Dinner Rolls

Ingredients: 1 cup warm water 2 Tbsp. dry yeast 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 cups hot water (as hot as you can get it and still be able to touch it) 1/2 cup oil 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 tsp salt 5 cups flour
Step 1: Stir together warm water, dry yeast and sugar, until yeast is dissolved.  Let set until foamy.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine hot water, oil, sugar and salt with the yeast mixture and stir.
Step 3: Add 5 cups flour  (I have made it with all white, or all wheat, or a combination of flours).   Stir well using a sturdy strong spoon.  At this point the batter will still be very sticky.
Step 4: From here on, you will add at least 3 more cups of flour.   Stir it in with spoon until you need to start working the dough with your hands. (It will get to difficult to stir.)  When it is too difficult to stir with the spoon, push the dough down with your hands, fold it in half, push it down with your fist, fold it in half, continue working the dough in this manner. 
Step 5: Add more flour a…

Breakfast Casserole

6 slices bread, cubed
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 lb. sausage, chicken or ground beef (cooked)
1 1/2 cup cheese

What you need to do:
Grease a 9 x 13" pan. Spread cubed bread pieces on the bottom of the pan.
They don't have to be pretty - don't line them up or anything - just toss them into the bottom of the pan and spread evenly.

Mix together eggs, milk, and seasonings and pour over bread cubes.
Add meat and 1 1/2 cup cheese on top of egg/bread mixture.
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until set.

Grandma Weaver's Macaroni Salad

Ingredients: 1 lb. dry macaroni, cooked and drained, per package directions 1 1/2 cup sugar (this is very sweet - decrease sugar to meet your family's taste preference) 2 Tbsp. vinegar 1 onion, chopped 1 cup celery, finely chopped  3 hard boiled eggs 1 cup mayo 2 Tbsp. mustard 1 tsp. salt
Cook macaroni as instructed on package. Drain and cool. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Refrigerate. 
Macaroni salad is a unique "salad". It is definitely not in the healthy salad category...but this dish often accompanied that amazing Chicken BBQ that I wrote about a few days ago. This is not standard food on my table - but it is standard food at picnics and Chicken BBQ fundraiser meals locally!
My Grandma Weaver taught me how to make this in her kitchen. When I raised money to go on a mission trip to Kenya at age 19, we made many batches of this salad and sold meals paired with my Uncle Warren's Chicken BBQ. Good memories and an awesome fundraiser.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes
Ingredients: 2 cups flour (I use all whole wheat) 4 T. sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk with 1 to 2 T. lemon juice) 2 T. oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together lightly.
Bake on hot skillet until you see bubbles forming.
Flip and bake the other side.
Serve with butter and syrup!

Chocolate Chip Bars

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 - 12 ounce bag chocolate chips

What you will do:
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and mix well.
Next, add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
Spread mixture into a 9 x 13" pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

To test if it is done baking, insert a knife into the center.
If the knife comes out clean, without dough sticking to the knife, it is ready to remove from the oven. If dough sticks to the knife, bake a few more minutes.

When finished baking, it should be golden brown. The center will rise when baking, but will settle as it cools - this is normal!  Allow to cool before cutting. You may need to adjust your baking time based on how your oven bakes and how your family prefers their cookies.
If they get too crispy for your preference, they can al…

Baked Corn

1 can creamed corn
1 can kernel corn
1 cup sour cream
1 box Jiffy Corn Bread mix*
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set in the center.

This is a family favorite for the holidays! If I am making dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this would be on our table. It's so simple and delicious!

*Available at if you don't have it locally.
*Here is a link to a Copycat recipe - I haven't tried yet - but it would be worth experimenting with if you do not have Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix available to you.

Recipe Note:
I made this in a 8 inch round casserole dish, so it took longer to bake all the way through the center.
When I first got it out of the oven, it was not completely set in the center - and was wet when I inserted a knife in the center. I had to bake it longer than I was expecting. Figure a longer baking time if your casserole dish is smaller …

Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ has been a long time family favorite! It is also a local favorite, used as fundraisers through out the year to raise money for various causes.

Uncle Warren's Barbecue Chicken

1 chicken half per person or 1-2 legs and thighs per person
Meadow Creek BBQ Seasoning

When you buy chicken to barbecue, ask for chicken that is for barbecuing - it gets much better.

The charcoal briquettes should be white when you put the chicken on the grill.

Keep a container of water handy to put out flare ups.

Sprinkle chicken heavily with dry barbecue seasoning that can be purchased locally at Meadow Creek BBQ Supply, New Holland, Pennsylvania. To order Chicken BBQ Rub online, click HERE.
(I receive nothing if you use this link - it's simply for your convenience.)

Grill over charcoal for 1 1/2 to 2 hours - when the chicken leg turns at the joint, the chicken is ready.

Wanda's notes: Unfortunately, I never learned the art of making BBQ chicken over the grill, so I cheat and make it in my …