Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Crack

Line a jelly roll pan with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
Layer with saltine crackers.

Preheat oven to 375*

Combine butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a small sauce pan.  Over medium heat (be carefully not to scorch) use whisk and stir occasionally, simmer until thickened about 5-6 minutes.

Pour over saltines and bake about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread with a spatula.  Then sprinkle with crushed up score bars.   Let cool.  You can keep it covered with foil on the cookie pan or use a spatula to break it up and store it in an air tight container.  Be prepared to be called dirty names, as this is addictive and people wont be able to stop eating it.

about 35 saltine crackers (depending on the size of your pan)
2 sticks butter
1 cup  brown sugar
1 teaspoon  vanilla
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
2-3 king size score bars (crushed up)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quick & Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Need a quick easy treat?  
These are so simple the kids can almost do it all by themselves. 

Devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
Mix well and drop by spoonfuls.
Bake at 375* for 10 minutes

Yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 bag chocolate chip cookies
Mix well and drop by spoonfuls.
Bake at 375* for 10 minutes

Sorry for the lack of pictures and the short post!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lemon Meringue Pie

I know I deserve the worst blogger of the year award seems as how I've pretty much abandoned it since I started my "new" job a year ago.   Call me human, but working 10 hours a day and keeping up with our kids is about all I can do. We also just moved a few weeks ago... which was kind of a big scary decision.  So I've had my plate full so to speak. But I am sorry for not keeping up with the blog a little better.  I hope there are still a few followers out there.

One night before we moved we were hanging out with our awesome neighbors (that we miss already) and we decided we needed to invent a Skittle Pie.  How cool would that be?  Ever since I haven't been able to stop thinking about pie!

We went to Village Inn for dinner on Wednesday, just because I knew it was free pie night.  I couldn't pass on the Boston Cream.  Now my wheels are turning thinking of all the pies I want to make for Thanksgiving.  To be honest I'm craving all kinds of comfort foods with the stress of moving, I might gain 50 lbs.

Lemon Meringue has always been one of my mom's favorite pies.  Over time I've come to appreciate it myself.  So here is a pie for you.

You might want to start with the crust.  I'm really not a baker, so I often "cheat" and buy them already made.  But if you have a crust recipe that you like make it first.

Follow the instructions on a box of lemon pie filling.

The tricky part for me is making the meringue and toasting it just right.  It takes a little patience (or the other kind of patient if my sister is reading this LOL), and that's never been a strong point for me.

3 eggs
1/4 tea spoon cream of tarter
1/2 tea spoon vanilla
6 Tbs sugar

Beat egg whites & cream of tartar till foamy.
Add sugar 1 T at a time, beating till stiff.
Add vanilla. Put on pie & bake @ 400* till brown.

Chill in the refrigerator for as long as you can stand it... and then eat the whole pie.

Let's get back to sharing, link up your favorite pie (or anything else you'd like to share).

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Getting back to blogging

I can't believe I haven't posted since November.  Life can be so busy.

I've been thinking about updating for a few weeks... but I'm afraid I dont have anything new and amazing to share.

We've been living off winter comfort foods. Good old standbys. 

I guess I need to get back to blog hopping and pinterest for some new inspiration.

Speaking of blog hops, I'd love to start up the linky and drinky party again.  Except it might move to the weekend.

Hope to post again soon.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Break

I decided out of the blue to take a blogging break over the holiday's.  Just thought I'd mention it quick... but I will be back after the first of the year.   Happy Holiday's!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ravioli Linky Party #10

I fell in love with this.  It's so simple.  I got both of these recipes at cooking class taught by LeAnn Poloni Whitesides.

Homemade Ravioli
1 package frozen beef ravioli  (the recipe called for 2, but I felt like one was enough for our family)
1-2 jars spaghetti sauce or you can make your own simple sauce (see below)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan or asiago cheese

Heat oven to 350*  Spray bottom and sides of 9 x 13" dish with cooking spray.

Put a thin layer of sauce on bottom of dish.  Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella.  Repeat layers.
Pour 1/4 cup of water along the sides of the dish.  Cover with foil and bake 60 minutes.  Remove foil and sprinkle Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

You could do the same thing with tortellini and Alfredo sauce for a different version. 

Simple Sauce
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cans whole tomatoes   (use scissors and cut up in can)
2 tsp chicken base or bouillon cubes/  or you could use a slash of wine.
1 tsp basil or taste
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasonings
1 T tomato paste
1/2 tsp sugar
could add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally until softened.  Add at the very end.  Crush the tomatoes and other ingredients.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thick and reduced (about 1/2 an hour).  Set aside.  Adjust seasonings.
Note: If sauce tastes a little bitter add 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the "drinky" this week try a nice glass of wine.  Feel free to comment on your favorites below!

Last weeks linky winner is Whole Food Mom on a Budget's pumpkin-almond-flour-waffles
Thanks for linking up!
I'm really sorry I still haven't created a brag button for winning.  I just started a new job last week and so life has been a little hectic for me.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Linky #9

I learned a new way to "cook" mushrooms.  It's quick and easy too.

I had never heard of peeling mushrooms, but after thinking, it seems like a good idea considering that your not supposed to wash them... at least not drench them.

All you need for this is a small bottle of zesty Italian or vidial onion dressing and about a pound of mushrooms.

Bring your dressing to a gentle boil in a sauce pan and add your mushrooms for 1 minute.
Pour them out in a bowl and serve.

In all honesty they basically taste like salad dressing on a mushroom, but they're not bad!
Hope you enjoy this quick & easy idea!

For the drinky this week try cherry slush! Its one of my grandmas good old recipes. 
4pkg cherry koolaide
1 cup OJ concentrate
4-5 cups sugar
Freeze, then pour 7-up over to serve.

Last week's linky winner was made from pinterest DIY cupcake holder
Thanks for linking up!  I love the cute turkey on top.  It brings back a lot of childhood memories for me.

101 after school snacks

I personally hate it when I click on some link titled "101..." and it's only like 20.  So I counted these and there really are 101 ideas.  It took me a long time to come up with this, and it's not the greatest list- but it gets you thinking anyway...  Enjoy!

mini carmle apple pie
egg rolls
mini pizzas
toast with jam
scrambled eggs
celery and peanut butter or cheese whiz
saltine crackers
ramen noodles
mac n cheese
granola bar
string cheese
chicken nuggets
grilled cheese
sunflower seeds
gold fish crackers
fruit snacks
mini marshmallows
rice krispy treats
hard boiled eggs
rolled up lunch meat
graham crackers
ham & cheese salad
honey dew
ice cream
fresh peas
check mix
chocolate chips
left overs
cereal bar
chocolate milk
chips and salsa
hot dog
cottage cheese
marshmallow- brown sugar popcorn
     1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 9-10 marshmallows 12 c. popcorn.
Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add marshmallows.
Microwave until melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn.
fresh sliced tomatoes with salt & pepper
oyster crackers
pumpkin seeds
genius cakes
bite size candy bars
pepper strips in dip
Cheese and crackers packs
cinnamon toast
Egg salad sandwich
chicken salad sandwich
corn dogs or pig in a blanket
pizza rolls
can of soup
fish sticks
pickle bunny bites
cherry tomatoes
red neck dessert

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Linky Party #8

I love this quick easy cake.  It always vanishes quickly in our home.

lemon poppy seed cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 small box lemon pudding
2 tea spoons poppy seeds
3 tbs flour
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Bake at 350* for 40 minutes in a bunt pan or 9x13
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Its really starting to get COLD in the mornings, in the shade, when there's a breeze and at night... so pretty much all the time.  I thought I'd share a drinky linky for Almond Hot Chocolate over at Adorned From Above.  Go check it out and tell them I sent you.
Almond Hot Chocolate

Last week was pretty slow on the blog.  My husband and I were celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary at a nice bed and breakfast.  It was a much need (and deserved- if I may say so) break.  Our real anniversary is actually this weekend, but it was better timing to celebrate last weekend.  So that's my excuse for not inviting more to join the linky last week.

I'm starting my new job on Monday... so that will probably slow me down on the blog a bit too.  I will do the best I can to keep up with.  Wish me luck I guess, I will need it.

Thanks for linking up!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


28 oz canned tomatoes*
1 1/2 tbs Olive Oil
6 tbs water
1/2 Italian Seasonings
1-2 cloves Garlic
1/4 tsp Garlic Pepper
1 tbs cider vinegar
Fresh Basil
Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Let simmer and reduce for about 1/2 an hour.

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* I think I may have had a light bulb turned on here.  If you don't believe me, try it out yourself.  Normally when a recipe calls for diced tomatoes I just buy them that way.  But after attending this cooking class I have changed my mind.  Try buying canned whole tomatoes and then either cut them up with scissors inside the can or squish them with your hands if you want to.  Either way, the whole tomatoes taste so much better than the diced ones.  I used to buy the store brand, but I've also been convinced that Hunts brand is the best.

1 baguette sliced into 1/4" pieces
olive oil
good salt
 Brush both sides of bread and season lightly.  Bake about 10-12 minutes.

Drinky~ Apple Juice and Sprite (aka zombie juice)

Please come linky with me!  Add anything family friendly you'd like to share.  Link back to me in your original post and be sure to visit other linkers  :)  Feel free to share or invite others to link up too.  I would especially love for you to link up APPETIZERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES if possible, but anything goes. 

Last weeks winner was spiked-monster-halloween-cocktail
Thanks for linking up Liz!

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