Wednesday, February 26, 2014


   I recalled my days as a foster mother of five children and scraping to make ends meet after reading about Colorado food stamp recipients documenting their struggles to survive and feed their families. 
   Tonight, I made one of my budget meals. It is Pizza Burrito Pie with Chicken-Herb Rice.  One package of medium tortillas, one large can of refried beans, and 3 cups cooked pinto beans makes up the bulk of this recipe. I always made a pot of bean soup and sweet yellow cornbread the day before, then used the leftover beans. 


8 medium flour tortillas
1 large can refried beans
3 cups pinto beans, drained
1/4 cup mild taco sauce (I save leftover packets from fast-food)
1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese
1 packet taco seasoning (I use coupons to get it free)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Juice 2 limes
Juice 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large pizza pan with parchment paper of spray with cooking spray. Set aside. Mix all beans, taco sauce and seasoning, cheese in a large bowl, mixing well. Place four tortillas on a large pizza pan. Add feeling, leaving 1/4 inch around edges. Place another tortilla on top of each. Place in a 350 degree pre-heated oven and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes. 
   In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lime and lemon juices, tossing well. Place in refrigerator. 
   Add sour cream, more taco sauce, and tomato-onion topping. Serve with Chicken-Herb Rice. 


3 tablespoons Land O' Lakes salted butter
2 cups rice
1 tablespoon chicken base
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon  seasoned salt
2 1/2 cups hot water

Heat butter over medium-high heat. Add rice and herbs,  and saute until brown. Add  hot water, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for ten to fifteen minutes. 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Puffed French Toast

We are huge fans of French toast. Therefore, when I saw a Youtube video of Disney's Puffed French Toast last year, I made a mental note to try it
   Doing a Google search, I found it on www.AlEars.Net.
   Suffice to say, it was a big hit at my house. Jessie had five pieces, and Andrew had four pieces. I was stuffed after eagerly consuming three pieces. 
   AllEars.Net has everything Disney, from Disney recipes, given to them by readers or Disney chefs, to planning your trip. Please check them out. 




Whoopie Pie Book is Out

   Whoopie Pie Bakers is now in one complete novel. I enjoyed writing it, hated to see it end. I am writing on the fifth volume of Amish Snowflakes today. I hope to get that serial done by mid-March. Happy Reading!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BBQ Chicken

I made BBQ Chicken with a different twist. Add garlic-Parmesan Potatoes and Seasoned Green Beans, and this meal is a winner. The recipe is below. 

BBQ Chicken 

6 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or chopped
3 cups tomato sauce
1 cup brown sugar, packed
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
1 heaping tablespoon of grape jelly

Mix all but the chicken in a heavy saucepan. Cook until boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to simmer, add chicken and let simmer half an hour. Serve on toasted buns.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chicken Teriyaki

I made Chicken Teriyaki with Teriyaki noodles this past week, and I have to say that it was so tender that it fell on the bone, savory with the perfect sweetness. It is easy to make. 

Chicken Teriyaki

1 whole chicken, cut up with legs attached to thighs
1 jar Teriyaki sauce from Aldi
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Cut up chicken and pat dry. Mix dry seasonings  pat onto chicken. Place in parchment-lined baking dish, then pour Teriyaki sauce over chicken. Cover with foil and bake at 300 degrees for an hour to an hour and twenty minutes. Check halfway through and pan sauce from pan onto chicken. Cover and continue baking. Last ten minutes, uncover to let the skin brown.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Whoopie Pie Books and Bread-Sticks

   I finished the popular Whoopie Pie Bakers series today. I added my bread-stick recipe at the end of the book. I have had fun writing this series and hate to see it end, so there will be a spin-off series in May.

Monday, February 10, 2014

CIA Love Is Blog Hop is underway, and I am giving away a free Kindle copy of An Autumn Wind in Walnut Creek as well as an autographed copy of Amish Lilies by the Lakeside.  To enter, just comment about what you think "love is" in the comment section. Click on the link above to enter other giveaways.

Good Luck, Angels

Sicily Yoder