Betty’s Baked Beans

Recipe Comments:

Prep time 10 minutes, cook time 70 minutes. Yields 12.

One of our family’s Indy 500 traditions is a post-race picnic. Although my Mom has attended a few races she usually stays home to prep food while we enjoy the race. One of the most popular post-race picnic dishes is Betty’s Baked Beans.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 lb. bacon, diced

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 c. chopped onion

1 can (28 oz.) bacon & onion flavored canned beans

1 can (17 oz.) canned lima beans

1 can (15 oz.) canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 c. barbecue sauce

1/2 c. ketchup

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. mustard

2 Tbsp. molasses

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. chili powder

Recipe Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 2-1/2 qt. baking dish, spray dish with non-stick food spray.

In a large skillet cook bacon, beef and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain. Transfer to greased 2-1/2 qt. baking dish; add all of the beans and mix well. In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients; then stir them into the beef and bean mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer. (Alternatively put all ingredients together in a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.)

Kids in the Kitchen

Looking to engage your child in baking? Kids of all ages can be involved under close adult supervision. The key is giving them age appropriate tasks.

Preschoolers

Preschoolers require constant supervision in the kitchen but love being involved in cooking and baking, especially so they can eat their favorite foods they had a hand in making!

  • Learn to wash hands thoroughly
  • Read the recipe out loud to child
  • Have a child help help pull out room temperature ingredients and setting them on the counter
  • Measure room temperature ingredients yourself, but let the child add the ingredient to the bowl
  • Stir, whisk, beat ingredients as needed
  • Use rolling pins and cookie cutters with adult supervision and help
  • Sprinkle baked goods with fruits, streusel, sprinkles or candies
  • Watch baked goods in the oven through the safety glass with oven light on

K – 2nd Grade

Children in Kindergarten through second grade can do everything preschoolers can plus the following, still under close supervision.

  • Let your child read the recipe to you
  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Measure room temperature ingredients and put into the mixing bowl
  • Knead and shape dough

3rd – 6th grade

Older elementary age school children can accomplish quite a lot with experience in the kitchen.

  • Read the recipe and assemble all the room temperature ingredients needed
  • Help plan foods to prepare, add ingredients to grocery list
  • Assist younger kids in kitchen basics they have mastered, with adult supervision

Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs never go out of style for breakfast, brunch, or even a breakfast-for-dinner meal! This Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs recipe is just that: fluffy and delicious scrambled eggs. A great go-to recipe.

This scrambled egg recipe makes fluffy and deliciously flavorful eggs that are perfect by themselves or as fillers for breakfast burritos. This recipe bumps basic scrambled eggs up a notch creating a fluffier and flavor packed scrambled egg.

We generally have big breakfast on Sunday mornings, scrambled eggs are always included. My family of 6 can easily go through a dozen eggs for our weekend breakfast!

There are so many ways to eat them! They pair perfectly with just about every breakfast food there is: pancakes, sausage, bacon, waffles, fried potatoes, and the list goes on! Enjoy them plain, topped with cheese, salsa, different herbs, etc. You can never go wrong with scrambled eggs!

The recipe is simple!

Crack your desired amount of eggs into a mixing bowl and beat the eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the Clabber Girl Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp. per egg. This helps make the scrambled eggs extra fluffy!

Add the milk or heavy cream, 1 Tbsp. per egg. Beat the eggs until everything is fully incorporated. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the beaten egg mixture to the hot skillet. Stir often until the eggs are fully cooked. If I am ever in a hurry or trying to think of what to make for a meal, scrambled eggs often comes to mind. Pair with other sides and you’ve got a complete meal.

Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients for Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

  • Eggs
  • Milk or heavy cream – 1 Tbsp. per egg
  • Clabber Girl Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp. per egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Butter – 1/4 tsp.

Directions for Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

 


Crack your desired amount of eggs into a mixing bowl and beat the eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the milk or heavy cream, 1 Tbsp per egg.
Add the Clabber Girl Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp. per egg. Beat the eggs until everything is fully incorporated. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the beaten egg mixture to the hot skillet and stir often until the eggs are fully cooked.

Enjoy!

Award Winning Chili Seasoning

Award Winning Chili Seasoning Ingredients

This chili seasoning took Chef Eddie Wilson three years to perfect and won him the 2006 Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. The key to this recipe is using the highest quality ingredients available, which is why we recommend using Spice Islands brand. If your grocery store doesn’t have dried chiles, you may substitute the powdered versions with similar results.

When preparing this to use right away, dry roast the spices on low to medium heat until everything starts to smell fragrant. This should take about 10 minutes, and it is better to err on the side of not roasted enough than accidentally scorching all of your ingredients.

Award Winning Chili Seasoning side view of ingredients

When preparing ahead of time, you won’t want to dry roast the spices. Roasting does give a deeper flavor profile and more intense heat to this seasoning, but will make it have a much shorter shelf life. All spices lose their flavor over time, so make a batch of seasoning to last you all fall/winter long. Light, humidity and heat degrade spices quickly. Keep your chili seasoning in a tightly-sealed container in a cool, dark place such as a side cabinet. Don’t store spices above the stove or anywhere they could be exposed to high heat and light (such as right beside your stove).

Aside from using it in chili, this seasoning may also be used as dry rub on pork or chicken. Add 2-3 Tbsp. of oil to make an overnight marinade. Sprinkle some on top of fried eggs or use in breakfast burritos. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

Directions:

If using immediately: Tear all the chiles into rough pieces. In a large pan, dry roast all of the ingredients for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Place the mixture in a food processor and blend to a fine powder. Add to chili to taste.

If prepping ahead of time: Tear all the chiles into rough pieces. Add pumpkin seeds, bay leaf and chiles to a spice grinder or food processor and blend to a fine powder. Add powder and remaining ingredients to an airtight jar. Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

Homemade award winning chili seasoning with 16 ingredients

Top 3 Pumpkin Spice Latte Inspired Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

Ingredients:

Bread:

  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • ½ C. unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. Rex Espresso baking chips

Topping:

  • ¼ C. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ C. brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into bits

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan, then set aside.

Batter:

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, butter, eggs and vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix until blended. Add Rex Espresso baking chips and gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Topping:

Mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add butter and mix until a crumbly meal is formed. Sprinkle topping evenly over the batter.
Bake at 350° F for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set on a wire rack to cool.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • ½ C. unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. Rex Espresso baking chips, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, butter, eggs and vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix until blended. Add 3/4 C. Rex Espresso baking chips and gently fold into batter. Pour batter evenly into lined muffin pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 C. on top of muffins before baking.

Bake at 350° F for 24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Top with cream cheese frosting to change these muffins into cupcakes!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 C. Rex Espresso baking chips (one bag)

Directions:

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar; add pumpkin and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Add to creamed mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in Rex baking chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, until firm.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350° F. Scoop chilled dough by the tablespoonful, shape into a dough ball and place cookies 1-inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings is always a good go-to meal that is a family favorite! It is a delicious comfort food meal. Juicy chicken, tender dumplings, in a flavorful broth bring this recipe together for an easy, one pot meal. Chicken and Dumplings is a great fall and winter meal. So warm and comforting on a chilly day. This recipe starts with cutting up three chicken breasts into chunks, preparing the onions, carrots, and celery.

Then combine the chicken breast chunks together with the chicken broth, vegetables, and seasonings.

While the broth is simmering, prepare the dough for the dumplings. Add the dumpling ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Using a fork, press down on the shortening until it is blended into the mixture.

Next, you’ll add the milk just a little at a time to the dumpling mixture. All the milk may not be used, but you will want the dough to be soft and not sticky. Use a fork to gradually mix the milk into the mixture to create the dough.

Then move the dough to a floured surface and knead it a few times. Then using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about ⅛-inch thick.

Then cut the dough into 1-2 inch wide strips to create the dumpling. Cut each strip so each dumpling is about 2-inches long.

Add the dumplings to the simmering pot and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

For the soup:

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 1 C. carrot, julienned
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 C. low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch (optional)
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For the dumplings:

  • 1 3/4 C. all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting when rolling out
  • 1/3 C. shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 3/4 C. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  •  

Directions for Chicken and Dumplings:

Using a large stock pot, add the chicken, onions, carrots, celery and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Also add the bay leaves. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, and simmer for 60 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Meanwhile, during the simmering of the broth, prepare the dumplings.

To make the dumplings, add the flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, salt and shortening in a medium mixing bowl. Using a fork, press down on the shortening until it is blended into the mixture.

Add the milk a little at a time. Continue to stir in the milk into the flour mixture until it well combined. You may not use all the milk, so that is ok, add enough so the dumpling dough is soft, but not sticky.

On a floured surface, knead the dough a few times until smooth. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to roughly ⅛-inch thick. Cut into 1-inch strips, then approximately 1 to 2 inch lengths.

Add the dumplings to the simmering broth. Simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the dumplings are cooked and tender.

If you desire the broth to be a little thicker, add 4 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch with 4 Tbsp. water and mix together until well blended. Then add this mixture gradually to the Chicken and Dumplings and mix in until desired consistency is reached.

Dakota Caramels, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Dakota Caramel in Pan

These Dakota Caramels are a perfect addition to make up as part of your holiday treats.

Dakota Caramel Hero 4

Growing up, my mom always made a large assortment of holiday treats from baking cookies, making caramels and toffees, and preparing chocolate-coated treats. I loved to help her with them, especially my favorites. We would make up trays of a mixture of all the goodies, and deliver them around to our neighbors. This Dakota Caramels recipe reminds me of those times making all the holiday treats.

The Dakota Caramels recipe is on page 208 of the Rumford Complete Complete Cookbook. Below is a photo of the recipe.

Dakota Caramels in Rumford Cookbook

They have a delicious sweet molasses-nutty flavor to them.

Dakota Caramel Hero 2

Here is my version of the recipe:

Dakota Caramels, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Ingredients:
2 C. brown sugar
1 C. molasses
1/4 lb grated chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
1/2 C. butter
1 C. milk
1 C. chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Directions:
Put all the ingredients, except the nuts into a large pan. Cook at a medium to high heat to bring mixture to a boil. Stir often and continuously boil to bring mixture to a Firm Ball level, 244 to 248° F, on a candy thermometer.

Making Dakota Caramel

After reaching the firm ball level, add in the chopped nuts and stir them in. Then gently pour the mixture into a greased baking sheet and let cool. Cut into bite sized squares when cooled. Wrap each square in wax paper to store.

This old-fashioned recipe is easy to do and the caramels have a great blend of flavors.

Dakota Caramel Hero 1

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Spring is in the air!! We’ve unseasonably warm weather here in Indiana the past few weeks.
With Spring on the way, it’s time to think of the next upcoming holiday, Easter is in April this year. Have you seen all the bunnies, carrots, and egg decor out in stores?! One of my favorite dessert recipes that pairs great with Easter and spring is carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They are super moist, delicious, and have an Easter spirit about them that make them perfect for the holiday, but anytime of the year as well.

We have enjoy having meals with family for Easter and what perfect way to have carrot cake for everyone with Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting …decorated cute for Easter.
Now I am pretty crafty but I am no artist when it comes to cake decorating, but these are simple to do and look cute!

I will share with you some simple decorating tips for simple Easter themed cupcakes below. Anyone can do!!

Not making them for Easter? That’s ok! A little bit of chopped pecans around the edges of the frosting is perfect!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp Clabber Girl baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

For the frosting
8 oz  cream cheese – at room temperature
1 stick butter – at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, and eggs and whisk together. Add the applesauce, carrots, and vanilla and stir together. Then add the dry ingredients from the previous bowl and mix all together until well combined. Add the chopped nuts and stir in.

Prepare a standard sized muffin tin with paper liners of your choosing for the cupcakes. Divide the cupcake batter evenly between the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Test batter with a knife to make sure it comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Once cupcakes are cooled is time to add the cream cheese frosting. In a medium mixing bowl add the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Using a hand held mixer, mix together the ingredients on medium speed until smooth and creamy. On low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until it is all mixed in.

Top the cupcakes off with the frosting by piping it on or with a knife. Decorate your cupcakes.
Simply roll the edges in the frosting in chopped nuts or decorate with some Easter themes like shown below.

Recipe makes 12 cupcakes. Serve or store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

For Easter Decorating tips:
Bunny ears:
Regular size marshmallows
Pink sprinkles
Using a pair of kitchen shears, simply cut a marshmallow in half at an angle. The part that was cut open will be slightly sticky, dip that part in the sprinkles for the center pink part of bunny’s ears. Arrange them beside each other on top of the cupcake.
I added shredded coconut on top of the frosting to give a “furry”look.

Carrots:

Shredded coconut

Green food coloring

Orange Candy Melts

Put a small amount of shredded coconut in a small bowl and add a few drops of green food coloring and stir around.

Melt the candy melts and put in a plastic ziplock bag. At one corner of the bottom of the bag, cut a slit and use it as a piping bag.

Line a pan with parchment paper.

Place a little dab of coconut on the paper and using the plastic bag as a piping bag, squeeze out the melted chocolate into a carrot form. be sure to go over the coconut slightly with it so that the chocolate sets up and the coconut will stick to it.

After you have made several that you need, place in the freezer for final set up.

When you are ready to add to your cupcakes, simply remove from paper and place at the top of the cupcake.

Nest of Eggs:

Green Icing Pouch with Tip
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Simply Pipe the green icing onto the cream cheese frosting using the flower tip. Add the Cadbury mini eggs on top.
These carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are packed full of so much flavor you will love them from the first bite!

Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole


This apple fritter breakfast casserole combines all your favorite flavors of apple fritter donuts into a breakfast casserole. It has sweet cinnamon breading with bits of juicy apples topped off with a creamy icing! This recipe is simple to prepare, place in the oven, and enjoy!

On our Farmers Market Saturdays, it’s a weekly tradition to head across the street and grab donuts from our local bakery. Sometimes our kiddos will join us at the market also, and they really enjoy the morning donuts and look forward to getting them. My favorite is the apple fritter!

Delicious….

So simple! Prepare the ingredients and layer in the 9×13-inch baking pan. Bake and let cool, then add the icing.

Apple Fritter Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

Apple Mixture

  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 C. brown sugar, packed
  • 5 apples – peeled and chopped ( I like more tart apples, so I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
  • 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 1/2 C. walnuts or pecans, optional

Casserole Base:

  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • 1/2 C. apple butter
  • 3 lg. eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 large Croissants ( approx. 12 oz.)

Glaze:

  • 3/4 C. powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

For the apple mixture

In a medium size pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and stir until both are completely blended. Add the chopped apples pieces to the pan and stir until they are coated well with the sugar mixture. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer while continuing to stir. During that 5 to 10 minutes, in a small bowl, stir together the corn starch and warm water and add to the apple mixture and cook/stir for the remainder of the 10 minutes. Stir in nuts, if using. Remove from heat and set aside while preparing the rest of the casserole.

For the casserole

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a small bowl, add the heavy cream, apple butter, eggs and cinnamon and whisk together. Pull apart the croissants into chunky pieces and place half of the pieces at the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch casserole dish. Pour half of the apple butter/cream mixture over the croissant pieces and then top with half of the apple mixture. Then add the second layer of croissants followed by the remaining butter/cream mixture. Using a spoon, gently stir around the ingredients so apple mixture and the apple butter/cream mixture are somewhat coating the croissant pieces. Bake at 375° F. for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool down to warm. Add glaze and serve.

For the glaze

Combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla together in small bowl and stir together with a fork until smooth. Drizzle over the breakfast casserole.

All your favorite flavors of an apple fritter together in a breakfast casserole. Bake it up for a weekend breakfast or for a special occasion. It is delicious anytime!

Kids Activity: Rainbow Rocks

This activity requires prep time and overnight setting.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • ¼ c. + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 gal Vinegar
  • Watercolor Magic liquid watercolor (we chose Sargent Art®)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels (for cleanup)
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic gold coins
  • 2 large mixing bowls (we chose clear to show color)
  • Baking sheet or dry surface for drying

This recipe yields 5-6 rocks. These Rainbow Rocks are easy and enjoyable for children of all ages.

  1. Gather all ingredients.
    Rainbow Rocks Ingredients
  2. In one of the large mixing bowls, add baking soda. Slowly add water. Mixture should be moldable but not too wet.
    Making Rainbow Rocks 1
  3. Cover hands with rubber gloves. Add watercolor drops to soda water mixture. Massage soda mixture with your hands, adding color as you go until desired color is achieved.
    Making Rainbow Rocks 3
  4. While mixture is still moist, put a small amount of mixture into your hand. Take one plastic gold coin and place in the middle of the mixture. Continue to pat mixture in hands until a medium rock shape forms and the gold coin is hidden.
  5. Cover a cookie sheet or flat surface with parchment paper. Please rocks on top of parchment paper to dry overnight.
  6. After rocks have completely dried, do with them what you wish! We thought it would be fun to hide these in the yard and have children search for them. You could also simply use these as a quick kitchen table experiment.
  7. Using another clean large bowl, fill with vinegar until bowl is 2-quarters full. One at a time, drop Rainbow Rocks in and wait for the surprise.
    Fizzing Rainbow Rocks Activity