Tasty Tuesday – Tater Tot Casserole

Welcome to the first Tasty Tuesday of the new year. Who has leftover ham from Christmas dinner in their frig? We still had some, and I wanted to use it up this past weekend. So while cruising through some cookbooks, I came upon this recipe for a Tater Tot Casserole. It called for chicken, but I decided to use up the ham, and boy, I am glad I did.

This week’s recipe comes from Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook that my secret sister gave me for Christmas. This cookbook has over 200 recipes for simple and hearty meals.

Here is the recipe if you’d like to fix a really yummy, hearty meal for dinner this week.

Tater Tot Casserole, Mary King, Leola, PA, page 92, “Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook”

1 quart string beans, drained

1 can cream or mushroom or celery soup

Salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, drained

2 cups chicken broth

1 package frozen tater tots

Layer ingredients in casserole dish in order given. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, uncovered.

So as I mentioned above, I used leftover ham instead of chicken for this. And instead of the chicken broth since I wasn’t using chicken, I used an extra can of cream of mushroom soup. It turned out really good with the ham, and I’ll definitely fix this again.

It was easy to put together, and I used a quart of string beans that my Amish friend had canned for us this summer. So this Amish recipe had a touch of Amish in it.

Hope you have a great first week of January. Stay healthy, happy, and safe!

Blessings…

My Review of Amy Clipston’s The Coffee Corner

Amy Clipston’s third novel in her Amish Marketplace series is The Coffee Corner. I’m really enjoying this series for a few reasons. First reason is that it is based off of the Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market, and while reading, I can picture the various booths at this market in my head, since we’ve been there numerous times. Second reason is that it’s written in Lancaster County, and roads that I’ve travelled on are mentioned in this novel. This puts me right in that certain spot while reading through the pages. Third reason is that this series involves the same characters in each novel which I love. It’s great when a character’s story is carried over throughout the series. It makes me get to know them better.

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A little bit about the story taken from the book itself:

In this third installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series, an acquaintance grows into love over a few well-timed cups of coffee.

Alongside her cousins who have booths of their own, Bethany Gingerich runs a busy and successful coffee and donut stand at the Amish market. Since she has café-style tables and chairs, her regular customers enjoy purchasing a morning treat so they can sit and talk to their friends.

Micah Zook and his grandfather, Enos, visit Bethany every Saturday morning to purchase coffee and donuts before going to work at Enos’s custom outdoor furniture shop. Bethany enjoys talking to Micah and Enos, and she’s always thought Micah was handsome—but she doesn’t think her crush will ever result in anything more.

When Micah and his grandfather don’t come to see her one Saturday morning, Bethany begins to worry. And when she learns that tragedy has struck, she wonders how to help Micah in his time of need. Turns out he needs a friend now more than ever, and Bethany may be just the kind of friend that God has provided for him.

And here’s my review of The Coffee Corner:

Amy Clipston did not disappoint in her third book in her Amish Marketplace series.  Bethany runs the Coffee Corner at the Farmer’s Market, and it was nice to finally read her story in this novel.  Each novel in this series is based on one of the cousins, so The Coffee Corner is our turn to learn all about Bethany and her love for coffee, donuts, family, and friends.  This is another one of Amy’s novels where you’ll need a box of tissues nearby – well, at least I did reading parts of her story.  I love the flow of her story and love the interaction of Bethany and her cousins as well as seeing how all the girls grow in their lives from the previous two novels.  Amy did a fantastic job of putting me right smack dab into the story.  I felt like I was at the market when she had the scenes there, and at the church services when the story was there.  This is a fabulous story where you see that love, endurance, and friendship are the key to life.

I really enjoyed reading this story, and if you are a fan of Amy’s writing, then you should read it too. But I’d start with the first book in this series – The Bake Shop, so you can meet all of the cousins and see how they grow throughout the other stories.

Hope you all have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year! And I hope you can find some free time to read a good book or two.

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Baked Oatmeal

Happy Tasty Tuesday! I can’t believe that we are in the final week of 2020. What a year, huh? For Christmas morning, I decided to make baked oatmeal for our breakfast. I chose the recipe from Wanda Brunstetter’s new cookbook, “Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends from Scratch Cookbook” that recently released.

This was a quick recipe to put together and have baking while getting other Christmas things prepped. And it was a quite filling meal too.

Baked Oatmeal, Elaine Nolt, Ephrata, PA, page 14, “Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends from Scratch Cookbook”

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

3 cups oats

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch salt

Mix eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar together. Add oats, milk, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well mixed. Pour into 9×13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Good served warm with fruit and milk.

Since it was just the two of us for breakfast Christmas morning, I cut this recipe in half. I also added in dried cranberries and chocolate chips for a little more flavor. We ate ours with some milk poured over it too. It was really good, and I’ll definitely fix it again.

This is a really nice cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter – a collection of over 270 recipes for simple hearty meals and more. I’m looking forward in trying some of the main dishes in this book as well.

Hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy start to 2021. And I’ll try my best to get better at posting here on my blog. Happy New Year!

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Shortcake

Happy first day of my absolute favorite season of all – FALL! And Happy Tasty Tuesday too! This week’s recipe is one of the desserts I fixed during our weekends at home earlier this summer. I had all the ingredients for it and had fresh strawberries too. It’s really easy to fix. The recipe for this shortcake comes from the “Sharing Our Best – A Collection of Recipes from Ridgeview Mennonite Church” cookbook.

If you’d like to try a light dessert tonight, I recommend whipping up this shortcake.

Shortcake, Donald Martin, page 12-13, “Sharing our Best – A Collection of Recipes from Ridgeview Mennonite Church”

1 T. butter

1 c. sugar

2 eggs

1/2 c. milk

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Mix butter and sugar together. Add eggs, milk, flour, and baking powder. Put in 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or til brown.

While this baked, I cut up the strawberries. It was really good, and I fixed it again last month while camping, but this time had fresh peaches on it. We enjoyed it both ways.

It’s definitely a recipe to keep on hand when a dessert is needed quickly, since it doesn’t take too long to mix up or bake.

Hope you enjoy your first day of Autumn.

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Chicken/Broccoli Casserole

Oh my goodness! It has been ages since I’ve posted a Tasty Tuesday recipe for you all. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking/baking during everything going on this year. It’s just been that I’ve been busy with work (electrical is considered essential, so we were still going into work each day) and life in general and just never remembered to grab the cookbook that I used to type up a post until Tuesday had past. And then I’d think I’ll do a Tasty Thursday post, and Thursday had zoomed by. So, I decided yesterday that I was going to get a Tasty Tuesday blog post up for you all using one of the many new recipes I’ve tried over the past few months and made sure to find the cookbook I needed.

Today’s recipe is for a hearty Chicken/Broccoli Casserole and comes from the “Sharing our Best – A Collection of Recipes from Ridgeview Mennonite Church” cookbook. Ridgeview Mennonite Church is located in Gordonville, PA in the heart of Lancaster County.

This recipe was easy to prepare, and it used common items from our pantry and frig. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try this for yourself…

Chicken/Broccoli Casserole, Missy Hurst, page 37, “Sharing Our Best – A Collection of Recipes from the Ridgeview Mennonite Church”

2 chicken cutlets, cooked and diced

2 c. cooked broccoli

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1 c. grated cheese

Buttered bread crumbs

In a 9×13″ pan, place chicken on top of broccoli. Mix together cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, and lemon juice and pour on top of chicken. Top with cheese and buttered bread crumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve on top of rice.

I didn’t serve this over rice. We ate it just as it was, and it was a really good casserole. We had a yummy dinner with leftovers for lunch the next day.

This would be a perfect dish for a crisp fall day or when you need a meal in a hurry. It could easily be prepared the night before and baked when you get home.

Hope you all have a great day, and I’ll try to do better to share more new recipes with you.

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Ready for a recipe for some yummy cookies?  If so, you are in the right place.  This week’s recipe is for Oatmeal Chip Cookies from the cookbook, “Reiff’s Recipes” which I picked up last fall while up in Amish Country with my momma on the Buggies and Buds Shop Hop.    We had stopped at a new-to-us farm market in Ephrata, PA,  Reiff’s Farm Market, which had lots of pumpkins and gourds out front – that was what caught my eye first.  Inside was all sorts of produce, fresh picked flowers, baked items, and refrigerated/frozen items.  And their selection of apples was amazing – lots of varieties that I had never heard of.  It was a nice little market and one we’ll stop in again.  And of course, when I saw their cookbook, I just had to get a copy.

This week’s recipe is the first recipe for me to fix out of this book.  I was looking for a cookie to make for Danny to take to share with his disc golf buddies (I usually try to make something sweet for them every other week as a special treat – they have big sweet tooths) and our neighbor who I take dinner to once a week during this virus, since she lives alone and can’t have her friends stop by.  She also loves her sweets.  Who doesn’t, right?

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So if you are in the cookie making and eating mood, try out this week’s recipe…

Oatmeal Chip Cookies, page 121, “Reiff’s Recipes”

2 c. butter, softened

2 c. sugar

2 c. brown sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

6. quick oats

3 c. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 c. chocolate chips

Cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients.  Chill dough 1 hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes.

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These turned out quite yummy and were devoured by the disc golf crew in record time.  I want to keep this recipe handy for Christmas cookie baking too, since it makes a nice size batch of cookies.  Don’t they look delicious?

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Hope you are doing well and staying healthy.

Blessings…

My Review of Amy Clipston’s “The Farm Stand”

Being part of Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch allows me the chance to read Amy’s books in order to review them for fellow readers.  I was given the chance to read her newest release, “The Farm Stand”, and wanted to share my review with you.

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Synopsis of the story:

Experience some sweet, garden-fresh romance in the next installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series.

Salina Petersheim runs her own booth at the Amish market, where she’s known for having the freshest and most delicious produce in the area. Her father is the bishop of her church district, and her brother is a deacon. They are a very close family, yet sometimes she tires of being compared to her older brother, Neil, who is married and has two children. She also feels the pressure of having to be the perfect daughter for her parents.

Salina has been dating Josiah for almost a year now, but he feels more like a friend than a boyfriend. Her parents approve of Josiah, who is a hardworking roofer. He’s handsome and easy to talk to, but he just doesn’t warm her heart the way she feels a boyfriend and future husband should. She secretly longs for more.

Along comes William “Will” Zimmerman, a Mennonite chef who runs a restaurant located next door to the Amish market. He wants Salina to supply the produce for his restaurant, and as they forge a business relationship, they both feel themselves falling in love. Salina especially tries to deny her feelings for Will since her father wants her to marry within the community.

Both Salina and Will feel stuck in their current relationships, but they cannot deny what they feel for each other. Will they follow their hearts or bow to the pressure of family? Or will God provide a surprising new road for them?”

My review:

The second book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace Series, “The Farm Stand”, does not disappoint.  Amy’s characters, Salina Petersheim and Will Zimmerman, bring this story to life page after page.  Once starting a business relationship together through Salina’s produce, things start to progress on an other level.  Amy brings “all the feels” within her story.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be happy, and you’ll be sad throughout all the pages of Amy’s newest release.

This can be read as a standalone novel, but in order to really know the characters, I suggest reading Book One in this series, “The Bake Shop” first.  You won’t be disappointed in this series.

If you haven’t started reading Amy’s Amish Marketplace Series yet, what are you waiting for?  With everything going on right now in our world, it’s a great time to curl up with a good book to just escape.  And if you can’t venture out to the stores to get it, you can always order it on Amazon.

Blessings…

Finally!! Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Pie

Finally!  I am getting around to posting a new Tasty Tuesday.  Like many of you, I’ve been cooking and baking up a storm the past couple months.  Each week I’ve been trying at least one new recipe, but never get the chance to type up a blog post.  Electrical is considered essential, so I am still going to work each day, and it seems like we are busier than normal.  It’s crazy around the office, and I am enjoying our weekends spent at home.  Spring cleaning, cooking/baking, working on thinning out my Thirty-One inventory from previous seasons, making cards, online church on Sunday mornings…lots to keep me busy on Saturdays and Sundays.  It’s weird to not hop in the car and go anywhere, and I’m sure a lot of you are thinking the same thing.

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For this week’s recipe that I am sharing, I took it from Wanda E. Brunstetter’s “Amish Friends Cookbook”.  This cookbook is filled with 200 hearty recipes from Amish Country including full-color photographs of Amish life.  A few weeks ago, I fixed us the Chicken Pie on page 146.  We enjoyed it, and we had plenty of leftovers for lunches too.

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Chicken Pie, Rebekah Mast, page 146, Wanda E. Brunstetter’s “Amish Friends Cookbook”

2 cups chicken broth

2 T flour

2 cups diced cooked potatoes

2 cups diced cooked carrots

2 cups cooked peas

2 T chopped cooked celery

1 small onion, chopped and cooked

2 cups diced cooked chicken

Buttered bread crumbs or pie dough rolled out to fit oblong baking pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat broth.  Add 2 tablespoons flour to make a thin gravy.  Mix with vegetables and chicken.  Pour into oblong baking pan and cover with bread crumbs or pie dough.  Bake for one hour.

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I opted for the bread crumbs since I had them on hand.  For the vegetables, I used a bag of frozen mixed vegetables that I had on hand as well.  One thing about doing lots of cooking is that I’m clearing out the pantry and freezer.  For the chicken, I baked a huge tray of boneless chicken, cut it up, and then froze it in two cup servings for future recipes.  A great way to have it on hand to fix a quick casserole when needed.

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We enjoyed this dish, and I’ll most likely fix it again.  It was easy to put together and toss into the oven.

Hope you are doing well and staying healthy during this time.

Blessings…

 

 

Tasty Tuesday – Peanut Butter Cookies

Welcome to the first Tasty Tuesday of February.  Another day in the 60’s for us – definitely not our typical February weather, but we’ll take it.  This week’s recipe is another cookie recipe I made over the Christmas holiday.  This time it’s for Peanut Butter Cookies from the “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook” again.  Another yummy cookie added to our cookie tins!

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to bake up a batch yourself…

Peanut Butter Cookies, Mrs. Naomi Esh, “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook”, page 224

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

2 t. soda

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

Bake 350 degrees.

And there you have it, such detailed directions!

What I did which is pretty normal for cookie recipes was cream the peanut butter, butter (I don’t use shortening – cookies just taste better with butter in my opinion), sugars, soda, and eggs.  Once that was good and mixed, I added in the flour.  Mixed that all in and then dropped the dough onto the ungreased cookie sheets with a cookie scoop.  Flattened them with the fork in the crisscross pattern and then baked them for 11 minutes or so.

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Some of the recipes in this cookbook don’t even give you any type of directions, so I at least got the baking temperature with this one.  Ha!

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These were really good and would be perfect too with a chocolate kiss on top.

Hope you have a great first week of February.

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Tasty Tuesday a day late this week.  Yesterday was a blur, and I never got a chance to type this up.  This week’s recipe is for some yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies that I made for Christmas.  Chocolate chip cookies are my dad’s absolute favorite, so they get made each year.  I got this recipe from the “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook” that I picked up at the Good’s Store in Lancaster County.  This cookbook contains over 1,000 recipes – that’s a lot of cooking and baking that one can do.

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Feel like some cookies this week?  Check out this week’s recipe for these Chocolate Chip Cookies…

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mrs. Fannie Fisher, page 223, “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook”

Cream:

1 cup Wesson oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 t. vanilla (till light and fluffy)

Fold:  2 well beaten eggs and beat entire mixture

Sift:  3 1/4 cups flour

1 t. salt

1 t. soda

Add to creamed mixture and stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.  Bake 375 degrees 10 minutes.

Recipes like this drive me batty not having all the ingredients listed out first and then the instructions, but with cookies, it’s fairly the same ingredients needed – flour, sugars, eggs, etc.

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These were really good and reminded me of the Tollhouse version minus the butter of course.  And we all know butter makes anything better.

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Now let’s see who won my blog prize from last week which included a copy of the cookbook used for these cookies and an autographed potholder by Amy Clipston…

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Random number generator picked 15, so that means our winner is:

Suzanne Hawkins

Congratulations Suzanne!

Please send me a message with your address, so I can verify what I have, and I will get your prize pack sent out.

Have a great day everyone…

Blessings…