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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Fixed ITouch


2nd Generation iTouch bought broken off eBay with broken screen
And wrong color
 
Now fixed and back on eBay as a working iTouch

A Couple of Cookie Recipes





 
Here is another cookie creation to share. It is a double chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup surprise. My husband brought home candy on sale (at Wal-Mart?) and got me a package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. So what I did was follow the Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe, added 1/3 cup of cocoa, put a ball of the finished dough on the cookie sheet, added a quarter of the peanut butter cup in the center, and added more dough on top to cover the candy. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Yum! this turned out really well!


Next I have another version of the Healthy Cookie recipe. I was out of half of the ingredients I originally used so here is another version. It is a Peanut Butter Graham flourless cookie. My are always skeptical whenever I "Just Wing" a new recipe, but it turned out to be a good cookie.  Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:
2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Peanuts
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Shortening

Cream butter,shortening, and brown sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Drop by round teaspoonfuls, press down slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just Wing It Meatloaf Recipe



I had to reformat my computer for the millionth time. We are well overdue for new computer. Unfortunately that means I did not back up picture I was going to use for the meatloaf and now have no picture.

Edit Oct 7, 2012: Finally a photo for the meatloaf. I did not make the gravy. When I made this, it was really heavy in oregano. So maybe next time I will cut back  on the Italian seasoning. 

Do my husband made meatloaf a few night ago and here is his recipe:

Ingredients:
2lbs of ground beef
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup Italian Seasoning
1 egg
1/8 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup panko breading
1/2 Ketchup

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except the ketchup. We formed it into a loaf and put into a 9 x 13 pan. you could put this in a standard meatloaf pan. Top meatloaf with the ketchup. cover and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover, increase temperature to 400 degrees and bake an additions 20 minutes.

Here is the gravy recipe to go with the meatloaf:

1/2 cup dripping from the meatloaf
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup flour
about 1/2 cup water

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with dripping. Add wine. Whisk in flour until smooth. add water until desired consistency.

Dreamy Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

 
Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) pie crust pastry
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup MUSSELMAN'S® Apple Butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla
pudding
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup frozen whipped topping
Directions:
1. On lightly floured surface, roll pastry to 12-inch circle. Place in 9-inch pie plate. Turn under edge; flute. Mix milk, MUSSELMAN'S Apple Butter and pumpkin puree by hand until smooth. Add the pudding mix and stir until well combined. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust (bake according to package) or pre-made graham cracker crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


My son did this recipe back in 2008, if I remember, when he did this recipe he added the whole can of sweetened condense milk. It still turned out really good. We always try to make this recipe at Thanksgiving.

The ingredients and directions where copied from the web site where this recipe came from. Clicking on the pic should take you to the web site.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Week Five Photo Challenge

For this weeks challenge I am submitting older photos. I have not had time to take any new pictures. These pictures are from when I was stationed in the Air Force and was doing an assignment in Germany. One picture is from a trip to Paris and is taken from the Eiffel Tower. The other is from Europa Park, and Amusement Park in Germany.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




Merry-go-round at the mall and quilts from a textile art show. I was at the mall today and was at an small textile art show while waiting to pick up my son from school.





Sunday, August 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Peanut Butter M&M's


These are a very tasty peanut butter cookie. We had bought a few bags of Peanut Butter M&M's to add into some cookies. I found a peanut butter cookie recipe on Cooks.com and then added the bag of M&M's. So here is the recipe.




Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 bag Peanut Butter M&M's

Cream butter with sugars and peanut butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and baking soda. fold in the M&M's. Bade at 350 degrees for 8 minute or until done.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Early Dinner and Movie

We have to work early tomorrow. We had coupons for Long John Silvers, so we went there. Now we are at the theater waiting to see Cowboys and Aliens.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Week 4 of Photo Challenge

So we are now into week 4 of the 20 week challenge. This week theme is dinner. Pork steak with tomato sauce and cheese, corn, and instant mashed potatoes

 So this is taken with the iTouch. I might eventually use my actual camera, but I have found that I like the convenience of using the iTouch. I have it with me all the time. I have to go find my camera, and we lost the cable for the camera. It is inconvenient to download pictures to the computer.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Healthy Cookies?

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O.K. these are probably not that healthy, but It does have many of the ingredients found in a granola bar recipe. It is a tasty recipe and will make it again. So here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 t Vanilla
1/2 Cup Almoonds
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ ( I might of put in 1/2 cup, I don't remember)

Combine all ingredients, drop by round teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until done.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chocolate Pudding Oatmeal Cookies


I made up these cookies based off a recipe found at Cooks.com. It is a cookie that tasted o.k. at first but grew on me after I had the second (and third, and fourth..) cookie. It is an oatmeal meal cookie with a subtle hint of chocolate from the chocolate pudding.

The recipe:
1 c. butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 small box of chocolate pudding (you could use another flavor)
2 eggs
1 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
3 1/2 c. oatmeal

Cream the butter with the brown and white sugar. Add the eggs and pudding. Add remaining ingredients
Drop of teaspoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

Cake Donut Muffins


I made these really, really, really tasty Cake Donut Muffins. I found the recipe while I doing some blog hopping. The recipe comes from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.

This recipe is a hit and I will make it again.




Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday and Photo Challenge




I thought I would combine Wordless Wednesday and the 20 week photo challenge. This weeks theme is bold colors. I used my iTouch again and used a Leme Leme photo app to bring out the colors in the top two photo.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Fire!

We grilled last week. I took this picture using a Leme photo app on my iTouch. I took this picture after my husband added lighter fluid to the coals.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Week 2 of 20 Week Photo Challenge






So now we are in week two of the 20 week photo challenge. This week it is what make me smile. In this photo I love my cats. I have three at home. For me it is challenge to get good pics of the cats because they don't hold still. It is almost a rare opportunity when I can get a good shot of the cats. This is Mr. Fugi, he is the the first cat to move into the house over 6 years ago. I also took this with my iTouch.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Butterfinger Dessert

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This could be one of the BEST desserts you EVER make. This is SOOOO good and easy to make. The hardest part could be making the angel food cake, but we usually ending up buying it pre-made. So you will need:

1 angel food cake
1 Large box vanilla instant pudding mix
3 Cups milk
1 Large tub of Cool Whip
About 6-8 Butterfingers candy bars

Cut angel food cake in about 1 in squares, layer 1/2 of the cake in 9x13 dish

Combine milk and pudding mix. Crush candy bars and add to pudding mix ( you can reserve some for garnish). Fold in Cool Whip.

Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the first cake layer. Add remaining angel food cake. Pour the remaining pudding mix. Garnish with crushed Butterfingers, if desired.


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