Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thick and Chewy M & M Cookie Bars

These were so delicious!  Thank you pinterest, once again.  Here is where I found them.  LOVING her blog and found some other recipes I might try as well.

2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 TBL butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
 1 (12oz) bag M&M's, divided  (I may use less next time...maybe 1/2 a bag to 3/4 of a bag)

Combine flour, salt & baking soda.  Set aside.

Add sugars to melted butter.  Add eggs & vanilla.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture.  Do not over mix.  Fold in 1/2 the M & Ms.  Pat into a 9 X 13 pan (sprayed with cooking spray).  Top with remaining M & Ms, pressing them in slightly.

Bake at 325 for 24 to 28 minutes.  Cut into bars when cool.

I will definitely make these again!  I am thinking about making individual servings in mini muffin tins topped with a little buttercream frosting for a school treat for my girls.  I'll let you know if I do and if they turn out!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bacon & Cheese Crockpot Potatoes

Looking for a new way to prepare potatoes?  Well, look no further.  These.  Were.  GOOOOOOD.  Here is where I found them.

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1/4 pound of bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 2 - 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of cheese for layering
  • sliced green onions  
  • 1 cup of cheese for topping
 Slice potatoes in half horizontally, and then vertically. Slice quartered potatoes into approximately 1/4 inch slices. Layer potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, onion, bacon & cheese then repeat.  Dot with 3 tablespoons of butter. Cook potatoes on high for 4 - 5 hours, or on low for 8 - 10 hours. When the cooking time is done, top with remaining 1 cup of cheese, and sliced green onions.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

It's a new year!  Time to make resolutions (and break them)!  I hope to try (at least) one new recipe a week (and of course blog about those that are delicious). 

Thank you to pinterest for this simple, alternative to ground beef tacos.  (I couldn't link to the original post because I received the error message "blog not found")

6 chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
1 jar of salsa (I used Chi Chi's original, mild)
1 packet of taco seasoning

Lay chicken in crockpot.  Sprinkle with taco seasoning.  Pour salsa over the top.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low 6-8 hours.  I hred mine with a fork about 30 minutes before eating, to let the flavors get on all the chicken.  Eat in tortilla of your choice, served with toppings of your choice (we used cheese, lettuce, sour cream & guacamole...would have used tomatoes & black olives too, but we didn't have any).

For sides, I served with black beans & Spanish rice.  So good & so easy.