Tater Cakes Recipe

My husband has been talking about what he calls a tater cake – not made with mashed potatoes more like hash browns and onion among other things – Does anybody have a really tasty recipe? Thanks!


From the Hillbilly Housewife:

It sounds like you’re looking for a potato cake recipe.  It uses grated potatoes, onion, flour and egg. Here’s the recipe I use. I just add a little grated or chopped onion.

Potato Pancakes.

If anyone is looking for a recipe made with leftover mashed potatoes, we call those Doodle Bugs.

Plate of potato cakes or tater cake.

Yum Yum Cookies

I am looking for a bar cookie recipe called yum-yums. The main ingredients included brown sugar, egg, vanilla, flour and walnuts. After it cooks, a mixture of cream and powdered sugar is spread over the cooked recipe and then is covered in coconut. Lost this time honored recipe.

Can anyone help?



Do you have a suggestion or recipe for Gail? Please share it in the comments below.

From the Hillbilly Housewife 

I found some cookie bars that are also called Yum Yum Cookie Bars. Not sure if this is similar to the one you’re looking for. Maybe HBHW readers have some other suggestions for you. Either way, these are very yummy and definitely worth making.

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Yum Yum Cookies
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 eggs
  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. coconut
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Mix 1 stick butter 1 egg and cake mix together and press into pan.
  2. Mix together cream cheese, 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, coconut, powdered sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla.
  3. Pour on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool then cut into squares.

Cookie Bars with coconut and chocolate chips

Pinto Bean Chili Recipe

I’m looking for a recipe for a pinto bean chili (with or without beef) with the flavor of a canned chili, or something like the chili sold at Steak N Shake. Thanks!


From the Hillbilly Housewife:

I found a copy cat Steak N Shake chili recipe. It’s made with kidney beans instead of pintos but I think it’s worth trying. You can easily replace the types of beans you use and even leave out the meat. I think the key is the addition of cola. It will give it that nice sweet taste you find in both a canned chili and this copy cat version.

Copycat Steak N Shake Chili Recipe
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Cocoa
  • 2 13.5oz Cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 13.5oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup of Cola
  1. Start by cooking the ground beef in a pan on the stove. Cook it until it's nicely browned, then drain it and put it in a blow. Add all remaining ingredients, except the beans.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend everything together. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can also run it through your blender in batches as needed.
  3. Pour this puree into your crockpot. Add he beans and cook on low for 6 hours before serving.

 Do you have a recipe for Ali to try? Please share it in the comments below. Thank you! 

Copy Cat Chili Recipe


Bacon Recipes, Slow Cooker Thanksgiving and Historic Pizza – Free Kindle Cookbooks

Here are my top 3 free kindle books today:

Bacon Recipes 

Bacon Recipes


Bacon! Everything is better with bacon, so we’ve gathered 25 of our most tempting, can’t-miss recipes with bacon for every meal of the day!



Thanksgiving Slowcooker Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I always run out of stove and oven space on Thanksgiving. How great would it be to cook one or two dishes in the slow cookers instead?


Thanksgiving Slowcooker Recipes

Prepping for the holidays with limited oven space can be tough, but with this cookbook, you can learn how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, or even your entire Thanksgiving feast, using your slow cooker. If you’re looking for Thanksgiving recipes that everyone will love, download 20 Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas, for some slow cooker Thanksgiving recipes to add to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu.



The Best Pizza Recipes In History


The Best Pizza Recipes

Are you a pizza lover but aren’t able to do so often because of budgetary constraints? Do you often times wish that you can enjoy it more often by either having more money or having the prices of really good pizza drop down? Is it driving you crazy that you’re limited to just eating it once or twice in a month? Are you, like Oliver Twist, always asking to have some more pizza?


Did you know that you don’t need a kindle device to read these books. If you decide to buy one, I recommend this basic model. I’ve had one for quite some time and can highly recommend it.

I will do my best to share more free kindle books with you regularly as time permits. Subscribe to the blog or like the HBHW Facebook page to get updates each time I add more free reads.

Delicious Squash Casserole

One of our favorite vegetables is yellow squash and this casserole makes the perfect holiday side dish. It’s simple enough to make even on a weeknight, but also makes a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Give it a try and see if you like it as much as we do.

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Delicious Squash Casserole
  • 2 pounds yellow squash, cut in ¾-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup saltine crackers
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  1. Start by washing and slicing the squash. Place the squash, onion, salt, and pepper in a large pot. Add a little water, cover and cook the squash until tender. Drain any extra liquid out and return the veggies to the pan. Add the butter and season to taste with more salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F. Butter a 1½-quart baking dish well. Crumble up the crackers and pour them in the squash mixture. Spoon the mixture into a casserole dish. Pour the milk over the squash and sprinkle with the cheese and bread crumbs. Bake your casserole for 20 minutes. The crust will be golden brown.

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Spinach and Pasta

I love simple dishes that can be trown together in minutes. This particular one  is healthy and perfect for those days when you’re eating a little healthier and cutting out meat. It’s also quite frugal. Feel free to use any cheese you like with this dish.

This recipe comes from my good friend Christine – The Menu Mom. I highly recommend her meal planning service.

Spinach Pasta Toss

  • 1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups  multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 cup  water
  • 1 pkg.  (9 oz.) baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup  Italian cheese

Spinach pastaBring tomatoes, pasta and water to boil in large saucepan; stir. Cover; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or just until pasta is tender.

Add half the spinach; simmer, covered, 2 min. or just until wilted. Stir. Repeat with remaining spinach.

Serve topped with cheese.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipes

As you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy ground beef dishes. A family favorite is Beef Stroganoff. I often make it in the crockpot and it’s always a big hit. Today I was browsing around online and came across a few different recipes that looked promising. I thought I’d share them here… let me know if you’ve tried any of them and how you liked them. I’ll be sure to do the same.

Below each recipe listing, I’ll give you my notes or my thoughts about each blog post and recipe.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe


A quick and easy Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe with a creamy kick of cream cheese.

Note:  I recently came across this  blog and enjoyed reading it a lot. I haven’t had a chance to try the recipe yet, but it’s on next week’s menu.

Ground Beef Stroganoff with Fresh Mushrooms | Mamal Diane


Beef Stroganoff has always been a favorite of my family. I would mix in canned cream of mushroom soup. Since I am not using as many processed foods I don’t buy cream of mushroom soup anymore. Now I make it from

Note: My family isn’t a big fan of mushrooms, but if I ever get a day by myself, I’ll definitely try this version. My favorite part of this particular posts is the pictures for each step of the process. Worth taking a look just for the images.

Sweet Basil ‘n Spice: Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff


While working in Liberia where cream of mushroom soup was hard to come by and hamburger was the cheapest form of beef, I developed a simple recipe for beef stroganoff using Greek yogurt and ground beef. This recipe is

Note: I love the fact that this recipe uses greek yogurt instead of “cream of …” type soup. It sounds delicious and makes this a much healthier dish.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Over Rice Recipe | Recipe4Living


Cheap, Fast and Easy to make, and Very Delicious. You can serve this over Rice or Noodles I have not found anyone who does not like this. My Dad called this “Poor Man’s Stroganoff

Note: My biggest take-away from this blog post was to serve the finished Stroganoff over rice instead of noodles. Not sure why I’ve never thought of that.

Let’s wrap it up with a video on making Beef Stroganoff.


Betty’s Company’s Coming! Sirloin Beef Stroganoff Recipe

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her Company’s Coming! Sirloin Beef Stroganoff. Made with top sirloin steak and tangy seasoning and sour cream, the sauce is a perfect complement to freshly cooked egg noodles—just right for company dinner…

Note: The recipe in this video uses lean ground beef. You can make it even more frugal by buying ground chuck and using these tips for lowering the fat of regular ground beef.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

Get out a mixing bowl and place the sugar, flour, salt and cocoa into the bowl and set it off to the side.

Next, get a small saucepan and place the water and the vanilla inside. Cook the mixture for a minute or two. Then slowly stir in the ingredients from the mixing bowl. Make sure that you stir the sauce the entire time.

The sauce will start to thicken as it cooks. It takes about 6 minutes.

This sauce is great served warm over ice cream, cake and fresh fruit.

Best Gingerbread House Frosting

We tried several recipes for gingerbread house frosting but this one is by far the best. It dries quickly and holds the pieces together very well, that way the candy doesn’t “slide” down the sides & roof of the house as you’re decorating.

Gingerbread House Frosting:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 1/2 c. powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 2 T. lemon juice

Mix egg whites & powdered sugar to form a thick icing: thin with a little lemon juice if necessary. Use icing to glue the house together. Put remaining icing in a pastry bag fitted with a fine tip, and decorate accordingly.

Ginger Bread Frosting Recipe

If you need some ideas and recipes for making an entire Gingerbread House from Scratch, check out this post here.

Velveeta Broccoli Casserole

This is a great simple broccoli dish the kids will love. It’s very cheese, but also quite economical. Great for potlucks or as a side dish with baked or grilled chicken. It goes together pretty quickly and is a rather frugal recipe. I hope you will give it try.

Velveeta Broccoli Casserole Recipe

  • 2 packs of frozen broccoli
  • 1 med. onion
  • a little oil or margarine to saute the onion in (optional)
  • 1 can cream of anything soup (homemade is fine)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • 3 c. rice, cooked

Start by dicing your onion and sauteing it in the oil or margarine just until it is soft and starts to get translucent. Cook your broccoli for a few minutes in boiling water until it is tender. Drain the broccoli well.

Mix all ingredients (including the cooked broccoli and onion) together. I usually do this right in the  greased casserole dish. If you prefer you could also mix everything in a large bowl and then pour it into your casserole dish. I cut the cheese into small cubes before I add it to the mix.

Bake everything at 350 F for 45 minutes.

If you’d like you can pour a few crushed crackers or some breadcrumbs on top of the casserole before baking. It will give it a nice golden crust. Serve your Velveeta broccoli casserole hot. Refrigerate any leftovers and reheat them the next day.