Favorite Family Recipes

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Alyssa's Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Alyssa's Easy Chicken Pot Pies
Claudia's Super Easy Peppermint Bark
Nathan's Coconut Rolls (Pani Popo)
GM Ginny's Pulled Pork Sandwiches
GG Merna's Sweet Mustard Sauce
Troy's Hot Lemon Tea
GG Merna's Crock-pot Chicken Divan
Holly's Homemade Flan
Alyssa's Easy Vanilla Ice Cream
Alyssa's Easy Chocolate Ice Cream
Troy's Famous Guacamole
Holly's Oatmeal Cookies
Nathan's Coconut Curry Chicken with Mango
Alyssa's No Baked Cookies
Grandma Alice's Peanut Brittle
Holly's Easy Bunny Bread
Matthew's Yummy Granola


Alyssa's Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This recipe actually came from my good friend Barbara.  Alyssa loved it so much that it is her favorite recipe.  She's tweaked it a little, so we feel comfortable saying that it is hers.  Here's how Alyssa makes hers:

Alyssa's Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

This recipe is not Alyssa's recipe.  It is named for her because she loves pot pie so much.  It can be really expensive in restaurants so I came up with this one.  The reason that I made them mini is because I only felt comfortable placing the ramekin in the oven to cook the crust.  After trying it, I loved the smaller size.  It's easy to serve with a salad or sandwich, plus the kids can make their own.

Claudia's Super Easy Peppermint Bark

 One year at a family Christmas party we ran out of peppermint bark.  My sister-in-law, Claudia, had a recipe for peppermint bark using the NestlĂ©'s Chocolate Chips.  We were in a hurry, so we just threw them on a cookie sheet, popped them in the oven, then sprinkled the crushed candy canes on top.  They were fast, easy and really yummy to eat.
1. Spread out the peppermint chocolate chips on a foil lined cookie sheet.  You will use about 2 bags of chips for a half sized cookie sheet, or 4 bags for a full sized cookie sheet.
2. Pop the pan into a 175 deg. oven.  Keep on eye on it, they will melt in just a few minutes.  Take them out when they start to melt.
3.  While the chips are melting, crush about 5 candy canes in a freezer zip-loc bag.  If you are doing a full sized cookie sheet you should crush about 10 candy canes.
4.  When the chips start to melt, pull them out and lightly spread them with a rubber spatula until they are even.
5.  Quickly spread the crushed candy canes over the top of the melted chips.  You can carefully push in some of the bigger pieces with the rubber spatula.
6.  When the peppermint bark is completely cooled, break it into pieces.  If you are in a hurry, place it into the fridge or freezer.

Nathan's Coconut Rolls (Pani Popo)

My son, Nathan, served his mission in Sydney, Australia.  While he was there a Samoan family showed him how to make easy coconut rolls, or Pani Popo.  When he came home he made them for us, and they have been a family favorite every since. 
They are so easy to make:

Pani Popo (Coconut Rolls)
1 can of coconut cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
12-16 frozen dough rolls 

Place 12-16 frozen dough rolls into a baking dish.  After they have fully risen mix 1 can of coconut cream with 1 1/2 cups of sugar (I used powdered sugar and Nathan used granular sugar.  I think the granular sugar was better.)  Pour the coconut mixture over the rolls just before baking.  Bake at 350 deg. for 25 minutes, or until fully brown.

GM Ginny's Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Whenever we have leftover ham we like to make these yummy pulled pork sandwiches.  They are so easy that I even hesitate to call it a recipe.  It is a family favorite that my mom used to make.

Here's how:
1.  Cut off the fat from your ham.
2. Place the meat in the crock-pot.
3.  Cook on low for several hours.  The ham has enough fat and salt that you don't need to add anything with it.
4.  When you are ready to eat use your fork to break the meat apart. The meat will just fall apart.
5. Add your family's favorite BBQ sauce.  Place on a bun, or it also tastes great in a salad.

GG Merna's Sweet Mustard Sauce

Our family can't eat ham without making GG Merna's Sweet Mustard Sauce.  It is so easy to make, and so yummy to eat. 

I bought dry mustard for years, then once I tried bottled, I quit using the dry.  It is just easier because we always have some on hand.  I also have tried Dijon and yellow. Both were good.

 It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
See below:

Troy's Hot Lemon Tea

When someone from our family gets a cold, we make a hot lemon "tea" to help them get better.  I freeze lemons into ice cubes and use them for times like these.  It really does help us feel better!

See how to freeze lemons into lemon ice cubes: http://hollyshome-hollyshome.blogspot.com/2012/04/when-life-gives-you-too-many-lemons.html

GG Merna's Crock-pot Chicken Divan

GG Merna loved to have all the family over for Sunday dinner. We will always remember a well set table and lots of food. One of her favorite dishes was Chicken Divan. She made hers in the oven, but we have adapted it for the crock-pot. It turned out great! Here it is:

Holly's Homemade Flan
The first time I ever had flan was at my wedding shower over 30 years ago.  Being the custard lover that I am I fell in love with it.  I found a recipe in Sunset magazine and started to make it myself.  Since then I have enquired at a few of my favorite restaurants on how they made their flan.  As a result I added the sweetened condensed milk.  On my husband's request I also caramelize a little more sugar then the original recipe. (He loves the caramel sauce on top.)  Here is the result:

Our family loves homemade ice cream.  I think we make it at least once a month.  We have a little Cuisinart ice cream maker like what you can buy at Costco.  It is sooooo easy and sooooo yummy!

Troy wanted me to add that you should also use salt and pepper in it.  He likes to add grab meat, or salsa.  We don't like to add lemon because it alters the flavor.  We can deal with it being a little bit brown.  Just eat it up fast, then you won't have that problem! It tastes great in salads, or on sandwiches.  I'm drooling as I type!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of my favorite things to do in college, and while raising my children, was to make chocolate chip cookies.  If there is a quiet afternoon, with not much to do, this is a great family activity. 
Here is one of our favorite family recipes:

Coconut Curry Chicken with Mango
One of my family's favorite meals is Coconut Curry Chicken with Mango.  My husband and son just love curry, and while we were in Australia we ate a lot of it.  When we got back home we could not find it as easily as we did in Australia, so I went online to find a recipe.  With a lot of tweaking, we came up with the recipe.  My husband likes more curry, so sometimes I double the amount.  Now the entire family is hooked.

Grandma Alice's Peanut Brittle
Every Christmas my sweet Grandma Alice made a big batch of peanut brittle and gave each family a tin full of it.  I can remember her showing me how to make it as a child.  Here is her recipe that I got from my Aunt Betsy.

No Bake Cookies 
My kids love to make No Bake Cookies.  They are sooooo easy to make, and one of dad's favorites.  Here is a copy of my daughter's assignment from school were she taught the class how to make No Bake Cookies:

Hollys Easy Bunny Bread

For all of you who love fresh bread, and love a cute little something extra at the dinner table, here is a super easy way to make bunny bread out of frozen uncooked bread. 

I first let the dough thaw out.  Before it started to rise, this is what I did:

1. Thaw out bread.
2. Make 2 ridges for ears.
3.  Cut the ridges with clean scissors, leaving the front of the ear attached to the bread.
4.  Shape the cuts into ears.
5. Pinch off a piece of the bread at the back for a tail.
6. Shape the piece into a round tail and glue back on with water.
7.  Poke holes in the face for eyes.  I used a metal skewer.
8.  Allow bread to rise.
9.  Brush with egg and water just before baking.

Serve and eat.  My family loved it.

Matthew's Yummy Granola