green onions

In a 3-quart saucepan over low heat, add the cans of soup.

Gradually add the milk; stir well to mix.

Add the wing sauce, and stir.

Season the soup with desired amount of black pepper.

Add the cooked chicken or cooked turkey, and stir.

Heat the soup through, but do not let it come to a boil.

Serve soup in a bowl garnished with sour cream, tortilla chips,
and with a bit of thinly sliced green onion.

Yields: 5 servings

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Candy Cane Chocolate Sandwich Cremes

I just wanted to pass this along to others...
About 2 weeks ago I purchased these delectable creamy peppermint filled chocolate sandwich cookies at our Aldi's Grocery Store, and boy are they ever good! I usually don't care much for peppermint, but I sure enjoyed these cookies. After nearly eating the whole package myself, I decided to pick up a few more packages to share them with others. If you like Oreos and even peppermint, I think you'll enjoy these cookies. Cost wise, they were $1.99 for a (17-oz.) pkg.

This year I noticed these cookies were still the same price as they were last year, (and in ounces as well) so I had to purchase a package again this year, as they are one of my favorite store bought cookies!