Grandma’s beef stroganoff

1 package of egg noodles

1 lb of lean ground beef, 90 percent grass fed organic for best results

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 small box of fresh mushrooms

1/2 pint of sour cream, DaisyBFE7EFF1-EECD-4534-B782-C8E9ACAAEC46

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup of chopped onions

1/2 tsp. of pepper

1/2 tsp. of paprika

1/2 stick of butter

2 Tablespoons of flour

Olive Oil

Kosher salt


Saute onions in frying pan with butter until light brown. Mix flour, pepper, salt and paprika and add to onions. Mix in meat and cook until brown. Saute mushrooms in light olive oil in another frying pan until browned (about five minutes). Add cream of chicken soup into the mushroom pan with the mushrooms. Warm for two minutes in the pan. Add the cream of mushroom soup/mushroom mixture into pan. Stir together for five minutes until mixed. Once you take it off of the burner add the sour cream. Cook entire package of egg noodles on the stove in a large pot following that package’s directions. (I cooked the noodles with a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of Kosher salt.) Drain noodles once they are cooked. Add the noodles back into the large pot and add the meat/mushrooms mixture. Warm for a couple of minutes stirring all together. Served with any veggie. Here is pictured with organic frozen corn that has been cooked in the microwave for five minutes.

Photos by Karen Cotton, recipe by Myrtis Outlar, friend of Grandma Margaret Conroy, altered by Karen.



Happy Holidays

I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season! I will be sharing some of my family’s and friends recipes on here soon. It has been a while since I’ve written on this recipe site of mine. Since I last visited I was diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes, so I will be also sharing some of my favorite magazines, websites and cookbooks for diabetics here, too. I’m also working on a book about beverages, too 🙂

I especially recommend you look up my grandma’s fabulous cinnamon roll recipe that’s on my Recipe Girl in Wyoming Blog. If you want to help a good cause you can also buy my children’s books at My K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department book proceeds goes toward their K-9 Unit Program.

Spaghetti Pie – it’s like spaghetti and lasagna in a pie!

                       SPAGHETTI PIE by Laura Cotton

Makes: 2 pies or 12 servings                            Cook time: 30 minutes plus time to cook pasta

12 oz. of angel hair pasta                                     4 Tbs. Olive oil or butter

4 large eggs                                                       1 1/2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese (opt: plus extra for topping)

2 cups of ricotta cheese                                   2 cups of spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta and beat eggs well. Lightly grease two 10″ pie plates. Set aside. Toss hot pasta with olive oil or butter. Combine eggs and 1 cup Parmesan. Stir into pasta. Pour mixture into the two pie plates. Form into “crust.” Top with ricotta cheese and spaghetti sauce. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Top with shredded mozzarella. Bake 5 minutes more until cheese melts. Remove from oven and sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup Parmesan. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into wedges.

It is a New Year 2015! Recipe girl is baaacckk!!🎆🎇🎉

Recipe Girl in Wyoming will be sharing recipes a lot in 2015.
One of my favorite presents from Christmas is a cookbook from my sister-in-law Laura Cotton.
Soon I will share her spaghetti pie recipe, which is like a lasagna and spaghetti mixture in pie form.
I’d love to share your recipes, too. Submit them by emailing
God bless foodies!!!!
Karen Cotton

Being a stay-at-home mom, who writes and does photography has its bonuses…

courtesy of David's Foods


Yesterday was my 36th birthday and I was struck with an idea. To start writing my recipe blog again and cook home cooked meals almost daily.

I have a routine down with with my daughter, baby Katie. It did take a month of being home after she was released on March 2, 2012.

Her hospital stay was three months long.

*She was born on Dec. 19, 2011 ten weeks early, due date Feb. 27, 2012. She was three pounds one ounce. Today she’s nine pounds thirteen ounces 🙂 April nineteenth will be her four-month-old birthday 🙂 She’s so healthy and we are so blessed.

As a family we want to stay healthy and the blog will help us and hopefully will help others.

Here is a quick overview of what I’ll be writing about on Recipe Girl in Wyoming

I will share recipes that aren’t copyrighted.

Recipes from family and friends, and others who want to share and e-mail their recipes to me for this blog:

I will write about recipes from my huge cookbook collection.

You’ll  be able to find these recipes if you buy the books, or magazines or check them out at the library. I will also keep you current by posting about brand new foodie magazines and just reference their pages, and websites so you can go and check them out for yourself :).

Then of course there are some recipe websites online that I’ll mention, too.

The recipes that I’ll share will be taste tested and the goal is affordable gourmet food.  Basically food that tastes really yummy, some of it is healthy and some of it you just can’t live without 🙂

Inspiration for starting up this blog again:

It all came to fruition when I was invited to my friend’s home the Shays, Mike, Chris and Annie.

I was treated to a wonderful birthday dinner yesterday.

Mike, who was also the chef, had asked me what I would like for a birthday dinner menu. I said I was craving fish, veggies and something to go with the meal, surprise me.

Mike made breaded  and baked fish. He said it was all microwaveable and really easy to cook. It tasted fantastic, much better than Red Lobster.

We also had white rice, broccoli, carrots and corn. Angel food cake and berries, a dash of whipped cream for dessert. Overall it was a healthy dinner. (I know corn and white rice have better substitutes, but sometimes it’s ok to throw those in as your carbs).

Some more inspirational people : my brother Erik and his wife Katie

My family, mom Diane, hubby Don, all have a goal to eat healthier and to exercise more. We’re achieving that goal every day. We’re also using advice and assistance from my brother Erik and his wife, Katie, as well as our personal trainers, medical doctors, public health nurses etc.

Katie and Erik were here from New York City last week.

This was Aunt Kate and Uncle Erik’s first time to meet their niece and baby Katie was the center of attention 🙂

In 2010 Kate and Erik bought a cookbook for my mother. The cookbook was collecting dust at my mom’s house.

It was about healthy eating and cooking what you crave. (I’ll add the name of the book soon)

Together Erik and Kate showed my mom their favorite recipes and how to add even healthier things to make those recipes taste fantastic and still remain just as healthy.

Now my mom is eager to cook these recipes and so am I.

I have many cookbooks and recipes that are collecting dust, too. My own personal goal is to cook through my cookbooks, because currently I never use them even though I love having them.

Looking back to my time between 1999 to March 4, 2011  …

.I never had time to cook meals at home very often. I was working at a stressful full-time job with an atmosphere that resembled that movie “The Office,” adding some cruel in there. I loved the job itself, which is why I stayed for almost 12 years.

During that time, thoguh, I stuck my cooking  in a very tiny box, (poor hubby). I cooked only the boring basics, chili, hamburger, tacos, grilled cheese, chicken with Stove Top dressing, boring and sometimes not so healthy. Well, we did add veggies to that, but not to a nutritionist’s liking.

We also ate frozen dinners, Hamburger Helper, Kraft Mac’N Cheese  and on . We ate out where you find unhealthy large restaurant portions, full of carbs and calories. As you know eating at fast food and chain restaraunts adds up fast.

Getting on the exercise bandwagon and big permanant lifestyle change as a family:

While Erik and Kate were here we were enjoying our spring weather in the 70s. We walked a lot with baby in an Infantino carrier, mom, Kate, Erik, Don and I.

We walk as a family outdoors and in gyms. Katie and Erik go to the gym and walk miles and miles in New York City

Mom continues with a personal trainer and Erik and Katie continue their fit lifestyle.

I’m recovering from an emergency c-section by walking a lot on a treadmill at the gym and walking outside with family and of course my baby Katie 🙂

I’m also going to start swimming and playing golf or tennis this summer, I haven’t yet decided which one. I was cleared today by my OBGYN though to do either and I’m very excited 🙂  In the fall my OBGYN said I can get back into dancing.

Don plays basketball and softball on Sierra Trading Post sponsored teams. He also works out at the gym, eats my healthy food, and goes for family walks.

……so here’s to the new start of Recipe Girl of Wyoming 🙂

Snickerdoodles cookies



Christy Hooley’s Snickerdoodles


Snickerdoodles Ingredients 1 1/2 C. Sugar (plus 1/4 c. for sugar/cinnamon coating)

1 C. Shortening

 2 Eggs

2 3/4 C. Flour

1 tsp. baking soda

 2 tsp. Cream of Tarter

1/2 tsp. salt cinnamon

Cream together the sugar and shortening.

Add eggs, mix well. Sift together dry ingredients then add to mixture. Roll dough into balls. Then coat the balls in a mixture of 1/4 c. sugar and 2 TBS. cinnamon.

Smash flat with a fork. Bake 10-15 min. at 350 degrees.

Welcome !

Well, I just deleted Wyomingrecipesforbusyfamilies.

I’ve created a better blog, Recipe Girl in Wyoming.

I hope to share recipes with friends, family and other foodies world-wide.

So here’s to cooking, having fun and eating some good food!

Ah, and my first page that I’ve added is Katie Mager’s family recipes.

So, check it out!

Karen Cotton