Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa is a big thing for us. We always take a big thermos with us when we go to look at Christmas lights each year. This year we will be taking a helicopter tour of Christmas lights, should be exciting. Ransome is really looking forward to it. In case you would like to take a helicopter tour- http://www.xmasflights.biz/ -that is if you are in the Tulsa area. Check in your area, there maybe helicopter tours there also. Back to the hot cocoa, we drink lots of it around here. Every morning there is hot tea and cocoa going in our kitchen. In the evenings we light a fire in the fireplace and drink cocoa too. I think this recipe is the best! I have read others but this one beats all the rest! Give it a try!


1- 20 ounce container of powder milk(any brand is fine)
1- large container of Coffee Creamer, not sure of size but it the large container in my grocery store, not Sam's large size( I use Coffee Mate here, I think it tastes better.)
2 pounds powdered sugar
2-8 ounce containers of Cocoa, not sweetened(I use Hershey, easy to find and tastes good too)
1 bag of chocolate chips( I use Toll House semi-sweet but it is up to you.)
1 bag of white chocolate chips

Dump all ingredients in a large sealed container(Tupperware). Shake very well. Make sure the chips are mixed all through your mix, not just on the bottom.

Measure 1/2 cup, ( I leave a 1/2 cup measuring cup in the Tupperware) place into a 12 ounce mug. Microwave milk on high (we use whole milk) until desired hotness is reached, then stir in mix. I know this has powder milk already but your kiddos will get a double dose of calcium this way! We add marshmallows and whipped cream to the top.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

43 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

Next month I will be turning 43 years old.  I thought I would share a little about me.  Sit back and laugh or cry or be bored.....This is What's Cookin in my head on Beaty's Creek today.

!.  I am an only child.
2.  I was born Oct. 18, 1970.
3.  I love to do laundry.
4.  I hate to dust....
5.  I love family get togethers.
6.  I wanted to have at least 6 kiddos.
7.  I have 3 kiddos.
8.  Our kiddos are 19, 12, and 6 years old.
9.  I have been married to the same man for 21 years.
10.  I am a liberal Conservative. Oxymoron???
11.  I love to garden things you can eat.
12.  I love Diet Dr. Pepper.
13.  I drink 2 cups of very strong coffee each morning.
14. My favorite hot tea is Earl Grey.
15.  I love any food that will turn my tongue Smurf blue. Ocean Water from Sonic and blue cotton candy being two of many.
16.  Red raspberries are my favorite fruit.
17.  I really hate meat.
18.  I hate water to drink.
19.  I have had type 1 diabetes for 38 years.
20.  I have no complications from said disease!!
21.  My first car was a 1986 Mustang Convertible.
22.  I have had 3 cars stolen.
23.  I now drive a big white Ford van.  Always wanted a van as a kid.
24.  I lack 12 hours, yep, 1 semester, from finishing my degree.
25.  I am a career volunteer.
26.  I want to feed the world.
27.  I love my compost bin.
28.  Recycling makes me feel good!
29.  I have lived in Jay, OK more years than anywhere else.
30.  All of our kiddos are born in June. 21st, 8th, and 27th.
31.  Our oldest was born 9 months to the day that we miscarried our twins. I know, not possible.  Miracles do happen folks!
32.  I read ALL the time!!
33.  My Kindle Fire was the best gift I have ever received!!!!
34.  My favorite color is pink!
35.  When I read a book I imagine the characters are real and I am living in the book.
36.  I always read the last chapter first.  Hate not knowing the ending.
37.  I am a homebody.  If Amazon could bring fresh food I would never leave.
38.  I want to have an established orchard by the time I am 50.  7 years to go.  I better get busy!
39.  I have always been a Dallas Cowboy fan.  Win or lose I love them!
40.  I did not go to Oklahoma State but they are my favorite college team!
41.  My favorite dog of all time was a gift from my husband then boyfriend.  Chance, he was a Pit-bull and the most kind dog I have ever had.
42.  I have a 14 year old cat.
43.  I plan on living forever just to drive my kiddos nuts!!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

My garden is putting out quite a few zucchini squash right now and I am so glad. See, I am not a person who raises a million squash and then tries to find a home for all of it. I raise a good share but not like people you hear about who raise truckloads. I freeze a good portion of mine but we also like to enjoy them while they are fresh. This cake is so moist and chocolaty that your kiddos will never know that there is anything "good" for them in it. You can ice the cake to make it even better but we like ours without icing. This is the only time I will ever type that, we like our icing around here... This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.


4 eggs-I use free range
1 ½ cups oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups finely grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 ½ t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1 bag of milk chocolate chips-melted

In a bowl of mixer, beat eggs until creamy and light yellow on medium-high speed. Add oil and sugar and beat another minute. Add the zucchini, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nuts and melted chocolate. Beat on low speed for 1 minute or until combined. Bake in a 9x13 greased and floured pan for 1 hour at 350'.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My love of tabbouleh started in the 80's.  My mother would make it occasionally and I just loved it.  Through the years I have changed my recipe to go along with my likes of the time.  One thing is for sure, ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice.  Please don't use the bottled stuff for this recipe.  I eat this with homemade pita bread and a little feta cheese.  Yummy!

3 cups prepared Bulgar wheat
2 tomatoes-chopped
2 bunches green onions-sliced
1 English cuke-chopped
2 bunches-parsley-chopped
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
2 T fresh ground pepper
1 T sea salt

Pour 7 cups of boiling water over Bulgar and let set until it cools.  Pour off extra water. Now add in tomatoes, green onions, cuke, and parsley.  Stir well.  Sale and pepper to taste now.  Mix in another bowl lemon juice, and olive oil.  Pour over mixture and stir, stir, and then stir some more.  Let tabbouleh sit overnight, if you can wait that long, and serve with pita and feta. So good!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Beautiful Creatures- Cherry Fluff

In our book club we have been knee deep in the Beautiful Creatures series of books.  Of course I see the mention of a food  in a book and all I can think about is what is in it and what it would taste like if I did this or that.  I know, it's food OCD.......This recipe is SWEET but it is light in the same way.  I think this would make a good dessert for the Easter Holiday, at least it looks Springy.  Did I mention that here on Beaty's Creek we ate fresh wild onions while it was snowing?????  Come Spring where are you???  This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek!

1 can crushed pineapple
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 container Cool Whip
1 can Cherry Pie filling

Mix everything together and then chill overnight.  Simple, simple, simple but sooo good!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

St. Michael's Alley White Chili

When Sean and I were first dating he took me to St. Michael's Alley on a date.  We had escargot and white chili. I know what a weird combo.  St. Michael's was and is still known  for their white chili.  I was so happy when the Tulsa World published this recipe a while back.  It is just like St. Michael's and I don't have to leave my home on Beaty's Creek.  I know it has been a bit since I have posted a new recipe the reason is I have been have some issues with my left eye and a one eyed blog writer is not the best by far.  heehee   This is  What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Like Spring today and Winter tomorrow...Only in Oklahoma!!

2 yellow onions-chopped
5 garlic cloves-minced
4 chicken breast-cooked and chopped
1 pound Great Northern Beans
2 cans Rotel
3 cups chicken broth
1 jalapeno-chopped
2 T chili powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1 T cumin
1 Tabasco
1 T Worcestersthire Sauce
2 t oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook your beans in chicken broth just until tender.  Now  add in your onions, garlic, chicken, Rotel, jalapeno, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, Tabasco, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir and let simmer over a medium low heat for 1 hour.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Banana Baked Oatmeal

A friend of mine was telling me how much her family loved baked oatmeal.  I had never heard of it before but figured Raven would love it.  This is my first try and it was really tasty. Raven liked it cut into bars so that is how we are eating it. I am going to try a peanut butter and chocolate one soon.  This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.


3 really ripe bananas
3 T Sweet n Low sweetner
2 eggs
1 t salt
1 t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups oatmeal
1 t cinnamon
 Mash the bananas with the eggs, salt, Sweet n Low, and vanilla.  When all is mashed good add in your oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and finally the milk.  Mix well, it will be runnier than you thought it would be.  At least for me it was.  Pour into a 9x13 lightly buttered pan, covered with foil and bake at 350' for 25 minutes.  Uncover and place back in oven for 12-15 more minutes.  Cool slightly before cutting.  Store any left in the fridge for up to a week.