Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Baking

Hope everyone is going to have a Merry Christmas. I am visiting my parents and helping out with the baking and other cooking.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Miracle Fudge

It's miraculous that I even got a resemblance of fudge.
It is the old fashion kind that you have to stir at the end to loose the gloss.

First I burned the first batch, so I had to start over.

Second, it did not want to cook to the soft ball stage, maybe my candy thermometer is broken. So I took a chance after cooking for while, and let it cool for the final mixing stage.

Then I mixed for a really long time, remained glossy, so I gave up on it for while.

Then I thought I would reheat it, a layer of fudge just got hard on the bottom of the pan. 

I finally gave up, salvaged what I could, put it in the fridge, and went to bed.

In the morning, I was surprised to find that my fudge actually looked and tasted like fudge.
It's a miracle!

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Minnesota Wild Rice Griddle Cakes

I got a package in the mail the other day addressed to this blog. I was confused because I wasn't expecting anything. Turns out I got four boxes of Minnesota Wild Rice Griddle Cakes.
Then I remembered that I husband was in Hy-Vee at the time they were sampling this product. He told the vendor that he would help promote the product.

 So about a month ago he did make up some of the griddle cakes for breakfast. I liked it with the jam on top.
Topped with strawberry jam
I am not sure what my husband plans to do with four boxes of the griddle cakes, I do hope we get to keep at least one.

So far you can only buy them at Hy-Vee stores in the mid-west or Chef Central in New Jersey. 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Pot Stickers

So I thought I would try to make pot stickers again. Last time they fell apart. This time around, it turned out a little better. The dough was a little thick and chewy, but overall still pretty good.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

High Fiber, Low Calorie Bar

Our son wanted to to make him some protein bars. He found us a recipe on the web for us to try.

So we immediately found a problem

The directions say to cream the butter and sugar. If you notice there is no butter or sugar listed. So we improvised and added 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of butter. I am not sure if still mad it low calorie, but it is tasty.
1/2cup Plain Yogurt
1cup banana, mashed
1Eggs or Egg Replacer
1tsp Vanilla
1/2cup Wheat Flour
1tsp. Baking Soda
1cups rolled Oats
1cups cereal
1/4cup Dried cranberries

The link to the recipe can be found here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving With A Twist

Thanksgiving is coming up this week, so I am sharing our Thanksgiving With A Twist written two years ago.

It shares five easy recipes to use for Thanksgiving.

Just Winging It: Thanksgiving with a twist!: Over the years, I don't know about you but I get tired of the same "classic" meal year after year.I'm going to put a &qu...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Buffalo Bacon Mac And Cheese

I added bacon to Kraft Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese.
I still felt the heat, but really could not taste the buffalo flavor. Could be that the bacon is overpowering the flavor.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Butterscotch and Pecans

Substitute have the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips and add roasted pecans to the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe to make these delicous cookies.
I roasted my pecans in a fry pan with about 2 tablespoons of butter. 
These turned out really good, I could not stop eating them when they were coming out if the oven.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Meatloaf Stuffed Squash and Side Way Baked Potato

Tired of the same old baked potato or squash, I have a meatloaf stuffed squash and a side way baked potato recipe. These can be an interesting addition to any meal.

Meatloaf Stuffed Squash

1 medium sized squash (cut in half and seeded)
1/2 lb Ground Turkey
1 small onion (diced)
1 Small green pepper (diced)
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon pepper pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Add Crushed Red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.

On a baking sheet place the 2 halves of squash Open side up on baking sheet, drizzle olive oil on top of squash and sprinkle with salt. Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and set aside. Mix all remaining ingredients except shredded Parmesan cheese in mixing bowl as you would a meatloaf. spoon 1/2 of mixture into each half of squash. Add the shredded Parmesan cheese to top and bake additional 25 minutes.

Side Way Baked Potato

2 russet baker potatoes (cooked in microwave for 7 minutes, then cooled)
2 slices of Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/8 cup chives (chopped)

DO NOT CUT BAKED POTATO IN HALF LENGTH WISE! Place cuts in potato every 1/2 inch, (NOT CUTTING ALL THE WAY THROUGH POTATO) shot ways. Cut the slices of cheddar cheese into small squares and stuff between slits in the potato. Place potatoes into a small casserole dish. In a small sauce pan heat milk and sour cream until hot but not scalding or boiling, add grated Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth, add bacon Bits and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture over each potato, then sprinkle on shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, Add chive on top of finished dish and serve.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Easy Mac And Cheese

I love mac and cheese, weather it comes from a box or made home made. With some Internet searching I have made some delicious home made macaroni and cheese.

So I cooked up a box of rotella noodles, added  can of cheese soup, about 1/2 cup of milk, and an 8 oz bag of cheese.
You can bake it in the casserole dish for about 20 to 30 minutes with bread or cracker crumbs on top.
I did not at the time, because I was hungry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Things Just Doesn't Belong in Cookies

 I made up my Nutella Pudding Cookies, thinking that adding candy would be a good idea.
Candy bars would of been o.k., but I added taffy, Tootsie Rolls, and Cow Tail. As you can see, the taffy ran all over the place. The banana flavor taffy did not taste as well as I hoped either.

But overall it is not that bad.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nutella Cereal Squares

These tasty cereal squares not only have Nutella, it also has peanut butter. These are easy to make and delicious. So here is the recipe.

2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 t vanilla
4 cups rice cereal

Combine corn syrup and brown sugar into a saucepan. Cook until it come into a full boil. Remove from heat and add the Nutella, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir in the cereal.

Press into  9 x 9 inch ungreased pan and chill for about an hour or until firm.

Makes 25 squares.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Creamy Dreamy Apple Butter Pumpkin Dessert

This could be the best pumpkin dessert you EVER had.

Graham cracker crust, sweet cream cheese layer,  and an apple butter pumpkin layer tops off this dessert.

This is so good and yummy, I will not bore you with details and just get right into the recipe so you can make some for yourself.

A sleeve of graham crackers ( about 9 long pieces )
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
8 ounce box cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups whipped topping, divided
1 cup apple butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/3 cup milk
one large box of instant vanilla pudding (or two 3.4 ounce boxes)
1 can of sweetened condense milk
Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs, add sugar and melted butter.  Press into greased 9 x 13 inch pan
You can bake your crust if you want, but not necessary. just make sure it is cool for the next step.

Whip soft cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Lay on top of the graham cracker crust.

Mix apple butter, pumpkin, and milk. Add the vanilla pudding and sweetened condense milk. Fold in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours...if you can wait that long... before serving.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Silent Sunday

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Breakfast For One (Or Two)

The first recipe is a recipe I came across is a vintage cookbook featuring recipes for two. My husband was watching The Chew and they were featuring pancakes. So this automatically put me in the mood for pancakes.  This recipe is a pancake recipe, but I ended up making it in my waffle making. Still good.
This recipe will make 4 pancakes/waffles:
2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t sugar
1/4 t salt
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
1 T vegetable oil

Sift the dry ingredients, combine the wet ingredients and add dry ingredients. Bake on a hot griddle for pancakes or add to hot waffle maker for waffles.

The second breakfast item is 5 Minute Bread Pudding. I had some left over Golden Nutty Cinnamon Rolls and was wanting to make bread pudding. It was delicous, but I found it not gooey enough. I probably needed to add more wet ingredients like milk, butter, or egg.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - $250 Cookie Recipe

Supposedly a woman paid $250 for a chocolate cookie recipe. Full details to include the recipe can be found here.

I made these cookies and it is very delicious.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Silent Sunday

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Caesar Pasta Salad With Kale

Once I have seen this recipe from Betty Crocker, I knew I had  to try it. My husband was skeptical because he is not a fan of Kale. I did make it and I liked it. The night I made it my husband planned on cooking up some brats. He thought of putting the chopped brats on top of the salad and making a meal out of it. He liked it and I thought it was o.k. I think if I were going to do this again, I would add seafood.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2014

Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2014: Welcome To The 5th Annual Texas Star Chili Cook Off! I am so excited to kick off the 2014 Chili Cook Off and to welcome you here toda...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chocolate Butterfinger Sugar Cookies

I was inspired to make chocolate sugar cookies after finding chocolate sugar cookie spiders on the web. I really just wanted to make the chocolate cookie. I noticed that it was already similar to the sugar cookie I already make, then I decided to add Butterfinger candy bars. Yum it is a hit!

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 cups chopped Butterfinger - I had chopped 3 candy bars.

Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients then add the Butterfinger. Form 1 inch ball, roll ball in sugar, place on  baking sheet and flatten using bottom of a glass. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

No Bake Cereal Peanut Butter Bars

I made up some tasty treats today. First I made some Rice Krispie Treats.

Then I found a No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake bar recipe and made those too. I had some Rice Krispies left and mixed that in along with some chopped peanuts.  Yum!