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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Perfect to throw together and have simmering on the stove for whenever your company gets in tonight :)


1# hamburger
1/2 onion, diced
black pepper
Simmer these together until your hamburger is cooked. Stir in the following 6 cans of goods:
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
3 cans if beans ( I use lt. red kidney, dk. red kidney and pinto beans) with their juice
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 can of water
chili powder to taste

Stir together and let simmer until you are ready to eat!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oriental Coleslaw - it's what I had for supper :)

I had to work this evening, at my get-out-of-the-house, job!  So when I get home its generally a little after 7:00.  Tonight I decided I should have a bowl of this coleslaw for dinner - with a possible popcorn chaser - still to be popped!  This is a great side dish for a Thanksgiving Table as well - or Christmas :)

Oriental Coleslaw
1 pkg. bagged coleslaw (grated cabbage & carrots)
1 pkg. ramen noodles (any flavor), broken in the package into many small pieces
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/8 c. vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
1 tbsp. soy sauce

Dump your coleslaw into a bowl.  In a small saucepan take your broken noodles, toss the flavor packet in the trash, add the butter and almonds to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until the almonds & noodles are a light golden brown.  Set aside.  In the same small saucepan, mix the vinegar, sugar, oil & soy sauce.  Bring to a boil and let boil about 1 minute.  Let chill if you desire.  When ready to eat your coleslaw put your noodle mixture in the bowl with the coleslaw, stir, add your dressing, stir & eat!  Don't add your dressing until you are ready to eat - as it will get soggy.  It is DELISH!  Lots of times I just make the stuff up and put in containers in the fridge - then when I want a bowl I mix up just enough to eat and save the rest for the next day!


& Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Heath Peanut Butter Cookies

YUM I just made these cookies and so far have eaten three of them, and perhaps some dough as well!  I love a good peanut butter cookie, however, I don't usually make them because my oh-so-predictable family always chooses chocolate chip or monster, if I give them a choice!  However, my mom is coming down for Thanksgiving and she too loves a good PB cookie - so today was a good day to make them and stick them in the freezer for her arrival.

Heath Peanut Butter Cookies

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. peanut butter, creamy
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
dash of salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 bag of Heath baking bits

Mix all together.  Stir in the Heath bits.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Supper is planned....

I am making the Bacon Cheeseburger Potato soup that I posted here last January!  Since it feels like January outside :(  The whole week is not looking nice for weather here in my neck of the woods so warm, comfort foods will be in order!  I apologize for neglecting this blog - it is hard to keep  up with my jobs :)  I do post much more frequently on my facebook page - Life By Jill Marie - please join me there as a friend, if you haven't already done so!  Have a great day and keep warm!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Raspberry Freezer jam

Also today, I just whipped up a batch of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry Freezer Jam.  I have no big secrets here I Use the recipe straight off the box of Sure Jel!

YUMMY bars

1 german chocolate cake mix
1 c. evaporated milk
2/3 c. melted butter
1 bag caramels, wrappers removed
Mix your dry cake mix with 2/3 c. evaporated milk and the melted butter. Stir well. Place slightly over half of that into the bottom of your 9 x 13 cake pan. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes. In a microwave safe bowl melt your caramels with the other 1/3 c. evaporate milk. Stir well. Pour over cooked bottom layer. Dot the top of the caramel with the remaining chocolate batter. Return to the oven and bake an additional 25 minutes.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

so sorry

Between working and 2 college kids here for the summer, and trying to get summer fun in - I have been ignoring my blog :(  I do have a facebook page as well and hope you all come join me there as well - I do usually post something on there every day be it someone elses recipe or funny cartoons or something!  (or even my ranting!)

Facebook page is    Life by Jill Marie
Come join me and send your friends as well.

I did make chocolate chip muffins this morning - so son could eat some on his way to work!  Here is a pic of them - I believe the recipe is posted earlier somewhere in my blog postings! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

RHUBARB - this is my favorite way!

Lawn Mowed
Supper Prepared
Rhubarb Crisp - first of the SEASON - CHECK

Rhubarb Crisp  8 c. rhubarb, chopped in small pieces
1/2 c. sugar
     Wash and then chop your rhubarb.  Place the chopped rhubarb into a 9 x 13 cake pan.  Sprinkle with the 1/2 c. sugar.  Let set (while you make the topping!)
2 c. oatmeal
2 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. melted butter
     Stir the dry ingredients together.  Stir in the melted butter.  Stir well (or use your hands to mix!).  Crumble the topping over the rhubarb in your pan.  Bake @ 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.  Until your dessert is golden brown and bubbly!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Great for a quick, easy and yummy supper! 

4 c. cooked brown rice
1 bunch of green onions, diced fine
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 pkg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
pepper & soy sauce to taste

Warm oil i pan. Add onions and cook a few minutes. Push the onions to one side of the pan and add the beaten eggs, scramble. Stir in the chicken, and the mushrooms, and rice, cook until mushrooms are soft. Season to taste!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Grandma Vi's Ginger Cookies

This recipe comes from my Mother-in-Law's recipe box.  Perhaps she is smiling down on me today as I made her recipe :)  Sure helped the house smell good and warm up as its a lovely 37 degrees here in Morris, MN today.........................Spring was last weekend I guess and we are back to FALL or winter?  Winter in some parts of the state and thankfully (for me) not mine!

Have a great day and whip up these cookies - they didn't take long at all.


Grandma Vi's Ginger Cookies3/4 c. crisco shortening, melted
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg

2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nu
1/2 tsp. saltMelt Crisco over medium heat in a sauce pan. Let cool. Add rest of ingredients in order. Stir. Roll into balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Monday, April 22, 2013


I know that I have been ignoring this blog - its hard to keep up with the blog page and the facebook page (Life By Jill Marie!)  Most of my postings and musings go on over there so please join me there if you haven't already and let your friends know too - thanks and have a great day - its grey and gloomy here in Morris, again - but I am trying to remain upbeat!

Hamburger Stroganoff:
1 # lean hamburger, browned with some onion, salt & pepper
Add in: 1 can Low sodium reduced fat Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can of skim milk
Stir well. Add in 1 c. fat free sour cream
Pour over package of prepared egg noodles - stir well and heat through and serve!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sugar Cookies

Well, today we do have sunshine - thank you thank you for that :)  Sure makes ones day brighter just to have that sun shining.  It is not as warm as the predicted forecast had predicted - however, I will be happy with the sun.  My friend told me she will take me to dinner @ Bello Cucina - our best restaurant in town - if I made some Sugar cookies for her - so guess what? - the sugar cookies are baking as I type this!  Free yummy pasta dinner - I am all in!  P.S.  thanks to my sister-in-law Michelle for this cookie recipe!

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Mix all together.  Roll into small walnut sized balls.  Place on baking sheet and flatten with a glass bottom dipped in sugar. 
Bake @ 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

@Cooking with Libby Blog Post

here is an updated link to my guest post - please go check it out and send your friends :)

I am a Guest Blog Poster

Today you will find me on a guest blog post over at Cooking with Libby:
She is in the midst of a move to New Mexico and asked for some people to do some guest blogs and I get to be one of them.  It's exciting for me and lots of days I neglect my blog, and post all of my stuff to my facebook page instead - where you of course can find me at Life by Jill Marie.
In a nutshell, hop on over to Libby's blog today and give my guest posting a shout-out and say hi to a new friend as well.

Have a great day!  Jill

Friday, February 8, 2013

Baker's German Sweet Chocolate Pie

I was baking cookies yesterday and today made this pie - good thing I worked

out extra hard at the gym today! 

Baker's German Sweet Chocolate Pie

1 pkg. 4 oz. German Sweet chocolate

2 tbsp. milk

2 tbsp. sugar

1 8 oz. pkg. reduced fat cream cheese

1 8 oz. container Cool-Whip

Melt the chocolate in the microwave with 2 tbsp. milk, 1 minute.  Stir until well

combined.  Add in the sugar and cream cheese and beat until well mixed.  Stir

in the cool whip - pour into a cooled baked pie shell.  Refrigerate!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Simple Stepped Up White Cake

Well, I made NO money in Vegas, in fact, we won't talk about how much I left behind.  On to trying to win the powerball again  :)  And working of course!  I am making chicken dumpling soup for supper - since the hubby has a sore throat and I know he will love it and appreciate it.  Here is a cake I am whipping up for dessert as well. 

Simple Stepped Up White Cake:
1 pkg. White Cake Mix
1 1/4 c. water
3 eggs
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. orange extract (or whichever flavor you like)
Mix together and bake as directed on the cake mix box. Use rounds if you want to make a layer cake!
Frosting: 1 c. milk, 3 tbsp. flour, 1 c. butter, softened, 1 c. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine milk and flour in saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until thickened. Cool. Beat butter in a bowl until creamy. add sugar and beat until fluffy. add in vanilla and milk/flour mixture. beat until thick and smooth. Frost cake!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Oh dear....

I have been a very bad blogger of late....I have been cooking (some) but not baking much as we had Christmas goodies to eat up and share with everyone we know, before I got back into my groove.  Last week I did make a coconut cream pie - but alas, it did not set up superiorly so therefore I did not take any pics - ha.  Right now I have some soup simmering and will post a pic and recipe here for that soon - along with my EZ chocolate chip bars in the oven - search through my blog posts and you will encounter that recipe!  Hope you are keeping warm! (and avoiding the FLU).......Jill Marie