Ranch Recipes

Straight from the Ranch

My favorite memories are those around the table with my family! Christmas waffle traditions, college-coming-home comfort food, and Sunday night popcorn parties fill my heart with warmth and joy. These recipes are sure to create all the warm fuzzies your heart (and family) desire!

Three Rules We Stand By: Butter. Full-fat Mayo. Dark Chocolate.

From Our Table To Yours

Cowboy Joe Approved


Five Minute Brownies

You had me at “Five.” These are called Five Minute Brownies because they take only 5 minutes to whip up! If you have guests coming, and your fancy macarons don’t turn out, give these a try. It takes only one mixing bowl, and seriously, five minutes. Everything gets dumped into the same bowl and you… Read more “Five Minute Brownies”

Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls

You come back here right now, I see you turning around at the idea of something new. With strawberries slowly coming back into season, this is absolutely the first recipe that you have to add to your repertoire. I went on our regular grocery run and found myself in the refrigerated biscuit aisle at the… Read more “Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls”

Buttermilk Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken has always made me nervous. I’d like to attribute that to my love of beef and the ability to eat a steak even if it were merely warmed by the sun. If you can’t eat it bleedin’, it shouldn’t be ate! I had a heavy hankering for fried chicken. But, I have this weird… Read more “Buttermilk Chicken Sandwiches”

Little Darlin’s Banana Bread

Cowboy Joe and I have lately been slowly working through the sitcom Big Bang Theory (if you know, you know!) In a particularly early episode, Sheldon’s attempt to elicit information from the gal across the hall includes fresh banana bread. According to Sheldon, social construct states that showing up at one’s door with food means… Read more “Little Darlin’s Banana Bread”

Pancake Bubbles

In a whirlwind of hunger pains and an adventurous spirit, I pulled out the newest addition to my cast iron cookware collection. This little guy was gifted to me this past Christmas, and I genuinely have no idea what the technical name for him is, but he is a good egg. There are 7 small… Read more “Pancake Bubbles”

The World’s Best Hot Cocoa Mix

Winter is a great time to recollect, and draw upon memories from your earlier days. For instance, a gentle, quiet snowfall might bring flashbacks of your little brother’s gleeful grin moments before you pummeled him on your sled…his grin and giggled turned to shrill wailing in .4 seconds. The warm 61 degree day we had… Read more “The World’s Best Hot Cocoa Mix”

Perfect Scrambled Eggs From Home

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-let’s make eggs! I can’t be the only one who can CHOW DOWN on some scrambled eggs, right? Breakfast just isn’t the same without eggs, and they must be scrambled lest I lose my mind. But they’d better be done the right way! By general rule, the typical… Read more “Perfect Scrambled Eggs From Home”

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ya’ll’re in for a treat, by golly! I’ve taken to conducting online baking/cooking classes, and this was the most requested treat these last few weeks, as folks are starting to gear up for the holidays! Chocolate. Crinkle. Cookies. Need I say more? They’re such a holiday classic; a Christmas staple! Chocolatey, powdered sugary, Christmassy goodness!… Read more “Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”

Marinara – Not From a Jar!

One of my simplest joys comes from that of recreating a typically jarred/canned product. Cream-style corn, pie filling, and in this particular cast, marinara sauce! Needing only the element of a few extra minutes on your side, this better-than-jarred sauce will never allow you to purchase from a can again! 1 28 Oz. can crushed… Read more “Marinara – Not From a Jar!”

Coffee Shop Donuts

I made donuts. Fluffy, mildly sweet, hot glazed donuts. And they were EASY! Cowboy Joe approved them just this morning (as they were today’s breakfast), and even took a dozen to work with him…it’s not like we need 3 dozen donuts at our house for me to look at all day long….while I’m on my… Read more “Coffee Shop Donuts”

Creamy Caramel Sauce

What is a chilly fall morning without coffee? What’s a chilly fall morning without coffee and caramel sauce to sweeten it up? I must be honest with you, though. I am a die-hard black coffee drinker. For real, I take my coffee piping hot, and black as night. It’s my flavor of preference – strong… Read more “Creamy Caramel Sauce”

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Happy fall, ya’ll! I don’t think I’ve ever been as pumped for fall to get here as I have been this year. I don’t know what it is entirely, but I am totally okay with the cooler weather showing up as soon as possible. Did you hear me, weather man? AS SOON AS POSSIBLE thank… Read more “Spiced Pumpkin Cookies”

How To: Slice Bell Pepper

Welcome to the second installment of Kitchen How-Tos! Let’s talk bell peppers for a moment. To begin, you must know the difference between male and female peppers. No difference, you say? Take a look. Take a look. Do you see how the red pepper has four sections, and the yellow has only three? The yellow… Read more “How To: Slice Bell Pepper”

How To: Dice an Onion

Do people not eat your food? Are there a lot of leftovers from a dish you took to a potluck? Do you want people to actually eat and enjoy your food? Yeah, me too, sis! Flavor is, of course, the star of the show when preparing any meal, but did you know that you “eat”… Read more “How To: Dice an Onion”

Soft Sugar Cookies

I have always LOVED this recipe – it’s been a staple on my Christmas baking schedule for a couple of years now, and has never let me down! My momma made these for classroom birthday parties, and they were especially delicious after a long, hard day of 2nd grade! In fact, I took a whole… Read more “Soft Sugar Cookies”

Instant Pot Applesauce

It has been hotter’n’blazes in the midwest! It’s summer, sure, but 106℉ is a bit dramatic. I am ready for fall! I want cooler weather, and all the fall aromas of cinnamon and spices and pumpkin, etc. We haven’t had a Thanksgiving in a while…I think it’s time for one of those. To bring a… Read more “Instant Pot Applesauce”

Cornbread Waffles

Like any good, midwestern girl, I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls and chili- no matter the time of year. However, there’s a good deal of time I spend on my daily commute to and from work that doesn’t really allow for much time in the kitchen, let alone time enough to make a batch of… Read more “Cornbread Waffles”

Reese’s S’Mores Dip

Traditions are something that I hold dear in my heart. My family has several for many different occasions. From the same breakfast every Christmas morning (waffles, handmade sausage from a small town locker, fruit slush from the literal heavens, and fluffy scrambled eggs), to popcorn every Sunday night. Who needs supper after a hearty, Sunday… Read more “Reese’s S’Mores Dip”

Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

If my mornings could start at 10 every day instead of 4:30-5:00, I would be such a happy camper. Cowboy Joe is the epitome of a “morning person.” The man wakes up humming, and that’s not a joke! I wake up and can’t talk for an hour…two very different types of people. As a 6-and-a-half-feet… Read more “Blueberry Breakfast Muffins”

Cowboy Chocolate Pudding

“Get yer shovel, Ethel, we got work to do!” I’m telling you right here and now that you’re going to want a shovel for this stuff — it is to.die.for. As a woman and chocolate lover (is there even a difference?), I know a thing or two about chocolate pudding and this is one recipe… Read more “Cowboy Chocolate Pudding”

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